Articles published in September, 2016

Local restaurant freebies and student deals

  Heading into the new school year, there are lots of local restaurants and businesses who can help people save money by offering a variety of student discounts, “college nights” and promotions.   Several of the businesses that offer flat, all-year long discounts for John Carroll students are the restaurants located on Fairmount Circle, such…

Volkswagen scandals continue in U.S.

The ongoing U.S. investigations of German car manufacturer Volkswagen lead to one of their engineers being convicted earlier this week. James Liang’s charges include conspiring to defraud the U.S., conspiring to commit wire fraud and conspiring to violate the Clean Air Act. The conspiracy began in November 2006, and the cheating was revealed in September…

European Union Investigates Apple’s tax benefits in Ireland

  The European Commission’s three-year investigation of Apple Inc.’s Irish tax benefits will be concluded this week. Apple, an American business, has a firm in Dublin, Ireland.   The Irish government has enabled Apple to pay substantially less in taxes than other companies in the European Union. According to BBC News, the standard rate of…

Virgin Galactic restarts space tourism

Accomplishing dreams of becoming an astronaut has just become a step more attainable thanks to Virgin Galactic.   On Thursday Sept. 9, Virgin Galactic announced the return of their space tourism program with a test flight of their WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo. According to Virgin Galactic’s update from Mojave, where the test flight took place, the…

The degrading state of our nation’s infrastructure

Individuals in Britain who use MasterCard, an American multinational financial services corporation, could potentially benefit from a recent legal case that has been brought against the company almost two years after a European Union court ruled the processing fees that company had charged for cross-border transactions were unfair. According to court documents filed in London,…

Last chance tourism affects local economies and environments

As world heritage sites and natural formations begin to experience the effects of climate change, a mad dash of tourism has begun as people embark on mass exodus to view these historic and natural sights before they die out. Among the endangered sites are The Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve in Honduras, The Everglades National Park…

Columns: The degrading state of our nation’s infrastructure

The American Society of Civil Engineers gave America a D+ rating in regards of the nation’s infrastructure, mentioning dilapidated roadways, insufficient waterways and a pressing need for modernization.   The group estimates $3.6 trillion would need to be invested into U.S. infrastructure by 2020 just to raise the country’s support systems to acceptable levels.  …

Spears makes a comeback with “Glory”

  Britney Spears’ ‘Glory’ does not fail to live up to it’s name. Spears has continued her music career well off into her life, giving her a large pool of song ideas and stories.   ‘Glory’ is Spears’ ninth studio album, making her musical belt large and in charge.   The album starts off with…

Apple new product launch unveils surprises

  Aiming to reignite excitement about iPhones after witnessing a decline in their sales, Apple executives took the stage at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on Sept. 7 to unveil the company’s latest generation of devices. The most highly anticipated launch of the day was the new iPhone 7, which will be priced starting…

Johnson seems unaware Syrian civil war centers around Aleppo

Libertarian party presidential candidate and former governor of New Mexico, Gary Johnson, shocked viewers during his interview with MSNBC’s Mike Barnicle. Barnicle asked a question regarding the situation in Aleppo, Syria. Johnson responded with, “and what is Aleppo?” Barnacle, shocked, quickly responded by asking if he was kidding. Johnson did not seem to be anywhere…

Sunflower field in honor of “Prayers for Maria”

  Maria’s Field of Hope, a sunflower field dedicated to young Maria McNamara, has recently become a popular spot for visitors to go and enjoy the beautiful blooming flowers while supporting glioma research.   Young Maria McNamara was diagnosed with a brain illness known as diffused intrinsic pontine glioma on Apr. 1, 2006. According to…

“Artful” brings inexpensive studios to expand local art opportunity.

  Shannon Morris, a 42-year-old Cleveland native and lifelong artist hopes to bring a new art gallery, studio and retail store to Cleveland Heights.   According to The Heights Observer, Morris says, “The idea has always been in the back of my mind; the bottom line is that I want to provide affordable studio space…

Melt celebrates ten year anniversary with art challenge

The original Melt Bar and Grilled restaurant located in Lakewood is celebrating their 10 year anniversary this September. On Friday, Sept. 16, the PopEye Gallery located in 78th Street Studios will host a unique art show inspired by this beloved, Cleveland-native restaurant. The winner of the art show will win Melt for a year. 78th…

A fall fashion hello

When it comes to fall fashion, it seems to be a very big fan favorite around town. When the leaves start to fall and the colors start to change, people get into a mood where anything crisp and crunchy becomes the most appealing thing in sight. The fall season is one of my favorites. Being…

New Barrio location to replace Mad Greek

One of Cleveland’s most popular Mexican restaurants and hangout spots, Barrio Tacos, is coming to a closer location to John Carroll’s campus.   The franchise, which is known for their top-notch service, unique atmosphere and custom-designed taco menu, will be replacing Mad Greek at the Cedar-Fairmount intersection.   Mad Greek, which has been in business…

5th Annual Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival

The 5th annual Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival will begin on Thursday, Sept. 15 and will conclude on Friday, Sept. 23. The festival begins at the Gartner Auditorium in Cleveland’s Museum of Art for opening night film festivities. The remainder of the festival will take place at Shaker Square Cinema, which is located in Shaker…