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Latest issue of the Independent is about to hit the streets, here are more pieces from this edition – I have a blurb on the District 3 county council race’s conflict of interest extravaganza, and one on the Lancer event with Jennifer Brunner. ?James has a piece on Bill Mason covering up his texting habits (could use a lawyer!), and one on Bill O’Neill’s run against Steve Latourette.

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As everyone in Cuyahoga County politics knows, The Lancer, the legendary African American community hot spot in Cleveland for decades, burned down recently. ?George Dixon is re-opening The Lancer in a space across the street with a big event tomorrow, and Jennifer Brunner will be a guest of honor. ?I’ll be attending.

Thursday, February 4, 2010
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The?Lancer?Restaurant
7804 Carnegie Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44103

This event is filled with symbolism. ?The Lancer has been at the center of African American politics in Cleveland for decades. ?Its destruction was mourned throughout the state. ?That George […]

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As with all tragedy, there is opportunity.? The destruction by fire of one of Cleveland’s most treasured African American institutions is yielding a lot of declarations of support.? But in a city that has been careening downhill for decades, there is precious little money to bring the Lancer back to life.

Hmmm….now who in town has a lot of money?? I wonder…….

If I were Lebron James or Shaquille O’Neal, I’d be considering an investment in not only the history of Cleveland’s African American community, but in their own legacy, via the rebirth of The Lancer.? Who wouldn’t applaud that?

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PD’s been on top of this story, good for them.

A passerby reported the building ablaze at 5:30 a.m. Sunday. Fire officials said Monday they are still seeking the cause but that, so far, nothing appears suspicious.

Dixon is not so sure. His alarm company notified him of something amiss before dawn and he drove to the restaurant with his wife and son.

“When I turned the corner, I knew it was gone,” he said. “I watched it burn.”

He said he noticed that glass was shattered on a side door. Maybe the force of the fire blew it […]

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What a sad piece of news.? The Lancer Steakhouse, one of the most venerable African American businesses in Cleveland, was completely destroyed by fire early this morning. No one was injured, but there was no insurance.

The Lancer was one of the centers of African American political and social circles in Cleveland for decades.? I spent much of election night in 2008 there, and unveiled a portrait of Barack Obama across the street from the Lancer with artist Loren Naji on inauguration night.? My favorite food there was the fried Lake Erie perch….so damn good.

I hope something […]

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