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Feagler and Friends - Adult Entertainment, New Leadership
Roundtable: Jay Miller, reporter, Crain's Cleveland Business; Bob Dyer, columnist, Akron Beacon Journal; Bill Livingston, sports columnist, The Plain Dealer.

Adult Entertainment: The city of Cleveland is about to give the green light to a blue district in hopes of clearing up some of the red tape preventing redevelopment of the Flats. City leaders are backing a plan to cluster adult entertainment venues such as Larry Flynt's Hustler Club in a section of the Flats specifically zoned for such businesses. Moving the Hustler Club would free up a parcel of land that's part of the area sought by developer Scott Wolstein.

New Leadership: The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections this week selected interim director Jane Platten to assume the director's job full-time. Platten was appointed to the caretaker position shortly after the resignation of former director Michael Vu. With Platten's appointment, the house-cleaning at the top of the Board of Elections is complete. The four-member Board was appointed by Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner.

Not-Ready-for-Prime-Time Players: Cavaliers fans rose up only to be beaten down again by an all-too-familiar tale of Cleveland woe. The Cavs are on the brink of being defeated by the San Antonio Spurs for the NBA championship. The western conference champions have made it look surprisingly easy in winning the first three games over the Cavs, who've failed to contain Spurs stars Tim Duncan and Tony Parker.

Rise Up, Sort Of: A huge banner on the side of a downtown Cleveland building says "we are all witnesses." The sign, complete with picture of LeBron James, is an ad for Nike, but in Cleveland it's more than just an ad. Local officials have embraced it as a work of art. But federal and state highway officials say it's nothing more than a billboard, and a violation of a federal law against big billboards. They want it removed.

Newsmakers: Betty Klaric, former reporter; Paul Tepley, former photographer, The Cleveland Press. 25 years ago this weekend, readers and employees of the century-old Cleveland Press got the news that the paper had breathed its last. Cleveland's afternoon daily folded in a climate of declining readership and advertising revenue. Mr. Feagler, himself once a Cleveland Press staffer, will reminisce with his former co-workers.

June 18, 2007