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August 7, 2013
The “house of horrors” where Ariel Castro held Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight for more than a decade has been torn down. Community members, some holding yellow balloons in honor of missing children around the world, cheered the destruction of the home. (photo by Tony Dejak/AP)

The “house of horrors” where Ariel Castro held Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight for more than a decade has been torn down. Community members, some holding yellow balloons in honor of missing children around the world, cheered the destruction of the home. (photo by Tony Dejak/AP)

11:56 // 11 months ago
August 1, 2013
The de-newspaperization of America is finally catching up with the de-industrialization of America. Newsroom jobs, especially decent paying ones, are vanishing everywhere—thanks to the shrinking number of print readers and the fact that digital advertising can’t fully support digital journalism. But the job losses seem to be coming faster—and the effect on the fabric of already struggling communities is far greater—in the rusty, rotting-factory cities of older America.
Philadelphia Daily News columnist Will Bunch, discussing the ongoing cuts facing the newspaper industry. Today’s ground zero? The Cleveland Plain Dealer, where as many as 50 people lost their jobs, finding out via phone if they were the ones. The Plain Dealer recently helped surface a major national story—the rediscovery of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, who went missing for nearly a decade—and Bunch expresses concern that the next story like that might stay under the radar.
0:06 // 12 months ago
July 28, 2013
Nelly’s special guest: Yesterday, rapper Nelly, playing at Cleveland’s RoverFest, brought Amanda Berry, one of the three women rescued from a Cleveland home earlier this year, onto the stage. ”She waved to the crowd, everyone went crazy cheering, and she went backstage,” said one concert attendee, Kayleigh Fladung. “Nelly did his set, 4 or 5 songs, and then he brought her out again and everyone cheered.” Her captor, Ariel Castro, was sentenced to life in prison on Friday.

Nelly’s special guest: Yesterday, rapper Nelly, playing at Cleveland’s RoverFest, brought Amanda Berry, one of the three women rescued from a Cleveland home earlier this year, onto the stage. ”She waved to the crowd, everyone went crazy cheering, and she went backstage,” said one concert attendee, Kayleigh Fladung. “Nelly did his set, 4 or 5 songs, and then he brought her out again and everyone cheered.” Her captor, Ariel Castro, was sentenced to life in prison on Friday.

16:14 // 1 year ago
July 17, 2013
Accused kidnapper Ariel Castro has pleaded not guilty to 512 counts of kidnapping and 446 counts of rape on Wednesday, even as prosecutors filed the new indictment which nearly tripled the total number of charges from the original 329-count filing. Castro remains incarcerated on an $8 million bond, and is expected to return to court for the beginning of his trial on August 5. (Photo via The Guardian) source

Accused kidnapper Ariel Castro has pleaded not guilty to 512 counts of kidnapping and 446 counts of rape on Wednesday, even as prosecutors filed the new indictment which nearly tripled the total number of charges from the original 329-count filing. Castro remains incarcerated on an $8 million bond, and is expected to return to court for the beginning of his trial on August 5. (Photo via The Guardian) source

14:50 // 1 year ago
June 7, 2013

Breakdown: The 329 charges against Cleveland kidnapping suspect Ariel Castro

  • two counts of aggravated murder, relating to the unlawful termination of a pregnancy (this charge, though related to the same incident, is listed twice in the indictment, something few wire stories properly explained)
  • 177 counts of kidnapping
  • 139 counts of rape
  • seven counts of gross sexual imposition
  • three counts of felony assault
  • one count of possessing criminal tools
  • more? authorities say that more charges could be forthcoming, too. source
21:37 // 1 year ago
May 15, 2013
Attorneys for Ariel Castro, the man accused of kidnapping and imprisoning three women and a child for periods ranging from six to eleven years, say he will plead not guilty to the kidnapping and rape charges he faces. Strangely, they also seem to admit that Castro fathered the six-year-old child found with Amanda Berry and two other women last week, telling WKYC-TV that Castro loves his child “dearly.” (Photo via The Guardian) source

Attorneys for Ariel Castro, the man accused of kidnapping and imprisoning three women and a child for periods ranging from six to eleven years, say he will plead not guilty to the kidnapping and rape charges he faces. Strangely, they also seem to admit that Castro fathered the six-year-old child found with Amanda Berry and two other women last week, telling WKYC-TV that Castro loves his child “dearly.” (Photo via The Guardian) source

14:30 // 1 year ago
May 12, 2013
The saga of [Ariel] Castro and his alleged crimes is peppered with what-ifs. During the period that he is accused of holding the young women captive, authorities appeared at his home several times but never discovered the abducted women.
Washington Post reporters Manuel Roig-Franzia, Jerry Markon and Luz Lazo • In a long, in-depth piece describing the alleged crimes of Ariel Castro and the young women he abducted. There were many warning signs — including a home relatives described as creepy before the abductions took place and an ongoing domestic violence case that a grand jury refused to hear. It’s a dark story, but read this one to the end. In related news, his brothers have spoken out about the incident, saying they were unaware of what was happening.
9:58 // 1 year ago
May 10, 2013
11:19 // 1 year ago
May 9, 2013
briancolligan:

brooklynmutt:

The Cleveland man credited with helping free female captives from a house of horrors is a convicted felon whose rap sheet includes three separate domestic violence convictions that resulted in prison terms, court records show.
Cleveland Hero Was A Repeat Domestic Abuser | The Smoking Gun

Of course. This is America. We don’t get to have nice things. 

Check out the comments. Nearly everyone has criticized The Smoking Gun for digging up dirt on the guy. One person put it best: "Once in awhile, people on the internet make me proud. I’m so thrilled that virtually all of the comments on this post point out that this was totally unnecessary."

briancolligan:

brooklynmutt:

The Cleveland man credited with helping free female captives from a house of horrors is a convicted felon whose rap sheet includes three separate domestic violence convictions that resulted in prison terms, court records show.

Cleveland Hero Was A Repeat Domestic Abuser | The Smoking Gun

Of course. This is America. We don’t get to have nice things. 

Check out the comments. Nearly everyone has criticized The Smoking Gun for digging up dirt on the guy. One person put it best: "Once in awhile, people on the internet make me proud. I’m so thrilled that virtually all of the comments on this post point out that this was totally unnecessary."

10:13 // 1 year ago
May 8, 2013
9:07 // 1 year ago