Sunday, January 6, 2013
Here's what you were reading and talking about this past week
A cell phone tower propsed for Prince of Peace Lutheran Church had nearby residents concerned. City Council put off a decision on the tower until alternative sites were explored. Westlake mayor Dennis Clough looked ahead to what's coming for Westlake in 2013, including business growth, road projects and his re-election bid. The flu is on the rise in Cuyahoga County. We've got some tips for you to help fight it. Gretchen Wang, a founding member of the Westlake Historical Society, died at age 79. As people rang in 2013, they looked back on 2012 and its most popular story on Westlake Patch, the Fifty Shades of Grey book-burning party by radio personality Alan Cox.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Both the book and the idea of book-burning were hot topics.
Combine sex, a shock jock and some lighter fluid, and you've got controversy. WMMS radio host Alan Cox hosted a book-burning party for the best-selling novel, Fifty Shades of Grey, at Panini's in Westlake. That event, and the resulting furor over the idea of a book-burning, made this the most popular story on Westlake Patch in 2012. More than 100 fans showed up for the event. Panini's is a regular host of Cox's weekly post-show parties. The novel, and its two sequels, were both criticized and loved for its graphic, intense portrayal of sex, dominance and submission, bondage and sado-masochism. Cox said that his listeners were part of a backlash against the series, saying that both men and women who called into his show hated the books.
Monday, December 31, 2012
What do you think were some of the biggest stories from Patch’s Ohio sites in 2012? Tell us in the comments.
As the year ends, we're taking a look at some of the most-read local stories on Ohio’s Patch sites in 2012. The stories above are the ones that readers read and responded to the most. They had long discussions in the comments and shared them on Facebook and Twitter. Many of the stories are of loss in our Patch communities, but others, like the video of the Navy dad's homecoming on Fairlawn-Bath Patch or the story of an employee who gave his boss a kidney on Cleveland Heights Patch, inspire hope. Click through the gallery above for a brief look at some of the most-read local Patch stories of 2012 or click on the headlines below for the full stories.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
"Fifty Shades of Grey" reduced to ashes by WMMS host. Take our poll and tell us what you think.
OUTSIDE CLEVELAND, OH -- Fifty Shades of Grey was fifty shades of charred Wednesday night as a popular local radio host held a book-burning party for the best-selling novel. More than 100 fans showed up to Panini's in Westlake to watch WMMS show hosts Alan Cox and Chad Zumock set fire to the books, which were brought by fans who had read the erotic novel and didn't like it. One woman even brought her Nook to be destroyed. Cox first tried to smash it on the side of the grill on Panini's patio, then gave up and tossed it in the fire. Check out the video for Cox's take on the night, and why he did it. Brian Hamblen, general manager of the Westlake Panini's, said the weekly post-show parties for the Alan Cox Show always bring a good crowd, but…
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
"Fifty Shades of Grey" target of radio host's wrath. Take our poll and tell us what you think.
Most of the time, when you think of the book Fifty Shades of Grey getting people fired up, you think of suburban moms getting inspired for their own adult fun. WMMS host Alan Cox has other ideas. The radio host announced that he is hosting a book-burning of copies of the erotic novel at the Westlake Panini's. The event will be held from 8 to 10 p.m. Wednesday. An Alan Cox Show assistant who answered the phone at WMMS confirmed the event, which was also posted on the show's Facebook Page. WMMS regularly hosts events at the popular bar and grill. Do you think Fifty Shades of Grey should be reduced to gray ashes? Or do you hate the idea of burning any book? Take our poll and tell us what you think in the comments!