I just have to say this: NO, I don't "gotta love this joint."
Talking about noir/hardboiled fiction is one thing entirely, and yes, I get
it that violence is a part of hard-boiled/noir literature, and I further get
it that literature is a reflection of the human condition, and I'm also fine
with that, because it's *fiction*.
But I just find it positively ghoulish to revel in actual real world
violence such as that reported below.
I hope every one of the victims, including the owner, makes a full and
All the Best-
On Sun, Jul 19, 2009 at 7:16 AM, Frederick Zackel <email@example.com> wrote:
> I just saw this in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Ya gotta love this joint!
> Two arrested, five shot at Cleveland bar; councilman wants it to close
> Posted by Michael Sangiacomo/Plain Dealer Reporter July 16, 2009 07:22AM
> Categories: Breaking News, Crime, Real Time News
> UPDATED 5:10 p.m.
> CLEVELAND - A 49-year-old Cleveland bar owner was critically injured and
> four other people hurt early Thursday in a shootout at the Bottom's Up Cafe
> at East 71st Street and Superior Avenue.
> Carlton Story was in intensive care at Huron Hospital with a gunshot wound
> to the hip. None of the other victims' injuries were life-threatening. In
> addition to fighting to regain his health, Story will have to fight to keep
> his bar open.
> Ward 7 Councilman T.J. Dow said he had planned to ask the owner to
> voluntarily close and surrender his liquor license. Dow said he was sorry
> that Story was shot but the incident was the last straw for the night spot.
> "It's been a problem since Fannie Lewis was councilperson for that ward,"
> said. "I know she tried to shut it down. It has flipped owners several
> times, but the same problems persist. Neighbors are always complaining
> gunfire at the bar, especially at closing time."
> Oh, there's more, but ... haHA! Love it!
> Bottom's up, gents!
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