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The case for a morecolorful garden
Forum, May 11, 2014
Chris Morris, illustrator; Mary Lou Sneyd, designer
An editorial makes the case for more minority teachers as a way to inspire minority students. An excerpt:

While 48 percent of America’s public school students are minorities — the majority are Hispanic — just 18 percent of America’s teachers are minority as well, according to a disturbing report coauthored by a liberal Washington-basedthink tank, the Center for American Progress, and the National Education Association, the nation’s largest teachers union.

Read the full editorial here.
We do these editorial pages on a pretty fast turn, and Chris is always up to the challenge. Mary Lou’s structure takes full advantage of the illustration. 
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The case for a more
colorful garden

Forum, May 11, 2014

Chris Morris, illustrator; Mary Lou Sneyd, designer

An editorial makes the case for more minority teachers as a way to inspire minority students. An excerpt:

While 48 percent of America’s public school students are minorities — the majority are Hispanic — just 18 percent of America’s teachers are minority as well, according to a disturbing report coauthored by a liberal Washington-based
think tank, the Center for American Progress, and the National Education Association, the nation’s largest teachers union.

Read the full editorial here.

We do these editorial pages on a pretty fast turn, and Chris is always up to the challenge. Mary Lou’s structure takes full advantage of the illustration.

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1-2-3-4 … 1-2-3-4 …

North Coast, May 25, 2014

Gus Chan, photographer; Jane Mitchell, designer

As part of our ongoing Sense of Place series, Gus steps in to shoot Dancing Classrooms, a competition for Northeast Ohio fifth-graders.

Actually, it’s more than a competition. It’s a life-lesson. Gus writes:

Dancing Classrooms of Northeast Ohio is a 10-week social development program for 5th graders, utilizing ballroom dancing as a vehicle to change lives of not only participating children, but also teachers and parents who support them. 

At the core of the Dancing Classrooms is that children treat each other with respect, as well as learning to respect themselves.

The elegance and enthusiasm in Gus’ pictures is enhanced by Jane’s structure and restrained typography.

Read the whole piece and see a slideshow of additional pictures here.

For other stories in our Sense of Place series, go here.

Our view: The cover picture brought back nightmares to your not-so-plain dealer blogger, when the biggest girl in the school dosey-do’ed him all around the gym back in the fifth-grade square dance sequence. She took “swing your partner” to heart, literally and figuratively.

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It’s Tribe Time. No.
Forum, June 13, 2014
Andrea Levy, photographer/illustrator; David Kordalski, designer
Andrea suggests it’s (past) time to bury Chief Wahoo. An excerpt:

I used to wonder if the rotten luck in this town was due to being situated on a sacred burial ground, or something. But I have come to realize quite the opposite. We should be.
For there is a championship we can all win. Call it a moral victory.
Let’s bury Chief Wahoo.

Read the full piece here.
Our view: Levy knocks the issue — and the Chief — out of the park.
For other visual essays in this continuing OpinionArt series, follow Andrea’s blog here. Andrea has started a FB fan page. You can like it here.
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It’s Tribe Time. No.

Forum, June 13, 2014

Andrea Levy, photographer/illustrator; David Kordalski, designer

Andrea suggests it’s (past) time to bury Chief Wahoo. An excerpt:

I used to wonder if the rotten luck in this town was due to being situated on a sacred burial ground, or something. But I have come to realize quite the opposite. We should be.

For there is a championship we can all win. Call it a moral victory.

Let’s bury Chief Wahoo.

Read the full piece here.

Our view: Levy knocks the issue — and the Chief — out of the park.

For other visual essays in this continuing OpinionArt series, follow Andrea’s blog here. Andrea has started a FB fan page. You can like it here.

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King of conversation
Arts, May 18, 2014
Chris Morris, illustration; Jane Mitchell, design
Dick Cavett came to town for a conversation in Cleveland. Nice, subtle page for an understated past powerhouse of TV.
Read PD TV critic Mark Dawidziak’s story here.
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King of conversation

Arts, May 18, 2014

Chris Morris, illustration; Jane Mitchell, design

Dick Cavett came to town for a conversation in Cleveland. Nice, subtle page for an understated past powerhouse of TV.

Read PD TV critic Mark Dawidziak’s story here.

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Back in the swing

Sports, May 30, 2014

Tony Briggman Lariccia, designer

The Indians were in a funk. Columnist Terry Pluto suggested ways for the Tribe to break out of it. Tony made it easy for them to follow, and a streak ensued.

Coincidence? Your not-so-plain blogger thinks not.

Follow Terry at @terrypluto

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Our World Cup runneth over

Special section, June 11, 2014

Andrea Zagata, cover design; Josh Crutchmer, design and art direction; Chris Morris, illustration

The U.S. Soccer team has drawn the “Group of Death,” but there’s still plenty of room for optimism as they prepare to take to the pitch in Brazil. Smart Morris illustrations bracket the first and last page of this special, and the inside double truck is full of meaty info for the soccer enthusiast as well as the once-every-four-year fan.

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Fiery commentary

Forum, May 23, 2014

Andrea Levy, photographer/illustrator; Mary Lou Sneyd, designer

Andrea teaches the proper etiquette of bra-burning. An excerpt:


1. Remove any hand other than your own.2. Pause from breast-feeding the baby.3. Remove brassiere.4. Douse it thoroughly with any indignation in your blood that has, thankfully, at long last, become flammable.5. Ignite a match from the fire within you.6. Set your brassiere aflame.


Read the next seven steps here.
Our view: Especially enjoyed the p.s.:

It will be a field-leveling day when the term “grow a pair” refers to breasts.


For other visual essays in this continuing OpinionArt series, follow Andrea’s blog here. Andrea has started a FB fan page. You can like it here.

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Fiery commentary

Forum, May 23, 2014

Andrea Levy, photographer/illustrator; Mary Lou Sneyd, designer

Andrea teaches the proper etiquette of bra-burning. An excerpt:

1. Remove any hand other than your own.
2. Pause from breast-feeding the baby.
3. Remove brassiere.
4. Douse it thoroughly with any indignation in your blood that has, thankfully, at long last, become flammable.
5. Ignite a match from the fire within you.
6. Set your brassiere aflame.

Read the next seven steps here.

Our view: Especially enjoyed the p.s.:

It will be a field-leveling day when the term “grow a pair” refers to breasts.

For other visual essays in this continuing OpinionArt series, follow Andrea’s blog here. Andrea has started a FB fan page. You can like it here.

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Drive-ins go digital

North Coast, Sunday, June 1, 2014

Joshua Gunter, photographer, Jane Mitchell, designer

Eleven Northeast Ohio drive-in theaters have bucked an extinction trend when they decided to take the plunge and enter the digital age. They’ve invested in high-tech projection equipment, even though the viewing experience is still as retro as it gets for patrons.

For a gallery of Josh’s pictures and reporter Michael Sangiacomo's accompanying prose, go here.

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D-Day: The Greatest Generation’s
Greatest Moment

Special Section, Friday, June 6, 2014

David Kordalski, designer

In honor of the 70th anniversary of D-Day, we put together a 10-page special section. Those who served deserve no less.

Pages two and three featured an archive report of the invasion from June 7, 1944, by Plain Dealer war correspondent Roleif Loveland. Loveland witnessed D-Day from a plane flown by Clevelander 1st Lt. Howard Quiggle. The page is illustrated by an 11-col Robert Capa photograph. Read Loveland’s fascinating eye-witness account here.

Filling out the remainder of the section are 43 vignettes of Greater — check that, Greatest — Clevelanders as they experienced D-Day, excerpted from a decades-worth of Brian Albrecht stories about men and women in service. Photographs are historical as provided by the subjects or by Plain Dealer photographers. Read the vignettes here.

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Quick Draw (of) McGraw

Friday Magazine, June 6, 2014

Jane Mitchell, designer; Chris Morris, cover illustration

Tim McGraw hits Cleveland. Chris Morris provided the cover illo out of his archives; Jane applied a very cool crop and voila!

Read Chuck Yarborough's interview with McGraw here, and read Chuck’s review of the show at Blossom Music Center here.

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