There's been plenty of coverage (AkronNewsNow with video and audio) on Chrissie Hynde's return to Akron with her new restaurant, sans Pretenders, and kudos to our favorite daughter to putting her money where her mouth is.
The meeting with no meat was expected from the PETA supporter and vocal vegetarian (don't expect a beef or bison burger at her Northside eatery) but among the great sidebars that didn't make the cut in the coverage you saw, an absolutely hilarious exchange from the Rock Hall of Famer where she congratulated the City for working to restore the historic Glendale steps. Chrissie's all in favor of it because those steps, WAKR's Larry States told me, are where she used to hide to catch a buzz in her teen years. Translation for the buzz-impaired: that's getting high by smoking marijuana, aka weed, dope, smoke, ganja, etc. Too bad the Doobie Brothers aren't the opening act.
Larry says the Mayor and police on hand at North Main looked a bit uncomfortable when Chrissie joked she'd like to revisit the steps and relive some personal history. Just jokin' about tokin', Don! Don't worry, it won't be a campaign issue just five days before Primary Day.
Speaking of the Mayor's race, both Plusquellic and Finley are on WAKR's Ray Horner show Friday morning; Finley 7:10a-7:58a with Plusquellic getting a dozen minutes of separation and holding court 8:10a-8:58a. Ray tells me he tried for both at the same time but one debate was apparently enough (guess which side demurred?) for what is likely the final major broadcast availability before the September 11th Primary.