Morning Brew: Ugly Christmas Sweaters, Kidnapping Hoax Goes Viral, Russo to be Sentenced, and Census Confirms We're Getting Poorer




Good morning, Cleveland. Here's some stuff to read while you reassure your grandma that the Nigerian prince who really wants an Wii for Christmas and wants her to buy it for him is not real.

— The PD has discovered that people wear bad Christmas sweaters during the holidays on purpose to be ironic. Keep your eyes out for the PD's next trend piece: People get drunk at office Christmas parties. (

— E-mails are circulating about an attempted kidnapping at a mall in Toledo. Scary stuff, right? It's a hoax, and the police are trying to quash the rumor before everyone decides it's too dangerous to shop there for the holidays. (Fox 8)

— Frank Russo will faces sentencing today for his role in the Cuyahoga County Corruption Extravaganza. And just in time for Christmas! (NewsNet5)

— Census data shows incomes in the area fell during the last decade. This bajillion-dollar federal project has confirmed what the guy sitting on the corner drinking a Natty Light out of a paper cup already knew and would have told you for $1.14. (

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