OHIO: Demetrios, I Hate You

On one corner Demetrios P. Diakandru ran the 79th Street Restaurant. On the other Tom Petropulos ran the Old Transfer Restaurant.

For 22 years each stared across the street at his rival's window signs, his rival's customers, the cash-register figures. Finally they decided they hated each other. On the sly, cunning Mr. Petropulos leased Mr. Diakandru's building. On the quiet, crafty Mr. Diakandru bought Mr. Petropulos' building. Grinning slyly, Mr. Petropulos served an eviction notice. Grinning right back, Mr. Diakandru gave his foe an eviction notice, too.

The case went to Cleveland Municipal Court nine times, to the Court of Appeals...

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