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Cincinnati vs. The World 4.25.12

By Hannah McCartney · April 25th, 2012 · Cincinnati vs. The World

Among other things, Friday, April 20 marked the two-year anniversary of BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig explosion, which leaked nearly 5 million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico before the well was plugged. Disturbing accounts of deformed aquatic life have recently surfaced, including fish plagued with mysterious ulcers, eyeless shrimp and crabs missing legs. WORLD -2 

Seven inmates have been mistakenly released from the Butler County Jail this year due to paperwork errors, all of whom were later apprehended and returned to the facility. Butler County’s chief deputy attributes the mistake to severe budget cuts. CINCINNATI -2 

The city of Cincinnati has received a $3 million federal grant for lead abatement to address safety hazards posed by lead paint in apartments and houses across the city.


Starbucks Corp. has pledged to stop using red cochineal dye derived from crushed bugs, found in its strawberry-flavored mixed drinks, by the end of June, switching to a non-controversial vegetable-based lycopene extract to add color. WORLD +1 

An Australian woman alleges she was banned from entering a popular nightclub for her birthday because the bouncer said she was too fat. WORLD -2

Court rulings and loopholes have made it difficult for police to enforce Ohio’s sex offender law, meaning many offenders live close to daycares and schools. Dayton Daily News reports that more than eight in every 10 of 139 registered adult sex offenders in Greene County reside within a mile of a school or daycare. CINCINNATI -2 

The Philippine capital Manila, one of the most polluted cities in the world, is experimenting with large-scale murals using a special kind of paint that supposedly eats smog out of the air. WORLD +1 





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