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Media Musings From Cincinnati and Beyond

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 2, 2014
A Page 1 Enquirer story described sometime violent misbehavior in Hamilton County courtrooms and courthouse hallways. A headline said there was chaos in the judges’ “chambers.” Wrong. The story didn’t say that.   

Wagging the Dog

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 25, 2014
I thought I was done with pitbulls, with thinking about little Zanaibou Drame and all the Internet postulating about the two. But the Cincinnati police shooting last Friday of a stray pitbull in Bond Hill brought it all back to me.  

Considering the Reporter/Opinion Writer Hybrid

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 25, 2014
It was the day after I retired from The Enquirer and Rick Pender, an editor at CityBeat, asked me to consider being this paper’s lead columnist.  “I don’t have an opinion every week worth 750 words,” I told him. We left it at that.  

Cincinnati vs. the World 06.25.2014

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Three Al-Jazeera English journalists were convicted in Egypt on terrorism charges in a trial that was politically motivated. They have been detained for 177 days and will now serve seven years in prison in a decision that has outraged human rights groups. WORLD -2  

A Day in the Life

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 18, 2014
I run into my oldest brother going into the new bookstore across from Fountain Square and he’s coming in off Vine Street and we hug a good, long time; it’s one of those double hugs, where you hug and, just before the release, you squeeze again.  

Cincinnati vs. the World 06.18.2014

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 18, 2014
The Pope and the archbishop of Canterbury joined together to call for action against human trafficking. In a meeting, the two faith leaders talked about how to combat modern-day slavery.  

Media Musings From Cincinnati and Beyond

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 18, 2014
An inaccurate Page 1 story in Saturday’s Enquirer blew a chance to discredit popular, irrational opposition to measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccinations.
  

The Pitbull Profile

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Irresponsible pitbull owners fit a profile. There is something inherently ominous, mysterious, latently vicious and even irresponsibly deadly about pitbulls and their owners that most people are either afraid of or unable to name.  

Government Must Not Define Who Is a Journalist

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Developments at the U.S. Supreme Court and Colorado legislature demonstrate how government restricts our access to news.
  

Cincinnati vs. the World 06.11.2014

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Millions of student debtors now qualify to use “Pay as You Earn” to repay their loans after President Obama signed an executive order June 9. Debtors won’t have to pay more than 10 percent of monthly incomes, and after 20 years anything left is forgiven.  

Worst Week Ever!: May 28-June 3

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 4, 2014
For many Cincinnatians, the scariest part of going across the Western Hills Viaduct is not knowing which lane you should be in as you wrap around that McDonald’s that greets you on the West Side — one wrong turn and you could be headed down State Street and wondering both what year it is and if parts of Gummo were filmed there. 
  

Cincinnati vs. the World 06.04.2014

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Proposed EPA regulations aim to cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal plants and new plants by as much as 30 percent by 2030, compared to 2005 levels.  

Final Friday

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 3, 2014
He looked homeless, whatever that means. Truth is, Mike Markiewicz looked the way he did — bedraggled, a bit greasy, disheveled, grungy, filthy, even — because appearance mattered not at all to him.  

The Gospel According to Peanuts

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 3, 2014
The first Peanuts television special, A Charlie Brown Christmas, had been on TV the previous Christmas and that made me even more of a fan of the strip. I couldn’t get enough of Charlie Brown and company.    

Gone

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 28, 2014
I’d naturally thought all along that he had wanted to disappear, that he was not “taken” by anyone else and as the days wore on and there was no sign of him I secretly thought maybe he’d killed himself, troubled by some gut-deep darkness only he could feel.