LaSalle High School is in denial about its drug problem. Anytime students stupidly decide to
trick an armed drug dealer with counterfeit money, all kinds of
socioeconomic and chemical problems are in play beyond the pranksterism
and tomfoolery of bored white teenage boys.
In what feels like an effort to make life even more glum
for the baby gorilla already rejected by its mother at the Texas zoo
where it was born, Cincinnati Zoo has dubbed the recently adopted infant
“Gladys.” Gladys. CINCINNATI -2
I hope the tabloid Enquirer holds current subscribers and attracts new readers, especially folks who are drawn more to the visual than the verbal. Publisher Margaret Buchanan promises its debut Monday. Trucks will bring it from Columbus, where it’ll be printed on Dispatch presses.
The elevator wasn’t moving. I looked at the digital sign
in it. It kept flashing ‘7,’ then ‘G’ over and over again. I pressed ‘7’
again. Again, the elevator didn’t move. Stuck. I finally figured out I was stuck.
Every single time Carol and Clyde or Rob
and Cammy blankly read the teleprompter, telling us of yet another
black-on-black murder, then move to the weather or traffic, I sit
quietly devastated. I am not ashamed to tell you that sometimes I cry.
When I think of prejudiced people, I
envision ignorant, ultra-conservative, hateful people out of touch with
modern reality. But fat-shaming comes from all types of people —
including educated, progressive, alternative folks that one wouldn’t
tend to pigeonhole as discriminatory.
During my off-hours, I ventured out to
museums, theaters of all types, clubs, bars and the homes of friends and
co-workers who hosted parties and events. I never worried about being able to get anywhere.
SATURDAY FEB. 23: The Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention has created a free iPad app that lets you “solve disease
puzzles” to figure out the origin of the contagion which made a group of
Downtown Cincinnati is on track to receive its own
high-end grocery store on the ground level of the proposed apartment
complex at Fourth and Race streets; it’s supposed to focus heavily on
fresh produce, something the area has lacked widespread access to for
years. CINCINNATI +2
Though Norwood is merely five miles north
of downtown’s city center, it may as well be smack dab in another time
and another place with its barely-there lane lines, its
shameful-but-glaring classism and racism for a city its size and its
perpetually broke and broke-down demeanor.
So what is it about Jews? Not only real Jews but also fearful fantasies about Jews. I ask because so many mainstream
reporters, bloggers and columnists seem fascinated and repelled by the
implied menace of “the Jewish lobby.”
Though we’re only about seven weeks into
2013, many of this year’s top stories (or, rather, the stories the media
has made into “top stories”) share a common thread — often, people are
not what they seem.
SUNDAY FEB. 17: Today marks the 50th birthday of
basketball star and cultural icon, His Airness, Michael Jordan. As one
of the most exciting and dominant athletes ever, Jordan won titles at
the collegiate and pro levels, was an All Star like 29 times and notably
saved the human race from alien criminals in Space Jam.
The Cincinnati Zoo had to euthanize one of the world’s
most famous endangered Sumatran rhinos, Ipuh, who in 2001 became the
first male Sumatran rhino to sire offspring in captivity since the 19th