I have lived in Cincinnati for close to
13 years and I’ve never been on a Metro bus. For the last few months
I’ve been thinking about this fact, and it bothers me because I’m not
sure where the problem lies. Is it Cincinnati or me?
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has revoked
operating permits from D&L Energy and Hardrock Excavating after they
were both discovered to have illegally dumped thousands of gallons of
fracking waste into a storm drain in Youngstown, which eventually
emptied into the Mahoning River. CINCINNATI -2
Fast-food giant Burger King admitted that some of its beef
patties sold in the U.K. contained traces of horsemeat thanks to a
negligent supplier, although it insists those patties never made it to
restaurants. WORLD -2
TUESDAY FEB. 5: The Boy Scouts of America has decided to
realize that a gay guy can play the role of gruff scout leader who
probably drinks too much and yells at his kid too often just as well a
The other day, you called me just to talk, and it scared the shit out of me. You sat down, somewhere quiet and alone,
gambling a little bit of your evening hoping I’d pick up and gamble a
little bit of mine on you, too.
Typically, invoking a Great Man to settle
an argument involves Lincoln, Twain, Stalin, Churchill, Chief Seattle,
etc. Hitler is a provocative new favorite. Among some gun control foes, quoting
Hitler proves what will happen if Obama has his way: gun registration,
confiscation and tyranny.
WEDNESDAY JAN. 23:
State Board of Education President Debe
Terhar has made some folks not so happy. She shared a link on Facebook
from some pitiful source who posts things like photos of our president
with the caption “Where’s Lee Harvey Oswalt when you need him?” (their
misspelling, not ours).
issue with the idea of social media has always been that I’ve never felt
that my experiences or the running commentary in my head should define
any given moment in pop cultural history. I hear what I’m thinking 24-7.
In line with the country’s increasing energy usage trends,
statistics from the U.S. Energy Information Agency found that China now
uses 47 percent of the world’s coal; its usage grew by 325 million tons
in 2011. WORLD -1
Patsy looks too young to have a small son. In fact, I didn’t know she did. I
met him one afternoon two weeks ago. I wasn’t supposed to meet him at
all, but I’m glad I was the one who was here to look out for him when he
found himself with no family members around.
We can wake up and be poor,
under-educated and -employed, invisible during the “conversation” around
representation in the rarified air in corporations, education, sports
management and ownership. Meantime, we’re constantly being objectified.
When a reporter uses the law to pry
public records from resisting officials, readers are supposed to
benefit. And when readers value that invocation of open records laws, it
adds luster to the reporter’s work.