More than 16,000 pig carcasses retrieved from Shanghai’s
Huangpu River — likely dumped by farmers unwilling to make the
investments to safely dispose of the bodies — have Chinese officials
concerned about the safety of Shanghai’s tap water. WORLD -2
The neighbors I have now are no doubt the
friendliest, most interesting and, well, neighborly street-mates I’ve
ever encountered. So why do I sometimes find myself avoiding them, or
any potential friends for that matter? The concept of neighborhood
etiquette (and previously, dorm life) is totally lost on me.
WEDNESDAY MARCH 13:
WWE! readers might be surprised to learn
that those of us whose jobs necessitate following real news are, in
general, quite terrified of the future. For every pop culture or sports
story we actually care about, there are dozens of stories about things
like nuclear weapons, environmental catastrophes and murderers who act
nice before they kill people.
The newest haute Hollywood beauty trend is a procedure
called a “vampire facial,” which involves injecting your own blood —
drawn from your arm — back into your face, to stimulate collagen
production. WORLD -2
After Benedict XVI quit and before
cardinals began voting for his successor, daily news-free news stories
left us as ignorant as the day before. Until Francis’ election, nothing really
happened. That’s one reason NPR received 200-plus complaints, its
ombudsman reported, mostly about 47 stories running during the four
weeks between popes.
Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati’s Black Pearl Sings!
is a play come as a warning shot foretelling the modern-day recording
industry (such as it is) and its sad history of theft by corporate
henchmen. More obviously and tellingly, the play is
also a dance of race relations, race politics and the sometimes
heartbreaking history of relationships between black and white women.
Forests in China are suffering from huge surges in
disposable wooden chopstick demand; the country produces 80 billion
chopsticks per year — equivalent to the destruction of 20 million
20-year-old trees. WORLD -2
What work ethic I have — especially the stamina and energy to plow through until the end — I got from her. Our mother never stopped. My three blood siblings and the four stepchildren she raised can all attest to the fact that she never stopped parenting us.
If there’s one thing that Facebook is
good for, it’s learning about stuff that’s happening on the Internet. My
colleague Mike Breen recently posted a humorous comment along with a
story he shared titled, “Mother Tried to Sell Her Kids on Facebook for
$4,000.” Mike’s take: “What an idiot! That’s what Craigslist is for!”
Cincinnati is home to my body and my
head. After almost 13 years, I’m grounded here thanks to a strong
network of friends and family. But, my heart, well, let’s just say it’s
holding out. Home, for my heart, is all about those extra-special
intangibles, which in part come down to movie memories.
THURSDAY MARCH 7: The American thing to do is buy an even
bigger and more expensive TV than the one you already have even though
it works just fine. Fountain Square, located in America, will soon
follow this cultural imperative.
Most people who play poker know more
terminology than applicable math, which you might be surprised to learn
is essential to the game. But because anyone at the table can win any
hand at any time, there’s a misleading allure to the contest. People who
play badly sometimes beat people who play well.
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