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Cincinnati vs. the World 07.16.2014

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 15, 2014
The group proswastika.org wants to reclaim the symbol from its legacy of Nazi hate for the peace symbol it still serves as in Asian cultures, so it flew a swastika banner over the Coney Island beach in New York on Saturday. The display didn’t track well with New Yorkers, not surprisingly. WORLD -1  

Media Musings From Cincinnati and Beyond

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 15, 2014
New York Times in-house critic, public editor Margaret Sullivan, says the Times is re-embracing jingoism that supported America’s attack on Saddam Hussein 11 years ago.
  

Who Guards the Guardians?

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Barack Obama’s Justice Department remains at war with reporters, invoking national security so often we should check to see if the sky is falling.
  

My Brother’s Sleeping

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 8, 2014
I have long held that black women in America are under attack. We get harsher criminal prosecution than our white counterparts; we are murdered by intimate partners at higher rates than any other groups.
  

Cincinnati vs. the World 07.09.2014

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Google began banning porn ads from its search engine July 7, adding to the site’s previous ban of underage, non-consensual sexual content and prostitution services. WORLD +1  

The Guardian of the Paper Mache Pig

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 2, 2014
See this paper mache pig? My twin brother made this back in high school. My mother was the guardian of it until she died in 2000. Now, I have it.   

No. 104

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 2, 2014
I wasn’t so sure about this, this coming back to CityBeat when Editor Danny Cross first sent me an email in 2012 explaining his plan to overhaul the paper I’d freelanced for from its first issue in 1994, then joined first as a part-time writer in 1999 (just enough hours to qualify for health insurance to buy insulin and needles) then as a full-time staffer with a column.  

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.   

Cincinnati vs. the World 07.02.2014

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 2, 2014
A woman was accidentally shot during a concealed carry demonstration at a Pennsylvania gun show on June 28. The victim said she feels bad for the gun owner, and she’ll still attend gun shows in the future. WORLD -1  

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.  

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  

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.  

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.