Next Wednesday, Jon Hughes steps aside as the central figure in four decades of journalism education at the University of Cincinnati. “Am I going to be able to let go? Watch!” And he laughed at the thought of being “an era.”
This year’s first human case of West Nile Virus in Ohio
has been found in an 85-year-old Clermont County man and arrived about a
month earlier than expected, thanks to an unseasonably dry, warm
summer. CINCINNATI -2
Lately, I’ve felt stuck in
this peculiar post-college limbo, one in which the novelty of thrusting
myself into this post-21 world of fledglings has granted me steady
access to a potion that makes social interactions almost effortless —
the never-failing social lubricant that is alcohol.
On Labor Day, 1994, I got a phone call from twin brother’s
friend in Seattle, Wash., where my twin, Jered, lived. This friend told
me that Jered was in a Swedish Hospital in serious condition. He also
told me Jered had AIDS. This was the first I’d heard about it.
I had hope that time would allow cooler heads to prevail
in the discussion of the Aurora, Colo., tragedy. By now, more than a
week has passed, but something feels different this time. Maybe it is more
personal because the attack took place at a movie theater and, being a
film critic, it struck too near to home for me.
How is this still even on the table in 2012? Why hasn’t unprotected sex among blacks — the population
with the highest HIV numbers — been more closely associated with
self-esteem, because you must not love yourself if you let someone push
When I rode into Denver
in the blazing summer of 1984, I befriended two native Coloradans in classes on
the Denver campus of the University of Colorado, the same campus once
attended by the orange-haired gunman accused in the midnight massacre of
12 people in a multiplex cinema in Aurora July 20 during a premiere of The Dark Knight Rises.
the Frog today said he was just about sick of Chick-fil-A, and not just
because the food is gross. The Jim Henson Co. released a statement
saying that it will no longer partner with Chick-fil-A because of the
company’s non-inclusive policies.
We, as humans, really love getting compliments. Next to
free stuff, there are few things we appreciate more. Compliments make us
feel like we’re special or have done something smart, even if it’s as
simple as choosing an item from the fast-fashion store that ends up
earning praise from an acquaintance. “I like that shirt,” she says,
platonically. “Thanks, I got it at the mall,” we say, not at all
The Good and Great of New Orleans have risen up to demand better from Times-Picayune owners and executives. Their
ad hoc citizens group is spitting into the wind. Trying to shame a
newspaper owner is futile. It’s an alien emotion. Economics might humble
owners and executives, but that pain can be passed on to employees.
Villagers in Russia’s Sverdlovsk region have discovered
four barrels containing 248 human fetuses preserved in formaldehyde in a
forest in the Ural Mountains. Police suspect a nearby hospital dumped
the barrels. WORLD -2
It must be comforting and indeed relaxing to come from
near and far and land at Sawyer Point for three days, look around and
see throngs and gaggles of folks just like yourself everywhere you look. Aaaah, whiteness. Take a deep breath. Smell it.
A native, I’ve now had (ahem) approximately
40 years of experience watching how things go down in Cincinnati. And I
remember at least 30 of them. More importantly, I’ve been able to see
the evolution of Cincinnati’s society and culture. And recently it has
felt like I’ve had a front row to that part of evolution where the
monkey-man stands erect.