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Feb. 8-13: Worst Week Ever!

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Recording artist Whitney Houston might have abruptly died last week during preparations for the Grammy Awards, but the real tragedy was the news overshadowing both the show and the most important industry news of the week — Beyonce and Jay-Z giving the media pictures of their baby for the first time.   
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Kasich Being Kasich

Governor’s real persona is more offensive than his political one

{CommentsCant} · Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Ohio Gov. John Kasich yesterday delivered his second “State of the State” speech, a reportedly hilarious mockery of political tradition that ranged from harmlessly wacky to straight-up sexist, while making a pit stop in the “Parkinson’s disease is funny” category. Kasich’s apparent intention was to announce a new broadband plan, introduce an award honoring courageous Ohioans and try to say that his plans for shale drilling in the Northeastern part of the state are totally going to respect the environment. But the 90-minute speech in a Steubenville elementary school auditorium included far more Kasich bloopers than usual. The Enquirer included in the first paragraph of its recap Kasich’s references to “non-bluetongue cows going to Turkey” and “a dream about Jerry Seinfeld in the back seat of a car.” The AP described the speech as “peppered with Kasich's usual array of off-the-cuff, sometimes puzzling remarks.” Those familiar with Kasich’s governing style will find these descriptions to be only slightly surprising. Remember last January when he called a police officer an “idiot” in a speech for giving him a speeding ticket? Or when he mocked Ohio’s drivers license for being pink (PINK IS SO GAY!)? Or that time he told a group of business owners that he wanted to make Ohio cool because the executives at LexisNexis said all their employees would rather live on the coasts instead of sucky-ass Ohio?  

Awake at the Wheel

Conscious Living Center teaches self-awareness, personal growth

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Back in 1999 Deborah Ooten found herself filling her gas tank at the Shell station in Clifton Heights when something spoke to her: The universe told her that she was going to start the Conscious Living Center.    

Worst Week Ever!: City Council 2011

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Cincinnati City Council in 2011 saw councilpersons resigning, replacements immediately campaigning and, eventually, the ousting of four incumbents in favor of young people and Democrats. Here's the year in City Council as reported by WWE!
  

Worst Week Ever!: John Kasich 2011

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 28, 2011
The year 2011 will always be remembered as the year Ohio met John Kasich. Here's a collection of Worst Week Ever! news briefs documenting the governor's tumultuous first year in office.
  
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Morning News and Stuff

{CommentsCant} · Tuesday, December 20, 2011
If you're one of those people who enjoys relaxing in a public park, maybe eating a sandwich and enjoying the lush greenspace Cincinnati has grown proud of, that's all well and good. (Bring a blanket and some apples; enjoy yourself.) That is, until you get a little sleepy and want to lie down on the ground or a bench — that's illegal now. The Cincinnati Park Board yesterday approved a no-lying down rule across all of its 5,000 acres of park land, likely in response to ongoing Occupy Cincinnati lawsuits over the legality of closing the park at night. People who lie down in parks are now subject to $150 fines for the misdemeanor offense.  
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Morning News and Stuff

{CommentsCant} · Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Ohio voter advocates say there was a big elephant in the room during the creation of Ohio's controversial redistricting map, and it was super tan and cried a lot. The Ohio Campaign for Accountable Redistricting says John Boehner was central in the process, working with map-making consultants and the National Republican Congressional Committee. Here's a link to the Ohio Redistricting Transparency Report. From The Enquirer: "The report found: decisions were not made in public; public input was ignored; there was limited opportunity for the public to review proposed maps; the public was not provided with relevant data for proposed districts; nonpartisan redistricting criteria were not used; and the criteria used to evaluate plans were never publicly identified."  

Nov. 30-Dec. 6: Worst Week Ever!

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Scientists believe the temperature on Kepler-22b is about 72 degrees, making it the best candidate yet for life beyond our solar system. NASA still needs to confirm that the planet has an atmosphere, in which case the next step would be to send some robots there to eradicate anything found living in case it could hurt us.  
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Morning News and Stuff

{CommentsCant} · Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Despite the economic troubles affecting the state, Ohioans are smoking more than ever, according to a study that found the highest percentage point increase of any state. An official with the Ohio Department of Health attributes the increase to the stress people are under, though the Ohio General Assembly also cut funding to the state's smoking cessation help line, so there's that. Ohio ranked as the 36th healthiest state in 2011, down from 33 rd in 2010, while Indiana came in at 38th and Kentucky 43rd.  
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Morning News and Stuff

{CommentsCant} · Monday, December 5, 2011
Occupy D.C. protesters built some type of structure in a park Saturday night, and police on Sunday notified them that they didn't have a permit and took it down, arresting dozens in the process. It was a pretty nice structure, though.