by Hannah McCartney
New NRA president, local homicide rates increase, cutest zoo babies contest
The National Rifle Association (NRA) will name Alabama lawyer Jim Porter its new president at their annual meeting in Houston this weekend. Porter replaces current president David Keene, whose two-year term is at an end. Porter served as the first vice president of the NRA board for two years and second vice president for another two years. His father, Irvine Porter, was NRA president from 1959-1960, making Jim the first son of a former NRA president to take the gun lobby's highest office. Meet the man who frequently uses the word "ain't" and believes U.S. gun owners are treated like "second-class citizens" here. NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre will reportedly continue to hold down the media spotlight. Connecticut Gov. Dannell Malloy recently compared an "out of whack" LaPierre to "clowns at the circus" in response to LaPierre's criticism over the state's tightened gun control laws. Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee yesterday signed legislation making Rhode Island the 10th state in the nation to allow gay marriage and the final of the six New England states to do so. The city of Cincinnati has ceased Recyclebank, an incentive program encouraging residents to recycle, thanks to low participation rates. You can still redeem your points, though. A new perk program will be launched sometime soon. Homicide in Cincinnati has increased by 50 percent compared to statistics from the same period last year, according to the Cincinnati Police Department. In other grim news, the suicide rate among middle-aged Ohioans rose significantly over the past decade, a trend mirrored across the U.S., according to new statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2010, Ohio saw 783 suicides among residents 35 to 64 years old, compared to 517 in 1999. That marks a 41.5 percent increase, significantly higher than the nationwide average of 28 percent. Art on the Streets and the City of Cincinnati Bike Program are sponsoring The Music Ride tonight as part of Bike Month to celebrate Over-the-Rhine Night at the Cincinnati Symphony. Instruments will be provided, and all age and skill levels are welcome. Today marks the kick-off of a weekend full of Flying Pig Marathon celebrations, which, in the aftermath of the Boston bombings, will feature heightened security meaures. If you're planning on driving anywhere around downtown this weekend, be sure to check out road closures first. The Cincinnati Zoo is holding a “Cutest Baby of All Time: Sweet 16” people’s choice contest. Advancers so far include Gladys the baby gorilla in the "Primate" category and Bernard the King penguin in the "Wings & Things" branch. Today, vote between Joseph the cougar or Savanna the cheetah in the feline bracket. Speaking of Gladys, she made her public debut in her outdoor yard Tuesday. We at CityBeat nearly lost our marbles when we lost internet at the office for 24 hours. Meet a man who survived without it for an entire year and lived to talk about it. Happy Friday: Here is a video of Ryan Gosling smirking a lot and, for a second, shirtless.
Three CityBeat staffers do things on bikes they'd normally do in a car
0 Comments · Thursday, May 2, 2013
A surprising thing happens when you carve out
some time in your schedule to travel by bike, even if you’re not an
expert — it’s a lot less complicated than it seems, and it’s likely to
be a lot more fun than you expect.
Organized rides in the Queen City
0 Comments · Thursday, May 2, 2013
Recreational bicycling groups are popping up around the city. And if
you’re apprehensive about bike riding again as an adult — either for
safety reasons, lack of city riding experience, fear of cars or you just
don’t know where to go — roll up to an organized ride.
1 Comment · Thursday, May 2, 2013
The gears are always shifting in
Cincinnati’s ever-evolving bike community, but here’s a quick progress
report that proves Cincinnati cyclists are doing a whole lot more than
spinning their wheels.
by Jac Kern
at 10:54 AM | Permalink
Summer doesn’t officially begin until June
20, but it’s Memorial Day weekend and Cincy’s signature mugginess is in full
effect — the season is upon us! Stay hydrated, slap on the sunscreen and get
ready to make the most of this three-day weekend.
It’s tradition to fire up the grill and open
pools at the start of summer, but the biggest local ritual this time of year
is the Taste of Cincinnati, taking over downtown Saturday-Monday. Fifth Street
will fill with local food vendors, plenty of booze stations, carnival rides, four performance stages and more. This year is the debut of food trucks at the Taste — be sure to stop by Café de Wheels, Pizza Bomba, Taco Azul and Queen
City Cookies’ mobile eateries in addition to the traditional Taste staples. Pick
up an issue of this week’s CityBeat for a guide to the Taste with a map and
full menu or click here for a digital copy.
Tonight OTR’s green general store Park +
Vine celebrates its fifth anniversary. P+V
is a hub for local goods, vegan food, eco-cooking/gardening/living classes and
much more. Danny Korman and the rest of the P+V crew have introduced
Cincinnatians to kombucha keg parties, bike-friendly culture and even tasty vegan
cheese (seriously, it exists). Stop by the shop from 6-11 p.m. tonight and
enjoy a street market with local environmental organizations, food and produce
vendors. Inside, there will be music, a Flashbox photo booth, beverages and the
usual great shopping. Across the street, Northside vintage outfitters Chicken
Lays An Egg present a fashion show at the park adjacent to Old St. Mary’s
As bike month comes to a close, celebrate
the way countless teens end their high school careers — with a prom!
Saturday the City of Cincinnati Bike Program hosts a Bike Prom ride from Northside’s
Hoffner Park to Fountain Square (and back), kicking off at 4:30 p.m. Dress in
your snazziest bike-friendly formal wear, get your photo taken prom-style under
a balloon arch and even vote for a king and queen. After the ride, head to
Mayday in Northside for after-prom: Mobo Bicycle Cooperative’s annual
fundraiser. Dance to classic prom tunes, participate in a busted bike
build-off, sign up for a silent auction and enjoy delicious Mayday drinks-n-'dogs all night long. The ride is free, after-prom admission is $10.
Exhale Dance Tribe presents its
season closer Saturday with Imprint.
The contemporary Jazz show features original choreography by Exhale founders Missy Lay Zimmer and Andrew Hubbard. Dancing With the
Stars champ and 98 Degrees alum Drew Lachey hosts the evening. Check out Lea
Lachey, Sherene Schostak and Traci Swain, a father-son live art performance,
solo by Andrew Hubbard and much more. The show begins at 8 p.m. Saturday;
purchase tickets here.There's even more going down this weekend: Read Rick Pender's Stage Door for theater shows, follow our music blog for nightly concerts (and plenty of music festivals this weekend), and check out the To Do page for more.
by Danny Cross
After 18 months in the courts, Democrat
Tracie Hunter has won a Hamilton County Juvenile Court judgeship, but
a GOP challenge to the court's acceptance of Hunter's challenge is
likely to follow. Republican John Williams led hunter by 23 votes on
election night 2010, but Hunter filed a lawsuit over provisional
ballots cast at incorrect polling stations that weren't counted. After a
recount of 286 provisional ballots, Hunter moved ahead by 74 votes.
Republican board of election members reportedly plan to argue that
the 286 should not have been recounted.
The Enquirer's Mark Curnutte today
offered an analysis of recently released census data that shows a
steady growth of the regional Hispanic population and a growth of
minority population in areas outside the city that were once largely
white. Cincinnati's data suggests that the city and region are
slightly different than the nation's overall trend, which in 2011 for
the first time found a majority of the country's under 1-year-old
population minority (50.4 percent), up from 49.5 percent in 2010.
Included in The Enquirer's story, which
included a profile of a Mexican-American Florence family that moved
to Northern Kentucky eight years ago from Los Angeles:
A decrease of 1.3 percentage points in Hamilton County’s
black population under 5 was countered by increases in the black
population under 5 in each of the region’s six other core counties:
Butler, Clermont and Warren in Ohio and Boone, Campbell and Kenton in
Overall, the regional population of Hispanic children under 5
years rose from 7,583 in 2010 to 8,032 in 2011, a proportional
increase of 0.4 percentage points to 6.1 percent.
The family of a teenager fatally shot
by a Cincinnati police officer on Fountain Square last summer has
filed a federal lawsuit alleging police used excessive force and
violated 16-year-old Davon Mullins' constitutional rights. Police
say Mullins pulled a handgun, but the lawsuit says he had been
disarmed before officer Oscar Cyranek shot him multiple times.
Cincinnati's Bike Month revelers and
Over-the-Rhine residents received some good news this week when Reser
Bicycle Outfitters announced the opening of an OTR location. The
store could open by June 1 in the 1400 block of Vine Street.
Legislation regulating ownership and
breeding of exotic animals has been approved by the Ohio House Agriculture
and Natural Resources Committee, 17-4. Senate Bill 310 could get
through the full House and Senate next week and be signed by Gov.
John Kasich soon afterward. The ban on the acquisition, sale and
breeding of certain species would take affect 90 days later.
Europe is preparing for Greece to
completely duck out of the Eurozone. The world markets are feeling
Mitt Romney has released his first
general election TV ad. And he's giving cookies to the media.Former Senator John Edwards will learn
his fate today, as a jury was set to deliberate this morning on charges that Edwards used campaign funds to
conceal an affair during his run for president.
More than 200 pages of documents,
photos and audio recordings were released yesterday
offering further details about what happened the night George
Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin.
The documents include an FBI audio
analysis of the 911 call placed by a resident that captured yells and
screams. Two FBI examiners said they could not determine whether it
was Martin or Zimmerman yelling because of the poor quality of the
recording and the "extreme emotional state" of screamer.
The AP is live-blogging Facebook's
stock market debut. Why does Bono have so much Facebook?
Cell phone maker Nokia has accused
Apple of programming bias into its interactive Siri voice search by
making it answer the question “What is the best smartphone ever?”
by stating “"Wait... there are other phones?" The answer
had apparently previously been “Nokia's Lumia 900.” Apple won't
say whether or not it changed Siri's answer after finding the glitch.
A new study suggests that nighttime
fasting can go a long way toward keeping you slim even if you eat bad
stuff during the day.
Scientists have found a car-sized
The private space launch is scheduled for
4:55 a.m. Saturday, and there will be alcohol involved.
by Jac Kern
night’s Reds opener against the Cubs was postponed due to that nasty storm, so Bronson Arroyo and Chicago's
Jeff Samardzija will face off tonight at 7:10 p.m. A makeup game for
last night has not been announced yet.
you’re downtown for the game or just hanging out, stop by the Moerlein Lager
House at The Banks for their first seasonal Keg tapping. Councilman P.G.
Sittenfeld will tap the Christian Moerlein Dubél Double IPA, available only at
the Lager House, at 6 p.m.
if you’re far from a modern dance buff, you’re probably familiar with
contemporary dance company Pilobolus. Besides touring across more than 64 countries,
Pilobus performed a tribute to the nominated movies at the 2007 Oscars,
collaborated with OK GO for the group’s “All Is Not Lost” music video
and were featured on Late Night with Conan O’Brien in 2008.
cool, right? Pilobolus is in town tonight and Thursday, performing at the
Aronoff Center as part of Contemporary Dance Theater’s Guest Artist Series. Go
hosts staff favorite author Veronica Roth and their Rookwood location tonight.
The New York Times bestselling author will discuss and sign the second book in
her popular Divergent series tonight
from 7-8:30 p.m. Insurgent is “another intoxicating thrill
ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful
insights about human nature.”
May is Bike Month so be sure
to check our our new issue, out today, for tips on traversing city streets,
options for trail lovers and a lots of pedal-rific events all month long.
Check out our To Do page for
more arts and theater happenings and follow our music blog for nightly club
shows and concerts.
by Danny Cross
Posted In: bikes
at 01:51 PM | Permalink
Cincinnati’s annual celebration of the two-wheeled lifestyle returns in May
It’s that time of the
year again — time to celebrate bicycles and the pleasant lifestyles
to which they contribute. It’s easy to understand the benefits of
riding a bike: exercise, better enjoyment and understanding of our
surroundings, less traffic and smog, etc. (When you’re riding a
bike you also get to worry less about the consistent military
struggles over resources in the Middle East and other places: “What
the [expletive] did I do?!?”)
May is officially Bike
Month, but celebratory events kick off this weekend with a Bike Art
Poster Party at Coffee Emporium 6:30-8 p.m. Friday and the Bike Month
Kick-Off Expo 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the downtown public library. The
Expo will include crafts, bike-related books and unique bikes on
exhibit such as a tall bike, bamboo bike and vintage, delivery and
preview in its cover story next week the many other Bike Month events
scheduled during May, in addition to some fun cycling tips and a
rundown of local cycling infrastructure and resources. (There might
also be a check-in with a local guy who doesn’t have a car to see
how things are going with him…)
The following are some
of the many events taking place in May, via Queen City Bike:Howl
at the Moon Ride: Explore city streets at night, top off with a
Along Wasson Way-:Walking tour along the proposed Wasson Way Biking
and Pizza: Tour the exhibit at the Museum center then ride to a
Femme: 50-mile female-only rideBike
Swap- sell, buy and trade bike goodsBikes
and Brews: bike pub crawlTeilen
Story Hour: Tell your story or come to listenBike
Prom: a formal bike rideRide
of Shame Brunch Ride: Roll out wearing your clothes from Saturday
a link to the official Bike Month calendar.
And check out last
year’s Bike Month cover package here (the image on this blog is last
year’s CityBeat cover, which garnered much praise/ridicule from the Stuff You Will Hate “Caption This Picture” contest).
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Hi! Guess what? It's Bike Month! Queen City Bike and dozens of sponsors, activists and cycling enthusiasts have a crazy month planned — from group rides and events to classes and free stuff at designated biker locations all over town. We've got the month-long schedule covered in our Bike Month events calendar, an update on the city's 2010 Bike Plan and a Q&A session with a guy who likes bikes so much he doesn't even have a car. Enjoy, but be safe. Those guys on our cover this week are trained tandem-bike professionals, obviously.