by German Lopez
Abortion restrictions follow trend, more tax issues in state election, Luken to run for judge
Ohio and various other states passed more abortion
restrictions between 2011 and 2013 than they did in the previous decade,
according to the Guttmacher Institute. The findings indicate that the
latest Republican-backed abortion restrictions, which were passed
through Ohio’s two-year state budget last June, were part of a broader
trend that’s culminated across the nation since the tea party rose to
national prominence in 2010. The trend could play a pivotal political
role: Ohio Democrats have made their opposition to the abortion
restrictions a central part of their campaigns to unseat Republican
incumbents who hold top executive offices in the state.
One of the candidates expected to join the tea party
ticket in a Republican primary challenge against Gov. John Kasich
appears to have personal tax problems. Brenda Mack, tea party leader Ted
Stevenot’s expected running mate, is linked to nearly $60,000 in unpaid
state and federal taxes and penalties, according to government records
in Mahoning and Cuyahoga counties analyzed by The Columbus Dispatch.
Mack refuses to comment on the tax problems until a Tuesday press
conference in which she and Stevenot are expected to officially announce
their candidacies for the May 6 primary.Former Mayor Charlie Luken says he will run for Hamilton
County probate judge. The Democratic candidate will likely face off
against Republican Ted Winkler, a Hamilton County Common Pleas Court
judge. Luken recently garnered the public spotlight for his support for
Mayor John Cranley’s campaign.Cincinnati’s homicide rate for victims younger than 18
rose to 1 in 7 in 2013 and 2012, up from 1 in 10 from 2000 through 2011,
according to The Cincinnati Enquirer. Four of the juvenile
victims were 1-year-old or younger, including a fetus who died after the
mother was strangled to death in April.Four seats on the 19-member Ohio Board of Education remain
unfilled, including two seats that have been vacant for months, long
past the 30-day deadline Gov. Kasich has under state law to name a
replacement. Administration officials said they’re aware of the
deadline, but they intend to find the best fit for the position before
moving forward with an appointment. “It’s far more important to us to
find the right person than putting warm bodies on the board,” Kasich
spokesperson Rob Nichols told The Columbus Dispatch.The amount of untested rape kits submitted to Ohio’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation exceeded 5,000.Fewer than 1,000 died last year in traffic crashes across
Ohio, the lowest number since the state began keeping track of the
fatalities in 1936.Bill Nye the Science Guy will debate evolution and
biblical creationism at northern Kentucky’s Creation Museum on Feb. 4.
Evolution is a scientific fact, but Creation Museum leader Ken Ham
denies its existence.Aaron Betsky announced yesterday he will step down as
director of the Cincinnati Art Museum. The news follows Betsky’s
controversial comments against the streetcar project in
ArchitectMagazine.com, which Betsky expanded on in a separate blog post.
CityBeat recently interviewed Betsky here.The Cincinnati Bengals received an extension until 4 p.m.
today to sell out tickets for Sunday’s game and avoid a television
blackout in the Cincinnati area.Strange lights sometimes precede earthquakes. Follow CityBeat on Twitter:• Main: @CityBeatCincy • News: @CityBeat_News • Music: @CityBeatMusic • German Lopez: @germanrlopez
1 Comment · Thursday, May 2, 2013
Politicians here are like helicopter
parents, mishandling the city in the same blatantly narcissistic manner
as parents who bear children for the sole purposes of shaping those
children in their images.
by Kevin Osborne
Posted In: News
at 04:02 PM | Permalink
Jesse Luken gets role in Jackie Robinson biopic
The scion of a Cincinnati
political dynasty is starting to make it big in Hollywood.
Jesse Luken, the grandson of
ex-Congressman Tom Luken and the nephew of former Mayor Charlie Luken, has recently
landed notable roles on TV and film.
Luken recently had a
recurring role on the third season of Justified on the FX cable network. He
played Jimmy, a Mohawk-wearing young thug in the gang led by Boyd Crowder (Walton
Now Luken has been cast in
42, the big-screen biopic about Jackie Robinson, the first African-American
player in Major League Baseball. Luken will portray Brooklyn Dodgers second
baseman Eddie Stanky in the film, which is due to be released on April 12,
2013. The release is timed to coincide with MLB's Jackie Robinson Day, held
every April 15 to commemorate the date in 1947 when Robinson played his first
game with the Dodgers.
The film, named after the
number worn by Robinson, also features Chadwick Boseman in the title role; Harrison
Ford as Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey, who signed Robinson; and Christopher
Meloni as Dodgers manager Leo Durocher.
Luken is a Colorado Springs,
Colo., native who previously had guest roles on the TV series NCIS, Law and
Order: L.A. and Greek.
A decade later, differing views persist on causes, aftermath
4 Comments · Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Riots. Civil unrest. Uprising. How a person characterizes the events that occurred in Cincinnati during the early days of April 2001 reveals a lot about his or her mindset. On a warm Saturday night, on April 7, two off-duty Cincinnati police officers in Over-the-Rhine recognized a passerby, Timothy Thomas, as a person wanted on open warrants. The officers walked toward Thomas, who ran.
2 Comments · Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Cincinnati is grappling with a budget crisis triggered by a drop in tax revenues, and to avoid a $28 million deficit this year the city manager is considering laying off some municipal workers, including 138 people in the Police Department. Republicans, particularly the party's long-shot mayoral candidate, are salivating over a wedge issue they can use to their advantage. But even with layoffs, the Police Department's staffing level still would be within the range that Chief Thomas Streicher Jr. said was sufficient just a few years ago.
1 Comment · Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Something’s going on to cause turmoil in the top ranks of the Cincinnati Police Department, but no one seems to know exactly what. We’ve written plenty of times in the past about Cincinnati Police Chief Thomas Streicher Jr.’s unprofessional behavior and fiery temper. What’s surprising about the latest blowup, however, is he’s the one accusing his longtime No. 2 man — Assistant Police Chief Richard Janke — of being a hothead and insubordinate, giving him a de facto demotion as a result.