by Nick Swartsell
20 days ago
Posted In: News
at 10:57 AM | Permalink
Huge new development slated for OTR; Greater Cincinnati's unemployment at lowest level in a decade; Cleveland police officers sue department for racial bias against whites
Welcome back to the post-holiday real world, where we all must once again perform tasks even more arduous than eating three pounds of turkey and falling asleep in a chair while grownups talk about football. But hey, it’s Cyber Monday, so you can still spend brain-melting amounts of time staring at a screen shopping for the perfect deal on those special-edition Ruth Bader Ginsburg signature Nike Dunks you’ve been wanting until you fall asleep in your chair while grownups talk about work. Or maybe that’s just me. Anyway, on to news.If you weren’t following CityBeat over the holiday, you probably didn’t hear about this. A group of protesters arrested at a solidarity march for Ferguson, Mo. last week were jailed over Thanksgiving, despite having paid bail. Seven of the eight protesters arrested during the march’s shutdown of I-75 paid their $3,000 bond, but were kept in jail because they were deemed flight risks by Hamilton County Judge Melissa Powers. That meant that despite being charged with only misdemeanors, they had to wear electronic monitoring devices provided by an office that closed Wednesday around noon and wasn’t slated to reopen until today. The protesters were released Friday after Hamilton County Judge Ted Berry overturned the monitoring requirement, however. • Over-the-Rhine continues to change at a rapid pace. Another huge development project is in the works for the neighborhood, this one around the historic Grammer’s bar and restaurant. Rookwood Pottery Co. owner Martin Wade is looking to spend $75 million on a project that will redevelop 100 apartments, create 40,000 square feet of office and retail space and build four single-family homes. No word yet on whether any of that living space will be affordable housing aimed at low-income residents, but the plans tend to sound more toward the upscale, with details like Rookwood pottery accents in the works. The final phase of the project will be a 68-unit apartment building aimed at families looking to move into the neighborhood in a space behind the OTR Kroger store that is currently a garden. • Here’s some good news: Greater Cincinnati’s unemployment rate is down to 4.3 percent, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. That’s the lowest it’s been in a decade. Last October, the rate was almost 7 percent.• No, the Zoo hasn’t hired your one weird clickbait-sharing uncle as its new social media manager. Hackers have taken over the Cincinnati Zoo’s Facebook page and are posting all sorts of non-wildlife related content. The posts began about midnight Sunday and are the kind of thing that one annoying Facebook friend you have always posts: top five embarrassing photos lists, top 10 embarrassing holiday foods you shouldn’t eat lists, top 30 places to visit before your 40th birthday lists; that kind of thing. The Zoo has reached out to the social media company, which so far hasn’t taken any action to stop the posts. Officials with the Zoo are asking users to report the page as hacked.• In what has to be one of the best examples of terrible journalism seen
in Ohio in years, Cleveland.com, the Cleveland Plain Dealers’ website,
published an article outlining the legal history of the father of the
unarmed12-year-old boy shot by Cleveland police last month. “Tamir
Rice’s Father Has History of Domestic Violence,” the headline screams,
apropos of absolutely nothing at all. The paper published the story Nov.
26, the same day a video showing Rice’s shooting was released. In the
video, an officer jumps out of a patrol car and shoots Rice, a bored-looking kid playing with a toy pistol, within
seconds of arriving at the scene. The shooting has caused a good deal of
anger in Cleveland, prompting demonstrations and calls for the involved
officers’ resignations. An investigation into the shooting is ongoing. Meanwhile, in what is clearly some alternate reality…• Members of the Cleveland Police Department are suing the department,
saying it racially discriminates against white officers involved in
shootings of blacks. Eight white officers and one Hispanic officer are
suing over their treatment in wake of a 2012 high-speed chase that
resulted in two suspects without guns being shot in their car more than
20 times. The City of Cleveland settled with the families of the two for
$3 million. Thirteen officers fired 137 shots during the chase. The nine
officers involved in the lawsuit complain that they were unfairly
assigned desk duty, meaning they could only perform what the suit calls
“boring, menial tasks.” The group says they should not be held
accountable for the incident, since the Ohio Attorney General found that
it was part of big systemic problems in the department. Huh. That’s
interesting logic. • Finally, I dunno how many of you remember Richard Scarry's Busy Town kids books. If you do, this is hilarious in a "it's really kind of dark because it's true" sort of way. If you don't remember the books, well, I think it's probably still hilarious.
0 Comments · Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Al Franken was pretty funny back in the
day — his Stuart Smalley character always kept you hoping for the day
when he’d get high before talking to himself in the mirror and realize
that he was never good enough and everybody hated him.
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
Local entrepreneurs create a website for the wistful toy collector
1 Comment · Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Growing up, who didn’t own Barbies, G.I. Joes and Star Wars
action figures? Now those toys are a hot commodity, especially for
collectors like Gary Darna, who’s built an entire social networking-like
site called CompleteSet around the idea of “He who dies with the most
0 Comments · Tuesday, March 12, 2013
If there’s one thing that Facebook is
good for, it’s learning about stuff that’s happening on the Internet. My
colleague Mike Breen recently posted a humorous comment along with a
story he shared titled, “Mother Tried to Sell Her Kids on Facebook for
$4,000.” Mike’s take: “What an idiot! That’s what Craigslist is for!”
1 Comment · Wednesday, January 30, 2013
issue with the idea of social media has always been that I’ve never felt
that my experiences or the running commentary in my head should define
any given moment in pop cultural history. I hear what I’m thinking 24-7.
by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
convinced the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Will and Kate, rarely have physical contact and imagining their sexy
times is like picturing two pieces of notebook paper laying on a desk, I think it’s
safe to say Queen Elizabeth’s turkey baster procedure was a success, cause Royal
Baby Watch is upon us!
Duchess Kate was
hospitalized last week for Hyperemesis Gravidarum, which is pretty much a fancy way of
saying “bad baby morning barfs.” My professional opinion is that her tiny
12-year-old boy body has gone into shock now that it requires more than its
usual daily dose of three saltines and a grapefruit. Will and Kate’s baby is
approximately the size of a pea at this point and people are already putting
Kate’s nonexistent stomach under a microscope, asking absurd questions like "Could it be twins?"
And, ever the bastion of journalism, US
Weekly has a timeline of the duchess’ body changes over the past 10 years
See Kate’s shape transform from fettuccine to spaghetti to
spaghetti a la fetus before your eyes!
I’m rarely one to
say “poor princess” and I love a good celebrity pregnancy as much as the next
sad fool, but Kate's gone through more than a year of royal pressure to get knocked up, and now she is, but not even at the standard
pregnancy announcement 3-month mark yet. Let up on her womb, yo!
If Kate was like
us lowly commoners, she’d likely be Instagramming her tiny bump and tweeting
from inside the hospital (Nuthin 2 worry bout, just tummy troubles #preggers).
Call it over-sharing, but most people announce their
monumental life moments on social media. So, thankfully, if you were trying to
recall the major events you experienced this past year, Facebook has gone ahead
and just done it for ya. Just go to your page, click See your 2012 Year in
Review or go to facebook.com/yearinreview/[your Facebook url]. A slideshow of
photos you’ve been tagged in rotates above a list of friends you’ve added and
pages you’ve liked in the past 12 months. Scrolling further down, Facebook has
generated what it believes to be the 20 “biggest moments” from your year,
including status updates, photos and links. I’m assuming those who’ve posted
about starting a new job, getting engaged/married, moving to a new city or
having a baby — royal or otherwise — would see those types of announcements
highlighted, but for losers like me that just incessantly post pointless crap,
this feature is pretty damn funny.3/20 "biggest moments" of my year include fictional characters and alcohol.
Social media is
more than just a place to show off how great your life is to all your lame high
school friends #thankful. It’s also a platform to reach out to public figures
and celebrities. And while a member of Smash Mouth probably doesn’t fall into
either category in the year 2012, Jon Hedren became determined to get a
response from the band once Smash Mouth got a verified Twitter account in 2011.
Now, for those who
don’t remember, Smash Mouth was a San Jose-based Pop/Rock band that provided
songs for every major movie trailer and/or film credits in the late ‘90s-early
‘00s (Mystery Men, Shrek, Rat Race, Inspector Gadget —
and that’s just “All Star”). They also mastered the art of the pencil-thin chin
Holy shit, it’s
multiple silly messages to the band, but the one stood out:
After hundreds of
retweets, the dumb challenge turned into a pledge to raise money for charity —
all if lead singer Steve Harwell would eat a giant plate of eggs. Weeks later,
a San Jose music venue promoter reached out to Jon after talking the challenge
over with Harwell. More than $100,000 was raised for St. Jude’s and the Smash
Mouth dude agreed to scarf some eggs at the nearby opening of a Guy Feiri
restaurant. Best team-up ever, right? As Jon describes in his Vice story, “Guy and Steve were supposedly
old friends and not actually the same man, despite the exact same fashion sense
and divorced dad aura.”
Go here to read
the full first-hand account of how this guy got the Smash Mouth guy to accept
an eating challenge.
Everyone knows a
good way for an actor to clinch an Oscar nom is by dropping or gaining a ton of
weight. By those standards, the stars of Dallas
Buyer’s Club, due in theaters in 2013, should be racking up the awards next year
because they’re giving a new name to manorexia. Matthew McConaughey, who plays Ron
Woodruff — a Texan who contracted HIV in the ‘80s — has been
photographed in various stages of emaciation
over the past few months (a stark contrast to his recent beefy Magic Mike look).
And Jared Leto, portraying a transgendered woman with AIDS, recently posed for
photographer Terry Richardson’s camera. I mean, way to commit to your craft but dude is cartoon skinny — like, he
disappears when he turns to the side.
In Beyonce news,
which should always be its own category, Mrs. Jay-Z is set to perform the
halftime show at Super Bowl XLVII, she just signed a major deal with Pepsi and
has directed, produced and starred in her own documentary, premiering on HBO
Feb. 16. Sounds like 2013 will be the year of the Bey.
if you attempted multiple times to pause exactly on the shot of what appears to
be Beyonce’s pregnant belly (not that I did…), it looks like she’s finally
putting those fake baby bump conspiracy theories to rest.
in case you missed the biggest news story of the week, a very fashionable
monkey was found in a Toronto Ikea, becoming an instant Internet celebrity.
Darwin is a domesticated macaque and has since been taken by
animal control. His owner Yasmin Nakhuda is currently trying to get little Darwin back.
DJ-turned-designer puts Ohio on the map
0 Comments · Wednesday, November 14, 2012
It’s a timeworn story: creative type grows up in a small
town and feels compelled to leave for the big city. But instead of the usual ending
for local designer/businessman Floyd Johnson has instead created his own avenues
for creative success right in his hometown.
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 22, 2012
If a public figure’s name is trending on Twitter, you can
generally assume one of the following: They just cut their hair
(GASP!), updated their relationship status or died.
by Danny Cross
Posted In: 2012 Election
, President Obama
, LGBT Issues
, Healthcare Reform
at 09:19 AM | Permalink
Leaders of the nonprofit Music Hall Revitalization Co.
seemed to have compromised last week when the group proposed a 99-year lease of
Music Hall as part of a $165 million renovation. But the lease included a
clause that would allow the group to acquire the historic building for $1 at
the end of the lease or at the end of a second 99-year lease. The permanent
sale of the building is what held up the initial plan to turn the renovation
over to the nonprofit group, which says its donors will not offer the financial
support without the city turning over ownership. Mayor Mark Mallory told The
Enquirer that the proposal will not be approved. “I don’t care if it’s 99 years, 198 years, 500 years or
1,000 years, the city should always retain ownership,” Mallory said. “That
should never change.”
George W. Bush Presidential Library denied a request by a Democratic super PAC
for documents related to Sen. Rob Portman’s work in the George W. Bush
administration. The library says it is not subject to the Freedom of
Information Act and that all are welcome to see the documents in 2014. The
super PAC, American Bridge 21st Century, has been researching GOP candidates as
Mitt Romney moves closer to choosing a running mate.
you look at the roster of V.P. candidates, each of them is significantly
flawed,” American Bridge senior adviser Ty Matsdorf said in a statement. “For
Portman, it is his calamitous record on fiscal issues while working at the Bush
White House. It shouldn’t be a shock that he is going to want to keep that
under wraps for as long as possible, but unfortunately it’s pretty hard to hide
a record as terrible as that.”
is live blogging from the Supreme Court to see if there are any rulings on the
health care law or immigration.
Gay pride celebrations took place in New York, Chicago and
San Francisco over the weekend, and Obama organizers were there to recruit
Spain formally asked for European aid for its banks.
The sea level is rising faster along the Atlantic Coast than
other places in the world.
Facebook has created a new “find friends nearby” function
that will allow users to see friends and people they don’t know who are at
events or social gatherings. From some Facebook engineer’s comments on the
I built Find Friends Nearby with another engineer for a
hackathon project. While it was originally called ‘Friendshake’, we
settled on ‘Find Friends Nearby’ for launch (the URL was a little bit of
a homage to the previous iteration).
For me, the ideal use case for this product is the one
where when you’re out with a group of people whom you’ve recently met
and want to stay in contact with. Facebook search might be effective, or
sharing your vanity addresses or business cards, but this tool provides
a really easy way to exchange contact information with multiple people
with minimal friction.
HBO’s The Newsroom premiered last night, and this guy at the
Toronto Star said it kind of sucked while the New York Times says CNN could
learn something from it.