by Nick Swartsell
17 hours ago
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Tracie Hunter suspended by Ohio Supreme Court; COAST, labor unions jump on anti-toll effort; Cincinnati one of the best cities for Halloween
So it’s not Monday anymore, which is a plus, but still. This week is the first week in my mission to give up caffeine and donuts. It’s going to be a long, long haul. Anyway, on with the news.The city administration yesterday described in more detail a parking plan for Over-the-Rhine that’s been floating around for a bit now. The plan would charge $300 a year, or $25 a month, for residents to park in the neighborhood as a way to raise funds for the streetcar. Increased rates and hours for parking meters are also part of the plan. Currently, you have to feed the meters from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day but Sunday. The new hours would stretch from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday thru Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. Mayor John Cranley has championed the plan. Council would need to vote on the residential permit part of the plan, which would be the highest parking fee in the country if enacted. City officials stressed at the Monday Neighborhood Committee meeting that they were still in the planning phases of the proposal, that a final proposal was contingent on continued feedback from residents, and that they weren’t asking for any decisions to be made yet.• It’s not very often labor unions and conservative anti-tax groups get together on an issue. But it seems like proposed tolls to fund the replacement of the Brent Spence Bridge may just be the one issue that… uh oh… bridges the usually wide ideological divide (see what I did there?) Advocacy group Northern Kentucky United, which has campaigned against tolls for the Brent Spence with its “No BS Tolls” initiative, announced that both Teamsters Local 100 and the Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes have hopped on board the effort. You may remember COAST as the folks who stamped their feet and threw a temper tantrum over Cincinnati’s streetcar project. The two groups are the first Ohio organizations to support the anti-toll group, which claims to have 2,000 members. The group is totally against those BS tolls, that much we know. Less certain is what alternate proposals the group does back for the crumbling 51-year-old bridge’s replacement. It will cost something like $2.5 billion to replace, and federal and state officials have said government dollars are not in the cards for the project.• Embattled Juvenile Court Judge Tracie Hunter today was suspended from practicing law by the Ohio Supreme Court, meaning she cannot practice law anywhere or represent anyone in a courtroom. Hunter was convicted on one felony count in a high-profile trial last week. Hunter was accused of forging documents, misusing a court credit card, improperly intervening for her brother, a court employee accused of punching a juvenile inmate and other charges. She was convicted on the charge she illegally gained documents for her brother, though the jury was hung on the other eight felony counts she faced. Hunter faces up to a year and a half in prison. Sentencing in the case will begin Dec. 2. • Oh man, this is terrifying. What would you do if a county prosecutor’s office mistakenly put your picture in a newsletter as someone who had a recent heroin conviction? That happened to Dana J. Davis of Covington. Davis was temporarily put out of work, mistrusted by neighbors, and even shunned by family after an electronic newsletter contained his picture and a blurb that he’d pleaded guilty to a heroin charge and had been sentenced to prison time. But it was a different Dana Davis, and the Kenton County Prosecutor’s office grabbed the wrong photo. Oops. Now Davis is suing over the mistake, looking to be compensated for lost wages and damage to his reputation. The prosecutor’s office is arguing they shouldn’t have to pay because the newsletter does a public good, and because the prosecutor’s office is immune from that kind of lawsuit. The case is headed to court.• Here’s something I can get behind. Cincinnati is the second best city in the country for Halloween, according to a new ranking released by lifestyle site mylife.com. The rankings took into account number of costume shops per capita (we ranked second), vacant houses (we also ranked second), local Twitter mentions of Halloween, as well as interviews with local ghosts camped out in abandoned costume shops tweeting about Halloween (not really). The rankings do give a shout out to the city’s rich history, though, as well as Pete Rose for some reason. If you’re curious, number one was Las Vegas. Florida and Arizona were represented heavily in the top 10, which makes sense. Both are terrifying places.• A minimum wage job in Ohio won’t pay for a college education, a new story from data reporters at Cleveland.com finds. I guess the shocking news in this is that it ever did. Apparently, in 1983, you could work a minimum wage job full-time during the summers and school breaks, work ten hours a week during school, and make ends meet. That seems so quaint now! It would take a wage of $18 an hour to make that possible today, and working minimum wage will leave you more than $11,000 shy of the average tuition, room and board at a university in the state. In my day, I worked two jobs, crashed at my mom’s house and commuted an hour each way my senior year, sometimes sleeping in my car, and sold blood and the rights for my first-born child to pay for my degree from Miami University. Ok, maybe not all of that, but it was kinda rough. Alls I’m saying is, kids these days should have to do the same.• A new study finds Ohio has benefited greatly from its expansion of Medicaid. More than 367,000 Ohioans are now enrolled as of August 2014, according to the report by Policy Matters Ohio. The report claims that the expansion has lowered health care costs and improved health outcomes for low-income people. You can read all the details here.
by Nick Swartsell
4 days ago
Posted In: News
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Butler County's Sheriff Jones to tangle with Jon Stewart; 3CDC to buy low-income units, move tenants; Undead Santa wants to crash on your couch
All right. It’s beautiful outside right now and I’m at a desk (as I imagine you are) with a load of election stories to write. I’m sure you’ve got your own stuff going on as well; let’s do this news thing quick so we can all be a little closer to getting to the weekend.Are you embarrassed for Ohio yet? No? Just wait. Everyone’s favorite big-talkin’ sheriff will be representing the Greater Cincinnati area to an audience of millions soon. Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones is filming a segment of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, where he will tangle with host Jon Stewart. Jones is well known for his antics and sometimes factually questionable assertions. He recently tried to bill Mexico for the amount it cost Butler County to jail undocumented immigrants he alleges came from that country. He also likes to equate immigrants with crime, drugs and disease which I explored briefly a while back. Now… he’s going national.“We’re going to be filming a segment on illegal immigration and the upcoming elections,” Jones told the Cincinnati Enquirer about the show, which he’s filming this afternoon. Can’t wait! • Dena Cranley, wife of Mayor John Cranley, will join 14 area pastors’ wives in an effort to extend health tests and information about diseases that predominantly affect low-income urban areas, the mayor's office said in a news release today. The services will be available at area churches with financial support from Walgreens. The program is part of a national push called First Ladies Health Initiative that has already been launched in Los Angeles and Chicago. The initiative provides free screening for diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, breast cancer, HIV/AIDS, and more. • 3CDC will buy three buildings with 80 units of low-income housing in Over-the-Rhine on the 200 block of West 12th Street across from the Drop Inn Center and at 1301 Walnut Street. The developer says the buildings are “problem” properties, with high amounts of police calls, and that residents there want out. 3CDC says it’s helping those living in the 64 occupied units find other places to live. The developer doesn’t know what it will do with the buildings yet, but says the building on Walnut may become an expansion of nearby Mercer Commons project and could end up as mixed-income housing,. Helping low-income people find more enjoyable, safer surroundings sounds great, but a couple questions spring to mind. Will the low-income units be replaced one-for-one? What do residents have to say, and will they be relocated to nearby housing in OTR? None have been quoted so far about the buildings’ problems, and it’s unclear where they will be moved to. You can peruse crime stats yourself to see the propensity of police calls to the buildings, how many people arrested lived in the buildings and so forth. • There’s a reason you shouldn’t get relationship-related tattoos, and I think it’s kind of the same with building names. Chiquita Brands International peaced out on Cincinnati in 2011, first moving to North Carolina and now training its wondering eyes toward Ireland. Until recently, we still had a big, prominent building, the Chiquita Center, bearing the company’s name. It kind of made us look like we weren’t ready to move on from the relationship. No more. We’re finally letting go. The center will be rebranded as 250 East Fifth, a simple, bold declaration that the building doesn’t need to define itself by its bygone relationship with some flashy, globe-trotting company with tons of banana money.• Finally, I think I found my Halloween costume. This guy was dressed in the creepiest possible way when he drunkenly entered someone’s house and passed out on their couch, only to be discovered by children. Undead Santa couch surfer for the win.
Harvest Festivals, haunted tours, costume balls and more fall events to trick-or-treat your way through a frightfully fun October
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 8, 2014
October is synonymous with Halloween,
haunted houses, harvest festivals and more-sexy-than-scary costume
balls. Whether you plan on being a slutty nurse, a moody John Snow, your
basic zombie or Dracula, the Tristate offers more than enough events
for you to get your freaky on all haunting season.
by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
One good thing about Halloween falling on a Thursday is that we get two
weekends of celebrity costumes to dissect.
Heidi Klum always pulls out the stops for Halloween, hosting a major
bash every year. And her costumes are always over-the-top. This year is no
different, though Heidi wasn’t dressed in a crazy cyborg suit or a scary Kali
goddess getup — Ms. Project Runway was
unrecognizable as an old ass lady!
a 15 percent chance this is actually just Heidi Klum after a week with no Botox,
green juice or airbrush artists.
There are essentially three categories in which Halloween costumes fall:
“sexy” costumes, offensive costumes and pop culture costumes. As Julianne Hough
proved with her Orange Is the New Black-face
ensemble, it’s typical for costume categories to overlap. Here are
my fave star costumes of the year, which happen to all be celebs dressed as
other celebs. #meta
Miley as Lil' Kim
Honey Boo Boo family as the Kardashian Klan
Ellen as Nicki Minaj
Jenny McCarthy as Miley’s moufSo apparently "funeral selfies" are a goddam thing – Bust, The
Jezebel and others are all talking about the trend this week. Some people argue that kids of the digital age
don’t know how to express their feelings except by documenting every passing
moment — no matter how somber — on social media. This is just the modern way of
grieving! Which actually make sense because, come to think of it, when I went
to a funeral as a young teen, all the kids would snap self-portraits in church
with disposable cameras, run to Walgreen’s afterward and then scan them to our
LiveJournal pages — hashtags just weren’t invented yet! Oh wait, none of that
actually happened because that’s fucking strange behavior no matter your generation.
Guy Fieri né
FERRY is all over the news this week. The intolerable TV “chef” got into a
recorded altercation with his drunk hairdresser who had just gotten sloshed on a plane
(taking them to Flavortown, I presume).
Fighting is never the answer, children, but who wouldn’t want to beat
down the person responsible for basing a real hairstyle......off of a hat primarily
given as a gag gift:
“Flaming Flair Hair Visor,” not the
actual scalped head of Guy Fieri
Two days after the cat fight, the King of Donkey Sauce found himself in court
testifying against the man who allegedly stole his neon yellow Lamborghini (which is
equally as obnoxious as Guy himself), resulting in one of the best trial sketches of all time.
From one example of tragically iconic headwear to another, Limp Bizkit’s
Fred Durst is working on a CW show about his life. The only way this could
possibly come to fruition is if the CW audience of 12-19-year-olds watch out of ignorance ("What's a limp biscuit?").
If you ever want to make a ridiculous childhood dream come true, you should
probably move to China, where all weirdly wonderful things happen. Latest
example: Shanghai’s Kerry Hotel recently installed the world’s largest ball pit
— an empty swimming pool full of ONE MILLION brightly colored plastic balls.
While the child in me is ready to cannon ball into this vast abyss of
happiness, my realistic adult side can only assume there are exponentially more
snakes, dead rats
and petrified diapers at the bottom than regular ball pits…
Everyone wants to be like the “cool kids.” It’s the reason many people
pick up smoking, get tattoos or experience really bad spray tans — to emulate
some super hip senior in school. So it goes without saying that Harrison Ford
is a perpetual cool kid. When Ford appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to chat about Ender’s Game, Fallon was captivated by Ford’s cool grandpa pierced
ear. So captivated, in fact, that he allowed Ford to pierce his own. In front
of a live audience. FOR REAL. From
Ford’s piercing procedure to his choice of jewelry, the result was TV gold.
Ali G is back! Sacha Baron Cohen is reviving his original character for the
new network FXX. The channel will air old episodes with new material (intros to
skits — not full new episodes, though) in February 2014. Respek.
This week in Craigslist Perfection: Local Edition — Are you a tall,
handsome man who works at or frequents the Northside Tavern? Your great-great granddaughter
has traveled from the future to meet you. Details here.
Former Cincinnati Ballet soloist Dawn Kelly joins Exhale Dance Tribe for annual Halloween show
2 Comments · Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Over-the-Rhine’s Memorial Hall, the
Tiffany-chandeliered, 1908 Beaux-Arts treasure teeming with handcrafted
details in marble, wood and plaster, is tucked at Grant and Elm streets,
next to Music Hall. The space is said to be haunted by the figure of a
Civil War-era soldier who materializes in one of the steep balconies.
by Jac Kern
firm Landor Associates hosts coinciding events Friday at the iconic Shillito’s department
store building downtown. Miketoberfest is a benefit for Mike Amann, owner of
Covington design firm BLDG and linchpin in the Greater Cincinnati arts scene,
who is battling stage 4
neuroendocrine cancer. The fundraiser features live music and DJs, grub from
local food trucks and local art and handmade goods for sale from 5-11 p.m.
Meanwhile, Landor will also be guiding Shillito’s Abandoned tours every 10
minutes during that time. Visitors will go underground to explore the former
department store’s cafeteria, showrooms and Santaland for a spooky experience
perfect for Halloween. Admission for Miketoberfest is $15; tours are $10. All proceeds from the night benefit the Amann family. Go here
for more details.
The Cincinnati Art Museum is said to be
the site of various hauntings, which sets the stage for Friday’s Art After Dark
event. The museum will host ghost tours at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. and screen
the 1922 classic Nosferatu with Folk
Rockers The Ridges providing a live score to the film from 6-8 p.m. Appetizers and
drinks (including Great Lakes Nosferatu ale) will be available for purchase;
admission is free.
style gets the spotlight at Rise of the Cool Kids, a production feature from
local retailers, designers, bloggers and other area fashionistas. The event
takes over Washington Park Friday with a happy hour 5-7 p.m. benefiting
Artworks; a dance party and projected fashion show 7-11 p.m.; and after-parties
at nearby 4EG bars. $10 tickets are available in advance online. Limited cash tickets
will be available tonight at the park.
For a classy twist on the adult Halloween party, check out The Malice Ball: OTR Brewers' Masquerade Saturday. The Christian Moerlein
Brewery serves as a chilling setting for a masquerade ball, complete with
masks and makeup artists to elevate your mysterious look, a DJ, photo booth,
local bites, drinks served by fave Japp’s and Bakersfield bartenders and a
special dance performance by Pones Inc. The Malice Ball runs 8 p.m.-midnight.
Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door, and include a drink ticket and
free shuttle to and from Washington
Park and Mercer Garages. Register here.
Channel your inner
Jules Verne at the Cincinnati Museum Center’s Gears & Beers event Saturday.
It’s a steampunk soiree — Victorian aesthetic with a sci-fi edge — complete
with a costume and gadget parade, live entertainment and plenty of microbrews
and food pairings. The party kicks off at 8 p.m. Admission is $40; $30 for CMC and Enjoy the Arts members. Go here
for event lineup and menu details.
For more art openings,
parties and other stuff to do this weekend, check out our To Do picks,
full calendar and Rick
Door for weekend theater offerings. Be sure to read ScaryBeat for more Halloween
events and holiday inspiration.
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 23, 2013
The following are some really low-skill
ideas for creating last-minute costumes besides the classic toilet paper
mummy, white sheet ghost or tinfoil-wrapped burrito human.
The holiday's history runs deeper than just candy and creepy masks
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 23, 2013
The business of getting back to the roots
of Halloween can be a fun, creative time for families to spend
together, too. Here are a few ideas to get you going that don’t involve
candy or store-bought plastic masks.
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 23, 2013
All Hallows’ Eve might not be for another
week, but judging by the number of “fun-size” candy bags on sale,
pumpkin patch photo shoots on Instagram and Halloween-inspired
television offerings, it appears this quintessential fall holiday is
already upon us.
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Some people will go all-out for
Halloween-themed snacks and build monsters out of Jell-o or make
cupcakes that look like black cats, but that takes a lot of effort and
creativity. Here are some fast ideas to whip up some spooky snacks and
cocktails that are pretty decent/thematic.