by Nick Swartsell
45 days ago
Posted In: News
at 10:05 AM | Permalink
Dems won't come to Columbus; new OTR brewery to debut on Opening Day; how the New York Times kicks it old school
Hey all, let’s do a quick news update today. Normally, I like to lead with local stuff first, but the big news today is that the 2016 Democratic National Convention will not take place in Columbus, it seems. The city was one of three finalists for the event, at which Democrats will formally nominate their presidential candidate. The Columbus Dispatch reports that Dems chose Philadelphia instead. Womp womp. Ohio is still getting two other major conventions that year, however: the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and the NAACP National Convention in Cincinnati. • OK. On to local stuff. A new brewery has announced it will debut on Reds Opening Day. Taft Ale House is currently working on its three-level brewery and restaurant near Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine and aims to be open for business on April 6, just in time to welcome the Opening Day parade. The brewery, bar and restaurant had aimed to be open in late 2014 but ran into complications with the old church building it has been renovating on Race Street. The building was originally scheduled to be torn down before plans for the Ale House materialized. But now, after developer 3CDC spent tens of thousands of dollars shoring up floors and making other structural adjustments, it’s on track for the big day.Bonus news in case you missed it yesterday: This year, none other than famous 1990 World Series-winning Reds relief pitching crew the Nasty Boys, aka Rob Dibble, Norm Charlton and Randy Meyers, are marshaling the parade.• More good news for the city’s iconic public buildings. A local foundation has kicked in another $1 million for efforts to renovate Memorial Hall, bringing the project much closer to being completely funded. The Annie W. and Elizabeth Anderson Foundation put up the contribution toward the $8 million project, which will improve the building’s acoustics, replace seating and air conditioning, build a catering kitchen and renovate the building’s bathrooms. Hamilton County has pledged another $1.5 million to the project.• State officials for the first time yesterday acknowledged that the Hopple Street offramp collapse might have been caused by faulty demolition plans. The collapse killed construction foreman Brandon Carl, sparking possible lawsuits from his family. It occurred while Columbus-based Kokosing Construction worked on a $91 million contract to remove the offramp that passed over I-75. Some experts have said it appears last-minute changes to the demolition plans might have played a role in the collapse. Ohio Department of Transportation officials say they haven’t finished their analysis of the collapse but acknowledge the plans used failed. Kokosing has also said it is still investigating what went wrong with the demolition. • Gov. John Kasich looks to be ramping up a possible presidential bid. He’s visiting early primary state South Carolina next week as part of a national tour touting his balanced budget plans. Kasich polls fairly strong among GOP voters in Ohio, but he’s a virtual unknown outside the state. The trip could help boost his stature among GOP presidential nominee hopefuls and draw big-money donors to his campaign. • Speaking of Ohioans on the national stage, Cincinnatian and Department of Veterans Affairs head Bob McDonald had a pretty public dustup yesterday with Colorado Republican Rep. Mike Coffman during a budget hearing in Washington, D.C. Coffman criticized McDonald for not doing enough during his first six months leading the V.A., pinning the blame for the agency’s continued dysfunction on its new leader. But McDonald wasn’t having it. He got a couple zingers off, including pointing out he’s run one of the country’s largest companies, before pointedly asking Coffman what he’s done lately. And while pointing to your last job when you're being criticized about your current one is maybe not the strongest argument, the former P&G head seemed to be holding his own. McDonald, who is also a Republican, was probably drawing fire from the congressman because he was appointed by President Barack Obama, though the official complaint was that his actions thus far have amounted to nothing more than public relations and have not enacted substantive reforms on the V.A., which has been rocked by record-keeping and patient treatment scandals in the past year.• Finally, if you’re like me, you do most of your news reading on a smartphone or, failing that, your laptop. But even if you’ve never touched a printed newspaper in your life, this piece about how the New York Times kicks it old-school and gets the paper out every day is pretty amazing. For something seemingly so low-tech, pumping out hundreds of thousands of newspapers each day is actually a mind-bending feat of engineering and coordination.
by Nick Swartsell
124 days ago
Posted In: News
at 09:40 AM | Permalink
Ferguson seethes as no indictment comes; man freed after spending 39 years in prison on false conviction visits Cincinnati; someone stole a 400-pound Sasquatch
Your morning news today is gonna be a little grim and heavy. Sometimes that's how the news goes, folks. A grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting death of Mike Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old. The incident has been highly racially charged from the start and caused months of unrest between protesters and police in Ferguson and surrounding communities. Brown was black and Wilson is white. St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch delivered the grand jury’s decision in a highly unusual, and perhaps highly unwise, 9 p.m. press conference, despite the fact the grand jury reached its decision much earlier in the day. The rambling, 20-minute announcement lead with a strong condemnation of social media, the 24-four hour news cycle and other seemingly unrelated forces before getting to a strong defense of Wilson from the prosecutor. It’s exceedingly unusual for a grand jury to not hand down an indictment, unless that indictment is for a police officer who has killed someone in the line of duty. The announcement was followed by waves of anger from already-gathered protesters, and civil unrest quickly spread through Ferguson. Police and National Guard troops on the scene began firing tear gas and smoke bombs shortly after the decision was read. Reports on the ground relayed some peaceful protesters as well as incidents of looting and vandalism. Several buildings and at least two police cruisers had gone up in flames by this morning, and St. Louis Police Chief Jon Belmar said he had heard at least 150 gunshots throughout the night. President Barack Obama sounded a skeptical note about the decision but called for peace in Ferguson. Brown’s family released a statement expressing their extreme disappointment with the verdict but also called for protesters to remain peaceful. Calmer demonstrations have sprung up in many cities around the country, including Los Angeles, Seattle and New York. A peaceful demonstration organized by the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the National Action Network will be held in Cincinnati today at 5 p.m. at the U.S. District Courthouse downtown. • Last week, Cleveland native Ricky Jackson was released from prison after spending 39 years there for a murder he didn’t commit. Today at noon, Jackson will be in Cincinnati appearing at UC’s School of Law to thank the school’s Ohio Innocence Project and others who helped free him. Jackson’s story was first unearthed by the Cleveland Scene and taken up by the Innocence Project shortly thereafter. He was convicted based on the sole testimony of a 12-year-old boy who later admitted he had made up his statements. Jackson is the 18th person freed by the program. • Over-the-Rhine's newest brewery and tap house is almost ready for guests. Taft's Ale House, which is on 15th and Race, received its fermenters and brewhouse yesterday. They were lowered in with a crane, which is pretty epic. The owners say they'd like to be open by Reds Opening Day next year.• If someone offered you a free building, would you take it? Hamilton County commissioners aren’t sure they will. Mercy Hospital has offered to donate their former facility in Mount Airy to the county. A number of the county’s offices, including the county’s cramped coroner and crime lab, could move there, but the new location won’t be cheap. It could cost up to $100 million to retrofit the building for its new tenants, money commissioners say they don’t have, especially after their vote yesterday to approve a relatively skinny $201 million budget. Republican Commissioners Chris Monzel and Greg Hartmann have both indicated the county may not take the building after all. Democrat Commissioner Todd Portune is also skeptical about moving county services to Mount Airy, though for other reasons. He says the county’s board of elections, which was also proposed as a tenant at the site, should stay downtown.• Finally, as if my faith in humanity needed more testing this week, there’s this story. Someone stole a Sasquatch statue out of a family’s yard in Delhi. The thing weighs 400 pounds, so it’s an impressive bit of thievery, though also pretty heartless. “I want squashy back,” the statue’s owner told Channel 12 News. “We've got to dress him up for Christmas. We can't have Christmas without Squashy."
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Despite a vagabond baseball career that
saw him careening from team to team across the Northeast and Midwest for
a decade, Lipman “Lip” Pike arrived in Cincinnati in early 1877 to play
for the Red Stockings — the early name of today’s Reds — amid a fair
amount of hype.
by Jac Kern
Posted In: Events
at 10:47 AM | Permalink
The Cincinnati Art Museum’s monthly Art After Dark series is a really
cool way to experience the historic art institution. Each final Friday, the CAM
opens its doors after hours for a themed night of gallery tours, live
performances and a cash bar with happy hour drinks and appetizers. Friday’s Art
After Dark: Rococo Vibrations includes tour of Genius and Grace: François Boucher and the Generation of 1700
(members-only at 5:30 p.m., public tours at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.) and the
Neo-Soul stylings of Tracy Walker from 6-8 p.m. The free event runs 5-9 p.m.;
parking is $4.
Oyster Festival kicks off Friday. This 28th annual food fest features a menu of more than 40
styles of oyster dishes, including Smoked Oyster Salad, Fried Oyster Tacos,
Oyster Stuffed Jalapenos, Oysters Mardi Gras and Nantucket Oysters. Guests can
enjoy lunch, dinner and happy hour specials and pay to play various games for
prizes, with proceeds benefiting the Saint Francis Soup Kitchen in
Over-the-Rhine. Washington Platform’s Oyster Festival specials are available 11
a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 4-8 p.m. Sunday and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday- Thursday.
Recent Grammy Award winners
Roomful of Teeth perform at the Contemporary Arts Center Friday. The vocal
group specializes in blending classical singing techniques with diverse World
music styles for a completely unique sound — one of their songs is in a made-up
language! The concert, which begins at 8 p.m., is just the latest offering from
the CAC’s solid performance series. Tickets are $14, $8 for members. Read our
story on Roomful of Teeth here.
This weekend is your last
chance to check out Krohn Conservatory’s spring show, Avant Garden. The show features exotic flowers and shrubs with
recycled materials in the landscape. Avant
Garden closes Sunday along with the Conservatory’s spring plant sale. The
anticipated annual butterfly show — this year it's Pura Vida: The Butterflies of Costa Rica — opens April 12.
Day in Cincinnati is not only a city holiday, but a rite of passage for locals.
It marks the first game of the Reds’ season (baseball’s first professional
team), the unofficial start of spring and the return of one of the best parades
of the year, the Findlay Market Opening Day Parade — now in its 95th year!
Opening Day may not be until Monday, but Covington gallery BLDG is getting a
jump on festivities beginning Friday.
199C: Cincinnati’s Opening Day
is an exhibit of baseball-, Cincinnati- and Opening Day-themed art from more
than 40 artists from around the neighborhood and world. The exhibit opening
starts at 4 p.m. Friday with music from Automagik, food trucks, a live art
installation, retro video game competitions and a pop-up Wiffle ball game on
Pike Street. Find more info here.
Opening Day celebrations
run the gamut from sports-related fun to art, bar events and food. Check out a
roundup of Monday’s happenings here.
Be sure to read this week’s
Best of Cincinnati issue for reader and staff picks on the city’s best
restaurants, businesses, events and more.
For more art openings, theater shows, parties and other stuff to do
this weekend, check out our To Do picks and
by Amber Hemmerle
Posted In: Culture
at 12:13 PM | Permalink
Cincinnati's most buzzworthy tweets of the week
Each week our intern Amber will be
exploring what Cincinnatians are interested in by scouring the local Twitter
trends and reporting on what she’s found. From serious tweets to goofy
hashtags, she’ll highlight what Cincy’s been buzzing about. So get to tweeting,
Kilpatrick became the second player to score 2,000 career points at UC during the
Bearcats’ game against Louisville on Feb. 22. The only other Bearcat who tops
his record is Oscar Robertson, "The Big O," whose career points
totaled 2,973 by 1960. Fans from Cincinnati and beyond were showing their love
for Kilpatrick all over Twitter on Sunday.
Dale Earnhardt Jr., the superstar of NASCAR. Earnhardt won the Daytona 500 for
the second year in a row and as part of his celebration, he finally decided to
create a Twitter. In 10 hours, the racecar driver accumulated over 450,000
followers — 515,000 by Wednesday and 526,000 by Friday. I’ve had my Twitter for
years and I’m barely pushing 200 followers. Anyway, who says NASCAR is only for
the Southern folk?
in Texas voided the ban on gay marriage in the state this week. An outpour of
support for the judge’s decision was evident throughout the nation. Following
suit in equality, an Arizona judge vetoed a bill that would allow businesses to
refuse service to the LGBT community due to their “religious rights” being
violated. Of course, Cincinnati also made moves toward a more equal community
when announcements of a domestic partner registry for same-sex couples
was the start of spring training for the Reds. The boys took the win, 8-3 over
the Indians, in the Cactus League Opener. It doesn't matter if you think Homer
Bailey's extension is a total waste or that Joey Votto should have won the Face
of MLB competition, one thing we can all enjoy is the sweet sound of Marty
Brennaman’s voice and the memories of warm weather it has brought with it for
the past 50 years.
I had to do at least one funny trend. People just made up categories that
should be in the Oscars:
Tyler Perry presents the Tyler Perry Oscar for best performance by Tyler Perry.@startpuking:
Movies so bad you yell, Sharkeisha! No!@MnightShelton:
Best Seth Rogan film in a non-Apatow production
Stiles, #WatchingTop13, Taco Bell, #Scandal, Penn State, Son of God and #BBN.
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Because summer is the time of the year to be active, or to watch other people be.
0 Comments · Thursday, May 2, 2013
MONDAY APRIL 29: Cincinnati police were kept busy today
searching for a large monkey on the loose near Union Terminal. Witnesses
on the scene said the primate ran through a tunnel near Dalton Avenue.
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 3, 2013
The 2013 reader picks for best local athletes, teams and recreational sports spots around town.
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 3, 2013
From Joey Votto's cool hitting style to the local coaches, teams and recreational spots we enjoy all year long.
by German Lopez
Opening Day today, BMV to offer licenses to DACA recipients, Cranley suggests budget plan
It’s Opening Day today, which means it’s time for a
citywide celebration of the Cincinnati Reds and baseball. At the City Council meeting
last week, Mayor Mark Mallory declared today a local holiday, so if you
need an excuse to sneak in a few beers while watching the parade at
work, say the mayor made you do it.
The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles will allow the children
of illegal immigrants who qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood
Arrivals (DACA) to obtain driver’s licenses.
DACA was signed by President Barack Obama to give recipients the
opportunity to remain in the country legally without fear of
prosecution, but until Friday, the BMV wasn’t sure that qualified
recipients for driver’s licenses.
Democratic mayoral candidate John Cranley proposed his budget plan
Thursday that he says will avoid layoffs and the city’s plan to lease
its parking assets to the Port of Greater Cincinnati Development
Authority, but critics say the plan is unworkable and some of its
revenue sources are “fantasy.” Cranley’s proposal calls for $21 million
in casino revenue that Horseshoe Casino General Manager Kevin Kline
previously said will be available to City Council, but Jon Harmon,
legislative director for Councilman Chris Seelbach, says the number is
using an outdated model and the city’s estimate of $10 million is more
in line with recent turn of events. The budget proposal also claims to
make its cuts and raise revenue without layoffs, but even Cranley was
uncertain about whether that’s possible.
Opponents of the city’s parking plan say they’ve gathered more than 10,000 signatures
— more than the 8,500 required — but the signatures still need to be
verified before the plan is placed on the ballot. Last week, the
mayor told Cincinnati residents
to not sign the petition because he says it will force the city to make
budget cuts and layoffs. A ruling from Hamilton County Judge Robert
Winkler opened the parking plan to referendum by essentially striking
down the city’s use of emergency clauses.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is backing a wider religious exemption
for contraceptive coverage in health plans. As part of Obamacare,
health insurance plans are required to provide contraceptive coverage — a
measure that may save insurance companies money by preventing expensive pregnancies,
according to some estimates. But DeWine and 12 other Republican state attorney generals argue the mandate infringes on religious liberty.
It’s not just charter schools that do poorly under the state’s new report card system; most urban schools would flunk too.
An analysis by StateImpact Ohio found urban schools actually perform
worse in some areas, supporting arguments from charter school advocates
that the report cards’ harsh grades show a demographic problem in urban areas, not a
lack of quality in education. An analysis of old data by CityBeat in 2012 found Cincinnati Public Schools would fall under the new system.
A new study found bedbugs are afflicting less Cincinnati residents
— suggesting the reversal of a trend that has haunted local homeowners
for years. In the past few years, Cincinnati was marked as one of the
worst cities for bedbugs around the country.
The last two generations are falling behind their parent’s wealth. The trend shows a generational divide behind rising income inequality in the United States.
Ohio gas prices are starting to go down this week.
Scientists still don’t know what’s killing up to half of America’s bees.