by German Lopez
Cranley and Qualls win mayoral primary, state limits Obamacare, zoo levy renewal on ballot
Ex-Councilman John Cranley decisively defeated Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls
as both Democratic mayoral candidates won the primary election and
advanced to the general election. With all precincts reporting, Cranley
got 55.9 percent of the vote and Qualls picked up 37.2 percent,
according to unofficial results from the Hamilton County Board of Elections.
But voter turnout for yesterday’s primary was especially low at 5.68
percent; in comparison, turnout was 15 percent during the primary held
on Sept. 11, 2001 — the day of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade
Center and Pentagon — and 21 percent in the 2005 mayoral primary. In the
past two mayoral races with primaries, whoever won the primary election
lost the general election. Voters will make the final choice for mayor
between Qualls and Cranley on Nov. 5.
Limitations imposed by Ohio lawmakers who oppose the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) have forced Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center to give up a $124,419 federal grant
that would have gone toward helping uninsured Ohioans navigate new
online marketplaces for health insurance. State legislators say the
regulations are supposed to clarify who qualifies as a “navigator” under
Obamacare to avoid potential abuses and conflicts of interest, but
Obamacare’s supporters say Republicans are just trying to make the law
more difficult to implement. Under Obamacare, participating
organizations are classified as navigators so they can help promote new
online marketplaces and tax subsidies to meet the law’s enrollment
goals. By losing its classification as a navigator, Cincinnati
Children’s Hospital can no longer help in that outreach effort.
After getting approval from county commissioners, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is asking voters to renew a levy that will appear as Issue 2 on the Nov. 5 ballot. The renewal wouldn’t
increase taxes from today’s rates, but it would keep property taxes $10
higher for every $100,000 of home value. It will go to the care,
feeding and maintenance of the zoo’s animals and botanical gardens. A
study from the University of Cincinnati Economic Center found the zoo had a $143 million impact on the Cincinnati area in 2012
— representing nearly 3.9 times the zoo’s total spending — and produced
1,700 jobs and nearly $1.6 million in tax revenue for Cincinnati and
State Rep. John Carney announced yesterday that he will run for state auditor.
Carney, a Democrat, will aim to replace Republican Dave Yost. He says
his run will “bring much-needed bipartisanship and transparency back to
our state government,” particularly by ending the one-party rule in many
state offices. Carney also took aim at JobsOhio, the privatized
development agency that has been mired in scandals in the past few
months. Yost split with his fellow Republicans when he pursued a full
audit of JobsOhio’s public and private funds, but Republican state
legislators cut the debate short by passing a law that made the agency
insusceptible to a full audit.
Two Ohio prison guards are suspended with pay
after the apparent suicide of Ariel Castro, the Cleveland man who was
convicted to a life sentence for holding three women captive and beating
and raping them. The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
is investigating whether proper protocols were followed to avoid
Campaign contributions to Republican Gov. John Kasich and Democratic opponent Ed FitzGerald came from people the gubernatorial candidates appointed to government positions.
In the case of Kasich, the contributions are legal under state law. But
the $1,000 contribution to FitzGerald was returned because it was deemed illegal under a county ethics law
that FitzGerald helped establish as Cuyahoga County
executive. Still, Kasich’s campaign has
criticized FitzGerald for the illegal contribution, even though Kasich
isn’t applying the same standard to his own campaign.
The panel reviewing the state’s controversial facial recognition program will actually review the entire web-based, decade-old Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway
for proper protection protocols. Gov. John Kasich and the American
Civil Liberties Union are among two of many who criticized the facial
recognition program for potential breaches of privacy. The facial
recognition program allows police officers and civilian employees to use
a photo to search databases for names and contact information;
previously, law enforcement officials needed a name or address to search
such databases. The program was online for two months without an
independent review of its protocols and before the public was notified
of its existence.
President Barack Obama nominated former Gov. Ted Strickland to be one of five alternative representatives to the United Nations delegation.
People can often remember events early in life better than more recent events, and that might explain why they usually enjoy their parents’ favorite music.
by German Lopez
Posted In: 2013 Election
at 11:29 AM | Permalink
Zoo claims levy renewal is a good investment for region
After getting approval from county commissioners, a levy
renewal for the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden will appear on the Nov. 5 ballot as Issue
The renewal wouldn’t increase taxes from today’s rates, but it would keep property taxes $10 higher for every
$100,000 of home value.If approved by voters, the funding would go to the care, feeding and maintenance of the zoo’s animals and botanical gardens.
The Cincinnati Zoo is promoting Issue 2 by claiming it’s a
good investment for the region. A study from the University of
Cincinnati Economic Center found the zoo had a $143 million impact on the Cincinnati area in 2012
— representing nearly 3.9 times the zoo’s total spending — and produced
1,700 jobs and nearly $1.6 million in tax revenue for Cincinnati and
The “Renew the Zoo” campaign is already in full motion at friendsofthecincinnatizoo.org.
by Hannah McCartney
Posted In: News
at 12:13 PM | Permalink
Accolade adds to zoo's arsenal of sustainability accomplishments
The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden added to its ever-expanding list of green accolades this week when its Base Camp Cafe was named the "greenest restaurant in America" by the Green Restaurant Association, a welcome but not-so-surprising accomplishment from the same locale that calls itself the "greenest zoo in America." According to the zoo's website, its sustainability push kicked off in 2006, and since then they've been in the news almost constantly for different initiatives, innovative ideas and successes in the world of green. Makes perfect sense particularly in a zoo, where the main mission is already, you know, dependent upon preservation, conservation and respecting nature. The Base Camp Cafe apparently earned the highest sustainability score the Green Restaurant Association has ever given out, which makes us wonder what else the zoo possibly has in store to keep up prized No. 1 title. Right now, the cafe is fueled partly by solar power, offers a full recycling (and composting!) program, uses some local produce and most of the tableware is compostable, including plates, bowls, cups and utensils. The zoo also recycles chip bags and candy wrappers (normally landfill material) through upcycler TerraCycle. Today, you can find the zoo's obsession with sustainability lurking around pretty much every corner. By resource saved, here are some of their other greatest hits, by no means a comprehensive rundown: Water Since 2006, the zoo's water consumption has been reduced by one-third, thanks to fixed leaks, low-flow water pumps and behavioral changes. Pervious pavement cuts down on water pollution and flooding green roofs (roofs covered with live plants) and raingardens make use out of rainwater and cut down on runoff, which can cause erosion and pollution. Solid WasteIn 2012, the zoo made a commitment to work toward becoming an zero landfill facility, which would mean that less than one percent of their total waste stream would be sent to the landfill. Almost every area composts in some way — old food, bedding, animal waste — around eight tons of material every week. Recycling bins are paired up with every trash can. EnergyThe solar energy panels at the zoo are perhaps its most recognizable green achievement, having garnered national attention particularly for the panel canopy structure over the Vine Street parking lot, which is the largest urban, publicly accessible panel in the U.S. The zoo also uses wind turbines, geothermal wells that help naturally regulate the temps inside zoo buildings, and, potentially, an anaerobic digester that would use elephant poop to produce power.Congrats, Cincinnati Zoo! We can't wait to see what you have in store next.
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.
Plus, benefit concerts, tunes (and blooms) at the Zoo and more
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Local rockers 500 Miles to Memphis celebrate their 10th birthday with a blow-out concert in Newport. Plus, area Folk/Americana artists unite to help Covington venue stay afloat, Rosie Carson, The Graveblankets and others perform for Cancer Family Care of Cincinnati at Molly Malone's in Covington and the Cincinnati Zoo's "Tunes & Blooms" concert series finally gets some spring-like weather.
by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
As the weather
gets warmer, music lovers tend to get antsy looking forward to summer concerts
and music festivals. There’s Bonnaroo, Forecastle, Bunbury all within a
reasonable drive from Cincinnati, plus tons of touring concerts like The Shins, The Lumineers, country acts galore and the most anticipated tour of them all: The Package. Boy band lovers of the ‘80s and ‘90s will unite for this music spectacular from New
Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men and Cincy’s own 98 Degrees. The tour kicks off next
month and Nick Lachey & Co. may not officially come home until the sold-out
concert June 25, but Buzzfeed is already getting in the spirit with this
collection of photos that reminds us about how Justin Jeffre was essentially
the Michelle Williams of 98 Degrees.
Upon looking up some 98 deets on Wikipedia, I realized dude is the only bandmate
who doesn’t have his own page. And he ran for mayor in 2005! Poor Justin. At
least he took a break from rehearsing to stop by our Best of Cincinnati party
last week (and if you obnoxiously asked him for a photo or just squealed and pointed at his
presence…Shame on you), which was just one
day before the release of the reunited band’s newest single. “Microphone”
(which, according to The Daily Beast’s painstaking analysis, could have also been entitled “Penis”) has all the ingredients for a killer
boy band tune: a danceable beat, barely-subtle phallic references that preteens
could unknowingly sing on the back of the school bus, and lyrics that pay
tribute to the group’s barber shop quartet past (“Say, ‘do-re-mi-fa-sooooo’ ”).
Cabrera? He was an early-2000s Pop singer who dated pre-Pete Wentz Ashlee
Simpson and was later resurrected on that post-Lauren Conrad final season of
The Hills that probably only I watched. Well, in a move I can only wish I was bold enough to pull first, he got Ryan Gosling’s face tatted
on his calf. One glance at the InAPPropriate
Comedy trailer and it was obvious — that shit was going to be bad. But as
this Huffington Post live-blog of the — ahem — “film” describes, it was baaad. Like being-inside-Lindsay-Lohan’s-vagina
bad (Spoiler Alert).
The Walking Dead’s
third season finale was Sunday night and, though the season closer was full of ample zombie/Governor scariness, the most terrifying part of the night came
during the live after-show, Talking Dead.
Somehow, this dude managed to make it on the air:
Hey, if you want a
captive, conspiracy-loving audience to stir up, TWD fans are it.
OK, time to get
serious for a minute. I don’t usually like to discuss serious matters like
death or illness on this silly pop culture blog, but this latest news from MTV
is just too crazy to ignore. A cast member from Buckwild, MTV’s take on
the rednecksploitation trend that replaced Jersey
Shore, was found dead in his car after having gone missing over the
weekend. While full details have not officially been released, it’s looking like the
accident is a result of off-roading after a stint at a local watering hole.
Shain Gandee, 21, was found dead with his uncle and a friend in Gandee’s truck,
which was partially submerged in mud. Their deaths have been ruled accidents, caused by carbon monoxide poisoning (with the car's exhaust stuck under mud, fumes filled the car).Obviously, this is tragic and not
something to make light of. What’s really disturbing is that, had this not
taken a terrible turn, the whole drinking-and-mudding scenario is something
that easily would have been included in an episode of the series. Not that MTV
needs to be a beacon for safety (see: Jackass,
Ridiculousness, the Jersey Shore's “smoosh room,” etc.)
But maybe it’s time to seriously re-think what we promote via reality TV
bullshit. Production on the show's second season has since been halted and it has been reported that Gandee's funeral expenses will be covered by Buckwild producers.
And here’s a cute video
of baby Gorilla Gladys at the Cincinnati Zoo to help you recover from that
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 6, 2013
In what feels like an effort to make life even more glum
for the baby gorilla already rejected by its mother at the Texas zoo
where it was born, Cincinnati Zoo has dubbed the recently adopted infant
“Gladys.” Gladys. CINCINNATI -2
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The Cincinnati Zoo had to euthanize one of the world’s
most famous endangered Sumatran rhinos, Ipuh, who in 2001 became the
first male Sumatran rhino to sire offspring in captivity since the 19th
Push for solar energy could help revitalize Cincinnati’s economy
0 Comments · Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Could Cincinnati become the solar capital
of the region? A new report by a citizen-based environmental advocacy
group says yes.
by Bill Sloat
Little Joe lost weight and struggled after return to the wild
manatee is an orphan from Daytona Beach. He was brought to the
Cincinnati Zoo in June 2005 and thrived in its Manatee Springs exhibit
over the next four years. Little Joe then went to Tampa’s Lowry Park,
and from there to the wild. He made news last week when teams from Sea
World and the Florida the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
removed him from a waterway behind the University of Central Florida
campus — he appeared to be emaciated and stuck near a water treatment
plant. A video of the rescue is here.
When he was
released last May, Little Joe weighed 1,515 pounds. He was plump and
primed for life in the Sunshine State. The zoo followed his progress in
Florida on its blog.
A year ago, when the last sighting was
reported, Little Joe was hanging out with six other manatees and feeding
on hydrilla — manna to manatees. The species — sometimes called seacows
— are endangered and the Cincinnati Zoo is a partner in a federal
program aimed at preserving and protecting manatees. The zoo says some
rescued animals need long-term rehabilitation and are sent to special
facilities for care, including the Cincinnati Zoo. The
zoo says its been home to nine manatees, and the majority have been
released back into the wild. “While a manatee is with us, it
periodically undergoes a medical exam to
assess its progress and condition. Once it's healthy, it is prepared
for release back into the wild. Accompanied by zookeeper staff, the manatee is transported back to the Florida facility
where it gets used to eating natural vegetation and living in saltwater
again,” according to the zoo’s 2011 manatee rescue web page.Slip and Little Joe in happier days at the Manatee Springs tank at the Cincinnati Zoo.