by German Lopez
Fiscal cliff averted despite local politicians, defense cuts delayed, wind tax credit renewed
The fiscal cliff was averted, but some Greater Cincinnati politicians didn’t do much to help.
U.S. Speaker John Boehner voted for the final fiscal cliff deal, but
Republican U.S. Reps. Steve Chabot, Jean Schmidt and Mike Turner voted
against the deal. Ohio’s U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, a Republican, and
Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, voted in favor of the deal.
U.S. Congress may have averted the fiscal cliff, but the
spending cuts were only delayed for two months. For jobs at the
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, that means another congressional
showdown in March could decide the fate of thousands of jobs. On the other hand, no one is surprised Congress reacted to a crisis by kicking the can down the road.
As part of the fiscal cliff deal, Ohio’s wind industry should feel a little safer
thanks to the extension of wind energy tax credits. Still, advocates are frustrated funding for wind energy is part of a
“stop-and-start policy” that can suddenly continue or end depending on
last-minute congressional deals.
The Buckeye Firearms Association is training and arming 24 teachers through a pilot program in the spring. A previous CityBeat analysis
found no evidence that arming teachers would help stop gun violence; in
fact, armed people tend to be in greater danger of violence.
Ohio and Kentucky are still in the bottom half of Forbes’ ranking for businesses, but they’re showing improvement.
The Ohio Liberty Coalition, a tea party group, is not
happy with Gov. John Kasich. The group is upset Kasich supposedly
violated the state’s Health Care Freedom Amendment by signing
legislation that compels all Ohioans with health care insurance to buy autism coverage. If even conservatives are angry at Kasich, who’s happy with him?
Cincinnati-based Macy’s is closing six stores, but none of them are in the Cincinnati area.
Surprise! Research has linked being overweight (but not obese) with lower risk of mortality.
During her final days as commander, Sunita Williams of NASA recorded a tour of the International Space Station.
A new study found newborn babies know the difference between their native language and a foreign one.
by Andy Brownfield
Sex dungeon discovered during construction in Louisville
Construction crews working to restore historic apartments in Louisville’s Whiskey Row discovered an underground sex dungeon two floors underground. The Associated Press reports that the dungeon had mural reproductions of paintings by the
likes of Salvador Dali, Edvar Munch and Fancisco Goya and contained
what appears to be a medieval stretching rack complete with winch and
rusty chain.The artist who
painted the murals tells the AP that he did the work at the request of
friends, and the room was meant to attract people who were into sadism
The artist says the room was only used for one night in the 1990s, but he couldn’t remember the year.
However, digging deeper into the story, CityBeat learned
not to Google “Louisville sex dungeon” on an office computer WHAS-TV
spoke with the founders of the club, who said that it was in operation
from the mid to late '90s and had close to 1,000 dues-paying members.
In stories with pithy titles like "50 Shades of Louisville" (more like "50 Shades of Y'all Need Jesus) the station spoke with one of the dungeon's founders, who said the
dungeon included dozens of other bondage and “torture” implements,
including a large rope “spider web” with manacles, in addition to the torture rack.
Some of the plumbing had “DO NOT HANG” stenciled on it, but the founder said some people were still hung from their ankles.
He was quick to disclaim that there was “never, ever any nudity or sex acts.”
While much of the dungeon has rotted away, Whiskey Row’s owners plan on preserving the
paintings and torture rack as a link to history.
The Blue Marble remains a hidden gem for young readers after 33 years of service
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 20, 2012
The stairway to the Goodnight Moon
room at The Blue Marble serves as a portal to a simpler, more magical
time most of us recall as childhood. The local Fort Thomas children’s
bookstore this month celebrates 33 years providing literature for
children of all ages and interests.
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 20, 2012
New laws will soon change where and how
you can buy things to blow up in Northern Kentucky. In March 2011, a
bill passed that allowed the establishment of permanent retail sites for
fireworks sales and also legalized the sale of mine shells, aerial
shells and other previously illegal types of fireworks.
0 Comments · Tuesday, April 24, 2012
As soon as I was admitted into the emergency room, the first thing the doctor asked was, “What happened?” I answered: “I’m pretty sure I’m the only person who ever broke his ankle while playing golf.”
Asian chain offers sushi, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Southeast Asian cuisine
3 Comments · Wednesday, April 18, 2012
“Don’t judge a book by its cover.” I’m
sure we’ve all heard that phrase applied to any number of situations,
but I had to say it to myself when I learned I was to review a new
restaurant named Naked Tchopstix. The name is just a bit twee and made
me wonder how the food would be. I needn’t have worried — the food is
by Danny Cross
Posted In: Basketball
at 08:45 AM | Permalink
Cincinnati, Xavier, Ohio State, Ohio U. all in the Sweet Sixteen
Late Sunday night, as the Cincinnati-Florida State game prepared to determine the
final member of this year’s Sweet Sixteen, the national analysis
dudes all started talking about how the state of Ohio had gone 7-0 up
to that point — Ohio University had just defeated South Florida to
get into the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since the 1960s. Ohio
State and Xavier were both already in.
Cincinnati went on to
win a physical, back-and-forth game against FSU, which finished third
in the Atlantic Coast Conference and won the ACC tournament. It was
the first time in the history of UC’s program that the team beat a
higher-seeded opponent in the NCAA Tournament. The No. 6 seed Bearcats will play No. 2 seed
Ohio State at 9:45 p.m. Thursday in Boston, which means the
state of Ohio will suffer its first loss of the 2012 NCAA Tournament
After a second-round
comeback win over Notre Dame, Xavier found itself in the fortunate
position of facing a team called “Lehigh” rather than one called
“Duke.” Lehigh was one of two 15 seeds to defeat a No. 2 seed in
this year’s second-round of play, and the “Mountain Hawks” made
actually game of against Xavier, which didn’t have the game in hand
until less than five minutes remained. Xavier will now play No. 3
seed Baylor at 7:15 p.m. Friday in Atlanta.
Ohio University upset
4-seeded Michigan in the second round and then ousted No. 13 seed
South Florida in the third. The Bobcats will play No. 1 seed North
Carolina at 7:47 p.m. Friday in St. Louis.
Ohio State beat Loyola
(Md.) and Gonzaga to earn its spot in the Sweet Sixteen. OSU and
Cincinnati last faced each other in the NCAA Tournament in the 1962
National Championship game, which UC won 71–59. (UC also defeated
OSU in the 1961 title game, 70-65.) The Ohio State-Cincinnati winner
will face the winner of Syracuse-Wisconsin, setting up a potential
rematch of the Big East Tournament semifinal game when Cincinnati
MORE SWEET NEARBY TEAMS:
The Ohio Valley’s
hoops success easily spreads beyond just the Ohio teams — three
more schools within 100 miles are in the Sweet Sixteen: Kentucky,
Louisville and Indiana. Kentucky and Indiana are actually matched up
in the South Region (9:45 p.m. Friday in Atlanta), while Louisville
faces Michigan State in the West (7:47 p.m. Thursday in Phoenix).
BIG EAST REPRESENT:
The Big East again
this year sent more teams to the NCAA Tournament than any other
conference, and four of its nine are still standing: Syracuse,
Marquette, Cincinnati and Louisville. Each of these schools is in a
separate region, so it’s still technically possible for an all-Big
East Final Four.
SWEET SIXTEEN SCHEDULE:
Thursday, March 22
Wisconsin vs. Syracuse
(Boston): 7:15 p.m. on CBS
Louisville vs. Michigan
State (Phoenix): 7:47 p.m. on TBS
Cincinnati vs. Ohio
State (Boston): 9:45 p.m. on CBS
Florida vs. Marquette
(Phoenix): 10:17 p.m. on TBS
Friday, March 23
Baylor vs. Xavier
(Atlanta): 7:15 p.m. on CBS
North Carolina vs. Ohio
(St. Louis): 7:47 p.m. on TBS
Kentucky vs. Indiana
(Atlanta): 9:45 p.m. on CBS
Kansas vs. N.C. State
(St. Louis): 10:17 p.m. on TBS
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 7, 2012
A crispy looking jersey and the fact that the Bearcats are NCAA
Tournament-bound pleased nearly all Ohioans, though Gov. John Kasich was
reportedly quite crestfallen to learn that the lack of numbers on the
jerseys shown at the unveiling was because they were prototypes and not
the result of cuts in education funding.
by Kevin Osborne
His father might be busy trying to score the GOP’s presidential nomination, but U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is taking the time to speak at a Town Hall-style meeting in Northern Kentucky next week.Paul is scheduled to attend an event organized by the Northern Kentucky Tea Party on Feb. 24. It will be held at the Calvin Perry Community Center, 8536 W. Main St., in Alexandria.The meeting, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 2 p.m. and last for about an hour. Paul will speak first, then answer questions from the audience.In the Tea Party’s announcement of the event, Paul is described as “a true champion of freedom” who has “worked to stop the EPA's war on coal.”Paul, 49, is the son of U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) who is seeking the Republican Party’s presidential nomination.Elected to the Senate in November 2010, the younger Paul is also a practicing ophthalmologist in Bowling Green, Ky.Paul made headlines during his campaign when he said he disliked portions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the landmark legislation that outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion or national origin in hotels, motels, restaurants, theaters and all other public accommodations engaged in interstate commerce.A restaurant or other private business with no government funding should be allowed to discriminate, he said. “In a free society, we will tolerate boorish people who have abhorrent behavior,” Paul added.
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 8, 2012
A recent Enquirer story leaves out the fact that the Mormon church
outlawed polygamy all the way back in 1890, prohibited black people from
priesthood until 1978 and reportedly only overturned it once senior
church members found out that the New Orleans Jazz would be moving to
Salt Lake City.