by German Lopez
Carbon dioxide emissions fell to a 20-year low this year,
largely thanks to natural gas that was made cheaper and more plentiful
due to the fracking boom in Ohio and other states. The news is a
surprising turnaround for climate change activists, but critics
worry that methane — a more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide — emitted from natural gas operations could still pose a significant climate
threat. Environmental groups are generally opposed to fracking,
but supporters, like Gov. John Kasich, insist it can be made safe with
enough regulations. CityBeat previously covered the concerns and questions behind fracking here.The Ohio Department of Education has had a rough year, and
in a few ways, it’s back to square one. On top of the search for a new
superintendent of public instruction, the Department of Education has
had to deal with budget cuts and layoffs, a new Board of Education
member with no college degree or known resume, and the department is now
being investigated by the state auditor. The White House has announced a $30 million manufacturing
hub for Ohio that will act as a model for the rest of the United States.
The hub will bring together universities and businesses in order to increase growth and collaboration and decrease risk.Ohio has seen an uptick of businesses requesting to work
in the state, according to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted. Estimates
show 6,137 new entities applied to work in the state during July, up
from 5,472 during July 2011. The state has also seen 52,728
new business requests so far in 2012, up from 49,460 during the same
January-to-July period in 2011. The news shows some signs of
strengthening economic growth in Ohio.But Ohio’s unemployment rate barely moved in July. The
unemployment rate remained at 7.2 percent, the same as June’s
unemployment rate, even though 2,000 jobs were added.The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. EPA,
Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and energy companies met yesterday
to work out how Ohio will enforce new Mercury and Air Toxics Standards.
The new standards will greatly reduce toxic pollutants given off by
power plants, according to the National Resources Defense Council.Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor claims there’s a funding
shortage for courts. The shortage could make it difficult for some cases
and people to see their day in the courtroom.Environmental groups are asking for more rules for
wastewater injection wells, the wells used to dump wastewater produced
during fracking. But state regulators aren’t sure more rules are
necessary.Fifty-eight state Republican lawmakers have never broken from the very conservative Ohio Chamber of Commerce in a vote.Sen. Rob Portman will be speaking at the Republican
national convention. The convention will make Mitt Romney’s nomination
as the Republican presidential candidate official. Conventions are also a
time for political parties to show off their new party platforms.President Barack Obama is coming back to Ohio next Tuesday. The president will be staying in Columbus this time around.Tax Policy Center to conservative critics: No matter what you say, Romney’s tax plan is still mathematically impossible.Americans love computers, but they hate the oil and gas industry.It’s taking more than three days, but the famous Jesus statue is rising again.
Obama campaign targets LGBT voters in Ohio
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Barack Obama is the first sitting
American president to express his support for gay marriage, and he’s
hoping to cash in on that political capital come November.
by German Lopez
Hamilton County commissioners will vote on levies today. If commissioners do not increase the money levies generate, mental health services could be severely cut in Hamilton County. On Aug. 1, Thomas Gableman, Mental Health and Recovery Services Board Chairman, told the commissioners, “I cannot tell you we can do more with less. We cannot do the same with less. We will do less with less.”Republicans, including local state representative candidate Mike Wilson, have been pushing false information regarding a lawsuit filed by President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party to restore early voting. After releasing a misleading press release, Wilson clarified his position to CityBeat. Politifact rated Mitt Romney’s accusations “False.”Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is calling for new regulations on internet cafes. Internet cafes have been taking advantage of legal loopholes to hold contests, according to a press release from DeWine’s offices.Ohio could finish the 2013 fiscal year with a $408 million surplus. The surplus could give more ground to Gov. John Kasich’s call for an income tax cut.The swine flu outbreak in Ohio is being watched carefully by CDC officials. The CDC is worried the virus could mutate, making it deadlier or more contagious.Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has a big announcement about elections tomorrow. One reason for high health-care costs may be the fee-for-service model. The model encourages doctors to provide as many medical procedures as possible, even when they might not be necessary.Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra saw attendance and subscriptions rise in the 2011-2012 season.There are super PACs for everything. Even time travel.The public may be excited about NASA’s current mission, but future missions could be in jeopardy due to funding reductions.
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Petitions for the redistricting amendment being pushed by Voters First are about to reach their Friday deadline. If Voters First does not obtain enough signatures, the redistricting amendment will not be on the November ballot. CityBeat has previously covered the petition issue here and the GOP attempt to redraw state districts to its advantage here.The Beach landed a new operator for the 2013 season: Adventure Holdings LLC. The new operator is expected to make more than $1 million in investments in the park.An Ohio Department of Education investigation found Lockland School District has been reporting false attendance data. The district’s rating has been bumped down to adjust for the real data.Some political pundits are saying Cincinnati will play a pivotal role in the 2012 presidential election.The 2012 Kids Count report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation found Ohio has the sixteenth highest child poverty rate in the United States with nearly 1 in 4 children in poverty.The Obama campaign will be setting up headquarters at the Hanke Building in Over-the-Rhine.County officials across Ohio are complaining casino tax money is not making up for losses in state funds.Forty economists of varying political and ideological beliefs have concluded that the Republican Party has abandoned economic reality.Mayors Against Illegal Guns has put together a website that demands Barack Obama and Mitt Romney release a plan to end gun violence.Eye scanners may not be all they’re cracked up to be in movies and TV shows. New research has found a way to completely fool them.
by German Lopez
During a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises
in Aurora, Colorado last night, a gunman walked into a theater, threw
tear gas, and opened fire. Police identified James Holmes as
the suspect in the shooting. Twelve were killed and at least 50 were
wounded. On Twitter, one witness lamented that “there is no dark knight,
no hero, that could save us from anything like this.”Cincinnati Police Chief James Craig will learn later this summer if he'll be required to undergo additional training and take the state police exam. Craig and his attorneys yesterday told the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission about his 36 years of policing experience.
This summer, Ohio families will receive health
insurance rebates as part of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care
Act. The average family will receive $139. In total, Ohioans will be getting back $11.3 million.
Ohio’s unemployment rate dropped to 7.2 percent in June,
down from 7.3 percent in May. That’s the lowest unemployment has been
An Ohio Supreme Court task force approved changes that will help prevent racial bias in death penalty cases.
Gov. John Kasich can’t get even his own people to agree
with him on his tax plan. An Ohio Tea Party group came out against the
Speaker of the House John Boehner
called the issue of Mitt Romney’s tax returns a “sideshow” and said that
Americans don’t care about it. But Romney apparently disagreed with Boehner’s
perspective in 1994 when he asked then-Senator Ted Kennedy to release
his tax returns.
First giant mirrors, then volcanoes. Now, scientists want to use plankton to help fight global warming.
by Danny Cross
A new survey by the Coalition for a Drug-Free Greater
Cincinnati found that local teenage marijuana use is up slightly. Mary
Haag, president and CEO of the coalition, says it’s the organization’s
biggest concern — makes sense considering the organization is dedicated
to creating a drug-free Cincinnati, but shouldn’t someone be concerned
about this, too?
Cincinnati police will stop using a certain breathalyzer machine due
to a recent court ruling that the machine must be cleared after
each use. City Prosecutor Charlie Rubenstein says attorneys are
consistently questioning in court the Intoxilyzer 8000’s use,
causing a backload of cases.
President Obama will visit Cincinnati on Monday, though no details have been released.
Mitt Romney might not like running as a potential Bush
third term, but he’ll take whatever money Dick Cheney can raise for him
at an event in Wyoming.
In response to heated negotiations over the price of Viacom networks such as Nickelodeon, MTV, VH1 and Comedy Central, DirecTV
this week told its users where to find Viacom content online for free (Viacom's website).
Viacom yesterday shut down the free streaming shows, replacing them with
a video explaining how to complain to DirecTV that SpongeBob SquarePants isn’t available and your kids are pissed. Former FBI Director Louis Freeh said a report released
today that Penn State and Joe Paterno concealed critical facts about
Jerry Sandusky and showed a total disregard for the safety of his
A new drug has been found to protect healthy people
exposed to HIV, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the first
time is considering approving a drug which could prevent individuals
from acquiring the virus.
Hackers released 453,000 Yahoo! passwords, potentially
helping many log into their accounts after forgetting their passwords
years after switching to Gmail.
The Hubble telescope found a fifth moon orbiting Pluto, which is still not a planet anymore.
by Danny Cross
Local subscribers to Time Warner and Insight cable woke up today without access to WLWT-TV
(Channel 5) after the station and companies failed to reach a new
retransmission agreement. Instead, the cable companies offered Channel 2
from NBC affiliate Terre Haute, Ind. The Enquirer is all over
the story, reporting that Todd Dykes and Lisa Cooney in the morning were
replaced by someone named Dada Winklepleck in Wabash Valley, Ind. Don’t
worry: 30 Rock will still be on your new local Indiana station. Visit
mywabashvalley.com for further details about additional programming. Or
you can just hook up an antennae and get WLWT in hi-def for free.
Anyone in the market for a school building? Cincinnati
Public Schools is adding four closed buildings to a for-sale list in an
attempt to raise the capital necessary to complete an overhaul of its
in-use buildings as part of its Facilities Master Plan.
The new buildings on the list are Central Fairmount, Kirby
Road, North Fairmount and Old Shroder schools.
Ohio brought in $23.5 million during the first seven weeks of legalized gambling in the state.
Mitt Romney says he’s not hiding anything in his offshore
accounts. The proof: He doesn’t even know where they are, so they’re
technically hidden from him, too.
Barack Obama is in Iowa apparently setting up an issue on
which to debate Romney later this fall. Obama is pitching an extension
of the Bush-era tax cuts for households earning less than $250,000,
while Romney wants to extend them for rich people, too.
The FDA went against the advice of an expert panel,
deciding not to require mandatory training for doctors prescribing
long-acting narcotic painkillers that can lead to addiction.
Three-hundred-square-foot apartments in New York City? Mayor Michael Bloomberg asked developers yesterday to try to make them work.
City planners envision a future in which the young, the
cash-poor and empty nesters flock to such small dwellings — each not
much bigger than a dorm room. In a pricey real estate market where about
one-third of renter households spend more than half their income on
rent, it could make housing more affordable.
Droughts in 18 states have made the price of corn go up, and the soybeans are hurting a little bit, too.
Sitting less adds two years to U.S. life expectancy.
A new study found that babies are healthier when there are dogs in their homes.The Major League Baseball All-Star Game will take place
tonight in Kansas City. The Reds’ Joey Votto is a starter, while Jay Bruce and Aroldis
Chapman are also likely to play.
by Danny Cross
The World Choir Games kicked off last
night with an opening ceremony that CityBeat’s Anne Arenstein thoroughly
enjoyed. Arenstein in a blog described choirs from West Chester,
Loveland and Pleasant Ridge mingling with groups from Japan, Colombia,
Canada and Australia, along with “spontaneous singing and dancing.” The
event takes place at various venues through July 17. More info here.
Kentucky has a higher rate of women who smoke while
pregnant than other parts of the country. The state health department
has apparently felt the need to remind people that when you inhale
cancerous chemicals with a baby inside your body, the baby gets some
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is willing to offer the
full strength of his office should any knuckleheads try to rip off the
state’s new casinos. In a joint statement with Cuyahoga County
Prosecutor Bill Mason, DeWine articulated his dedication to stopping cheaters in casinos. The state charged seven people for increasing
bet sizes or removing bets when you’re not allowed to anymore.
President Obama has begun a two-day bus tour through
northern Ohio and western Pennsylvania. The tour is called ”Betting on
America” and will include a defense of Obama’s economic policies while
pointing out that the auto bailout worked and Mitt Romney outsourced
Mitt Romney is reportedly considering choosing a woman as a
running mate, and Romney’s wife says “I don’t have a problem with
London built a new skyscraper called “The Shard.” It’s 95 [expletive] stories high.
Reuters says there are positive signs for the struggling job market.
Veteran NBA point guard Steve Nash is joining the L.A. Lakers, and Pau Gasol says it will be a huge honor to play with the dude. Kobe says, "Meh."
by Danny Cross
Someone really smart in Todd Portune’s office warned his
or her superiors that the monthly first-Wednesday siren test might scare
the living hell out of tens of thousands of foreign people visiting
Cincinnati for the World Choir Games, so there will be no siren test
River Downs applied for some slot machines, the second racetrack in the state to do so.
Here’s the latest person to write about how screwed Mitt
Romney is due to the constitutional health care mandate or, more
importantly, the similar one he passed in Massachusetts. MSNBC says the Bain attacks are hurting Romney. And
Mother Jones says this: “Romney Invested in Medical-Waste Firm That
Disposed of Aborted Fetuses, Government Documents Show.”
And Obama is “feeling the pain” of campaign fundraising. Whatever that means.
Here’s all you need to know about torture in Syria. Thanks, Human Rights Watch.
Anderson Cooper publicly announced that he’s gay after a discussion with friend
and journalist Andrew Sullivan of The Daily Beast regarding celebrities
coming out. Cooper emailed Sullivan about the matter and gave him
permission to print it. “I’ve also been reminded recently that while as a society
we are moving toward greater inclusion and equality for all people, the
tide of history only advances when people make themselves fully visible.
There continue to be far too many incidences of bullying of young
people, as well as discrimination and violence against people of all
ages, based on their sexual orientation, and I believe there is value in
making clear where I stand.
“The fact is, I'm gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.”
Chrysler’s sales are up 20 percent, but the company hasn’t specifically thanked JLo for boosting the Fiat marketshare.
Scientists are saying that recent heat waves, wild fires
and other seemingly random natural disasters are due to global warming.
And we thought it was only going to be our kids’ problem. :(
Meanwhile, European physicists hope to find the God
particle by the end of the year, explaining the creation of the world.
Here’s video of a British guy trying to explain what the particle is
using a plastic tray and ping pong balls.
The NFL is going to back off some of its local blackout
rules. Teams now must only hit 85 percent of their ticket sales goal
rather than 100 percent to avoid making local markets watch crappy
regional games instead of their favorite teams. That means more Bengals games, less crappy Browns broadcasts.
Looking back on a progressive year in the fight for equality
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 27, 2012
From federal legislation to local initiatives and activism, Cincinnati's LGBT community has many triumphs to look back on during the past year.