MAYOR MARK MALLORY: Despite fear-mongering by his opponents, Mallory hung tough in negotiations with the police union and won a major victory. The mayor asked the union for concessions to help avoid a $28 million deficit or face 138 layoffs in the Police Department. The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) initially refused, hoping a public relations blitz would change his mind. But Mallory marshaled a City Council majority to present a united front, ultimately resulting in the FOP agreeing to sacrifice like other city workers. Which brings us to…
FOP, CODE: Despite cities across the nation having budget trouble due to the tanking economy, these two unions at City Hall — the FOP and Cincinnati Organized and Dedicated Employees (CODE) — wouldn’t agree to furloughs or other concessions to avoid layoffs.
RYAN WIDMER: Widmer was convicted in April of drowning his wife in the bathtub despite her history of falling asleep there. To many observers, the guilty verdict seemed based mostly on evidence that he liked Internet porn which, for Warren County juries, means he didn’t love his wife. After the verdict, it was revealed jurors experimented at home on how long it takes for a person to dry off after getting out of a tub. Widmer’s lawyers asked for a new trial based on the misconduct and a judge agreed. Last week, an appellate court denied a request by prosecutors to stop the retrial. May we suggest a change of venue this time?
CARMEN ELECTRA: Professional babe and exrocker wife Carmen Electra, a Princeton High School graduate, mysteriously dropped out at the last minute as celebrity emcee for the Cincinnati Ballet’s opening of its “New Works” event. No reason was given, so we’re left to wonder if it conflicted with a party in Vegas or an appointment with her plastic surgeon. More likely, she wanted too much money. Still, she should’ve reconsidered and shown some love to her hometown. Really, is the fading ‘90s phenom that busy these days?