by German Lopez
19 days ago
Private prison mired in problems, Kentucky libraries threatened, council to pass budget
Since Ohio sold the Lake Erie Correctional Institution to
the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), prisoner accounts and
independent audits have found deteriorating conditions at the minimum- and medium-security facility. In the past few months, prisoners detailed unsanitary conditions and
rising violence at the prison, which were later confirmed by
official incident reports and a surprise inspection from the
Correctional Institution Inspection Committee. Now, the American Civil
Liberties Union of Ohio is calling on the state to do more to hold CCA
accountable. To read the full story, click here.
A Northern Kentucky lawsuit backed by the tea party is threatening library funding across the state.
The problems get into the specifics of Kentucky’s tax code,
potentially unraveling the entire library system by forcing the state’s
libraries to get voter approval before increasing or decreasing taxes.
If the courts rule against the libraries, the libraries could have to
set their tax rates back to levels from decades ago, leading to
considerably less funding for the public institutions.
City Council is set to approve a budget plan today that will avoid laying off cops and firefighters,
but it will make considerable cuts to many other city programs,
increase fees for various services and raise property taxes. The public
safety layoffs were averted despite months of threats from city
officials that such layoffs couldn’t be avoided without the city’s plan
to semi-privatize parking assets. But the parking plan is being held up in court, and City Council managed to avoid the public safety layoffs anyway.
Commentary: “Commissioners’ Proposed Streetcar Cut Ignores the Basics.”
A budget bill from the Ohio Senate would keep social issues at the forefront
and refocus tax reforms on small businesses instead of all Ohioans. The
bill would potentially allow Ohio's health director to shut down
abortion clinics, effectively defund Planned Parenthood, fund
anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers and forgo the Medicaid expansion,
while cutting taxes by 50 percent for business owners instead of going
through with a 7-percent across-the-board tax cut for all Ohioans.
The Ohio legislature is moving to take away
the state auditor’s powers to audit private funds that JobsOhio and other taxpayer-funded private entities take in. State Auditor
Dave Yost is looking to do a full audit of JobsOhio that includes
private funds, but other Republicans, led by Gov. John Kasich, have
pushed back, claiming Yost can only check on public funds. JobsOhio is a
privatized development agency that Kasich and Republican legislators
established to eventually replace the Ohio Department of Development.
A teacher who was fired from a Catholic school when she
got pregnant through artificial insemination when she was single is
taking the Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati to court, with hearings now underway. The Church’s critics argue that the Vatican’s stance on single pregnant women is
discriminatory, since it makes it much easier to enforce anti-premarital
sex rules against women than men.
Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) is facing $14.8 million in deficits
in its next budget — a sign that years of cuts are continuing at the
school district. CPS says the shortfall is driven by state cuts, which CityBeat previously covered in greater detail and how they relate to CPS here.
Hamilton County commissioners are asking Cincinnati to merge its 911 call centers with the county. The change would likely save money for both Cincinnati and Hamilton County, but it remains uncertain how it would affect the effectiveness of 911 services.Scientists are using yogurt to study how food interacts with the brain.
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Northern Kentucky tea party-backed lawsuit threatens library funding across the state
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Today, a tea party-backed lawsuit based
on the wording of a 1979 law has Kentuckians wondering what life would
be like with a weakened public library system — or, worse, with no
library at all.
by Jac Kern
at 04:09 PM | Permalink
By now, you’ve
probably seen Isaac Lamb’s masterfully choreographed routine/marriage proposal
to Amy Frankel. The Portland, Ore. couple reached cyber stardom with YouTube
video “Isaac’s Live Lip-Dub Proposal” — just one week after being posted, it's approaching 12 million views.
It is important to
note that despite various website mentions, this is decidedly
not “hipster” (except maybe the dancing Jews, that might be some kind of
underground art trend). The song is a 2010 hit Pop song by “Hawaiian Elvis”
Bruno Mars. A similar performance can be seen on this very popular television show. Nonetheless,
it is really damn cute. I dare you to not get misty-eyed.
It might not be
everyone’s dream proposal, but it’s such a representative 2012 slice of life:
popular music, Glee-esque dancing, technology (Skype, YouTube). Just imagine
their first dance as husband and wife…
If you’re not one
of the couple million people who saw Battleship, don’t waste your money quite
yet. Here’s every line of dialogue Rihanna says in the box office bomb.
usually suck. Although over the years many schools have committed to serving
healthier, more substantial meals, the thought of cafeterias conjures up
memories of greasy sloppy joes, canned fruit and square pizza. Most kids don’t
mind it — who didn’t look forward to grilled cheese day? Kids aren’t concerned
with nutritious content. Kids who aren’t Martha Payne, that is. GOOD shared the blog of
this 9-year-old Scottish girl who became fed up with her inadequate school
lunches. Under the careful supervision of her Dad, Payne created NeverSeconds, a blog of her daily school lunch with
ratings (which adorably calculate number of mouthfuls and pieces of hair in
every meal). The blog hasn’t even been up for two months and Payne is already
getting recognition from the likes of school lunch champion Jamie Oliver. Payne,
under the moniker Veg (as in Veritas Ex Gustu, which is Latin for
Truth in Tasting), also invites children from around the world to send in
photos and analyses of their healthy or sub-par school meals. What a cool
2 is really coming.
had a pretty busy couple weeks. He launched Facebook in the stock market, updated his relationship status
and married a girl that did not
dump him in The Social Network, honeymooned in Italy and
everyone’s pissed about all of it.
Did anyone else
nearly run their car off the road when they hear what sounds like Morgan
Freeman’s sweet, heavenly voice on a … library commercial?
That’s right, a
guy who really sounds like Morgan Freeman voiced a commercial for the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
Assembling a Family Media Library
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 20, 2008
If I ever have a fire, I won't worry about my physical possessions. The
family recordings, photos and writings are all I care about -- they're
tangible memories and treasures that never tarnish.