by Danny Cross
Steve Chabot’s self-righteous attempt to block federal
streetcar funding found new criticism yesterday, as The Enquirer spoke to
several credible sources who say his amendment is broad enough to affect
federal funding for transportation projects beyond the streetcar,
including bus lanes or ferries.
Mayor Mark Mallory and 3CDC representatives were scheduled
to kick off a grand opening celebration of Washington Park at 10 a.m. this
morning. The $48 million renovation includes an underground parking
garage, concession building, dog park and concert space. A rally against
the renovation and displacement of residents was scheduled for 10:30
a.m. CityBeat’s Mike Breen blogged away yesterday about the park’s
scheduled weekly music series.
It’s going to be another sucky hot weekend in Cincinnati.
U.S. hiring is being weak again.
Walgreens is buying mass drug store chains, preparing to cash in on that ObamaCare money.
Brad Pitt’s mom wrote a pro-Mitt Romney, anti-abortion and
anti-same-sex marriage letter to the editor of a Missouri newspaper.
Brad, for the record, is pro-gay marriage and donated to the 2008
anti-Proposition 8 campaign in California. I have given much thought to Richard Stoecker’s letter (“Vote for Mormon against beliefs,” June 15). I am also a Christian and differ with the Mormon religion.
But I think any Christian should spend much time in
prayer before refusing to vote for a family man with high morals,
business experience, who is against abortion, and shares Christian
conviction concerning homosexuality just because he is a Mormon.
Any Christian who does not vote or writes in a name is
casting a vote for Romney’s opponent, Barack Hussein Obama — a man who
sat in Jeremiah Wright’s church for years, did not hold a public
ceremony to mark the National Day of Prayer, and is a liberal who
supports the killing of unborn babies and same-sex marriage.
I hope all Christians give their vote prayerful consideration because voting is a sacred privilege and a serious responsibility.First they were telling us that the Higgs boson is the
building block of the universe. How Professor Peter Higgs says he has no
idea what the discovery will mean in practical terms. Come on, Higgs!
Apparently 250,000 people are going to wake up without the Internet on Monday.
Scientists believe they’ve created the most realistic robot legs ever.
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
Posted In: 2012 Election
, President Obama
, LGBT Issues
, Healthcare Reform
at 09:19 AM | Permalink
Leaders of the nonprofit Music Hall Revitalization Co.
seemed to have compromised last week when the group proposed a 99-year lease of
Music Hall as part of a $165 million renovation. But the lease included a
clause that would allow the group to acquire the historic building for $1 at
the end of the lease or at the end of a second 99-year lease. The permanent
sale of the building is what held up the initial plan to turn the renovation
over to the nonprofit group, which says its donors will not offer the financial
support without the city turning over ownership. Mayor Mark Mallory told The
Enquirer that the proposal will not be approved. “I don’t care if it’s 99 years, 198 years, 500 years or
1,000 years, the city should always retain ownership,” Mallory said. “That
should never change.”
George W. Bush Presidential Library denied a request by a Democratic super PAC
for documents related to Sen. Rob Portman’s work in the George W. Bush
administration. The library says it is not subject to the Freedom of
Information Act and that all are welcome to see the documents in 2014. The
super PAC, American Bridge 21st Century, has been researching GOP candidates as
Mitt Romney moves closer to choosing a running mate.
you look at the roster of V.P. candidates, each of them is significantly
flawed,” American Bridge senior adviser Ty Matsdorf said in a statement. “For
Portman, it is his calamitous record on fiscal issues while working at the Bush
White House. It shouldn’t be a shock that he is going to want to keep that
under wraps for as long as possible, but unfortunately it’s pretty hard to hide
a record as terrible as that.”
is live blogging from the Supreme Court to see if there are any rulings on the
health care law or immigration.
Gay pride celebrations took place in New York, Chicago and
San Francisco over the weekend, and Obama organizers were there to recruit
Spain formally asked for European aid for its banks.
The sea level is rising faster along the Atlantic Coast than
other places in the world.
Facebook has created a new “find friends nearby” function
that will allow users to see friends and people they don’t know who are at
events or social gatherings. From some Facebook engineer’s comments on the
I built Find Friends Nearby with another engineer for a
hackathon project. While it was originally called ‘Friendshake’, we
settled on ‘Find Friends Nearby’ for launch (the URL was a little bit of
a homage to the previous iteration).
For me, the ideal use case for this product is the one
where when you’re out with a group of people whom you’ve recently met
and want to stay in contact with. Facebook search might be effective, or
sharing your vanity addresses or business cards, but this tool provides
a really easy way to exchange contact information with multiple people
with minimal friction.
HBO’s The Newsroom premiered last night, and this guy at the
Toronto Star said it kind of sucked while the New York Times says CNN could
learn something from it.
by Danny Cross
The Kentucky Speedway and state of Kentucky will find out
soon whether the $10 million they spent on highway infrastructure
improvements in response to last year’s traffic mess at a NASCAR race
was worth it. The Speedway and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will hold
a news conference today to outline plans to actually get all of the
race attendees into the venue to watch the race rather than sit in
traffic all day and get super mad.
A Cincinnati police officer with a long record of wrecking
police vehicles was arrested on Monday and charged with assaulting a
woman who he’s already been charged with assaulting once before. The
Enquirer detailed the disciplinary history of officer Kevin Jones, who was also charged with two counts of assault from an incident that occurred May 19.
Politico says President Obama’s recent announcement of a
new immigration policy that allows many young immigrants who have never
been in trouble with the law to stay in the country, and even travel
across its borders, was a really smart move. The policy is not permanent, which leaves Mitt
Romney to answer the question of whether or not he would repeal it if
elected. The idea is reportedly similar to legislation that Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, a potential Romney running mate, has been considering introducing. “This is a stroke of political genius,” Bruce Morrison
told me. A former Democratic congressman from Connecticut, Morrison was
chairman of the House Immigration Subcommittee, a member of the U.S.
Commission on Immigration Reform and House author of the Immigration Act
of 1990. He’s now an immigration attorney and lobbies on a wide variety
of immigration issues.
“Obama has taken Rubio’s idea and put it into action,”
Morrison said. “He has given these people a work permit, the ability to
remain in this country, but no permanent status.” Their legal status can
be terminated at any time. “But it won’t be terminated by Obama,”
Morrison said.A breast cancer survivor who has undergone a double
mastectomy has been allowed to swim topless by the Seattle Department of
Parks and Recreation after stating that wearing a bathing suit over her
chest causes pain. (Jodi) Jaecks opted against reconstructive surgery. "I don't see a need to fake having breasts," she said.
"My ultimate goal is to change policy at beaches and
pools, to increase people's awareness of cancer and the realities of the
human condition," Jaecks told Reuters.LeBron James and the Miami Heat won the NBA title last
night, completing a 4 games to 1 series victory over the Oklahoma
Thunder. It is the first title for James, who has been widely mocked for
stating that he’d like to win more titles than Michael Jordan’s six.
James, who is 27, won his first a year younger than Jordan did, thought Jordan then won the title in six of eight years.
Two alien plants planets around the same star apparently rise in
the night sky of each other, looking like a giant full moon. The
planets, Kepler-36b and Kepler-36c, are 1,200 light-years from Earth and 1.2 million miles apart, the closes two planets known.
by Danny Cross
Ohio political season will be in full
force today as Mitt Romney visits a manufacturing company in Carthage
to discuss the manufacturing industry and trade, Barack Obama will be in Cleveland
talking about the economy and Rob Portman, a candidate to be Romney's
vice presidential running mate, will be in Washington D.C. telling
the Faith and Freedom Coalition that it's still really important to
have religious freedom.
Some Columbia-Tusculum residents are
upset about the proposed design of new apartment buildings on the
corner of Delta Avenue and Columbia Parkway. The 76-unit Delta Flats'
design was apparently supposed to fit into the nearby business
district, which includes the Precinct restaurant.
China doesn't want to have sanctions on
Syria, and Russia is reportedly still selling Syria weapons.
OPEC has decided to keep oil output on
hold, meaning Saudi Arabia gets to decide if gas costs go up.
A new poll suggests that Americans
blame George W. Bush more for America's economic issues than
HBO and showrunners for its new
medieval show Game of Thrones have apologized for using Bush's head
on a stake in a scene where one of the dudes shows someone a line of
traitors' heads on stakes.
Surgeons replaced a 10-year-old girl's
has blood vessel with one grown with her own stem cells. The vein was
taken from a dead person, stripped of its cells and then coated in
the girls' stem cells. Doctors says there has been a “striking”
improvement in her quality of life, according to the BBC.
Nokia will cut 10,000 jobs by the end
of 2013 after being hit hard by both expensive competitors like the
iPhone and cheaper Android models.
San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain
threw a perfect game against the Houston Astros last night. It
included an awesome diving catch by outfielder Gregor Blanco in the
by Danny Cross
Mitt Romney will visit the Cincinnati
area this week: tonight at a private fundraiser at the Hilton
Netherland Plaza, Thursday at a Carthage manufacturing comany and
this weekend to hang with Rep. John Boehner up north and probably
with Sen. Rob Portman at some point. President Obama plans to be
around soon, too.
Economists say Romney's job creation
claims need more specifics before they'll be believable. On the other
hand, Obama's American Recovery
and Reinvestment Act has saved or created 1.4 million to 3.3 million
jobs, according to the Congressional Budget Office, and the American
Jobs Act would create 1.9 million, according to Moody's. From NPR:
+11.5 million — that's how many jobs
last September he would create in the first term of his
administration. But true to form, Romney never said how he would
create that many jobs, nor has any reputable economist backed up his
claim. "Nowhere in the 160 page plan could I find a stated job
creation number," wrote Rebecca Thiess of EPI. "The math
doesn't just appear to be fuzzy — it appears to be nonexistent."
Added David Madland of the Center for American Progress: "It is a plan from the Republican
candidate for president designed to maximize corporate profits. What
it doesn't do is help the middle class or create jobs." Even the
conservative editorial page of the Wall Street Journal called Romney's 59-point economic
tome "surprisingly timid and tactical considering our economic
Democrat Ron Barber won the
congressional seat left by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who survived an
assassination attempt and resigned to focus on her recovery. The win
gives Democrats hope for taking control of the House in November.
California could become the first U.S.
State to require that genetically modified (GM) foods be labeled as
such on the package if a November measure, “The Right to Know
Genetically Engineered Food Act,” passes.
What makes the referendum in California different is that, for the
first time, voters and not politicians will be the ones to decide.
And this has the food industry worried. Understandably so, since only
one in four Americans is convinced that GMOs are "basically safe", according to a survey conducted by the Mellman Group, and a big majority wants
food containing GMOs to be labeled.
This is one of the few issues in America today that enjoys broad
bipartisan support: 89% of Republicans and 90% of Democrats want
genetically altered foods to be labeled, as they already are in 40
nations in Europe, in Brazil, and even in China. In 2007, then
candidate Obama latched onto this popular issue saying that he would
push for labeling – a promise the president has yet to keep.Retail sales were down for the second
month in May. Go buy something.
More than 2,000 proposals for new
internet suffixes have been proposed, including ".pizza,"
".space" and ".auto."
Scientists have figured out why woolly
mammoths went extinct: “Lots of reasons.”
by Danny Cross
Posted In: 2012 Election
, LGBT Issues
, President Obama
, Climate Change
, Social Justice
at 07:47 AM | Permalink
A local music teacher says Cincinnati
Hills Christian Academy offered him a job and then rescinded the
offer after asking him if he is gay. Jonathan Zeng says he went
through the school's extensive interview process, was offered a
position and then called back in for a discussion about religious
questions in his application, during which he was asked directly if
he is gay. Zeng says he asked why such information was pertinent, and
an administrator said it was school policy not to employ teachers who
are gay because they work with children and something about the
sanctity of marriage. When contacted by local media CHCA released the
CHCA keeps confidential all matters
discussed within a candidate's interview. We're looking into this
matter, although the initial information we have seen contains
inaccuracies. We will not be discussing individual hiring decisions
or interviews.Cincinnati's deficit isn't going to get
better any time soon, according to a new report.
The Reds drafted high school pitcher
Nick Travieso in the first round of the MLB draft on Monday. Here's a
rundown of their other picks Monday and Tuesday.
Senate Republicans yesterday blocked a
Democratic bill calling for equal pay in the workplace, and the Dems
are going to stick it in their faces during this year's campaigns.
From the AP:
As expected, the pay equity bill failed along party lines,
52-47, short of the required 60-vote threshold. But for majority
Democrats, passage wasn't the only point. The debate itself was aimed
at putting Republicans on the defensive on yet another women's issue,
this one overtly economic after a government report showing
slower-than-expected job growth.
"It is incredibly disappointing that in this make-or-break
moment for the middle class, Senate Republicans put partisan politics
ahead of American women and their families," Obama said in a
statement after the vote.
"Even Mitt Romney has refused to publicly oppose this
legislation," added Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. "He
should show some leadership."
The Washington Post wonders whether
Mitt Romney can use Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's template for
surviving a recall election to try to win the presidency. It involves
“big money, powerful organization and enormous enthusiasm among his
base.” Exit polls in the state suggest Obama is ahead, however.
China wants foreign embassies to stop
releasing reports and Tweeting about its poor air quality.
Gonorrhea growing resistant to antibiotics?
Dinosaurs apparently weighed less than
scientists previously thought. Adjust paper-mache Brontosaurus
Facebook is considering letting kids
younger than 13 use the site.
The Boston Celtics took a 3-2 series
lead over the Miami Heat on Tuesday and could send Bron Bron and Co. back home
by Danny Cross
A federal appeals court yesterday reinstated an antitrust lawsuit against Duke
Energy. The lawsuit accuses Duke of paying kickbacks to local companies in order to gain
support for a 2004 electric rate increase. The lawsuit alleges that
Duke appeased the more powerful opposing companies by including rebate
deals for them. The suit is seeking unspecified damages and seeks to
represent all Ohioans affected by the rate increase.
Todd Portune is continuing his quest to
become the East Side's county's property tax rebate savior, yesterday offering a new idea
to bail out the stadium fund: extend the half cent sales tax past
2032. The revenue created by extending the sales tax, which has no
sunset clause, would repay loans the county could use to pay for
maintenance and projects at the stadiums now. Republican Commissioner
Chris Monzel is open to “any ideas,” though Democratic
Commissioner Greg Hartmann says otherwise:
“Todd, here we go again,” snapped Commissioner Greg Hartmann.
“Walking away from these leases is just fantasyland.
“How many times are we going to do this?” he asked.
Rob Portman will test out his GOP
rallying cries at the Faith & Freedom Coalition in Washington,
D.C. next week.
Bill Clinton says a Mitt Romney
presidency would be “calamitous” for the U.S.
The Senate will vote on a gender pay
equity bill today.
China and Russia say they'll help the
UN more going forward, though they've been supporting Syria more than
anyone really wants them to.
Here's an explanation of the Transit of
Venus, for those who don't get it yet.
Nintendo has revamped its Wii to try to
lure gamers from free Internet games they play on iPads.
A new PC virus can infect computers by
imitating a Windows update.
by Danny Cross
Hamilton County has been killing people more often than Ohio counties of similar size, despite actually asking for the death penalty less often. Today's Enquirer takes a look at the growing opposition to the death
penalty in other states and recent legislation and task forces aimed
at either studying its effectiveness or stopping the practice
altogether. Prosecutor Joe Deters says he's going to kill all the people who deserve it because the law is still the law.
Would you like to pay tolls or higher
gas taxes in order to have a new Brent Spence Bridge? No? Then you're
like a majority of people who take the time to respond to Enquirer polls.
City Manager Milton Dohoney plans to
ask City Council to raise the property tax rate in response to a
projected $33 million 2013 deficit that everyone knows was coming.
The Community Press on the East Side
says Norfolk Southern is willing to consider selling the Wasson Way
right of way that some would like to see turned into a bike trail.
CityBeat in March found the proposed trail to have support among cycling enthusiasts but some resistance from
light rail supporters.
President Obama hooked up an
11-year-old kid with a note excusing him from class on Friday.
“He says, ‘Do you want me to write
an excuse note? What’s your teacher’s name?” Sullivan told ABC.
“And I say, Mr. Ackerman. And he writes, ‘Please excuse Tyler. He
was with me. Barack Obama, the president.'"
Fortune magazine has taken exception to
Mitt Romney's recent criticism of Solyndra, the solar panel
company that went out of business despite a $500 million Department
of Energy loan.
So last Thursday Romney held a surprise
press conference at Solyndra's shuttered headquarters. During his
prepared statement, Romney said:
"An independent inspector general
looked at this investment and concluded that the Administration had
steered money to friends and family and campaign contributors."
Romney then repeated the claim later in
the press conference.
Small problem: No inspector
general ever "concluded" such a thing, at least not based
on any written reports or public statements.
Wisconsin Gov./Union Crusher Scott
Walker holds a slight lead over his Democratic challenger, Milwaukee
Mayor Tom Barrett, according to a recent poll.
George Zimmerman is back in jail after
what his attorney is calling a misunderstanding over telling a judge
that he had limited money even though a website set up to fund his
legal defense raised more than $135,000.
Legal issues will be involved in New
York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's attempt to ban giant sodas. Jason Alexander has released a lengthy and quite thoughtful apology for referring to the sport of cricket as "a bit gay" during a recent appearance on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson.
Why do people on the West Coast get to
see all the cool stuff that happens in space? First the eclipse and
now the Transit of Venus, when Venus will cross paths between the sun
and earth. Next time it will happen is 2117. And Australia got to see
a partial lunar eclipse the other day, too.
by Danny Cross
The FBI has been investigating the
long-stalled Kenwood Towne Place development for the past year, and a
grand jury will determine whether crimes were committed involving the
improper use of funding for the project, according to The Enquirer.
CityBeat on May 16 reported that Nathan Bachrach, host of local radio
show Simply Money, was among those in heat over the
The city of Cincinnati used eminent
domain to secure a piece of Over-the-Rhine property to build its
streetcar maintenance facility.
So, uh, Councilwoman Laure Quinlivan
rewrote the lyrics to John Fogerty’s “Proud Mary” (“Rolin' on
the River”) as part of a promotion for the World Choir Games.
Celebrities such as Bootsy Collins, Nick Lachey and Jerry Springer
participated. Cool? Awkward? The city does look pretty nice — shots
were filmed at Fountain Square, Great American Ballpark, Findlay
Market, the School for Creative and Performing Arts and the
Serpentine Wall.John Edwards is basically off the hook after
jurors returned from nine days of deliberations believing that the
government did not prove its case. Edwards was found guilty one one
charge of accepting illegal campaign contributions to hide his
pregnant mistress, but a mistrial was declared on five charges.
President Obama and Mitt Romney
reportedly spoke on the phone yesterday. Romney says they exchanged
pleasantries and congratulations. Obama apparently gave Romney some credit for his health care bill, which sounds kind of passive aggressive.
The nation's unemployment rate is up to
8.2 percent; apparently a third month of disappointing payroll led to
the addition of only 69,000 jobs.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg
is being called “Nanny Bloomberg” in response to his proposed ban
on extra large sodas by people such as 18-year-old Johnny Ojeda of
Kansas City, who reportedly pounded a 21-ounce soda and its 240
calories in front of Kansas City Star reporters.
“A lot of teenagers get them,” said
On the other hand, today is National
And cancer is expected to increase
worldwide by 75 percent by 2030, partly due to poor nations adopting
unhealthy Westernized lifestyles.
DC Comics' Green Lantern is revealed to be gay in an issue that comes
out next week. Green Lantern is one of the comics' oldest heroes and
the latest in a growing number of out superheroes. From the San
Jose Mercury News:
In May, Marvel
Entertainment said super speedster Northstar will marry his longtime
boyfriend in the pages of "Astonishing X-Men." DC comics
has other gay characters, too, including Kate Kane, the current
And in the pages of Archie Comics, Kevin Keller is one of the
gang at Riverdale High School and gay, too.
Some groups have protested the inclusion of gay characters, but
Robinson isn't discouraged, noting that being gay is just one aspect
"This guy, he's a media mogul, a hero, a dynamic type-A
personality and he's gay," Robinson said. "He's a complex