Morning News and Stuff

The Rev. Jesse Jackson addressed Occupy Cincinnati yesterday at Piatt Park. Later in the day 15 individuals were arrested for staying in the park past its 10 p.m. closing time, the first arrests in weeks, as protesters have challenged the legality of the park closing at all. Jackson was reportedly scheduled to return to the park at noon on Wednesday to again speak with Occupy Cincinnati.—-

A new study says Ohio's school ranking system is "an illusion or cruel hoax." An advocacy group called the Ohio Association for Gifted Children has argued that the state's expectations for schools are too low and based too much on standardized test scores than preparation for college. Ohio's rankings of Excellent or Excellent with Distinction rankings (the equivalent of A or A+) have reportedly quadrupled during the last nine years while other measures rank Ohio schools below national averages.

Looks like Cincinnati officials were preparing for the defeat of Issue 48, as the city in October applied for $56.8 million in federal funds to restore the uptown and riverfront segments of the Cincinnati streetcar plan, which were originally defunded by Gov. John Kasich.

Chris Monzel is apparently following through with his promise to enact MacGyver-style solutions for the county's stadium deficit. Monzel and Democrat Todd Portune have promised to lower property taxes as was detailed in the original deal that allowed the burden of the stadium costs to disproportionately fall on poor and middle class people.

“I am adamantly opposed to using the (property tax rollback) to stabilize the stadium fund,” Monzel said. “It’s a promise I made to the voters and it’s a promise I will keep.”

Portune and the third member of the commission, Republican Greg Hartmann are up for election next year.

The commissioners were no more decisive in their response to a Monday deadline to decide to allow more public housing in the suburbs, risking millions of dollars in federal grant money. By refusing to even vote on the issue, commissioners avoided being sued for voting “no.”

A 30-acre section of the Mill Creek, once called "the most endangered urban river in North America," has been cleaned up and turned into a park, thanks to $2.1 million worth of work.

An Ohio charter school can't account for more than $250,000 public dollars, and the state wants it back. The total includes about $105,000 from school debit cards, about $85,000 in cash withdrawals and wire transfers and about $33,000 in checks made out to cash. Good job charter school program!

Here's some information on what Warren Buffett is up to investment-wise, because he's apparently doing things that are surprising for him.

Headline: “Newt sure can talk a lot but is he smart?” Ha.

U.S. retail sales are up again. Buy! Buy! Buy!

Players in the National Basketball Association are planning on disbanding their union and taking the labor negotiations to real court rather than playing basketball on courts this year (probably).

And ex-Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky on Monday admitted to showering with boys but said he's not a pedophile and that they were just “horsing around.”