Amazon Pushes Back Against Bed Bug Allegations, and Four Other Stories You May Have Missed This Week

Like a stolen school bus plowing through a corn field, this week has gone by fast.

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That creepy-crawly feeling is back ... time for your CityBeat news roundup.

This week, Amazon pushed back against claims from employees that its KCVG Air Hub in Hebron, Kentucky, has a bed bug problem. The local live music scene has been crawling back to full-blown vibrancy after the pandemic and CityBeat music writers 
Killian Baarlaer and Brent Stroud walked readers through the process for this issue's cover feature. A cyclist spoke with CityBeat's Madeline Fening about his dangerous experience navigating construction on Spring Grove Avenue. Also, Ohio takes a hard look at the mental health crisis in the state, and the Black Music Walk of Fame announces new inductees with major star power.

Amazon Corporate Pushes Back Against Claim of Bed Bugs at KCVG Air Hub
Some employees at Amazon’s largest Air Hub facility are saying one workplace issue is starting to really bug employees. On May 29, Memorial Day, employees representing the union effort at KCVG, Amazon’s largest Air Hub, which is located in Hebron, Kentucky, made an Instagram post claiming there was an outbreak of bed bugs at the Amazon facility. Amazon disputes this, saying that there are no issues with insects at KCVG and that vans are treated regularly by a third-party pest control company. Read CityBeat's story about the Memorial Day bed bug investigation at the nation's largest Amazon Air Hub.

The Show Must Go On: How Cincinnati’s Music Venues Are Still Surviving Challenges Brought On By The COVID-19 Pandemic
In March 2020, music venues across the world were forced to temporarily close as cases of COVID-19 began to rise. For the first time ever, Cincinnati’s music venues had to think outside the box to give locals the one thing they desperately needed amid the isolation of a global pandemic: community. No matter what they had to do to bring music and community to Cincinnatians — virtual performances, limited-capacity concerts and major career pivots — local venues, producers and musicians were willing to take a chance. Read CityBeat's in-depth cover feature about how Cincinnati's music scene bounced back and what troubles still linger.

Police Cite Cyclist Hit by Car While Riding in Opposite Bike Lane to Avoid Construction
Cincinnati Police have responded to the cycling community after a cyclist was hit by a car while avoiding construction in Northside. CityBeat spoke to a cyclist who took a detour sign on Spring Grove Avenue to mean cyclists should cross over to the other side of the road and ride in the opposite bike lane pointing north, which is what Dylan did when he collided with a car he claims rolled through the Ethan Avenue stop sign. Cincinnati Police told CityBeat cyclists need to follow the rules of the road, but a local bike shop said it's not that simple. Read CityBeat's story about how cyclists are handling the detour.

School Bus Stolen From Cincinnati; Indiana Police Chase Driver Through Multiple Corn Fields
A man is in police custody after stealing a school bus in Cincinnati and driving more than an hour west to Shelbyville, Indiana, plowing through multiple cornfields during a police chase, law enforcement officials told CityBeat. The bus was stolen from the 2300 block of Grandview Avenue in East Walnut Hills around 10 a.m. on May 30, according to Cincinnati Police Lt. Jonathan Cunningham. Officials with Indiana State Police (ISP) said officers locked onto the bus as it passed through Greensburg, Indiana, going west on I-74. As officers chased the school bus, the driver pulled off onto country roads and plowed through multiple cornfields. Read CityBeat's story about who owns the bus and where it ended up.

Students, Professors Speak Against Ohio Bill That Would Create ‘Intellectual Diversity’ Centers
University of Toledo law students and Ohio State University professors spoke out in opposition against a bill that would create new centers at both universities that would expand and affirm what sponsors deem “intellectual diversity.” Senate Bill 117 would create the Salmon P. Chase Center for Civics, Culture, and Society at Ohio State University and the Institute of American Constitutional Thought and Leadership at the University of Toledo’s College of Law. Read CityBeat's story about what SB117 would mean for Ohio's universities and colleges.

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