Another Norfolk Southern Train Derails Near East Palestine, and Four Other News Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

This week had its trainwreck moments...

click to enlarge A Norfolk Southern EMD SD60E rebuilt locomotive. - Photo: 4300streetcar/Wikimedia Commons
Photo: 4300streetcar/Wikimedia Commons
A Norfolk Southern EMD SD60E rebuilt locomotive.
This week had its trainwreck moments, and we're not just talking about the latest Norfolk Southern fender bender. While a long overdue federal policy change promises to expand LGBTQ+ rights for blood donors, Ohio lawmakers passed a law that takes us ten steps backwards for trans rights. Catch up on the best and the worst of this week below.

Another Norfolk Southern Train Has Derailed 20 Miles from East Palestine
Another Norfolk Southern train has derailed about 20 miles northeast of East Palestine in New Castle, Pennsylvania. According to the Associated Press, nine railcars from a Norfolk Southern freight train derailed late in the night on May 10, with no hazardous chemicals on board and no reported injuries. The report says at least some of the cars that derailed contained paraffin wax and soybeans. Cincinnati voters are being asked to approve a sale of the city’s multi-state Cincinnati Southern Railway (CSR) to Norfolk Southern, potentially this November, and have raised concerns about future safety if the city relinquishes control of its railway to a company that has lobbied against safety regulations. Read CityBeat's story about the latest derailment and the potential sale of the CSR.

Cincinnati's Hoxworth Blood Center Will Begin Accepting Blood Donations from Gay and Bisexual Men by End of Year
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said May 11 it has officially eliminated restrictions against gay and bisexual men from donating blood, marking a decline in homophobic healthcare policies that have stigmatized gay and bisexual men for years. Dr. David Oh, the chief medical officer at Hoxworth Blood Center, the University of Cincinnati Medical Center’s blood donation center, said once Hoxworth’s refined process passes the FDA muster, men who have sex with other men will be allowed to donate blood locally. Read CityBeat's story to find out when the change is expected to roll out.

House Committee Passes Bill Banning Trans Athletes from Ohio Women’s Sports
The controversial bill that would prevent trans athletes from participating in Ohio women’s sports and youth athletics passed by a 8-6 vote in the Higher Education Committee on Wednesday, May 10. HB 6 would require separate single-sex athletic teams and allows athletes to file a civil lawsuit “if the participant is deprived of an athletic opportunity or suffers harm as a result of a violation of the bill’s single-sex participation requirements or if the participant is subject to retaliation for reporting such a violation,” according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Legislative Service Commission. There are only six transgender high school female student athletes in Ohio, and of those, only three have been approved to play in the current spring sports season, the Ohio Capital Journal previously reported. Read CityBeat's story to hear from opponents of the bill.

Car Traveling at High Speed Crashes into Everybody's Records in Pleasant Ridge: "All LPs Are Safe"
The window of Everybody's Records in Pleasant Ridge is taped up with cardboard after a car crashed into the building late at night on May 10. According to the record store and a police report, a person driving east on Montgomery Road ran a red light at Ridge Avenue, struck another car and spun out, hitting a light post, fire hydrant and parking meter. Video of the incident shows the car also striking the front of the record store. Everybody's Records tells CityBeat the parking meter was also launched through their window, and witnesses told police the driver was traveling at a high rate of speed. Read CityBeat's story to watch the video of the crash that sent a debris flying in front of Everybody's Records.

Bob Huggins to Keep Job, Take $1 Million Pay Cut After Saying Slur on 700WLW, ESPN Reports
Former University of Cincinnati basketball coach Bob Huggins will reportedly keep his coaching job with West Virginia University after using a homophobic slur twice during an interview on Cincinnati’s 700WLW radio station. The decision comes just days after Huggins, who coached UC men's basketball from 1989-2005, called Xavier University fans "Catholic f**s" while talking to 700WLW's Bill Cunningham on May 8. Cunningham and 700WLW have remained silent on the issue since Monday as calls for apology and reprimand have grown on social media. Read CityBeat's story to find out how rich Huggins remains after the $1 million slap on the wrist.

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