PARK BOARD: As part of its renewable energy program, the Cincinnati Park Board installed solar energy panels at 13 park facilities last year including Ault Park and Krohn Conservatory. Now it’s getting some kudos for doing the right thing. The park board recently won the first-place Green Award, as selected by the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association. To complete the ambitious project, the local board won $451,000 in federal grants and $300,000 in state grants, along with raising private funds for the installation of solar photovoltaic panels. At the time of completion, the park board became the owner of the largest number of solar-powered structures in Ohio. Cincinnati’s program is being touted as an example for parks to follow nationwide.
DELTA AIRLINES: The beleaguered airline has agreed to pay $2 million to settle federal complaints about how it treats disabled passengers. The amount includes a $750,000 fine payable to the U.S. Transportation Department, along with another $1.22 million Delta must spend to install an automated wheelchair tracking system and conduct compliance audits. The fine is the largest-ever assessed against an airline for non-safety violations, the feds said, and was prompted by an increase in complaints despite Delta being fined $1.3 million for the same thing in 2003. It’s clear Delta needs help: The airline ranked last in airline quality ratings complied in 2009, based on data like on-time arrivals, denied boardings and mishandled bags.
BILL GOODMAN: The name probably rings a bell, but you’re not quite sure why. (No, he didn’t play Roseanne Barr’s husband on Roseanne.) That’s because Mr. Goodman is the purveyor of the long-running Bill Goodman Gun & Knife Show, which has been a staple for years at Hara Arena in Dayton and at the Sharonville Convention Center. We’re giving some props to Goodman for finally agreeing to make changes at his shows and require a background check for all guns sold by vendors at his events. Goodman’s shows made national headlines in October 2009 when an undercover sting organized by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg found some vendors sold weapons even though the “buyers” told them they probably couldn’t pass required background checks.
DUSTY RHODES: Grumpy ol’ Dusty is at it again, jumping into his neighbor’s business. This time, the crotchety Hamilton County auditor wrote a memo to Cincinnati City Council members, advising them not to seek state funding for the city’s streetcar project because the county still is waiting on some cash for the not-quite-so-new-anymore Reds and Bengals stadiums. Ohio officials pledged about $80 million for the two sports facilities more than a decade ago, but county officials haven’t received the last $7.55 million of that amount. Hey, Dusty — I will tell you what council members only will think: Butt out, unless you want the city’s Finance Department to tell you how your office should conduct its affairs.