What an up-and-down week! The president was in town, which was great, but a young football player nearly died of cardiac arrest before the eyes of millions, which was not great. Catch up on the big headlines of the week:
Buffalo Bills Safety Damar Hamlin Finally Wakes, Chats with Teammates Via FaceTime at UC Medical Center
Damar Hamlin is on an upswing in a big way. After a harrowing week of recovery at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center following his cardiac arrest during a Jan. 2 Bills-at-Bengals game, the Buffalo Bills safety has finally awakened, telling teammates "Love you boys" on FaceTime on Jan. 6. After collapsing during the first quarter of the game, Hamlin had been given CPR for nine minutes before being taken away in an ambulance and intubated. Since the incident, fans from both teams have held vigils near the hospital and – with the help of other NFL figures – have donated nearly $8 million to Hamlin's charity that helps kids in his hometown of Pittsburgh. Read CityBeat's latest story about Hamlin's health and what coaches and doctors have experienced.
Brent Spence Bridge Project Is a Bipartisan Miracle, Local and State Officials Claim
U.S. President Joe Biden was in Covington to celebrate the $1.635 billion award that the federal government is providing for the Brent Spence Bridge project. The funds, which were announced in late December and are part of the landmark $40 billion Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, will be used to repair the bridge and erect a toll-free, double-decker companion bridge nearby to help alleviate traffic between Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky on I-75. But hobnobbing with politicians and posing for photos wasn't the only thing the president did – he also checked out the peach cobbler at a local restaurant. Read CityBeat's story about Biden's meal and which famous faces joined him.
In Kentucky Address, Beshear Touts Infrastructure Improvements and Emergency Response While Begging for Education Increases
Alicia Reece Becomes Hamilton County Commission President for 2023
Former Cincinnati City Council Member Begins Tenure as U.S. Rep for 1st Congressional District
'Poo Butt': Ohio Rejected These Hilarious Vanity Plates in 2022
Yes, the Cincinnati Chili Bowl Could Become a Real Thing
It seems Cincinnati will celebrate its chili any way it can. The Cincinnati USA Sports Commission is looking to add a new game to the extensive college bowl season. The Cincinnati Chili Bowl – named, of course, for the local cheese-topped delicacy – would welcome two Division I college football teams to TQL Stadium in the West End for a December postseason matchup. Why? Economic development opportunities. Read CityBeat's story about how Cincinnati's own bowl game might happen.
18 Incredible Sports Moments from 2022 that Cincinnati Won’t Forget, for Better or for Worse
Sports have a way of both lifting people to their highest hopes and crushing their spirits until they want to wallow by eating eight 3-Ways in a row. Nowhere is that more true than in Cincinnati, where 2022 was both a joy and a slog in the sports world. Read CityBeat's story about those big football, baseball, soccer and hockey moments.
Queen City Music Spotlight: Catch These 10 Cincinnati Concerts Featuring Local Acts in January
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