Cincinnati Reds Bean 99 Batters, and 10 Other Greater Cincinnati News Stories You May Have Missed This Week

It's been a hell of a week, full of arrests, lawsuits, questionable legislation and bean balls.

click to enlarge Bean ball is back at Great American Ball Park. - Photo: Danielle Schuster
Photo: Danielle Schuster
Bean ball is back at Great American Ball Park.

It's been a hell of a week, full of arrests, lawsuits and questionable legislation. But it's not all doom and gloom, thank goodness. Cincinnati also is enjoying a boost from Black businesses, innovative musicians and new restaurants. Moreover, CityBeat's new print edition is on newsstands now, featuring a cover story about a university program that's paying big dividends. Catch up on headlines below.

Affidavits: Southwest Ohio Teenager Raped by Family Member Forced to Go to Indiana for Abortion Care
A Hamilton County judge has temporarily restored abortion care access in Ohio until Oct. 14. The block was part of Preterm Cleveland vs. Dave Yost, a lawsuit brought by various abortion providers in the state. “Since taking effect on Jun 24, 2022, S.B. 23 has had devastating consequences on the health and well-being of Ohioans seeking fundamental reproductive health care,” the motion reads. Read CityBeat's story about what doctors say is happening to people who can get pregnant, especially teens who have been assaulted.

Report: Cincinnati in Top 10 U.S. Cities for Largest Year-Over-Year Rent Increase
The pandemic-fueled, single-family housing frenzy may be cooling down a bit, but it seems Cincinnati rents haven't reached their limits yet. According to a Sept. 15 report from, Cincinnati is one of the top-10 U.S. cities with the biggest year-over-year average rent increase for August. Moreover, that spike is being felt by renters of both one-bedroom and two-bedroom units. Read CityBeat's story about how much local rent has increased and why residents' rent burden is unsustainable.

Cincinnati Police Arrest 14-Year-Old Boy for Killing a Teen in Over-the-Rhine Despite Recent Anti-Violence Measures
A 15-year-old is dead after more than a month of controversial efforts from the Cincinnati Police Department and city leaders aimed at reducing gun violence on Over-the-Rhine’s Main Street. The shooting happened a short block away from Main Street’s entertainment district, which has seen sweeping changes from the city after an Aug. 7 shooting left nine people hospitalized. Read CityBeat's story about what city officials and district employees are saying about the incident.

Study: Black-Owned Businesses Contribute Billions to Greater Cincinnati Economy
In partnership with the University of Cincinnati Economics Center, the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky African American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) released the findings of the “Economic Impact of Black-owned Businesses in Southwest Ohio Communities” this week. The study found that Black-owned businesses in Greater Cincinnati support more than $2.1 billion in economic activity, up from $1.4 billion since the study initially was conduced in 2021. Read CityBeat's story about the growth industries for Black businesses and the resources available to entrepreneurs.

Jets that Flew Migrants from Florida to Martha's Vineyard were from Charter Company Based at Akron-Canton Airport
Ultimate Jet, a private jet charter company based at the Akron-Canton Airport, was the company contracted by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to fly approximately 50 migrants from Florida to Martha's Vineyard in a highly publicized political stunt. The Associated Press and others reported that the migrants, with no warning and no information about what was happening to them, were flown from Texas to Crestview, Florida, and given maps of Massachusetts. Read CityBeat's story about why people are railing against DeSantis and this practice.

Ohio House Republicans Introduce Legislation Forcing Schools to Disclose 'Sexually Explicit Content' Taught in Classrooms
Two Ohio House Republicans introduced legislation on Sept. 15 that would force school boards to disclose to parents all “sexually explicit content” taught in the classroom. Reps Sara Carruthers –who represents Butler County – and D.J. Swearingen – the incumbent who is opposing Jim Obergefell in northern Ohio –refuse to specify what precisely they’re trying inform parents of that’s occurring in the classrooms. Read CityBeat's story about why their legislation is meant to curtail health science and LGBTQ discussion.

Friday Night Lights: Partnership with ESPN+ Puts University of Cincinnati Media Production Students in National Spotlight
If you've watched a UC game-day broadcast on ESPN+, you may not know that the live production is led by students. No other school in the American Athletic Conference (AAC) uses student media teams linked to a curriculum to produce live feeds for the network, and over just a couple of years, the unique partnership has generated post-grad jobs and attracted ambitious high schoolers. Read CityBeat's story about how UC's program is landing students jobs with TV networks, major sports franchises and more.

Cincinnati Reds Set MLB Hit-By-Pitch Record as 2022 Season Shuffles to Its Sad End
The Cincinnati Reds are in yet another losing season, but the team is still setting records – just not necessarily the kind fans want. In a Sept. 20 loss to the Boston Red Sox, Reds starting pitcher Nick Lodolo clocked three Sox batters and helped Cincinnati set the Major League Baseball record for beaning the most opponents in a single season. The Reds now have plunked 99 batters in 2022. Read CityBeat's story about the dubious honor and what's left for the last gasps of the season.

Everything We Saw at the Mothman Festival in Point Pleasant, West Virginia
Each year, Point Pleasant – located just over the border of southeastern Ohio – celebrates its claim to fame: Mothman. In 1966 and 1967, multiple people in the Point Pleasant area reported seeing a towering humanoid resembling a bird with glowing red eyes, and in the years that followed, Mothman became an unlikely mascot for the town and a point of fascination for the rest of the world. See CityBeat's photos from the 2022 Mothman Festival and prepare to become a believer.

Cincinnati Native Clockwork DJ Keeps Ticking
In the 2000s, Clockwork DJ’s local profile as a rising young DJ exploded into the national and international consciousness when a local hip hop promoter introduced Clock to teenage rapper Mac Miller. For nine years, Clock was Miller’s official DJ and became one of his closest friends, accompanying him in the studio and providing the soundtrack for every tour. Things came to a tragic halt when Miller died of an accidental overdose in 2018. Read CityBeat's story to learn how Clockwork DJ has reinvented himself since Miller's death.

The Dish: Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Openings You May Have Missed
It's been a sweet summer for the Cincinnati dining scene with the recent openings of several bakeries and ice cream shops. But it isn’t all just sugar — there’s some spice, too. Read CityBeat's story to get the lowdown on your new favorite brunch, Italian, deli and burger joints.

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