The Cincinnati Bengals' division game – plus Sam Hubbard's recent fumble-return heroics – seems to be at the top of Cincinnatians' minds these days, but big labor union movements, abortion law changes and weed access also are causing ripples throughout the region. Catch up on the week's big headlines below.
Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center Employees Are Unionizing for Higher Pay
Cincinnati Bengals to Return to Division Cage Match Jan. 22
Will the Bengals continue to reclaim last season's playoff magic? The team – and every fan – sure hopes so. The Bengals will takes on the Buffalo Bills in the AFC divisional round, meeting for the first time since Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapsed with a cardiac arrest during the Jan. 2 game. The match-up comes on the heels of homegrown defensive end Sam Hubbard's amazing 98-yard score on a fumble return against the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Wild Card round. Meanwhile, local governments and businesses are celebrating the team with special meals and even a city name change as former Bengals wide receiver Chad "Ocho" Johnson leaves more $1,000 restaurant tips around the region. Read CityBeat's story about the Bengals' odds for continuing another big Super Bowl run.
Here’s Where Abortion Currently Stands in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana
Ohio Votes Having Big Problems Under State's New Voter ID Laws
A new package of anti-voter bills recently signed into law by Republican Gov. Mike DeWine already is make it even more difficult to cast a ballot. Groups against the laws that require photo identification at the polls disenfranchise people who are lower-income, don't have stable housing or are members of the LGBTQ+ community, particularly transgender folks. Likewise, Ohio veterans also are expected to have trouble voting, as the new laws now exclude veteran-specific IDs. Read CityBeat's story about more problems voters face.
Cincinnati Metro Announces Two Selections for Region's First Bus Rapid Transit Routes
How Are Doctors Navigating Kentucky’s Vague Medical Marijuana Executive Order?
FC Cincinnati's Brandon Vazquez, Roman Celentano Get Tapped for USMNT's January Camp
Members of Cincinnati's MLS team are heading to camp. A big, big camp. Forward Brandon Vazquez and goalkeeper Roman Celentano have been called up to the U.S. Men's National Team's January training camp. They're among 24 players who will head to Los Angeles to kick off the 2026 FIFA World Cup cycle. Players from the camp – typically filled with rising talents – often are called upon to join a World Cup roster later. Read CityBeat's story about why Vazquez's and Celentano's call-ups are big milestones for the club.
Cincinnati Once Again Ranks on MovieMaker Magazine's List of Best Places to Live and Work in the Film Industry
Cincinnati is continuing its transformation into a Midwest Hollywood. The Queen City has become an annual fixture on MovieMaker magazine’s “Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker” list, thanks in large part to Ohio's refundable tax credit, Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine Film Festival and University of Cincinnati's film program. Read CityBeat's story to find out where Cincinnati landed on the magazine's list.
World's Oldest Living Dog Found in Camden, Ohio Parking Lot MADELINE
He's cute, he's small, he likes Doritos ... he is the oldest living dog in the world! Spike, from Camden, Ohio, was recently awarded the title by Guinness World Records. Spike's story started in a parking lot where his owner found the Chihuahua in rough shape. Now, Spike is a happy farm dog, spending his days napping, bathing and visiting his barnyard friends. Read CityBeat's story to find out Spike's record-setting age.
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