Deion Sanders/UC Bearcats Rumors, and 10 Other Greater Cincinnati News Stories You May Have Missed This Week

A head coach carousel, more guns in schools, and a city council application that included the word "testicles" – this week had it all.

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click to enlarge Will two-time Super Bowl champ Deion Sanders lead the University of Cincinnati's football program? - Photos l-r:; Michael De Jesus, Wikimedia Commons
Photos l-r:; Michael De Jesus, Wikimedia Commons
Will two-time Super Bowl champ Deion Sanders lead the University of Cincinnati's football program?

A head coach carousel, more gun threats in schools, and a city council application that included the word "testicles" – this week had it all. Catch up on the big headlines below, and don't miss CityBeat's latest print edition, on stands now.

Reports: Super Bowl Champ Deion Sanders Considering UC Bearcats Head Football Coach Job
Everything may change by the time you read this, but as of press time, a Super Bowl champ could end up coaching the football program at the University of Cincinnati. UC is rumored to be on Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Cincinnati Reds outfielder Deion Sanders' shortlist of opportunities. The Bearcats have a big vacancy now that former head football coach Luke Fickell has moved up to the University of Wisconsin, and at a much higher salary than he'd had in the Queen City. Read CityBeat's story about the likelihood of Sanders landing in Cincinnati.

CPS Mother Tired of Frequent Gun Threats: 'Homeschool These Kids'
Riverview East Academy was placed on lockdown Dec. 1 after a gun threat was reported to the school, eliciting a SWAT response. Police located the students responsible for making the threat and ultimately didn't find any weapons on campus, but parents weren't thrilled with yet another day of prospective gun violence. Read CityBeat's story about how one parent is reacting.

'Big Johnny' Is Not One of the 38 People Being Considered for Greg Landsman's Cincinnati City Council Seat
Council member Reggie Harris has been weeding through applicants who want to be appointed to Greg Landsman's seat when he vacates it to go to Congress. One applicant, however, is not being considered: someone who goes by the name of "Big Johnny." Their application was dismissed as being a joke, but CityBeat is curious about the person who seems to be be pro-choice, pro-LGBTQ, pro-social good and who also professes to have large testicles. Read CityBeat's story about "Big Johnny's" fixation on the Miami Marlins, Bible study, their ex-wife and more.

Netflix Will Continue Welcoming Dave Chappelle's Anti-Trans Jokes, CEO Says
The comedian from Yellow Springs repeatedly has been under fire for his defense of jokes that punch down instead of up. But during the Nov. 30 New York Times DealBook Summit, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings confirmed that he is unbothered by the controversy surrounding Chappelleand that the streaming service would continue Chappelle's stand-up specials and other projects. Read CityBeat's story about Chappelle's recent disparaging comments regarding certain community groups.

Cincinnati Adopts 'Complete Streets' Policy to Prioritize Pedestrian Safety, Accessibility
The council unanimously passed a measure that requires the Cincinnati Department of Transportation and Engineering (DOTE) to better consider non-vehicle travelers by adhering to the Complete Streets model, which designs and operates streets with a focus on accessibility and safety. "When you build mini highways through neighborhoods, it destroys a sense of community. When you have Complete Streets, it builds community," council member Mark Jeffreys said. Read CityBeat's story about what will be required under the Complete Streets model.

Lincoln Heights Gets $1 Million Hamilton County Grant to Fund Revitalization Projects
The Community Impact Grant will be used for upgrades to Memorial Field, road repair and to demolish a long-vacant high school, according to the county. “These are times of rebirth and renewal in this community,” Denise Driehaus, Hamilton County commissioner, said. Read CityBeat's story about other grant uses and Lincoln Heights' goals for the future.

George Wagner IV Found Guilty for Role in Pike County Massacre
After more than 12 weeks, the aggravated-murder trial of George Wagner IV has come to an end. Wagner IV was convicted on all eight counts of aggravated murder for the 2016 deaths of eight members of the Rhoden family in Pike County. He also was found guilty of 14 counts related to the murders, including tampering with evidence and forgery. Read CityBeat's story for more about the trial's grisly details.

Ohio House Approves Fentanyl Testing Strips in Legislation
Rep. Kristin Boggs, D-Columbus, gained passage for her measure to decriminalize fentanyl testing strips. “With this legislation,” Boggs explained, “fentanyl drug testing strips will be exempt from the definition of drug paraphernalia, and these lifesaving strips will be far more readily available.”  Read CityBeat's story about how the testing strips can be used and what other legislation the House passed.

Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto Apparently Loses Chess Tournament to a Kid
Joey Votto looked dapper as all get-out. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough for what he was facing. On Instagram, the Reds' first baseman shared that he was about to complete in his first in-person chess tournament after years of online study. Alas, Votto still needs some training from a chess Yoda, it seems. Read CityBeat's story about how Votto fared and his love of the game.

Danny Graves, Gabe Paul Added to Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame Induction Slate
The next Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame induction ceremony is getting a little more crowded. Former Reds closer (and sometimes starter) Danny Graves and executive Gabe Paul will be honored as part of the Hall of Fame's inauguration class of 2023, the Reds announced. They'll join pitcher Bronson Arroyo, who was announced as as the class's first inductee in October. Read CityBeat's story about Graves' and Paul's big franchise accomplishments.

Current and Former CityBeat Staffers, Contributors Pay Tribute to Kathy Y. Wilson
And finally, CityBeat still mourning the loss of longtime journalist and former CityBeat columnist Kathy Y. Wilson. Wilson, who died in November, offered wisdom, encouragement and tough love to her staffers and students over the years, and many of them now are sharing the most transformative moments they've had with Wilson. Read CityBeat's collection of personal memories and tributes to Wilson.

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