If it's not a tornado blowing through town, it's baffling legislation from the Ohio Statehouse. This week saw a slew of revelations, from how much Ohio politicians have received in donations from Norfolk Southern, to how the wives of Bengals players are breastfeeding their cubs at Paycor Stadium. While these depressing tidbits aren't the vibe one wants to take into their weekend, at least we got a reminder that Cincinnati's fine food scene is, in fact, the shit. Catch up on the week's headlines below.
Tornado Sweeps Through Middletown, Leveling an Entire Barn
Gusty winds and clashing fronts brought severe weather to southwestern and central Ohio on Feb. 27, and after an investigation of the damage, the National Weather Service confirmed that Middletown was hit by a tornado. The EF1 touched down at Jacksonburg and Oxford Middletown roads. Over the course of six minutes and 4.2 miles, it snapped trees, blew a roof off a house and even flattened a barn. Read CityBeat's story about the latest tornado to hit Greater Cincinnati.
Report: Bengals Players Say Women Sit on Restroom Floor to Nurse Babies in Dismal Paycor Stadium
The Cincinnati Bengals may not be doing right by their players at Paycor Stadium. That's the takeaway from the NFL Players Association's first-ever team report card, issued March 1. In response to a survey conducted by the NFLPA, Bengals players said the Jungle wasn't up to snuff, noting that many showers and toilets don't work, the team cafeteria isn't open during workouts and the facility lacks rooms for breastfeeding mothers. Read CityBeat's story about the other issues players say Paycor Stadium has.
According to Bengals Brass, Joe Burrow and Tee Higgins Are Staying Put
Bengals fans and reporters have been doing napkin math on possible contract extensions and player cuts, which has led to tons of speculation about wide receiver Tee Higgins and quarterback Joe Burrow. Could the team lose two big pieces of the successful 2022 and 2021 seasons? No way, Bengals director of player personnel Duke Tobin and head coach Zac Taylor said. Read CityBeat's story about why Tobin and Taylor say such rumors are "ridiculous" and "nonsense."
Joey Votto: Aliens Will Help the Reds Become World Series Champs
The Cincinnati Reds haven't won the division or the World Series since 1990. but first baseman Joey Votto thinks that this could finally be the year for it. Well, with a little help. In response to a question MLB had posted to social media, Votto laid out exactly how the Reds might win the ring, and it's as wonderful as fans would hope. Read CityBeat's story about Votto's amazing theory for the 2023 season.
Cincinnati Restaurants and Hotels Awarded Four Diamond Status on AAA List
Two Cincinnati restaurants continue to be nationally recognized for their culinary talents. AAA recently unveiled its 5- and 4-Diamond restaurants and hotels for 2022, with Downtown's Boca and Over-the-Rhine's Nicola's maintaining their spots on the prestigious restaurant list. According to AAA, 4-Diamond restaurants offer "distinctive fine dining." And Diamonds operate under the "4Cs:" Cleanliness, comfort, cuisine and consistency. The list of hotels to receive honors includes seven hotels from both sides of the river. Read CityBeat's story to find out which hotels made the Diamond cut.
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