Racist City Employees Are on Notice, and 9 Other Greater Cincinnati News Stories You May Have Missed This Week

Catch up on local government, politics, sports, celeb sightings and Halloween fun.

Cincinnati City Hall - Photo: Jesse Fox
Photo: Jesse Fox
Cincinnati City Hall

If you're in a food coma from gorging on Cincinnati Taco Week's $2 tacos, we'll forgive you for missing some of this week's big news. Below, catch up on local government, politics, sports, celeb sightings and Halloween fun, and don't forget to catch CityBeat's latest print edition on newsstands now.

Cincinnati City Manager to Employees: If You Say the N-Word, You're Fired
Cincinnati government officials are finally enacting a new policy regarding city employees' use of racial slurs after several police officers recently used the N-word and other insults while on duty. During a public meting, city manager Sheryl Long shared that new language will ensure that city employees who use the slur "n*****" (a racist term for Black people, typically used disparagingly by white people) while on duty automatically will be investigated and possibly fired. City employees who use other racial or ethnic slurs while on duty will be investigated, be placed on at least 40 hours of unpaid suspension and may be fired. Read CityBeat's story about if the Cincinnati Police Department will abide by the new policy and if employee unions will push back.

Despite Reports of Harm, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine Refuses Comment on the State's Abortion Ban

With Gov. Mike DeWine’s blessing, Ohio is in court, fighting to reimpose strict abortion regulations under a law he signed in 2019. But he’s refusing to publicly comment on the numerous stories of suffering it caused during the 11 weeks it was enforced. The law makes no exceptions for rape and incest, and doctors can be charged with felonies for performing unsanctioned procedures. He's continued to be silent even as stories about Ohio minors who had been impregnated by rapists and cancer patients who couldn’t get abortions needed for treatment have come to light. Read CityBeat's story about the healthcare issues DeWine is ignoring.

J.D. Vance and Tim Ryan's Final Campaign Debate Was Predictably Contentious
Polling shows that the race for Ohio's U.S. Senate seat is in a dead heat, and that urgency was felt during the final debate between candidates Rep. Tim Ryan and J.D. Vance. The Democrat and Republican, respectively, traded blows on abortion, the economy, their accomplishments (or lack thereof) and more as they appealed to residents' for their votes in the Nov. 8 election.  Shortly after, Vance visited Middletown, where he grew up, to attempt to tip the polls in his favor. Read CityBeat's story about Ryan's and Vance's debate, see analysis of the debate's key issues and read about Vance's visit to Middletown.

FC Cincinnati Ends 2022 With Playoff Loss to Philadelphia Union in MLS Cup
The Orange and Blue may have been eliminated from its MLS Cup playoff run, but the year ends with the team's best season so far along with hope for the future. FC Cincinnati came up short during the Eastern Conference semi-final round on Oct. 20, losing 1-0 on the road to the Philadelphia Union. This was the first season that FC Cincinnati had qualified for the MLS Cup playoffs and just the second playoff game the team had ever played. Read CityBeat's recap of the game and find out why head coach Pat Noonan is feeling optimistic.

Squatchin': Ohio Bigfoot Investigators Are More Determined Than Ever to Prove the Fabled Creature Is Real
According to data, Ohio has the United States' fourth-highest number of credibly reported Bigfoot sightings. That's exactly why Pleasant Hill Lake Park in Perrysville hosted its first-ever Bigfoot Basecamp Weekend. The weekend included expert-led talks, demonstrations and squatchin’ (“Sasquatch hunting,” for those in the know), with BFRO founder and Animal Planet’s Finding Bigfoot star Matt Moneymaker as the main draw. Moneymaker even debuted new technology that he claimed could aid the hunt in a big way. Read CityBeat's story to find out if we found Bigfoot, and see photos of Moneymaker and other Sasquatch enthusiasts.

BLINK Cincinnati 2022 Gets Mixed Reviews on Social Media
The BLINK art and light festival recently took over 30 blocks of Downtown Cincinnati, Over-the-Rhine and Covington, but not all Cincinnatians were happy with the result. On social media, attendees shared a variety of takes about the lights, the entertainment, the logistics, the production partners and more. Read CityBeat's story to see what BLINK-goers said about the festival, and see photos of everything we saw during the event.

Celebrities Michael Shannon, Austin Butler, Norman Reedus Recently Spotted in Cincinnati
Cincinnati is no stranger to the spotlight, with the city increasingly attracting award-winning Hollywood directors and top talent — from Timothée Chalamet and Cate Blanchett to Colin Farrell and Regina King — for various film projects. Director Jeff Nichols (Loving, Mud, Take Shelter) is in Cincinnati filming The Bikeriders, and the stars aren't just staying on set. Read CityBeat's story to see where Shannon, Butler and Reedus have been.

Here's How Long Cincinnati's Fall Foliage Will Last This Year
As the temperatures are slowly dropping and spooky season is in full effect, it seems autumn has officially arrived in Cincinnati. The Queen City is currently in peak fall foliage season now, but the window of time to enjoy the colors may close soon. Read CityBeat's story for the info to plan those final fall photo sessions and outings before winter hits.

Halloween Costume Ideas Only Cincinnati Residents Will Understand
Cincinnati has plenty of weirdness that's begging to become the most niche Halloween costumes ever. Why not turn some Queen City landmarks, personalities and headlines into memorable, possibly award-winning getups and laugh as your friends from other cities try – and fail – to get it? See CityBeat's suggestions for Cincinnati-based Halloween Costumes.

Stonelick Township Man Displays More Than 100 Vintage Halloween Blow Molds
The "crazy light guy" is at it again. Just as he does for Christmas, Jason Dunham is celebrating Halloween by lighting up his Stonelick Township yard with his massive collection of vintage blow molds and other seasonal decorations. Vampires, ghosts, pumpkins, zombies – Dunham has it all, and many of them date back several decades. See CityBeat's photos of Dunham's blow mold collection and find out how to see it all for yourself.

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