Halloween still is two months away, but Cincinnati is getting an early scare nonetheless, thanks to not-quite-undead critters. The big news this week brings "zombie" deer on the West Side, outcry over a cyclist's death, a religious group rearing its ugly head again, new baseball foes and more. CityBeat also published a new print edition (on newsstands now!) with a look ahead to BLINK 2022 and other fall arts endeavors, plus Cincinnati Wing Week is going strong through Aug. 28.
Below, check out the week's biggest headlines.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Won't Approve Immediate Barrier for Cyclists After Fatal Hit-and-Run
Cyclist Gloria San Miguel was killed Aug. 20 by a motorist on the Girl Scout Bridge, but the state's transportation agency doesn't seem to be in a hurry to prevent similar deaths in the future. A week after San Miguel's incident, Newport Police Department officials have announced the arrest of two individuals, but calls for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to implement water barriers to protect cyclists on the bridge are being shrugged off. Read CityBeat's story about what a local organization is asking KYTC to do and why the state agency keeps saying no.
Butler County Bans Wind, Solar Projects Under New Ohio Law
Some counties in Ohio aren't interested in tapping renewable energy's economic benefits or slowing climate change, it seems. Butler County is among 10 rural counties within the Buckeye State that have passed resolutions blocking the development of new utility-scale wind and solar projects within all or part of their jurisdictions in the last year. The counties’ moves come after the October 2021 enactment of a state law giving the locals the veto power over renewable energy generation sites — a veto power that doesn’t exist for fossil fuel developments. Read CityBeat's story about environmentalists' responses to the Republican legislation.
'Zombie' Deer Spotted in Cincinnati's West Side
Can deer be zombies? If so, they're roaming Cincinnati's West Side. While the animals aren't exactly transforming into flesh-eating monsters, those infected with epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) are exhibiting a slew of bizarre symptoms. Read CityBeat's story about why "zombie" deer are even a thing and what happens next
In Ohio House Campaign, Jim Obergefell Prepares to Fight Again for LGBTQ+ Protections
University of Cincinnati grad Jim Obergefell is running to represent Ohio's 89th District in the new post-Roe world, which could have big reverberations upon his own famous case, Obergefell v. Hodges, as well as on other settled landmark laws. In June, the conservative-leaning U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Dobbs v. Jackson, ultimately overturning the long-standing Roe v. Wade, which granted citizens the right to privacy to choose and seek an abortion. Many people now think that Obergefell, which grants same-sex marriage rights nationwide, will fall next, thanks to opinion language used in the Dobbs/Roe decision. Read CityBeat's story about Obergefell once again gearing up to protect LGBTQ+ Ohioans.
Religious Lobbying Group Helped Write Ohio Bill That Would Use Public School Funds for Private Schools
An Ohio bill that would send public education money to private schools if a student chooses to attend one was written with help from religious lobbying group the Center for Christian Virtue (CCV) and a think tank that promotes charter schools. In 2021, CCV policy director David Mahan gave an anti-transgender sermon at Crossroads Church in Oakley. Brian Tome, senior pastor at Crossroads, had approved Mahan's visit, and members of the community staged a protest against Crossroads, Tome and Mahan. Read CityBeat's story about the bill and about CCV's many anti-LGBTQ efforts.
Cincinnati Reds to Battle Every MLB Team for First Time Ever in 2023
The Reds are looking at a whole new ballgame. Major League Baseball released its 2023 season schedule, and it comes with a big twist – each team will meet each other on the field at least once. In addition, all 30 franchises are scheduled to play opening day on March 30 – the first time every team will do so on the same date since 1968. Read CityBeat's story to see who the National League Reds will face from the American League and when fans can go to the home opener.
Cincinnati Parks Giving Away Free Trees to Residents During Fall ReLeaf Program
Want a free tree? The only thing you need to do is sign up to get one. For the past 35 years, Cincinnati Parks' fall ReLeaf program has been helping to build the city's tree canopy by providing more than 20,000 trees to residents at no cost. "Just one large canopy deciduous tree, such as an oak or sycamore, can help control 400 to 1,000 gallons of storm water through canopy interception," one official says. Read CityBeat's story to learn how to get a tree that will have you made in the shade.
One of Cincinnati’s newest and most varied venues sits on a hilltop in Northside, hosting carefully curated performances and events from musicians from a variety of genres and backgrounds. It also happens to be Liz Wolf's home. Read CityBeat's story about the unique Hexagon House and why it has become such a welcoming community for musicians and audiences alike.
Dorothy Lane Market's Buckeyes Called Out as Best Snack in Ohio by Food & Wine Magazine
Ohio has one more reason to refer to itself as the Buckeye State, it seems. Food & Wine magazine recently compiled a list of the "Best Snack in Every State," and Ohio's beloved buckeye candy was called out as the best bite in this neck of the woods. Read CityBeat's story about why the magazine is in love with the treat that we've enjoyed for years.