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          Appeals court says Ohio may withhold Planned Parenthood funding      Cache   Translate Page      

Appeals court says Ohio may withhold Planned Parenthood fundingBy Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - A divided federal appeals court on Tuesday rejected Planned Parenthood's constitutional challenge to an Ohio law depriving the organization of state funding because it performs abortions, handing a victory to anti-abortion advocates. In an 11-6 vote, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati overturned a ruling last year by a three-judge panel of the court that the funding ban violated the due process rights of Planned Parenthood affiliates. ...



          Limited number of Opening Day tickets to go on sale      Cache   Translate Page      
A limited number of 2019 Cincinnati Reds Opening Day tickets will go on sale this weekend. Tickets will be available 9 a.m. March 16 only at the Great American Ball Park ticket windows while supplies last. Prices range from $35 to $55 for the Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Opening Day game at 4:10 p.m. March 28. There is a limit of four tickets per person. Cash and major credit cards will be accepted. Fans will be permitted to form a line at the ballpark for tickets beginning 9 a.m. March 15. This…
          City of Cincinnati files lawsuit against Terrace Plaza owners      Cache   Translate Page      
The city of Cincinnati has filed a public nuisance lawsuit against the owners of the former Terrace Plaza Hotel building.
          FC Cincinnati expands Nippert Stadium concession options      Cache   Translate Page      
FC Cincinnati fans will have more food and drink options, including a few local favorites, available to them when the team makes its home debut as a Major League Soccer franchise on Sunday night. Many of the concession options that were offered at the University of Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium, where FC Cincinnati will play its home matches until its West End stadium is completed, will return this year including a value menu with $2 options, soft pretzels, Queen City Sausage products, Skyline…
          Phil Gagliano (#418)      Cache   Translate Page      
Phil Gagliano was a utility infielder who played for 12 seasons (1962-74), mostly with the Cardinals.

He played in the minors for 3 seasons before making his major-league debut in April 1963. After playing in only 10 games by early-May, he was sent to the minors for the rest of the season.

Phil also began the 1964 season with the Cards but was sent down in July, and missed the World Series that year.

He returned to the majors for good at the start of the 1965 season, and received the most playing time of his career, starting 90 games that year, including 48 at 2nd base (with regular 2nd baseman Julian Javier limited to 77 games that year). Phil also started 17 games at 3B and 23 games in right field. He tallied 53 RBI in 411 plate appearances.


All good things must come to an end, and Gagliano settled back into his utility role beginning in 1966. For the rest of his time with St. Louis, he was their go-to sub at 2B and also at 3B. (Although the team also had backup Ed Spiezio through the 1968 season, Ed was rarely used as a defensive replacement, but mostly as a pinch-hitter, while starting a few games at 3B each season.) 

Gagliano also played in the ’67 and ’68 World Series, and remained with the Cardinals until his late-May 1970 trade to the Cubs for pitcher Ted Abernathy.

Being a backup infielder with the Cubs in those years meant you didn’t get ANY playing time. After the season he was traded to the Red Sox for 3rd baseman Carmen Fanzone. Phil played for the Sox for 2 seasons (mostly as a pinch-hitter) then was traded to the Reds during Spring Training in 1973.

He played his final 2 seasons with Cincinnati, including 3 games in the ’73 NLCS. Gagliano was released by the Reds after the 1974 season.

He passed away in 2016 at age 74.

          Gerry Arrigo (#357)      Cache   Translate Page      
Gerry Arrigo was a spot starter for the Reds from 1966 to 1969. Prior to that he pitched for the Twins. What I didn’t realize until today was that Gerry began the ’66 season with the Reds, was sold to the Mets in May, and returned to the Reds 3 months later.

Arrigo was signed by the White Sox 1960, but the selected by the Twins in the first-year draft after that season. He pitched in the Twins’ farm system from 1961-63, also making a few appearances each year for the Twins.

In 1964 he spent a full season with Minnesota, appearing in 41 games. His 12 starts ranked him 6th among the Twins’ starting pitchers that season.


After the season he was traded to the Reds for prospect Cesar Tovar. It appears he played most of the 1965 season with the Reds, except for the month of August when he pitched 9 games for their triple-A team.

As mentioned earlier, Gerry played the bulk of the 1966 season (essentially) on loan to the Mets. He pitched 42 innings over 17 games for New York, and only 3 games for the Reds.

In 1967 Arrigo appeared in 32 games, as the #4 man in the Reds’ bullpen (well behind closer Ted Abernathy).

Gerry found himself in the Reds' starting rotation for all of 1968, the only season where he was primarily a starter. He fashioned a 12-10 record in 205 innings while starting 31 games (all career highs).

1969 would be his last season with Cincinnati. He started 16 of his 20 games, but only played 1 game prior to June 1st that season.

After the ’69 season he was traded to the White Sox (also learned THAT today) for outfielder Angel Bravo. He played for the Sox during the first 2 months of 1970, but spent the rest of the season with their AAA team.

Arrigo retired after pitching the 1971 season for the Braves’ AAA team.
          Private plane crashes into Cincinnati suburb      Cache   Translate Page      
early reports...one person on board a twin piper died after the plane crashed into a house in Maderira (Cincinnati). may have been conducting a photo flight and was trying to land at Lunken Field
          Atlanta United Slow Start Continues      Cache   Translate Page      
Atlanta United give up another late goal and drop 2 points Atlanta United returned to Mercedes Benz Stadium to open their MLS home schedule with a 1-1 draw  They hosted the newest MLS franchise FC Cincinnati on a nationally televised game in front of  70, 382. The home side was looking to bounce back from [...]
          7-FOOT EX-HIGH SCHOOL HOOPS STAR ACCUSED OF RAPE      Cache   Translate Page      
A 7-foot, 300-pound former Kentucky high-school basketball star – who’s the son of a onetime NFL player – was arrested Tuesday for allegedly raping and sexually assaulting an 18-year-old woman, police said. College basketball prospect Jacob Walter is said to have committed the crimes throughout the day Sunday, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.The woman told Boone...
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          Remembering Mets History (1988): Straw Hits Another Walk Off HR Off John Franco      Cache   Translate Page      
Friday May 6th, 1988: Davey Johnson's New York Mets were already in first place, up by a game & a half with a 19-7 record.

They would go on to win the NL Eastern Division in 1988. Tonight they hosted a good Cincinnati Reds team, that would finish second & in just two years win another World Championship.

The Reds Manager Pete Rose had just recently been suspended for an ugly incident in Cincinnati, in a game against the New York Mets.

On April 30th, a week prior, Rose had made contact with umpire Dave Pallone, eventually shoving him. The Reds fans showered the field with debris & Pallone was kept off the field for his safety with only three umpires being used the rest of the game. Former Reds / Astros infielder, Tommy Helms was now the acting manager.

22,857 fans came to see Dwight Gooden take on Dennis Rasmussem at Shea Stadium.

Starting Lineups


Mets
1 Mookie Wilson CF
2 Tim Teufel 2B
3 Keith Hernandez 1B
4 Darryl Strawberry RF
5 Kevin McReynolds LF
6 Gary Carter C
7 Howard Johnson 3B
8 In 1987 as the Mets raised the Championship flag, Straw began the year with an opening day HR, and drove in all three runs in the Mets 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

He hit HRs in the first three games of the season driving in seven runs as the Mets swept the Opening series. He hit HRs in back to back in games at Philadelphia, including a four RBI day in a 9-3 win on April 16th.
 Early on he hit drove in 17 runs, hit five HRs & was batting .325 by the beginning of May. That month he started out with HRs in the first two games & hit nine HRs, driving in 16 runs with stole eight bases.

 On a West Coast road trip at the end of that month, he hit HRs in three straight games at San Diego. On May 22nd, he tied up a game with the Padres with a 9th inning HR off Mark Davis. Gary Carter followed in what was the game winning HR. In the third game, the Mets were down 1-0 in the 7th inning, when he homered off Eric Show, a two run shot leading to a 3-1 Mets win. On June 18th he hit a pair of HRs in Montreal leading to a 10-7 Mets win as he drove in four runs. He would only hit one more HR over the next month. 

All Star: By the All Star break he did have 51 RBIs along with 21 HRs, making his fourth straight All Star game. He went 0-2 in the NL's 2-0 shut out in Oakland, with Davey Johnson as the manager. 

 In August he hit four HRs the first week, including two at Shea Stadium against the Cubs on August 6th. On August 16th he had a four hit day at Wrigley Field in a 23-10 Mets romp over the Cubs. Straw hit a 4th inning three run HR off Greg Maddox, & then added a two run triple later in the game. He had six multiple RBI games in August, driving in 18 runs with 8 HRs for the month. He was the Player of the Month in September hitting another eight HRs with ten doubles 13 stolen bases & 27 RBIs. 

On September 9th, he hit two HRs against the Phillies at Shea leading to an 11-5 win. The next day he hit a two run HR against the St. Louis Cardinals in a crucial series, but the Mets fell short 6-4, losing to Ken Dayley. From September 14th through the 18th he drove in runs, in four straight games. On September 18th, he hit a three run HR & drove in four runs against the Pirates in a Mets heart breaking 10-9 loss to the Pirates. 

Even with all his hitting, the Mets could not catch the Cardinals this year, falling short of another NL East title. Straw finished the year (as one of ten players up until that point) joining the 30/30 club; hitting 39 HRs (3rd in the NL) & stealing 36 bases.

He put up a career highs with those 39 HRs, as well as setting a Mets single season mark. He drove in 104 runs (7th in the NL) hit 32 doubles with 151 hits, 108 runs scored (7th in the NL) 97 walks (4th in the NL) stole 36 bases, batted .284 was hit by a team leading seven hit by pitches & posted a career high .398 on base %.  

In 1988, Strawberry became the first Met since Dave Kingman to lead the league in HRs with 39. He lost out to Kirk Gibson for the MVP award but clearly should have won it. He led the NL in HRs (39) & slugging % (545%) driving in 101 runs while also scoring 101 runs (4th in the NL). He led the team in most offensive categories as well as in games played. He stole 29 bases while hitting 27 doubles hitting nine sac flies & posted a .366 on base %.

 He won the Silver Slugger Award, the first of two he’d win in his career. He became a poster boy for Kenner’s Starting Line Up action figures, and was being praised as possibly breaking Hank Aarons home run record. 

On the dark side of his life, his wife Lisa filed for divorce accusing him of breaking her nose & beating her. On Opening Day 1988 he hit two HRs, both solo shots, helping Dwight Gooden beat Dennis Martinez & the Expos in Montreal. He hit six HRs in April, amongst the tops in the league.

Then in the first week of May he bashed three more HRs. On May 6th, he had a big day agsinst the Cincinnati Reds at Shea Stadium. In the first inning he hit a sac fly & then added an RBI single later on. The Reds rallied to take the lead, but then Straw was the hero, as he hit a walk off game winning HR against John Franco. 

He had a few big games against the rival Cardinals in the month of June, staring with a four RBI day on June 6th in St Louis, leading to a 6-4 Mets win. On June 13th as the teams played a series in New York, his 4th inning HR of Ken Dayley tied the game, as it went into extra innings & Lee Mazzilli won it with a walk off hit.

On June 15th he hit two HRs & drove in three runs in the 6-4 Mets win as they swept the series. He kept his batting average over the .300 mark until late June, then had a good July to follow. 

All Star: In that summers All Star game at Riverfront Stadium, in Cincinnati, Cards manager Whitey Herzog let him play the whole games, as he went 1-4 in the 2-1 NL loss. 
 
In mid July he hit HRs in three straight games on a series trip to Atlanta against the Braves. On July 24th he hit HRs in consecutive games at Shea Stadium, then returned with a five RBI day against the Philadelphia Phillies in a 10-5 Mets win at Veterans Stadium. He began August with HRs in three straight games, but then only hit one more over the next month.

 In September he hit nine HRs, had four multi RBI games, including a stretch of five straight games where he drove in at least one run in each game, he middle of the month. Starting on September 18th, he hit HRs in three straight games, all led to close Mets wins on their way to clinching the NL Eastern crown for the second time in three years. Strawberry closed out the year with two HRs & three RBIs in the regular season finale' on October 2nd. 


1988 Post Season- NLCS: In Game #1 of the NLCS against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Straw's double off Orel Hershiser started a 9th inning rally with the Mets behind 2-0. He drove in the first Mets run, then scored the games tying run on Gary Carter's double, as the Mets went on to win it 3-2.

In Game #3 at Shea Stadium he had three hits, driving in three runs as the Mets beat the Dodgers 8-4. In the home 3rd with the Mets down 3-0, Straw doubled driving in Mookie Wilson with the Mets first run. In the 6th, Straw would follow Keith Hernandez's single with a base hit of his own & would score on Gary Carter's base hit. The Mets tied up the game that inning. In the Mets five run 8th inning, Straw added a two run single capping off the Mets 8-4 win. The Mets had a two games to one lead at that point.


He would hit a HR in Game #4 although the Mets lost the game 5-4. He was 1-2 with two walks in the Mets 5-1, Game #6 win at Dodger Stadium. Straw also scored two runs in that game as well. He was shut down by Hershiser in Game #7 as the Mets were finished off in the five hit shutout. Darryl finished the Series batting .300 (9-30) with two doubles a HR & six RBIs. 

 In 1989, Strawberry's offensive numbers declined a bit, his 77 RBIs were his lowest total since his rookie season and a poor .225 batting average his lowest up to that point of his career. He still hit 29 HRs good enough for 6th in the league. The fans started getting on him as well as the media. Looking back he may have unfairly taken some of the heat for the Mets not winning another championship. It seemed he underachieved although there was always pressure on him to do more although he still put up great numbers. 


That season Gary Carter was winding down his Mets career playing more as a back up & Keith Hernandez was gone. Howard Johnson emerged as the teams power hitter but he & Straw could not carry the team. 

 Dramas; His personal dramas continued when he was arrested for slapping his wife around and pulling a gun on her. He checked into rehab for substance abuse and a blood test proved positive of him fathering a child in Missouri.

In 1990, there was more change in the air for the Mets, as Davey Johnson was fired as manager & Bud Harrelson took over the position. The team once again finished in second place although they won 91 games (91-71). 

 
In June of 1990 , Straw won another Player of the Week Award hitting five HRs with twelve RBIs in the middle of a seventeen game hit streak. At the start of July he homered in three straight games, belting two in the first of those games coming against the Houston Astros. In each of those games he drove in three runs each time & overall drove in twenty one runs in the month. 

All Star: That year he played in his final All Star Game in a Mets uniform, going 0-1 as a reserve player in the AL's 2-0 win at Wrigley Field. 


On August 30th he belted a grand slam HR & drove in five runs in a game against the San Francisco Giants at Shea Stadium. On September 11, 1990 he hit a walk off two run HR off the Cardinals Lee Smith for one of his last exciting moments as a New York Mets player. He had another goo month in September driving in twenty three runs, hitting eight HRs & playing his last Mets game on September 27th. That day he was 0-3 against the Montreal Expos.

Strawberry put up strong numbers in the last year of his contract & final season as a Met. His team leading 37 HRs were second in the league, his 108 RBIs were 5th best in the league & tops on the Mets with Howard Johnsons 90 a distant second. 

Straw had 150 hits, good enough for a .277 average, he had 70 walks posting a .361 on base %. He hit 18 doubles the second lowest total of his career to that point & stole ten bases, also the lowest total up to that point in his career. He would never steal bases in double figures again. 


 In the 1990 off season he signed on with the Los Angeles Dodgers as baseball's highest paid player with a $23 million contract.

All Time Mets Leaderboard: In his Mets playing career he ranks among the best in most Mets all time offensive categories. Straw is first on the club's all time HR list with 252. 

He is second to David Wright in RBIs (733) in walks (580) & in strikeouts (960). He is third in runs scored (662) fifth all time in stolen bases (191) sixth in triples (30) eighth in games played (1109) ninth in doubles (187) & in hits (1025).

Honors: In 2010 he was inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame.

Post Mets Career: In California, he became a West Coast star & was named Big Brother of The Year. He hit 28 HRs with 22 doubles 99 RBIs & a .265 average in his first & only full season as a Dodger player. Injuries & more personal problems sidelined for much of the next two seasons, hitting only five HRs in each season.

He got arrested for hitting his new pregnant girlfriend, then announced he had a substance abuse problem. He then did six months house arrest for failing to pay $450,000 in past income taxes. He was eventually released by the Dodgers in 1994. He got suspended for violating the substance abuse program, coming up dirty for cocaine use. 


He was then signed by the AL New York team in 1996 hitting 11 HRs with 36 RBIs batting .262. He went to the World Series that season with old team mate Dwight Gooden. Darryl hit three HRs in the ALCS against the Baltimore Orioles, including two in Game #4 at Camden Yards.

In 1998 he hit 24 HRs making a big comeback, but was soon diagnosed with colon cancer. He had surgery to have 24" inches of his colon removed. He also needed chemotherapy because cancer had been found in a lymph node. He would need another treatment two years later. He rebounded from that as well the next season, hitting three HRs playing in 24 regular season games. He appeared in two more post season games driving in four runs overall. 

Then there was more negative drama when Strawberry got arrested for trying to pick up an undercover cop disguised as a hooker. He eventually did jail time and then  got divorced from his second wife before finally cleaning up his act in the new millennium. 

In his 17 year career  Straw was an eight time All Star, NL Rookie of the Year, one time Player of the Month & six time Player of the Week Award winner.

Overall he batted .259 with 1401 hits, 335 HRs (102nd all time). His 16.2 AB per HR ratio is 34th best all time. Darryl has 1,000 RBIs, 256 doubles, 38 triples, 816 walks (244th all time) 131 Intentional walks (67th all time) 898 runs scored, & a.357 on base %.

He struck out 1352 times (109th all time) with a career.505 slugging % (87th all time). 

In right field he played 1309 games (39th all time) with 2337 put outs (46th all time) 58 errors (44th all time) with 23 double plays turned (48th all time) & 76 assists.


Strawberry played in 40 postseason games, belting 9 HRs, with 22 RBIs and 20 runs scored. He played in five All Star games, making eight All Star teams with 12 All Star at bats batting .333 with two stolen bases. 


Retirement: Strawberry attended the Mets' 1986 World Champion team reunions in 2006 & 2016. He threw out the ceremonial first pitch in Game #2 of the 2006 NLCS & was at the closing ceremonies of Shea Stadium in 2008. Strawberry has worked as an instructor for the Mets at various Spring Training camps. 

In 2009 he wrote his controversial Autobiography “Straw: Finding My Way”. In that book he told of his own & his 1986 team mates wild escapades. He said “We hauled around more Bud than the Clydesdales. The beer was just to get the party started and maybe take the edge off the speed and coke." 

On the road, he writes: the modo was "tear up your best bars and nightclubs and take your finest women". The only hard part for us was choosing which hottie to take back to your hotel room. Lots of times you picked two or three a night." He talked about how the players would pick out women from the stands & send an errand boy to fetch them. He told of how he would have quickie sex in the clubhouse between innings. 


 In 2010 Straw threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Citifield & later in the year appeared on future President of the United States- Donald Trump’s show “The Apprentice”. Other celebs included Sharon Osbourne, Cyndi Lauper & Bret Michaels.


That same year he & his brother opened up a restaurant in Douglaston, Queens called Strawberry's. It closed in October 2012.

In 2013 he participated in the Charity celebrity softball game at Citi Field during the All Star Weekend. He was also on hand around the city for many of the All Star Game 2013 events.

In 2015 he & Dwight Gooden were subjects of an ESPN 30/30 special taken place at the same diner Goodfella's Movie was filmed in Maspeth, Queens.

His charity the Darryl Strawberry Foundation supports children with Autism. Straw also has worked as a studio analyst for the SNY network before & after Mets games. 

Family: His son Daryl Jr. played pro basketball in the NBA for the Phoenix Suns in 2007-2008. He also played in the NBA development league for the Albuquerque Thunderbirds, then in Italy for Bologna before he needed knee surgery. In 2011 he played pro basketball in Israel.

Daryl is now a born again Christian. He & his new wife; Tracy, are pastors & have started Strawberry Ministries, The Strawberry Christian Recovery Program is dedicated to restoring lives & relationships.

A HealthCare Company help the couple run The Darryl Strawberry Recovery Center for drug & alcohol recovery, in Florida, Texas, Ohio & Louisiana. A Center outside of St. Louis is in the works as well.







          Seattle Sounders FC Opens Season Saturday On National TV      Cache   Translate Page      
Sounders FC kicks off its 2019 MLS campaign this Saturday at 7:00 p.m. PT at CenturyLink Field in a nationally televised game on FS1 that has the Rave Green taking on expansion side FC Cincinnati. Continue reading…
          Tournament odds AAC Temple South Florida good value bets      Cache   Translate Page      

The 2019 American Athletic Conference men’s basketball tournament kicks off on Thursday with four games. Houston is easily the favorite to capture the crown in Memphis as it looks like one of the top teams in the country. The Cougars are currently rank 11th in the Top 25 AP poll and ESPN’s Joe Lunardi projects them as a 3 seed in the Big Dance. Like with all top tier teams in the nation, however, the conference tournament is often viewed as a glorified warm-up for the real deal. That opens the door for hungrier teams, who desperately need conference tournament wins to make the field of 68, to take down the big dogs.

Temple is actually a decent bet in this tournament at 10-1 given that they have a first round bye. Memphis, which has higher odds at 6-1, actually has to play on Thursday unlike the Owls – who will start up on Friday night.

The Owls need to at least win on Friday night to shore up a spot in the big tournament as Lunardi currently has them as one of the last four bye teams in the Big Dance and as an 11-seed.

In the ACC tourney, Temple will get the winner of Wichita State and ECU in the quarterfinals. The Owls won at Wichita State in overtime back on Jan. 6 and took down East Carolina on the road on Jan. 16.

Temple is also one of two teams this season to have beaten Houston as Quinton Rose pumped in 22 points in a 73-69 home victory back on Jan. 9.

Here are the AAC tournament odds.

AAC

Houston 7/5

Cincinnati 5/2

UCF: 4-1

Memphis 6-1

Temple: 10-1

Wichita State: 25-1

South Florida: 50-1

SMU: 50-1

Tulsa: 60-1

UConn: 60-1

East Carolina: 200-1

Tulane: 300-1


          Cincinnati Public Schools Athletes of the Month: March 2019      Cache   Translate Page      
  Congrats to Alex Solomon – Aiken High School – Basketball – Senior and Maka’la King – Riverview East High School – Basketball – Junior for being named Cincinnati Public Schools Athletes of the month of March 2019! See past Athlete of the Month recipients here   The Latest:
          Burial at Sea Thea Schwonek 1968 – 2016      Cache   Translate Page      
Thea J Schwonek Obituary Published in The Plain Dealer from July 24 – 27, 2016 SCHWONEK THEA J. SCHWONEK, age 47, Loving daughter of Raymond and Joan (nee Schneider). Cherished sister of Matthew (Elizabeth Campbell) of Montgomery, Alabama and Eric of Cincinnati, Ohio. Dear Friend of many. She will be missed by her beloved felines; […]
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OH-Cincinnati, Alluvion Staffing, is hiring for a Director of Customer Service for a Healthcare Company in Cincinnati, OH Position Summary: The Director of Customer Service Operations is responsible for the strategic planning and execution of the Call Center. Minimum Qualifications/Minimum Requirements: Five to seven years' experience with health plan or TPA. Bachelor of Science degree or higher preferred. Minim
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          The United City-States Of America, Mapped - An Experiment In Redividing The Country      Cache   Translate Page      

Authored by Nolan Gray via Medium.com,

From ancient Greece to Renaissance Italy to the Four Asian Tigers, city-states have always punched above their weight. They’ve driven culture forward, facilitated global commerce, and charged ahead of their nation-bound peers.

Indeed, cities  - and the metropolitan regions that orbit around them  -  make sense as a political and economic unit. The key services we depend on government to do, from building infrastructure to ensuring public safety, are mostly handled by cities. And contrary to earlier predictions, the forces of globalization and the rise of the information economy have only made cities more important as economic engines and innovation hubs. It’s no surprise, then, that cities — and their mayors — are increasingly finding their voices in a world previously dominated by nations and international entities.

Unfortunately, the way the United States is structured today undermines this trend by privileging states as the key political entity. State boundaries in these modern times are typically arbitrary and often no longer reflect any meaningful political, cultural, or economic reality. Some U.S. cities, both big and small, manage to straddle state borders (think Texarkana or Bristol) while others run right up to the state edge but sharply hug the border (think Cincinnati or St. Louis). And a number of states are inexplicably fragmented because their seat of government is very different from their most populous town (think New York City/Albany and Chicago/Springfield). This often results in excessive fragmentationunproductive competition, and a near total lack of regional land-use and transportation planning. We all suffer as a result.

Both to satisfy my own curiosity and set out a vision for what a city-oriented United States might look like, I decided to make a map that dispensed with the continental 48 states and instead divvied up the land into 100 city-states.

As a process-obsessed city planner, I started by listing the top 150 metropolitan statistical areas in the continental United States. This seemed like the natural base for any potential city-states as MSAs reflect economic integration. Next, I mixed in combined statistical areas, which factor together adjacent metro- and micropolitan areas. I cut the list to the top 100 units by population. (Congratulations to Lancaster, Pennsylvania — the smallest unit to make the cut!)

Then came the mapping. I used shapefiles provided by the Census to make “city-state cores” on a single map using GIS, a tool used for map making and spatial analysis. By using more data and selecting certain attributes, I assigned each county to a city-state core. To finish it up, I cleaned up awkward and nonsensical boundaries with some manual adjustment.

The final product was this map, and it led me to several takeaways:

The eastern United States is like medieval Europe.

As of 2010, the population center of the United States is somewhere in the middle of Missouri. It’s been moving westward, needless to say, but also south over time. This mostly jives with this map: The United States east of the Kansas-Missouri line is a dynamic hodgepodge of small, densely populated city-states. The economies and cultures of places like New York and Philadelphia, Charlotte and Greensboro, and Fort Wayne and South Bend will likely always be intimately intermingled. West of this line, excluding California and Texas, the United States is largely underpopulated, with cities like Denver, Omaha, and Boise playing an outsized role — economically and culturally — in their respective regions.

My home state of Kentucky is shattered.

Let’s face it: Kentucky is incoherent as a cultural-political entity. The Louisville metropolitan area and the northern Kentucky suburbs of Cincinnati are essentially southern reaches of the Rust Belt. The state’s east and southeast have more in common with West Virginia, including a shared Appalachian heritage. Western and southwestern Kentucky feel much more conventionally Southern. All of this is largely captured by how the state is divided up. Not accidentally, the only purely Kentucky city-state produced — Lexington — captures most of what Kentucky is best known for: University of Kentucky basketball, the first Kentucky Fried Chicken, most of the major bourbon distilleries, the Daniel Boone National Forest, and the state’s famous Bluegrass horse farm region.

Maine and Minnesota are basically already city-states.

Only two city-states capture the entirety of a current U.S. state: Portland, which captures Maine and parts of New Hampshire, and Minneapolis-St. Paul, which captures Minnesota and parts of Wisconsin, South Dakota, and three-quarters of North Dakota. Portland barely made the cut; in an actual fragmentation scenario, I could see most of Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine falling under a Boston city-state. Minneapolis-St. Paul, however, makes sense. Its influence sweeps across the northern Midwest, as evidenced in films like Fargo. Some western metro areas in New Mexico and Utah nearly made the cut, but their southern regions were nipped by El Paso and Las Vegas, respectively.

Some states would disappear entirely.

A handful of states in this new map are completely covered by the city-states of their former neighboring states. Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and Vermont would all basically be gone. Delaware and Rhode Island both have great cities — Wilmington and Providence — but both would be unambiguously absorbed by their monolithic neighbors — Philadelphia and Boston, respectively. The upper Mountain West as well as New Hampshire and Vermont simply lack large cities.

City-states of tomorrow may boom at any time.

As states like Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota continue to experience explosive population growth, they will inevitably give rise to their own great cities. For all we know, Billings, Fargo, and Sioux Falls could emerge as urban powerhouses in the 21st century, not unlike nearby Minneapolis, Denver, and Salt Lake City did in the 20th century.

An odd oversight in our federal system is that it’s basically impossible for states to split, join, or shift around their borders. Outside of a few weird cases — such as West Virginia — basically all new states have come from newly settled land. As new city-states emerge in places like the Mountain West, how would they be incorporated into this system? Would the arrangement be capped at 100 city-states? Alternatively, could states combine as their economies and development slowly blends, as could very well happen with small city-states like Lancaster, Toledo, and Fresno? It’s a fun thought experiment.

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In a time when we aren’t often drawing up new borders for established countries like the U.S., it’s interesting to think “what if.” What might be the political implications of a system like this? At the outset, a system of city-states could help to achieve economies of scale in providing local services like libraries and parks, saving taxpayers money while improving service quality.

But they could also overcome some of the prisoner’s dilemma problems associated with policies like housing, schools, and subsidies. In our current system of municipal fragmentation, it’s easy for NIMBYs (“Not in My Back Yard” campaigns) to block the construction of new housing in prospering areas and keep low- and moderate-income students out of high-quality schools districts. A unified city-state could overcome some of these issues, taking the broader perspective and equitably distributing the burdens and benefits of growth.

A city-state restructuring could also have deep implications for national politics. One of the key takeaways of the 2016 presidential election is the mounting urban-rural political divide, with voters in cities and the countryside growing increasingly disconnected and antagonistic toward one another. (At the bottom of this piece is a map of how the city-states likely would have voted.) Insomuch as a city-state scenario would bundle Americans based on broadly similar economic, social, cultural backgrounds, it could encourage both sides to seriously contend with with the needs and preferences of their neighbors.

Of course, at this stage, it’s all speculation. How would you have drawn city-state boundaries differently? What do you think would be the political implications?


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          Appeals Court Upholds Law Blocking Ohio Planned Parenthood Funding      Cache   Translate Page      

A divided federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the constitutionality of an Ohio law that blocks state funding for Planned Parenthood, reversing its own prior ruling and handing a victory to anti-abortion advocates. In an 11-6 vote, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati rejected the argument by Planned Parenthood affiliates that the…

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CINCINNATI (AP) — A small plane crashed into a suburban Cincinnati house Tuesday afternoon, killing the pilot and sending dark smoke billowing from the backyard.

Emergency responders said no one was in the home at the time of the crash, and first responders got two dogs inside out safely in the city of Madeira, some 10 miles (16 kilometers) northeast of Cincinnati.

Authorities weren't certain if anyone besides the pilot was in the heavily damaged twin-engine Piper PA-31 Navajo and didn't immediately release any information about the pilot's identity.

Madeira's fire chief, Steve Ashbrock, said the plane crashed into a family room at the back of the home, and then went nose-first into the back yard. Firefighters put out flames from the plane.

The aircraft is registered to Marc Inc., the Cincinnati Enquirer reported. The company, which is based at John Bell Williams Airport in Bolton, Mississippi, referred all questions to its attorney, Thomas Bryson, who was not available for comment.

The crash was around 3:15 p.m., before many residents returned home from work and school to find the swarms of fire, police and TV vehicles in their neighborhood.

"It made a terrible noise," Judith Lampe, who lives nearby, told The Cincinnati Enquirer. She said firefighters were spraying water on the smoking wreckage. "The back of the house is pretty much open to the elements."

Neighbor David Moore said he was at his son's house waiting to pick up his grandchildren from the school bus when he saw the plane coming in low over trees, then nose-dive into the yard.

The Federal Aviation Administration said federal investigators were responding and that the National Transportation Safety Board will be in charge of probing what happened. Multiple state and local agencies also responded.


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Close To The Edge by Yes: I bought this album when it came out in 1972... I was familiar with their previous two albums..but this was at a whole new level. "and you and I' was the first song that I listened to constantly..it is so beautiful and musically complex. then it was "close to the edge" if they only recorded the beginning sounds of chirping birds that would have been enough..so great. I've read that a few band members left because of the fighting while making this album. but it always seems that a bands best work happens through struggle and hard work..this album is an amazing achievement..and it still sounds fresh except for the quality of the CD..really bad.the album sounds much better. It is sad that this album received little airplay, at least in Cincinnati. I assume because of the length of the songs...even the 45 version of "and you and I' never caught on..so we never sold 1 copy at our chain in the 5 years I worked there. while their albums "the yes album" and "fragile" sold every week. those albums pale in comparison to the brilliance of "close to the edge" I am surprised that it has received such a low(85) ratings on this website
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          The Hurry Up: Trey Leroux Wasn't “Starstruck” by Ohio State's Offer, Buckeyes Make Two More Cut Lists      Cache   Translate Page      
The Hurry Up is your nightly dose of updates from the Ohio State football recruiting trail, keeping tabs on the latest from commits and targets from around the country.

Trey Leroux Isn’t “Starstruck”

As was documented in yesterday’s story about three-star Norwalk, Ohio native Trey Leroux’s commitment to Ohio State, Leroux had just received his offer after visiting Ohio State and watching spring practice March 8. He chose to commit to that offer on March 11. Norwalk High School head football coach Todd Fox said, though, that Leroux didn’t make his commitment because of a “starstruck” Ohio State offer.

Fox said Ohio State offensive line coach Greg Studrawa had done a good job of developing a relationship with Leroux since the spring of 2018 and that Leroux needed one look at how Ohio State ran its program and practices before deciding he new where he wanted to go.

“We sat down and talked over the weekend a couple times, and we talked about how maybe he needed to wait and think it through,” Fox said. “But as the weekend went further, he just said, ‘There’s no thinking. I know what I want to do.’”

Leroux was searching for a place that felt like home, where he could be treated like part of a family and develop as a player, Fox said, and some other schools had been providing that type of a feeling for Leroux. He had offers from schools like Indiana, Purdue, Rutgers and other non-Power 5 programs. He had been receiving interest from schools like Notre Dame, Michigan State and Michigan but none of the schools had pulled the offer trigger on the 6-foot-8 Ohioan.

“Most kids in Ohio dream of playing for Ohio State, but he’s learned a lot through this process and that there are things other than that out there,” Fox said. “It’s not just a starstruck Ohio State offer. It was, ‘Okay, all the things I want, Ohio State offers.’”

Fox said one of the things that stood out to Leroux was a one-on-one conversation with new head coach Ryan Day, where Day made Leroux feel as if he would be entering a familial atmosphere.

“He really made him feel like, ‘Okay, this is a guy that wants me. They want me to be a part of this program and part of this family,’” Fox said. “That’s what he was looking for.”

Leroux, at 6-foot-8, 320 pounds, has a lot of shaping up to do before he graduates, and Studrawa and Day have communicated to Fox and Leroux that they look forward to seeing how he can change his body before he even steps foot on campus in 2020. Fox said the change from his sophomore season to his junior season was already impressive, but the change that can and is already happening between his junior and senior seasons could be exponential.

OSU Makes The Cut for Two Others

In the same day that four-star Colorado offensive tackle Reece Atteberry included Ohio State in his top-five schools, the Buckeyes were included in two more cut lists Monday evening — No. 1 2020 safety R.J. Mickens’ top-11 and four-star 2020 Kentucky offensive tackle John Young’s top-seven.

Mickens is the No. 42 player overall and is coming off of his fourth visit to Clemson. While clearly having enough interest in Ohio State to include it on his cut list, Rickens is very high on Clemson and a few other schools. The other schools included were Alabama, LSU, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Michigan, Notre Dame, Florida, Nebraska and Miami (FL).

Ohio State junior cornerback Jeffrey Okudah tweeted at Mickens and four-star Arlington cornerback Jalen Kimber to encourage the two Texas corners to choose Ohio State. Okudah is the only Texas cornerback on the 2019 Ohio State roster.

Young included a slew of midwestern schools in his top-six, as Ohio State was joined by Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan, Purdue and Georgia (obviously not a midwestern school). Young has a lot of interest in Kentucky but has said he isn’t ruling out Ohio State and Greg Studrawa. He holds his Ohio State offer high on his list and plans to commit sometime in the summer.

College Admission Scheme Hits IMG Academy Director

IMG Academy director Mark Riddell was charged with taking SAT and ACT exams for money, per this report in the Miami Herald. The charge is part of a larger, nationwide story that detailed the cases of 33 parents who paid to have stand-ins for their children on college entrance exams, ensuring that their children were admitted into schools like USC, UCLA, Texas and others.

The report by the Miami Herald touched on the fact that Riddell had been involved in the mail fraud since 2011. There is one case that was detailed from 2018 that explained how Riddell traveled from Tampa to Houston to take an ACT exam for a student the same day and then flexed by guessing he'd scored a 35 out of 36. He scored a 35 and was paid $10,000 after taking the exam in his hotel room. The test administrator was paid $5,000. 

IMG Academy is known widely in throughout US high school athletics as one of the most successful schools to push athletes into Division I programs. While no students were listed in the reports as of yet, IMG has several alumni that have had college and professional success, including former Alabama running back and current Dallas Cowboy Bo Scarbrough, current New York Giant Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois. It's most notable alumni are through baseball though, where nine-time MLB All-Star Gary Sheffield, Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto and Chicago Cubs pitcher Kyle Kendrick all played.


          On the Brink: A Number of 2020 Ohio Prospects Could Be Next in Line for Buckeye Offers      Cache   Translate Page      

Ohio State has landed a pair of 2020 commitments since the start of the new year as Ryan Day and his staff continue to do a fine job on the recruiting trail. Seven pledges are currently in the fold following yesterday's commitment from Norwalk offensive tackle Trey Leroux, and each one is at a position of major need.

We've mentioned it before, but one interesting dynamic that we'll be monitoring is how Day handles the state of Ohio in a class that should end with 23-25 new signees. Three of the seven 2020 commits hail from the Buckeye State – Cincinnati linemen Paris Johnson Jr. and Jakob James and now Trey Leroux – and a total of seven in-state prospects are holding offers at the moment. 

Things are about to pick up on the trail with a number of visits on the docket and the ever-important spring game weekend taking place in mid-April. As recruiting picks back up, there are a handful of Ohioans to be on the lookout for as new offers could be handed out in the coming months. 

Jaheim Thomas • OLB/DE • Cincinnati (Princeton) • ★★★★ • State Rank: No. 4

It's at least a little bit surprising that Jaheim Thomas has yet to earn an Ohio State offer, but this doesn't seem like a situation that will come back and bite the Buckeyes. The four-star holds offers from the likes of Michigan, Notre Dame, and LSU, and he's taken visits to Knoxville, South Bend, and East Lansing.

It will be fun to watch as he develops over the next nine months. Thomas is 6-foot-5 and 218 pounds, so he may end up at linebacker or defensive end at the next level. It's important to remember that Ohio State is operating with an almost entirely new defensive staff, so they may just want to see Thomas in person again before extending an offer.

Checking in as the country's No. 271 overall prospect, he's a friend and teammate of four-star defensive line prospect Darrion Henry, who is very likely the Buckeyes' top remaining in-state target. 

Sammy Anderson • Cornerback • Dayton (Trotwood-Madison) • ★★★ • State Rank: No. 20

Ohio State didn't sign a single cornerback for the Class of 2019, and needless to say it's a pretty big area of need for the current cycle. I have no idea if an in-state prospect will make it into the class, but if one does then there's a decent chance it could be Trotwood-Madison's Sammy Anderson.

At 6-foot-2 and 170 pounds, he's certainly got the size and speed to play the position. Several schools have already taken notice including programs like Virginia Tech and Michigan who have a long history of producing in the secondary. Also a star on the hardwood, his recruitment is just getting underway and he's already discussed making a summer camp tour to earn some more offers. 

The staff is targeting several of the country's top corners and they're in a solid spot for both Henry Gray and Lejond Cavazos, but I get the feeling Anderson is at least worth keeping an eye on.

Clay Caudill • Tight End • Mansfield • ★★★ • State Rank: No. 14

It's a sneaky good year for tight ends in the state of Ohio. There may not be a five-star Jeremy Ruckert type, but there are a number of guys who could potentially find their way into Ohio State's class or elsewhere in the conference; especially considering the very real possibility of the Buckeyes signing two at the position. 

Mansfield's Clay Caudill is the country's 13th-ranked tight end and No. 502 regardless of position. He's got some pretty big offers including LSU, Michigan State, and Wisconsin. The 6-foot-5, 230-pounder was in Baton Rouge last month for one of the Tigers' junior day events. He previously had narrowed things down to Michigan State and West Virginia (prior to the LSU offer) and plans on enrolling early at his college of choice. If the staff has any interest in getting involved with the state's top tight end then it may need to make a move sooner rather than later.

Luke Lachey • Tight End • Columbus (Grandview Heights) • ★★★ • State Rank: No. 26

The other in-state tight end to watch is Grandview Heights' Luke Lachey. The son of Buckeye great Jim Lachey, the three-star tight end holds offers from Kentucky, Michigan State, Wisconsin, and plenty of other programs. Obviously he's quite familiar with the program and was on campus last week, but he's likely going to need to spend some more time with the staff to earn an offer. Lachey's focus is probably on basketball now, but he may be someone who's willing to wait for a Buckeye offer.

The tight end board doesn't seem to be coming together as easily as some other positions, but if the staff does intend on taking two then one has to think there's a solid chance either Lachey or Caudill could earn an offer. I think the expectation is for a transfer at the position as well, so it's likely going to be necessary to take a pair for 2020.


Five Ohioans signed with the Buckeyes in 2019, but there's more room in the Class of 2020 and it's going to be a bigger number this go around. Ryan Day has already talked about keeping the best players from leaving, but it's always a tricky balance when a school has the national reach like Ohio State's.

Other names to watch include Akron athlete Bengally Kamara, Cincinnati corner Carrington Valentine, and Milford Center tackle Sam Rengert. The Leroux commit is going to make things tough for Rengert, however, as the Buckeyes will likely go national for the remainder of the 2020 offensive line class. 


          Ohio State Mock Draft Roundup: Nick Bosa Projected to 49ers, Dwayne Haskins Projected to Giants and Parris Campbell's Stock Rising After NFL Scouting Combine      Cache   Translate Page      
With the NFL Scouting Combine in the rear-view mirror, there’s a clear consensus on where each of Ohio State’s top two prospects will end up in the 2019 NFL draft.

Take a look at NFL mock drafts around the web, and the same two landing spots are projected for the Buckeyes’ two likely top-10 picks far more often than not: Nick Bosa to the San Francisco 49ers, and Dwayne Haskins to the New York Giants.

Beyond them, the other Buckeye who now looks to be the most likely to join Bosa and Haskins in the first round is Parris Campbell, who is increasingly garnering first-round mock draft projections after a spectacular performance at the combine in which he tied for the fastest 40-yard dash among all wide receivers (4.31 seconds) and was also among the event’s top performers in the broad jump (11 feet, 3 inches), vertical jump (40 inches) and 20-yard shuttle (4.03 seconds), putting his elite athleticism on display.

Dre’Mont Jones also has a chance to be a first-round pick, though he’s mostly projected to be selected in the second half of the second round as of now.

With NFL free agency officially starting Wednesday, and many players already agreeing to deals with new teams, the moves that are made over the next couple weeks will have an impact on each team’s needs for the 2019 NFL draft, and could influence where players ultimately end up in April.

The combine, though, is the only time before the draft that all the top prospects will be together in one setting – and an opportunity for some of the media’s top NFL draft insiders to gather intel that shape their draft projections – which makes it a good time to check in on where each of Ohio State’s top prospects are projected to be selected as of now.

For this edition of the NFL Mock Draft Roundup, we took a look at the following 16 mock drafts, all of which have been published since the NFL Scouting Combine and whose projections are detailed below:

Nick Bosa, DE

Crabbs: Round 1, No. 1 overall, Arizona Cardinals
Ledbetter: Round 1, No. 1 overall, Arizona Cardinals
The Athletic: Round 1, No. 1 overall, Arizona Cardinals
McShay: Round 1, No. 2 overall, San Francisco 49ers
Miller: Round 1, No. 2 overall, San Francisco 49ers
Jeremiah: Round 1, No. 2 overall, San Francisco 49ers
Reuter: Round 1, No. 2 overall, San Francisco 49ers
Easterling: Round 1, No. 2 overall, San Francisco 49ers
Kadar: Round 1, No. 2 overall, San Francisco 49ers
Lombardo: Round 1, No. 2 overall, San Francisco 49ers
Brugler: Round 1, No. 2 overall, San Francisco 49ers
Marino: Round 1, No. 2 overall, San Francisco 49ers
Norris: Round 1, No. 2 overall, San Francisco 49ers
Trapasso: Round 1, No. 2 overall, San Francisco 49ers
Wilson: Round 1, No. 2 overall, San Francisco 49ers
Draft Tek: Round 1, No. 2 overall, San Francisco 49ers

While Bosa was once considered the frontrunner to be the Arizona Cardinals’ selection with the No. 1 overall pick, many NFL insiders now believe that the Cardinals plan to draft Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray with the top pick in the draft, as all but four of the 16 mock drafts we surveyed project.

Unlike our first NFL Mock Draft Roundup in February, when six out of 12 mock drafts projected Bosa to be the top pick, he’s only projected to be the top pick in three out of 16 mock drafts now, with Easterling projecting that the Cardinals will select Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams with the top choice.

What every one of these draft prognosticators agrees on, though, is that Bosa will be a top-two draft selection. The 49ers could certainly use a difference-making defensive end like Bosa, so if the Cardinals choose to draft Murray or someone else instead, San Francisco will likely pounce on the opportunity to draft the former Buckeye, who most analysts consider to be the draft’s best overall player.

Dwayne Haskins, QB

Reuter: Round 1, No. 3 overall, New York Giants
Easterling: Round 1, No. 3 overall, New York Giants
Lombardo: Round 1, No. 3 overall, New York Giants
McShay: Round 1, No. 6 overall, New York Giants
Miller: Round 1, No. 6 overall, New York Giants
Jeremiah: Round 1, No. 6 overall, New York Giants
Kadar: Round 1, No. 6 overall, New York Giants
Brugler: Round 1, No. 6 overall, New York Giants
Ledbetter: Round 1, No. 6 overall, New York Giants
Wilson: Round 1, No. 6 overall, New York Giants
The Athletic: Round 1, No. 6 overall, New York Giants
Draft Tek: Round 1, No. 6 overall, New York Giants
Norris: Round 1, No. 7 overall, Jacksonville Jaguars
Trapasso: Round 1, No. 10 overall, Denver Broncos
Marino: Round 1, No. 11 overall, Cincinnati Bengals
Crabbs: Round 1, No. 15 overall, Washington Redskins

The New York Giants were already the consensus projected landing spot for Haskins in our February mock draft roundup, and that consensus has only gotten stronger since the combine. It’s time that the Giants should be looking to draft Eli Manning’s successor to be their next starting quarterback, and Haskins – a New Jersey native and the draft’s best pocket passer – is seemingly a perfect fit.

With Murray now widely projected to be the No. 1 overall pick, the Giants might need to trade up in order to secure their chance to draft Haskins – the only other quarterback widely projected to be a top pick – which is why Easterling, Lombardo and Reuter all have the Giants trading with the team they share a stadium with, the New York Jets, to move up to the No. 3 overall pick.

Because none of the teams currently picking in the top five are expected to draft Haskins, however, there’s still a good chance that the Giants will have the opportunity to select Haskins at the sixth pick unless another team trades up in front of them to select him.

Only four of the 16 mock drafts that we surveyed have the Giants passing up on Haskins, but if they do, the Jaguars, Broncos, Bengals and Redskins are all teams that could also be in the market for their quarterback of the future (though the Jaguars seem unlikely now after they reportedly agreed to a four-year, $88 million deal with Nick Foles on Monday).

Parris Campbell, WR

Jeremiah: Round 1, No. 22 overall, Baltimore Ravens
McShay: Round 1, No. 27 overall, Oakland Raiders
Brugler: Round 1, No. 30 overall, Green Bay Packers
Wilson: Round 2, No. 36 overall, San Francisco 49ers
Lombardo: Round 2, No. 38 overall, Jacksonville Jaguars
Draft Tek: Round 2, No. 40 overall, Buffalo Bills
Trapasso: Round 2, No. 46 overall, Washington Redskins
Easterling: Round 3, No. 70 overall, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

While Bosa and Haskins were already widely projected to be top-six picks before the combine, and simply solidified their standing as top prospects in Indianapolis, Campbell is the Buckeye who appears to be making a real move up draft boards after an excellent combine performance.

Campbell was not projected as a first-round pick in any of the 12 mock drafts we surveyed in February, but is now projected as a first-round pick by three of the industry’s most connected NFL draft insiders – Daniel Jeremiah, Todd McShay and Dane Brugler – and was projected to be selected no later than the middle of the second round in all but two of the mock drafts we surveyed that include two rounds or more.

There’s no consensus landing spot for Campbell – and McShay’s projected landing spot, the Raiders, is probably less likely now that they made a big move to trade for one of the NFL’s best wide receivers, Antonio Brown – but it now appears very much within the realm of possibility that Campbell could be a late first-round pick, and it will be a surprise if he isn’t selected in the first two rounds.

Dre’Mont Jones, DT

Norris: Round 1, No. 28 overall, Los Angeles Chargers
Easterling: Round 2, No. 50 overall, Minnesota Vikings
Lombardo: Round 2, No. 50 overall, Minnesota Vikings
Draft Tek: Round 2, No. 50 overall, Minnesota Vikings
Trapasso: Round 2, No. 56 overall, New England Patriots

It’s unusual to see a consensus landing spot for a player who is widely projected to be drafted in the middle of the second round, but the popular projection for Jones in mock drafts so far has been the Minnesota Vikings’ 50th overall pick, where he lands in three of the five mock drafts that included the Ohio State defensive tackle this time around.

Even though the Vikings already drafted one defensive tackle from Ohio State last year, when they selected Jalyn Holmes in the fourth round and moved him inside, they are likely to be in the market for another defensive tackle – particularly, one like Jones who is a disruptive interior penetrator – after reportedly losing Sheldon Richardson to the Cleveland Browns in free agency.

It’s still possible that Jones could sneak into the late first round of the draft, but with unspectacular testing results at the combine and a draft class of defensive linemen that’s loaded with top prospects, it appears more likely that he will end up somewhere in Round 2.

Michael Jordan, OL

Draft Tek: Round 3, No. 77 overall, Carolina Panthers

Terry McLaurin, WR

Draft Tek: Round 4, No. 108 overall, New York Giants
Easterling: Round 4, No. 115 overall, Carolina Panthers

Isaiah Prince, OT

Draft Tek: Round 4, No. 117 overall, Atlanta Falcons

Mike Weber, RB

Draft Tek: Round 4, No. 129 overall, Dallas Cowboys

There haven’t been many seven-round mock drafts published since the NFL Scouting Combine, so we don’t have a good range of projections to look at for the Buckeyes who aren’t projected to be selected in the first two rounds. Draft Tek’s most recent computer simulation, however, projects that eight Buckeyes will be selected in the 2019 NFL draft – all within the first four rounds.

Once you get past the second round, it’s exceedingly difficult to project where a player ultimately will ultimately land, but Jordan, McLaurin, Prince and Weber all appear as though they should at least be drafted within the middle rounds.

Two other Buckeyes who should have a shot to be drafted, though they weren’t included in Draft Tek’s seven-round projection, are cornerback Kendall Sheffield and wide receiver Johnnie Dixon. Sheffield has been projected to be selected as early as the third round in earlier mock drafts, but he missed out on his chance to solidify himself as a middle-round pick when he suffered a partial pectoral tear during the bench press at the combine, which prevented him from participating in an on-field workout and could prevent him from participating in Ohio State’s March 20 pro day, as well.


          Looking Back at the Top Four Moments From An Interesting Ohio State Basketball Season      Cache   Translate Page      

It has certainly been an interesting season for the Ohio State basketball team. After starting the campaign 12-1, the Buckeyes unraveled a bit when faced with full-on conference play, finishing that part of the sector at 8-12, including dropping their last three games minus Kaleb Wesson.

Nevertheless, this team will go down as one that persisted. Their season certainly isn't over, and the Buckeyes could certainly still somehow make the NCAA Tournament.

Let's take a look at four moments that were pretty darn great.

4. Creighton Victory

Ohio State was close to hiring Greg McDermott before they ultimately picked Chris Holtmann as the next coach of the Buckeyes following Thad Matta's departure.

So, when the Buckeyes faced Creighton in the 2018 Gavitt Tipoff Games, it was a mini-storyline as to whether the Buckeyes "made the right hire." 

Well, as it turned out, the Buckeyes did. 

Ohio State won the game 69-60 on the road behind 19 points from Keyshawn Woods and 12 from Duane Washington. The Buckeyes improved to 3-0 at the time, and put a nice boost on their resume. 

3. Opening With a Bang

All year, as a Cincinnati kid, I had to hear so much garbage from their fans (my friends) around the city about how UC was going to open a new arena and blow the doors off the Buckeyes.

Thank goodness that wasn't how it turned out.

Ohio State beat the Bearcats 64-56 on opening night behind 15 points from Kaleb Wesson. Three others scored in double-figures for the Buckeyes: Kyle Young (10), Luther Muhammad (11), and CJ Jackson (13). 

It was a big win for the Buckeyes, and cemented UC's place underneath on the Ohio basketball totem pole. For now. The two will meet again next season in Columbus.

2. CJ Jackson's Heroics at Indiana

Last year, you may recall that CJ Jackson hit a big shot to beat the Hoosiers in their house. Well, they must really hate him now, because he did it again this season.

Jackson's late three-pointer enabled Ohio State to tie the game, and an Andre Wesson dunk off a beautifully-designed play gave the Buckeyes the eventual victory in Bloomington. Wesson dropped 15 points to lead the Buckeyes, while Jackson added 10.

The Buckeyes and Hoosiers will meet on a bigger stage on Thursday when they meet in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.

1. Justin Ahrens Drops 29 Against Iowa

This has to be No. 1. Ohio State was reeling, and needed a big win to enhance their tournament resume, and they did just that, throttling No. 22 Iowa at home by 20 points.

Justin Ahrens was a machine in this one, as he dropped 29 points. This game also gave us the Fran McCaffrey outburst, which is always hilarious. 

Honorable Mentions

But wait, there's more! There were some other pretty great things that happened this season.


Hopefully, there is still a lot more to come the rest of the season. After all, there's a strong chance that Ohio State could be playing in the Big Dance when the field is announced this Sunday. All we can do now is watch and see.


          Ohio State Likely Needs One More Win To Secure NCAA Tournament Berth      Cache   Translate Page      
The bubble is not a particularly pleasant place to be at this time of year.

Before Ohio State's latest loss, Chris Holtmann said he hasn't fully delved into the discussions or analysis of which teams will make the NCAA tournament and which teams will likely be left on the outside, for it can be overwhelming. As a coach of a team on the edge, Holtmann knows there's only one thing the Buckeyes can do to secure a tournament spot: win.

Ohio State nearly captured an elusive top-25 victory on Sunday, completing a second-half comeback after trailing by 23 points to tie No. 21 Wisconsin with less than a minute left. But the Badgers held off the Buckeyes, eventually beating them by six points in overtime. Had Ohio State won, it likely would have locked up a spot in the NCAA tournament. But since it lost, the team is set to begin the Big Ten tournament with what might essentially be a play-in game to earn an at-large bid.

The eighth-seeded Buckeyes will take on ninth-seeded Indiana at 12:30 p.m. Thursday in a matchup between two teams squarely on the bubble.

ESPN's Joe Lunardi lists Ohio State as the last team in the field of 68 and has the Hoosiers as the last team left out, and he's far from alone. Bracket Matrix, which aggregates 118 brackets, also has the Buckeyes as the last team in and Indiana as the last team out. 

Thus, if Ohio State loses, it will likely fall out of the tournament field, and if it wins, there's a solid likelihood it will secure an at-large bid.

“If we're not good enough, we're not good enough,” Holtmann said after Sunday’s loss to Wisconsin. “But we're going to fight like hell to get there.”

On Thursday, the Buckeyes will learn, as Holtmann said, if they're good enough.

They beat Indiana at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana, behind late-game heroics from C.J. Jackson and Andre Wesson for an important 55-52 win on Feb. 10 that kept them in the bubble conversation after a dreadful January performance. In order for Ohio State to earn a spot in the tournament for the second year in a row, it'll have to defeat Romeo Langford and the Hoosiers once again.

C.J. Jackson

The NCAA tournament bubble is an inexact science. Immediately after the bracket is released on Sunday, analysts will spend their time excoriating the selection committee for putting a perceived undeserved team into the field and leaving a team that deserves a spot out. It happens every year.

But it's important to remember this isn't the College Football Playoff committee. The folks who determine which four football teams make the playoff change every year and can be unpredictable. Though NCAA Tournament bracketology is rarely completely accurate, there are only a couple surprises each year.

So, could Ohio State need more than one win in the Big Ten tournament to make the NCAA tournament? It's possible. And there's also a chance it could lose to the Hoosiers and make the field. The most likely outline of the Buckeyes earning a bid, though, comes with a win against Indiana on Thursday.

The only reason Ohio State even has a chance at a tournament bid after starting the calendar year of 2019 with a 6-11 record is due to the complete weakness of the bubble.

Consider some of the other teams fighting for at-large spots, and look at what's holding each of them back.

  • Clemson: a 19-12 record with a 1-9 record in quadrant-1 games.
  • TCU: A 19-12 record with a 3-7 road record.
  • NC State: A 21-10 record with a 2-8 record in quadrant-1 games, two quadrant-3 losses and the No. 215 strength of schedule.
  • Indiana: a 17-14 record with a 3-9 record on the road.
  • Florida: a 17-14 record with a 3-11 record in quadrant-1 games and two quadrant-3 losses.
  • Texas: a 16-15 record with a 4-5 record in quadrant-2 games.
  • Temple: a 23-8 record with a 2-6 record in quadrant-1 games.
  • Belmont: a 25-5 record with two quadrant-3 losses and the No. 191 strength of schedule.
  • Alabama: a 17-14 record with a 2-9 record in quadrant-1 games and two quadrant-2 losses.

None of those resumes are particularly awe-inspiring, and all of them can be picked apart. The Buckeyes' resume is similarly unimpressive.

  • Ohio State: an 18-13 record with a 4-9 record in quadrant-1 games and a quadrant 3 loss.

So, does Ohio State have an "NCAA tournament-worthy resume" or can someone deem it an "NCAA tournament team?" In most years, no. Has it defeated enough tournament-quality teams? Not in most years.

But the 2018-19 bubble is exceedingly poor, and that works in the Buckeyes' favor.

As it enters the Big Ten tournament, Ohio State has an 18-13 record. Just a couple months ago, it was 12-1 with wins against Cincinnati, Creighton and UCLA, seemingly having a strong early case at an NCAA tournament bid.

The team's situation changed quickly, though, and here it sits, likely one game away from securing a spot in the field. Win and they're in? That appears to be the most likely scenario of the Buckeyes earning a berth.


          What Trey Leroux's Commitment Means to Ohio State's 2020 Recruiting Class      Cache   Translate Page      
Finding the right fit for your college football program isn't just about what happens on the field, but off it as well. Today, Ohio State added a key piece. How will that commitment impact the Buckeyes?

It didn't take long for three-star offensive tackle Trey Leroux to decide on his future after seeing what Ohio State had to offer in spring ball. Just a few days after visiting an Ohio State spring practice on Friday, Leroux committed to the Buckeyes on Monday.

Let's take a closer look at how the No. 995 recruit in the class of 2020 influences the future of the program and his class. 

On The Field

The first thing anyone will notice while watching Leroux's high school film is that he is the biggest player on the field 99 percent of the time. He typically lines up at left tackle for Norwalk High School, but can pull like a guard and lead the ballcarrier while taking multiple defenders with him. 

The next thing someone might notice is that half of his film is Leroux lining up on defense. For 320 pounds, Leroux can move quickly enough to be placed along the outside of the line as an edge rusher or on the inside, where he can blow up most running plays at the high school level. While Ohio State is recruiting him as an offensive tackle, it's good to see a 6-foot-8 offensive lineman play along the entire defensive front with the ferocity and speed that Leroux plays with.

His footwork should be up to par with where most Big Ten offensive tackles enter the collegiate level, especially with another year left to improve. 

In The Class

Leroux became the seventh commitment to Ohio State's 2020 recruiting class and already the third offensive tackle – four-star Luke Wypler comes in as a center as well. It is clearly by design that the Buckeyes want to bring in a multitude of offensive linemen in the class, but having three already means that some of them will likely redshirt.

Five-star offensive tackle Paris Johnson, Jr. might be able to escape a redshirt, but three-star Jakob James and Leroux will likely not, especially when it comes to a couple three-star prospects needing to get their bodies right for the Big Ten level. While Leroux already has a lot of size and the athleticism to go with it, he will likely need to slim down and still add strength to be able to play at an Ohio State level. 

Ohio State likely won't turn away many offensive linemen. With Kentucky four-star offensive tackle John Young including the Buckeyes in his top-six on Monday, there could potentially be another one or two coming before the class' cycle comes to a close. 

Off The Field

One of the main concerns of Ohio State recruiting recently has been the lack of success landing top in-state offensive linemen. New head coach Ryan Day was aware of the concern back in December.

"It's something that for sure I'm well aware of, and it's an area that we've got to do a better job at," Day said on Dec. 19.

The Buckeyes missed on Clemson 2018 five-star signee Jackson Carman out of Fairfield, as well as No. 3 2019 center Zeke Correll out of Cincinnati and No. 10 2019 guard Nolan Rumler out of Akron, who went to Notre Dame and Michigan respectively.

Ohio State has already earned three in-state offensive tackle commitments in the 2020 class, though, which could pay dividends down the road for future recruiting classes.


          This Austrian village has world's smallest metro system — and the highest      Cache   Translate Page      


  • The world's shortest (0.8 mi) and highest (4,680 ft) metro runs beneath an Austrian ski resort.
  • Constructed in 1985, the Dorfbahn keeps Serfaus traffic-free.
  • Capacity will increase from 1,600 to 3,000 passengers per hour this spring.


Postcard-perfect


The weather's good for skiing today in Serfaus, Austria. Snow conditions are listed as "powdery," with depths of 170 cm at the summit and 30 cm at the base. All 68 ski lifts and all 198 slopes in the wider Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis area are open.

Wedged on a plateau 4,680 feet (1,427 m) above the Inn valley in between the peaks of the Furgler, Schönjoch and Pfroslkopf mountains, the tiny Tyrolean village of Serfaus, with just over 1,000 permanent residents, is a postcard-perfect example of alpine charm.

Just last month, Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis was elected the world's second-best ski area (1). But there's another reason to visit Serfaus. A few feet underneath the cow sheds on its traffic-free Main Street runs the world's shortest (and highest) metro system, the Dorfbahn.

Indeed, at the bottom of the village, among the pristine peaks and meadows, an incongruous logo sticks out: a white U in a blue square, marking the entrance to an U-Bahn (underground metro). That sight is otherwise only encountered in Berlin, Vienna and other large German-speaking cities.

Radical action


This is Parkplatz ('Parking Lot') the first of four stops on the Dorfbahn ("Village Metro"). Just a third of a mile (500 metres) down the road is station Kirche ('Church'), and then one more stop at Zentrum ("Town Centre") gets you to Seilbahn ("Cable Car"), the end of the line. From here, skiers have access to the more than 125 miles (200 km) of ski slopes in the area accessible from Serfaus and the neighbouring villages of Ladis and Fiss.

Total length of the Serfaus Metro: no more than 0.8 miles (1,280 m). The Dorfbahn is served by a three-carriage hovertrain. Following the completion of renovations later this year, travel time along the single-line track will be reduced from 11 to 9 minutes and hourly capacity will increase from 1,600 to 3,000 passengers.

So how exactly did a metro get stuck under such a tiny alpine village?

Serfaus started gaining renown as an alpine resort in the 1930s, but mass tourism only took off from the 1950s. By the 1970s, the town's main street was so swamped each winter with traffic heading up to the cable cars that the council took radical action.

Free of charge


Because Serfaus essentially is a dead-end street, the town council decided to ban cars to a parking lot at the bottom of the village. From there, buses took them to the cable car at the other end of town. Which worked fine for a while. But as Serfaus continued to attract more tourists each year, those buses started clogging up the town too. In 1983, the town council decided on a better solution: taking all that traffic underground, restoring peace, quiet and fresh air to the town above.

In 1985, the town's main drag, the Dorfbahnstrasse was dug up for the construction of a tunnel 10.6 feet (3.24 m) wide and 11.5 feet (3.52 m) high. Total elevation difference is 66 feet (20.1 m), with a maximum gradient of 5.35 percent. The Dorfbahn started operation at the end of the same year — free of charge (as it still is). Except for access to hotels, cars are buses are now banned from the town centre.

The Serfaus metro is served by a single hovertrain, also variously known as an aerotrain, tracked hovercraft or air-cushion vehicle. The cable-drawn vehicle uses lift pads instead of steel wheels in order to eliminate rolling resistance and enable high performance. Since it only needs a paved surface instead of actual track, the system is relatively cheap and easy to install and maintain.

Hovertrains are not in commercial use anywhere, but they do operate at some airports (e.g. Skymetro in Zürich, the Minneapolis–St. Paul Airport Trams, Cincinnati Airport People Mover) and for other internal transport at other institutions (e.g. Getty Center Tram in L.A., the Hospital Tram System in Huntsville, Alabama).

New and improved, but still smallest


In 2017, after 32 years and almost 30 million passengers, a three-stage, $28-million renovation programme was initiated at the Parkplatz and Seilbahn station.

Last year, station Zentrum was substantially enlarged and station Kirche was moved 80 metres to the east. It now has three levels, with access via escalators and elevators. Barriers have been removed, making it easier for all passengers to hop on and off. Newly-designed aerodynamic carriages in silver and red (pictured) will go into service in the spring of this year. The new trains will be remotely controlled, eliminating the need for drivers.

The line will not be extended, however, and no new branch lines are expected any time soon: the Dorfbahn in Serfaus is therefore likely to remain the world's shortest metro for some time to come.

Map found here at Fascinating Maps.

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(1) By the German winter sports portal Skigebiete-Test, from a total of 250 areas. Zerfaus-Fiss-Ladis scored 89 out of 100, the same as Zermatt (#1, Switzerland), Ski Arlberg (#3, Austria) and Whistler Blackcomb (#4, Canada). Ultimate ranking was based on user feedback.


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  • Pssst … in case you didn’t know, vaccines work:

At least 228 cases of measles have been reported since January 1 in the United States, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Steve Bannon will travel next week to Cincinnati to rally and raise money for a wall on private land along the border with Mexico.  [...]

Also appearing at the event in the Hilton Netherland Plaza on Fifth Street will be the cowboy-hatted, pro-Trump former Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke; former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and the founder of We Build The Wall, Air Force veteran Brian Kolfage.

  • Do they really think they’re in a position to be demanding apologies … unless they’re upset about the music part:

Catholic officials in Brooklyn are seething about Pete Davidson’s comments this weekend on Saturday Night Live comparing the church’s sex abuse scandals with the allegations against R. Kelly. The Diocese of Brooklyn posted a statement on its website Monday, demanding SNL apologize for what it called a “disgraceful and offensive skit.” [...]

“This guy is a monster and he should go to jail forever,” Davidson said about Kelly during the “Weekend Update” segment. “But if you support the Catholic church, isn’t that like the same thing as being an R. Kelly fan? I don’t really see the difference, except for one’s music is significantly better.” 

  • They need to be taking additional steps on this one:

Of the United States’ 161 active volcanoes, 57 are under-monitored, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, creating blind spots that pose a huge potential threat to public safety. [...]

Congress recently took its first step toward addressing the problem.

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: It's that time of year when the president's budget is declared DOA, though this one might never have been alive to begin with. Pelosi does her thing on impeachment. Trump cheats, earmarks the budget at golf. Javanka under the hot lights, again.


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          The Fabrications of a Charter School Zealot      Cache   Translate Page      
In a recent post by the usually sound Aaron Churchill, the Fordham Institute researcher takes some significant pot shots at William Phillis -- the legendary Ohio public school advocate whose work led to the Ohio Supreme Court ruling four different times that the way the state funds public schools is unconstitutional.

I played on Churchill's title for my title of this post.

Churchill's major problem with Phillis' analysis of charter school expenditures is Churchill doesn't like the inconvenient truth that the average charter school spends several hundred dollars more per pupil than the average school district.

Unfair! cries Churchill. You have to weight the average per pupil expenditure. That way it's more fair. He points to the calculation he made in his recent report arguing that more money needs to be given to charter schools as the only fair way to possibly calculate what charter schools spend.

See, here's the problem.

His "weighted" average per pupil expenditure is not an accurate reflection of how many tax dollars go to charters. If you multiply his "weighted" average by the number of students in charters, the amount isn't actually what charters spend.

If you multiply the "unweighted" amount, it does. All weighting does is make it look like charters spend less than districts.

At the end of the day, taxpayers want to know how much of their money is being spent. And in charter schools, about $400 more is being spent per pupil.

Period.

In addition, Churchill ignores the fact that charters, on average, spend about $1,200 more per pupil on administrative, non-instructional costs than school districts. Even big urban districts spend $300 less per student.

So, in other words, if Ohio charter schools reduced their administrative spending to that of Ohio school districts, even on Churchill's "weighted" calculation, they would end up spending about the same as districts.

It's funny how free market reformers like Churchill quickly disparage "bloated" school district administration, but never point out that if charters were simply more efficient at spending money in the classroom, they wouldn't be begging for more.

That's because overall, charters spend about twice the percentage of their money on administrators as school districts do, equating to about 1 in 4 dollars spent by charters.

Next, Churchill goes to the old argument that charter students have far more challenging populations than school districts. Which is generally true, on average.

However, Churchill always wants to compare charters with the state's 8 major urban school districts (Akron, Canton, Cincinnati. Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown).

If one does that, about 2 out of every 3 charter schools have 100 percent economically disadvantaged. Meanwhile, only 2 major Ohio urban districts have less than 100 percent economically disadvantaged populations. On average, Ohio's urban districts have about 5 percent higher rate of minority students and about a 10 percent higher rate of economically disadvantaged students than Ohio charter schools.

So, using Churchill's argument that schools with more challenged populations should get more money, it seems that the fact urban districts spend more per equivalent pupil than charters makes sense.

Also absent from Churchill's analysis is the fact that every dollar leaving Akron and Cincinnati for a charter school last school year went to a charter that performed worse on more state report card measures than Akron and Cincinnati.

Churchill also failed to mention that while lots of folks are rightly concerned that 14 Ohio school districts received overall grades of F on the state report card last year, marking them for state takeover, if one applied that standard to Ohio charter schools, 103 of 340 charters receiving grades either received Fs or "Does Not Meet Standards" if they're a dropout recovery school (mind you that "standard" is graduating about 7 out of 100 kids in 4 years).

So 3 out of 10 Ohio charter schools would be set for state takeovers, if the state takeover law applied to them the way it does school districts.

Oh, and about $200 million of your tax dollars went to charters that would have been marked for state takeover, if they were treated like districts.

I anticipate Churchill will complain that I'm comparing all charters with all Ohio school districts. Charter proponents demand their performance only be compared with school districts and buildings that struggle the most.

However, every school district but one had at least some state money transferred to charters from their state funding. You don't get to take money from every school district, yet demand you be held accountable relative to the performance of the most struggling districts.

Sorry, Aaron.

Especially when the current system forces local property taxpayers in those districts to fork over more of their property taxes to make up for the state funding transferred to charters.

And here is the breakdown of charter and district letter grades on the state report card this last year. As you can see, about half of all charter grades are F -- almost more Fs than all other grades combined -- and more than 7 out of 10 are D or F. Meanwhile, about 6 in 10 district grades were A, B, or C.

I guess what I'm most disappointed by though is Churchill's utter lack of deference and respect for Phillis, who more than any single person in the history of the state has held politicians' feet to the fire on equal and adequate funding for all students.

Frankly, Phillis has forgotten more education funding and policy than either I or Churchill will ever know. Churchill's cheap, ad hominem attacks on this man who has spent his life fighting for all kids to receive a world-class education is truly distressing.

My advice to Mr. Churchill would be to stick with trying to knock me around. Because with Phillis he is punching way above his weight class.
          Did State Policymakers Create Fund that ECOT Used to Pay Students to take Tests and Attend Graduation?      Cache   Translate Page      
There's been plenty of justifiable outrage over the news that the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow used taxpayer money to pay $25 to $50 for students to take state-mandated tests and attend its much ballyhooed graduation ceremonies, which often had powerful state politicians speaking.

However, missing in the reporting has been this little nugget: In the 2015 budget, for the first time ever, Ohio e-schools like ECOT were granted $25 a student for "facilities funding" -- funding e-schools still get, by the way. You might wonder what a school whose hallmark is that it's not in a building gets money for buildings like schools that are actually housed in buildings.

And you'd be right to wonder.

Here's what the Ohio Alliance of Public Charter Schools -- who in 2015 was the largest charter school advocacy group -- said about this change in 2015:
"Also provides a first time supplement for E-schools in each fiscal year of $25 per-pupil to aid with testing and counseling centers"
So the money was to be used to assist with finding testing and counseling centers.

That $25 sure matches with ECOT's policy to pay students $25 to take tests, doesn't it? So perhaps ECOT was simply taking the path the state legislature, who relied on campaign funds from ECOT founder Bill Lager, cleared for them with this crazy facilities funding.

Since it was passed, ECOT collected $873,281 in facilities funding. How much of that do you want to bet ended up paying for kids to take tests or attend graduation?

It was stunning, frankly to see in NBC 4's report that Ron Packard -- who has a history of funding some pretty smarmy stuff -- now says he's offended ECOT made these payments. But let's not kid each other here: the state legislature who was so dependent upon Lager's political largess did him a solid by kicking him $25 a kid for "testing facilities", which it looks like ECOT simply turned into money for students to take tests all kids in Ohio are required to take.

Imagine if a local public school district had done this. Imagine the frog marches for that district's public officials. Amazing.

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I’m on a small airplane, somewhere over Indiana or Ohio, Coldplay’s “Don’t Panic” is playing in my earbuds. I’m looking down on my life from 30,000 feet, as I feel I have been for the past month and a half. I’m finally on my way home.

When I last had the chance to write, I was in an entirely different place than I am today. We deeply enjoyed our last days as Cincinnatian’s, packed our things, and went on our way. Hershey, PA was our ultimate destination, and I knew so very little of how winding that journey home would be or how much I would learn on my way there. From Cincinnati, we visited Charleston for a week with our family. Right before we were to leave, I got hit in the face with a line drive at a minor league baseball game and have been in bed ever since. Through the ups and downs of the past six weeks, my only regret is having been so consumed by my every day that I did not recognize all of the signs that were pointing me toward a slower, more purposeful life, and that it took getting smacked in the face with a line drive to really slow me down, to really wake me up.

 A long story short, the accident caused a pretty significant concussion, and my brain needed rest. I laid in bed – tired, sad, confused, angry – the timing was bad. I’m the social organizer for our family and I couldn’t even get out of bed as we moved into a new house in a new town and didn’t know a soul. My presence online faded to black. Text messages went unanswered. Twitter carried on without me. And I laid in the dark with only my thoughts.

When I was able to talk to my friends and family again, the biggest question they would ask was “How are you?” I don’t know how I was. I still don’t know how I am. My brain isn’t working right. My decision making isn’t rational. I go to rehab. Sometimes I check my email. I talk to the kids. I go for a walk. I go back to sleep. There’s been lots of crying trying to understand and make sense of all of this, and as the fog starts to dissipate, it is all becoming clear to me. I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be.

I left my house on Thursday morning last week with the goal of attending the most soul-filling event with the most awe-inspiring strangers and friends that I’ve ever met anywhere in the world. I was bound for Palo Alto, and I hid in a stall in the bathroom at the Harrisburg international airport, alone, and paralyzed with fear. The anxiety that I’ve acquired as a result of the concussion has been profound. I took a valium, a looked at strangers searching for support and understanding, and eventually I got on the plane. I called my husband from Chicago, overwhelmed and lost, and we walked me through how to get to my gate, how to get on the next plane, what to do when I arrive. One step at a time. I thought I could do this. I felt ready. It felt to me like what I needed, the healing presence of friends. The doctors have continued to say that only I know how I feel, and I need to balance the necessary rest with the slow challenge of rebuilding the pathways in my brain that were disrupted when I was hit with the baseball. I’m doing the best I can. I had had lunch with some new neighborhood friends the week prior, and had even made a trip to Target on my own. Social situations weren’t my problem, I thought. I couldn’t focus on a computer screen, but I could certainly have a conversation. I didn’t anticipate the overwhelming nature of the many moving parts and the many conversations that happen inside of an airport, and at a conference as vibrant as Stanford’s MedicineX.

A friend picked me up at the airport in San Francisco and for the first time in a lot of hours I felt safe again. We made our way to Palo Alto, staying with a small group of friends in an Airbnb, the perfect place away from the normal chaos of the shared spaced at the Sheraton where I’ve stayed in the past. We wore comfy clothes and caught up. We went to bed early and, in the morning, left for the conference. It was more than I could handle. A combination of physical fatigue and emotional hyper-stimulation took over and I realized that I couldn’t handle being there. I was at MedicineX for half a day and I spend the rest of my time back in the safe embrace of my friends at the Airbnb.

I’ve only ever attended MedicineX as a caregiver, and now I was a patient. But I was a patient with an invisible illness. As I stumbled past old friends on my way to get a breath of fresh air, I could only force out half a smile, maybe wave my hand, and just keep going. I saw confusion in the eyes of many old friends as I blew past with a laser focus on getting to wherever I needed to be. There were less hallway conversations, fewer hugs. But very few people knew what had happened, what I was experiencing. I wanted to stop and tell them my whole story, to listen to theirs, to reconnect like we do every year in this wonderful place, but it was taking all that I had to just focus on the immediate next step in front of me. I missed the breadth of connection that usually fills my extroverted self with so much joy, but it was replaced with a depth of connection with a simple few that was just what I needed. The best part of the conference this year was the opportunity to deepen relationships with the 5 people I shared a house with.

I laid in bed at night so disappointed in myself. I had made the wrong decision, I thought, to leave the family that I hadn’t even really been an active part of for the past 2 months, to go see my other family, my healthcare tribe. Feeling the drain brought guilt that I would be returning home and working from a void. And the entire time I knew that my brain wasn’t working right. I wasn’t sad, I was feeling sad. I wasn’t tired, I was feeling tired. I wasn’t a disappointment, I was feeling like a disappointment. There wasn’t permanence in any of this.

When I woke up on Sunday morning I was faced with the daunting task of getting on a plane again. I was still recovering from my first flight three days prior, and I wasn’t heading home. They came to my bed to coax me out of it. The drove me to the airport and arranged an escort so that I wouldn’t feel alone. They gave me hugs and laughs promises of reunions sooner rather than later. They gave me their vote of confidence that this new adventure was exactly where I’m supposed to be, and the journey is a part of that. I was on my way to starting a new job, one that I was supposed to start in August prior to getting hit in the head with a baseball. I didn’t know what would happen when I landed in Indianapolis. I didn’t know if I would be able to get to my hotel, or if I would be able to make it to orientation the next morning. I was encouraged to ride the wave, one foot in front of the other, one decision at a time. Get to the hotel. Put on my pajamas. Go to sleep.

I made it to orientation, and when the materials in front of me read, “Ask yourself everyday what you can do to improve the future” I again felt like I was just where I was supposed to be. I have a contribution to make, and I found a receptacle for it. I’m so tired of fighting, of pouring all of my energy, truly my heart and soul, into swimming against the tide. I found my wave and I’m gonna ride it for a while.

Orientation went well. My doctor and I had discussed how only I know how I feel and how it wouldn’t be a switch that turns back on, but rather a retraining of my brain, an exercising of the muscles to regain strength, physically and mentally. I spent a month laying in bed, thinking about my life from 30,000 ft above it. I fell asleep thinking about it and I woke up thinking about it. I got to sit and watch for a while. I got to take a break. The opportunity that is before me is to start exercising my mind again, in a new place and space, with this newfound experience and knowledge, at a slower pace. My new coworkers supported me in my need for breaks on those first three days. I could sit in a conference room and ask questions and take notes. I couldn’t make it out to dinner. I could sit in the common area and engage in conversation about why I said yes to this job, and what I hope to bring. I couldn’t have the same conversation while walking.

I got into an Uber yesterday afternoon on my way to the airport, finally on my way home, realizing that this was, after all, exactly what I needed. On the way to the airport, we drove past a sign for Cincinnati and I was filled with memories of that time not so long ago, of my desire to be there again where it was familiar, and safe, where it was easy and where we were all happy and life was good. What I want more than that right now is to go home, and home is in a different place now, called by a different name.

I feel like I’ve been floating above my life ever since we made the decision to move back in May, and I’m finally about to land. A thousand things have happened between now and then that have made me question our decision, and yet the universe is putting us right where we belong. The new perspective I’ve been afforded in all of this is incredible, and it’s not something that you could have ever asked for. I wouldn’t change any of it. I’m grateful for all that has happened – the pain and the fear and the uncertainty. The kids learned agility and bravery and vulnerability through this. I learned patience and kindness and gratitude. As we began our initial descent, I can’t help but feel like I’m finally landing exactly where I’m supposed to be. I wouldn’t be as tired, or as healed as I am if I hadn’t experienced the challenges of the last 6 weeks and the last 6 days. So I’m raising a glass to you, universe. A glass of sparkling water since booze is still off the table. I’m offering a toast to my team – my family and my friends, near and far, who have stuck with us on this crazy adventure. All the love to you. I want to live a life with greater purpose - the "if it's not a 'Hell Yeah!' it's a 'No'" kind of life. I want to help other people to experience this clarity and joy of living wholeheartedly without having to experience the trauma or tragedy that is often what brings us to it. Today I will get out of bed. I will pour my coffee. I will open my computer. And we will see what life brings next.
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If you’ve spent any time reading my writing in the past, or living as my neighbor, or being Facebook or Twitter friends with me, you know that I’m rarely at a loss for words. I have lots of thoughts and feelings, more than enough opinions, and passion that runs through me like a river. After Drew was diagnosed with CF back in 2010, I remember looking at my husband and saying to him, “I don’t know what to say. I don’t know how to tell people.” Now that we are moving, it’s not that I don’t know what to say, but rather that I don’t know how to start or finish.

I met my husband at a bar, or rather on the way to a bar back in 2003. This was before Uber and practically before cell phones when friends or friends of friends would see one another out on a Friday night and all pile into a car, lapping up to make sure everyone fit so that we didn’t have to walk the block to our destination. It wasn’t love at first sight, but intrigue. We connected and then we dated before I broke up with him. He didn’t go away though, and I’m sure glad he didn’t. He was working in Philadelphia, having graduated from NYU with a degree in Actuarial Science - a man who didn’t get as excited about exciting things as I did about non-exciting things, and as a senior in college he was exactly what I was looking for – someone with money to buy my drinks at the bar. When I graduated and moved to New Jersey, he stuck around, taking the train to visit me on the weekends, before we eventually moved in together. I started to commute from Philadelphia to New York every day for work, and he quietly and kindly walked me to the train station every morning and met me back there when I returned home, tired and cranky, every night. We talked about our next adventure, and looked for jobs where we might be able to both live and work in the same city. When he was offered an opportunity in Cincinnati to do marketing research, we decided to embark on that journey and made the move. With no new job in place for myself, I was free to explore the great wide world of…Covington, KY. I cried most days, wanting to go home, but put on a brave face and stood in line at the grocery store doing this thing they did in the Midwest that I was unfamiliar with called “talking to people”. In Philadelphia and New York we just bustle past one another, moving from thing to thing, and this new, slower pace was strange for us. But after a year in Kentucky and my having found myself a job and some new friends, we decided to stay. We bought a house and a year later got married. Our parents thought this was backward but it worked for us. Building a deck as newlyweds would have surely been the beginning of the end, so we did things in reverse at the start.

Then in 2007, we learned that alcohol can be a leading cause of pregnancy. Now married and overjoyed to be expecting, we turned our second of two bedrooms into a nursery, promptly purchased a minivan, and welcomed our precious Ella in June of 2008. I stopped working but never lost the friends that I made during those 3 years. We thought we might return “home” once we had kids, but things were going well with work and we were happy in our neighborhood. Our marriage survived a bathroom remodeling project in 2009 before we decided that we were ready for the suburbs!!  

We moved into our new 4 bedroom home on a Tuesday, then found out on Friday we were expecting again. About 3 weeks later we learned that there were not one, but two babies. We were deep in the middle of a kitchen remodel when exhaustion sunk in. Ella was one and I was enormous. This house in the suburbs felt overwhelming. Drew and Lily were born in March of 2010, and shortly thereafter Ella broke her leg just to make sure we were paying attention.

We were introduced to Cincinnati Children’s that year too. The smell of the NICU isn’t something that ever leaves you. I’ll forever be grateful that we hadn’t left Cincinnati after Ella was born, as Cincinnati was exactly where we were supposed to be when Drew was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. I don’t remember a whole lot from 2010. Or 2011. In 2012, Jake came along and we felt complete. And by complete, I mean completely overwhelmed. My head was just far enough above water to breathe, and drink wine.

We had the great pleasure of worrying about how much our preschool choice would influence our kids future, and regularly consider how our parenting style will be described by them in therapy as adults. All jokes aside, we landed at the perfect place for us. Immaculate Heart of Mary has become our home. All four kids went through preschool, and some of them up to 3rdgrade, and the support and accommodations shown to us by both the staff and our friends has been tremendous in the 8 years that we have been attending. Leaving school is one of the hardest parts of our decisions to go. As our first graders sang “God Bless the Open Road” to their 8th grade buddies this morning I dissolved into a puddle.

I set out on a narrow way many years ago
Hoping I would find true love along the broken road
But I got lost a time or two
Wiped my brow and kept pushing through
I couldn’t see how every sign pointed straight to you
That every long lost dream lead me to where you are
Others who broke my heart, they were like northern stars
Pointing me on my way into your loving arms

This much I know is true
That God blessed the broken road
That led me straight to you”

Oh Cincinnati, as much as I never called you home, now that we are moving on I know that God blessed the broken road that led me straight to you. Cue the tears.

Since moving to Cincinnati, we bought our first (and second) house, we got married, we had 4 kids, one with a serious health diagnosis, and have made a billion memories and friends. We’re still married and on the other side of the diagnosis and way more home remodeling projects. People have seen us during our crazy (I say that as though its past tense but it’s very much still present). I’m grateful for neighbors who alerted me to naked wandering toddlers when I had too many to keep track of. I salute friends who showed up with Starbucks and wine, sometimes at the same time, during our darkest days.  We’ve had so many visitors – some who stayed for a while and some who just passed through – and every single one of them has made a mark on our life.

I started my second career here in health advocacy and activism, and I was introduced to a whole new world. The opportunities afforded to me with my colleagues and mentors from Cincinnati Childrens are innumerable. I got to see the world through an entirely different lens and I wouldn’t change any of it. The flexibility of my work has allowed me to share my vision for healthcare improvement with the world while I volunteered as the leader of a girl scout troop or coached a volleyball team in between business trips. Cincinnati pulled out my strength and courage, and carved friends out of the woodwork when I needed them the most.

I met my very best friend here when our paths collided in Cincinnati nearly 11 years ago. She moved from the west around the same time that I had moved from the east and we both landed in this place that moved more slowly. Our shared confusion created comradery that we’ve had to this day. She showed up at 5am to watch Ella when we went to have the twins, and over time graciously adopted my family as her own. She is the Godmother to our youngest and brings junk gifts with her every time she shows up. She left first, about 3 years ago, moving for her husbands job, and I cried and cried. She was the first to know that we made the decision to move a couple of weeks ago, because I needed someone to psych me up before we told the kids and she cheered me on. She’s been our family’s biggest cheerleader, and I wouldn’t know her if it wasn’t for my time in Cincinnati. On this rollercoaster of emotion that is selling a house and buying a house and explaining to kids why we have to go, I was complaining that I was eating nothing but junk and didn’t fit into my jeans anymore. She told me to lean in to the fat. That’s true friendship.

I don’t know what the best or hardest parts of living here have been, but there are lots of memories. Marriage is exciting! Parenting requires wine. Having sick kids is really freaking hard. Going to your friend’s kids funerals is even harder. But is it “living here” that’s handed me these ups and downs or is this just life? I think I’ve learned what it’s like to grow up, and that it’s not easy and it can be a ton of fun. I also don’t know what it means to be “growing up” because it’s not really a thing or a place but a process that leads us home. (Does she mean to heaven? I don’t know, let’s not get sappy.)

I have a friend who either bails me out of every jam I’m in, or laughs with me when I forget to wear shoes to preschool drop off and it’s a non-car line day. I’ve learned where the best karaoke in Anderson Township is on a Tuesday night when a friend pops in to ask if I want to go have a drink. I’m grateful for ATM’s that dispense stamps and McDonald’s who don’t judge when I order milk alone because it’s an easier option than dragging 4 kids into Kroger in the rain. Neighbors have graciously tolerated us playing 90’s hip-hop in our backyard until 2am on an occasional weekend night. I’ve learned of the generosity of my community that shows up every time we need a Girl Scout cookie order or foodbank donation or fundraiser for whatever cause I’ve recently gotten behind. I have friends who take my kids at the drop of a hat when something comes up, and I’ve lost friends who were scared away by this diagnosis that has brought more love and awareness to our lives than I could have ever imagined. I’ve learned that I will never be good at checking the red homework folder, especially not at the end of the school year while trying to sell my house.
In a final quoting of lyrics to describe this bittersweet feeling of our relocation, I was at an event last week where a friend paid tribute to another friend that we had lost too soon with the song “Home” by Philip Philips. It goes “Hold on to me as we go, as we roll  down this unfamiliar road. And although this wave is stringing us along, just know you’re not alone, cause I’m gonna make this place you’re home. Really hoping the “Settle down, it’ll all be clear” part that comes next happens sooner rather than later, but honestly, it just feels like what it’s time to do. Hershey is calling us now, and it’s time to make that place our home.


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This could be a letter to the patient man I call my husband whom my colleague respectably refers to as a hero. Maybe this ends up as a blog post or someday I can use it as a commencement speech when I’m a famous healthcare change agent! Or maybe someone will be reading this as my obituary when I actually do not survive this physical move or the days leading up to it. Either way, this is all to say thanks, Cincinnati. You’ve given us more than we could have ever dreamed of. Your kindness and generosity is more than we will ever be able to repay. We may finally purchase something that says “Cincinnati”, or root for the Reds now that we are on our way out. It’s not goodbye, it’s see you later. We’re going home.

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I wish I could dedicate all of my time to writing because it's the best way for me to relax. In my head I carry 1,000 thoughts that I regularly wish to share, but in the craziness of everyday life I can't seem to find the time to sit down and write it out. I want to get better about scheduling time to do this.

March was a crazy month for me. I've started to work with the FDA's Pediatric Advisory Committee in the Office of Pediatric Therapeutics. It's not a job job, just an advisory role that requires minimal time, but I did have to travel to DC for a meeting at the beginning of the month. It was a fascinating look into the decision making processes of the FDA to protect children and ensure safety of drugs and devices that go to market. I'm always eager to learn more about the complexities of this healthcare system.

Following the FDA meeting, I was off to our second CF Learning Network Community Conference that was nothing short of remarkable. The dedication of the teams in this network to improving outcomes faster fills me with hope. Finally, something that I can do, something that I can be involved in that has a direct impact on improving health and care. I can't place a PICC line, or develop the next big drug to cure this disease. I can fundraise but i'm not good at it. But this is something I can do that has the potential to transform CF care and outcomes.

Here's the thing that I don't think people understand: The efforts of the CF Foundation have been great, and I am grateful for advancements that we have made. But the truth remains:

  • The CF mortality rate across the country has not improved over the last ten years. 
  • The median survival in the US is 11 years less than median survival in Canada (at 50.9 years). 
  • The rate of pulmonary exacerbations in the CF community has not changed since 2004.
Additionally, and we all  know this, the variation in care and outcomes differs, not only between centers but between clinicians within the same center. I know dozens of people with CF who travel to X center because they can do whatever better than their primary center. Or patients who discuss online their preferences for one clinician over another to try to receive better care or achieve better health. And that's not okay by me. Let me repeat that: I AM NOT OKAY WITH THIS. We have to do better. We deserve better. Our care center data, the data used to make clinical decisions and set research priorities is two years old. We are operating with only a rearview mirror, and I'm trying to create a hypothetical dashboard so that we can look ahead and make decisions with confidence, understanding the value of our efforts. I need the rest of the CF community to recognize where we are and say with me that this is not okay, that we deserve better, and that we are committed to working together to achieve them. 

I'm working, with 13 care centers and 30 other parents & patients to create a system that allows us to learn from every interaction so that we can reduce this unintended variation in care, get the right thing to the right person at the right time, every time, and improve care and outcomes. We are working to understand how care is provided at the best CF Centers, learning from their processes and adapting them more quickly to the needs of our center so that we can reduce the unintended variation in care and outcomes. We want to be able to seamlessly share how we are achieving the outcomes at our center so that others can learn from what we know. For example, who knows that the infection control protocol at our care center is unique to our center and has dramatically decreased the rates of infection at our center, which can leads to improvement in mortality rates and survival? I would bet that not even all of the patients at our center know this, but if they did, and if they shared that, everyone would be banging down the doors to their centers saying, 'Hey! Look at them! We want what they have! Lower infection rates, longer lives! Let us help you learn from what they did and learn together about the impact that these changes might have at our center!" What if I had the data to show the secret sauce for Achromobacter eradication (I don't). But what if I was able to collect my data and show the impact on my health and then contribute that data to an enhanced registry so that the next person to acquire that bastard achromobacter didn't have to go through the guessing process for how to treat it? This is what I'm talking about. And it's possible! I know because i'm doing it. This is what the CF Learning Network is and aims to do. Everyone deserves access to this information, but there isn’t a process in place for sharing it. That's what we are changing. The current lack of organization within and across CF care centers results in variations in care and outcomes, and a lot of time wasted trying to recreate the wheel. Raise your hand if your center is working on infection control? Or transition? Or adherence (what does that even mean?!)  Now raise your hand if you're learning from or with another center who might be doing the same thing. Who knows what impact those efforts have? What exactly are you trying to change? What what are you using to determine whether those changes are an improvement? 

Quality care and good health outcome shouldn’t be dependent upon where you receive care. In the CF Learning Network, we believe that everyone has something to teach and something to learn, and that by working together in this new way we can change the pace of improvement in the CF community so that everyone has the best chance of living their healthiest life with CF. 

So we have this incredible Community Conference in March and are now gearing up to bring on 15 more CF centers because everyone is realizing the value of this learning model and that we cannot continue to sit by and watch things stay the same. Let me give you the example of the recent article about the life expectancy for people with CF in the US and Canada having a gap of 11 years. WHO IS OKAY WITH THIS?!?! Not me, in case that wasn't clear. Can we please get impatient? Every article written about that (like this one and this one and yes, even this one written by our very own CFF ) offer guesses for why this variation might exist. What I'm saying is that I'm tired of guessing, especially given that there is a way to stop the guessing and start the learning. We are in 2017. It has been 28 years since the CF gene was discovered. We collect a ton of data and our community includes a ton of smart, dedicated folks, clinicians and patients and parents, and we need to say that this is not acceptable anymore. We need to demand that we do better. We need to figure this out because our kids and our friends lives depend on it. We need to work together. 

In another couple of weeks I should have some data from our network that I can share to show the impact of this new collaboration, of our Learning Network model, on its ability 

This is getting lengthy so i'll wrap this up but want to try to keep writing, as "To survive you must tell stories", so says Umberto Eco. Here's the story I told following the community conference at the American Society of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics about the role that patients and parents can and should play in drug development and healthcare improvement. It might sound familiar if you've been reading this blog for any amount of time, but here's what I had to say:

I was trying to think of a way to introduce myself and I thought that sharing a story would be the best way for you to get to know a little bit about me. It’s a story about my 7yo son who has cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis, for those of you who dont know, is a genetic disease that primarily affects the lungs and digestive system, causing a thick sticky mucus to build up in the body which can lead to life threatening lung infections and impaired digestion. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation recommends that people with CF be seen by their care team 4 times a year where they ask questions like ‘How’s everything going? What’s his cough been like? How is his appetite? Have you noticed any changes?” And my answers typically sound something like “Good!” and “Pretty normal” and “It was down a couple weeks ago but it seemed to improve.” It’s all subjective, and its mostly from memory. You see, i’m managing my son’s CF in the midst of parenting 3 other kids, working full time, and trying to maintain some semblance of a social life.

As I reflected on these clinic visits, I thought about the value that could come from having a way to quantify the answers to the questions that the doctors were asking us. I went to Facebook and then to Google to see what things other people were using to track stuff about their health. I found an online platform that I could use, and I started to track things about my sons health. And to my surprise, trends began to emerge. I could do personal experiments, looking at changes in my data with the addition or subtraction of a medication or therapy. My care team didn’t seem all that interested in my data, but I found it to be a fascinating learning resource. I was sharing what I found with other patients and parents online, getting their input and feedback on what I was learning.

Then around the beginning of March a few years ago, Drew developed a cough. It wasn’t like his normal cough, though I couldn’t put my finger on how it was different. The frequency wasn’t the same as it has been with other infections. The sound of the cough, something that I can’t quite yet quantify, was different – not totally wet and junky, not exactly tight. His appetite was down. I had talked to his doctor and we decided to try an oral antibiotic, a typical treatment for what they would call a Pulmonary Exacerbation. After a few days and little improvement, we decided that he needed to try IV antibiotics to see if we could kick this. It’s the standard next in line treatment option for an exacerbation. You’ll notice that throughout the course of Ivs his cough still didn’t return to baseline. I was working with my peer community online, and my care team, asking questions like “Did we choose the optimal combination of medications? Is there another treatment that might help better? Are we missing something?” We added a magnesium supplement about a week after we started the IVs, something that my online community of peers had suggested when his care team was left scratching their head, and then upon completion of the IVs tried a steroid to see if that would help. These were all guesses, some based on evidence and others based on anecdotes. All seemed to maybe help a little but weren’t bringing him back to his baseline. This mystery cough continues for over a month. Through all of this, both his doctor and I are monitoring his symptoms and brainstorming together, in agreement that we don’t know what’s going on. She suggests that we may need a hospitalization if these symptoms are going to continue so that he can be monitored more closely.
Desperate to not be admitted, I start digging into my data. What on earth had happened around the time that the cough had developed that may have caused this problem. The only change that I was able to note was that we had stopped Prevacid at the beginning of February, just a couple of weeks before this cough started. He had always been on Prevacid since birth, and we had decided with his care team to take him off of it to see if it was something that he needed or could do without. And when I asked the care team how we would know if it was working, they said that we would notice a change in his bowel movements if he needed it. He takes pancreatic enzymes to help his body digest food, and the Prevacid is a means to control the stomach acid, helping the enzymes pass through his stomach and make it to his pancreas to do their job. If we noticed a change in his bowel movements, then the enzymes weren’t doing their job in regulating fat absorption because they weren’t getting through the stomach intact. I wasn’t even considering how stomach acid might impact his cough. I shared my findings with his doctor and we agreed that restarting the Prevacid was not a bad idea to try.

We restarted prevacid and within a week his cough had returned to baseline.

This change in his care was the result of a suggestion that I had made, not the care team. And it was based on data that I had collected, data that to this day doesn’t exist in his electronic health record. And there was a cost to this! It was his health that suffered - days of school missed, infection control risks associated with PICC lines and hospital admissions, antibiotics that weren’t necessary for a kid whose threat of antibiotic resistance is a real issue. There were days of work missed for my husband and myself, and an impact on the rest of our family with the limited.

My name is Erin Moore. I am the mother of 4 kids and work with Cincinnati Children’s in Quality Improvement related to the patient and family experience of care, and with Eli Lilly as an Patient Advisor. I’m what you might call an ePatient - equipped, enabled, empowered and engaged in my health or the health of someone i care for, I also consider myself a Citizen Scientist. Citizen science (also known as crowd science, crowd-sourced science, or networked science) is scientific research conducted, in whole or in part, by an amateur (or nonprofessional scientist. I do this out of necessity. It’s not possible for any one of my sons doctors to understand all that there is to know about CF, let alone his personal experience with it. I consider it my job to learn all that I can to offer a personalized approach to treating him and giving him the best chance at a good health outcome. I collaborate with my peers, clinicians and patients, to share what we know and change what we can, together. There’s additional benefits to citizen science. The massive collaborations that can occur through citizen science allow investigations at continental and global scales and across decades—leading to discovery that a single scientist could never achieve on their own. Have you ever tracked something about your health - logged steps via a fitbit, or documented the days you’ve had a headache or the pounds lost on a particular diet? Contributing what you know to the improvement of your own outcomes and the outcomes of others is citizen science, and you may already be involved!

The question that I want to present today is though is what if the next person to have a problem similar to the one my son had could learn from our experience, seamlessly? What if there was a better way to learn together from every interaction, curating content from multiple sources, sharing the value that came from our individual interactions with it, building on it for the next person whose path it crosses?

We're creating this in the work I do with Cincinnati Children’s hospital on the development of learning networks, groups of patients, clinicians and researchers working collaboratively to design and test solutions and tools that have the potential to improve care and outcomes in rare diseases. We all have something to share and we all have something to learn. There is a desperate need for us to shift in healthcare from doing things for patients to doing things with them. The experiences of our everyday lives, in caring for these sick kids, or medically complex partners, or aging parents, our experiences are our expertise and both can and should be valued as complementary to the expertise that health care providers share.

My son has a multi-drug resistant bacteria growing in his lungs that has had us in and out of the hospital for years. The medical journals suggest that he will lose roughly 4% of his lung function every year. What I need is access to real-time, trusted, reliable information on everything from novel approaches to eradicate that bacteria, to reasons why having a certain pet could be detrimental to his health. I want to know what other parents know and have tried, and I want a doctor to weigh in on why those options may or may not be good for me. I want to hear about what tracking methods people use and how they connect with their doctor between visits, but even more, how its improving their care. I want other patients to feel empowered to ask about alternatives and suggest trying something new to their doctor, no matter how novel it may be. And then I want to work with the research team to develop the research agenda. I want the next person to ask these questions to intersect with the answers that I found, seamless. Access to information like this, to people, to life saving treatment options, should not be left to the chance of a desperate parent or patient stumbling upon it on Facebook. We really have an ethical and moral obligation to work together!

Here we are in 2017, with a tremendous opportunity to utilize existing technologies to expedite the delivery of the right treatment to the right patient at the right time, every time - stuff that can be useful in clinical care and in clinical research - and yet we're not. There are seamless intersections between people and information in almost every other aspect of our lives – my Amazon Dash button allows me to order new laundry detergent while I’m standing next to my washing machine when I realize that we are running low. Coffee for my Keurig automatically shows up every month in the quantity that the internet has figured out that we drink on a monthly basis. Netflix can give me recommendations of shows that I may like, a starting point if you will, based on my previous viewing preferences. Yet it takes 5 phone calls and a trip to the pharmacy to pick up a MAIL ORDER prescription that we have taken every month since my sons birth and will likely take until the day he dies. We use fax machines to get pre-authorizations and share medical records, MY data, that I often have to pay to get access to, and when I receive that paper version it is often full of errors.

You may recognize this screenshot from the movie Apollo 13 when the astronauts lives literally depended on fitting a square peg into a round hole . The NASA engineers dump everything to which the astronauts have access on the table, and are given the challenge of using what’s on the table to transform the round receptacle to fit the square filter. It’s an impossible task, but these people are solution-based thinkers and their friends’ lives are at stake. And they figured it out. They walked out victorious an hour later carrying a contraption that was once a non-existent solution. They used duct tape and cardboard and creativity and determination and never once said “we can’t do this.” They did it because they had to. And that’s exactly how the parents of children with rare disease are – innovating with cardboard and duct tape and creativity and determination and technology to save our kids lives, because if we don’t, no one will.*

Sharing my experiences on my personal blog and at the medical centers where we receive care has opened the door to many new opportunities for me as an ePatient, like the one I have that brought me here. I work with the clinical innovation team at Eli Lilly as an ePatient advisor, blogging and helping to guide them through feedback, providing insights on how increased focus on patient centeredness and real world evidence is changing the healthcare ecosystem and how these trends may affect drug development, and keeping the patient voice front and center in clinical trial innovation.

Patients and their families experience research and care in a way that you may never fully understand. Our expertise should be seen as complementary to the care teams and researchers, and I believe that the path to collaboration and ultimately improvement is a humble awareness of that shared humanity. There are days when I think about the fact that CF is a progressive and fatal disease that does not have a cure. Then I remember that life too is both progressive and fatal. I hope you’ll consider the value of including patients as partners, true patient integration, and the profound effect that it can have on improving health and changing outcomes.

*This paragraph was adapted from mom-blogger Kelle Hampton 

          The CF Learning Network      Cache   Translate Page      
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has been a driving force behind research on therapeutics to increase longevity. It has a well-developed national Care Center Network, a transparent patient data registry, and long-standing quality improvement (QI) infrastructure. There are dozens of initiatives and thousands of people working tirelessly in the fight against this disease. Together, these assets have created a solid foundation on which to build a system to achieve transformative outcomes.

However, recent data suggest that progress has plateaued within the current CF care system:
  • The CF mortality rate declined from 2.1 per 100 in 1999 to 1.6 in 2004, but has not improved over the last ten years. 
  • The predicted median survival rose steadily from 28.9 years in 1999 to 39.3 years in 2014. But median survival in the US is 11 years less than median survival in Canada (at 50.9 years).
  • The rate of pulmonary exacerbations has not changed since 2004. The number of days of treatment required for these exacerbations has increased slightly, with home IV treatment days declining and days in hospital more than making up for that decrease.
  • Despite the accomplishments and transparency of the CFF Patient Registry, data are reported at more than a year lag, and the existing technology has not kept pace with advances in registry technology, much of which has the potential for real-time .
  • Cost pressures continue to rise both for clinical care and therapeutics.
If you've followed the work I've been doing in any capacity over the past several years, you're likely familiar with the terms "C3N" or "CF Care Model of the Future". We've made it! We're there! We are now, officially, the Cystic Fibrosis Learning Network (supported through a grant from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence at Cincinnati Children's Hospital). 

We're not the first disease community to do this. The Crohn's & Colitis community became a learning network (read thisImproveCareNow) in 2007. At the time, clinical research said something like the greatest potential for remission, an outcome measure in this disease community, was roughly 68% given the currently available medications. Once they organized themselves into a Learning Network, sharing across centers, creating a real-time data registry, involving patients and parents in the identification and creation of solutions and tools, they started to grow the number of patients in remission well beyond the amount suggested by clinical research. They now have more than 80% of their population in remission with no new medications, just simply by sharing seamlessly and stealing shamelessly what works best throughout their network; by thoughtfully testing out improvement initiatives using the Institute for Healthcare Improvements Plan - Do - Study - Act cycles; truly, by working together, learning from every interaction and spreading what works. 

There's also the Learning Network for the Heart Community, the National Pediatric Cardiology Quality Improvement Collaborative (NPC-QIC). For the past 7 years, a group of clinicians, researchers, and parents, from across 60 medical institutions have been collaborating to ensure that families of children, who receive a diagnosis of Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrom (HLHS), and other univentricular hearts, have hope. Together, NPC-QIC and Sisters by Heart, a parent partner organization, have harnessed the power of quality improvement tools and methods to improve the health outcomes for these patients, promote transparency of outcomes data, and enhance communication between clinicians and parents. To date, patients have a 95% chance of surviving the interstage period, 77% of whom have satisfactory growth during the interstage period. Read their one pager, its fascinating - https://npcqic.org/sites/default/files/NPCQIC_1Pager_2016_11_15.pdf

There are more than just these two Learning Networks doing fascinating work. In fact, there are 5 well-established learning networks and 6 emerging learning networks, one of which is the CF Learning Network. 

Thirteen CF Programs were recruited for the first wave of the CF Learning Network in July of 2016 and each team includes at least one parent or person with CF on their team to collaborate on this work. Additionally, we have a team of Community Innovators, parents and people with CF who are organizing their improvement ideas and using QI methodology to grow the number of community members who are equipped and enabled with the skills they need to create and sustain strong care partnerships. We expect approximately 15 more teams will be joining the our network for the second phase of our pilot in the summer of 2017. In short, we are a group of patients, parents, clinicians and researchers working collaboratively to reduce the unintended variation in CF Care and ultimately improve outcomes by identifying and testing solutions and tools that have the potential to improve health and care in the CF Community, learning from every interaction and sharing what we've learned. Want to know if your center is participating? Ask them! Want to be a part of this? Join us! Email me (erin.moore@cchmc.org) and I'll send you the information for our monthly calls. Your center does not have to be participating for you to join us. This is about the community coming together, bringing everyone's good ideas and thinking about the impact that they have on the outcomes that are most important to the community, collectively. 

Our aim is to achieve outcomes that are not possible through the current system of CF Care. We're working to take the guess-work out of CF Care. We expect that, by December 2018, the pilot of our CF Learning Network will have demonstrated progress toward improving outcomes and established an infrastructure for ongoing collaborative learning so that your health outcomes aren't dependent on your zip code or what your doctor happens to know.

During the design phase we worked with all stakeholders in the CF Community to dream up the perfect system for CF care and then thought about what we would need to change in order to achieve that - What are we trying to change? How will we know that a change is an improvement? What changes do we need to make to see those improvements?

Check out this vision - what if we could create a system for CF care that achieved this, simply by working together smarter, in the Learning Health System Model. This gives me so much hope!

The CF Learning Network serves as an engine for innovation that designs, tests, pilots and implements innovative ideas that have the potential to change outcomes. Together this community is working to create an immensely different health system that improves health and quality of life for people living with cystic fibrosis.

This isn't a dream anymore! It's really happening, and I can't wait to show the world what we can do!

          In a networked world, value comes from who you are connected to, how you are connected, and the ability to share and contribute      Cache   Translate Page      
 "I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live." - George Bernard Shaw. 

I'm halfway home from the ImproveCareNow Spring Community Conference as I start this post and I had an incredible experience. As quick background, ImproveCareNow (ICN) is a Learning Health Network for people living with Crohns & Colitis. They were the original C3N, a collaborative chronic care network, designed by patients and clinicians and researchers dreaming about a new and better system of care for people living with these inflammatory bowel diseases. Started in 2007, their community has grown to 86 centers across the US & Europe who collect and share outcome data, collaborate on improvement projects to identify better ways to deliver quality care, and have ultimately and most admirably improved the remission rate among people attending their care centers to 80%.  Eighty percent of people who attend an ImproveCareNow Center are in clinical remission, giving them back their autonomy, the ability to live their life according to their own priorities.

One of the many reason that this network is so fascinating to me is that we are in the midst of trying to create a similar model for success in the CF community. We are dreaming of ways to use the knowledge of everyone to learn what we don't know, share information, and transform outcomes. The success in ICN can be attributed to a number of factors - an enhanced data registry where clinical and patient reported data is entered in once generating real time insights, patient data that is never more than 3 days old, for both patients & providers to partner in decision making; this registry also servers as a population management tool, generating insights about the overall health of patients at a given care center or across a group of care centers, providing the opportunity for learning and improvement throughout the network; a "commons" called The Exchange, which is a sharing site, similar to Pinterest, where patients and providers or quality improvement specialists or researchers or anyone associated with the network can go to find answers to the questions they have and share what they're learning in their life or work - everything from videos on how to swallow pills or drop an NG tube to infection control guidelines, clinical trial recruitment and center or network level improvement efforts.

The remarkable thing about this network, something that has grown and matured greatly over the past 9 years, is the respect that the patient/parent partners and the clinicians have for one another. They have working groups and learning labs where they collaborate both within and across stakeholder groups, respecting the strengths that each bring to the table. They hang out and talk like old friends, the way relationships should be in healthcare. Within the ImproveCareNow network, there has been an increased effort to grow empathy as a means to improving care. Several care teams have recently taken what has been named the "Enteral Nutrition Challenge", an exercise imagined by a person with IBD, where clinicians spend 5 days on a liquid only diet to experience what life as a patient with Crohn's disease might go through, drinking Boost or Ensure for nutrition, dropping their own NG tube, trying to walk a mile in the shoes of the people that they care for. I talked with a doctor and a nurse practitioner from the ICN Center at Cincinnati Childrens at breakfast one morning about their experience. It was incredible to hear about all that they learned, and the dedication that they had to participating in this to better understand the complexities of living this way when they are talking with a patient and helping them to make hard choices about their health and disease.

I participated in a similar empathy exercise called CF 1 Day several months ago and have been dreaming about ways to spread it throughout the CF community. When I arrived at the ICN Conference, I found out about a 24hr liquid only challenge, similar to the Enteral Nutrition Challenge, and I immediately signed up. I was hoping for an immersive experience going to this conference, and I had no idea that I would actually get to go this far in. Names were collected for anyone willing to try this out, and the night before the conference started I received a text message that said that I had won the lottery and was one of five chosen to participate in the 24hr liquid only challenge. I was initially surprised at the way they had positioned it as winning the lottery to participate rather than losing the privilege to eat solid food, but little did I know just how much I would be gaining. I've tried to capture my thoughts about my experience in this Storify.



So what does all of this mean for CF? For starters, we're not starting at square one. ImproveCareNow and NPCQIC and SPS, all learning networks that have been developing and learning over the past many years have started to lay the tracks for us to ride upon. We can learn from what they have done and are doing, and model ourselves off of their success. We know what kinds of tools have the most substantial impact on patient health and we can learn how these tools can be implemented. We can invite them to share more about the path they took to get to where they are, how they build relationships, grew trust, struggled with transparency. We can partner with them to learn across diseases, and we will, about how things like social support, pre-visit planning and transition tools have no boundaries. We will stop wasting the precious time that we have in CF on solutions that have little impact, and focus our efforts on learning quality improvement and collaboration to transform outcomes.

I don't know if we have an "official" launch date for our network of if we are already in the midst of it, though I think the latter. We spent the past 2 years designing our future out of our very imaginations. We will begin recruitment of 15-30 care centers in the next couple of weeks so that we can learn to work together on a small scale before we grow at a rate that only a community with the infrastructure that the CF Community has could grow at. We will challenge the status quo for the sake of our health and the health of our children. We will transform CF care and extend the length and improve the quality of life for all people living with CF. We can't do it alone. We need you, each and every one of you, to believe in us, to support us, to join us or to lead us.

I'll end with a quote that sums up where I believe we are right now in healthcare. It's from one of my all time favorite books, Being Mortal by Dr. Atul Gawande: "We are caught in a transitional phase. However miserable the old system has been, we are all experts in it. We know the dance moves. You agree to be the patient, and I, the doctor, agree to fix you, whatever the improbability, the misery, the damage or the cost. This new way in which together we try to preserve the fiber of a meaningful life - the loyalty and the individuality - we are plotting novices. We are going through a societal learning curve, one person at a time, as a patient and doctor, as human beings." We are all learning, and we each need to bring what we have to the table in order to learn what it is that we really need, and then use our experiences and our imagination to create it.


          Former Mets Pitcher: Johan Santana (2008-2013)      Cache   Translate Page      
Johan Alexander Santana was born on March 13th 1979 in Tovar, Venezuela. The six foot left hander, was discovered by the Houston Astros but they left him unprotected & he was drafted away by the Florida Marlins.

In a deal of first & second round picks, he was traded to the Minnesota Twins for Jared Camp & cash. 

He soon developed his nasty change up which has become the best change in baseball. The pitch is tough for a batter to drive the ball on and to close to the strike zone for him to take. It swirls causing batters to lunge out at it, usually swinging & missing. He also throws a fast ball in the lower to mid nineties with the same delivery which also confuses hitters. Santana started out as a reliever in the Twins bullpen from 2000-2003. 

In 2000 he appeared 30 games going 2-3 with a high 6.49 ERA. In 2001 he was with the Twins from April to early July appearing 15 games going 1-0 with a 4.74 ERA, 28 strike outs in 43 innings.

In those first two seasons he only made nine starts. He was thrown into the starting rotation by manager Ron Gardenhire & it all came together. First in 2002 in 14 starts & 27 over all appearances he was 8-6 but now he struck out 137 batters in just 108 innings pitched & posted a 2.99 ERA. 

In 2003 he went 12-3 winning his last eight starts in a row, leading the Twins to a playoff berth. He struck out 169 batters (8th in the league) in 158 innings pitched while posting a 3.07 ERA. In the ALDS he pitched five scoreless innings in the opener but got no decision in the Twins 3-1 victory. He returned but took the loss in the final Game #4. 

In 2004 he had a slow first half of the season, pitching well but ending up at 7-6. He then went on to tied an MLB record going an incredible 13-0 in the second half of the season, leading the Twins to another playoff berth. In the second half he averaged eleven strikeouts per nine innings & posted a 1.13 ERA. He pitched eight innings three times allowing less than two earned runs each time. That season he struck out ten or more batters in a game twelve times, posting 12 or more five times with a high of 14 against Baltimore on September 19th. 

Santana won his first Cy Young Award, going 20-6 and leading the AL in both ERA (2.61) & strikeouts (265) pitching in 228 Innings (second in the AL) with one complete game shutout. His 265 strike outs were a club record passing Bert Blylevens old mark of 258 in 1973. 


Post Season: He went on to beat the A.L. New York club in Game #1 of the ALDS pitching seven shutout innings. He began the final Game #4 but go no decision. It was his last post season appearance to date.

 In 2005 the Twins weak offense didn’t score many runs, he went 16-7 (5th most wins in the al) and led the league for the third straight year with 238 K’s. He was second in the league with a 2.87 ERA, he pitched 232 innings (2nd in the AL) & tossed three complete games. Santana was always better in the second half, this year was no exception as he went 9-2 after the break pitching at least eight innings six times. 

On August 12th in Oakland he pitched a three hit shut out against the A's , striking out none. He came back to strike out ten White Sox in Chicago in his next start. He would get 13 strike outs the next time he faced them at home in September. 

Santana was spectacular in 2006 winning his second CY Young Award, becoming the first pitcher since the Mets’ Doc Gooden to win the Pitching Triple Crown. He was tops in wins (19) Ks (245) & ERA (2.77).

After the All Star break he once again had an incredible run, going went 10-1 posting an ERA under two. In that stretch he never allowed more than three earned runs in a game, and went at least eight innings three times. On August 15th he threw a three hit eight inning shutout against the Indians at the Metro Dome. On the season he had nine games where he posted double figures in strike outs, including three in a row in early May. For the third straight year he allowed the fewest walks & hits per innings in the American League. He also led the league in innings (233) starts (34) & strike outs per nine innings for the third straight year (9.4). 


In 2007 Johan pitched against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium in an interleague game that summer. On the team bus on the way to the game, Twins broadcaster the former great pitcher, Bert Blyleven said he would shave his head if Johan pitched a shutout.

From a box seat at Shea, my brother & I watched Santana shut down the Mets in a four hit complete game 9-0 shutout performance. Santana did the honors of shaving Blyleven’s head the next day. 
 That summer Johan made his third All Star team & went on to win his first Gold Glove Award. In a rain shortened game on the last day of the season, he ended a streak of pitching beyond the 5th inning in 123 straight starts. This incredible streak is the third longest in the past 50 years.

He finished the year at 15-13 with a 3.33 ERA, his highest since becoming a starter. He was still considered one of the games top pitchers & The small market Twins knew they wouldn’t be able to pay Johan the big salary. 

In the winter of 2008 he was traded to the New York Mets for prospects, Carlos Gomez, Phil Humber & Kevin Mulvey. In February the Mets gave him a huge six year $137 million deal to keep him pitching in New York. 
 Santana made his Mets debut on Opening Day 2008 in Florida against the Marlins. He allowed two runs on three hits over seven innings earning the 7-2 victory. He took losses in his next two outings but then came back with two straight wins. On May 10 although he gave up ten hits, he just surrendered three runs beating the Cincinnati Reds 4-2, for his first win at Shea Stadium.

A week later he went across town & beat the A.L. New York club in his first subway series matchup. He went into the 8th inning that day, allowing four runs on seven hits with five strikeouts in the 7-4 Mets win. On June 1st, he beat the Los Angeles Dodgers at home, for his 100th career victory at the age of 29. 

He then lost four straight decisions that month, three of them coming during inter league play. At the end of June he took a tough subway series loss at home, but the team only put up two runs for him, losing 3-2. 
 Up until that point, low run support & a horrible 2008 bullpen cost Santana at least five additional victories. From that point on he did it all himself. He would not lose another game all season & carried his pitching staff to within one game of a playoff berth. He would go 9-0 with three complete games & pitch into the 8th inning or beyond six times.

On August 17th he pitched a three hit shutout in Pittsburgh striking out seven Pirates in a 4-0 shut out. In his next start he pitched eight shut out innings against the Houston Astros, walking just one batter & leading his team to a 3-0 win. After a no decision effort on September 1st, he would pitch seven innings or more in five starts through the rest of the year, going 4-0 in the September pennant race. 

In an incredible performance of determination & team leadership he had one of his best Mets games on the next to last day of the season. Santana threw a three hit shutout against the Florida Marlins, striking out nine, to keep the Mets in playoff contention until the last game of the year. In his last two performances he had struck out nine or more batters giving him 206 on the year, making it five straight seasons with 200 plus K’s. 
 He finished the year at 16-7 leading the league in ERA (2.53) innings pitched (234) & games started (34). He was second in the league in strikeouts (206) & shutouts (3) & third in complete games (3). He also came in third place in the CY Young voting. As soon as the season ended, on October 1st he underwent a successful knee surgery for a torn meniscus. 

He returned in 2009 with an Opening Day victory at Cinergy Field in Cincinnati, pitching into the 6th inning allowing just one run on three hits with seven strike outs. In his next start he only allowed two runs while striking out 13 batters but the Mets couldn’t score any runs & he took a 2-1 loss. It was his loss first since the previous June.

In his next start against the Milwaukee Brewers he pitched seven scoreless innings not allowing any Brewer to get past first base. 

On April 24th, he beat the Washington Nationals striking out ten batters. On May 27th he struck out eleven Nationals, giving him his fourth double figure strike out game of the year.He won six of his next seven decisions and had an ERA just at 2.00 at the start of June. As the season went on he had arm trouble & as everything else went wrong for the 2009 Mets, Santana’s year was over in August. He needed to have bone chips removed from his elbow. He finished the year at 13-9 with 146 strike outs in 166 innings pitched, posting a 3.13 ERA. He was voted number three on a list of the Sporting News top 50 current players by a panel that included many Hall of Famers. 
 On Opening Day 2010 he beat the Marlins at Citi Field, and would have a strong April going 3-1 with a 2.08 ERA. On May 2nd he had the worst day of his career giving up ten runs to the rival Phillies in a nationally broadcast game. He settled down allowing just seven runs in his next five starts but only earned two victories going into July.

On July 6th he had his best day of the year beating the Reds at Citi Field with a three hit shutout while hitting his own first career HR. He went 3-0 with a 0.76 ERA until July 23rd, and had an 8-5 record with one of the league’s best ERA’s. 

In August he threw a four hit shutout at home against the Colorado Rockies and on September 2nd pitched his last game of the season. Another injury required him to need surgery for the third straight season. He missed all of the 2011 season at the major league level. A Slow rehab had him get two starts at A ball St. Lucie where he pitched five innings allowing a run on five hits. 

Santana returned to Spring Training 2012 with a lot of attention surrounding him. On Opening Day he excited Mets fans with a five inning two hit shut out performance against the Atlanta Braves. The Mets went on to a 1-0 win with a David Wright RBI single. In his next start he went another five runs allowing just one run to the Washington Nats but he was he was out deluded by Stephen Stasburg 1-0.

His next start in Atlanta was not as good, getting hot for four runs never making it out of the first inning. Two no decisions followed where he allowed just one earned run in 12.2 innings of work. In the month of May he pitched well enough to keep his ERA at a solid 2.75 but only had a 2-2 record to show for it. 

Then on June 1st, Santana made Mets history by throwing the first no hitter in team history. With all the great pitchers New York has had in its history, and its thirty seven one hitters (including two last year by R.A. Dickey) Santana was the first to toss a no hitter. 
 It happened on June 1st, 2012 in front of 27, 000 fans at Citi Field against the defending World Champion St. Louis Cardinals. Santana rolled along, with the help of a spectacular outfield catch by Whitestone Queen's born Mike Baxter, who got injured on the play.

Santana struck out eight & walked five along the way. As the late innings approached every Mets fan was sitting on the edge of their seats hoping to see history & what a thrill it was. In the 9th inning Matt Holiday lined out to center field, Allan Craig flew out to left & it all came down to Santana against David Freese. Freese went down swinging and the Mets had their finest moment of the 2012 season.

 In his next start he lost a subway series matchup & then won two straight games defeating the Rays in Tampa & shutting out a good Baltimore Oriole team for six innings in a 5-0 Mets win at Citi.

On June 30th he pitched a three hit eight inning shutout in Los Angeles to beat the Dodgers. At the end of July he sprained his ankle & was placed on the 15 day disable list. He lost what turned out to be his final five games of the year, giving up six runs or more each time,as he was shut down with inflammation in his lower back. With the Mets going nowhere his season ended in mid August. 

In 2012 Santana was 6-9 with a 4.85 ERA. In 21 starts he struck out 111 batters while walking just 39 in 117 innings of work. By far it was the worst statistical season for him since becoming a starter in his third season.

In 2013 the Mets were optimistic that Santana would be ready for Opening Day. But in Spring Training GM Sandy Alderson said that he would start the season on the disabled list. A few days later an MRI showed he had re-torn the capsule in his shoulder & another surgery was needed. Santana missed the entire season & in November of 2013 was granted free agency.

In 2014 he signed on with the Baltimore Orioles but did not pitch. In 2015 he was given a contract by the Toronto Blue Jays.

In his twelve year career Santana won two Cy Young Awards, three ERA titles & one victory title.He has been named to four All Star squads as well.

Santana is 139-78 life time with a 3.20 ERA (247th all time). He struck out 1988 batters (85th all time) with a 8.883 strike out per nine inning ratio (18th best all time). He has walked 567 in 2025 innings of work, his 2.519 base on balls average per nine innings is 21st best all time. Santana has ten shut outs, with 15 complete games in 360 games. 

 
Family: Johan & his wife Yasmile, have two daughters & live in Miromar Lakes, Florida. 

Charity: He is very active in the community, doing a lot for work for local hospitals & charities through the Johan Santana Foundation.
          Medical Marijuana? Say Goodbye to Your Gun Rights      Cache   Translate Page      

Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on our website December 12, 2017. We are republishing it now that Ohio media have finally caught on. (see here and here and here and here.

House Bill 523, passed on September 8, 2016, legalized medical marijuana in Ohio. The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program will allow residents of the state with certain qualifying conditions, and a recommendation from a physician, to register with the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy for a patient ID card.

State agencies are still working on how to administer the program, but medical marijuana patient ID cards will be available no later than September 2018.

The question is, how does this affect gun rights in Ohio? The answer seems to be, if you use marijuana, you lose your gun rights regardless of state law.

Here's the problem: while the state has made medical marijuana legal in Ohio, federal law continues to list marijuana as a Schedule I controlled substance. That means marijuana users can't have guns legally.

In 2011, BATFE sent a letter to U.S. gun dealers that took a firm stance on the issue:

U.S. Department of Justice

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
Firearms and Explosives

Washington DC 20226

September 21, 2011
www.atf.gov

OPEN LETTER TO ALL FEDERAL FIREARMS LICENSEES

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has received a number of inquiries regarding the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes1 and its applicability to Federal firearms laws. The purpose of this open letter is to provide guidance on the issue and to assist you, a Federal firearms licensee, in complying with Federal firearms laws and regulations.

A number of States have passed legislation allowing under State law the use or possession of marijuana for medicinal purposes, and some of these States issue a card authorizing the holder to use or possess marijuana under State law. During a firearms transaction, a potential transferee may advise you that he or she is a user of medical marijuana, or present a medical marijuana card as identification or proof of residency.

As you know, Federal law, 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(3), prohibits any person who is an "unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance (as defined in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 802)" from shipping, transporting, receiving or possessing firearms or ammunition. Marijuana is listed in the Controlled Substances Act as a Schedule I controlled substance, and there are no exceptions in Federal law for marijuana purportedly used for medicinal purposes, even if such use is sanctioned by State law. Further, Federal law, 18 U.S.C. § 922(d)(3), makes it unlawful for any person to sell or otherwise dispose of any firearm or ammunition to any person knowing or having reasonable cause to believe that such person is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance. As provided by 27 C.F.R. § 478.11, "an inference of current use may be drawn from evidence of a recent use or possession of a controlled substance or a pattern of use or possession that reasonably covers the present time."

Therefore, any person who uses or is addicted to marijuana, regardless of whether his or her State has passed legislation authorizing marijuana use for medicinal purposes, is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance, and is prohibited by Federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition. Such persons should answer "yes" to question 11.e. on ATF Form 4473 (August 2008), Firearms Transaction Record, and you may not transfer firearms or ammunition to them. Further, if you are aware that the potential transferee is in possession of a card authorizing the possession and use of marijuana under State law, then you have "reasonable cause to believe" that the person is an unlawful user of a controlled substance. As such, you may not transfer firearms or ammunition to the person, even if the person answered "no" to question 11.e. on ATF Form 4473.

ATF is committed to assisting you in complying with Federal firearms laws. If you have any questions, please contact ATF's Firearms Industry Programs Branch at (202) 648-7190.

Arthur Herbert
Assistant Director
Enforcement Programs and Services

1The Federal government does not recognize marijuana as a medicine. The FDA has determined that marijuana has a high potential for abuse, has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and lacks an accepted level of safety for use under medical supervision. See 66 Fed. Reg. 20052 (2001). This Open Letter will use the terms "medical use" or "for medical purposes" with the understanding that such use is not sanctioned by the federal agency charged with determining what substances are safe and effective as medicines.

So according to the BATFE, if you use marijuana, you can't legally ship, transport, receive or possess firearms or ammunition. Period. State law doesn't matter.

While this seems clear to those who pay close attention to such legal technicalities, it probably won't be clear to many casual gun owners. Most will only know that marijuana is legal in Ohio, and it will never occur to them that they are violating federal law if they choose to participate in the medical marijuana program.

For example, the letter above mentions question 11.e. on ATF Form 4473. This is the form you fill out when you purchase a firearm and it is used to conduct a background check. It asks:

Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?

You may think that since Ohio has made marijuana legal, you can answer "no." And if you're like me, and you fill out this form frequently, you may just quickly check "no" on all the legal questions without reading them. Which means you'll probably miss the warning that was added to this question earlier this year:

Warning: The use or possession of marijuana remains unlawful under Federal law regardless of whether it has been legalized or decriminalized for medicinal or recreational purposes in the state where you reside.

From long experience, I know that people don't read carefully, and a certain number of gun owners are going to provide false information on this form and unknowingly become felons. This exposes you to felony charges under federal law, punishable with prison time and/or a hefty fine.

It's difficult to predict how the medical marijuana vs. guns issue will play out. In some states, such as Hawaii, enforcement may be strict. According to the Miami Herald, The Honolulu Police Department has been sending letters to legal users of medicinal weed, telling them to surrender their guns within 30 days. However, other states, such as Ohio, may take a softer approach. According to Ohio Board of Pharmacy spokesman Cameron McNamee, only qualified doctors will have access to the Ohio medical marijuana patient registry. Dayton Daily News is reporting that the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) won’t include this data.

Regardless, with 29 states and the District of Columbia legalizing medical marijuana, there is bound to be confusion over the issue. And no matter how you may feel about it, the fact remains that Ohio law and federal law conflict. At this time, guns and pot are like oil and water. Legally, they don't mix.

Dean Rieck is Executive Director of Buckeye Firearms Association, a former competitive shooter, NRA Patron Member, #1 NRA Recruiter for 2013, business owner and partner with Second Call Defense.


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The twin-engine Piper PA-31 crashed into a home in the southern Ohio town of Madeira at about 3.15pm on Tuesday, according to authorities. First responders rescued two dogs from the home.
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          Medical Marijuana? Say Goodbye to Your Gun Rights      Cache   Translate Page      

Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on our website December 12, 2017. We are republishing it now that Ohio media have finally caught on. (see here and here and here and here.

House Bill 523, passed on September 8, 2016, legalized medical marijuana in Ohio. The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program will allow residents of the state with certain qualifying conditions, and a recommendation from a physician, to register with the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy for a patient ID card.

State agencies are still working on how to administer the program, but medical marijuana patient ID cards will be available no later than September 2018.

The question is, how does this affect gun rights in Ohio? The answer seems to be, if you use marijuana, you lose your gun rights regardless of state law.

Here's the problem: while the state has made medical marijuana legal in Ohio, federal law continues to list marijuana as a Schedule I controlled substance. That means marijuana users can't have guns legally.

In 2011, BATFE sent a letter to U.S. gun dealers that took a firm stance on the issue:

U.S. Department of Justice

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
Firearms and Explosives

Washington DC 20226

September 21, 2011
www.atf.gov

OPEN LETTER TO ALL FEDERAL FIREARMS LICENSEES

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has received a number of inquiries regarding the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes1 and its applicability to Federal firearms laws. The purpose of this open letter is to provide guidance on the issue and to assist you, a Federal firearms licensee, in complying with Federal firearms laws and regulations.

A number of States have passed legislation allowing under State law the use or possession of marijuana for medicinal purposes, and some of these States issue a card authorizing the holder to use or possess marijuana under State law. During a firearms transaction, a potential transferee may advise you that he or she is a user of medical marijuana, or present a medical marijuana card as identification or proof of residency.

As you know, Federal law, 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(3), prohibits any person who is an "unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance (as defined in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 802)" from shipping, transporting, receiving or possessing firearms or ammunition. Marijuana is listed in the Controlled Substances Act as a Schedule I controlled substance, and there are no exceptions in Federal law for marijuana purportedly used for medicinal purposes, even if such use is sanctioned by State law. Further, Federal law, 18 U.S.C. § 922(d)(3), makes it unlawful for any person to sell or otherwise dispose of any firearm or ammunition to any person knowing or having reasonable cause to believe that such person is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance. As provided by 27 C.F.R. § 478.11, "an inference of current use may be drawn from evidence of a recent use or possession of a controlled substance or a pattern of use or possession that reasonably covers the present time."

Therefore, any person who uses or is addicted to marijuana, regardless of whether his or her State has passed legislation authorizing marijuana use for medicinal purposes, is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance, and is prohibited by Federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition. Such persons should answer "yes" to question 11.e. on ATF Form 4473 (August 2008), Firearms Transaction Record, and you may not transfer firearms or ammunition to them. Further, if you are aware that the potential transferee is in possession of a card authorizing the possession and use of marijuana under State law, then you have "reasonable cause to believe" that the person is an unlawful user of a controlled substance. As such, you may not transfer firearms or ammunition to the person, even if the person answered "no" to question 11.e. on ATF Form 4473.

ATF is committed to assisting you in complying with Federal firearms laws. If you have any questions, please contact ATF's Firearms Industry Programs Branch at (202) 648-7190.

Arthur Herbert
Assistant Director
Enforcement Programs and Services

1The Federal government does not recognize marijuana as a medicine. The FDA has determined that marijuana has a high potential for abuse, has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and lacks an accepted level of safety for use under medical supervision. See 66 Fed. Reg. 20052 (2001). This Open Letter will use the terms "medical use" or "for medical purposes" with the understanding that such use is not sanctioned by the federal agency charged with determining what substances are safe and effective as medicines.

So according to the BATFE, if you use marijuana, you can't legally ship, transport, receive or possess firearms or ammunition. Period. State law doesn't matter.

While this seems clear to those who pay close attention to such legal technicalities, it probably won't be clear to many casual gun owners. Most will only know that marijuana is legal in Ohio, and it will never occur to them that they are violating federal law if they choose to participate in the medical marijuana program.

For example, the letter above mentions question 11.e. on ATF Form 4473. This is the form you fill out when you purchase a firearm and it is used to conduct a background check. It asks:

Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?

You may think that since Ohio has made marijuana legal, you can answer "no." And if you're like me, and you fill out this form frequently, you may just quickly check "no" on all the legal questions without reading them. Which means you'll probably miss the warning that was added to this question earlier this year:

Warning: The use or possession of marijuana remains unlawful under Federal law regardless of whether it has been legalized or decriminalized for medicinal or recreational purposes in the state where you reside.

From long experience, I know that people don't read carefully, and a certain number of gun owners are going to provide false information on this form and unknowingly become felons. This exposes you to felony charges under federal law, punishable with prison time and/or a hefty fine.

It's difficult to predict how the medical marijuana vs. guns issue will play out. In some states, such as Hawaii, enforcement may be strict. According to the Miami Herald, The Honolulu Police Department has been sending letters to legal users of medicinal weed, telling them to surrender their guns within 30 days. However, other states, such as Ohio, may take a softer approach. According to Ohio Board of Pharmacy spokesman Cameron McNamee, only qualified doctors will have access to the Ohio medical marijuana patient registry. Dayton Daily News is reporting that the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) won’t include this data.

Regardless, with 29 states and the District of Columbia legalizing medical marijuana, there is bound to be confusion over the issue. And no matter how you may feel about it, the fact remains that Ohio law and federal law conflict. At this time, guns and pot are like oil and water. Legally, they don't mix.

Dean Rieck is Executive Director of Buckeye Firearms Association, a former competitive shooter, NRA Patron Member, #1 NRA Recruiter for 2013, business owner and partner with Second Call Defense.


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*Summary* Ensures the accuracy and completeness of organ donor records through quality control review working cooperatively with the organ and tissue staff....
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          Donation Support Services Family Advocate - LifeCenter Organ Donor Network - Cincinnati, OH      Cache   Translate Page      
Consistent with the mission, vision and values of Lifeline of Ohio and LifeCenter, provides communication and compliance with all regulating, governing and...
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          Organ Recovery Specialist - LifeCenter Organ Donor Network - Cincinnati, OH      Cache   Translate Page      
Flushes and packages organs for transplant according to LifeCenter and UNOS standards and guidelines. Assists in the facilitation of organ procurement by taking...
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          Donation Coordinator - LifeCenter Organ Donor Network - Cincinnati, OH      Cache   Translate Page      
Works in close collaboration with hospital and other LifeCenter staff to evaluate potential organ donors for suitability....
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          Director of Quality and Regulatory Affairs - LifeCenter Organ Donor Network - Cincinnati, OH      Cache   Translate Page      
Consistent with the mission, vision and values of LifeCenter Organ Donor Network, directs organizational compliance with the laws, rules, and regulations...
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          Family Services Coordinator - LifeCenter Organ Donor Network - Cincinnati, OH      Cache   Translate Page      
Attend Donation Committee Meetings, routine HD Meetings, After Action Reviews and other significant activities when LifeCenter is sharing information and...
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          Quality Systems Specialist (Organ)- LifeCenter Organ Donor Network - Network for Life - Cincinnati, OH      Cache   Translate Page      
Description: Summary Ensures the accuracy and completeness of organ donor records through quality control review working cooperatively with the organ and...
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          Donation Support Services Family Advocate- LifeCenter Organ Donor Network - Network for Life - Cincinnati, OH      Cache   Translate Page      
Consistent with the mission, vision and values of Lifeline of Ohio and LifeCenter, provides communication and compliance with all regulating, governing and...
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          Organ Recovery Specialist- LifeCenter Organ Donor Network - Network for Life - Cincinnati, OH      Cache   Translate Page      
Flushes and packages organs for transplant according to LifeCenter and UNOS standards and guidelines. Assists in the facilitation of organ procurement by taking...
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          Donation Coordinator- LifeCenter Organ Donor Network - Network for Life - Cincinnati, OH      Cache   Translate Page      
Works in close collaboration with hospital and other LifeCenter staff to evaluate potential organ donors for suitability....
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Provides initial aftercare support utilizing LifeCenter led initiatives, i.e., memory making as well as offering community resources to assist families who may...
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          Hazmat Field Supervisor - Cincinnati OH Emergency Response Team      Cache   Translate Page      
OH-Cincinnati, HAZMAT FIELD SUPERVISOR Cincinnati, Ohio The role Superior Environmental Solutions (SES) is looking for dedicated Hazmat Field Supervisors to join our dynamic team at our Cincinnati, Ohio operation. The Hazmat Field Supervisor will be responsible for directing, coaching, and developing technicians to create a high performing team that delivers the best customer service possible safely. Hazmat Fiel
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Pastor opens children's home in Africa to help those with albinism  WLWT Cincinnati

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OH-Cincinnati, Salary: $11.00 to $13.00 per hour Multiple Customer Service Representative Openings in the Downtown area! OfficeTeam has an excellent temporary opportunity for an articulate, highly-skilled Customer Service Representative.?Do you love building solid customer relationships? Then this position may be for you. This position is anticipated to last for 1-2 months and is on the bus line in Downtown Cinc
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Steve Bannon, Sheriff Clarke, Brian Kolfage, Kris Kobach, Brandon Darby, Mary Ann Mendoza, Tom Tancredo, Steve Ronnebeck and others tonight in Ohio! Tonight the #WeBuildTheWall team will be hosting a live Town Hall from Cincinnati, Ohio. The event will be broadcast live on One America News Network, Gateway Pundit and on our YouTube and Facebook […]

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Sylva, Mary Sylva, Mary (nee Voss) Age 63 years. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio on July 7, 1955, Mary was born to eternal life on February 22, 2019. The...
          Kyle Farmer, Connor Joe homer as Cincinnati Reds clobber Chicago Cubs in spring training, 12-3      Cache   Translate Page      
Michael Lorenzen made his debut in center field during Monday's spring training game. He fielded two balls hit in his direction. MESA, Ariz. – The Chicago Cubs committed four errors Tuesday night and the Reds took advantage in a 12-3 victory at Sloan Park. First baseman Connor Joe highlighted the
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The Brewers Association today released its annual rankings of the top U.S. beer companies based on projected 2018 sales volume. Cincinnati’s Rhinegeist made the biggest leap forward last year, moving up an eye-catching 11 places (to 28th) from its ranking as the 39th largest craft brewery in the country in 2017, according to statistics published in the May/June issue of the BA’s New Brewer magazine.
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OH-CINCINNATI, Salary: $14.00 to $16.00 per hour OfficeTeam has an exciting opportunity for a Human Resources Assistant to join their staff. The Human Resources Assistant will be in charge of a wide variety of tasks, including owning a number of different personnel related administrative tasks and providing clerical support to the HR department and employees regarding human resources related activities, policies
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‘Creek resident runner-up at state BEAVERCREEK — Beavercreek resident Michael Baker, a senior student at Cincinnati La Salle High School, finished second in the Division I Individual State Wrestling Championship, held March 7-9 at the Jerome Schottenstein Center on the Ohio State University campus in Columbus. Baker, the Kettering District champion, lost to Hilliard Darby […]

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early reports...one person on board a twin piper died after the plane crashed into a house in Maderira (Cincinnati). may have been conducting a photo flight and was trying to land at Lunken Field
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CINCINNATI (AP) — A divided federal appeals court Tuesday upheld an Ohio anti-abortion law that blocks public money for Planned Parenthood. The full 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower federal court ruling. The Ohio law targeted funding that Planned Parenthood receives through the state’s health department. That money is mostly from the […]

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Planned Parenthood officials are voicing outrage against the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati's ruling upholding a state law that blocks public funding for the organization.
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On Tuesday, March 19th, Cincinnati’s Elder High School will honor actor, filmmaker and former student Matthew Grant Godbey with the prestigious Cultural Enrichment Award. Since graduating from Elder High, Godbey has made his mark in Hollywood, as Detective Dan Evans on NCIS Los Angeles, a recurring role he has held
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          ‘“When John & Abigail Met George” in Cambridge, 14 Mar.      Cache   Translate Page      
On Thursday, 14 March, I’ll speak at the Longfellow House–Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site in Cambridge on the topic “When John & Abigail Met George: The Adamses' Earliest Encounters with General Washington.”

Here’s our event description:
John Adams met George Washington in Philadelphia in 1774, and the next year Abigail Adams was highly impressed by the new general in Cambridge. Those meetings grew into a strong political partnership in the 1790s, but the first interactions were not entirely smooth.

This talk delves into the relationship between Washington and the Adamses in the first year of the Revolutionary War. Is John’s story of nominating Washington to be commander-in-chief reliable? How did John’s stolen mail lead to Abigail shaking a dog’s paw in Medford? Which Native American leaders dined with Washington and Adams in Cambridge in 1776? And did Abigail Adams ever visit George and Martha Washington in the Vassall house?
When John Adams met Washington at the First Continental Congress, it was the first time the lawyer had ever been outside of New England. Washington, in contrast, had explored the near west, spent a season on Barbados, and even visited Boston in early 1756, when Adams was off in Worcester teaching school while trying to decide on a profession.

On the other hand, Washington had never been to college or received the classical education that Adams had. He didn’t have Adams’s breadth of reading or depth of thought about law and government.

Each man had experience in his own colony’s legislature, and both saw benefits in a colonial union against the London government. To that end, their different strengths and experiences complemented each other. Washington and Adams became allies and worked closely together until the end of Washington’s political career more than two decades later.

For this talk I’ll focus on the personal details of the relationship between the men and their wives from the fall of 1774 to the spring of 1776.

Space in the Longfellow carriage house is limited, and I understand most of it has been spoken for already. Please call 617-876-4491 or email reservationsat105@gmail.com to ask about a seat or a spot on the waiting list.

This talk is cosponsored by the Friends of the Longfellow House–Washington’s Headquarters with support from the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati. Copies of The Road to Concord will be available for purchase and inscription.
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Del Hall

  • Del Hall, the director of sales at Fifty West Brewing Company in Cincinnati, Ohio, is doing a beer fast for lent, the 46 days leading up to Easter Sunday.
  • He was inspired by German monks from the 1600s, who brewed a specific beer for lent, when they couldn't eat solid food. 
  • While the monks stuck to the hearty doppelbock beer, Hall told INSIDER he will drink any type of beer. 

An Ohio man says he is only drinking beer until Easter Sunday, as a nod to monks from the 1600.

Del Hall, the director of sales at Fifty West Brewing Company in Cincinnati, Ohio, told INSIDER that he's living off of beer for all of Lent, the 46 days before Easter, a time in which Christians pray and give penance.

He was inspired by German monks from the 1600s, who brewed a specific beer during lent, a time when they were not allowed to consume solid foods.

The beer was a rich lager called a doppelbock, which had a high alcohol content and was full of carbohydrates, according to the Catholic News Agency.

Hall has done water fasts before — his longest lasted four days — and wanted to combine the act with his love of beer to see what happens. 

While the monks stuck to the hearty bock beer, Hall told INSIDER he's drinking all kinds of beer, so he can "still entertain" himself over the 46 days. He noted his favorite beer is Bell's Two-Hearted IPA. 

While taking the month off eating food, Hall is having check-ups with a doctor every two weeks to ensure his body is holding up throughout the fast.

Read more: Chocolate for breakfast and freshly killed goat for dinner. Here are the diets of notable tech billionaires.

He told INSIDER he's taking a "Super Size Me" approach, in that he's seeing how the diet impacts him, and documenting how his body changes over the time period. 

Hall said he hopes that the fast changes his outlook on food. 

"I feel like if I do this, and I finish the 46 days, and I'm a sane man, moving forward, if I'm presented with an unhealthy food option, I can say I don't need to eat that right now," he said. 

Ahead of starting the fast, a doctor told him he was in good health overall, and should take a daily multivitamin and make sure he stays hydrated throughout the 46 days. 

At the start of the fast, Hall, who is 6-foot-two, weighed 292 pounds. And in the first week, Hall noted he had lost 15 pounds. 

While his first few meals after breaking fast will be soup to normalize his body, he told INSIDER he looks forward to eating a steak when it's all over.

"Your digestive system sort of shuts down," he said of the fast. "So you have to slowly re-introduce food."

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Perhaps you should print this out. It will make great bathroom reading!

Claim: The cause of swelling in a girl's jaw is determined to be cockroach eggs she got from eating a Taco Bell taco or licking envelopes.

Status: False.


You'll never eat fast food again!

This girl was really in a hurry one day so she just stopped off at a Taco Bell and got a Chicken soft taco and ate it on the way home. Well that night she noticed her jaw was kind of tight and swollen.The next day it was a little worse so she went to her doctor. He said she was just have an allergic reaction to something and gave her some cream to rub on her jaw to help.

After a couple of days the swelling had just gotten worse and she could hardly move her jaw. She went back to her doctor to see what was wrong. Her doctor had no idea so he started to run some test. They scrubbed out the inside of her mouth to get tissue samples and they also took some saliva samples. Well they found out what was wrong.

Apparently her chicken soft taco had a pregnant roach in it that she ate!!!! The eggs then some how got into her saliva glands and she was incubating them in her mouth. They had to remove a couple a layers of her inner mouth to get all the eggs out. If they hadn't figured out what was going on the eggs would have hatched inside the lining of her mouth!

She's suing Taco Bell! Of course.


Claim: Photograph shows a shark attacking a British Navy diver.

Status: False.


Origins: Like thousands of other school-age American kids, in the summer of 1966 I eagerly made my way to the local movie theater for an afternoon screening of Batman, a feature-length film quickly put together to capitalize on the sudden, mammoth popularity of the television series (and to exploit the entertainment needs of millions of youngsters on summer break with no Internet, video games, VCRs, or cable television to keep them amused). What a treat to see Batman and Robin on the big screen in full color (we had only black-and-white TV at home), battling a confederacy of no less than four arch-villains!


One of the early scenes in that film stuck in my impressionable young mind — Batman, out on the water to reconnoiter a buoy, has to fend off the attack of a man-eating (and exploding!) shark, which sinks its teeth into the ladder from which the Caped Crusader perilously clings as he dangles beneath the Batcopter. When I viewed this same film on TV many years later, I couldn't help but laugh uproariously upon noticing that the terrifying sea creature I had breathelssly watched Batman pummel with life-and-death ferocity (and finally vanquish only with liberal application of Bat Shark Repellant) decades earlier was so obviously nothing more than a cheap, shark-shaped piece of plastic affixed to a ladder. (A few glimpses of this scene can be viewed in the Batman original trailer available on the Internet.)


I had nearly the same reaction when readers started forwarding us the above photograph (usually credited to National Geographic magazine or Geo, a similar German-language publication, and mailed under titles such as "Really Bad Day!" or "Jaws 2001" or "Photo of the Year") back in August 2001 to ask if it were real. Alas, like Batman's attacker, it too is a fake, an image created by combining two real but unrelated photographs — a picture of a great white shark taken by South African photographer Charles Maxwell, and an Air Force photo of an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter from the 129th Rescue Wing, Moffett FAF (a California National Guard unit) snapped by Lance Cheung (with San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge in the background):


Claim: A 9-year-old girl named Penny Brown is missing.

Status: False.


[Collected on the Internet, 2001]

PLEASE LOOK AT PICTURE THEN FORWARD
I am asking you all, begging you to please, forward this email on to anyone and everyone you know, PLEASE. My 9 year old girl, Penny Brown, is missing. She has been missing for now two weeks. It is still not too late, Please help us.



If anyone anywhere knows anything, sees anything, please contact me at zicozicozico@hotmail.com

I am including a picture of her. All prayers are appreciated!!

It only takes 2 seconds to forward this on, if it was your child, you would want all the help you could get.

Please. thank you for your kindness, hopefully you can help us.



[Collected on the Internet, 2003]

Please pass this to everyone in your address book.

We have a store manager (Wal-Mart) from Longs, SC who has a 9 year old daughter who has been missing for 2 weeks. Keep the picture moving on. With luck on her side she will be found.

I am asking you all, begging you to please forward this email on to anyone and everyone you know, PLEASE. My 9 year old girl, Penny Brown, is missing. She has been missing for now two weeks..

It is still not too late. Please help us. If anyone anywhere knows anything, please contact me at: zicozicozico@hotmail.com I am including a picture of her. All prayers are appreciated!! It only takes 2 seconds to forward this on. If it was your child, you would want all the help you could get.

Thank you for your kindness. Hopefully you can help us.
Origins: Penny Brown, the little girl who is evidently nothing more than the product of some prankster's imagination, is the longest-lived "missing child" hoax we have chronicled on this site. In all the time since the above-quoted plea to aid in the hunt for her began circulating on the Internet in mid-September 2001 rarely has the term "Penny Brown" dropped off our site's list of top searches even though there was never reason to place any reliance upon the message. None of the many missing children sites listed a Penny Brown among the youngsters they were looking for, and searched of news archives in the U.S. and Canada turned up no news reports about a missing child of this name.

Moreover, the e-mail itself provided few of the details that generally appear in legitimate pleas to help locate missing children. Not even the city or country the child went missing from was mentioned, and other than the pointless "has been missing for now two weeks," no date was given for the disappearance. ("For now two weeks" statements are entirely useless in a medium wherein undated text is circulated — the "two weeks" ago of an e-mail can and often has referred to events years in the past.) E-mail sent to the supplied contact address of zicozicozico@hotmail.com was bounced back to the sender.

Credible missing child reports tend to supply details of when and where the child was last seen, a description of the clothes worn, and phone numbers of people to contact about sightings. This e-mail lacked all of that — not even the parents' names were given.

(We don't know the identity of the girl in the accompanying picture, but the photo definitely isn't one of a young Melissa Gilbert of Little House on the Prairie TV fame.)

One version of the widely-circulated e-mail made it appear the plea was coming from Monzine Jang, a woman who worked for a physician at the University of Calgary. A call to the number provided in the e-mail fetched the following automated voice message:
If you are calling regarding an e-mail about a missing girl, please do not forward it as she is not the daughter of Monzine Jang. Monzine has contacted the Calgary police and missing children organization and she believes this is a hoax.
Another version claimed the frantic mother was Helen Bessenyei, a woman who lived in Australia. Helen had three grown sons, but no daughter, and certainly not a missing nine-year-old named Penny Brown. This hoax left her answering up to 150 e-mails a day and fielding hundreds of phone calls.

Yet another version purported to have come from a woman named Kimberly Leon. An additional version said the child went missing in Austin, Texas. And still another version claimed the child was lost in Ottawa, Ontario. Winning the "farthest away" category was a version that claimed the child went missing in Singapore.

Evern more iterations — these versions translated into French — were "signed" by Carol Toteda of Montreal or Anne-Claire Kubala, the latter giving an address that placed her in Paris. Also placing the tale in Canada was a version "signed" by Annie Lachance that asserted the missing Penny was the child of one of the store managers from Metro-Richelieu (a large grocery store).

Another form of this message that began "We have a store manager from Longs Drugs in Southern California, whose 9 year old daughter has been missing for 2 weeks" was signed "Peggy." Closely related to that version was another that said: "We have a store manager from Longs, SC who has a 9 year old daughter that has been missing for 2 weeks." It too has been signed by "Peggy." In yet another twist, the e-mail appeared signed by one "Penny Hill MS 59, Sunnyvale — AMD."

Those who are still somewhat convinced this e-mailed alert might be true should take a look at the text of the "missing kid" alert quoted in the Example section of our page about Christopher Mineo. In particular, note that the "It only takes 2 seconds to forward this on, if it was your child, you would want all the help you could get" line that is common to both.


Claim: Washing the lint filter in your clothes dryer can help extend the lifespan of that appliance.

Status: True.


Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2005]

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I had a wonderful morning, the heating unit went out of my dryer! Why does everything seem to fall apart this time of year!???

The guy that fixes things went in to the dryer and pulled out the lint filter. It was clean. We always clean the lint from the filter after every load of clothes. He told us that he wanted to show him something. He took the filter over to the sink and ran hot water over it. Now, this thing is like a mesh - I'm sure you know what your dryer's lint filter looks like - WELL......the hot water just laid on top of the mesh!!! It didn't go through it at all!!!

He told us that dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh and that's what burns out the heating unit. You can't SEE the film, but it's there. He said the best way to keep your dryer working for a very long time (and to keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out and wash it with hot soapy water and an old toothbrush (or other brush) at least every six months. He said that makes the life of the dryer at least twice as long! How about that???!!!! Learn something new everyday!

I certainly didn't know dryer sheets would do that. So, thought I'd share!

Note:

I went to dryer and tested my screen by running water on it. The water collected a little but ran though the screen. I dried it off and was ready to put it back in the dryer since the water ran through it but, I thought was the heck it won't hurt to wash it while I had it out. Warm soap water and a nylon brush and I had it done in 30 seconds.

I then ran the water over the screen and what a difference the water just gushed through it with no puddling at all and this time I was running the water at a faster rate. That repairman knew what he was talking about.

Origins: There are a number of devices and appliances that have been standard household items in American homes since before most of us were born. Electric irons, dishwashers, vacuum cleaners, gas (or electric) stoves and ovens, washing machines, and clothes dryers are but a few of the many labor-saving devices so familiar to many of us that we seldom ponder just how they work. Ask the average person, for example, how a clothes dryer works, and you'll probably get an "Are you kidding me?" look in return, along with a terse explanation that a dryer makes stuff "hot," and everybody knows stuff dries faster when it's hot.

That explanation isn't technically wrong (as far as it goes), but it's rather simplistic. Knowing a bit more about the process involved is the key to understanding why the advice to keep your dryer's lint filter clean can help improve the performance and lifespan of your clothes dryer.

In a standard (gas) dryer, a fan pulls fresh air into the dryer and sends it flowing over a gas burner. The burner heats the air, which is then channeled into a tumbling drum where the wet clothes are held. The heat, air flow, and tumbling motion all contribute to evaporating the moisture held in the fabrics, and that moisture is absorbed by the gas-warmed air. (Warm air is capable of holding more moisture than cold air.) The warm air — and the moisture it now holds — passes through a filter to trap lint and other particulate matter stirred up by its movement and is vented to the outside so that it can be replaced with new, less-moist air. This process repeats until enough moisture has been evaporated and carried away for the clothes to be considered sufficiently "dry."

Of course, if you neglect to clean the lint filter between dryings, or something else occludes the filter, moist air cannot be vented from the dryer as easily. The result will be that your dryer will work less efficiently — you will have to run your dryer longer to dry a load of clothes, which means higher electricity and gas charges for you and a shorter lifespan for your dryer.

So, keeping the lint filter clean is one simple way to increase the efficiency and lifespan (and decrease the operating costs) of your dryer. Just removing the lint from the filter isn't always enough — the fine mesh of most dryer filters can be clogged in ways that aren't obvious at a casual glance. As suggested by the piece quoted above, softener sheets can cause waxy build-ups on lint screens that require a little extra effort — usually no more than a quick scrub and rinse in warm, soapy water — to remove.

Many modern dryers also use moisture sensors rather than ordinary timed cycles, and residue from dryer sheets can coat the sensors and interfere with their ability to function properly. Cleaning the sensor screen with a little detergent and a soft brush, and wiping off the sensor itself with a cotton ball and some rubbing alcohol can rectify this problem.


Claim: Starbucks refused free product to G.I.s serving in Iraq, saying it didn't support the war and anyone in it.

Status: False.


Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2004]



I have indeed confirmed the fact that Starbucks charged rescue workers $130.00 for 3 cases of bottled water on September 11, 2001, so the following info that was passed on to me would not be surprising to me at all!!

Dear everyone: Please pass this along to anyone you know, this needs to get out in the open. Recently Marines over in Iraq supporting this country in OIF wrote to Starbucks because they wanted to let them know how much they liked their coffee and try to score some free coffee grounds. Starbucks wrote back telling the Marines thanks for their support in their business, but that they don't support the War and anyone in it and that they won't send them the Coffee. So as not to offend them we should not support in buying any Starbucks products. As a War vet and writing to you patriots I feel we should get this out in the open. I know this War might not be very popular with some folks, but that doesn't mean we don't support the boys on the ground fighting street to street and house to house for what they and I believe is right. If you feel the same as I do then pass this along, or you can discard it and I'll never know. Thanks very much for your support to me, and I know you'll all be there again here soon when I deploy once more.

Semper Fidelis,
Sgt Howard C. Wright
1st Force Recon Co
1st Plt PLT RTO

Origins: We first encountered this story in late April 2004 when it turned up in our inbox. In these days of heightened patriotism and concern for the troops, any rumor about a corporate giant snubbing those who are putting their lives on the line overseas is bound to make a number of folks hot under the collar, which is what this e-mail has done.

We've been in touch with the e-mail's writer and have asked him about the events that led to his penning the note about Starbucks' response to Marines who had come to them looking for a donation of coffee. Sgt. Wright (who is stationed Stateside at the moment but who will be deployed overseas in the next few months), heard the story from a friend, who had gotten it from someone else. He talked things over with the Marine who had supposedly contacted Starbucks, and that, coupled with that night's televised news about the goings on in Iraq, made his blood boil. He pounded out his thoughts into the form of an e-mail, which he mailed to ten of his friends.

It is that e-mail which continues to circulate to this day. Sgt. Wright has since learned that what he heard was in error, and he has subsequently tried to set things right by issuing the following retraction:

Dear Readers,

Almost 5 months ago I sent an email to you my faithful friends. I did a wrong thou that needs to be cleared up. I heard from word of mouth about how Starbucks said they didn't support the war and all. I was having enough of that kind of talk and didn't do my research properly like I should have. This is not true. Starbucks supports the men and women in uniform. They have personally contacted me and I have been sent many of their Company's policy on this issue. So I apologize for this quick wrong letter I sent out to you. Now I ask that you all pass this email around to everyone you passed the last one to. Thank you very much for understanding about this.

Howard C. Wright
Sgt USMC

Sgt. Wright has been unable to produce the reply his buddy supposedly received from Starbucks, and the folks at Starbucks deny engaging in any correspondence on such matter prior to this rumor coming along. Given that no copy of the letter appears to exist, neither one resting in the hands of the Sergeant's comrade, nor one residing in Starbucks' files, the rumor about the java vendor's harsh response to a coffee-hunting Marine should be dismissed.

As for what Starbucks has to say about the matter, while it doesn't directly refute the rumor on its web site, it does at least provide somewhat of an answer in e-mail. An excerpt from that statement reads:

Starbucks has the deepest respect and admiration for U.S. military personnel. We are extremely grateful to the men and women who serve stateside or overseas. We sincerely appreciate that they are willing to risk their lives to protect Americans and our values of freedom and democracy. While Starbucks as a company cannot directly donate to military personnel, many of our partners (employees) show their support by donating coffee.

Starbucks partners receive one pound of free coffee each week as an employee benefit (known as "partner mark-out"). Many of our partners have elected to send their weekly mark-out of coffee to members of the military or military families, and related organizations. Our partners have collected and shipped numerous pounds of Starbucks coffee overseas.

As an example of this generosity, our partners in our Atascadero, California store sent their weekly mark out coffee to troops in Afghanistan so they are able to enjoy a little piece of home. Our customer relations department in Seattle donated hundreds of pounds of coffee to the sailors in the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier group.

Under the terms of the Starbucks' corporate giving policy, had such a request been made, the coffee giant would have had to say no to it. Such a refusal would have been in keeping with the corporation's donations policy, in that Starbucks chooses to direct its charitable resources within the communities where its stores are located and limits its funding to non-profit organizations. Moreover, it does not consider requests for funding that come from political or religious organizations or which would fund political or religious initiatives or programs. According to the guidelines currently in place, a request for coffee from soldiers serving overseas would be turned down.

However, while it is true Starbucks as a corporate entity could not have donated coffee to java-seeking Marines, it would have passed along such a request to any number of its employees who are looking for military mailing addresses to send product to, as it has already done on many occasions. Starbucks partners receive one pound of free coffee each week as an employee benefit (known as "partner mark-out"). Many of them have elected to send their weekly mark-out to members of the military or military families, and related organizations.

The claim that Starbucks would ever have said "they don't support the War and anyone in it" is false, in light of what various news accounts show us about the coffee retailer's attitude towards those who serve in the armed forces. In addition to what Starbucks itself says above of its beneficences to soldiers, we know from different newspaper articles of other instances of glad-hearted support. In July 2004, a Starbucks in Cincinnati was reported to have been practically overflowing with people making yellow ribbons in support of Keith "Matt" Maupin, a soldier whose fate was then uncertain (it has subsequently been reported that he had been beheaded by his captors), along with red, white, and blue ones to show support for American troops in Iraq. In June 2004 in Cleveland, when the mother of one serviceman called her local Starbucks to arrange for the shipping of some java to her son, the employees at that store insisted on paying for 30 pounds of coffee as their gift.

Regarding another of the claims made in the e-mail, while it is true someone working at a New York City Starbucks did indeed charge ambulance workers $130 for three cases of water on September 11, 2001, it would not be quite fair to say Starbucks did this. However, act of a single, misguided employee or not, the corporation alone bears responsibility for afterwards spurning a number of opportunities to offer the rescue workers their money back or apologize to them — though it finally took both those actions, it did so only after the story attracted online and print media attention.

In addition to the "rescue workers charged for water" and the "spurned servicemen" story that is the focus of this piece, Starbucks has been the butt of a number of other unsavory rumors and mistaken beliefs just in the past few years, including:
A 2002 poster promoting two new iced drinks prompted some consumers to see in it reminders of the hijacked planes hitting the twin towers.

In 2001, a false story spread in e-mail about the wife of the owner of a Thailand Starbucks telling non-white customers the coffee shop was not for Asians.

The company's 2003 termination of its business interests in Israel caused some to believe Starbucks had abandoned that nation in favor of being able to continue to do business in Arab countries.

In 2002, a prankster who scanned and distributed online a coupon entitling the bearer to a free Crème Frappuccino caused any amount of bad feeling to be directed at the company — those duped into believing they were entitled to free product were often angry at the stores who refused to honor the fake coupons rather than with the unnamed person who had deceived them.

Starbucks, like any other successful corporation that has a strong public presence, is fated to operate with the Damocles sword of public opinion hanging above its head. No corporation can fund everyone who comes to it looking for assistance, which means some deserving groups will always be refused. In less emotionally-charged times, the logic of such a policy is better understood, but the current climate makes it a dicey PR proposition at best to say no to anything having to do with soldiers.



Claim: E-mail chronicles various ways scammers might obtain your credit card numbers.

Status: Possible, but not common.


Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2004]


Good Information

This was just passed on to me. Seems to make a lot of sense. IT COULD CERTAINLY HAPPEN TO ME EASILY ENOUGH......

SCENE 1: A friend went to the local gym and placed his belongings in the locker. After the workout and a shower, he came out, saw the locker open, and thought to himself, "Funny, I thought I locked the locker. Hmmmmm."

He dressed and just flipped the wallet to make sure all was in order. Everything looked okay — all cards were in place. A few weeks later his credit card bill came — a whooping bill of $14.000! He called the credit card company and started yelling at them, saying that he did not make the transactions. Customer care personnel verified that there was no mistake in the system and asked if his card had been stolen. "No," he said, but then took out his wallet, pulled out the credit card, and yep, you guessed it, a switch had been made. An expired similar credit card from the same bank was in the wallet. The thief broke into his locker at the gym and switched cards.

Verdict: The credit card issuer said since he did not report the card missing earlier, he would have to pay the amount owed to them. How much did he have to pay for items he did not buy? $9,000! Why were there no calls made to verify the amount swiped? Small amounts rarely trigger a "warning bell" with some credit card companies. It just so happens that all the small amounts added up to big one!

SCENE 2: A man at a local restaurant paid for his meal with his credit card. The bill for the meal came, he signed it, and the waitress folded the receipt and passed the credit card along. Usually, he would just take it and place it in his wallet or pocket. Funny enough, though, he actually took a look at the card and, lo and behold, it was the expired card of another person. He called the waitress and she looked perplexed. She took it back, apologized, and hurried back to the counter under the watchful eye of the man. All the waitress did while walking to the counter was wave the wrong expired card to the counter cashier, and the counter cashier immediately looked down and took out the real card. No exchange of words — nothing! She took it and came back to the man with an apology.

Verdict: Make sure the credit cards in your wallet are yours. Check the name on the card every time you sign for something and/or the card is taken away for even a short period of time. Many people just take back the credit card without even looking at it, thinking that it has to be theirs.

FOR YOUR OWN SAKE, DEVELOP THE HABIT OF CHECKING YOUR CREDIT CARD EACH TIME IT IS RETURNED TO YOU AFTER A TRANSACTION!

SCENE 3: Yesterday I went into a pizza restaurant to pick up an order that I had called in. I paid by using my Visa Check Card which, of course, is linked directly to my checking account. The young man behind the counter took my card, swiped it, then laid it flat on the counter as he waited for the approval, which is pretty standard procedure. While he waited, he picked up his cell phone and started dialing. I noticed the phone because it is the same model I have, but nothing seemed out of the ordinary.

Then I heard a click that sounded like my phone sounds when I take a picture. He then gave me back my card but kept the phone in his hand as if he was still pressing buttons. Meanwhile, I'm thinking: I wonder what he is taking a picture of, oblivious to what was really going on. It then dawned on me: the only thing there was as my credit card, so now I'm paying close attention to what he is doing.

He set his phone on the counter, leaving it open. About five seconds later, I heard the chime that tells you that the picture has been saved. Now I'm standing there struggling with the fact that this boy just took a picture of my credit card. Yes, he played it off well, because had we not had the same kind of phone, I probably would never have known what happened. Needless to say, I immediately canceled that card as I was walking out of the pizza parlor.

All I am saying is, be aware of your surroundings at all times. Whenever you are using your credit cards, take caution and don't be careless. Notice who is standing near you and what they are doing when you use your card. Be aware of phones because many have a camera phone these days. When you are in a restaurant and the waiter/waitress brings your card and receipt for you to sign, make sure you scratch the number off.

Some restaurants are using only the last four digits, but a lot of them are still putting the whole thing on there. I have already been a victim of credit card fraud and, believe me, it is not fun. The truth is that they can get you even when you are careful, so don't make it easy for them.

FORWARD THIS TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS YOU CAN THINK OF. LET'S GET THE WORD OUT!

Origins: The item quoted above is another example of a "crime warning" message that is difficult to classify as either true or false. The scenarios it describes are possible, and someone, somewhere, might very well have been victimized by them, but on the other hand the message provides no details of time, place, or person, to use in verifying these tales, and the scenarios proffered are generally too implausible to be of much legitimate concern to the average person.

The first two entries describe scammers who supposedly switch expired credit cards for valid credit cards, thereby enabling them to run up thousands of dollars in charges before the victims realize their cards are missing. This isn't a scheme likely to be successful in most cases, for a number of reasons:
Not all credit cards look alike. Common credit cards such as VISA and MasterCard vary quite widely in appearance, featuring different logos (based upon the issuing financial institutions), different colors of plastic, and even different (customer-selected) background designs. For this scenario to work, the putative thieves would have to carry around a plethora of different styles of cards and hope to hit a long shot by coincidentally matching one of their cards to a victim's particular card.

The deception will be obvious the next time the victim uses (or, presumably, even looks at) his card, which doesn't give the scammers much time to try to run up a huge charge on the stolen card via many small purchases. Contrary to the claim made above, most credit card issuers will flag as suspect thousands of dollars' worth of charges made on a credit card within a short period of time, even if none of those charges is for a large amount.

No explanation is offered for how these scammers supposedly come by their handy supply of expired credit cards. Most customers discard their expired cards by throwing them into the trash, usually after having cut them in two (or otherwise mutilated them).

Frankly, if you're habitually leaving your wallet unattended in an easily-opened locker, you've got a lot more to be concerned about than potential visits from card-swapping scammers.

The third scenario covers a situation we've already written an article about, that of identity thieves supposedly snapping pictures of credit cards with cell phone cameras. This scheme too is possible but implausible, since:
It's still quite difficult (given the quality of cell phone cameras, the reflectiveness of plastic credit cards, and the usual lack of contrast between the colors of a card's imprinted numbers and its background) to quickly snap off a clear photo of a credit card.

Taking a picture of the front of a credit card won't capture the CVC2 or CVV2 security code required for most CNP (i.e., "card not present") purchases. (American Express, however, is an exception to this; its security code is printed on the cardface.)

Retail clerks and others who typically handle customers' credit cards in the course of business transactions have many, many ways of recording card numbers that are better and easier (and less obtrusive) than literally pointing a camera at a card and taking a picture of it.

The admonition to "take caution and don't be careless" with your credit cards is generally sound, but then again, it's also rather obvious advice that applies to just about every aspect of life.

Thousand Dollar Bill

Claim: You can receive any of the following rewards from various companies by simply forwarding an e-mail message to your friends:


Cash from Microsoft
Free merchandise from Nike
Free trip for two to Walt Disney World or $5,000 cash from Disney
Free clothing from the GAP
Free computers from IBM
$25 gift certificates from Abercrombie & Fitch
$25 gift certificates from Old Navy
$50 gift certificates from J. Crew
Free cases of M&Ms from Mars
$25 gift certificates from Outback Steakhouse
Free cars from Honda
$50 gift certificates from Bath & Body Works
Free CDs from Columbia House
Free cases of soda from Coca-Cola
Cash from AOL Time Warner
Cash from EMI
Free cell phones from Nokia
Free cell phones from Ericsson
$50 gift certificates from Victoria's Secret
Cash from the Newell Co.
Cash from RH Power Inc.
$50 gift certificates from Cracker Barrel
Free champagne from Veuve-Clicquot
$50 gift certificates from Applebee's
Cash from Bill Gates

Status: False.

Origins: No, you're not going to be receiving money, merchandise, or free trips from Bill Gates (or anyone else), no matter how many people you forward this message to. Tracing all recipients of an e-mail message is not yet technically possible, and even if it were, Bill Gates certainly wouldn't be testing software that performed such tracking by blindly sending messages out to the Internet with a promise of financial reward to the recipients.

First and foremost, e-mail tracking programs do not exist. That folks continue to fall for myriad varieties of these leg-pulls is in part attributable to netizens having caught so many references to these non-existent programs that the new hoax is able to continue building on an already partially-constructed platform of belief.

(As with every other technological issue, the statement "e-mail tracking programs do not exist" becomes less and less true every day. It is possible in some cases to determine who has read a particular mail message, but there is no method of doing so that will work with all the myriad of e-mail programs out there or keep track of who forwarded the message to whom.)

Once again, e-mail tracing programs do not exist. Any "get something free" come-on or "help a sick kid" appeal which specifies an invisible program is keeping track of who received an e-mail and who it was then sent to is a hoax. Any such note. No exceptions. Not even ones not yet listed on this page.

Likewise, missives which offer no explanation of how the e-mails are being tallied are also hoaxes. Unless you are e-mailing a copy to a central tabulating point every time something is forwarded on, nothing is being counted, traced, tracked, or any other verb that would result in you getting free cargo pants from the GAP or inspiring an unnamed millionaire to donate just a little bit more towards the care of an injured child.

With all that said, we can begin looking at the various forms this jape has so far taken. And it's going to be a long, strange journey indeed.



Claim: Commentator Andy Rooney explains his political views.

Status: False.


Examples: [Collected on the Internet, 2003]

BRAVO ANDY ROONEY!!!!

Right on, Andy Rooney!

Andy Rooney said on 60 minutes a few weeks back: (for those of you that don't know Andy Rooney, he is an 82 year old US TV commentator)



I like big cars, big boats, big motorcycles, big houses and big campfires.

I believe the money I make belongs to me and my family, not some governmental stooge with a bad comb-over who wants to give it away to crack addicts for squirting out babies.

Guns do not make you a killer. I think killing makes you a killer. You can kill someone with a baseball bat or a car, but no one is trying to ban you from driving to the ball game.

I believe they are called the Boy Scouts for a reason, that is why there are no girls allowed. Girls belong in the Girl Scouts!

I think that if you feel homosexuality is wrong, it is not a phobia, it is an opinion.

I don't think being a minority makes you a victim of anything except numbers. The only things I can think of that are truly discriminatory are things like the United Negro College Fund, Jet Magazine, Black Entertainment Television, and Miss Black America.

Try to have things like the United Caucasian College Fund, Cloud Magazine, White entertainment Television, or Miss White America and see what happens. Jesse Jackson will be knocking down your door.

I have the right NOT to be tolerant of others because they are different, weird, or tick me off. When 70% of the people who get arrested are black, in cities where 70% of the population is black, that is not racial profiling, it is the law of statistics.

I know what sex is, and there are not varying degrees of it. If I received sex from one of the subordinates in my office, it wouldn't be a private matter or my personal business. I would be "FIRED" immediately!

I believe that if you are selling me a milk shake, a pack of cigarettes, a newspaper or a hotel room, you must do it in English! As a matter of fact, if you want to be an American citizen you should have to speak English!

My father and grandfather shouldn't have to die in vain so you can leave the countries you were born in to come over and disrespect ours. I think the police should have every right to shoot your sorry ass if you threaten them after they tell you to stop. If you can't understand the word "freeze" or "stop" in English, see the above lines.

I feel much safer letting a machine with no political affiliation recount votes when needed. I know what the definition of lying is.

I don't think just because you were not born in this country, you are qualified for any special loan programs, government sponsored bank loans or tax breaks, etc., so you can open a hotel, coffee shop, trinket store, or any other business. We did not go to the aid of certain foreign countries and risk our lives in wars to defend their freedoms so that decades later they could come over here and tell us our constitution is a living document and open to their interpretations.

I don't hate the rich. I don't pity the poor.

I know wrestling is fake, but so are movies and television, and that doesn't stop you from watching them.

I believe a self-righteous liberal or conservative with a cause is more dangerous than a Hell's Angel with an attitude.

I think Bill Gates has every right to keep every penny he made and continue to make more. If it ticks you off, go and invent the next operating system that's better and put your name on the building. Ask your buddy that invented the Internet to help you.

It doesn't take a whole village to raise a child right, but it does take a parent to stand up to the kid and smack their little ass when necessary and say "NO."

I think tattoos and piercing are fine if you want them, but please don't pretend they are a political statement. And . . . Please stay home until that new lip ring heals, I don't want to look at your ugly infected mouth as you serve me french fries!

I am sick of "Political Correctness" and of all the suck ups that go along with it. I know a lot of black people, and not a single one of them was born in Africa, so how can they be "African-Americans"? Besides, Africa is a continent. I don't go around saying I am a European-American because my great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather was from Europe. I am proud to be from America and nowhere else.

And if you don't like my point of view, tough!

Andy is 83 and entitled to his opinion.

Origins: Curmudgeonly 60 Minutes commentator Andy Rooney may have delivered a vituperative essay on French politics in 2003, but this piece elaborating on his own politics is not his creation. The text quoted above is too reactionary even for the acerbic Rooney, and the language used doesn't sound like him. ("Shoot your sorry ass" just isn't the kind of phrase Andy Rooney employs on television.) Just to be thorough, we checked the transcripts of all of Andy Rooney's 60 Minutes pieces from the last ten years, and nothing like this item turned up.

Moreover, Rooney himself denied it in 2003, saying:
About a year ago, I became aware of a more serious theft of my name and it is so hurtful to my reputation that it calls for legal action against the thief. Hundreds of people have written asking if I really wrote the 20 detestable remarks made under my name that have had such wide circulation on the Internet.

[...]

Some of the remarks, which I will not repeat here, are viciously racist and the spirit of the whole thing is nasty, mean and totally inconsistent with my philosophy of life. It is apparent that the list of comments has been read by hundreds of thousands of Americans, many of whom must believe that it accurately represents opinions of mine that I don't dare express in my column or on television. It is seriously damaging to my reputation.
The final two items on the list are probably a good tipoff that either this collection was written (by an as yet unidentified author) as a parody of the "A Few Minutes With Andy Rooney" spots on 60 Minutes, or someone appended Andy Rooney's name to an unattributed piece because it "seemed like something he would say." Either way, whoever created this version appears to have lifted some parts from an earlier piece known as "Yes, I Guess I am A BAD American" and falsely credited to comedian George Carlin.

Virus: Life is Beautiful.pps

Status: Hoax.


Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2002]

This information arrived this morning, from Microsoft and Norton. Please send it to everybody you know who accesses the Internet.

You may receive an apparently harmless email with a PowerPoint presentation called "Life is beautiful.pps."

If you receive it DO NOT OPEN THE FILE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, and delete it immediately.

If you open this file, a message will appear on your screen saying: "It is too late now, your life is no longer beautiful", subsequently you will LOSE EVERYTHING IN YOUR PC and the person who sent it to you will gain access to your name, email and password.

This is a new virus which started to circulate on Saturday afternoon. WE NEED TO DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO STOP THIS VIRUS.

AOL has already confirmed its dangerousness, and the antivirus Softs are not capable of destroying it. The virus has been created by a hacker who calls himself "life owner", and who aims to destroying domestic PCs and who also fights Microsoft in court! That's why it comes disguised with extension pps. He fights in court for the Windows-XP patent.

MAKE A COPY OF THIS EMAIL TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS.

Origins: This warning about a Microsoft PowerPoint file named "Life is Beautiful" carrying a a computer-destroying virus is a hoax, one that has been with us since at least January 2002. It originally circulated in Portuguese but was later translated into English and a host of other languages.

Although this particular example is a hoax, PowerPoint presentations can contain viruses, so prudent computer users should always check downloaded or e-mailed PowerPoint presentations (and all other non-text attachments) before opening them.

In September 2002 this hoax was circulated anew as "Everything is Beautiful," and it popped up again in 2003 re-titled as "Life is Wonderful."

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LSU Basketball climbs to #9 in AP poll after claiming SEC title

BATON ROUGE - Despite a tumultuous week off the court, the LSU Men's Basketball team finished strong with an SEC title-clinching win over Vanderbilt and another bump in the AP top 25 poll.

The Tigers' blowout win over the 9-22 Commodores was enough to propel the purple and gold to a conference-best 16-2.&nbsp;LSU will begin SEC tournament play Friday after earning a double-bye.

LSU's triumph came a day after Wade's indefinite suspension in the wake of published excerpts of a wire-tapped phone call between the coach and a man convicted last year in federal court of funneling illegal payments to the families of college basketball recruits.

LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva was met with boos and chants of "Joe must go!" from the student section and a few other corners of the arena when he arrived at the PMAC Saturday.

Many fans also held up signs reading, "Free Will Wade," and "Free Javonte Smart," the freshman guard and former Louisiana player of the year who apparently was referred to in the 2017 call recorded by the FBI.

You can see the full top 25 below.

1, Gonzaga, 29-2
2, Virginia, 28-2
3, North Carolina, 26-5
4, Kentucky, 26-5
5, Duke, 26-5
6, Michigan State, 25-6
7, Texas Tech, 26-5
8, Tennessee, 27-4
9, LSU, 26-5
10, Michigan, 26-5
11, Houston, 29-2
12, Florida State, 25-6
13, Purdue, 23-8
14, Nevada, 28-3
15, Kansas State, 24-7
16, Virginia Tech, 23-7
17, Kansas, 23-8
18, Buffalo, 28-3
19, Wisconsin, 22-9
20, Wofford, 28-4
21, Maryland, 22-9
22, Auburn, 22-9
23, Marquette, 23-8
24, Cincinnati, 25-6
25, Villanova, 22-9


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          Frank Owen Can't Catch a Break      Cache   Translate Page      

Poor Frank Owen. He can’t catch a break.

Here’s a pitcher who notched over 20 wins in three straight seasons for the White Sox (1904-1906), became the first American Leaguer to toss two complete-game victories in one day (July 1, 1905), and on July 29, 1904, clouted his first-ever big league home run in the 10th inning to give himself the victory.

 
Chicago Tribune, July 30, 1904

Today, you’d be hard-pressed to find a baseball fan who has ever heard of the fellow. But to make matters worse, even back in his own day he got the Rodney Dangerfield treatment. Not one, but two, contemporary baseball cards misidentified him.

Here are the sad stories:

1) The Fan Craze Error

In 1904, the Fan Craze Company of Cincinnati issued a low-budget baseball card playing game. Each card had revealed a baseball play (“strike,” “home run,” “out at first,” etc.). Players turned over cards one-by-one to determine the outcome of each play.



In 1906, the company released a high-end version of their popular game, a pair of sets known as the “Art Series” and billed as “an artistic constellation of great stars.” One set (known as the WG2 set among baseball card collectors) had blue backs and consisted of 54 cards, each bearing the likeness of an American Leaguer. The companion set (WG3) had red backs and numbered 51 cards, each adorned with photos of National Leaguers.

 
Geyer’s Stationer, May 3, 1906

The images on each card were reproductions of photographs taken by Carl Horner, a Boston-based cameraman who the weekly sports newspaper Sporting Life called the “official photographer of the major leagues.” Today, Horner is probably best remembered for taking this photo of Honus Wagner:



You’ll likely recognize that this photo was used for the Pittsburgh shortstop’s famous T206 card of 1909, but it was also used for his Fan Craze card from a few years earlier.



A number of cards in the “Art Series” have players misidentified. For example, George Winter is misidentified as George Winters, Norman “Kid” Elberfeld’s last name is misspelled “Elberfield,” and Terry Turner’s card erroneously labels him as “Roy Turner.”







Frank Owen suffered a similar fate. His card is captioned “Billy Owen,” but there was no major leaguer by that name.



The discovery of this gaff and the correct identification of the player as Frank Owen were made by the folks at the Baseball Games web site, the go-to source for collectors of vintage baseball tabletop games. Alas, at the time of their research, they didn’t have the luxury of comparing the “Billy Owen” Fan Craze card to this original Carl Horner photograph of the pitcher:



To summarize, the “Fan Craze” WG2 card identified as “Billy Owen” is, in fact, Chicago White Sox pitcher Frank Owen.

2) The Sporting Life Cabinet Error

While the “Fan Craze” WG2 error has been known for a while, this next mistake is a new discovery.

Starting in September of 1902, Sporting Life began advertising the availability of “cabinet sized phototypes of celebrated base ball players.” Over the next few years, issues of the newspaper regularly featured these ads, with new players made available on a regular basis. These cabinet cards (designated W600 in the card hobby) are popular collectibles and number well over 600. Some players are featured in more than one card and such was the case for one of the era’s most popular big leaguers: Mike Donlin. (For those wanting to learn a bit more about Donlin, I blogged about him back in 2010.)

Here are Donlin’s two Sporting Life cabinet cards: his Cincinnati card (at left) was made available in 1902, while his New York card (at right) was offered only after he was traded to Cincinnati in August of 1904.



But the two players pictured are not the same person. The player at right is indeed Mike Donlin. Compare that picture of him to the image below.

 
Chicago Daily News negatives collection, SDN-003778. Courtesy of the Chicago Historical Society.

So who is the player at left? Take a close look. Amazingly, it is our old friend Frank Owen, misidentified once again. Poor Frank Owen. He can’t catch a break.



To summarize, the Sporting Life W600 cabinet card identified as Mike Donlin with Cincinnati is, in fact, Chicago White Sox pitcher Frank Owen.


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Peter B. Collins – Progressive Journalism in Regressive Times

Aired Tuesday, 12 March 2019, 5:00 PM EST / 2:00 PM PST

An Interview with Talk Show Host and Uncommontator Peter B. Collins

“Forget taking America back. Let’s take her forward.” — Swami Beyondananda

Tom Paine would have called these soul-trying times. And anyone with soul would call these “paine-ful” times. We have a president who is a bold-faced liar, and a mainstream press that prefers lying by omission and nuance. What a choice. Covert skullduggery, or overt scumbaggery. Caught between the devil and the deep blue state.

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Wonder no more. Our guest this week Peter B. Collins, is here to disabuse the politically abused, and hold the line for sanity and wisdom at a time when both are in short supply.

Peter B. grew up in Cincinnati, and in high school he and his buddies built a closed-circuit campus radio station. He went to Northwestern in Chicago, and a few years later he was hosting the late-night talk show on WLS-FM (WDAI), which rose to #1. He moved to the Bay Area in 1976 as a DJ and talk show host on KOME in San Jose. In the late 1970s he was a weekend talk host at KGO in San Francisco, the market leader. For most of the 1980s he was morning personality at KRQR, The Rocker.

In 1989, he returned to talk radio at KNBR, where he was the token liberal and followed Rush each day. He followed that with an afternoon stint on KSFO, before it was sold into right-wing demagoguery. He was a satellite radio pioneer on Sirius 2003-2004, and hosted the syndicated Peter B. Collins Show from 2005-2009. He was part owner of progressive talk station KRXA in Monterey, California, which was sold in 2014.

He currently produces a daily podcast, PBC News & Comment where he covers issues that mainstream media give “blanket coverage” — meaning they cover them up with a blanket to make sure everyone is left in the dark.

Writes Peter about himself:

Peter B. Collins is burdened with too many opinions. He follows news and politics to a degree that one friend calls “borderline obsessive” and the Peter B. Collins Show is his therapy. From San Francisco, he brings you his views and analysis on important national and international issues, and interviews political leaders, journalists, authors and others who know more than he does.

If you’re curious about how a truth-telling progressive walks the line — or is it “the lyin'” — between two incomplete narratives, tune in this Tuesday, March 12th at 2 pm PT / 5 pm ET. http://omtimes.com/iom/shows/wiki-politiki-radio-show/

You can listen right here: http://wikipolitiki.com/archives/

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          Five Videos Of Jam Skating (African American Styles Of Skate Dancing In Roller Skating Rinks)      Cache   Translate Page      
Edited by Azizi Powell

This is Part II of a two part pancocojams series on African American originated dancing/gymnastic roller skating styles that are in indoor skating rinks. These roller skating activities and their various regional styles are sometimes referred to as "soul skating".

Part II showcases videos of "jam skating" (also known as "soul skating") from various cities throughout the United States.

Selected comments from some of these videos' discussion threads are also included in this post.

Click https://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2019/03/article-excerpts-about-jam-skating_13.html for Part I of this series. Part I provides information about "jam skating".

The content of this post is presented for historical, cultural, and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to all those who are quoted in this post.
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Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2012/03/videos-of-jam-skating-in-usa.html for a March 2012 pancocojams post on this subject.

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SHOWCASE VIDEOS
With the exception of video #1, these videos are presented in chronological order with the oldest videos given first.

Video #1: The Civil Rights Era Roots of Roller Skating [Atlanta, Georgia]



Great Big Story, Published on May 9, 2018

In cities like Atlanta, roller skating culture is alive and rocking. But, its roots go back decades, back to the Civil Rights era. During desegregation in the 1950s and 1960s, many roller rink owners sought to maintain racial divides by hosting theme nights, such as “Rhythm Night” and “Soul Night,” specifically targeted towards African American patrons. Soon, however, these nights evolved into a thing of their own, stripping away the organ music and leaving behind an entirely unique subculture.

In Atlanta, the skating hub was centered around Cascade, a rink attracting all the best skaters in the area. Today, Cascade continues the movement, keeping skating culture rolling on.
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Here's a comment from this video's discussion thread:
Manny G, 2018
"This video just makes me feel PROUD. The ability to create a beautiful atmosphere out of segregation PROVES That no matter what... We'll find a way."

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Video #2:Bouncin' In Memphis - RWOM @ the sk8 party 2012 [Memphis, Tennessee]



sk8queen, Published on Oct 21, 2012

Everybody mixin it up...
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Here are some comments from this video's discussion thread (with numbers added for referencing purposes only):
1. dirtyharry5766, 2015
"sk8queen whats the song pls ....thx"

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2. dirtyharry5766, 2016
"DJ G Brown slow walk thx"

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3. David Harris, 2018
"The second song is called "that woman" by Mystikal.......2011"

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4. Mrs. Trust Noone, 2016
"It's a shame that people don't skate anymore. I grew up on it and definitely want to gt back into it.

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5. Taniya Green, 2018
"Where you been girl yes they do skate they got oldies for goody nights for all of those at World on Wheels right over it right in LA we just got to get our asses up I got their stress skate with this black beautiful man I'm going to buy me some skates Monday LOL"

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6. A.G., 2019
"Skating is still a huge deal. Really big, even now more than then due to social media. Look around... I'm in detroit search soul skate, ppl come from all over. Be blessed sis"

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7. j348011, 2018
"WHY ARE THE LIGHTS ON?? Where is the strobe lights and the disco ball? I'm old school. Doing it wrong!"

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8. sk8queen, 2018
"I dont like skating with strobe lights on. The lights dont need to be off all the time."

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9. Stacey Phillips, 2019
"Where is this? Love to see old fashioned up bring...this is how it used to be in Jacksonville back in the day...i sure miss this n especially seeing men n boys out there on the floor...Were going skating tomorrow"

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10. Leroy Cole Jr, 2018
"is the skating ring on third in Memphis"

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11. sk8queen, 2019
"No. This is in Collierville, TN. Crystal Palace on Third St. is closed. Either here or Eastt End for skating now."
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In another comment, sk81ueen wrote that this is Funquest Skating Center in Collierville, Tenn. which is located just outside of Memphis, Tenn.

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12. Boss94 wayz, 2019
"Respect to all the skate styles but can't nobody get that slow roll pimping like MEMPHIS....

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Video #3: Wood Rydrz Skate club [Los Angeles, Cal]



Published on Sep 10, 2015

The best DJ's in the world for 5 days straight. Big Bob & Joe Bowen Sunday Night. Dj Arson & Dj wild child on the same day but different rinks. Dj-D put it down at the BBQ for all the cities and states. Awesome skate crews from different states learning new moves was great to see. The Wood Rydrz 1st time at Skate-A-Thon. Thank you Cali Skate community for all the support on getting or roll on.Thank you Click Klack for driving safely to Vegas.
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Here's a comment from this video's discussion thread:
Debbie T, 2019
"If the Children of the future learn how to RollerSkate like we did in the past I think we would have a better world to live in.These skating rink Videos make me want to go back in Time. If I had known when I used to skate I would have never moved back to Memphis and if I did l would have open the biggest skating rink in Memphis and these kids would not been thinking about no guns or robbing people or car jacking.or killing people..If I could turn back the Hands o Time.I feel like I would have made a Difference in the way children act to this day.These skating rink Videos make me feel so good on the inside.It put me in a better mood for one."

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Video #4: DANCE IN THE REAL WORLD S1 • E4 [Chicago, Illinois]

Dance in Chicago: Skating with James Brown's Style



The New York Times, Published on Dec 17, 2017

In Chicago, J.B.-style skaters turn the roller rink into a dance floor, where it’s all “about the groove.”
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Here are some comments from this video's discussion thread (with numbers added for referencing purposes only):
1. Cherl Lowe-johnson, 2019
"That's "The Rink" on 87th Street-- Chicago. Some people call their style of skating The Crazy Legs. Watch the legs fly or stay toward the middle where it is safe. Lol. Check out Atlanta, Ohio/Cleveland Columbus Cincinnati style, Metro Detroit, St. Louis, & NYC styles of skating. Spring & Summer road trips - Lots of fun!!"

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2. spainyo, 2018
"Yup! Black Chicagoans are the best skaters in the country."

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3. Anthony Taylor, 2018
"spainyo u need to YouTube Detroit. Dc and Cali and new york before you make that assessment much love tho

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4. O'Neal Rimpson, 2019
"@Anthony Taylor no. Chicago won 10+ adrenaline awards for it's JB style. Adrenaline awards are given to winners of national skate competitions judged by skaters from all over the country. No other style has been as dominate as JB skating....in those competitions. So what are you saying. We the best man! Stop it."

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5. Anthony Taylor, 2019
"@O'Neal Rimpsonmy fault don't know what the adrenaline awards are but still it's just so many styles I don't mean no disrespect and they're are awesome skaters in Chicago it's just an opinion I admire all of the styles but I don't think Chicago is the best tho thanks for ur reply tho"

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6. O'Neal Rimpson, 2019
"@Anthony Taylor within JB there's a LOT of variation. This video doesn't have real dope JB skating in it. Any please don't judge by what you see in the internet it in no way is representative of JB skating. It's a very watered down version of JB skating."

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Video #5: Soul Skate 2018 [Detroit, Michigan]



Dazed, Published on Oct 24, 2018

Soul Skate is the roller disco that’s central to Detroit’s cultural legacy. This new documentary from Carhartt WIP, NTS and Dazed takes a look inside the world of the iconic bi-annual party.

Featuring the voice of Kenny Dixon Jr.

[...]

Music
“Tribute”
“Black Mahogani”
“MahoganyBrown”
“Music People”
“I Got Werk”
“I Can’t Kick This Feeling When It Hits”

Written and Produced by Moodymann
Courtesy of Mahogani Music
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Here's a comment from this video's discussion thread:

Hawtgawd-from-Turtle Island, 2019
"United Skates brought me here
them white directors jus toke 2 hours off my life
damit..lol
this 15 min is more entertaining..12:44 i see u Batman
we need 2 privatize our rinks when they shut em down
basements, churches, halls..where ever to keep the melanin flowing💃
✌️ & a 🍼 of hair greaze💯"


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This concludes Part II of this two part pancocojams series.

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          Patrick Tara Leigh      Cache   Translate Page      
Name: Patrick Tara Leigh
Birth Name - Tara Leigh Patrick
Birth Place: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Birth Date: April 20 1972
Height - 5' 3" (1.60 m)
Parents: Harry and Patricia Patrick
Nationality: American
Ethnicity: White
Husband: Carmen is currently engaged to David Navarro
Occupation: Actress, musician

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An American Vampire Story (1997), Good Burger (1997), Starstruck (1998), The Chosen One: Legend of the Raven (1998),
The Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human (1999), Christmas Vacation 2000 (1999), Scary Movie (2000), Sol Goode (2001),
Perfume (2001), Get Over It (2001), Rent Control (2002), Whacked! (2002), Uptown Girls (2003), My Boss's Daughter (2003),
Starsky & Hutch (2004), Mr. 3000 (2004), Max Havoc: Curse of the Dragon (2004), Monster Island (2004), Dirty Love (2005), Lil' Pimp (2005), Getting Played (2005), Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005), Scary Movie 4 (2006), Hot Tamale (2006), lonelygirl15 (2006), National Lampoon's Pledge This! (2006), Epic Movie (2007), I Want Candy 2007), Full of It (2007), Vaya par de productorex (2007), Christmas in Wonderland (2007), Meet the Spartans as Queen Margo (2008), Disaster Movie as The Beautiful Assassin(2008), Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust (2009), Mardi Gras (Filming) (2009), Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!! (2009)

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          Expecting Jose Peraza’s Continued Breakout For the Reds      Cache   Translate Page      

Cincinnati Reds shortstop Jose Peraza took some steps forward in 2018. Should we expect him to continue to do so as he gets closer to his prime?

The post Expecting Jose Peraza’s Continued Breakout For the Reds appeared first on Redleg Nation.


          Reds make more cuts, send 12 to minor leagues      Cache   Translate Page      

Taylor Trammell was one of twelve players that were sent back to the minor leagues in the second round of cuts by the Cincinnati Reds this spring training.

The post Reds make more cuts, send 12 to minor leagues appeared first on Redleg Nation.


          Cincinnati Reds Spring Training Profile: Jesus Reyes      Cache   Translate Page      

Jesus Reyes made his Major League debut in 2018 with the Cincinnati Reds - pitching in five games. He'll look to get back to the Majors with them in 2019.

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          Comment on REPORT: Patriots Sign 6’7″, 400lb. Free-Agent QB From Cincinnati, Likely To Start Week 4 by JeaInterm      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Patrol IDs pilot killed when small plane crashed into home in southwest Ohio      Cache   Translate Page      

CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio's State Highway Patrol has identified the pilot killed when a small plane crashed into a suburban Cincinnati house.

The patrol on Wednesday said the pilot of the twin-engine Piper PA-31 Navajo that crashed in the city of Madeira shortly before 3:30 p.m. Tuesday was 62-year-old David Sapp, of Sun City, Arizona.

Emergency responders said no one was in the home when the crash occurred. First responders got two dogs out of the house safely.

The patrol says the plane was taking aerial photos and gathering geographic mapping information before it went down.

Patrol officials say the plane was registered to Marc Inc., based in Bolton, Mississippi. A message seeking comment was left for the company's attorney.

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate to determine what caused the crash.


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OH-Cincinnati, Full Stack .NET Developer A growing global organization within the Cincinnati, OH area is looking to add a dynamic Full Stack .NET Developer to their Software Engineering team. In this role, you will be working on creating new, from scratch web applications within the organization. Developing and designing responsive web applications with C# .NET, AngularJS, Angular2/4, and React. Rate: $80,000 -
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OH-Cincinnati, C# .NET Developer Eliassen Group is searching for an experienced C# .NET Developer in the Cincinnati area to act as the go to resource for internal sales applications being developed. You will be working on an innovative team helping migrate applications to new solutions, as well as develop new robust web applications from scratch. Candidates should be driven software developers, as they will be r
          (USA-KY-FLORENCE) HVAC Sheet Metal      Cache   Translate Page      
**Description** Tradesmen International is seeking HVAC Sheet Metal Installers throughout Cincinnati and Northern KY. We're looking for individuals with at least 4 years' in the field, who specialize in duct fabrication and/or installation. Previous commercial experience is preferred. Pay up to $26/hr and based on your experience. You can call 513-771-1115 to schedule an interview or apply online! **Requirements** + At least 4 years’ experience in HVAC. + Commercial and/or industrial experience, a plus. + OSHA-10, a plus. + Reliable transportation (excluding public transport) + Safety-minded. + Basic hand tools. + Drug free at all times. **Company Details** In addition to consistent work, top pay, and employment opportunities, we provide a benefits package that is among the best in the industry. Our comprehensive benefits encourage our employees and their families to build a lifelong relationship with us. + Vacation Pay + Health insurance + Dental and vision plan + Prescription drug plan + Life insurance + Short-term disability + 401(k) profit-sharing savings plan + Incentive programs + Tool purchase programs _Tradesmen International is an EO employer - M/F/Veteran/Disability_ **Recruiter Name** Kristin Stamper **Location** US-KY-FLORENCE **Req ID** _2019-218046_ **Category** _HVAC - Journeyman_ **Travel** _No_ **Location** _US-KY-FLORENCE_
          (USA-OH-CINCINNATI) Caulker      Cache   Translate Page      
**Description** Tradesmen International is seeking highly skilled caulkers to join our team; individuals with at least 4 years of experience in commercial grade caulking. Previous commercial experience is required. You'll be responsible for sealing and finishing a variety of commercial glass fixures, including storefront displays, doors and windows. You could earn up to $24/hr, based on experience! Give us a call at 513-771-1115 or apply online today! **Requirements** + 4+ years' in commercial caulking + Previous experience with glass installation and finishing + OSHA 10 or higher, a plus. + Ability and drive to work safely and in a professional manner + Reliable transportation + Basic hand tools + Drug free at all times **Company Details** Simply put, we're not a temp agency and don't just hire anyone. In fact, we're highly selective, committed to hiring only those glaziers that are highly skilled in their trade with unwavering reliability, strong work ethic, and a desire to be the best. In addition to consistent work, top pay, and employment opportunities, we provide a benefits package that is among the best in the industry. Our comprehensive benefits encourage our employees and their families to build a lifelong relationship with us. + Vacation Pay + Health insurance + Dental and vision plan + Prescription drug plan + Life insurance + Short-term disability + 401(k) profit-sharing savings plan + Incentive programs + Tool purchase programs Tradesmen International is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). **Recruiter Name** Kristin Stamper **Location** US-OH-CINCINNATI **Req ID** _2019-218041_ **Category** _Glazier_ **Travel** _No_ **Location** _US-OH-CINCINNATI_
          (USA-KY-FLORENCE) Electrician      Cache   Translate Page      
**Description** Tradesmen International is in need of skilled electricians; individuals with at least 5 years of experience in the field, for several opportunities throughout Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Pay up to $26/hr, based on experience. If that's you, give us a call 513-771-1115 to schedule an interview or apply online! **Requirements** + At least 5 years’ experience in electrical field + Previous commercial and/or industrial experience. + Ability to bend conduit, preferred. + OSHA 10 or higher, preferred. + Maintain a valid driver's license + Have reliable transportation + Safety minded individual + Drug free at all times **Company Details** In addition to consistent work, top pay, and employment opportunities, we provide a benefits package that is among the best in the industry. Our comprehensive benefits encourage our employees and their families to build a lifelong relationship with us. + Vacation Pay + Health insurance + Dental and vision plan + Prescription drug plan + Life insurance + Short-term disability + 401(k) profit-sharing savings plan + Incentive programs + Tool purchase programs _Tradesmen International is an EO employer - M/F/Veteran/Disability_ **Recruiter Name** Kristin Stamper **Location** US-KY-FLORENCE **Req ID** _2019-218049_ **Category** _Electrical - Journeyman_ **Travel** _No_ **Location** _US-KY-FLORENCE_
          (USA-KY-FLORENCE) Plumber      Cache   Translate Page      
**Description** Tradesmen International has a need for licensed Plumbers throughout Cincinnati and Northern KY. We're looking for individuals with at least 4 years' in the field, who specialize in line and pipe installation. Previous commercial and/or industrial experience is preferred. Pay up to $26/hr and is based on your experience. You can call 513-771-1115 to schedule an interview or apply online! **Requirements** + At least 4 years’ experience in plumbing. + Commercial and/or industrial experience. + Cincinnati or KY journeyman license, a plus. + OSHA-10, a plus. + Reliable transportation (excluding public transport) + Safety-minded. + Basic hand tools **Company Details** In addition to consistent work, top pay, and employment opportunities, we provide a benefits package that is among the best in the industry. Our comprehensive benefits encourage our employees and their families to build a lifelong relationship with us. + Vacation Pay + Health insurance + Dental and vision plan + Prescription drug plan + Life insurance + Short-term disability + 401(k) profit-sharing savings plan + Incentive programs + Tool purchase programs _Tradesmen International is an EO employer - M/F/Veteran/Disability_ **Recruiter Name** Kristin Stamper **Location** US-KY-FLORENCE **Req ID** _2019-218050_ **Category** _HVAC - Journeyman_ **Travel** _No_ **Location** _US-KY-FLORENCE_
          (USA-OH-HARRISON) MIG Welder      Cache   Translate Page      
**Description** Tradesmen International is looking for certified MIG welders; individuals who have at least 2 years of work experience in MIG welding and fabrication. Commercial and/or industrial experience is required. We have several active job sites throughout Cincinnati and the surrounding area, paying up to $18/hr based on experience. Call 513-771-1115 to schedule an interview or apply online! **Requirements** + At least 2 years’ experience + MIG certification + OSHA 10 or higher, a plus + Maintain a valid driver's license + Have reliable transportation + Safety minded individual + Have basic hand tools **Company Details** In addition to consistent work, top pay, and employment opportunities, we provide a benefits package that is among the best in the industry including: + Vacation Pay + Health insurance + Dental and vision plan + Prescription drug plan + Life insurance + Short-term disability + 401(k) profit-sharing savings plan + Incentive programs + Tool purchase programs _Tradesmen International is an EO employer - M/F/Veteran/Disability_ **Recruiter Name** Kristin Stamper **Location** US-OH-HARRISON **Req ID** _2019-218052_ **Category** _Welder - Combo_ **Travel** _No_ **Location** _US-OH-HARRISON_
          (USA-OH-CINCINNATI) Construction Laborer      Cache   Translate Page      
**Description** Tradesmen International is looking for skilled craftsmen; individuals who have at least 2 years of experience in a construction field, for multiple opportunities throughout the Cincinnati area. We're in need of hard working, reliable individuals who are familiar with a construction environment, tools, materials, lifts, etc... As a construction laborer, you can earn up to $17/hr, based on experience. If interested, please apply online or give us a call at 513-771-1115 to set up an interview. **Requirements** + At least 2 years experience in any trade + Able to lift 50+ lbs without assistance + Commercial experience, a plus + OSHA 10 or higher, a plus + Reliable transportation and valid driver's license + Basic hand tools + Motivated to work safely and in a professional manner + Drug free at all times **Company Details** In addition to consistent work, top pay, and employment opportunities, we provide a benefits package for full-time employees that includes: + Vacation Pay + Health insurance + Dental and vision plan + Prescription drug plan + Life insurance + Short-term disability + 401(k) profit-sharing savings plan + Incentive programs + Tool purchase programs _Tradesmen International is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE)._ **Recruiter Name** Kristin Stamper **Location** US-OH-CINCINNATI **Req ID** _2019-218053_ **Category** _Hidden (310167)_ **Travel** _No_ **Location** _US-OH-CINCINNATI_
          Wednesday, March 13, 2019 – Fantasy Baseball Links      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Teamcenter Consultant - Axius Technology INC - Cincinnati, OH      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Minoru Tanaka vs Daga Signed For MLW Rise of the Renegades, ‘Greg Hamilton Day’ Declared In Cincinnati (Photo)      Cache   Translate Page      

The 'Big Grapple' is set!

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          AARP Weighs In On Classification Of Agents As Independent Contractors      Cache   Translate Page      
CINCINNATI - In a March 6 amicus curiae brief, AARP told the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that it should gran t a Feb. 26 petition for en banc rehearing filed by an Employee Retirement Income Security Act plaintiff class in a dispute over classification by American Family Insurance Co. of its insurance agents as independent contractors (Walid Jammal, et al. v. American Family Insurance Company, et al., No. 17-4125, 6th Cir.).
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OH-Cincinnati, Job Purpose:Sells automobiles by understanding and demonstrating characteristics, capabilities, and features; developing and qualifying buyers; closing sales.Duties: * Understands automobiles by studying characteristics, capabilities, and features; comparing and contrasting competitive models; inspecting automobiles. * Develops buyers by maintaining rapport with previous customers; suggesting trad
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Los Angeles-based newcomer, Katori Walker, is a name that starting to make waves in the West Coast. The South Central rapper drops the powerful video for “Run,” which depicts the story of upliftment while chaos and police brutality. Walker's storytelling ability is off the charts and this sound, in particular, shows off that plus his song-making ability. Katori Walker most recently wrapped up the 'Smile, You’re On Camera Tour,' supporting Vince Staples. It kicked off March 1 at State Theatre in Ithaca, N.Y., stopping in major markets in North America and Canada, and wrapped up March 8 in Cincinnati at Bogart’s presented by Cricket Wireless. Watch the video above.

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          La Vinotinto confirmó amistoso ante Estados Unidos      Cache   Translate Page      
La selección de Estados Unidos se unió a la lista de adversarios de Venezuela antes de la Copa América, con el anuncio de un amistoso entre ambas escuadras. El 9 de junio, en Cincinnati, la Vinotinto se medirá al elenco norteamericano, indicó un comunicado oficial. Este partido se unió a los ya confirmados del 1 […]
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The MOTHERSHIP has landed!  Join The Great Brian Last for a packed episode of the 6:05 Superpodcast, featuring: – Jim Cornette returns with the popular In The News segment, where we look back at classic wrestling newspaper stories.  For this installment, we’re talking Randy Hogan, Buddy Rogers, fights with fans, tax evasion, the Cincinnati Reds … Continue reading Episode 91: Wandering Around

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          Cincinnati Public Schools Athletes of the Month: March 2019      Cache   Translate Page      
  Congrats to Alex Solomon – Aiken High School – Basketball – Senior and Maka’la King – Riverview East High School – Basketball – Junior for being named Cincinnati Public Schools Athletes of the month of March 2019! See past Athlete of the Month recipients here   The Latest:
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OH-Cincinnati, This is a Project Controls (Cost Engineer / Cost Analyst) classification hierarchy. Workers at this level are responsible for initiating and completing routine aspects of project control assignments with general oversight. Workers effectively apply fundamental project controls principles and procedures to work that is fairly complex and varied. They have an understanding of associated project cont
          Man Decides to Live on Beer Alone for Lent      Cache   Translate Page      
Del Hall has reasons for giving up all food for Lent—instead of just, say, chili dogs—and relying solely on beer for calories. And those reasons are not what you might assume. He'd like to break his cycle of making bad food choices, Cincinnati.com reports. But mostly he...
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  La Vinotinto jugará ante su similar de Estados Unidos el próximo domingo 9 de junio en la ciudad de Cincinnati, correspondiente a la segunda […]

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          A Letter to Cincinnati Bengals Owner Mike Brown      Cache   Translate Page      

As the free agency period in the NFL continues, it appears that the Bengals are once again going to let the fanbase down with their lazy approach. Dear Mike Brown, Enough is enough. I’ve been a resident of the Cincinnati area since I was born over 19 years ago. In that same time frame, I […]

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With fellow AFC North foes making significant changes, Bengals fans and media were promised a “New Dey”. What they are getting is much of the same. While the Bengals social media/ public relations team continues to push the sentiment of a new era in Cincinnati, fans are patiently waiting for any sign of real change. The […]

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STARTFLOW B.V., Moerdijk, Netherlands, became the first certified European service center for Richards Industries when John Wijgaarts and Martijn van Geel successfully completed the comprehensive training at the Richards' factory in Cincinnati recently.  Both are now Certified Service Technicians for the Richards' brands; Jordan Valve, Steriflow Valve and LowFlow Valve. Bruce Broxterman, Richards President and CEO commented: “We are happy to announce this cooperation with Startflow, our...

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Zamora Louise Clark, age 56 of Georgetown, Ohio died Monday, March 4, 2019 at her residence. She was born August 18, 1962 in Cincinnati, Ohio the daughter of Regina Gail (Shoemaker) Prichard of Georgetown, Ohio [...]
          Security Lapse? Quimontre Dixon Killed in Cincinnati Apartment Complex Shooting.      Cache   Translate Page      
Quimontre Dixon Killed in Cincinnati Apartment Complex Shooting. (WCPO.com) Did negligent security contribute to the loss of Quimontre Dixon and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family? LOCAL NEWS Gunfire erupted at a Cincinnati, Ohio apartment complex Monday night, March 12, 2019, tragically leaving a young man dead. According to Cincinnati.com, “[o]fficers had responded shortly before 11 p.m. to the 2700 block of Erlene Drive to investigate a report of a shooting.”  WCPO.com is reporting “[s]omeone shot 23-year-old Quimontre Dixon in the chest…in the parking lot of Aspen Village Apartments.”  Mr. Dixon was transported “to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he was determined to be dead,” according to the news story. The media reports indicate no suspects have been identified. OUR LEGAL TAKE Apartment residents and guests have a right to feel safe and secure…
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          Trey Leroux and Dawand Jones Add Size to Future of Ohio State's Offensive Line      Cache   Translate Page      

When it comes to Ohio State’s strategy for adding depth along the offensive line, maybe size does matter. The Buckeyes have added two tackles – one signed, one committed – in the last two classes that don’t particularly pop off the ratings sheet but certainly stand out on the field.

Dawand Jones, a 6-foot-8, 360-pound tackle out of Indianapolis, Indiana, signed to be a part of the Buckeyes' 2019 recruiting class, and Trey Leroux, a 6-foot-8, 320-pound tackle out of Norwalk, Ohio, announced his commitment to the Buckeyes on Monday evening.

Jones was rated as the No. 83 offensive tackle in his class, while Leroux is the No. 92 tackle in the 2020 class. These ratings simply show that neither tackle is polished at the position yet, which is understandable for Jones, who played only two years of varsity high school football. Leroux’s head coach signified that the Ohio native has been working to get his body into better playing shape as well and is still in the process.

What Ohio State is getting out of the two tackles is massive bodies with equally massive upside.

Ohio State Offensive Line Additions (last four classes)
Class Player Rating Rankings
2019 Ryan Jacoby 4 stars No. 23 OT
2019 Harry Miller 5 stars No. 2 OC
2019 Enokk Vimahi 4 stars No. 7 OG
2019 Dawand Jones 3 stars No. 86 OT
2018 Nicholas Peitit-Frere 5 stars No. 1 OT
2018 Matthew Jones 4 stars No. 1 OC
2018 Max Wray 4 stars No. 9 OT
2017 Wyatt Davis 5 stars No. 1 OG
2017 Josh Myers 4 stars No. 2 OG
2017 Thayer Munford 4 stars No. 28 OT
2020 (committed) Paris Johnson, Jr. 5 stars No. 1 OT
2020 (committed) Luke Wypler 4 stars No. 1 OC
2020 (committed) Jakob James 3 stars No. 75 OT
2020 (committed) Trey Leroux 3 stars No. 96 OT

No player on the current Ohio State roster is as large as either of the two prospects. The tallest players are redshirt freshman Max Wray and redshirt senior Branden Bowen, who are both 6-foot-7. Jones has 47 pounds on the heaviest Ohio State offensive lineman, sophomore Wyatt Davis.

Both Leroux and Jones will likely slim up and add strength to their frames, but what’s encouraging for the Buckeyes is the raw athleticism both tackles have coming into college. Jones plays center for Ben Davis High School’s basketball team and was named Marion County Player of the Year with 18 points per game and nine rebounds per game. Leroux plays both sides of the line and is shown in his film playing along the entire line, from defensive end as an edge rusher, chasing quarterbacks and tailing screens, to defensive tackle, where he blows through double teams with ease.

Both linemen are potential home runs for Ohio State if development goes as planned with one or both. But what should be most encouraging for Ohio State fans is the confidence that the Ohio State’s staff is showing in the current underclassmen offensive linemen on the roster.

The last three recruiting classes have offered several high-tier offensive line prospects, even though the Buckeyes have missed out on some in-state recruits. Former five-star recruit Wyatt Davis – the No. 1 guard in the 2017 class – and four-star Josh Myers are likely to be on the field this year, while 2018 No. 1 offensive tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere might be needed at right tackle at some point this season as well. Matthew Jones was also the No. 1 center in the 2018 class.

Ohio State has to like its position with Cincinnati five-star No. 1 2020 tackle Paris Johnson, Jr., and 2019’s No. 30 overall prospect in Harry Miller is in his first year in the program. That stacks up quite a future at the position, so if neither Jones nor Leroux pan out, they can at least provide depth on the line. But if they do develop according to plan, the Buckeyes could be looking at not only a massive offensive line room but also one of the better up-and-coming lines in the Big Ten.


          Comment on Alan Dershowitz Is Still Lying To You by R. Penner      Cache   Translate Page      
Three weeks later, before WaPo lawyers showed up in court, before even the judge ruled on the three Atlanta-based lawyers speaking in court, the Sandmanns filed another suit against CNN for $275 million -- $25 million more in compensatory damages and an identical demand for "not less than" $200 million in "punitive damages". Same Eastern District of Kentucky, Same five lawyers out of GA and KY, Different judges (for now). At least there is no parallel construction to the odious paragraph 19 of the WaPo complaint, where the $250 million figure is tied to how much Jeff Bezos "the world's richest man" paid for the Washington Post. But the CNN Complaint does make the truth value of the President's claim that CNN is "fake news" an issue for discovery -- deposition time! This is curious, if CNN is Fake News how does that help the lawsuit? Similarly it claims Nick Sandmann never sought the ear of the public, yet I thought he had volunteered to a school-based anti-abortion protest. https www cincinnati com /story/news/2019/01/22/covington-catholic-why-march-life-isnt-like-most-field-trips-dicier-proposition-today-no-vacation/2643814002/
          Ohio Man Honors 17th-Century Monks by Consuming Only Beer During Lent      Cache   Translate Page      
Del Hall, an employee at Fifty West Brewing Company in Cincinnati, is taking a cue from Bavarian monks and consuming only beer for Lent this year.
          Medical Specialist - Ophthalmology - Cleveland, OH - Regeneron - Cincinnati, OH      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Ken Griffey Sr. scheduled to appear at Dragons Celebration Game      Cache   Translate Page      
Ken Griffey Sr., legendary outfielder with the Cincinnati Reds World Series champions of 1975-76, is scheduled to appear at the Dragons 20th Season Celebration Game on Saturday, March 30.
          Ruling denying transgender teen legal name change overturned      Cache   Translate Page      

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) | An Ohio appeals court has overturned a judge’s decision that denied a transgender 15-year-old a legal name change. The 12th District Court of Appeals ruled recently that Warren County Probate Judge Joseph Kirby’s decision “was arbitrary, unreasonable, unconscionable and based solely upon the transgender status of the applicant’s child.” The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Kirby’s ruling […]

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          Medical Specialist - Ophthalmology - Cleveland, OH - Regeneron - Cincinnati, OH      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Opera Singer Helen Lyons Adds Radio DJ to Her Résumé      Cache   Translate Page      
When soprano Helen Lyons decided to move back home to Vermont in June 2016, the state gained an internationally experienced singer. Lyons, a Williston native, studied voice at the Royal Academy of Music in London and the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. She pursued a career in New York City, at young artists' programs around the country and, for three years, on professional stages in Germany. Back in NYC, Lyons met her husband. The couple decided to move to Ferrisburgh to be closer to her family — including her mother, Vermont Sen. Ginny Lyons (D-Chittenden). Helen Lyons' upcoming gigs include concert solos with the Champlain Philharmonic, Vermont Virtuosi and the Bennington County Choral Society, as well as the lead role in Barn Opera's upcoming production of Giacomo Puccini's Tosca. She only sings in Vermont now, a welcome relief from her former life of constant travel and auditioning. Recently Lyons started contributing to the music community in another way: as morning host on Vermont Public Radio's classical station. Her slot, formerly hosted by VPR's Kari Anderson, is 7 to 10 a.m., and she says she's thrilled to have it. Seven Days caught up with Lyons by phone after a recent show to discuss her radio gig and introducing Vermont listeners to new and old sounds. SEVEN DAYS: What's it like to be a DJ while also working as an opera singer? HELEN LYONS: It goes hand in hand, really. I'm loving it. It feels like an absolutely perfect fit, and, as I said to an opera freelance musician recently, you've got to pick up a day job. Now, finally, I have a day job directly linked to the thing I've spent my life studying and performing. SD: I noticed you played some orchestral pieces from operas on recent shows, including a waltz from Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin and the overture from Mozart's Così fan tutte. Why isn't your program all opera all the time – including arias and choruses? HL: It's important to maintain continuity with what that slot has always been. People who have been tuning in have certain expectations. Opera fans are a very specific part of the classical listener population. And I'm sensitive to the fact that vocal music can be a little more difficult for people to tune in to. There's an element of I'm hearing somebody singing but in a language I don't know, so…
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