Monthly Archives: March 2013

March 2013 Misc. Photos

Northern Kentucky man ordered not to say “bingo” for six months

“Just like you can’t run into a theater and yell ‘fire’ when it’s not on fire, you can’t run into a crowded bingo hall and yell ‘bingo’ when there isn’t one,” said Park Hills Police Sgt. Richard Webster, the officer who cited Whaley. [...]

“At first, everybody started moaning and groaning when they thought they’d lost,” Webster said. “When they realized it wasn’t a real bingo, they started hooting and hollering and yelling and cussing. People take their bingo very seriously.” [...]

When Whaley appeared in Kenton District Court last week, the judge ordered Whaley: “Do not say the word ‘bingo’ for six months.”

West Coast Trip: Portland

Portland was the first stop on our west coast vacation.

Aged White Dog

Unlike vodka, bourbon distillers can’t just make more to meet demand. By law, bourbon has to age at least two years. The good stuff takes at least six years. To make sure they don’t run out or have expensive, unsold inventory, distillers have to predict how much bourbon people will want, put it in the barrels, and then pray while they wait for the wheel of seasons to turn around and around.

West Coast Trip: Seattle

Seattle was the first stop on our west coast vacation.

Why I left news

So here goes. This is the real reason why I left news: I finally came to accept that the vanity of a byline was keeping me in a job that left me physically and emotionally exhausted, yet supremely unsatisfied. [...]

I took a pay cut when I moved back from Florida to Charleston, expecting to make up the difference quickly. Instead, I quit my newspaper job at 28, making less money than earned when I was 22.

Yard House at The Banks

Yard House is now open at The Banks in Cincinnati.

Meet the $4.7 Billion Birmingham Highway Only Cronyism Could Build

Angie Schmidt of StreetsBlog shines the light on another highway project that would never be built if we actually weighed the true costs and benefits of highway projects. This time, it’s a 52-mile bypass around the northern side of Birmingham, Alabama, at a bargain price of $4.7 billion.

Evidence has been mounting for years that Americans are driving less, and it’s likely a long-term trend. And we already don’t have enough funding to maintain our existing highway infrastructure, such as Cincinnati’s Brent Spence Bridge, which won’t be built until 2040 unless we accept tolling as a funding mechanism. But why pass up an opportunity to cut a ribbon for a new highway, adding another 312 lane-miles that Alabama won’t be able to afford to maintain?

According to a pro-highway group, the bypass would attract 372 new businesses and 6,527 new residents. But residents don’t pull off the highway and directly into a driveway. Alabama would also have to build new arterial streets, water and sewer, and other infrastructure before any of the newly-accessible land could be transformed into subdivisions and strip malls.

MOTR owners to revive old theater as venue for bigger bands

It’s great how quickly MOTR Pub in Over-the-Rhine became one of the most relevant venues in Cincinnati’s local music scene. Now they’re going to renovate the old Woodward Theatre, virtually across the street, into a new 600-person music venue.

For bands, the Woodward would provide the bridge between smaller bars like MOTR and larger area venues such as the Taft Theatre and Bogart’s. It would also give Cincinnati a leg up in attracting musicians, McCabe said. When a band is making its way from Chicago to Nashville, it doesn’t make stops at Indianapolis, Columbus and then Cincinnati; it just picks one.

Motorists Do Not Pay Their Fair Share

A Harvard study found that motorists pay only 25 to 40 percent of the cost of their transportation. The remaining costs are borne by employers (through such amenities as free parking), by other travelers (due to increased congestion, reduced safety, etc.), and by governments and taxpayers who pay for the expansion and maintenance of roads. [...]

The costs not directly paid by motorists each year include $13.3 billion for highway construction and repair, $7.9 billion for highway maintenance, $68 billion for highway services (police, fire, etc.), and $85 billion for free parking.