Updated: Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced today that the SB5 referendum collected 915,456 valid signatures, certifying that the group more than surpassed the necessary 231,147 number for the issue to appear on the ballot. According to the Dayton Daily News, "backers of the referendum had to collect signatures in 44 of Ohio’s 88 counties equal to 3 percent of the the votes in the 2010 governor’s race. They met the 3 percent requirement in all 88 counties."
Next up: Forming ballot language. — Grzegorek
The great state government arm wrestle between state employees and Governor John Kasich continues to grind on. According to the people pushing back against Senate Bill 5 — the legislation that would basically knee-cap collective bargaining — the stakes are survival itself.
A couple years ago mentioning bath salts would only conjure up images of a relaxing night in the tub. Kenny G is on the CD player, the lights dimmed, your pot belly gently poking out of the water, a loofa swirling the bubbles as tiny drops of water cascade over the edge, splashing on rose petals sprinkled over the floor. Maybe you had taken Cialis, and your wife is in a completely separate tub on the other side of the room. But she doesn't like Kenny G and keeps talking over your favorite parts of the song, and you wonder why you bought the rejuvenating face mask from Sky Mall and not the noise-canceling headphones. In fact, why were you shopping from Sky Mall in the first place. You could have been searching the internet for escorts, all of whom love Kenny G of course, and even if they didn't, they'd pretend for you. Then you feel yourself getting a little too worked up and add some bath salts to the water, and the stress and shrill voice of your wife fade away.
Where were we? Right, bath salts.
Now "bath salts" are code, a friendly name for synthetic crap people are snorting like cocaine. It's caused problems, including possibly making you think 37 invisible ninjas are invading your home, and has already been banned by some cities.
The state is making its move now. According to the AP, a bill banning "bath salts" awaits John Kasich's signature, and once that happens they will be categorized similarly to marijuana, which of course should be legal itself, but that's a different conversation.
Update: While other blogs are tripping over themselves to explain the mechanics and details of the deal, we have a more important update: Casspi is dating former SI cover girl and supermodel Bar Rafaeli, according to SI. Good trade, Chris Grant. Good trade. And to other Cleveland athletes out there, Casspi has just stepped up the girlfriend game to another stratosphere. Good luck.
With approximately 1,763 power forwards on the roster, and after drafting a guy last week who plays Hickson's position, it was only a matter of time before JJ was handed a ticket out of town by the Cavaliers.
Today they traded JJ Hickson to the Sacramento Kings for Omri Casspi and a future first round pick, according to numerous reports. After being drafted by Sactown, Casspi was the first Israeli player ever to play a game in the NBA, which generally rules.
Hickson, who jumped really high, sometimes rebounded when he felt like it, played occasional defense when the mood struck, and was perhaps best at joking around on the bench, will be missed, except not really.
Some lucky local business skilled at kosher postgame spreads is about to do brisk business with the Wine and Gold.
So what is Ohio state Rep. Bob Mecklenborg (R-Green Township) up to when he’s not busy advocating government intrusion into the sex lives of Ohio’s women and suggesting that pro-choice advocates share ideals with Nazi Germany’s Third Reich? The Cincinnati-area attorney, husband and father of three is a staunch “family-values” conservative, so you probably know exactly where this is leading.
Mecklenborg wasn’t home holding hands with his wife while watching the History Channel in the wee hours of April 23. Rather, he was in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, a town of 5,000 about 15 minutes drive from Cincinnati, primarily notable as the home of the Hollywood Casino, and … well, let’s have Cincinnati’s WMWT describe the scene:
Are downtown diners hungry for a hibachi-style restaurant? We'll find out in early August when Tomo Japanese Steakhouse opens up in the Warehouse District. Construction has already begun on the building, which sits adjacent to Anatomy Nightclub on W. 9th Street.
The ambitious and costly project required a complete gutting of the multi-level space, says building owner Tina Lucic.
The restaurant will feature 10 hibachi tables and a sushi bar on the main-floor level plus a second-level lounge area. Tomo's operators run similar eateries in Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania, Lucic explains.
"This is a brand new concept for downtown," she adds. "It's something different — it's not just dining, it's entertainment."
Lucic says that Tomo will be hiring approximately 100 employees to staff the restaurant.
We've covered LeBron's hairline issues extensively here before, because we're mature and not bitter and stuff like that.
Now, Dwight Howard has gotten in on the action. Boom. Roasted.
Your supple pot plant needs love and attention. It also needs light. If you're growing a small plant for strictly personal use, there's no need for an elaborate operation with indoor specialty lights. The sun will do. The sun's the best anyway.
However, be sure that your neighbors can't look through your window and see your beautiful horticulture. From the Lakewood police blotter:
DANGEROUS DRUGS, BAXTERLY AVENUE: A man’s green thumb got him into trouble June 22. Police got a tip that there was marijuana growing in a planting pot placed near a window at his residence. Police investigated and found four marijuana plants growing in the pot, along with a pipe. The man was cited for illegal cultivation and possession of drug paraphernalia.