Friday, November 17, 2017

The 5th Annual Coventry Village Holiday Festival to Take Place on December 9

Posted By on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 3:01 PM

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An annual tradition that’s taken place for the past five years, the Coventry Village Holiday Festival will take place from noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9.

The event will include complimentary photos with Santa, Rudolph, Frosty and the Grinch, ice carving demonstrations, a Coventry merchant holiday window contest, a Lolly the Trolley Holiday Light Tour, winter storytimes, holiday crafts, and live music and karaoke.

Coventry Claus will be on hand to lead an ugly sweater bar crawl.

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Ohio Supreme Court Justice, Gubernatorial Candidate Bill O'Neill Writes About Sleeping With 50 Women, Wants to be Voice of 'Heterosexual Males'

Posted By on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 12:31 PM


That's Bill O'Neill, the only Democrat on the Ohio Supreme Court and a recently announced candidate for Governor. The dude's very big on weed.

In the wake of reports about sexual misconduct by Senator Al Franken and other meticulously reported accounts of abuse by prominent figures in the worlds of politics and entertainment — what O'Neill calls a "national feeding frenzy about sexual indiscretions decades ago" — O'Neill saw fit to speak on behalf of "heterosexual males" everywhere.

But O'Neill makes a critical mistake in his stupid (and presumably satirical) post. (Update: It is not satirical at all. In an interview with, he confirmed the post was serious, defended Roy Moore, and said he wasn't sure the tally of 50 women was accurate because "he doesn't keep count.")
Indeed, a steamy hayloft tryst with a "gorgeous personal secretary," though pretty obviously fabricated (at least to some degree, I assume), is not at all what the "national feeding frenzy" is about. As reporter Jackie Borchadt notes in the tweet above, it's about assault. It's about a culture where sexual abuse has been accepted and sanctioned among society's most powerful men for decades.

Reporter David Dayen argues that the "feeding frenzy" has readily identifiable origins. (Read this thread):

We can for sure still talk about legalizing marijuana and battling the opioid crisis. But the conversation around sexual misconduct, and the culture that permits it, is necessary. Another Democratic Gubernatorial hopeful, Betty Sutton, announced yesterday that if elected, she would create a Sexual Harassment and Assault Office within the executive branch.

Bill's going to regret this post.

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Senator Sherrod Brown Out Here Pissing Off Republicans by Stating the Obvious

Posted By on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 11:20 AM

Via ABC News, here's Senator Sherrod Brown in a shouting match with Senator Orrin Hatch, of Utah, over the new Republican tax bill.

Hatch, who says he comes "from the poor people," resents Brown's "spouting off" about how the tax bill actually benefits the rich, despite Republican slogans to the contrary.

"I like you personally very much," Hatch tells Brown, "but I'm tellin' ya. This bullcrap that you guys throw out here really gets old after awhile."

Brown contends that the Republican selling points of the tax bill — that it will raise wages by cutting the corporate tax rate, among other things — just aren't true.

Hatch says that Brown and the Democrats' contention that the tax bill is really for the rich is equally false, or at least disingenuous.

(Brown references CHIP in his remarks. That's the Children's Health Insurance Program that Congress let expire last month.)

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83 Reports of Sexual Assault at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Since 2013, Newly Released Database Shows

Posted By on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 11:17 AM

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While the Pentagon has previously released aggregate totals of reported sexual assaults in the military, breakdowns of reports at specific bases had been withheld. That decision was out of caution for the privacy of victims.

“We were very, very concerned about victim privacy,” Nate Galbreath, the deputy director of the Department of Defense's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, told Scene's sister paper the Riverfront Times. “When you asked us two years ago for this information, we were very, very concerned that releasing this information by installation would somehow violate the confidentiality of that service member would require in order to heal.”

Since the first FOIA request by a reporter two years ago, the department analyzed local media stories around bases “to determine whether or not you can tell that, for example how many sexual assault reports were made at Cannon Air Force Base, in New Mexico, a very small place, would you be able to identify a victim of sexual assault by just knowing the number of reports were made there?” Galbreath said. “And the answer is no.”

Today, after that determination, a database breaking down the number of reported sexual assaults by base, domestically and internationally, was released. The Defense Sexual Assault Incident Database (DSAID) was authorized by Congress in 2009 and fully implemented in 2013. The newly released numbers cover the years 2013 through 2016. In the most recent year, it showed, sexual assault reports totaled 6,172, an 11-percent increase over 2013.

At the Wright-Patterson Air Force base in Dayton, the largest military base in Ohio and one of the largest air force bases in the country, there were 83 total sexual assault reports since 2013, including 30 in 2016. The 2010 Census showed more than 6,600 residents living on base, which has more than 27,000 employees.

The DSAID database includes both unrestricted reports — wherein an allegation is made and referred to military or civilian law enforcement — and restricted reports — where victims seek medical care and counseling, but the allegation isn't referred for criminal investigation. The database doesn't show what types of sexual assault were alleged or whether the victims were male or female, and the department notes that incidents reported didn't necessarily happen on the base.

“And as you know, these reports only tell part of the story,” Galbreath told the RFT. “Because the true depth of the problem of sexual assault is measured with scientific surveys of the military population. And that’s what gives us an idea of how prevalent the problem of sexual assault is.”

On May 1 of this year, Navy Rear Adm. Ann M. Burkhardt, Galbreath’s boss, unveiled the Pentagon’s Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military for fiscal 2016. It showed, among other things, that one in three of those who say they were reported in 2016 chose to report it, an increase from one in four in 2014 and one in 14 a decade ago.

The release comes at a time when the Pentagon is attempting to address long-festering problems of sexual assault as well as the recent cascade of public allegations of assault by celebrities and politicians.

On Thursday, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York), held a press conference in Washington, D.C., to announce the re-introduction of the Military Justice Improvement Act. The measure would give military prosecutors the power to send to trial serious criminal cases, including those involving sexual assault. In contrast, under the current system, unit commanders have the final say in whether to send a case to trial.

“Military officers don’t have the legal training that they need to make such difficult decisions that in the civilian world would be handled by district attorneys with years of experience,” Gillibrand said in a statement.

The full DSAID database can be found here.
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Mural on Clark and W. 25th Vandalized

Posted By on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 10:49 AM

  • Sam Allard / Scene
"It's Up to Us," the mural that John Rivera-Resto and his team painted in 2012-2013 on Clark Avenue and W. 25th Street, has been vandalized with a large graffiti tag.

The mural is a tremendous artistic achievement that took months to produce. Its images are meant to capture the evolution of a neighborhood and the ways in which people working in community can build a safer and better future.

"A great mural lives within an environment. But it does not preach, it does not blame; it makes us understand," Rivera-Resto said, upon the mural's completion.

The mural, which was to serve as an artistic centerpiece of a new development corridor in the city's Clark-Fulton neighborhood, won "Best Public Art" in Scene's annual Best Of competition in 2015.

WKYC reported that a property owner across the street is offering a $200 reward to anyone who "apprehends the perpetrators."
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‘Justice League’ Struggles to Give Its Superheroes Equal Screen Time

Posted By on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 10:20 AM

The first in what will likely be a multi-part series that includes superheroes such as Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), the Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher), Justice League, which opens today areawide, struggles to tell a cohesive story and give its heroes equal screen time.

The film begins with a series of scattered subplots: Victor Stone/Cyborg is still recovering from a near-fatal car crash; Aquaman has isolated himself to a remote part of the world; the Flash regularly visits his father (Billy Crudup) in prison, hoping to one day free him; and Superman is dead. Oh yeah, and Lois Lane (Amy Adams) and Martha Kent (Diane Lane) are still struggling to return to their daily routines after Superman's death. Their storylines are decidedly underdeveloped.

Given that the Man of Steel no longer reigns supreme, chaos has descended on the city, and Batman has failed to step in and provide some order to Gotham, much to the chagrin of Commissioner Gordon (J.K. Simmons). Batman seems troubled (more so, than usual) and regularly questions his self-worth.

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ACLU of Ohio Challenges Madison County Judge's Practice of Denying Marriage Licenses to Inmates

Posted By on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 10:09 AM

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In a letter to officials in Madison County, Ohio, the ACLU of Ohio argues Probate Judge Christopher Brown's practice of denying marriage licenses to inmates is unconstitutional.

“Madison County is essentially enforcing a ban on legal marriage,” Elizabeth Bonham, staff attorney at the ACLU of Ohio, said in a press release. “An individual’s incarceration status does not disqualify them from the right to wed.”

About 4,700 men are incarcerated in Madison County between two facilities — Madison Correctional Institution and London Correction Institution. While the ACLU has received recent complaints from prisoners, it's unclear how many have been effected.

Attempts by the Columbus Dispatch seeking comment or clarification from the judge were unsuccessful — the court’s chief deputy clerk, Lynne Pulver, told the paper the judge said the office had no comment.

A similar practice in Hamilton County in Cincinnati was targeted by the ACLU earlier this year. The policy was changed within two weeks of the organization's letter to the probate court there.

“Madison County is explicitly denying people marriage licenses because they are incarcerated. The right to marry is fundamental in the United States – plain and simple – yet policies like this reinforce the erasure and oppression of incarcerated people. There is no justification for this marriage ban and the ACLU is calling on Madison County to end its practice immediately,” Bonham said.
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