Monkey with herpes still on loose in Ohio ⇢



In 2006, the Ohio Legislature quickly introduced a bill to restrict private possession of exotics after an Ashtabula County woman was mauled by a 500-pound black bear that escaped a pen kept by a nearby neighbor. The bill failed, and just four years later in 2010, an emergency executive order was put in place after a 24-year-old man was mauled to death by a black bear kept in a Columbia Township compound. The order temporarily banned private ownership of big cats, bears, alligators, crocodiles and certain snakes. In April 2011, the order expired upon the promise by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the governor that a new rule-making process would swiftly be established in order to implement regulations regarding possession of exotics. This still has not happened. What will it take to get swift action in the state — and in other states around the country that lack complete bans on exotic pet ownership? Will it take a bigger, more diverse animal escape? A monkeypox outbreak? People dying?


Ohio tragedy shows wild animals belong in the wild -

(via apsies)

Can we at least partially blame Kasich for this?

Joe the Plumber is looking at becoming Joe the congressional candidate. The Ohio man who became an overnight sensation in the 2008 presidential campaign has filed paperwork to run for Congress. Samuel “Joe” Wurzelbacher’s statement of candidacy filed with the Federal Elections Commission last week says he plans to run as a Republican in Ohio’s ninth U.S. House district. The seat is now held by Marcy Kaptur, the longest serving Democratic woman in the House.


‘Joe the Plumber’ plans to run for Congress

I feel like I’m taking crazy pills.

Yeah, I’ll be at Skully’s all weekend.

Yeah, I’ll be at Skully’s all weekend.

Ohio Film + Music Festival ⇢

Running from October 6-9, 2011, the Ohio Film Music Festival is a curated, four-day event highlighting Ohio-native filmmakers and musicians. Curated by OFMF founders Eric Mahoney and Scott Johnson, the fest will showcase a diverse array of creative talent Ohio has produced past, present, and future—from auteur filmmaker Jim Jarmusch to acclaimed producer/DJ/musician RJD2 and internationally-recognized bands like Heartless Bastards and New Bomb Turks. Looking forward, the OFMF plans to develop into an annual event and platform for exhibiting and developing future work from Ohio artists.

I should have mentioned this before now, but the Ohio Film + Music Festival is taking place here in Columbus this weekend. The Arena Grand Theater will be screening a selection of films, documentaries, and shorts from Ohio-born/Ohio-based filmmakers; and the festival has three nights of music from some killer Ohio musicians occurring at a couple different venues in town. 

Last night’s set took place at The Summit and featured Cincinnati’s Buffalo Killers, along with Nick Tolford and Co., Main Street Gospel, and Eye, all of Columbus.

Tonight’s show will take place at Skully’s. Columbus punks New Bomb Turks, Cincinnati ex-pats Heartless Bastards, Cleveland’s Cloud Nothings, and Dayton/Cincinnati duo R. Ring (featuring The Breeders’ Kelley Deal) are all slated to perform.

Skully’s will also host Saturday’s show, with Columbus native RJD2, RJ’s new “psychedelic soul” duo Icebird, and Columbus rappers Blueprint and Envelope all taking the stage.

For more info, head to For the film screening schedule, click here. For the music schedule, click here.

(For a little context, Yuengling is finally coming to Ohio on October 3rd.)


(For a little context, Yuengling is finally coming to Ohio on October 3rd.)

Gov. John Kasich pleaded with organized labor leaders today to compromise on Senate Bill 5 and cancel a fall referendum on the controversial bill that peels back public employee collective bargaining rights.

Kasich said avoiding a fight over state Issue 2 is in “best interest of everyone, including public employee unions.” He asked the unions to “set aside political agendas and past offenses.”

But We Are Ohio, the coalition that is leading the effort to overturn the collective bargaining law, reacted negatively almost immediately.

"They can repeal the entire bill or join us in voting no on Nov. 8," said spokeswoman Melissa Fazekas.

“We’re glad that Governor Kasich and the other politicians who passed SB 5 are finally admitting this is a flawed bill,” she added in a statement. “Just like the bill was flawed this approach to a compromise is flawed as well. Our message is clear. These same politicians who passed this law could repeal it and not thwart the will of the people.”

Senate Democratic leader Capri Cafaro of Hubbard said in a statement:“The time to negotiate was during the legislative process, not 197 days after Senate Bill 5 was first introduced in the Ohio Senate. Unfortunately, it has taken too long for the governor and GOP leaders to acknowledge they overreached.”

The governor said the offer stems from him being a “believer in talking,” and not out of “a fear we are going to lose.”


Kasich, fellow Republicans propose SB 5 deal to unions

Yeah, he’s not doing it because he’s scared.

D.G. Yuengling and Son will enter the Ohio market later this year — possibly as early as October. ‘It’s going to be so exciting,’ said Pat Noone, the brewery’s business development manager and the one spearheading the move into the Buckeye State. ‘The launch in your state is going to be huge. It’s probably going to be the most successful launch in Yuengling’s history.’…The company is shooting for an October launch. It may be later than that, though, depending on the expansion and time involved setting up a distribution network, Noone added.


Yuengling Finally Coming to Ohio

Fuck yeah.


Subversive Graffiti


Subversive Graffiti

Language that would have specifically exempted Lake Erie was quietly removed this week from a bill to open state lands to drilling for oil and natural gas. The move raised the suspicions of environmental groups who already oppose the idea of authorizing drilling in state parks, forests and wildlife reserves, as well as the lands of public colleges and universities.

"There’s a federal ban (on Lake Erie drilling), and as long as that’s in place, great," said Jack Shaner of the Ohio Environmental Council. "But Congress is making noise. ‘Drill, baby, drill’ mania is sweeping the nation. … Now it looks like Lake Erie could be endangered.

- Bill lifts drilling ban in Lake Erie | The Columbus Dispatch


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