It was a banner week for Buckeye State attorneys, with a number of major trials hearing vital testimony and debating major legalities. Elsewhere, a sports ceremony in Cincinnati could be spiced up next year, and a hip-hop legend just received an open welcome in Queen City. Find the titles below.
Jake Wagner Takes Stand Again in Pike County Massacre Trial
Eight weeks into the trial of George Wagner IV, there is new insight into the motive behind the 2016 custody battle turned mass murder of the Pike County Rhoden family. During recent testimony, Edward “Jake” Wagner said he had “no choice” but to kill Hanna Rhoden, the mother of his 3-year-old daughter. The child was caught up in a contentious custody battle between the Wagner family and the Rhoden family before the murders. Lily CityBeatto learn more about Wagner and to catch up on the macabre saga.
Ohio’s Jewish rabbis react to state expert’s bid on ‘Christian understanding’ of abortion law
In Preterm Cleveland vs. Dave Yost, Judge Christian Jenkins heard testimony from doctors on both sides (Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is a Republican). Preterm Cleveland, a vast network of abortion providers in Ohio, offered a doctor with three decades of experience in high-risk pregnancies, while the state brought in a professor of biomedical ethics at the retired who said he had no OB/GYN training and had never witnessed an abortion performed. This professor’s use of the phrase “Christian understanding” during the trial made the rabbis sense that Ohio may be hesitant to impose a single religious viewpoint on its citizens. Lily CityBeat‘s story about how Judaism views abortion and whether more legal action is forthcoming.
Former Cincinnati Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo discusses curveballs and music during Reds Hall of Fame induction announcement
The Reds’ 2023 Hall of Fame induction ceremony will feature a bit of guitar, if Bronson Arroyo has anything to say — or sing — about it. The former pitcher and current musician will forever be enshrined in Queen City lore, the Hall of Fame announced this week, and Arroyo plans to release the jams. As a Red, he pitched over 200 innings every season except for two of his nine years in Cincinnati. Arroyo was also good at strikeouts, regularly throwing more than 120 per Reds season, except in 2017. Over his entire career with the Reds, Arroyo threw 1,157 strikeouts – something only five other pitchers in the club have done. Lily CityBeatfeaturing Arroyo’s thoughts on his performance at his ceremony, today’s throwing game and his favorite songs.
Ohio Supreme Court: Cedar Point, Kings Island customers don’t owe refunds for COVID closures
Ohio’s top amusement parks had every right to change admissions rules during the government-mandated COVID-19 pandemic shutdown, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled this week. week. Cedar Fair, LP, was “neither unfairly enriched nor in breach of contract” when Cedar Point in Sandusky was closed for two months, preventing 2020 season ticket holders from using their tickets. Lily CityBeatabout the details of the trial and how the court arrived at its decision.
Joe Biden wants everyone to know he doesn’t forgive pot-dealers
Even though proponents of cannabis reform have praised US President Joe Biden for finally delivering on his promise to wipe the pot records, the president obviously wants people to know that clemency doesn’t apply to dealers. “I’m keeping my promise that no one – no one should be in jail for simply using or possessing marijuana. You can’t sell it. But if it’s just for consumption, you’re completely free,” he recently said. Biden. Lily CityBeatBiden’s story on how Biden’s weed clemency works.
Cincinnati may permanently move Trick-or-Treat to weekend parties
Is the trick or treat as fun on random days as it is on Halloween? Is it safer? These are the questions the Cincinnati City Council wants to ask parents and guardians after introducing a motion that could move the annual tradition to weekends. Lily CityBeattells why council member Liz Keating proposed the bill.
Guest Comment: 2022 already hits school shooting record with months to come
As a Michigan teenager pleaded guilty on October 24 to killing four students in a 2021 attack, America learned of another school shooting in St. Louis. “As criminologists who have built a comprehensive database to record all school shootings in the United States, we know that deadly gun violence in schools in the United States is now a regular occurrence – the incidents only becoming more frequent and deadlier,” the authors write. Lily CityBeaton the steady increase in mass gun violence in schools.
Hip-hop artist Common gets the key to the city during Cincinnati Pops performance
When hip-hop legend and Oscar, Emmy, and Grammy-winning artist Common performed with the Cincinnati Pops on Oct. 25, he may have gotten more than expected. A video posted to social media shows Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval taking the stage at Music Hall to present Common with the key to the city. Lily CityBeaton Common’s honor and connection to the Queen City.
FC Cincinnati head coach: Next season ‘is only going to get tougher’
The Orange and Blue reached a ton of heights in the 2022 season, including first place and the team’s first playoff victory as well as a franchise record for consecutive games. But that just means the bar is even higher for 2023. “Now we’re not surprising anyone in 2023,” head coach Pat Noonan said. Lily CityBeatof what awaits FC Cincinnati in 2023.
Study: Despite Reds’ 100-loss season, Cincinnati is one of the best cities for baseball
The Cincinnati Reds may not have had the best 2022 season, but the team is still a win for the city. This is according to a new WalletHub study, which has published its new ranking of the best baseball cities in the United States. In its fan-friendliness index, the personal finance website ranks Cincinnati as the 7th best city for baseball. Lily CityBeatThe WalletHub story arrived at its rankings despite frustrating fan moves in the Reds’ front office with a low wage bill and lackluster exchanges.
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