Columbus, OH – Columbus city auditor Hugh Dorrian says city investments are safe and liquid, but have brought in nearly $6.3 million less this year than in 2007. Jim Letizia has the details in this WCBE story.
Columbus, OH – State Treasurer Rich Cordray says the troubles on Wall Street are not affecting Ohio's treasury. Cordray tells Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles there's no need for Ohioans to worry that the state's bottom line will be affected by the Wall Street meltdown.
Columbus – It now appears Ohio voters will get to decide whether to overturn a new state law cracking down on payday loan stores. The stores oppose the law, and helped collect thousands of petition signatures to put it on the ballot. As statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports, questions remain about whether all of the petition signatures were gathered fairly.
If Ed Harris's Appaloosa weren't such a good film, it would be a risible parody of the western genre, replete with hired lawmen/gunmen, bad guy big shot with his baddies, femme fatale, and never ending banter, brush, and blue sky. But it is solid drama involving friendship tested, love uncertain, and choices not easy to make between justice and revenge.
"The tabloids are like animals, with their own behavioural patterns. There's no point in complaining about them, any more than complaining that lions might eat you." David Mellor
The first half or so of How to Lose Friends and Alienate People is a witty take on the shallowness of the publishing industry, specifically the tabloids. With the recent demise of the New York Sun, the precariousness of any publishing is real, so there is much room for satire and reflection.
Columbus, OH – Columbus city officials are seeking ways to reduce instances of panhandling. As reports of panhandling grow, the city attorney's office is working on legislation that would increase jail time for panhandlers and increase the distance they must stay from certain areas. Details on this story in WCBE's report.
Columbus, OH – The democratic Secretary of State and the Ohio Republican Party are battling on several fronts as a one week early voting period continues. One decision they're fighting about involves the role partisan observers or challengers may have in early voting. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.
Columbus, OH – Separately, the Ohio Supreme Court has ruled a new state law toughening reporting requirements for convicted sex offenders freed from prison may be applied to those who committed the crimes before the law was enacted. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports.
City of Ember – I must remember a PG movie is usually best-suited for children, and City of Ember is a proper candidate. Except for a grubby, oversized mole that eats people, nothing other than careering amusement-park-like rides generate enough scares to get a censor's or censorious mother's attention.