Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 1:30 pm
Dr. John knows New Orleans like no one else. The gritty, growly music legend boasts a lengthy career, during which he's perfected a blend of New Orleans voodoo blues, funk and rock 'n' roll. Locked Down, his latest album — produced by The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach — was released earlier this year.
We were very tempted earlier this week to post about the guy who said he's writing a memoir called Kindness in America and had gotten shot while hitchhiking across the country. Many sites picked up that oh-so-ironic story.
President Richard Nixon tells reporters he will not allow his legal counsel, John Dean, to testify before Congress in the Watergate investigation, March 15, 1973. Leaks about the Watergate break-in eventually helped lead to Nixon's resignation. And his administration fought and lost a Supreme Court battle over leaking of the so-called Pentagon Papers about Vietnam.
A leak — in a pipeline, at a nuclear plant, within a top-secret agency — can be dangerous, disastrous, deadly. But sometimes a leak can also be a good thing — drawing attention to a larger systemic problem.
The debate over news leaks bubbled up again this week after reports that The New York Times relied on information from top-tier and unnamed U.S. officials to reveal details about the U.S. cyberbattle against Iran.
June is National Gay Pride month, and Columbus' gay pride parade is scheduled for Saturday at noon. The parade will run on High Street from Broad to Buttles. Karla Rothan of Stonewall Columbus says more than 200-thousand people are expected to participate in the parade and other pride events. Those events culminate with the pride brunch on Sunday in downtown Columbus.
Nancy Pelosi and Eric Cantor are tops among the U.S. House leadership in personal wealth. Federal financial disclosure forms reveal Democratic Minority Leader Pelosi is worth 40 to 187-million dollars. Republican Majority Leader Cantor is worth four to nine-point-six-million dollars. Most of Pelosi's assets are based on real estate holdings, while Cantor lists real estate and stocks on his form. House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio reports assets worth as much as five-point-four million dollars. The Republican cited investments in stocks and bonds in his disclosure form.
Penn National Gaming says it hopes to get the necessary permits and state approval by September in order to move thoroughbred racing from Beulah Park to a new track near Youngstown. The facility would open in early 2014. Construction on the 125 million dollar project is expected to begin this fall. Officials plan to coordinate race dates to avoid direct competition with Thistledown in the Cleveland area, A racetrack that may move to the Akron area.
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says the state's seasonally adjusted jobless rate fell from 7.4 percent in April to 7.3 percent in May. Non-farm payrolls rose by nearly 20-thousand from April. The department says 426-thousand Ohioans were out of work in May, down by 5-thousand from April. The state added 64-hundred jobs in manufacturing, 45-hundred jobs in professional and business services and 43-hundred jobs in educational and health services.
A Cuayhoga County judge has ruled a death row inmate is not mentally competent to be executed for killing his wife and brother-in-law. Today's ruling comes a week after Governor John Kasich ordered a last-minute reprieve for Abdul Awkal. During several days of testimony, his attorneys argued he is so mentally ill he believes the CIA is orchestrating his execution. Awkal is convicted of killing his estranged wife and brother-in-law in a county courthouse in 1992 as the couple prepared to divorce.