In the new USA Network miniseries Political Animals, Sigourney Weaver plays smart, tough Secretary of State Elaine Barrish. It's a role many critics have likened to current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, but Weaver says the show's creators were thinking beyond Clinton when they devised the role.
"We've had three remarkable women who've been our secretaries of state in our last three administrations, but somehow we're not willing as a country to elect a woman president," she says. "And I think this show partially investigates what that's about."
Funny feminists should never die; there are too few of them who've gained any cultural prominence in the first place. That's why Nora Ephron's death earlier this summer flattened me, even though I hadn't read her in a while and had mixed feelings about the whole "I Feel Bad About My Neck," self-flagellation routine. Still, she made me laugh at the same time she often made me think: I wanted her playing on Team Feminist forever.
The State Highway Patrol says high winds knocked a tree onto a pickup truck carrying two people yesterday in Licking County. Troopers say Craig and Diane Chadwick are hospitalized in Columbus in serious condition with injuries sustained when winds from strong thunderstorms knocked a large tree limb onto the cab.
Columbus police are investigating an apparent double-murder on the Southeast side. The bodies of a man and a woman were found yesterday in a vacant apartment on Wabash Court. Autopsies will be conducted to determine the official causes of death. The victims' identities are expected to be released today.
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted says backers of a proposed constitutional amendment on redistricting have failed to collect the number of valid petition signatures need to put the issue on the November ballot. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports.
The Ohio Casino Control Commission says the Columbus casino should open by October 8th, as long as it meets necessary requirements. Those include the installation of 3-thousand slot machines, 70 table games, and the licensing of employees and the casino itself. Owner Penn National Gaming says 900 of the 2 thousand planned employees have been hired. Meanwhile Cuyahoga County Prosecutors say they have compelling video evidence against seven men indicted for cheating at the Cleveland Casino. Six have pleaded not guilty while the seventh is awaiting arraignment.
Two Clark County public safety officers are being disciplined for misconduct. Sheriff Gene Kelley says deputy Christopher Dent has been fired. Kelley says Dent engaged in verbal arguments with his superiors, was found drunk in a car with his loaded service weapon and showed up to court drunk for his arraignment last week. Meanwhile German Township fire lieutenant Robert Oldham has been arrested on charges of raping a 19-year-old woman at a party. No other details have been released.