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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

NEWS ROUND-UP -- WEDNESDAY EVENING

by Michael Monks 
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BREAKING (6:48PM)
HOUSE PASSES GEOFF DAVIS'S 'THE REINS ACT'
By a vote of 241 to 184, Rep. Geoff Davis wrote a piece of legislation that passed the House today. He's been on about for a very long time.
Congressman Davis said, “The point of the REINS Act is accountability.  Each member of Congress must take a stand and be accountable for regulations that will have the greatest impact on our economy.  Regulatory compliance costs small businesses an estimated $10,500 per employee annually.  At a time of high unemployment, we must do something about this massive burden.  No longer would Congress be able to avoid accountability by writing vague laws requiring the benefits up front and leaving the unpopular or costly elements up to the bureaucrats who will write those elements of the law at some later date.  
Geoff Davis
The New York Times calls the REINS Act an undermining of the Executive Branch:
The bill is the fullest flowering of the Republicans’ antiregulatory philosophy. Beyond that, it would upend the traditional relationship between the legislative and executive branches. Under long-standing practice, Congress enacts laws — the Clean Air Act, for instance — and then empowers the executive branch to negotiate with stakeholders and write detailed regulations.
Congress delegates this responsibility because it has neither the time nor the expertise to develop the rules or the machinery and manpower to enforce them. Reins would radically re-position Congress to make final decisions that involve detailed technical matters.
We'll have to see what happens in the Senate.
NY Times 
Check Davis out on the House floor today:


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BREAKING (6:56PM)
From Kenton Co Commonwealth Attorney Rob Sanders via Twitter:
"Jury convicts Michael Kidd as charged of Robbery1st &Fleeing Police1st for 3/10/11 carjacking and police chase. 
"Jury sentences Michael Kidd to 32 yrs in prison for Robbery1st, Fleeing 1st, & PFO1st for 3/10/11 carjacking and police chase!
"Case started when Kidd stole a car at knifepoint from a patron of Kremer's Mkt in Crescent Springs and led Erlanger Police on chase to Cov.
"Great work by Erlanger Police Det. Jeff Miles with an assist to Kremer's Mkt who has a top notch security camera system and great employees!
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NKU TO ANNOUNCE MOVE TO DIVISION I, ATLANTIC SUN CONFERENCE
This is huge news for this region. Finally, Northern Kentucky's esteemed athletics program will compete among the nation's best. Most importantly, they will do it with the name of our region on their jerseys. The NKU Board of Regents will meet tomorrow afternoon to discuss the move and a formal announcement should follow soon.
Cincinnati Enquirer
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KY ATTORNEY GENERAL FIGHTS ROBOCALLS
...along with 53 other Attorneys General:

In addition, since businesses frequently have the wrong contact information, consumers could be getting and paying for repeated robo-calls on their cell phones for calls that are not intended for them."I believe this federal measure is an assault on Americans' privacy and dilutes the ability attorneys general have to protect consumers," said General Conway. "If passed, this bill would allow robo-call messages to be sent en masse to people who do not want them and who would be left footing the bill for the calls. I hope the Congressmen and Senators from Kentucky will join me in helping stop this bill."
Jack Conway press release 
SEE ALSO: KY's newly elected Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson is "already hard at work WHAS
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COVINGTON ROTARY HELPS JOHN G CARLISLE FUND CHRISTMAS GIFTS
Led by the efforts of Covington City Commissioner Steve Frank, the Covington Rotary is filling the void left by a corporate entity that could not provide gifts this year for Carlisle School, which is among the poorest in the entire state of Kentucky. The district needs about $3,500, of which the Rotary has raised $1,420.

But the job is not yet complete since the school needs 470 Christmas gifts to make sure each child receives a gift. About 95 percent of the students in the school live at or below the poverty level. These Christmas gifts may be the only gifts many of the students will receive this year.
The Covington Rotary Club invites the general public to join in providing Christmas gifts for these students. To make a donation, contact the school at 859-292-5812.
Rotary press release via Cincinnati.com 
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DON'T MISS HOLMES HIGH SCHOOL'S 'BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER'
This is a very funny show and great for kids on and off stage. 
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Pictured is the Holmes High School cast of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. The one hour show opens tonight at 7 p.m. in the Jack Moreland Auditorium on the school's campus. Other performances are 7 p.m., Thursday, December 8 and Friday, December 9. Entry is free and open to the community.
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FAMILY FRIENDLY CINCINNATI PROFILES MAINSTRASSE VILLAGE
The neighborhood may be known for its nightlife and restaurants, but there's lot to do for families with kids too. This is a terrific profile of all there is to offer in one of the best urban experiences in the midwest.
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NEW COVINGTON PIZZERIA OWNERS GET SHOUT OUT IN ESPN
The Lexington-based Goodfellas pizza will open a location in Mainstrasse in the late winter/early spring. (Another story broken by The River City News: Lexington's Goodfellas to Open in Mainstrasse) ESPN writer Jason King's "Trip Around the Nation" column gives a shout-out to the pizza:
Goodfellas Pizzeria, Lexington, Ky.: If you're ever taking a leisurely stroll through downtown Lexington and want to engage in a little binge eating at, say, 2:30 a.m., make sure to stop in Goodfellas. Standing in a crowded entryway -- which I'm guessing is about the size of a Texas Tech "storage closet" -- amid french-kissing couples and inebriated college kids is worth it when you bite into your crispy slice of pizza, fresh out of the oven. My fellow scribes and I were so smitten with its goodness that we got back in line and ordered a second slice. The Goodfellas employee behind the counter laughed and told me I was funny. "What do you mean, I'm funny?" I said. "Funny how? Funny like a clown? Do I amuse you? Do I make you laugh? What do you mean, I'm funny?" OK, that part didn't really happen. But it would've been cool if it had.
Can't wait for these guys to open!

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RESCUED BABY EAGLE RELEASED IN KENTUCKY
The little guy (and symbol of American freedom) was found crawling for his life in Henry County. But now he's nursed back to health and under the guidance of a rigid surrogate parent (photos at link):

The young bald eagle, still in its brown immature plumage, will be released this weekend at Land Between the Lakes in western Kentucky.  The large congregation of bald eagles in the area during the winter will give the young eagle the best chance for survival.
WHAS
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what you may have missed today at THE RIVER CITY NEWS
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COMMISSION RECAP
A loaded 3.5 hour meeting featured many highlights. For the complete rundown of what happened at City Hall last night, including the unanimous passage of a daytime curfew for minors, click the link.
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COVINGTON LATIN CELEBRATES NEW ADDITION
Mayor Scheper declares today "Covington Latin Day". Comments and photos from this afternoon's ceremony at the link!
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American Bar Association requests that Kentucky stop executions after glaring errors; More construction set to begin on Taylor Mill Road; Why today's is Rep. Geoff Davis's dream day in Congress; and 5 popular brands that will likely disappear by 2015. Those stories and more at the link!
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How Amazon is working aggressivle to curb your plans to shop local (they actually want you to walk in local stores, and then...); Bellevue condos damaged by hillside and heavy rains; They're good on the football field, but check out this dunk by Holy Cross on the hardwood; Those stories and more at the link!
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6-YEAR OLD BOY THINKS HE'S TOO OLD TO BE IN WOMEN'S LOCKER ROOM
LOL:
"I'm at that age now where every time I'm surrounded by grown, half-naked women I don't even know, I think to myself, 'What am I doing here? This isn't right,'" said Barrett, who called the situation "kind of creepy on a number of levels."
The Onion 

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