THE RIVER CITY NEWS MORE COVINGTON NEWS THAN ANY OTHER SOURCE
by Michael Monks
COVINGTON COP SAVES 3 PEOPLE, ANIMALS FROM BURNING HOMEOne of our police officers is credited with helping to save three lives, alerting people inside a burning home to get out. He also saved the dog and three birds. Meanwhile, a man inside the home says he was targeted by an arsonist. Full story at the link.
SCHOOL DISTRICT CHOOSES SHERIFFS OVER POLICE TO SAVE MONEYEXCLUSIVE: The Covington School Board will save more than $100,000 by using the Kenton Co. Sheriff's Office instead of the Covington Police Department to provide school resource officers. The vote put a dent in the City's budget, but that may already be accounted for, and on the upside, more officers are coming to the streets. Full story at the link.
COVINGTONIANS RETURN AFLOAT "RAFTER CLYDE"
Here is a great story about riverboat captain Don Sanders, a Covington native and river dweller, who has purchased a small steamboat and journeyed down the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, documenting the trip on Facebook. Via WKRC:
Don Sanders's brother Bob Sanders has a law office in Covington and his nephew Rob Sanders is the Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney.
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DON'T MISS THIS MORNING'S NEWSFirefighters blame budget cuts for delayed response to overnight fire in Covington; Transportation officials say Covington's "last chance" exit would cause crashes; WCPO anchor and Covington resident Katherine Nero announces she has breast cancer. Plus, a Kentucky woman sues porn companies over alleged extortion. Those stories and much more at the link.
CAN CITY DWELLERS HAVE NICE THINGS?
Recently, The River City News published this photo:
Those discarded cigarette butts litter the sidewalk near a bus stop on one Covington's most important thoroughfares, Pike Street. Trouble is, the photo could have been snapped on many blocks around town where people who don't seem to give a damn just throw their trash on the ground for others to pick up. Others rarely pick it up. Covington is filthy. But, it's not alone:
The other day I was down at the beach in Coney Island. The tragedy of the commons was all around me – evidence aplenty that we cannot, in fact, have nice things. People were tossing their trash right next to their beach towels, and as the tide came in, the garbage was swept into the water, where it bobbed alongside all the little kids and old folks and parents and teenagers who were splashing in the waves, finding relief from the brutal heat.Raise your hand if you've had a similar experience in Covington.
No one besides me seemed to care about the trash. Everyone else appeared quite happy with the way things were. I picked up what I could, clearing a little patch of beach around myself and my son, because I really couldn’t bear to see the detritus get sucked under into the only Atlantic we have. I felt like a chump. That is part of the tragedy of the commons – that stinging sense of embarrassment at trying to make something nice when no one else gives a damn.
I’m familiar with this feeling from a lifetime of living in cities and being a total civic nerd. Fortunately, it doesn’t really bother me any longer.
Halfway up the beach was a corral full of garbage cans, with signs telling people not to litter, admonishing visitors to keep “your beach” clean. I dumped a couple of bags of garbage in those cans, wondering if and how more people could be convinced to do the same, how the sweating masses of New York could come to feel that “their beach,” and their ocean, should not be filled with junk.
I’ll confess: It wasn’t a high point for my relationship with my hometown.
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PREGNANT LESBIAN AND PARTNER BOOTED FROM KY PARK AFTER KISS
A Kentucky woman and her female partner are expecting a baby in September and like many of their heterosexual counterparts, hired a photographer to take maternity pictures. After a gatekeeper at the park witnessed the couple kiss, they were ordered to leave:
“They were a little reluctant, and they kissed so quickly that I wasn’t even able to take a picture of it,” she said.Full story: Richmond Register/Ronica Shannon
After that, the park gatekeeper approached them again.
“He said that we had to leave and that it was inappropriate,” Miller-Poole said.
Miller-Poole’s husband accompanies her on all photo shoots, she said.
“He talked to the man and said that if it was because they were two women, that he wanted to know,” Miller-Poole said. “The man said, ‘Those type of people were not welcomed there,’” she said. “My husband ended up getting very angry and had to walk away.”
Miller-Poole said she conducts photo shoots at the park frequently and was trying to understand if she was banned from the park permanently or just with same-sex couples as clients.
“The man said, ‘If you come back and bring those type of people, you will be removed from the park,’” she said. “I never understood why people make such a big deal about being treated differently until I was actually in the middle of it and witnessed it firsthand. It really bothered me and upset me to witness someone be so cruel.”
THE PLOT THICKENS IN THE CHANNEL 5/INSIGHT/TIME WARNER DISPUTE
After being unable to reach an agreement, Time Warner/Insight yanked WLWT from the cable line-up, but decided to air a station out of Terre Haute in its place. Time Warner did something similar in Louisville and Orlando where they were also unable to reach agreements with local stations owned by Hearst, which owns Channel 5 here. Trouble is, the owners of the stations airing in place of the local ones never gave permission. Via Ad Week:
"We believe Time Warner on an unauthorized basis in an illegal manner misappropriated our signals from three markets. Nexstar intends to pursue all legal and regulatory remedies to cause Time Warner to cease and desist misappropriating signals," a Nexstar spokesperson said in a statement.But the drama doesn't end there. Via John Kiesewetter:
However, Time Warner sees this as a legal loophole. "We are acting well within our rights, as we have in the past, in trying to help our subscribers through this," said a TWC spokesperson.
Time Warner has been forced to block afternoon programming on Terre Haute NBC affiliate WTWO-TV — which replaced WLWT-TV Tuesday — because a Cincinnati station has exclusive syndication rights to the shows. Time Warner can’t show “Divorce Court” now (2 p.m.) or “People’s Court” (3 p.m.) from the Terre Haute station because WSTR-TV (Channel 64) has rights to those programs here. Channel 64 complained after seeing the shows on Time Warner yesterday.If you're keeping score, Time Warner is now blacking out programming on the replacement channel it is (possibly) illegally broadcasting in place of the local station that it is blacked out.
LOL: RATINGS UP AS TIME WARNER REPLACES WLWT WITH TEST SIGNAL
From the humor guys at Derf Magazine:
Due to a contract battle with WLWT’s parent company, Time Warner Cable dropped Channel 5 from it's cable lineup. Time Warner replaced the Channel 5 signal with a test pattern, which resulted in a significant viewership spike. Neilsen officials say the Channel 5 test pattern popularity has nearly exceeded that of the rotating hot dog machine on a closed circuit TV at a local UDF.More LOLz: Derf Magazine
Watch champion filly Zenyatta's baby grow:
Many more awwwdorable photos here: Zenyatta