June 2007



David Pepper on Campaign Finance (p. 6)

Where Divergent Views Collide

Clowning with the Charter Party (p. 8)

The Cincinnati Beacon
Black Males Under Arrest!
by Michael Earl Patton, Senior Analyst

Get Published? What rubbish!
When The Cincinnati Enquirer decided to infiltrate the blogosphere -feeling intimidated by the threat posed by blogs and the “new media” -- they unveiled over 30 blogs of their own and an interactive feature called “Get Published.” That way, they could get free content from unpaid citizen writers. But this was not “citizen journalism” in a grassroots sense. It was a corporate attempt to monopolize the democracy of blogs. But who needs The Enquirer’s “Get Published!” feature, when you can simply publish yourself! To learn more, just visit cincinnatibeacon.com. Then click the button labeled “Rubbish.”

Ever since Cincinnati enacted its anti-marijuana ordinance, thousands of people have been arrested, earning permanent marks on their criminal records. But how do these arrests look from the perspective of race? From the law's inception through May 10 of this year, 577 whites have been arrested.  For that same time period 3,644 blacks have been arrested.   20   people of unidentified race have also been arrested along with 2 Asians.  This means that about   6 blacks have been arrested under the ordinance for every 1 white.  Ye t s u r v e y s s h o w

that   marijuana usage between the races is approximately the same. And census data shows the City is 53% white. Many people who speak out against the new j a i l p e n a l t iThis man is more likely to go to jail than white people. es   under the Cincinnati marijuana ordinance   express have been arrested since It is interesting to note the concerns about African the ordinance was enactneighborhoods where Americans suffering prefed for possession of small whites were arrested.  erential enforcement. amounts of marijuana -The   following numbers not for drug dealing.  reflect the arrests just for Penalties may include 30 the calendar year 2006 days in jail for a first ofThe average amount of and do not include Janufense and 6 months for a marijuana confiscated ary through May 10 of this second offense. during these arrests was year.  7 grams.   Analysis by Under the   Ohio Revised race of the arrests since The largest number -- 90, Code, possession of less the law was enacted in fact -- were arrested in than 100 grams is not a show that overwhelmingly Over-the-Rhine. criminal offense, but it is the ones arrested are criminal under Cincinnati black.  (con’t on p. 2) ordinance.   Thousands

Another 98º Star in a New Reality Show
by Jason A. Haap, MA The Dean of Cincinnati Nick Lachey became a household name when the Cincinnati native and member of pop band 98 Degrees starred on a reality show. Now, another member of 98 Degrees, Jeff Timmons, is starring on a new reality show for VH-1 to be released this fall. Recently, Timmons gave The Cincinnati Beacon an exclusive sneak peek at the upcoming program. The premise of the new show (which has not yet been named) was to take guys from different boy bands to see how they would make music together -- so VH-1 contracted Jeff Timmons, Chris Kirpatrick (from InSync), Brian Abrams (Color Me Badd), and Rich Cronin (LFO). The gimmick should seem obvious at first -- using the genre of reality programming to make boy band members look ridiculous.

What’s Inside?
The Labor Report ....... p. 4 A Closer Look .......... p. 6 Lifestyle .... p. 8
Jeff Timmons

Notes ‘n Dotes
→ Did Jeff Berding, Chris Bortz, and Leslie Ghiz get drunk off wine during the City’s budget negotiations? If you have any evidence, let us know! → Have you seen this man?

Soapbox .... p. 10 “The List” – Cincinnati’s Big Money Contributors .... p. 12 The Big Beacon Party! .... p. 12

"The intent at first might have been to make people look foolish," explained Timmons. "The writers would put us in situations that made us less than comfortable, but we were used to doing things that make us look that way." "We were all in 'boy bands,'" continued (con’t on p. 2)

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