Glitch Gives Ohio Victims Big ScareOMG... my family thanks you for the f'in heart attack, Ohio. Thankfully, it was all a big mix up:
Thousands of Ohio crime victims received calls from a computer notification system on Friday mistakenly telling them inmates had been released, a state prisons spokesman said.This is probrably still just hitting a lot of people via their answering machines, I hope the local news will be kind enough to keep on top of this story.
Victims Told in Error Ohio Inmates Freed
(Mia :: Glitch Gives Ohio Victims Big Scare)
Happy Highland Square NewsThose who've been frustrated with the lack of forward movement in Highland Square devolopment might be a bit more chipper with today's news. The city, Albrecht Inc., the library, & FirstMerit have finally - FINALLY - announced a new design plan for the Square that includes lots of pedestrian friendliness. Yea! No crappy front parking!
They will stroll. They will linger. They will spend time and money.Now the plans need final approval from the Akron Planning Commission and the Akron City Council. If all goes well (please, please, please), the projected start dates are Spring 2006 for the grocery & retail spaces and Summer 2006 for the new library.
You can get a visual of the new plan here: Changing Highland Square
New design plan reflects residents' wants :: Akron Beacon Journal
(Mia :: Happy Highland Square News)
Fear the 'RooI hate football, but I love Akron. So yesterday was a major dilemma for me, should I suffer through a football game on TV for Akron? I had to do it; I had to watch the Motor City Bowl. The first few minutes were okay for me. Then there was a commercial break and I flipped to a Discovery Channel special... it was all over for Akron. I did however flip the game back on towards the end. The Zips made a valiant comeback effort in the last few minutes on the game, but unfortunately lost 31 to 38 to the University of Memphis Tigers.
It's totally Akron-y though. Memphis in the fourth quarter prematurely proclaimed themselves the victors and dumped the cooler of Power/Gatorade on their coach. That of course, led to a near Akron comeback. They attempted an onside kick to try and regain possession and tie the game, but it didn't quite work. But Akron put on a good game and had nothing to be ashamed of. Much like the city, the Zips football team is out there doing it's best. We're up against tough competition, but we've got potential for a bright future. There are enough people dedicated to Zips Football and to the city that there's no doubt that nothing but great things and alfresco dining coming our way.
I love me some Akron.
(joe :: Fear the 'Roo)
Happy StoryThis could quite possibly be the happiest story of all time.
Akron firefighters spent an hour Monday pulling a 70-pound dog from the icy waters of Summit Lake.Now all poocher needs is a good home away from semi-frozen lakes.
The BJ :: Firefighters save dog after plunge
(joe :: Happy Story)
Farewell Stinky WaterFor all of you suffering from nasty, skanky water, you might have some normal-tasting water by the holidays. It seems the algea problem might be under control.
Akron appears to finally be getting rid of the foul taste and smell in its drinking water.
The BJ :: Akron water getting better
(joe :: Farewell Stinky Water)
Ticket: Update IISo The BJ changed it's color scheme. Some of the text is now a weird yellow-ish grey. It's sorta ugly but I'm sure they payed someone out the wazoo to come up with that it.
Speaking of paying out, it looks like Akron's gonna pay out money from those automated tickets over a long time frame...
Akron intends to refund most of the $106,550 collected so far in speeding fines for automated tickets as soon as possible.The BJ :: Ticket refunds could be a while
(joe :: Ticket: Update II)
One More Event and I'll Stop for the DayLast one. I promise.
KV2 Gallery @ The Church presents "Christmas is Canceled." A mixed media art show featuring the works of promising young Akron artists, Alan Pocaro, James Kurtz, Kelly Eggert and Ryan Kerns.
BYOBThis may be the coolest event submission ever: A party on campus.
Dec. 17th, 2005
(joe :: BYOB)
Tuba Christmas!I heart Tuba Christmas!
Akron's Tuba Christmas is on Sunday, December 18, 2005 at the Akron Civic Theatre located at 182 South Main St. Parking is available in lots and decks near the theatre.
(joe :: Tuba Christmas!)
HolidaysThe holidays are upon us. I've been trying to deny it, but I can't any longer. I look around my house and wonder what kind of Christmas monster threw up on everything. My credit card statement is getting thicker and thicker. I have paper cuts from wrapping gifts that will inevitably be returned. I've found an excuse to hide from my family. Yup, it's Christmas!
Here are some fun things to look at to get into the holiday spirit:
(joe :: Holidays)
Tickets: UpdateCity Council's trying to save face for a program they, for the most part, thought would do some good in the school zones. That's right the automated ticketing system that has already passed out over half a million dollars in fines was revamped last night.
Akron City Council attempted to salvage the city's controversial speeding program and a battered public image Monday night by reducing future fines to $35 and refunding all but $35 to those who have already paid fines.[...]This will continue to be a story of interest until the city's contract with Nester Traffic System, the maker of the cameras in use around city, expires sometime in February. But in the meantime, I'm sure we'll see more tweaks and rules added to the program.
The BJ :: Speeding fines cut
(joe :: Tickets: Update)
An IdeaThe next piece of GOP legislation:
On Tuesday, the Ohio Senate is expected to approve a bill that would require showing photo identification, like a driver's license, to vote. The House is expected to concur and send the proposal to Gov. Bob Taft for his signature by the end of the week.I'm not saying I agree or disagree with bill, but if this passes it would be totally sweet if I could just swipe my driver's licence at my fancy electronic voting machine and not have to talk to poll workers. I usually fake being nice to them to make sure they put my ballot in the box.
The BJ :: GOP bill changes how we vote
(joe :: An Idea)
Heads Up In NortonJust a warning for all of you who have to travel through Norton. The city has some kind of state grant to increase its police force. That said, the city also has to show that the increased staff has led to safer streets. That translates to more tickets. So use some extra caution when driving through the area, especially on Interstate 76.
(joe :: Heads Up In Norton)
Toys, Toys, ToysMy pal Rocky sent me the coolest thing ever. It's celebrity face recognition software! Just upload a photo of yourself and it'll tell you who you most resemble.
I thought it would be really fun to see if celebrities look like themselves. So I ganked a photo of everyone's favorite crazyman Tom Cruise and here are the results!
Tom Cruise actually looks more like John D. Rockefeller then himself. Rounding out the top five celebrities that look like Tom Cruise are John Grisham, Grace Kelly, Edward Norton and finally Tom Cruise. Kinda creepy, but kinda true...
Tom Cruise is only 54% of the man he used to be. Joey Potter, run while you still can!
Celebrity Face Recognition
(joe :: Toys, Toys, Toys)
Sweet Smell of RustHere's a happy little arty story:
Creating beauty from junk is the message of the recycling art project of students at Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts.[...]Incorporating art into real world applications. I like it. I like it so much I wish I was back in seventh grade! Oh wait, no I don't. I hated middle school. Damn you puberty!
The BJ :: Flowers bloom from scrap
(joe :: Sweet Smell of Rust)
TicketsI didn't get caught!
Nestor Traffic Systems photographed more than 2,600 alleged speeders this fall -- snapping as many as seven cars a minute -- in and around Akron school zones.I think it's important to enforce speed limits in school zones, but come on, do we need RoboCop to do it? What about the creepy cop who sits in a random church parking lot out of site at 7:30 in the moring whom I secretly loath, will he be out of a job? Oh the worries, oh the worries...
The BJ :: Cameras accuse 2,600 of speeding
(joe :: Tickets)
Santa Claus is Coming to TownThis is why Santa has a pack of deer instead.
Santa took a nasty spill on his high-tech mode of transportation Sunday afternoon, but it did not deter him from his appointed rounds at the annual Akron Big Wheels Christmas party for needy children.At least his red suit could hide the blood.
The BJ :: Santa rides into town
(joe :: Santa Claus is Coming to Town)
History of the World: Part IOne million dollars: making Akron schools better 90 teachers at a time.
A great history education is worth a million bucks.The BJ :: Teachers get new take on history
(joe :: History of the World: Part I)
Could We Be Going Wireless?Finally, my dreams are coming true! I just need a laptop...
For more than a year, Akron's chief technology officer, Rick Leu, talked with companies about installing a citywide wireless network that would allow anybody to plug into the Internet without actually plugging into a wall.Whoa, whoa, whoa... our what? Chief technology officer? What the hell is that?
Akron has chosen NeoReach, a subsidiary of MobilePro Corp. of Maryland, to install a pilot wireless network near Fulton International Airport. The test area will serve city workers and could become the seed for a citywide network open to residents and businesses.It's like a glimmer of hope for my MoBlogging aspirations!
The BJ :: Akron gets Wi-Fi plan off ground
(joe :: Could We Be Going Wireless?)
One Million Cases, Zero CuredIn the time it takes you to read this post, five people will have died because of HIV/AIDS complications. That's right, every minute five people pass away, that's over eight thousand lives a day, almost three million a year.
Back in June, the Centers for Disease Control reported that there are one million people in the United States living with HIV. That's five times the population of Akron and it's growing every minute. On a global scale, at least forty million people have been infected; that's about four times the population of Ohio. Lots of those are people are children.
There are only four ways to get HIV, I'm sure you've heard them all before, but I'm going to say them again.
To get involved locally, contact Violet's Cupboard. The volunteers at Violet's Vupboard have been a huge help to so many right here in Akron since 1989; if you can try helping them.
(joe :: One Million Cases, Zero Cured)