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Mason’s Abortion Proposal, PHLUSH Public Restrooms, FIFA World Cup Attempts, and Other Greater Cincinnati News Stories (Oct. 11 to 15, 2021)

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It was a busy week for abortions.Photo: Claudio Schwarz, Unsplash

It’s been quite a week for lawmakers in both Ohio and Kentucky, but it’s Cincinnati Taco Week through Oct. 17, so at least we can endure the political arguments with a hefty side of guac. Let’s dig into this week’s big stories.

Mason’s Abortion Ban ‘Emergency’ Legislation Fails and U.S. Supreme Court Hears Kentucky Abortion Case

Abortion opponents continue to push legislation that aims to ban the medical practice and challenge 1973’s landmark Roe v. Wade decision. This week, Mason City Council neglected to pass a motion to vote on legislation that would completely ban abortion, prohibit abortion providers from establishing practices within Mason and encourage prosecution of those who support abortions through funding, transportation and more. Meanwhile, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments involving a 2018 Kentucky abortion law that bans a medical abortion method used after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Read CityBeat‘s stories about Mason’s next steps and why the Kentucky case is so complicated.

Ohio House Republicans Propose Legalizing Marijuana for 21+ Recreational Use

In legislation that has not yet been formally introduced, Reps. Jamie Callender and Ron Ferguson pitched a program that would allow Ohioans ages 21 and up to purchase marijuana from licensed distributors or grow up to six plants in their homes. The bill would impose a 10% sales tax on marijuana, with 25% of the revenue supporting law enforcement and another 25% going toward mental health services. Read CityBeat‘s story about the bill’s chances for passage.

The Canadian and Mexican Borders Will Finally Open for Vaccinated People

According to U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, the administration “will begin allowing travelers from Mexico and Canada who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to enter the United States for non-essential purposes, including to visit friends and family or for tourism, via land and ferry border crossings.” Read CityBeat‘s story about what the new travel rules mean.

Cincy PHLUSH Advocates for Basic Human Dignity by Pushing to Install More Public Restrooms in Cincinnati

The Cincinnati Loo in Smale Riverfront Park is there when nature calls, but it’s not nearly enough to serve more than 300,000 city residents when they’re out and about. Jason Haap and Justin Jeffre, the founders of Cincinnati’s regional PHLUSH (Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human) chapter, say equitable public toilet availability is a quality-of-life issue. Read CityBeat‘s cover story about how PHLUSH is changing the way many are thinking about restrooms and human dignity.

Aftab Pureval Releases First TV Ad as Cincinnati Mayoral Election Approaches

Pureval’s television ad “Every Corner” appears to be the first from him or from him or from his opponent David Mann. Since spring’s primary, both candidates have released short videos via their campaign websites or social media accounts. Read CityBeat‘s story about Pureval’s ad and when to catch the candidates’ next debate.

Cincinnati to Welcome FIFA, U.S. Soccer Officials to Paul Brown Stadium as World Cup Pursuit Continues

The delegation will tour Paul Brown Stadium, soccer training facilities and Fan Fest locations Friday, Oct. 22, as they consider Cincinnati for one of the 2026 World Cup hosting slots. Fans can join a street festival and parade to welcome the committee to the Queen City. Read CityBeat‘s story about where to get free pizza and beer during the festivities.

Costumed Fiona Statues Will Be Hidden Across the Cincinnati Zoo During Its HallZOOween Weekends

The Cincinnati Zoo is undergoing a spooky transformation for its final October weekends. Fiona fans can find costumed statues of Cincinnati’s favorite hippo throughout the zoo, plus there are trick-or-treat stations, magic shows and even rides on the Hogwarts Express and “scare-ousel.” Read CityBeat‘s story about HallZOOween weekends, plus find out when trunk-or-treat events are happening throughout Cincinnati.

Hotel Covington Celebrates 5 Years with Release of Signature Cocktail Recipe Book

In the building that Coppin’s Department Store claimed for almost eight decades, Hotel Covington is celebrating its fifth anniversary. The boutique hotel’s new book Cheers to Five Years features 30 cocktails artfully inventoried among sprinkles of mixology basics. Make the classics at home and then head to Hotel Covington when you want the real deal. Read CityBeat‘s story about Hotel Covington’s anniversary book and plans.

Magic Shop Hierophany & Hedge Is a Slice of Arcana and Alchemy

Magic isn’t just real, it’s essential. That’s the view from Augur and Coil, the two mysterious shopkeepers behind Hierophany & Hedge in Covington. Filled with magic wands and plenty of curious powders, crystals and books, Hierophany & Hedge is your Harry Potter dream come to life. See CityBeat‘s enchanting photos from inside the magic shop.

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