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Cincinnati Reds Eliminated, St. Elizabeth Healthcare Wins Lawsuit and Other Greater Cincinnati News Stories (Sept 27 to Oct 1 2021)

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It was a nice run, Cincinnati Reds fans.

Ok, no it wasn’t. You think we’d be used to pain by now, but nope — every postseason miss feels just as bad as the previous ones. But baseball wasn’t the only thing happening in Cincinnati this week. We’ve also got plenty of news about COVID-19, those cute Glendale squirrels and the latest shake-up for the hometown soccer team.

Federal Court to St. Elizabeth Healthcare Employees: COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements Are Legal

On Sept. 24, St. Elizabeth won a lawsuit brought on by employees (or former employees) who had believed the Greater Cincinnati hospital system’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement to be unconstitutional. Unswayed by their arguments, U.S. District Judge David Bunning in Covington ruled that St. Elizabeth had the right to set employment terms and that the employees had failed to establish that their individual liberties were violated. Read CityBeat‘s story about what the St. Elizabeth decision could mean for other anti-vaccine lawsuits.

Kentucky Has Fourth-Highest Rate of Kids Hospitalized With COVID-19

Earlier this week, Kentucky had recorded more than 26,000 cases in kids ages 18 and under and an average of 59 children hospitalized each day, making it the most dangerous month for children since the pandemic began. Only Ohio, Montana and Alabama had higher hospitalization rates for that time period. Read CityBeat‘s story about how the severe COVID-19 surge is affecting children.

COVID Booster Shot Bus Is Making Stops Around Greater Cincinnati

The vaccination bus will give free COVID-19 boosters as well as first shots of Pfizer and Moderna on Oct. 1 and Oct. 2, but if you miss those, don’t fret — the bus regularly schedules stops around town. Read CityBeat‘s story about where to find the bus and who is eligible. And remember: Local Walgreens and CVS pharmacies now carry the booster, too.

Sorry, Baseball Fans: Cincinnati Reds Won’t See Postseason Action This Year

Womp-womp. Was this the most disappointing end run or what? The Reds were eliminated from the 2021 postseason this week when the team lost to the Chicago White Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers for the team’s 17th straight win, setting a Redbird franchise record. Read CityBeat‘s story about the end of the Reds’ season.

Le Bar a Boeuf’s Updated Menu Offers Dishes Reminiscent of Downtown’s Table and the Iconic Maisonette

Chef Jean-Robert de Cavel’s Le Bar a Boeuf features a large patio with river views and one of the tiniest kitchens imaginable for a full-service restaurant. That kitchen is getting a workout, because although he hasn’t sought publicity or done any promotion of the menu changes, de Cavel says that word-of-mouth has led to more diners, at times almost overwhelming the kitchen and serving crew. Read CityBeat‘s review of the restaurant’s delicious new menu.

Sound Advice: Electric Citizen Preps for First Cincinnati Show in Two Years

Lead vocalist Laura Dolan had put the band on the back burner in order to take over her father’s business, Applied Imagination, in 2017. But she also used the non-touring time of the pandemic to write material for a new album and to construct a home studio with her husband, Ross. Read CityBeat‘s advice on what to expect from Electric Citizen’s Oct. 8 show.

FC Cincinnati Suddenly Cuts Jaap Stam as Head Coach

The club announced Sept. 27 that it has “relieved head coach Jaap Stam of his duties, effective immediately.” FC Cincinnati is actively looking for a new head coach, according to a press release. Read CityBeat‘s story about who else is being cut from team leadership.

The History Behind (and Where to Find) Glendale’s Famous Black Squirrels and Their Statues

Thirteen of the original 25 squirrel statues from 2005 are still available for photo ops in Glendale. The village is just a 22-minute drive north of downtown Cincinnati, making squirrel-statue hunting the perfect afternoon romp. Read CityBeat’s story about where Cincinnati’s unique squirrels are located and why they exist in the first place.

Inside Over-the-Rhine’s Trendy New Pearlstar Oyster Bar

Located in the former A Tavola storefront on Vine Street, Pearlstar is the brainchild of Nashville restaurateur Terry Raley and offers both East and West Coast oysters and other raw delicacies, including crudo, ceviche and tartare. See CityBeat’s photos of Pearlstar’s gorgeous interior, patio and bocce ball courts.

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