Sen. Rob Portman said last night that his potential matchup against Ted Strickland for a Senate seat would be a battle of new versus old. That might sound familiar because it is the crux of the Democratic primary fight between P.G. Sittenfeld, 30, a Cincinnati City Council member, and Strickland, 73, Ohioâs former governor.
Wednesdayâs front page featured a story reporting that airline fees had more than quadrupled between 2007 and 2013. Quadrupled. From $1.4 billion to $6.2 billion. Thatâs billion with a âb.â That story, by business Reporter Steve Wartenberg, is the kind of coverage I like to see because it represents our mission to watch out for you. That is what good newspapers do, in my opinion.
Almost 1.4 million Ohioans live within a half-mile of railroad lines where some of the most-volatile crude oil in North America rolls by each week, a Dispatch analysis has found. Those people, about 12 percent of the stateâs population, are at risk of being forced from their homes should a train hauling crude oil from the Bakken shale fields of North Dakota run off the tracks.