5 million it received from the estate tax that year

local basketball team ends season early over racist jerseys

Richard SpencerVas Panagiotopoulos via WikiMedia CommonsGood morning all. Here’s what’s happening in the news today.

Our new Cincinnati City Council had its first big decisions to make yesterday at its Budget and Finance Committee meeting. All council members are part of that committee, so all got to weigh in on a proposal to raise city property taxes to pay for major capital projects like the city’s portion of the costs of replacing the Western Hills Viaduct. The 1 mill increase would provide $50 million for that project, a new fire training facility and other projects. Republican council members Amy Murray and Jeff Pastor voted against that boost, which would cost owners of a $100,000 home roughly $31 a year.

Mayor John Cranley last month announced a plan to pay for the viaduct replacement by issuing bonds in 2021, after some other debt service obligations currently owed by the city roll off. That, he said, would likely mean the viaduct could be funded with no increase in taxes.

In explaining her no vote, Murray also cited that assertion, along with the fact that other big property tax asks are coming for voters in November, including levies for the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County and the Cincinnati Zoo.

Council voted down another increase on the city’s operating budget side that would have overridden a 15 year old property tax rollback that sets millage to collect exactly $29 million a year. Voters have approved a higher millage 6.1 mills but per council’s decision, the city won’t collect taxes at that level, despite a deficit caused by pay increases for certain city employees, cuts to local government funds from state lawmakers and the removal of Ohio’s estate tax. The city received $13 million less last year than it did in 2010 from the local government fund, and saw none of the $13.5 million it received from the estate tax that year.

A Georgia advocate for high profile white nationalist Richard Spencer yesterday filed a federal lawsuit against the University of Cincinnati over a $10,000 security fee for his upcoming appearance at the school. Last year, Georgia State University student Cameron Padgett threatened the school with a lawsuit if it did not rent a venue at which Spencer could speak. UC complied and will provide a room on campus for the white nationalist to publicly discuss his views at a cost of $500. Back in October, the University of Florida reportedly spent more than $500,000 on security for a Spencer event there. Despite that, Padgett’s attorney Kyle Bristow says UC’s security fee is an effort to restrict free speech and thus unconstitutional. Padgett and Bristow are seeking a jury trial and $2 million in damages from UC.

A local boys basketball team from Kings Mills is ending its season early after complaints about a sexually suggestive name printed on the front of its jerseys and racially charged faux player names written on the backs. The recreational team, part of the Cincinnati Premier Youth Basketball League, showed up to play a West Clermont team Sunday with jerseys that read “Wet Dream Team” on the front. Several of the high school age players also had racially offensive nicknames on the backs of their jerseys. After a West Clermont parent complained, the team has been barred from playing on school grounds and will sit out the rest of the season.

“We sincerely apologize to anyone that was offended by the jerseys,” coach Walt Gill wrote in a statement. “We offered to cover them up or change, however the league saw fit to remove us and we have accepted that decision.”

Rapidly expanding Cincinnati Children’s Hospital last month purchased a neighboring building for $7.3 million. The Herald Building, where some Children’s employees already work, also houses celebrated black newspaper The Cincinnati Herald. A representative for the hospital didn’t say why the hospital bought the building but said no usage changes were planned.

The Trump administration’s travel ban on visitors from several majority Muslim countries has local implications for the Contemporary Art Center. Syrian performers slated to appear at the CAC this week for “Displacement,” a dance piece by artist Mithkal Alzghair that explores the personal impacts of the war in Syria, ran into difficulties obtaining visas under the administration’s travel policies. With the show, the latest installment of the CAC’s Black Box performance series, slated to start Thursday, one performer still won’t be able to enter the country to perform. But the show will go on, CAC officials say.

“Despite the hurdles, we found a way and are proud to announce that ‘Displacement’ will go on as scheduled, with the exception of one performer,” a spokesperson for the downtown arts institution said. “In the midst of this now fractured performance, we as a community come out victorious and give light to a voice that’s shouting when we need to hear it most.”

## ## HIV infection rates are rising in Hamilton County and Northern Kentucky, officials say. Infection rates through September of last year outpaced all of 2016, county officials say, and don’t look to be slowing down. Part of that rise involves intravenous drug use. Though the category still makes up the smallest number of cases, HIV cases contracted from needles rose from about 9 percent of new cases in 2016 to 16 percent of new cases last year.

Brace yourselves, Ohio voters. We have yet another Democratic gubernatorial hopeful. Rep. Dennis Kucinich has thrown his hat into an already crowded ring, becoming the sixth Democrat to announce a campaign in the primary race for governor. He’ll face off against Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, former State Rep. Rep. Betty Sutton in the party’s May primary. Kucinich spent 16 years in Congress and ran for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination twice.

“1984” was a pop culture phenomena and set the

Learn Facts About Steve Jobs and Apple History

Steve Jobs was born on February 24, 1955 to Abdulfattah Jandali and Joanne Simpson. Shortly after birth, he was adopted as Steven Paul Jobs by Paul and Clara Jobs. Jobs biological parents later went on to wed and have his biological sister, Mona Simpson, but he was raised by his adoptive parents.

He attended junior high and high school in Cupertino, California, and worked in the summer for the Hewlett Packard Company under Steve Wozniak. After high school Jobs briefly attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon, but dropped out after one semester. He did take a calligraphy class, though, to which he attributes the well designed fonts and type faces on his later computer systems.

Shortly after his stint in college, Jobs joined the Homebrew Computer Club (an early group of computer hobbyists) and worked for Atari as a technician. It was at this time that he became interested in Eastern cultures. The job at Atari allowed Jobs to save some money and shortly thereafter he traveled to India with a friend to seek enlightenment.

Jobs returned to Cupertino in 1975 as a Buddhist, with shaved head and traditional Indian garments. He tried out LSD and later stated that those around him at the time didn understand his countercultural thinking.

The Beginning of Apple Computer

That same year, Steve Wozniak, who had been collaborating with Jobs since their time at HP, began working on an idea for his own computer with a much more compact design. “Woz” and Jobs began working on this first prototype and called it the “Apple.” As they tried to sell the computer at local computer shops, they began designing the second version, the now famous “Apple II.”

Both Apple Computer founders realized that the Apple II was much more advanced than anything else out there. They sought venture capital funds from Mike Markkula, a former Intel executive, who believed in the potential of their little company. He gave them $250,000 in support and from there they launched the Apple II.

Over the next four years, Apple flourished. The Apple II crushed the competition and introduced the idea of personal computing all over the world. A large catalog of software was developed for the Apple platform. On the eve of 1981, Apple went public and Steve Jobs broke the $200 Million net worth mark he was still only 25 at the time.

Learn more about how Apple matured on the next page!

Ups and Downs for Apple and Jobs

In the same year that Apple went public, International Business Machines (IBM), entered the personal computing market. The Apple III, the successor to the Apple II, did very poorly, so the company put all of their energy into the Lisa project. Lisa promised to be the first computing interface to use graphics, not just text. This was a huge technological breakthrough for Apple, but the Xerox PARC company first developed much of the concept. The controversy over who really invented the graphical user interface (GUI) was the first, but certainly not the last, spat with another company over “prior art.”

Unfortunately for Jobs, he was kicked off the team for Lisa because he was such a difficult manager. The rejection angered Jobs and inspired him to work on a new project: Macintosh. He specifically encouraged his team to work in competition with the other projects at Apple. Soon his project gained more and more importance as Lisa and other products failed to bear fruit in the marketplace.

The year was 1984 and Apple needed to make a splash with their new product. Based on the idea, “a computer as easy to use as a toaster,” the Macintosh would be a fresh face for the Apple line and provide a more robust interface for less money.

Looking for a way to stand out from the rapidly expanding IBM, Apple made a commercial to contrast the year of the launch with the book by the same name. “1984” was a pop culture phenomena and set the pattern for Apple future design centric and somewhat counter cultural ethos. Ironically, many people today feel that Apple has become the booming voice on the screen. They have made their corporate culture as lock in step as any of their past competitors (complete with a glorified central figure). Even so, for most of its history, Apple was seen as an upstart in the tech industry.

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Despite a momentous launch, the Mac (short for Macintosh) failed to sell well after its initial popularity. Steve company was less and less happy with his difficult attitude. Finally, Apple CEO John Sculley (Jobs was a co founder but had never served as CEO, just chairman of the board) re organized the company with Jobs in a merely supervisory position. This made Jobs both upset and sad, as Apple had become his entire life.

He left the company, sold most of his Apple stock, and set out on other ventures. Jobs purchased/founded Pixar, a small group of animators who wanted to use computers for their projects. He also founded a company called NeXT, with which he hoped to model on his own ideas of what Apple should have been.

Unfortunately, neither new company prospered under Jobs. Pixar failed to catch the eye of big production companies like Disney and the NeXT Cube, NeXT first computer, sold poorly. Eventually NeXT had to abandon hardware development and settled in as a specialized software company in a small market.

For the next few years, Jobs spent a lot of time at home with his young family (a son and his wife, whom he married in 1991).

On the next page, we discuss Steve Jobs triumphant return to his beloved Apple.

The Prodigal Son Returns

After much frustration, Pixar was finally able to break away from small projects like TV commercials and debuted Toy Story in 1995. The movie was an enormous success and the company went public shortly after the opening weekend. Steve Jobs, who had an 80% stake in the company, saw his net worth grow to a staggering $1.5 Billion!

Meanwhile, Apple decade had been a poor one. Microsoft had launched Windows 95 and was quickly growing into a new OS empire. Windows had existed in earlier iterations, but 95 was the beginning of a new epoch for the software and that growth was only going to increase over the years. Apple needed a new strategy, fast.

In 1996, Apple new CEO, Gil Amelio, decided to purchase NeXT (primarily for the software and the engineers, many of whom had left Apple with Jobs in the first place) for $429 Million. Jobs served as an advisor for a short while, but soon he moved to take over the company and in 1997 was named interim CEO of Apple. He supervised the launch of Apple well known “Think Different” campaign.

Readers may remember the launch of the Power Mac 3G and the PowerBook, both successful products that helped Apple get back on its feet again. The real revolution came in the form of the iMac until this point, beige was king in the computing world. Some machines had been cased in metal, but most computer manufacturers ignored the aesthetics of their hardware. The iMac (launched in 1998) was a slightly lopsided sphere with bright, “fruity” colors and a round mouse. While the mouse has long been considered awkward, the overall aesthetic change not only pushed Apple back into the spotlight, but shook up many notions about design in the rest of the computing industry. Even today, Apple makes a habit of setting the design bar high and not looking back for other manufacturers to catch up.

Apple appreciated Jobs revolutionary direction and leadership and in 2000 they appointed him full time CEO of the company.

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