Ohio governor delays 3 more executions while drugs reviewed
By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS
Thursday, March 7
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has delayed three additional executions to give the state prison system time to develop a new lethal injection method.
The Republican governor’s order Thursday follows a federal judge’s scathing critique in January of the first drug used in the current process, the sedative midazolam (mih-DAY’-zoh-lam).
Federal Judge Michael Merz said inmates could suffer severe pain because the drug doesn’t render them deeply enough unconscious.
DeWine delayed a February execution after the judge’s ruling and ordered a new process developed. But Merz questioned why Ohio was preparing for additional executions given that directive.
DeWine said Thursday it was “highly unlikely” any new injection process would make it through expected lawsuits in time for the next three executions.
The decision delays executions scheduled for May, July and September.
Hearing scheduled for update in lethal injection lawsuit
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge critical of Ohio’s current lethal injection system has scheduled a hearing to review the status of a long-running lawsuit challenging the state’s execution method.
Judge Michael Merz in January issued a scathing critique of the first drug used in the process, the sedative midazolam (mih-DAY’-zoh-lam). He said inmates could suffer severe pain because the drug doesn’t render them deeply enough unconscious.
In response, Republican Gov. Mike DeWine delayed a February execution and ordered the prison system to come up with a new lethal injection process.
Merz has since questioned why Ohio is preparing for a May execution given DeWine’s announcement.
The judge set the hearing for Thursday morning in Dayton.
Ohio House to vote on bill increasing gas, diesel taxes
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A transportation budget bill that includes increases in the state’s gas and diesel taxes to help maintain roads and bridges is scheduled for a vote before the full Ohio House.
The proposed bill approved 30-to-3 late Wednesday night by the Ohio House Finance Committee increases the gas tax by 10.7 cents and the diesel tax by 20 cents per gallon. Both would be phased in over three years starting Oct. 1.
Republican Gov. Mike DeWine proposed increasing the current 28-cents-per-gallon tax by 18 cents a gallon.
DeWine says the House plan’s increase isn’t enough for needed repairs and construction.
The House bill also provides public transit with $100 million a year in federal transportation funds. DeWine proposed $40 million.
The full House was expected to vote on the bill Thursday.
State lawmakers OK fix of error that could ban some guns
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State lawmakers have fixed a mistake in an Ohio bill that gun rights advocates said could inadvertently ban several types of legal guns and have sent the corrective bill to the governor for his signature.
At issue is legislation approved by lawmakers last year that allows off-duty police officers to carry firearms and limits local governments’ ability to pass gun laws, among other changes.
Gun advocates said a misplaced paragraph in the bill unintentionally lumped a variety of long guns into a prohibited category and asked lawmakers to fix the problem before the law takes effect in late March.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that lawmakers sent the fix to Republican Gov. Mike DeWine on Wednesday and voted for it to be implemented immediately when signed by the governor.
Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com
Plans underway for massive celebration of “The Shawshank Redemption” 25th anniversary
Filming site tours, actor meet-ups and more greet visitors
MANSFIELD, OH – “Hope is a good thing; maybe the best of things,” wrote Andy Dufresne, played by Tim Robbins, in the cult-favorite film “The Shawshank Redemption.” In his letter to Red, played by Morgan Freeman, Dufresne punctuated that sentiment, writing, “And no good thing ever dies.” The quote is boldly exemplified by fan love for the cable TV movie fixture, which IMDB lists as the No. 1 movie of all time. This year marks the 25th anniversary of “The Shawshank Redemption,” which generations of movie buffs have adored since its 1994 release after being shot in its entirety in and around Mansfield, Ohio. This August 16-18, travelers are encouraged to join cast members and other Shawshank die-hards in Mansfield to immerse themselves in the film’s iconic characters, sets and history.
Many actors from the film will be in attendance too, offering visitors the chance to meet their favorite Shawshank characters in person. To date, Bob Gunton (Warden Norton), William Sadler (Heywood), Mark Rolston (Bogs), Frank Medrano (Fat Ass), Alfonso Freeman (Red’s Mugshot and a Fresh Fish Guy), Scott Mann (Glenn Quentin), Renee Blaine (Linda Dufresne) and Claire Slemmer (Bank Teller) will be on hand to meet fans. Additional guests, events and features are being added as details are finalized and travelers are encouraged to book travel now, but follow @ShawshankTrail social media for updates.
“The Shawshank Redemption” anniversary will be celebrated with more than a dozen original film sites in and around Mansfield hosting tours and events throughout the entire weekend. First on everyone’s list will be the Ohio State Reformatory, which starred in the movie as Shawshank State Prison. On the Hollywood Prison Tour, guests will go everywhere from inside Warden Norton’s office to Andy’s escape tunnel — and all points in between.
Visitors are invited to travel the full, self-guided Shawshank Trail driving tour as they visit even more Shawshank filming sites, including:
Bissman Building (Brewer Hotel and Portland Daily Bugle)
Renaissance Theatre (Premiere of Shawshank Redemption)
The Shawshank Oak Tree Field (While the tree was toppled by high winds in 2016, its pastoral location remains.)
Pugh Cabin at Malabar Farm (Opening scene)
Crosby Advisory Group LLC (Maine National Bank)
Revivals 2 Thrift Store (Trailways Bus Station)
Wyandot County Courthouse (Andy’s Trial)
Shawshank Woodshop (Prison Workshop)
Carrousel Antiques (Pawn Shop Window)
Snyder & Hagerman Roads in Butler, OH (Road to Buxton)
Red’s Bus Ride on Rt. 95 in Butler, OH (Bus to Fort Hancock, TX)
Brooks’ Bench (Waiting for Jake)
KV Market (Food-Way)
On Friday night, August 16, the film will be shown at the historic Renaissance Theatre, where the movie premiered in 1994. On Saturday afternoon, actors will be available for autographs at the Ohio State Reformatory, followed by The Exclusive Shawshank Reception cocktail party. The 5th annual Shawshank Hustle 7k family fun race also takes place on Saturday. This race features a route with filming sites, T-shirt, custom medal, food, music and more. Registration for the race is open today. Some events will require tickets, and special anniversary souvenirs will be available for purchase to commemorate the exciting anniversary.
A destination unlike any other, Mansfield is home to a wealth of unusual travel adventures and experiences, such as visiting the working farm where Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall were married, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Kingwood Center Gardens, BibleWalk, breathtaking scenery, rural and hometown experiences. Hiking, biking, golf, cross-country and downhill skiing, bird watching and loads of other outdoor adventures attract travelers of all ages. Complete visitor information is available at DestinationMansfield.com or (800) 642-8282.
PUCO accepts results of AEP Ohio auction
COLUMBUS, OHIO (March 6, 2019) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today accepted the results of AEP Ohio’s wholesale auction that will determine its default generation rates through May 2020.
The auction, held on March 5, 2019, secured a one-year product to supply electricity to AEP Ohio’s utility customers.
The auction resulted in six winning bidders and an average clearing price of $46.63 per megawatt hour (MWh) for the delivery period of June 2019 through May 2020.
The results will be blended with previous and future auctions to help determine the price-to-compare for AEP Ohio’s customers during the delivery period.
National Economic Research Associates served as the independent auction manager, and Bates White Economic Consulting, a consultant retained by the PUCO, monitored the auction process. The names of the winning bidders will remain confidential for 21 days.
Customers continue to have the opportunity to consider competitive options to meet their electricity needs, including shopping for an alternate supplier or joining a local government aggregation group. More information about how to choose a supplier is available at www.energychoice.ohio.gov. The PUCO’s Apples to Apples comparison charts provide customers with a snapshot comparison of current electric supplier offers and contract terms. The charts are updated daily.
Additional information regarding the auction format is available at bidding manager’s website www.aepohiocbp.com.
A copy of today’s Commission finding and order and redacted version of the report issued by the auction manager are available at www.PUCO.ohio.gov. Click on the link to Docketing Information System and enter the case number 17-2391-EL-UNC.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is the sole agency charged with regulating public utility service. The role of the PUCO is to assure all residential, business and industrial consumers have access to adequate, safe and reliable utility services at fair prices while facilitating an environment that provides competitive choices. Consumers with utility-related questions or concerns can call the PUCO Call Center at (800) 686-PUCO (7826) and speak with a representative.
As waterline work continues, Cooper Road will close between the entrance to Mount Carmel St. Ann’s and Collegeview Road from 9 p.m. – 6 a.m. on Friday, March 8, Saturday, March 9 and possibly Sunday, March 10. Access to Mount Carmel St. Ann’s and JP Morgan Chase will be maintained at all times.
SmartLane Traffic Advisory
Ohio Department of Transportation
Wed 3/6/2019 1:36 PM
Daytime work next week on I-270 and US 62
I-670 Between I-71 and I-270 (East Side)
THURSDAY, MARCH 7 – FRIDAY, MARCH 8
9 AM: I-270 north and south will be reduced to four lanes between I-670 and Easton Way
3 PM: All lanes open
US Route 62
9 AM: US 62 west will be reduced to one lane between Stygler Rd. and I-270
3 PM: All lanes open
All work is weather dependent; it may be postponed or cancelled without prior notice.
The Columbus Symphony Showcases 20th Century Works in “The Trumpet Shall Sound” April 5 & 6
CSO Music Director Rossen Milanov conducts the Columbus Symphony in The Trumpet Shall Sound, a performance of three iconic 20th century works that combine originality of musical language, intricate textures, and sonic beauty. Two rising stars, pianist Dominic Cheli and trumpeter George Goad, are showcased in Shostakovich’s mercurial concerto for piano, trumpet, and string orchestra. The full program includes Janáček’s Sinfonietta, Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and Stravinsky’s The Fairy’s Kiss: Divertimento.
The Columbus Symphony presents The Trumpet Shall Sound at the Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.) on Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6, at 8pm. Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased in-person at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), online at www.columbussymphony.com, or by phone at (614) 469-0939 or (800) 745-3000. The CAPA Ticket Center will also be open two hours prior to each performance.
Prelude – Patrons are invited to attend a 30-minute, pre-concert Subject Matter lecture titled “What’s the Difference Between Homage, Quotation, and Satire?” by Dr. Arved Ashby, professor and head of musicology at The Ohio State University.
Postlude – (Friday only) Directly following the concert, patrons are invited to meet and mingle with the Columbus Symphony string players at the Sheraton Bar.
Mozart to Matisse – Wednesday, April 3, 2pm, Columbus Museum of Art (480 E. Broad St.)
In collaboration with the Columbus Museum of Art (CMA), this event will combine a chamber music performance by CSO musicians and a talk titled “Modern Masters” that will explore two masters of modernist art, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. Tickets are $5 for CMA members or $20 for non-members (which also includes admission to the museum) and can be purchased by calling CMA at 614.629.0359.
About CSO Music Director Rossen Milanov
Respected and admired by audiences and musicians alike, Rossen Milanov is currently the music director of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (CSO), Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Princeton Symphony Orchestra, and the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias (OSPA) in Spain.
In 2017, Milanov received an Arts Prize from The Columbus Foundation for presenting Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony as part of CSO’s 2017 Picnic with the Pops summer series. Under his leadership, the organization has expanded its reach by connecting original programming with community-wide initiatives, such as focusing on women composers and nature conservancy, presenting original festivals, and supporting and commissioning new music.
Milanov has collaborated with some of the world’s preeminent artists, including Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Midori, Christian Tetzlaff, and André Watts. During his 11-year tenure with The Philadelphia Orchestra, he conducted more than 200 performances. In 2015, he completed a 15-year tenure as music director of nationally recognized training orchestra Symphony in C in New Jersey. In 2013, he wrapped up a 17-year tenure with the New Symphony Orchestra in his native city of Sofia, Bulgaria. His passion for new music has resulted in numerous world premieres of works by composers such as Derek Bermel, Mason Bates, Caroline Shaw, Phillip Glass, Richard Danielpour, Nicolas Maw, and Gabriel Prokofiev, among others.
Noted for his versatility, Milanov is also a welcomed presence in the worlds of opera and ballet. He has collaborated with Komische Oper Berlin for Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtzensk), Opera Oviedo for the Spanish premiere of Tchaikovsky’s Mazzepa and Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle (awarded best Spanish production for 2015), and Opera Columbus for Verdi’s La Traviata.
An experienced ballet conductor, he has been seen at New York City Ballet and collaborated with some of the best-known choreographers of our time, such Mats Ek, Benjamin Millepied, and most recently, Alexei Ratmansky in the critically acclaimed revival of Swan Lake in Zurich with the Zurich Ballet, and in Paris with La Scala Ballet.
About pianist Dominic Cheli
Applauded by MusicWeb International for his “splendid playing…great skill and technical prowess,” pianist Dominic Cheli is First Prize winner of the 2017 Concert Artists Guild Competition. Earlier in 2017, Naxos released his debut recital CD, and he won the Music Academy of the West Concerto Competition, leading to a critically acclaimed performance of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Festival Orchestra. His rapidly advancing career includes his upcoming concerto debut in Europe and his Carnegie Hall recital debut on the 2018-19 CAG Series at Weill Recital Hall. Cheli is currently pursuing an artist diploma at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles. He earned his Master of Music degree from Yale University and bachelor’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music.
About trumpeter George Goad
George Goad is in his first season as associate principal trumpet with the Montreal Symphony. Prior to that, he was principal trumpet of the Columbus Symphony for two years. Goad has been a guest performer with the Detroit Symphony, the Grand Rapids Symphony, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, and spent summers at the National Repertory Orchestra, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Tanglewood Music Center. He received a BA from The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and his master’s from The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. Following his years of education, he spent a year as a fellow at the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida.
About composer Leoš Janáček (1854–1928)
Czech composer, musical theorist, folklorist, publicist, and teacher Leoš Janáček was inspired by Moravian and other Slavic folk music to create an original, modern musical style. While his early musical output was influenced by contemporaries such as Antonín Dvořák, his later, mature works incorporate his earlier studies of national folk music in a modern, highly original synthesis. Along with Dvořák and Smetana, he is considered one of the most important Czech composers. His Sinfonietta is a very expressive and festive, late work for large orchestra (of which 25 are brass players). It is dedicated “To the Czechoslovak Army” and was intended to express “contemporary free man, his spiritual beauty and joy, his strength, courage and determination to fight for victory.” The first performance was in Prague on June 26, 1926.
About composer Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich (1906–75)
Russian composer and pianist Dmitri Shostakovich is regarded as one of the major composers of the 20th century. A polystylist, he developed a hybrid voice, combining a variety of different musical techniques into his works. His music is characterized by sharp contrasts, elements of the grotesque, and ambivalent tonality; the composer was also heavily influenced by the neo-classical style pioneered by Stravinsky and the late Romanticism of Mahler. Completed in 1933, his Piano Concerto No. 1 was an experimentation with a neo-baroque combination of instruments. It premiered on October 15, 1933, in the season opening concerts of the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra with Shostakovich at the piano. The concerto was well received, and the performance was repeated on October 17.
About composer Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky (1882–1971)
Stravinsky was a Russian-born composer, pianist, and conductor. He is widely considered one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century. The Fairy’s Kiss is a ballet in one act and four scenes composed in 1928 and revised in 1950 for George Balanchine and the New York City Ballet. Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s short story “The Ice-Maiden,” the work is an homage to Tchaikovsky, marking the 35th anniversary of his death. Stravinsky elaborated several melodies from early piano pieces and songs by Tchaikovsky in his score. A 1927 commission by Ida Rubinstein, the ballet was choreographed by Bronislava Nijinska and premiered in Paris on November 27, 1928.
The Columbus Symphony presents THE TRUMPET SHALL SOUND
Friday & Saturday, April 5 & 6, 8 pm
Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.)
CSO Music Director Rossen Milanov conducts the Columbus Symphony in a performance of three iconic 20th century works that combine originality of musical language, intricate textures, and sonic beauty. Two rising stars, pianist Dominic Cheli and trumpeter George Goad, are showcased in Shostakovich’s mercurial concerto for piano, trumpet, and string orchestra. The full program includes Janáček’s Sinfonietta, Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and Stravinsky’s The Fairy’s Kiss: Divertimento. Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased in-person at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), online at www.columbussymphony.com, or by phone at (614) 228-8600 or (800) 745-3000.
The 2018-19 season is made possible in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC). The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically. The CSO also appreciates the support of the Greater Columbus Arts Council, supporting the city’s artists and arts organizations since 1973, and the Kenneth L. Coe and Jack Barrow, and Mr. and Mrs. Derrol R. Johnson funds of The Columbus Foundation, assisting donors and others in strengthening our community for the benefit of all its citizens.
About the Columbus Symphony Orchestra
Founded in 1951, the Columbus Symphony is the only full-time, professional symphony in central Ohio. Through an array of innovative artistic, educational, and community outreach programming, the Columbus Symphony is reaching an expanding, more diverse audience each year. This season, the Columbus Symphony will share classical music with more than 200,000 people in central Ohio through concerts, radio broadcasts, and special programming. For more information, visit www.columbussymphony.com.