The Tastiest Birria Tacos, and 8 Other Greater Cincinnati Stories You May Have Missed

Can we just eat tacos every day, please?Photo: Jarritos Mexican Soda, Unsplash

If you found it hard to read the news this week over the incessant buzzing of the cicadas, don’t feel bad. We’ve rounded up all of the need-to-know stories so you don’t have to! Check out what you missed below:

Cincinnati Public Schools to Pay $3 Million in Gabriel Taye Bullying Case

Eight-year-old Gabriel Taye took his own life in 2017 after being assaulted by other students at Carson School many times over the years. In this new settlement, his family will receive $3 million in addition to pushing CPS to implement a number of robust anti-bullying and reporting measures. CPS continues to dispute that employees’ negligence contributed to Taye’s death. Read CityBeat‘s story about the Gabriel Taye settlement.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear Keeps Federal Unemployment Assistance Program for Now, Bucking National Trend

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear is going against the status quo and keeping the state enrolled in a federal unemployment program, even as more than 20 other states end their participation. While some critics have claimed that the program disincentivizes unemployed workers to find jobs, experts point out that data proves the opposite and that the assistance has helped the state’s economy. Read CityBeat’s story on Kentucky’s decision to keep the program.

WTF? Cicada Causes Car Crash in Cincinnati, Police Say

The swarm of cicadas plaguing Cincinnati became a little more than your typical nuisance on June 7, when they caused a car accident on Riverside Drive. According to the CPD, the driver crashed into a telephone pole after one managed to find its way into a motorist’s car. Read CityBeat’s story on the cicada-caused crash.

A Cincinnati Man Is Kayaking the Entire Mississippi River to Raise Funds for Local Youth Nature Program Adventure Crew

On May 31, Cincinnati native Joe Solomon began an incredible 2,350-mile journey with a 14-foot kayak, a traveling pack and the help of a few friends. Solomon will paddle the length of the Mississippi River in order to raise money and awareness for mental health issues, hoping to rally $10,000 for local nonprofit Adventure Crew. Read CityBeat’s story on Solomon’s journey.

20 Ways to Celebrate Pride Month in Cincinnati

Pride Month is upon us and even though the official celebrations are scaled back this year, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate all over the Greater Cincinnati area. Restaurants, bars and businesses committed to LGBTQ+ solidarity are hosting fun events of every type. Check out CityBeat’s slideshow on Greater Cincinnati Pride celebrations.

Nationwide Bake a Stand: A Bake Sale to End Antisemitism Raises Funds for Cincinnati’s Holocaust & Humanity Center

All across the country, bakers are joining forces to “Bake a Stand” in an effort to highlight th rise of anti-semitic attacks around the globe and to raise money for the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust and Humanity Center here in Cincinnati’s Union Terminal. Although the official sale ends on June 13, participants are free to continue the project long beyond that deadline. Read CityBeat’s story on Bake A Stand: A Bake Sale to End Antisemitism

Cincinnati Fringe Festival Is in Full Swing

The Cincinnati Fringe Festival is making its triumphant return through a mix of outdoor and virtual events through June 19. The lineup is making the most of the hybrid medium with six outdoor shows, 10 livestreamed productions, gallery exhibits, special events and more. It’s easy to miss something in a jam-packed schedule like this, so be sure to check out CityBeat’s Fringe Festival coverage hub for all the reviews and recaps from our writers. Read CityBeat’s story on the Fringe Festival lineup

Where to Find Birria Tacos in Cincinnati

Birria tacos — those savory meat tacos covered in melted cheese and dipped in delicious consommée — are the latest food craze, and we’re not complaining one bit. Agave and Rye, Mazunte Centro and Gutierrez Deli are just some of local spots where you can enjoy one (or five) delicious tacos. Check out CityBeat’s slideshow on Cincinnati’s best birria spots

Where to Find Free Outdoor Workout Classes in Cincinnati Almost Every Day of the Week

Workout guides on Youtube may have been a saving grace at home during the coronavirus pandemic, but if you’re looking for something different this summer, check out our guide to free outdoor exercise. From line dancing to yoga to zumba, there’s something for everybody to enjoy the great outdoors and to get their sweat on. Read CityBeat’s story on free outdoor workout classes

Shit Happens: Ohio Attorney General Goes After Clermont County Dairy Farm for Massive Manure Leak

It’s something of a shitshow near the Moore’s Fork stream in Clermont County. Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has served dairy farm owner Charles Carney a temporary restraining order for what seems to be a “massive manure leak.” The Ohio Department of Agriculture was called in after hundreds of dead fish surfaced in the pond, the cause was traced back to an overflow Carney’s manure storage pond. Read CityBeat’s story on the manure leak

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