Bill Rinehart is Senior Correspondent for 700WLW News. Though despite his best efforts, no-one else will refer to him by that title.
He came to the Big One in August, 2004. His beat covers City Hall, Hamilton County Commissioners, breaking news, and anything else that comes along.
In his private life, he likes books, movies, television shows, and music. He is also a big fan of certain foods, and beverages. His hobbies include doing things, not doing other things, and blogging.
This blog takes an unflinching look, behind the scenes, in the newsroom. But mostly, it's just an excuse for you to not do any real work.
Sunday, I saw a man taking his pet cat for a walk. On a leash. Oh, you've probably heard this story before, and been skeptical. Maybe your friend Larry swears his aunt had a cat that didn't mind wearing a collar and a leash, but you shook your head, because you know how Larry is.
But, I have photographic proof.
I tweeted this picture on Sunday, after seeing the man and the cat, just south of Paul Brown Stadium, along the woods that separate the parking lot from the Ohio River.
Some people tweeted they had heard of a man walking a cat there, but most were silent. Shaking their heads, thinking I'm just like Larry. I can understand their doubt. It's not a great photo. That black furry blob could be just about anything.
But, aha! Tonight, said man and cat were there again. Only this time, I went up to them.
He doesn't speak English, so, we really couldn't converse. But, he was proud of his feline friend, and picked the animal up so I could pet it. The cat wasn't too thrilled, but didn't have much choice, being leashed, and all.
Watching from afar, man and cat seem quite content. So, good on them both.
Baseball fans often call the 700WLW newsroom, asking why we can't synchronize our air signal, featuring the Hall of Famer, with television coverage of Reds games.
The answer is filled with legal jargon, and not very exciting. However, if you're a subscriber to MLB.TV, you'll probably be thrilled by this article at BuzzFeed.
Speaking of baseball, Thursday is the anniversary of Hank Aaron's 714th career home run. It happened in Cincinnati, at Riverfront Stadium, April 4th, 1974.
Speaking of anniversaries, April 3rd and 4th mark the 39th anniversary of the super outbreak of tornadoes across the midwest.
(Photo: Bridgetown tornado, taken by Frank Altenau, courtesy of the National Weather Service.)
Over the course of 16 hours, 148 tornadoes were reported in 13 states. When it was all done, 330 people were dead, and more than 5,400 injured. Read more at the NWS. Or watch the documentary made a few years later:
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My sister in law Kristen was on the show last week to talk about Carrot the wonder pup, who found his way back to their home after two years. They were featured last night on WLWT NEWS5 with Sheree Paolello
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