Tuesday, May 21 2013 2:33 PM EDT2013-05-21 18:33:30 GMT
CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The schedule for one of the country's best high school football showcases is about to be released, but here's a sneak peek at some of the match-ups. The following eight games willFull Story >
A record 17 schools will be playing in the 16th annual Crosstown Showdown high school football showcase this coming season. Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 2:28 PM EDT2013-05-21 18:28:04 GMT
An inmate walks away from a Lebanon jail. Officers are asking the public to be on the look out for Stephen Ramey. Officers say Ramey walked away from the Lebanon Correction Institution just before noonFull Story >
Officers say Ramey walked away from the Lebanon Correction Institution just before noon on Tuesday.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 1:47 PM EDT2013-05-21 17:47:32 GMT
The Cincinnati Fire Department is on the scene of an house fire in the 1600 block of State Avenue. Crews reported flames coming from the second story. FOX19 crews on the scene say the house has beenFull Story >
The home was vacant but neighbors told investigators that a squatter had been staying in the building. Full Story >
(RNN) - Move over, Scar Jo.
While the star power of Avengers actress Scarlett Johansson drives people to the box office, the same can't necessarily be said of the polls.
For all their Twitter and MTV-soaked endorsements, when it comes to who young Americans are voting for, parents - and not Hollywood's A-list - have more influence than Gen Y may want you to believe.
According to a recent survey by Millennial Branding, a research and consulting firm focused on Gen Y, and internships.com, 48 percent of voters ages 18 to 29 say parents most influence their vote, aside from themselves.
Friends and co-workers rank just behind parents.
Celebrities, not used to sitting in the cheap seats, bring up the rear in terms of voter influence, according to the poll.
Still, while few would admit to consciously aligning their politics with a favorite star, is there some subliminal pull celebrities have on a fan's collective voting subconscious?
"If the person is at all well-known, time after time, [research] shows it does have impact. You see celebrities endorsing products from cars to wine - they may not have expertise in that area, but the very fact that the public knows them means they take what they say more seriously. The same goes for politics," said Dr. Paul Levinson, a professor of communications and media studies with Fordham University.
"People aren't going to admit 'I saw Bruce Springsteen endorse Obama. I'm going to vote for Obama.' It might not even be that conscious."
The Democratic National Convention relied heavily on celebrity presence to compel young voters to head to the polls. Johansson, Desperate Housewives' Eva Longoria, and Scandal's Kerry Washington all took the platform in Charlotte to stump for Obama, along with the band Foo Fighters and R&B artist Mary J. Blige.
At their convention in Tampa, Republicans, who typically have not successfully courted a generally left-leaning Tinsel Town, relied more on political rock stars than musical ones, showcasing party powerhouses like Condoleeza Rice, Sen. Marco Rubio, and newly minted Republican Artur Davis.
But not all of Hollywood votes Democrat. Clint Eastwood made a now infamous appearance as a "mystery guest" at the 2012 Republican National Convention.
Around a dozen Olympic athletes also took the stage at the convention to make their pitch for Mitt, who, as chief executive, they billed as the savior of a troubled 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
Kid Rock appeared recently at Minnesota's Oakland University to stump for the Romney/Ryan ticket, saying "I'm very proud to say we elected our first black president. I'm sorry he didn't do a better job."
"Celebrities are great endorsers for political candidates because they usually have a fan base that's bigger than any candidate. One tweet from Kim Kardashian goes out to 16 million followers - each time she tweets," said April Masini with AskApril.com.
"The downside? It's Kim Kardashian. Some candidates don't want to be associated with a celebrity whose claim to fame is a sex tape, a healthy derriere and a family show that many consider is lacking in family values."
Endorsements aside, speech is free, but sometimes the consequences of exercising your right to free speech aren't.
"I do feel that they should be more cautious in voicing support or opposition to a candidate because it can harm them if misconstrued. Remember the Dixie Chicks?" said Kelly Lynn Carter from Athens, AL.
"They have the right to their opinion same as we do. I just don't feel like they should use their status as a celebrity to try and force their opinion on us."
In 2003, thousands of radio stations pulled music from country group The Dixie Chicks off the air after singer Natalie Maines criticized President George W. Bush in an off-the-cuff remark, saying "We're ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas."
Though the band experienced success in the years following, even winning five Grammy's along the way for their 2006 release Taking the Long Way, they never fully rebounded from the hit commercially.
Levinson, who says the public has a short, forgiving memory, has a different take on why the band's star has since faded.
"Nobody remembers them because they stopped making hit records," he said.
"The Beatles, John Lennon said 'We're more popular than Jesus' and people in the American south went ballistic. Stations stopped playing their records. It didn't hurt the Beatles one bit. Their next album still sold a jillion copies because people love their music."
For many voters, Republican, Democrat, or Independent, the bottom line remains - celebrities should stick to their day jobs.
Debbie Dieter Kellery, of Perrysburg, OH, says she doesn't care who celebrities stump for, "Unless of course they have degrees in economics, political science and business management. Other than that I just want them to entertain me and keep their politics to themselves."
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Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:36 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:36:49 GMT
(RNN) – A day after long track tornadoes devastated Shawnee and Edmond, OK, another round has begun near Oklahoma City.KOCO broadcast a slow rotating cloud that slowly extended down towards the groundFull Story >
Dozens of people have died after a second day of tornadoes twisted through Oklahoma, this time taking aim at the town of Moore, south of Oklahoma City.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 9:15 PM EDT2013-05-21 01:15:38 GMT
A massive tornado touched down to the southwest of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon. Starting out as a classic funnel it quickly became a giant half-mile wide wedge tornado as it proceeded east north eastFull Story >
A massive tornado touched down to the southwest of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:44 AM EDT2013-05-21 13:44:48 GMT
Eastbound 275 is closed this morning at the Kellogg due to a roll-over accident with an entrapment. The one car accident happened just after 3A-M. The car landed in the median. One person was takenFull Story >
Officers say speed and alcohol are suspected to be factors in the crash. Jones was wearing his seatbelt. Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 5:35 PM EDT2013-05-20 21:35:49 GMT
(RNN) - On May 3, 1999, an F5 tornado touched down near Chickasha, OK and cut northeast through the state before dissipating near Midwest City, OK.Monday's tornado that devastated Moore, OK closely followedFull Story >
In 1999, Oklahoma City saw an F5 tornado that caused more than $1 billion in damage. Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:22 AM EDT2013-05-21 10:22:59 GMT
Cincinnati Firefighters are responding to a fire in the 1800 of Jackson Street in Lincoln Heights. Witnesses reported seeing flames on the back side of the building. The location was known as "The SugarFull Story >
Crews from Woodlawn, Evendale and Wyoming are on the scene. The fire is out but the building is still smoking. Full Story >
A 23-year-old father is charged after allowing his 9-year-old daughter to drive. Police were called to the parking lot of Headland's State Park in Painesville Township on Sunday around 10:15 p.m. afterFull Story >
A Lake County, Ohio father is charged after allowing his 9-year-old daughter to drive.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 10:39 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:39:58 GMT
Police are looking for the suspects who robbed the Fresh Market in Oakley. It happened just before 10 p.m. Monday night at the location on Madison Road. Initial reports are that two men with guns enteredFull Story >
Police are looking for the suspects who robbed the Fresh Market in Oakley.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 10:00 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:00:13 GMT
Bonnie Esrig worked for the IRS for 38 years, many of which were spent in the Cincinnati field office. She retired in January 2013 as an Area Manager in Exempt Organizations Determinations. Esrig saysFull Story >
Bonnie Esrig worked for the IRS for 38 years, many of which were spent in the Cincinnati field office.Full Story >
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