Down the road in Barberton, Ohio, workers at the Decker Family Development Center made a last ditch attempt this week to keep the social assistance agency from closing its doors — but the $3.00 in lottery winnings was not enough to prevent the center's closure. LINK
As if Ohioans needed more confirmation of their importance in the election: the Cincinnati Enquirer says today that Americans Coming Together has spent more money ($1.1 million) in Ohio than in any other state, along with deploying more than 700 workers in the Buckeye State. (The Note can't help but wonder what these figures would look like sans felons . . . ) LINK
The executive director of the Ohio Head Start Association warned Cleveland residents yesterday that the anti-poverty program is "under attack." LINK
The Wheeling News-Register reports that Vice President Cheney will get a two-fer in his weekend stop in the West Virginia city, with many Southern Ohio residents expected to cross the Ohio River to attend the Vice President's speech at Wheeling Park High School. LINK
While we wait for the first Spidey numbers, the Arizona Republic's Connie Cone Sexton muses that Fahrenheit 9/11 will have staying power over Spider-Man 2's likely huge box office numbers: "Spider-Man 2's opening may slightly cool the Fahrenheit frenzy, but the pending election should keep the political film a top ticket." LINK People will need a movie to see when "Spider-Man 2" is sold out after all — although there is "De-Lovely," right?
In the meantime, we can't help it: did everybody notice the 3 (!) possible future villains dropped into Spider-Man?
"Fahrenheit" will become the first imported documentary into China, the People's Daily Online reports. LINK Back in this country, read today's Los Angeles Times letters to the editors for a good collection of the passions incited by the movie. LINK
Florida Rep. Corrine Brown, featured in "Fahrenheit" saying the "Senate is missing" as she and other black congressional members objected to President Bush's election victory, is using the movie as a campaign tool: "She has hit the road for screenings that double as campaign fund-raisers, including a $25-a-head showing tonight at 6 at the Universal Cineplex," reports the Orlando Sentinel's Scott Maxwell. LINK
And she was in the great Gainesville, Fla. last night. LINK
The Washington Post 's Richard Cohen writes that "the stunning box-office success of 'Fahrenheit 9/11' is not, as proclaimed, a sure sign that Bush is on his way out but is instead a warning to the Democrats to keep the loony left at a safe distance." LINK Elsewhere, papers continue to have mostly positive color about local screenings, including this tidbit in the Allentown Morning Call: '"We've turned more than 100 people away from every show,' said Scott Snyder, managing director of Allentown's 19th Street Theatre, which added an unscheduled fourth show on Sunday and will show the film through July 18." LINK
AP's David German reports the success of "Fahrenheit" has increased distributors' and theater owners' interest in documentaries. LINK And somebody should run those CMAG numbers about where the film's TV ads are running — there was some pricey network morning show time bought in at least some of the nation today.