Back Home: Marietta is a spooky, beautiful place

Editor’s note: this is the third post in a series titled “Back Home,” in which Speakeasy writers analyze fondness or distaste for their hometowns while there for winter break. — Marietta, Ohio has always had this weird lure for me. I keep coming back to it – and I’ll probably keep coming back to it as…

Long lines and a stirring speech: Obama visits OU

President Barack Obama’s visit today caused a kind-of-planned chaos throughout Athens, resulting in an atmosphere not at all dissimilar to an OU Halloween weekend without (most of) the drunken revelry. The streets were choked with yellow tape — secret service members presided over some sections — and the familiar paths of the university were filled…

PETA backs a hilariously misinformed ‘Pokémon’ parody game

PETA recently released “Pokémon Black & Blue”–a satirical online flash game that decries the treatment of animals in the Nintendo game series–to coincide with the recent “Pokémon” game releases: “Pokémon Black 2” and “Pokémon White 2.” The game is played from the point of view of a Pikachu and various other Pokémon as they attempt to overthrow their human…