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Remembering Tamir

One year after the police-shooting death of Tamir Rice, activists call for justice

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Three hundred and sixty-four days after a Cleveland police officer shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice, a group of about 60 people gathered in a cold, driving rain at the Hamilton County Courthouse.  

Long Wait

Cincinnati’s lagging transit system presents barriers for both low-income residents and economic development

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Many Cincinnati residents who depend on Metro for transportation endure long routes that don’t go where most of the jobs and other necessities in the city are located.

Officials: Investigation Into Voting Difficulties Underway

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 11, 2015
The Hamilton County Board of Elections is investigating difficulties a number of voters faced last week as they sought to weigh in on controversial local and state ballot issues.

More Than a Game

Freedom Center digs deep into controversy over Native-American-themed mascots, recalling local fights over the symbols

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 11, 2015
A panel hosted by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Nov. 7 sought to bring to light the deep hurt and offense felt by the Native American community through the use of stereotypical mascots in team sports.

Geographies of Need

Gov. John Kasich’s food stamp policy again bypasses Ohio’s urban areas in favor of rural counties

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Seteria Carter has been battling cancer for four years. She is one of more than 125,000 people in Hamilton County who receive SNAP benefits. But there are others in the county — and in urban areas across the state — who need them and don’t get them.   

Defunding at all Costs

State lawmakers join the pile-on against Planned Parenthood

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Weeks after a federal court order kept two women’s clinics in southwestern Ohio from shutting down, the state’s biggest provider of those services faces a new challenge — a proposed law that prohibits it from receiving federal funds for health screenings and other non-family-planning-related services.  

Shared Causes

A Palestinian activist’s fight against immigration fraud charges unites civil-rights groups in Cincinnati

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Nearly 100 activists gathered outside of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals downtown from as far as Chicago, Detroit and Minneapolis to support Rasmea Odeh, who was scheduled to appeal her conviction on immigration fraud charges from a federal court in Detroit in November 2014.  

Ohio NORML: Issue 3 Could Pinch Marijuana Users’ Fourth Amendment Rights

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 21, 2015
As election day looms, medicinal and recreational marijuana users in Ohio are mulling cloudy questions around how ResponsibleOhio’s legalization amendment could affect their lifestyle.

Fighting Fear

Activists in Northside take to the streets to protest increasing violence against women

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 14, 2015
In the early morning hours of Oct. 2, two teenagers approached a woman near the corner of Chase and Virginia avenues in Northside and assaulted her. The terrifying incident wasn’t an isolated occurrence in Northside, which has seen a spike in reports of of violent rapes and sexual assaults.  

Waiting Game

Kentucky won’t legalize medical marijuana anytime soon, but interested parties are watching Ohio

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Thomas Vance is part of the group Veterans for Medical Cannabis Access, which advocates for military veterans to be able to use marijuana to treat conditions such as PTSD and chronic pain. He says marijuana helps reduce his PTSD symptoms by 90 percent.    

Fall of the House of Boehner

The departure of Congress’ most powerful man leaves a void that could be filled by more hardline conservatives

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 30, 2015
The clouds had been gathering over U.S. Rep. John Boehner from nearly the moment he started his tenure as House Speaker in 2011. Last week, the storm of discontent from far-right Republicans in Congress finally ushered him out, underlining deep faults in the country’s political landscape and leaving voids that could be filled by more hardline conservatives.  

Southwestern Ohio on Verge of Losing Last Abortion Providers

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Ohio Department of Health officials on Sept. 25 denied licenses to perform abortions for the last two remaining clinics in southwestern Ohio. Both clinics were in danger of closing at the end of the month, but a federal judge on Sept. 28 ruled they must be allowed to stay open until appeals to the ODH’s decision are heard.  

Safer Spaces

Diverse coalition announces first-of-its-kind effort to end sexual- and gender-based violence on college campuses

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Thirty-one years ago, Susan Bruggeman was just two months into her freshman year at the University of Cincinnati when she was raped at a Halloween party by a date her friend set her up with. The incident quickly became public after she reported it to the school, beginning a series of events that left her feeling humiliated.   

Staying in Character

Northside community members tap help from the feds hoping to keep the neighborhood affordable and accessible

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2015
On a sunny day in late August, a group from the Northside Community Council gave four representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency, in from Washington, D.C. and the federal agency’s Region 5 office in Chicago, a winding tour of the neighborhood.

The Once and Future King

In an effort to boost Evanston, community leaders race to preserve its famous musical legacy

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Long before he was a Grammy-winning musician and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Bootsy Collins was a kid in Cincinnati looking to break into the music business. That quest led him to the door of then-bustling King Records in Evanston.