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Making Connections

Local app-development class contributes to a federal project hoping to end LGBTQ youth homelessness

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 26, 2015
When app developer Mark Mussman started a course to teach Cincinnatians how to build Android applications, he also saw opportunity to help out LGBTQ youth experiencing or on the verge of experiencing homelessness.
  

Clearing the Smoke

Everything you need to know about the marijuana legalization proposal slated for November’s ballot

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Last week, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced that marijuana legalization effort ResponsibleOhio had succeeded in its push to collect the more than 300,000 signatures it needed to put its proposal for a state constitutional amendment on the November ballot.   

Moving Up, Moving Out

Over-the-Rhine’s dramatic makeover has harsh realities for some longtime residents

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 12, 2015
For the past year, Reginald Stroud has lived in a tucked away dead-end street in Northside. The building he lived in at 1123-1125 Walnut St. also housed both his convenience store and karate studio, which he says put him at the center of a tight-knit community of longtime OTR residents.
  

Medicaid in Action

Ohioans are reaping the rewards of the state’s Medicaid expansion as lawmakers mull funding going forward

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Charles McClinon was in a tough spot in 2013 when he lost his health coverage. The 52-year-old Cincinnati native, who has epilepsy, had returned to school in Chicago when the medication he took for his seizures started affecting his short-term memory.
  

No Taxation Without (Oil and Gas) Representation


Gov. John Kasich’s fracking tax succumbs to GOP and industry powers

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Last month, Republican lawmakers axed a proposed tax hike by Gov. John Kasich that would have raised Ohio’s near non-existent severance tax on oil and gas drilling.    

Searching for Answers

Family and friends await details about the police shooting death of Samuel Dubose in Mount Auburn

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 22, 2015
On July 20, more than 100 mourners gathered in the small, isolated section of Mount Auburn in the shadow of Christ Hospital where Samuel Dubose died the previous day.  

Stealing Time

How subcontracting makes recovering lost wages difficult for undocumented immigrant workers

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Juan Alvarez was one of 10 undocumented workers from Guatemala recruited by Jorge Padrilla, an undocumented Mexican, to do the framing and drywall work for an addition at the Ohio Theta House fraternity on Joselin Street in Clifton Heights last July. 
  

Crisis Averted?

Cincinnati neighborhoods continue to struggle with blight in the wake of the foreclosure crisis

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 8, 2015
When the eyes of the nation turn to the All-Star Game in Cincinnati this week, viewers will likely see a pristine version of the city. What they won’t see are hundreds of vacant houses blighting nearby neighborhoods — a haunting reminder the foreclosure crisis is still thriving in Cincinnati.  

Officers Charged with Covering Up Accident for Controversial Cop

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Two Cincinnati police officers have been charged in the cover up of a car accident involving a third officer, Sgt. Andrew Mitchell.   

Fighting On

Advocates push back against new state regulations closing in on Cincinnati’s last clinic providing abortions

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 1, 2015
In the gray early morning of June 24, a charter bus idled outside the Elizabeth Campbell Surgical Center in Mount Auburn waiting to take a group of Planned Parenthood supporters from Cincinnati to the state capitol building in Columbus.  

U.S. Supreme Court Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage Nationwide

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 1, 2015
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 26 that same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional, legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide
  

Public Fight

As a new effort to increase charter schools launches, public school advocates push back

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 24, 2015
A group calling itself the Cincinnati Educational Justice Coalition packed 60 people into a small conference room at the West End YMCA June 18 to discuss solutions to a long-standing issue — the  stubborn gap separating low-income Cincinnati students from their more well-off peers.
  

Continuing Tension

Family and community search for answers after the police shooting of 22-year-old Quandavier Hicks in Northside

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Erica Woods came from Georgia to Cincinnati for answers about her son’s death and found herself marching across the Hamilton Avenue I-75 overpass June 11 with a group of more than 200.  

Mayor, Council Democrats Battle over City Budget

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Cincinnati City Council’s Budget and Finance Committee on June 15 wrangled over the city’s upcoming $1 billion budget, passing the operating portion of that financial plan but leaving a fight over capital spending for another day.  

Balance of Power

Council’s ignored human services request primes potential budget battle

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Last November, Cincinnati City Council unanimously voted to double the size of the city’s human services fund from $1.5 million to $3 million during the next budget cycle.