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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.

Mixed Messages

Debate over UC’s RECLAIM program shows the fraught world of campus sexual assault response

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 2, 2015
As University of Cincinnati students began filing onto campus to start classes this week, a battle was raging over a program run by the UC Women’s Center designed to aid sexual assault survivors.

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.