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The Truth about ObamaCare

New HHS regional director dispels myths

2 Comments · Wednesday, January 18, 2012
It’s been nearly two years since the embattled notion of universal healthcare was whittled down into something that could make it onto President Obama’s desk for a signature. And still, the public’s literacy about the law is lacking.   

Women Helping Women

Bad Girl Ventures aids female-owned startup businesses

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Weddings are magical events for many people, and Stacey Shiring is adding her own dash of magic to the proceedings of local brides. Shiring, the owner of Bridal Divas Ink, is the newest graduate and recipient of a business loan of $25,000 from Bad Girl Ventures, a local company focused on financially helping women business owners.   

City Hall Considers Domestic Partner Benefits

Proposal would benefit both gay, straight workers

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 10, 2012
In an effort to help attract the brightest young professionals to Cincinnati, a city councilman is proposing that domestic partners of city employees be granted health insurance benefits. Councilman Chris Seelbach has introduced a motion requesting that city administrators research the issue.   

A Hopeful Look Ahead

Simpson relishes the challenge

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Collaboration, growth, opportunity and progress are the buzzwords that Cincinnati City Councilwoman Yvette Simpson uses to describe what she wants to foster at City Hall during the next two years.    

Nature at the Tipping Point

Nations surrender to climate chaos

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Toward the end of the year, in anticipation of the climate summit in Durban, South Africa, a disturbing wave of stories emerged that made our planetary predicament chillingly — and boiling-ly — clear.  

Power to the Personhood

Is amendment just a ploy to attract conservative voters in 2012?

1 Comment · Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Ohio voters at the polls next fall might get to decide if a fertilized egg should be considered a person from the moment of conception.   

The Times They Are A-Changin’

2011 in Cincinnati was an interesting, and sometimes bumpy, ride

7 Comments · Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Forget all that hype about 2008 and the presidential election: When local historians gaze back from the future, 2011 in Cincinnati probably will be remembered primarily as the year when true change occurred.   

Into the Fire

A first-person account of Fire Ops 101

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 20, 2011
The haze of the smoke has already crept to the first floor. We’re walking bowlegged up the building’s stairs because the center of the steps is the first part to be weakened by the fire. I have a fire hose under my arm.  

Lending a Helping Hand

PWC assists poor, elderly with home repairs and energy savings

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 20, 2011
As the weather turns cold and gas and electric bills begin to rise, many local residents worry about how they can afford to keep warm. A local nonprofit organization is trying to help.  

Just Scrapping By

Recession increases metal recycling, but thieves pose a problem

1 Comment · Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Gas money. That’s why Tina Karle and her husband scrap. They both work, he as a maintenance man, she as a writer of hiking guides, but scrapping is something they do to fill their tanks and make their paychecks stretch.  

Group Pushes ‘Pro-Neighborhood’ Agenda

CUFA: Poor areas shouldn’t bear brunt of city budget cuts

1 Comment · Wednesday, December 14, 2011
On Dec. 2, CUFA achieved a small victory for its so-called “People’s Platform” when City Manager Milton Dohoney Jr. announced his proposed 2012 municipal budget that eliminated a projected $33.6 million deficit while also fully funding all city-operated health clinics, along with the operation of 28 swimming pools, as well as preserving the school nurse program.  

Stopping Unnecessary Roughness

Local group monitors duplicative, painful animal research

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Michael Budkie has lasted 15 years in a career most people wouldn’t touch with a pooper-scooper: He studies the day-to-day life stories of animals stuck in laboratory experiments. 
  

Shining a Light

Project Censored targets the year’s most ignored news

1 Comment · Wednesday, November 30, 2011
In an age of blogs, tweets, hacks and piles of beans spilled by WikiLeaks, the notion of media censorship might seem dated. But the rundown of stories Project Censored calls attention to this year serves as a reminder that mainstream media outlets favoring the superficial over the substantive don’t give us all the information we need.
  

A Local’s View of the Arab Spring Aftermath

Like rest of nation, Egyptian women unsure about their future

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 22, 2011
In Egypt today the downside of revolution is beginning to be felt. During two weeks recently spent there on a tour to see the ancient sights, and then on my own for several days in Cairo, most people I talked to were ready for order to happen, although glad to have moved ahead.  

A Dummy’s Guide to Mormonism

Mitt Romney may be evil, but not due to his religion

1 Comment · Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Last month evangelical leaders gathered in Washington, D.C., for the Values Voter Summit, where disciples of the Pissed-Off Jesus harrumphed about how much America sucked. That’s when the bomb ignited.