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Differing Forecasts

Union: CPS using faulty budget model to make cuts

1 Comment · Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Cincinnati’s beleaguered public school system, faced with a projected $43 million budget gap for next year, slashed 10 percent of its teaching staff April 17. In a special session, the school board voted unanimously to eliminate at least 237 jobs, saving the district around $20 million.    

Breaking the Silence

Take Back the Night aims to curb violence against women, empower victims

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Organizers of the annual Take Back the Night vigils and marches across the United States often cite the Thoreau quote as epitomizing one of the movement’s key principles. The power of speaking out, they say, is essential to ending the stigma associated with sexual violence against women.   

Home Repair?

Critics call Chabot's Section 8 reform redundant, ill-advised

12 Comments · Tuesday, April 10, 2012
In an economy where prices on rental properties continue to skyrocket while the job market remains sluggish, Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Westwood) has an idea. He’s introduced radical legislation to reform the federal Section 8 low-income housing program, a reform that would force many in need to fend for themselves to obtain housing.   

Life After Death

Thomas More alum discusses new life as spiritual advisor for death row inmates

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Dale Recinella, a devout Catholic who got his undergraduate degree from Thomas More College in Northern Kentucky and graduated law school at Notre Dame University, said he had a religious experience while unconscious. In his fevered state, Recinella saw Jesus Christ, who asked him what he had accomplished with the gifts he had been given.
  

In Harm’s Way

Non-combat deaths of Ohio soldiers raise questions about U.S. military’s treatment of female members

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 27, 2012
There are several Ohio families whose military daughters died from “non-combat” circumstances, and their tragedy was amplified when the military tried to tarnish the victim’s reputation and even blame the victim for her own death.

  

Up For the Challenge

Janaya Trotter to run against powerful Republican for county prosecutor

3 Comments · Tuesday, March 20, 2012
If Janaya Trotter is successful, she would be both the first woman and the first African-American prosecutor in Hamilton County’s history. Trotter, 31, is a lifelong county resident who graduated from Northern Kentucky University’s Salmon P. Chase Law College in 2008.   

What to Do With Wasson Way

Bike trail advocates find resistance from light rail supporters

21 Comments · Tuesday, March 13, 2012
There’s a stretch of old railroad tracks running through the bustling, lively area of Hyde Park just off the Smith-Edwards Road exit. Businesses thrive among a quiet, upscale residential area; children board buses for school. Just to the side of the road, though — away from the life and hullabaloo — is something very different. Something lifeless.    

Saharan Spring In Cincinnati Winter

Two local women raise awareness of human rights abuses in Morocco

13 Comments · Tuesday, March 6, 2012
“The Arab Spring actually began in autumn in a small camp in Western Sahara,” says Salka Barca. Barca doesn’t note that this fact is known by too few, but it is implied in a facial expression that is equal parts pride and exasperation.    

Unoccupied

Lawsuit, new local movement fight foreclosure practices

3 Comments · Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Ten years ago, Demetrious Smith hoped to buy a building and work as a landlord after non-work-related injury ended his 13-year career with General Electric, but getting financed on the strength of his monthly $1,182 disability check seemed unlikely. Then a postcard arrived in his family’s mailbox from a company called National Mortgage Funding, which promised home financing for anyone.  

Supreme Challenge

Local municipal court judge vies for Democratic nomination in Ohio Supreme Court race

1 Comment · Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Fanon Rucker could be history in the making. Rucker is seeking a seat on the Ohio State Supreme Court. If he wins the Democratic primary and the general election, he then joins his father in being the first father and son to sit on a Supreme Court bench at the same time in U.S. history.    

Leap Year Oddities

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Kim Martin is 13 years old, going on 60. The Liberty Township woman is a “leaper,” also known as a person born on Leap Year Day, Feb. 29. Leapers celebrate their true birthdays every four years, and 2012 is one such exceptional year.  

Luck of the (Re)Draw

Three Democrats battle for the new 31st Ohio House District

4 Comments · Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Fascinating, diverse, progressive — those are just a handful of words that are being used to describe the new 31st Ohio House District. Consisting of Amberley Village, Clifton, Clifton Heights, Evanston, Madisonville, Hyde Park, Northside, Oakley, Silverton, St. Bernard and Walnut Hills, the district contains many walks of life, including a healthy liberal population.   

Lawsuit alleges Enquirer layoffs driven by age

8 Comments · Wednesday, February 15, 2012
As The Enquirer staff braces for another reduction in staff, the paper and its parent company might not yet have seen the full fallout of its decision to cut staff last year. Two of the newspaper’s former editors, Joe Fenton and Cathy Ruetter, have filed an age discrimination lawsuit against the newspaper and The Gannett Co.  

Intended Consequences

CoreChange uses systemic approach to address urban poverty

1 Comment · Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Dr. Victor Garcia delivers a quote from Jewish philosopher Abraham Heschel: “The opposite of good is not evil, the opposite of good is indifference.” The diverse crowd of about 80 people who’ve gathered to hear Garcia speak at a recent luncheon at a downtown church nod their heads in approval.  

Breeding Ground

Lack of dog auction regulation draws out-of-state dealers

3 Comments · Tuesday, February 7, 2012
A citizen-initiated statute has reached the Ohio General Assembly after eight years of protests and a two-year signature drive by an Ohio volunteer group called the Coalition to Ban Ohio Dog Auctions (CBODA). The statute would ban the sale of dogs through auctions or raffles, as well as all trafficking in dogs from out-of-state auctions.