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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.  

Making a Nuisance of Themselves

Owners, neighbors spar over law about rental properties

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Even as a lawsuit against the city over its “chronic nuisance” ordinance meanders through the federal court system, City Council voted last month to expand the ordinance’s fines, opening a new chapter in the rancorous history of City Hall’s crackdown on troubled housing units and so-called absentee landlords.    

Banking on a Big Change

Ex-politico says a public bank would help Ohio’s economy

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Two-time candidate for Ohio’s 2nd Congressional district David Krikorian has proposed that the state adopt a public banking system in the form of the Public Bank of Ohio (PBO), which would “alleviate the squeeze on credit, greasing the gears of capitalism for small business, the engine of economic growth.”  

Newcomers Join Council; Bortz, Ghiz Among Ousted

3 Comments · Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Voters sent a resounding message in Tuesday night's election, giving Cincinnati City Council's conservative majority its walking papers and returning control to Democrats after a tumultuous two-year term. In the process, two longtime incumbents known for their fiery tempers were defeated.   

School Board Incumbents Retain Seats; Kuhns Joins Board

Bolton: Levy loss “devastating”

3 Comments · Wednesday, November 9, 2011
There were no surprises in the Cincinnati School Board elections Tuesday night; Incumbents Eve Bolton and A. Chris Nelms held their seats and newcomer Alex Kuhns also won a spot on the board. The Hamilton County Democratic Party had stumped for the trio as a bloc and their names were the most familiar to voters.   

Once Again, Anti-Rail Initiative is Defeated

2 Comments · Wednesday, November 9, 2011
For the second time in two years, Cincinnati voters have rejected a ballot measure that sought to block the city's long-planned streetcar project. After a hard-fought campaign filled with heated rhetoric and election complaints, Issue 48 was defeated Tuesday night. A total of 35,655 votes were cast against the measure (51.54 percent), compared to 33,530 in favor (48.46 percent).  

Unions jubilant over SB5 repeal

Conservative City Council members swept away by tide

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 9, 2011
The post-election party celebrating the public's execution of Senate Bill No. 5 was jubilant and electrifying. Throughout the night at the Holy Grail Tavern downtown, cheers could be heard celebrating the waves of election reports as they came in.