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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.   

Forging His Own Path

Smitherman makes return to council

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 7, 2012
For some people, City Councilman Christopher Smitherman is Cincinnati’s wakeup call for change. Smitherman’s election to council in November proved not only that independent candidates can get elected, but that city residents wanted someone who is outspoken and didn’t pull his punches at City Hall.   

Killing Them Softly

Animal advocates support resuming domestic horse slaughter

3 Comments · Tuesday, January 31, 2012
The good girl in the Tom Petty song loves her mama, Jesus, America, horses and her boyfriend, too. Petty doesn’t specify if the order is a ranked one, but does equate them all to something centrally pure, something uniquely American. The horse is not on the list by accident.   

Openness and Opportunity

Sittenfeld’s journey from journalism to City Hall

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 31, 2012
In preparing to interview newly elected Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld, I was repeatedly visited by the temptation to ask him, “Are you as squeaky-clean as you seem?”      

What the Frack?

After tremors, lawmakers try to slow down ‘fracking’

1 Comment · Tuesday, January 24, 2012
A series of 12 unusual earthquakes in northern Ohio reached a 4.0 magnitude on New Year’s Eve, shaking homes in Youngstown and intensifying nationwide opposition to fracking, a controversial natural gas extraction process.   

Working For the Underdogs

Seelbach focuses on social justice, development

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 24, 2012
The phrase, ‘Cincinnati’s first openly gay council member’ has been regularly linked to Chris Seelbach’s name in media reports ever since his November election. In an interview last week, Seelbach told CityBeat that this label helped him win his seat on council and is an integral part of his identity as a man and a city leader, but it’s far from a complete picture of who he is.  

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.