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Life After Lucy

In historic case, lesbian co-parent loses rights to child

4 Comments · Wednesday, August 10, 2011
The constant reminders are all around Michele Hobbs' Prospect Hill home — a puppy named Leo, a half-finished garden. Lucy's room is still just the way she left it, the fish she caught in a neighbor's pond still in the fishbowl. At times, says Hobbs, it's overwhelming.  

Getting Deep Inside ALEC

Local activist exposes decades of secret legislation

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Within two hours of helping stage a loud protest outside a spring convention of conservative policymakers, Over-the-Rhine resident Aliya Rahman got a telephone call that has now triggered a media groundswell. “I have information about ALEC,” said a voice. Six weeks earlier, 29-year-old Rahman had been a Miami Univeristy Ph.D. student and labor organizer who wondered why an Ohio budget clause threatening to deregulate wages.  

Fighting for the YMCA

Residents, council members try to prevent closings

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 3, 2011
A showdown is looming between the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati and a group that wants to keep two YMCA branches open in Walnut Hills and East Walnut Hills. In 21 days the Williams and Melrose branches are scheduled to close despite the opposition of some residents.  

YMCA Loses $6 Million Over Closings

Housing agency pulls grant for downtown projects

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 27, 2011
The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati unexpectedly lost a $6 million grant this week due to the recently announced closings of two branches in the city's urban core. Lamont Taylor, president of the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA), announced the agency's decision during a public forum held at Bush Recreation Center in Walnut Hills.  

Following God's Calling, Not Man's

Growing movement ordains women as Catholic priests

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Historically, a number of brave women have established themselves as a catalyst for change, dedicating their lives to a cause that becomes so compelling that they’re willing to risk everything they know to achieve their goal. One such woman is Lexington resident and peace activist Janice Sevre-Duszynska.  

Finding the Path to Serenity

Local treatment facility provides hope for addicts

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Much like the self-induced punishment of Sisyphus in Greek mythology, an addict’s lifelong struggle to resist the immense weight of his compulsions is like the never-ending task of pushing a boulder uphill, knowing that the slightest misstep or falter in spirit along the way could result in a complete loss of control that ultimately subjects him to the devastating laws of nature —fundamentally those of his personal nature.  

A Road to Reenter Society

New law will reduce prison costs, help ex-felons find work

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 13, 2011
A criminal sentencing reform bill approved last month is estimated to save Ohio taxpayers more than $46 million during the next four years, but some argue that it has a more important purpose. Ohio House Bill No. 86 reduces penalties for many low-level nonviolent criminals in the state, reduces sentencing for inmates who exhibit good behavior and helps inmates find employment.  

Remembering a Talent Cut Short

Killed in Libya, globe-trotting photographer had local ties

1 Comment · Wednesday, July 13, 2011
In just a few weeks, friends were to pack Sacred Hearts-St. Stephens Church in Brooklyn, N.Y., to see Chris Hondros, the Pulitzer Prize-nominated photographer, finally tie the knot. For the 40-year-old Hondros, his Aug. 6 vows with fellow photographer Christina Piaia were supposed to be the start of a new life. That changed on April 20 in Misrata, Libya.  

This Little Piggie Gets Tortured

Kroger stops shipments, asks for probe

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Three years ago, floodwaters engulfed Iowa and swept hundreds of pigs down the Mississippi River, sparking a rescue effort that moved over 60 survivors to new lives on sanctuaries. Last week Iowa's levees burst again, and its pigs took the national spotlight once more, to tell a different story. A hard-to-watch undercover video from the Ohio-based group Mercy for Animals (MFA) was released on June 29, showing live piglets getting sliced, slammed and thrown across a building in a small Iowa town.  

Rumpke Forges Ahead with Landfill Plans

Company earlier promised no more growth

1 Comment · Wednesday, July 6, 2011
A group of concerned citizens who have been fighting the expansion of a local landfill for over four years insist they have no intention of giving up, despite facing several recent legal setbacks. The group, Property Owners Want Equal Rights (POWER), has been fighting the proposed expansion of Rumpke Consolidation Cos. landfill in Colerain Township.  

Painting a Better World

Artist/activist turns 70, recalls civil rights struggle

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Mary Ann Lederer’s story has a bright line down the middle: Before she was shot in the back at age 35, and since then as she turns 70 on July 4 and marks half her life in a wheelchair. Lederer’s is a tale of surviving and thriving, told too little except among fans of her art, of her teachings on diet, nutrition and the health practices she says saved her life and fans of an activism that began in the 1960s when she was one of Cincinnati’s early civil rights promoters.  

Rolling Out the Welcome Mat

National Latino group meets in the Queen City

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 29, 2011
With still-fresh wounds from the WLW ad campaign in 2007 that thoughtlessly touted the radio giant as “The Big Juan” — with its cartoonishly stereotypical imagery on billboards — and a suburban sheriff constantly in the headlines railing against immigrants, Cincinnati is hardly the city you would think would be embraced by a national group that represents the Hispanic community. This week, though, the Queen City is hosting the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), as the organization comes to town for its 82nd annual national convention.  

Greening Construction, Changing Minds

Cincinnati becoming focus for eco-friendly development

2 Comments · Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Cincinnati’s role as a national center for green progressivism gets spotlighted this week when the Greening the Heartland conference brings some 1,000 attendees and 100 exhibitors to downtown’s Duke Energy Conference Center. The theme of the three-day conference, which starts June 22 and is sanctioned by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Midwest region, is “Breaking New Ground.” And it’s a fitting one for what’s happening here.  

EPA Approves Pleasant Ridge Cleanup

Residents say plan doesn’t go far enough

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Three months after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved Hilton Davis’ plan to clean up its industrial site in Pleasant Ridge, no progress has been made and some residents still are concerned about the plan’s details, calling them inadequate. The agency and Hilton Davis worked together for years to come to an agreement on how to clean the contaminated site, located at 2235 Langdon Farm Road, after decades of toxic waste had been dumped there.  

Mired in the War on Drugs

Some police say it’s time for end

1 Comment · Wednesday, June 15, 2011
What became clear to me while speaking about marijuana legalization with volunteers of the organization Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) is that the argument is really about responsibility. Are we as a society responsible for controlling what adults put into their own bodies? Or are individuals responsible for themselves? And is the Nixonian “war on drugs” — now in its 40th year — responsible for creating more problems than it solved?