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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.