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Duke Wants New Fee on Customers Who Opt Out

Regulators might undermine city proposal

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 14, 2011
In a move almost as confusing as its monthly bills, Duke Energy has proposed a 10-year rate plan that would impose a new “capacity” fee on both its own customers and those who have switched to other electricity providers. While the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) evaluates the proposal, Cincinnati residents are considering an unrelated ballot measure that would enable them, as a group, to take their business away from Duke and give it to a lower bidder.  

The Lingering Terror of 9/11

A decade after attacks, has U.S. learned anything?

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 7, 2011
After witnessing the first jetliner crash into the Twin Towers on that bright Sept. 11 morning in 2001, a friend of mine’s wife and 7-year old daughter fled to their nearby Manhattan loft and ran to the roof to look around. From there, they saw the second plane explode in a rolling ball of flaming fuel across the rooftops. It felt like the heat of a fiery furnace. Not long after, the girl was struck with blindness. She rarely left her room. Her parents worked with therapists for months, trying various techniques including touch and visualization, before the young girl finally recovered her sight.  

Closing the (Political) Salon

For a decade, group provided forum for lively debate

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 31, 2011
If Cincinnati were Paris, Ellen Bierhorst would be its Gertrude Stein. In July the 71-year-old psychotherapist-poet ended her Lloyd House Salon, a gathering in Clifton where some of the city's most engaged citizens grappled with local leaders and each other about politics, art, life and death. Open to anyone and any topic, the salon convened every week “come hell or high water” for 10 years.  

Helping Change Students' Lives

Adopt-a-Class program targets poor kids

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Sometimes it seems like everything Bill Burwinkel touches turns to gold, and he's hoping that some of his Midas touch rubs off on low-income students in the Greater Cincinnati area. The Price Hill resident and entrepreneur is a big believer in giving back to the community. With his Adopt-a-Class Foundation, he's not only challenging students to be successful but also is urging the business community to move away from its comfort zone to help those in need.  

Battle Raging Over Office of Environmental Quality

Supporters note OEQ has helped create jobs

0 Comments · Thursday, August 25, 2011
Among a standing-room-only crowd at a former Catholic church in South Cumminsville, a swath of pointedly green t-shirts sprang up Aug. 16 on residents opposing a budget proposal that would dismantle Cincinnati's Office of Environmental Quality (OEQ). Among those who addressed council, 18 spoke in support of continuing to fund OEQ, with two using the phrase “penny-wise and pound-foolish” to describe the proposal; none defended it.  

Farming Makes a Comeback

Locavore trend helps local planters

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 24, 2011
There's no Aruba, Barbados or Maui for this bunch. A modern farmer’s life still portends grueling hours, endless chores and plenty of sweat, especially in the sweltering summertime when many of us head for the mountains or the beach. Yet six local farmers insist that they wouldn’t have it any other way.  

The Uninsured Take Another Hit

County officials reduce health-care levy

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Hamilton County voters will decide if $6.5 million in funding should be cut from University Hospital after county officials recently decided to put a revamped property tax levy on the fall ballot. Commissioner Greg Hartmann, a Republican, introduced the proposal earlier this month to reduce the Health and Hospitalization levy, commonly known as the Indigent Care levy.  

Going Green Gets Easier

New learning center offers tips for urban gardens and more

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 17, 2011
The Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati is opening a new learning station that is aimed at teaching urban dwellers how to live green. The Green Learning Station, which is opening Aug. 20, will focus on teaching city residents about composting, catching falling stormwater for reuse and how to garden anywhere.  

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.