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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.