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Anna Louise Inn Wins Zoning Approval, but W&S Plans to Appeal

1 Comment · Wednesday, August 29, 2012
The Historic Conservation Board knew it was in for a long afternoon when Western & Southern showed up to Monday’s hearing with an army of suits to argue against a recommended zoning permit for the Anna Louise Inn.

Secret Service

Ohio Democrats say Kasich, Mandel are blowing off records requests

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Rival political parties in Ohio probably know more about your elected officials than you do. It’s common practice for the major parties to file open records requests to get everything from schedules and emails to staff resumes from officeholders.    

Josh Mandel Brings New Brand of Dishonesty

3 Comments · Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Congratulations are in order for Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel. As part of his U.S. senatorial campaign, Mandel, a Republican, has earned his sixth “Pants on Fire” rating from fact-checking website PolitiFact.  

Road to Recovery?

Report offers latest data on Ohio's human trafficking problem

1 Comment · Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Since 2010, Ohio has woken up to the realities of its human trafficking problem. Back then, the state was considered to be among “the worst states” — or tier 4 — by the Polaris Project, an organization focused on the nationwide issue of human trafficking.   

COAST's Latest Anti-Streetcar Rant is Flimsier than Normal

1 Comment · Wednesday, August 15, 2012
The Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes (COAST) has long been known locally for its unwavering opposition to the streetcar project, but the organization crossed the line into dishonesty on Aug. 6 with its calls to action about the sale of the Blue Ash Airport.

Catching a Wave

Obama campaign targets LGBT voters in Ohio

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Barack Obama is the first sitting American president to express his support for gay marriage, and he’s hoping to cash in on that political capital come November.  

School's Out

Data suggests Internet-based education isn't living up to the hype

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Enrollment in e-schools in Ohio has steadily grown since 2005. But Internet-based education might not be matching up to the hype.  

Four More Years

City Council to determine which proposal for four-year terms voters will see in November

1 Comment · Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Cincinnati voters will decide in November whether their City Council members will serve four-year terms instead of the current two-year ones — councilors just haven’t decided which proposal to send to voters.   

Leveling the Law

Secular Coalition plans Ohio chapter to organize against religion in government

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 18, 2012
In order to combat what it views as the encroachment of religion on public life, a national organization called the Secular Coalition for America is planning on opening a state chapter in Ohio.   

Schooled on Debt

Congress’ latest student loan fix is no long-term answer

1 Comment · Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Student debt in this country has surpassed the trillion-dollar mark — exceeding even total credit card debt — and is still climbing. And a lot of it is owed by English and philosophy majors now working as baristas or not at all.  

First Amendment: Gore Good, Genitals Bad

1 Comment · Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Blocks away from the newest specialty store opened by First Amendment crusader/pornographer Larry Flynt — a man whose many court appearances helped define the legal boundaries of free speech — anti-abortion activists on the sidewalks around Fountain Square July 9 showed downtown workers and visitors to the 2012 World Choir Games graphic depictions of fetuses mutilated by abortion.  

Fit to Live

How Ohio death row inmate Abdul Awkal was saved from execution

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Ohio death row inmate Abdul Awkal wasn’t trying to avoid his execution. He just wanted his meals prepared according to his Muslim faith.    

Future Funding

Local colleges increase tuition, cut offerings in response to decreasing state funding

2 Comments · Wednesday, June 27, 2012
A U.S. Department of Education survey has found that Ohio’s public colleges are among the most expensive for students nationwide, and universities around the region were quick to blame the Ohio state government for high costs.   

If These Walls Could Talk

Pleasant Ridge community fights to save the fabric of its neighborhood

1 Comment · Wednesday, June 20, 2012
The vibe of the Pleasant Ridge community business district was recently threatened when rumors began surfacing of corporate intentions to purchase the defining block of the neighborhood to demolish the buildings, making way for a new, deluxe Walgreens including a drive-thru pharmacy. Those affected would include long-standing Everybody’s Records, the Gas Light Café, Ridge Jewelers, Royal Barbers and others.

Gays, Even Christians, Need Not Apply

Jonathan Zeng shares his story of discrimination, as local leaders rally

11 Comments · Wednesday, June 13, 2012
They shared the same Christian values, they shared a love of children and Jonathan Zeng was ready to start as a music teacher at his new school. But 15 minutes after accepting the offer, Zeng received a phone call from a school board representative because something was weighing on his mind — whether or not Zeng is gay.