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Forging His Own Path

Smitherman makes return to council

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 7, 2012
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.   

Killing Them Softly

Animal advocates support resuming domestic horse slaughter

3 Comments · Tuesday, January 31, 2012
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.   

Openness and Opportunity

Sittenfeld’s journey from journalism to City Hall

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 31, 2012
In preparing to interview newly elected Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld, I was repeatedly visited by the temptation to ask him, “Are you as squeaky-clean as you seem?”      

What the Frack?

After tremors, lawmakers try to slow down ‘fracking’

1 Comment · Tuesday, January 24, 2012
A series 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.   

Working For the Underdogs

Seelbach focuses on social justice, development

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 24, 2012
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.  

The Truth about ObamaCare

New HHS regional director dispels myths

2 Comments · Wednesday, January 18, 2012
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.   

Women Helping Women

Bad Girl Ventures aids female-owned startup businesses

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 18, 2012
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 business owners.   

City Hall Considers Domestic Partner Benefits

Proposal would benefit both gay, straight workers

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 10, 2012
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.   

A Hopeful Look Ahead

Simpson relishes the challenge

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Collaboration, growth, opportunity and progress are the buzzwords that Cincinnati City Councilwoman Yvette Simpson uses to describe what she wants to foster at City Hall during the next two years.    

Nature at the Tipping Point

Nations surrender to climate chaos

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Toward the end of the year, in anticipation of the climate summit in Durban, South Africa, a disturbing wave of stories emerged that made our planetary predicament chillingly — and boiling-ly — clear.  

Power to the Personhood

Is amendment just a ploy to attract conservative voters in 2012?

1 Comment · Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Ohio voters at the polls next fall might get to decide if a fertilized egg should be considered a person from the moment of conception.   

The Times They Are A-Changin’

2011 in Cincinnati was an interesting, and sometimes bumpy, ride

7 Comments · Wednesday, December 28, 2011
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.   

Into the Fire

A first-person account of Fire Ops 101

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 20, 2011
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.  

Lending a Helping Hand

PWC assists poor, elderly with home repairs and energy savings

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 20, 2011
As the weather turns cold and gas and electric bills begin to rise, many local residents worry about how they can afford to keep warm. A local nonprofit organization is trying to help.  

Just Scrapping By

Recession increases metal recycling, but thieves pose a problem

1 Comment · Wednesday, December 14, 2011
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.