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The Catcher in the Rhine

Ousted by City Hall, CIRV's founder believes more must be done to end cycle of violence

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 8, 2010
In 2006, shocked by the city's highest recorded homicide rate and witness to a 300 percent increase in gunshot wounds at the Children's Hospital, Dr. Victor Garcia enlisted the help of a New York City criminology professor to create the Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence (CIRV). Three years later, Garcia claims CIRV is "necessary, but totally insufficient."  

Surprise and Delight

Humanitarian mission to Cuba produces kinship among Americans

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Cubans don’t confuse people with their governments. Again and again, we were met with surprise and delight. Surprise because Americans there are rare, delight because Cubans are predisposed to like us. I was fortunately enough to spend some time there, camera in tow.  

Brownouts Used at Fire Stations

Despite spiraling costs in Cincinnati Fire Department, city ignores consultant's report

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 31, 2010
These are turbulent times for the Cincinnati Fire Department. With the city of Cincinnati massively over budget, officials are eyeing cuts to the department's funding just as spiraling overtime costs have led to temporary closures of some fire stations and the department is facing a constant deluge of critics, including local firefighters union leaders. It's also become clear that, without major changes in either funding or its mission, the department's future looks even more grim.  

Driven Out

After break-in, Interfaith Hospitality Network plans relocation

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 24, 2010
After thieves broke into the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati office in Lower Price Hill and tried to steal copper piping, causing $4,000 in water damage, the agency serving homeless families had enough. Plans are underway to move to another neighborhood.  

Just Getting Started

Steve Driehaus counts banking, health care reform and advocacy for Cincinnati as major accomplishments in his first term

3 Comments · Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Steve Driehaus was one of many Democratic challengers to grab Barack Obama's coattails in 2008 and sweep into Washington, D.C., handing the party large majorities in both houses of Congress. As he points out, 2008 wasn't a great time to begin your Congressional career ... unless you were interested in solving huge problems. Driehaus speaks with CityBeat about his first term in the House of Representatives; his advocacy for local companies and projects in Washington; his frustrations with the current political climate; his positions on Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay and other military issues; and his reelection battle against Steve Chabot.  

Campus Caring

This year's top trend: more personal attention to students

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Be it the inevitable awareness that students, in particular, are struggling with the startling fallout of this challenging economy or simply an acknowledgment that higher education is being forced to evolve away from the cold bureaucratic model in order to better compete, change is certainly afoot on area campuses this fall.  

Rent-A-Book

Renting, not buying, textbooks a growing trend on campus

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Neither a borrower nor a lender be, unless you're faced with the high costs of the college campus. In the case of classroom textbooks, college students are often finding renting can beat out owning by a mile. Chris Cole, a spokesperson at Northern Kentucky University, confirms the textbook rental trend as part of an overall strategy to make the college experience more affordable.  

Did You Know?

Facts and figures about Greater Cincinnati colleges and universities

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Cincinnati has a long history in education. Did you know the Art Academy of Cincinnati is one of only five museum schools in the U.S.? Read on to learn about UC, Miami, Xavier and other schools in our area. You can even learn which local program, despite our economy, has had 100% job placement for the last 15 years.  

Parking Rate Increase Bumps City to Top

Critics say amount of hike is too much

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 11, 2010
If you work, do business or have come downtown for dinner in the past few days you've probably noticed you need some extra change to park on the street. In the past week, the city began phasing in its new parking rate structure, doubling the cost for street parking downtown from $1 to $2 per hour. It costs more to park in city-owned lots and garages, too.  

Fuel for Thought

Locals make own biodiesel in garage

2 Comments · Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Ollie Kroner's car doesn't look all that different. True, a mid-1980s Mercedes sedan in decent shape will turn a few heads but it's not the kind of vehicle meant to draw attention. There is the emblem, though: a few letters added as a prefix to the engine designation on the trunk, turning "turbodiesel" into "bioturbodiesel."  

Brother, Can You Spare Some Ideas?

County officials turn to citizens for input

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Hamilton County officials are asking residents for help in determining what course of action to take to solve some of the most severe budget issues the county has ever faced. Ideas about what residents expect from county government and how they would solve funding dilemmas are being solicited through the 2011 Hamilton County Citizens Survey.  

Engulfed

BP spill disrupts the lives of gulf residents

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 4, 2010
In July, local photographer Cathryn Lovely and writer Judy George traveled to Hopedale and Grand Isle, La. What they found were two towns coming to terms with the idea that their waterways, their fish, their birds, their privacy, their sense of community — essentially, their ways of life — would be swallowed up by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.  

Cuts in HIV Drug Program Could Prove Fatal

Without meds, 'you will get sick and you will die'

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 28, 2010
The latest round of state budget cuts literally is a matter of life and death to some of the people affected. More than 5,000 people use the Ohio HIV Drug Assistance Program (ODAP) to get expensive life-saving medications that treat HIV. Recent government belt-tightening, however, has led to a first-time waiting list and other major cost containment measures for the 20-year-old program.  

Challenging a Broken System

A true socialist, LaBotz runs for U.S. Senate seat

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Dan LaBotz understands his campaign to become Ohio's next member of the U.S. Senate is a bit of a curiosity. As Republicans and Tea Party members continue to throw around the term “socialist” as a sort of epithet, LaBotz, a Clifton resident, is one of just three national candidates from the Socialist Party, and the only one running for a Senate seat.  

Renovation or Gentrification?

Washington Park's makeover reignites old debate in OTR

6 Comments · Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Due to budget constraints, the Cincinnati Recreation Commission decided not to open a few city pools this summer, including the pool in the soon-to-be-renovated Washington Park. The park, located in Over-the-Rhine near Music Hall, is the latest development site for 3CDC and will include a state-of-the-art playground with an interactive water feature, play castle, climbing hill, swing set, dog park, interactive stream and sand pit with water sources nearby.