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Stepping Into Success

Ohio women start shoe company in NYC

1 Comment · Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Three innovative entrepreneurs from Ohio have started a new business that keeps women looking stylish while giving their feet some much-needed relief. Sheree Coleman of Cincinnati, along with Sherrae Hayes and Alyxaundria Sanford of Cleveland, recently began a company called Sole Discretion. Selling what the industry terms as “transition shoes.”  

Just Like Sticks and Stones

Anti-gay rhetoric helps prompt LGBT teen suicides; anti-bullying effort intensifies

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 16, 2010
In early September, news reports told the tragic tale of 15-year-old Billy Lucas in Indiana, a floppy-haired boy who liked to show horses and lambs at county fairs. After daily torment and harassment from bullies who perceived he was gay, Lucas was so broken, so depressed and felt so alone that he hung himself in his family's barn. "Bullying is out of control," says Patrick Moloughney, co-chairman of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) chapter in Cincinnati.  

Lighting Up the Night

Iconic Roebling Suspension Bridge gets 21st Century makeover

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 9, 2010
When the Roebling Suspension Bridge reopened Nov. 5 after eight months of repainting and revitalization, few people might have noticed the oblong lights tracing the curving diagonal cables that give the bridge its profile. But these lights (the bridge's "necklace," according to its fans) and the flags atop the towers are the most visible signs of a volunteer effort that stretches back 35 years and has been instrumental in keeping the Roebling Bridge fit to be a symbol of the Cincinnati region.  

Greening Cincinnati's Economy

Labor/environmental alliance offers plan for cleaner jobs

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 9, 2010
An organization committed to expanding environmentally clean jobs recently released a report detailing recommendations for how Cincinnati could become a national leader in creating more so-called “green” jobs. Issued by the Blue Green Alliance, the 80-page report is envisioned as the first step in transitioning Cincinnati’s old-style Rust Belt manufacturing industry to meet new green initiatives.  

Monzel Rides Tide to Victory

Election means GOP resumes control of Hamilton County government

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 3, 2010
With Republican Chris Monzel's decisive victory Tuesday night, the Hamilton County Commission will now return to GOP control after four years of having a Democratic majority. Monzel received 56 percent of the votes cast, compared to Democrat Jim Tarbell's 44 percent. A difference of 35,066 votes separated the candidates, according to final, uncertified results at the Hamilton County Board of Elections.  

Congressional Races Hold Few Surprises

Republicans regain, retain seats in Hamilton County districts

1 Comment · Wednesday, November 3, 2010
If the 2010 Congressional races in Hamilton County were remarkable for anything, it was their adherence to what many saw as all-but-inevitable results. In the 1st and 2nd districts, the favorites (Steve Chabot and Jean Schmidt) locked in victory — and concessions from their competitors — before midnight Tuesday.   

Taming Mount Rumpke

Residents offer options to landfill expansion

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Some Colerain Township residents are proposing methods for drastically reducing or halting the thousands of tons of trash that's dumped daily into Mount Rumpke, the landfill nicknamed for its distinction as Hamilton County's highest point. Colerain Township's Property Owners Want Equal Rights (POWER) and Ohio Citizen Action have banded together for an effort dubbed the Good Neighbor Campaign.  

Rethinking Suburbia

Sustainable Hamilton County conference examines how to retrofit, improve sprawl

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Deciding to build sustainable, Earth-friendly communities is more of a practical solution than an ethical goal. America is becoming fatter and older, and the sprawl is too burdensome for our sagging flesh. That biting revelation was made by M. Scott Ball, an architect who addressed the region's city and suburban planners at the Oct. 22 Sustainable Hamilton County conference.  

Beating Boehner

Coussoule mounts challenge against longtime incumbent

1 Comment · Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Justin Coussoule isn't afraid of competition. That's a good thing, considering that he's running this November to remove U.S. House Minority Leader John Boehner from the Congressional seat he's held for the past 20 years. This is Coussole's first run for political office of any kind. He says he's getting used to explaining why he is gunning for such big game on his first outing.  

Commission Race a Study in Contrasts

City politicos vying for countywide office

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 27, 2010
If Republican Chris Monzel defeats Democrat Jim Tarbell next week for the open seat on the Hamilton County Commission, it will be a victory filled with great ironies. Most indicators currently give Monzel the edge, which means the GOP would regain control of the three-member commission. Commissioner David Pepper, a Democrat, isn't seeking reelection. That leaves Commissioner Todd Portune, a Democrat, and Commissioner Greg Hartmann, a Republican, anxiously awaiting the election's outcome to see which direction county government will proceed next year.  

Troubled City Contractor Faces Lawsuit

Ex-director of Invest In Neighborhoods alleges race, gender discrimination

3 Comments · Thursday, October 21, 2010
The fallout from a bitter 2008 power struggle involving a major contractor used at Cincinnati City Hall is about to spill over into the courtroom. Linda S. Kirkland, who had been hired by Invest in Neighborhoods Inc. two years ago to be its executive director and then was summarily terminated just days later, has filed a lawsuit in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court alleging the organization breached her contract and charged its leaders with gender and racial discrimination.  

Greening the Media

Local journalists discuss environmental coverage

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Like any field, environmentalism has its own jargon that's easily understood by advocates but can be incomprehensible to the average person. That dichotomy can be a major challenge for newspapers, television programs, radio stations and Web sites that want to broaden the public's knowledge about green issues. The topic was discussed among five panelists (including myself) who took part in a media roundtable Oct. 16 on coverage of the environmental movement and related issues.   

Retracing History's Steps

Miami frat takes 40-mile walk to help National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

2 Comments · Wednesday, October 13, 2010
A Miami University fraternity is trying to break the stereotypes of Greek life by hosting a walk to support the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Kappa Alpha Psi members hold their Freedom Walk Friday and Saturday to follow the historical Underground Railroad route traveled by escaping slaves and to atone for damage caused to the Freedom Center earlier this year by other Miami Greek organizations.  

Reintegrating Into Society

Groups register ex-felons to vote, become productive

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Rejoining society once you have a felony conviction on your record can be a smothering burden. From diminished job opportunities to housing problems and other legal entanglements, it can be a disheartening struggle, one that can lead to disenfranchisement and apathy. With one group of ex-felons taking the lead, though, that's changing locally.  

Factory Square Project Weathers Recession

Long-delayed Northside rehab finally begins

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 6, 2010
After five years of wondering what all the fuss was about, Northside residents have noticed something different at the old American Can factory the past few weeks: The buzz of construction. The factory is the site of the long-proposed Factory Square project that would convert the vacant 80-year-old building into 110 loft apartments and about 12,000 square feet of commercial space.