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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.  

For Turner, Women's Health Depends on Education and Choices

Actress stumps for Planned Parenthood while in town at Cincinnati Playhouse

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Kathleen Turner just completed a month of performances at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park in Matthew Lombardo's drama 'High,' and she also made time to stump for Planned Parenthood's local branch. As chairwoman of the national Planned Parenthood Board of Advocates, Turner spoke to local residents about the importance of sex and contraceptive education. "What we stand for is to plan your parenthood, is to plan when you want to have a child. And make that part of your life decision rather than simply have it happen to you."  

A Simple, Rough Life

For some homeless, camps are preferable to shelters

2 Comments · Wednesday, September 29, 2010
For reasons that are obvious, there are more homeless sleeping outdoors and outside of local shelters in the warmer months than during the winter. The Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless counted 77 people living outdoors around downtown last winter and estimates there are about 200 persons camping out at any given time. Take a look inside the lives of Baldy and Lee, who camp on a permanent basis.  

Security Guards Start Union Push

Workers seek better pay, health coverage and training

1 Comment · Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Downtown security guards are dead serious about wanting better pay and benefits. That is why earlier this month many of those security officers, along with the help of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1, decided to band together to form a union in the hopes of making working conditions and pay better for all employees.