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Enabling Terrorism, Ensuring Profit

Victims of Colombian paramilitary violence sue Cincinnati-based Chiquita

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 8, 2010
In what could be a lull before a legal maelstrom for Cincinnati-based Chiquita Brands International, attorneys involved in several pending federal lawsuits against the company expect a Florida judge to soon decide to let their cases proceed. The cases charge the owners of the giant produce firm of helping fund Central American paramilitary groups through much of the 1990s, fueling the groups' terrorist activities. Chiquita has asked Marra to dismiss the cases, which otherwise could cost the company billions of dollars.  

Pot Law a Bust, Critics Say

Repeal would save city of Cincinnati $350,000 annually

2 Comments · Tuesday, December 7, 2010
As Cincinnati City Council frets about how to close a $62 million budget deficit, some local activists are asking officials to consider repealing an ordinance they say isn't enforced evenly and wastes taxpayers' money. Critics allege that city's Anti-Marijuana Ordinance is being used to target specific races and is adding to the city's crippling budget deficit.  

Restaurant's Valet Service Sparks Parking War

Some Clifton Gaslight merchants upset over La Poste

1 Comment · Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Finding a place to park in the Gaslight District has been a major complaint of patrons and business owners alike for many years. Due to the success of Gaslight businesses and the small proximity they exist within, available parking spots on Ludlow Avenue and side streets are extremely limited. The conflict flared anew recently when the owners of La Poste Eatery, at the spot of the former Tinks Cafe, began offering valet parking for their customers upon the restaurant's recent opening.  

It's Do and DIY at Hive13 Group

Cincinnati’s hackerspace tinkers with technology

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Upstairs on the second story of an old warehouse in Camp Washington the members of Hive13 are meeting to discuss reverse engineering, wireless computer network security and their personal do-it-yourself projects. A good number of the folks in the room arrive with engineering or computer science degrees. Some call them "hackers," but they call themselves "makers."  

Everything Old Is New Again

GOP election victories likely mean more gridlock, posturing

0 Comments · Monday, November 22, 2010
This month's midterm elections represented a political windfall for Republicans, and many right-wingers see the victories as a mandate for smaller government and a public rejection of the Obama administration. Still, former State Rep. Tom Brinkman Jr. says, "The best thing that happened for Republicans, from a political position, is that they did not win the Senate." That gives the new Speaker of the House, Rep. John Boehner, "a tremendous amount of power."  

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.