A series of cases to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court
involving Ohio and three other states could be the
definitive national moment for same sex marriage. Cincinnati is at the epicenter of that moment in more ways than one.
Twenty years ago, Eugene Johnson, Laurese Glover and Derrick
Wheatt were convicted of murder based on the testimony of a single witness. Now, thanks to nearly a decade of legal advocacy by the
University of Cincinnati’s Ohio Innocence Project, they’ve been granted a
new chance at justice.
Imagine a classic 1920s storefront window
complete with mannequins posed in their finery. Now imagine a new type
of display — a space filled with buzzing drones, giant 3D printers and
announcements of the latest medical breakthroughs.
came out as transgender during high school, her mother asked that she
leave her house and neighborhood in Northern Kentucky. That rejection
started a long, harrowing journey through sex trafficking and addiction.
Picture an epic trip on a dedicated bike
trail from downtown Cincinnati to the shores of Lake Erie in Cleveland.
Or, if you’re less ambitious, visualize a Saturday jaunt from Milford to
downtown. Both are surprisingly close to reality.
If a group of former athletes,
entrepreneurs, developers and other investors gets its way, a
high-profile ballot initiative seeking to change Ohio’s constitution
could make it legal to light up a joint in the state.
The region’s hunger problem isn’t
relegated to a few isolated pockets. More than 133,000 families receive
food assistance in Hamilton County, according to the Ohio Children’s
Hunger Alliance, a statewide group.