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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.  

Local Store Promotes Fair Trade Practices

This year, annual event helps with Pakistani flood relief

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Fair trade is not a new concept for Ten Thousand Villages. In 1946, when founder Edna Ruth Byler saw the impoverished artisans of Puerto Rico, Ten Thousand Villages was initiated as a grassroots effort to provide economic opportunities for artisans in developing nations. ne of these artisan groups is known as Bunyaad, which encompasses over 830 families from 100 villages in Pakistan, some of which were directly impacted in the recent floods.  

Grey Collar Jobs

Local professional endure and thrive in 'forgotten' careers

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Keeping your money right is harder now than it's been for 50 years. These days, people are always on the look out for new, innovative ways to make a living. But there are some among us who have decided to stop looking on Craigslist and instead find careers in the past.  

Tough on Crime, Tough on Wallets

Costs rise as prison population skyrockets

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 15, 2010
A recent ACLU report evaluates two decades of studies that expose ineffective policies, inefficient use of funds and racial unfairness associated with Ohio's criminal justice system. Among a gauntlet of alarming statistics, the report shows that Ohio's prisons have reached 133 percent capacity and cost taxpayers almost $2 billion a year.  

Symbolism vs. Substance on Gay Rights

Prominent group clashes with grassroots activists on domestic registry

10 Comments · Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Some activists believe the struggle for gay rights in Cincinnati has reached a drastic turning point. During Cincinnati's Gay Pride festival in July, Equality Cincinnati launched a "symbolic" Domestic Partner Registry (DPR). Unlike the registries enacted by three other Ohio cities, the local one wouldn't have any official sanction or entail legal rights, and some activists say Equality Cincinnati has thwarted their efforts for a real DPR.  

Break on Through to the Other Side

Will Cincinnati's East/West rivalry ever cool down?

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Cincinnati keeps it old school when it comes to traditions. From our love of pork by-products and church festivals to the way we talk ("please?"), we tend to hang on to our customs. And when it comes to enduring attitudes, the East side/West side rivalry takes the cake. We break it down with Mike Larkin of Salem Gardens and Matt Huesman of Maury's Tiny Cove, icons of their respective side of town.  

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.