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Changing How the Ohio Constitution Is Changed

Bill would make citizen-led statewide ballot initiatives harder to pass

1 Comment · Tuesday, June 1, 2010
A new bipartisan proposal would make it more difficult to place citizen-led initiatives on the Ohio ballot. Under the new requirements, for example, the recent approval for statewide casino gambling wouldn't have passed. Supporters say the new law would that ensure special interests don't dominate at the polls by spending large amounts of cash on advertising. Critics, however, allege it feeds public apathy and the current trend toward low voter turnout.  

Ex-Ambassador: Terrorism Is Here to Stay

Chamberlin delivered ultimatum to Pakistan after 9/11

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Like most Americans, Wendy Chamberlin witnessed the 9/11 attacks via television, transfixed as one World Trade Center tower was afire, then a second jetliner dove into the other. What made her experience unlike anyone else's, however, was that she was in Pakistan, half a world away, serving a governmental post that was about to be crucial to America's response. She comes to Covington June 1 to discuss her experiences and to screen a new documentary film, 'SOS: State of Security.'  

Helping All Creatures Great and Small

Petition effort would block beating, strangling animals

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Gene Baur is president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary, whose volunteers visit farms, stockyards and slaughterhouses to document conditions and recommend more humane practices. In conjunction with the U.S. Humane Society and others, Farm Sanctuary is collecting signatures to get the Ohio Livestock Care Initiative, a proposed constitutional amendment, on the November ballot. The groups need to collect 402,275 valid signatures by June 29.  

County Tries Again With Hiring Policy

Legal expert: Prosecutor’s advice was wrong

1 Comment · Wednesday, May 19, 2010
For anyone who visits The Banks’ Web site, it appears the $800 million taxpayer-funded project along Cincinnati’s downtown riverfront is progressing smoothly, on schedule and under budget. What the flashy Web site fails to mention, however, is the ongoing saga of workforce-related issues that have plagued the project since construction began in April 2008.  

Learning the ABC's of Being GLBTQ

Summit helps youth deal with their sexuality

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Patrick Moloughney knows first-hand how difficult it is to be open about your sexuality in today’s society, despite the progress that’s been made. Moloughney lost his school funding once his colleagues in the Navy ROTC program because of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." He is now the planning committee chair for the Greater Cincinnati GLBTQ Youth Summit, which is in its eighth year.  

Public Allies Expands Its Scope

In its 11th year, nonprofit program trains volunteers

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Public Allies, a program of BRIDGES for a Just Community, has gotten little attention over its 11-year existence, but that might soon change as the group is poised to enroll its largest class ever and embark on a trio of projects that promise to leave an indelible mark on the city.  

Medical Marijuana Bill Takes Root in Ohio

State Sen. Bill Seitz supports concept, but not this bill

18 Comments · Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Depending on how you read the tea leaves, support for some sort of marijuana legalization might be at an all-time high among Americans. As a result, Ohio State Rep. Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights) recently introduced House Bill 478, which would legalize the use, growth and dispensing of medical marijuana for persons suffering from debilitating conditions including cancer, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis and Crohn's disease. State Sen. Bill Seitz (R-Green Township) supports medical marijuana but thinks it should be legalized at the federal, not state, level.  

A Perk for the Powerful No More

Illegal sealing of divorce records ends, except for one case

1 Comment · Wednesday, May 5, 2010
For a long time, one of the perks of being well-connected and, typically, well-to-do in Hamilton County was divorce proceedings insulated from public view. Until three or four years ago, it was a common practice among Domestic Relations Court judges to seal divorce files simply because the parties wanted to keep their aborted marriages encrypted as "Sealed Case v. Sealed Case." It appears that the county now frowns on processing divorces in secret.  

A New Road to Recovery

Drop Inn Center tries peer-based approach

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Due to limited funding, the Drop Inn Center has eliminated its clinical recovery program for alcoholics and narcotics users. In its place, they've instituted a peer-based recovery approach that will expand its scope from the former 18-person residential recovery program to a program covering the entire shelter.  

Ohio's May 4 Primary Election

Roundup of CityBeat coverage of state, local races

5 Comments · Thursday, April 29, 2010
Ohio's primary election is Tuesday, May 4, and polls are open 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Get ready to cast your vote by checking out CityBeat's coverage of key races and ballot issues.  

'All Hell Broke Loose'

On the 40th anniversary, UC alumni remember Kent State shootings

1 Comment · Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Days after four Kent State students were shot and killed by the Ohio National Guard on May 4, 1970, UC closed the campus indefinitely. Students from other closed schools had been spotted on campus mingling with UC protesters, and disruption was feared from "outside agitators." Students simply went home, and few graduating seniors attended commencement. Forty years later, the UC Alumni Association is holding a special anniversary commencement for the Class of '70.  

County Commission in the Crosshairs

Well-known names battle for party nominations for open Hamilton County Commission seat

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Most political junkies are busy focusing on the outcome of state and federal races in Ohio's May 4 primary. But the race with probably the most local impact hasn't been getting quite the same level of public interest or media attention: Who will face off as their party's chosen candidate for the vacant seat on the Hamilton County Commission. Vying for the Democratic nomination are former Cincinnati Vice Mayor Jim Tarbell, Cincinnati City Councilman Cecil Thomas and Whitewater Township Trustee Hubert Brown. The Republican battle pits Cincinnati City Council stalwarts Leslie Ghiz and Chris Monzel.  

Fighting Over Future Frontiers

Ohio's Issue 1 would expand state aid for high-tech firms

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Supporters of Ohio's Third Frontier program say it's a sound investment to bring cutting-edge high-tech jobs here, ensuring that the Rust Belt state realigns its economy for the 21st Century. Opponents, however, contend the program is more of a 'Jetsons'-style pipe dream that doesn't have enough direct benefit for taxpayers. Ohio voters will decide May 4 whether to approve Issue 1, a statewide ballot measure that would renew and expand bond money for the Third Frontier program.  

Tug of War

Gregarious Brunner, guarded Fisher face off in U.S. Senate Democratic primary race

2 Comments · Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Despite its impressive name, the "Courage Express" is actually just a 19-year-old retired bus from the Licking County School District. With its worn-out odometer and fresh coat of silvery paint, it's now a road-weary campaigning machine that supporters of Jennifer Brunner bought online for $2,000. In some ways, the Express mirrors her run for U.S. Senate: It's a low-budget, bumpy ride that just might be on its last legs, but it's still rolling along.  

Amped-up Hot Rods

Blue Ash company offers electric vehicles

1 Comment · Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Amp Electric Vehicles (AMP) plans to generate a serious buzz around town by producing 100-percent electric production cars. They reconfigure three standard vehicles to get up to 150 miles from a single charge and hope to produce up to 1,000 cars per year.