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Jailing the Journalists

Sri Lanka’s anti-terror law quashes dissent

13 Comments · Wednesday, May 11, 2011
While American civilians were preoccupied with an onslaught of fear-inducing swine flu headlines during the winter and spring of 2010, civilians of Sri Lanka were engrossed in the final chapters of a 26-year civil war that left nearly 100,000 corpses in its wake — many of which are yet to be found. A frightening percentage of the missing people were Sri Lankan journalists, specifically those who felt confident enough to publish damning information about their government’s military campaign against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).  

A Shot in the Dark

Questions linger in police shooting death of local musician

4 Comments · Wednesday, May 4, 2011
The Cincinnati Police Department's account of the deadly shooting of David "Bones" Hebert on the morning of April 18 raises numerous questions for Hebert's roomate and other friends. Moreover, it differs sharply from comments made to some of them by Hebert’s female companion at the scene that night. The woman, whose name hasn’t been released by police, has retained a Blue Ash attorney and declined any public comment.  

Kasich Proposes Library Cuts

Budget set to decrease again, even as demand goes up

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Squaring off with Ohio’s $8 billion deficit, Gov. John Kasich unveiled his first budget plan March 15 that pleased supporters of tax breaks for the wealthy while causing deep concern for librarians, among many others.  

A Colony in Crisis

Saving the honeybee depends on humans

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 27, 2011
On a farm in Spring Grove Village, on a windy spring morning, a group of Baby Boomers, artists and organic farmers gather in a small structure known as the “puppet barn.” They swap stories of royalty over cups of coffee sweetened with local honey. They have come to hear the teachings of a master beekeeper: author, biodynamic farmer and 30-year beekeeper Gunther Hauk.  

The Truth About Taxes

Little-known facts and the big lie of supply-side economics

6 Comments · Wednesday, April 20, 2011
For three decades the United States has conducted a massive economic experiment, testing a theory known as supply-side economics. The theory goes like this: Lower tax rates will encourage more investment, which in turn will mean more jobs and greater prosperity — so much so that tax revenues will go up, despite lower rates.  

Spreading Some Bad Seeds?

As Monsanto comes under fire, finding organic food can be difficult

1 Comment · Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Despite being locked in the crosshairs of consumer criticism and ample evidence of its long history of paying lobbyists to block government regulations, Monsanto Co. still provides 90 percent of the world’s genetically modified seeds. But as skeletons tumble out of Monsanto’s deep, dark closet and spill onto the Internet, consumer awareness continues to grow.  

Asking the Tough Questions

Meetings will review how police spends its budget

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 13, 2011
An area civic group will launch a series of public meetings this week to examine the city of Cincinnati’s ever-growing Police Department budget and help residents make informed decisions about whether some cuts can be made. When the process is complete, the group will present its findings in a formal brief to the city manager’s office and City Council this fall.  

Reflections on Riots & Race

A decade later, differing views persist on causes, aftermath

4 Comments · Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Riots. Civil unrest. Uprising. How a person characterizes the events that occurred in Cincinnati during the early days of April 2001 reveals a lot about his or her mindset. On a warm Saturday night, on April 7, two off-duty Cincinnati police officers in Over-the-Rhine recognized a passerby, Timothy Thomas, as a person wanted on open warrants. The officers walked toward Thomas, who ran.  

After Setback, City Mulls Smaller Streetcar System

State OKs money for other more expensive, less effective projects

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 30, 2011
While hopes appeared to dim last week for Cincinnati’s long-planned streetcar system due to a series of legislative setbacks, local leaders say the project is far from dead. “With any large project, I always preface anything by saying that it’s always a very long process and there are always obstacles,” says Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls, one of several City Council members supporting the project.  

City Council Overhauls Pension System

Critics say burden falls too heavily on current workers

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 23, 2011
In an effort to fortify Cincinnati’s ailing retirement system for municipal workers, City Council narrowly approved a package of reforms March 16 aimed at reversing the system’s current course toward a projected $1 billion shortfall. In a 5-4 vote, City Council approved reforms that stiffen eligibility requirements, reduce some benefits and increase the retirement age for current workers.  

Coffee Party Bucks Status Quo

On anniversary, group shifts focus to third-party candidates

1 Comment · Wednesday, March 23, 2011
A fledgling political group has slowly been gaining membership in Greater Cincinnati by organizing rallies and meetings where they try to hold local politicians accountable and ask citizens how they can reform their government. Founded in March 2010, the Cincinnati Coffee Party is a nonpartisan grassroots organization that questions the policies of government and strives to get citizens involved in the political process.  

Rehabilitating the Rehabilitators

After crimes, VOA center for sex offenders makes major changes

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 16, 2011
While opponents have stepped up calls to shut the Volunteers of America (VOA) center that treats sexual offenders in Over-the-Rhine, operators of the controversial halfway house are trying to assuage longstanding concerns — concerns that flared anew due to two recent cases in which sexual offenders from the program committed new crimes.  

Planned Parenthood Vows to Fight On

GOP attack on funding threatens services for poor

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Despite attempts to cut its federal funding, officials in Planned Parenthood’s Southwest Ohio Region insist closing isn’t an option. Regional President Becki Brenner's concern isn’t merely for her organization’s survival but for the many people who have lost their jobs, had their COBRA health insurance expire or women who need health-care services and can’t afford them and don’t have anywhere else to go.  

Money Changes Everything

Move to Amend wants to restrict corporate donations

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 9, 2011
In the 14 months since a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision overturned restrictions and allowed for unlimited corporate spending in campaigns for elections, the political landscape of America already has dramatically changed. During the 2010 midterm elections in November, the first major cycle after the decision, so-called “independent groups” spent more than four times as much money as they did in the 2006 midterm elections.  

Growing Up Under Apartheid

Daughter of famed archbishop comes to town

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Naomi Tutu is the daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the first black Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town who helped bring worldwide attention to the struggle against apartheid in the 1980s. Among his many awards, he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009. Following in the footsteps of her father, Naomi Tutu is a renowned human rights activist who is visiting Cincinnati March 10 to discuss her first-hand accounts of apartheid, and how racism and violence can destroy the fundamentals of a community.