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Old St. George Continues to Decay

More than three years after fire, repairs languish

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Barricaded and continuing to rot away from weather’s abuse, the dilapidated remains of Old St. George Church still lie dormant after a four-alarm fire nearly destroyed the historic site more than three years ago. Clifton Heights Community Urban Redevelopment Corp. (CHCURC) has plans to begin repairs to the building in the next four to six weeks.  

Adding to the Stigma

Health advocates: Criminalizing HIV is wrong approach

4 Comments · Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Even with all the medical advances, people infected with HIV have plenty to worry about. They include concerns like fearing the reaction when telling a new partner, being able to afford medications and qualifying for health insurance. Then there’s the case of Andre Davis, a former semi-professional wrestler and Hyde Park resident, who is facing a total of 24 counts of felonious assault for not disclosing his HIV-positive status to sexual partners.  

Disputed Race Drags On and On

Ruling on judicial contest probably will be appealed

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 25, 2011
A federal court might finally put an end to a contested judicial race that has been bitterly disputed since the November election. A hearing date of July 18 has been set in the Hamilton County Juvenile Court judge race. At the hearing, U.S. District Court Judge Susan Dlott will determine if provisional ballots that were originally thrown out should be counted.  

Restricting Access or Restoring Integrity?

GOP pushes for tighter election rules

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Hamilton County candidates seeking elected office in November might experience dramatic outcomes to their races as Ohio voters adjust to new election laws. Sweeping election law reforms are pending in the both the Ohio House and Senate that supporters say are aimed at expanding access to the voting booth, but that critics counter will disenfranchise some people.  

Rethinking the Common Good

Neither capitalism nor communism, new concept protects resources

1 Comment · Wednesday, May 18, 2011
The usual narrative of America’s Dust Bowl years goes something like this: Midwestern farmers, driven by greed, recklessly and ignorantly wrecked the land to such a point that it became worthless. They essentially ate themselves to death. But Raj Patel, author of "The Value of Nothing," says it wasn’t some innate, every-man-for-himself style of greed that raped the land; it was the dominant capitalist construct that was to blame.  

High Stakes Pursuit

Experts: Almost 40 percent of police chases result in accidents

1 Comment · Wednesday, May 11, 2011
A spate of deaths in the area during police chases has renewed both local and national concerns about how and when officers should pursue suspects in vehicles. The most drastic incident, which ended late at night on March 16 with the deaths of a 33-year-old West African taxicab driver and his blind passenger, has already been noted by national advocates and pointed to as a reason why police pursuit policies need changed.  

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.