A Northern Kentucky police department has come under attack from a pair of lawsuits that could cost it millions of dollars. If proven true, the cases — which include charges of ignoring sexual abuse claims, retaliation against a whistleblower and planted evidence — paint an unflattering picture of the Ludlow Police Department.
In what could be a lull before a legal maelstrom for Cincinnati-based Chiquita Brands International, attorneys involved in several pending federal lawsuits against the company expect a Florida judge to soon decide to let their cases proceed. The cases charge the owners of the giant produce firm of helping fund Central American paramilitary groups through much of the 1990s, fueling the groups' terrorist activities. Chiquita has asked Marra to dismiss the cases, which otherwise could cost the company billions of dollars.
As Cincinnati City Council frets about how to close a $62 million budget deficit, some local activists are asking officials to consider repealing an ordinance they say isn't enforced evenly and wastes taxpayers' money. Critics allege that city's Anti-Marijuana Ordinance is being used to target specific races and is adding to the city's crippling budget deficit.
Finding a place to park in the Gaslight District has been a major complaint of patrons and business owners alike for many years. Due to the success of Gaslight businesses and the small proximity they exist within, available parking spots on Ludlow Avenue and side streets are extremely limited. The conflict flared anew recently when the owners of La Poste Eatery, at the spot of the former Tinks Cafe, began offering valet parking for their customers upon the restaurant's recent opening.
Upstairs on the second story of an old warehouse in Camp Washington the members of Hive13 are meeting to discuss reverse engineering, wireless computer network security and their personal do-it-yourself projects. A good number of the folks in the room arrive with engineering or computer science degrees. Some call them "hackers," but they call themselves "makers."
This month's midterm elections represented a political windfall for Republicans, and many right-wingers see the victories as a mandate for smaller government and a public rejection of the Obama administration. Still, former State Rep. Tom Brinkman Jr. says, "The best thing that happened for Republicans, from a political position, is that they did not win the Senate." That gives the new Speaker of the House, Rep. John Boehner, "a tremendous amount of power."
Three innovative entrepreneurs from Ohio have started a new business that keeps women looking stylish while giving their feet some much-needed relief. Sheree Coleman of Cincinnati, along with Sherrae Hayes and Alyxaundria Sanford of Cleveland, recently began a company called Sole Discretion. Selling what the industry terms as “transition shoes.”
In early September, news reports told the tragic tale of 15-year-old Billy Lucas in Indiana, a floppy-haired boy who liked to show horses and lambs at county fairs. After daily torment and harassment from bullies who perceived he was gay, Lucas was so broken, so depressed and felt so alone that he hung himself in his family's barn. "Bullying is out of control," says Patrick Moloughney, co-chairman of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) chapter in Cincinnati.
When the Roebling Suspension Bridge reopened Nov. 5 after eight months of repainting and revitalization, few people might have noticed the oblong lights tracing the curving diagonal cables that give the bridge its profile. But these lights (the bridge's "necklace," according to its fans) and the flags atop the towers are the most visible signs of a volunteer effort that stretches back 35 years and has been instrumental in keeping the Roebling Bridge fit to be a symbol of the Cincinnati region.
An organization committed to expanding environmentally clean jobs recently released a report detailing recommendations for how Cincinnati could become a national leader in creating more so-called “green” jobs. Issued by the Blue Green Alliance, the 80-page report is envisioned as the first step in transitioning Cincinnati’s old-style Rust Belt manufacturing industry to meet new green initiatives.
With Republican Chris Monzel's decisive victory Tuesday night, the Hamilton County Commission will now return to GOP control after four years of having a Democratic majority. Monzel received 56 percent of the votes cast, compared to Democrat Jim Tarbell's 44 percent. A difference of 35,066 votes separated the candidates, according to final, uncertified results at the Hamilton County Board of Elections.
If the 2010 Congressional races in Hamilton County were remarkable for anything, it was their adherence to what many saw as all-but-inevitable results. In the 1st and 2nd districts, the favorites (Steve Chabot and Jean Schmidt) locked in victory — and concessions from their competitors — before midnight Tuesday.
Some Colerain Township residents are proposing methods for drastically reducing or halting the thousands of tons of trash that's dumped daily into Mount Rumpke, the landfill nicknamed for its distinction as Hamilton County's highest point. Colerain Township's Property Owners Want Equal Rights (POWER) and Ohio Citizen Action have banded together for an effort dubbed the Good Neighbor Campaign.
Deciding to build sustainable, Earth-friendly communities is more of a practical solution than an ethical goal. America is becoming fatter and older, and the sprawl is too burdensome for our sagging flesh. That biting revelation was made by M. Scott Ball, an architect who addressed the region's city and suburban planners at the Oct. 22 Sustainable Hamilton County conference.
Justin Coussoule isn't afraid of competition. That's a good thing, considering that he's running this November to remove U.S. House Minority Leader John Boehner from the Congressional seat he's held for the past 20 years. This is Coussole's first run for political office of any kind. He says he's getting used to explaining why he is gunning for such big game on his first outing.