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Going Green to Save Green

City's recycling program reduces costs, but critics call bins an eyesore

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 5, 2011
It’s the week after New Year’s Eve and chances are good that even modest Cincinnatians have at least a few empty champagne bottles or beer cans to toss in their recycling bin — unless a new recycling “smart cart” has already replaced it. As part of the multiphase recycling rewards program initiated by the city last September, every single-family home in Cincinnati eventually will receive a cart.  

Taser Use Prompts Lawsuits

Some police use weapons on nonviolent suspects

3 Comments · Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Local attorney Al Gerhardstein is concerned about the training and policies of law enforcement agencies regarding the justification and constitutionality of Taser use on nonviolent suspects.  

Making Modern Golems

Sculptor finds satisfaction in commercial sector

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Justin Poole deals in body parts: arms, legs and full torsos. He handles heads or complete specimens only rarely. “It’s kind of unusual to do a body from head to toe,” Poole says. The Walnut Hills artist designs and builds mannequins and, occasionally, wax sculptures for curiosity museums.  

Mixed Signals for Uncertain Times

A year filled with anxiety and anger, but glimmers of hope

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Many economists allege the recession ended in June 2009, but they didn't make that assessment until September of this year — or a full 15 months afterward — showing the imprecise nature of understanding a fading economy that's based on rampant consumerism and a predatory, mutant strain of capitalism.  

Invasion of the Body-Shoppers

Special visa allows firms to fill jobs with foreigners for less

46 Comments · Wednesday, December 22, 2010
In the age of the Great Recession, if you tell any out-of-work professional from Cincinnati that thousands of non-citizen foreigners with advanced skills are employed locally and making bank, they just might flip out. And if you say that one of the largest outsourcing firms bringing these non-citizen guest workers to the U.S. has a major office in Milford, it might make for a worse reaction.  

Brunner Proud of Elections Reforms

Outgoing Ohio secretary of state says farewell to politics

1 Comment · Wednesday, December 15, 2010
The first woman ever elected as Ohio secretary of state says she has no plans to seek another elected position when her term ends in January. When Jennifer Brunner won the office in 2006, she ended more than 15 years of Republican dominance in that position and replaced Ken Blackwell, the Cincinnati native who made an unsuccessful bid for the Ohio governor’s office the same year.  

Northern Kentucky Police Department Faces Lawsuits

Ludlow allegations include falsifying evidence, firing whistleblower

1 Comment · Tuesday, December 14, 2010
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.  

Enabling Terrorism, Ensuring Profit

Victims of Colombian paramilitary violence sue Cincinnati-based Chiquita

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 8, 2010
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.  

Pot Law a Bust, Critics Say

Repeal would save city of Cincinnati $350,000 annually

2 Comments · Tuesday, December 7, 2010
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.  

Restaurant's Valet Service Sparks Parking War

Some Clifton Gaslight merchants upset over La Poste

1 Comment · Wednesday, December 1, 2010
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.  

It's Do and DIY at Hive13 Group

Cincinnati’s hackerspace tinkers with technology

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 30, 2010
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."  

Everything Old Is New Again

GOP election victories likely mean more gridlock, posturing

0 Comments · Monday, November 22, 2010
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."  

Stepping Into Success

Ohio women start shoe company in NYC

1 Comment · Wednesday, November 17, 2010
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.”  

Just Like Sticks and Stones

Anti-gay rhetoric helps prompt LGBT teen suicides; anti-bullying effort intensifies

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 16, 2010
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.  

Lighting Up the Night

Iconic Roebling Suspension Bridge gets 21st Century makeover

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 9, 2010
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.