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Once Common Disease Returns

Local syphilis cases on the rise

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Syphilis was once so common that some people viewed the potentially fatal disease as a natural stage of life. Nowadays, most sexually active people think syphilis is a relic of the past and worry more about contracting viruses like HIV. But syphilis is back locally, and in a big way.  

Strange Days in the 2nd District

Lies, 'blood money' and history all part of lawsuit

1 Comment · Wednesday, June 23, 2010
The congresswoman for Ohio's 2nd District last week filed a defamation lawsuit against one of her opponents from the 2008 election. The suit by Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-Miami Township) alleges that David Krikorian of Madeira and his campaign made a number of knowingly false and derogatory statements about Schmidt during and after the election. And from there, things get a little weird.  

Opening Doors and Minds

Groups pool efforts to help ex-offenders find jobs

2 Comments · Wednesday, June 16, 2010
At 23 years old, James Lunsford might have been out of options. Just a few years out of high school, the Western Hills resident was working a slew of temporary jobs to make ends meet. But a run-in with the law two years ago — a mistake he regrets and quickly owns — changed everything. With a felony on his record and a suspended driver’s license, he found himself unemployable.  

The Red and Black Adds Some Green

UC earning notice for its sustainability efforts

6 Comments · Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Say "University of Cincinnati" in a crowd of locals, and someone is bound to reply with colors: red and black. But there's a growing push on campus to have people start associating the school with another color: green. UC is one of five Ohio universities (and the only public institution) to earn mention in the recent 'Princeton Review's Guide to 286 Green Colleges.'  

Young Joins City Council in Controversial Deal

Selection process upsets some Dems, sparks call for change

1 Comment · Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Two people that most readers have never heard of before were the deciding factor last week about who became the latest member of Cincinnati City Council, in a process that's left a bad taste in the mouth of many voters. The pair in question was Miles Lindahl and Dawn Jackson — Councilwoman Laketa Cole's chief of staff and council aide, respectively — and when Wendell Young agreed to keep them on, Cole selected him as her replacement.  

New Camp Helps Kids With Mental Health Issues

SummerSmart is the first of its kind in region

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 9, 2010
For most kids summertime means freedom. It's a time of exploration and long days of fun without the rigid structure of the school day. Nothing sums up that childhood rite of passage than time away from home at summer camp, a place where children can make friends and learn new things. But for other kids, a lack of structure, meeting new people and trying new things can be a frightening and scary experience.  

Hotly Contested

Justin Coussoule is making a run for John Boehner's seat in Congress

2 Comments · Thursday, June 3, 2010
At age 35, Justin Coussoule is the Democratic Party's latest shot at capturing the 8th Congressional District seat. An attorney and former Army captain from Liberty Township who works at Procter & Gamble, Coussoule says he entered the race because the economic policies pushed for by U.S. Rep. John Boehner during the past 18 years have caused job losses, declining property values and rising poverty rates in the district.  

3CDC Offers to Move Drop Inn Center

Homeless advocates concerned about accessibility, number of beds

5 Comments · Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Each year thousands of Cincinnati residents wonder where they’re going to sleep each night. Now an offer to restructure and potentially move the city’s largest homeless shelter has many questioning if the offer is sufficient to meet those needs. The Cincinnati Center City Development Corp. (3CDC) recently made an offer to help move the 250-bed Drop Inn Center and build a new shelter at a different location in the city.  

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.