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Putting the Brakes On

Labor dispute might cause bus strike

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 8, 2011
If you're one of the nearly 60,000 people who ride Greater Cincinnati's Metro bus system every day to get to school, go to work, buy groceries or for some other purpose, you might soon have to make other travel plans. The board that oversees Metro voted Feb. 1 to reject a state fact-finder's recommendations about a labor contract with its workers, and the union says it might go on strike.  

Letting the Sun Shine In

Zoo installs largest publicly accessible, urban solar array

1 Comment · Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Lions, tigers and bears ... and energy? The Cincinnati Zoo’s latest pet project won’t be housed behind glass or enclosed in habitats; instead, it will be openly displayed outside the facility for all to see. Developed, designed, owned and operated by the Melink Corp., the $11 million Melink Solar Canopy will provide 20 percent of the Zoo’s energy needs.  

Once More, with Feeling

Smitherman: Latest streetcar petition will be the last

5 Comments · Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Just 18 months after Cincinnati voters rejected Issue 9, the proposed charter amendment that likely would’ve blocked the city’s proposed $143 million streetcar system, the project’s opponents are taking another shot. COAST and the NAACP’s local chapter are working to put another referendum on the primary ballot that would call for a straight up-or-down vote on the project, hoping for a different result.  

Protest Keeps School Open

Taft supporters seek business help

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 26, 2011
During a Jan. 10 meeting, more than 50 parents and other supporters presented their arguments against closing the William H. Taft STEM Elementary School in Mount Auburn, which prompted the board to direct that the final decision to close the school be put on hold pending further study. At its Jan. 24 meeting, the Board of Education reversed course and decided to keep Taft open, based on the backlash.  

Residents Seek State Help to Reopen IGA

Keller's already paid $56K when closed

6 Comments · Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Owners of the Keller’s IGA, a longtime anchor of the Gaslight District on the Ludlow Avenue business strip that was forced to close its doors earlier this month, still are optimistic that they can soon reopen the store but admit there are too many obstacles in the way to be certain.  

Housing Agency: West End Project Mismanaged

Firm also ousted from Louisville complex

1 Comment · Wednesday, January 19, 2011
A Boston-based firm responsible for managing City West, the once-praised $200 million West End development, might be removed from the project after its relationship with the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority has worsened in recent weeks.  

Construction Finally Nears for University Plaza

Timetable is fuzzy, but project could begin in spring

1 Comment · Wednesday, January 19, 2011
As the redevelopment of Clifton Heights continues to occur, another area neighborhood is also preparing for a complete renovation. Corryville, which is located directly next to Clifton Heights and is home to many University of Cincinnati students, will be experiencing various changes during the coming year. The first will be the complete reconstruction of a popular shopping center called University Plaza.  

Between 'the Dying Old and Emerging New'

Remembering MLK's Prescient Speech at Antioch

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 12, 2011
On June 19, 1965, Martin Luther King Jr. gave a commencement address to Antioch College’s 296 graduates, plus some 1,200 others who crowded the outdoor gathering space by the school’s main building. He spoke of American civil-rights issues — he was only three months past the national crisis in Selma, Ala., where racist officials tried to stop a march. And there would be more struggles in the future.  

The Internet Rantings of Jared Loughner

On day of violence, a Tucson writer ponders warning signs

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 12, 2011
I try to take my son to events where politicians appear to try to expose him to newsmakers and the world around him, and while we’re on the other side of town from today’s shooting, what separates my family from being involved in something like this is that this Safeway was within walking distance of alleged shooter Jared Loughner’s family’s house, and not mine.  

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.