These are turbulent times for the Cincinnati Fire Department. With the city of Cincinnati massively over budget, officials are eyeing cuts to the department's funding just as spiraling overtime costs have led to temporary closures of some fire stations and the department is facing a constant deluge of critics, including local firefighters union leaders. It's also become clear that, without major changes in either funding or its mission, the department's future looks even more grim.
After thieves broke into the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati office in Lower Price Hill and tried to steal copper piping, causing $4,000 in water damage, the agency serving homeless families had enough. Plans are underway to move to another neighborhood.
Steve Driehaus was one of many Democratic challengers to grab Barack Obama's coattails in 2008 and sweep into Washington, D.C., handing the party large majorities in both houses of Congress. As he points out, 2008 wasn't a great time to begin your Congressional career ... unless you were interested in solving huge problems. Driehaus speaks with CityBeat about his first term in the House of Representatives; his advocacy for local companies and projects in Washington; his frustrations with the current political climate; his positions on Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay and other military issues; and his reelection battle against Steve Chabot.
Be it the inevitable awareness that students, in particular, are struggling with the startling fallout of this challenging economy or simply an acknowledgment that higher education is being forced to evolve away from the cold bureaucratic model in order to better compete, change is certainly afoot on area campuses this fall.
Neither a borrower nor a lender be, unless you're faced with the high costs of the college campus. In the case of classroom textbooks, college students are often finding renting can beat out owning by a mile. Chris Cole, a spokesperson at Northern Kentucky University, confirms the textbook rental trend as part of an overall strategy to make the college experience more affordable.
Cincinnati has a long history in education. Did you know the Art Academy of Cincinnati is one of only five museum schools in the U.S.? Read on to learn about UC, Miami, Xavier and other schools in our area. You can even learn which local program, despite our economy, has had 100% job placement for the last 15 years.
If you work, do business or have come downtown for dinner in the past few days you've probably noticed you need some extra change to park on the street. In the past week, the city began phasing in its new parking rate structure, doubling the cost for street parking downtown from $1 to $2 per hour. It costs more to park in city-owned lots and garages, too.
Ollie Kroner's car doesn't look all that different. True, a mid-1980s Mercedes sedan in decent shape will turn a few heads but it's not the kind of vehicle meant to draw attention. There is the emblem, though: a few letters added as a prefix to the engine designation on the trunk, turning "turbodiesel" into "bioturbodiesel."
Hamilton County officials are asking residents for help in determining what course of action to take to solve some of the most severe budget issues the county has ever faced. Ideas about what residents expect from county government and how they would solve funding dilemmas are being solicited through the 2011 Hamilton County Citizens Survey.
In July, local photographer Cathryn Lovely and writer Judy George traveled to Hopedale and Grand Isle, La. What they found were two towns coming to terms with the idea that their waterways, their fish, their birds, their privacy, their sense of community — essentially, their ways of life — would be swallowed up by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.
The latest round of state budget cuts literally is a matter of life and death to some of the people affected. More than 5,000 people use the Ohio HIV Drug Assistance Program (ODAP) to get expensive life-saving medications that treat HIV. Recent government belt-tightening, however, has led to a first-time waiting list and other major cost containment measures for the 20-year-old program.
Dan LaBotz understands his campaign to become Ohio's next member of the U.S. Senate is a bit of a curiosity. As Republicans and Tea Party members continue to throw around the term “socialist” as a sort of epithet, LaBotz, a Clifton resident, is one of just three national candidates from the Socialist Party, and the only one running for a Senate seat.
Due to budget constraints, the Cincinnati Recreation Commission decided not to open a few city pools this summer, including the pool in the soon-to-be-renovated Washington Park. The park, located in Over-the-Rhine near Music Hall, is the latest development site for 3CDC and will include a state-of-the-art playground with an interactive water feature, play castle, climbing hill, swing set, dog park, interactive stream and sand pit with water sources nearby.
A federal appeals court recently made a groundbreaking decision that will change the way judicial candidates run for office in Kentucky and has some experts worried about how it could potentially impact Ohio judicial elections and the impartiality of judges. The Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the rules used in Kentucky for electing judges, stating the current rules violate the candidates' First Amendment right to freedom of speech.
Employees at Champion Windows' Sharonville manufacturing facility are scheduled to vote July 21 on a move to join the Iron Workers Shopmen's Union. If approved, the move would lead to contract negotiations between the company and the labor union over working conditions and wages. Proponents of workers' rights say it's a much-needed change at the facility.