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The Road to Redemption

Equality Ride aims to engage Christian college students

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Nick Miller hopes putting a face on the term "gay" will help change the perceptions of conservative college students who've never been exposed to gay or lesbian people before. Well, at least not knowingly exposed. "They've probably known and talked to gay people before, they just didn’t know it," he said. The Cincinnati native is touring a large swath of the U.S. this winter and spring on a bus as part of Equality Ride 2010, which will stop at 16 private colleges and universities in an effort to change views about homosexuality and promote tolerance.  

Cleaning Up Their Act

Cincinnati and Hamilton County get grant for alt-fuel vehicles

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Greater Cincinnati's air will soon become a little less smoggy thanks to money from President Obama's economic stimulus plan. The city of Cincinnati and Hamilton County will add 22 new alternative fuel and hybrid vehicles to their fleets after being awarded a slice of an $11 million Clean Cities Grant aimed at cleaning up Ohio's air.  

NKU Students Angered by Firings

Critics: University could do more to attract, retain black students

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Some students at Northern Kentucky University are upset by turmoil in the school's Office of African American Student Affairs, including the firings of top personnel. Combined with NKU's low rate for retaining black students, they question the institution's commitment to diversity.  

A View from Abroad

BBC reporter Katty Kay’s take on U.S. politics

3 Comments · Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Katty Kay is a worldly Brit who's covered our nation for more than a decade, though a "strange duality" continues to puzzle her: The more highly respected an American politician is abroad (such as President Obama), the more suspect he is at home; and Americans want some kind of health care reform but refuse to learn anything from "socialistic" Europeans who enjoy cheaper, broader health care with equal or better outcomes. She explored these contradictions at the national speakers forum of the Cincinnati Woman's City Club on March 11.  

All the News that Fits (the Budget)

NKU forum explores whether print journalism still matters

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 10, 2010
It's no secret that the rise of Internet advertising has corresponded with a shrinking advertiser base for newspapers. There were 689 cities with at least two daily newspapers a century ago, according to Dr. Sam Schulhofer-Wohl of Princeton University. Now it's more like a dozen. Whether this is a death knell or a wake up call, however, is a matter of opinion.  

Gearing Up for Change

Unveiling of Cincinnati's bike plan set for spring

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Cold, snow and everything else that comes along with a Cincinnati winter have many people longing for spring right about now. If you're a cyclist, nothing says spring like taking a warm cruise around the city on a sunny weekend. If city planners have their way, it will soon be easier and safer to do just that.   

Losing Lucy

A local woman's legal case will help same-sex parents across Ohio, but she might lose her daughter in the process

8 Comments · Wednesday, March 3, 2010
For Michele Hobbs, the situation is tragically simple: Somewhere in Cincinnati is a 4-year-old girl named Lucy, whom she helped raise for two years and loves as her daughter. Because she isn't biologically related to Lucy, the courts have ruled that Hobbs has no legal right to see her. But love isn't so easily thwarted.  

Tea Party: Candidates Must Be 'Civil'

Feb. 24 event showcases 101 affiliated candidates for local office

0 Comments · Monday, March 1, 2010
In an event designed to highlight the scope of its influence, the Cincinnati Tea Party hosted a press conference Feb. 24 featuring 101 candidates from precinct captain to Congressional hopefuls lining the stage of the Lakota Freshmen Campus Auditorium in West Chester. "We were very happy with the turnout," says Mike Wilson, Cincinnati Tea Party founder and a candidate for the 28th District Ohio House race, who organized the event. "We're very excited about what the party has been able to do in just a year. We've got a strong voting block."  

No End in Sight

Proposed 3C rail project lacks a Cincinnati stop

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Once completed between Cincinnati and Cleveland via Columbus, the 250-mile corridor will travel through 12 economically distressed counties and help create thousands of direct and indirect jobs, supporters say. The rail line will serve more than 6.8 million people, or nearly 60 percent of Ohio's population.  

Increasing the Odds

Architects gather public input for Broadway Commons

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Michaele Pride, urban design chair of the Cincinnati chapter of the American Institute of Architects, kicked off the Feb. 20 casino design charette with a reiteration of one point everyone in the room needed to remember: "We are not in doubt about whether or not a casino may be built. Yes, a casino is coming at Broadway Commons. How do we make it the best we can?"  

How Clean Is Clean?

Residents: Proposed fix for Hilton Davis site isn’t enough

8 Comments · Wednesday, February 17, 2010
A 20-year investigation and debate over toxic waste at a Pleasant Ridge industrial site may be nearing its end, as state regulators have issued a draft plan to clean the Hilton Davis chemical facility — a plan that many nearby residents call insufficient.   

Peace Isn't Passive

Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center celebrates 25 years

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Solving some of humanity’s most formidable, age-old problems seems out of reach to most of us. But for the last 25 years, the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center (IJPC) has courageously taken on this task by collaboratively working, educating and advocating social issues in pursuit of justice and peace worldwide.  

A Different Kind of Struggle

LGBT seniors open up about their semi-invisible lives

1 Comment · Wednesday, February 10, 2010
"Gigi" is 68 years old and lives in Northern Kentucky, where she moved five years ago after living in Cincinnati since the 1990s. She runs a small business in the community and enjoys her life very much. And like many women her age, she is discreet about her sexuality. But this isn't a result of modesty alone. Gigi is a male-to-female transgender. "I live my life without walking around with a sign on my back," she says.  

Workers Laid Off After 'Living Wage' Battle

Rumpke: Ex-employees unqualified for same jobs they held before

2 Comments · Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Little more than six months after helping a group of temporary workers claim better wages and put an end to bizarre fees that ate into their already meager incomes, local activists are suddenly less sublime about the battles they won last year. Of the 50 workers they represented in legal tussles with their employers, less than half are still working at Rumpke's St. Bernard recycling center.  

Case Closed on Expungements

Ohio law hampers ex-felon's job search

1 Comment · Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Jasen Burwinkel, 27, could be like any number of job seekers in the Tristate, except for one thing: His record includes a theft conviction, a crime for which he served about three months in jail. "It hurts every time I come back from an interview, because they say, 'You have a theft? No job.'" About 650,000 people are released from prison each year in the U.S., and many advocacy groups are pushing for more lenient expungement laws for non-violent offenders as a way to help them gain employment and avoid becoming repeat offenders.