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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.  

Pregnancy Center More Than Just 'Anti-Abortion'

Critics: Patients deserve to know all options

5 Comments · Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Pregnancy Center East sees hundreds of women each year, all facing what's likely the toughest question of their young lives: I'm pregnant. Now what? And in this tough economy, for women who typically visit the center that question isn't getting any easier to navigate. That's among the reasons Pregnancy Center East, which bills itself as a "Pro-Life, Pro-Women, Pro-Children" organization, has expanded and relocated.  

GOP Lures New Candidate Against Pepper

Local Tea Party leader angry over change

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 27, 2010
The honeymoon might be over between Tea Party followers and Ohio Republicans. Although the Cincinnati Tea Party has long said it’s a non-partisan group, its largest rallies and protests have featured a predominantly GOP slant. But for all of the Tea Party’s deference to Republican officials, the effort hasn’t been reciprocated.  

Longtime Indie Radio Shows Move to New Station

Latest casualties of WAIF turmoil

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Ideologically speaking, the local radio programs 'Every Woman' and 'Alternating Currents' are cornerstones of independent media. The movements they give voice to (women's music and LGBT news and issues, respectively) were foundational to WAIF-FM, which both shows have called home for more than 30 years. Last month both jumped ship to Media Bridges' emerging low-power FM station, WVQC.  

A Growing Sense of Pride

Annual LGBT event expands, moves downtown

2 Comments · Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Big changes are on the horizon for this year's LGBT Pride Parade and Festival including new organizers, more events and a change in location. As with many things that evolve, however, the changes bring with them a fair amount of growing pains.  

Shaking the Faith in Science

Fake DNA prompts change in criminal forensics

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 13, 2010
During the past two decades, advances in forensics — the use of science and technology to investigate and establish facts in courts of law — have led to a seismic change in how police work is conducted and what jurors expect when hearing a case.   

Slow Ride to Nowhere?

City's new environmental law faces uncertain future

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Cincinnati’s Environmental Justice Ordinance, a first-of-its-kind law, which was slated to go into effect Dec. 21, was touted by backers such as former councilman David Crowley as a way to ensure the city’s poorest residents are protected from heavily-polluting businesses.  

Going Out With a Thud

The decade’s final year in local news was nothing to celebrate

4 Comments · Wednesday, December 30, 2009
By anyone’s account, 2008 was one for the history books with a bitterly fought presidential campaign, the election of an African-American president and the biggest financial collapse since the Great Depression. What about this year? Meh, not so much. Although President Barack Obama promised change once he took office, 2009 held little progress on the same set of problems that has plagued a truly dismal decade.  

Family: Cop Has Grudge Against Us

Officer has history of disciplinary actions

4 Comments · Wednesday, December 23, 2009
A Cleves family is charging police harassment and misconduct following a drug raid at their home earlier this month, saying the resulting charges were trumped up and they are the target of an officer with a grudge.  

Getting a Second Chance

Literacy Center West offers GED, job training help, placement

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Liz Mellon, a struggling high school senior, dropped out of school just a couple of credits shy of graduation. She may have never finished her studies, but a life-changing event motivated her to earn a GED — she became pregnant. Not wanting to spend her life in low-paying, dead-end work, Mellon turned to Literacy Center West, a GED preparatory, job training and placement center in East Price Hill.  

A Moving Predicament

Metropole’s conversion sparks tenant relocations

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Two years ago, Charles McAfee established residency at the Metropole Apartments, a 230-unit building located in the 600 block of Walnut Street across from the Aronoff Center for the Arts. He chose the Metropole because it was conveniently located in the Central Business District with bus routes and businesses nearby.  

Southern Comfort

21c Museum Hotel more than a place to stay

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Staying at the 21c Museum Hotel in Louisville was a mistake at first. We were supposed to go to Montreal. Then Chicago. Wait, Pittsburgh, right? We concluded that we couldn’t afford the time or the trip to any destination outside of two hours, so my wife Jennifer and I thought about Plan D.