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Commission Race a Study in Contrasts

City politicos vying for countywide office

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 27, 2010
If Republican Chris Monzel defeats Democrat Jim Tarbell next week for the open seat on the Hamilton County Commission, it will be a victory filled with great ironies. Most indicators currently give Monzel the edge, which means the GOP would regain control of the three-member commission. Commissioner David Pepper, a Democrat, isn't seeking reelection. That leaves Commissioner Todd Portune, a Democrat, and Commissioner Greg Hartmann, a Republican, anxiously awaiting the election's outcome to see which direction county government will proceed next year.  

Troubled City Contractor Faces Lawsuit

Ex-director of Invest In Neighborhoods alleges race, gender discrimination

3 Comments · Thursday, October 21, 2010
The fallout from a bitter 2008 power struggle involving a major contractor used at Cincinnati City Hall is about to spill over into the courtroom. Linda S. Kirkland, who had been hired by Invest in Neighborhoods Inc. two years ago to be its executive director and then was summarily terminated just days later, has filed a lawsuit in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court alleging the organization breached her contract and charged its leaders with gender and racial discrimination.  

Greening the Media

Local journalists discuss environmental coverage

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Like any field, environmentalism has its own jargon that's easily understood by advocates but can be incomprehensible to the average person. That dichotomy can be a major challenge for newspapers, television programs, radio stations and Web sites that want to broaden the public's knowledge about green issues. The topic was discussed among five panelists (including myself) who took part in a media roundtable Oct. 16 on coverage of the environmental movement and related issues.   

Retracing History's Steps

Miami frat takes 40-mile walk to help National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

2 Comments · Wednesday, October 13, 2010
A Miami University fraternity is trying to break the stereotypes of Greek life by hosting a walk to support the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Kappa Alpha Psi members hold their Freedom Walk Friday and Saturday to follow the historical Underground Railroad route traveled by escaping slaves and to atone for damage caused to the Freedom Center earlier this year by other Miami Greek organizations.  

Reintegrating Into Society

Groups register ex-felons to vote, become productive

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Rejoining society once you have a felony conviction on your record can be a smothering burden. From diminished job opportunities to housing problems and other legal entanglements, it can be a disheartening struggle, one that can lead to disenfranchisement and apathy. With one group of ex-felons taking the lead, though, that's changing locally.  

Factory Square Project Weathers Recession

Long-delayed Northside rehab finally begins

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 6, 2010
After five years of wondering what all the fuss was about, Northside residents have noticed something different at the old American Can factory the past few weeks: The buzz of construction. The factory is the site of the long-proposed Factory Square project that would convert the vacant 80-year-old building into 110 loft apartments and about 12,000 square feet of commercial space.  

For Turner, Women's Health Depends on Education and Choices

Actress stumps for Planned Parenthood while in town at Cincinnati Playhouse

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Kathleen Turner just completed a month of performances at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park in Matthew Lombardo's drama 'High,' and she also made time to stump for Planned Parenthood's local branch. As chairwoman of the national Planned Parenthood Board of Advocates, Turner spoke to local residents about the importance of sex and contraceptive education. "What we stand for is to plan your parenthood, is to plan when you want to have a child. And make that part of your life decision rather than simply have it happen to you."  

A Simple, Rough Life

For some homeless, camps are preferable to shelters

2 Comments · Wednesday, September 29, 2010
For reasons that are obvious, there are more homeless sleeping outdoors and outside of local shelters in the warmer months than during the winter. The Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless counted 77 people living outdoors around downtown last winter and estimates there are about 200 persons camping out at any given time. Take a look inside the lives of Baldy and Lee, who camp on a permanent basis.  

Security Guards Start Union Push

Workers seek better pay, health coverage and training

1 Comment · Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Downtown security guards are dead serious about wanting better pay and benefits. That is why earlier this month many of those security officers, along with the help of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1, decided to band together to form a union in the hopes of making working conditions and pay better for all employees.  

Local Store Promotes Fair Trade Practices

This year, annual event helps with Pakistani flood relief

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Fair trade is not a new concept for Ten Thousand Villages. In 1946, when founder Edna Ruth Byler saw the impoverished artisans of Puerto Rico, Ten Thousand Villages was initiated as a grassroots effort to provide economic opportunities for artisans in developing nations. ne of these artisan groups is known as Bunyaad, which encompasses over 830 families from 100 villages in Pakistan, some of which were directly impacted in the recent floods.  

Grey Collar Jobs

Local professional endure and thrive in 'forgotten' careers

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Keeping your money right is harder now than it's been for 50 years. These days, people are always on the look out for new, innovative ways to make a living. But there are some among us who have decided to stop looking on Craigslist and instead find careers in the past.  

Tough on Crime, Tough on Wallets

Costs rise as prison population skyrockets

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 15, 2010
A recent ACLU report evaluates two decades of studies that expose ineffective policies, inefficient use of funds and racial unfairness associated with Ohio's criminal justice system. Among a gauntlet of alarming statistics, the report shows that Ohio's prisons have reached 133 percent capacity and cost taxpayers almost $2 billion a year.  

Symbolism vs. Substance on Gay Rights

Prominent group clashes with grassroots activists on domestic registry

10 Comments · Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Some activists believe the struggle for gay rights in Cincinnati has reached a drastic turning point. During Cincinnati's Gay Pride festival in July, Equality Cincinnati launched a "symbolic" Domestic Partner Registry (DPR). Unlike the registries enacted by three other Ohio cities, the local one wouldn't have any official sanction or entail legal rights, and some activists say Equality Cincinnati has thwarted their efforts for a real DPR.  

Break on Through to the Other Side

Will Cincinnati's East/West rivalry ever cool down?

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Cincinnati keeps it old school when it comes to traditions. From our love of pork by-products and church festivals to the way we talk ("please?"), we tend to hang on to our customs. And when it comes to enduring attitudes, the East side/West side rivalry takes the cake. We break it down with Mike Larkin of Salem Gardens and Matt Huesman of Maury's Tiny Cove, icons of their respective side of town.  

The Catcher in the Rhine

Ousted by City Hall, CIRV's founder believes more must be done to end cycle of violence

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 8, 2010
In 2006, shocked by the city's highest recorded homicide rate and witness to a 300 percent increase in gunshot wounds at the Children's Hospital, Dr. Victor Garcia enlisted the help of a New York City criminology professor to create the Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence (CIRV). Three years later, Garcia claims CIRV is "necessary, but totally insufficient."