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Balance of Power

Council’s ignored human services request primes potential budget battle

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Last November, Cincinnati City Council unanimously voted to double the size of the city’s human services fund from $1.5 million to $3 million during the next budget cycle.

Boxed In

New state job application laws could help ex-offenders, but they’re part of a larger puzzle

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 2, 2015
On June 1, the state of Ohio stopped asking job seekers on applications whether they have been convicted of a crime, and a proposed measure would remove questions about criminal history from all public job applications across the state.

Poll Position

Fights over voting rights in Ohio intensify as the state looks to play a vital role in 2016

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Little more than a month after Ohio settled a lawsuit charging that it engaged in practices that suppressed voters’ rights, more battles around the state’s voting practices loom.

Lessons Learned

Diverse coalition looks to bridge the achievement gap facing disadvantaged and minority students

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 20, 2015
While most students in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati’s urban core are showing academic improvement in school, newly disaggregated data reveals low-income students lagging significantly behind their counterparts in achieving key educational goals.

Marketing the Market

Proposed co-op grocery Clifton Market is gaining steam after the purchase of former Keller’s IGA building

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Clifton Market has been working for more than a year to reopen the 22,000-square-foot Keller’s IGA building as a consumer-owned cooperative grocery. Last month the group purchased the property.   

On the Road Again

Fresh off representing plaintiffs in a huge Supreme Court case, Al Gerhardstein hits the road for another big cause

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Just days after oral arguments for what may be one of the most important same-sex marriage cases in history, Cincinnati civil rights attorney Al Gerhardstein is riding with his daughter Jessica Gingold from Cincinnati to New Orleans to raise money and awareness for justice system reform.

Flirting with the Middle

Despite his conservative record, Gov. John Kasich looks to kick up buzz for a potential White House run by presenting himself as moderate

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Ohio Gov. John Kasich hasn’t formally joined the crowded 2016 GOP presidential nomination contest, but he’s done everything else to signal he’s interested in a bid for the nation’s highest office. 

Turning Tide

Cincinnati is at the center of a historic battle over same-sex marriage in more ways than one

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 22, 2015
A series of cases to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court involving Ohio and three other states could be the definitive national moment for same sex marriage. Cincinnati is at the epicenter of that moment in more ways than one.  

Free at Last, Free for Now

UC’s Ohio Innocence Project helps overturn three questionable murder convictions

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Twenty years ago, Eugene Johnson, Laurese Glover and Derrick Wheatt were convicted of murder based on the testimony of a single witness. Now, thanks to nearly a decade of legal advocacy by the University of Cincinnati’s Ohio Innocence Project, they’ve been granted a new chance at justice.

Attention to Detail

University of Cincinnati’s new innovation center breathes life into a 1920s former Sears store in Avondale

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Imagine a classic 1920s storefront window complete with mannequins posed in their finery. Now imagine a new type of display — a space filled with buzzing drones, giant 3D printers and announcements of the latest medical breakthroughs.   

New Plan, Old Tensions

Residents question a new development plan that would add 21 single-family homes to the Over-the-Rhine area

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 1, 2015
An ambitious plan by a developer to build 21 single-family homes costing between $400,000 to $600,000 each near OTR has caused debate over what the changing neighborhood should look like.

United Front

Feds join city lawsuit against apartment owner over conditions at the Alms Hill Apartments

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 25, 2015
The standoff between owners of the Alms Hill apartments in Walnut Hills and the building's residents is intensifying and is central to a lawsuit now on its way to federal court.   

Deeper Issues

Experts say Cincinnati is a model for police reform, but healing wounds might go beyond changing law enforcement

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Eight months after the deaths of Michael Brown and other black citizens at the hands of police, tensions still simmer.   

Awaiting Change

New Hamilton County court docket looks to help individuals escape the lingering barriers of sex trafficking

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 11, 2015
When Caroline came out as transgender during high school, her mother asked that she leave her house and neighborhood in Northern Kentucky. That rejection started a long, harrowing journey through sex trafficking and addiction.  

Bottoms Up?

Council moves to create new entertainment districts and bring more bars and restaurants downtown

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Downtown Cincinnati could soon get 21 more liquor licenses under a new proposal pending state approval.