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Schooled on Debt

Congress’ latest student loan fix is no long-term answer

1 Comment · Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Student debt in this country has surpassed the trillion-dollar mark — exceeding even total credit card debt — and is still climbing. And a lot of it is owed by English and philosophy majors now working as baristas or not at all.  

First Amendment: Gore Good, Genitals Bad

1 Comment · Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Blocks away from the newest specialty store opened by First Amendment crusader/pornographer Larry Flynt — a man whose many court appearances helped define the legal boundaries of free speech — anti-abortion activists on the sidewalks around Fountain Square July 9 showed downtown workers and visitors to the 2012 World Choir Games graphic depictions of fetuses mutilated by abortion.  

Fit to Live

How Ohio death row inmate Abdul Awkal was saved from execution

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Ohio death row inmate Abdul Awkal wasn’t trying to avoid his execution. He just wanted his meals prepared according to his Muslim faith.    

Future Funding

Local colleges increase tuition, cut offerings in response to decreasing state funding

2 Comments · Wednesday, June 27, 2012
A U.S. Department of Education survey has found that Ohio’s public colleges are among the most expensive for students nationwide, and universities around the region were quick to blame the Ohio state government for high costs.   

If These Walls Could Talk

Pleasant Ridge community fights to save the fabric of its neighborhood

1 Comment · Wednesday, June 20, 2012
The vibe of the Pleasant Ridge community business district was recently threatened when rumors began surfacing of corporate intentions to purchase the defining block of the neighborhood to demolish the buildings, making way for a new, deluxe Walgreens including a drive-thru pharmacy. Those affected would include long-standing Everybody’s Records, the Gas Light Café, Ridge Jewelers, Royal Barbers and others.
  

Gays, Even Christians, Need Not Apply

Jonathan Zeng shares his story of discrimination, as local leaders rally

11 Comments · Wednesday, June 13, 2012
They shared the same Christian values, they shared a love of children and Jonathan Zeng was ready to start as a music teacher at his new school. But 15 minutes after accepting the offer, Zeng received a phone call from a school board representative because something was weighing on his mind — whether or not Zeng is gay.   

On the Trail of Dreams

Cleveland couple rides, maps Ohio-to-Erie Trail

1 Comment · Wednesday, June 6, 2012
For those who have never ridden the snaky, shaky path from Lake Erie to the shores of the Ohio, it might seem odd that a map is needed for a single bicycle route. But the ride, like a miniature Route 66, meets many small towns along the way, and figuring your way between where the path ends on one side of town and picks up on another can be confusing.   

Title Bout

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 30, 2012
The well-funded organization We Are Ohio announced on May 21 that it will be taking up redistricting laws as its next major initiative by joining forces with Ohio Voters First, an organization that was created in response to a Republican redistricting plan that created 12 solidly Republican districts and four largely Democratic districts.   

Challenge Accepted

GOOD Ideas for Cities visits Cincinnati to discuss local urban issues

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 22, 2012
We live in an answer-fueled society today. Search engines are the go-to solution for every problem or tinge of curiosity — Google knows us as well, if not better, than we know ourselves.   

Not So Simple

‘Simply Money’ host among those in heat over Kenwood Towne Place debt, but questions remain

1 Comment · Tuesday, May 15, 2012
For three years now, the nation’s second-biggest bank has been after Smart Money host Nathan Bachrach to make good on $2.4 million it claims he owes. Ever hear of Kenwood Towne Place, the half-finished retail-office complex on I-71 that went bust under $136 million in debt? Not only was it the region’s most spectacular real estate failure during the Great Recession, it festers on as one of the most contentious court cases in Hamilton County history.   

Missing Link

Residents, nearby businesses lament delayed reopening of Clifton IGA

16 Comments · Wednesday, May 9, 2012
In January of 2011, Keller’s IGA on Ludlow Avenue closed its doors, leaving Clifton residents devastated. For those who believe “devastated” to be too strong of a word, simply ask residents how much the store is missed orb visit the numerous posts on Facebook asking about the store’s reopening or watch the YouTube videos of the passionate pleas to Ohio Gov. John Kasich to save the store.    

The Kids Aren’t Alright

Group working to develop free anti-bullying program

1 Comment · Tuesday, May 1, 2012
In the idyllic world of TV sitcoms, bullying among school-age youth usually entails some name-calling and maybe the exchange of a few punches. The problem is fixed within 30 minutes or an hour, usually with some sage words of wisdom dispensed by an adult. Cue commercial. Bullying in the real world, however, isn’t so easily remedied.   

Differing Forecasts

Union: CPS using faulty budget model to make cuts

1 Comment · Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Cincinnati’s beleaguered public school system, faced with a projected $43 million budget gap for next year, slashed 10 percent of its teaching staff April 17. In a special session, the school board voted unanimously to eliminate at least 237 jobs, saving the district around $20 million.    

Breaking the Silence

Take Back the Night aims to curb violence against women, empower victims

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Organizers of the annual Take Back the Night vigils and marches across the United States often cite the Thoreau quote as epitomizing one of the movement’s key principles. The power of speaking out, they say, is essential to ending the stigma associated with sexual violence against women.   

Home Repair?

Critics call Chabot's Section 8 reform redundant, ill-advised

12 Comments · Tuesday, April 10, 2012
In an economy where prices on rental properties continue to skyrocket while the job market remains sluggish, Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Westwood) has an idea. He’s introduced radical legislation to reform the federal Section 8 low-income housing program, a reform that would force many in need to fend for themselves to obtain housing.