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Diverse Media Ownership Helps Our Democracy

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 29, 2006
The highly competitive midterm elections Nov. 7 set a new record in campaign spending, and large media companies are cashing in. The Center for Responsive Politics estimates that more than $2.8 bill  

CityBeat Goes Mainstream?

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Some pretty astounding things happened last week on Election Day, led by Democrats taking over control of the U.S. Senate, the House of Representatives, the Ohio governorship and the Hamilton Count  

Bone Up, Then Vote for Change

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 1, 2006
Election Day draws near, and change is afoot. You can feel it in the air. You can hear it in the desperate TV ads being run by Republicans. You know you're unhappy with how things are going, and  

Confessions of a Yellow-Dog Democrat

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 1, 2006
My grandparents got up early on Election Day. They lived in a small rural community in Tennessee, just 10 miles south of Murray, Ky. They were country people; they dressed up to vote. My grandfathe  

Throw the Bums Out

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Election Day is now two weeks away, and you've likely been inundated with TV and radio ads, mailers, doorknob hangers, live phone calls and automated/recorded phone calls. Now the media and special   

Deciding the Issues

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Election Day is less than three weeks away, and no matter where your voting precinct is your ballot will be full. As always, CityBeat is here to help you separate the wheat from the chaff. We begin  

It's a Crime

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Cincinnatians have struggled recently with an alarming crime surge or a runaway perception that crime is surging, take your pick -- it's the same thing really. Placed on top of lingering doubts abo  

Sweet Home Alabama

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 4, 2006
The family reunion started off as a giant 80th birthday party for my mother, but we weren't all able to convene until the long Labor Day weekend. The weather was perfect, cool and crisp and clear w  

Dealing With Cake Withdrawal

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 6, 2006
I went to see my doctor early in July, and 10 minutes after I got there I was admitted to University Hospital's emergency room with a blood sugar level that was off the chart. All the equipment cou  

Bicycling Bar to Bar

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 30, 2006
This time last summer I was struggling to pedal over mountain passes. I still often reflect on what I learned bicycling across the country. One observation was that guys are experts, whether they k  

Electing to Cover Politics

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 16, 2006
This week's cover story on Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell unofficially kicks off CityBeat's 2006 election coverage. Over the next 10 weeks or so, expect to see lots of news stories about the  

Surviving the Dog Days

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 2, 2006
Early August, hot and humid, lots of people on vacation, not much going on -- it's the very definition of Dog Days. That phrase has always seemed fitting for this time of year, even though I never  

How Will the Story of Katrina Define Us?

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 2, 2006
Editor's Note: Katie is unable to write her column this month due to a recent hospitalization. This column from last fall is an appropriate substitute as the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrin  

Blackwell's Mess Rolling On

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Last month I sat with several hundred journalism colleagues as former President Bill Clinton addressed the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies' annual conference in Little Rock, Ark. He took qu  

At Home on the Prairie

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 5, 2006
Garrison Keillor was standing on his front porch in Minneapolis the first time I saw him. It was very early, and it was still dark when we pulled into his driveway. He was very tall, and he had a la