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Metro Plan Brings Big Changes

1 Comment · Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Metro is nearing completion of its first comprehensive plan since the late 1990s and early 2000s. Throughout the year, the nonprofit, tax-funded transit company has worked on Way to Go, a plan with short-term and long-term goals meant to revamp lines for faster, wider-ranging travel.   

Appeals Court: City May Reduce Retiree Healthcare Benefits

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 14, 2012
A state appeals court Nov. 7 rejected a lawsuit filed by city of Cincinnati retirees who claimed promised healthcare benefits were illegally reduced in 2010. Before the cuts, retirees did not have to pay-out-of-pocket expenses and deductions for prescriptions and medical care. The city shifted some costs of the pension health package to the ex-workers under an ordinance enacted to shore up its pension plan, which is still under financial stress. The appeals court said it saw no records guaranteeing ex-city employees set benefits at the time they retired.    

Report: Ohio’s Jobless Face Continued Uncertainty

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 14, 2012
It was only one day after President Barack Obama’s re-election, and some groups were already demanding action. In a Nov. 7 report by left-leaning Policy Matters Ohio, the group said the expiration of federal unemployment benefits could leave Ohio’s jobless stranded.   

Fox 19 Apologizes for Macke Calling Rachel Maddow a Boy

2 Comments · Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Fox 19 on Nov. 9 apologized for an ignorant comment made by news anchor Tricia Macke on her personal Facebook page last month. Macke’s comment, “Rachel Maddow is such an angry young man,” sparked outrage among gay-rights organizations for its depiction of MSNBC’s openly gay broadcaster as male.   

Worker Mistreatment Alleged at U-Square Development

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Some members of City Council during a special joint committee meeting Nov. 1 agreed that the city needs to take a hard look at the way it inspects projects done with taxpayer money, but they took no action other than discussing allegations that workers were being underpaid at the University Square development in Clifton.   

Creation Museum Attendance Drops for Fourth Straight Year

8 Comments · Wednesday, November 7, 2012
The Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky., created quite an uproar in 2007 when it opened with exhibits showing early humans co-existing with dinosaurs. Five years later, the public fascination with that take on paleoanthropology seems to be fading.   

Posthumous Lindner Campaign Contribution Goes Missing

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 7, 2012
CityBeat last week reported an August 2012 campaign contribution by the late billionaire Carl Lindner, who had died 10 months earlier.   

Probation Department Accused of Sex Discrimination

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 31, 2012
A 20-year veteran of Hamilton County’s probation department says she was denied a promotion after advising another woman to file a sexual-harassment claim against a boss on the county’s payroll at the time.   

City Manager Suggests Privatizing Parking

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 31, 2012
It’s nearly budget season in Cincinnati again. In a bit of a head start, City Manager Milton Dohoney has unveiled his plan to look into privatizing the city’s parking services.   

Cintas CEO Emails Romney Talking Points to Employees

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 31, 2012
It’s no secret that Cintas Corp. CEO Scott Farmer showers part of his wealth on Republican political candidates. Over the years, he has thrown money at George W. Bush, Rob Portman and Steve Chabot. This year, he has given $52,500 to the Mitt Romney campaign. His wife Mary has ponied up $22,500.   

Controversial Voter Fraud Billboards to be Removed

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 24, 2012
A Cincinnati outdoor advertising company announced Oct. 23 that it will take down controversial billboards that opponents claim are aimed at intimidating voters.   

'Enquirer' Sued by Former Employees for Age Discrimination

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 24, 2012
A group of eight former employees from The Cincinnati Enquirer filed an amended lawsuit Oct. 19 accusing the Gannett-owned newspaper of age discrimination. The lawsuit, which was originally filed by Joseph Fenton and Catherine Reutter in 2011, was amended on Oct. 19 to include six more plaintiffs.   

Taft High Rating to Go Down

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 24, 2012
After two years of racking up an excellent rating on its state report card, Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School appears headed for a lower grade.   

Majority of Ohioans Support Same-Sex Marriage

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 17, 2012
For the first time, a Washington Post poll shows 52 percent of Ohioans support same-sex marriage, and only 37 percent say it should be illegal.  

State Rep. Alicia Reece Decries Voter Fraud Billboards

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 17, 2012
A Cincinnati-area state representative is decrying billboards throughout Ohio whose aim, she says, is voter intimidation. Democratic Rep. Alicia Reece held a news conference Oct. 15 in front of a billboard that read, “Voter Fraud is a Felony!”