Northside Community Council voted July 21
to create a needle exchange program in the neighborhood. The effort,
run by the Cincinnati Exchange Program, will start sometime in August
and operate from a van one day a week for three hours at a time. Planned
Parenthood will also participate, providing testing services for
diseases like HIV and hepatitis.
More demand for housing aid and less
money from the feds have combined to create a simple but brutal equation
swelling the number of homeless individuals and families in the
Cincinnati area and across the country.
Both Gov. John Kasich and gubernatorial
hopeful Ed FitzGerald are fighting lawsuits over records related to
scheduling and security. And while the press and opposing political
parties push for disclosure, both are fighting to keep those records
The Coalition Opposed to Additional
Spending and Taxes (COAST) says it will fight Hamilton County
Commissioners’ proposed plans to raise either sales or property taxes to
help pay for renovations to Music Hall and Union Terminal.
The race for Ohio attorney general is heating up, and Democratic candidate David Pepper last week slammed his opponent,
current Attorney General Mike DeWine, over Ohio’s lag in testing rape
kits, which are samples collected when a rape is reported.
A deal approved by City Council June 25
splits limited funds among two affordable housing projects, funding one
in Over-the-Rhine and leaving the door open for another that’s been in
the works for the last few years in Avondale.
City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld and other
Democrats held an event June 27 near the University of Cincinnati
criticizing Gov. John Kasich and the Ohio legislature for the low level
of funding available for higher education in the state.
What do the Cincinnati Ballet, Jungle
Jim’s and the YWCA have in common? Last month, an Ohio court upheld a
ruling that the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) has been
overcharging these and thousands of other businesses and organizations
in the state.
Before the summer is over, Cincinnatians
should be able to rent a bike in Over-the-Rhine, Clifton or downtown and
take it for a spin. But whether or not there will eventually be more
bike lanes to ride in may still be up in the air.
A federal court handed down a big victory
for voting rights advocates June 11 when it ruled that Ohio must
maintain three days of early voting previously eliminated by Ohio
Secretary of State John Husted. U.S. District Court Judge Peter Economus
ruled that the state must provide voting the Saturday, Sunday and
Monday before election day.