Fall of the House of Boehner

The departure of Congress’ most powerful man leaves a void that could be filled by more hardline conservatives

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 30, 2015
The clouds had been gathering over U.S. Rep. John Boehner from nearly the moment he started his tenure as House Speaker in 2011. Last week, the storm of discontent from far-right Republicans in Congress finally ushered him out, underlining deep faults in the country’s political landscape and leaving voids that could be filled by more hardline conservatives.  

Southwestern Ohio on Verge of Losing Last Abortion Providers

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Ohio Department of Health officials on Sept. 25 denied licenses to perform abortions for the last two remaining clinics in southwestern Ohio. Both clinics were in danger of closing at the end of the month, but a federal judge on Sept. 28 ruled they must be allowed to stay open until appeals to the ODH’s decision are heard.  

Safer Spaces

Diverse coalition announces first-of-its-kind effort to end sexual- and gender-based violence on college campuses

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Thirty-one years ago, Susan Bruggeman was just two months into her freshman year at the University of Cincinnati when she was raped at a Halloween party by a date her friend set her up with. The incident quickly became public after she reported it to the school, beginning a series of events that left her feeling humiliated.   

Census: 1.7 million Ohioans Live in Poverty

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Almost 16 percent of Ohioans lived in poverty last year, according to newly released data from the 2014 American Community Survey by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Weed-Legalization Ballot Language Faces Tough Scrutiny

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2015
It usually takes a graduate-level comparative literature class to parse a text as much as the state’s 6,600-word marijuana-legalization ballot initiative has been scrutinized in the past few weeks.

Staying in Character

Northside community members tap help from the feds hoping to keep the neighborhood affordable and accessible

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2015
On a sunny day in late August, a group from the Northside Community Council gave four representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency, in from Washington, D.C. and the federal agency’s Region 5 office in Chicago, a winding tour of the neighborhood.

Report: DuBose Shooting 'Entirely Preventable'

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2015
An internal review released Sept. 11 by the University of Cincinnati found that the July 19 shooting death of unarmed black motorist Samuel DuBose by UC police officer Ray Tensing was “entirely preventable” and resulted from tactical mistakes made by Tensing.  

Police Chief Blackwell Fired, Intends to Sue City

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2015
City Manager Harry Black announced Sept. 10 that Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell had been fired that day due to “lack of sufficient and proper communication, particularly within the command staff, coupled with a consistent and pervasive disregard for the chain of command,” according to a 35-page memo from the city.

The Once and Future King

In an effort to boost Evanston, community leaders race to preserve its famous musical legacy

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Long before he was a Grammy-winning musician and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Bootsy Collins was a kid in Cincinnati looking to break into the music business. That quest led him to the door of then-bustling King Records in Evanston.

City Report, FOP Vote Could Mean Decisive Week for Embattled Police Chief

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 9, 2015
With Cincinnati’s Fraternal Order of Police set to cast a vote of no confidence regarding Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell next week, a debate has sprung up about the chief’s future and his performance.  

Planned Parenthood Sues Ohio over Abortion Restrictions

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio filed a federal lawsuit Sept. 1 against the state of Ohio, charging that “hostile policies” passed by the state in the last few years greatly restrict women’s access to abortions.

Mixed Messages

Debate over UC’s RECLAIM program shows the fraught world of campus sexual assault response

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 2, 2015
As University of Cincinnati students began filing onto campus to start classes this week, a battle was raging over a program run by the UC Women’s Center designed to aid sexual assault survivors.

Executive Session Charter Amendment Chances Dim

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Mayor John Cranley Aug. 26 vetoed a proposed amendment to the city’s charter that would allow Cincinnati City Council to meet in executive session about specific topics.

Kentucky County Clerk Still Refusing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 2, 2015
The county clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky who has refused to issue marriage licenses since the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage the law of the land earlier this summer is still refusing to do so, citing her religious beliefs.

Making Connections

Local app-development class contributes to a federal project hoping to end LGBTQ youth homelessness

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 26, 2015
When app developer Mark Mussman started a course to teach Cincinnatians how to build Android applications, he also saw opportunity to help out LGBTQ youth experiencing or on the verge of experiencing homelessness.