The city has removed anti-prostitution
barricades erected in May along McMicken Avenue in Over-the-Rhine and
Fairview, but the fight over the tactic continues. The barriers, taken
down on July31 as originally planned, were placed in the
area as a test to see if such measures would limit the incidence of
prostitution, a big issue in the area.
If Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
can convince the Ohio Statehouse to pass “Annie’s Law,” or HB 469, all
first-time DUI offenders wishing to drive during any probation will have
to install a breathalyzer machine in their car and pass it for the car
Eight of the nine Greenpeace activists
charged with hanging a giant banner from the Procter & Gamble
building downtown in March showed no interest in a plea deal with
prosecutors July 21, a lawyer for the group said. Without a plea deal,
the eight risk a maximum sentence of eight years in prison on felony
burglary and vandalism charges.
About 500 people rallied downtown July 20
to show support for Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip, where more
than 400 civilians have been killed over the past few weeks in clashes
between Israel and Palestinian militant group Hamas.
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.
Forty-two-year-old Democrat David Pepper
has already served two terms as a Cincinnati City Councilman and a term
as Hamilton County Commissioner. Now he wants to be Ohio’s attorney
general, and he’s hitting Republican incumbent Mike DeWine on multiple
fronts to try and unseat him.
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
As the Ohio legislature continues to
narrow the eye of the needle abortion providers must thread to legally
provide services to women, the Cincinnati area’s two remaining clinics
face the threat of closure.
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.
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush on June
16 made a trip to Cincinnati to speak at a fundraiser for the Republican
National Committee. As he entered the posh Cincinnati Club downtown, he
was confronted by protesters.