Ohio NORML: Issue 3 Could Pinch Marijuana Users’ Fourth Amendment Rights

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 21, 2015
As election day looms, medicinal and recreational marijuana users in Ohio are mulling cloudy questions around how ResponsibleOhio’s legalization amendment could affect their lifestyle.

Fighting Fear

Activists in Northside take to the streets to protest increasing violence against women

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 14, 2015
In the early morning hours of Oct. 2, two teenagers approached a woman near the corner of Chase and Virginia avenues in Northside and assaulted her. The terrifying incident wasn’t an isolated occurrence in Northside, which has seen a spike in reports of of violent rapes and sexual assaults.  

Debate Heats Up on Parks Charter Amendment

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 14, 2015
A proposal by Mayor John Cranley to amend Cincinnati’s charter in order to raise funds for the city’s parks has created a good deal of controversy ahead of the Nov. 3 election, where voters will decide whether or not to adopt it.

Investigators: Tamir Rice Police Shooting 'Reasonable'

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Two investigators hired by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office separately found the Nov. 22 Cleveland Police shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice “reasonable,” according to the prosecutor.  

Waiting Game

Kentucky won’t legalize medical marijuana anytime soon, but interested parties are watching Ohio

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Thomas Vance is part of the group Veterans for Medical Cannabis Access, which advocates for military veterans to be able to use marijuana to treat conditions such as PTSD and chronic pain. He says marijuana helps reduce his PTSD symptoms by 90 percent.    

City Reveals Steps to Eliminate Gender, Racial Inequities in Contracting

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 7, 2015
City of Cincinnati officials on Sept. 30 unveiled ordinances to address inequalities in the city’s contracting practices, including race- and gender-based requirements for contractors.

Cincinnati Among Top Cities for Growth in Bicycle Commuting

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Recent American Community Survey data released by the U.S. Census Bureau reveals that bicycle commuting continues to rise in America. Cincinnati has been one of the cities leading the way in that growth, it turns out.

Activists Take to City Hall, State of City Speech to Protest Pending Clinic Closure

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Pro-choice activists and community members joined outside of City Hall the evening of Oct. 5 to call on city and state officials to keep the two last abortion providers in southwestern Ohio open.

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.