Stealing Time

How subcontracting makes recovering lost wages difficult for undocumented immigrant workers

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Juan Alvarez was one of 10 undocumented workers from Guatemala recruited by Jorge Padrilla, an undocumented Mexican, to do the framing and drywall work for an addition at the Ohio Theta House fraternity on Joselin Street in Clifton Heights last July. 

City Desk July 15-21

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 15, 2015
The city of Cincinnati on July 10 released documents showing what it would have offered Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell had he left the department last May after discussions with City Manager Harry Black. 

Crisis Averted?

Cincinnati neighborhoods continue to struggle with blight in the wake of the foreclosure crisis

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 8, 2015
When the eyes of the nation turn to the All-Star Game in Cincinnati this week, viewers will likely see a pristine version of the city. What they won’t see are hundreds of vacant houses blighting nearby neighborhoods — a haunting reminder the foreclosure crisis is still thriving in Cincinnati.  

Officers Charged with Covering Up Accident for Controversial Cop

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Two Cincinnati police officers have been charged in the cover up of a car accident involving a third officer, Sgt. Andrew Mitchell.   

Fighting On

Advocates push back against new state regulations closing in on Cincinnati’s last clinic providing abortions

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 1, 2015
In the gray early morning of June 24, a charter bus idled outside the Elizabeth Campbell Surgical Center in Mount Auburn waiting to take a group of Planned Parenthood supporters from Cincinnati to the state capitol building in Columbus.  

U.S. Supreme Court Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage Nationwide

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 1, 2015
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 26 that same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional, legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide

Public Fight

As a new effort to increase charter schools launches, public school advocates push back

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 24, 2015
A group calling itself the Cincinnati Educational Justice Coalition packed 60 people into a small conference room at the West End YMCA June 18 to discuss solutions to a long-standing issue — the  stubborn gap separating low-income Cincinnati students from their more well-off peers.

City Desk June 24-30

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 24, 2015
The Cincinnati Police Department on June 19 lost its first officer in the line of duty since 2000. Cincinnati police officer Sonny Kim, 48, was shot and killed by a gunman in Madisonville as he responded to a 911 call about a man with a gun acting erratically.

Continuing Tension

Family and community search for answers after the police shooting of 22-year-old Quandavier Hicks in Northside

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Erica Woods came from Georgia to Cincinnati for answers about her son’s death and found herself marching across the Hamilton Avenue I-75 overpass June 11 with a group of more than 200.  

Mayor, Council Democrats Battle over City Budget

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Cincinnati City Council’s Budget and Finance Committee on June 15 wrangled over the city’s upcoming $1 billion budget, passing the operating portion of that financial plan but leaving a fight over capital spending for another day.  

Balance of Power

Council’s ignored human services request primes potential budget battle

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Last November, Cincinnati City Council unanimously voted to double the size of the city’s human services fund from $1.5 million to $3 million during the next budget cycle.

City Desk June 10-16

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 9, 2015
The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority on June 5 released the dollar amounts for the two lowest bids for the first 10 years of streetcar operations. One bid is under the city’s budget, while the other is not.  

Boxed In

New state job application laws could help ex-offenders, but they’re part of a larger puzzle

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 2, 2015
On June 1, the state of Ohio stopped asking job seekers on applications whether they have been convicted of a crime, and a proposed measure would remove questions about criminal history from all public job applications across the state.

Questions Swirl Around Resignation Papers for Police Chief; City Makes Deal for Wasson Way Bike Trail Land

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 2, 2015
The city of Cincinnati recently drew up resignation documents for Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell, according to a May 29 report by the Cincinnati Business Courier. That revelation has led to speculation over whether Blackwell was on the verge of being dismissed from his position, though city officials say that isn’t the case.  

Poll Position

Fights over voting rights in Ohio intensify as the state looks to play a vital role in 2016

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Little more than a month after Ohio settled a lawsuit charging that it engaged in practices that suppressed voters’ rights, more battles around the state’s voting practices loom.