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Uphill Battle

Democrats see a chance to regain a majority on the Hamilton County Commissioners board. Sort of.

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 2, 2014
After last month's battle between the city and Hamilton County's Republican Commissioners over funds to fix Music Hall and Union Terminal, Democrats sense an opportunity to unseat Commissioner Chris Monzel in the upcoming November election.
  

Dreaming Big

Cincinnati-area DREAMers share stories of struggles and success as they advocate for immigration reform

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 27, 2014
The Freedom Center's  Aug. 20 Dreamers' Summit strived to raise awareness about the struggles and courage of young undocumented immigrants in the area.
  

Lessons from Our Past

Police shootings in Ferguson, Mo., Beavercreek, Ohio bring a new round of soul-searching to Cincinnati

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 20, 2014
The police shooting Aug. 9 of an unarmed 18-year-old black man named Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and the subsequent protests that have drawn hundreds into the streets remind many of the challenges Cincinnati has faced when it comes to race relations and law enforcement.
  

Sharonville Clinic will not Appeal Court Ruling, Must Stop Providing Surgical Abortions

Women's Med Center in Sharonville will stay open to provide other services

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Women’s Med Center, one of Greater Cincinnati’s two abortion providers, announced it will cease providing abortions after an Aug. 18 court ruling.  The clinic will remain open to provide other services, however.
  

Duke Energy Spills Thousands of Gallons of Oil into Ohio River

City water supply safe, Cincinnati Water Works says

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Thousands of gallons of diesel fuel from a Duke Energy plant leaked into the Ohio River during the night of Aug. 18 during an oil transfer at a Duke plant in New Richmond, Ohio.
  

Legal Question

Push for gay marriage rights in four states takes center stage in Cincinnati’s federal courthouse

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 13, 2014
On Aug. 6, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati heard arguments about the constitutionality of gay marriage bans in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee. At stake is a 2004 amendment to Ohio’s constitution and similar laws in the three other states. The hearings marked the next step of the ongoing battle over gay marriage rights, drawing national interest.
  

Epidemic Proportions

While Ohio contends with a swelling heroin epidemic, a federal law limits the number of addicts doctors can treat

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Multiple factors have converged in Ohio to bring heroin addiction and overdose numbers to crisis levels. Meanwhile, clinics providing treatment options that can help addicts wean themselves off heroin are limited by a 14-year-old federal law restricting the number of people they can treat.
  

Cranley’s City Manager Pick Heads for a Full Council Vote

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Cranley's pick for city manager has been involved in political dustups in some of his past jobs, but has more than 25 years of public service experience and reams of positive recommendations. He’s pledged to take an analytic rather than political approach to big issues.

  

Prostitution Barricades Come Down, Fight Continues

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 6, 2014
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. 
  

Public Money, Private Problems

Questionable management and low performance bring scrutiny on Ohio’s charter schools

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 29, 2014
As quasi-private schools funded with public money across Ohio face scrutiny, some say they need to be held to a higher standard.  

DUI Debate

Mothers Against Drunk Driving joins litigation over Ohio’s DUI enforcement policies

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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 to start.   

Greenpeace Activists Refuse Plea Deal, Face Prison

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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.
  

Holder: Obama Administration Will File in Ohio Early Voting Suit

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 22, 2014
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says the Justice Department plans to join a lawsuit against the state of Ohio seeking to restore early voting in the state.
  

Local Rally Supports Palestinian Civilians in Embattled Gaza

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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 OKs Needle Exchange Program

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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.