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Streetcar Advocates Expand Focus to Uptown and Beyond

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Believe in Cincinnati, the grassroots group that played a big role advocating for the Cincinnati streetcar during and since the infamous City Hall pause, is expanding its focus beyond Over-the-Rhine.  

Sen. Sherrod Brown Pushes Student Loan Refinancing

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 11, 2014
At a time when charges for borrowing money have hit nearly historic lows, students and those currently repaying federal student loans have been locked into older, higher rates.  

Ohio Supreme Court Orders Rape Flier Records Unsealed

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 11, 2014
The Ohio Supreme Court ruled June 5 that a Butler County judge acted improperly when he sealed records relating to a 2012 rape flier posted at Miami University.  

Confusion and Concerns

As Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority adjusts to challenges, residents raise alarms

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 3, 2014
More than 60 people crammed into a small conference room at Xavier University the evening of May 27 to witness a presentation by Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority on its five-year strategic plan, but many weren’t there to hear CMHA Director Gregory Johnson discuss mission statements and rebranding.    

Advocates: Include Rail Options in Next Western Hills Viaduct

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Advocates in the West Side are calling for consideration of future transit options including possible light rail or street car routes as planning for the aging Western Hills Viaduct moves forward.
  

Metro to Offer Domestic Partner Benefits

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Cincinnati Metro on May 29 announced that it will provide health and dental benefits to domestic partners of its employees, becoming the first employer to say it will utilize Cincinnati’s domestic partner registry, which passed out of committee June 2 and is expected to be passed by full council this week.   

Kasich to Sign Bill Delaying Renewable Energy Standards

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Gov. John Kasich says he’ll sign a bill that would freeze the state’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards for two years and weaken them after that. 
  

On the Capital Defense

State task force releases 56 recommendations for Ohio death penalty application

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 28, 2014
The botched execution of Clayton Lockett in Oklahoma in late April was sufficiently horrific to inspire the pro-death-penalty Obama administration to do some long-overdue soul searching.   

The first Jewish baseball superstar’s distinctive mark on Reds history

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 28, 2014
 Despite a vagabond baseball career that saw him careening from team to team across the Northeast and Midwest for a decade, Lipman “Lip” Pike arrived in Cincinnati in early 1877 to play for the Red Stockings — the early name of today’s Reds — amid a fair amount of hype.  

Contract Controversy

Catholic teachers and their supporters speak out against new Archdiocese teacher contract

1 Comment · Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Richard Hague planned to teach in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati schools for 50 years, but the literature and writing teacher at Purcell Marian is retiring early after 45 years because he thinks church authority has crossed a line.    

Voting Rights Redux

Ohio Democrats launch statewide initiative to protect voting access from GOP-led limitations

6 Comments · Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Ohio is at the forefront of the fight as activists work to defend long-held voting practices from Republican-led efforts to limit citizens’ options for casting their ballots.
  

Going Off-Road

Mayor Cranley insists the future of bike-friendliness is not in Cincinnati's planned on-street infrastructure

6 Comments · Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Mayor John Cranley’s sudden steering of Cincinnati’s bike plan off-street has forced cycling advocates and administrators to regroup and refocus their attempts to move the city in a more bike-friendly direction.    

Fighting Foreclosure

City, nonprofits take proactive efforts to stave off ongoing effects of the housing crisis

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Hamilton County foreclosures decreased again in 2013, but communities are still feeling the effects of the housing crisis, signaling a long road to recovery. In the meantime, various government and private organizations are taking proactive measures to reverse the problems that often come with disproportionate numbers of foreclosures.    

Pushing Pause

Vice Mayor Mann set to propose altered bike project to save on-street parking

4 Comments · Wednesday, April 23, 2014
The city’s cost of a long-planned piece of cycling infrastructure could more than double if City Council approves a motion Vice Mayor David Mann planned to introduce on April 23.    

Forgotten Population

Women’s City Club to host a discussion on ways the criminal justice system is failing women

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Each week Ohio Justice and Policy Center (OJPC) Executive Director David Singleton visits the Dayton Correctional Institute (DCI). He feels his presence is making a difference — hearing voices that would have otherwise remained silent. He speaks candidly about one of his clients, a woman serving 17 years after shooting her former police officer husband to death.