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Down by Law

Facts aren’t always enough to prove a man’s innocence

2 Comments · Wednesday, December 17, 2008
If you witness a killing when you’re a child, it’s bound to affect your reflexes. By age 27, if you hear a shooting and encounter a body lying facedown in front of an apartment building at midnight, you’re unlikely to stay and watch.  

Holiday Road Trippin'

With gas prices dropping, driving to Grandma’s is now an option

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 26, 2008
The cost of an airline ticket isn't going down any time soon, and unless you're into cozying up with strangers for a long train ride at about the same price, the best way to get out of Cincinnati for the remainder of 2008 is a vehicle of the four-wheel variety.  

Holiday: Festival of Lights

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 25, 2008
With 300,000 new LED lights twinkling in the Festival of Lights display at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical gardens this year, the zoo will save $30,000 on their Duke Energy Bill. What that means in practical terms is enough power to supply 36 homes for an entire year. And the lights are cool, too. Open nightly 5-9 p.m. (closed Dec. 24-25). Guests can enjoy half-priced admission Dec. 1-3, 8-10 and 15-17.  

'For Profit' Vs. 'For People'

Passage of Issue 5 will keep predatory payday loans in check, but is it enough?

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Within 48 hours of Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland signing House Bill 545 — characterized by many groups as the "country's strongest payday lending reform law" — the payday lending lobby mobilized to fight it. But Ohio voters embraced reform by a wide margin, passing Issue 5 63-37 percent. Payday lenders were singled out with this law, but the national mortgage financial crisis has also raised the question of how banks and other financial institutions earn their big bucks.  

Events: Balluminaria

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Setting fire to gas usually isn’t the kind of thing your local fire department wants to see happen, but when that kind of flame lights up a hot-air balloon, people come from miles around to watch the spectacle. On Saturday (“weather date” for Sunday) the Balluminaria Festival will features a dozen hot-air balloons glowing in the sky and reflecting in the lake. There will also be carolers, musicians, balloon twisters, Santa Claus with Candy Canes for kids, model sailboat demonstrations, hot chocolate and roasted almonds. To avoid parking hassles, use the free shuttle service from The Parking Company of America lot next to the Greyhound Station on Gilbert Avenue. 4-6 p.m.  

De-criminalizing Victims

Making a case for why human trafficking laws are needed in Ohio

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 12, 2008
If someone holds a gun to your head and forces you to rob a bank, you're not held responsible for the crime. You had no choice if you wanted to stay alive. Thus it seems reasonable that someone forced into prostitution because of a threat to her life or the lives of her family members shouldn't be charged with that crime either.   

Mixed Messages on the Issues

Voters are heard on city and state ballot issues

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Cincinnati voters sent a mixed message on the two ballot issues before them, both placed on the ballot by a group of local activists and political organizations. Issue 8 failed, meaning City Council won't be elected via proportional representation, with Issue 7 passed, prohibiting the use of "red light" cameras.  

‘One People’

President-elect Barack Obama chooses unity over division

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 5, 2008
By 11 p.m. on Election Day, about 25 people were at Integrity Hall in Bond Hill talking or dancing to the music of a DJ. Just 25 people in a room with that DJ, a TV and a snack table with corn chips and sheet cake with red, white and blue frosting, watching in amazement as the first biracial person was elected president of the United States. "His life is the perfect example of inclusion," said Ken Ghee, a psychology professor at the University of Cincinnati. "His color is a merging of Caucasian, African, Hawaiian."  

Get Involved: Technology Recycling

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Eight-six thousand pounds and counting: add a few of your unwanted pounds ... of old technology. The Hamilton County Solid Waste Management District has already recycled that much computer equipment this year. There’s still time to add your old monitors, CPUs, hard drives, mice, keyboards, laptops and other assorted modern technologies. Take any of the aforementioned items to Technology Recycling Group (5139 Kieley Place, St. Bernard) 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday–Friday until Dec. 30. Hamilton County residents need to show proof of address — driver’s license, utility bill, etc. — to recycle equipment.  

Rights to Protection

YWCA program helps immigrant women combat abuse

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Eight weeks ago Jin (not her real name) escaped a violent relationship with a Korean man, and she now has thoughts of suicide because of the shame and guilt she feels.