When the Roebling Suspension Bridge reopened Nov. 5 after eight months of repainting and revitalization, few people might have noticed the oblong lights tracing the curving diagonal cables that give the bridge its profile. But these lights (the bridge's "necklace," according to its fans) and the flags atop the towers are the most visible signs of a volunteer effort that stretches back 35 years and has been instrumental in keeping the Roebling Bridge fit to be a symbol of the Cincinnati region.
If the 2010 Congressional races in Hamilton County were remarkable for anything, it was their adherence to what many saw as all-but-inevitable results. In the 1st and 2nd districts, the favorites (Steve Chabot and Jean Schmidt) locked in victory — and concessions from their competitors — before midnight Tuesday.
Justin Coussoule isn't afraid of competition. That's a good thing, considering that he's running this November to remove U.S. House Minority Leader John Boehner from the Congressional seat he's held for the past 20 years. This is Coussole's first run for political office of any kind. He says he's getting used to explaining why he is gunning for such big game on his first outing.
Ollie Kroner's car doesn't look all that different. True, a mid-1980s Mercedes sedan in decent shape will turn a few heads but it's not the kind of vehicle meant to draw attention. There is the emblem, though: a few letters added as a prefix to the engine designation on the trunk, turning "turbodiesel" into "bioturbodiesel."
Employees at Champion Windows' Sharonville manufacturing facility are scheduled to vote July 21 on a move to join the Iron Workers Shopmen's Union. If approved, the move would lead to contract negotiations between the company and the labor union over working conditions and wages. Proponents of workers' rights say it's a much-needed change at the facility.
The congresswoman for Ohio's 2nd District last week filed a defamation lawsuit against one of her opponents from the 2008 election. The suit by Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-Miami Township) alleges that David Krikorian of Madeira and his campaign made a number of knowingly false and derogatory statements about Schmidt during and after the election. And from there, things get a little weird.
Say "University of Cincinnati" in a crowd of locals, and someone is bound to reply with colors: red and black. But there's a growing push on campus to have people start associating the school with another color: green. UC is one of five Ohio universities (and the only public institution) to earn mention in the recent 'Princeton Review's Guide to 286 Green Colleges.'
Some students at Northern Kentucky University are upset by turmoil in the school's Office of African American Student Affairs, including the firings of top personnel. Combined with NKU's low rate for retaining black students, they question the institution's commitment to diversity.
Michaele Pride, urban design chair of the Cincinnati chapter of the American Institute of Architects, kicked off the Feb. 20 casino design charette with a reiteration of one point everyone in the room needed to remember: "We are not in doubt about whether or not a casino may be built. Yes, a casino is coming at Broadway Commons. How do we make it the best we can?"
A 20-year investigation and debate over toxic waste at a Pleasant Ridge industrial site may be nearing its end, as state regulators have issued a draft plan to clean the Hilton Davis chemical facility — a plan that many nearby residents call insufficient.