scroll down the Cincinnati Stolen Bike Network’s Facebook page reveals
tale after tale of bicycles swiped outside of workplaces, bars and
garages around the city. Some were stolen in the dark of night, some in
broad daylight. Unfortunate owners post photographs of
their beloved bikes and their relevant stats: make and model, color,
unusual identifiers (like stickers or a broken pedal) and sometimes a
Uptown Cincinnati is home to some of the city's largest employers, best known attractions and entertainment spots. In the right spots you'll see vibrancy, potential and even a little charm. But like in so many areas of the urban core, other parts are run down, prone to violence. The nonprofit Uptown Consortium has promoted the revitalization of these urban neighborhoods since 2004.
The latest round of state budget cuts literally is a matter of life and death to some of the people affected. More than 5,000 people use the Ohio HIV Drug Assistance Program (ODAP) to get expensive life-saving medications that treat HIV. Recent government belt-tightening, however, has led to a first-time waiting list and other major cost containment measures for the 20-year-old program.
For most kids summertime means freedom. It's a time of exploration and long days of fun without the rigid structure of the school day. Nothing sums up that childhood rite of passage than time away from home at summer camp, a place where children can make friends and learn new things. But for other kids, a lack of structure, meeting new people and trying new things can be a frightening and scary experience.
Liz Mellon, a struggling high school senior, dropped out of school just a couple of credits shy of graduation. She may have never finished her studies, but a life-changing event motivated her to earn a GED — she became pregnant. Not wanting to spend her life in low-paying, dead-end work, Mellon turned to Literacy Center West, a GED preparatory, job training and placement center in East Price Hill.
Even before her first day on the job, Mary Ronan knew she would face tough scrutiny. Not from the people who hired her, although they would be watching too, but from the parents of the 34,000 students who have entrusted her with their children's education. Ronan talks with CityBeat about her new position, the challenges and progress of overseeing the district, increasing parental involvement and educating the city's children with never-ending pressures of budget shortfalls.