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Riding the Endangered Rails

Cross-country train travel offers unique perspectives

1 Comments · Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Rail trips are sobering in this way and accommodations — both coach and first class — that seem spacious in daylight can feel like hard little boxes at night. There’s a curious mix of comfort and discomfort that comes along for the ride.  

Pedaling For A Cause

BikeFest offers participants opportunities to assist and learn about local charities

1 Comments · Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Episcopal Community Services Foundation’s BikeFest is more than a charity ride; it offers riders from a variety of athletic backgrounds — both serious and occasional riders — the opportunity to learn about and engage with the local charities they’re serving.   

Fit to Live

How Ohio death row inmate Abdul Awkal was saved from execution

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Ohio death row inmate Abdul Awkal wasn’t trying to avoid his execution. He just wanted his meals prepared according to his Muslim faith.    

Summer Sticks in the Mud

Adventure races thrill, challenge weekend warriors

0 Comments · Thursday, June 14, 2012
For many folks, first-person video games offer all the thrills they need. But others crave the tactile realness of an actual obstacle course with knotted ropes to climb, mud pits to crawl through and walls to be surmounted. The typical ingredients of adventure races include a military-style course, a river of mud and whatever torture tests a perverse mind can conjure. Throw in a small legion of weekend warriors and you’ve got yourself a fresh baked adventure — or a hot mess, depending on your point of view.  

Gays, Even Christians, Need Not Apply

Jonathan Zeng shares his story of discrimination, as local leaders rally

11 Comments · Wednesday, June 13, 2012
They shared the same Christian values, they shared a love of children and Jonathan Zeng was ready to start as a music teacher at his new school. But 15 minutes after accepting the offer, Zeng received a phone call from a school board representative because something was weighing on his mind — whether or not Zeng is gay.   

On the Trail of Dreams

Cleveland couple rides, maps Ohio-to-Erie Trail

1 Comments · Wednesday, June 6, 2012
For those who have never ridden the snaky, shaky path from Lake Erie to the shores of the Ohio, it might seem odd that a map is needed for a single bicycle route. But the ride, like a miniature Route 66, meets many small towns along the way, and figuring your way between where the path ends on one side of town and picks up on another can be confusing.   

Hit the Trails

Urban trails offer a safe haven from automobile traffic, but more are needed

2 Comments · Wednesday, May 2, 2012
A couple of years ago I was heading up William Howard Taft Road to Gilbert Avenue and was nearing the intersection in the left turn lane when a contractor’s van started tailgating me. The driver whaled on his horn for me to move. Now, seriously, this guy had a gas pedal and could go much faster than me.   

Oh, the Places You’ll Drink!

Notable locals on their favorite drinking spots in the Queen City

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Find out where your favorite local celebrities drink. From Madonna's to MOTR, from Crazy Fox to Northside Tavern, we'll discover where our city's songsmiths, writers and shop owners find their muse.

Event: Teilen Leap Day Storytelling

0 Comments · Monday, February 27, 2012
The popular, local storytelling night brings its sixth installment to downtown Cincinnati with the theme, “Leaping Out.” Each Teilen (which means “to sh  

Working For the Underdogs

Seelbach focuses on social justice, development

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 24, 2012
The phrase, ‘Cincinnati’s first openly gay council member’ has been regularly linked to Chris Seelbach’s name in media reports ever since his November election. In an interview last week, Seelbach told CityBeat that this label helped him win his seat on council and is an integral part of his identity as a man and a city leader, but it’s far from a complete picture of who he is.