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Differing Forecasts

Union: CPS using faulty budget model to make cuts

1 Comments · Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Cincinnati’s beleaguered public school system, faced with a projected $43 million budget gap for next year, slashed 10 percent of its teaching staff April 17. In a special session, the school board voted unanimously to eliminate at least 237 jobs, saving the district around $20 million.    

Lawsuit alleges Enquirer layoffs driven by age

8 Comments · Wednesday, February 15, 2012
As The Enquirer staff braces for another reduction in staff, the paper and its parent company might not yet have seen the full fallout of its decision to cut staff last year. Two of the newspaper’s former editors, Joe Fenton and Cathy Ruetter, have filed an age discrimination lawsuit against the newspaper and The Gannett Co.  

Terminal Error

How county-provided data doomed the stadium tax economic impact study

2 Comments · Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Sixteen years ago, proponents of the half-cent sales tax hike to fund construction of new stadiums for the Reds and Bengals got a boost from an economic impact study that foretold a prosperous future. Knowing now what lay ahead, with the cash-strapped county mired in debt and cutting services to residents, voters probably would balk at supporting the initiative today.     

Making a Nuisance of Themselves

Owners, neighbors spar over law about rental properties

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Even as a lawsuit against the city over its “chronic nuisance” ordinance meanders through the federal court system, City Council voted last month to expand the ordinance’s fines, opening a new chapter in the rancorous history of City Hall’s crackdown on troubled housing units and so-called absentee landlords.    

Trampling Over the Sixth Amendment

NKY courts play fast and loose with rules

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 9, 2011
According to a local public defender, people appearing in two Northern Kentucky courts — particularly the poor — are having their rights violated, and judges are responsible. John Delaney, who heads the public advocacy office that handles cases in Kenton and Campbell counties, says district judges in those counties are violating state and federal law in not appointing legal counsel to defendants who need them.  

Book Explores Cincinnati Anti-Crime Program

Author David Kennedy reflects on local politics and CIRV's success

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Don't Shoot: One Man, a Street Fellowship and the End to Violence in Inner-City America is one-part memoir and one-part academic report, filled with the sort of social science material that theses are based on. Kennedy was a principal in the founding of the Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence (CIRV) in 2007.   

Digging Up Answers for Bones

Friends: Prosecutor’s decision political

13 Comments · Wednesday, September 14, 2011
A month after Deters closed the case and five months since Hebert was fatally shot by Cincinnati Police, the well-loved musician’s friends are still looking for answers from Deters, the Cincinnati Police Department and the city’s Citizen Complaint Authority. To them, the case hasn’t been closed at all.

Life After Lucy

In historic case, lesbian co-parent loses rights to child

4 Comments · Wednesday, August 10, 2011
The constant reminders are all around Michele Hobbs' Prospect Hill home — a puppy named Leo, a half-finished garden. Lucy's room is still just the way she left it, the fish she caught in a neighbor's pond still in the fishbowl. At times, says Hobbs, it's overwhelming.  

Remembering a Talent Cut Short

Killed in Libya, globe-trotting photographer had local ties

1 Comments · Wednesday, July 13, 2011
In just a few weeks, friends were to pack Sacred Hearts-St. Stephens Church in Brooklyn, N.Y., to see Chris Hondros, the Pulitzer Prize-nominated photographer, finally tie the knot. For the 40-year-old Hondros, his Aug. 6 vows with fellow photographer Christina Piaia were supposed to be the start of a new life. That changed on April 20 in Misrata, Libya.  

Rolling Out the Welcome Mat

National Latino group meets in the Queen City

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 29, 2011
With still-fresh wounds from the WLW ad campaign in 2007 that thoughtlessly touted the radio giant as “The Big Juan” — with its cartoonishly stereotypical imagery on billboards — and a suburban sheriff constantly in the headlines railing against immigrants, Cincinnati is hardly the city you would think would be embraced by a national group that represents the Hispanic community. This week, though, the Queen City is hosting the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), as the organization comes to town for its 82nd annual national convention.