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Reintegrating Into Society

Groups register ex-felons to vote, become productive

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Rejoining society once you have a felony conviction on your record can be a smothering burden. From diminished job opportunities to housing problems and other legal entanglements, it can be a disheartening struggle, one that can lead to disenfranchisement and apathy. With one group of ex-felons taking the lead, though, that's changing locally.  

Factory Square Project Weathers Recession

Long-delayed Northside rehab finally begins

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 6, 2010
After five years of wondering what all the fuss was about, Northside residents have noticed something different at the old American Can factory the past few weeks: The buzz of construction. The factory is the site of the long-proposed Factory Square project that would convert the vacant 80-year-old building into 110 loft apartments and about 12,000 square feet of commercial space.  

Brownouts Used at Fire Stations

Despite spiraling costs in Cincinnati Fire Department, city ignores consultant's report

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 31, 2010
These are turbulent times for the Cincinnati Fire Department. With the city of Cincinnati massively over budget, officials are eyeing cuts to the department's funding just as spiraling overtime costs have led to temporary closures of some fire stations and the department is facing a constant deluge of critics, including local firefighters union leaders. It's also become clear that, without major changes in either funding or its mission, the department's future looks even more grim.  

Challenging a Broken System

A true socialist, LaBotz runs for U.S. Senate seat

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Dan LaBotz understands his campaign to become Ohio's next member of the U.S. Senate is a bit of a curiosity. As Republicans and Tea Party members continue to throw around the term “socialist” as a sort of epithet, LaBotz, a Clifton resident, is one of just three national candidates from the Socialist Party, and the only one running for a Senate seat.  

Breaking the Code of Silence

Court ruling means Pope, bishops might testify in abuse cases

2 Comments · Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Two weeks ago, when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from the Vatican, plaintiffs claiming to be sexually abused at the hands of priests and betrayed by the church's effort to keep those crimes quiet earned their biggest court victory to date. In fact, after decades of losses, it felt like the victims' first real win, says Judy Jones, the Midwest associate director of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP).  

City: Streetcars Lessen Need for Parking

Zoning change affects mostly future parking, not present spaces

1 Comments · Tuesday, July 6, 2010
In mid-June, the Cincinnati Planning Commission approved a change in the city's zoning code that, on the surface, seemed to trigger a looming reduction in the number of existing downtown parking spaces. Actually, the revision is meant to be prospective, not retroactive, in its intent, reducing by half the current requirement that development projects include two parking spaces for each residential unit added.  

Cincinnati Police Rarely Use Hate Crime Law

Local number of cases lower than in comparable cities

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 30, 2010
The last decade has seen the repeal of Article 12 and adoption of the Human Rights Ordinance, both huge victories for Cincinnati's LGBTQ community. But since Article 12's repeal in 2004, Cincinnati Police have processed just seven hate crime charges based on sexual orientation, compared to 19 in Columbus in 2007 alone. Local gay rights advocates say the incidents are being under-reported or under-pursued by police.  

Opening Doors and Minds

Groups pool efforts to help ex-offenders find jobs

2 Comments · Wednesday, June 16, 2010
At 23 years old, James Lunsford might have been out of options. Just a few years out of high school, the Western Hills resident was working a slew of temporary jobs to make ends meet. But a run-in with the law two years ago — a mistake he regrets and quickly owns — changed everything. With a felony on his record and a suspended driver’s license, he found himself unemployable.  

Ex-Ambassador: Terrorism Is Here to Stay

Chamberlin delivered ultimatum to Pakistan after 9/11

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Like most Americans, Wendy Chamberlin witnessed the 9/11 attacks via television, transfixed as one World Trade Center tower was afire, then a second jetliner dove into the other. What made her experience unlike anyone else's, however, was that she was in Pakistan, half a world away, serving a governmental post that was about to be crucial to America's response. She comes to Covington June 1 to discuss her experiences and to screen a new documentary film, 'SOS: State of Security.'  

Lectures/Film Screenings: Wendy Chamberlin & SOS: State of Security

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 26, 2010
The film, 'SOS: State of Security,' examines the American security structure prior to the 9/11 attacks and U.S. policy changes since. Wendy Chamberlin, 62, now president of the Middle East Institute think tank in Washington, D.C., remains an expert on the region and terrorism and still helps shapes American policy for both. In that respect, she is one of several experts interviewed for the new documentary. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Carnegie Arts Center.