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Adding to the Stigma

Health advocates: Criminalizing HIV is wrong approach

4 Comments · Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Even with all the medical advances, people infected with HIV have plenty to worry about. They include concerns like fearing the reaction when telling a new partner, being able to afford medications and qualifying for health insurance. Then there’s the case of Andre Davis, a former semi-professional wrestler and Hyde Park resident, who is facing a total of 24 counts of felonious assault for not disclosing his HIV-positive status to sexual partners.  

Riding Momentum

New bike plan brings renewed hope for a bike-friendly future for Cincinnati

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Anyone familiar with Cincinnati’s cycling infrastructure or, perhaps more importantly, the great lengths other cities go to provide safe and effective means for navigating the streets by bike knows that Cincinnati isn’t exactly what you would consider a cyclist’s dream. But our city during recent years has taken the initial steps toward becoming a more bike-friendly place.  

Asking the Tough Questions

Meetings will review how police spends its budget

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 13, 2011
An area civic group will launch a series of public meetings this week to examine the city of Cincinnati’s ever-growing Police Department budget and help residents make informed decisions about whether some cuts can be made. When the process is complete, the group will present its findings in a formal brief to the city manager’s office and City Council this fall.  

Shades of Green

Six local environmentalists shaping Cincinnati's sustainable future

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Perhaps you envision yourself as environmentally conscious. You recycle, drive a hybrid, compost and even use a water reclamation system. Don't get me wrong, that's great, but there are a number of local folks who are taking it to the next level. Not only do they educate others on sustainable living, but they themselves have become catalysts for change. Meet six local leaders: Mark Fisher from the Cincinnati Zoo, Dan Korman from Park and Vine, Jess Linz from Queen City Bike, Brewster Rhoads from Paddlefest, Jim & Ellen Schenk from Imago Earth Center and Valerie Taylor, who runs the Cincinnati Locavore blog.  

The Upside of Reusing

The growing trend of 'upcycling' gives old materials new life

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Getting ready to toss that candy wrapper in the trash? Or maybe that old bicycle tire? It's garbage, right? Just waste in transit from your receptacle to an enormous landfill. Think again: Your discarded rubbish can take on an entirely new existence in the form of a different and improved entity. A process called "upcycling" is the repurposing of waste items into new products with a higher environmental value, and several local entrepreneurs have embraced the concept.  

Outsourcing Law and Order

City Council’s proposal to abolish Police Department ignites debate

1 Comments · Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Some community groups are outraged about a hastily crafted proposal by Cincinnati officials that could result in the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office taking control of all policing within city limits, adding it shows a lack of planning and judgment. Critics say the wide-sweeping proposal, which is being rushed through in three months, would disrupt many of the hard-fought police reforms that resulted from the Collaborative Agreement.  

Why I Drink In Downtown

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 23, 2011
If you haven’t been downtown for a night out, maybe it’s long overdue. Yeah, I know you have to drive and pay to park, but suck it up and go. Parking really is pretty affordable on the weekends and the places I’m giving you are all within walking distance, so be adventurous.  

Letting the Sun Shine In

Zoo installs largest publicly accessible, urban solar array

1 Comments · Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Lions, tigers and bears ... and energy? The Cincinnati Zoo’s latest pet project won’t be housed behind glass or enclosed in habitats; instead, it will be openly displayed outside the facility for all to see. Developed, designed, owned and operated by the Melink Corp., the $11 million Melink Solar Canopy will provide 20 percent of the Zoo’s energy needs.  

Encore! Encore!

Second marriages and vow renewals are a growing trend

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Ray Bowman turns his gaze lovingly toward his bride-to-be, Terrie Robinson. "I feel pretty good about getting married again," he says. "I found the other half of me." There's a poignant honesty in Bowman's words; you can tell they come from the heart. Bowman, divorced, and Robinson, widowed, recently took marriage vows for the second time in their lives even though it was their first time taking vows together.  

Making Resolutions Work

The key to breaking bad habits is understanding how they're formed

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 12, 2011
With the new year quickly unfolding, it's time to examine all those behaviors, both good and bad habits, that we choose to break or embrace. Perhaps if we better understand the science behind those habits, we have a better chance of changing them. Besides the do-it-yourself option, therapists, counselors, organizations and programs can help us succeed in our resolutions for change.