CityBeat - News http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-102-1-news.html <![CDATA[The Election Issue 2014 - CityBeat endorses: Pepper • Turner • Pillich • Simendinger • Driehaus • Bryant • Thomas • Tarbell • Rhodes • Yes on 1,6,7 and 8]]>

This year’s election season is grimmer than most.

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<![CDATA[Battle of the Stars - Up-and-coming Democrat Nina Turner goes after the ambitious Jon Husted’s secretary of state position]]>

As Democrats fight an uphill battle against incumbent Republicans for major statewide offices, one race in particular has taken on an increased significance.

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<![CDATA[Lost in Wilberforce - America’s oldest historically black private college is on the verge of losing its accreditation. Can it be saved?]]> Wilberforce must address enormous debt, a deteriorating campus and serious holes in the administration, holes which until very recently included the president of the university, all before December 15, or risk losing its accreditation.]]> <![CDATA[A Tale of Two Suburbs - The checkered past of two racially tense Midwestern suburbs]]>

Many have made parallels between the shooting of Mike Brown by a Ferguson police officer and the killing of John Crawford III in a Beavercreek Walmart — but the racial tensions and local reactions surrounding the tragedies differ.

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<![CDATA[True Believers - Charlie Winburn and Cecil Thomas perform political acrobatics in their fight for state Senate]]>

Though this year’s election season is marked by some pretty uninspiring races, there’s at least one intriguing undecided contest.

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<![CDATA[Food Fight - UC researchers are making important strides against food allergies]]>

Just prior to the Food Allergy Research and Education walk in mid-September, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine immunologist Fred Finkelman took the stage to discuss groundbreaking research on suppressing food allergies in mice.

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<![CDATA[Getting Connected - Free Wi-Fi for Lower Price Hill another step toward empowerment]]>

The hotspots provide free Wi-Fi for the entirety of Lower Price Hill courtesy of a partnership between Symmes Township tech company Powernet and Cincinnati Public Schools.

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<![CDATA[Change of Heart - Conservative former justice officials seek to reform Ohio’s death penalty]]>

Terry Collins, former director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitations and Corrections, says he’s deeply conservative and strongly believes in the rule of law — and also wants to see the death penalty banned in Ohio.

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<![CDATA[Historic Crossroads - A major highway project and powerful development interests look to reshape three long-neglected uptown neighborhoods ]]>

Recent discussions about an ongoing $100 million highway project at the intersection of Avondale, Corryville and Walnut Hills have raised questions about ways development might help address the neighborhoods' recent struggles — and whether it will at all.

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<![CDATA[Last Stand at The Banks - The only minority-owned business in Cincinnati’s prized riverfront development is on its way out]]>

The long, often difficult saga of the only black-owned business at The Banks appears to be coming to an end. Mahogany’s owner Liz Rogers announced Sept. 9 that the upscale Southern restaurant will move from the city’s prized riverfront development.

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<![CDATA[Uphill Battle - Democrats see a chance to regain a majority on the Hamilton County Commissioners board. Sort of.]]> After last month's battle between the city and Hamilton County's Republican Commissioners over funds to fix Music Hall and Union Terminal, Democrats sense an opportunity to unseat Commissioner Chris Monzel in the upcoming November election.
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<![CDATA[Dreaming Big - Cincinnati-area DREAMers share stories of struggles and success as they advocate for immigration reform]]> The Freedom Center's  Aug. 20 Dreamers' Summit strived to raise awareness about the struggles and courage of young undocumented immigrants in the area.
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<![CDATA[Lessons from Our Past - Police shootings in Ferguson, Mo., Beavercreek, Ohio bring a new round of soul-searching to Cincinnati]]> The police shooting Aug. 9 of an unarmed 18-year-old black man named Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and the subsequent protests that have drawn hundreds into the streets remind many of the challenges Cincinnati has faced when it comes to race relations and law enforcement.
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<![CDATA[Legal Question - Push for gay marriage rights in four states takes center stage in Cincinnati’s federal courthouse]]> On Aug. 6, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati heard arguments about the constitutionality of gay marriage bans in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee. At stake is a 2004 amendment to Ohio’s constitution and similar laws in the three other states. The hearings marked the next step of the ongoing battle over gay marriage rights, drawing national interest.
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<![CDATA[Epidemic Proportions - While Ohio contends with a swelling heroin epidemic, a federal law limits the number of addicts doctors can treat ]]> Multiple factors have converged in Ohio to bring heroin addiction and overdose numbers to crisis levels. Meanwhile, clinics providing treatment options that can help addicts wean themselves off heroin are limited by a 14-year-old federal law restricting the number of people they can treat.
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<![CDATA[Public Money, Private Problems - Questionable management and low performance bring scrutiny on Ohio’s charter schools]]>

As quasi-private schools funded with public money across Ohio face scrutiny, some say they need to be held to a higher standard.

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<![CDATA[DUI Debate - Mothers Against Drunk Driving joins litigation over Ohio’s DUI enforcement policies]]>

If Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) can convince the Ohio Statehouse to pass “Annie’s Law,” or HB 469, all first-time DUI offenders wishing to drive during any probation will have to install a breathalyzer machine in their car and pass it for the car to start.

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<![CDATA[Sights Set - David Pepper targets Mike DeWine’s conservative political leanings in his race for Ohio’s top prosecutor]]>

Forty-two-year-old Democrat David Pepper has already served two terms as a Cincinnati City Councilman and a term as Hamilton County Commissioner. Now he wants to be Ohio’s attorney general, and he’s hitting Republican incumbent Mike DeWine on multiple fronts to try and unseat him.

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<![CDATA[Last Clinics Standing - Cincinnati’s two remaining abortion facilities face uncertain futures ]]>

As the Ohio legislature continues to narrow the eye of the needle abortion providers must thread to legally provide services to women, the Cincinnati area’s two remaining clinics face the threat of closure.

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<![CDATA[Core Questions - As public schools prepare for new national standards, critics across the political spectrum raise alarms]]>

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush on June 16 made a trip to Cincinnati to speak at a fundraiser for the Republican National Committee. As he entered the posh Cincinnati Club downtown, he was confronted by protesters.

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