CityBeat - News http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-102-1-news.html <![CDATA[Turning Tide - Cincinnati is at the center of a historic battle over same-sex marriage in more ways than one ]]>

A series of cases to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court involving Ohio and three other states could be the definitive national moment for same sex marriage. Cincinnati is at the epicenter of that moment in more ways than one.

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<![CDATA[Free at Last, Free for Now - UC’s Ohio Innocence Project helps overturn three questionable murder convictions]]>

Twenty years ago, Eugene Johnson, Laurese Glover and Derrick Wheatt were convicted of murder based on the testimony of a single witness. Now, thanks to nearly a decade of legal advocacy by the University of Cincinnati’s Ohio Innocence Project, they’ve been granted a new chance at justice.

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<![CDATA[Attention to Detail - University of Cincinnati’s new innovation center breathes life into a 1920s former Sears store in Avondale]]>

Imagine a classic 1920s storefront window complete with mannequins posed in their finery. Now imagine a new type of display — a space filled with buzzing drones, giant 3D printers and announcements of the latest medical breakthroughs.

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<![CDATA[New Plan, Old Tensions - Residents question a new development plan that would add 21 single-family homes to the Over-the-Rhine area]]>

An ambitious plan by a developer to build 21 single-family homes costing between $400,000 to $600,000 each near OTR has caused debate over what the changing neighborhood should look like.

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<![CDATA[United Front - Feds join city lawsuit against apartment owner over conditions at the Alms Hill Apartments]]> The standoff between owners of the Alms Hill apartments in Walnut Hills and the building's residents is intensifying and is central to a lawsuit now on its way to federal court. ]]> <![CDATA[Deeper Issues - Experts say Cincinnati is a model for police reform, but healing wounds might go beyond changing law enforcement]]>

Eight months after the deaths of Michael Brown and other black citizens at the hands of police, tensions still simmer.

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<![CDATA[Awaiting Change - New Hamilton County court docket looks to help individuals escape the lingering barriers of sex trafficking]]>

When Caroline came out as transgender during high school, her mother asked that she leave her house and neighborhood in Northern Kentucky. That rejection started a long, harrowing journey through sex trafficking and addiction.

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<![CDATA[Bottoms Up? - Council moves to create new entertainment districts and bring more bars and restaurants downtown]]>

Downtown Cincinnati could soon get 21 more liquor licenses under a new proposal pending state approval.

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<![CDATA[Slow Ride - A proposed East Side bike trail is one of the final pieces needed to connect Cincinnati to a statewide network of trails. So what’s the holdup?]]>

Picture an epic trip on a dedicated bike trail from downtown Cincinnati to the shores of Lake Erie in Cleveland. Or, if you’re less ambitious, visualize a Saturday jaunt from Milford to downtown. Both are surprisingly close to reality.

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<![CDATA[Trade Offs - Proposed redevelopment in Walnut Hills brings up tough questions about affordable housing]]>

Seventy-four-year-old Pearlie Young says she likes her apartment on Chapel Street in Walnut Hills, where she has lived for four years.

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<![CDATA[Faulty Math? - Gov. Kasich’s quirky education-funding formula lists Indian Hill beside the state’s have-nots]]>

One of the state’s wealthiest school districts is among those on the list to receive an increase in state aid under a new plan submitted by Gov. John Kasich. 

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<![CDATA[Going for the Green - An Ohio group wants voters to legalize marijuana and constrict cultivation to a few select investors]]>

If a group of former athletes, entrepreneurs, developers and other investors gets its way, a high-profile ballot initiative seeking to change Ohio’s constitution could make it legal to light up a joint in the state.

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<![CDATA[Talking Points - Black Lives Matter Cincinnati continues the discussion over racial disparities in the justice system]]>

More than 70 people sat in the chilly auditorium at Truth and Destiny Covenant Church in Mount Airy Jan. 24 listening raptly to two attorneys talk about traffic stops.

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<![CDATA[A Growing Hunger - Cincinnati’s food insecurity problem is growing and experts say it needs serious attention ]]>

The region’s hunger problem isn’t relegated to a few isolated pockets. More than 133,000 families receive food assistance in Hamilton County, according to the Ohio Children’s Hunger Alliance, a statewide group.

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<![CDATA[Loose Change - Ohio boosted its minimum wage by 15 cents on Jan. 1, but advocates say it's not enough]]>

Workers making low wages in Ohio got a small raise Jan. 1, as the state automatically raised the minimum companies here must pay workers by 15 cents.

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<![CDATA[Family Matters - The search for acceptance is high-stakes for transgender youth]]>

Emmanuel Gray was a 19-year-old student at the University of Cincinnati when he came out as transgender six years ago, first to his peers and trusted mentors at school, then to his parents.

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<![CDATA[Granting Support - University of Cincinnati lands $500,000 grant aimed at recognizing and treating at-risk youth ]]>

In Hamilton County, an estimated 100 kids are homeless each night. For Lighthouse Youth Services, that’s 100 too many.

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<![CDATA[Digging Deep - Remembering six unique CityBeat cover stories from 2014 ]]>

Some were news stories, yes, but this past year of work also happened to include explorations of the strange world of reality TV, the questionable practices of a group of for-profit art show promoters and the wide world of ridesharing, along with more straightforward examinations of complicated urban issues.

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<![CDATA[Change a Comin’ - Clifton Heights residents push back against developments they say are changing the character of their neighborhood]]> Cincinnati City Council has opened the door for a controversial project in Clifton Heights on a site once occupied by a sprawling historic mansion on West McMillan Street.]]> <![CDATA[Ringside Seats - Poised to repeat as a coveted swing state in 2016, national political conventions target Ohio ]]>

The 2016 election will almost certainly be a knock-down, drag-out fight between Democrats looking to maintain the presidency and the GOP, which now controls both houses of Congress.

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