CityBeat - News http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-102-1-news.html <![CDATA[Poll Position - Fights over voting rights in Ohio intensify as the state looks to play a vital role in 2016]]> Little more than a month after Ohio settled a lawsuit charging that it engaged in practices that suppressed voters’ rights, more battles around the state’s voting practices loom.
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<![CDATA[Lessons Learned - Diverse coalition looks to bridge the achievement gap facing disadvantaged and minority students ]]> While most students in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati’s urban core are showing academic improvement in school, newly disaggregated data reveals low-income students lagging significantly behind their counterparts in achieving key educational goals.
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<![CDATA[Marketing the Market - Proposed co-op grocery Clifton Market is gaining steam after the purchase of former Keller’s IGA building]]>

Clifton Market has been working for more than a year to reopen the 22,000-square-foot Keller’s IGA building as a consumer-owned cooperative grocery. Last month the group purchased the property.

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<![CDATA[On the Road Again - Fresh off representing plaintiffs in a huge Supreme Court case, Al Gerhardstein hits the road for another big cause]]>

Just days after oral arguments for what may be one of the most important same-sex marriage cases in history, Cincinnati civil rights attorney Al Gerhardstein is riding with his daughter Jessica Gingold from Cincinnati to New Orleans to raise money and awareness for justice system reform.

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<![CDATA[Flirting with the Middle - Despite his conservative record, Gov. John Kasich looks to kick up buzz for a potential White House run by presenting himself as moderate]]>

Ohio Gov. John Kasich hasn’t formally joined the crowded 2016 GOP presidential nomination contest, but he’s done everything else to signal he’s interested in a bid for the nation’s highest office. 


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<![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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