CityBeat - News http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-102-1-news.html <![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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<![CDATA[Moving North - 3CDC eyes first major project in OTR north of Liberty Street]]>

The southern section of Vine Street in Over-the-Rhine is a row of shiny glass facades, boutique shops and start-ups. Nearby Washington Park has received an extensive facelift, and other projects are popping up around the neighborhood. 

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<![CDATA[Buildings’ Burden - Task force floats new plan to renovate two Cincinnati landmarks ]]>

Two of Cincinnati’s most famous buildings make appearances on postcards, in logos and anywhere else symbols representing the city are needed. But in real life, they’re slowly crumbling as the region tries to figure out who will pay for their renovations.

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<![CDATA[Delayed Developments - Mayor Cranley’s first budget cuts out some community groups, gives cash to others outside standard funding process ]]>

There are lingering concerns about the ways programs designed to help neighborhoods will or won’t be funded under Mayor John Cranley’s first budget, which City Council passed June 4.

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<![CDATA[Legal Limit - How a local court case is quietly shedding light on Ohio's Lucrative DUI Industry]]>

One in seven Ohioans with a driver’s license has at least one — a life-long legal scar that has become the voodoo of our generation(s). According to the Ohio Department of Safety, more than 1.3 million licensed drivers in the state have at least one DUI conviction. This eye-opening number suggests far too many Ohioans are getting behind the wheel impaired.

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<![CDATA[Confusion and Concerns - As Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority adjusts to challenges, residents raise alarms]]>

More than 60 people crammed into a small conference room at Xavier University the evening of May 27 to witness a presentation by Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority on its five-year strategic plan, but many weren’t there to hear CMHA Director Gregory Johnson discuss mission statements and rebranding. 

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<![CDATA[On the Capital Defense - State task force releases 56 recommendations for Ohio death penalty application ]]>

The botched execution of Clayton Lockett in Oklahoma in late April was sufficiently horrific to inspire the pro-death-penalty Obama administration to do some long-overdue soul searching.

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<![CDATA[The first Jewish baseball superstar’s distinctive mark on Reds history - ]]>

 Despite a vagabond baseball career that saw him careening from team to team across the Northeast and Midwest for a decade, Lipman “Lip” Pike arrived in Cincinnati in early 1877 to play for the Red Stockings — the early name of today’s Reds — amid a fair amount of hype.

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<![CDATA[Contract Controversy - Catholic teachers and their supporters speak out against new Archdiocese teacher contract]]>

Richard Hague planned to teach in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati schools for 50 years, but the literature and writing teacher at Purcell Marian is retiring early after 45 years because he thinks church authority has crossed a line. 

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