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Thunder-Sky 'Rejoices' over Late Cincinnati Icon

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 29, 2014
A diminutive white-bearded man, Avtar Gill stood out in any crowd despite his humble stature. Always wearing his oversized, hand-drawn, (typically) all caps messages which he affixed to a baseball cap with usually no more than a few strategically placed rubber bands, he documented everyday history in mundane yet sometimes profound ways.   

Megan Ketover and Ted Hubbard

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Megan Ketover, the pastry chef at downtown’s Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza hotel, has been selected to compete against 14 other pastry chefs on the new season of Top Chef: Just Desserts. The reality TV show, which appears on the Bravo cable network, premieres Aug. 24.  

Symbolism vs. Substance on Gay Rights

Prominent group clashes with grassroots activists on domestic registry

10 Comments · Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Some activists believe the struggle for gay rights in Cincinnati has reached a drastic turning point. During Cincinnati's Gay Pride festival in July, Equality Cincinnati launched a "symbolic" Domestic Partner Registry (DPR). Unlike the registries enacted by three other Ohio cities, the local one wouldn't have any official sanction or entail legal rights, and some activists say Equality Cincinnati has thwarted their efforts for a real DPR.  

Prosecutor, Enquirer Play Fast and Loose with Facts

2 Comments · Wednesday, September 15, 2010
You don't have to be a liberal or even sympathetic to the plight of homeless people to be outraged by the Sept. 2 announcement from Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters. He said that, based on a finding by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, his office wouldn't file felony charges against Cincinnati Police Officer Marty Polk, who drove over a homeless woman under a blanket in Washington Park. Except the state investigation isn't finished and no findings have been offered.  

FTC Studies How to 'Save' Journalism Via Federal Government Intervention

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 22, 2010
The Federal Trade Commission is sticking its nose into the future of journalism. It's not needed. The FTC has enough to do; news is not a monopoly, nor is it a fraud. That hasn't kept staff from studying what already is being studied, drafting issues and suggestions that hardly suggest novelty or media neutrality and laying the groundwork for continued employment of FTC staff while working journalists are being fired by the thousands.  

Jason Haap and Local NAACP

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Many people have a love/hate relationship with Jason Haap, who operates The Cincinnati Beacon Web site. Say what you will about him, but he has a knack for raising issues before others do and that was the case recently with the need for bilingual signage at Fountain Square.  

Widening the Field

Cincinnati Public School Board race draws increased interest

1 Comment · Wednesday, October 21, 2009
With a dozen candidates vying for the four open seats on the board overseeing Cincinnati Public Schools, this year's election is turning into a big event for voters. "It's probably the largest field in recent history," says David Little, campaign manager for incumbent Catherine Ingram and challengers Ceair Baggett, Joyce Hooks and Lisa Schare.  

Vote the CityBeat Ticket or Die!

Endorsements for local elections and ballot issues

6 Comments · Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Scaring voters shitless is a classic political tradition. Whether it's convincing us to fear crime, poor people, public transportation, African Americans, foreigners, gays, nuclear power or the flu, politicians often win elections by playing to the darkest human instincts. "Vote for me or die" is the underlying message of these sorts of campaigns. Instead, if you value hope over fear and progress over the status quo, you'll join us in rejecting political candidates and organizations that prey on our fears. Plan to vote the CityBeat ticket.  

Analyzing the Media's Lazy Reporting on ACORN

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Last fall ACORN's alleged promotion of voter registration fraud and voter fraud got lots of media attention during the 2008 election campaign. The right wing's assault on ACORN and news media complicity are the subjects of an independent media study by Peter Dreier and Christopher Martin: "Manipulating the Public Agenda: Why ACORN was in the news and what the news got wrong."  

Naughty Stepchild

Alleged FCC violations could imperil the future of WAIF Community Radio

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 3, 2006
Like any non-profit organization entirely operated by volunteers, WAIF (88.3 FM) has its weaknesses. Operating on a tight budget (WAIF reported net assets of $164,000 in 2004) the station competes with larger commercial stations for listeners. In recent months WAIF has been riven by discord among its board of trustees, programmers and members who believe the station has drifted from its mission. But most serious is a series of alleged violations of regulations promulgated by the Federal Communications Commission, which issues -- and can revoke -- WAIF's license. The station that describes itself as "What radio is meant to be" doesn't appear to be living up to its statutory obligations.   

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