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by German Lopez 05.17.2013
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Public safety layoffs reduced, state unemployment drops, county agency wins award

Council members Roxanne Qualls and Chris Seelbach proposed a motion yesterday that would reduce the amount of police layoffs to 25 and eliminate all firefighter layoffs previously proposed in budget plans for fiscal year 2014. The huge layoff reduction comes despite months of warning from the city administration that the city would have to carry out big public safety layoffs without the parking plan, which is currently stalled in court. But it’s come with large cuts and shifted priorities in other areas of the budget, such as reduced funding to parks, health, human services, parades and outside agencies. (For example, the Health Department warned that cuts to its services could lead to more rats and bedbugs.) The motion from Qualls and Seelbach came just in time for last night’s public hearing, which mostly focused on the cuts to parks and public safety. Ohio’s unemployment rate was 7.0 percent in April, down from 7.1 percent the month before, thanks to increases in the amount of people employed and decreases in the amount of people unemployed. The gains coincided with decent job growth throughout the rest of the nation in April, which dropped nationwide unemployment from 7.6 percent to 7.5 percent. But the state gains were fairly mixed, and the amount of construction, professional and business services and federal and local government jobs actually dropped. The mixed, slow growth helps explain why conservative and liberal think tanks seemingly disagree with Gov. John Kasich that Ohio is undergoing an “economic miracle.” The Hamilton County Public Health’s (HCPH) food protection program is apparently the best in the United States and Canada. The Conference for Food Protection awarded the program the 2013 Samuel J. Crumbine Consumer Protection Award, which “recognizes unsurpassed achievement in providing outstanding food protection services to communities,” according to a statement from HCPH. Homophobic Boy Scouts supporters are rallying nationwide today to support the continuation of the Boy Scouts’ homophobic rules.The Taste of Cincinnati and the the Cubs-Reds series may have helped downtown Cincinnati earn the No. 42 spot in Priceline.com’s top 50 Memorial Day destinations. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources confirmed Ohio has been undergoing a boom in oil and gas production in the past two years thanks to developments in a drilling process known as fracking, which CityBeat previously covered in further detail here.Duke Energy hired a new contractor — Southern Cross Co. — to carry out gas and line inspections. Cincinnati-based Kroger developed a new system that will convert food that can’t be sold or donated into clean energy to power one of its distribution centers. Convergys is selling is downtown Cincinnati headquarters as the company goes through big changes. So far the buyer is unknown. Jim Kingsbury, CEO of UC Health since 2010, is retiring. Using an optical illusion to make white people look darker can diminish racial biases, according to a new study. Earth’s super-dense core is weak.
 
 

Brunch (with a Side of Booze)

Damn good bloody marys, mimosas and beyond

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Regardless of whether or not you have a hangover (or you just start your Sunday morning drinkin’ real early) you can experience the best of both brunch worlds — i.e. alcohol and edibles — at these distinctive local eateries.   

M Marks The Spot

Hyde Park’s wood-fired eatery offers casual, inventive dining

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 5, 2013
A little more than two months old, M uses its freshly-imported European oven as a centerpiece for its casual dining concept, with nearly everything but the desserts spending some bit of time basking in blissfully blistering heat.   

UC Researchers Could Redefine Location of Food Deserts

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Food deserts are a big problem for many of Hamilton County’s impoverished families, but University of Cincinnati professor Michael Widener is heading research that looks into how mobility can alter perceptions about neighborhoods that lack access to healthy foods.  

Apple Time

12 local apple-y adaptations

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Summer’s the soggy time of year. It’s steamy, but when fall rolls around, you’ve got a chance at staying starched. Fall’s the crisp season; fall’s an apple.   

Taj India: Anything But Typical

3 Comments · Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Indian cuisine has become my latest version of a Chinese takeout meal. It’s spicy, easy to share and something I’d never try to make myself. Taj India is my latest find for this new addiction, but I’m glad my friend and I decided to dine in recently. Otherwise we wouldn’t have experienced one of Taj India’s strong points: its excellent, friendly service.    

To Whom It May Concern

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 22, 2012
I have a human being. This can be quite unnerving at times. The human being worries: thinks about its history, its government, its future. The human being even thinks about us. The human being cries. Its tears roll down my screen like rain off a window.   

Institute of Medicine, HBO Team Up For Heavy Documentary

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 9, 2012
The ignorant, beer-bellied McDonald’s masticator: It’s a punchline of American society. But the fact that nearly 70 percent of American adults are overweight or obese is not a joke — and the makers of The Weight of the Nation (8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, HBO) show that it’s more detrimental to our country than many believe.   

The Bites of Spring

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Early spring has us all outdoors, exploring gardens, ballparks and eateries. If you’re not drifting through the daffodils or noshing on an outrageous hot dog topped with baked beans, Fritos, French-fried onions and cheese at the Machine Room Grille at Great American Ball Park, you should be exploring one of the following shiny new dining spots.   

Smooth Moves

Another decade, another location for longtime Jazz club The Blue Wisp

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 27, 2012
The Blue Wisp Jazz Club is both a local and national legend — a Jazz club that’s been operating for more than 30 years. Steve Schmidt, longtime Wisp musician, says that the recipe for such long-standing success is “the dedication of all the people involved..."  

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