by German Lopez
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.
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.
Hyde Park’s wood-fired eatery offers casual, inventive dining
0 Comments · Tuesday, March 5, 2013
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
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
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.
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.
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.
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 9, 2012
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.
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.
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..."