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  • Democratic State Rep. Candidate Faces Freeze-Out From Party over University Research
    State Rep Denise Driehaus in Ohio House District 31 might be sidelined by his local party over a research paper he wrote while he was a student at Yale University Hamilton County Democrats could take away candidate Ben Lindy s party rights access to voter files and mailing information lower postage rates and other benefits of being part of the Democratic Party because research he conducted at Yale is now being used in anti union arguments in a case before the U S Supreme Court Party officials are set to vote on that possibility Feb 4 Lindy says that s an overreaction by the party pointing out that he didn t approve the use of that research for anti union purposes and doesn t agree with the case in question The move to formally censure Lindy comes after New Mexico Gov Susana Martinez recently cited his research published by Yale Law Journal in 2011 in a brief connected to a U S Tweet SHARE PRINT COMMENT FONT SIZE RATE Related content Dems Cry Foul in County Democrats Between the Dyin Jan 5 11 Worst Protest Keeps Sch Residents Seek St Related to Cincinnati News Denise Driehaus Ben Lindy Yale Law Journal Supreme Court case that could seriously undermine organized labor That case Friedrichs v California Teachers Association challenges practices that call for mandatory dues for teachers at unionized public schools in California If the Supreme Court decides unions aren t allowed to require those dues from teachers it could set a precedent that might financially cripple organized labor Hamilton County Democrat head Tim Burke has said he doesn t want to totally marginalize Lindy but that the contents of his Yale paper are bothersome But other Democrats have leapt to Lindy s aid saying the research doesn t reflect his

    Original URL path: http://citybeat.com/cincinnati/article-34547-democratic_state_rep_candidate_faces_freeze_out_from_party_over_university_research.html (2016-02-14)
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  • County Auditor Mistake Triggers Bickering, Less Money in City Budget
    INSTEAD OF THIS SEE ALL CALENDAR Home Articles News City Desk County Auditor Mistake Triggers Bickering Less Money in City Budget County Auditor Mistake Triggers Bickering Less Money in City Budget By Nick Swartsell January 27th 2016 City Desk 0 Comments Tags Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes Harry Black City Budget The city of Cincinnati owes Hamilton County more than 600 000 after an estate tax data entry error by the office of Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes the auditor s office told City Manager Harry Black in a Jan 21 memo That money will come out of a property tax payment the county will make to the city and will deepen a looming shortfall of more than 13 million in the next city budget The announcement about the error came little more than a week after Rhodes shot back at Cincinnati City Councilman Chris Seelbach for pointing out a previous 6 million error the auditor s office made last year Seelbach mentioned that error during a debate about property tax millage see Debate Over Property Tax Rollback Rolls On CityBeat issue of Jan Tweet SHARE PRINT COMMENT FONT SIZE RATE Related content Letters Oh We G County Officials Contact Center an Sept 29 Oct 5 It s Not a Mispri Curiouser and Cur Related to Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes Harry Black City Budget 13 Seelbach along with other Democrats on Council decried suggestions that Rhodes should be in charge of setting the city s property tax millage instead of the city administration Rhodes called that a cheap shot in a Jan 12 Cincinnati Enquirer editorial He also criticized Seelbach for supporting the city s streetcar and for voting to keep the city s property tax millage at 5 6 instead of a suggested 5 52 which Rhodes called

    Original URL path: http://citybeat.com/cincinnati/article-34512-county_auditor_mistake_triggers_bickering_less_money_in_city_budget.html (2016-02-14)
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  • UC, DuBose Family Reach Settlement in Police Shooting
    Cincinnati and the family of Samuel DuBose on Jan 18 reached a settlement in DuBose s shooting death July 19 by UC police officer Ray Tensing That settlement calls for the university to pay 4 850 000 to the family as well as tuition free undergraduate education for DuBose s 12 children That part of the settlement is worth an estimated 500 000 In addition UC President Santa Ono will issue an official apology to the family a memorial to DuBose will be constructed somewhere on UC s campus and the family will be invited to participate in conversations around reform of UC s police force undertaken by the school s Community Advisory Council Tensing shot DuBose a mile from campus in Mount Auburn after stopping him for not having a front license plate on his car The officer claimed DuBose tried to drive away and dragged him but footage from Tensing s body camera showed that he was not in immediate danger when he shot DuBose Tweet SHARE PRINT COMMENT FONT SIZE RATE Related content Sweet Taste of Su I m Not a Loser UC Is on the Way Marching to a Dif Zimpher Goes Hug Two Gentlemen of Related to Cincinnati News University of Cincinnati Samuel DuBose Ray Tensing DuBose was unarmed Tensing has been indicted on murder and manslaughter charges He is out on bond awaiting his next pretrial hearing in February DuBose s death made national news as the country continues to grapple with weighty issues around police shootings especially those of people of color as well as the deeper socioeconomic issues that underlie many of those shootings Other police shootings of unarmed black citizens have occurred recently in Ohio including those of John Crawford III in Beavercreek and 12 year old Tamir Rice in Cleveland

    Original URL path: http://citybeat.com/cincinnati/article-34460-uc_dubose_family_reach_settlement_in_police_shooting.html (2016-02-14)
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  • OTR Housing Inventory Reveals Dip in Affordable Units, Spike in Occupied Buildings
    for a one bedroom unit had decreased by 73 percent going from 3 235 units in 2002 to just 869 in 2015 The decrease accounts for about 22 percent of the neighborhood s housing stock The study also found that since 2002 the number of occupied housing units in the neighborhood had increased and that many of those units some 70 percent were affordable to people making less than the area median income of about 71 000 Despite the big drop in the neighborhood s most affordable units community council members say the study s finding of plentiful middleclass housing and remaining subsidized units demonstrates that OTR is inclusive This shows that we are still very diverse OTR Community Council President Ryan Messer told WCPO Tweet SHARE PRINT COMMENT FONT SIZE RATE Related content Streetcar Support Streetcar Advocat OTR Community Cou Morning News and A Win Win of Sort Morning News and Related to Community Building Institute OTR Community Council Affordable Housing Ryan Messer But the big question is what are the next 10 to 20 years going to look like now that we have this data If we wake up 20 years from now and this is a predominately Caucasian upper middle class neighborhood we will have failed miserably Angela Merritt who works with Over the Rhine Community Housing and lives in affordable housing on East Clifton Avenue says the shifts she s seen in the neighborhood over the last decade have taken some adjustment and that OTR s transformation could still be more equitable It s just about making the change for everyone she says I don t think it s for everyone and it should be OTR has seen rapid development in the past decade mostly through the efforts of the Cincinnati City Center Development Corporation founded

    Original URL path: http://citybeat.com/cincinnati/article-34513-otr_housing_inventory_reveals_dip_in_affordable_units_spike_in_occupied_buildings.html (2016-02-14)
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  • City Council Set to Pass Wage Theft Ordinance
    in Review Sign up for E mails WHAT SHOULD I BE DOING INSTEAD OF THIS SEE ALL CALENDAR Home Articles News City Desk City Council Set to Pass Wage Theft Ordinance City Council Set to Pass Wage Theft Ordinance By Nick Swartsell February 3rd 2016 City Desk 0 Comments Tags Cincinnati News Cincinnati City Council Wage Theft Wendell Young Employers who don t pay their workers might have new penalties to worry about after Cincinnati City Council s Feb 3 meeting Council is poised to approve a new ordinance that would allow the city to rescind tax agreements and force repayment of incentives such as grants if a company is caught committing wage theft The city could also bar a company caught not paying its workers from receiving future city contracts Council s Budget and Finance Committee passed the ordinance 6 0 Feb 1 Though it doesn t create any new laws the ordinance gives the city more options for enforcing existing state and federal anti wage theft legislation Vice Mayor David Mann authored the ordinance which came about through a push from the Over the Rhine based Interfaith Workers Center Tweet SHARE PRINT COMMENT FONT SIZE RATE Related content Add to Friends Three Stories the Mallory s October Winners and Losers Police Layoffs Ar Berding Gets Blac Related to Cincinnati News Cincinnati City Council Wage Theft Wendell Young Brennan Grayson director of the IWC says the ordinance is modeled on similar measures taken in other major cities A number of wage theft cases have been documented in Cincinnati and across Ohio Between 2005 and 2014 the U S Department of Labor seized more than 6 5 million in wages that construction companies shorted 5 500 Ohio workers laboring on public projects This summer CityBeat wrote about immigrants who were

    Original URL path: http://citybeat.com/cincinnati/article-34545-city_council_set_to_pass_wage_theft_ordinance.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Judge: Third Party to Take over Neglected Apartment Buildings
    Sign up for E mails WHAT SHOULD I BE DOING INSTEAD OF THIS SEE ALL CALENDAR Home Articles News City Desk Judge Third Party to Take over Neglected Apartment Buildings Judge Third Party to Take over Neglected Apartment Buildings By Nick Swartsell February 3rd 2016 City Desk 0 Comments Tags Cincinnati News PF Holdings Milhaus Management Homeless Coalition Tenants of several Cincinnati low income apartment complexes will see relief from the starkly sub standard conditions found in those buildings after a court decision Feb 1 Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Beth Meyer ruled that five buildings with more than 600 units of affordable housing owned by New Jersey based PF Holdings will be placed in receivership with a third party Until repairs are made the company won t be able to collect rent from tenants and the more than 5 million it gets annually from the Department of Housing and Urban Development Court appointed receiver Milhaus Management a property management company requested by mortgage holder U S Tweet SHARE PRINT COMMENT FONT SIZE RATE Related content Between the Dyin Jan 5 11 Worst Protest Keeps Sch Residents Seek St Colleen Deegan an Outsourcing Law a Related to Cincinnati News PF Holdings Milhaus Management Homeless Coalition Bank Wilmington Trust will handle those funds and repairs Tenants at buildings owned by PF Holdings organized to demand better conditions in their buildings with the help of the Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless and the Society for Legal Aid of Greater Cincinnati Advocates and tenants say the company willfully hid conditions in the buildings and failed to do basic maintenance They hailed today s decision as a step in the right direction Finally after a year of fighting residents should start to see improvements soon the Homeless Coalition said in a statement

    Original URL path: http://citybeat.com/cincinnati/article-34546-judge_third_party_to_take_over_neglected_apartment_buildings.html (2016-02-14)
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  • City Desk - Articles and News
    Council Set to Pass Wage Theft Ordinance Judge Third Party to Take over Neglected Apartment Buildings Democratic State Rep Candidate Faces Freeze Out From Party over University Research Panelists and Community Discuss 2001 s Ongoing Legacy Kentucky Official Disputes DeWine Claims on Fetal Tissue City Desk Panelists and Community Discuss 2001 s Ongoing Legacy Nick Swartsell 0 Comments Wednesday February 10 2016 Xavier University held a packed town hall discussion Feb 2 on the state of Cincinnati 15 years after the police shooting of unarmed black citizen Timothy Thomas and the civil unrest that shook the city afterward City Desk Kentucky Official Disputes DeWine Claims on Fetal Tissue Nick Swartsell 0 Comments Wednesday February 10 2016 An investigation published Feb 4 by Columbus WBNS 10TV quotes a Kentucky state official disputing claims made by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine regarding fetal tissue disposal practices by Ohio Planned Parenthood City Desk City Council Set to Pass Wage Theft Ordinance Nick Swartsell 0 Comments Wednesday February 3 2016 Employers who don t pay their workers might have new penalties to worry about after Cincinnati City Council s Feb 3 meeting City Desk Judge Third Party to Take over Neglected Apartment Buildings Nick Swartsell 0 Comments Wednesday February 3 2016 Tenants of several Cincinnati low income apartment complexes will see relief from the starkly sub standard conditions found in those buildings after a court decision Feb 1 City Desk Democratic State Rep Candidate Faces Freeze Out From Party over University Research Nick Swartsell 0 Comments Wednesday February 3 2016 A candidate to replace outgoing State Rep Denise Driehaus in Ohio House District 31 might be sidelined by his local party over a research paper he wrote while he was a student at Yale University City Desk County Auditor Mistake Triggers Bickering Less Money in City Budget Nick Swartsell 0 Comments Wednesday January 27 2016 The city of Cincinnati owes Hamilton County more than 600 000 after an estate tax data entry error by the office of Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes the auditor s office told City Manager Harry Black in a Jan 21 memo City Desk OTR Housing Inventory Reveals Dip in Affordable Units Spike in Occupied Buildings Nick Swartsell 0 Comments Wednesday January 27 2016 Options for housing in one of Cincinnati s most popular neighborhoods are becoming more diverse but also less affordable for the city s low income renters a new study shows City Desk City Manager Recommended Changes to Public Record Laws Around Police Footage Nick Swartsell 0 Comments Wednesday January 20 2016 Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black signed a letter asking that footage from police body cameras not be public record discussions in Cincinnati City Council s Jan 17 meeting revealed City Desk UC DuBose Family Reach Settlement in Police Shooting Nick Swartsell 0 Comments Wednesday January 20 2016 The University of Cincinnati and the family of Samuel DuBose on Jan 18 reached a settlement in DuBose s shooting death July 19 by UC police officer Ray

    Original URL path: http://citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-238-1-city_desk.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Planned Parenthood Pushes Back Against Ohio AG’s Fetal Tissue Disposal Claims
    claim and has filed a federal lawsuit against the state over DeWine s statements Initially Ohio s investigation was undertaken to find out if Planned Parenthood clinics in Ohio were engaging in unlawful sale of fetal tissue to bio research companies The investigation came about after a series of controversial videos claimed to show Planned Parenthood officials in other states selling fetal remains Those videos made by anti abortion group Center for Medical Progress have set off a firestorm of controversy around Planned Parenthood including attempts by congressional Republicans to strip federal funding from the organization That fight nearly pushed the government to the brink of a shutdown earlier this year Planned Parenthood says the videos have been heavily edited and that officials were actually discussing handling costs associated with donating the tissues to medical research Donation of fetal tissue is legal in some states but not Ohio The AG s investigation found no evidence that clinics in the state are engaged in the practice but it says it did find another potential breech of state rules but not necessarily state law around the handling of fetal remains DeWine announced that Ohio will pursue civil penalties against Planned Parenthood over the allegations that three Planned Parenthood clinics in Cincinnati Columbus and Cleveland contract with a medical waste company that has disposed of abortion remains in landfills Tweet SHARE PRINT COMMENT FONT SIZE RATE On Dec 14 DeWine filed a suit in federal court seeking to keep the organization from doing so in the future That move was blocked by the court Dec 15 DeWine says that practice violates a state rule requiring such remains be disposed of in a humane way The rule is not specific about what does and does not constitute humane disposal of remains and it is

    Original URL path: http://citybeat.com/cincinnati/article-34275-planned_parenthood_p.html (2016-02-14)
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