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City parking
4:18 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Cincinnati wants judge to stay parking decision

Cincinnati is asking a Hamilton County judge to stay his decision on the city's parking lease while the case is appealed.  

The city said the judge's decision has made it impossible for Council to pass a law that takes effect immediately.

The city argues the First District Court of Appeals has already ruled a stay in favor of the government applies even in referendum cases.  

Judge Robert Winkler issued an opinion two weeks ago barring the city from moving forward with the lease until residents get a chance to vote.  

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Miami University
3:17 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Update: Rare stinky flower expected to bloom Tuesday night at Miami University

The 'corpse flower' is blooming.
Miami University

Update: Botanist Jack Keegan reports the 'corpse flower' is now blooming. The flower typically blooms for only a few hours. Miami does not plan to pollinate it so Keegan says tonight's the night to get to Oxford if you want to see it in bloom. Keegan is expecting large crowds. The Belk Greenhouse will be open until at least 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Original story posted: April 2, 2013 at 5:17 p.m.

A rare flower is just about ready to bloom at Miami University and unlike its relative the calla lily, you may want to hold your nose when you see the Titan Arum.

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Howard Wilkinson's Political Blog
2:25 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Poll: McConnell no lock for re-election in Kentucky

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
Official Portrait

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is going to have his hands full running for re-election in Kentucky next year, according to a poll released Tuesday.

And the same poll showed the junior senator from Kentucky, Rand Paul, is far more popular among Kentucky voters than McConnell, the leader of Senate Republicans.

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City youth
1:27 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Cincinnati planning to study city youth

The "web of disparity" chart at a Cincinnati Youth Commission press conference.
Jay Hanselman

A Cincinnati Councilwoman and members of a youth commission are launching what they call a groundbreaking study on the city's youth.

Yvettte Simpson said the study will focus on six areas: crime, poverty and homelessness, education, workforce development, health and developmental opportunities.  

Simpson and several commission members announced the project during a City Hall press conference.

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Howard Wilkinson's Political Blog
11:34 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Driehaus, Blessing in Beyond Civility debate

Lou Blessing and Denise Driehaus
Beyond Civility

Beyond Civility, an organization that promotes civil discourse and understanding among people with differing political views, has something different planned for the next discussion in its "Back-to-Back" series - a debate on issues between a Democratic legislator and a former Republican lawmaker.

State Rep. Denise Driehaus, a Clifton Democrat, and former state senator and representative Lou Blessing, a Colerain Township Republican, will "present their opposing parties' arguments on some of the hot button public policy issues of the day."

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