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3:06 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Miami U canine team part of Napolitano security detail

Officer Keith Hibbard with his new partner, Canine Figo.
Credit Jeff Sabo / Miami University

Miami University's newest canine officer is part of the security team for Monday's visit by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

Miami's first police dog, Ero, retired earlier this year. His replacement is a 1-1/2 year old Belgian Malinois  named Figo. He and handler, Officer Keith Hibbard are hard at work today helping local and national authorities with the Secretary's appearance at the Fraternal Order of Police National Convention.

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Local News
12:00 am
Sun August 11, 2013

Charter's council slate a mixed bag

This is not your parents’ Charter Committee.


Not the staid old political organization, that, back in the 1920's, threw out the corrupt political bosses and instituted Cincinnati’s charter form of government. And who have, through the decades, sat back and scolded Democratic and Republican council members alike for going beyond their role of setting policy and interfering with the professional administrators of the city.


Some people have felt in recent years that Charter lacked relevance, pushed to the back burner of city politics.

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Women in Technology
2:57 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Miami camp gets girls excited about computer science careers

Taryn Lyons (L) and Tina Tang (C) watch as NKU associate professor Maureen Doyle (R) helps bring their app code to life. The camp's curriculum is designed by Professor Jerry Gannod (in black).
Tana Weingartner WVXU

NPR is reporting Friday on a new study suggesting the gap between men and women in technology fields could be related the a lack of high school girls taking physics classes or living in communities that don't have a lot of females in tech-related jobs.

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Local News
1:37 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Private firm paid $70K to run pension petition drive

A Cincinnati group trying to revamp Cincinnati’s troubled pension system through a charter amendment paid a California firm nearly $70,000 to put petition circulators out on the streets of Cincinnati.

Cincinnati for Pension Reform, a group that includes some long-time tea party activists, says it collected nearly 16,000 signatures, which are now being checked by the Hamilton County Board of Elections. They need the valid signatures of 7,443 Cincinnati voters to put the issue on the November ballot.

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Perseid meteors
1:08 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Micro meteors will light up the night sky this weekend

Perseid meteor in August 2008.
Nick Ares from Auburn, CA Originally posted to Flickr by aresauburn

Pull out a comfy lawn chair, grab some snacks and face to the east this weekend for a view of the annual Perseid  meteor shower.  Cincinnati Observatory Outreach Astronomer Dean Regas said the meteors are about the size of a grain of sand and hit the earth's atmosphere at more than 100,000 miles per hour.  They reach 3,000 degrees fahrenheit, producing the flash of light you see. 

"The only trick is, you have to be up pretty early in the morning to see most of them, usually between 2 and 5 a.m., which is a little early for most folks," said Regas.

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