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Howard Wilkinson's Political Blog
9:09 am
Tue July 30, 2013

The Thomases: Not endorsing in mayor's race

Cecil Thomas
Sarah Ramsey

Former Cincinnati council member Cecil Thomas and his wife, Pam Thomas, who was appointed to his seat, may be listed as members of the host committee for mayoral candidate Roxanne Qualls, but they hasten to point out they are not endorsing her candidacy.

The Enquirer reported Monday that Pam and Cecil Thomas "are hosting a fundraiser for Qualls next month."

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Transportation
3:10 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Road closures around the Banks this week

The Banks Partnership

As work continues along the riverfront near the Banks and the stadiums, several road closures are planned this week.

Here's what you need to know:

Temporary Road Closures and Possible Traffic Delays July 30–August 2

Section of Pete Rose Way to close for lift and placement of pedestrian bridge girder

WHAT
All traffic lanes east and westbound, as well as north and south sidewalks on Pete Rose Way between Broadway and Johnny Bench Way will close at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 30 until 3 p.m. Friday, August 2.

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City parking
2:43 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Parking lease opponents ask Ohio Supreme Court to hear case

The residents who opposed Cincinnati's controversial parking lease are asking the Ohio Supreme Court to hear the case.  

Attorneys filed a notice of appeal Monday and a motion asking for an expedited schedule for the matter.  

In June, the Ohio First District Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Cincinnati on the proposed parking lease to the Port Authority.  In a two-to-one opinion the panel said the lease agreement Council passed in March is not subject to a voter referendum, because it was passed as an emergency ordinance.  

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Mickey Esposito
12:47 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Former sheriff's supervisor gets 6 years

Mickey Esposito has been sentenced to six years in prison
Credit Hamilton County Sheriff's Department

Mickey Esposito, a lounge singer, and former supervisor of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department property room, is headed to prison.

Judge Steve Martin sentenced Esposito to six years in jail on charges of trafficking and theft for stealing  Oxycodone, marijuana and jewelry and giving it to his wife and stepson to sell.

Esposito's wife, Allison Esposito, will serve four years in jail.  Her son, sentenced last Thursday, got two years in prison.

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Howard Wilkinson Chat
8:55 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Howard Wilkinson's weekly chat

Michael Keating

This week Howard Wilkinson talks about Rand Paul's possible presidential bid and expanding gun rights in Ohio. 

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