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Death and Dying
4:00 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Death and Dying Part 2: End of life decisions for the "oldest old"

There’s a growing interest in the Cincinnati area and across the country in how we die, especially how the medical profession cares for elderly people in the last phase of their lives.

Too Many Pills

Elderly patients with chronic diseases or terminal conditions often have an assortment of drugs they are directed to take each day.

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Same-sex
11:50 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Cincinnati same-sex couples plan to test judge's ruling

The out-of-state marriages for these four couples, who sued on behalf of the birth certificates of their children, will be recognized.
Ann Thompson WVXU

Federal Judge Timothy Black ruled as he said he was going to, striking down a portion of Ohio's gay marriage ban that blocks recognition of same-sex marriages performed in other states. (there is a stay on the order except for the four couples involved. Attorney Al Gerhardstein says the earliest the stay would be lifted is Wednesday.)

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Cincinnati budget
10:56 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Cincinnati budgets presentations starting sooner rather than later

Cincinnati budget officials are working to put together the city's spending plan for the next fiscal year.  Department heads will likely begin making presentations to Council about their budgets in two weeks.  

Budget and Finance Committee Chairman Charlie Winburn had suggested those half hour presentations start at the end of May.  But council members wanted more time for the process so the schedule was changed.

Council member Kevin Flynn asked for the additional time.  He said the previous schedule was not aggressive enough.

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Same-sex
6:00 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Judge scheduled to "officially" rule in same-sex case

Credit Ann Thompson / WVXU

Monday is the day Federal Judge Timothy Black says he will rule in the case of four same-sex couples who want to get their names on their children's birth certificates.

Their request goes beyond what attorney Al Gerhardstein had originally asked in the February lawsuit. He broadened it to request the judge strike down a portion of Ohio's gay marriage ban, passed by voters in 2004.

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Death and Dying
4:00 am
Mon April 14, 2014

End of Life Decisions for the ‘Oldest Old’

The “oldest old”, those 85 and over, are America’s fastest growing age group.   The growth rate for that segment is four times that of the total population.

People with relatives in that age group or those who have reached that point themselves, may be familiar with the options for aggressive treatment modern medicine offers, options that weren’t available when the previous generations of elderly approached the end. 

To intervene or not

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