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Advanced Community Enhancement (ACE), Building Value, Rumpke and the Uptown Consortium are taking down an old laundromat in Avondale. The hot thing in construction right now is LEED certification for highly efficient and sustainable structures. These organizations though are trying to achieve LEED platinum demolition standards. They're repurposing or recycling 90 percent of the building's materials.

Not surprisingly, more homeless people have been seeking refuge from the bitter cold temperatures at Cincinnati's winter shelter. 

About 60 beds are used at the Drop Inn Center and another 40 are located at Prince of Peace Church in Over-the-Rhine.  They are available from December through February.  

Officials told a city council committee Monday so far this winter about 600 different people have stayed at the shelter.  That's the same number served all of last winter.  The majority of them are males and range in age from 18 to 59. 

Ann Thompson / WVXU

A lawsuit filed Monday in Cincinnati seeks a federal court order requiring Ohio to put the names of both people in same-sex marriages on the birth certificates of their children.

The plaintiffs include three lesbian couples who were married in other states where same-sex marriage is legal. All live in Greater Cincinnati. One of the women in each marriage is pregnant through artificial insemination. The babies will be born in Cincinnati hospitals in the next few months.

They are represented by attorney Al Gerhardstein.

Howard Wilkinson

Cincinnati has nearly seen the end of brownouts in fire stations, with the addition of 41 new fire recruits who graduated last week and a department overtime budget of $2.5 million, Mayor John Cranley said in a city hall press conference Monday.

The new recruits will reduce the number of brownouts of fire equipment from five per day to anywhere from two to zero per day.

But Cranley and Fire Chief Richard Braun said in a city hall press conference Monday that is not good enough.

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Handlers, working on the exhibit Diana, A Celebration, uncrated Princess Diana's wedding dress Monday morning at the Cincinnati Museum Center.

Some facts about the dress:

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