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Inside Pitch
2:46 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

David Mann pondering return to Cincinnati council

Democrat David Mann - a former Cincinnati mayor and congressman whose name hasn't been on the ballot since 1994 - is seriously considering a political comeback this year as a candidate for Cincinnati City Council.

"I've described myself as a recovering politician all these years; and maybe I am not,'' said Mann, with a laugh.

The 73-year-old lawyer told WVXU Wednesday that he still has "a passion for public service, which I think is a great privilege. And I think I have something to offer."

Mann said he will make a final decision "very soon."

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Metropolitan Sewer District
2:17 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

County throws out MSD contract hiring policies

Hamilton County Commissioners are throwing out hiring and procurement policies related to the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD).

The city, which operates MSD had instituted new bidding requirements the county, which owns MSD, says were unfair- and in some cases illegal. Chief among them were apprenticeship requirements and a policy giving preference to contractors within city limits.

Commission President Chris Monzel says a working group will be formed to draft a new procurement policy.

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Transportation
10:29 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Pete Rose Way closing

Pete Rose Way will close Wednesday beginning at 6 p.m. for construction work taking down the pedestrian stairway.

WHEN:

Wednesday, Jan. 16 from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Jan. 17; and again on Thursday, Jan. 17 from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning. One lane of traffic in each direction will be open on the affected section of Pete Rose Way on Thurs., Jan. 17 and Jan. 18 after 6 a.m.

Online archives
10:23 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Building a worldwide digital archive library

UC


UC is helping to spearhead an effort to digitize rare library collections worldwide.


Archivist and historian Kevin Grace is just back from Vancouver where he spoke to representatives from 26 countries. More and more people want to access special collections without having to go to remote places to look at them.


Grace says lots of U.S. universities are putting rare photos and books online but many other countries lack the resources to put the necessary background information to go with them.

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OhGo.com
3:18 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

ODOT launches traffic website

ODOT's traffic center in Columbus.
Credit Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

With all the construction that’s likely to start up on Ohio roads this spring and summer, this may be some good news for drivers from ODOT.

The transportation department is launching ohgo.com, where ODOT director Jerry Wray says travelers can customize their trips within six major Ohio cities and between different regions of the state.

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