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Field Notes with Thane Maynard
1:31 am
Fri October 19, 2012

David Quammen's "Spillover"

Author and Cincinnati native David Quammen

Native Cincinnatian David Quammen published his first novel at age 20, but after 3 books, realized the dire situation the world’s environment was in so became a dedicated science writer. His newest book paints a frightening picture of how infectious diseases such as AIDS and Ebola make their way more quickly around the globe, but points out that they begin in wild animals and pass to humans by a process called spillover.

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Cincinnati Police
4:43 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Chief Craig appoints LGBT liaison

Cincinnati Police Chief James Craig at an earlier news conference

The Cincinnati Police Chief is appointing the city's first ever liaison with the gay and lesbian community.


Equality Cincinnati Board President Matt Murray says it is extremely encouraging that Chief James Craig is appointing an officer as the police liaison for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

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Ohio State Extension
3:40 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

OSU Extension & Hamilton County 4-H to close

4-H.org

Master gardening classes and 4-H could soon be a thing of the past in Hamilton County. The Ohio State University Extension office which runs the programs says it can't find new funding and will shut down at the end of the year.

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Economic development
3:34 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Council members concerned about project near UC

Rendering of USquare at the Loop near the UC campus.
From Towne Properties website

Some Cincinnati Council Members have serious problems with the subcontractors working on a major economic development project near the University of Cincinnati campus.


Cecil Thomas and Wendell Young visited the USquare at the Loop construction site last week and talked to some of the workers. 


The council members alleged some of the subcontractors are not paying workers the state mandated prevailing wage and the employees are not paying city income taxes. 


They said that's cost the city about $500,000 so far.

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Health
1:21 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Health officials being extra cautious as they monitor meningitis outbreak

Ohio Department of Health web site

Health officials continue to keep a close watch on the meningitis outbreak linked to recalled steroid injections. 

The Ohio Department of Health recently published a Food and Drug Administration list of 64 facilities in the state that received products of any kind from the New England Compounding Center.  But ODH spokeswoman Tessie Pollock says this is a precaution since, so far, only 3 lots of one particular steroid from NECC have been linked to the fungal meningitis.

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