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11:00 pm
Sat November 30, 2013

Killing streetcar is a tougher chore for Cranley

It’s a truism in politics: Running for office is the relatively easy part; the governing part is where it gets a little tricky.

John Cranley, the Democrat and former councilman who is sworn into office as Cincinnati’s 69th mayor today, has been around long enough to know this.

He came out of the November 5 election with a big win – 16 percentage points over rival and fellow Democrat Roxanne Qualls.

And he came out like a ball of fire.

Scuttle the parking lease deal?

No problem.

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Cincinnati council
11:39 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Mayor-elect Cranley names committee chairs

Cincinnati  Mayor-elect John Cranley Friday released his list of city council committees and who will be the chairpersons of those committees.  The full Council could approve them Sunday. 

The new streetcar committee is scheduled to meet Monday at noon.  A press release said the group will "consider a proposal aimed at pausing streetcar spending and implementing a comprehensive, objective review of the project in order to determine the true cost of cancellation vs. continuation."

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Krohn Conservatory
9:00 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Annual tradition chugging along at Krohn

Thomas the Train chugs past the Tyler Davidson fountain.
Tana Weingartner WVXU

The annual Holiday Floral Show is underway at Krohn Conservatory, complete with plenty of poinsettias, trains and miniature versions of local landmarks.

From Krohn:

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Cincinnati council
12:33 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Cranley selects Parks Director Carden for city manager

Willie Carden
Jay Hanselman

UPDATE: 11/27, 3 p.m.

At a crowded press conference inside Krohn Conservatory Wednesday afternoon, Mayor-elect John Cranley named his new city manager - parks director Willie Carden, a long-time city employee.

Carden's appointment is likely to be confirmed by the new city council on Wednesday.

"I wanted somebody I knew would be an operations guy,'' Cranley told the crowd of business leaders, politicians, and park board employees. "I think most of us believe that the parks department is one of the best run operations in the city."

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Thanksgiving
4:00 am
Wed November 27, 2013

AAA forecasting slight decline for Thanksgiving travel

Lots of people will be hitting the roads or heading to the airports this Thanksgiving, but not quite as many as last year.  AAA is forecasting more than 43 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this holiday.  That's a 1.5 percent drop from last year.  In Ohio, 1.6 million will be traveling, down 1.7 percent. 

Why the decrease in travel?  AAA spokeswoman Cheryl Parker says while the economy has been improving  it's still sluggish.

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