Local News
11:00 pm
Sat November 9, 2013

A few thoughts on an election where seven out of 10 didn't vote

Some final thought on the 2013 election, before we move on to the 2014 election (which, of course, is already well underway).

Apathy wins by landslide:  On Dec. 1, John Cranley will be sworn in as Cincinnati’s 69th mayor, along with nine city council members – three of whom are newly-elected.

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Veterans Day
4:00 am
Fri November 8, 2013

TriState Veterans Day celebration planned for Sunday

Military Honor Guard members during a recent ceremony welcoming the traveling Vietnam Wall memorial.
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

It's being billed as the first celebration aimed at bringing Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky together to commemorate local veterans. The inaugural "Freedom Is Not Free Veterans Day Celebration" is this weekend.

As a Judge Advocate General, organizer Joe Hinds served in all four branches of the military before retiring as a Lt. Colonel in the Air Force. He's hoping several thousand people will show up.

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CAIR complaint
5:23 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

CAIR files federal complaint against DHL

CAIR-Cincinnati Executive Director Karen Dabdoub, former DHL employees Najma Hassan and Shahira Abdullah, and CAIR-Cincinnati Staff Attorney Booker Washington speak with reporters about their case.
Mark Heyne WVXU News

UPDATE:  DHL Global Mail  responded Friday to CAIR's allegations, saying they're unfounded.   The company denied any wrongdoing and said it would fully defend itself in any future action.  DHL also said it accommodates reasonable religious practices and provides equal opportunities to all employees.


The Cincinnati chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is filing a federal complaint on behalf of 24 former employees at the DHL Global Mail facility in Hebron, Kentucky.  The Muslim civil rights group says DHL fired the workers last month in a dispute over prayer breaks. 

CAIR's complaint, filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, said the workers were exercising religious rights protected by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  The act prohibits employers from discriminating against individuals because of their religion in hiring, firing and other terms and conditions of employment.  It also requires employers to reasonably accommodate the religious practices of an employee , unless doing so would cause an undue hardship for the company.

"In this case, the DHL workers had been using their break time to perform their evening prayer," said  CAIR-Cincinnati Staff Attorney Booker Washington.  "The company reportedly decided to eliminate flexible break time, thereby preventing the men and women from practicing their faith.  When the workers asserted their rights, they were all fired."

The workers were fired October 9.

"They should think this over and they should know that religion is religion, there's no choice to it,"  said Shahira Abdullah, one of the 13 women and 11 men the company let go.  "Other people have to follow the rules, just like we're supposed to follow their rules."

DHL has not commented on the case.

4:37 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Hamilton County police release Taser guidance report

Amnesty International's May 2013 report says the number of Taser deaths since 2001 nationally total 540.
Taser International

It was this report, released by attorney Al Gerhardstein a year ago, that helped prompt the Hamilton County Association of Chiefs of Police to study Tasers and issue a guidance report. Chairman of the committee that wrote the report, Joseph Lally, stresses his group did not have any intention of establishing a blanket policy.

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Cincinnati Mayor
3:59 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Mayor-elect talks streetcar, other priorities

Mayor-elect John Cranley met with media in his Hyde Park home Wednesday.
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Cincinnati mayor-elect John Cranley has a lot of big plans for his upcoming tenure but no topic is more dominating than his desire to halt the streetcar project. It was the main focus of a meeting with press Wednesday in his Hyde Park home.

"Look," Cranley said, "This isn't an ideological thing for me. I don't relish stopping the streetcar... The fact is it's just not worth the money. It's worth cancelling as long as that's the cheapest option as opposed to continuation."

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