Visitors to the Newport Aquarium's Turtle Canyon, set to open March 22, won't have any trouble seeing the exhibit's star, Bravo.
Bravo is the largest turtle in the Midwest, weighing in at 600 pounds. The Galapágos tortoise was hatched April 19, 1929 on the Ecuadorian island of Santa Cruz. In the next few weeks Bravo will arrive by truck and the aquarium will use a crane to get him inside.
Bravo will join Thunder, the oldest resident at Newport Aquarium at more than 100 years of age. Thunder is a 118 pound alligator snapping turtle.
Cincinnati Fraternal Order of Police President Kathy Harrell had a blunt message for city council about police department staffing.
“We’re at the point right now that officers out on the street lives are in jeopardy,” Harrell said. “I’m going to get a lot of slack for saying that, but I don’t care. They’re out there with 187 less officers.”
Harrell testified Tuesday before Council's Law and Public Safety Committee.
Without new officers, the department could be down 267 officers by the end of 2015. Harrell said something has to change.
Infant mortality rates for Hamilton County and Cincinnati decreased in 2013 but still remain higher than the national average.
Cradle Cincinnati released last year's numbers following a community summit Tuesday morning.
Hamilton County saw 95 babies die before their first birthday, for a rate of 8.9 deaths per 1,000 live births. Of those deaths, 53 were City of Cincinnati residents, giving the City a rate of 9.9 deaths per 1,000 live births.
Cincinnati Republicans are making a pitch to bring the 2016 Republican National Convention to Cincinnati. WVXU Political Reporter Howard Wilkinson talks about the pros and cons and the likelihood that the Queen city will get the nod.
We’ve seen big, high profile conventions and other gatherings in Cincinnati plenty of times in recent years.
We’ve had the national NAACP, the national FOP and others. We’ve hosted Major League Baseball’s Civil Rights game twice; and, next year, Great American Ball Park will host another whopper, the All Star Game.
All have brought beaucoup dollars into the city.
But the big prize might be right around the corner – a national presidential nominating convention. The Republican National Convention to be exact.