Local News
7:50 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Council wants new parking app ASAP

Eight members of Cincinnati Council have signed a motion ordering the administration to implement the app that would let people pay parking meters via their smart phones. 

But, when that feature is activated and used, Parking Facilities superintendent Bob Schroer says the paid-for time won't show up on the meter.  “If we wanted to put the time back on the meter, it was going to kill the batteries, quicker,” he says.

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News
5:39 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

How a punk rocker from DC got interested in ancient songs from Syria

You wouldn't peg Jason Hamacher as a guy who would end up in Syria. But, as he says, "punk rock is an ethic and attitude, not a look or a style."

Hamacher is a punk rock drummer from Washington, DC, and what really interests him these days is exploring new sounds. That's why he went to Aleppo, Syria, on multiple trips between 2006 and 2010.

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News
5:32 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

A Yemeni watches from afar — again — as his country erupts in chaos

It's a tumultuous time in Yemen. Last week, former President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi resigned after rebels took control of Sanaa, Yemen's capital. Now there are reports of an American drone strike aimed at al-Qaeda fighters in eastern Yemen.

“It’s very sad and disheartening to see my country going through all of this violence and instability while being thousands of miles away,” says Ibrahim al-Hajiby. He's a Yemeni who currently lives in Minnesota, where he recently graduated from Augsburg College.

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News
5:28 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Death of young woman in Egypt sparks anger

Relatives, friends and residents of Alexandria mourn during the funeral of Shaimaa al-Sabbagh, an activist at the Socialist Popular Alliance Party, in Alexandria on Sunday.

Al Youm Al Saabi Newspaper/Reuters

Shaimaa al-Sabbagh was among the dozens of Egyptians who came out to the streets to mark the fourth anniversary of the Revolution this past weekend. Sabbagh planned to place flowers in the iconic Tahrir Square in honor of those who were killed in the 2011 uprising.

Instead, she became a victim of violence.

"Police, armed with tear gas and buckshot, it appears, stormed the small crowd and according to many witnesses opened fire," says Borzou Daragahi, Cairo-baserd correspondent for the Financial Times.

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Winter Fund Drive
3:53 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Today is Two-Hour Tuesday!

WVXU and WMUB will work to raise the funds normally collected in an entire day in just over two hours

On Tuesday, January 27th, WVXU and WMUB will work to raise the funds normally collected in an entire day in just over two hours: 7:45 am 10 am. Your participation during Two Hour Tuesday will allow us to return quickly to what we do best: bring you the high quality public radio programming you enjoy for the rest of the day.

Make your donation online or call 513-419-7155.

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News
3:49 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Why Greek voters bucked Europe, backed an anti-austerity party

The head of radical leftist Syriza party Alexis Tsipras speaks to supporters after winning the elections in Athens on Sunday. Tsipras promised to end five years of austerity, "humiliation and suffering" imposed by international creditors.

Marko Djurica/Reuters

"They are taking away our dignity."

I heard it time and time again a few years ago when I was in Greece for the last general election.

The anger and frustration wasn't just aimed at EU bureaucrats and German bankers. It was also aimed inward — at what Greeks still see as a hopelessly corrupt and ineffective political system.

Alexis Tsipras and his left-wing, anti-austerity Syriza party promised to change it all, inside and out.

And Greek voters bought that promise on Sunday, saying “enough” to years of punishing economic austerity measures.

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News
3:36 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Obama heads to India and was treated to these amazing parade acrobats

If border security in the US performed in parades like this one in India, would tensions be so high? Well, maybe. Obama is in India and watched the Grand Parade celebrating the country's Republic Day. These are India's Border Security Force "Daredevils".

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News
2:59 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

A Canadian photographer captures images of a whale 'poopnado'

Call it the calm before the storm.

Canadian underwater photographer Keri Wilk was diving off the coast of Dominica last March when a sperm whale approached him and his fellow divers.

What happened next came as shock to Wilk. He says the whale stopped “and unleashed what’s been called a poo-nado or poopnado.”

The whale began defecating next to Wilk for a number of minutes.

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News
2:15 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Meet the surfing grandfather from Florida who helped the Kurds fight ISIS

Dean Parker, a commercial housepainter and avid surfer from Florida, traveled to northern Iraq to fight with the Kurdish Peshmerga against ISIS. 

Courtesy of Dean Parker

Dean Parker was sitting on his couch one evening, relaxing after a long day at his job as a commercial painter. That's when he saw a news report about Kurds fighting on northern Iraq's Mount Sinjar, where ISIS had trapped thousands of people from the Yazidi religious sect.

“I made the decision right there after watching those news reports,” Parker recalls. “After watching it for an hour, I was very upset. And I was online booking a ticket.”

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Poverty
1:29 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

DCI: Better ways to help the homeless than reaching for pocket change

Downtown Cincinnati Inc. is launching an effort to decrease panhandling while maintaining or increasing support to social services.  DCI president David Ginsburg says the group is publicizing agencies that try to get to the root of poverty.

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