Politics
12:00 am
Sun July 20, 2014

At a financial disadvantage, the FitzGerald TV ad campaign has begun

Ed FitzGerald, the Democratic candidate for Ohio governor, has been campaigning for a year and a half in his quest to oust Republican governor John Kasich, but this past week marked a first for the FitzGerald campaign.

For the first time, Ohio voters began seeing Fitzgerald, the Cuyahoga County Executive, in a 30-second campaign TV ad.

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Public Safety
12:40 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Drug trafficking route disrupted but problems persist

Law enforcement from Cincinnati, Hamilton County and Indiana discuss the latest bust in which 14 people were arrested for trafficking heroin and cocaine.
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Law enforcement from Hamilton and Dearborn counties are celebrating a big drug bust but say there's still a lot that must be done to curb the explosion of heroin use in the tri-state.

Authorities seized 25 pounds of heroin and 18 pounds of cocaine as it was being transported through Indiana from Chicago en route to Cincinnati.

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Education
4:39 am
Fri July 18, 2014

UC earns special designation from National Security Agency

Credit Lisa Ventre / UC Photographic Services

It's not exactly 'spy school' as some headlines are claiming but the University of Cincinnati is being recognized by the National Security Agency.

Four of the school's programs are now designated as Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations. UC is one of just 13 schools in the country to receive the designation.

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Cincinnati Edition - 513-419-7100
4:00 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Our Nimble Lass - Cincinnati Magazine's fascinating story of a local 1930's burlesque performer

Cincinnati Magazine

  She was a local girl with big dreams who found a career in burlesque. After being alerted to an intriguing item for sale on eBay, a “1930's stripper/dancer scrapbook –in Cincinnati,” the editors at Cincinnati Magazine pounced, bought the scrapbook, and went in search of the owner'’s story- Erma Kunkel, known as “Ermaine, the Platinum-Haired Dansuese” in the 1930's’ world of burlesque. Cincinnati Magazine Deputy Editor Amanda Boyd Walters and Senior Editor RJ Smith talk with us about the unusual tale of a girl from Over-the-Rhine turned personality dancer.”

Cincinnati Edition - 513-419-7100
4:00 am
Fri July 18, 2014

The NUMBERLYS - the new book from William Joyce, the man behind "Toy Story"

The NUMBERLYS

  He created the conceptual characters for the Disney/Pixar's feature films Toy Story and A Bug's Life; he’'s an Academy and Emmy-award winner; and he has written and illustrated over fifty children's books. Now from William Joyce, co-founder of animation and visual effects studio MOONBOT Studios, comes The NUMBERLYS, the tale of a time when there were only numbers - orderly, dull, numbers. Until the book’'s heroes get to work and create letters, 26 beautiful letters, that bring wondrous things to the world. William Joyce talks about his work and latest book.

Cincinnati Edition - 513-419-7100
4:00 am
Fri July 18, 2014

There will be dancin', and more, in the streets on July 19 for Cincy Summer Streets

  Cincy Summer Streets is a celebration of our largest public space - our city streets. Cincinnati will close-down traffic on two major roads on Saturday, July 19 - one on the east side of town, one on the west - to create a car-free space for everyone to play, run, walk, bike, skate, dance, create art, connect with their neighbors, and support local businesses. The two events are free, fun, and all are invited. To give us a preview of the events is Margy Waller, serendipity director with Art on the Streets, and Melissa McVay, City of Cincinnati Department of Transportation & Engineering Senior City Planner, and city liaison for bike programs.

IRS
4:32 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Tea Party gets go ahead vs IRS

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen visited the Cincinnati office in January.
Credit IRS

UPDATE 7/17/14: Federal Judge Susan Dlott refused to dismiss parts of the Tea Party's lawsuit Thursday against the Internal Revenue Service, meaning it can go ahead. Read about it here.

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The Midwest Project
4:00 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Bengals tailgate hand-out prompts Cincinnatians to continue giving

(from left) Kenneth Bibb, Jason Chapman and Rodrigo Williams.
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Jason Chapman, a 29-year-old Union Institute & University enrollment counselor, remembers tailgating before a Cincinnati Bengals game last year.  He was with his friends, having a great time and eating lots of food. There were plenty of leftovers and when spotting some people in need on the other side of the fence he decided to offer them a plate of food.

Chapman was apprehensive. What if they were offended by the offer of food? What if fellow tailgaters disapproved of the generosity?

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Public Safety
1:30 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Drones may help patrol Lebanon prisons

File image of an unmanned aerial system.
Ann Thompson WVXU

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction is considering the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to help patrol the grounds surrounding two Warren County prisons.

In a release, the state says:

"UAS technology could add an additional layer of security to help maintain the safety of the surrounding community and the prisons by bolstering existing perimeter security, preventing and detecting attempts of contraband entering the prison, and enhancing the monitoring of inmates who are approved to work outside the secure perimeter of the prison. "

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Public Safety
1:04 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

New truck hits roads to make them safer

Cpl. Pete Prybal holds a wheel scale he's pulled from the special rack in the back of his customized F-350 patrol truck.
Tana Weingartner WVXU

Thanks to a partnership with the Hamilton County Engineer, the Sheriff's office has a new tool for cracking down on overweight loads on county roads. A Ford F-350 has been converted and customized to carry specialized equipment for inspecting Commercial Vehicles.

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