Education
10:33 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Teachers deliver alarming allegations against charter school

Teachers before the State Board of Ed alleging misconduct, racism, and sexism at Dayton charter school.
Credit Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

The state board of education is launching an investigation into at least one charter school after hearing disturbing testimony from a group of former teachers.

Sexual misconduct, racism, teacher intimidation, questionable testing policies, and mishandling of complaints about those claims were among the allegations the teachers brought to the state board of education meeting.

The teachers were all former employees of the Horizon Science Academy Dayton High School, a charter school managed by the Chicago-based Concept Schools.

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Transportation
2:50 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Metro CEO resigns

Terry Garcia Crews
Credit Cincinnati Metro / Provided

The board that operates Cincinnati's Metro system is looking for a new leader.

The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority says CEO and General Manager Terry Garcia Crews is resigning effective immediately.

In a release, the board says Crews is returning to a career in transit industry consulting. Crews was hired in November 2010.

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Tracie Hunter
12:57 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Judge Tracie Hunter charges stick, trial on for September

Suspended Judge Tracie Hunter follows her attorney Clyde Bennett II into court.
Ann Thompson WVXU

Suspended Judge Tracie Hunter, indicted on charges she misused county credit cards and backdated court documents, will go on trial September 8, 2014.

Hamilton County Court Judge Norbert Nadel rejected arguments by Hunter's attorney, Clyde Bennett II that charges of forgery, theft in office and tampering with evidence be dropped. Nadel also said no to three separate trials and a change-of-venue. The Judge said if jurors can't be seated in September then the trial may be moved.

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Cincinnati Parks
12:37 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Donation will create rose garden and tree grove at Smale Riverfront Park

Several generations of the Gardner family gather to announce the rose garden and tree grove to honor Jim and Joan Gardner.
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

The Gardner Family Foundation is donating $2.3 million to develop a portion of Smale Riverfront Park. The money will be used to create a rose garden and nearly two acre tree grove.

Peggy Johns says the Gardner Family Grove and Rose Garden is a tribute to her late father Jim.

"My father loved Cincinnati," says Johns. "Roses were a passion for him all his life. My grandfather Gardner was a prize rose grower... and my dad learned how to take care of the roses growing up, that was his chore."

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REAL ID Act
12:04 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Kentucky working to comply with ID law

Kentucky is one of nearly a dozen states currently not in compliance with the 2005 “REAL ID” Act.  The law is meant to standardize security procedures for issuing driver’s licenses across the country.   Lisa Tolliver with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the state was at an early disadvantage.  She says the REAL ID law was designed for states with what she calls a “traditional DMV” setup, something Kentucky doesn’t have:

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Music
11:28 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Creativity in Chaos

July 28, 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. This month, Cincinnati Opera presented Silent Night, the Pulitzer Prize winning opera with music by Kevin Puts and libretto by Mark Campbell, which tells the true story of the Christmas Eve Truce of 1914. That night at various points along the Western front, troops on both sides of the conflict laid down their arms, crawled out of their trenches, and met each other while also saying Mass, burying their dead, exchanging gifts, and playing football.

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Album Review
7:00 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Heavy Hinges: Mean Old City

Heavy Hinges has been described as "a sublime ruckus… a beautiful collision of rock, soul, gospel, and western."  In truth, what Heavy Hinges is is a well-balanced assemblage of rock, pop, country and traditional music with roots that run quite deep into the music of gospel choirs, chain gangs and saloons.  They have a reputation around town of putting on very powerful live performances and have established themselves as one of Cincinnati's must-see bands.

The group has just emerged from the studio with their debut album Mean Old City.  Recorded by Matt Hueneman at Newport's Audiogrotto and mastered by Ashley Shepherd*, Mean Old City is the band's attempt to bottle some of that on-stage lightning.

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Cincinnati Edition - 513-419-7100
4:00 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Cincinnati's ArtWorks puts youth to work creating murals and more around the region

This mural, at 119 East Court Steet, is based on Charley Harper's "Homecoming (Bluebirds)."
ArtWorks

  Founded in 1996, ArtWorks is an award-winning non-profit organization that employs and trains local youth and talent to create art and community impact. The most visible ArtWorks projects are the many murals that brighten-up our region. Since the mural program was launched in partnership with the City of Cincinnati in 2007, ArtWorks has hired area youth to paint 68 murals.

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Cincinnati Edition - 513-419-7100
4:00 am
Tue July 15, 2014

The controversy surrounding pit bulls - the breed and their owners

  A recent horrific attack on a young girl by pit bulls has increased calls for banning or severely regulating the dogs. At the same time, many municipalities here and across the country are eliminating breed-specific regulations.

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Politics
8:54 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Howard Wilkinson's Monday morning politics chat

Howard Wilkinson

With the 2016 GOP national convention coming to Cleveland, could they end up nominating an Ohioan for president or vice president? Both Sen. Rob Portman and Gov. John Kasich are being talked about as possible contenders. WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked about it this morning with Jay Hanselman.

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