Whitaker’s photograph for “After the Moment” that he describes in the story:  “Playing with the Edge, page 70  Elliot&Dominick, 1979”
courtesy of Joel Whitaker

In the late 1980’s, photographer Robert Mapplethorpe’s exhibition “The Perfect Moment” fueled the fire of the so-called “Culture Wars” that pitted politicians like Senator Jesse Helms and the religious right against artists and museums in a battle over federal arts funding and first amendment rights.  When Mapplethorpe’s exhibit opened at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, the museum and its director were brought up on obscenity charges. Twenty-five years later, the museum, through a major exhibit and symposium, is considering the impact of those events on the arts in America.

Ohio Dem Leader: Cincinnati Council Should Focus On Crime

Jul 17, 2015
Keith Lanser

The chairman of Ohio's Democratic Party is calling on current Cincinnati council members to focus on a solution for the city's recent crime spike.

Chairman and former city councilman David Pepper tells The Cincinnati Enquirer the increase in crime is a crisis. He says Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld, who's running for U.S. Senate, should put in the time to make a difference in the community.

A Cincinnati police officer and a suspect were taken to University Medical Center after an exchange of gunfire in Madisonville Friday morning.

During a briefing, Chief Jeffery Blackwell said officers and probation officers were responding to a report of a person with a gun acting erratically around 9 p.m. near Whetsel and Roe. Blackwell said when officers arrived there was an exchange of gunfire. One officer and the suspect were both wounded.

As of Friday morning, a city hall official said the officer has died from his injuries.

Cincinnati's new parking meters include data analytics to help price parking according to demand.
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CINCINNATI (AP) — How much you have to pay to park in Cincinnati could depend on the demand for your spot. The city of Cincinnati is increasingly setting rates tied to usage. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the city's parking contract with Xerox includes data analytics.

"Great Flood of 2015" picture posted on Flickr. Areas near Cincinnati were flooded for days following spring rains.
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CINCINNATI (AP) — Forecasters expect the Ohio River to remain above flood stage for most of this week after reaching its highest level in two decades.

The National Weather Service says the river was at 57.1 feet this morning, after cresting Sunday morning at 57.7 feet. That was seven feet below the 1997 level that caused severe, widespread flooding in the Cincinnati area and in Kentucky.

CINCINNATI (AP) — Federal authorities say they have video and audiotapes of an Ohio man meeting with a confidential informant in a plot to attack the U.S. Capitol.

Prosecutor Timothy Mangan disclosed the planned evidence during a pretrial meeting in Cincinnati. U.S. District Judge Sandra Beckwith met with attorneys to discuss handling classified information in the case of 20-year-old Christopher Lee Cornell.

Construction Worker Killed After I-75 Overpass Collapses

Jan 20, 2015
Bill Rinehart / WVXU

A construction worker was killed when a section of an unused overpass collapsed onto the southbound lanes of I-75 Monday night. A truck driver was hurt when his semi hit the collapse, near Hopple Street. Chief Jeffery Blackwell says the collapse will affect southbound traffic.

"We anticipate at least a 48-hour closure of 75 South. We want to advise people to please stay away from the area," he said.

Blackwell also pointed out the truck driver was lucky.

"In a matter of seconds, his fate would have been different as well." 

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio man arrested in an FBI sting and charged with plotting to set off bombs at the U.S. Capitol and shoot government officials is due in court.

Twenty-year-old Christopher Lee Cornell, who lived with his parents in suburban Cincinnati, is scheduled to appear in federal court for the first time on Friday afternoon.

Cornell was arrested Wednesday and charged with plotting to attack the Capitol with pipe bombs and guns.

The Las Vegas strip has an open alcohol policy, which is what Ohio legislators hope could become possible in some cities here.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Senate has passed a bill to allow people to carry alcoholic beverages outside as they visit restaurants and bars in certain designated areas.

The proposal would allow cities with populations of more than 35,000 to create entertainment districts, where Ohio's open container law wouldn't apply. Patrons with a beer or alcoholic drink from one of the district's establishments could carry it with them outside as they visit other district businesses. The size of the municipal entertainment districts could not exceed a half mile.

Ohio gay same-sex marriage equality
Al Behrman / AP

Advocates on both sides of the issue are planning to turn out to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati as oral arguments begin Wednesday afternoon in same-sex marriage cases from Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee. Capacity crowds are expected at the Potter Stewart courtroom in Cincinnati where two overflow rooms for spectators have been set-up.

Groups that favor gay marriage are planning rallies outside the courthouse, and gay marriage opponents say they’re also gathering forces.