Cincinnati

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The head of a Cincinnati-area drug task force is calling on the state to declare a public health emergency to free up more resources for fighting heroin.

After a recent spike of overdoses, Newtown Police Chief Tom Synan, who heads the task force, is calling the situation a public health crisis. 

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A newspaper is reporting that shootings in Cincinnati increased nearly 28 percent in 2015 compared with the previous year, and the city's mayor says reducing gun violence is the top priority in the new year.
 
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the number of shooting victims last year was 479, the highest since the 510 reported in 2006. The newspaper also reports homicides increased to 71 in 2015, up nearly 13 percent over 2014.
 
Political and law enforcement officials say they are working to find answers to the violence outbreak.

CINCINNATI (AP) — A 26-year Cincinnati police veteran is set to be sworn in as the department's new chief after filling the role on an interim basis.

Eliot Isaac was named acting chief after Jeffrey Blackwell's ouster in September. A public swearing-in ceremony for the 49-year-old Cincinnati native was scheduled Monday afternoon.

The city had conducted a survey that found that residents who responded wanted the new police chief to emphasize department morale and community policing. They also preferred a chief from within Cincinnati's department, unlike the last two chiefs.

Why Do Cincinnatians And Clevelanders Dislike Each Other?

Dec 4, 2015
Jim Nolan / WVXU

Other than the Steelers, there's one team every Bengals fan loves to hate. Cincinnati squares off against the Cleveland Browns this weekend in a rivalry that's only grown over the years... especially when former coach Sam Wyche famously chastised a Cincinnati crowd saying, "You don't live in Cleveland, you live in Cincinnati!" Earlier this year WVXU's Tana Weingartner teamed up with Kabir Bhatia at WKSU in Kent to figure out the source of all this intrastate animosity.

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.

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