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Ohio demonstrators hold signs during protests against the U.S. Supreme Court's June 24 decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Cincinnati is loading up on transportation projects, with new robust funding for pedestrian and cyclist safety infrastructure. In other news, the Reds continue to suck, cops still are under scrutiny and a local judge is an abortion-rights hero. Catch up on the week's big headlines below.
Cincinnati Police Union Calls for Reinstatement of Black Officer Who Reportedly Used N-word on Duty
Detective Joehonny Reese, who is Black, was working an off-duty detail with one other officer at Energy Nightclub when a highly intoxicated teenager who had been kicked out of the bar by security guards attempted to assault the officers and called them the n-word. "Detective Reese used the same word when he told the drunk teenager that he wouldn’t be an n-word," a report says. Read CityBeat's story about why the Fraternal Order of Police is asking for Reese's case to be reevaluated.
Cops to Remain in Cincinnati Public Schools after Board of Education Vote
Studies may show that police in schools aren't useful, but a local district has decided to keep them anyway. During a Sept. 12 meeting, the Cincinnati Public Schools Board of Education voted 6-1 to continue using school resource officers (SROs) from the Cincinnati Police Department in school buildings. Board member Mike Moroski was the lone vote against the practice. Read CityBeat's story about the BOE vote and about why there's been an increased police presence in schools since the 1990s.
Abortions Temporarily Return to 22-Week Cutoff in Ohio Thanks to a Hamilton County Judge
A temporary restraining order is now in place for Ohio’s law that bans abortion past six-weeks gestation, a Hamilton County judge ruled on Sept. 14 Judge Christian Jenkins paused the law for two weeks while the case continues to be litigated in the county’s common pleas court. For now, Ohioans are permitted to get abortions up to 22 weeks gestation. Read CityBeat's story about Jenkins' reasoning and what he said about people who are seeking healthcare.
King Records Studio Buildings in Cincinnati Added to the National Register of Historic Places
The King Records Legacy Foundation has achieved another milestone on its path to preserving the history of King Records.
This week, the studio buildings, located at 1536-1540 Brewster Ave. in Evanston, were officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A spot on the Register creates an opportunity for the foundation to apply for historic tax credits. Read CityBeat's story about the milestone achievement, and don't miss our in-depth story about the movement to recognize King Records and Cincinnati as one of the birthplaces of rock and roll.
Ohio State University Study Shows Benefit of Getting a Second COVID-19 Booster
The report, published in the New England Journal of Medicine
, found that a booster shot “completely restored antibodies to protective levels” in adults in the study who saw a “dramatic loss in antibodies” since their first booster. Read CityBeat's story about how dozens of healthcare professionals are describing the booster.
Four Ohio Colleges Again Named to List of 'The Absolute Worst Campuses for LGBTQ Youth'
The same four Ohio colleges that appeared on the 2021 list again appear on this 2022 list. To appear on The Worst List, a campus must have applied for and/or received a Title IX exemption to discriminate against LGBTQ+ students, and/or demonstrated a past history of anti-LGBTQ+ actions, programs and practices. Read CityBeat's story to find out which Ohio schools don't embrace LGBTQ+ students.
Xavier Named to U.S. News and World Report's 'Best National Universities' List for First Time
U.S. News and World Report
just released its annual ranking of the country's top colleges, and for the first time ever, Xavier University made the cut for the Best National Universities list. Xavier says this new recognition is in part because of the "number of terminal degrees" the school offers. Read CityBeat's story about even more ways in which U.S. News has recognized Xavier.
The Cincinnati Reds Have Been Fully Eliminated from 2022 Playoff Action, Because Of Course
The fans knew it was coming. After the front office cut payroll, traded away productive veterans and relied upon too many untested rookies, the inevitable happened. The Cincinnati Reds were eliminated from all postseason contention after losing a double-header to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sept. 13. This means that the Reds will not compete for a Wild Card spot and will miss the postseason yet again. The Reds have had just five winning seasons out of the last 21 – er, make that, 22, once 2022 wraps up. Read CityBeat's stories about Cincinnati's woeful season and how fans can entertain themselves as the Reds wind down.
Western Hills Viaduct Project Gets $127 Million Federal Boost
Construction of the new bridge, which will extend nearly a half mile over CSX Transportation’s Queensgate Yard, is expected to begin by 2025. Site preparation began earlier this year with the demolition of six buildings where the new bridge will stand, which will be about 50 feet south of the existing viaduct. Read CityBeat's story about the timeline for the viaduct.
$20 Million Grant Will Fund Safer Cyclist, Pedestrian Connections from West Side to Downtown
The federal Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant was awarded for the project titled “State to Central: Building Better Neighborhoods,” according to a news release from the city. Council members want the city to chip in another $6.25 million for the project, either from city dollars or other non-federal grants. Read CityBeat's story to learn which streets will get a facelift.
New Beechmont Bridge Connector Links Multiple Cincinnati Trails for Increased Cyclist, Pedestrian Safety
The Beechmont Bridge Connector will open to travelers starting Sept. 21, allowing users to safely travel from the Little Miami Scenic Trail to the Ohio River Trail for the first time. The connector gives cyclists and pedestrians 14 feet of extended space on the deck of the Beechmont Bridge and is divided from the main road by a wall and a barricade, making it impossible for cars to interfere with cyclists and pedestrians. Read CityBeat's story about how and when the city will celebrate the new connector.
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