Cincinnati vs. The World 4.11.12

Students from Mater Dei High School in Evansville, Ind., created a gas-powered vehicle that earned 2,188.6 miles to the gallon on its best run in the Shell EcoMarathon Competition last week. WORLD +2

Students from Mater Dei High School in Evansville, Ind., created a gas-powered vehicle that earned 2,188.6 miles to the gallon on its best run in the Shell EcoMarathon Competition last week. WORLD +2

Sales of popular painkiller oxycodone, the key ingredient in OxyContin, and hydrocodone, the key ingredient in Vicodin, are soaring in the U.S., causing experts to suspect efforts to relieve patients’ suffering are fueling an addiction epidemic. WORLD -1

Xavier University informed employees last week that birth-control insurance coverage would no longer be continued as of July 1. CINCINNATI -2

An investigation by the non-profit National Fair Housing Alliance found that bank-owned homes in communities of color were 42 percent more likely to have visible maintenance problems such as damaged siding, hanging gutters or overgrown grass. WORLD -2

New census data reveals a 25.5 percent decline in population growth in Hamilton County between April 2010 and July 2011, compared to rates of growth from 2000-10. Most other core metropolitan areas saw healthy percentages of growth. Cleveland’s Cuyahoga County experienced a 109.7 percent drop in population growth. CINCINNATI -1

The international headquarters of fraternity Sigma Chi Alpha has suspended the charter for Miami University’s Sigma Chi Alpha fraternity after multiple instances of hazing. All fraternity members residing in the fraternity house are required to move into dorms. CINCINNATI -2

When Greek TV host Panagiotis Bourchas hosted a spokesman for far-right political organization Golden Dawn, enraged protestors broke into the studio and blasted Bourchas with eggs and yogurt. WORLD -2

A bike lane will be constructed on East Mitchell Avenue in St. Bernard this summer to create a safer ride for cyclists traveling uphill. The lane is touted as a key connection between the already-existing bike lanes on Spring Grove and Dana avenues. CINCINNATI +1

THIS WEEK: CINCINNATI -4, WORLD -3

TO DATE: CINCINNATI -1, WORLD -24

—hannah mccartney

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