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Seelbach tired of streetcar delays, Pentagon to lift combat ban for women, JobsOhio in court

click to enlarge City Councilman Chris Seelbach
City Councilman Chris Seelbach

Council Member Chris Seelbach says he’s

getting impatient

with streetcar delays. During a series of complaints aired on Twitter, Seelbach wrote the deadline for streetcar operation should be the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in 2015. This week’s

CityBeat cover story

explains some of the delays and how the streetcar relates to the 2013 mayor’s race.

The Pentagon is planning to

lift the ban

on women in combat situations. U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the decision came after a recommendation from his Joint Chiefs of Staff. Between the end of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and this decision, President Barack Obama’s administration has been one of the most inclusive when it comes to the military.

The Ohio Supreme Court has

agreed to hear

a case questioning the constitutionality of JobsOhio. Policy group ProgressOhio says it might be illegal to use state liquor profits to fund JobsOhio, a private nonprofit organization Gov. John Kasich set up to drive economic growth in the state.

The Major League Baseball All-Star Game

could bring

$60-$80 million to Cincinnati, according to Julie Heath, director of the University of Cincinnati’s Economics Center. It was recently announced Cincinnati will host the game in 2015.

Gov. Kasich said he

won’t oust

State Board of Education President Debe Terhar after she made a Facebook post comparing Obama to Adolf Hitler. Kasich is happy she admitted it was a mistake, and he said he will leave it at that. Democrats

called for her ousting

Tuesday.

American Military Partner Association, a national organization that supports LGBT veterans, endorsed FreedomOhio’s same-sex marriage amendment. If voters approve the amendment this November, gay marriage will be legalized in Ohio. CityBeat wrote more about FreedomOhio’s ballot initiative

here

.

Cincinnati Public Schools is

piloting an after-school program

focusing on the arts. The high-energy sessions are apparently proving to be a hit among students so far.

U.S. Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from West Chester, says President Barack Obama is

out to annihilate

the Republican Party. I’m not seeing the problem here.

Moody’s

doesn’t have confidence

in U.S. nonprofit hospitals.

New science

makes it possible

to detect brain damage in football players that previously couldn’t be seen until a victim was dead. CityBeat covered how head trauma relates to former Bengals players' workers' comp claims

here

.

Popular Science explains how to make

the perfect snowball

.
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