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City releases parking documents, parking plan gets hearing, restroom could cost $35,000

City Manager Milton Dohoney Jr.
City Manager Milton Dohoney Jr.

Following CityBeat’s

blog post

yesterday, the city

released the official documents

for the city manager’s parking plan. So far, no one has reported anything outrageous or unexpected. If you see anything, feel free to email

[email protected]

.

Of the two dozen people who spoke at a public hearing for the parking plan yesterday, all but two

opposed the plan

. Much of the opposition came from people who said they were worried parking will be expensive, but the city manager’s office says it will take three years for parking rates to go up in Downtown and six years for rates to go up in neighborhoods after an initial hike to 75 cents. CityBeat covered the parking plan in detail

here

.

Cincinnati officials are now saying that a freestanding restroom could

cost as low as $35,000

. Officials say the public restroom is needed to accommodate growing activity and population in Over-the-Rhine and Downtown. Some critics were initially worried that the facility would cost $100,000.

Cincinnati’s Horseshoe Casino will

partner up

with the Cincinnati Police Department to keep out cheats and prevent theft. The casino will also have advanced surveillance equipment, allowing them to detect anyone around the casino before they even get into the building. It may seem like a lot, but casinos do tend to attract cheaters and other troublemakers, according to Ohio Casino Control Commission Director of Enforcement Karen Huey. The Horseshoe Casino is set to open March 4.

A report from the Governors Highway Safety Association found more teen drivers

died in crashes this year than the last two

, and some officials fear wireless devices may be a leading cause. In Ohio, the six-month grace period for the teen wireless ban expires Friday, which will allow police officers to issue tickets instead of warnings to teenagers using any wireless devices while driving.

Gov. John Kasich’s budget proposal would

cut back

a state-funded college internship program, which awarded $11 million to universities around the state.

Ohio Democrats are

asking Kasich to put his Ohio Turnpike funding promises in writing

after they found out the governor’s budget proposal doesn’t actually say that 90 percent of leveraged funds will remain in northern Ohio, which Kasich originally promised.

Barry Horstman, investigative reporter at The Cincinnati Enquirer,

collapsed and died in the newsroom yesterday

. CityBeat offers its condolences to Horstman’s co-workers, family and friends.

The University of Cincinnati

got a $2.3 million grant

from the National Cancer Institute to train cancer researchers. “Our emphasis is on training the next generation of cancer researchers to translate basic science discoveries into improved patient care,” Susan Waltz, co-principal investigator of the grant and professor of cancer biology at the UC College of Medicine, said in a statement.

A homemade jetpack can

reach altitudes up to 25,000 feet

, but it might have some trouble landing.
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