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Howard Wilkinson's Political Blog
1:10 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Smitherman to give up NAACP presidency for now

Christopher Smitherman
Sarah Ramsey

Cincinnati council member Christopher Smitherman will step down as president of the Cincinnati chapter of the NAACP while he is running for re-election to council.

A number of members of the local chapter have urged Smitherman to leave the NAACP presidency while running for office. In a statement released Friday, Smitherman said he was doing so under a policy adopted by the NAACP's national board of directors in 1968.

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Cincinnati Reds
12:00 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Reds celebrate Vander Meer's double no-hitters

Johnny Vander Meer
Cincinnati Reds

This week marks the 75th anniversary of a feat that is unlikely to be repeated in Major League Baseball - the back-to-back no-hitters thrown by Cincinnati Reds' lefthander Johnny Vander Meer.

WVXU's Howard Wilkinson sat down this week with Greg Rhodes, the Reds' official historian, and Rick Walls, executive director of the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, and to talk about the historic games and how the Reds will mark the anniversary:

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Local News
5:40 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

City objects to further stay in parking case

Sarah Ramsey

UPDATE: 6/13 5:40 pm


Cincinnati lawyers have filed a brief with the appeals court objecting to the plaintiffs' request for a stay in parking case.  The first two paragraphs from the city's request:

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Children's health
4:41 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Collaborative aims to reduce infant mortality rates

Leaders gather to sign a collaborative agreement creating the Infant Mortality Reduction Initiative.
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Area health agencies and hospitals are joining county and city leaders to launch a collaborative tasked with reducing the rate at which babies die before their first birthdays.

At a launch celebration Thursday at the Freedom Center, Dr. Jim Greenberg of Children's Hospital said premature birth is one of the largest problems.

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Cincinnati City Council
12:07 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Head of new department at City Hall named.

When Cincinnati City Council passed its new budget, it also combined two departments. The Community Development and Economic Development offices will now be one Department of Trade and Development.

The head of the Former Economic Development office, Odis Jones, will head the new office.

Former Community Development head, Michael Cervay, will take a position in the Finance Department.

The changes take effect July 1.

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