Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken has called a special session of City Council Aug. 30 to put new ballot language before voters on the repeal of Article XII.
Article XII is the 11-year-old Cincinnati charter amendment that prohibits council from passing a gay rights ordinance. Gay rights supporters have collected twice the signatures necessary to put a repeal on the Nov. 2 ballot. But opponents are challenging the ballot language, in part based on a defect in City Council's resolution sending the measure to the Board of Elections.
The special session will give council a chance to fix that flaw before Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Mark Schweikert hears arguments on the challenge Aug. 31.
Purple bridge walk to support fitness
Cincinnati will kick off Ohio's participation in a national health and fitness movement by hosting a walk across the Purple People Bridge this morning. The movement, called America on the Move, takes aim at the country's rising obesity problem. National organizers, who include Dr. John Peters of Procter & Gamble's Nutrition Science Institute, want Americans to forget the Atkins diet and other fads. Instead, they are encouraging people to simply eat healthfully and exercise. Today's walk begins at 8 a.m. on the Ohio side. The public is welcome.
Turner to tour defense sites
U.S. Rep. Michael R. Turner, R-Ohio, will embark today on a three-day tour of Ohio's military and defense industry facilities. During the three days, the Centerville Republican will stop in Cincinnati, Toledo, Cleveland and other cities. He is a member of the House Armed Services Committee.
Former mayor Uhler dies at 73
Sterling R. Uhler, a former Fairfield mayor and council member, died Sunday of a brain tumor at his Fairfield home. He was 73. Obituary, C4
Bikers help register voters
A Batavia native and two cohorts finished their cross-country bicycle trip and voter registration effort Sunday when they arrived at a relative's home in New Paltz, N.Y., capping their 3,850-mile trip. The students from Evergreen State College - Gabe Westheimer, 24, of Batavia; Kate Monroe, 22 of Wisconsin; and Dawn Nilaya Curran, 21, of Maine - registered more than 300 voters. Read their blog at www.baadride.net.
CORRECTION: Memorials for Grant Janszen
Memorials in the name of Grant J. Janszen, 15, of Alexandria can be made to Grant a Wish Foundation, c/o U.S. Bank of Northern Kentucky, 5400 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, Ky. 41076.
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