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ShotSpotter expanding to six more neighborhoods in 2020 – WCPO

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CINCINNATI — ShotSpotter recorded 168 reports of shots fired in the Price Hill and Avondale areas during overnight New Year’s celebrations this week.

Now, the police department says it’s planning to triple the size of the program this year by bringing the technology to six more neighborhoods across town.

ShotSpotter, which uses a network of microphones to pinpoint shootings, will expand into the West End, Over-the-Rhine, Westwood, Millvale, South Fairmount and Evanston by year’s end. And some in other Cincinnati neighborhoods, like Jamison Walker, say the technology can’t come their…

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Ohio Republicans attack impeachment inquiry – cleveland.com

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Judiciary Committee’s on Monday continued its effort to set forth grounds to impeach President Donald Trump with a day-long hearing that Democrats said proved that Trump “put himself before his country” in asking Ukraine’s president to investigate a political rival, and that Republicans described as a “sham.”

The chairman of the Judiciary Committee, New York’s Jerrold Nadler, asked lawyers for the committees that investigated Trump to testify about their findings. Asking Ukraine’s president to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden while…

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Editorial: Last week brought French fry fears and one freaky puppy – The Columbus Dispatch

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This editorial represents the opinion of the Dispatch editorial board, which includes the publisher, editor, editorial page editor and editorial writers. Editorials, like opinion columns, represent a particular viewpoint and are not to be confused with news stories.

↑Two new opportunities for African American visual artists to refine their work will be a tremendous tribute to the legacy of Columbus legend Aminah Robinson, whose multimedia works celebrated African culture and Columbus’ black community. Thanks are due the Columbus Museum of Art and the Greater Columbus Arts…

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‘Quid pro quo’ testimony doesn’t change any minds among Ohioans in Congress – The Cincinnati Enquirer

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Near the end of Wednesday’s first impeachment hearing, Ambassador Gordon Sondland clashed with New York Rep. Sean Maloney about who would benefit from a Ukraine investigation of the Bidens. Sondland’s reticent answer: President Donald Trump. (Nov. 20)
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Even after Ambassador Gordon Sondland testified that President Donald Trump engaged in a “quid pro quo” arrangement with Ukraine, several Republicans in Ohio and elsewhere seized on a statement he…

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While Congress Fiddles, LGBT Workers Turn To The U.S. Supreme Court For Protection – Forbes

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday will confront a difficult issue of statutory construction involving the language of the nation’s premier civil rights law.

The Court will decide whether discrimination because of an individual’s sexual orientation and gender identity constitutes discrimination “because of … sex” under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Under the American separation of powers doctrine, the U.S. Congress is the institution that is charged with making new laws. However, Congress, hopelessly mired in partisan politics, has made no effort to amend…

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Congress Wakes Up, Finally Decides to Tackle Kleptocracy – Just Security

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For much of the past few years, there has been a growing awareness of the threats that modern kleptocracy poses to the United States. This is especially true in the aftermath of Russia’s election interference and influence campaigns in 2016, when it became clear that the West needed a better understanding of the rise of kleptocratic authoritarian regimes, and their interactions with – and reliance upon – democratic governments for the types of tools these regimes require to survive.

Thanks to an expanding array of work from researchers, academics and journalists,…

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