Friday, May 24 2013 6:19 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:19:48 GMT
Last week, Acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller said "two rouge IRS employees" were responsible for targeting conservative groups in 2012, something the IRS admitted to. However, the Exempt OrganizationFull Story >
The IRS worker says an Exempt Organization Specialist's job is to ask questions to those applying for 501(c)4 status, but there was never any intent to target conservative groups. The worker says this is not the conspiracy some are making it up to be.Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 5:59 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:59:22 GMT
Can a computer generated therapist help diagnose depression or other emotional problems? There is a computer application designed to do just that, and it holds a lot of promise for mental health providers. TheFull Story >
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FOX19 has partnered with Hoxworth Blood Center and Gold Star Chili for the fourth year in a row to present the, "Be a Chili Eatin', Blood Givin', Lifesavin' Rockstar" Summer Blood Drive Tour at a neighborhoodFull Story >
FOX19 has partnered with Hoxworth Blood Center and Gold Star Chili for the fourth year in a row to present the, "Be a Chili Eatin', Blood Givin', Lifesavin' Rockstar" Summer Blood Drive Tour at a neighborhood near you.Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 5:25 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:25:13 GMT
Cincinnati police are looking for a pickup that hit a police cruiser in Avondale early Friday morning. Full Story >
Cincinnati police are looking for a pickup that hit a police cruiser in Avondale early Friday morning.Full Story >
(RNN) - Tragic incidents at sweatshops around the world in recent months have caused some people to think more about how their clothing was made.
Fair trade and ethically-made products have enjoyed increased sales recently, although buying those products remains difficult for the majority of Americans. In 2011, fair trade-certified sales increased by 63 percent in 2011, according to Fair Trade USA.
Worldwide, consumers spent $6.6 billion worldwide on fair-trade-labeled food - a 12 percent increase over the previous year, according to FairTrade International.
These numbers are small in comparison to the non-fair trade market, but they are growing. More awareness about poor working conditions and low wages in foreign countries is likely one of the main reasons people have been buying these products in greater numbers.
A recent study by MIT and Harvard indicates people respond positively to products with labels that explain workers are paid fair wages and have good working conditions. In the study, some higher-end products with fair trade labels in Banana Republic factory outlet stores - where customers are usually visiting to find a bargain - sold 14 percent more than the same products without the label.
"Fast fashion" said to give people low prices - but low quality, too
"These companies go around the world looking for places to produce clothes, wherever it's cheap," Cline said. "That's why they're in Bangladesh, because Bangladesh has the lowest garment worker wages in the world. And they have a very eager population because it's a very poor, very underdeveloped economy. So [the companies] are just going in there, exploiting cheap labor, and hooking us on a cycle of disposable consumption in order to make money."
Not only does this model encourage dangerous working conditions, the quality of the products declines because they are not meant to last, Cline said.
The process has been referred to disparagingly as "fast fashion."
"The whole fashion industry works on the same system, which is just everybody churning out cheap, trendy clothes and selling them at a low price," Cline said. "They sell really cheaply made products and try to sell a lot of it."
Even for people who would like to buy higher quality products made under good worker conditions, finding a place that doesn't use the "fast fashion" model is not easy. This is a result of the consolidation of many department stores during the 1990s, which forced many smaller, independent businesses to close down.
"It left this homogenous landscape, just like with food; it became difficult to shop anywhere outside of chain stores," Cline said.
Internet retailers hope to change 'disposable mentality'
But for shoppers who go online, it gets easier. At Fair Indigo,
a website that sells fair trade clothing from India and Peru, as well as union-made clothes from the U.S., 2012 holiday season sales rose 32 percent from the previous year.
"People have written in to say how glad they are that they're able to buy from a place that is not exploiting the workers," said Robert Behnke, co-founder of Fair Indigo.
Sales are up, but websites like Fair Indigo that sell ethically-made products still have a hard time getting the attention of casual buyers.
"About half of our customers visit the site specifically for fair trade products," Behnke said. "But the other half just like the products and the extra story is a bonus."
Behnke also said another result of "fast fashion" is the constant turnover of low-quality fashion items that "go out of style" after a few months.
"In the apparel industry, there's a disposable mentality that's overwhelming right now," Behnke said. "Clothes are getting cheaper and cheaper and promoted 50 to 70 percent off constantly and we are really focusing on trying to build quality items that last longer than one season."
Can the clothing industry follow the lead of the food industry?
Cline and Behnke are both optimistic that the clothing industry will develop more fair trade options by mimicking the food industry.
"There's Whole Foods, which is somewhat of a chain store version of the locavore movement, and then farmers markets and locally-owned restaurants that produce local food," Cline said. "I think we'll see all of those things in the fashion industry."
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Friday, May 24 2013 11:37 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:37:58 GMT
Police in Salisbury are investigating after they say a man confessed to fatally stabbing his girlfriend and using her blood to draw a heart on a building. According to police, the unidentified man toldFull Story >
Police in Salisbury are investigating after they say a man confessed to fatally stabbing his girlfriend and using her blood to draw a heart on a building.Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 10:43 AM EDT2013-05-24 14:43:18 GMT
A 19-year-old Clifton resident was arrested on Wednesday for aggravated burglary and numerous counts of drug possession. According to the Cincinnati Police Department, Kyle "Lucky" McNamara was armedFull Story >
A 19-year-old Clifton resident was arrested on Wednesday for aggravated burglary and numerous counts of drug possession.Full Story >
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:17 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:17:47 GMT
Heads are starting to roll at the IRS. A day after pleading the 5th and refusing to testify before Congress, Lois Lerner, the IRS Director of Tax Exempt Organizations was placed on administrative leaveFull Story >
A day after pleading the 5th and refusing to testify before Congress, Lois Lerner, the IRS Director of Tax Exempt Organizations was placed on administrative leave Thursday. We have learned more about Lois Lerner's connections to Cindy Thomas, the highest ranking Cincinnati employee in this IRS division.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:31 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:31:55 GMT
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. The six Cincinnati workers we have identified, who sent scrutinizing letters to conservative groups with wordsFull Story >
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 1:23 PM EDT2013-05-22 17:23:38 GMT
A Charlotte mother is teaching her young son a lesson, by having him arrested, after he stole her Pop-Tarts, according to a police report. According to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police report, officersFull Story >
A Charlotte mother is teaching her young son a lesson, by having him arrested, after he stole her Pop-Tarts, according to a police report.Full Story >
Dan Sligh and his wife were in their pickup truck on Interstate 5 heading to a camping trip when a bridge before them disappeared in a "big puff of dust."Full Story >
The trucker was hauling a load of drilling equipment when his load bumped against the steel framework over an Interstate 5 bridge. He looked in his rearview mirror and watched in horror as the span collapsed into the water...Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 9:13 AM EDT2013-05-24 13:13:57 GMT
A man was found shot to death in Over-the-Rhine overnight. It was just before 3A-M when Cincinnati dispatch received a call about a man bleeding from the head near the intersection of Goose Alley andFull Story >
Cincinnati police have released the name of a man who was shot and killed early Friday morning in OTR. Full Story >
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