Wednesday, March 6 2013 1:32 AM EST2013-03-06 06:32:16 GMT
The reaction to longtime Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez's death in the mainstream media has been measured. Full Story >
The reaction to longtime Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez's death in the mainstream media has been measured. But on social media, the reaction to the death of a controversial political figure has been much more emotional, reflecting the polarization caused by the Venezuelan leader.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 3:20 PM EDT2013-05-20 19:20:12 GMT
Take a dip in the pool on Saturday – specifically CRC's McKie and Pleasant Ridge Pools. These two new pools are ready for their grand openings just in time for the summer season. Both pools will haveFull Story >
Take a dip in the pool on Saturday – specifically CRC's McKie and Pleasant Ridge Pools. These two new pools are ready for their grand openings just in time for the summer season.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 3:10 PM EDT2013-05-20 19:10:48 GMT
Several people are arrested after a raid at a Sycamore Township motel. Deputies raided the Drake Motel, located on Reading Road, on Monday morning. Several people were arrested at the scene but no namesFull Story >
Several people have been arrested after a raid at a Sycamore Township motel. Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 2:33 PM EDT2013-05-20 18:33:19 GMT
A man is accused of stalking the Flying Pig Marathon's Executive Director, and then bringing a concealed handgun to the race. Prosecutors say 49-year-old David Moore called Executive Director Iris Simpson-BushFull Story >
A Hamilton County man is indicted on charges of stalking the Flying Pig Marathon's Executive Director, and then bringing a concealed handgun to the race.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 2:28 PM EDT2013-05-20 18:28:13 GMT
A Warren County government office is evacuated after a suspicious powder is found. The Health and Human Services Center building on East Street in Lebanon was evacuated just after 11:00 on Monday. PoliceFull Story >
Police say that HAZMAT crews and the FBI were called to investigate the powder. The FBI has since left. Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 2:26 PM EDT2013-05-20 18:26:28 GMT
A retired Kentucky plumber is now a millionaire. On Monday, the winners of a $1 million Powerball prize from the May 15th drawing and the two winners of $1 million prizes from the May 18th drawing claimedFull Story >
On Monday, the winners of a $1 million Powerball prize from the May 15th drawing and the two winners of $1 million prizes from the May 18th drawing claimed their jackpots.Full Story >
(RNN) - The Venezuelan government has reported its president, Hugo Chavez, has died and will be laid to rest Friday.
Officials announced he died at 4:22 ET Tuesday. Chavez was recently hospitalized with a severe respiratory infection, according to his representative.
"Commander, wherever you are, thank you, a thousand thank you's, on behalf of this country you loved, you protected, and that you never let down, " said Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro.
The government has called for seven days of mourning for Chavez, and all schools are closed for the week.
The funeral is reportedly going to be a lavish affair attended by heads of state from allied countries.
No date or place were yet announced for Chavez's burial.
According to the Associated Press, elections will be called in the next 30 days, though it was not clear exactly when they will be held.
Maduro will run Venezuela as interim president until the elections, Foreign Minister Elias Jaua confirmed Tuesday.
The Associated Press reports that the Venezuelan constitution mandates that the speaker of the National Assembly should take control if a president cannot be sworn in.
However, those left in charge of the country during Chavez's illness haven't been following the letter of the law, a precedent that has human rights and free speech advocates concerned.
President Barack Obama issued a neutral statement soon after the death that hinted at a criticism of Chavez's controversial rule.
"At this challenging time of President Hugo Chavez's passing, the United States reaffirms its support for the Venezuelan people and its interest in developing a constructive relationship with the Venezuelan government," Obama said. "As Venezuela begins a new chapter in its history, the United States remains committed to policies that promote democratic principles, the rule of law, and respect for human rights."
On Twitter, several hashtags began trending moments after the death was announced. "#QEPD Chavez," Spanish for "RIP Spanish," had mostly neutral reactions, including one twitter who said: "I'm not a Chavez supporter at all, but he's a human who fought for his life."
In a press conference from the hospital where Chavez passed away, Maduro accused foreign countries of poisoning the president. He also said David Delmonaco, a U.S. Embassy official, would be expelled from the country.
Chavez had been president of Venezuela for the past 14 years and won re-election in October 2012 when he defeated Henrique Capriles, governor of Miranda.
Capriles was widely expected to run for president again upon Chavez's death.
Chavez had been battling cancer since at least 2011, when he announced his condition to the Venezuelan public. He most recently sought treatment in Cuba, but returned to Venezuela on Feb. 18.
Several media reports indicated he was bed-ridden and breathing from a tracheal tube. He had not been publicly seen since December, but the Venezuelan government released a photo of him with his daughters in a Cuban hospital in February.
Chavez missed his inauguration in January because of his poor health.
Chavez was born on July 28, 1954. The son of teachers and raised by his grandmother in a mud hut in rural Venezuela, Chavez's boyhood dream was to be a baseball player in the major leagues, according to Rory Carrol, author of Comandante, a biography of the Venezuelan leader.
His love of baseball was the initial reason for joining the military. But soon after joining, he became inspired by revolutionary ideals and felt that his country needed a socialist change in its leadership.
Rising through the ranks of the military, Chavez served as an army officer before participating in an attempted coup in 1992, for which he served two years in prison.
But after his release, he took advantage of his popularity and became president of the South American country in 1999.
Soon after taking office, Chavez created a new constitution that, among other things, gave him a longer 6-year term.
During his 14-year presidency, Chavez made great strides in reducing poverty in Venezuela with the help of socialist reform programs and oil wealth.
However, critics argue that more could have been done with the oil monies and point out that violent crime increased dramatically and the country did too little to reduce it.
Although popular, Chavez faced tough opposition from other parties in the country. But with a tough grip on the media and high support among Venezuela's poor, Chavez was able to maintain power until his death.
Chavez's final tweet was sent on Feb. 18. He said: "I still clung to Christ and trust in my doctors and nurses. Ever onward to victory! We will live and overcome!"
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Monday, May 20 2013 7:48 AM EDT2013-05-20 11:48:36 GMT
You can buy a little luck for just $7, thanks to a Craigslist post. A Covington resident is selling two four leaf clovers, according to a post on Craigslist Sunday afternoon The posting reads, "I haveFull Story >
A Covington resident is selling two four leaf clovers, according to a post on Craigslist Sunday afternoonFull Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 7:56 AM EDT2013-05-20 11:56:23 GMT
A Colerain Township man is arrested on charges he raped a 12-year-old girl. Toussaint Thrower, 37, is accused of committing the crime over a period of two years. He is expected to appear in court thisFull Story >
The police report also states the victim is pregnant and the act happened at least four times between 5-18-2011 and 1-1-2013.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 12:08 AM EDT2013-05-20 04:08:33 GMT
To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of an episode of 'The Brady Bunch' that was filmed at Kings Island, stars from the show are returning to the park.Barry Williams (Greg Brady), Christopher Knight (PeterFull Story >
To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of an episode of 'The Brady Bunch' that was filmed at Kings Island, stars from the show returned to the park on Sunday.Full Story >
Sunday, May 19 2013 5:33 PM EDT2013-05-19 21:33:10 GMT
Warren County authorities are investigating two bodies found in a home on Sunday. Officials were called to a residence in the 3900 block of Riley Avenue in South Lebanon around 10 a.m. Sunday morning. LittleFull Story >
Warren County authorities are investigating two bodies found in a home on Sunday. Officials were called to a residence in the 3900 block of Riley Avenue in South Lebanon around 10 a.m. Sunday morning.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 6:13 AM EDT2013-05-20 10:13:28 GMT
Police are investigating a shooting a in South Fairmount. Authorities were notified of a shooting in the 1700 block of Queen City Avenue around 9 p.m. on Sunday evening. Little information is known atFull Story >
Authorities were notified of a shooting in the 1700 block of Queen City Avenue around 9 p.m. on Sunday evening. The victim was transported to the hospital where he died.Full Story >
Monday, May 6 2013 1:29 PM EDT2013-05-06 17:29:07 GMT
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court. Police say 36-year-old Jason Fletcher and Laura Oditt engaged in sexual conduct in a public place. The location is not named in courtFull Story >
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court.Full Story >
Sunday, May 19 2013 11:54 PM EDT2013-05-20 03:54:19 GMT
Dozens of volunteers in Middletown are giving back to a deserving single mother in need of a break. "It's way beyond anything I could've ever imagined in a million years," said Elizabeth Edwards, whoFull Story >
Dozens of volunteers in Middletown are giving back to a deserving single mother in need of a break.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 11:30 AM EDT2013-05-20 15:30:16 GMT
Authorities are investigating a shooting in Liberty Township. The shooting happened Sunday afternoon at the Countryside Village Mobile Home park off of State Route 4 in Liberty, Ohio. FOX19 has a crewFull Story >
The shooting happened Sunday afternoon at the Countryside Village Mobile Home park off of State Route 4 in Liberty, Ohio.Full Story >
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