Monday, July 28 2014 7:15 AM EDT2014-07-28 11:15:37 GMT
Israel and Hamas have lowered the pace of the fighting in the three-week-old Gaza war as international efforts intensify to end the conflict that has already killed 1,030 Palestinians and 43 Israeli soldiers.Full Story >
Israeli jets struck three sites in Gaza on Monday after a rocket was launched at Israel, the military said, disrupting a relative lull in the war-torn territory at the start of a major Muslim holiday.Full Story >
Monday, July 28 2014 6:53 AM EDT2014-07-28 10:53:24 GMT
Since Israel's ground offensive began nearly three weeks ago a series of pro-Israel rallies have been held around the county. One such rally held today here in Cincinnati.Full Story >
Since Israel's ground offensive began nearly three weeks ago a series of pro-Israel rallies have been held around the county. One such rally held Sunday here in Cincinnati. The main message expressed during today's rally was "I stand with Israel.Full Story >
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
Competition in the World Choir Games started a day early Tuesday as a men's prison choir performed for judges at the Warren Correctional Institution in Lebanon.
The prison choir is called Umoja, which means 'unity' in Swahili.
World Choir Games officials established a special discretionary gospel and spiritual category for Umoja.
Convicted burglar Tyrone Smiley says being allowed to compete in the World Choir Games is amazing.
"I couldn't believe they gave us the opportunity to present ourselves and show the world what we love to do and we do it well I believe," said Smiley.
World Choir judge Johan Rooze from the Netherlands says he was impressed.
"It was marvelous. We didn't know what to expect, but it was much better than I expected," he said.
Umoja got a standing ovation from the small audience allowed inside the prison.
Tyrone Smiley say the choir gives him a sense of belonging to something positive.
"It gives us an outlet so that we have a purpose so that we stay out of trouble and out of the things that go on in here. It gives us a purpose of more than ourselves," he said.
Shawn Gray is a convicted robber who says brings out the best in him.
"It gives you hope, you know. It brings something within you that you never knew was there...and then as we come together...it just comes out so strongly amongst each other," said Gray.
Choir Judge Johan Rooze says the members of Umoja have real talent.
"I've heard choirs much less....even at the choir games," said Rooze.
Choir director Catherine Roma of Wilmington college says the experience is life changing.
"There's all sorts of transformation that can happen...in the spirit and also when you go for a goal it's another teamwork kind of idea and there's not necessarily a lot of teamwork in prison," said Roma.
Umoja was formed in 1993, but Roma says the future of this prison choir is in doubt because of cuts in state funding.
"The governor and the Ohio department of rehabilitation and corrections will discontinue post GED educational programs in nine prisons," said Roma.
Umoja has recorded three CD's, the proceeds of which are going to charity.
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Monday, July 28 2014 4:48 AM EDT2014-07-28 08:48:16 GMT
A man was airlifted to the hospital late Sunday night after a pedestrian-involved crash. Police are investigating the hit and run reported just before midnight in Butler County. Officials say a pedestrianFull Story >
A man was airlifted to the hospital late Sunday night after a pedestrian-involved crash.Full Story >
Monday, July 28 2014 5:01 AM EDT2014-07-28 09:01:08 GMT
BY: Megan O'Rourke Vicious dog owners are the target of a new proposal that will be introduced next week by a Cincinnati councilman. Councilman Chris Seelbach said his proposal is different because itFull Story >
Vicious dog owners are the target of a new proposal that will be introduced next week by a Cincinnati councilman.Full Story >
Monday, July 28 2014 6:23 AM EDT2014-07-28 10:23:14 GMT
Damage was reported in several areas of Highland County Sunday night after a strong storm went through the area. According to the National Weather Service, numerous trees and power lines were blown downFull Story >
Damage was reported in several areas of Highland County Sunday night after a strong storm went through the area.Full Story >
Saturday, July 26 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:09:07 GMT
A mysterious 'Woman in Black' has been spotted around the Tri-State in recent days, causing social media to erupt with questions about her identity. According to WATE in Tennessee, the Sullivan CountyFull Story >
A mysterious 'Woman in Black' has been spotted around the Tri-State in recent days, causing social media to erupt with questions about her identity.Full Story >
Monday, July 28 2014 3:21 AM EDT2014-07-28 07:21:57 GMT
A homicide victim has been identified after leading a police on a low-speed chase Saturday. According to court documents, Christopher R. McFerron was arrested after he fled from police on InterstatesFull Story >
A man has been arrested after leading a police on a low-speed chase Saturday.Full Story >