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Riot led to early launch of community forum
With a new multimedia mouthpiece known as iRhine, a coalition of Over-the-Rhine interest groups vows to speak louder than the breaking glass, wailing sirens and gunshots that shattered their neighborhood a week ago.
IRhine originally was set to start in a few months with a Web site, www.iRhine.com, where people could exchange information about events, shops, restaurants, community meetings, history and news of the neighborhood. It would be followed by a monthly magazine, then maybe a documentary and a festival. The idea was to encourage people and businesses to come to Over-the-Rhine.
Last week, when the largely African-American community boiled over in response to the police shooting of 19-year-old Timothy Thomas, the idea intensified -- and changed. The Web site launch was moved up to April 20, and the effort started before fund raising was …