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Election Day is nearing. Here's one scenario that could play out: Just as Hillary Clinton did in 2016, Former Vice President Joe Biden wins the popular vote, but still fails to become the 46th president. That has happened two times in the past 20 years, due to the Electoral College.

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Local restaurants and bars are getting a boost under the pandemic. The Taste of Cincinnati All Winter program will give restaurants up to $10,000 to stay open. Mayor Cranley announced the funds last week at Nation Kitchen and Bar in Westwood.

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Our cities have been the centers of momentous change over the last seven months. From the global pandemic to mass demonstrations over racial injustice, cities have been transformed. Public space is taking on a significant role in our society as a place to demand justice, while public space also raises serious concerns about public health.

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Authorities with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office announced that Cpl. Adam McMillan, a deputy who was in critical condition after a crash with a Metro bus on Oct. 8, died of his injuries on Friday.

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The owner and CEO of one of Cincinnati's oldest family-held bakeries has died. Kenneth Fuller Klosterman of the Klosterman Baking Company Inc. joined the family business in the late 1950s. The bakery traces its origins back to Germany in the 1800s. By 1892, it was established in the Cincinnati area.

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Hamilton County hospital officials are worried about the rise in COVID-19 patients. The number of new cases is currently doubling every two weeks. Dr. Evaline Alessandrini with UC Health says right now, there are 250 people hospitalized in the region, the most ever.

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Over 1.2 million Ohioans have already voted in the Nov. 3 election, both by absentee ballots and in-person early voting at county boards of elections.

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On Cincinnati Edition's weekly news review, Friday at noon:

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Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) warned Ohioans to not let their guard down when it comes to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Christie recently recovered from COVID-19 after a stay in an intensive care unit.

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More than a week has passed since Cincinnati Public Schools returned to in-person learning through a blended model. Since then, six students have tested positive for COVID-19.

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Ohio's school COVID dashboard shows some alarming numbers when it comes to new cases in the classroom. Half or more than half of total cases in some of Greater Cincinnati's largest school districts are new.

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Of all the seasons to go walking in Burnet Woods, Rama Kasturi most enjoys the winter. It's when the trees are bare, exposing the beauty of the forest, frozen rain covers the branches after a winter storm, and it's quiet with few people in the park. Kasturi explores the woods with her cell phone camera, snapping close-ups along the trail for her book, Four Seasons in Burnet Woods, a photo essay of the park.

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The first presidential debate was a shouting match. The second debate was canceled when President Trump came down with the coronavirus and refused to participate in a virtual match-up. Now the final debate is set for Thursday in Nashville.

"Hospitalizations are as high as we've ever seen them," warns Dr. Peter Margolis of Cincinnati Children's Hospital when discussing what the city faces when battling the COVID-19 pandemic. It's a stark warning as our county braces for a new threat.

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Vice President Mike Pence spent just shy of an hour addressing supporters during a campaign event in a hangar at Lunken Airport Wednesday evening. The crowd, clad in red Make America Great Again caps and patriotic clothing, cheered and rose to their feet as he talked about the Trump administration's record on the economy, energy policies, supporting military and law enforcement, filling judiciary seats - including on the Supreme Court - and health care.

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Cincinnati City Council approved a motion Wednesday asking city administrators to work with Hamilton County to create a searchable database of people convicted of animal abuse.

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Cincinnati City Council voted Wednesday to confirm the first 15 appointments to the city's new Racial Equity in Policy Task Force.

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A coalition has developed a blueprint for improving the Ohio River and its tributaries. The Ohio River Basin Alliance (ORBA) has identified six goals, including clean water, healthy ecosystems, transportation and commerce, education, flood risk management and recreation. 

Hamilton County's health commissioner said Wednesday if current COVID-19 trends continue, it's "inevitable" the county will reach "purple" on the state's health advisory map.  That's the highest and most severe level.

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The Hamilton County Sheriff's office continues to investigate an officer involved shooting in Elmwood Place.  It happened  at 1:31 p.m. Tuesday afternoon when the officer made a traffic stop at Linden Street and Highland Avenue on a green Dodge pickup truck.  

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