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The Brood X cicadas are just about finishing their visit - 17 years in the making - in which they emerge from the ground to mate and fly around us. Their short above-ground lifespans have just about ended, and now their children look forward to 2038.

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This year, Cincinnati observed the 20th anniversary of the police killing of Timothy Thomas, which eventually led to a series of reforms collectively called the Collaborative Agreement. Despite acclaim for those reforms, debate continues about elements of the Collaborative, including a police accountability board called the Citizen Complaint Authority.

Some childcare advocates are calling on lawmakers to change a budget proposal that would impact Ohio early learning centers. The Senate budget proposal would make changes to Ohio's Step Up To Quality program, which rates participating childcare facilities with one to five stars. Senate President Matt Huffman says the requirements to get those stars are too burdensome and many providers choose not to participate.

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Now that more of us are gathering together indoors as pandemic restrictions ease, there are still precautions you can take to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Ahmad Sedaghat, MD, PhD, director of the UC Division of Rhinology, Allergy and Anterior Skull Base Surgery says a HEPA purifier able to significantly reduce airborne COVID-19 particles in the air.

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Iran is often discussed in American media for its adversarial role on the global stage, but less frequently are we exposed to stories from individual Iranians and their daily lives, hopes and dreams.

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UFO investigators are moving their headquarters to Cincinnati. The Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), which describes itself as the world's oldest and largest civilian UFO investigation and research organization, has nearly 600 investigators across the nation and the globe. The move from Irvine, California, to Cincinnati comes at an exciting time for those looking to the skies.

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Though Kings Island's history spans nearly 50 years, the Mason, Ohio, amusement park has never been the subject of a comprehensive telling of its story.

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In addition to a disproportionate and deadlier impact on seniors, the COVID-19 pandemic has also had another devastating impact - more deaths from Alzheimer's and dementia. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were at least 42,000 more deaths from Alzheimer’s and other dementias in 2020 compared with the average of the five years prior.

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As America continues to wrestle with its racial divides, universities are pressed more than ever to increase diversity and cultural competency among students, faculty and staff. 


The COVID-19 pandemic forced the entertainment industry to a virtual halt, much like it did other sectors.

But two graduates of the University of Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music (CCM) found a way to be productive over the past year.


Last year three Cincinnati City Council members were indicted on federal bribery charges, leading many to believe there is a culture of corruption at City Hall. But what leads a person to cheat? With so many members of council allegedly gaming the system, is corruption contagious?


She has given 25 years of leadership to the Cincinnati Ballet. Now Artistic Director Victoria Morgan announces she is retiring at the end of the 2021-22 season. Morgan makes her announcement just as the ballet begins moving into a new building. The company has a soft opening in the new $31 million Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance in Walnut Hills June 14.


Students at Carson School in West Price Hill saw a need in their community and stepped in to help. Teacher Stacey Jones says her students worked with Turner Construction to build a "little pantry" in front of the school to feed the community.

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Recently, a curriculum that explores America's racist history has drawn fire from conservatives across the country and prompted legislation to keep it from being taught in public schools. 


Scholars are beginning to examine intellectual property in the lens of critical race theory and considering how to make classrooms more inclusive spaces. Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University College of Law Dean Deidré Keller discusses intellectual property and the future of diversity and inclusion in an upcoming talk at the University of Dayton. Keller argues that intellectual property law historically has protected the power of whiteness and in reimaging critical race intellectual property, she seeks to create models for the politics of reparation.

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Even through the pandemic, the real estate market stayed hot. New listings are flying off the streets almost as soon as they appear, and often sell above asking price with more than the occasional bidding war. Coldwell Banker Realtor Sue Besl Price says in Cincinnati, the average sale price is up 21% from 2019.

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There are few things sports fans love more than a good old-fashioned, bitter rivalry. That's especially true in Greater Cincinnati. If we can't taste championships, we can at least savor the occasional victory over our hated regional foes.

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Last week, Cincinnati Public Schools reached a $3 million settlement with the family of Gabriel Taye, the Carson Elementary School student who died by suicide in 2017 after he was bullied at school.  

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While the Vietnam War ended 50 years ago, the legacies of that conflict have left a lasting scar. That's the findings of a new report from the University of Dayton Human Rights Center, which contends that Vietnam War-era policies underlie much of the militarization of today's society as well as political and social polarization and violence.


A local initiative to end the cycle of arrests among low-level criminal offenders has expanded. Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) got its start in Hamilton County in July 2020 with a grant from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Administration. The program trains officers to connect low-level offenders with a treatment case manager instead of taking them to jail.


The discovery of what is now known as the "Griffin Warrior" has landed high praise for two researchers from the University of Cincinnati.

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With pandemic restrictions easing, local business owners are looking to the future and what they hope is a better year ahead. But many concerns still linger. Some industries have been hit hard by a worker shortage. Many restaurants are finding labor in short supply and even Kings Island has cut park hours due to staffing issues.


COVID-related restrictions are easing and people are venturing out again. But even as our masks come off, many in Greater Cincinnati are still struggling with the economic fallout of the global pandemic that has dominated the last year.

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In many Cincinnati neighborhoods, nonprofit organizations called community development corporations work to represent residents as they engage with local government and developers to bring housing, commercial spaces and other economic development. But how well do these groups represent their communities and how much say do they have in the changes happening in their neighborhoods?

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I meet Last Mile Food Rescue volunteer Rachel Moore at the back dock of Clifton Market. We're here for a pickup. It's one of dozens volunteers are doing throughout the day.

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A non-profit founded during the pandemic has reached a new milestone. Last Mile Food Rescue has rescued half a million pounds of food in Greater Cincinnati after six months in operation.

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The Humane Society of the United States has released its annual Horrible Hundred report of problem puppy mills and Ohio is the third largest seller on the list with 16 problem puppy sellers.