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Cincinnati Edition covers topics from regional government to business, education, health, technology and the arts.

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Support for Cincinnati Edition comes from The Johnson Foundation, Dick Rosenthal, and The Maxwell C. Weaver Foundation, U.S. Bank Trustee.

flying pig statue
Courtesy of Weston Art Gallery

Before we had the big marathon, before Artworks had a "big gig," before its likeness was everywhere, flying pigs were met with strong objection in Cincinnati. Now the iconic winged pig is a mascot to the Queen City, but how did it get its start? Artist Andrew Leicester is partially to thank, or blame, depending on who you ask.

joseph chillo
Courtesy Thomas More University

Thomas More University's new president, Joseph L. Chillo, LP.D., took over leadership of the school at the beginning of June. He is the University’s 15th president.

Two Ohio students were chosen as finalists for the coveted Braille Institute of America Braille Challenge Finals. The national competition was held in Los Angeles June 21-22.


Ripley's has been celebrating the strange and unusual for over a century. What started out as a cartoon about sports oddities called Champs and Chumps by LeRoy Robert Ripley in December, 1918, grew into an empire of museums (Ripley's calls them odditoreums), haunted adventures, waxworks, theaters, aquariums, books, radio and television shows.

Courtesy of Center for Great Neighborhoods

A Toronto-born cook who serves Filipino-inspired barbeque and dreams of starting a catering business. A Covington woman whose baked goods are inspired by her Appalachian heritage. A woman whose gastric bypass surgery propelled her into healthier eating. Now she wants to own a restaurant serving healthy options. A chemical engineer from Venezuela with a passion for cooking breakfast. These are some of the home cooks graduating from the FreshLo Chef Fellowship Program.

Our changing workforce and expanding markets demand higher levels of cultural competence – the ability to shift cultural perspective and adapt behavior and communication style to successfully accomplish business results.

Jim Nolan/WVXU

Many neighborhoods in the region are suffering severe damage due to recent heavy rains. Farmers can't get to their fields to plant, homes and businesses have been flooded, roads have been closed, and the rain continues.

Courtesy of Alex Zomchek

Most of us are likely to know bees are more than just a stinging nuisance. But did you realize one out of every three mouthfuls of food we consume is dependent on pollination by honeybees?

ryan widmer
Jeff Swinger, The Cincinnati Enquirer / AP

A decade ago, Sarah Widmer was found dead in the bathtub of the Hamilton Township home she shared with her husband, Ryan Widmer. The call Ryan made to 911 shortly after Sarah's death was played repeatedly in news coverage and interviews since, with particular attention to the chilling line, "I think she's dead."

diseased tomato plant

Gardeners in our region are accustomed to our often dry, hot summers and the need to pay extra attention to watering plants. But right now farmers and gardeners here and in many other parts of the country have the opposite problem – too much water.

Tree of Life Synagogue
Keith Srakocic / AP

Last year, the Anti-Defamation League released a report saying the number of anti-Semitic incidents was nearly 60% higher in 2017 than in 2016. That was the largest single-year increase on record and the second highest number reported since the organization started tracking incident data in the 1970s.


The Pregnant Workers Act becomes law in Kentucky on June 27. It was passed as Senate Bill 18 on the final day of the 2019 Kentucky General Assembly session and is expected to impact thousands of local businesses in Northern Kentucky.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland is holding its biennial policy summit in Cincinnati for the first time. The event, June 19-21 at the Hilton Netherland Plaza hotel, will cover a wide array of topics related to urban growth, income inequality, segregation in housing and education, overall public sentiment about the economy, and will also feature a town hall.

But what exactly does the Federal Reserve do?

heartbeat bill
Ann Sanner / AP

In April, Ohio passed a so-called "heartbeat" bill into law, banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, as early as six weeks into pregnancy. No exception is made for cases of rape or incest but the bill does allow for abortions in cases where a woman's life is at risk. Several other states including Kentucky have passed similar bans that are either soon to take effect or have been blocked in federal court.

Jim Nolan/WVXU

Cincinnati City Council votes to decriminalize the possession of less than 100 grams (just over 3.5 ounces) of marijuana.

In newly-released text messages from Dwight Tillery to city council members, the former Cincinnati mayor calls current Mayor John Cranley a "bully," and a "racist."  

Bloggers are exposing sexual abuse in Protestant churches.

Records show a local school district harbored a hostile environment for black students.

And FC Cincinnati's real estate projects could cost taxpayers more than $200 million in their first 20 years of operation.

human gene editing
Kin Cheung / AP

Last November a Chinese scientist reported the birth of twin girls whose genes he had edited. Using CRISPR technology, he claimed he altered their genes to include a variant that protected against transmission of HIV.

cincinnati pride parade
Ron Workman, Media Gamut / Flickr Creative Commons

In 1969, New York City Police raided the Stonewall Inn, a bar known for its gay clientele, just as officers had done many times before. But this time, the LGBT patrons had had enough and fought back, resulting in an iconic moment in American history and a turning point in the gay rights movement.

online privacy

Computer and internet hackers seem to come up with new ways to steal digital information every week. We've all been warned about clicking on unfamiliar web links, putting sensitive information in emails and avoiding public Wi-Fi networks.

vote for us joshua douglas

Voter turnout in Kentucky is typically low, and Northern Kentucky counties rank among the worst in participation on Election Day. But the Commonwealth isn’t alone in its turnout troubles.

Pete Rightmire / WVXU

More people seem to be trying to simplify their lives by reducing the clutter in their homes and making conscious decisions about what to keep and what to discard.