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Anderson High School's new mascot is the 'Raptors,' following the retirement of a controversial race-based mascot last July.

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Anderson High School is looking for a new logo and mascot after the Forest Hills School Board voted out a controversial race-based name for Native Americans in July. Students, staff, alumni and community members have a chance to vote on several new mascots, including the Anderson Phoenix, Lions and Dragons.

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In a 4-1 vote, the board of the Forest Hills School District voted Thursday to do away with Anderson Township High School's "Redskins" logo and mascot. The meeting came in response to recent calls on social media and a petition for the name to go, though the debate goes back decades.

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The Forest Hills School District held a meeting Tuesday to discuss the future of Anderson High School's controversial logo. The meeting came in response to calls on social media for the race-based name to go, with a petition calling the word offensive, which gained 5,000 signatures by Tuesday afternoon.

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Anderson High School will keep its mascot until Thursday at least. That's when the Forest Hills School Board meets again and could vote on the issue. The Redskins mascot is seen by some as racist. Others argue it honors the history of Native Americans.

Anderson High School alum Sam Straley is living the young actor's dream, co-starring in the ABC series The Kids Are Alright

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Update Monday Dec. 2: Here's a link to my Sam Straley interview from Around Cincinnati Sunday night. 

Original post Thursday, Nov. 29: Thanks to his Guardian Angels School education, actor Sam Straley is sort of an assistant director for church scenes on ABC's The Kids Are Alright.

"We do a lot of church stuff," says Straley, the Anderson Township native who plays oldest son Lawrence Cleary in the new fall sitcom about a blue collar Irish Catholic family with eight boys in the 1970s.

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Sam Straley was walking around the Los Angeles studio for his ABC sitcom, The Kids Are Alright, when he saw a poster for Milk Money, the 1994 Melanie Griffith film shot in Cincinnati.

He smiled and looked heavenward.

"That's my grandpa saying 'Hey!' " Straley says.

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Update Tuesday March 20: Have a listen to my interview with Amy Burgess from Sunday's "Around Cincinnati" below.   

Original post Thursday, March 15: Rosie Red doesn't talk. So let's just say Amy Burgess, a local choreographer and actor, knows everything about Rosie from the inside out.

With Opening Day fast approaching, I asked Amy to come to WVXU-FM and talk about creating and performing as the Reds' popular female mascot for Around Cincinnati this Sunday, March 18, at 7 p.m.   (After the show airs, I'll put a link to the audio here.)

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A couple of things to know about WKRC-TV's Rich Jaffe -- and what made him one of the city's best TV reporters -- before he retires Wednesday:

HE STARTED AS A PHOTOGRAPHER: Jaffe first worked in television at WLWT-TV as a photographer, so he knows how to tell a story in words and pictures. Jaffe also shot news at WKRC-TV in the mid 1970s, often paired with Howard Ain. He left Channel 12 just before the 1977 Beverly Hills Supper Club story.