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Legendary Cincinnati news anchor Al Schottelkotte – called "the first name in news" by WCPO-TV – would be the last man you'd think of seeing in a TV western.

But on Oct. 10, 1964, the no nonsense news anchor appeared as a bailiff in Gunsmoke, the popular CBS western starring James Arness, Dennis Weaver, Amanda Blake and a young Burt Reynolds. Schottelkotte's  "Old Man" episode airs 7 p.m. Saturday on ISPN, formerly the Inspiration Network (Spectrum Channels 53 and 1387; Fioptics 506; DirecTV 364; Dish 259; AT&T U-verse 564; Verizon Fios 286).

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"I think I've eaten enough," says Polly Campbell announcing her retirement as Cincinnati Enquirer restaurant critic and food writer on June 19.

Campbell has been one of the most influential – if not the most influential – person on the Greater Cincinnati  food scene since her hiring in 1996. More than anyone, she chronicled the Vine Street restaurant explosion which fueled the revival of Over-the-Rhine.

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UPDATED 11 A.M. FRIDAY JUNE 12:  The Wheeler family will do an online Zoom memorial service for Lonnie at 2 p.m. Sunday June 14.

"We wish we could gather every single one of Lonnie's friends and family together in one big room, hear every one of your stories in person, and hang around as you inevitably tell inappropriate jokes as the crowd thins.

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Local TV news ratings have dramatically increased while we're stuck at home – but TV stations haven't been able to cash in much, since many of the businesses which advertised were closed the past two months. 

And the worst may be yet to come.

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Furloughs, job eliminations and suspended print publications – the stay-at-home orders during the COVID-19 pandemic have impacted Greater Cincinnati media companies in various ways.

Here's what's happening to local radio and print outlets. I'll do the same for TV stations next week.

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Illustrator Kevin Necessary, who did editorial cartoons for WCPO-TV's website for three-and-a-half years, is returning to the Enquirer to do a Sunday editorial cartoon starting this weekend.

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Big changes are coming to the area's longtime newspapers.

The Cincinnati Enquirer returns to its large "broadsheet" format on Tuesday, Jan. 7, after five years as a smaller tabloid.

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In the wake of a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, this past Sunday, Governor Mike DeWine took a dramatic shift Tuesday, unveiling several new proposals to curb gun violence. The move comes after a crowd of mourners chanted "Do something" at the governor during a vigil Sunday night.

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Cincinnati's 23 recreation centers are a place to socialize, play and swim, but for the thousands of kids who visit them daily, they are so much more. Enquirer reporter Sharon Coolidge recently spent a week at the Price Hill Recreation Center on Hawthorn Avenue to see how the center is an oasis for the community.

In a merger of two of the country's biggest newspaper companies, GateHouse Media, which owns the Columbus Dispatch, is buying Gannett Co., owner of USA Today and the Cincinnati Enquirer, for about $1.4 billion. The combined company would have more than 260 daily papers in the U.S., along with more than 300 weeklies, or "more than one-sixth of all remaining daily newspapers," according to Nieman Lab. In Ohio, the merger puts most of the state's local papers under one roof.

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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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"Who Can I Trust To Give Me The Real News?"

That's the topic for real journalists when they discuss the phenomenon of fake news at the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting in West Chester Township  7-8:30  p.m. tonight, Thursday April 26.

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As more police departments implement body cameras there are new questions about whether the footage is public record and how best to ensure transparency and accountability while protecting crime victims.

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In 2015 a Hillsboro man on his way home from work was stopped and arrested for selling drugs. But the arrest was a mistake, due to a warrant based on bad information. The next day charges were dropped and the man was released. And ever since he has been trying to clear his name.

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Like many local governments, Cincinnati offers incentives to businesses to locate or expand operations in the city, bringing jobs and an economic boost to the area. But a recent Cincinnati Enquirer report of the 180 incentives granted by the city from 2014 through 2016 shows 97 percent of that money went to neighborhoods on the east side of Cincinnati. And that only half of the city's neighborhoods received any incentive money at all for businesses. 

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D.J. Hodge has been promoted to iHeartMedia's Cincinnati market president over WLW-AM, WEBN-FM and four other stations, filling the void from the lay-off of Chuck Fredrick in May.

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New details are uncovered in the tea party suit against the IRS. Hamilton County Public Library trustees say the fate of the main branch is still undecided. And a look at why students are suspended and the latest Ohio public school report cards.

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And then there were none.

Classical music reporter Janelle Gelfand was one of at least four Enquirer newsroom employees to lose their jobs Tuesday, the last of the Enquirer's arts writers.

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The country responds to Hurricane Irma as work crews and volunteers help with recovery efforts. Hate crimes in the region fueled by the far right. A Cincinnati police officer sues the city manager. 

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