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Seven years ago, just before Reds' Opening Day, my old friend Michael E. Keating and I put together this ode to Great American Ball Park, a dead place during the long, harsh winter, but one that comes to back to life on Opening Day, a Cincinnati holiday.

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After tossing purple - and biodegradable - confetti in the air, the dirt began flying as donors and ballet leaders ceremonially broke ground on the Cincinnati Ballet's new dance center.

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Updated 12 p.m.

The oldest living animal ever born at the Cincinnati Zoo turned 50 Friday. "Samantha" is the sixth oldest of the more than 360 gorillas in North America.

The Political Junkie Returns To Cincinnati!

Jan 29, 2020

THE POLITICAL JUNKIE LIVE

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Howard Wilkinson knows a lot about politics. That's what happens when you cover government for more than 45 years. So if you've ever wished you could sit and chat politics with him over a cup of coffee, now every Wednesday, you can. Kind of.

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Bill Rinehart / WVXU

After a year off for reasons said to be "practical, not ideological," the Cincinnati Women's March is back. Billing themselves as "peaceful, passionate and progressive," the organizers of the third Cincinnati Women's March are preparing for the Jan. 18 event to  be held at Sawyer Point.


'Shoot Your Shot': Manifesting The Life You Want In 2020

Jan 2, 2020
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Ronny Salerno / WVXU

2019 was an epic year for Bond Hill native Ray Ball.

2019 year in review
Clockwise from top left: The Northerner; AP; Pixabay; AP; Pixabay; AP; Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden; Kings Island; University of Cincinnati

We dove into the data for a look at the stories that resonated with you most this year – and what we found was a potpourri of reporting that covers everything from controversies and cures to gorillas and dogs (yes, really).

Ready to relive your year? 

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FC Cincinnati's West End stadium is rising out of the ground with steel framework going up to support the east and west side stands.

UC Drops Enslaver McMicken's Name From College

Dec 17, 2019
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The University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees voted unanimously to rename the College of Arts and Sciences Tuesday.

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While amusement park enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting the opening of Kings Island's new giga coaster Orion in 2020, people who live nearby are anticipating a nightmare.

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It's a bitter cold Tuesday in December when Cincinnati Public Schools Social Worker Kathleen Jump begins wrapping up a social emotional learning (SEL) class at Woodford Paideia Academy.

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Courtesy of The Baseball Hall of Fame

Chances are, if you are a Cincinnatian, you have stood on the very ground where the 1869 Red Stockings – the first openly professional baseball club – played its home games.

And you probably didn't even know it.

Tana Weingartner

Hamilton County commissioners are officially designating February as Black History and African-American History Month in the county. Though the board has participated in programs in the past, it says this is the first time such a step has been taken by the county itself.

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The Queen of Cincinnati celebrates her second birthday this Jan. 24. We're talking about Fiona the hippo, of course.

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For someone who's been dead for 1,900 years, "Umi" certainly is getting out a lot lately. Fresh off a stay at Mount St. Joseph University as part of the Curate My Community initiative, the Cincinnati Museum Center's Egyptian mummy visited Northern Kentucky University Thursday for X-rays and a CT scan.

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The beloved holiday train display that's been delighting Greater Cincinnatians for generations is back after a two-year hiatus.

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The Cincinnati Museum Center's grand reopening is Nov. 17., when visitors will finally get to see the renovated museum spaces, new dinosaur exhibits, and the perennial favorite holiday trains. WVXU has been following the Union Terminal renovations since the beginning, and now we're looking back at the project over the last four years.

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Twenty-two historic murals have been painstakingly cleaned, restored and are ready to go back on public display when Union Terminal reopens this weekend.

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Two communities once linked by a thriving commercial trade are once again reunited now that ferry service between Rabbit Hash, Ky., and Rising Sun, Ind., has been restored. Rising Star Casino decided to build a new ferry in order to connect the two towns, and increase access to the Indiana gambling boat.

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The fountain in front of the Cincinnati Museum Center has been delighting visitors young and old since Union Terminal opened in 1933. The cascading green fount got a facelift and a system upgrade as part of the restoration, and construction crews are debuting the geyser Thursday.

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Tana Weingartner / WVXU

High atop the glass-fronted Cincinnati Museum Center sits a door few people ever get to see. It's marked "Door Number S-404."

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After more than a decade since planning began, repairs aimed at preserving Cincinnati's historic Union Terminal are nearly complete. Now other communities are looking to learn from what's being done here.

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After two years, Moose and Donni are still together. Moose is a chocolate lab and Donni, a cheetah. The Cincinnati Zoo paired the two up in 2016 so Donni could learn to run and play given that he didn't have any brothers or sisters who could teach him.

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A car runs into a wooden utility pole, the power company puts up a new pole, but the old one seems to stay there for weeks, annoying neighbors.

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Editor's note: As of August 24, the clock installation has been moved from Aug. 27 to Aug. 31 and September 4.

The widely recognizable clock gracing the Union Terminal facade will soon return to its lofty perch. The more than 80-year-old timepiece got a sprucing up as part of the Cincinnati Museum Center restoration.

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The northernmost stop on Kentucky's Bourbon Trail Craft Tour is finally selling its own locally produced whiskey.

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FC Cincinnati is signing its first two Major League Soccer players as it prepares to enter to the top American league in 2019.

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When you call 911 from a mobile phone, the operator knows your phone number and a rough idea of your location. If you sign up with Smart911, as Cincinnati and Hamilton County officials are encouraging you do, the dispatcher will have access to all kinds of personal and medical information that first responders might need to know in an emergency.

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

Imagine this: You're outside a bar on Main Street in Over-the-Rhine. A friend's boyfriend has stepped outside to smoke. He finishes the cigarette, and maybe there isn't an ashtray or a bucket nearby, and so he tosses it into the street.

Or, try this scenario: You're at home with one of those "flushable" wipes. You're done with it, so, you flush it.

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