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Chances are you probably don't spend a lot of time in the "dark web." It's the part of the Internet that's populated by drug dealers, child pornographers, and sex traffickers. They access it by the browser Tor and can remain anonymous.

Let's be honest here.

Unless you are a practicing attorney or a judge, had you ever spent more than 10 seconds thinking about the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts office until a 34-year-old Democrat named Aftab Pureval seemingly appeared out of nowhere and won that office last November?

Ed. note: Tales from the Trail is a column that will take you behind the scenes of politics to see some of the funny, and sometimes outright bizarre things that happen on the campaign trail, based on Howard Wilkinson's recollections of 43 years of covering politics. 

When you are traveling with a candidate – particularly a candidate for president – there are all sorts of obstacles you must overcome.

The Auditorium Conundrum

Jul 14, 2017

(A more comprehensive version of this story is also on this week's "The State of Ohio" show on Ohio Public Television. You can find that story by looking under the State of Ohio tab at the top of the homepage.)

School districts who are building new schools with state money are sometimes surprised by one of the rules. Those dollars cannot be used for something that is in many of the older buildings being replaced….auditoriums. That creates some tough decisions for school districts as they decide how to move forward with their building plans. Take a look at how some districts are doing it.

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A coalition of activist groups is calling for a third trial for Ray Tensing. The former UC police officer is accused of killing Sam DuBose during a 2015 traffic stop. His first two trials ended with hung juries.

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The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) will consolidate three Cincinnati facilities in Uptown. The General Services Administration announced in a release the proposed purchase of a site at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Reading Road.

Clermont County plans to sue pharmaceutical companies over the opioid crisis. Commissioners, the county prosecutor, and court of common pleas have hired a West Virginia law firm to go after distributors.


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A petroleum company that GE bought in June is investing $4 million to build an innovation and business hub in Sharonville.

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Cincinnati Council settled a dispute today over how an extra $350,000 in human services money would be spent.

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The U.S. Justice Department says there is insufficient evidence to prove a white Beavercreek Police Officer  violated federal civil rights laws when he shot and killed a black Walmart customer three years ago.

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Donald Trump Jr. tweeted images of emails regarding his 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer on Tuesday. NPR journalists have annotated the text with context and analysis.

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Q&A on GOP Health Care Bill

This week, Republicans in Congress will try to rally votes behind a bill that proposes major changes to the way Americans get health care. Use this Q&A to explore how the bill would affect you.

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No Third Tensing Trial, Traffic Headaches And A Reds Update


This week Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters announced he would not seek a third trial for Ray Tensing in the shooting death of Sam DuBose, but Tensing could face federal civil rights violation charges. Maintenance work on the Brent Spence Bridge continues to cause traffic delays and headaches for commuters, and even some diehard Reds fans are losing patience with the team.

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The Give For Great Radio Auction: August 10 - 14

Thank you to everyone who dropped off an item for our upcoming online auction with Everything But The House! We received all sorts of treasures that will now be photographed and cataloged.

Howard Wilkinson: Tales from the Trail

For over 40 years, Howard Wilkinson has been covering politics - but some of of his best stories never made the radio, newspaper or web. Until now.

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A Night of Live, Local Music

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StoryCorps In Cincinnati

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Howard Wilkinson brings you the latest in local and national politics.