Politics is a funny business.

Two people can be pals and political allies, and then, after the next sunrise, became political rivals, eyeing each other warily and ready to slug it out before the voters if necessary.

It happened this past week.

The allies-turned-combatants: Two Cincinnati city council members, Republican Charlie Winburn and independent Christopher Smitherman, both of whom pulled petitions Tuesday to run in the March 15 GOP primary for Hamilton County Commissioner.

The deadline to submit applications for Cincinnati Public Schools' new online magnet school lottery is Sunday.

In August, the district announced it was suspending the camp-out system for a year in favor of a lottery.

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3CDC's annual tree lighting ceremony at Fountain Square is Friday evening.  But the organization has a number of other activities throughout the day.

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For right now, the cost of building the first phase of the Cincinnati streetcar project will not be getting any cheaper.

A three-judge panel of the Ohio First District Court of Appeals Wednesday upheld a lower court ruling that Cincinnati is responsible for the costs of relocating Duke Energy gas pipes and electric lines along the streetcar route.

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The Cincinnati Bengals are heading to jolly old England next year. The team will 'host' Washington at Wembley Stadium on Oct. 30, 2016.

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In time for the holidays, and before the new Star Wars movie is released, the main branch of the Cincinnati Hamilton County Public Library has an exhibit on toys with a Cincinnati history. 

If you're hitting the roads to visit family and friends for Thanksgiving, you won't be alone. Auto club AAA says nearly 46.9 million Americans plan to travel by car or plane during the long holiday weekend. And, the auto club says, nearly 2 million Ohioans will be among them.

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The latest battle between Cincinnati and Hamilton County concerning the Metropolitan Sewer District is over billing.  

MSD owes the Greater Cincinnati Water Works more than $2 million for billing services and it has not made a payment since June.  

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If you’ve ever driven past a house decked out with thousands of holiday lights and wondered how much the electric bill is, Duke Energy may have an answer.  

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Hamilton County Commissioners have approved a slight increase in the property tax rebate (PTR) for next year, but they still aren't funding it in full.