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Newport Aquarium
6:00 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Happy Birthday Bravo!

It's unclear if Bravo enjoys being in the limelight
Newport Aquarium

The star of Newport Aquarium's new Turtle Canyon exhibit, Bravo, a 650 pound tortoise, turns 85 Saturday. He was hatched April 19, 1929 on the Ecuadorian island of Santa Cruz. He arrived at the United States as part of the last group of tortoises exported from the Galapagos Islands.

He didn't waste any time celebrating

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Religion
12:01 am
Fri April 18, 2014

A Cincinnati Good Friday tradition continues

A woman holds a rosary as she prepares to begin the ascent in 2013.
Tana Weingartner WVXU

It's Good Friday, a holy day of preparation for Christians around the world. In Cincinnati, it also means the return of an annual tradition.

If you've never heard about the annual Good Friday pilgrimage up the Holy Cross-Immaculata church steps in Mt. Adams, then as the saying goes: "You're not from around here, are you?"

It's a rite of passage for many and a yearly tradition for thousands of faithful. People began climbing at midnight, stopping on each step to say a prayer.

The church writes:

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Hamilton County Commission
5:41 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Hamilton County & Bengals reach deal, prepare way for GE deal

Hamilton County and the Bengals have a reached a deal that could pave the way for luring General Electric to the Banks.

The county announced Thursday the Bengals have agreed to waive height restrictions that would've halted a office space large enough to house General Electric's new Southwest Ohio Global Operations headquarters and a planned apartment building in exchange for six items.

Commissioner Greg Hartmann says the deal will allow the county and city to aggressively bid for GE.

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Scott Eaton
1:53 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Former NKU Athletic Director sentenced to 10 years

Fired NKU Athletic Director Scott Eaton has pleaded guilty and will spend 10 years in jail and have to pay back $311,000.
Credit NKU

Former Northern Kentucky University Athletic Director Scott Eaton pleaded guilty Thursday afternoon in Campbell County Circuit Court to stealing more than $311,000 from the school.  He's been ordered to repay the university and has agreed to serve the maximum sentence of ten years in prison.

Eaton was charged with theft by unlawful taking for diverting  university funds for his own use.  He was fired in March 2013 for having inappropriate relations with four university employees and a student. 

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City parking
4:00 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Cincinnati buying more new parking meters

Cincinnati is going to spend nearly $2 million to install more parking meters that accept credit cards in addition to coins.  

City Council approved the item Wednesday.

The so called smart meters are already in place in much of downtown.  The additional funding could bring them to more neighborhood locations.

The meter purchases were part of a plan Council approved earlier this year that officially killed a parking lease arrangement the city had negotiated with the Greater Cincinnati Port Authority.

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