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11:00 pm
Sat December 29, 2012

Interesting year behind us; and more to come

In decades of writing column, I don’t think I have ever started one on a personal note.
 

But with this most interesting year coming to a close, and a new one about to begin, I will, if you will indulge me.


For me, it has been quite a year.


After 29 years, six months and two days at the Cincinnati Enquirer, writing on politics and a myriad of other subjects, I took an early retirement offer from the Enquirer in April, leaving behind working on a daily basis with good friends and  opportunities to do interesting journalism too numerous to count.

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Anderson Township
2:49 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Appeals Court rules on proposed Anderson Twp mine

The controversial plan to build an underground limestone mine in Anderson Township is heading back to the local zoning board of appeals.  

The Ohio First District Court of Appeals issued an opinion Friday that's good news for both sides of the fight.  

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Memorializing Ohio's aviation heritage
3:49 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Wright Brothers Monument aiming high

Artist rendering of proposed monument.
The Wright Image Group

Seattle has the Space Needle, St. Louis has the Arch, and a group of aviation enthusiasts say Dayton needs a giant replica of the Wright Flyer soaring atop a 250-foot-tall pedestal at the I-70/75 interchange.

Aviation enthusiasts say the Wright Flyer monument will be 25-stories-tall. That's three times bigger than the original Orville and Wilbur Wright flew 109 years ago.

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Solving cold cases
3:48 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Kentucky Police use cards to nab crooks

KSP is handing out playing cards featuring cold cases in hopes of generating new leads.
Kentucky State Police

Kentucky State Police is betting high on a program targeting prisoners.

The agency is handing out decks of playing cards featuring cold cases in hopes of generating new leads.

Since 2010, the agency has distributed more than 8,000 decks and followed up on hundreds of leads.

Trooper Michael Webb says the effort has helped crack three out of 52 cases so far. While that may not seem like a lot, Webb says it is. 

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Gospel Mission
1:20 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Appeals court affirms City Gospel Mission move to Queensgate

An appeals court has affirmed a lower court decision allowing the City Gospel Mission to relocate its facility to Queensgate.


The homeless shelter is planning to move from Over The Rhine to property located on Dalton Avenue.


Several neighboring Queensgate businesses and property owners, who oppose the relocation, filed a lawsuit in 2011 challenging a City Council action that allowed the plan to move forward.

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