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Opening Day is Cincinnati's favorite, unofficial holiday.

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson usually talks with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik on Monday morning about politics, but today is a holiday in Cincinnati - Reds' Opening Day - and Wilkinson, a huge baseball fan, gives his take on the 2016 edition of the Cincinnati Reds. 

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Baseball umpires are still in business, despite a small effort to computerize them. 

The  so-called "Robo Ump"  made an appearance at a California independent baseball league July 28 and 29, 2015.  The system of three cameras placed strategically on the field and microcomputers in a nearby van is made by Sportvision.

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Oriental Wok's 40 foot limo is one of the newest entries in this year's Findlay Market Opening Day Parade. It caught the attention of parade organizer Debbie Gannaway of Gramma Debbie's Kitchen. "They have the Chinese Music Society joining them so there will be dancers in dragon costumes." Not to mention the banging drums.

There are 191 entries, down from 210 last year, according to Gannaway. "Well, we were trying to get it down to 175 but some people just came up with some really good stuff so we let them in."

For local political party leaders, the trouble with presidential election years is that they don't happen in a vacuum.

While there is no more important decision voters will make on Nov. 8 than who will be the 45th President of the United States, a county party chairman has to worry about all the down-ticket races as well – the county commissioners, the county office-holders, the local judgeships.

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Cincinnati has an official Poet Laureate.

Pauletta Hansel is the author of five poetry collections and has been featured on The Writer's Almanac, and in the Atlanta Review, Appalachian Journal and Talisman. 

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Ed. note: WVXU's politics reporter, Howard Wilkinson, is a life-long Reds fan. The following is his personal take on what Reds fans can expect from their ball club in 2016. 

Whether the team has won World Series rings the year before or finished dead last in the National League Central Division, Opening Day in Cincinnati is a very special day.

It is a day of celebration; the first day of summer in the true baseball fan's calendar.

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The University of Dayton plans to break ground in May on new student housing.  The 301 Lowes Street development will feature 96 units that will each house four students. 

Roland Halbe, 2003

The first woman to design a museum in the United States has died. Iraqi-born Zaha Hadid  created The Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati - a feat the New York Times called "the most important American building to be completed since the cold war."

Hadid was 65.

Cincinnati officials estimate that some 16,000 private properties are still getting water through lead lined pipes.  

The city will soon be notifying those owners in writing about the issue. Council approved a motion Wednesday for such notifications.  

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