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Smaller, lighter, less-expensive digital cameras, computer generated imaging (CGI), non-linear editing and other advances in technology have provided film makers with an entirely new set of tools to tell their stories and create movie magic. 

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It’'s every kid’'s dream come true: a study by the American Psychological Association shows that video games may provide learning, health and even social benefits. 

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"Don't put all of your eggs in one basket." Sound advice for anyone with an investment portfolio, including a retirement account. Financial experts recommend diversifying the types of assets you hold and the companies and industries you invest in to minimize risk.

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Kids and teenagers with special needs may require extra assistance due to medical, emotional or learning issues. Increased accessibility and inclusion is important for them not only in schools, but throughout the entire community.

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More people are growing their own fruits, vegetables and herbs to provide their families with a steady supply of fresh foods. But some backyard gardeners often find they have an over-abundance of produce. And many of them are discovering the value of small market gardening as an extra source of income, or even as a career.

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When children experience poverty, or live below the poverty threshold, it affects them physically, mentally and emotionally. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012 American Community Survey, Cincinnati ranked the second highest in the nation with 53.1 percent of children living in poverty. While that percentage has declined in recent years, the rate of child poverty in Cincinnati is still more than 44 percent, which is double the rate of the state and nation.

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Cincinnati ranks among the worst in the nation for child poverty. However, there are many programs in the Greater Cincinnati area that are working to help individuals and families escape poverty. They provide assistance in areas such as family support services, education, employment, health and income.

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Each Friday on Cincinnati Edition, we present an in-depth look at the developments behind the headlines.

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The Creating Healthy Communities Coalition (CHCC) and Cincinnati Health Department (CHD) recently hosted a minority health discussion to figure out the most pressing needs for minorities in the area and how to better serve the health and wellness needs of Cincinnatians. 

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Local soccer fans have reason to celebrate this year, there's a new professional soccer team in town bearing the colors orange, blue and white. 

Ambassador Dennis Ross is the William Davidson Distinguished Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He has served two years as special assistant to President Obama and a year as special advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. For more than twelve years, he negotiated the Middle East peace process in both the George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations. 

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Last June in the landmark case, Obergefell v. Hodges, the U.S. Supreme Court  held that the right to marry is guaranteed to same sex couples under the Fourteenth Amendment. The lead plaintiff in the case, Cincinnatian Jim Obergefell, and Washington Post investigative reporter Debbie Cenziper have just released a book about the struggle to make same-sex marriage legal.

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Seventy-five percent of transgender youth feel unsafe at school and 59 percent have been denied access to restrooms that match their gender identity, according to National Center for Transgender Equality.

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Last month, the Obama Administration instructed public schools to allow transgender students to use the restroom corresponding to their gender identity. Students who are discriminated against may have a legal basis to fight back with these federal guidelines in place.

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Last month, the U.S. Department of Labor released its new overtime rule, which is expected to make millions of salaried management, administrative and professional employees eligible for overtime pay.

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