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Sucks. Rocks. Both.

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 14, 2006
The conversation continues, both inside your head and on the street: Cincinnati sucks. Cincinnati rocks. Each day offers events and encounters to change your mind. Sometimes your opinion of this c  

The Music of the Night

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 7, 2006
The Jazz guitar player Kenny Poole, who died last week of cancer, was an awkward man. He was well over 6 feet tall, and his legs were as gangly as a stork's. He carried his own cushion, which he pl  

Republicans: From Hypocrites to Hypercrites

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 7, 2006
Here's something to make you proud as Cincinnati's Pride Alive festival approaches this weekend: With all the problems facing this country, our elected officials in Washington D.C. are actually deba  

Pilarczyk Himself Is the Biggest Scandal

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Daniel Pilarczyk has served the Roman Catholic Church all his adult life. Now, at age 72, it's time for him to render the greatest service of which he is still capable: Go away. Resign. Retire to a   

If I Were a Betting Man...

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 17, 2006
So I'm sitting at the poker table at a Catholic church festival last Saturday, and a few of us are pounding beers and discussing the moral implications of expanding casino gambling across Ohio. We   

Guest Last Call for the Appalachians

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 3, 2006
Cincinnati has had a lot of "eccentrics," but I always had a soft spot for an old woman named May Stidham. You could usually find her perched on a naughahyde bar stool at a now-defunct joint called  

Guest Memories of a Happier Sinai

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 3, 2006
Recent suicide attacks at El Arish and Dahab in the Sinai dumped me into rare nostalgia. I knew both places in a very different era. In 1979, Enquirer Editor Luke Feck agreed to let me cover the hi  

No Alibi

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 26, 2006
If you seen it or heard it, maybe probably I did it Maybe or maybe not I admit what I committed Exhibit the truth because I'm living proof why I had no disguise, no verdicts, no alibis -- "N  

Killing Kabaka Oba

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Kabaka Oba's death, like much of his public life, contained a major element of absurdity. Gunned down in front of City Hall after his weekly diatribe against racism on the police force, it's hard t  

Wake up and Smell the Riot

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 5, 2006
Five years later, I'm not sure we've really learned anything. Other than that we don't know anything. And, ultimately, isn't that the real tragedy of a tragedy -- that we learn nothing from it and  

The Bookshop in the Lane

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 5, 2006
Mike Markiewicz, who owned the small bookstore on Woodward Street a block north of me, moved to Columbus this morning. He left, as T.S. Eliot said, "not with a bang but a whimper." Mike was a famil  

Editorial: Sorries From the Cincinnatians

(a la Sonnets From the Portuguese)

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 22, 2006
How are we sorry? Let us count the ways. We are sorry to the depth and breadth and height cash can reach, once asphyxiation halted the young breathing of black Roger. We are sorry 6.5 million ti  

A Decade of Bullies

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 8, 2006
Phil Heimlich can kiss my ass. The Hamilton County Commission president is the latest in a long and undistinguished line of politicians over ther past decade who have overpromised and underdelivere  

Name Dropping

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 1, 2006
Irma Lazarus -- patron of the arts, grande dame, visionary and one of Cincinnati's most notable women -- counted celebrities like Beverly Sills and Carol Channing among her friends, along with a ho  

Bullet and a Target

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 22, 2006
In the waning light of Black History Month, how better to put the reparative short month to sleep than a rumination over white men being themselves? I always know when white men are embarrassed by