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Canadian to be new conductor of Cincinnati Pops

The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra has gained a new conductor - former music director of Canada Windsor Symphony Orchestra, John Morris Russell.  Russell, a Cleveland native, is no stranger to Cincinnati - he was an associate conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra from 1996 to 2006 and will officially take over the first of September.

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Dhani Jones among best dressed athletes

Cincinnati Bengal's linebacker and Mt. Adams' resident, Dhani Jones, has been ranked among many well-known athletes on Forbes' list of "Best-Dressed Athletes." Jones is founder and designer of Bow Tie for a Cause, which raises funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and also partners with sports apparel and lifestyle company, No Mas.

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Playhouse receives $90,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park received its largest grant - $90,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts. The grant will support the final development and production of Behind the Eye and will fund educational activities. Playhouse in the Park is one of two theaters in the country to receive this award.

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Cincinnati Zoo unveils cougar cubs

The Cincinnati Zoo welcomed two new baby cougars to its nursery. Considered the largest of the small cats, the cougars plan to reach a weight of 140 to 200 pounds. They will also join the zoo's Cat Ambassador Program to prepare for a Night Hunters exhibit planned for May.

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High Street's "shopping with cocktails" gets noticed

MSN's News on Main asked small businesses across the nation about their tactics for attracting customers for the upcoming Black Friday. Featured lifestyle design store, High Street, hosts an annual White Russian Party. Last year, nearly 1000 customers came to the event, celebrating and shopping with cocktails.

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Macy's makes extensive plans for holiday season

Macy's prepares across the nation for a series of special events and displays for children and adults for the upcoming holidays. Despite the low purchasing rate due to the economy, Macy's has high hopes for the season by creating a magical setting to inspire the joy of the holidays. One of the events includes the "Nutcracker Market Fashion Show," celebrating the Houston Ballet and giving the proceeds to the Houston Ballet Foundation's academy and scholarship program.

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"Incurable to Incredible" shares tale of young mother

Tami Boehmer, a Cincinnati author and metastatic breast cancer survivor wrote ''From Incurable to Incredible: Cancer Survivors Who Beat the Odds." This book features stories about cancer survivors, including one about a woman in Indianapolis who found out she had ovarian cancer while pregnant with her son. Boehmer learned through these powerful stores that cancer "was the beginning of a new way of life filled with appreciation, hope, and discovering [her] potential."

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Cincinnati vs. St. Louis: Which Riverfront Would You Choose?

Urban STL compares the riverfronts of St. Louis and Cincinnati. Although St. Louis has the presence of the famous Saarinen's Arch, Urban STL praises Cincinnati for its more active, inviting, and interesting Central Riverfront Park, it's two stadiums, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and the Moerlein Lager House.
 
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Paranormal and holistic health on display at Victory of Light Expo

Local psychic reader and spiritual consultant, Victor Paratawa, hosts one of the country's largest metaphysical conventions for the general public this month in Sharonville. The 20th anniversary of the Victory of Light Expo offers experts from across the country on topics in the intuitive arts. Psychic readings, healings, and merchandise for body, mind, and spirit will be offered by over 200 exhibitors.

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Dalai Lama receives freedom award in Cincinnati

The Dalai Lama received a $25,000 freedom award in Cincinnati and gave back the money to the National Underground Freedom Center to support the downtown museum.Tthe Dalai Lama stated that he was touched after viewing the exhibit on slavery and human exploitation and wanted to give back to the community.

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CCM grad's music featured in new iPod Touch ad

A new iPod Touch Ad from Apple features music by Chris Olsen, a CCM Jazz Studies graduate, and his band Chappo. The two-member band produces an indie space rock sound using unique instruments and objects.

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Northside's Shake It among top 25 record stores in the US

Rolling Stone ranked the top 25 record stores in the USA from the west to east coast. Shake It Records in Northside made the list with its impressive musical selection on CD and vinyl and extras including books, DVD's and magazines.

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Hip Northside makes Cincinnati perk

Northside has flourished into a new hot-community with unique attractions, restaurants, and shops for all ages. Music plays a prominent role in the Northside culture with independent record store, Shake It, and many locations that offer live music day and night. Restaurants also offer a variety from affordable meals to vegan and green choice options.

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Greenhornes, Girls close out All Tomorrow's Parties

Cincinnati based garage-blues band, the Greenhornes, headlined the famous All Tomorrow's Parties music festival in New York. The band, who split time and members with the Jack White and Brendan Benson led Raconteurs, played a national show for the first time since they went on hiatus in 2005. The Greenhornes discuss their performance and upcoming album, Four Stars.

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Issue Media Group Ranks No. 1672 on the 2010 Inc. 5000

Issue Media Group (parent company of Soapboxmedia.com), ranked number 1673 on the annual Inc. 5000 that ranks the nation's fastest growing private companies. The list looks at percentage revenue growth, including Issue Media Group's three-year sales growth of 170 percent.

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