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NKU regents move toward tobacco-free policy

Northern Kentucky said it will become the third Kentucky public university to implement a tobacco-free policy, joining the University of Kentucky and Morehead State, while the University of Louisville is smoke-free.

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O Oprah magazine: Honey Buns

This buttery schnecken. . . is like bacon and waffles times a thousand.

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Local libraries part of national trend, via NYTimes

As librarians across the nation struggle with the task of redefining their roles and responsibilities in a digital age, many public libraries are seeing an opportunity to fill the void created by the loss of traditional bookstores. 

Cincinnati libraries are seizing the day.

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Choremonster makes kids 'beg for chores'

Parents and children are forever locked in battles over household tasks. ChoreMonster publicly launched just in time for the New Year. It turns chores into an engaging game. The company also announced that it has raised a total of $1.125 million in seed funding.

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The Crowdfunding Crowd is Anxious

The outlines of a new industry are emerging as a few crowdfunding start-ups have found ways to raise money within current rules. They include companies like CircleUp and SoMoLend, which lends money to small, Main Street-type businesses that typically wouldn’t interest private investors.

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CrowdHall joins the #OpenGov movement with online town halls

With the election over, CrowdHall is joining the open government movement to make sure our voices get heard between voting time.

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Historic Cincinnati neighborhood gets new-school coffee spot

The largest intact urban historic district in the United States, Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine, now has a new-school coffee bar. Collective Espresso opened in the neighborhood last week, serving coffee and espresso drinks from monthly featured roasters.

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Can venture capital spark discontinuous innovation?

To further boost "discontinuous innovation," Procter & Gamble is leading the charge in forming Cintrifuse, a $100 million venture capital fund-of-funds in Cincinnati

The mantra of “discontinuous innovation,” as initiated by P & G CEO Bob McDonald, is based on the notion of technologies that create entirely new brand categories or new capabilities, rather than just improve an existing product. Creating new categories of revenue streams that are not just incremental, but rather disruptive, is the holy grail for large companies.

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Cincinnatian wins Nissan social media innovation grant

A device that enables you to learn in your sleep and a low-cost system for improving health care in developing countries are steps closer to reality, thanks to Nissan. Today, Nissan announced that Andrew Saldana of Downey, Calif., Ryan Helsel of Durham, N.C., and Kyle Vath of Cincinnati are the winners of the "Nissan Innovation Garage" campaign, a social media movement designed to inspire and celebrate innovation and provide funding to launch new ideas. 

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CincyTech seals $3M grant

CincyTech, the Cincinnati-based seed-stage investor, sealed a $3 million grant from Ohio Third Frontier to help it create CincyTech Fund III LLC. 

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Cities where startups are thriving

It's not exactly the tech-savvy California coast, but Cincinnati is starting to make a name for itself in entrepreneurial circles. The city has made a major turnaround in recent years.

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The Table for One Guide to Cyber Monday

For foodies, Cyber Monday is a great opportunity to buy just about anything gourmet-related, from meats to cheeses, pizzas to pies and soup to nuts (literally). The Wall Street Journal picked a couple of local favorites as their favorites.

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Cincinnati and the Brandery featured

Innovation comes in many forms in Cincinnati, according to Nibletz, the voice of startups everywhere else.

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Broadway's Just a Suburb of Cincinnati

Katie Holmes stars in “Dead Accounts,” a family comedy now in previews at the Music Box Theater, about morality and middle-class Ohio Catholics written by one of their own, Theresa Rebeck, who grew up outside Cincinnati.

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Peggy Shannon raises standards in cookie design, flavours

Queen City Cookies is an artisan cookie whose founder, Peggy Shannon, is a life-long baker and artist who put up the cookie shop as a way to offer consumers beautiful and delicious baked goods.

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