D E N I S E  S M I T H  A M O S  •   M E T R O

Denise Smith Amos began writing her general interest column in February, 2 0 0 3. Ms. Amos spent most of her career in journalism as a reporter and an editor. Over the past two years, she was an assistant metro editor at the Enquirer, supervising reporters.

Born and raised in Philadelphia - "North Philly to me!'' - Ms. Amos graduated from 12 years of Catholic elementary and high school into Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, where she achieved a bachelor's degree in journalism with a minor in economics. Those subjects came in handy over her reporting career at the Grand Rapids Press, Orlando Sentinel, Detroit News, St. Petersburg Times and St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

"I've spent most of my life sticking my nose where some people think it doesn't belong. In the process I seek to shine light on the dark places of secrecy in our society and economy and at the same time, hopefully, help people to help themselves and others. This column is one way I hope to fulfill this life's mission. Instead of just sticking my nose in, though, I'm also offering my two cents. I hope people feel it's worth it.''

E-mail: damos@enquirer.com; phone: (513) 768-8395; fax: (513) 768-8340; mail: Dee Amos, Cincinnati Enquirer, 312 Elm St., Cincinnati OH 45202.

S E P T E M B E R   2 0 0 3
Longtime cashier is sold on union membership
How many more Javontays must die?
Real-life 'Drumline' playing at Taft
With a nickel here and there, Ky. taxes creep up
2-year steppingstone to college lost in UC shuffle
50,000 white cards, no good answers
Take a tour of two very different elementary schools
Where Lynch lives matters; family life doesn't
As it turned out, SARS wasn't the threat

A U G U S T   2 0 0 3
Parents, schools share blame for low attendance
Homeless man plans to stay that way
Black Family Reunion needs parents to stick around
Owners say homes 'lakeside' to sludge pond

J U L Y   2 0 0 3
When you need a helping hand, Cincinnati Works
Over-the-Rhine task force needs more involvement
School expects more - And students achieve it
Young violinist is black, American and talented
Scholarship cuts: 100 fewer incentives to achieve
City's Convergys deal gives too much, gets too little
Norwood's growth swirls around reluctant couple
Fathers commit selves to learning how to nurture
Will new group let public in on downtown decisions?
Kids playing with fireworks are going to get burned

J U N E   2 0 0 3
Funk returns to Cincinnati for Cameo appearance
Music festival deserves corporate Cincinnati's help
Kaleidoscope of friends biggest lesson of college
Losing child-care help could keep some workers home
Substitute parenting - A father figure for foster kids
Canceled concert - Station takes on Etta James with lawsuit
Beyond bicycle theft - Bullies look out: You can be bullied, too
Was prison punishment or revenge?
It takes a village - That can-do attitude alone isn't enough
Anti-loitering drug law has serious flaws

M A Y   2 0 0 3
Not born to privilege? Think again
Targeting racism - New ads make America face discrimination
Three strikes - Repeat offenders targeted
License to panhandle - Culling bad beggars from good ones
Wake up, lawmakers - School gets A for saving child's life
Drug dealers ticked off by complaints
Wake up! - We're living in our own 'Matrix'
Neighborhood power - A vote for elections by district
Perseverance pays - Parents of 5 gut out XU degrees
CPS bond issue - District must prove it can handle funds
CPS levy - Volunteers battle low turnout
Real-estate 'investors' up to no good
FOP wants out - Collaborative jammed in racial politics

A P R I L   2 0 0 3
A second chance - Helping others is his salvation
Covington Diocese named - Priest named in suit tough to track
Wyoming hurting - High achievers learning to live with loss
Slavery of crime - We must face down the killers
Slavery of crime - We must face down the killers
In harm's way? - Police horse a magnet for controversy
All His children - Joined in the presence of our God
The Twitty probe - A waste of time, talent, resources
A fragmented front - Boycotting within the boycott

M A R C H   2 0 0 3
Protecting the innocent - Many of our kids live in war zone, too
Safety net - Dohn school struggling to help kids
A question of support - Budget cut would hurt veterans
The real story - Black Front left agreement for good cause
No simple solution - Quick war spells success - or does it?
The 14th Amendment - Ohio finally joins the rest of the U.S.
Boycott or not - It's time we all start listening to one another
What really matters - Trucker put another's life above all else
Over-the-Rhine needs more than face lift
Earned but unclaimed - Helped offered for taxpayers to get refunds
Kids and crime - Track down guns as well as the drugs

F E B R U A R Y   2 0 0 3
Belated appreciation - Mr. Rogers was grown-ups' neighbor, too
Ex-cons as neighbors - Turning life around now a lot harder
Sex-change lawsuit - Which cops lack command presence?
Homeland security - Terror plan or not, I'm still nervous
Fighting winter blues - Picture this inspirational cow for relief
Contribution chopped - Charity begins cuts at HOME
Against all odds - Questions remain in l shooting
Scars of racism still sear - Little Rock memories echo here
Retiree's life turned upside-down
Anti-hate laws - Some need to be told the obvious
14th Amendment - Ohio needs to plug a loophole

J A N U A R Y   2 0 0 3
Little progress - Strong mayor's speech ignored the 'B' word
A question of college - Too much of a good thing deprives all
What's black and white and loved?
Community initiative - New plan could make a difference
Fighting prejudice - An open heart can open minds
'Peace over profits' - Businesses miss the point of symbolism
Affirmative action - Let's face it, playing field is never level
Fighting bigotry - Blatant or inadvertent, slurs are slurs
T-shirts show pride in police work
Blessing denied - Southern Baptists have long way to go
Teen sex - Turning up the volume to sell abstinence
'Hanging yourself' - Breakfast boycott takes toll
Greg Freeman was part of the solution
Some awards come with a big price

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2002 columns