L A U R A   P U L F E R   •   M E T R O

Laura Pulfer began writing her metro column at The Enquirer in 1995. She has been honored as Best Columnist in Ohio by the Ohio Society for Professional Journalists and named to the Hall of Fame by the group's local chapter. She appears regularly in Gannett newspapers throughout the country and is a commentator for National Public Radio's Morning Edition.

A lifelong Midwesterner, Laura grew up in Lima, Ohio, and went to school at Bowling Green State University, where she was named a Distinguished Alumnus in 1989. “This must have been shocking news to any of my professors who are still there.”

Former editor and publisher of Cincinnati Magazine, she is the author of two books, I Beg to Differ: Politically Incorrect, Proudly Midwestern, Potentially Funny,  Mothers and Other Heroes and The Big Pig Gig: Celebrating Pigs in the City (Orange Frazer Press).

Can you make people laugh and make your point at the same time? Laura Pulfer's readers think so. Miraculous children, Barbie's slut shoes, urban blight, bad movies, the Bengals' Taxatorium and Testosterone Center, the Orange Barrel Polka, Murray the Wonder Dog, diversity on the bus, heroic teachers — if you listen carefully, you will hear the voice of a city.

E-mail: lpulfer@enquirer.com; phone: (513) 768-8393; fax: (513) 768-8340; mail: The Cincinnati Enquirer, 312 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202.

O C T O B E R   2 0 0 3
School is a battlefield, and casualties are increasing
Many pitching in - but it's not enough
Prayers, power tools lay Father Jim's foundation
'DUI plates' are one more clue for cautious drivers
At NKU, it's really not about the buildings at all
Permanent 'Purple People P&G Bridge' pending
October's the pinkest month - for a good reason
A new history of women begins on the west side

S E P T E M B E R   2 0 0 3
The wrong messenger - Judge: Justice depends on the bravery of victims
When it comes to crime, white-collar is way to go
We all benefit: The Bengals are starting to get it
After 50 years, what makes Jack Gilligan run?
Drive-thru justice - Quick, easy, painless for perps
Top ratings for a different kind of radio program
Downtown has head start in lifestyle game
Mary Ivers and the Miracle on Fourth Street
Still grieving? Blame the media
Dr. Mulvaney hits a different kind of home run
Anguished family wants to warn other women
Billions for cars, cheap cup holder in return

A U G U S T   2 0 0 3
The Mighty Meatballs a lesson in school spending
Can the summer be over already?
Can lawyers work out a kinder, gentler divorce?
Class act puts together world-class tennis event
State fairs the real deal for all-American culture
Justin's case - Painfully, shamefully slow justice
Harvey Milk High's in N.Y., but bigotry's everywhere

J U L Y   2 0 0 3
Mean streets? - Maybe we need a new road sign
Cauthen puts 'Seabiscuit' in winner's circle
New challenges met with traditional P&G clout
Catching up with John Shirey and his new life
Title IX: Teaching girls more than just a game
Self-esteem time - Let's quit beating up our city
TV infomercial Springer's latest 'silly show'
A little fairy dust sprinkled on Over-the-Rhine
Our chance to hang up gently on telemarketers
Water hazard - No brakes, speed bumps or respect

J U N E   2 0 0 3
'Being a rape victim is like being in a secret club'
Can't we do more than park cars for $15 million?
The ambassador - Public servant with an umbrella
The magic formula - 'Potter' sells more than books
Collector's items - Baseball, apple pie, heroes
Unexpected gifts - Angel and the ticket to heaven
Art Fields is playing to win
Martha Stewart - Gender card is a joker
Dog breath bragging rights
A public display of affection
Successful revenge of the nerds

M A Y   2 0 0 3
Lead hazard - 'It was our dream house'
Mia Farrow - More than a tabloid mega-mom
The Spencers - A diverse round of applause
Berry Park shows we can do better
Mammograms matter of life and death
New money - It's too easy being green
Married travelers - Agony, ecstasy, baggage
Dayla Porter - Dazzling Mother's Day gift
YWCA luncheon - Tapping on glass ceilings
New CAC a piece of the puzzle
Leaving principal's office

A P R I L   2 0 0 3
The class clown - Awkward bid for attention
Learning to respect hand jive
$7.5 million toilets - A costly restroom break
Laci Peterson - Terrible anguish of parents
Precious last days stolen
Peeps are 50? It's time to grow up
Danielle Cahill - Another underage role model
Will your tax money go to waste?
Visitor evaluation - This town looks like nice place
Gorman Farm - What will we really be losing?
Serving honorably at home
Women at war - When sex becomes an issue
It's about money - Uh, oh - Su Sanders is calling
Clinging fiercely to rustic life

M A R C H   2 0 0 3
Firefighter's death - When the war zone is at home
Shirley Jester - Struggling to define her magic
How much detail about Elizabeth do we need?
Unmentionables - Debating freedom at Xavier
Natural dilemma - Chain saws to hum in Hyde Park
E-mail prank dumb, but is it criminal?
What makes Jim fly?
Enough is enough - Winter just won't go away
Removing the sting from Bees
A veteran's tale - Dignity, honor and dying

F E B R U A R Y   2 0 0 3
Frank Abagnale Jr. - Felon tells moral of his story
Scientific swimsuit edition
Are we the new Peoria?
Michael Jackson - The worst of reality television
Students adopt a soldier
Jer-EEE! Jer-EEE! - Where did Springer's fans go?
Horse auction - In search of the Wild West
Climbing on scales at airport
Crowley, Portune show healthy attitude
Speaking up - We can't afford to be silent
Flight: A routine miracle
Branding doctor - Idea for a fitting penalty

J A N U A R Y   2 0 0 3
The church lady - A final message of cheer
Guilty by reason of wealth?
Days of whine and noses
Bust in Silverton - Case of mistaken meth lab
The therapy dog - Merely making it official
Broccoli 101 - A banana for the teacher
Geno the Clown - Part of Shriners medicine
Whose turn is it to help the poor?
Ailing downtown - Should we just pull the plug?
Helping kids early and often
Necessary men - Too bad they can't be cloned

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