Fish fries soothe the soul
This time of year, the Friday night fish fry is our feel-good gathering place. The communal meals are a tradition in churches, schools and other non-profit organizations during the Lenten season.
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Children have a friend indeed
Pat Myers has seen it all: children who have been raped; children who have been victims of chronic sexual abuse; children who have been deliberately scalded; children who have been beaten and bloodied, their bones broken; children who have died from abuse.

Drink a day could keep Alzheimer's away
Light to moderate drinking may protect older people from developing dementia, including Alzheimer's, a progressive brain disease that causes forgetfulness, according to a new study.

Get to it!
A guide to help make your day.

Snap up traditional Mock Turtle Soup
Growing up in the river town of Marietta, Ohio, we often had to make our own excitement. For example, one date took me noodling. Hey, it's not what you're thinking - this was a first date. "Noodling" is the official term for mucking about a river shore line and poking your arm in holes, hoping to yank out a snapping turtle by the tail.

To make a true taco, start with soft corn tortilla
Many people associate a crisp-fried corn tortilla with tacos. But because deep frying uses so much oil, is a messy chore and adds unnecessary fat and calories to what should be a simple dish, I much prefer the soft corn version.
Scotch Silly seriously flavorful brew
With spring upon us, those massive cold weather beers will soon be a pleasant memory. But before the warm weather finally arrives, let me introduce you to one more winter warmer.
Smoke signals good shellfish
If you thought smoked shellfish only came processed and from a can, sisters Sylvia Levine and Evelyn Ignatow are ready to prove you wrong.
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CSO earns bravos at Carnegie Hall
NEW YORK - Cheers, bravos and a lengthy standing ovation were the end result of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's performance in Carnegie Hall Monday night, its first there with music director Paavo Jarvi.

Painkillers might dissolve brain plaque
Painkillers routinely used by millions of Americans may dissolve abnormal plaque deposits in the brain linked to Alzheimer's disease, a study suggests.

Bar codes reduce chance of medication errors
Magazines have them. Milk cartons have them. Macaroni-and-cheese packages have them.
Look for third-party seal on supplements
Question: I'm confused. I take a one-a-day multivitamin plus 200 IU of vitamin E. I always assumed they were regulated substances, but since reading your article I notice they are labeled as dietary supplements. Does this mean the ingredients are unregulated or did your article refer only to herbs?
Body and mind

Orchestra focuses on music despite war concerns
NEW YORK - Some musicians were leaning on their faith. Some were thinking about American armed forces and loved ones overseas. Some were apprehensive about security while touring with the orchestra.

Loopy Letterman returns as swingin' shingles guy
NEW YORK - After five weeks on sick leave, David Letterman returned to CBS' The Late Show acting happy, jazzed and just a little bit wacky.
Themed cruises pick up steam
Got a sweet tooth? A taste for Kentucky bourbon? An interest in local history?
SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT     (Index of Sunday stories)
A movable, musical feast
The nation's fifth-oldest orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, embarks today on its first tour with music director Paavo Jarvi to five U.S. cities. First stop is New York, where both the CSO and the Cincinnati Pops, under maestro Erich Kunzel, will play Carnegie Hall.

Keeping up with war means using many sources
When bombs light up the night sky over Baghdad, American TV viewers have found themselves watching Al-Jazeera, once denounced as "Osama Television" by the Bush administration.

Lion's share of seats available
Still don't have your tickets to The Lion King? Hakuna Matata!

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2003 Camp Guide
Find the summer experience that's perfect for your child with our annual guide to hundreds of camps in the Tristate area.

Music lovers toast Cammy winners
A sold-out crowd of more than 1,110 local music lovers packed Jillian's for the seventh annual Enquirer Pop Music Awards (the Cammys). See who won.

Women of the Year
The Enquirer honors 10 Tristaters for their service to their community. The newspaper has recognized women of distinction annually since 1968.

On the Same Page
Join this year's community reading project.

Fit City: Get up off the couch
Tristaters are overweight and out of shape, a survey shows. To change Fat City to Fit City, the Enquirer is beginning a year-long project to get you going on your own fitness program.

Technology news
Our weekly guide to computers, the Web and the latest gadgets.

Early look at Tall Stacks 2003
Two newcomers will join the world's largest gathering of historic riverboats, when Cincinnati's Tall Stacks Music, Arts & Heritage Festival recreates the steamboat era in October.