Runner enters a Sahara-thon
        Whoa, you think you have a rough week ahead. Look at what's waiting for Gary Newman: a 145-mile run across the Sahara Desert. Honest.

Real style: It's a jungle in her closet
        Wanda Knight's fashion sense is so well known at the Cincinnati Bell Yellow Pages (Berry Co.) that someone dressed up as the telephone ad sales representative this past Halloween, according to her nominator and marketing manager, Valerie Schmidt.

Ask A Stupid Question (Opening Day version)
        "I'm sure you are familiar with the baseball term "bullpen". We were wondering where the word originated. Does it really have to do with a place . . . normally reserved for bulls?”

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

Summer camp guide
The Enquirer's annual guide to summer camps for kids is a where-to list for sports, arts, academics, nature and more. And it's only available online.

Gotta guy gets home fix-it jobs right
        Lou Manfredini wants to be your "gotta guy.' “When you ask someone if they know a guy who can fix your leaky faucet or running toilet and they say "I gotta guy,' it's a big help. I want to be that "gotta guy' for homeowners.”

MU students make artful museum site
        The Taft Museum is closed for renovations, but a new state-of-the-art Web site designed by Miami University students offers a glimpse of it anyway. The taftmuseum.org site was launched in conjunction with the university's Center for Interactive Media Studies (IMS).

Three moms opening boutique in Hyde Park
        Three Cincinnati moms with eight children underfoot (and one on the way) didn't have enough to do, so they put their business heads together to open the Alligator Purse, the newest shop in a renovated strip at 3516 Erie Ave. in Hyde Park (next to Belle Maison). Grand opening will be April 12.

People, places and things
        You may never have washboard abs like Britney Spears, but soon you can fill your belly at her restaurant.

'Eureka' is only a whisper of expected greatness
        It's a time when the nation's illusions are being ground between two world wars. Innocence is for sale on any street corner. In Los Angeles, a woman with no past takes a bath with an electric radio.

Local lit: new books by area writers
        Shell Shaker — By LeAnne Howe (Aunt Lute Books; $11.95). Ms. Howe, a University of Cincinnati literature professor, crafts a richly imagined tale that cuts across centuries and continents. Her focus is a matriarchal clan of Choctaw Indians, but to tell their story she employs a tapestry of characters.
Politics or new era?
        Not many Oscar moments can compare to the emotional wave that broke when Halle Berry claimed her Oscar statue last Sunday.

Teacher passes on her passion
        On Saturdays, the serious study of dance starts early at this renovated church in Foster.

Chamber Orchestra lures Lockhart
        You saw him make history on national television Feb. 3, conducting the Boston Pops at the Louisiana Superdome, the first time an orchestra performed at the Super Bowl.

Cammys show honors city, musical heritage
        The best musicians in Cincinnati played for each other, honored each other, complimented each other and exchanged hugs at the sixth annual Cammy Awards Sunday at Jillian's.
List of Cammy winners

Women of the Year
        We celebrate the work of 10 women who have made Greater Cincinnati a better place.

O N   T H E   S A M E   P A G E
Cincinnati's assignment: Ernest J. Gaines
        Ernest J. Gaines, author of A Lesson Before Dying thinks we, that is, blacks and whites, have more in common than we have differences.
More about the author and his writing

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