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Suffering children, desperate parents
Thousands of parents with severely ill children face decisions most of us cannot imagine, as cash-strapped states are slashing Medicaid and cutting off families who desperately need help. This series examines those extreme choices and the families who are making them.

Bassoons will be stars of this show
A concerto for bassoon is rare - but two bassoons in the spotlight is even more of a rarity.

Party tricks will treat guests ... and host
Here are Enquirer food editor Chuck Martin's 10 tips for successful holiday entertaining.

Special section: Legacy of the Popes
Saturday, Saint Peter and the Vatican: The Legacy of the Popes opens at Cincinnati Museum Center with 350 works from the Holy See.

The Enquirer's 2003 Wish List
Some are struggling with serious medical problems. Some have been dealt a blow by a terrible accident. You can help.

We're looking for the holidays' brightest lights
OK, Cincinnati, flip the switch and show us your lights. Christmas lights, we mean.

The 12 Days of Christmas: First Day
To celebrate the classic holiday song, we decided to have a little fun, with some help from Tristate residents who illustrate it beautifully.

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

Get real advice from a regular guy
Answers to your burning questions about relationships, getting ahead, life's little mysteries and the world in general - introducing "Dear Doug."

Virtual Cookie Exchange
Do you want to share your best holiday cookie recipe, or are you searching for a special cookie recipe? Swap and request recipes on our Virtual Cookie Exchange.

Comics contenders
For the past week, The Enquirer has published five new comic strips in the print edition of Tempo. All are candidates to join our comics page. Now, vote for your favorites.
Demaline: Series for Dummies debuts
The 20/20 Festival will be back, promises Enjoy the Arts/START. The almost three-week arty party, targeted to the young and the young at heart, drew 12,000 for its 2003 edition.
Anderson Township family boasts kids in two 'Carols'
For the Brenneman family of Anderson Township, the holidays start in November with rehearsals for A Christmas Carol.
Harris moves into New Edgecliff role
New Edgecliff artistic director Michael Shooner is giving himself a special gift this holiday season - an associate artistic director in the person of Elizabeth Harris, terrific local actress (Square One, Lord of the Rings trilogy) and director who has been a regular on the New Edgecliff stage as well as several other smaller pro theaters.
St. Ursula troupe headed to Scotland
St. Ursula Academy will be making Cincinnati theater history in August, when the high school sends a company of 21 to the American High School Theatre Festival at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Conflict links operas
Cincinnati Opera announced this week that it will substitute one of the operas in its double bill (June 24 and 26) for the summer season.
Several performers prepare to make local debut
Cincinnati Opera has announced updated casting for its Summer Festival.
'Black Nativity' spreads the joy
The Cincinnati Black Theatre Company is again presenting Langston Hughes' Black Nativity for the holidays - this time on the campus of Xavier University, and with a major change by director Don Sherman.
Kids scan screens, not books
The increasing onslaught from television, computers and electronic games is luring more children to glowing screens and away from books, a recent study found.
Greater Cincinnati Bashes and Balls

Up Next
Raise a glass to these wine books
Wine books, small and large, make nice gifts for both connoisseurs and novices. Here are a few new titles to check out.
I have a recipe that calls for a "wineglassful" of wine. This confuses me, because wine glasses are different sizes. What amount of liquid is the recipe calling for?
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Contenders vie for comics page
Zits is at the top, family favorites reign and we're not changing much - yet.

Tune up for the holidays with seasonal CDs
The high-anxiety shopping season is in full sweat, and that includes deciding which holiday albums to buy for friends and family.
Celebrity favorites
Christmas best-sellers
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Holiday Craft Shows & Bazaars
Our guide to holiday craft shows and bazaars in Hamilton, Butler, Warren, Clermont, Brown, Adams, Kenton, Campbell, Boone and Dearborn counties, from schools, churches, neighborhoods and charitable organizations throughout the Tristate.
Craft shows in the spotlight

Jewel of art, architecture repolished
The Taft Museum of Art is at the height of a $19 million makeover which will double the size of the museum, clean up centuries of grime and fix a few decorating disasters.
How the house changed

Fall festival guide
It's time to celebrate apples, pumpkins, all things German and much, much more. Here's out list through November.

Roller coaster craze never-ending cycle
Nowhere in the country is the roller coaster craze bigger than in the Tristate, with 72 coasters within a four-hour drive. Columnist Jim Knippenberg reports on his tour of 46 coasters at six amusement parks in six days.
ONLINE EXTRA: Rate and review the 46 coasters, and see what others think
Tour diary: 46 coasters, 3 states, 6 days
Map & information about the coaster parks

Readers share memories of flight
In honor of the 100th anniversary of flight, we asked readers to share their own memories of flying. Hundreds of folks did. Here are some of our favorites.
ONLINE EXTRA: More responses not included in print edition

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.

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.