TEMPO STORIES FOR THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2004

Rating the roses
How do valentines get the best buds, those with lasting power? Does it matter where you buy them? Hoping to find out, we ordered six dozen long-stem red roses, specifying only that they be arranged in a vase. Four were ordered from Greater Cincinnati florists, chosen geographically, and two were ordered from Internet sites.


Beatles invaded 40 years ago
Can it really be 40 years since the Beatles invasion? Forty years since that chilly Feb. 7 when they first landed on U.S. soil? Forty years since that even chillier Feb. 9 when they made their U.S. television debut on the Ed Sullivan Show?
Area Beatles fan club keeps itself together
Camera was ticket to limo ride
Former DJ remembers the trivia


P&G gives opera $600,000
Thanks to a $600,000 boost from Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati Opera is a step closer to mounting Margaret Garner, the first opera commissioned by the company in its 84-year history.


Get to it!
A guide to help make your day.
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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Teen, mom glad to play in 'Colored Girls'
Colored Girls remains a powerful work today, which is why mother and daughter Denise and Kimisha Davis of Amberley Village made the commitment to be part of the Cincinnati Black Theatre Company production.
Concerto celebrates Chinese sounds
Gao Ping remembers two things about celebrating Chinese New Year as a boy in Chengdu, Szechwan Province, China.
10-year-old serious about playing in the spotlight
Ten-year-old Mackenzie Duan puts on her shades, tosses her blond ponytail and shimmies to a jazzy riff in Green Eggs and Ham with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra on Music Hall's stage.
New Year concert showcases modern, ancient music
The Chinese New Year concert showcases both traditional and modern musical styles. Some highlights:
Top 10s

The Early Word
PEOPLE
Natalie Cole files for divorce
Grammy award-winning singer Natalie Cole has filed for divorce from Kenneth Dupree, her husband of just over two years.
Douglas gives $1 million to college
Oscar-winning actor Michael Douglas doesn't believe in that "greed is good" philosophy uttered by his character, Gordon Gekko, in the 1987 film Wall Street.
He Said What?
"I would like to see us get this place right first before we have the arrogance to put significantly flawed civilizations out onto other planets - even though they may be utterly uninhabited."
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Sex and the City poll
As Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte clean out their closets, we want to know how they have affected your life.

Include your camp in our guide
Fill out the online form to submit your camps for The Cincinnati Enquirer/Cincinnati.Com 2004 Summer Camp Guide.

Tell us about your DIY disasters
The new show, Broken House Chronicles on the Discovery Channel Thursdays, tracks two roommates through their sometimes-funny, always-frustrating home-repair disasters. What about you?

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."

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SPECIAL
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.

Hahn S P E C I A L   R E P O R T:   E X T R E M E   C H O I C E S
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.

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

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
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