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Get a head start on your week with these Cincinnati news stories

Good morning, Cincinnati.com readers. Maps, wiener dogs and comic books take over the news cycle this week.

Here’s what you need to know.

1. City Council slate almost set

We might (heavy emphasis on might) get the final list of Cincinnati City Council candidates this week.

The Hamilton County Board of Elections last week certified 33 candidates, the largest in 20 years, but deadlocked on whether to approve Tom Brinkman and Te’Airea Powell, who were missing dates on some paperwork. 

How big of a deal is that? The Secretary of State is expected to decide sometime in the next week or two. 

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2. Ohio’s redistricting race

The group responsible for creating Ohio Statehouse district maps is running out of time. 

The Ohio Redistricting Commission faces a Wednesday deadline to present state House and Senate district maps that satisfy voter-approved changes to the state constitution.

The commission is collecting public feedback on Monday and Tuesday with the hope of passing along a 10-year map for the full legislature to consider. Failing that, a 4-year map is also a possibility. 

3. Mother sentenced for murder

Brittany Gosney, who last month pleaded guilty to murdering her 6-year-old son James Hutchinson and throwing his body in the Ohio River, will face a judge for sentencing this morning. 

Gosney’s boyfriend, James Hamilton, who police said pressured Gosney to get rid of her children, also faces charges related to the boy’s death. A jury trial in his case is scheduled for October.

Crews have searched the river for Hutchinson’s body for months without success. 

4. Zinzinnati celebrates Oktoberfest

Chicken dances, wiener dog races and gallons of beer can only mean one thing —Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is back. 

The Cincinnati tradition will open Thursday, a day earlier this year, and stay open an hour later through Sunday. 

Get your game plan together with our look at everything you need to know about the event. 

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5. Cincinnati Comic Expo

Cincinnati is home to the Hall of Justice, so it’s fitting we have a comics celebration worthy of the Super Friends. 

Cincinnati Comic Expo starts Friday, featuring celebrity panels, workshops, exhibitors and much more. 

They also create incredibly cool posters for the event each year, most of which feature Queen City icons. Here’s a look at the 2020/2021 version:

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