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CINCINNATI CAN'T MESS WITH MENORAH DISPLAY

A federal judge has forbidden Cincinnati to interfere with a menorah display on downtown Fountain Square during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah in December.

The city in May imposed regulations that prohibit displays on the public square overnight, saying it lacked personnel to guard them.During the eight-day Hanukkah celebration, the menorah, a candelabrum, would have to come down each night and be erected again the next day.

U.S. District Judge Carl Rubin ruled Wednesday that the regulations violate free speech rights by making it so difficult to exercise them. It was the third year Rubin has ordered the city to allow the menorah display.