Kentucky: Sin Center

There has rarely been any problem about betting a buck or buying a babe in Newport, Ky., a red-brick town just a nine-minute, $1.35 cab ride across the Ohio River from Cincinnati. The town's traditions trace back to the female followers who camped around the local U.S. Army barracks in the 19th century. Since then, Newport has developed such a gaudy brand of gambling and prostitution that it stands today as one of the nation's most blatant sin centers.

Thoughtful Newport grocers used to keep stools handy so the local tots could climb...

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