TOP LOCAL NEWS
3 city cops face scrutiny
        Two Cincinnati police officers with histories of disciplinary actions against them face new accusations, while a third has been suspended.

Hospital heart program on hold
        Surgeons will not resume performing heart transplants at University Hospital until sometime this fall, at least three months longer than initially anticipated.

Fourth of July events
        Parades, festivals, fireworks and other celebrations.
July 4th closingsTravel trouble spotsFireworks sales big bang for Ind.

TODAY'S LOCAL HEADLINES
Local Headlines for  Tuesday, July 03, 2001

Bridge name ideas span a who's who
        COVINGTON — Even if you don't know Dr. Alvin Poweleit, you may someday be taking the Poweleit Bridge.

Survey: 55% of CPS parents 'very satisfied'
        About 90 percent of Cincinnati Public Schools parents responding to a recent survey say they are very satisfied or somewhat satisfied with their children's education.

UC medical dean to retire
        Dr. John Hutton, dean of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, has announced plans to retire after 14 years on the job.

3 banks hit by 3 different robbers
        Robbers hit three Provident Banks across Greater Cincinnati Monday — one of them the same Colerain Township branch robbed Saturday.

Kings Island to add 'Tomb Raider'
        MASON — Paramount's Kings Island will open a “next-generation” thrill ride in 2002 that will plunge riders into a dark and dangerous world and rely heavily on computerized special effects.

Robber getting more dangerous
        HAMILTON — Police are looking for a robber who has armed himself with progressively more frightening weapons.

Warren focuses on strengthening families
        LEBANON — Freshman state Rep. Tom Raga and the Warren County United Way are leading a countywide effort to strengthen families — an issue residents cited as their No. 1 concern in a 2000 survey.

Holiday travelers: Watch out for these trouble spots
        Tristate travelers heading out of town for the July Fourth holiday can expect construction delays in several directions.

Overturned trucks upend traffic
        Thousands of drivers got two doses of bad news Monday when hundreds of gallons of slippery liquid graphite spilled onto a section of Fort Washington Way and an overturned truck blocked most southbound traffic on Interstate 75 near Buttermilk Pike.

Rape suit seeks $75K
        HAMILTON — The mother of an 11-year-old Hamilton boy who was raped in the Butler County Juvenile Detention Center is suing the county and various officials for failing to protect her son.

Holzberger taking hiatus to get pension
        HAMILTON — City Councilman Richard Holzberger left his council seat so he can begin collecting the pension from a long career as a police officer and Butler County sheriff. But he's expected to rejoin council in the fall.

Local Digest
        A Maineville man is accused of bilking his employer of more than $500,000 since 1998.

Miami student sentenced for possessing cocaine
        HAMILTON — Justin Baker, a Miami University student whose attorney had once alleged a police “set-up,” was sentenced to a year in prison Monday for a drug possession charge to which he had pleaded guilty.

Battle of the mine goes on
        COVINGTON — The battle between a company that wants to build an underground limestone mine and Boone County residents who oppose it continued Monday.

Chamber will endorse candidates
        FORT MITCHELL — The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce will begin endorsing and recruiting political candidates in the 2002 elections.

Drywall plant riles Silver Grove residents
        SILVER GROVE — A drywall factory that brought jobs, money and natural gas to this former railroad town two years ago has created headaches for some of its neighbors.

Kentucky Digest
        FRANKFORT — Gov. Paul Patton on Monday ordered a freeze on state employee pay raises and overtime except in life-threatening situations to prepare for a budget shortfall that could reach $321 million this year.

Search on in river drowning
        COVINGTON — Rescue crews spent Monday afternoon looking for the body of a homeless man who apparently tried to swim in the Licking River and drowned.

Congrats
        Virginia Kelly was honored for leadership and service at the annual honors convocation of the College of Mount St. Joseph. She is the daughter of Betty and Chuck Kelly of Delhi Township.

Driver seriously hurt
        A Price Hill man was seriously injured Monday afternoon in single-vehicle crash on State Avenue in Price Hill.

Welfare runs out for many
        CLEVELAND — Terell and Teron are sprawled under white sheets, sleeping soundly on the living room floor. It's 11 a.m., but the sunlight is blocked by yellowing newspapers that cover the windows.

About 200 join to recall collapse of Lonz Winery
        MARBLEHEAD, Ohio — There was a moment of silence for a man killed in a winery terrace collapse, but there also were joyful moments as survivors and rescuers marked the accident's first anniversary.

Police shooting called accident
        CLEVELAND — The mayor and police department say evidence shows that the police shooting of a 6-year-old boy was an accident.

Term limits' influence seen in budget fray
        COLUMBUS — A day after Gov. Bob Taft in January announced his proposal to fix Ohio's school-funding system, Senate President Richard Finan pitched his own ideas.

Township wanted RR signals where 5 died
        MONTPELIER, Ohio — Township leaders asked the state two years ago for warning signals at a railroad crossing where five people were killed Sunday.

S U N D A Y   S P O T L I G H T
Beefing up the ER
        Bethesda North Hospital has launched plans to become a full-blown trauma center, which would fill a void in Greater Cincinnati's growing northern suburbs with facilities nearly as sophisticated as University Hospital.