Chinese teen writes home
        Kuangyan Huang is a lot like his classmates at Moeller High. He loves tennis and soccer, designs Web sites, and is a movie buff. But he's also a best-selling author, in China.

Lemmie loved in Dayton
        To hear those who know her tell it, Valerie Lemmie, the Dayton city manager who is Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken's choice for the same job here, is something akin to a hammer wrapped in velvet.

Detective outlines two killings
        A police detective testified Tuesday that Russell W. Malapelli lured five of his friends to a rural Bracken County farmhouse with the promise of thousands of dollars from the sale of cocaine.

Opponents of Roach stand fast
        A group of 75 Evendale residents Tuesday night said they will continue their opposition to the council's decision to hire former Cincinnati Police Officer Stephen Roach.

Conversations on race
        Small neighborhood groups are talking openly about race issues, in hopes of arriving at actions that will make a difference. Today, the conversation from Reading.

Special Section

Children's starts rare transplant
        Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is launching a small bowel transplant program to improve care for babies with rare conditions that cause their intestines to fail.

CPS board president sees city stake in rebuilding plan
        When Rick Williams first considered running for the Cincinnati Board of Education in 1999, his parents, who had been administrators in the district, tried to talk him out of it.

Dorothy C. Bailey, 90, former Woman of the Year, dies
        SILVERTON — One of Dorothy Cunningham Bailey's first jobs was to help the thousands of Cincinnati residents who lost electricity for weeks during the great flood of 1937.

Fingergate questions remain
        Questions remain in City Hall's biggest scandal of 2002, a caper that has turned 801 Plum St. upsidedown since it unfolded seven days ago.

Loveland racial talks Sunday
        LOVELAND — Overcoming racial barriers will be discussed Sundaywhen residents meet for a Martin Luther King Day celebration.

Police say some CAN ideas are in works
        Atop the Cincinnati CAN recommendations for better police-community relations is a philosophy Cincinnati police say they already teach and practice.

Schools meeting upsets some
        Why does the Cincinnati school district want to close so many schools that are only 50 years old? Where will kids go to school if their neighborhood school closes? How long will renovations take?

Sister City program shows us how to mix
        Twelve years ago, a team led by Conrad “Bud” Haupt, a retired Cincinnati city planner, met with residents of the Ukraine city of Kharkiv in what was then the Soviet Union.

Steady hand on the camera
        In a bustling operating room Tuesday, Dr. Fred Ryckman watched his progress on an overhead video monitor as he carefully burned away webs of connective tissue from a kidney destined to be transplanted from a mother to her daughter.

Tristate A.M. Report

HOWARD: Some Good News
        The Urban League of Greater Cincinnati will feature 15-year-old Donte Shackelford, author of School is My Job, as the guest speaker at the league's annual meeting and Glorifying the Lions Luncheon, at noon Jan. 25 at the Hyatt Regency, downtown Cincinnati.

RADEL: Mind manners
        Abird got loose in City Hall last Wednesday.

SAMPLES: Testing luck
        ERLANGER — It's bingo night at St. Henry District High School. Beneath a wall-mounted crucifix, the faithful pick up their daubers.

Bill would monitor prescriptions
        LEBANON — An Ohio lawmaker wants to make it tougher for prescription drug abusers to get their fixes.

Drive for referendum meets goal
        HAMILTON — A drive for signatures to hold a referendum on the Butler County sales tax increase pushed supporters to their goal with a 4 p.m. deadline today.

Hamilton council to discuss city manager's future
        HAMILTON — After learning that City Manager Steve Sorrell is again a finalist for an out-of-state job, Councilman Richard Holzberger is calling for a special executive session to discuss Mr. Sorrell's future.

Mason not funding 3 positions
        MASON — City Council won't fund the position sought by a Hamilton lawyer who is under state disciplinary review.

New use possible for Mercy Hamilton
        HAMILTON — U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine, R-Ohio, has secured $300,000 in federal dollars to help convert a closed hospital into a community facility, his office said Tuesday.

Newtown battles firefighting issues
        NEWTOWN — The Village Council Public Safety Committee is questioning whether one fire chief and six part-time firefighters are enough to cover this village of 2,399 residents.

Students put books on computer
        MASON — Some Mason High School students are finishing a project they hope will help younger students learn.

Warren Co. disputes cop force claims
        LEBANON — Warren County officials Tuesday disputed claims that two deputies used excessive force and improperly entered a residence to arrest a suspect in Deerfield Township on New Year's Day.

Bridge renaming faces uphill fight
        The effort to rename a new Licking River span might turn out to be a bridge to nowhere.

Democrats load up to unseat McConnell
        FORT WRIGHT — The crowd gathered Monday night in the back room at Walt's Hitching Post didn't come for the restaurant's famous ribs.

Jump-start money arrives to build homes for needy
        COVINGTON — A developer of homes for low-income families has received a $111,000 grant that will provide the seed money for a $1.5 million project here.

N. Ky. starts moving to meet storm water order
        FORT MITCHELL — Officials with Sanitation District No.1 will shortly be knocking on the doors of 33 cities in Campbell, Kenton and Boone counties to take the next step in implementing a federally mandated storm water program by March 2003.

River park's value debated
        NEWPORT — The city is moving ahead with initial planning for a river park below the Newport Aquarium, but some city commissioners still have concerns about the scope and expense of the proposed project.

Senate bill would let merged volunteer fire companies keep training money
        FRANKFORT — Volunteer fire departments, many of them hard-pressed to keep a full staff, would be given a financial incentive to merge under a bill approved by a Senate committee Tuesday.

Senior center may open next month
        INDEPENDENCE — By mid-February, city officials hope to open the long-awaited Independence Senior Center on a part-time basis.

Tax proposals floated amid state money woes
        FRANKFORT — A poll conducted on behalf of smoking opponents purports to show broad support for a 75-cent increase in the tax on a pack of cigarettes. Another group says a tax break for the poor would benefit the economy.

Woman accused of sex with son
        COVINGTON — A 35-year-old local woman was bound over to the Kenton County grand jury Tuesday by District Court Judge Ann Ruttle on charges that she had sex with her son when the boy was 5 years old.

Kentucky News Briefs

Roach hiring divides Evendale
        The Cincinnati police officer whose gun triggered riots about a dozen miles away and subsequent national publicity over racial tension have landed hard in Evendale's front yard.

1,300 share ideas for county's future
        Hamilton County's future took center stage in the Music Hall ballroom Saturday, as more than 1,300 residents spent the day talking about how to improve a county that is losing population, struggling with race relations and trying to balance development and the environment.

CAN puts new focus on 'will'
        After more than eight months of work and a commitment of “tens of thousands” of hours, Cincinnati Community Action Now (CAN) members Saturday said they are taking the next step in implementing programs to ease racial tension and help advance the lot of all people living in Cincinnati.

Church merger first for Ohio
        Church politics can rival the partisan wranglings in Washington, D.C., but two Delhi Township congregations decided to put aside their differences and join in what is believed to be a first for Ohio.

Year in Review: 9-11 eclipses everything else
        The new era, the changed world, emerged from a clear blue September sky, with a shock so unexpected, a wound so deep, a scar so lasting, that America seemed to see everything through a dark new prism.

Year in Cincinnati: Riots, trials, national scrutiny
        This would have been a dramatic year for Cincinnati and the Tristate even if the last page of the calendar had been turned on Sept. 10.
Cincinnati's unrest: A look at a divisive year
A special section examines the racial unrest of the past year and the many lives it touched.