LOCAL NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30, 2002
Hotel tax hike drawing criticism
        In what's shaping up as a battle between Cincinnati and its neighbors to the north, city and hospitality industry leaders Tuesday sharply criticized a proposed countywide lodgings tax increase.

Needy get help with drug costs
        With retail prescription drug costs increasing each year at more than double the rate of inflation, most families feel the pinch on their finances.

Terror, economy spark reactions
        How Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana lawmakers reacted Tuesday night to President Bush's State of the Union address.
Text of Bush's speech
Latest coverage of State of the Union response

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 Norwood.

Special Section

IN THE TRISTATE
Charges won't end Explorer group
        NORWOOD — Police Chief William Schlie said his department will continue its Explorer program, despite sex-assault charges filed against the officer who led the group.

First meeting on Interstate 75: 'no easy answer'
        Surrounded by a series of traffic diagrams of problems familiar to Interstate 75 motorists, engineer Casey Walter cut to the chase.

Goals for county's future near vote
        The 1,300 people who met at a Jan. 12 town meeting to chart Hamilton County's future wanted a few things changed before they bought into the plan.

Hostage's sister pays visit to Philippines
        LIBERTY TOWNSHIP — A guidance counselor at a Butler County school is in the Philippines to appeal for the release of her sister and brother-in-law, who have been held by rebels there for eight months.

Idea will sprout into a playground
        LINCOLN HEIGHTS — For 30 years, Sister Mary Luke has dreamed of providing a safe place for Lincoln Heights children to play, learn, and feel loved.

Loss of donations hurts victims' group
        The Cincinnati-based National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children is fighting to stay in operation because of a decline in donations at the same time it spent money helping terrorism victims in New York City.

Morgue pair seek new trials today
        Lawyers for photographer Thomas Condon and Dr. Jonathan Tobias return to court today to ask a Hamilton County judge to reconsider their convictions and grant them new trials.

One-car accident on Glenway kills driver
        A Price Hill man was killed Monday night when his car hit a pole on Glenway Avenue.

Teachers at Chase leery of overhaul
        Teachers at Chase Elementary in Northside say more than a half-million dollars in new reading and science programs will go to waste when the school is redesigned this fall.

Three-city chase yields gun, multiple charges
        What started as a traffic stop in Newport early Tuesday ended in Cincinnati with a loaded gun recovered on an interstate off-ramp and an arrest.

Tristate A.M. Report
        HAMILTON — As mourners attended visitation for a Talawanda High School teacher late Tuesday afternoon, Butler County sheriff's deputies cited an Eaton, Ohio, man in connection with the traffic crash that killed her.

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
HOWARD: Some Good News
        Students and faculty at Miami University in Oxford understand the critical need for blood.

RADEL: City Hall
        When she starts work in March as Cincinnati's city manager, Valerie Lemmie should clean up City Hall. It looks shabby.

SAMPLES: Sportsmanship
        COLD SPRING — There's a sports story going around this town that makes grandmas cheer and grown men cry.

KORTE: City Hall
        “Corrupt, evil and unconscionable.”

BUTLER, WARREN, CLERMONT
Child abuse case sent to Ohio Supreme Court
        HAMILTON — A battle over which judge will hear a high-profile case of a child-abuse death in Middletown is headed to the Ohio Supreme Court.

FBI checks carjacking kidnap case
        LEBANON — The FBI on Tuesday took over the investigation into a Massachusetts lawyer's claim that he was abducted on his way to work and released at a rest area on a remote stretch of Interstate 71 outside Lebanon.

Hamilton finance director put on leave
        HAMILTON — In what appears to be the first in a series of belt-tightening moves, City Manager Steve Sorrell has placed finance director James Graff on paid administrative leave.

Mason to help seek referendum
        MASON — The state's second-fastest-growing city is joining more than three dozen other Ohio cities that will spend taxpayer money to seek a vote on annexation reform backed by townships.

Police release sketch of suspect
        TURTLECREEK TWP. — Warren County sheriff's investigators released a composite sketch Tuesday, hoping to find a man who tried to lure an 11-year-old girl into his white pickup truck.

Talawanda schools ready to go to voters
        OXFORD — Two buildings would close and two new schools would be built in the Talawanda School District if voters approve a May bond issue to support the district's share of the $53.2 million project.

Testimony over buyouts conflicts
        LEBANON — Three current and former City Council members gave conflicting accounts Tuesday about when and how they learned their former city auditor might have taken a questionable early retirement buyout.

KENTUCKY
Gas company sues Newport over break
        NEWPORT — The Union Light, Heat and Power Co. filed a complaint Tuesday in Campbell County Circuit Court seeking damages resulting from a broken water main in Newport in October 2000.

Judge extends filing deadline
        FRANKFORT — A furious day of negotiations between legislators and even a circuit court judge Tuesday resulted in an extended filing deadline and fuzzy lines for legislative and congressional districts.

Last-minute candidates file
        A number of familiar faces filed for Northern Kentucky city and county offices by Tuesday's deadline. And it was a surprise.

Northern Kentucky candidates
        All city races are non-partisan. The filing deadline for school boards and smaller cities is Aug. 13. Asteriks designate incumbants

Symphony balks at NKU rent increase
        The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra faces a rent hike for the first time in five years as it negotiates a new lease with Northern Kentucky University.

Teen girl burned in explosion
        INDEPENDENCE — A 16-year-old Independence girl is in critical but stable condition after being seriously burned Monday night as she stoked a fire with gasoline.

SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT
Beanbag shooting still unresolved
        An Enquirer and WCPO-TV investigation reveals why the Justice Department dropped an investigation of eight police officers who fired beanbag rounds at protesters on the day of Timothy Thomas' funeral, injuring two children.
Few officers prosecuted

Flashing case revives call for castration
        A Cincinnati man allegedly caught on video stalking girls at a department store and exposing himself should be "locked up as long as possible ... and chemical castration should be an option," Hamilton County Prosecutor Mike Allen said.

One year after fire, city block still empty
        GEORGETOWN, Ohio — - Three of the four historic buildings that burned on South Main are gone. The fourth sits heavily damaged in Brown County's government seat. The fire has left a hole — literally and figuratively — in one of Southwest Ohio's most picturesque villages.

SPECIAL
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.