LOCAL NEWS FOR THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2002
Cosby cancels concerts
        The state of race relations in Cincinnati is no laughing matter for Bill Cosby, who Wednesday canceled two planned concerts citing the city's racially charged environment.

Wharf development attacked
        The land surrounding the Symmes Township lake looks neglected and uninviting. Piles of sand and crushed rock crowd the shoreline. Tall, rusted metal structures dot the terrain.

Charged in murder of father
        Vicki Glick walked into her father's hospital room, where he was being treated for prostate cancer, pulled out a .357-caliber handgun and shot him four times, police said.

State yanks Fiorini's license
        George Fiorini, whose 28-year career as an insurance agent flamed out after steering Tristate residents to what officials say are potentially worthless securities, has sold his last policy.

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 Lockland.

Special Section

S P E C I A L   I N V E S T I G A T I O N
Ohio's secret shame
        Instead of keeping people healthy and safe, Ohio's mental retardation system is so chaotic it routinely fails to prevent deaths, correct problems or enforce minimum standards of care, The Cincinnati Enquirer has found.
Twelve who died - Our investigation found a dozen questionable deaths
An unequal system - The kind of care depends on where you live
Take control - make sure a person with mental retardation is well cared for

IN THE TRISTATE
Taft touts firm as high-tech model
        WEST CHESTER TWP. — To promote his $1.6 billion plan to lure more high-tech jobs to Ohio, Gov. Bob Taft spent an hour Wednesday touring a small Butler County company that developed technology for treating heart arrhythmia.

CAN ads called good beginning
        Many who saw Cincinnati Community Action Now's new ads Wednesday called the campaign energizing and a good first step toward racial healing.

Dater's widow blasts charity board
        More accusations of mismanagement were leveled Wednesday against one of the largest charitable foundations in Cincinnati.

Defendant says he killed 3
        A three-judge panel may be convened today to decide the fate of Stanley Fitzpatrick, who could receive the death penalty if convicted of brutally killing three people in Lincoln Heights.

Ex-funeral director charged
        The former owner of Hawthorne-Bowles Funeral Home in Mount Healthy has been indicted on 20 counts alleging he stole $82,000 from 16 families who purchased “pre-need” funeral contracts.

FEMA scolds river town for delay in filing report
        LAWRENCEBURG — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has chastised Lawrenceburg because two administrations have not filed a report on the 1997 flood at Dearborn Plaza on U.S. 50.

Kiwanis pay for play area upgrade
        CHEVIOT — A $40,000 donation by the Cheviot Westwood Kiwanis will soon transform the playground at Harvest Home Park.

Performers want Covedale Theater
        Its signature tower personifies the plight of the historic Covedale Theater. Its luster is tarnished, its future uncertain.

ReStoc, city work on revised agreement
        A deal brokered by Councilman David Pepper has kept ReStoc's plans for a 30-unit low-income housing project on Vine Street alive — at least for a week.

Robot builders working fast
        BEVIS — Imagine being assigned to build a robot, using only odds and ends in your garage. Twenty-six Northwest High School students are racing the clock to build such a robot for a national engineering contest.

Saks gets its $6.6M subsidy
        Cincinnati City Council gave final approval to a $6.6 million subsidy for Saks Fifth Avenue Wednesday, completing a deal that could keep the department store downtown through 2017.

Tristate A.M. Report

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
HOWARD: Some Good News
        The 1,200 kids from the St. James Catholic School in White Oak jumped at the opportunity to collect books for the Fay Community Center.

PULFER: In courtroom
        Vicki L. Glick stood quietly before Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Guy Guckenberger. She was wearing pale green jailhouse pajamas and the customary dazed expression. The 51-year-old woman is accused of killing her father Tuesday night at Mercy Hospital Anderson, shooting him four times as he lay in bed.

BUTLER, WARREN, CLERMONT
Athletic fields to cost $1.2M
        NEW MIAMI — Improving the New Miami Schools' athletic facilities will cost about $1.2 million.

Group reports business booming
        MIDDLETOWN — Despite a down national economy, officials of the Mid-Miami Valley Chamber of Commerce say interest and membership is up. And so is optimism for the future.

Main St. widening upsets some in Mason
        MASON — The proposed widening of part of U.S. 42 — the gateway to the downtown business district — has some business owners concerned that the improvements will actually hurt business.

Mason woman working in Antarctica: 'It's cold!'
        MASON — While Tristate residents can experience Antarctica through a new exhibit and show that opened last weekend at the Cincinnati Museum Center, a 19-year-old Mason woman is living it.

New legal wrinkle: OxyContin defense
        LEBANON — A Clearcreek Township father scheduled to go on trial today in Warren County for felonious assault may claim the drug OxyContin caused him to lose control and beat a Springboro football star with a flashlight last July.

KENTUCKY
Kidnapping added to murder charge
        BURLINGTON — Forensic evidence has led Boone County prosecutors to seek an additional charge of capital kidnapping against a 29-year-old accused of killing his landlady over a disputed phone bill.

Aquarium adds a rehab facility
        NEWPORT — A former warehouse in the city's west end is the Newport Aquarium's new Animal Rehabilitation Center and may one day be part of the aquarium's efforts in education and research.

Gunman robs pawn shop in Taylor Mill, escapes
        TAYLOR MILL — Police are looking for a man who robbed Quick Cash Pawn Shop at gunpoint at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

N.Ky. PAC has a plan
        A group of young Republicans has formed what is Northern Kentucky's first party based political action committee.

Sex offender unregistered in Ky.
        COVINGTON — A Kenton County judge nearly doubled the bond for a Cincinnati man who authorities say was caught on video appearing to stalk a girl at a department store while fondling himself.

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.