LOCAL NEWS FOR SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2002
Boycott's sting gains intensity
        Eleven weeks into his new term, the boycott against Cincinnati poses the biggest challenge to date for Mayor Charlie Luken's political leadership.

Slaughterhouse escapee at large
        Don't look for this beef in your grocer's freezer.

Bust weeds out drug suspects
        A U-Haul truck full of police officers surprised an Evanston neighborhood about 6:30 p.m. Friday in a high-profile Violent Crimes Task Force drug bust.

Custody case in final court
        When Kentucky Supreme Court justices rule in the emotional Justin custody battle, their decision will cast a shadow on all future adoptions in the commonwealth, attorneys said Friday during arguments in court.

Boy skier 'serious' after hitting tree
        A 14-year-old Edgewood boy was upgraded to serious condition Friday, a day after striking a tree while skiing at Perfect North resort in Lawrenceburg, Ind.

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 Lebanon.

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.

IN THE TRISTATE
Three in I-275 wreck still in hospitals
        SHARONVILLE — Three people injured in a crash involving at least six vehicles on Interstate 275 on Thursday afternoon were still hospitalized Friday night, according to Sharonville police.

Judges vote to execute killer of 3
        A Lincoln Heights man who admitted to the brutal killings of his girlfriend, her daughter and a neighbor was sentenced to death Friday by a three-judge panel.

Mount St. Joe raises tuition
        DELHI TOWNSHIP — The College of Mount St. Joseph announced Friday it will increase tuition 5.3 percent for the 2002-2003 academic year.

Portune's hoping to sell tax
        Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune has proposals he hopes will ease concerns over a plan to raise the countywide hotel-motel tax to pay for an expanded Albert B. Sabin Cincinnati Convention Center.

Price Hill evening is fund-raiser
        The beating struck so close to the heart of the neighborhood — two blocks from Seton, the neighborhood Catholic school for girls. And so brutal, leaving a tiny Korean grandmother fighting for her life on the floor of her neighborhood deli.

Tristate A.M. Report
        COLUMBUS — Gov. Bob Taft denied clemency again Friday to John W. Byrd Jr., who is scheduled to be executed next week for a slaying 19 years ago.

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
MCNUTT: Neighborhoods
        SPRINGFIELD TWP. — We've heard a lot about a renewed sense of community and patriotism recently, and Parkview Heights demonstrates them.

RADEL: Topic topic
        Quite frankly, I don't care if an aging comic, an oldies R&B singer and a retired football player with blood-soaked gloves come to town or not.

SAMPLES: God-given right
        They can't bring themselves to sing “God Bless America,” so several atheists are doing the next most American thing: forming a national support network.

THOMPSON: Faith Matters
        If idle hands are the devil's workshop, then Edith Pryor's must be heaven-sent.

BUTLER, WARREN, CLERMONT
Families flocking to new YMCA
        FAIRFIELD TWP — A month before its opening, the East Butler County Family YMCA at the southwest corner of Princeton and Morris roads already has 1,400 families signed to memberships.

Hamilton close to double-dip OK
        HAMILTON — City Council is close to finalizing an agreement to allow City Manager Steve Sorrell to retire in April and be rehired two months later so he could begin to collect his pension on top of his salary.

Historic barn could move
        WEST CHESTER TOWNSHIP — One of the Muhlhauser family barns may be moved this spring from Fairfield to Beckett Ridge Park for renovation into a community conference center.

Hospital feeling competition
        WEST CHESTER TWP. — This week's announcement that a new hospital could be built here in three to five years makes it more critical than ever that Middletown Regional Hospital move closer to Interstate 75, Butler County Commissioner Mike Fox said Friday.

OHIO
Employee: Top staff paid cash to Traficant
        CLEVELAND — U.S. Rep. James Traficant's longtime district office manager said Friday that two of his senior aides told her they were giving money back to the congressman out of their paychecks.

Proposed bill could protect nursing homes from civil suits
        COLUMBUS — Families who feel their relatives were abused or neglected in Ohio nursing homes could soon find it more difficult to sue the companies that run those homes.

Student kept locked up after dynamite scare
        WARREN, Ohio — A 17-year-old charged with bringing two sticks of dynamite and blasting caps to school must remain in juvenile custody until his arraignment, a magistrate ruled Friday.

KENTUCKY
Kenton workers win back pay
        COVINGTON — More than 150 Kenton County Detention Center employees who were ordered to report to work 10 minutes before shifts started but not paid for that time are receiving $102,107 in back pay.

Sheriff now investigating stable fire
        HEBRON — The Boone County Sheriff's Department is now in charge of the investigation into the fire Thursday that destroyed the barn at Sandy Run Stable on North Bend Road and killed 29 horses.

Sinn Fein's Adams back in town to raise funds, ring peace bell
        COVINGTON — Gerry Adams, president of the Sinn Fein party in Northern Ireland that has been linked to the Irish Republican Army, will visit the Tristate in March.

Three Catholic schools to merge into two
        COVINGTON — Declining enrollment and a commitment to continue Catholic education in some of Northern Kentucky's most urban communities prompted the Diocese of Covington to announce this week plans to merge three schools into a new elementary and junior high school.

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.