LOCAL NEWS FOR TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2002
Fans: Now, this is baseball
        What better way to remember the 32nd and final Opening Day in Cinergy Field than with a Reds win?
RADEL: Reds as unifier
Peevish cow passes on parade

Kentucky loses out on Hyundai
        Despite months of negotiations and last-minute wrangling in hopes of attracting a $1 billion Hyundai plant to Hardin County, Kentucky lost out Monday night to Alabama.

How to gripe more effectively
        Enquirer columnist Laura Pulfer says: The delivery guy in the elevator that morning said he'd like to get into the game. He pushed the button for his floor an extra time or six. He was wearing brown, but I knew which game he meant.

Area roads stack up well
        Before you complain about local potholes, consider that a new survey shows we could have it worse.

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 Symmes Township.

Special Section


ENQUIRER OPINIONS
SAMPLES: Easter Dogs
        FORT THOMAS — Peeps aren't just for decapitating, smooshing and throwing at little brothers, you know. The marshmallow Easter treats also can be plopped on the heads of unsuspecting dogs.

HOWARD: Some Good News
        NAEIR rhymes with share. And that is what the National Association for the Exchange of Industrial Resources does for schools and charities all over the country.

TRISTATE HEADLINES
Cincinnati youth to partake in racial diversity rally
        The real-life inspirations for the Hollywood hit Remember the Titans will help lead the racial diversity youth rally planned this month for Cincinnati.

Funerals arranged for three in crash
        ROSS TOWNSHIP — As investigators continued to probe the cause of Saturday's triple-fatal crash on U.S. 27, funeral arrangements were made for its victims.

Lebanon looks to the past
        LEBANON — In the middle of Ohio's second-fastest-growing county lies a timeless and colorful city known for its Applefest, antiques shops, quilt shows and the Golden Lamb Inn.

Profiling resolution talks go on
        Negotiators worked until 3 a.m. today but still didn't have a deal to settle the racial profiling lawsuit against the city. They promised to return to the federal courthouse at 9 a.m. today.


Pyramid Hill offers concerts, kids' programs
        HAMILTON — The Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum has its own opening day today, with a jam-packed schedule lined up for its sixth season.

Trash turned into mascot
        DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP — Kings High School students dug through trash in the name of art and school spirit, and came up with materials for a sculpture of the school mascot.

Two indicted in printer cartridge theft
        LEBANON — Two men have been indicted by a Warren County grand jury on felony charges in connection with the theft of $2,500 worth of computer printer cartridges from a Middletown Meijer store in January.

Warren leaders want consensus
        LEBANON — Warren County commissioners have summoned the leaders of the county's school districts, cities, villages and townships to hear the commissioners' views on Middletown Regional Hospital's proposed move into the county.

Observer: Cincinnati is a hidden treasure
        Despite a widespread boycott, a racial profiling lawsuit and last year's riots, Cincinnati still rates as one of the 10 most underrated cities in America.

Tristate A.M. Report
        An Anderson Township couple was indicted Monday on charges of pandering obscenity.

REGIONAL / STATE HEADLINES
Officer fired for leaving scene of accident
        DAYTON — A police officer convicted earlier this year of assaulting a restaurant owner has been fired for leaving the scene of an accident last year, the Dayton police chief said.

Ohio gives none to anti-smoking effort
        OLYMPIA, Wash. — Less than four years ago, Washington state's attorney general helped win billions of dollars from the tobacco industry for 46 states — money she saw as a bonanza for smoking-prevention programs and other health measures.

Suspect's trial begins in $1 death
        HAMILTON — The first of two suspects in a death-penalty case is set to go to trial before a three-judge panel in Butler County today.

KENTUCKY HEADLINES
100-year-old poem of Kentucky heard around the world
        LEXINGTON — 'Tis the poem heard 'round the world.

Burlington Pro closing after more than 60 years
        BURLINGTON — A 60-year icon on this small and quickly growing town's landscape is closing, making way for the new as the county seat of one of the fastest-growing counties in Kentucky.

County readies reinstatement welfare rules
        Hamilton County commissioners are expected Wednesday to approve new rules for people who want to be reinstated to the welfare rolls.

Court passes on free speech case
        WASHINGTON — Leaders of a Kentucky community college lost a free speech case that asked the Supreme Court if a college instructor had a constitutional right to use racial slurs in class as part of a discussion of hurtful communication.

GOP contenders act cordially
        FRANKFORT — U.S. Rep. Ernie Fletcher and state Rep. Steve Nunn reached a tentative agreement Monday to conduct a civil primary if they both pursue the GOP nomination for governor next year.

High Court turns down payday lending customers' case
        WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court passed up a chance Monday to review a case that asked about recourse for America's working class poor who want to sue payday lenders.

House ready to pass Ky. budget
        FRANKFORT — The House and Senate went their separate ways on the budget Monday, leaving little likelihood of a resolution before the session ends on April 15.

Miners win black lung legislation
        FRANKFORT — Legislation to make it easier for coal miners to win claims for black lung disease, but which emphasizes education and retraining instead of cash payments, won final passage Monday.

Kentucky digest
        LEXINGTON — The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati has upheld the conviction of a Knott County man for conspiring to buy votes in the May 1998 primary election.
SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT
Boycott could go on and on
        People on both sides of Cincinnati's boycott issue are starting to ask: When will it all end?

Lemmie believes in openness
        Valerie Lemmie, who starts work as city manager Tuesday, believes in openness: an open, transparent city government and opening her arms to hug city employees.

Sermons focus on past year
        Resurrection. Life anew. After a year of racial conflict, church scandal, boycotts, and terrorist attacks, that theme has special resonance.

Judge: Profiling settlement near
        A judge mediating the final days of settlement talks in the racial profiling lawsuit against the city of Cincinnati said an agreement will be reached Monday.

Mideast violence hits home
        The Mideast conflict is on Tristaters' radar screens — not just because of this week's escalation of violence, but because Sept. 11 proved this centuries-old dispute is everyone's problem.

SPECIAL
O H I O ' S   S E C R E T   S H A M E
Abuse, neglect go unpunished
In Part 2 of this report, The Cincinnati Enquirer found caregivers accused of hurting the mentally retarded are rarely prosecuted -- sometimes they're paid to leave.
Statewide abuse registry lists no one
Part 1 of the report - Many deaths of mentally retarded avoidable