LOCAL NEWS FOR TUESDAY, APRIL 9, 2002
Police union OKs profiling suit deal
        Members of the Cincinnati police officers union joined some of their harshest critics Monday in approving a federal court settlement of racial profiling allegations.
Settlement provisions Background on issues, settlement

Violence part of daily life in Over-the-Rhine
        One year after Cincinnati's poorest neighborhood became the epicenter for riots, some say life here is worse than ever.

Air security scare delays some flights
        Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport got its first real taste of the havoc perceived security breaches can cause.
Airport security switches to new firm

Hunt goes on for missing Ala. man
        The search for Lon Dowdle shifted Monday from his hotel room and vehicle to underneath the Taylor-Southgate Bridge, but no new clues emerged, Covington police said.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS
PULFER: Thanks, farewell to Monte
        It's a delayed and proper wake for a man who never really had one. Of course, there was a funeral for Monte Tewksbury 19 years ago. But strangers came. Police. Reporters.

RADEL: Cop gets second chance to help kids
        The bank robber pointed his gun at Eddie Hawkins and pulled the trigger. Nothing happened. At least not to Eddie.

CINCINNATI - HAMILTON COUNTY
Store manager shot dead in robbery
        The manager of a Pleasant Ridge convenience store was shot to death in a robbery Monday night, Cincinnati police said.

Suspect indicted on eight rape counts
        A Hamilton County grand jury Monday returned an eight-count rape indictment against a 47-year-old Springfield Township man, already indicted on charges that he had improper sexual contact with a teen-age girl.

City trying to raise $600,000 for lawyers
        The city of Cincinnati will set up a nonprofit organization to receive the $600,000 city officials hope to raise to pay off plaintiffs' lawyers in the racial profiling lawsuit.

Doctor to head learning program
        Dr. O'Dell Owens, an internationally-known fertility specialist, is giving up the practice of medicine to help inner-city youth get a jump on education.

Two students cited for volunteering
        More than 600 people turned out Monday to see 20 individuals and groups receive community service and leadership awards at the United Way's annual Leaders & Legends Luncheon.

City seeking $1M for cement site
        Cincinnati City Council will ask the Clean Ohio Council for $1 million to help buy a cement distribution site along the Ohio River in Sayler Park.

Drug prevention conference expected to draw 4,000 youths
        Young people, including the 4,000 who will come to Cincinnati this week for the Pride 2002 conference, are some of the most effective soldiers in the war on drugs, U.S. Rep. Rob Portman said Monday.

Good News: Surgery gives man new role
        While Gregory Perry, 29, is learning to walk again after spinal cord reconstructive surgery, he finds himself playing the role of a counselor and spiritual motivator to others facing the same problem.

Holocaust lesson for students
        SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP — Henry Blumenstein was just 6 years old when a Dutch farm couple risked their lives to save him from the tentacles of Nazi Germany.

Lessons in paper-folding introduce children to Asian arts
        COLERAIN TWP. — Fourth-graders at Houston Elementary School thought they were going to an assembly Monday to learn how to fold paper.

CLERMONT COUNTY
Trees preserved for centuries
        UNION TOWNSHIP — A walker in these woods wonders how they escaped the harvest — these tall, stately trees that spread like a brown creased curtain against a gray valley in the distance.

BUTLER COUNTY
Trial opens in abuse case
        HAMILTON — Timothy Lee Ivers, 39, says he's not guilty of abusing a mentally retarded man he was supposed to be helping.

City center planners off to Denver
        FAIRFIELD — City leaders plan to trek next week to Denver to view cultural community centers similar to what they want to build in this aging bedroom suburb.

WARREN COUNTY
Lebanon to propose new phone rates
        LEBANON — City officials will present City Council with legislation tonightto set the monthly rate for Lebanon's pioneering local telephone service at $27.95.

Charged man suspected in heist
        LEBANON — A 53-year-old former insurance salesman jailed in Warren County on charges that he bilked unwary clients now is suspected in a November heist of $200,000 in diamonds from a Springdale jewelry store.

Kids study Deerfield sprawl
        DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP — Elementary school students are taking on an adult problem and hope to have some helpful suggestions for this southern Warren County township.

Butler-Warren recreation notes
        MASON — A Mason Parks and Recreation Department yoga class begins at 7 p.m. Thursday at Mason Intermediate School.

OHIO
Nine Cleveland priests suspended on sex abuse allegations
        CLEVELAND — The Diocese of Cleveland suspended nine Catholic priests Monday pending a review by prosecutors of past child sexual abuse allegations against them.

Traficant fate in jury's hands
        CLEVELAND — The jury in the bribery case against Rep. James Traficant began deliberating Monday after the blustery, nine-term congressman declared: “There's not one damn bit of evidence that anybody gave me any money.”

KENTUCKY
Second-grader has best penmanship in state
        FORT MITCHELL — John Hancock made his mark on history with a bold signature, a lesson not lost on second-grader Nick Mason, Kentucky state champion in a national handwriting competition.

Victim's children sue detective
        FLORENCE — The children whose mother may have been killed 22 years ago trying to protect them from their father's molestation have filed suit against a Florence police officer and the city of Florence.

Unmarked graves at building site baffle Frankfort
        FRANKFORT — Bulldozers and power shovels leveling a city block for a state office building have also dug up a mystery — dozens of unmarked graves, perhaps 200 years old, within a stone's throw of the former state Capitol.

SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT
Violence up, arrests down
Cincinnati police are making fewer arrests and writing fewer traffic tickets, indicating that a work slowdown after last April's riots continues.
Meetings produced results
As Cincinnati marks one year since the riots, more than 2,100 people from nearly every Tristate neighborhood have broken a polite silence to engage in difficult talk on race.

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