LOCAL NEWS FOR THURSDAY, MAY 2, 2002
Black vote diluted in redrawn district
        Ohio Republicans reduced the power of African-American voters when it redrew the boundaries of a Cincinnati-area House district held by Democratic state Rep. Wayne Coates, according to an analysis by The Cincinnati Enquirer.

Abuse victims find empathetic response
        Across the country and in the Tristate, increasing numbers of people are coming forward to report abuse by priests and even nuns.
Priest impossible to prosecute

College expenses up for U.S. families
        Tristate college students have been feeling the crunch of unprecedented tuition increases in recent months, but a national study released today confirms just how bad it is.

Roach ruling to come tonight
        The mayor of Evendale likely will announce at tonight's council meeting whether he will put Officer Stephen Roach back on patrol.

IN THE TRISTATE
An outreach, a partnership
        David Crowley smiled when a 6-year-old student at Washington Park Elementary showed the Cincinnati councilman a sign he made.

Barn logo displays Ohio pride
        COLERAIN TWP. — Scott Hagan painted furiously Wednesday, trying to place the Ohio bicentennial logo on Bernie Fiedeldey's barn before the state's first lady arrives.

Beleaguered Sabis school moves to hire new director
        In a heated meeting Wednesday, the board of Sabis International School voted to advertise for a new school director.

City manager cuts back on overtime
        Cincinnati City Manager Valerie Lemmie instituted get-tough controls on city overtime spending Wednesday, reversing a more liberal policy instituted just a month ago.

Hospital conversion under way
        About five months after agreeing to buy the former Bethesda Oak Hospital, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center has started converting parts of the Avondale campus into a research facility.

Luken to name growth panel
        Mayor Charlie Luken said he will appoint a seven-member commission to study development in Cincinnati, despite his misgivings about another panel on the issue.

Mt. Healthy schools seek tax increase
        MOUNT HEALTHY — A loss of about 80 students to charter schools has led to Mount Healthy City School District placing a tax increase on the ballot sooner than expected, school officials said.

Norwood counting on levy
        NORWOOD — About 8 percent of Norwood Schools' $21.5 million general-fund budget would disappear Jan. 1 if voters fail to renew a 5.1-mill, five-year emergency levy Tuesday, school officials say.

School in statewide Hall of Fame
        ADDYSTON — Meredith Hitchens Elementary School in the Three Rivers Local School District is one of 11 statewide winners in the 2002 Hall of Fame Program, which recognizes exemplary performance.

Tax would benefit elderly
        LEBANON — The elderly population is expanding even faster than the general population in Warren County, and the imbalance is expected to get larger as the Baby Boomers age.

Tristate A.M. Report
        An errand in Over-the-Rhine on Wednesday ended up with Cincinnati's police chief on his first pursuit in years.

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
HOWARD: Some Good News
        I was school principal for a day Wednesday at the Roberts Paideia Academy.

RADEL: Zapped
        Over-the-Rhine is going to disappear.

BUTLER, WARREN, CLERMONT
Butler Co. looks at 'rapid indictment'
        HAMILTON — Butler County Prosecutor Robin Piper wants to skip preliminary hearings and take felony cases directly to grand juries.

Little Miami lobbying for 6.9-mill levy
        MORROW — School programs and extracurricular activities could be affected if voters reject a 6.9-mill emergency operating levy on the May 7 ballot, say officials in the Little Miami Schools district.

Miami Twp. monitoring liquor sales
       
        MIAMI TOWNSHIP —
The police department in this Clermont County community will be conducting undercover operations next week to target convenience stores, groceries and other liquor establishments that might sell alcohol to underage buyers.

Need for Warren Co. college examined
        LEBANON — A majority of Warren County residents think young people will have to leave the county to begin their careers, according to a survey sponsored by a local business group.

OHIO
Ohio State sprucing up main entrance
        COLUMBUS — Greg Davis remembers when he scrawled his name on the wall of the popular South Heidelberg bar, as did so many of his Ohio State University classmates in the '70s.

Tornado victims clean up
        CANTON, Ohio — A family that lost its home to a tornado doesn't have to go far for temporary shelter.

Town renamed for day to salute boy who died
        GORDON, Ohio — When 13-year-old Trevor Pigg was killed in a car accident, his grandfather's heart broke into a thousand pieces.

Traficant asks House for more defense time
        WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. James Traficant, who was convicted last month of federal bribery and tax evasion charges, asked the House Ethics Committee on Wednesday for more time to prepare his statement of defense.

KENTUCKY
Five more suits filed against Louisville church
        LOUISVILLE — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville was sued Wednesday by five more men who claimed the church concealed sexual abuse they suffered from a priest when they were children.

Job fair to aid teens amid higher jobless rate
        COVINGTON — About 600 teen-agers could seek jobs today at a Northern Kentucky job fair, but they may have a tougher time compared with a year ago, a labor expert says.

Lawyers want 'snitch' out of client's jail cell
        SOMERSET, Ky. — Attorneys for the man accused of killing Pulaski County Sheriff Sam Catron believe authorities may have placed a “snitch” in the cell with their client in an attempt to gather information against him.

Louisville wins battle of the Belles
        LOUISVILLE — High currents altered the course, but the Belle of Louisville beat its upstream rival to the finish line Wednesday in the Great Steamboat Race.

Musical strikes a patriotic chord
        EDGEWOOD — A patriotic musical written by teachers at Dixie Heights High School will debut tonight in the school's auditorium.

Newport, Covington get federal funds to fix schools
        Covington and Newport schools are among 47 Kentucky public school districts that will share nearly $23 million in federal funds for school repair, renovation and technology, state education officials announced Wednesday.

Skate park plans aired
        TAYLOR MILL — To those who perform tricks on skateboards, inline skates or bicycles, a “euro gap” has nothing to do with monetary policy in Belgium, and a bowl is more than a receptacle forcereal.

State budget impasse nears flash point
        FRANKFORT — Budget negotiations reached another near-breaking point Wednesday, with both sides accusing the other of intransigence.

Study links caterpillar droppings to foal loss
        LEXINGTON — Preliminary results of a University of Kentucky study show elevated levels of foal loss in mares exposed to both the Eastern tent caterpillar and the caterpillar's droppings.

Witness says he sought a hit man
        COVINGTON — Rusty McIntire testified Wednesday in the murder-for-hire trial of Ronald Scott Pryor, 35, of Independence.

SPECIAL
O H I O ' S   S E C R E T   S H A M E
Abuse, neglect go unpunished
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.
Statewide abuse registry lists no one
Part 1 of the report - Many deaths of mentally retarded avoidable