City manager's support surprises chief's critics
        More than a year after the riots and amid boycotters' calls for his ouster, Cincinnati Police Chief Tom Streicher has a stronger hold on his job than ever. Valerie Lemmie is one reason.
Chief reinforces support of council, black officers

Teacher on leave dies
        Middletown school officials learned Saturday of the death of a high school social-studies teacher who was being investigated for possible misconduct.

Bridge collapse on Ohio unlikely
        When a barge struck three weak pier supports on the Arkansas River a week ago, it caused a 500-foot section of the bridge to collapse, sending 14 vehicle riders to their deaths. Experts say that's very unlikely to happen here. One reason: the bridge supports in this stretch of the Ohio are significantly bigger.

Covington's Fifth St. to reopen after fire
        COVINGTON — Fifth Street, near the burned-out Odd Fellows Hall, will reopen to traffic early Monday morning after a ribbon-cutting ceremony intended to symbolize that it's business as usual for nearby restaurants and retail and commercial establishments.

Farmers off to soggy start
        OKEANA — Farmers are stuck in a muddy predicament. It has rained so often that they've been unable to plant crops and cut hay.

PULFER: Citizens own Ground Zero
        When a New York state agency decides how to redevelop the WTC site, I hope they remember that an entire country will be watching to see that they honor this uniquely public real estate.

SMITH AMOS: Budget gives to the rich, not the poor
        Ohio's budget fix contains protections for some of its wealthiest citizens and the promise of future funding for certain business and university priorities. But it imposes sacrifices on services that help young children and the poor, and it borrows too much for current and future needs.

BRONSON: City fights back with anti-drug, pro-police rally
        Like Rocky in the movie, Cincinnati has been on the canvas, bruised and bloodied by a sucker-punch boycott and below-the-belt jabs at cops. Finally, on Thursday night, someone said what the city needs to hear: “Get up, ya bum.” And the crowd cheered.

Freedom Center ceremony postponed
        The groundbreaking ceremony for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center has been rescheduled from June 10 to June 17.

Minorities advised by home program
        Owning a home was something Sakeena Abdullah often thought about but never followed through on. She questioned whether she could afford the step up from renting. But after discovering a home ownership program that offered classes about home buying, financial planning assistance and credit counseling, her attitude changed.

Drug raid nets four arrests
        It was easy at Uncle Milt's, police say, to buy drugs. Just walk in and ask the bartender. If she didn't have any, she'd hook you up with someone who did.

Man faces 8 counts in sex abuse case
        PRICE HILL — A 58-year-old man is accused of repeatedly raping a boy during a seven-year period.

Obituary: Sister Maria Lamphier 'was a people person'
        DELHI TOWNSHIP — Maria Michael Lamphier, an education-oriented Sister of Charity, died Monday at Mother Margaret Hall nursing home. She was 89.

Program finds work for young people
        After holding a bonus registration session Saturday, organizers of the Youth Employment Initiative called the effort a success and said they would come close to meeting this year's target.

11 rabbis ordained
        As a newly ordained rabbi, 48-year-old Alan Freedman will serve as parent, counselor, disciplinarian and spiritual leader for Temple Beth Shalom in Austin, Texas.

        Two McNicholas High School students, Hanna McGee and Christine Wiot, had their ceramic artwork displayed and juried in conjunction with the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Conference in Kansas City, Mo.

Good News: Car wash a group effort
        Kathy Haas of Price Hill is one of 300,000 people in the United States who suffer from scleroderma, a chronic disease that damages blood vessels, skin, muscles, joints and internal organs.

Grants fund arts, shelter
        LEBANON — The Warren County Foundation has announced its biggest grants yet — $5,000 each to organize summer activities for low-income kids and to help homeless families.

Hospice to open
        HAMILTON — Fort Hamilton Hospital plans to open its 14-bed hospice unit on Monday to serve terminally ill people in Butler County. A grand opening for the unit was held Wednesday.

Other Erpenbecks could develop name complex
        Bill Erpenbeck is tired of all the attention. The phone calls from confused homeowners, angry subcontractors and noisy reporters. The odd glances from people he meets. The skepticism he encounters when using a credit card or writing a check.

CROWLEY: Primary too close for GOP comfort
        Kenton County Republicans were whooping it up Tuesday night as primary results rolled in. They should have been breathing sighs of relief ... and watching their backs.

Lexington bishop named in second sex abuse suit
        LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Roman Catholic bishop of Lexington was accused in a second lawsuit Friday of sexually abusing a youth when he was a priest decades ago.

Louisville priest cleared of allegation
        LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A priest and Trinity High School teacher who was placed on leave in January has been restored to active ministry after being cleared by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville of a single sexual-abuse allegation.

State must detail plan
        Within two weeks, Kentucky education officials will submit to their federal counterparts a preliminary report showing how its K-12 schools plan to comply with parts of the “No Child Left Behind Act.”

Kentucky Digest
        COVINGTON — A Piner man was indicted by a Kenton County grand jury on a charge of attempted murder and five counts of wanton endangerment.

Mayor resigns - but why?
        ASHLAND, Ky. — The mayor of Ashland has resigned and has offered no explanation to city officials.

Byrd cost Ohio $786K to prosecute
        COLUMBUS — It cost more than $786,000 to imprison, prosecute and eventually execute John W. Byrd Jr., state records show.

School contracts overturned
        COLUMBUS — A judge ruled the head of the state's school construction program acted without authority when he personally approved contracts for more than 1,700 projects worth more than $2 billion.

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