Rich fringe belies a bit faded center
        A decade of prosperity wasn't enough to lift the economic prospects of Hamilton County and Cincinnati residents, but suburbanites notched some of the best financial gains in three states, new Census data released Monday shows.
Wetherington passes Indian Hill as richest community
German identity lower in census
Ohio improves in higher ed, income
Census Top 10 lists
PULFER: Wetherington

Catholic school chief has Moeller tie
        A former Moeller High School principal and Marianist brother from Dayton, Ohio, has been hired to lead the Archdiocese of Cincinnati's schools.

Proposed railway changes its route
        Officials promoting a proposed light rail system along Interstate 71 from Blue Ash to downtown Cincinnati still haven't decided whether to seek a tax increase to pay for it, but they have made some other major changes to the plan.
Experts: Tristate in jam on traffic

Once comatose teen graduates
        MONROE — Hannah Brooks' dream of graduating with her high school classmates came true Monday evening — five weeks after she survived a nightmarish crash that left her comatose for more than a week.

Erpenbeck camp claims forgery
        Forgery has once again been claimed in an Erpenbeck Co. transaction, this time by the Erpenbeck camp itself.

Ballpark changes eat $2.4M
        The budget for Great American Ball Park got a little tighter last month, but construction managers say they will finish the project within its $280 million limit.

Character flaw
        What were they thinking? Cincinnati policemen Robert Johnson and Robert Kidd Jr. picked up a woman at a bar, took her home and had sex with her. While on duty, no less.

German identity lower in census
        Greater Cincinnati is still the third most German metropolitan area in America, although it's far less German than a decade ago, Census figures released Monday show.

Wetherington passes Indian Hill as richest community
        WEST CHESTER TWP. — Wetherington's census ranking as the Tristate's wealthiest community is expected to increase already high demand to live in this booming Butler County suburb's gated subdivision.

Pulfer column: Wetherington nouveau rich kid on the block
        The pressure is off. The good citizens of Indian Hill can build tasteless faux castles and drive whatever shamelessly expensive vehicle they desire. They will no longer be the lone punch line to local jokes about the rich.

Ohio improves in higher ed, income
        COLUMBUS — Ohioans are making more money and are more educated than they were a decade ago, but the latest census data shows the state lags in terms of higher education and income.

Experts: Tristate in jam on traffic
        At first glance, things don't appear to be so bad for Tristate drivers, at least by the numbers.

Census Top 10 lists

Chancellor date with grand jury postponed
        The chancellor of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati did not testify as planned before a Hamilton County grand jury Monday because of a scheduling conflict.

Three area banks robbed
        Three Monday morning bank robberies kept police busy, with foot chases leading to three arrests in robberies from downtown Cincinnati to Bellevue.

Homeowners can now get cheap loans
        Anderson Township has opted to join a low-interest home improvement loan program that will allow most county homeowners to secure a loan of up to $50,000 at three percentage points lower than the market rate.

Diamond: Delegation made progress
        The Very Rev. James Diamond's latest journey to Israel was thrown off-course when Palestinian religious leaders refused to meet with Israeli religious officials to discuss peace efforts.

Loveland picks land developer
        LOVELAND — The development team of Hines-Griffin Joint Venture and Parrott & Strawser is the best to develop the historic, 85-acre White Pillars property, City Council members decided Monday.

Mariemont board wants input on failed tax increase
        MARIEMONT — Mariemont educators will host three community meetings this week to discuss last month's failed school levy.

Library may seek tax levy
        WEST CHESTER TWP. — In 19 years, the public library has expanded twice to accommodate the growing population.

Senior housing vote may come tonight
        DEERFIELD TWP. — Township trustees may vote tonight to move forward on plans for senior apartments, even though some neighbors remain opposed to the development.

Tristate A.M. Report
        LEBANON — Two developers and the city of Loveland are suing the Hamilton Township trustees to protest the board's recently successful move to block annexation of 71 township acres to the city.
Bishop-elect: Rehab won't help
        ERLANGER — The man selected by the pope to be the new bishop of Covington told reporters Monday that he does not believe priests who have been found guilty of sexual misconduct can be rehabilitated.

Fifth Street reopens after fire
        COVINGTON — For the first time since a May 21 fire gutted the Odd Fellows Hall, Fifth Street between Russell Street and Scott Boulevard has reopened to traffic.

Fletcher joins gubernatorial fray
        FRANKFORT — U.S. Rep. Ernie Fletcher joined the burgeoning list of prospective Republican candidates for governor Monday, saying he offered a new vision for leadership.

Homeless to rally City Hall with concerns
        COVINGTON — More than 250 homeless people and their advocates are expected to march on City Hall next week to draw attention to the concerns of Northern Kentucky's homeless.

Two appointed principals
        ERLANGER — Two veteran educators will take over the top spots at Dixie Heights High School and Kenton Elementary School on July 1, leaving Kenton County Independent Schools with one principal vacancy to fill.

Kentucky A.M. Report
        COVINGTON — New Covington City Housing Director Aaron Wolfe-Bertling and City Planner Annalee Duganier will be welcomed at a reception Wednesdayat Chez Nora restaurant, 530 Main St.

EPA won't intervene in oil pipeline decision
        COLUMBUS — A group opposed to a 149-mile petroleum pipeline that would cross southeast Ohio said Monday it wants Gov. Bob Taft to ask the federal government to order an environmental study of the project.

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

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.

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