LOCAL NEWS FOR SUNDAY, JUNE 9, 2002
Ky. dioceses lead in abuse lawsuits
        More than 120 lawsuits have been filed against Roman Catholic dioceses in Kentucky, the most in any state, and nearly 50 of the alleged victims have claimed sexual abuse by the same priest.
Priest target of 48 suits

Quick stop for drug buyers
        There's a corner drug drive-through in Over-the-Rhine so well situated and user-friendly that Northern Kentucky buyers can drive over, get their crack or pot, and be back home in under five minutes.

Foreign-born numbers double
        Immigrants seeking a better job or a college education flocked to the Cincinnati area during the 1990s.

Security won't be left to faith
        At the Billy Graham Mission at Paul Brown Stadium, about twice as many law-enforcement officers as originally planned for the mission and an additional one-third as many security guards will man the entrances.

IN THE TRISTATE
Airport Days all about family
        BLUE ASH — Through clear blue skies, 7-year-old Mike Hickey watched small planes twist and turn over his head Saturday.

Ball planned for seniors, disabled
        The 28th Annual Lucille Chenault Senior Citizens' and Disabled Persons' Ball will be 12:30-6 p.m. Wednesday at the Albert B. Sabin Convention Center, downtown.

Charter school moves closer to 'home'
        Harmony Community School of Cincinnati, one of Ohio's first charter schools, will move its campus from East Price Hill to Roselawn for the 2002-03 school year.

Deal near on high school site
        The new Entrepreneurship High School for Cincinnati Public Schools appears close to pinning down a downtown site.

Driver faces charges after traffic attack
        SHARONVILLE — An apparent road-rage incident turned into gunfire Saturday afternoon, with a man facing an attempted murder charge after firing several shots at another vehicle, Sharonville police said.

House destroyed in fire
        Fire swept through a three-story West Price Hill home Saturday evening, but no one was injured, Cincinnati fire officials said at the scene.

Man charged after shooting suspect in leg
        DEER PARK — A Deer Park man was charged with felonious assault Friday after he shot a man who had just assaulted his aunt, the Hamilton County sheriff's department said.

McCrackin's spirit alive in West End
        Brian Garry had known the man since 1983, when Mr. Garry was a teen and the Rev. Maurice McCrackin was closing in on 80.

Obituary: Betty Ritterhoff, 91, loved history, dance
        Community, family and education were interwoven in Betty Ritterhoff's life.

Saying goodbye to graffiti
        At the corner of Mohawk and Stonewall streets in Over-the-Rhine stands a vacant, 118-year-old building spray painted with graffiti.

Summit teaches love for users
        MONTGOMERY — Johnathann Byrd, a home-schooled Walnut Hills teen, sees the ravages of drug addiction daily .

Tristate A.M. Report
        FLORENCE — A Price Hill man allegedly led police on a car chase early Saturday that reached speeds of 100 mph across two states and is blamed for causing two wrecks.

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
BRONSON: Ready & willing
        Right after President Bush called on America to “lead the civilized world in a titanic struggle against terror,” one of the talking heads on Fox News asked the question that was on everyone's mind:

CROWLEY: Ky. Politics
        Talk about an eye-opener.

PULFER: Roxanne Qualls
        Roxanne Qualls finished school last week, but she's not coming back home.

SMITH AMOS: Since Sept. 11
        Profiling is a blunt instrument that wallops us all eventually. Especially when it's wielded by amateurs.

BUTLER, WARREN, CLERMONT
Rebels expected attack, ex-hostage says
        COLUMBUS — For more than a year, missionary Gracia Burnham's husband sang her to sleep every night to keep her calm as they waited and hoped they would be rescued from Muslim extremists holding them captive in the Philippines.

Work begins on shopping center
        WEST CHESTER TWP. — The Voice of America Centre jumped ahead Saturday in this bustling Butler County suburb's “mall war,” as construction began for the discount shopping center.

Dayton Peace Prize awarded
        DAYTON, Ohio — Years before the Dayton Peace Accords ended the war in Bosnia, billionaire investor and philanthropist George Soros was trying to help the people there.

OHIO
Democrats to elect new party head
        When Republicans opted last month to drain the state's savings account and raise taxes on cigarettes, trust funds and businesses, Democrats squawked that such moves were short-sighted and irresponsible.

One school stands tall on expanding view of evolution
        COLUMBUS — As state education officials debate whether evolution should be the only concept about life that students learn, at least one school district has taken a stand on the issue — in favor of other ideas.

Truckers keep eyes on road looking out for terrorists
        COLUMBUS — The state is enlisting truck drivers as anti-terrorism agents.

KENTUCKY
Covington schools seek more diversity
        A handful of Covington schools lack multicultural education in teacher training and curriculum, an equity plan or fail to do enough to recruit and retain minority teachers.

Feds to inspect coal-waste site
        LOUISVILLE — A federal agency has agreed to inspect a Harlan County coal-waste impoundment that officials fear is overfilled and say could create a more disastrous spill than one in Martin County two years ago.

Hitchhiker run over by truck
        WILDER — A hitchhiker who was struck and killed Friday evening by a truck that had given him a lift has been identified by police as Jeffrey L. Lockhart, 18, of Maysville.

Kentucky News Briefs
        FLORENCE — A Price Hill man allegedly led police on a car chase early Saturday that reached speeds of 100 mph across two states and is blamed for causing two wrecks.

Work on Ali center starting
        LOUISVILLE — After years of planning and fund raising — and debate over the site and design — ground will be broken Tuesday on the parking structure that will form the foundation of the long-awaited Muhammad Ali Center.


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