LOCAL NEWS FOR TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2002
Thousands celebrate Freedom Center
        The shoreline of the Ohio River at Cincinnati once beckoned slaves to freedom. Monday night, it brought more than 5,000 people - including First lady Laura Bush and boxing legend Muhammad Ali - together for the groundbreaking of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
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First lady wants students to hear tales of freedom
Lifted voices of choir put song in hearts
Symbol of flame brings home concept of freedom
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Historian: Other sites may suffer
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5 more tell lawyer ex-Elder principal had sexual contact
        Five more Elder High School alumni have alleged that their former principal, the Rev. Lawrence Strittmatter, had inappropriate physical contact with them during or after racquetball games at a private club, attorney Konrad Kircher said Monday.

Legal tiff over stadium pricey
        Taxpayers have paid law firm Ice Miller nearly $400,000 in hopes of getting back a large payday: a portion of the $51 million in overruns that happened during construction of Paul Brown Stadium.

OHIO HEADLINES
Avondale teen gets deal in dad's death
        There were no tears. No hysterics. No extreme displays of emotion. A couple of quick hugs from relatives, a small smile and a 15-year-old Avondale girl once accused of causing her father's death by throwing bleach on him walked out of court Monday.

Challengers regroup in two Ohio court cases
        Acting on the order of a federal judge, a state judge removed a Ten Commandments poster from his Mansfield courtroom Monday then rehung it hours later when an appeals court granted a temporary reprieve.

Cinemas not out of picture
        WEST CHESTER TWP. — The operator of a Greater Cincinnati theater chain said Monday it still wants build a Showcase Cinemas in this growing Butler County community.

City drops property tax break
        Cincinnati residents will likely pay more in property taxes to the city in coming years, as City Council's Finance Committee voted Monday not to roll back the millage rate in next year's budget.

City, town may be able to get along
        MASON — Leaders from Mason and neighboring Deerfield Township dug into dumplings together Monday instead of breaking bread, but the sentiment was the same: Let's try to get along.

Drownings leave behind questions
        ANDERSON TWP. — Angie Pennington was left with tears and unanswered questions Monday after her 33-year-old husband and her father-in-law drowned on a Father's Day outing.

Grand Glendower open for the summer
        LEBANON — Even in his native Warren County, few people remember his name — John Milton Williams.

Little Miami schools face deep cuts
        MORROW — School board members are expected to OK $1.8 million in budget cuts tonightthat will slice into almost every part of academics and athletics in the small Little Miami district.

Panel backs all-day kindergarten option
        FAIRFIELD — Parents in the Fairfield City Schools should be able to decide whether to send their children to an all-day kindergarten if the district starts one, a committee says.

Schools' levy is lowered 1 mill
        The Hamilton County Budget Commission reduced the Princeton School District's levy by 1 mill earlier this month because the district has nearly $19 million in the bank.

Taft, Blackwell seek disclosure of campaign funding
        COLUMBUS — Donors to two types of campaign funds that are exempt from campaign disclosure laws would have to be identified under legislation Gov. Bob Taft and Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell planned to announce today.

W. Chester to look at Ind. library
        WEST CHESTER TWP. — Leaders and library officials will trek to an Indianapolis suburb Friday to view a library much like one proposed for this fast-growing Butler County community.

Tristate A.M. Report
        LEBANON — A dead blue jay from rural Warren County has tested positive for the West Nile virus — the first positive test from a bird in Greater Cincinnati this year.

KENTUCKY HEADLINES
Ex-senator toasted at UK
        LEXINGTON — Former U.S. Sen. Walter D. “Dee” Huddleston presented his senatorial papers to the University of Kentucky on Monday during a star-studded ceremony at the Margaret I. King Library.

Firehouses in N.Ky. going dry
        Northern Kentucky firehouses, once social gathering — and drinking — spots, are going increasingly dry.

GOP candidate tours district
        BURLINGTON — GOP congressional candidate Geoff Davis, coming off a primary win and heading for the November election against incumbent Democrat Ken Lucas, is off to see the district.

Judge keeps mining permit ban
        CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A federal judge refused Monday to lift an injunction barring the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from issuing federal permits that allow streams to be buried under excess rock and dirt from mountaintop-removal coal mines.

Kentucky State's president told he's out by month's end
        FRANKFORT — Kentucky State University regent chairman Bill Wilson has told president George Reid to clear out by June 30 and severely restricted his authority to act until then.

Schools learning to combat gangs
        COVINGTON — Covington schools administrators took a course on “the streets” and are bringing their notes back home.

Slow budget may hurt tracks
        FRANKFORT — Kentucky's marquee racetracks face financial losses if the General Assembly misses its July 1 deadline to pass a state budget.

State jobs safe, Ky. official says
        FRANKFORT — Cabinet Secretary Crit Luallen tried to reassure employee groups Monday that Gov. Paul Patton's spending plan for the coming fiscal year includes no layoffs.

Study faults KSU standards
        FRANKFORT — Students are admitted into the teacher education program at Kentucky State University without meeting academic requirements, according to a report to the Education Professional Standards Board.

Kentucky A.M. Report
        FALMOUTH — A 22-year-old man died of a head injury after the all-terrain vehicle he was driving hit a tree, the Fayette County coroner's office said.

ENQUIRER PERSPECTIVES
HOWARD: Some Good News
        Fresh back from two weeks' vacation, I came across some pretty good news. Did you know Cincinnati police have towed 831 junk cars from city streets?

PULFER: Cheap, nasty
        If I were Queen Prudence of Juris, I would be very choosy about who was sent to the dungeon.
SPECIAL
Priests and Sexual Misconduct
        Four priests in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and two priests who formerly served in the Diocese of Covington have been suspended and/or accused of sexual misconduct in a scandal that has swept across the country. Click here for an archive of Enquirer reports.

Erpenbeck Investigation
        A. William Erpenbeck spent years building a company that appears to be crumbling. One of the Tristate's biggest home builders, the Erpenbeck Co., is under federal investigation for a suspected bank fraud that is affecting lenders, subcontractors and home owners. Click here for links to all Enquirer reports.