LOCAL NEWS FOR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2003
Budget backs up sewer fixes
Hamilton County commissioners say the problem of sewers backing up into basements is so severe and persistent that the county needs to spend more money to help as many as 10,000 homeowners.

Police race data filed and forgotten
More than two years' worth of demographic information collected by Cincinnati police on drivers they pull over is gathering dust instead of clearing the air about how officers interact with minority citizens.

Bengals fans may meet detours
Fans heading downtown for the Bengals' season opener today may encounter detours on the way home.

Security impedes university research
Nearly two years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the University of Cincinnati and other higher education institutions are beginning to quantify how new security measures are affecting their schools.
Public events on Sept. 11

Teacher speaks out on impoverished school
Taryn Grinker, a first-grade teacher, wrote to Enquirer reporter Jennifer Mrozowski after reading a story Aug. 22 about Vine Elementary, where she taught from May 1988 until June 1999.

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
PULFER: Anguished family wants to warn other women
There is so much these people would like to say. Pent up thoughts about domestic violence in general. About the murder of two people in particular.


BRONSON: 'Teachers, don't leave them kids alone'
The desks never change much, do they? You slide in sideways. The metal chair is as hard as a tractor seat, without the comfy springs. And the desktop is shaped like one of those amoeba balloons over Dilbert's head in the funny pages.
HOWARD: Good Things Happening
Terry Phillips is known as the "social butterfly" at the Residence of Park View Nursing Home, Finneytown.

CINCINNATI-HAMILTON COUNTY
Photo of the Day: Pool for Pooches
Blue Ash Recreation Center officials estimate that 150-200 members took their dogs to the city's second annual Dog Days swim Saturday.


Candidate critical of Main St. plan
A plan by city officials to hire a Memphis, Tenn., developer for Cincinnati's Main Street is an example of how the city is "hooked on hiring consultants and setting up task forces and nothing ever gets done," said Nick Spencer, a Charter Committee candidate for City Council.
He's 98, and still a great band-mate
MILFORD - At 98, his marching days are long gone and the trumpet he once played now has a blocked valve. Nevertheless, Allan Shumard is a Buckeye to the core - and proud to still belong to "The Best Damn Band in The Land."

AROUND THE TRISTATE
Beer fest at Oktoberfest
It's not necessarily the scrumptious sauerkraut balls that draw a crowd at the MainStrasse Oktoberfest in Covington.


Regional Report
INDEPENDENCE - An employee of the Kenton County Golf Course was critically injured early Saturday morning when the golf cart he was driving tipped over.
Twins who allegedly plotted get probation
HAMILTON - Twin brothers arrested on charges that they plotted to kill their brothers have been placed on probation.
Everyone welcome at Taste of India
UNION TWP - The Mela (Indian festival) is one place where diversity is valued as strongly as unity.
You're invited, Milford and Miami Township!
The communities of Milford and Miami Township will be the focus of the Enquirer's next "Great Neighborhoods" section, to be published Sept. 16.

BUTLER-WARREN-CLERMONT
Kings makes do with old sports field
DEERFIELD TWP. - Kings Schools parents and other supporters are rallying to make sure their athletes still have a home field in the aftermath of the discovery of lead contamination on school fields.

OBITUARIES
Radio broadcaster Paul Miller had a flair for stunts
ANDERSON TOWNSHIP - Paul Miller, a broadcasting and marketing executive, died Aug. 31 at Hospice of Cincinnati in Blue Ash after an eight-week battle with pneumonia and related causes.


Mary Vera Brown was active in church, business, community
WALNUT HILLS - Mary Vera Banks Brown, a businesswoman, church leader and community educator, died Thursday at the Deupree Community health center in Hyde Park.
Lawrence Riegling delivered for UPS
WALTON - Lawrence "Jack" Riegling liked to talk, and whether it was at Florence Mall or his other haunts in Northern Kentucky, people were always stopping to speak with him.

OHIO
Markers to salute history of labor
Ohio Bicentennial officials will salute the Buckeye State's workers and historic labor events this month with the dedication of six historical markers.


Cleveland suburb remembers 9-11
EASTLAKE - Twisted steel beams from the World Trade Center are part of a Sept. 11 monument that still attracts visitors to this Cleveland suburb nearly two years after the terrorist attacks.
New law gets tough on 'drugged driving'
AKRON, Ohio - Summit County has passed a pioneering law designed to make it easier to convict people for driving while drugged.
Rain could squash pumpkin harvest
COLUMBUS - Weather in the coming week will decide the fate of Ohio pumpkins. This year's rainy summer has contributed to disease in the crop, but a dry week should help, authorities said.
Ohio Moments
On Sept. 7, 1963, the Pro Football Hall of Fame opened in Canton.

KENTUCKY
Gas tax boost faces rough road
COVINGTON - When Covington resident Don Wildeboer pulled into a gas station Thursday and filled up his 1988 Thunderbird, it cost him more than $30. Just a few weeks ago he paid just about $25. With a number of Kenton County gas stations getting $1.69 a gallon for unleaded gas Friday, Wildeboer was in no mood to hear an argument for raising Kentucky's gasoline tax to generate more money for road repair and construction.


CROWLEY: Dems talk big, but can they win?
It's early September, meaning we can expect promises of victory from two organizations - the Cincinnati Bengals and Northern Kentucky Democrats. In both cases, those promises have gone unfilled for the last decade or so.
Ludlow wanted jail-time-for-cash deal
COVINGTON - Ludlow Police Department officials asked the Kenton County Commonwealth Attorney in June to approve an idea that would have the state offering reduced sentences to suspected drug dealers in exchange for cash donations to the police department, county attorney Bill Crockett said Saturday.
Pilot's killer will testify against wife
COVINGTON - To save his own life, a man convicted of murdering a Delta Air Lines pilot will testify against the woman who allegedly hired him to do so - the pilot's wife.
Ohio River bridges plan OK'd by Feds
LOUISVILLE - The project to build two new bridges connecting Louisville to southern Indiana has cleared a major hurdle.
Lexington transit unsafe, says report
LEXINGTON - A draft safety report on Lexington's public transit system says the city's aging fleet of buses is "a danger to drivers and to the public."
Early opening launches lengthy deer season
PADUCAH, Ky. - Some archery hunters were taking to the trees and fields this weekend for the earliest-ever opening of the bow deer season, one that will run continuously for a record 136 days.
SATURDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of Saturday's local stories)
Queen City jewel of art, architecture repolished
The Taft Museum of Art is at the height of a $19 million makeover which will double the size of the museum, clean up centuries of grime and fix a few decorating disasters.
How the house changed

Kroger garage plan now a cinch
Five Cincinnati council members say they will support spending $12 million on a parking garage for the Kroger Co., all but assuring that the city's largest employer will stay downtown.

Ox home; Miami athlete charged
Miami University's football place-kicker is at the receiving end of a felony charge after a missing ox statue was recovered.

Development director quits
Peg Moertl, Cincinnati's development director since 2000, tendered her resignation to the city manager Friday after a series of management fiascoes in her department.
SPECIAL
Great Neighborhoods
Welcome to Loveland and neighboring Symmes Township, one of the Tristate's Great Neighborhoods. In the 13th installment of our series, we showcase the people, schools, businesses and cultures that make these communities special.
Previous "Great Neighborhood" reports:
AndersonBlue AshColerainFairfieldFlorenceHamilton
LebanonMason & Deerfield Twp.NewportNorwood
West ChesterWest Side


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
Bill Erpenbeck was one of the Tristate's biggest home builders before his company crumbled in a bank fraud scandal that affected lenders, subcontractors and home owners. Click here for links to all Enquirer reports.