LOCAL NEWS FOR SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2003
Man from Delhi dies during attack in Iraq
James Christopher Wright of Delhi wanted to make everyone who knew him proud. Now, the whole country is. Thursday he was killed in Iraq.

Teacher fired; she wed outside Church
Angel Meacham had no idea she was about to get fired. But the divorced Catholic elementary school teacher remarried in a Presbyterian church without an annulment.

Woman runs van in garage, calls 911
A woman who worked for a day care referral service is accused of trying to kill herself and two pre-school aged children by putting them in her minivan in a closed garage and starting the engine.

Kentucky: Spence Bridge is a priority
Kentucky state highway officials said Friday that renovating or replacing the Brent Spence Bridge over the Ohio River at Cincinnati is now one of their top priorities and they want federal approval within six years for whatever project is selected.

Great Neighborhoods: Milford
Milford and Miami Township are wrapped around each other so tightly that sometimes it's difficult to distinguish between them. See what makes them a great place to live.

Election Guide 2003
Cincinnati.com provides an early look at the Nov. 4 vote with help on getting you registered, lists of area candidates and the latest campaign news. And there's more to come, including candidate profiles - as we get closer to Election Day.


IN THE TRISTATE
An eventful weekend for the Queen City
Between the Oktoberfest Zinzinnati bash, a cutthroat Bengals-Steelers rivalry and a huge college open house at the convention center, hundreds of thousands of people from across the country will crowd downtown Cincinnati beginning today.
"Big Lill" survives first episode
Survivor contestant Lillian "Big Lill" Morris drew big ratings in Cincinnati for the Thursday premiere of CBS' Survivor: Pearl Islands.
Madeira celebrates its heritage
MADEIRA - Festival-goers can step into the past today at Sellman Park when Ohio's Bicentennial and Madeira's heritage are celebrated with games, food, crafts, pioneer toy-making, militia re-enactors, and music ranging from bluegrass to dulcimer to Native American drumming.
Habitat founder wants to celebrate the vision
WALNUT HILLS - As Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity works on its 100th home, volunteers with the program will have a special guest Sunday - the founder and president of the international organization.
Throat injury nets girl $139K
An 8-year-old girl whose vocal cords were severely damaged - allegedly by an aide in her kindergarten class at a Lockland charter school - was awarded nearly $140,000 by a Hamilton County jury Friday.
Evendale may take farm
EVENDALE - This village, home to GE Aircraft Engines and thriving industrial parks, might decide to get involved in a more pastoral endeavor.
Police indicted in Ind.
LAWRENCEBURG - The city's former police chief and three of his officers falsified employment records, destroyed evidence and intimidated people who opposed them, according to an 11-count indictment released Friday.
Jack Herb's roots are 125 years deep
MOUNT HEALTHY _ After 125 years, Jack Herb Florist remains a cornerstone of this community.
$340,000 face lift for water tank
GREEN TOWNSHIP - A 2 million-gallon, elevated steel water tower at 6281 Bridgetown Road, known as the Mack Tank, is getting a $340,000 face lift.
Moeller goes high-tech to attract cool students
KENWOOD - In a new, high-tech marketing effort, Moeller High School is betting $25,000 that Catholic sixth- to eighth-graders in Cincinnati want their MTV.
Auditor links taxes, population decline
Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes said Friday the county's declining population could be related to rising residential property taxes, which are the highest among Ohio's largest counties.
Foster father guilty in girl's shaking death
A Hamilton County jury on Friday convicted Norman White on reduced charges of involuntary manslaughter and misdemeanor assault in the shaking death of his 1-year-old foster daughter.
Regional Report

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
Bronson: Street crime comes to the crime fighter's doorstep
When Clarence Eugene Bradshaw made the Most Wanted list last December for aggravated assault and kidnapping, his mug shot had the sleepy eyes and raised eyebrows of the "Yeah, so what?" brass-knuckles look that tough guys put on when they fight the law and the law wins.
Howard: Good Things Happening
Since Luke Lampke, now 4, was diagnosed with Type I diabetes at age 2, the Lampke family of Colerain Township has worked to help find a cure.
Faith Matters: Bishop to speak of coffee ethics
What goes into your morning cup of coffee? And why does the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati want to talk about it?
McNutt: Toast a ghost on Lebanon tour
LEBANON - Popular Warren County historian Dennis Dalton will add a new program this year, "Toast Your Ghost," a walking tour of the Cedar City's most haunted places.
BUTLER, WARREN, CLERMONT
Fairfield Schools battling red ink
FAIRFIELD - For the second consecutive year, Fairfield Schools will spend more money than the district receives, prompting school officials to begin considering options including a ballot issue that could come as early as March.
Park plan trumps road plan
HAMILTON - A planned park in Monroe has knocked Butler County's preferred route for the proposed Ohio 63 extension off its wheels.
National spotlight on school
HAMILTON - This Southwest Ohio city will again be in the national education limelight.
Miami University students' Uptown Taxi service hailed
OXFORD - Uptown Oxford will no longer be such a steep climb for Miami University students who would rather not hoof it to the bus stop, let alone all the way to High Street on a Saturday night.
Sharonville plans new firehouse
SHARONVLLE - A new firehouse at the old Golden Skates site should improve emergency response time in the bustling commercial zone near Tri-County Mall.
Alternative school uses Internet curriculum
WEST CHESTER - A year ago, Lakota West Senior Jake Scratch often missed school and was nearly a year behind on credits.
OBITUARIES
Sister Patricia Ann Ward, educator
DELHI TWP. - Sister of Charity Patricia Ann Ward, a longtime teacher and principal and former executive housekeeper at the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati's Motherhouse in Delhi Township, died Sept. 15 at Mother Margaret Hall nursing home.
Thom Hanser was runner and writer
FLORENCE - Thomas R. "Thom" Hanser, a runner and a writer who worked as a real estate agent after retiring from the U.S. Postal Service in Cincinnati with 32 years service, died Saturday at University Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati. He was 63.
Kentucky obituaries

OHIO
Motion aims to defend commandments
COLUMBUS - A state lawmaker wants to protect the display of the Ten Commandments in public buildings in Ohio.
Ohio Moments

KENTUCKY
Priest, teacher suspended
Church officials in Lexington and Covington acted quickly Friday to place a priest and a teacher on a leave of absence after a Cincinnati lawyer said the Covington Diocese spent more than two decades concealing claims the men sexually abused teen-agers.
Regulars go for food, family
ERLANGER - It was 1990 when Keith and Beulah Markins of Fort Mitchell spotted two words during a drive down Dixie Highway in Erlanger that would change their eating habits.
County says smokers have no right to light
LEXINGTON - Bar and restaurant owners are not entitled to extend smoking rights to their customers, the Urban County Government and the health department argued in responding to a lawsuit filed over the city's smoking ban.
Kentucky News Briefs
SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of Sunday's local stories)
Truth set him free; freedom broke his heart
In prison 10 years for a crime he didn't commit, Johnny Reeves dreamed of reuniting his brothers and sisters. But they had other ideas.

Cardiac programs multiply
At least three more open-heart surgery centers are being considered for Greater Cincinnati, even as debate continues over a heart hospital in Norwood.

From first to latest, planes awe crowd
Cincinnati businessman Roger Ach surrendered to Texas authorities on a felony bad check charge, spent a little more than an hour in a crowded jail cell and, on Friday, was back home on a $7,500 cash bond.
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.