LOCAL NEWS FOR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2003
Bridge is dangerous, obsolete
An Enquirer investigation finds the Brent Spence Bridge is one of the most hazardous bridges in the nation and needs to be replaced soon. Ride through the danger spots on WCPO video and rate the bridge's 'Fear Factor' in our online survey.
Do you drive the bridge? Rate the 'Fear Factor'
Photo gallery
15 deficient bridges: How Brent Spence compares
Accident stats show big rigs get a bad rap
History of the bridge
Who was Brent Spence?

German teens: Oktoberfest 'like McDonald's'
For Ludwig Hageneder, 16, and Sebastian Ernst, 16, Oktoberfest Zinzinnati made something blatantly obvious - they weren't in Germany anymore.
Oktoberfest today: Chicken dancing

Tourism officials excited by sub
NEWPORT - The Ohio Riverfront already sports an eclectic offering of tourist attractions, from an aquarium and beer garden in Kentucky to pro sports stadiums and a soon-to-open Underground Railroad museum in Cincinnati. Will a submarine fit in?
CROWLEY: Broadsides continue over sub

Accused Covington teacher identified
The Diocese of Covington Saturday confirmed that Paul Arbogast, a teacher at college-prep high school Covington Latin, was suspended Friday in the wake of allegations of child sex abuse.

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.

COLUMNS
PULFER: Dana Siegel gets the glorious gift of a second wind
Looking at the tiny person of Dana Siegel, who has wrestled with three big diseases, you have to wonder why she's so chipper. Wasn't she born with a whine reflex?


BRONSON: A soldier returns from WMDs to BMWs
Listening to gripes about Iraq reminds me of the story about the sailor who dove into the sea to save a child who had fallen overboard. As he drags the boy to safety, the mother yells, "Where's his cap?"
Good Things Happening: Students help teacher turn 100
Henry Rumpke didn't polish an apple, but he baked a cake for his first and favorite teacher.

CINCINNATI-HAMILTON COUNTY
Man to put gun, debate in open
A Northside man suing for the right to carry concealed weapons will strap his handgun on his hip Sept. 28 and lead a group of like-minded gun owners up and down his neighborhood streets.


Poor urged to go to polls
Harry Belafonte, the 76-year-old actor, crooner and political activist, used his still-strong and silky voice at First Lutheran Church in Over-the-Rhine to urge people to empower themselves by voting.
Jury award criticized
A Mount Airy woman, whose 8-year-old daughter won a $139,000 jury award last week, said Saturday the amount isn't enough to meet the medical expenses the family has incurred as a result of the girl's injuries.
Post-game rowdiness raises concerns
MOUNT HEALTHY - On the gridiron, the Mount Healthy Owls are enjoying a good season. But off the field, after the games, things aren't as positive.
More to Madeira fest than fun, games
MADEIRA - You could tell a block away, from the drumbeats mingled with the occasional strains of acalliope, that this was no ordinary party in the park.
Montgomery, Sycamore: The next section's for you
Attention residents of Montgomery and Sycamore Township: Your communities will be the subject of the next Enquirer "Great Neighborhoods" section, to be published Oct. 7.
Regional Report
DOWNTOWN - A convicted robber is back behind bars, suspected in a series of downtown robberies.

BUTLER-WARREN-CLERMONT
Mason schools to seek bond issue
MASON - Despite opening a new $72 million high school just over a year ago, Mason schools will soon be overflowing with younger students. School officials are turning to residents - and their pocketbooks - for help.


Speed trailer slammed by speeder
MIAMI TWP. - A driver rammed a speed trailer - one of those gizmos parked alongside the highway that flashes oncoming traffic's speeds -- along Ohio 131 last month because he was . . . speeding, police say.
Fairfield to break ground on community arts center
FAIRFIELD - After years in the planning, the city's Community Arts Center breaks ground Monday, filling out Village Green, the new downtown for this Butler County suburb.
Survey gives Miami low marks on diversity
OXFORD - A newly published college guide describes Miami University's student body as homogeneous, with little acceptance of gays, lesbians and racial minorities.
Miami lines up big names for lecture series
OXFORD - The man who led New York City through Sept. 11, 2001, three former presidential candidates and a feminist pioneer are part of Miami University's speaker lineup this school year.

OBITUARIES
Nancy Neumann promoted peace
From the time she was born, Nancy Neumann knew she was living in a world where - if people acted on their beliefs - they could change it for the better.


John Peter owned Norwood cafeteria
John Peter's Norwood restaurant, Peter's Cafeteria, was a landmark in the Norwood community from 1910 to 1984. His sense of faith and devotion to the people he loved made him a landmark in his family.

OHIO
Ohio Bicentennial Notebook
DOWNTOWN - An Ohio bicentennial historical marker will be dedicated at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County at 10 a.m. Oct. 4.


Ohio Moments: New Philadelphia founded amid Indians
On Sept. 21, 1752, John Knisely - who would become the founder of New Philadelphia, Ohio - was born in Lancaster County, Penn.
Policeman accused of church break-in
MASSILLON, Ohio - A police officer described as religious by co-workers has been charged in a church break-in after a security videotape showed a uniformed officer kicking in doors leading to the church office.
Man freed from prison in child pornography case
COLUMBUS - A man imprisoned for writing fictitious stories of child torture and molestation returned home Friday, two months after a state appeals court threw out his child pornography conviction.

KENTUCKY
CROWLEY: Broadsides continue over sub
The Newport submarine sounds like the daily special at a Monmouth Street sandwich shop. But in two years or so, we can expect to see the USS Narwhal, a decommissioned nuclear submarine, right along Riverboat Row.


Tobacco debate frays nerves
Patricia Hoover-Ebersole has struggled for years to kick her pack-a-day smoking habit.
Murder warrants issued in 3 slayings
RICHMOND, Ky. - State police obtained murder warrants Saturday for a man they believe killed three Texas men in April and dumped their bodies in the Kentucky River.
SATURDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of Saturday's local stories)
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.

SPECIAL
Great Neighborhoods
Welcome to Milford and Miami Township, one of the Tristate's Great Neighborhoods. In the 14th installment of our series, we showcase the people, schools, businesses and cultures that make these communities special.
Previous "Great Neighborhood" reports:
AndersonBlue AshColerainFairfieldFlorence
HamiltonLebanonLoveland & Symmes TownshipMason & Deerfield Twp.
NewportNorwoodWest 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.