LOCAL NEWS FOR MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2003
New bridge: A $750M puzzle
In Part 2 report of a special report, The Enquirer tells why replacing the Brent Spence Bridge will be fraught with enormous problems and costs. Sunday's story reported why the Brent Spence is one of the most dangerous bridges in the nation. Web readers can 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'
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Festival, football merge
You couldn't tell which odor was stronger Sunday afternoon - the annual Oktoberfest scent of onions, kielbasa and beer, or the equally familiar smell of defeat.

City hires outsource expert from P&G
A Procter & Gamble purchasing manager, who helped that company contract out computer, employee benefits and facilities work to outside companies, will come to city government to try to do the same.

As students read brochures, parents bemoan college costs
Thousands of high schoolers, with Mom or Dad in tow, picked their way Sunday through a smorgasbord of 250 colleges and universities.
Sycamore district nurses fledgling superintendents
Forest Hills has College Night

Drive-thru justice
Columnist Denise Smith-Amos writes: People who live near Vine Street Elementary call nearby Loth Street a drive-thru for drugs.

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.

MORE LOCAL NEWS
Rainy weather restrains West Nile
One upside to this year's rainy summer: a sharp decline in the number of people infected by the West Nile virus.


Butler County grandmother touches lives big and small
Lynn Bell learned to sew as a child, using an old treadle machine to make clothes for her baby dolls. That was 50 years ago. She's still making baby clothes, but they're now for real babies.

Miami strike deadline nears
OXFORD - In the manicured front lawn of Miami University's administration building, the tents stand out, a constant reminder of growing labor tensions.

Grads buy Stewart school for $1.6M
OXFORD - An Oxford company headed by Talawanda High School graduates will buy Stewart Elementary School for $1.6 million.

Attendance a record for Chamber's Butler Expo
WEST CHESTER TWP. - A record number of Greater Cincinnati companies - 65 - are participating this week in the third annual Southeastern Butler County Chamber of Commerce Business Expo.

Couple found dead in shooting
SPRINGDALE - A 69-year-old resident of the Maple Knoll Village retirement community and her 74-year-old husband were found dead in the woman's room following a double-shooting Sunday.

Priest's 75th brings surprise
Father George Wilson was surrounded Sunday by a sea of quilts.

Door-to-door permits studied
SYCAMORE TWP - Complaints that transient vendors are bugging shoppers at Kenwood Towne Center have raised questions about whether officials need to keep better track of solicitors.

Regional Report
MIAMISBURG, Ohio - An explosion at a chemical plant Sunday injured a worker, blew part of the roof off and forced the evacuation of about 2,000 nearby residents, authorities and witnesses said.

KENTUCKY-INDIANA
Teen hit in chest by ball dies at hospital
MELBOURNE - A 15-year-old Alexandria boy collapsed and died Sunday afternoon after he was struck in the chest with a baseball in Pendery Park.


17 million Americans receiving treatments
INDEPENDENCE - The two 8-year-olds playing hoops in the driveway of an Independence home certainly don't look sick.

Bush to help Fletcher
LEXINGTON - President Bush is planning to visit Lexington in October to boost congressman Ernie Fletcher's campaign for governor.

Police investigating death of 7-month-old
DRY RIDGE - Kentucky State Police continued their investigation Sunday into the Saturday death of a 7-month-old.

Lawsuit challenges Legislature
FRANKFORT - The latest lawsuit to accuse the General Assembly of shortchanging public education does not attempt to diminish Kentucky's budget problems. It says simply that they don't matter.

Council tightens rules on endowments
HEBRON - Under new rules adopted Sunday, Kentucky's universities could no longer use federal grants to get matching money from the state's "Bucks for Brains" endowment funds.

Indiana Gov.'s death raises questions about candidates' health
INDIANAPOLIS - Gov. Frank O'Bannon's death from a stroke has raised the question of whether Indiana's six candidates for governor should disclose their medical histories before Election Day.

Teens left notes on arms before deaths
HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. - The two teenage girls found dead last week in what police are calling a murder-suicide left notes on their arms, and neither girl's body showed signs of a struggle, according to a newspaper report.

OBITUARIES
Designer Tony LaFata, 89, made clothing for celebrities
For more than 70 years, designer and master tailor Tony LaFata custom-made clothes for some of the most influential people in the country.


William C. Oldfield, 60, practiced law through his battle with cancer
Judges breathed a sigh of relief when they saw attorney William C. Oldfield in their courtrooms.

SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of Sunday's local stories)
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

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.