LOCAL NEWS FOR TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2003
Ashcroft issues get-tough policy
As U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft spoke Monday in Cincinnati about a reduction in crime and a lack of major terrorist incidents since Sept. 11, 2001, he was making larger news on the national stage with his promise that federal prosecutors will be tougher and more consistent with terrorists and other criminals.

Friends mourn teen
COLD SPRING - Justin Saccone never passed up an opportunity to play baseball. "He loved baseball," said friend Chris Steele. "He would have played for anybody, anytime." So when a friend's team needed a player Sunday, Saccone jumped at the chance.

Archbishop suspends 3 priests
Cincinnati Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk says his decision to suspend three priests Monday closes one of the most difficult and painful chapters of the clergy sexual abuse crisis in Southwest Ohio.
Archive of Enquirer stories: "Priests and Sexual Misconduct'

Now her daddy is home to stay
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - For nearly half of her life, 15-month-old Arielle Haynes knew her father only through the photographs of a young soldier scattered throughout the family's Clermont County home.

Savings to begin on drugs
COLUMBUS - The Golden Buckeye card that Ohio seniors carry for discounts from retailers will soon help trim their prescription drug bills.

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'
Photo gallery

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.

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
Pulfer: After 50 years, what makes Jack Gilligan run?
I understand that Jack Gilligan is running for office again. But I'm trying to understand the reason.


Korte: Inside City Hall
At the Labor Day Picnic, Steve Reece yelled at fellow Democrat David Pepper with a bullhorn, calling the councilman a "sellout" for voting too often with Republicans.

LOCAL NEWS
Challengers take swats at city development effort
Cincinnati City Council challengers attacked the incumbents for their handling of economic development at a forum Monday sponsored by the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce.


Wet spring may mean bright fall
Cooler than normal temperatures this fall should usher in the splendor of autumn's fabulous colors a little early this year - and those colors will be more brilliant and plentiful than usual.

Miami worker strike delayed
OXFORD - At the request of a state mediator, a possible strike by Miami University support staff workers will be delayed until Friday, allowing one last-ditch negotiating session between union representatives and the administration.

Water park's theme: Australia
MASON - Paramount's Kings Island's new Australian-themed water park resort will feature 30 waterslides, including one that sends a raft of riders down a 269-foot-long tube before twisting through a large funnel.

Colerain plans for floods
COLERAIN TWP. - The wording is clunky - "All Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan" - but when Colerain Township becomes the first Ohio community to adopt such a plan at tonight's trustees meeting, it will mean more to the township than just another piece of bureaucratic mumbo-jumbo.

Work on aquatic center begins
WESTWOOD - After nearly two years of fund raising, officials will break ground today on a $1.7 million outdoor aquatic center at the Gamble-Nippert YMCA.

Family seeking Down awareness
Brian and Teresa Eve and their family know that children with Down syndrome are a wonderful addition to families.

St. John plans reunion
COLERAIN TOWNSHIP - St. John the Baptist School will hold its second annual all-class alumni reunion Sunday after the 11 a.m. Mass.

Vietnam vets' wall to go on display
COLERAIN TOWNSHIP - "The Wall That Heals," a 250-foot-long replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, will be on display Thursday through Sunday at Colerain Park, 4725 Springdale Road.

Regional Report
MOUNT ADAMS - The city of Cincinnati won't sell city-owned property on Carney Street after City Council's Finance Committee permanently tabled the sale Monday.

KENTUCKY / INDIANA REPORT
N.Ky. counties want a jail break
WILDER - Northern Kentucky's county governments want more money from Frankfort to house state prisoners in county jails.


Another lifestyle center coming
CRESCENT SPRINGS - The developer of Buttermilk Towne Center, a $55 million upscale shopping mall proposed here, says there's room for more than one outdoor "lifestyle" retail center in Northern Kentucky.

Schoolkids brighten underpass with mural
COVINGTON - Sarah Williams and her friends have some advice for aspiring artists. Don't worry, they say. Be free.

Wilder complex considers new pool
If he builds it, will you come? That's what developer Kevin Molony and Campbell County officials are asking county residents as Molony contemplates constructing an outdoor swimming pool at his Town & Country Sports and Entertainment Complex in Wilder.

Turtle weathers Isabel
Shellby the sea turtle is safe. For the past week, the female loggerhead sea turtle, tagged and monitored by the Newport Aquarium, had been missing off the North Carolina coast. Aquarium staff feared Shellby had become a victim of Hurricane Isabel.

Evansville diocese workers undergoing background checks
EVANSVILLE, Ind. - Criminal background checks are being conducted on all workers at the offices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Evansville in what the bishop says is a step toward ensuring the safety of church members.

Former House Speaker Joe Clarke found dead
DANVILLE, Ky. - Former state Rep. Joe Clarke, who spent a term as speaker of the Kentucky House and 20 years as the influential chairman of the House's budget committee, was found dead in his home Sunday.

Feds: Crash that killed three could have been avoided
PIKEVILLE, Ky. - The deaths of three people who were killed when a 34-ton mining machine fell from a truck in Pike County might have been prevented if the truck driver's employer had done a background check before hiring him, a federal report concluded.

OBITUARIES
Joseph Luebbers, 81, was municipal judge
SYCAMORE TWP. - The Hon. Joseph A. Luebbers, a Hamilton County Municipal Court judge for 30 years, died Saturday at Good Samaritan Hospital. The cause of death has not been determined. The Sycamore Township resident was 81.


Geraldine Sutyak took joy in music
COLERAIN TWP. - Geraldine Sutyak was a superb musician who brought enthusiasm and joy to her playing.

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.