LOCAL NEWS FOR THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2003
Concealed-carry ban upheld
The Ohio Supreme Court upheld the state's 144-year-old ban on carrying concealed weapons Wednesday, ruling that the law does not infringe on the constitutional right to bear arms.
Debate over concealed-carry likely will continue to rage

Noise makes neighbors speak up
After a decade of living on Kenridge Avenue in Blue Ash, the noise from I-71 is driving Ed Capannari and his family out.
Sound-dampening walls quietly doing their jobs

Expedition back in Ky.
When Meriwether Lewis pulled his keelboat into Augusta, Ky., 200 years ago, he probably wasn't greeted with singing and colorful posters.
Lewis and Clark trivia challenge

University of Cincinnati campus awakens
The quiet summer is over for neighborhoods like Clifton, Corryville and University Heights, as nearly 34,000 students landed Wednesday, clogging streets and crowding sidewalks.

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.


IN THE TRISTATE
Before heading home, zoo's manatee learning to be free
The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden's 9-year-old manatee named Douglas will return to his native Florida on Nov. 1 to get ready for release into waters off the Florida Keys.
N. College Hill defies odds
NORTH COLLEGE HILL - Among Ohio's 612 school districts, this tiny Hamilton County school system caught the attention of the state's top education official, who Wednesday paid North College Hill schools its first visit from an Ohio superintendent.
Portune adapts to life on wheels
Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune just got a new driver's license.
Regional Report

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
Pulfer: We all benefit: The Bengals are starting to get it
I am trying to be outraged, but I just can't work up a lather. Even though it concerns the Bengals, who usually make me automatically froth at the mouth.
Howard: Good Things Happening
Two sisters who watched their mother battle back from a stroke to live another 20 years are participating in the Train to End Stroke program.
BUTLER, WARREN, CLERMONT
Police open house to show off renovations
HAMILTON - City police are unveiling the results of an extensive renovation of their headquarters this weekend - improvements designed to benefit officers as well as the general public.
Fox defiant as he opens campaign to keep seat
HAMILTON - The free-for-all has begun.
Decision awaited on blame in crash
WILMINGTON - The driver of a car that crashed last year along Ohio 28, killing four of its six teen occupants, testified Wednesday in Clinton County Juvenile Court that she didn't remember much of what happened.
Decision revives Butler political scandal
HAMILTON - In an unusual move, the Ohio Supreme Court has agreed to reconsider the reversal of a conviction in a Butler County political fund-raising scandal.
Police search for ex-lover in shotgun double slaying
SHARONVILLE - When Sandra Ross received a death threat from her ex-lover Tuesday night, police said, she assembled two male friends and a baseball bat for protection at her residence on Plainfield Road.
Fairfield Twp. trustees approve retail project
FAIRFIELD TWP. - This Butler County suburb will be the next to see its own major shopping center - and eventually could have a movie theater.
Monroe lops 3 positions in budget emergency
MONROE - Three positions in the public works department have been slashed as this financially struggling city tries to overcome a budget mess.
Community gathering places in works
WEST CHESTER TWP. - A 122-year-old barn may get a new lease on life as a modern-day center of community activity.
Stricter zoning guides urged
WEST CHESTER TWP. - Township Trustees are looking at stricter standards at the township's three Interstate 75 interchanges.
OBITUARIES
Prison warden had respect for people
John Sloan Dean, warden of the Southeastern Correctional Institution in Lancaster, Ohio, died Saturday from injuries he received in a car accident on Interstate 71 in Clinton County. The former Cincinnati resident lived in Columbus.
Winifred Motch, 79, backed Junior League
EAST WALNUT HILLS - Winifred Booker Motch, former president of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's Women's Committee and a sustaining member of the Junior League, died Sept. 15 of complications from surgery at University Hospital. The East Walnut Hills resident was 79.
Kentucky obituaries

OHIO
Video slots urged again
COLUMBUS - A proposal to put video slot machines at Ohio racetracks has been resurrected, this time with money going to college scholarships.
Couple sentenced in faked cancer case
URBANA, Ohio - A couple who admitted faking their daughter's leukemia to gain thousands of dollars in donations were sentenced to prison Wednesday.
Ohio moments

KENTUCKY
Hoosiers might bet in L'ville shadow
CLARKSVILLE, Ind. - A former drugstore in southern Indiana could give Churchill Downs some new competition if state officials approve the building's conversion to an off-track betting parlor.
NKU professor, Fox News reach settlement
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS - A Northern Kentucky professor who sued Fox News has reached a confidential settlement with the cable news broadcaster, according to recent court filings.
Ky. gets an 'F' in history teaching
FRANKFORT - Kentucky and 22 other states got an "F" in history - or rather, the standards used for teaching American history - in a "report card" issued Wednesday by an education research institute.
N.Ky. repairs focus on side roads
ERLANGER - Northern Kentucky is slated for only minor work in the proposed $1.6 billion widening of Interstate 75, a project that mainly affects Hamilton, Butler and Warren counties in southwest Ohio.
High-tech center debuts
ERLANGER - In 1856, Ann Brown was buried in the family cemetery on the spacious Boone County land she and her husband, Joseph, owned.
Father in sex video case makes bail
INDEPENDENCE - A 40-year-old father is out on bond after police arrested him, accusing him of allowing drunken house parties and videotaping teenagers engaging in sexual acts.
Smoking ban opponents seek emergency order
LEXINGTON - A group of bar and restaurant owners Wednesday sought an emergency injunction from the state Court of Appeals to block a citywide smoking ban from taking effect next week.
Covington gets ideas on west riverfront
COVINGTON - Residents will have more places to live and play.
Community agenda

Kentucky News Briefs


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.