LOCAL NEWS FOR SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2003
Rape victim jailed; accused freed
A rape victim is in jail and her accused attacker is free today after the woman's refusal to testify raised the ire of a Hamilton County judge.

Injured athlete voted homecoming king
The Lawrenceburg Tigers crowned their quarterback homecoming king Friday while he lay miles away in a hospital bed with a brain injury so severe it could just as well have killed him.

Strikers ready for long haul
A single hand-painted sign supporting workers in Miami University's first-ever strike is the only hint of discord along the two-lane road that leads to the school.

2 families get $3.1M for claims
The family of Timothy D. Thomas will get $1.5 million for the 2001 police shooting death that led to four days of riots in Over-the-Rhine, according to a settlement proposal filed in Hamilton County Probate Court Thursday.

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
Brand new on the menu: freshly painted Big Mac
No, the bright yellow paint that is making the Big Mac bridge live up to its namesake is not going to be a permanent feature of the downtown view.
Catholic schools scramble to reverse enrollment slide
EVENDALE - The Archdiocese of Cincinnati is poised to launch a school marketing campaign costing up to $135,000, on the heels of budget cuts and a 2.5 percent decline in enrollment on opening day.
Catholic teachers mostly disagree with Ky. firing
DOWNTOWN - A sampling of teachers attending a statewide convention of Catholic educators Friday mostly disagreed with the Diocese of Covington's decision to fire a parochial-school teacher who remarried without an annulment.
'Survivor' sags in Cincinnati
Cincinnati loves Friends' Joey and Rachel more than Lillian Morris and Survivor? Is it possible?
School to open new building
LOVELAND - For more than three decades, the Children's Meeting House Montessori School has been located on a 350-acre farm, complete with rolling hills, nature trails, a pond and an orchard.
Tests show bacteria in Loveland school water
LOVELAND - City officials were trying to locate the source of bacteria at two Loveland schools Friday after their tap water tested positive for fecal coliform.
27 home sick after ruling on overtime
A job action at the Greater Cincinnati Water Works led 27 water line repair workers to call in sick Friday, city officials said.
School reunion unites West Side
DELHI TOWNSHIP - West Siders are a breed unto themselves.
Let's all talk about education
Parents, teachers and students: We want to talk to you.
Regional Report

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
Bronson: Letting the homeless be squatters is inhumane
At the end of the Interstate 71 tunnel into downtown on Third Street, I slow for the stoplight at Main Street and there it is: an ant-farm view right into the bedroom of Bob and Nancy Homeless.
Faith matters: Families fight death penalty
On May 14, 1985, Bill Pelke's grandmother was brutally murdered by four teen-age girls. One of the girls, 15, was sentenced to die, and at the time Pelke was satisfied with the sentence.
Howard: Good Things Happening
There's no gimmick to this, just a new approach to get kids in grades 1 to 8 to read more.
McNutt: Marker dedication gives Black Brigade limelight
DOWNTOWN - The Ohio Bicentennial Commission will dedicate a historical marker to the Cincinnati Black Brigade at 3 p.m. today at Broadway Commons at Sawyer Point.
BUTLER, WARREN, CLERMONT
Crunch time near for Apple Festival
LEBANON - How many different things can you do with fall apples?
Cities to debate mall aid
FAIRFIELD - Before going along with an $18 million incentive deal for transformation of a mall, this city's leaders want to know what's in it for the people who live in Fairfield.
Fernald projects shut down
CROSBY TWP. - Work was shut down this week at two of the six projects inside the Fernald nuclear cleanup site because of safety violations.
Warren college director picks awaited
LEBANON - It's past a 90-day deadline, but county commissioners and the governor's office say they are close to appointing a board of directors for the future Warren County community college.
OBITUARIES
Richard Langenbeck, 80, was retired lawyer
WYOMING - F. Richard "Dick" Langenbeck was a member of the University of Cincinnati football team that brought home a win from the 1947 Sun Bowl.
Librarian Althea Lazenby found adventure in India
HARTWELL - Retired teacher and librarian Althea Louise Heard Lazenby and her husband, Henry, loved to travel. They met during World War II in India, where she served with the American Red Cross and he with the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps.
Kentucky obituaries

OHIO
ACLU sues over executions
COLUMBUS - Executions in Ohio should be public from beginning to end, including the insertion of intravenous needles in condemned inmates' arms, the American Civil Liberties Union said.
Before blackout, Ohio's grid recorded at least 64 glitches
COLUMBUS- Ohio's section of the power grid experienced at least 64 glitches in the four hours before the nation's worst blackout, according to a draft timeline the state's utility regulator sent Gov. Bob Taft this week.
Cemetery offers free burial plot
CANTON - A cemetery is offering free burial plots to firefighters, paramedics, police officers and sheriff's deputies. So far one paramedic has taken the offer.
State fair director resigns under fire
COLUMBUS - The director of the Ohio State Fair quit after denying allegations that he inappropriately accepted gifts.
4 teens critical from bad weed
LIMA - Four teenagers ate a toxic hallucinogenic weed and were in critical condition Friday, with two on life support, authorities said.
Bush leads all comers in Ohio
CINCINNATI - President Bush holds double-digit leads over all potential 2004 Democratic challengers, according to a statewide survey of registered voters in Ohio.
Pipeline project fined for violations
COLUMBUS - The company building a petroleum pipeline across southern Ohio was fined about $105,000 for not replacing vegetation and other permit violations, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency said Friday.
Pfeifer wins GOP nod - and nays
COLUMBUS - Once again, the Ohio Republican Party has endorsed GOP Justice Paul Pfeifer of the Ohio Supreme Court. Once again, the vote was less than unanimous.
Workers hustle, boy gets heart
ASHLAND, Ohio - Nine-year-old Shawn Federer always wanted to be part of a Little League baseball team, a dream put on hold because of heart problems he's had since birth.
Ohio Moments

KENTUCKY
Fletcher health-care plan pushes Rx reform
LEXINGTON - Republican Ernie Fletcher on Friday added to his previous health-care proposals, saying as governor he could lower the cost of health insurance and improve the state's cash-strapped Medicaid system.
Governor debate at NKU
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS - Of course Republican Ernie Fletcher and Democrat Ben Chandler both want to "win" Tuesday's gubernatorial debate at Northern Kentucky University.
Do you know this donkey? He's lost and needs a home
BURLINGTON - He's a little stubborn, loves to have his head scratched, and chases any dog that dares enter his pasture.
Bishop backs diocese report
ERLANGER - In an open letter to Northern Kentucky Catholics on Friday, Bishop Roger Foys said the Diocese of Covington stands by its Aug. 29 report on the history of sexual abuse of minors in the diocese.
New school lunch program: Staff visits parents' homes
ERLANGER - It may seem odd for your child's school principal and counselor to show up at your home for lunch on a school day.
Lexington smoking ban halted
LEXINGTON - Opponents of an indoor smoking ban won a temporary reprieve Friday, as a court blocked the ban from taking effect in Kentucky's second-largest city. The ban would have begun Monday.
Kentucky To Go

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.