LOCAL NEWS FOR MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2003
High cost of I-75 fix could shelve other plans
Fixing I-75 by adding lanes - and possibly light rail - might be so expensive that other area highway projects could be discarded or delayed.

Team's goodbye poignant
COLD SPRING - Rocke and Tammy Saccone walked together to the pitcher's mound at field three in Pendery Park Sunday, surrounded by about 200 Knothole League members and their parents.

Longtime cashier is sold on union membership
Enquirer columnist Denise Smith-Amos writes: When Rowena Williams took a job serving meals at Xavier University 46 years ago, the Jesuit school admitted only male students and Williams earned 75 cents an hour.

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.

LOCAL NEWS
Armed activists say guns protect
NORTHSIDE - Sunday strolls don't usually have rules - except when guns are involved.


Norwood emerges as office magnet
NORWOOD - Long-ignored industrial land along the Norwood Lateral is emerging as the city's new development hot spot.

No school today in Kings
DEERFIELD TWP. - Cleanup crews and Kings school bus drivers hustled throughout the weekend to repair shattered windows and sweep up debris, but it was not enough to get the buses back on roads today.

The proof is in the putting? Yes, indeed
COLERAIN TOWNSHIP - Robin Ventura is big in Putt-Putt golf. The Colerain Township woman, an aspiring model who strolls the catwalk in Cincinnati bridal shows, is an aerospace engineering student at the University of Cincinnati who interned this summer with NASA.

AIDS privacy law argued
Charles Woodgeard put lives in danger when he offered to provide sex for money last month, Hamilton County prosecutors say.

Columbia Park's memory honored
About 100 people gathered Sunday in Shawnee Park to reminisce about life in a company-built town.

4-H adviser keeps head in the clouds
Mark Ponder was so eager to get out of school and explore life, he opted not to follow the family tradition and seek a teaching career. But fate caught up with him. Today, Ponder, an expert in rocketry, spends much of his time teaching kids to build and fly rockets.

Students building skills for working
WALNUT HILLS - Othello Gooden Jr. builds radio transmitters and model elevators, reprograms video games, rebuilds computers and composes music.

Sea cow shuffle in the works
A Hurricane is coming to the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.

Ropin' Rockets perform
NORTH AVONDALE - Cincinnati Public Schools' North Avondale Montessori Ropin' Rockets demonstration and competition jump-rope team will appear on national television in October and perform at the 2003 Smart and Sober Celebration Oct. 15 in Columbus.

Visitors keep farm afloat
LIBERTY TOWNSHIP - A Niederman has been farming the same 300 acres in Hamilton for six decades, and the white brick house they have lived in was built another 100 years before Granddad Niederman set foot on the soil.

Waste water plant opposed
BATAVIA - Miamiville residents fighting a possible waste water treatment plant along the Little Miami River will take their concerns to Clermont County commissioners tonight.

Regional Report
WILMINGTON - A teen driver died Sunday morning after she lost control of her car and crashed in Highland County, police said.

OBITUARIES
Arthur Hoffheimer served many volunteer organizations
Arthur Hoffheimer Jr. led a life of service. As a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division during World War II, he parachuted into Normandy on D-Day, and earned a number of citations including two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart for injuries he sustained in combat.


Harriet Rauh, 94, was longtime arts supporter
Harriet Rauh's tireless volunteer efforts left a significant mark on the cultural fabric of the city.

OHIO NEWS
Animal ashes spread on farm; some look askance
COLUMBUS - A woman who cremates animals and spreads their ashes on her farm says she's doing pet owners a favor.


State fair procedures remain
COLUMBUS - Last week's resignation of Ohio's fair manager over allegations that he inappropriately accepted gifts from vendors doing business with the fair is unlikely to change the way contracts are awarded, the attorney general's office says.

Smoke bans pushed in Ohio
LIMA, Ohio - A movement to restrict smoking in public continues to build momentum in northwest Ohio.

KENTUCKY NEWS
And the winning student is ...
FLORENCE - Kristi Watkins spent the night saying prayers to calm herself. Jennifer Baumgardner was so nervous that she popped out of bed at 4 a.m.


Group tackles gap in learning
FRANKFORT - The Kentucky Human Rights Commission is the latest group to weigh in on the issue of an academic "achievement gap."

Bald eagle dies from West Nile
LOUISA, Ky. - An American bald eagle found sick at Yatesville Lake State Park has died at a raptor rehabilitation center in Louisville.

SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of Sunday's local stories)
Winds whack Warren Co.
A storm packing tornado-strength winds ripped through Warren County in less than an hour early Saturday morning, but its effects will be felt for months.
Storm-trashed school: When it rains, it pours    |    9 WCPO video icon  WCPO video

Wife sues to make casino ban husband
Johnnie Brown says her husband has gambled away their household money and she wants him banned from Argosy Casino.

Levee begins growth spurt
Newport on the Levee is embarking on a six-month growth spurt that will bring new retailers, restaurants and entertainment to the popular riverfront attraction.

SPECIAL
New bridge: A $750M puzzle
In a special report, The Enquirer tells why the Brent Spence Bridge is one of the most dangerous bridges in the nation, and how replacing it will be fraught with enormous problems and costs. 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

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.