LOCAL NEWS FOR TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2003
$1.8 billion I-75 fix proposed
The committee overseeing a study of what to do about Interstate 75 Monday overwhelmingly approved a combination of widening the expressway in southwest Ohio and a new light-rail line from Covington to West Chester.

Opinion on Bush remains divided
Inside Union Terminal, Steve Wanamaker applauded. Outside, Lynnea Domienik protested. At his home, Bob Minning watched on TV, undecided.
Pioneer of Citizens on Patrol to meet Bush
Enquirer editorial: We have some questions

Obscenity standards on trial
HAMILTON - Jeffrey R. Busemeyer is supposed to go on trial today - and so are "community standards."

Jailed woman now will testify
A woman jailed for contempt after she said she was raped, then failed to show up in court, is now planning to testify, her lawyer says.
Enquirer editorial: Intimidated witnesses

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: The wrong messenger
This should be an easy case to decide. At least in the court of public opinion. A rape victim says she is too scared to testify. The judge releases the accused and puts the victim in jail.


Korte: Inside City Hall
Mayor Charlie Luken issues hundreds of proclamations each year, and gives away enough keys to the city to open a locksmith shop.

LOCAL HEADLINES
District may ax activities
MOUNT HEALTHY - Extracurricular activities, including athletics, could be cut if voters in the Mount Healthy City School District don't pass an operating levy this school year.


Guilty plea voided in work shooting
MIDDLETOWN - An appeals court has reversed the conviction of a woman who fatally shot a co-worker at a Fairfield packaging plant three years ago.

Warren Co. jury to weigh death sentence for Barton
LEBANON - A jury has convicted a Warren County man of aggravated murder and today will consider whether he should be executed for killing his wife.

Free day for 7,000 Warren students
HAMILTON TWP. - Monday was sort of a "snow day" in September for more than 7,000 Warren County students.

Big dreams for Blue Ash center
BLUE ASH - A plan to build a performing arts center at Raymond Walters College appears to have fizzled, while City Council discusses an ambitious idea for an $18 million entertainment and convention complex.

Mental health plan tied to levy
HAMILTON - A comprehensive plan for meeting the mental health needs of Butler County's growing population - especially school-age youths - will be completed by December.

Students earn right to 'mess' up
A group of students set out to mess up the day for the principal, assistant principal and fitness education teacher Friday at Delshire Elementary School in Delhi Township.

Appeals court sides with civic group
LOVELAND - Residents fighting the commercial zoning at a historic site on Ohio 48 now have an appeals court on their side.

Purcell Marian to take a walk on the Wilde side
EAST WALNUT HILLS - Oscar Wilde's comedy The Importance of Being Earnest will kick off a two-week run Friday at Purcell Marian High School, 2935 Hackberry St.

Regional Report
A 73-year-old woman who killed her niece's boyfriend thinking he was an intruder will spend the next six months in alcohol treatment at River City Correctional Center, Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Charles J. Kubicki ordered Monday.

KENTUCKY HEADLINES
Beware promises at debate
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS - Political scientist Dr. Michael Thomson said voters should approach today's Northern Kentucky gubernatorial debate as if they were shopping for a car.


Newport turns to Internet auction to clear warehouse
NEWPORT - The auctioneer and gavel have been retired in favor of the computer and keyboard as the city of Newport attempts to disperse bikes, computers and office furniture - in eBay style.

West Nile suspected in death of 89-year-old Fort Thomas woman
FORT THOMAS - A local woman could be Kentucky's first death from West Nile virus this year.

Ruby Tuesday comes to Florence
FLORENCE - A Ruby Tuesday restaurant is coming to town. The casual-dining chain will build a restaurant at Ky. 18 and Houston Road, according to paperwork filed with the Boone County Planning Commission.

OBITUARIES
John Castellini, 41, St. X, Miami U grad
PLEASANT RIDGE - John Edward Castellini, a 41-year-old father of four, was a dedicated family man who was loved by countless people.


Bill Mason fought for racial equality
Bill Mason, an educator, broadcaster, civil rights activist and Cincinnati native, died Sept. 11 at a Cleveland area hospital after suffering a heart attack.

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.