LOCAL NEWS FOR THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2003
Abuse suit now a class action
People allegedly sexually abused by priests in the Covington Diocese now are part of what is believed to be the nation's first class-action lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Church.

Zimpher gets busy on Day 1
Nancy Zimpher began her first day on the job as University of Cincinnati's 25th president Wednesday with a hug from the Bearcat mascot himself, who was decked out in a tuxedo.
Student sampling on new boss sketchy

Young voters missing at polls
For Cincinnati's young voters, the 2003 election is arguably one of the most important in a generation.
Election Guide 2003

Crime on rise in suburbs
Identity thieves pilfering residential mailboxes and burglars snatching purses out of homes are prompting suburban police to step up patrols and shaking neighbors' sense of security.

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
19 from Greater Cincinnati are Achievement semifinalists
Nineteen Greater Cincinnati seniors - 18 from Southwest Ohio and one from Northern Kentucky - were among 1,600 semifinalists announced Wednesday in the 40th annual National Achievement Scholarship Program.
Cancer team seeks funding
A Cincinnati research team is seeking a federal grant to become one of three centers nationwide trying to identify possible environmental causes of breast cancer.
Character sign: helping a friend
ST. BERNARD - Two years ago, Chad Withers began helping a disabled classmate to and from classes at Roger Bacon High School. What started as a volunteer job has evolved into a friendship that continues long after the last bell rings.
Reeve tells of hope for cures
As the general health of the U.S. population improves, people can expect to live longer, Christopher Reeve told his audience Wednesday night at the Westin Hotel.
MSD to pay to fix sewer backups
Hamilton County commissioners agreed Wednesday to use sewer fees to fix persistent flooding in basements - a move that could spell relief for hundreds of homeowners at the expense of higher sewer rates for users countywide.
Project to cut off businesses
MADEIRA - A $3.4 million sanitary sewer project that starts construction in mid-October will put a squeeze on access to the heart of the city for 10 months.
Cranley seeks I-71 exit near hospitals
Speaking like a man who learns from his losses, Cincinnati Councilman John Cranley is now pushing hard for a new interchange off Interstate 71 at Martin Luther King Drive.
Monitor says police reform is slow
The court-appointed monitor overseeing Cincinnati police reforms said Wednesday that progress is being made - but not as fast as it could be.
Condos argued in Price Hill
EAST PRICE HILL - It was neighbor against neighbor Wednesday night as Price Hill residents debated a $20 million condominium development before a Cincinnati city architect.
Regional Report

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
Pulfer: A new history of women begins on the west side
Because I am Cincinno-centric - or 'Nati-obsessed or whatever it's called when you know in your heart that your hometown is the center of the universe - I did not start by asking the distinguished writer about her career. Or her book. Or the scandal at her newspaper.
Howard: Good Things Happening
Clermont County's Union Township Fire Department members can now get exercise tossing beanbags into a little round hole. That's because Blake Murray built and donated a cornhole game to firefighters.
BUTLER, WARREN, CLERMONT
Jury decides on death penalty for man who killed his wife
LEBANON - A convicted killer got his wish: a jury has recommended that he die for the shotgun slaying of his wife, which preceded his effort to kill himself.
Hamilton readies for assault of this winter
HAMILTON - Butler County is ready for this winter with a new means of keeping roads passable.
Deters advises Butler Co.
HAMILTON - Ohio Treasurer Joe Deters is urging the Butler County Republican Party to avoid a divisive primary election next year between Mike Fox and Greg Jolivette for a county commissioner's seat.
Miami U. to keep all benefits for striking workers
OXFORD - Miami University officials decided Wednesday to continue health care insurance, dental coverage and other benefits of striking support staff through October.
Visit Scotland with a trip to Middletown
MIDDLETOWN - It may be a little chilly for kilts, but that will be the garb of choice this weekend for some participants at Middfest.
Mason's pancake day will be Nov. 8
MASON - Batter up! The Kiwanis Club of Mason has begun selling tickets for the 45th annual Pancake Day, a major community fund-raiser and social event.
Student killed; school shocked
OXFORD - Just as they were preparing for this weekend's homecoming festivities, Talawanda High School students learned a popular honor student was killed in an automobile crash on his way to school.
OBITUARIES
Stanley Kreimer active in politics
Stanley Earl Kreimer Sr., a sixth-generation Cincinnatian who co-managed the successful political campaigns of former Vice Mayor William Cody Kelly and former Ohio Attorney General and U.S. Sen. William Saxbe, died in his sleep Sept. 13 at his home in Buckhead, Ga., a suburb of Atlanta.
Henry Stark, 104, was in union for 87 years
CRESTVIEW HILLS - Henry August Stark worked wonders with wood since he became an apprentice carpenter at 16.
Kentucky obituaries

OHIO
Irate farmer wants crop circle culprits to pay
BAINBRIDGE, Ohio - Farmer Dale Mark doesn't buy theories that aliens from outer space left the geometric designs etched into his Ross County soybean field.
Two firefighters killed in New Knoxville
NEW KNOXVILLE, Ohio - An explosion inside a silo at a lumber company in western Ohio killed two firefighters and injured nine other people Wednesday, authorities said.
No charges to be filed in landlord voyeurism case
GIBSONBURG, Ohio - No charges will be filed in a voyeurism case in which about 650 people were taped showering and using bathrooms in their apartments and at an insurance office.
Lawmaker proposes overhaul of state retirement fund boards
COLUMBUS - Ohio's attorney general would lose a seat on the state's pension fund boards in return for more power to investigate questionable spending by the retirement systems, under legislation proposed Wednesday.
There's plenty of Ohio in D.C.
WASHINGTON - Ohioans traveling to the nation's capital can catch glimpses of their home state, from Wright flyers and astronaut John Glenn's space capsule to the state fossil and buckeye trees.
Ohio Moments

KENTUCKY
Universities, public schools start mutual campaign for money
FRANKFORT - Kentucky's public schools and universities, historically fierce competitors for the public dollar, now are lobbying collectively for increased funding.
Ky. state senator says: 'I'm gay'
LOUISVILLE - State Sen. Ernesto Scorsone announced publicly Tuesday that he is gay, saying his sexual orientation is unrelated to his job as senator and his announcement was "the right thing to do for me."
Poll finds majority would allow smoking in bars
LOUISVILLE - A majority of Jefferson County residents are against a ban on smoking in public businesses if it applies to bars and restaurants, according to poll results published Wednesday.
Survey: Gamblers ramble in region
FLORENCE - Ohio and Kentucky residents made millions of trips last year to casinos in other states, a survey from one of the nation's leading gambling companies shows.
Talks to regulate tobacco industry break down along partisan lines
WASHINGTON - Talks in Congress to regulate the tobacco industry broke down along partisan lines Wednesday, making it highly unlikely new restrictions would be imposed on the cigarette industry anytime soon.
Holmes teacher's death serves as warning for all
COVINGTON - In life, math teacher Tara Greene was a bright, outgoing woman who was a supportive friend and instructor to her students at Holmes Junior High School.
Museum Center shows Lewis and Clark letters
After sitting undiscovered in a box for 118 years, three letters from explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark are now on display.
West Nile death confirmed
FORT THOMAS - An 89-year-old Fort Thomas woman has become this year's first West Nile virus death in Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati, state and local health officials said Wednesday.
Truck driver dies after going off I-71
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.