LOCAL NEWS FOR SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2003
Tonight's awards go to rights advocates
Two modern-day "freedom conductors" - a woman who championed civil rights in this country, and an organization that presses for human rights around the world - tonight will be presented the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center's highest honor.
Height always had faith that society can change
RFK center strives for human rights

Catholics meet to map change
When members of Voice of the Faithful gather today for their first conference in the Cincinnati area, they will spend much of their time talking about the sexual abuse crisis that plagues their church.

Fernald clean-up change proposed
U.S. Department of Energy officials are considering a plan that would allow them to stop treating groundwater contaminated with uranium underneath the former Fernald uranium enrichment plant and, instead, dump it directly into the Great Miami River for more than 19 years, beginning in 2005.

Local 'Survivor' veteran faces financial reality
Now that Lillian Morris has been voted out of Survivor: Pearl Islands, she has a new goal: economic survival.

Empowerment official sought in theft-ring case
One of the 23 people indicted as part of a theft ring that police say fenced stolen goods through corner markets is the staff accountant for the Cincinnati Empowerment Corp.

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
Mill Creek gets art boost
WEST END - An art exhibit today showing the good, the bad and the smelly of the Mill Creek will also help clean up the troubled waterway.
Memorial to celebrate 20th year
More than 20 years ago, Vietnam veteran Earl Corell began an uphill fight to honor fellow veterans of that unpopular war with a memorial in Cincinnati.
Regional Report

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
Bronson: Tax-and-spend Republicans are strangling Ohio
Here's a sign you won't see on the bridge from Kentucky: "Welcome to Ohio, the high-tax California of the Midwest."
Howard: Good Things Happening
Progress for Greg Perry comes one step at a time. Perry, paralyzed from the chest down by a gunshot in 1996, has endured spinal reconstructive surgery and years of painful therapy and workouts.
Faith Matters: Jain Center's history honored
WEST CHESTER - One of the oldest religions will celebrate its history in Ohio on Sunday.
McNutt: Riverside town welcomes bigger branch library
NEW RICHMOND - When a library stands on the Ohio River flood plain, you can expect a few soggy readings.
BUTLER, WARREN, CLERMONT
Crashes claim two lives on Clermont highways
A 35-year-old Cincinnati man and a 60-year-old Bethel woman were killed Friday in separate crashes on roads in Clermont County.
New Miami fires clerk, says she bungled finances
NEW MIAMI - Village Council has fired its clerk for what it said was poor performance, including paying bills late and failing to keep track of village finances.
Man applauded for saving girl
MIAMI TWP. - No one knew how long the little girl floated face down before she was noticed that summer afternoon.
Relocated Skatetown ready to roll again
WEST CHESTER TWP. - Skatetown USA - formerly Golden Skates - will open anew Oct. 11 a little farther north than its home for 30 years.
Mason forums examine overflowing schools
MASON - Nobody has to tell Mason school parent Alaina Peebles that this Warren County school system could soon overflow with students.
MU student senate ponders role
OXFORD - Miami University's student government faces a real-life political dilemma, as a strike by food service, custodial and maintenance staff continues.
Wal-Mart Supercenter proposed
DEERFIELD TWP. - Wal-Mart is proposing a Supercenter between two developing shopping areas on one of Warren County's most traveled roads.
Booking a Warren County hotel room just got easier
LEBANON - Traveling to Warren County just got easier, thanks to new online feature that gives vacationers the capability to reserve hotel rooms in "real time."
OBITUARIES
Charles F. Doll was longtime headwaiter
FALMOUTH - Charles F. Doll was a maitre d' at the Beverly Hills Supper Club back in the 1950s, when it was a glitzy, Vegas-style Mecca for high rollers and visited by celebrities such as Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.
OHIO
Charge dropped in '77 killing because of murky evidence
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - Charges against a man recently accused in a 1977 slaying were dropped because it's unclear where he was at the time.
Deaths of firefighters leave small town in pain
NEW BREMEN, Ohio - Hours before a silo explosion killed John Garman, he left a message about fire prevention activities on the answering machine of a fellow firefighter.
Board says Ohio can keep tax Tyson paid
COLUMBUS - Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson is not entitled to a refund of $5.8 million in state income taxes he paid in 1995-96 when he owned a home near Cleveland, the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals ruled Friday.
Election workers won't have union
TOLEDO - Election workers in Lucas County won't be joining a union - at least not now.
Dozens of students arrested after high school prank
DUBLIN, Ohio - Police arrested 119 people early Friday after an apparent high school prank got out of hand, officers said.
House member's term too long?
COLUMBUS - A term-limits glitch could force Democratic state Rep. Dale Miller to leave the Legislature two years earlier than he had planned.
Dept. of Energy agreement saves jobs at uranium plant
WASHINGTON - More than 100 workers at a closed uranium plant in southern Ohio will keep their jobs for at least another year under an agreement reached Friday by the plant's owner and the U.S. Department of Energy.
Ohio Moments

KENTUCKY
School nearing reality
ALEXANDRIA - The Campbell County School District has waited a long time for the chance to build a new elementary school.
Man who chained teenage girl is found guilty
LOUISVILLE - An Indiana man accused of chaining a teenage girl to a pole and binding her with duct tape was convicted of sodomy and unlawful imprisonment.
Airport settles land dispute
HEBRON - A six-year dispute over the value of a nearly 200-year-old farm ended Friday when Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport officials agreed to pay $8.5 million for 80 acres being taken for a new runway.
Fletcher's new campaign ads criticize Chandler
FRANKFORT - Republican gubernatorial nominee Ernie Fletcher and the Republican Governor's Association on Friday began airing television commercials criticizing Democrat Ben Chandler.
Kentucky Guardsman killed in Iraq remembered as compassionate man
LOUISVILLE - Kentucky's first Army National Guard combat casualty in a generation died a "hero's death" while responding to a mortar attack in Iraq, his mother said Friday.
Chairman seeks stricter race-day drug standards
LEXINGTON - The chairman of the Kentucky Racing Commission said he wants limits on anti-bleeding drugs for horses on race days.
Lawsuit seeks to block Kentucky Medicaid cuts
FRANKFORT - Advocates for the elderly and disabled filed a federal lawsuit aimed at blocking state Medicaid cuts that are forcing hundreds of people to lose nursing home care and other services.
Mars Pl. access may be smoothed
One recent afternoon, Carin Baute jumped into her blue Chevy half-ton pickup to make the trek to the front of her subdivision in southern Gallatin County to pick up the neighborhood children.
Obstacle course aims to ease social hurdle
INDEPENDENCE - You've spent years in school together, and you still don't know half your classmates. Solution? Divide randomly into groups of 13, and then:
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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'
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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.