LOCAL NEWS FOR MONDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2003
Program targets drug pushers
NORTH COLLEGE HILL - A community frustrated by drug dealing hopes its "Turn in a Pusher" program will make a difference.

Lockland fights years of decline
LOCKLAND - Lucille Amyx, standing in her driveway with the support of a walker for her healing broken leg, shook her head sadly as she talked about the struggles of this village where she has lived for all of her 85 years.

AK's woes seem miles away
MIDDLETOWN - Amid the upbeat atmosphere of Middfest International on a sunny Sunday afternoon, some festival-goers brushed aside gloomy forecasts about this city's major company, AK Steel Corp.

Ohio test schedules revised
Today, third-graders will become the first class in Ohio to take the new Third-Grade Reading Achievement Test.
Old-fashioned route to school
Workshops for parents at three city buildings

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 HEADLINES
Retired builder keeps busy as volunteer
CLEVES - Soon after retiring, Alvin Rullmann nailed down his next career: volunteering full-time to help others.


Medals eyed for Cinergy heroes
Two Cinergy service mechanics who rescued a Price Hill man from a burning building are being considered for the Carnegie Foundation Hero Medal.

Town dedicates refurbished icon
SAYLER PARK - After a hazardous life, Indian Chief No. 53 has been reborn.

Local man's journey aids Afghan people
ROSS TWP. - In the barren, war-scarred landscape of Kabul, Afghanistan, Tim Poynter sat in his khakis and blue polo shirt - and enjoyed a banquet with a half-dozen high-ranking Afghan government officials in white robes.

Miami recalls strike of 1970
OXFORD - Now in its second week, the walkout by union food service, custodial and maintenance workers is Miami University's first such labor strike. But it is far less intense than a strike that hit this college town in 1970.

West Chester weighs park levy
WEST CHESTER TWP. - Ray Bowman and his wife trek to Sharon Woods once a week to enjoy the walking and biking paths.

Regional Report
Today is the deadline to register to vote for the Nov. 4 election.

OHIO HEADLINES
Lower alcohol limit leads to 155 arrests in 2 months
TOLEDO - The state's lowered drunken-driving threshold has led to 155 arrests in the first two months after the law took effect, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.


Some religious colleges try to keep roots
CLEVELAND - While some of Ohio's religious colleges have turned into mostly secular institutions, others are attempting to maintain their traditions.

KENTUCKY HEADLINES
After murder, neighbors organize a block watch
LAKESIDE PARK - Nearly three months after an elderly widower was bludgeoned to death in his home, residents are forming a block watch group.


Residents beg for dog parks
FORT THOMAS - If a couple of Northern Kentucky communities have their way, they'll literally be going to the dogs.

Buyers trying to capture Ky. castle
VERSAILLES, Ky. - Numerous prospective buyers have called seeking information about the castle that sits for sale near Versailles.

Catholics try new approach to get cash
LOUISVILLE - The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville is giving parishioners options in a fund-raising effort outside of paying off its $25.7 million settlement from 240 sex-abuse lawsuits.

Conner expanding suit against Patton
PADUCAH, Ky. - Tina Conner told a newspaper that she continues to work on her civil lawsuit against Gov. Paul Patton, whom she maintains was not thoroughly investigated after she claimed he used his position to punish her for ending their affair.

Richmond campus has full classes
RICHMOND, Ky. - Eastern Kentucky University has posted its largest single-year increase in enrollment in 12 years, according to university officials.

Lexington gains reputation as gay haven
LEXINGTON - Religious leaders are troubled that Lexington has become a flash point for gay issues because of a vocal and growing gay population.

Louisville makes progress: fewer summer smog days
LOUISVILLE - Local leaders credit wetter weather and voluntary pollution cuts by Jefferson County businesses for the area having fewer smoggy days this past summer.

OBITUARIES
Curiosity drove John W. Haefele
When Dr. John W. Haefele wrote a poem, he not only found joy in the finished product, but in the process. The retired research chemist for Procter & Gamble had a special interest in the creative process, and was one of the first to perform research in the area.


Fred Marks, 78, worked at Enquirer for 30 years
Walter F. "Fred" Marks, who worked for The Cincinnati Enquirer for three decades, died of heart failure Sept. 27 at his home in Georgetown, Ohio. The former Pleasant Ridge resident, born in Utica, N.Y., was 78.

SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of Sunday's local stories)
Suspects: 'You talk, you die'
Lisa Gregory thought the worst day of her life was June 14, the day her 18-year-old son was shot dead in Over-the-Rhine. At least police had a good suspect. But the charges were dropped after one witness wouldn't cooperate and another couldn't be found.
Officials seek plan to protect witnesses

Ring suspected of stealing dogs
VERONA, Ky. - A "puppy mill" ring is suspected in the theft of more than two dozen purebred dogs in Northern Kentucky since August - including some stolen while children played nearby.

'Time to take back church,' Catholic group says
MONTGOMERY - The sex-abuse scandal that has enveloped the Roman Catholic Church for the better part of two years in the United States has brought Catholics a few gifts - along with the terrible pain and suffering to those victims of abuse.

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.