LOCAL NEWS FOR TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2003
Sewer fixes could triple bills
It's expected to take 19 years and $1.5 billion to stop the pollution of rivers and basements by Hamilton County's outdated, overloaded sewer system, according to a plan to be released today.

Taft hails Genome Institute alliance
On Monday, Ohio Gov. Bob Taft and an auditorium filled with university administrators, business leaders and scientists gathered to celebrate the opening of one of the state's most significant advances in the growing field of biotechnology.

Cancer drug offers hope
Women with advanced cases of breast cancer live better for a while - and a few months longer - by taking a chemotherapy drug called Taxotere compared with those who take a similar drug called Taxol.

Judge withholds racial data
University of Cincinnati researchers have completed their study of whether Cincinnati police target African-American motorists - but have been ordered by a federal judge not to disclose their findings.

Great Neighborhoods
Welcome to Montgomery and Sycamore Township, two of the Tristate's Great Neighborhoods. In the 16th installment of our series, we showcase the people, schools, businesses and cultures that make these communities special.
Previous "Great Neighborhood" reports:
Anderson Twp.Blue AshColerain Twp.Dearborn Co.FairfieldFlorence
HamiltonLebanonLoveland & Symmes TownshipMason & Deerfield Twp.
Milford & Miami Twp.NewportNorwoodWest ChesterWest Side


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: Permanent 'Purple People P&G Bridge' pending
Some temporary indignation greeted the temporary banner over the new Purple People Bridge.


Korte: Inside City Hall
Fly-on-the-wall account of Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken's small talk with President George Bush at Carl Linder III's house in Indian Hill last week:

TOP LOCAL HEADLINES
Brides say dress shop jilted them
MONROE - Here come the brides-to-be - and they want their wedding gowns.


Officials getting free storage
WEST CHESTER TWP. - A township trustee and the township administrator have been storing personal property - a trailer and sailboats - on township property, a practice the two other trustees say calls for new policy.

Munoz featured at Butler Chamber
FAIRFIELD - For a big expo, you want a big speaker. Former Bengal Anthony Munoz will address more than 100 business leaders this week at Butler County's biggest business expo.

Warren candidate accused
LEBANON - David Fornshell of Mason wants to be Warren County prosecutor - but he faces allegations that his campaign materials are misleading.

Defense: Slaying wasn't planned
Michael Neely was trying to prevent his roommate, William Boyles, from killing Boyles' former girlfriend, their three children and himself the night of March 15, 2002, when he went to the ex-girlfriend's Westwood home, his attorney said Monday.

Woman accused of taking $565,000
LEBANON - A Pleasant Plain woman is accused of stealing about $565,000 from her former employer - the latest in a string this year of alleged large-scale embezzlements in Greater Cincinnati.

4 areas could split $44,314
Four neighborhood projects in Pleasant Ridge, College Hill, Avondale and Clifton Heights would get $44,314 in city funding under recommendations from a City Hall committee.

Bicyclist wears heart on sleeve
Tom Spasoff has had heart surgery six times, so you might think he'd be an unlikely person to ride a bike across the United States. Think again.

Domestic call leads to meth lab
HAMILTON TWP. - Authorities say a weekend domestic violence call led them to a large, sophisticated methamphetamine laboratory equipped with surveillance cameras.

Student aims to bolster safety
A University of Cincinnati student is on her way to becoming part of the next generation of scholars who'll protect the United States from terrorist attacks.

Students to spend night in boxes
ST. BERNARD - Juniors and seniors at Roger Bacon High School will build their own Shantytown on Friday out of cardboard boxes at the school.

Regional Report
Cincinnati firefighters will honor fallen brother Oscar Armstrong III at their annual memorial ceremony Wednesday.

National Guard saves cemetery from disrepair
ANDERSON TWP. - At a hillside cemetery where soldiers from the Civil War through the Vietnam War are buried, the gravestones now stand straight and are no longer hidden by overgrown grass and shrubs.

KENTUCKY HEADLINES
Big bash is worth beans
FLORENCE - Thirty years ago, former Boone County Democratic state representative Bill McBee held a bean soup and cornbread supper to raise money for his political campaign.


Campers to take case to the feds
COVINGTON - For the first time in 14 years, an overnight sleepout to raise awareness of Northern Kentucky's homeless won't be held in Goebel Park.

Kids on air in living color
VILLA HILLS - It's 8:20 a.m., just 15 minutes until air. While you might expect chaos and anxiety from a group of 10-year-olds about to go on live television, these pros are calm and composed.

Man jailed after gunfire
FLORENCE - An 18-year-old Covington man is accused of firing a gun Monday morning in the parking lot of St. Luke Hospital West after chasing his pregnant girlfriend to the suburban hospital.

Lexington smoking ban still on hold
FRANKFORT - The Kentucky Court of Appeals decided late Monday to extend an injunction on the Lexington smoking ban, at least until the circuit court can rule on the case.
Kentucky to do

OBITUARIES
Genevieve E. Hilmer, arts philanthropist
INDIAN HILL - Genevieve E. Hilmer, supporter of the arts and education, died Friday at Hospice of Cincinnati in Blue Ash following a stroke. The Indian Hill resident was 73.


Franklin Pierce Finnicum, 87
Franklin Pierce Finnicum, a weatherman for WLWT-TV in Cincinnati from 1960 to 1972, died Sept. 20 in Naples, Fla. He was 87.

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'
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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.