LOCAL NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2003
New baby the living legacy of a hero
Imani Olivia Armstrong came into the world seven weeks ago, the daughter of a Cincinnati firefighter killed doing his job.

Online school keeps kids in line
The Tomorrowland vision of virtual schools, with computers replacing teachers and the Internet replacing classrooms, didn't work in Cincinnati.

Deal promises relief from sewage floods
Hamilton County homeowners may soon be able to get the Metropolitan Sewer District to take care of cleanup and losses from basement flooding.

Man free in theft ring case
A man accused of leading a Cincinnati theft ring was freed from jail Tuesday as police backed away from earlier statements linking him to terrorism.

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.


IN THE TRISTATE
Claims of abuse by priest tossed out
A judge on Tuesday threw out most of the sexual abuse claims against a Cincinnati priest who was accused in a lawsuit of molesting a boy more than 40 years ago.
Athlete fights ban on playing
INDIAN HILL - Alexandra Gross has been playing tennis since she was 10 years old. She was the area's player of the year in 2001 and ranked 12th in the Midwest last summer.
Opponent of light rail considered for seat on regional transit board
The leader of the successful campaign to defeat last fall's proposed light-rail sales tax will be considered today for a post on the board overseeing the area's largest public transit agency.
See three 'Rings'
For some people, there is no such thing as too much of a good thing. Those are precisely the fans expected to show up Dec. 16 at Showcase Cinemas Springdale when the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy will unspool in a 10-hour marathon screening.
Regional Report

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
Bronson: Firefighters pass the hero test nearly every day
The final exam at Fire College is tough enough to set your hair on fire. No kidding.
Howard: Good Things Happening
No more festival work for Shadow. He's headed out to pasture, literally.
BUTLER, WARREN, CLERMONT
Midwest artists show their stuff at Pyramid Hill
HAMILTON - Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park is offering its first art fair this weekend, offering a chance to take in a variety of artworks in a natural setting - and also to try some offbeat food.
Miami University puts new proposal before strikers
OXFORD - After a marathon negotiation session, Miami University officials said late Tuesday that they hope an amended contract offer will end the nearly two-week strike of more than 400 food service, maintenance and custodial employees.
Hill customized for sledding
WEST CHESTER TWP. - Wondering what the heck that new mountain of dirt towering above Cox Road is?
Officials take flak over boat storage
WEST CHESTER TWP. - A political storm is kicking up over disclosures that two township officials have been storing private items such as sailboats on township property for free.
OBITUARIES
Quentin H. Pickering, zoologist
MARIEMONT - As a pioneer in aquatic biology, Quentin H. Pickering spent his career helping protect the quality of the country's water.
Nina Gardner was executive with Red Cross
Nina McLyman Gardner, 89, former regional director of the American Red Cross in Southwestern Ohio, died Sept. 29in Salt Lake City.
Kentucky obituaries

OHIO
Ohio tuition plan might be scrapped
COLUMBUS - Plagued with soaring tuition costs and declining investment returns, enrollments in the state's prepaid college tuition program could be suspended.
Ohio Moments

KENTUCKY
Roommate charged after body found
DRY RIDGE - State police have arrested a Glencoe man after his roommate's body was found along a road leading to a trailer the two shared in eastern Gallatin County.
State cites daycare owners
INDEPENDENCE - Owners of a day care center where an 8-month-old died last month in a crib have been cited for leaving the infant alone for more than two hours - a violation of state regulations.
Kenton dog park idea sits, stays
INDEPENDENCE - Supporters of a Kenton County "paw park" will have to wait until at least late November to see if their proposal is recommended.
Planned subdivision worries neighbors
BURLINGTON - A decision made 15 years ago is raising the ire of Hebron residents who want their street to remain a dead end.
New exit stokes dreams
WILLIAMSTOWN - A Northern Kentucky development group has big plans for a new Interstate 75 Exit 156 interchange that opened Tuesday in the Grant County seat.
Two men rob formal- wear store
FLORENCE - Police are searching for two men wanted for an armed robbery of a formal wear store across from Florence Mall.
N. Ky. schools doing better
The most important test scores of the year - CATS, or the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System - have just been released for Northern Kentucky schools. Here's
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Kentucky News Briefs
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.