LOCAL NEWS FOR THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2003
Ohio tuition program on hold
The agency that oversees Ohio's prepaid college tuition program announced Wednesday that new enrollments would be suspended immediately and that families already paying into the plan will have until the end of the year to reach their $2,000 annual investment limit.

Miami U. service workers end strike
After nearly two weeks on strike, more than 400 food service workers, maintenance employees and grounds crews at Miami University will be back on the job today.

Blue Ash may require helmets
Aaron Theriot figures he won't be riding his bike to the library or to pick up last-minute groceries for his mother here anymore if a mandatory helmet law for children under age 16 passes today.

Firefighters hold memorial march
Hundreds of Cincinnati firefighters marched through downtown to honor their deceased colleagues Wednesday.

Diocese suspends pastor in Gallatin Co.
A longtime Northern Kentucky priest who also was director of a home for troubled boys has been permanently suspended from the ministry after allegations of sexual misconduct with a child.

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
Council hopefuls fail to inspire
MOUNT WASHINGTON - Cincinnati City Council candidates spoke at a forum Wednesday night, but left many of the community leaders disappointed with their command of east side issues.
I-75: No easy fix to woes
You're sitting in your car in stalled Interstate 75 traffic in the Lockland canyon.
Art museum extends invitation to Colerain
EDEN PARK - The Cincinnati Art Museum wants you to feel special.
Ex-priest awaits decision
A judge is expected to decide today whether to throw out charges of sexual abuse against former Cincinnati priest George Cooley.
Down syndrome tests show promise
A new combination of blood tests and ultrasound can detect fetuses with Down syndrome sooner and more accurately than standard U.S. screening tests, offering parents-to-be more peace of mind and more time to decide whether to end a pregnancy, researchers say.
Pet a pig, try kettle corn at Blue Ash fest
BLUE ASH - There will be plenty of old-fashioned fun on Saturday when Blue Ash Nature Park is transformed with sights, sounds and activities from the past to celebrate Blue Ash Heritage Day.
Juror mouths off, officers get off in Lawrenceburg
LAWRENCEBURG - A Dearborn County Superior Court judge has dismissed an 11-count indictment against the city's former police chief and three police officers.
Delhi infantryman remembered as a hero
DELHI TWP. - Brothers Eddie and Jimmy Wright shared a passion - cars.
Bomb victim, 10, here for treatment
It is hard to imagine a 10-year-old boy, lying on an operating table at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center to start a complex, six-hour operation, as being one of the lucky ones.
Records request argued
COLUMBUS - The Cincinnati Enquirer urged the Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday to open court records from the trial of former Cincinnati police Officer Stephen Roach.
Ruling based on religion tossed
Religious beliefs cannot influence a judge's decision when sentencing people, a U.S. District Court judge ruled Wednesday.
Mayor urges city action to get cop report released
Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken wants the city to appeal a federal magistrate's "gag order" on a report on alleged racial profiling by police.
Regional Report

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
Pulfer: At NKU, it's not about the buildings
I thought it was all about buildings. That's what you notice at first if you haven't been to Northern Kentucky University's campus for a while. It used to look vaguely military, spare, gray. Clearly an upstart.
Howard: Good Things Happening
Buddy, the lovable but ailing mascot at the Price Hill Recreation Center, might decide to become a fat cat instead of an alley cat.
BUTLER, WARREN, CLERMONT
Evidence re-checked in slaying
UNION TWP. - Authorities in this western Clermont County township are hoping advances in DNA analysis - and the passing of time - will turn up new leads in the unsolved homicide of Michael J. Carpenter.
Thrifty solution way too costly
BATAVIA - It almost sounds like a joke. But Clermont commissioners aren't laughing.
Hamilton to add officers for 911
HAMILTON - Faced with the largest volume of 911 calls in Butler County, police here are adding 10 officers to the ranks.
Before exit can be planned, there's plenty of spadework
LIBERTY TWP. - Stakeholders in a proposed new exit off Interstate 75 in this Butler County township are expected to select an interchange configuration and its cost on Oct. 16.
Something blue: Dress-less brides
MONROE - These brides aren't blushing.
Program spells out spelling
LEBANON - Educators hope a new word study program started this year in the elementary schools will help students excel in spelling and reading.
Mason waits on 3rd St. plan
MASON - The planning commission this week did not OK a much-debated proposal to extend a downtown road and divert traffic from the central business district.
Free-storage perk is over
WEST CHESTER TWP. - At the request of township Trustees Jose Alvarez and Catherine Stoker, Administrator Dave Gully agreed Wednesday to move his sailboat off township property.
OBITUARIES
John W. Devanney, 87, teacher, surgeon
Dr. John William Devanney Jr., a retired neurosurgeon and faculty member of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, died of congestive heart failure Sept. 27 in Naples, Fla. He was 87.
Kentucky obituaries

OHIO
Cop killer challenges Ohio death penalty
COLUMBUS - A 5-year-old state law that made killing a police officer a death penalty offense is being challenged by the first person sentenced under the measure.
50 years late, vet gets his medal
COLUMBUS - Carl McDonald never knew the fate of his Army patrol on the night of Jan. 11, 1953.
Ohio has to pay millions to drunk drivers
COLUMBUS - The state cannot charge people twice to reinstate a driver's license after a single drunken-driving conviction, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in a decision that could cost taxpayers more than $8 million.
Dayton nervous over nerve gas residue
DAYTON - A permit for the discharge of byproducts created in the destruction of a deadly nerve agent has been denied, at least until questions and concerns are addressed.
Lakefront owners, Ohio grapple over land rights
CLEVELAND - According to her deed, Sandra Wade owns five acres of lakefront property in Port Clinton.
Ohio moments

KENTUCKY
State Dems want Fletcher to pay for Bush's visit
LEXINGTON, Ky. - State Democrats say Republican Ernie Fletcher should reimburse taxpayers for President Bush's trip to Lexington today to raise money for the GOP and its gubernatorial nominee - a trip they estimate will cost more than $170,000.
Patton order to equalize state workers' health premiums
FRANKFORT, Ky. - Some 12 percent of the state employees, teachers and retirees in the state health plan could benefit from an executive order issued by Gov. Paul Patton.
Cool-headed teenagers save bus driver
PETERSBURG - When Amanda Norris, 13, and Rochelle Harrison, 14, boarded their school bus Monday morning, substitute driver Jim Roberts asked them if they'd help him with his route.
Memory expert gives tips to learn more, study less
CLEVES - He could be Rain Man - but with a thick Brooklyn accent, shaved head, goatee and a heavy gold chain.
Insurance tax draws seniors' fire
INDEPENDENCE - Some Independence residents are up in arms about a proposed tax on homeowners and auto insurance.
Turtles get lift back to sea
NEWPORT - Staffers from the Newport Aquarium are traveling hundreds of miles by van and then charter boat to return six sea turtles to their natural habitat in the Atlantic Ocean.
Kentucky News Briefs

Kentucky to do
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

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.