LOCAL NEWS FOR FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2003|
Grand jury eyes church leaders |
Hamilton County prosecutors are preparing to convene a special grand jury to investigate how Archdiocese of Cincinnati officials responded to allegations of sexual abuse involving Catholic priests.
Don't have a cow: Beef costs up |
U.S. cattle futures hit a 17-year high this week, after a yearlong rise fueled by animal illness abroad and a renewed taste for beef at home.
Students' college dreams in jeopardy|
Federal Pell grants, an avenue for college aid, may dry up for thousands of families because of eligibility changes that begin in the 2004-2005 school year.
I-75 plan with rail passes|
The region's main transportation planning agency Thursday overwhelmingly approved a mix of highway expansion and a new light-rail line as the best way to fix traffic on Interstate 75.
Tuition program: money is secure|
The day after Ohio's guaranteed prepaid tuition plan was suspended, officials were fielding calls about the changes despite mailing to participants assurances that money invested in the program is secure.
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.
Blue Ash enacts bike helmet law
BLUE ASH - City Council's message to young bicyclists: Use your noggin; wear a helmet.
Charges dismissed against ex-priest
A judge threw out criminal charges of sexual abuse against former Cincinnati priest George Cooley Thursday, saying police should have pursued the case years ago if they believed the allegations were true.
Campaigners for council take it to high school
MADISONVILLE - It was candidates' forum with a twist - very few in the audience could even vote.
Ohioans in D.C. blast plan for Fernald water
Ohio congressmen sent a letter to the Department of Energy's top official involved in the Fernald nuclear cleanup, criticizing the agency for a plan that would allow it to stop treating contaminated groundwater next year. Instead, it would be dumped directly into the Great Miami River.
Debate turns to crime, race
DOWNTOWN - Issues of race and crime collided in a debate among would-be Cincinnati councilmen Thursday when a boycott leader confronted Republican Terry Deters.
Anderson to meet more of own needs
ANDERSON TWP. - As the population in this eastern Hamilton County township continues to grow, so does the need for administrative flexibility, say township leaders.
Thank-you to teacher comes with $25,000
COLERAIN TWP. - When Marti Kendinger stood up during a Colerain High School assembly Thursday in her honor she had one thought.
Man who killed young mother gets 23 years
Pete Ridder had only one question for the man convicted of killing his daughter: "Why?"
Victim protection studied
After months of talking about how to best help witnesses and victims involved in criminal cases to come forward without fear, Hamilton County Prosecutor Mike Allen is creating an assistance program.
Downs: Newcomer's idea for fun: Black Movie Lounge
There are the people who sit on the couch and grumble there's nothing to do in Cincinnati.
Howard: Grandma also served country
Christopher and Katelyn Wilson won't remember the time they spent with Grandma, and what a fuss people made over them.
Clermont explores world cultures
BATAVIA - Diverse people, from American Indians to natives of India, will be celebrated at the first Culturefest for Clermont County residents Saturday.
For Leno, he'll go heels over head
WEST CHESTER TWP. - Joel Morgan will get his 15 minutes of fame by standing on his head and singing the books of the Bible on national television tonight.
Serial DUI driver kept in prison
LEBANON - A Warren County judge has refused the request of a notorious drunken driver to be released from prison early.
M. A. Croucher, former Eden Grove principal
COLLEGE HILL - Miriam Agnes Croucher spent her life teaching about the Christian faith, first as the daughter of missionaries and later as principal of Eden Grove Academy.
Pat Matthews, 77, was active volunteer
OAKLEY - Ann-Patton Biddle Matthews was a lifelong and prolific volunteer because she loved helping others.
Blackwell group redoes tax repeal petitions
COLUMBUS - A group headed by Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell on Thursday gave Attorney General Jim Petro petitions with 247 signatures, seeking permission to pursue a repeal of the penny-per-dollar sales tax increase that lawmakers approved this year.
Overhaul of Ohio grad schools advised
COLUMBUS - Ohio's public colleges and universities have too many mediocre graduate programs and possibly too many public medical schools, said the state's top higher-education official.
Rain, prevention knock down West Nile virus
TOLEDO, Ohio - Drenching rains and floods helped dampen the number of West Nile virus cases in Ohio this year.
Officer not hit as gun fired once
TAYLOR MILL - A Northern Kentucky police officer was shaken but OK Thursday afternoon after a man he was arresting grabbed his police pistol and fired one shot, police said.
Murgatroyd penalized $1,300
FORT MITCHELL - Kenton County Judge-executive Dick Murgatroyd's 2002 reelection campaign has paid $1,300 in penalties after admitting to breaking election finance laws, state election finance officials confirmed Thursday.
NKU frowns on 2 frat bashes
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS - Two fraternities at Northern Kentucky University will be sanctioned after hosting a "safe sex party" in the campus ballroom and a Jell-O wrestling contest on the campus plaza.
Newport captain suspended pending internal investigation
NEWPORT - Longtime police Capt. Cyril Sykes has been suspended pending the outcome of an internal investigation.
Kenton has best race in town
The only local political race on the Nov. 4 ballot is for an important yet often overlooked office that even one of the candidates admits "is not all that sexy."
Lyon Co. gives nod to mask ban
EDDYVILLE, Ky. - Lyon County officials have given initial approval to a proposal to prohibit the wearing of masks in public, a measure that a civil-rights activist called a "good step."
Abuse victims plead for quick OK of payment plan
LOUISVILLE - Several plaintiffs in a $25.7 million settlement with the Louisville Archdiocese over sex-abuse claims pleaded Thursday for quick approval of a payment plan haggled over by lawyers.
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.
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.