LOCAL NEWS FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2003
Riverboat business setting new course
Denis and Mary Ellen Goodwin flew more than 2,000 miles to Cincinnati in early October, just to spend a week drifting leisurely for 300 miles along the Ohio River.
More Tall Stacks coverage

Living the river life
Most of us see the Ohio River as a brief glimmer from the highway. The postscript underneath steel guardrails on a busy commute. The brushstroke across a city-view canvas.

Fire chief dismisses chaplain
Cincinnati Fire Chief Robin Wright has fired the chaplain who provided spiritual guidance to firefighters through their first on-duty death in two decades after a dispute over the priest's involvement in the department's race-relations issues.

Shoo, ladybug, fly away home
These bugs aren't very ladylike. The Asian Lady Beetle is making itself quite at home in our homes.

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
7 on ballot for 3 CPS board seats
Seven people are vying for three open seats on the Cincinnati Public Schools Board of Education at a critical time for the struggling school district.
Patrols help out community
NORTH COLLEGE HILL - Some local volunteers aren't just complaining about crime, they're doing something about it.
Sellman principal dies while playing football
MADEIRA - Parents, co-workers, students and district officials Saturday were mourning the death of Sellman Middle School Principal Roger Slagle.
2 suburbs to vote on taxes
Wyoming and Indian Hill voters get to make an important money decision Nov. 4.
Rondo's fueling hopes on west side
WESTWOOD - Chicken marsala and grilled swordfish kabobs may have a lot to say about whether the business district here lives or dies.
Election calendar

Regional Report

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
Bronson: October reminder: Nothing gold can stay
Ohio in October is pretty enough to turn the Ivy League brown with envy and make California launch a recall of the calendar.
Korte: Reece to come out swinging in TV ads
The good news: More campaign commercials make those Furniture Fair ads starring Anthony Munoz and Ed Hartman seem clever.
Crowley: Dems rail against Murgatroyd campaign
Remember what Kenton County Republicans said last year when Democrats filed a campaign fund-raising complaint against the re-election campaign of Kenton County Judge-executive Dick Murgatroyd?
Pulfer: 'DUI plates' are one more clue for cautious drivers
I look for clues when I'm behind the wheel. Most of them are more about my paint job than about safety. For instance, I avoid parking next to a car that's already banged up, figuring they have nothing to lose if they're careless with their door.
Howard: Good Things Happening
Kelly Vogt, a senior at Northern Kentucky University, pulled together sororities, fraternities and other organizations for a charitable kickball tournament Saturday to raise money for St. Rita School for the Deaf, Evendale.
BUTLER, WARREN, CLERMONT
Shop's new owner working to replace wedding gowns
MONROE - Some of the brides walked down the aisle at Traders World Flea Market Saturday in tears, others with smiles, and still others more uncertain than ever whether they will ever get their wedding and bridesmaid dresses.
Clermont celebrates world of diversity
BATAVIA - Darlene Drees and her 12-year-old daughter, Allison, took a trip around the world Saturday, and they never left Batavia.
'Trial by fire' at Kings schools
DEERFIELD TWP. - Kings Schools Superintendent Charles "Chuck" Mason has endured more adversity in a little more than two months on the job than some of his colleagues experience in an entire career.
OBITUARIES
John R. Campbell gave time, talent
WYOMING - John R. Campbell used his organizational abilities, determination and compassion to advance the lives of others.
Vernon Wahle wrote alma mater
Vernon F. Wahle formed his first big band in the 1930s, when a tuxedo cost $9. He was still a student at Norwood High School, but that didn't stop the orchestra - called Verne Wahle and the Musical Dons - from playing ballrooms and nightclubs around Cincinnati.
Kentucky obituaries

OHIO
Ex-hoops star shot to death
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio - A former Ohio Associated Press Mr. Basketball was shot to death in what might have been a robbery, police said.
Ohio Moments

KENTUCKY
Four Mason County deputies fired from jail
MAYSVILLE - Four deputies at the Mason County Detention Center were fired this week for violation of jail policy, officials said.
Former Gov. Breathitt critical; cause still unknown
LEXINGTON - Former Kentucky Gov. Edward T. "Ned" Breathitt was in critical condition at a hospital Saturday evening after he collapsed during a speech at the University of Kentucky.
Parties spar over voters
Imagine if Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis boldly predicted that his 1-4 team would make the playoffs this season.
Covington Diocese settles at $5M
COVINGTON - The Covington Diocese paid more than $5 million late Friday to settle 27 claims of sexual abuse by priests who served at churches from Maysville to Lexington in the 1960s and 1970s.
Candidate tired of being known for his millions
LOUISVILLE - Charlie Owen says his father's legacy - and not his own millions - has lured him back into politics and onto the gubernatorial ticket of Democrat Ben Chandler.
Prescription drug overdose deaths rise in Jefferson Co.
LOUISVILLE - More people in Jefferson County have died from prescription drug overdoses than in homicides this year.
Man injured in plane crash dies
LOUISVILLE - A southern Indiana man injured in a single-engine plane crash last month in Bardstown has died.
Cigarette makers requested to pay up
RALEIGH, N.C. - Attorneys general from 14 states have written to three cigarette makers asking them to make scheduled payments to a fund designed to benefit tobacco growers and quota holders.
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.