LOCAL NEWS FOR TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2003
T A L L   S T A C K S
Time travelers begin trips to riverfront
Steamboats lined the Cincinnati Riverfront at Yeatman's Cove Monday. Most of the 17 boats in Tall Stacks, the world's largest riverboat gathering, were to be in place by today.
Some Tall Stacks souvenirs grow in value - eventually
More Tall Stacks coverage

Proposal: Combine levy votes
Imagine a world in which a visit to the voting booth is like a trip to the grocery store, with all the choices laid out next to each other.

Fire union awaits action on fired chaplain
The Cincinnati firefighters' union, riled over the dismissal of its volunteer chaplain, agreed to give the chief until today to ease the rift brewing in the department over the priest's removal for being too involved in race-relations issues.

'Miracle child' returns to school
MASON - Brooke Mattina, 11, is back in her neighborhood school for the first time in two years, since an August 2001 car wreck nearly killed her.

Fairfax can't raise buy flood-prone homes
FAIRFAX - Every time it rains, Albert Pavely and his neighbors move their cars to higher ground a couple of blocks away and nervously watch Little Duck Creek to see how high it rises.

Election Guide 2003
Cincinnati.com provides an early look at the Nov. 4 vote with 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.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS
PULFER: Prayers, power tools lay Father Jim's foundation
The exquisite peace is shattered by the sound of a circular saw and intermittent pounding. Painters are slathering buttery beige paint over the white primer. The workers are in the home stretch. You can see how it will look when it is finished.


KORTE: Hypocrisy abounds when council votes
City Council's 6-3 vote last week to support a plan to widen Interstate-75 and add a light rail line to ease congestion was about as meaningless as the vote to change the order in which council members vote.
HOWARD: Good Things Happening
Looking to lay in a supply of birdseed for the cold months ahead? Audubon Miami Valley would like to help; you'll be helping them, too.

CINCINNATI-HAMILTON COUNTY
Mideast solutions explored
MADISONVILLE - Frank Tipton is planning to create an international crisis.


Madeira school remembers principal
MADEIRA - Even an untimely death couldn't stop beloved Principal Roger Slagle from doing what he did while alive - bring people together.
Revised condo design gets OK
EAST PRICE HILL - Reversing a decision, a city architect has approved the design of a $20 million condominium project in East Price Hill.
Forum puts boycott front and center
AVONDALE - Candidates for Cincinnati City Council Monday called on the current council to negotiate the demands of civil rights groups boycotting the city.
CPS approves designs for Withrow, Millvale
The Withrow Tigers' basketball team will finally land a home court after about three decades under a $34.8 million facelift planned for the historic Hyde Park school.

AROUND THE REGION
Monroe sloppy with money
MONROE - When this city's money troubles were at their worst, the finance director kept a stack of signed checks for the monthly bills on his desk.


School, hospital ready to team up
MASON - Students here will have access to the newest in athletic training and health education at their local high school under a pending agreement with Middletown Regional Hospital.
In The Schools
INDIAN HILL - Cincinnati Country Day School students are preparing an art/photography project that will debut Oct. 25 at the Rosenthal Contemporary Arts Center, downtown.
United Way recruits women
When the United Way's Alexis de Tocqueville Society was founded 18 years ago in Cincinnati, it was hard to find a woman who could afford the society's admission fee.
Regional Report
Hospital patients in Greater Cincinnati need more blood.

OBITUARIES
Obituary: UC's Anthony Grasha a top psychologist
HYDE PARK - Anthony F. Grasha, an award-winning psychologist and distinguished teaching professor at the University of Cincinnati, died Sundayof cancer at Christ Hospital. The Hyde Park resident was 61.


Obituary: Orville Morgan, church founder
FORT THOMAS - The Rev. Mr. Orville A. Morgan founded and operated the Full Gospel Assembly of God in Newport on a shoestring.

OHIO
Court asked to consider drunken driving evidence
COLUMBUS - Prosecutors say evidence from tests of drunken drivers should be used in trials even if police didn't follow all the rules while giving the tests.


Bioterror bill alters access
COLUMBUS - If a business is under investigation by the state for health violations, people may no longer know about it.
Ohio Moments: Tireless researcher made history with book
On Oct. 14, 1893, Henry Howe - author of Historical Collections of Ohio, published in 1847 - died of a stroke in Columbus at age 77. Howe's work was considered the standard history of Ohio in its time.

KENTUCKY
Three settle with diocese
COVINGTON - Three people who will share in a $750,000 settlement from the Covington Diocese claim they were molested by priests in Maysville.


Plucky kids get ready for first strings concert
COVINGTON - Kaila Potts had just finished quizzing her students at Glenn O. Swing Elementary School on all the parts of the violin - or so she thought.
Boys & Girls clubs get $100K
COVINGTON - The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati is used to receiving a $10,000 check each year from Congress.
Officials: Dog thieves likely not in ring
WILLIAMSTOWN - The mystery of the many missing puppies in the Northern Kentucky area may not be solved, but the Grant County Sheriff's Department believes the dogs didn't likely get swiped as part of a theft ring.
Around the Commonwealth
ERLANGER - More than 100 business leaders are expected to take part today in a program addressing how to reduce employers' health care costs.
Lewis and Clark papers displayed
LOUISVILLE - When Meriwether Lewis and William Clark departed on their expedition of the American West 200 years ago, the best map they had was full of detail east of the Mississippi River and through parts of Canada. The rest of the country, according to Aaron Arrowsmith's 1802 map, was emptiness until the Pacific coastline.
Patton orders fiscal review
FRANKFORT - Gov. Paul Patton, prompted by a revised forecast of the state's likely budget shortage, has asked his budget director for a new review of the state's fiscal condition.
SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of Sunday's local stories)
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


SPECIAL
New bridge: A $750M puzzle
In a special multimedia 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.