LOCAL NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2003
T A L L   S T A C K S
Get down and rock the river
Tall Stacks isn't just tall, it's huge! Here's a look at three of the biggest Stacks acts: the King of the Blues, the Queen of Alternative Country and a trio of rising bluegrass stars.
Shore Leave
Getting there, parking, schedules
'Tom Sawyer' plays familiar adventures
Lucinda Williams has made it
Goshorn Brothers ready to start music off right
Here's a big 'Prost' to pigs of ages past
Tickets remain for dinner cruise, Halloween bash
The Children's Theatre Party
More Tall Stacks coverage

Busy workers set the stage
Oblivious to heavy rain headed his way, Belle of Louisville deckhand Rob White scrubbed the deck of the vintage vessel Tuesday, caked with mud from a recent boarding in Vevay, Ind.
Curtain rises on Tall Stacks
Donor rescues cruise for kids

Police target epidemic of bike thefts
Police here and across the nation have problems reuniting owners with bicycles - many of which cost hundreds of dollars - that are recovered after being stolen.

St. Peter Claver overcomes snags
In the spirit of founder Father Al Lauer, the St. Peter Claver Latin School for Boys has summoned the strength to carry on despite tremendous losses.

No terror in local larcenies
A theft ring that authorities said reaped at least $37 million by reselling stolen goods at inflated prices from neighborhood stores in Cincinnati did not fund terrorism, a Hamilton County judge said Tuesday.

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.


IN THE TRISTATE
Secret health probes approved
COLUMBUS - A Senate committee voted Tuesday to make secret the identities of companies associated with pending local and state health department investigations.
Corrections officer pleads guilty in party with inmates
A second Hamilton County sheriff's corrections officer pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges associated with a party with inmates in a county jail last year.
Boehner ex-aide pleads guilty
The former treasurer of U.S. Rep. John Boehner's re-election fund pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing more than $600,000 in missing campaign contributions.
Anderson nabs grant for hike/bike trail
ANDERSON TWP. - For years, township officials have talked about building a hike/bike trail to connect neighborhoods and township landmarks, making it easier to travel around the area.
Cincinnati weighs child helmet law
Cincinnati may become the latest municipality to require children to wear bicycle helmets - if City Council can agree on language that would give warnings on a first offense.
Two sentenced in bar robbery
Two men who tried to rob Junkers Tavern in Northside at gunpoint in May, but were stopped when bar patron Harold McKinney shot and wounded one of them, were sentenced to prison Tuesday on five of aggravated robbery.
Norwood OKs heart hospital
NORWOOD - City Council began clearing the way for a specialty heart hospital to locate here with an 8-0 vote Tuesday approving its zoning request.
Hyde Park art will be razed
HYDE PARK - City officials and Hyde Park residents agreed: the brick sculpture at Erie and Madison avenues - an East Hyde Park landmark for 15 years - must go.
House speaker opposes slots plan
COLUMBUS - Senate officials took a big step Tuesday toward asking voters to put video slot machines at Ohio's racetracks, but one-time supporter House Speaker Larry Householder said he will not back the latest version of the plan.
Regional Report

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
Bronson: Racial friction smolders in Fire Department tiff
Where there is smoke, there's firehouse friction.
Crowley: Women's group endorses candidates who respond
COVINGTON - Kentucky Women in Action, a new non-partisan political organization focusing on issues important to women, has made endorsements in this year's statewide elections.
Howard: Good Things Happening
Sudsie, the 7,000-pound Boar of Soap sculpted from a giant block of Ivory soap, has a home, said Bev Kirk, its creator.
BUTLER, WARREN, CLERMONT
Butler modifies business recruiting
WEST CHESTER TWP. - A public-private organization that promotes Butler County will reorganize and change its name to strengthen its efforts to attract businesses to the area.
Lakota schools chief gets bonus
LIBERTY TWP. - Lakota Schools superintendent Kathleen Klink will get a $3,000 bonus for meeting goals developed jointly between her and the board of education.
Monroe tightens money controls
MONROE - After wrestling with a budget crisis for much of the year, city officials on Tuesday outlined dozens of new procedures for handling city money.
OBITUARIES
Neal Connor, 75, was hoops coach, teacher
SOUTHGATE - Neal Connor would never have taken credit for the success of the basketball players he coached in high school. But like all good coaches, he was there for them.
Sister Madeline Stubbers, 96, taught 50 years
READING - Students of Sister of Notre Dame de Namur Madeline "Blossom" Stubbers, a teacher at the old St. Xavier Commercial High School downtown, were still regularly bringing her the candy turtles she loved - right up until she died at Mount Notre Dame Health Center on Oct. 1.
Kentucky obituaries

OHIO
Sirens take on whistles
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio - The wail of passing trains' whistles is not music to the ears of hotel keepers or library patrons in this western Ohio city.
Ohio Moments
On Oct. 15, 1964, Samuel Levinson, maker of miniature replicas of buggies once produced by the Anchor Buggy Co. of Cincinnati, died.
KENTUCKY
Lexington may rescind domestic partner benefits
LEXINGTON - City employees who signed up for domestic partner health benefits earlier this year soon might no longer have that option, if a Tuesday vote by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council is any indication.
Development hints of better times ahead
RICHWOOD - Work on a new Boone County business park could be a sign that the economy is gaining strength, the region's top economic development official said Tuesday.
Baby-shaking suspect on trial
NEWPORT - Prosecutors say John N. Burton III was at his wits' end in January when he reached out in anger and shook 3-year-old Jasmine Robinson to death.
Breathitt dies, was governor
LEXINGTON - Former Kentucky Gov. Edward T. "Ned" Breathitt, a liberal Democrat who oversaw the enactment of the South's first state civil rights law in the 1960s, has died, a spokesman said. He was 78.
AARP wants cigarette-tax increase
FRANKFORT - Backers of an increase in the state's cigarette tax have picked up an ally.
Kentucky to do

Kentucky News Briefs
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.