LOCAL NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2003
T A L L   S T A C K S
Tall Stacks gives push to ailing hotel business
Tall Stacks not only will bring a world-class musical lineup and arts events to Cincinnati's shore. Hotels also are counting on the five-day festival as the most important tourist draw this year.
Bell magicians do it again
McCoury Band bluegrass masters
Copter takes the high tour
Latin flavor spices up the night
Of white gloves and shady characters
Music doesn't end when festival closes
Underground Railroad alive at Sawyer Town
Admission a bargain, but extras do add up
Running low on cash? Check deals
Daily schedule
What you can do, see elsewhere around town
Party Scene
Volunteer's journey to past
Water taxi is scenic route to Tall Stacks
More Tall Stacks coverage

City Hall assailed over Chinese slur
More than 100 members of Cincinnati's Chinese-American community packed City Council chambers Wednesday, demanding that council renounce remarks by a proposed developer of Main Street that he wouldn't rent to Chinese restaurants.

2 plead guilty in 'flipping' case
Two title company agents have agreed to plead guilty to charges of signing false loan papers in a sophisticated mortgage scheme that federal prosecutors believe is widespread in many of Cincinnati's poor and working-class neighborhoods.

Ads alert Ohioans to $500M decision
An advertising campaign launched Wednesday is trying to sell Ohio voters on a $500 million plan in the simplest of terms: More jobs, no higher taxes.

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
Ex-Elder principal Kuhn charged in Montgomery Co.
DAYTON, Ohio - A former principal at Elder High School was charged Wednesday with providing alcohol to minors and engaging in public indecency at his home in suburban Dayton.
Diverse group to guide UC future
For the first time in University of Cincinnati history, a cross section from the university community will develop an academic master plan that will guide the school's decisions for the next five to 10 years.
Construction begins on Evendale surgery center
EVENDALE - Work has begun on The Surgery Center of Evendale, a new Premier Healthcare facility.
Fire department reinstates chaplain
The Cincinnati fire chaplain whose dismissal last week spotlighted the fire department's strained race relations was reinstated Wednesday after the city manager intervened.
UC breast cancer researchers to explore nongenetic causes
The University of Cincinnati will be among four research centers nationwide to share a seven-year, $35 million federal grant to identify possible environmental causes of breast cancer.
Regional Report

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
Pulfer: Many pitching in - but it's not enough
I am geographically challenged. When somebody gives me directions, I tell them I won't be offended if they tell me which lane to drive in and how fast to go. Otherwise, I am sure to lose my way.
Howard: Good Things Happening
"Social climbing" has brought Quinn Gardner to new heights of success.
BUTLER, WARREN, CLERMONT
Passenger guilty in crash that killed four teens
WILMINGTON - Relatives of four teens killed in a car crash along Ohio 28 reacted with tears of joy and sighs of relief Wednesday after a judge convicted the teen accused of causing the crash.
Township rejected in appeal on firing
PIERCE TWP. - The Ohio 12th District Court of Appeals has sided with a group of former township employees who contend they were fired three years ago in violation of fair labor laws after trying to form a union.
High school football coach suing to get job back
HAMILTON - Former Hamilton High School head football coach Eric Gillespie wants his teaching job back and has sued the Hamilton Board of Education.
Blackwell enters Warren Co. fray
LEBANON - In the battle between two Republicans vying for the Warren County prosecutor's seat, the challenger faces allegations of misleading campaign material - but he has gained the support of Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell.
School board, council candidates see critical growth, funding issues
LEBANON - As this booming Warren County city gets bigger, candidates for its school board and City Council say they also want it to get better.
Hamilton now owns hospital property
HAMILTON - The city took a big step this week toward realizing its vision of a vibrant, developed riverfront when it officially acquired the former Mercy Hospital Hamilton and its 10-acre site.
Councilman quits over series of closed meetings
WAYNESVILLE - A politician known for dressing as Ebenezer Scrooge each Christmas has said "Bah, humbug" to Village Council.
Culverts blamed in sudden floods
WEST CHESTER TWP. - Residents' complaints about sudden flooding in previously dry areas has led to a potentially costly discovery: Several culverts in Brookside Estates may need replacing soon - for some $1 million.
Trustees move on storage policy
WEST CHESTER TWP. - Several issues remain unresolved as trustees took the first steps this week toward forming a policy about storing personal items on township property.
Modular classrooms ace test
HAMILTON TWP. - At first, Ryan Richardson was suspicious of his new classroom.
OBITUARIES
F. Begnoche took pride in construction
EDGEWOOD - Fermin "Pee Wee" Begnoche worked long hours for 30 years helping to install Northern Kentucky's infrastructure through his contracting business.
Breathitt recalled as bold governor
FRANKFORT - Former Gov. Edward T. "Ned" Breathitt was remembered Wednesday as a man whose incessant amiability belied a shrewd and tough politician.
Lloyd Ryan, 80, drove city buses for 44 years
FAIRFAX - Lloyd F. "Duke" Ryan, retired operator of Cincinnati's public transportation vehicles, once estimated that he logged about 10 million miles carrying passengers around the city.
Kentucky obituaries

OHIO
Senate: Let voters decide on video slot machines
COLUMBUS - State Sen. Lou Blessing said Wednesday's Senate approval of sending the video slot machine issue to the ballot was a long time coming.
Ballot language OK'd for tax increase repeal
COLUMBUS - Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro approved proposed ballot language Wednesday submitted by backers of an initiative to repeal the state's penny-per-dollar sales tax increase.
Toledo Zoo sends one of two elephants packing after rift over birth of calf
TOLEDO - The birth of a baby African elephant at the Toledo Zoo has ended up creating friction between its two adult females, forcing the zoo to send one of them away.
Museum to chronicle history of funerals
FLETCHER, Ohio - When Bart and Roxanne Shively bought a funeral home two years ago, the purchase included hundreds of casket handles, burial garments and other items previous owners collected over the past century.
Community joins to help reap late farmer's 90 acres
MALINTA, Ohio - Friends of a farmer who died before his 90-acre soybean field could be harvested came from miles around to finish the job.
Ohio Moments

KENTUCKY
N.Ky. residents urged to sign up for flu shots
Even though no shortage of the flu vaccine is expected this year, health officials are advising people to get vaccinated soon to build up an immunity to fight off the virus.
Fletcher distances himself from GOP attack commercial
LEXINGTON - Ernie Fletcher said Wednesday he had nothing to do with and "didn't endorse" a Republican Governors Association commercial attacking the way Ben Chandler, his opponent for governor, handled a $45 million settlement as attorney general.
Mentoring program plants seeds of success
COVINGTON - Life's been difficult for 12-year-old Shelly Jackson of Covington.
Trial begins in death of woman
BURLINGTON - More than two years after 22-year-old Rebecca Ritchie's body was found in the Ohio River, the man accused of killing her walked into a courtroom Wednesday to defend himself against a murder charge that could send him to prison for life.
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.