LOCAL NEWS FOR FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2003
T A L L   S T A C K S
River an escape route for slaves
You meet the most interesting people at Tall Stacks: four members of the Indianapolis-based Freedom Train Storytellers who are portraying historical figures from the early- to mid-19th century.
Bluesy Hammond eager to play Tall Stacks gig
Travelers bringing homes along
Players earn their boat ride
Show off your photo
Forget fund-raising; groups 'friend-raising'
How to pick the best party boat
Spirit, Colonel are victors in Stacks' first boat race
Hamilton County's bell made, rung during festival
Whistle Grove always delights
Daily schedule
More Tall Stacks coverage

Charges filed in boat hit-skip
A suburban Columbus man was charged Thursday with recklessly driving his speedboat over the top of another, smaller boat, and taking off without offering to help those who were hurt.

Third plea deal in flipping
The co-owner of a Glendale title company admitted that she signed false documents as part of a mortgage fraud scheme prevalent in many area communities.

Ohio videoslots no sure bet
Greater Cincinnati racetrack owners are not yet willing to bet that the latest proposal to install slot machines at Ohio's seven horse parks will make it to the finish.

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
Supply of blood at very low level here
Greater Cincinnati residents have been slow to roll up their sleeves in response to the latest emergency appeal for blood donors.
Ex-CEO at Scripps joins Xavier business school
XAVIER U. -Larry Leser, former chairman and chief executive officer of the E.W. Scripps Co., will become part of the executive-in-residence program at Xavier University's Williams College of Business.
Police look for girl, 14, as Short Vine attacker
CORRYVILLE - People along the Short Vine strip complained for months about unprovoked assaults by teenagers, often followed by racial slurs , that business owners say make people afraid to come here.
In Green, growth is issue of the day
MONFORT HEIGHTS - The ongoing debate among candidates in Green Township's trustees race highlights issues faced by a community that's close to becoming completely built out by developers.
Veterans tell stories for posterity
MARIEMONT - Ralph Heffner's Army days weren't "spectacular," but they were noteworthy enough to be retold on video and archived in the Library of Congress.
Volunteer groups urged on
Volunteering is not just a small pastime for retirees or schoolkids needing community projects for class credit.
Regional Report

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
Crowley: View entices home buyers
BELLEVUE - The sweeping view from the top of Van Voast Avenue in this Campbell County river city is stunning.
Downs: Halloween groaners will shake you up
I get to dress up. Eat candy. Keep everyone around me a little scared.
Howard: Good Things Happening
It started as a modest effort at Sycamore High School to collect a few dozen towels for guests at Ronald McDonald House.
BUTLER, WARREN, CLERMONT
Flooding focus of Fairfield hopefuls
FAIRFIELD - City council candidates promised to solve Pleasant Run Creek flooding problems at a Thursday forum staged by victims of the June 14-15 flood that damaged 100 homes here.
Support grows for Liberty connector
LIBERTY TOWNSHIP - Officials and nearby property owners are giving the green light to a plan for an extended Interstate 75 interchange in Butler County.
Removal of lead from yards starts next week
LIBERTY TWP. - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that dirt excavation will begin next week just outside the Lexington Manor subdivision on the first of four yards to the east where elevated levels of lead have been found.
Oxford school mourns another
HANOVER TWP. - Shellie Fox watched Thursday as mourning teenagers gathered near the site of a car crash that left one 16-year-old boy dead and another seriously injured.
Her goal: Improve schools
CLEVES - It's been more than two months now since Rhonda Bohannon became the first female superintendent in Three Rivers Schools history.
OBITUARIES
Tony Marquez was chief of surgery at Mercy-West
CHEVIOT - It was snowing when Antonio Santiago "Tony" Marquez stepped onto the tarmac at the Greater Cincinnati Airport in January 1965.
Kentucky obituaries

OHIO
Utilities get no-blackout tips
CLEVELAND - A watchdog group has given utilities several recommendations how to avoid another blackout like the one in August that darkened homes and businesses in eight states.
Buckeye Egg likely to appeal state order to cease operating
COLUMBUS - Buckeye Egg Farm probably will appeal a state commission's decision to uphold an order to shut down Ohio's largest egg producer, a company official said Thursday.
Officials release poster to assist Columbus fatal fire investigation
COLUMBUS - Investigators hope a poster released after the start of fall classes at Ohio State University will renew interest in the investigation of a house fire that killed five college students last spring.
Ohio Moments

KENTUCKY
Jury wants 10 years for man who shook child
NEWPORT - A Campbell County jury Thursday recommended a 21-year-old Newport man spend 10 years in jail for shaking his 3-year-old stepdaughter to death.
Hebron recalls glory of '83
HEBRON - Twenty years. That's a lot of changes, in people, in their hometown.
Constable charged with misconduct
BURLINGTON - A Kenton County constable has been charged with misconduct for trying to pull over a motorist inside Boone County - outside of his jurisdiction.
Chandler courts minority voters
LEXINGTON - Democrat Ben Chandler on Thursday promised he would be a "loud voice" for minorities in Kentucky and said as governor he would work to empower all people in the state.
Chandler's attack ad answered by Fletcher as 'mudslinging'
LEXINGTON - Ernie Fletcher's gubernatorial campaign Thursday began airing a statewide television commercial to counter the first attack ad of his Democratic opponent, Attorney General Ben Chandler.
Land mine kills Radcliff native in Iraq
LOUISVILLE - A soldier from Kentucky died in Iraq when his Bradley Armored Vehicle struck a land mine, the Army said.
Principal denies he assaulted his son
LEXINGTON - The principal of Powell County High School has been put on administrative leave after he was charged with assault involving his son.
Assessor candidate admits violations
EDGEWOOD - Kenton County Property Valuation Administrator (PVA) Merrick Krey admitted Thursday to breaking campaign finance regulations in his race against Republican Kevin Black.
Bond denied for Knott Co. men convicted of vote fraud
PIKEVILLE, Ky. - A federal judge has refused to release Knott County Judge-Executive Donnie Newsome and supporter Willard Smith from jail.
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.