Dueling lawyers just had enough
By the time they walked into court Nov. 13, Hamilton County prosecutors and lawyers for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati had spent the better part of two years attacking each other in letters, legal briefs and news conferences.

Adoption violations cost Ohio $1.8M
Hamilton County and the state of Ohio were fined $1.8 million Friday for blocking white families from adopting African-American children between 1995 and 2000.

Weather delightful for zoo spectacle
It may feel a little like spring outside, but the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden looks more like the North Pole after stringing up 2.5 million lights and more than 50 light sculptures for its 21st annual Festival of Lights.

Wanted: Nursing teachers
Ohio's nursing schools are full but still not producing enough new nurses to meet demand.
Minorities, men sought to augment nurse ranks

Great Neighborhoods: Hyde Park/Mt. Lookout
The well-known Cincinnati neighborhoods of Hyde Park and Mt. Lookout are historic and hip, embracing a variety of people. From varied architecture to a host of specialty shops, the adjacent neighborhoods are filled with tree-lined streets and enough winding sidewalks for some relaxing strolls at any time of year.

Diverse cultures gather to give thanks
DOWNTOWN - When Robert Peraza of Mason came to the United States as a Cuban refugee in 1961, one of the first American holidays he celebrated was Thanksgiving.
Animal shelter building on faith, hopes for donations
MILLVILLE - The Animal Adoption Foundation - a nonprofit, no-kill shelter - will take another step today toward the opening of a new and bigger home.
Residents don't want to join city
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS - Despite the limited resources of this tiny village, Loma Broxterman doesn't want the community where she has lived for 25 years to be annexed by Cincinnati.
Lighting and stage set heightened 'Crucible'
The lights faded as an eerie moan of wind passed over a simple but dramatic set, creating an unnerving atmosphere for a drama about one of the most unexplainable events in history, the Salem witch trials.
Williamsburg Twp. wins grant to buy fire protective gear
WILLIAMSBURG TWP. - It's almost like winning the lottery.
Fund to help get victim's body home
WITHAMSVILLE - Friends and relatives of a Mexican immigrant killed Wednesday when he was hit by a police cruiser have created a fund to help pay to send his body back to Mexico.
Fairfield Twp. to begin citizens' police academy
FAIRFIELD TWP. - A retired Fairfield police officer will begin Fairfield Township's first citizens' police academy.
Urban warfare made him ready for battle
Dr. Jay Johannigman's three months as a military doctor in Iraq confirmed what he already knew - war zones are dangerous places for young Americans.
Chilling news brought Cincinnati to standstill
At 1:25 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, 1963, the skies over Cincinnati were cloudy and rain threatened as city workers put up Christmas trees on Fountain Square.
School growth may bring levy
HAMILTON TWP. - There's nothing small about Little Miami Schools when it comes to this booming Warren County school system's student enrollment, and district officials say they have to ask residents next year to pay for new school buildings.
Stories shared at Tellabration
ANDERSON TWP. - Thousands of people around the world will gather today in small towns and cities to enjoy an annual evening of storytelling known as Tellabration.
UC to begin meetings to create master plan
UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS - The University of Cincinnati will kick off the first in a series of meetings Dec. 8 that will culminate in a plan that could change the role of the institution in the region.
Owner wants property rezoned
LEBANON - Bill Brausch and his family have run a landscaping business from their Union Township residence for about 25 years.
Regional Report

McNutt: Book traces history of city fire stations
MULBERRY - Barbara Keyser Gargiulo took one look at Eddie Bilkasley's manuscript and said, "He's got some great ideas."
Howard: Good Things Happening
Every school kid should have an assignment like this: Volunteer as a lepidopterist, counting butterflies every day.
Faith Matters: Hundreds to meet for missionary convention
Kay Moll, 56, of Mason, served as a missionary in Zambia, Africa, for six years in the 1970s.
Mike Ritter rescued Elder tennis
GREEN TWP. - Mike Ritter saved Elder High School's junior varsity tennis team three years ago.
Carl Hiltbrand Sr. taught his children old-fashioned values
SHARONVLLE - Lessons learned generations ago stayed with Carl R. Hiltbrand Sr. to the end.
Kentucky obituaries

Aviation inductees span a century
DAYTON, Ohio - An Apollo astronaut, the nation's first licensed female pilot, a test pilot and an aerobatic champion are to be enshrined in the National Aviation Hall of Fame next year.
Episcopal priest quits over gay bishop
CLEVELAND - An Episcopal priest has quit over the church's election of an openly gay bishop.
Year-round school may be coming to Dayton
DAYTON, Ohio - Putting all the city's public schools on a year-round calendar would likely improve academic performance and shorten what some feel is a summer vacation that's too long, says school board member Mario Gallin.
Ohio Moments
On Nov. 22, 1939, Mary Gladwin- the nurse who started the Red Cross chapter in Akron - died in that city.
Callahan planning to retire
NEWPORT - Jim Callahan, arguably Northern Kentucky's most effective lawmaker for the last 16 years, formally announced Friday he will not seek another term in Frankfort.
Restaurant for a day nourishes ideas of work
EDGEWOOD - The Sport City CafÈ opened at 9:30 Friday morning. Posters, pennants and jerseys lined the walls. Football was on TV. Music blared.
Subpoena 'astounds' judge
Attorneys for the Covington Diocese who got a subpoena in an Ohio court for a Kentucky judge's phone records could face sanctions in the Buckeye State.
Kentucky board examines physician
A longtime Greater Cincinnati doctor specializing in pain management is under investigation by the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure for alleged inappropriate sexual conduct.
Fletcher curbs paper's questions
FRANKFORT - Gov.-elect Ernie Fletcher is requiring reporters for the Courier-Journal of Louisville to submit their questions in writing, a spokesman said Friday.
Engine of crashed airplane recovered
SOMERSET, Ky. - The engine of an airplane in which three men died was recovered and an effort will be made to restart it as the cause of the crash is sought, according to a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board.
Circuit judge rules ban on smoking can take effect
LEXINGTON - A judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit that sought to block an indoor smoking ban in Kentucky's second-largest city.
Ky.'s first cemetery for veterans dedicated
HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. - A 21-gun salute rang out Friday at the dedication of Kentucky's first state veterans cemetery on a stretch of rolling hills that one prominent veteran said will become "hallowed ground."
Kentucky News Briefs

Kentucky to do
SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of Sunday's local stories)
Fernald workers fight for payback
Charlie Alvis says he's dying today because he worked to keep others safe decades ago. Alvis is one of the 6,000 Fernald workers who mined uranium from raw ore to fuel America's nuclear weapons program during the height of the Cold War. Over four decades, the men handled radioactive materials and breathed fumes from hazardous chemicals, never questioning their government.
'Why don't they just pay us and be done with it?'
'We were so shocked ... so trusting, and so young'
'I used to eat (asbestos). All the pipe fitters did'

Obesity in kids examined
Keeping kids away from junk food advertising is one way to curb their appetite for sweet cereals, french fries and greasy hamburgers.

Poet urges teens to 'be wonderful'
Award-winning poet Nikki Giovanni had a message for the teens of Greater Cincinnati: "Give yourself a chance to be wonderful. Give yourself a chance to be beautiful. Give yourself a chance to fly."

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

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

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.