LOCAL NEWS FOR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2003

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Homicide rate rises
Cincinnati's homicide rate jumped more in the last three years than the rate of killings in larger and historically more dangerous cities.
  Additional Local Headlines:
Families seek the perfect tree
Fortune and fame may await local 'Survivor'
Shooter keeps evading law

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N E I G H B O R S
Wal-Mart expansion under way
An expansion of the Alexandria Wal-Mart store could heat up what has become a hotbed of retail activity in Campbell County.
  Additional Neighbor Headlines:
Man hides in Family Dollar, robs store after closing
'Enquirer' delivery ends in fire rescue
Funding cut for Ohio 63 extension
Neighborhood briefs

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E D U C A T I O N
Robots energize
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Some extraordinary kids got the chance to show their Lego engineering skills Saturday.
  Additional Education Headlines:
Lakota growth, deficit forces levy, $10 million cuts
NKU lags others in state funds

G O O D   T H I N G S   H A P P E N I N G
Rotary helps fire dept.
Doug Adams has reached one goal this year that he started in March: raising money to buy thermal-image equipment for the Cincinnati Fire Department.


The Enquirer's Wish List:
Van with lift would open doors


COLUMNS

Peter Bronson: Where were the crowds at Pillow service?
DAILY TOPICS

Sunday: Cincinnati 101 - Man helps blind children get compass for life

Monday: Education Q&A - No Child Left Behind sets standards

Tuesday: Inside Ohio's Capital - Rep. Brinkman tops poll of worst Ohio lawmakers

Wednesday: Around the suburbs - Dowlin changes mind on seeking re-election

Thursday: Around Northern Kentucky - N.Ky. companies helped GOP group batter Chandler

Friday: Health Watch - Drug curbs heavy drinking, for men only

Saturday: Faith Matters - Singer's voice is her special gift

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ADDITIONAL LOCAL NEWS

Ohio's 100th year a smash
"Great Neighborhoods" meeting Tuesday
Republicans pick Kerr as candidate for Fletcher's seat
Fire chief's resignation also opens state post
Immigrants: IDs inadequate
Families carry scars, too
News briefs
Ohio Moments
Public safety

LIVES REMEMBERED

Gregory T. Hensley was home builder, fund-raiser
Clark Millard, 62, helped people recover from addictions
Irvin Specht, 93, was director of police credit union

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Priests and Sexual Misconduct
Eight priests in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and two priests who formerly served in the Diocese of Covington have been suspended and/or accused of misconduct in a scandal that has swept across the country.

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.

Erpenbeck Investigation
The Erpenbeck Co., once one of Greater Cincinnati's biggest home builders, became the subject of giant legal tangle involving banks, title insurance companies, suppliers and home buyers.