Police use force less than in past
        The truth about use of physical force in Cincinnati is this: Statistics show officers are using it less. At the same time, assaults on officers and charges of resisting arrest are down while arrests are on the rise.
Police brutality difficult to prove

Animal hoarders offend, perplex
        Humane societies have struggled with this behavior. It is one of the most perplexing mysteries of the human condition. Public agencies are the first to admit they're often at a loss.
How to deal with animal hoarders

Here's your chance to whine
        It's time for our 3rd Annual Cincinnati Whine Festival, a contest inspired by the complaints our readers tend to send in during the post-holiday blahs of January.

Local Headlines for  Sunday, January 07, 2001

City report opposes Olympic grant
        Cincinnati City Council will consider a report Tuesday that recommends against giving $1 million to support a bid to bring the 2012 Olympics here.

Bystanders rescue stabbing victim
        HAMILTON — Two customers at Kroger on North Erie Highway were credited with rescuing a 22-year-old Hamilton woman who was attacked and stabbed by her estranged boyfriend Saturday afternoon outside the store entrance.

Reading police chief dies
        READING — Veteran Police Chief Robert Huelsman, 53, who announced his retirement Friday after 17 years as chief and three decades on the department, died Saturday morning of a heart attack at his Mason home.

Canada geese wintering here
        Beverly Tsotsos loves geese. But not when hundreds of them clog the parking lot of the Firstar Bank branch she manages in Crestview Hills, intimidating drivers and keeping them from the drive-through lanes.

PULFER: Oxygen bars new way to blow your money
        Do you just have too much cash lying around the house? Is the money tree in your backyard growing dollar bills faster than you can spend them?

WILKINSON: County has become bizarre hall of mirrors
        Welcome to Bizarro World. That's what Hamilton County politics has become.

BRONSON: Kicking Ashcroft
        If John Ashcroft did not exist, liberals would invent him. George W. Bush's nominee for attorney general is their perfect bogeyman.

CROWLEY: Ky. tax reform mocked
        FRANKFORT — Last year, when Gov. Paul Patton and Senate Republican President David Williams were trying to negotiate a tax reform package, the scene got ugly.

Amelia woman dies in two-vehicle crash
        BATAVIA — An 18-year-old Amelia woman who was killed Friday when her car was struck by a dump truck was the year's first Tristate teen-ager to die in an auto accident.

Clinton mined funds, feelings here
        A limousine ride on Sept. 17, 1998, probably defined Bill Clinton's relationship with the Tristate the best.

Couple keeps wife's name; it takes 6 months
        ELYRIA, Ohio — More than six months after their wedding, Joseph Harkless and Christina Ellison finally have the same last name — but it's not his.

Dozens displaced by apartment fire
        PARK HILLS — When Michael Cousino heard the fire alarm in his Cedar Ridge Lane apartment about 7:45 p.m. Friday night, he grabbed his girlfriend's $20,000 harp and skedaddled.

Girl Scouts learn how to find their way
        CARTHAGE — Saturday, two troops of Girl Scouts were really put through their paces.

Golf show eases the cold
        After weeks of cold, snowy weather, area golfers made their own winter outings to the Northern Kentucky Convention Center this weekend.

Governor gets 3 percent raise
        COLUMBUS — Gov. Bob Taft received a 3 percent raise this year, increasing his salary from $122,812 dollars to $126,497.

Hamilton, Middletown vie for court
        HAMILTON — The new home of the Ohio 12th District Court of Appeals has been narrowed to two options: the old Municipal Building in Hamilton, or a new facility in Middletown.

Jungle Jim's expansion to include retail
        FAIRFIELD — Jungle Jim's International Farmers Market is planning an expansion that will include medium to upscale retail and specialty shops, restaurants, and possibly an anchor store.

Kentucky Digest
        EASTVIEW — The body of a 15-year-old Hardin County girl was found Saturday by volunteers who had been searching for her since she left home more than a week ago, Kentucky State Police said.

Kentucky takes steps against sprawl
        FRANKFORT — Gov. Paul Patton is embracing legislation promoting “smart growth” that encourages and, in some cases, mandates additional planning by local governments.

Local Digest
        TURTLECREEK TWP. — A 77-year-old Springfield Township woman was killed Saturday afternoon when the car she was driving was struck head-on by a pickup truck on U.S. 42 at Keever Road here.

SchoolNet honors Mason High's Web site
        MASON - Want the latest on Mason High School news, coming events or even students' opinions on the conflict in the Middle East? Just punch in - a site now recognized by Ohio SchoolNet.

Tristate's priciest homes
        The top residential real estate transfers in Greater Cincinnati, compiled by First American Real Estate Solutions:

Two cities join in flood project
        SHARONVILLE — Both the city and the village of Evendale have signed an agreement with the Millcreek Valley Conservancy District aimed at ensuring that their interests are represented as the district works with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to alleviate flooding along the Mill Creek.

Villa Hills hires law firm to look into firings
        VILLA HILLS — City Council Saturday passed a municipal order hiring a Covington law firm to look into the recent firing of the city's police chief by the mayor.