Photographer's interest in death led him to morgue
        Thomas Condon may have gotten the idea to shoot bodies in the Hamilton County morgue from photographer Andres Serrano, whose controversial work includes a series of photos taken in a morgue in Italy.

Special election to decide one student's fate
        Six thousand registered voters in the Clermont Northeastern school district will decide Tuesday whether a 6-year-old can change schools.

Council stuck in neutral awaiting strong mayor
        Some Cincinnati City Council members admit they are stalling for time until the November election. Mayor Charlie Luken says momentum has been lost with setbacks throughout the past year, and council is struggling to come to grips with it.

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Special Report: The High Cost of Keeping Warm
More answers to energy questions
        Natural gas prices are at historic highs, and Tristate heating bills are, too. Here are answers to some questions you've been asking in response to our Jan. 28 report: The High Cost of Keeping Warm.

Local Headlines for  Sunday, February 04, 2001

Can faith and funding mix?
        An initiative launched by President Bush last week would further open the federal wallet to scores of faith-based organizations that perform social work across the Tristate. The question is what role faith can have at an organization that receives government dollars.

Boutique specializes in retail reptiles
        COLERAIN TWP. — The door to its den was open, and Desi Rybolt headed for it. The 10-year-old's mother watched in horror.

City schools testing budgets
        For the first time since Cincinnati's public schools gained the power to craft their own budgets, parents, teachers and principals can have some fun. This year every school gets the chance to spend some money, instead of making budget cuts.
Extra money requires plan

Racial profiling targeted
        As part of an effort to examine race relations in Cincinnati, the Enquirer Editorial Board invited members of the Black United Front to discuss their organization and its goals. BUF is collecting evidence of racial profiling in preparation for a class-action lawsuit against Cincinnati Police.

PULFER: Culberson attorney has higher aim
        It is not about money. Even though Thursday a federal court jury ordered $3.75 million to be paid to relatives of Carrie Culberson, their attorney insists it was about something more complicated.

WILKINSON: It's Phil 'call me country' Heimlich
        Cincinnati City Councilman Phil Heimlich is a city boy, but when he wants to, he can be, as Donnie and Marie used to say, a little bit country.

BRONSON: God in classroom is 'blessing'
        Carol Britton knows what kind of school she wants for her 10-year-old son.

CROWLEY: Garbage bill will get trashed
        Gov. Paul Patton's $30 million piece of legislation, which mandates trash collection in every county and provides money for recycling and the cleanup of illegal dumps, will get wadded up and tossed around the General Assembly like a discarded fast-food wrapper.

Black History Month events this week
        If your group would like to publicize an event, please submit the information to Elaine Trumpey at

Collision ties up I-71, but injuries to 2 slight
        A couple headed to Florida from Cleveland for a month's vacation escaped serious injury Saturday night when the travel-trailer they were towing flipped over several times after a collision on Interstate 71.

Doctor leads cancer battle
        NEWPORT — Cancer research has been a large part of Dr. Julia Carter's life, even long before her college days at Wellesley and Rutgers. A look at her family helps explain why.

Effort to end hill-hopping stymied
        TURTLECREEK TWP. — The effort to end teens' hill-hopping on a township road is back at square one a year after it began.

Local Digest
        A candle left unattended sparked a Northside fire that resulted in $50,000 in damage to a two-story apartment complex and left four people, including a firefighter, seeking medical treatment for burns and smoke inhalation, District Fire Chief Glenn Coleman said.

New police chief finding his way
        READING — The thin black tape across his police chief's badge reminds Greg Hilling just how trying a new job can be. Chief Hilling, who recently was sworn in as Reading's police chief, is settling into his role, just not quite the way he had planned. A key resource is missing: the man who headed the department for the last 18 years.

'Quiltin' Cousins' display art
        COVINGTON — They were two Cincinnati cousins who didn't meet until adulthood. But one would never know it. To watch Linda M. Chapman and Charlotte Hunter set up their “Quiltin' Cousins” show, opening Monday at the Nordheim Art Gallery, you'd think the two women were childhood friends.

Ross schools, state debate building 3rd elementary
        ROSS TOWNSHIP — The Ohio School Facilities Commission and Ross Local Schools' educators agree what should be done to improve facilities for Ross middle and high school students: close the middle school, build a new high school and renovate Ross High for grades 6 to 8.

Trailer park's end painful to residents
        UNION — Carlton Rollins is upset. Like the 40 or so remaining residents at Hillside Mobile Home Park, Mr. Rollins is facing a court deadline to move out in 11 days because the park he has lived in for 16 years is being closed.
State recreation planners may buy land

Veterans memorial on target
        SHARONVILLE — Plans to build a veterans memorial off Thornview Drive are on target and groundbreaking has been scheduled for April 29. city officials announced last week.

Burglars targeted bowlers
        LOUISVILLE — A Jefferson County bowler and his wife are accused of robbing the homes of fellow bowlers during league nights, police said.

Ky. cashing in on country music roots
        PRESTONSBURG, Ky. — Naomi and Wynonna Judd, Ricky Skaggs, Loretta Lynn and Patty Loveless have always talked — or sung — about growing up in eastern Kentucky.

State to pay ACLU fees
        FRANKFORT — Kentucky taxpayers will pay nearly $300,000 to the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky for costs it incurred fighting an unconstitutional law against “partial-birth” abortions.

Schedule of events
The Tristate marks Black History Month with art exhibits, lectures, concerts and special theater events.