Welcome to the exurbs
        Thousands of people in Cincinnati and its suburbs are spreading out to the rural fringes of the region. Newly released census figures confirm the rapid growth of counties on the outskirts of Ohio's cities.

Ice cream truck driver killed
        They got the call Friday night from a young girl who had noticed the phone number on the side of the ice cream truck. Floyd Kilpatrick lay dying in his ice cream truck of a gunshot wound.

Respect for nurses drives success at St. Elizabeth
        Most Tristate hospitals have been struggling to hire nurses. One exception is the St. Elizabeth Medical Center group in Northern Kentucky.

S P E C I A L   R E P O R T
Firefighters say goodbye to a hero
        Bill Ellison rode to his grave Friday on Engine 6, leading a procession of fellow firefighters who know that their work sometimes ends this way.
Photo gallery from funeral

Local Headlines for  Sunday, March 25, 2001

School plans stir emotions
        As Cincinnati Public Schools officials and architects hash out plans to make more than $700 million in improvements at its 77 district buildings, parents, community members and school staff are clamoring for details.

8,000 Catholics 'Answer the Call'
        The lines stretched past the concession stands and bathrooms, beyond the tables of anti-abortion bumper stickers and Christian music CDs, nearly circling Xavier University's Cintas Center.

BRONSON: God's house
        I went up to see St. Peter the other day. I climbed wide, white steps, under towering columns from a Greek temple, past massive wooden doors that opened on a jaw-dropping vision of breathtaking majesty.

PULFER: Free speech
        There was a kid outside the window in a tree and, without listening very hard, they could hear other protesters. But the students in the principal's office at Walnut Hills High School were trying to stick to the point.

WILKINSON: Politics Mayoral election may limit the money grubbing
        Moments of serendipity come so rarely in politics that we like to share them when they do.

Police dog's tenacity earns regional awards
        HAMILTON — A police dog's persistence — and his refusal to be intimidated by a combative suspect — has earned recognition for him and his handler.

Accused of selling son, parents give up baby girl
        CANTON, Ohio — A husband and wife once accused of selling a son over the Internet have been denied the right to raise their youngest child.

Beechmont Ave. to get face lift
        ANDERSON TOWNSHIP - The latest plan to make Beechmont Avenue more pleasing to motorists and residents involves adding a little beauty to it.

Cold couldn't keep them away
        FLORENCE — Maybe it was that brisk breeze out of the west, which kept many race fans at Turfway Park inside most of the day, that helped push Balto Star to the winner's circle in the $600,000 Spiral Stakes Saturday.

Couple says judge violated rights with visitation
        RACELAND, Ky. — A Greenup County couple says a judge violated their constitutional rights by granting visitation of their two children to their grandparents, who the couple say are abusive.

Lucas may face competition
        FORT MITCHELL — U.S. Rep. Ken Lucas, a Boone County Democrat, may be close to drawing a Republican opponent for next year's congressional election.

Mount Healthy seeks 1.54-mill replacement levy
        MOUNT HEALTHY — The city is seeking a replacement general operating levy that will help the city keep up with the rising costs of doing business, say city officials.

Official's actions probed
        HARVEYSBURG — The Warren County prosecutor's office is investigating additional accusations against former Village Administrator Kimble Grant, village officials say.

Ohio mayors threaten to sue for census recount
        TOLEDO — During the summer, when census workers canvassed Toledo's neighborhoods, Mayor Carty Finkbeiner followed them.

'Rickshaw run' aims to help sick kids
        HAMILTON — A Hamilton police lieutenant, whose “rickshaw run” has so far generated more than $8,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, hopes to begin at around midnight tonight on his 300-mile trek from Canada to Cincinnati.

Now and Then
        FORT THOMAS — What's in a name? People in Fort Thomas make reference to Woodfill every day. Why was it named the the Samuel Woodfill Elementary School?

School paper, yearbook honored
        LOUISVILLE — Two Northern Kentucky high school publications were among those honored for statewide excellence at a high school journalism convention.

Scott Co. has first OxyContin case
        GEORGETOWN, Ky. — A couple has been charged with drug trafficking in connection with Scott County's first arrest associated with the drug OxyContin, police said.

Two sought in robbery, kidnapping at hospital
        Cincinnati police are looking for two more people in connection with the robbery and kidnapping of a Hamilton man Thursday night in a parking lot at Good Samaritan Hospital.

Village Green plan before the public
        FAIRFIELD — Residents plan to speak out Monday during a public hearing against a 77,000-square-foot Kroger store proposed for the Village Green development.

Workers accept 3rd proposal
        LEXINGTON — Ending a monthlong strike, union workers at Trane Co. have voted to accept a third contract proposal.

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