The evolving N-word
        The word "nigga" is an odious slur to some, friendly slang to others, dividing and confusing blacks and whites.
Slurs often adopted by those they insult

Home fix-up help little known
        When Jim Gooding renovated his home, his taxes skyrocketed because he didn't know of a tax break popular with Cincinnati's wealthy homeowners.

<New school to focus on boys
        Boys in Over-the-Rhine have been beaten down so long that the Rev. Albert Lauer figured it was time to tell them they are not a lost cause.

Families with children at Over-the-Rhine fest
        The crowd was a diverse mix of blacks and whites. Children rushed from booth to booth to get tattoos, have their faces painted, grab a balloon and pick up some popcorn.

Gun-toting cab driver fighting law
        Clyde Riley, 35, of Cheviot is fighting the city of Cincinnati to get a law changed to allow cab drivers to carry guns; meanwhile, he faces a charge of breaking the current law.

Riot casualties
        One of the first things Marcia Spaeth does every morning is check to see who's coming to dinner. Will it be a church group? A school? A service club? She always hopes for lots of guests. They're the ones who bring the food.

Vandals damage windows on dozens of cars
        Car-jumping, window-smashing vandals reportedly damaged more than three dozen vehicles parked on Westwood streets overnight Friday.

PULFER: Charmin exhibit
        When I was growing up, the bathroom was the smallest room in the house. And we only had one.

        Just about everybody in Hamilton County knows Mike Allen, the county prosecutor whose face is on the TV news almost every night and who has cemented his credentials as a get-tough-on-criminals kind of guy.

Heart device advised to clubs
        In the last three decades, three of Joe Moore's health club clients suffered heart attacks. All were all more than 60 years old. None of them died.

Heart problems worry schools
        When thousands of Ohio high school athletes take to fields Monday for the first official day of football practice, many will have completed an expanded health form designed in part to prevent deaths from undetected heart conditions.

Hidden heart ills killed teen-agers
        With improved physical exam forms and equipment at games, doctors, trainers and athletic officials are hoping they can prevent deaths like the three that occurred in Ohio last football season because of undetected heart conditions.

Tristate A.M. Report

Accusations not first to target priest
        More than 10 years ago, there were warning signs that the Rev. Ken Schoettmer may have been behaving inappropriately with boys — but little was done, authorities say.

City seeks to rebuild
        HAMILTON — A day after learning that Mosler Inc., once America's premier safe manufacturer, was closing and wiping out 300 area jobs, Hamilton officials offered two astute reactions:

Eat, drink and be mellow; all's cool at Blues Festival
        LEBANON — Hot licks and cool sounds, spicy snacks and mellow crowds seasoned Lebanon's third annual Blues Festival Saturday.

Sycamore implements lightning predictor
        His Mason home was destroyed by the 1974 tornado and his Sycamore High School athletic fields were damaged by the 1999 tornado.

8 vying for Lebanon Council
        LEBANON — Eight people have filed for Lebanon Council seats and two more are considering doing so as Wednesday's deadline looms.

'Cookies' a sweet deal for mentally ill
        AKRON — Incentives such as ballgame tickets or a free manicure are helping the state's first Mental Health Court keep people out of jail.

Developers remove trees from wetlands
        AURORA, Ohio — A development company building a mall near this northeast Ohio city ignored a state order barring the destruction of wetlands by clearing 100 trees, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency officials said.

Specialty care just what patients need
        COLUMBUS — Four hospitals-within-a-hospital in central Ohio are among 63 facilities nationwide that provide care for people facing lengthy recoveries.

State suggests that Parma close 8 school buildings
        PARMA, Ohio — A state agency says eight of this Cleveland suburb's 24 public school buildings should be closed because of the cost to bring them up to standards.

I love ... look-alikes?
        DRY RIDGE — This city's post office is asking residents to don red curls and pedal pushers for a Lucille Ball look-alike contest in honor of the latest Legends of Hollywood stamp release Monday.

Leisurely stroll spans the ages
        NEWPORT — Completed for the city's 1995 bicentennial, Newport's Riverwalk is a leisurely stroll through the town's 200-year history with beautiful views of the Ohio River and Cincinnati skyline.

New event joins old
        BURLINGTON — Visitors to the Boone County 4-H and Utopia Fair, which opens Monday, will see a new attraction this summer: ATV/Motorcycle Dirt Drags.

Ockerman considers curriculum
        FLORENCE — A proposed curriculum adjustment at Ockerman Middle School would leave eighth-graders without a year of science instruction.

Search for Major's body moves to dam
        VERONA — Boone County authorities called off the search of a rural farm pond at 2 a.m. Saturday, unable to find the weapon used to kill Helen Marlene Major 20 years ago.

1 dead, 1 missing in eastern Ky. floods
        PIKEVILLE, Ky. — Searchers continued looking for a woman declared missing in flash flooding that claimed the life of one man and devastated parts of eastern Kentucky on Friday and Saturday.