Race for mayor is off to a quiet start
        One month before the Sept. 11 primary election, the first direct race for Cincinnati's mayor in 76 years is a quiet, grass-roots contest.

Stem cells give blind woman hope
        Marsha Lindsey, a legally blind Texas woman, has simple dreams of once again being able to see. Stem-cell research may make her dreams come true.
Chabot: Stem-cell plan rides slippery slope

Bowling shoes walking away from alleys
        They're smelly, old and ugly, but lately bowling shoes are a hot item among teen-agers and top designers.

No reservations needed for Family Day at Stricker's Grove
        CROSBY TOWNSHIP — Folks who visit Stricker's Grove for the park's ninth annual Family Day Sunday can enjoy fun with a rich Hamilton County heritage.

Residents adamant on Job Corps
        College Hill residents are glad the planned relocation of a Job Corps facility to a 26-acre site in their neighborhood has been temporarily halted, but they vow to kill the plan for good.

UC, faculty finding some common ground
        After four weeks of sparring, faculty contract negotiations at the University of Cincinnati are producing initial agreements on non-economic issues.

Tristate A.M. Report
        The president of the Citizens' Committee on Youth (CCY), Clarence Williams, resigned this week, months after Hamilton County officials pulled its multimillion-dollar contract for youth job training.

HOWARD: Neighborhoods
        The youth department at Zion Temple First Pentecostal Church, 3771 Reading Road, Avondale, will conduct its second Burnet Avenue Street Meeting, 1-4 p.m., today at Burnet and Rockdale avenues.

MCNUTT: Warren County
        Aircraft will invade Madison Township this weekend.

Abuse case tests policy
        HAMILTON — A shaken-baby case set for trial Monday in Butler County is testing some key issues in such cases, including a new county policy that pays for second medical opinions.

Chalk one up
        WEST CHESTER TWP. — Dede Pan, 11, was dealing with a bad case of the summer doldrums when she decided to perk up her morale with a mural.

Council votes to save Lebanon's oldest building
        LEBANON — City Council voted 4-1 Friday to earmark $235,000 for 27 N. Mechanic St. — the final step in a nearly two-year effort to save the city's oldest building.

Ex-teacher admits abuse
        HAMILTON — A former Fairfield Senior High School teacher faces up to two years in prison after admitting in court Thursday he sexually abused three female Fairfield High School students between 1995 and this past spring.

Fire destroys church but not faith
        MOUNT ORAB — For hours Friday, members made their way to First Baptist Church on West Main Street.

New schools prepare to join area roster
        DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP — When Jane Carmichael walks into the new Kings Mills Elementary School, she is amazed by the building's technological advancements.

Argosy looking for a new model
        LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. — There she goes, the former Miss America, right out of a casino's advertising campaign.

Goals are be green and clean
        Eight public meetings will be held around Hamilton County, covering both suburban and urban areas, seeking public comment and suggestions on conservation and environmental issues.

Kelleys Island on auction block
        KELLEYS ISLAND, Ohio — Some conservationists worry that an auction of land on this Lake Erie island will lead to habitat-destroying development.

Low water level likely caused tractor to blow
        MEDINA, Ohio — Investigators said Friday that a low water level caused last month's fatal explosion of an antique steam-powered tractor at the Medina County Fair, but they may never know why there was not more water cooling the boiler.

Mayors reach accord after long dispute
        CLEVELAND — A voter-approved land swap allowing expansion of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport closed a longtime feud between two veteran mayors.

Attorney: Evidence should be suppressed
        COVINGTON — The scene in Kenton County Circuit Judge Patricia Summe's courtroom Friday at times resembled a basketball huddle during a timeout more than an evidence suppression hearing.

Cathedral on schedule
        COVINGTON — Work crews remain on schedule to reopen the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption to worshipers by mid-November.

Center gives out food despite cuts
        COVINGTON — Two months after it was barred from the federal program, the cash-strapped Northern Kentucky Community Center is again distributing food to low-income families.

Children today are different
        WILDER — More than a generation gap makes it difficult for teachers to reach students.

Kentucky News Briefs
        FORT MITCHELL — A Northern Kentucky attorney has been appointed to a federal employee review board by President Bush.

No plan for site of old city building
        FLORENCE — At least one Florence city councilman has an idea about what should be at the site of the former City Building on U.S. 42.

Patton achieves higher profile
        MELBOURNE — Gov. Paul Patton's election as vice chairman of the National Governor's Association could help Kentucky when it comes to issues such as attracting federal money for highway projects.

Technical college names director of external relations
        Businessman Dorsey W. Jones has been named director of external relations for Kentucky Community and Technical College system in Northern Kentucky.

Blue mold could jeopardize China tobacco deal
        PIKEVILLE — Tobacco farmers in Kentucky may be hurting their chances of selling their crop abroad by not trying harder to eradicate the fungal disease known as blue mold.

I-64 neighbors told to brace for shakes
        LOUISVILLE — While motorists faced detours with the start of repair work along Interstate 64, people living nearby had other worries.

Schools in Ky. fail Title IX
        FRANKFORT — State education officials want the Kentucky High School Athletic Association to crack down harder on high schools that aren't complying with Title IX requirements for gender equity in athletics.

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