LOCAL NEWS FOR MONDAY, AUGUST 13, 2001
Byrd letters reveal boasts, threats
        In an unusual move to counter John Byrd's claim of innocence as he nears death by injection, Hamilton County Prosecutor Mike Allen revealed a dozen letters in which the convicted killer threatens to kill or harm people.

Animals delight recovering toddler
        Much has been written about the healing power of laughter and animals. Two-year-old Devonte Ross, wounded in a street gunbattle, got a dose of both when a petting zoo made a house call.

Ringer murder trial awaits high court
        The trial of a popular downtown Cincinnati barber, accused of killing his former girlfriend and her unborn child in December, may not start Tuesday as scheduled.

NATIONAL ISSUES
Proposed laws affirm early life
        WASHINGTON — Thwarted to date in their efforts in courts to abolish abortion, conservatives have sought — legislatively — to recognize human life in all its forms.

Number in prison soared in 1990s
        WASHINGTON — The number of people behind bars in the United States grew by nearly 77 percent in the 1990s, but the rise in the nation's prison population seems to be leveling off, a Justice Department study released Sunday said.

CINCINNATI - HAMILTON COUNTY
RADEL: Homegrown corn revives the soul
        As summers go, Cincinnati has seen better. The Reds stink at home. It's been too hot. And too many harsh words still resound from April's riots. At least, we have sweet corn. And, it is spectacular.

Avondale man shot to death
        A 20-year-old Avondale man found shot on a street in his neighborhood early Sunday morning was a gifted cartoonist and devoted to his family, relatives said.

Donated paddle wheel not used for monument
        The Greater Cincinnati Tall Stacks Commission isn't certain what will happen to the American Queen's huge paddle wheel, which sits in the weeds at a construction yard.

Former talk-show host sues station
        Former WDBZ-AM (1230) radio talk show host Nate Livingston has sued the station and several of its executives seeking more $4 million in damages and reinstatement on the air.

Nine library branches to get face lifts
        Nine branches of the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County will receive major upgrades, resulting in temporary closings while work is being completed.

Council candidates will argue to election board
        NORWOOD — Two candidates in the city's Fourth Ward will argue before the Hamilton County Board of Elections August 22 whether one of them should be allowed to run.

Local Digest
        Cindy Schillaci will help communities and organizations in a 12-county district as they plan for the Ohio bicentennial in 2003. That district includes Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, Warren and Greene counties.

Congrats
        Jennifer Drust of Anderson Township has accepted membership into the Ohio State University Chapter of the Golden Key National Honor Society.

You Asked For It
        Answers to questions about regional history, government, schools and roads.

WARREN COUNTY
Two more aid units raise pay
        LEBANON — Raises were mostly modest at two agencies that serve the mentally ill in Warren and Clinton counties, according to information released in response to Enquirer sunshine-laws requests.

Two agencies refuse salary data
        Two of the five agencies that receive taxpayer dollars to help the mentally ill in Warren and Clinton counties have refused to disclose staff salaries.

Storm makes trouble for tennis
        MASON — Heavy rain and lightning that wreaked havoc on the ATP Tennis Center late Saturday forced cleaning crews to work overnight, and left flooded parking lots and some equipment unusable Sunday at the Tennis Masters Series.

NORTHERN KENTUCKY
Motorcyclist killed in crash identified
        A man killed Saturday night in a Cincinnati motorcycle crash was identified Sunday as 30-year-old Brian Kremer of Fort Thomas.

River bike path will link town to park
        MELBOURNE — One day, cyclists will be able to travel some 40 miles through Campbell, Kenton and Boone counties on a designated bike path following the Ohio River. But Melbourne Mayor George Koopman is just pleased that the first piece of that proposed trail, known as River Path, will link his little river town with nearby Pendery Park on Ky. 8.

OHIO
Group may settle suit if Ohio repays for support
        COLUMBUS — A child support advocacy group suing the state for withholding child support payments says it may settle now that Gov. Bob Taft has ordered $38 million of that money be repaid.

Ohio women earn low end of pay
        CLEVELAND — Census data show Ohio women earning far less money than men and less, on average, than most women in America, a newspaper reported Sunday.

Aging inmates' health care can be costly
        TOLEDO, Ohio — Ohio is one of only 16 states to place aging inmates in a separate prison, where the cost of medical care averages about $1,500 more per inmate than in prisons with younger populations.

KENTUCKY
Ky. fair a stream of tunes, exhibits, . . . snowboarding?
        LOUISVILLE — From snowboarders and musicians to exhibits on the environment, this year's Kentucky State Fair promises to educate as much as entertain.

Louisville expected to expand gay rights
        LOUISVILLE — The Louisville Board of Aldermen is expected Tuesday to break a deadlock and vote to expand the city's gay-rights protections to include housing and public accommodations.

Repaving Interstate 64 in Louisville goes smoothly
        LOUISVILLE — A $21 million project to repave Interstate 64 between I-264 and I-65 is under way and will reroute motorists on weekends, likely for several months.

SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT
The big drain for flash floods
        Solving Mill Creek flooding may take a subterranean turn: a man-made river through limestone more than 300 feet underground.