Fitness of boys for trial tested
        The two boys shuffled into Hamilton County Juvenile Court on Friday with messy hair and teary eyes. The pudgy one leaned hard against his mom, ducking his head under her arm.

Unity key at Black Family Reunion
        Peaceful crowds on Cincinnati's riverfront Saturday turned the Midwest Black Family Reunion into an informal testament to nonviolence, family values and racial harmony.
Festivity reigns despite rain Schedule of events

Principals an endangered species
        In districts across the Tristate and the nation, drawers that used to be stuffed with dozens of principal applications now house a handful of folders. Educators cite increasing responsibilities, inadequate pay and long hours as factors in the shift.
Districts adopt principal-training programs

PULFER: Are kids collateral damage?
        A child is dead and police say the babysitter did it. Again.

WILKINSON: Independent candidates show unusual strength
        In most Cincinnati City Council elections, you can stick a fork in any independent candidate. This year, though, might be an exception.

BRONSON: Angels in lab coats
        In science-fiction, the future is a grim, dark place, where life is cheap and mankind's spirit is kept on a short leash by science.

Faith-based groups are skeptical
        President Bush's point man to bring more federal dollars to faith-based groups has resigned, leaving some Greater Cincinnatians skeptical they ever will see more money for their programs to help the homeless, drug addicts and former prisoners.

Local Digest
        More than 300 people attended a Fifth Third Bank job fair Saturday, and at least 60 people were invited to work at the bank's new operations center in Madisonville.

Diverse women build unity, houses
        Want to do something real to help heal the racial hurts in Cincinnati? Pick up a hammer and get busy. That's the advice of Carolyn Moseley and Helen Rankin Merritt, two Tristate women who have planned and built five Habitat for Humanity homes in Walnut Hills. They also are leading a group building two more homes in Madisonville.

Two men seriously injured in shootings
        Two more shootings took place in Cincinnati on Friday night and Saturday morning.

School leader to step down
        COLERAIN TOWNSHIP — Kenneth Dirr has spent his entire career in the Northwest Local School District. That made his decision to retire all the more difficult.

Northwest seeks comments
        The Northwest Local School District Board of Education will hold public meetings Tuesday to gather comments from residentson choosing the next superintendent.

        Brian Bucholtz, an environmental engineering major at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average for the spring semester and was named to the dean's list for the fourth consecutive semester.

Priciest homes

City cable rejects political ads
        LEBANON — Former councilman John McComb has reserved a third of all available advertising time on Lebanon's cable system for the five weeks before the Nov. 6 election.

Ohio 63 extension sidelined
        HAMILTON — The wheels haven't fallen off the proposed Ohio 63 extension project yet, but it's been relegated to the slow lane.

Finding cross is family's quest
        BATAVIA — The cross had been there for four years, adorned with one blue ribbon and two pink ribbons — for two daughters, one son — marking the spot where Thomas E. Baker was thrown from his motorcycle and killed in April 1997.

Aquatic center gets OK
        FLORENCE — City council members have decided to move forward with plans for a $2 million aquatic center and skating facility on a large plot of land behind the government center on Ewing Boulevard.

Campbell residents just want to have fun
        NEWPORT — Outdoor family-oriented aquatic facilities, more open space and playgrounds, walking/hiking trails and a teen activity center top the list of the most-needed recreational outlets in a survey of Campbell County residents.

Cyclist celebrates Hoosier byways
        LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Whenever Charlie Myer sees a bicyclist dodging semis, lost hubcaps and rusty mufflers along U.S. 52, he wants to pull over and tell him about a few roads less traveled.

Sailors reunited after 56 years
        RISING SUN, Ind. — They were just kids when some of them last saw one another, when the war had ended and they began to ship home, a couple of years older, a bit more weary.