Luken unused to second place
        Charlie Luken woke up Wednesday to find himself a political underdog for perhaps the first time in his career.
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Woman shot outside school
        While frightened schoolchildren and teachers scattered Wednesday afternoon, a woman was shot and critically wounded on the sidewalk outside the Latonia Elementary School.

Court upholds stay for Byrd
        A last-ditch effort to immediately execute death-row inmate John W. Byrd fell short Wednesday when the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a plea from Ohio Attorney General Betty Montgomery.

At a glance
        Here's a glance at how events are affecting Greater Cincinnati residents: from gas prices and event closings to personal financial portfolios.

Attacks are topic No. 1 in classrooms
        Two weeks ago, teacher Mick Munn asked his eighth-graders to list the most historic event in their lifetime.

Body recovery part of work of NYC crews
        NEW YORK — A firefighter is standing where a building used to be. He turns and shouts.

Constituents' emotions unmitigated
        WASHINGTON — Terrorists left their mark on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, but the emotional burn of the unprecedented attack also spread across the country.

Different faiths, all drawn to pray
        An invitation to hug, pray or shed a tear drew neighbors, students, workmen and passersby to the Hillel Jewish Student Center on Clifton Avenue Wednesday.

Family clings to details of missing woman's fate
        MASON — The television news stays on all night in the Faulkner house. A husband and two daughters tell the same story again and again.

Jews seek normalcy
        Confident in their security but wary of the implications of terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, Cincinnati's major Jewish institutions resumed classes and worship Wednesday.

Local firefighters on task force joining rescue efforts
        Judy Thomas got the hurried call from her husband, Ed, at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday. He was on a cell phone, somewhere between Ohio and New York, on a bus with dozens of other rescue workers.

Muslims urged to give aid
        Tristate Muslims called on their community Wednesday to donate blood, give money and pray for the victims of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

No date, time for nation's air travel to resume
        The nation's air transportation system remained grounded Wednesday, with federal officials giving no indication when things could get back to normal.

        With air travel shut down nationwide, seriously ill people may face delays in organ transplants.

Outpouring of donations keeps blood supply steady
        At least 500 people turned out Wednesday to donate blood at five neighborhood blood collection centers, about twice as many as usual, Hoxworth Blood Center estimated.

Relatives wait for word, pray
        Here is how Tuesday's attacks have affected three local families:

Stranded travelers find help in Florence
        FLORENCE — Angel Soto was planning a trip to Los Angeles for the Latin Grammys this week. But instead, the 39-year-old Brooklyn man was forced to detour to Northern Kentucky when Tuesday's terrorist activity shut down the nation's air traffic system.

Tightened air security will be norm
        When federal officials finally allow commercial air travel to resume, passengers will be faced with some of the tightest airport security seen since the Gulf War.

Travelers wait, pray in deserted airport
        HEBRON — Inside, the airport was empty but for bomb-squad dogs and their handlers. Above, the blue sky was empty but for the occasional cloud.

Work resumes, but life is different
        A day after terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center and damaged the Pentagon, Greater Cincinnati went back to work Wednesday.

Wright-Patterson medical personnel join effort
        Nearly two dozen medical personnel from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base have been dispatched to Washington and New York City, and the base near Dayton and other military facilities around the Tristate remained under tight security Wednesday.

PULFER: Cell phones
        I picture my own, dear mother sitting in front of the television, watching this war alone.

RADEL: Tristate sprouts flying flags
        They stand as silent sentinels. Red, white and blue flags.

Reports bring sweep of river
        COVINGTON — Officials closed a bridge and searched 17 miles of the Ohio River Wednesday after six armed men dressed in camouflage were reported stopping boats and a mysterious black duffel bag was found on a beam of the Taylor Southgate Bridge.

Luken suggests raises for cadets
        Paying police cadets more might help the Cincinnati land better cops.

Council halts bid for road-extension vote
        HAMILTON — City council rejected on Wednesday petitions for a November ballot initiative to stop the city from extending Washington Boulevard through Millikin Woods.

Superintendent's contract extended
        WEST CHESTER TWP. — The Lakota Board of Education wanted to show Superintendent Kathleen Klink what members think of the job she's doing.

Tristate A.M. Report

Downtown awaits promised comeback
        In 1996, Cincinnati was promised an economic boom if it raised taxes and built two new stadiums. That promise may be years away.