Tristate on heightened alert
        Police and security officials at Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport Sunday went to a heightened state of alert following the bombing raids on Afghanistan.

Residents show support for Dist. 3 officers
        Thanks for doing a thankless job. That's how Westwood resident Michael Dunn summed up the sentiments of organizers of a rally Sunday to support Cincinnati police officers in District 3.

Program will help Fernald workers file claims
        Workers from Fernald and several other Tristate companies who were injured producing nuclear weapons during the Cold War can begin filing claims this week for lump sum payments of $150,000 and other benefits.

Columbus Day closings

Victim's husband approves attacks
        MASON — Lynn Faulkner nearly got lost Sunday in the simple joy of watching his daughter play in a youth soccer game. Still, reminders of Sept. 11 were as close as the second folding chair that remained in his car.

Childhood friends on carrier
        If only their parents could have known, when Ryan McCauley and Laura Holtmeier were kindergarten friends 20 years ago in Wyoming, how far their friendship would take them.

Tristaters pray, hope for success
        On a crisp October Sunday made for apple cider and hay rides, fear rose a notch.

Tristate Muslims hope for swift war
        Local Muslims say they support efforts to bring Osama bin Laden to justice, but hope that military action is “swift, precise and well-calculated” to be as bloodless as possible.

Local congressmen send their support
        Greater Cincinnati congressmen expressed strong support for President George W. Bush's decision to attack Afghanistan Sunday, while urging patience from Americans for what is likely to be a long military campaign.

War evokes memories for Russian immigrant
        Lora Zinoviev has been here before, at the edge of fear, on the cusp of war, wondering which friends and neighbors won't return from the battlefields of Afghanistan.

Guard units poised for action
        No Ohio or Kentucky National Guard or reserve unit was directly involved in Sunday's air strikes against Afghanistan, but some could find themselves in the middle of the next U.S. military action.

Prayer helps to soothe emotions
        It was late afternoon when the Rev. Dave Weaver, an associate pastor of Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, learned of America's strike back.

School completes $10M project
        SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP — Joshua Bernstein has learned the importance of a Jewish education at Yavneh Day School. And now that Yavneh has a full-size gymnasium, he's learned the joy of competitive basketball.

Artists take after famed ancestor
        MADEIRA — Three generations of French painters came together in Greater Cincinnati — in spirit, anyway — for a celebration of their work.

Good News: $33,000 to aid disabled
        While disaster-relief efforts have flourished throughout the Tristate since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, many other volunteer goodwill efforts also have continued here.

Local Digest
        A New Burlington man died Sunday morning, one day after being shot in the head at a West End housing complex, Cincinnati homicide investigators said.

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

        The following were named to the spring semester dean's list at the University of Toledo, Ohio:

Factory spaces get 2nd wind
        HAMILTON — New life is coming to Butler County's aging factories as they are resurrected for small companies looking for an inexpensive starting place.

Hamilton to skip water meeting
        HAMILTON — Although Hamilton has declined to participate, Butler County still plans to hold a public meeting tonight to explain its position in its 4-year-old water-rate dispute with Hamilton.

Little Miami asks state advice on building
        MORROW — The Little Miami Board of Education, looking toward continued growth, will ask the Ohio Facilities Commission for an evaluation of the elementary, intermediate and junior high schools.

Bracelets back police, rescuers
        UNION — The more Sherry Walters watched television coverage of April's riots in Cincinnati, the angrier she became.

Artificial heart can't fit woman
        LOUISVILLE — The AbioCor artificial heart that is keeping three men alive is too big for Lauren Heaton, but her mother hopes that one day will not be the case.

FirstEnergy to seek nuclear plant extension
        OAK HARBOR, Ohio — FirstEnergy Corp. has notified federal regulators it intends to seek a 20-year extension of its license to operate the Davis-Besse nuclear plant in northwest Ohio.

Dayton names new police chief
        DAYTON, Ohio — Dayton officials picked the assistant chief of Washington's Metropolitan Police Department to serve as the city's new chief of police, City Manager Valerie Lemmie said Sunday.

Horse show could bring $110M to Columbus
        COLUMBUS — Thousands of competitors will take away millions of dollars in prizes at this year's All-American Quarter Horse Congress, but the money the event leaves behind is far greater.

Only boy in flag corps ignores teasing
        MARYSVILLE — When Rob Boerger takes the football field for Marysville High School, he draws stares because he is a full head taller than his teammates.

Riot costs add up
        Cincinnati is still paying a steep financial price for the riot that tore through the city six months ago.
After the unrest, hope emerges

Race: Let's talk
        We want to hold a conversation in nearly every neighborhood, village, township and city in the region. Won't you join us?