Mayor's race hinges on turnout
        With political support that for the most part falls along discernible lines, Democratic incumbent Charlie Luken and Charterite challenger Courtis Fuller are waging aggressive turnout campaigns for Tuesday's election.

Health ratings for Tristate improve little
        Continued high rates of smoking and heart disease have prevented Ohio and Kentucky from keeping up with public health improvements reported by most other states.

Binge-eating treatable with medication
        For Craig McManiman, that urge to feast on fast food is more than an issue of self-control. It's a symptom of a chemical imbalance in his brain.

Child support slowed by new law
        COLUMBUS — Hamilton County caseworkers may have to spend as much as 63,000 hours reviewing child support cases by hand in the coming months in order to comply with a new state law.

Before you vote Tuesday
        Examine the candidates and issues in every contest in Hamilton, Butler, Warren and Clermont counties.

Voting is sign of patriotism
        On Tuesday, remember Sept. 11. Vote. Think of what went on that morning when America changed forever. Honor the victims by voting. It'll strike a blow for freedom.

Church members hear accounts from ground zero
        EVENDALE — Unbearable grief that shrouded families of World Trade Center victims has evolved into denial for many survivors who still cling to hope.

Rally against racism
        More than 200 people of different religions and races came together Sunday at Bicentennial Commons downtown to pray and rally for an end to racial discord in Cincinnati.

Some want fewer tests factored into rankings
        Against the recommendation of a committee of teachers, principals and administrators, some Cincinnati Public Schools board members want second- and third-graders' performance on social studies and science tests to be factored into school-by-school rankings.

Priest, ex-soldier guides activists
        After leaving Xavier University's officer training program to volunteer for the Army at age 17, Pfc. Ben Urmston trudged across World War II Europe as a combat infantryman. That “darkly graced” period continues to shape his life, he said in a recent interview.

Group offers Black History Movie Nights
        A Cincinnati-area group hopes to reel in young historians with a free movie and a meal.

Good News: Pupils thank vets
        Some veterans will receive special thank-you letters from students at St. Gabriel Consolidated School in Glendale on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

Local Digest
        A fire early Sunday morning in University Heights left a 52-year-old man hospitalized with smoke inhalation burns, Cincinnati fire officials said.

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

        Seven Hills School eighth-grader Jasmine Woodard was one of four students nationally to win a $20,000 Eddie Robinson Eighth Grade Scholarship Award.

Ohioan sustains troops' morale
        For the 46,000 Americans living on Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany, there is danger, even when the war planes you are launching are delivering food instead of bombs.

Clean Ohio groups chosen
        Government officials, Realtors and conservationists have been named to two councils that will decide what communities get more than $4.3 million next year for projects under Ohio's new Clean Ohio Fund program.

Railway service in Ohio on track for more funding
        In the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, politicians are paying more attention to the idea of a rail service that would connect Ohio's three major cities.

Input sought on skating park
        FAIRFIELD — Skating enthusiasts in Hamilton and Fairfield will have two opportunities Nov. 13 to give their input on a 20,000-square-foot skating park.

Teachers, pupils laud 'block' system
        FAIRFIELD — A majority of teachers and students prefer a block schedule to the old period system, according to preliminary results from a study of Fairfield City Schools' 4-year-old approach.

Hunters donate deer to food banks
        LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. — Hunting is a family tradition for Jason Boyd. He likes the outdoors, the skill hunting requires, and the sense of accomplishment that he's providing for his family. This year, hunting also will help feed the hungry.

New jail is planned to be bigger and better
        BURLINGTON — The Boone County jail to be built along Idlewild Road near the Boone County Fairgrounds will have three times the inmate capacity of the current facility, but is not expected to require additional staffing.

Filling a bowl to fill tummies
        COVINGTON — Sunday's benefit for Kids Cafe began with a wonderful dilemma: How to choose just one bowl from hundreds made by artisans of the Clay Alliance?

Demand for scholarships above funds
        LEXINGTON — The popularity of a college scholarship program that rewards Kentucky students for academic achievements in high school has officials worried about a funding shortfall that may get worse.

Welfare benefits ending for some
        PIKEVILLE, Ky. — Time has expired for the first 852 Kentucky families who fell under an October 1996 federal law that put a five-year limit on welfare assistance.

Access is cost of security
        FRANKFORT — The price of heightened security in Kentucky may soon include the censorship of some public records and other information. The censor would be state government.

NAACP proposes redistricting plan
        FRANKFORT — A push by the NAACP to create more state House districts dominated or strongly influenced by blacks has been endorsed by a white lawmaker whose own re-election prospects might be threatened.

E L E C T I O N   S P E C I A L:   C I T Y   H A L L   S H O W D O W N
Incumbent delivers subtle message
        For Charlie Luken, the delivery truck for grass-roots politics is a rented van plastered with Luken yard signs and American flags.
Challenger seeks winds of change
        Of all the people Courtis Fuller has met during his bid for Cincinnati mayor, few have inspired him more than Jessie Chapman.
EDITORIAL: Why this election matters
Local races have close-up impact

Officers' acquittals the norm nationally
        One month. Two dead suspects. Three police officers not convicted. The perceived injustice drew serious fire from many in the city's African-American community.

Enquirer endorses Luken for mayor
        Cincinnati stands in an intersection of shining hope and broken-glass fear lingering from looting and riots. This is no time to roll the dice and bet the future on an untested, inexperienced leader.
Enquirer endorsements for city council

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?