Drop in gas prices should hold for holidays
        Less than 1 1/2 years after flirting with $2 for a gallon of gas, the Tristate could soon be seeing the lowest average prices for the holidays in three years.

Driving drunk, again and again
        LEBANON — Curtis Sears, Ohio's worst repeat drunken driver, sits in the Warren County Jail, awaiting trial on his 19th DUI charge after being convicted 18 times in more than two decades. Authorities say he's a prime example of the difficulties that states have in keeping hard-core drinkers off the road.
Laws get tougher on drunken drivers

First race conversations this week
        Nine Neighbor to Neighbor Conversations on Race will be held this week in Tristate communities, the first of nearly 100 planned conversations that will take place through mid-December.

Adult escorts required at Levee
        Newport on the Levee bans kids under 16 from the new entertainment complex after 8 p.m. without an accompanying adult, making it the first Tristate shopping area to have such an explicit policy, but not the first in the nation.

New memorials pay tribute to veterans
        New memorials to U.S. war veterans will be dedicated today in Sharonville and Batavia, reflecting the rising interest among Americans in paying tribute to those who battled for their country.
Events honoring veterans
Veterans Day closings
        Postal service: no delivery

PULFER: Separating the wheat from the stuff
        I have been getting in touch with my inner kitchen. Cleaning. I don't mean the counters or floors. And whatever is growing in the crisper drawer can wait for the exterminator.

BRONSON: Stop whining
        Not that I'm bragging or anything, but I'm doing my part in the war on terrorism. I've been to four football games, ate lots of Halloween candy, went shopping twice and bought a few shares of Delta at a garage-sale price.

Record crowd enjoys prep games, bands
        Saturday was a day for history as the largest crowd to gather for an Ohio high school football state tournament game — 47,743 — packed Paul Brown Stadium. Their reward: sunshine, blue skies and a doubleheader for the ages.

CAN Cincinnati?
        The Cincinnati CAN commission — Cincinnati Community Action Now — has been mocked as Cincinnati CANNOT and Cincinnati Action Later. Since it was created by Mayor Charlie Luken after the April riots, people have been wondering what, if anything, is getting done in all those closed meetings.

Spirits high as Britney appears
        They were dressed in plaid miniskirts. thigh-high stockings and long-sleeved white shirts cinched at their waists. “I love Britney,” said Katie Cassidy, 16, of Indian Hill.

Luken says Republicans helped him
        In the wake of Democrat Charlie Luken's 10 percentage-point win over Charterite Courtis Fuller on Tuesday, the Wednesday morning political analysts ask: What would have happened if the Republican Party had fielded a candidate?

Byrd lawyer's removal good, experts say
        COLUMBUS — Ohio Public Defender David Bodiker's decision to step away from the hearing involving a condemned inmate's innocence claim was a good move given the tension between him and the federal magistrate conducting the hearing, say two specialists in criminal law.

Norwood gives project the go-ahead
        NORWOOD — Plans for a hotel are out, but developers have the green light to move forward with Cornerstone of Norwood, an office tower development that would replace homes and apartments now sitting on 4 acres wedged between Interstate 71 and Smith and Williams roads.

Raking way to give back, help others
        First stop Saturday morning was Wabash Avenue in Evanston, a street of older homes with small yards in a modest neighborhood.

Good News: Pastor pushes organ giving
        National Donor Sabbath ends today, and it's hoped that the message to give life — spread through 400 worship centers since Friday — has persuaded someone to be an organ donor.

Local Digest
        One man died and another was hospitalized Saturday in two car crashes that occurred in Butler County hours apart.

        Math and elementary education major Karen Hewitt was named to the spring semester dean's list in the Honors Program at St. Francis College in Loretto, Pa.

Shaken-baby trial verdict solves little
        Draven Howard doesn't see very well. He takes two pills a day to avoid seizures. At 22 months old, he still needs help to walk — and his potential for learning is uncertain. After seven hours of deliberations, a Butler County jury Tuesday decided Draven's father was to blame.

CROWLEY: Fund-raisers highlight of a quiet year
               Democrats and Republicans in Kenton County spent last week collecting campaign contributions for the coming election year.

Kentucky Education Notes
        NEWPORT — Fifth Third Bank and the Newport Aquarium have awarded $1,000 savings bonds to three children in an essay contest on the topic “Sharks — Swift, Strong and Oh-So Misunderstood.

Ohio River back open after spill
        LOUISVILLE — The stretch of the Ohio River that was closed after a punctured barge leaked nearly 85,000 gallons of gasoline was opened Saturday, U.S. Coast Guard officials said.

Teacher may sue in hemp dispute
        SHELBYVILLE, Ky. — Donna Cockrel, the fifth-grade teacher whose pupils actor Woody Harrelson taught about the merits of industrial hemp, will have her day in court to argue that she was fired from Simpsonville Elementary School because of her choice of speakers.

Two accused of using fake licenses in thefts
        LOUISVILLE — Two Indiana men are accused of using equipment stolen from the Kentucky Department of Motor Vehicles to produce driver's licenses they used to open checking accounts and amass more than $60,000 in goods, police said.

Wilkinson bankruptcy will stay in Ch. 11
        LEXINGTON — Former Gov. Wallace Wilkinson's request to change the status of his bankruptcy has been rejected.

Cities donate toward annexation law repeal
        COLUMBUS — Several Ohio cities have given money to a petition drive aimed at repealing a new state law giving townships more voice in annexations.

Loaded guns found in car
        NORTH CANTON, Ohio — A man has been charged with carrying a concealed weapon after airport security workers found six loaded handguns in his car.

Ohio fights matchbook ads
        COLUMBUS — Attorneys for the state say allowing tobacco companies to advertise on matchbooks violates the spirit of the settlement the companies reached with 46 states in 1998.

Plan for wetlands angers critics
        COLUMBUS — The Army Corps of Engineers says a change in its policy on wetlands will make it easier to comply with former President Bush's 1989 pledge that there would be no net loss of such areas.

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.

Complete Election 2001 coverage
        Charlie Luken beat Courtis Fuller to win the city's first "strong mayor" election. Click here for complete, searchable results from Hamilton, Butler, Warren and Clermont counties and reports from the Enquirer and WCPO.

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?