LOCAL NEWS FOR MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2001
Tristate pays homage to vets
        All across the Tristate, crowds at Veterans Day celebrations showed extra zeal, honoring members of wars past while praying for and supporting troops in the present war.
Today's eventsClosings

Council gets a dash of Pepper
        While newcomer David Pepper, the leading vote-getter in last week's city council election, is the son of Procter & Gamble chairman John Pepper, he was influenced as much by his mother.
Newcomer has ideas to make council better

First meeting on race yields plans
        The first Neighbor to Neighbor conversation on race yielded several plans for addressing problems in Cincinnati and its suburbs.

Preacher in jail on drug charges
        BATAVIA TOWNSHIP — A Clermont County minister is charged in an interstate methamphetamine ring.

CLIFF RADEL COLUMN
A Veterans Day view of America
        Veterans Day calculates the cost of freedom by measuring America's boundless generosity. The day honors those who gave their time and, sometimes, their lives to preserve our liberties.

CINCINNATI
CPS language school to open
        Parlez-vous francais? Habla usted el espanol? Perhaps not, but more elementary students in Cincinnati Public Schools will be able to learn to at a new, city-wide French and Spanish school opening next fall.

UC faculty seek more than cash in new contract
        When federal mediator Lou Manchise restarts stalled faculty contract talks at the University of Cincinnati a week from today more than compensation will be on the table.

Blue Ash to add $4.8M fire station
        BLUE ASH — Rapid residential and industrial growth in the northern half of the community has prompted city council to authorize a $4.8 million fire station at Creek and Kenwood roads.

Fairview Heights man shot to death in store
        A 21-year-old Fairview Heights man was shot to death inside an English Woods grocery store Sunday afternoon.

Rumpke cleans up all night
        COLERAIN TOWNSHIP — It's only 6:35 p.m., but it's already dark as Bryant Wilson maneuvers his waste removal truck up the circular road to the Rumpke landfill.

Local Digest
        SYMMES TOWNSHIP — A township man is to be arraigned on charges related to two home invasions and an attempted sexual assault inside two units in his apartment complex.

Good News: Local charity picking up
        Some efforts are being directed toward helping the needy locally while much is still being done to help victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

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

BUTLER COUNTY
Boehner does a balancing act
        WASHINGTON — On the day before Halloween, in a rare public session, House and Senate negotiators met to discuss education reform.

Murder suspect held
        About a month before the five-year anniversary of Sgt. Laura E. Cecere's disappearance, her former husband sits in a Tennessee jail awaiting trial on charges that he murdered her.

Road extension to open Dec. 10
        FAIRFIELD — A long-waited gateway connecting Fairfield's industrial center with Interstate 75 through West Chester Township is expected to open Dec. 10

WARREN COUNTY
Lebanon service to honor fallen heroes, donation efforts
        LEBANON — A memorial service will be held Thursday evening to honor the fallen heroes of the Sept. 11 tragedy and honor the citizens who participated in the city's recent donation drive to support New York rescue workers.

School keeps Bahamas plans
        HAMILTON TWP. — On Sept. 10, parents of Little Miami High School students met with biology teacher Kelly Blanchard to discuss a planned study trip to the Bahamas.

OHIO
Social workers on edge
        COLUMBUS — The death of a child-welfare agency caseworker has made her colleagues realize that they've been thinking the same thing could happen to them.

Study: Ohio has most racist groups
        Ohio leads the Midwest in the number of white-supremacist groups, according to a study by a Chicago-based anti-racism group.

Budget cuts curtail halfway house expansion
        COLUMBUS — The state has shelved plans to expand Ohio's halfway house program by 220 beds because of budget cuts.

KENTUCKY
Campbell rechecking addresses
        NEWPORT — Campbell County wants to make sure the cops can find you. And the rescue squad and the fire department, too.

Auctioneer chant fades into murmur
        CARROLLTON — The photo on the wall at the Growers Tobacco Warehouse shows smiling workers gathered around tobacco bales three years ago, when 13.8 million pounds were sold, the best season ever.

Ky. Baptists' neutrality up for vote
        MURRAY — Kentucky Baptists are expected to cast votes this week that could determine whether it will remain one of the few state conventions that have stayed neutral during ongoing national battles that have dominated Southern Baptist politics.

Scaled-back Kentucky tobacco auctions begin this week
        CARROLLTON — The photo on the wall at the Growers Tobacco Warehouse shows smiling workers gathered around tobacco bales three years ago, when 13.8 million pounds of tobacco were sold, the best season ever.
SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT
Driving drunk, again and again
        Ohio's worst repeat drunken driver sits in jail awaiting trial on his 19th DUI charge after being convicted 18 times. Authorities say he's a prime example of the difficulty in keeping hard-core drinkers off the road.
Laws get tougher on drunken drivers

Gas under $1 coming
        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.

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.

SPECIAL
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?