LOCAL NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2001
Coroner facing new controversy
        The stroke that killed Bertha Pruitt was a mystery until a doctor at the Hamilton County Coroner's Office performed an autopsy of the 77-year-old woman's brain.

Officers see need for change in attitudes
        They feel insulted, angry, frustrated and think the public often doesn't understand what they do.

Fire destroys apartments
        An early morning fire Wednesday finished off an already-damaged and abandoned apartment building near Findlay Market in downtown Cincinnati.

Working poor seeking food aid climbs
        Fewer welfare recipients — but more working poor and their children — are seeking food assistance locally and across the United States, a national study released today reports.

IN THE TRISTATE
Groups list demands in wake of acquittals
        Frustrated by recent events — including acquittal of two Cincinnati police officers accused of assaulting a black man who died while in custody — a coalition of community groups Tuesday issued demands they say are necessary to bring justice to Cincinnati.

Sign-up still means get up
        Yes, parents waited outside schools for hours Tuesday to enroll their children in Cincinnati Public Schools' specialty programs.

ADD? Call it a gift
        ANDERSON TOWNSHIP — When Judy Gerwe was a high school student in Latonia in the 1950s, teachers told her she would never amount to anything.

Clean-air efforts in area rated weak
        Cincinnati has received a failing grade for its efforts to clear the air by spending money for public transportation.

General: 'So far, so good'
        Any expectation the U.S. government had that the Northern Alliance would hold off on seizing Kabul until a broad-based Afghan government was formed was wishful thinking, according to a retired Marine general from Florence.

Last tainted soil removed at Fernald
        The government said Tuesday the last of 400,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil and debris has been removed from the Fernald plant, the former uranium processing plant in Crosby Township.

Tristate A.M. Report
        To help students, faculty and staff find extra meaning after the terror of Sept. 11 and before Thanksgiving, the Hillel Jewish Student Center is asking campus communities to join its 4651 Acts of Kindness program.

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
HOWARD: Some Good News
        A group of Tristate citizens has organized a 5K run/walk Saturday to benefit the New York Firefighters 9-11 Disaster Relief Fund and the New York State Fraternal Order of Police Fund.

RADEL: Forward, march
        The Bengals lost the Battle of the Bands to three scrawny Hamilton County commissioners.

SAMPLES: Cigarette wars
        On my desk are two books about smoking. One is called Cigarettes are Sublime. The other is Smoking: Risk, Perception & Policy.

BUTLER, WARREN, CLERMONT
Board ponders action on anonymous mailing
        LEBANON — The Warren County Board of Elections plans to decide at its meeting nextTuesday whether to pursue an anonymous mailing sent to Lebanon residents, along with several other allegations of election-law violations during an ugly City Council race here.

Fiber-optic work begins
        HAMILTON — Cincinnati Bell has begun to install a high-speed fiber-optics system in Butler County that will run for more than 100 miles and will form the foundation for the county's drive to attract high-tech businesses.

Lebanon leaves Main Street vote for new council
        LEBANON — Final approval to rebuild one of the city's main arteries, a project delayed repeatedly for three decades, has been put on hold for another month.

Pierce firefighters to serve Ohio Twp.
        PIERCE TOWNSHIP — Pierce Township will begin providing fire protection and emergency medical services to Ohio Township residents beginning the first of the year.

Utility-pole fight waning
        WEST CHESTER TWP. — A partial agreement has been reached in a utility-pole dispute, allowing widening of Cox Road to proceed.

OHIO
DeWine proposes tough law on anthrax hoaxes
        WASHINGTON — Copycats, crackpots or office cutups who fake anthrax scares or other acts of terror would be charged with a new federal crime under legislation proposed in the Senate.

Ohio's graduation rate 15th in nation; Kentucky ranks 36th
        Ohio ranked 15th in the nation for the percentage of high schoolers who received a diploma in 1998, not counting people with GEDs and other alternative graduation certificates, according to a study released Tuesday by a conservative think tank.

Senate GOP leaders propose cutting budget up to $830M
        COLUMBUS — Senate Republicans on Tuesday announced a plan to balance a $1.5 billion budget deficit that includes more cuts to state agencies. House Republicans and Gov. Bob Taft both said they opposed the plan.

State official wants Olympics spending accounted for
        The director of the Ohio Department of Development, which gave Cincinnati 2012 a $250,000 grant this year to further its effort toward hosting the Olympics, said his office willask for an audit of the expenses claimed against the grant to make sure they are allowable.

KENTUCKY
Covington asks state to pay for 12th St. development plan
        COVINGTON — City Commission asked the state Transportation Cabinet on Tuesday to pay for a development plan for a six-block area of 12th Street east of Interstate 75.

Covington schools link up with NAACP
        COVINGTON — The Northern Kentucky chapter of the NAACP and the Covington Independent School District are creating partnerships at three schools.

Covington's gun deaths at '00 total
        COVINGTON — Two fatal shootings Monday brought the total of the city's recorded homicides for 2001 up to three, matching last year's total.

Deputy killed, 2 others wounded in shootout
        NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. — A deputy was killed and two others wounded in a shootout while serving a warrant Tuesday. The assailant was killed by the deputies in the exchange of gunfire, police said.

Kenton Co. Democrat may face 1st opponent in 24 years
        COVINGTON — In the 24 years Democrat Mark Vogt has served as Kenton County Property Valuation Administrator he has never faced a political opponent in an election. But that could change next year.

Kids' art shows pride
        COVINGTON — Kenton County's bad check fees will soon be put to patriotic use, funding the Kenton County “Why I Love America” calendar contest.

Newport loosens up liquor laws
        NEWPORT — Liquor will flow a little freer in some instances, and development plans will continue to buzz on the Newport riverfront.

Plea deal in kidnap case
        TRENTON, N.J. — A New Jersey man is expected to plead guilty today to a federal kidnapping charge and avoid the death penalty by admitting his role in the April 2000 abduction and strangulation of a British computer consultant, his lawyer said Tuesday.

State expands Big Bone park
        BIG BONE — The site of a former southern Boone County trailer park shut down this year because of health hazards will be converted into park space by the state of Kentucky.

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.

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