LOCAL NEWS FOR MONDAY, JANUARY 28, 2002
How to unclog I-75? Experts seek answers
        As area transportation officials begin wrestling with how to improve congestion along Interstate 75, one huge problem looms: How should they handle the increased number of big trucks using the highway in the area?
I-75 meeting schedule

Blind girl's teacher wins inclusion award
        Erin English felt uncomfortable around blind people until she met Emily Pennington. When Mercer Elementary's assistant principal asked first-grade teachers who wanted to teach little Emily, it was Mrs. English who volunteered.

Teacher killed in wreck was 'inspiration' to school
        MILFORD TOWNSHIP — The morning she died, Talawanda High School teacher Sarah Oberhauser was on her way to a volunteer seminar to train students for work.

Conversations on race
        Small neighborhood groups are talking openly about race issues, in hopes of arriving at actions that will make a difference. Today, the conversation from Loveland.

Special Section

CLIFF RADEL COLUMN
Dog license increase has owners yelping
        Be careful when you open your voicemail. A dog owner's bark can hurt more than Rover's bite.

CINCINNATI - HAMILTON COUNTY
School projects help revitalize neighborhood
        The $3.1 million DeSales Crossings Center, dedicated Sunday in East Walnut Hills, stands as yet another sign of a neighborhood that's reinventing itself.

Store closing marks end of era
        WESTWOOD — The closing of the original location of Hader Hardware ended an era of personal service and shopping convenience that's hard to find at the national chains and superstores, according to longtime patrons.

To track sewage, county goes high-tech
        Susan Moisio is trying to control a 3,000-mile river running underneath Hamilton County by tracking its ebbs and flows on a computer screen.

Writers to talk about race in series at UC
        The University of Cincinnati's Department of English invites the public to its series called “Ropes,” featuring prominent writers who lecture and participate in public dialogues.

Dayton man charged with bank robbery
        EVENDALE — A 42-year-old Dayton, Ohio, man was arrested Sunday and charged with the Friday robbery of the Firstar Bank on Reading Road.

Local Digest
        Reports of gunfire sent Cincinnati police swarming to a Bond Hill apartment Sunday. But it was two residents of the apartment rather than the alleged shooters who wound up arrested.

Officer, motorist hurt in collision
        A two-vehicle crash in Crosby Township on Sunday injured a Hamilton County deputy and an Addyston woman and closed State Route 128 for about an hour.

Good News: Grants to reopen clinic
        Several federal and state grants, totaling $430,000 will enable the Lincoln Heights HealthCare Connection to reopen Feb. 4 after being closed three years because of budget cuts.

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

Congrats
        The following have been named to the fall quarter dean's list at Ohio Northern University in Ada:

BUTLER COUNTY
Highway extension in peril
        HAMILTON — With state and local funding in doubt, problems keep mounting for the proposed $90 million Ohio 63 extension.

Fairfield poised to buy property
        FAIRFIELD — City Council is expected to approve paying more than $760,000 tonight to buy land in the new downtown Village Green area before developers snap it up.

Kids send hearts to seniors
        WEST CHESTER — The Lakota School District has teamed up with the Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio on a Valentine's Day project that will bring student cards to thousands of senior citizens in Greater Cincinnati.

New recreation fields welcomed in Fairfield
        FAIRFIELD — A $4 million recreational park instead of a commercial one may be the next development to rise on 1,000 acres of farmland recently opened by a new gateway to Interstate 75.

KENTUCKY
Hyundai courtship long-term
        FRANKFORT — Kentucky's courtship of Hyundai started last spring during a dinner Gov. Paul Patton had in Japan with the company's executives.

Agencies offer tax assistance for Hispanics
        COVINGTON — They worked. They paid taxes. Now Uncle Sam might owe them a refund, but some language and cultural barriers stand in the way.

City applying for sidewalk funds
        FLORENCE — City officials want to make the walk along Ky. 18 over I-75 less of a hazardous adventure and more of a pleasant stroll with the addition of about 2,600 feet of sidewalk.

SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT
Beanbag shooting still unresolved
        An Enquirer and WCPO-TV investigation reveals why the Justice Department dropped an investigation of eight police officers who fired beanbag rounds at protesters on the day of Timothy Thomas' funeral, injuring two children.
Few officers prosecuted

Flashing case revives call for castration
        A Cincinnati man allegedly caught on video stalking girls at a department store and exposing himself should be "locked up as long as possible ... and chemical castration should be an option," Hamilton County Prosecutor Mike Allen said.

One year after fire, city block still empty
        GEORGETOWN, Ohio — - Three of the four historic buildings that burned on South Main are gone. The fourth sits heavily damaged in Brown County's government seat. The fire has left a hole — literally and figuratively — in one of Southwest Ohio's most picturesque villages.

SPECIAL
Year in Cincinnati: Riots, trials, national scrutiny
        This would have been a dramatic year for Cincinnati and the Tristate even if the last page of the calendar had been turned on Sept. 10.
Cincinnati's unrest: A look at a divisive year
A special section examines the racial unrest of the past year and the many lives it touched.