LOCAL NEWS FOR MONDAY, MARCH 25, 2002
Messages address abuse by priests
        As Catholics gathered Sunday for the beginning of Holy Week, the most solemn observation of the Christian calendar, priests nationwide addressed the sexual abuse scandal that has shaken the church and tainted some top leaders.

Campus binge drinking unabated
        There were as many binge drinkers on the nation's college campuses last year as there were nearly a decade ago, despite student behavior changes that researchers thought would drive down alcohol use.

MS research just part of UC effort
        A $5 million gift to launch a multiple sclerosis center is but a first step in what University of Cincinnati officials describe as a much larger effort to expand brain-related research and treatment in Cincinnati.

PETER BRONSON COLUMN
Bicker for 10 years, then panic
        Cincinnati is getting a reputation as the Barney Fife of Ohio: one bullet, in the foot. At least that's how it looks from Columbus.

CINCINNATI & HAMILTON COUNTY
Death case tests juvenile provision
        A 14-year-old girl accused of killing her father could become Hamilton County's first true test of a new state law authorizing tougher sentences for juveniles.

5 city parks in middle of budget battle
        A budget dispute between Cincinnati City Council and the city's park board could result in the closing of five nature centers.

Ceiling clock looms large
        LEXINGTON — The world's largest ceiling clock is a Cincinnatian by birth, but lives in Kentucky. Cast and produced by the Verdin Co. in the East End, the 40-foot-wide steel and Plexiglas clock is installed five open stories up in the rotunda of Lexington's Central Library.

Cincinnati doctor relieves pain from the bowlegged
        Dr. Frank Noyes of Cincinnati Sports Medicine is developing a national reputation for correcting bowleggedness as a way to prevent knee joint damage and total knee replacements.

Historic church plans expansion
        WYOMING — A $4.5 million expansion is planned for the historic Presbyterian Church of Wyoming on Wyoming Avenue.

Local Digest
        Retired journalist Anthony Lewis, who won Pulitzer Prizes in 1955 and 1963, will give the 2002 Theodore M. Berry Distinguished Lecture on Public Policy and Human Rights on April 18.

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

Good News: Students read to youngsters
        Children at Memorial's Child Care Center , 1607 Mansfield St., Mount Auburn, and Future Environment Child Development Center, 123 Nixon St., Corryville, received a special treat from freshmen students at McAuley High School this week.

BUTLER COUNTY
Old water main threatens region's growth
        HAMILTON — The primary water main serving about 100,000 people in southeastern Butler County is showing its age.

Legalities might stop referendum
        LIBERTY TWP — A referendum to halt two proposed businesses from rising in this fast-growing township might be scrapped because of legal technicalities.

WARREN COUNTY
Landscapers prepare for season
        MASON — Bob Seyfried developed a green thumb at age 13, working for florists and at greenhouses. He's been at it ever since.

CLERMONT COUNTY
Volunteer trash pickers wanted at East Fork
        BATAVIA — If the weather is nice, more than 200 volunteers — about half of them in canoes — are expected to help clean a 12-mile stretch of the East Fork of the Little Miami River in Clermont County on April 6.

KENTUCKY
NKU announces honor recipients
        HIGHLAND HEIGHTS — Dedication to the fine arts, community well-being and higher education opportunity will be honored with the 2002 Northern Kentucky University Lincoln Awards.

Landfill may recover gas
        WALTON — Methane gas — flammable and stinky — has a negative reputation. But, increasingly the gas created by decomposing garbage is being seen as a positive byproduct of solid waste disposal and Northern Kentucky could benefit.

Bill gives casinos upper hand
        FRANKFORT, Ky. — It's called float. It's what Indiana riverboats do on the Ohio River and Lake Michigan; and what the state of Indiana doesn't let the riverboats do with its money.l But it's what Kentucky legislators would allow proposed slot machine casinos do with this state's money.

Body found in car of candidate for sheriff
        HARLAN, Ky. — Police found the charred remains of a body inside the car of a Harlan County sheriff's candidate who has been missing since Friday.

Trial resumes in death of UK athlete
        LEXINGTON, Ky. — Four dozen prosecution witnesses have tried to show jurors deciding Shane Ragland's fate that he had the motive, means and opportunity to kill University of Kentucky football player Trent DiGiuro.

WEEKEND HEADLINES
O H I O ' S   S E C R E T   S H A M E
Abuse, neglect go unpunished
In Part 2 of this report, The Cincinnati Enquirer found caregivers accused of hurting the mentally retarded are rarely prosecuted -- sometimes they're paid to leave.
Statewide abuse registry lists no one
Part 1 of the report - Many deaths of mentally retarded avoidable

Church faces historic inquiry
        Prosecutors will begin an unprecedented investigation this week into allegations of sexual abuse by priests in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

Boycott's list adds new star
        Actress Whoopi Goldberg has canceled her sold-out June 12 engagement at the Aronoff Center for the Arts in support of the boycott of Cincinnati.
Text of letter to Whoopi Goldberg