LOCAL NEWS FOR THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 2002
Officer Roach off streets
        Controversial officer Stephen Roach was pulled from street patrols and placed on administrative duties Wednesday until he can clear his name.
Chronology of Evendale's hiring of Stephen Roach

Attack casts pall on seder
        For students attending Passover seder at Hillel House on the University of Cincinnati's campus Wednesday, pain outweighed joy as they learned of the suicide bombing in Israel.
Suicide bombing kills 20 Israelis

Changes for police outlined in draft
        A secret draft settlement between the U.S. Department of Justice and the city of Cincinnati would make sweeping changes in the way the Cincinnati Police Department deals with foot pursuits, choke holds and mentally ill suspects.
Differences in Justice, Cincinnati police drafts

Courts act after fatal domestic stabbing
        Boone County courts acted on Tuesdayto change their procedures on domestic violence cases after a woman who had sought legal protection was stabbed to death Monday in Cincinnati.

Aquarium afloat 3 years
        Aquariums in Denver and Newport are both three years old but most of the similarities end there.

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 Deer Park-Silverton.

Special Section

IN THE TRISTATE
Vigil to press suit on racial profiling
        As negotiators walk into Cincinnati's federal courthouse today, they'll have a visible reminder of all that's at stake in the effort to settle the racial profiling lawsuit filed against the city.

Dorothy DeLay is survived by legacy
        Dorothy DeLay, one of the most influential violin teachers of the 20th century, died Sunday at her home in Upper Nyack, N.Y.

Good Friday takes new tone
        A year ago, public events commemorating Good Friday were curtailed by the citywide curfew in Cincinnati following riots and racial unrest.

Greenhills mom relieved son is home
        No one was more relieved than Barbara Kent when she saw the television pictures of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt pulling into Norfolk Naval Station Wednesday morning.

Luken vetoes housing study
        Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken wielded his first-ever veto Wednesday, rejecting an ordinance to spend $65,890 on a housing study that critics called wasteful.

New zoning code would reflect city's changes
        The last time Cincinnati's zoning code was completely rewritten, drive-through restaurants were rare, cell-phone towers didn't exist and one-car garages were standard.

Officials studying files on priests
        Prosecutors opened an investigation Wednesday into sexual-abuse allegations against Cincinnati priests.

Preschoolers explore artwork
        COLERAIN TOWNSHIP — Preschoolers at Taylor Elementary School learned to separate the sheep from the goats Wednesday as part of “Galleries on the Go,” an outreach program from the Taft Museum of Art.

Tristate A.M. Report
        Things may be tough at many workplaces, but 2,955 employees of St. Elizabeth Medical Center, which includes facilities in Covington, Edgewood and Grant County, Ky., collected bonus checks Wednesday averaging $1,089 each.

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
HOWARD: Some Good News
        Marge Schott, former owner of the Cincinnati Reds, will be given a Lifetime Achievement Award during the Miss Cincinnati Pageant at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Hughes Center, 2515 Clifton Ave., University Heights.

PULFER: Sex abuse
        Forgive me, Father, but I am having unkind thoughts.

RADEL: Readers respond
        Bunny Peters always wanted to learn more about her mom's career as a dancer.

BUTLER, WARREN, CLERMONT
Chief's past case news to council
        SPRINGBORO — City Council members didn't know until after they hired their new police chief that the Michigan man was accused of illegally wiretapping an officer he supervised in Battle Creek.

Lakota response to criticism quiet
        WEST CHESTER TWP. — The leader of Lakota Schools says discussions on how to respond to an NAACP letter critical of the district's racial climate are best done in private.

Mason won't add lanes to U.S. 42
        MASON — The road to easing downtown traffic congestion just took a U-turn, as City Council has decided to shelve a controversial plan to improve traffic flow.

Sexual predator faces new charge
        UNION TOWNSHIP — A convicted sexual predator, whose move to a Clermont County neighborhood sparked a campaign to change state law, has been charged with soliciting sex from a teen-age clerk at a grocery store.

Suspect describes girl's fatal beating
        HAMILTON — Tiana Centers cried as she and a Butler County jury listened Wednesday to her boyfriend describe in a videotaped statement to police how he beat her 3-year-old daughter to death.

OHIO
Man guilty in death of trooper
        COLUMBUS — A judge on Wednesday convicted a man of driving drunk and hitting and killing a State Highway Patrol officer in November.

Ohio ordered to revise inmate-transfer rules
        AKRON — A federal judge ordered state officials to draft new rules within one month on sending inmates to its super-maximum security prison.

Ravens told to pay up
        COLUMBUS — The Ohio Supreme Court has ordered the Baltimore Ravens to pay a $50,000 fine on behalf of five players who said the team failed to pay them workers' comp benefits when it was still in Cleveland.

Rehab center found 'out of control'
        TOLEDO — A drug-rehabilitation center for felons is out of control, according to an investigation that found a guard had sex with a prisoner and the director tried to date a former inmate.

KENTUCKY
A tale of two cities likely to stay that way
        CRESCENT SPRINGS — The prospect of merging Crescent Springs and Villa Hills has come up at least three times in the past two decades.

Judge Bunning takes bench
        COVINGTON — With a hand on the Bible and his family at his side, Fort Thomas resident David Bunning was ceremonially sworn in Wednesday as Kentucky's newest federal judge.

Ky. offers tax-free tuition plan
        April 15 is the deadline to enroll in Kentucky's Affordable Prepaid Tuition, or KAPT, program.

Ragland guilty of killing UK player
        LEXINGTON — Jurors convicted Shane Ragland of murder Wednesday in the 1994 sniper-style slaying of a University of Kentucky football player, then recommended a sentence of 30 years. The crime had gone without an arrest for more than five years.

Senate vote on cloning reverses
        FRANKFORT — A bill to ban human cloning gained new life Wednesday when a Senate committee, in an about-face, approved the measure. Opponents said it would stifle medical research.

Wal-Mart store debated among local residents
        FORT WRIGHT — Stephanie Redman of Fort Wright said a scaled-down Wal-Mart store would make traffic congestion worse, but Mike Works of neighboring Fort Mitchell said it would fatten coffers in both Kenton County cities.

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

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