LOCAL NEWS FOR FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2002
Council ready to OK settlement
        Cincinnati City Council will have enough votes today to approve a settlement in a racial profiling lawsuit that city leaders describe as a watershed in race relations, council members said.
To boycotters, settlement satisfies few demands
Officers voting on proposed settlement
Adding up the costs of police settlement

No. 3, and not very happy about it
        A.J. Kuntz has taken every honors and Advanced Placement class offered at Lemon-Monroe High School and aced every one. But he's not his school's valedictorian.

A shot fired, an 11-year-old is dead
        A .410 shotgun fired. The pellets struck Travis Payne, 11, in the chest, right over his heart. Five minutes later, the sixth-grader was dead.

It's hectic, but he's focused
        Mid-life teacher Richard Dube is approaching the end of his first year in the classroom, but he's hardly coasting to the finish line.

IN THE TRISTATE
Evendale residents speak out on Roach
        EVENDALE — Hundreds of residents showed up at the Village Council meeting Thursday night to voice their opinion on a subject that wasn't even on the agenda.

Tristate A.M. Report
        Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Ann Marie Tracey on Thursday upheld a decision awarding the family of murder victim Dawn Flick $3 million in their wrongful death lawsuit.

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
BRONSON: Railroad job
        Pardon me for raining on the rose petals and confetti, but City Hall's racial-profiling settlement is a few tubas short of a parade.

HOWARD: Some Good News
        Nearly a year ago, the city was torn apart with riots and charges of racism.

SMITH AMOS: A hostile world
        Inside the West End YMCA, a couple dozen young children and teens put on a talent show Wednesday evening for two dozen adults and family members.

BUTLER, WARREN, CLERMONT
Future of Miller plant questioned
        TRENTON — Reports that Miller Brewing Co. might be sold raised questions about the future of its plant near Trenton.

Halfway house built in Warren
        TURTLECREEK TWP. — Warren County will become a temporary home in fall to 72 felons who are released from prison or sentenced by county judges.

Miami returns to campus-wide commencement
        OXFORD — For the first time since the 1980s, Miami University graduates will hear a celebrity speaker at this spring's commencement ceremony.

Police: He wanted 'dirty' housekeeper
        MONROE — A man here wanted a housekeeper who was willing to be a little dirty, police say.

Warren urged to help land hospital
        LEBANON — Several mayors Thursday urged the Warren County commissioners to do whatever is needed to bring Middletown Regional Hospital to the county in a wide-ranging meeting that brought out 150 residents and government, business and hospital leaders.

OHIO
Priest found dead following abuse charge
        CLEVELAND — A Roman Catholic priest facing a newly disclosed allegation of child sex abuse from 1980 was found dead of an apparent suicide Thursday, the Diocese of Cleveland said.

Taft chips away at $1.2B deficit
        COLUMBUS — Faced with a $1.25 billion budget deficit, Gov. Bob Taft offered a plan Thursday that covers $500 million now and leaves the rest for later.

KENTUCKY
Dinosaur left prints at Hazard
        LEXINGTON — A fossil hunter has unearthed dinosaur footprints in Perry County that are about 300 million years old.

Levee developer anxious for Ky. to give rebate extension
        Political wrangling in Frankfort is jeopardizing efforts to complete the Newport on the Levee complex.

Militia leader ends 3 weeks as fugitive
        LEXINGTON — The fugitive commander of the Kentucky State Militia surrendered to police Thursday morning after nearly three weeks in hiding.

Ragland lawyers say he deserves new trial
        LEXINGTON — Attorneys for convicted killer Shane Ragland claim there were 21 legal errors in their client's trial for the sniper-style shooting of University of Kentucky football player Trent DiGiuro and they have asked for a new trial.

SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT
Boycott could go on and on
        People on both sides of Cincinnati's boycott issue are starting to ask: When will it all end?

Lemmie believes in openness
        Valerie Lemmie, who starts work as city manager Tuesday, believes in openness: an open, transparent city government and opening her arms to hug city employees.

Sermons focus on past year
        Resurrection. Life anew. After a year of racial conflict, church scandal, boycotts, and terrorist attacks, that theme has special resonance.

Mideast violence hits home
        The Mideast conflict is on Tristaters' radar screens — not just because of this week's escalation of violence, but because Sept. 11 proved this centuries-old dispute is everyone's problem.

SPECIAL
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