LOCAL NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2002
CAN co-chair has no doubt of success
        Ross Love can't remember when he's ever failed. But it's unclear if his success will include Cincinnati CAN, the race relations panel formed by Mayor Charlie Luken.

Jazz fest's run interrupted
        With no corporate sponsor, headliner cancellations and slumping ticket sales, the Jazz Festival, Cincinnati's largest and longest-running annual concert will be cancelled this year.

Couple fight to share name
        A Hamilton couple shares a house, parenting and commitment. But, so far, the courts have said the lesbian women can't share a last name.

ACLU adds Y-E-S to deal
        The word “tentative” no longer applies to the settlement deal in the racial profiling lawsuit against the city of Cincinnati.

IN THE TRISTATE
Appeals court to rule on ban of concealed weapons
        Appeals court judges will announce their decision today on whether an Ohio law banning concealed weapons is unconstitutional.

Drug money turned to good use
        Money and property seized in drug arrests is providing $40,000 in scholarships for 160 students to attend a drug prevention conference that begins today in Cincinnati.

Man found slain on Roselawn street
        Death followed Roselawn resident Earnesto Shearer like a villainous spirit Tuesday.

Man to plead insanity in street sweeper theft
        A 24-year-old man accused of trying to cross into Canada in a stolen street sweeper plans to plead not guilty by reason of insanity.

Moldy ceiling causes kids to pack food
        NORWOOD — Holy Trinity School students began packing their lunches this week after school officials closed the cafeteria because of a mold problem in the parish hall's ceilings.

New fire chief is promoted from ranks
        MASON — The city stayed within its ranks for a new fire chief, after a tumultuous four years for the department that saw three chiefs come and go.

Personal info on Web site weighed
        Rep. Steve Driehaus wants to limit the amount of information on the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts Web page.

Police see insult in demonstration at their memorial
        A demonstration Sunday by African-American activists at a memorial to fallen police officers has provided the first test of police-community relations since a groundbreaking settlement last week.

Princeton play gets good marks
        Students and teachers from 11 Tristate high schools recently formed the Midwest's first chapter of Cappies — Critics and Awards Program — a 2-year-old Virginia-based organization through which high school students review theatrical productions of member schools.

Schools discipline blacks more often
        Black students received a higher rate of disciplinary actions than their white counterparts last school year in many Ohio school districts.

Skateboarders gain city support
        LOVELAND — A group of residents eager to see a skate park built in this city is starting to get the support they've sought since last summer.

Square's uses mulled
        Cincinnati City Council's latest attempt to legislate permits on Fountain Square could open the city to another First Amendment lawsuit, said a lawyer for the Ku Klux Klan.

Students going silent to support gays
        Thousands of students in schools across the nation have pledged a day of silence today to protest what they perceive as the silencing of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in schools across the country.

Taxpayers may get reminder county skimps on city parks
        Cincinnati City Council, already in a fight with its own park board over $250,000 in park budget cuts, now seems intent on picking a battle with the Hamilton County Park District.

Teacher shortage may grow
        COVINGTON — New, tougher guidelines for hiring teachers paid with federal dollars might worsen the teacher shortage, especially in urban districts such as Covington, where 835 students need special education, educators say.

Tristate A.M. Report
        HAMILTON — A Butler County jury could begin deliberating today in the case of a Middletown man accused of causing serious brain injury to his fiancee's young son.

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
BRONSON: Free pass
        While the rest of Cincinnati is dancing on the tables over a settlement that will collaborate us into a new era of peace, love and racial harmony, I feel like the wet blanket who tells everyone the keg is empty and the neighbors are dialing 911.

HOWARD: Some Good News
        If you see a bag around your house labeled “Food and Clothing Drive,” don't toss it in the trash. Fill it with clothes or food and leave it to be picked up Sunday from 1-4 p.m. during the annual Scouting for Food and Clothing Drive.

BUTLER, WARREN, CLERMONT
Bodies of area soldiers come home
        FRANKLIN — More than a month after they died in a helicopter crash in the Philippines while fighting the war on terrorism, the bodies of two local soldiers have been recovered and returned to the United States.

Few turn out for car tax hearing
        SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP — A proposed $5 yearly tax on vehicles in the township drew little interest at a public hearing on Tuesday.

Kids' brains put to test
        FAIRFIELD — Last fall a seven-member Destination ImagiNation team of Fairfield teens was given a problem to solve: Design and build a vehicle that moves three objects of varying sizes around a game board.

Organizers set cultural celebration
        HAMILTON — Organizers expect to triple the turnout at the second Multicultural Celebration in Hamilton, set for April 27.

Planning method OK'd
        LEBANON — An effort to create a vision for Warren County's future culminated Tuesday in a decision to develop a strategic plan and move forward on nine other issues.

Suburban Insider
        This year's 3rd Congressional District race is shaping up as the area's noisiest since 1998, when Roxanne Qualls took on Steve Chabot in the 1st and Nancy Hollister took on Ted Strickland in the 6th (both unsuccessfully).

Tire explosion critically injures Batavia trucker
        FAIRFIELD — A Batavia man was critically injured Tuesday when a truck tire exploded in his face as he filled it with air inside a small trucking company.

KENTUCKY
Candidate's loyalty challenged
        VILLA HILLS — Republican county commissioner candidate Michael Plummer is being questioned about his loyalty to the GOP and the veracity of comments he has made about when he joined the party.

Charges won't be pursued in groin shooting
        COVINGTON — Prosecutors will not refile charges against Jaymie Hutchins, the 40-year-old Covington mother who shot in the groin a man accused of child molestation.

Charity pulls plug on one of oldest bingo games
        COVINGTON — One of Northern Kentucky's oldest charitable bingos has ended.

Covington hears pleas for spending
        COVINGTON — Most of Tuesday's City Commission meeting was devoted to a public hearing on funding that takes effect when the 2002-03 fiscal year begins July 1.

Guitars part of campaign
        NEWPORT — A Newport music store owner is composing a grass-roots campaign called “Buy Newport” to improve business and possibly build a new business association.

Kentucky News Briefs
        NEWPORT - Police arrested two men and cited a third after breaking up a fight involving a crowd of about 100 people shortly before 8 p.m. Monday in the 400 block of West Sixth Street.

Middle school band director resigns
        HIGHLAND HEIGHTS — The band director at Woodland Middle School resigned Tuesday after he was accused of exposing himself to college women while dressed in drag.

Two N.Ky. cities cool on notion of merging
        CRESCENT SPRINGS — City Council here has decided there's not enough interest to pursue a merger with Villa Hills.

SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT
Violence up, arrests down
Cincinnati police are making fewer arrests and writing fewer traffic tickets, indicating that a work slowdown after last April's riots continues.
Meetings produced results
As Cincinnati marks one year since the riots, more than 2,100 people from nearly every Tristate neighborhood have broken a polite silence to engage in difficult talk on race.

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