LOCAL NEWS FOR SUNDAY, APRIL 21, 2002
Police draw guns on blacks
        When no shots are fired, no one keeps track of when or why Cincinnati police draw guns. The Enquirer looked at 39 cases that brought citizen complaints. Almost half the time, cases involved mistaken identity. All but one of these citizens were black.
Complaints about police mostly come from blacks
Innocent kid got rough treatment
The 39 cases

Church, county may go to court
        A judge may soon be forced to put an end to the intensifying battle between prosecutors and Catholic church officials in Cincinnati.

Nursing proposals languish
        COLUMBUS — Some new proposals intended to combat abuse and neglect in homes for the mentally retarded are already on a political scrap heap in the Ohio General Assembly.

Xavier works toward diversity
        For years, four words have commonly been used to describe Xavier University: Catholic. White. Expensive. Basketball. But one year after riots in Cincinnati, a change is taking shape on the Evanston campus of 6,523 students.

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
BRONSON: Pornography victimless? Listen to these horror stories
        Last Monday, I asked a question about child porn: “When I hear people say porn is harmless, I wonder what the children with the lifeless eyes would say?” I've been getting answers all week.

PULFER: Are priests' victims getting any help?
        I wonder where they are now, all those boys molested by priests over the years. In Boston? In Pittsburgh? In Palm Beach? In Cleveland? In Cincinnati?

SMITH AMOS: Troubled school needs to stay open
        Ohio might decide Tuesday whether to close Sabis International School of Cincinnati, a charter school in Mount Auburn that educates 672 economically disadvantaged elementary students.

CINCINNATI - HAMITLON COUNTY
Local NAACP won't join dispute
        Cincinnati's chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will not become a party to the historic racial-profiling lawsuit settlement between the Cincinnati Police Department, the Cincinnati Black United Front and the American Civil Liberties Union.

Unspent county dollars help elderly
        After Sally Westerbeck's weak heart threatened her life, it began threatening her and her husband's way of life.

City Council puts past rancor behind it
        In case no one's noticed, Cincinnati City Council members are happy to point it out: council meetings are half as long and not nearly as rancorous as they used to be.

Democrats oppose unshared park levy
        The Hamilton County Democratic Party executive committee voted overwhelmingly Saturday to oppose the county's parks replacement levy, scheduled to be on ballots May 7.

Ex-Judge Jones joins legal firm
        When he prepared to retire from the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals this year, Judge Nathaniel R. Jones, 75, swore that he was “retiring from the bench, not from life in general.” The man known for promoting civil rights is holding true to his promise.

Local Digest
        A person driving a stolen van avoided road blocks, caused an accident and sped up to 110 mph down Interstate 75 Saturday morning before giving police the slip at the Kentucky boarder.

Proposed bridge protested
        MARIEMONT — About 60 people rallied Saturday at Dogwood Park in Mariemont to protest a proposed highway and bridge they feel would threaten one of Southwest Ohio's most precious natural resources — a horseshoe-bend section of the Little Miami River.

Restaurant owner fed the famous, but everyone was a VIP
        Every summer, when the jazz festival rolled into Cincinnati, Alex Tyler would close his Walnut Hills restaurant, Alexander's, and treat performers to a Saturday morning breakfast.

Students get astronaut experience
        BEVIS — Astronauts eat with Velcro lunch trays and they strap their heads to pillows to sleep in space. Those were just two of the things students at St. John the Baptist School learned about astronauts last week.

Treasures found at police auction
        Rick Vanden Eynden didn't come to the police auction with anything particular in mind. Mostly he came looking for a bargain. And he found it.

Good News: Party honors volunteers
        The 225 volunteers at Mother Margaret Hall Nursing Home, and Eldermount Adult Day Care, 5900 Delhi Road, and the Bayley Place Retirement Community, 990 Bayley Place, Delhi Township, logged a total of 25,346 hours of service last year.

BUTLER COUNTY
Suburban petitioners to appeal development
        LIBERTY TOWNSHIP — After the Ohio Secretary of State's Office Friday scrapped an upcoming referendum to halt two proposed businesses in this rapidly expanding suburb, opponents vowed Saturday to appeal the decision and take it to court, if necessary.

INDIANA
Hidden Valley votes against incorporation
        LAWRENCEBURG — Resisting change, Hidden Valley Lake residents voted 557-350 Saturday against incorporating as a town.

KENTUCKY
Social service center facing vote this week
        COVINGTON — Against a backdrop of last week's city sweep of homeless camps and this week's crucial zoning change hearing, backers of the proposed New Life Learning social services center talk passionately about how the facility will operate. But fighting to win city and public approval for the project, they focus more on describing how the center won't operate.

New Life Center may partner with college
        COVINGTON — The new life offered by the New Life Center isn't just three squares a day — it's the three R's too.

Bumpy flight hurts five Delta passengers
        HEBRON — Five people on a Delta Air Lines flight were taken to a hospital after the jet ran into turbulence Saturday while passing through a thunderstorm on its way from Los Angeles to Cincinnati, an airport spokesman said.

CROWLEY: Maybe Senate will do right
        Monday could be a big day for Northern Kentucky's Senate Republicans in Frankfort. It is a time for redemption, an opportunity to display leadership, a chance for the trio to be for something instead of against everything.

Feds back Industrial Road widening
        ELSMERE — Up to $10 million in federal funds will be spent to widen Industrial Road in Kenton and Boone counties, U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning, R.-Ky., announced Friday.

Ludlow puts health centers into schools
        Ludlow Independent Schools has joined a growing wave of Tristate districts to open a health center to keep kids in classrooms and ensure their parents do not have to miss work.

Thunder Over Louisville star-spangled
        LOUISVILLE — Bursts of red, white and blue filled the night sky as thousands packed the shores of the Ohio River on Saturday for Thunder Over Louisville, one of the largest annual fireworks festivals in the country.

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