LOCAL NEWS FOR SATURDAY, MAY 4, 2002
Elder didn't know about teacher's abuse case
        At the same time the Rev. James G. Kiffmeyer was building a reputation as an excellent teacher and Catholic role model at Elder High School, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati quietly settled a complaint of sexual misconduct against the priest. But Elder principal Tom Otten didn't hear of the complaint or the four-figure settlement until Friday — five years later.

3rd-party checks add up in Erpenbeck probe
        CRESTVIEW HILLS — The Erpenbeck Co. used Peoples Bank of Northern Kentucky to redeem $15 million in checks made out to other financial institutions for new home purchases, a Peoples director said Friday.

Lawrenceburg begins bicentennial celebration
        LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. — In 200 years, this Ohio River town has gone from the soggiest floors to the “loosest slots in Indiana.” Floods, gambling and tumult haven't diluted Lawrenceburg's zeal for life on the Ohio. In fact, the town's bicentennial — with the first big event this weekend — has triggered a rebirth of community pride.

Relatives baffled by stabbing
        HAMILTON — Paul Wesley Brown's death certificate says someone stabbed him multiple times. But under “place of injury,” “time of injury” and “location of injury” the document reads: “unknown, unknown, unknown.” The man's family is desperate for answers.

Local Headlines for  Sunday, May 05, 2002

Clinton offers to help city
        NEW YORK — Former president Bill Clinton said Saturday that he would like to come to Cincinnati to help mediate a solution to the city's racial divisions.

Clifton parties turn into 'miniriot'
        UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS — Police used gas and beanbag ammunition to disperse a “miniriot” involving as many as 500 people that flared up early today when a series of beer-soaked Cinqo de Mayo parties along a block of Stratford Avenue got “way out of control.”

Issues, candidates on Tuesday's ballot
        The political parties in Ohio will sort out their candidates for the November elections in Tuesday's May primary.

Auto thefts in city rising at faster pace
        Auto thefts have risen sharply in Cincinnati over the past year, and many of the thieves are young. Among the latest arrested: A 10-year-old boy.

Banker's fall dismays admirers
        CRESTVIEW HILLS — Friends say banker John Finnan would do anything to help or promote his adopted home of Northern Kentucky. He even once walked into a woman's restroom in the State Capitol to chase a female state lawmaker he wanted to lobby on behalf of the Northern Kentucky Convention Center.

BRONSON: When cops are handcuffed, crime takes city hostage
        This is Cincinnati: A perfect spring day at a Reds game, families cracking jokes and peanuts, cheering until the last out, then back on the freeway to big, safe lawns in MiniVanville.

PULFER: Getting on the same page
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SMITH AMOS: Thousands of black voices almost muted
        It almost slipped by us. Ohio's Apportionment Board almost got away with shrinking the African-American vote in a Hamilton County House district, with almost no public notice or community outcry.

Who will oversee police reforms?
        A national search begins this week to find a monitor who will oversee sweeping reforms to Cincinnati's police department, ushering in a new system of police-community relations.

Key dates, provisions in settlement with Cincinnati police
        Who is covered under the settlement? All African-Americans, or anyone perceived as such, who live, work or travel through Cincinnati and who are stopped, detained, or arrested by Cincinnati police and citizens of any race who have been or will be subjected to a use of force by Cincinnati police.

Boycott group won't pare down demands
        The Coalition for a Just Cincinnati has new leadership and won't join other boycott groups in putting its demands on one list.

Marathon honors a city built on piggybacks
        All hail the pig — sniffer of roots, wallower of mud, builder of cities. Today, thousands of Cincinnatians will don their running shoes and pound the pavement for 26.2 miles in the Flying Pig Marathon.

Billy Graham missionaries prepare to share their joy
        With two months left before Greater Cincinnati's biggest religious event in decades, thousands of volunteers are learning how to become better instruments of God's word.

Challenged athletes embrace challenge
        Born with a neural tube defect, 6-year-old Christopher Schade walked in his herky-jerky fashion toward his first swimming competition and took a major spill.

p7 Cincinnati Web site now in Spanish
        Ahora en espanol (now in Spanish): The Partnership for Greater Cincinnati has launched the Spanish version of its Cincinnati USA Web portal.

Great role model for Princeton schools
        EVENDALE — When Don Darby was named Princeton City School District superintendent, he became the district's first African-American leader and only the third black superintendent in Hamilton County history.

Local Digest
        NORTH COLLEGE HILL — An armed bank robber stole an undisclosed amount of money Saturday morning from the Bank One branch in the 1500 block of West Galbraith Road.

Obituary: David Gosling, architect, urban planner
        David Gosling designed buildings in London, gave lectures on urban design in Singapore, and wrote his doctoral thesis on Brazilian architecture while working in Sri Lanka. But thanks to Frank Lloyd Wright, Dr. Gosling decided to make Cincinnati his home. The architect and urban planner died Wednesday at Scarlet Oaks Retirement Community of liver disease. The Clifton resident was 67.

Good News: Single mom gets dream: home
        For Lisa Snorton and her three children, coming from rundown rentals in the ghetto to a comfortable house in the suburbs means a piece of the American dream.

Congrats
        Annie Gill, a sophomore voice major, was named to the first semester dean's list at Indiana University.

Five people hurt in two-car crash
        MONROE- Five people were injured in a two-vehicle collision Saturday along Route 4.

Retail development blooms in suburb
        FAIRFIELD TWP. — Though no improvements are scheduled any time soon for a major artery in this rapidly expanding suburb, retail development isn't waiting.

Warren congressional districts shuffled
        MASON — When Warren County residents go to the polls Tuesday, most will be voting in a different congressional district than they did two years ago.

Crash spurs speedup of light hookup
        MONROE — Work to finish new traffic lights at a busy Butler County intersection accelerated after a serious accident there injured two Monroe High School students April 26.

Education reform input sought
        ERLANGER — Tristate parents and educators will be the first in the nation Monday night to give feedback on how schools will change under President Bush's sweeping education reform act.

'Ky. Cavalcade of Homes' encores
        Fred Burch doesn't need a calendar to tell when it's spring — he knows when he's spending most of his day washing bricks or pouring asphalt. Mr. Burch, owner of Calumet Homes of Union, is one of 24 local builders in the 40th annual Kentucky Cavalcade of Homes that kicked off Saturday at various subdivisions in Northern Kentucky. A total of 38 homes are on display.

UK reviewing window safety after deaths
        LEXINGTON — The deaths of a University of Kentucky student and the brother of another student have prompted the school to review enforcement of its alcohol ban as well as the safety of older windows.

Web site buffer for divorcing
        LOUISVILLE — It's divorce, dot-com style. Mark Stein, who has made a career of mediating divorces and other disputes, is taking his experience to the Internet. The result is an online service that offers parting couples a self-guided cyber split.

Canton mulls $5 license-tag tax to cut deficit
        CANTON — Mayor Richard Watkins wants to add a $5 tax to the cost of a license-plate tag to help plug a $4-million hole in the city's budget.

Kentucky Digest
        LOUISVILLE — A jury will hear Mayor Dave Armstrong's lawsuit against Bee Line Courier Service next month. The June 4 trial will come more than four years after Mr. Armstrong was involved in a car accident that he says caused serious physical problems.

Receding waters leave devastation, little hope
        KEYSTONE, W.Va. — Streams began receding Saturday in ravaged central Appalachia as rescue workers searched for more victims of devastating floods that killed at least six people.

48 revelers arrested at University of Akron
        AKRON — Police arrested 48 people, including 25 students, on various charges during end-of-class celebrations at the University of Akron.

SPECIAL
O H I O ' S   S E C R E T   S H A M E
Abuse, neglect go unpunished
Instead of keeping people healthy and safe, Ohio's mental retardation system is so chaotic it routinely fails to prevent deaths, correct problems or enforce minimum standards of care, The Cincinnati Enquirer has found.
Statewide abuse registry lists no one
Part 1 of the report - Many deaths of mentally retarded avoidable