Expungements may be difficult
        The vast majority of those convicted of curfew violations during the city's 2001 riots will have trouble getting the charges wiped from their criminal records.
Judges promote options

Dayton ripe for renaissance
        One of Campbell County's poorest cities could be the next Ohio River Riviera, as the developer who shined up Newport's Mansion Hill looks downriver.

UC grads in high spirits
        University of Cincinnati's 2002 spring commencement on Friday had it all: a joke about its hometown rival; a TV game-show host; and a mid-ceremony explosion of beach balls, Silly String and confetti.

Charter school's fate left undecided
        Parents and staff of a Mount Auburn charter school will wait a little longer to learn its fate.

'Enquirer' wins nine first places
        Twenty-four staffers from The Cincinnati Enquirer won awards Friday in the Excellence in Journalism contest sponsored by the Cincinnati chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for work published in 2001.

Local test scores improve
        For the second year in a row, Cincinnati Public Schools' fourth-graders performed better on proficiency tests in all five subject areas.

Man charged after escape, carjacking
        SYCAMORE TWP. — An ex-convict who escaped custody at University Hospital Friday kidnapped a motorist, forced him to drive to his estranged wife's home — then wound up shot in the leg, police said.

Man gets life terms in slayings
        A 25-year-old Carthage man was sentenced to serve two consecutive life sentences in prison Friday for the murders of his wife and their unborn child.

Maruska takes temp job in L.A.
        Ed Maruska, former longtime director of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, is headed for Los Angeles.

Obituary: Clyde Myers, 86, fought in Battle of the Bulge
        CLEVES — Clyde Irl Myers, a World War II Army veteran who was awarded the Bronze Star, died June 1 at Mercy Franciscan-Western Hills Campus. The Cleves resident was 86.

Pair give all to area school
        MOUNT HEALTHY — It was a sight to behold. The two women were multi-colored — covered in stark white, vivid black and ruby red paint.

Tristate A.M. Report
        INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana's House of Representatives approved an increased tax rate for riverboat casinos while ending a $3 tax on each patron and allowing boats to stay docked.

MCNUTT: Neighborhoods
        This is Phillip R. Shriver Week in Oxford, and it's long overdue.

RADEL: The people's parks
        But the wisest perches in the park director's office.

THOMPSON: Faith Matters
        The offertory was just beginning when the cell phone rang.

New LeSourdsville Lake reopens, recalling the old
        MONROE — Memories proved one of the strongest attractions as LeSourdsville Lake Amusement Park — closed since the fall of 1999 — reopened Friday .

Play area design proves to be hard
        WEST CHESTER TOWNSHIP — Students in Becky Sears' math class thought they had a simple assignment: Design a playground they would want to use for the new VanGorden Elementary School.

Sister of rescued missionary thankful, but sad over death
        JAMESTOWN — A Butler County school counselor expressed relief, gratitude and grief Friday after learning her sister survived but her brother-in-law was killed in the Philippines after a yearlong hostage ordeal.

W. Chester event goes to the dogs
        WEST CHESTER TWP. — Pooches can put their best paws forward Sunday at an event that celebrates all things canine.

12 apply for Clean Ohio grants
        The pile of applications measures several inches thick, and they are peppered with what is to be preserved — rare species of orchids and leatherwood; running buffalo clover and Indiana bats; freshwater bivalves, and a variety of birds, such as bobolink and bitterns.

Drug czar: Anti-drug ads too soft, ineffective
        WASHINGTON — Anti-drug messages from pop stars like Mary J. Blige and the Dixie Chicks are fine, but the White House drug czar wants the government to send much stronger warnings to young people about the risks of getting high.

Excavation finds 200-year-old fort
        GREENVILLE, Ohio — Remnants of largest military fort of the old Northwest Territory have been found in a bean field west of here, archaeologists say.

Grad gifts brim with advice
        DELAWARE, Ohio — Getting advice from family and friends after high school graduation can be expected.

Groups voice ideas for Wayne Forest
        The U.S. Forest Service is holding meetings around Ohio to see what people want in a federally mandated update of plans for the management of Wayne National Forest.

New law: Heimlich in lunchroom
        COLUMBUS — Gov. Bob Taft on Friday signed a bill requiring school employees trained in the Heimlich maneuver be present during meal periods.

Plankton lesions mystify scientists
        CLEVELAND — Abnormal lesions are taking a toll on tiny crustaceans that are a key part of the Great Lakes food chain, scientists said.

Homeless camp cleanup defended
        COVINGTON — Three days before a march to protest Covington's treatment of homeless people, Mayor Butch Callery released a health department report defending Covington's recent cleanup of riverfront homeless camps.

County worker missing since Tuesday
        FORT THOMAS — Police are looking for an accountant working for the Campbell County finance office who is missing.

Firms hurt by hall fire get aid
        COVINGTON — Businesses hurt by the May 21 Odd Fellows Hall fire can seek help through a new relief fund.

Kentucky News Briefs
        WILDER — A hitchhiker was struck and killed by a truck Friday evening in front of a Shell station in Wilder.

Locals petition center
        FLORENCE - Not everyone is doing a 360-degree flip over Florence's proposed new aquatic center and skate park.

River authority to seek funding to fix locks
        EBENEZER, Ky. — After getting complaints from boaters who can't access long sections of the waterway, the Kentucky River Authority plans to ask the General Assembly for millions of dollars to fix several locks.

Town welcomes mobile homes; even city hall is in one
        COAL RUN, Ky. — Dorothy Hall likes the view from her mobile home.

Wal-Mart must pay pair $40K
        LOUISVILLE — The state's human rights commission ordered Wal-Mart to pay $40,000 to two people who claimed the discount chain fired them because they were an interracial couple.

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