LOCAL NEWS FOR MONDAY, JULY 8, 2002
Schools compete to find harmony
        GOSHEN TOWNSHIP — In less than 60 days, a Greater Cincinnati racial diversity initiative will be wrapped around a Friday night high school football game.

Judge takes on Erpenbeck scandal
        BURLINGTON — Boone County Circuit Court Judge Joseph “Jay” Bamberger is the busiest judge in Kentucky, handling almost 1,600 cases a year.

Protecting their names, budgets
        Colleges and universities are fighting harder than ever to protect their good names, not to mention their colorful logos and snarling, cartoon-character mascots.

ENQUIRER PERSPECTIVES
BRONSON: What if?
        Those FBI warnings about terrorism on July Fourth did not worry me. As soon as I heard the target was large gatherings where Americans are celebrating positive things about our country, I figured that pretty much eliminated Cincinnati.

HOWARD: Some good news
        The Friars Club Warriors basketball team, made up of third-graders from around the city, is the second best AAU team in the nation.

You Asked For It
        ANSWER: Cincinnati Traffic Engineer Steve Bailey said the signal at Brewster Avenue, Montgomery Road and I-71 is set to turn red for the right turn onto I-71 only when there are pedestrians in the crosswalks or when traffic exits Brewster. During these times right turns from Montgomery Road are not safe.

TOP LOCAL HEADLINES
More kick coming soon to beers in Ohio
        COLUMBUS — Ohio's selection of beers is about to get better — and stronger.

Celebrating 100 years of flight
        DAYTON, Ohio — In an office not far from the Wright Brothers' bicycle shop on the west side of town, a group of marketers plans what it hopes will be the biggest air show that Ohio has ever known.

Late-night entertainment
        NORTH COLLEGE HILL — The clock on the wall shows 12:15 a.m. on a weeknight as Donald Bush,32, and his 9-year-old son, Donald Bush III, face off in a friendly game of pool.

Townships, city reject grants
        Rather than allow unwanted low-income housing in their communities, officials in three townships and one city have opted not to participate in the Hamilton County Community Block Grant program.

ALSO IN METRO NEWS
Cincinnati eyesore getting new life
        A building where Henry Ford's car company once manufactured Model T's exists today as a vacant, windowless hulk visible daily to thousands of people who drive by on Interstate 71.

Coaching parents don't have it easy
        Nearly everyone in the youth baseball world has a tale to tell about the coach's son who received special treatment. While fathers coaching sons is a rarity in the major leagues, it's commonplace in kids' leagues.

County takes sod into own hands
        Hamilton County has entered the grass farming business. The fruits of the county's newest labor will be realized next year with a lush green playing field at Paul Brown Stadium — all season long.

Fairfield hosts rat-a-tat contest
        FAIRFIELD — Seven of the nation's top drum and bugle corps will bring their rat-a-tat-tat music to the Fairfield Senior High School Stadium Saturday for the Summer Music Games.

Kids learn school skills
        HAMILTON — Five-year-old Josh Meece lay still as his mom, Julie, traced his body on a large piece of paper in a basement room at Lane Public Library's Third Street building.

Mural aims to dress up Clifton
        Her arms splattered with paint, Kelly McMahon has spent the last three Sundays helping her Seton High School classmates cover the retaining walls of a Clifton parking lot.

Tristate A.M. Report
        EVANSVILLE, Ind. — The ground in southwestern Indiana is being watched more closely since a June 18 earthquake shook a region with little history of seismic activity.

INDIANA / KENTUCKY
Hastert campaigns in N.Ky.
        UNION — U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert helped Republican Geoff Davis pick up the fund-raising pace this weekend, earning $100,000 in one night for Mr. Davis' campaign against Rep. Ken Lucas.

Man arrested in airport security breach
        HEBRON — A security breach occurred early Sunday at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport when a drunken serviceman was found on a ramp outside the Delta terminal, authorities said.

Many Kentucky waterways are polluted
        LEXINGTON, Ky. — Many Kentucky creeks and rivers are polluted with unsafe levels of fecal coliform that could make swimmers sick.

Residents keep ringing relief
        EVANSVILLE, Ind. — As Kentuckians eagerly await the beginning of the state's “no-call” list for telemarketers, scheduled to go into effect July 15, a judge in a neighboring state has upheld a similar ruling.

OHIO
Tafts begin anti-drug proposal campaign
        COLUMBUS, Ohio — A proposal to change the way Ohio handles first-time drug offenders pits Gov. Bob Taft against three billionaires pushing a drug initiative for the November ballot.
SPECIAL
Billy Graham Mission
        Complete coverage of the four-day mission at Paul Brown Stadium.

Priests and Sexual Misconduct
        Four priests in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and two priests who formerly served in the Diocese of Covington have been suspended and/or accused of sexual misconduct in a scandal that has swept across the country. Click here for an archive of Enquirer reports.

Erpenbeck Investigation
        A. William Erpenbeck spent years building a company that appears to be crumbling. One of the Tristate's biggest home builders, the Erpenbeck Co., is under federal investigation for a suspected bank fraud that is affecting lenders, subcontractors and home owners. Click here for links to all Enquirer reports.