LOCAL NEWS FOR TUESDAY, JULY 9, 2002
Special grand jury created
        Hamilton County prosecutors convened a special grand jury Monday to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct by Catholic priests.
· Archbishop apologizes in letter to Catholics

Taft, others object to drug-law change
        COLUMBUS — Ohio voters may get to make a decision in November that could reshape how the state deals with drug offenders.

County aims to be ready for disaster
        Hamilton County is likely to get about $300,000 from the federal government this year to beef up its homeland security muscle.

ENQUIRER PERSPECTIVES
HOWARD: Some Good News
        The Bethany House Services Emergency Shelter for homeless women and children needs sponsors for its Children's Carnival.

RADEL: Covedale Theater
        Before the new owners moved in, Jack Ackerman wanted to take a look around his old home away from home.

IN THE TRISTATE
Man rescued from 20-foot OTR cistern
        Rescuers pulled a 33-year-old West End man from a 20-foot cistern in an abandoned Over-the-Rhine home Monday afternoon — six hours after the man says he was pushed in by an unidentified man.

Mounties could be coming to West Chester
        WEST CHESTER TWP. — Officers may be saddling up to improve community policing efforts in this Butler County suburb's expanding neighborhoods and parks.

Xavier bringing services together
        Xavier University has established an initiative that will put greater emphasis on the school's civic involvement.

CPS quest for another supervisor under way
        After a four-hour closed-door meeting, Cincinnati's school board Monday said the process to find a new superintendent will begin today so a new person can be in place by early fall.

Land for school acquired
        Cincinnati's school board Monday approved the first land purchase for its planned $1 billion school construction project.

Board approves Highlands' new field

        FORT THOMAS — The Fort Thomas school board Monday approved a plan to replace the grass field in the football stadium at Highlands High School with a $260,000 synthetic surface.

County brainstorms creative solutions to tight '03 budget
        Hamilton County's top money producers — sales tax revenue along with fines and forfeitures — are each off more than $1 million from last year.

Fairfield Schools avoid '04 deficit
        FAIRFIELD — An increase in revenue and a decrease in spending mean Fairfield Schools will stay in the black one year longer than anticipated, officials said Monday.

Firefighters ready for challenge
        EVENDALE — Pulling, sweating and grunting their way through a five-phase obstacle course, a team of Evendale firefighters is working toward the Firefighter Combat Challenge world finals in Florida this fall.

Paul Voinovich, brother of senator, dies
        CLEVELAND — Paul Voinovich, the brother of Sen. George Voinovich whose contracting companies were ordered liquidated by a federal bankruptcy judge, died Monday.

Site gives lowdown on Butler
        HAMILTON — Butler County will launch a Web site July 22 that will allow users to quickly obtain information about parcels of property through layered maps with zoom features and aerial photographs.

Tristate A.M. Report
        The Cincinnati school district is holding a seminar today on “Doing Business with Cincinnati Public Schools” to provide small businesses with information and requirements for bidding on planned demolition projects.

KENTUCKY
3 Ky. journalists dispute contempt ruling
        INEZ — Three eastern Kentucky journalists have asked a judge to reconsider his decision to hold them in contempt of court for not changing the name of their newspaper.

Ft. Thomas kids to pay more to play sports
        FORT THOMAS — Students in Fort Thomas schools will be required to pay more to play sports, a move necessary to help offset budget problems.

No danger seen in listing Covington Landing
        COVINGTON — Fire officials are not sure why Covington Landing appeared to be listing over the weekend, but said there is no danger to the public — even after firefighters pumped out some of the floating facility's ballast by mistake.

Nonprofit effort exceeds goal
        COVINGTON — When Catholic Social Services breaks ground for its expanded headquarters on July 22, the nonprofit agency will already have exceeded the funding needed for the project.

Richest nets least for committee
        FRANKFORT — Louisville businessman Charlie Owen, far and away the wealthiest prospective gubernatorial candidate, raised the least amount of money among exploratory committees.

Still no budget, no resolution
        FRANKFORT — The political debate swirling around Kentucky's budget is heating up, while the court challenge that was supposed to clear up constitutional questions about the lack of a budget faltered Monday.

Three schools stand out in state
        The only high school in one of Northern Kentucky's poorest cities had no students drop out in 2000-01.

Waterway pollution worsening
        LEXINGTON — Many Kentucky creeks and rivers are polluted with unsafe levels of fecal coliform that could make swimmers sick.

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.