LOCAL NEWS FOR TUESDAY, JULY 16, 2002
Urban League joins boycott
        In a stunning reversal, the National Urban League pulled out its 2003 convention, citing the suspension of the city's highest-ranking black cop and the prospect of protests around the nation.
Rejection hurts already-struggling downtown
Statement from Urban League president
What led up to Urban League decision

Twitty's daugherter: Suspension 'total attack'
        Lt. Col. Ron Twitty's daughter calls her father's suspension from the police force a “total attack” and says he will fight the allegations.

Jorg sues Lynch, BUF sued for $10M
        Former Cincinnati Police Officer Robert “Blaine” Jorg has filed a $10 million defamation lawsuit against the Cincinnati Black United Front activist group and its president, the Rev. Damon Lynch III.

Truckers need to slow down in Lytle Tunnel
        The mindset of truckers, and how to change it, is just what frustrated Ohio highway officials are trying to figure out, given the 1,000-foot tunnel has been hit with another rash of tip-overs - including one Monday.

CLIFF RADEL COLUMN
RADEL: Compromise prescription for success
        In their time, the mighty twin oaks on a playfield in the heart of Avondale have seen their share of games. Baseball. Basketball. Football. Hide-and-go-seek. Recently, they witnessed a contest of wills and words over where to put a playground slated to be built July 27.

CINCINNATI - HAMILTON COUNTY
County's West Nile threat limited
        Hamilton County is only the fifth Ohio county to have a mosquito pool test positive for West Nile Virus, but officials say it's too early to do more than consider preventive spraying.

Expungement process eased
        Those who qualify to have first-time criminal offenses wiped from their records will undergo a new, streamlined process in Hamilton County that begins Aug. 1.

Voinovich seeks support for early education bill
        ANDERSON TWP. - Sen.George Voinovich met with Cincinnati-area child-development experts Monday, vowing to increase federal funding for care in the first two years of life.

Prosecutors: Killing intentional
        Consumed by feelings of rage, revenge and retaliation, Gary Smith took a 9 mm handgun in the early hours of May 14, 2001 and hunted down his victims, prosecutors told a Hamilton County jury Monday.

Role-play develops leaders
        BLUE ASH - For three days this week, 55 teenagers from four northeastern Hamilton County schools will take on the roles of city leaders, journalists, business owners, school officials, health care providers and ministers in the fictional Capa City.

Local Digest
        The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments has issued a smog alert for today and Wednesday and is encouraging people to stay indoors if possible to avoid exposure to high levels of ozone.

Good News: City will still get dose of jazz
        The city of Cincinnati has decided that citizens need jazz about this time of the year.

Congrats
        Evanston's Academy of World Languages Russian Language and Culture students brought home gold and silver medals from the Ohio State Olympiada of Spoken Russian.

WARREN COUNTY
Warren County plans bicentennial festivities
        As parties go, this will be the biggest bash in the old-timer's life, with a cost of $248,000. Officials say it will be worth every penny, for tourist-rich Warren County will celebrate its 200th birthday in 2003.

BUTLER COUNTY
Butler commission to rein in budget
        HAMILTON - Butler County department heads are asking for a lot more money for 2003 than the commissioners want to give them.

Hamilton stages mock terror attack
        HAMILTON - As nearly two dozen “victims” lay bleeding and groaning near a smoking semitrailer Monday, two women waved and shouted: “Come help!”

Community center figures satisfy council
        FAIRFIELD — The dream of a state-of-the-art community center for this growing Butler County city is taking shape, say Fairfield officials who were briefed Monday on the latest operating cost estimates and facility options for the $9.6 million structure.
CLERMONT COUNTY
Cemetery vandalism stumps police
        WILLIAMSBURG - Police are seeking information about who toppled and damaged 124 gravestones, some nearly 200 years old, in the Williamsburg Township Cemetery late Sunday or early Monday.

KENTUCKY
New bishop installed in Covington
        COVINGTON - In a 2-hour ordination ceremony filled with incense, pomp and circumstance, Monsignor Roger J. Foys was ordained Monday as the 10th bishop of Covington, and installed to oversee the 89,000-member diocese.

Telemarketers getting the message
        Kentucky's “no-call” telemarketing law began Monday and nearly a third of the state's 1.8 million phone numbers are already on the “no call” list.

Overflow crowd shelves zoning meeting
        UNION - Residents of Plantation Pointe subdivision and the surrounding area packed to overflowing a zoning meeting Monday on a proposed religious facility, causing officials to postpone the meeting until next month.

N.Ky. forms plan for storm runoff
        FORT WRIGHT - Northern Kentucky is forming a plan to take care of its storm water and comply with the federal Clean Water Act.

Ky. road rerouted for new runway
        The Kenton County Airport Board on Monday approved a construction project that would reroute a portion of Ky. 20 north of Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport to make room for a new runway.

Keeneland yearling sale falls short
        LEXINGTON - Caution was the keyword during Monday night's opening session of the two-day Keeneland July Selected Yearling Sale.

SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT
Church finances tight, but scandal isn't why
        Financial worries are dogging the Roman Catholic Church locally, but donations haven't wavered even in the recent sex scandal. Records of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and the Diocese of Covington obtained by The Enquirer show that Wall Street's poor performance over the past few years is to blame.
Parish sees no decrease in offerings

Twitty's suspension under scrutiny
        Reaction to the suspension of Cincinnati's highest-ranking black police officer continued to spread throughout the city Saturday, with the NAACP urging the entire community to pray for Lt. Col. Ron Twitty.

Q&A with Dr. Steven Adamowski
        Dr. Steven Adamowski, superintendent of Cincinnati Public Schools for the past four years, is leaving the job next month. Dr. Adamowski talked with The Enquirer editorial board last week about education change and leadership. Here are excerpts.

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.