LOCAL NEWS FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2002
'Heart of America' full of questions
        Cincinnati will be the venue for President Bush's message Monday night on Iraq, his aides say, because it represents the “heartland of America.” But the hearts of many of those “heartland Americans” are full of questions.
Teen volunteer to meet Bush

Special Report: Cincinnati's dental crisis
        They begin gathering before 7 a.m. outside of Cincinnati's six public health clinics. Mothers with crying children. Teenagers unable to eat. Adults robbed of sleep. They are among the 10,000 patients who crowd the clinics every year to have their emergency cases treated by the city's 10 dentists.
Where to call for emergency dental care

Goodall follows exhibit back to city
        Jane Goodall returns to Cincinnati for the first time in nearly a decade this week to mark the U.S. premiere of an interactive exhibit linked to a new Imax film about her work and to speak in Xavier University's Cintas Center at a benefit for the Museum Center and Cincinnati Zoo.

Casino closes under penalty
        Belterra Casino will close at 6 p.m. today and won't open again until noon Wednesday as part of the harshest penalty ever imposed by the Indiana Gaming Commission.

'Battle of Perryville' brings war home
        PERRYVILLE, Ky. - More than 5,000 Civil War buffs came from across the nation and several foreign countries to participate this weekend in Kentucky's largest re-enactment of the Battle of Perryville.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS
PULFER: How to win race for time
        If anybody needs me this week, I'll be busy saving time.

SMITH-AMOS: Different city, familiar questions
        Milwaukee is searching for answers to the questions we Cincinnati-area residents know all too well. How could children be so cruel, so inhumane, so criminal? Where are their parents? What should a community do about it?

BRONSON: A list of lesser gods we can control
        “Right-wing fundamentalist Christians” are causing all the trouble in the world, a reader wrote in an e-mail the other day. Just eliminate religion altogether and the world would be a better place, he sermonized.

OHIO
Stakes rise in proficiency tests
        NEW RICHMOND - A year ago, New Richmond Elementary's fourth-graders exceeded state standards on all five sections of the Ohio Proficiency Test, so this year will be a test of the school's staying power.

CINCINNATI - HAMILTON COUNTY
Armed Thriftway robber flees with cash
        COLERAIN TWP. - An armed man robbed a bank in a Thriftway store on Colerain Avenue Saturday afternoon and fled with an undetermined amount of cash.

Homeowner struggles with armed intruders
        COLUMBIA TWP. - Two armed men attempting to rob a home early Saturday morning struggled with the homeowner and slightly wounded his female friend before fleeing.

Avondale man found shot to death
        A 52-year-old Avondale man was found shot to death early Saturday in Cumminsville.

Death investigation continues in Norwood
        NORWOOD - Police continued their investigation Saturday of an apparent homicide of a Cleneay Avenue resident while declining to discuss the case because of difficulties in notifying family members.

Former loan officer accused of using others' IDs
        A former loan officer has been charged in connection with using other people's credit information to get loans and purchase a sport-utility vehicle.

Good News: Thanking firefighters and police
        Put your hands together in support of police and firefighters. John Eby is passing that message around as he plans for the second year of Hands Across District 3, noon-1 p.m. today.

LaRosa's estimates lost calls at 15,000
        LaRosa's Pizza estimates that the company lost as many as 15,000 calls for food Friday evening when a malfunctioning mechanical device made calls to their delivery line impossible.

Stabbing victim, 75, released from hospital
        SPRINGDALE - A 75-year-old man stabbed in the parking garage of Tri-County Mall was transferred Saturday from Mercy Fairfield Hospital to University Hospital before being released.

Congrats
        Kristin Pearson, a recent graduate of Ursuline Academy, was recognized as one of the country's most outstanding high school students by Coca-Cola and was awarded a $20,000 National Coca-Cola Scholarship for college.

BUTLER COUNTY
Butler, Warren to celebrate bicentennials
        In Butler County, organizers of the 2003 county Bicentennial celebration are looking for the county's oldest couples-not necessarily those who feel they've been married for 200 years.

Growing church prepares for more
        WEST CHESTER TWP. - In five years the Faith United Methodist Church in West Chester has doubled in size. Now, the congregation, which grew from 350 to 750 people, is taking steps to more than double the size of its building.

KENTUCKY
Health board moving beyond the pill
        EDGEWOOD - The group that nearly killed the Pill is turning to new priorities. The new chairman of the Northern Kentucky Independent District Health Board says it will devote more time to issues such as bioterrorism and school-based health centers.

Arrest made in Pendleton stabbing
        DRY RIDGE - A 43-year-old woman has been arrested in connection to a Friday evening stabbing in Pendleton County.

Monday is deadline for voter signup
        Kentucky voters have through Monday to register to vote in the Nov. 5 general election.

INDIANA
Lawrenceburg man shot to death
        WEST HARRISON, Ind. -- Franklin County Sheriff's deputies are investigating a domestic disturbance Saturday morning that led to the shooting death of a Lawrenceburg man.

9/11 SECTIONS
Tristate vigils punctuated by patriotism, grief
        At services large and small, Greater Cincinnati came together to remember the day their nation was transformed by terrorist attacks.
Sept. 11, 2002: A Photo Gallery

Firefighters, Our Everyday Heroes
        Events of Sept. 11 gave everyone a reason to appreciate firefighters and emergency workers. A special tribute to the Tristate's everyday heroes.

ELECTION 2002
Troubles no threat to Taft
        Ohio's economy has slumped, taxes have increased, college tuition has soared and scandals have plagued state government. But underfunded Democrats will have a hard time making a case to voters.
'Pivotal year' in Northern Ky. elections

SPECIAL
Great Neighborhoods: West Chester
        This special section begins a monthly series that offers a closer look at the places we call home in Greater Cincinnati.
Suburban issues get airing

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.