LOCAL NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2002
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New monitor demanded
Top Cincinnati officials are demanding that U.S. District Court Judge Susan Dlott replace the Berkeley, Calif., lawyer appointed to oversee police reforms, or they say the city might pull out of two historic settlements to improve police-community relations.
E-mails between mayor and monitor

Big booms downtown just the FBI
The Federal Bureau of Investigation used Cinergy Field and the adjacent parking garage for training exercises involving live ammunition and explosives after nightfall, Hamilton County officials confirmed late Tuesday.

UC to plant trees in memory of slain students
The University of Cincinnati will plant two trees on campus in honor of two students shot to death Monday by another student who, police say, was jealous after losing his girlfriend.

IN THE TRISTATE
Norwood to seek $54.9M levy
NORWOOD - Every building in the Norwood Schools would be renovated or replaced within four years under a $54.9 million project voters likely will be asked to help pay for in February.


Obituary: Jennie Mae Brown

Woman gets one year for obscenity
Jennifer Dute, the Anderson Township woman convicted last month of illegally selling sexually explicit videos that starred herself, was sentenced Tuesday to one year in prison.
Ramadan now a mix of joy, anxiety
The threat of war and the sniper shootings case have made the holy month of Ramadan an anxious time for many U.S. Muslims, just as it was last year after the terrorist attacks.
Tristate A.M. Report

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
AMOS: Planting seeds
There's a cultural prejudice in many black neighborhoods.


BRONSON: Dlott's choice
While citizens voted for the politicians of their choice yesterday, Cincinnati Council members voted to give "Dr. Ripoff'' a bum's rush sendoff.
KORTE: City Hall
Cincinnati is the only city in Ohio with its own nursing home inspection program, yet despite $220,000 a year spent on it, there's no evidence Cincinnati's nursing homes are any better than those elsewhere in the state.
HOWARD: Some Good News
Give Back Cincinnati, a volunteer leadership organization, is planning what may be the biggest one-day food and clothing drive here to benefit the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

BUTLER, WARREN, CLERMONT
Death penalty opponent speaks
SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP - On Election Day, 935 Moeller High School students sat in the gymnasium mentally casting their own votes on a speaker who was against capital punishment.


Clermont has new guide to underground railroad sites
BATAVIA - Years of detective work have culminated in the publication of Clermont County, Ohio Freedom Trail: Underground Railroad and Abolitionist Sites.
Two teens killed in I-275 collision
SPRINGDALE - Two Princeton High School students were killed Tuesday when their car went out of control on a rain-slicked highway, crossed the median and collided with another car on westbound Interstate 275 near Forest Fair Mall.
Sharonville to rink: Move
SPRINGDALE - Golden Skates may soon move to booming West Chester Township, but not under ideal circumstances.
Smoking sparked Milford's fatal fire
MILFORD - Smoking sparked a fire Monday in a 12-unit apartment building that left one man dead and injured two other people, fire officials said on Tuesday.
Jury deliberates seven charges in police station assault case
HAMILTON - A Butler County jury on Tuesday began deliberations in the case of a Middletown man facing a possible fourth domestic violence conviction.

OHIO
Longevity won't be factor at alternative learning centers
COLUMBUS - While 11 of Ohio's original charter schools are still in operation, the first five-year review of their effectiveness doesn't give their age a lot of weight.


Two face firing after youth is left on bus
COLUMBUS - A school bus driver and an aide who left a 10-year-old disabled boy alone on a parked bus for four hours may be fired.
Contract deal ends Maple Hts. teachers strike
MAPLE HEIGHTS, Ohio - Teachers will return to class today now that they have tentatively approved a contract proposal to end their two-month strike, union officials said.

KENTUCKY
State asks court to allow revocation of Birchtree license
CLINTON, Ky. - The Cabinet for Health Services has gone to bankruptcy court to try to revoke the license of Birchtree Healthcare nursing home for "multiple and serious violations" of health-care laws and to remove its remaining residents.


Students stay home to protest gay-rights group
CANNONSBURG, Ky. - More than one-third of Boyd County High School's students missed a day of school to protest a decision to let a gay-rights student group meet on campus, the district superintendent said.
SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of Sunday's local stories)
Pair charged in Pepper kidnapping, robbery
Cincinnati police credited a defiant robbery victim and a "lost" getaway car for the arrest of two men they believe kidnapped and robbed Cincinnati Councilman David Pepper on Oct. 17.

Ministers plan to protest cross-burning
OXFORD TWP. - While police in this rural Butler County community are trying to find out who is behind an Oct. 18 cross-burning, six pastors are working to send the message that such acts of hate will unite, not divide, and will not be tolerated.

Taft, Hagan ride rails, motor home
Ohio Gov. Bob Taft rolled through six counties on a 1940s-vintage train, powered by steam engine, Saturday, giving whistle-stop speeches and urging Ohioans to vote on Election Day.

PRESIDENT BUSH IN CINCINNATI
Bush: 'We refuse to live in fear'
Speaking to the nation from Cincinnati, President Bush made his most strongly worded argument yet for U.S. military action to take out the “murderous tyrant” Saddam Hussein.
Photo GalleryText of speech
Protesters' message: Forget war
Selective who's who invited
Walnut Hills student meets president
RADEL: Hallowed ground has heard enough of war
Truman last president to speak at Union Terminal
Analysis: Speech aimed to persuade 3 audiences
U.N. a tougher sell than U.S. heartland

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.

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.