LOCAL NEWS FOR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2002
Pick a spot to watch Cinergy's fall
If you want to see Cinergy Field collapse into a pile of dust and debris Dec. 29, you have two choices: Inside where it's warm, or outside where it's not.

Ky. senator new 'Mr. Conservative'
Come January, the Senate will have a new Mr. Conservative: Sen. Jim Bunning of Kentucky.

Freedom Center's tab for lobbyists: $740,000
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center has spent $740,000 on Washington lobbyists, federal records show - and museum officials say it has been well worth it.

IN THE TRISTATE
Owners of stolen horses try 'net
A national group that tracks horse thefts might be the best hope for two local families whose horses were stolen from their farms in the past 10 days.


Cultures come together on holiday driving tour
Christmas is a word that does not translate very well into Chinese.
Obituary: James Clark Jr.
James R. Clark Jr., former Hamilton County Commissioner and member of the Ohio House of Representatives, was proud of his profession and his heritage.
Obituary: Carolyn Watts, 88
Carolyn Watts was a pianist and Cincinnati radio and TV pioneer who learned much of her craft in her hometown of Providence, R.I.
Tristate A.M. Report

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
BRONSON: Golden Lamb vs. golden calf
On Christmas Eve 1870, two gamblers had a fatal dispute at the American Saloon in Hamilton, and Lebanon was dragged into the middle of it. You can read all about it in the yellowed, crumbling news clippings on the wall at the Golden Lamb Inn.


SMITH-AMOS: Protecting the retarded
Irene Becknell, 53, has the mind of a 5-year-old. The most important things in her life are her Mickey Mouse blanket, her dolls, Three Stooges videos and her family.
PULFER: City development
I'll say it, if nobody else will. This even though I will jeopardize my middle name, which is Positive News About the City I Love No Matter What. (It's a mouthful, but Pollyanna was already taken.)
HOWARD: Some Good News
By the time Dale Workman finishes with breakfast chores, serving breakfast to his wife in bed, washing dishes and cleaning, it is time to start the laundry and lunch. Then there is more cleaning and dusting and preparing for dinner.

SUNDAY FORUM
Facing the AIDS challenge
Rock superstar Bono has been mobilizing a worldwide media blitz against AIDS in Africa, but there are also plenty of homegrown reasons to take a global perspective on the epidemic.


Area's lawmakers give Congress' stance on AIDS aid

BUTLER, WARREN, CLERMONT
Boehner: Medicare to be overhauled in '03
WEST CHESTER TWP. - U.S. Reps. John Boehner and Steve Chabot, speaking this week to a gathering of Butler County business people, emphasized the importance of revamping the nation's Medicare and Social Security systems.


Batavia picks its top trooper
BATAVIA - After Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Mark Nichols voted for his Batavia post's 2002 Trooper of the Year in October, he really didn't give it much thought.

OHIO
Concealed-gun bill backfires
COLUMBUS - A bill to allow Ohioans to carry hidden guns is dead because of restrictions put in by the Senate, including a requirement for fingerprinting, House Speaker Larry Householder said.


Ohio State may crack down on spectators at riots
COLUMBUS - Ohio State University's board of trustees met for the first time since rioting broke out after the OSU-Michigan game and discussed ways to crack down on anyone involved in future riots - perhaps even those who are just watching.
Grand jury won't probe Columbus Diocese
COLUMBUS - Unlike in Cleveland and Cincinnati, where grand juries have investigated allegations of sex abuse by Roman Catholic priests, officials here see no need to convene a panel to review the Columbus Diocese.
Study looks at why West Nile virus hit so hard in north Ohio county
CLEVELAND - An Ohio county with one of the highest human infection rates in the nation for West Nile virus is testing volunteers to try to explain why some communities were hit so hard.

KENTUCKY
Craven team preps for retrial
LEXINGTON - After Friday's hung jury in the six-week complicity-to-murder trial of Edgewood homemaker Adele Craven, all parties in the case are regrouping for the retrial.


Hemmer `anxious' to enter race
FORT MITCHELL - Paul Hemmer Jr., one of Northern Kentucky's best-known business leaders and community activists, is exploring a run for the region's 4th District Congressional seat in 2004.
Bullitt Co. getting med center
LOUISVILLE - Jewish Hospital HealthCare Services plans to build a $35 million medical center in Bullitt County that could more than double the number of doctors in the rapidly growing community.
Patton says he nearly resigned over scandal
LEXINGTON - Gov. Paul Patton said he nearly resigned after acknowledging an affair with Tina Conner, the western Kentucky nursing home operator who has sued Mr. Patton, accusing him of sexual harassment.
GREAT NEIGHBORHOODS
Lebanon mixes old and new
Two hundred years young, this history-rich city also finds itself at a crossroads of change, trying to preserve the quaint small-town appeal and heritage in the heart of Ohio's second-fastest-growing county. In this section, third in the Enquirer's series, you'll learn about all the things that make Lebanon a great neighborhood.
Previous reports: • Mason & Deerfield Twp.West Chester

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
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.