LOCAL NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2002
Lawsuit reforms return bit by bit
Ohio doctors will soon have something in common with gunmakers, funeral home owners, nursing home operators, domestic violence counselors and the state fire marshal.

New standards play down `intelligent design'
Greater Cincinnati science teachers say they are relieved that the Ohio State Board of Education on Tuesday did not stress teaching "intelligent design" as part of the state's new science standards.

Are health increases lower here?
A report this week that some large Greater Cincinnati employers have found a way to beat 15 percent nationwide increases in health benefit costs was met with surprise and skepticism Tuesday.

IN THE TRISTATE
Visitor propels student interest
What do astronauts do in their down time? A NASA astronaut used hers to visit schools in Cincinnati.


Moratorium on larger planes at Lunken gets committee OK
Cincinnati City Council Tuesday moved to place a moratorium on bigger planes flying into Lunken Airport.
Drug-related loitering hit
When Cincinnati City Council solicited public input on a proposed drug-loitering law Tuesday, few of the three dozen people who came talked about the law itself.
Hanover College shuts early
HANOVER, Ind. - College students hastily packed up three days early for Christmas break Tuesday as police searched for a Kentucky teen thought to have killed his parents and whose next target might be his brother - a Hanover College sophomore.
Obituary: Anneliese von Oettingen
Anneliese von Oettingen, one of the Tristate's most influential ballet teachers for more than five decades, died in her sleep Monday at a nursing home in Clearwater, Fla. Heart problems had weakened her in recent years, and she suffered a stroke in June. She was 85.
Tristate A.M. Report

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
BRONSON: Boycotter Nate
Nate Livingston can flat-out talk. Some people have a gift of gab. He has the whole Santa's sack of filibuster, yak, blab, debate, argue and speechify. His river of rebuttals flows so fast it's easy to miss the contradictions that float by like rooftops and tree limbs in a flood.


SMITH-AMOS: Illegal drug sales
Charlotte Wethington, a Northern Kentucky resident, came to Cincinnati's City hall Tuesday to convince council members that the city's drug problem is a suburban drug problem, too.
KORTE: City Hall
Cincinnati's Sister Cities Association, which is supposed to build tolerance and cross-cultural understanding, is being torn apart by what might be called sibling rivalry.
HOWARD: Some Good News
Do you wonder what your boss looked like 40 years ago? Or maybe your best buddy ... or maybe yourself?

BUTLER, WARREN, CLERMONT
Marital rapes trouble courts
LEBANON - A 32-year-old Mason man is allowed to go to work each day as part of the six-month jail sentence for beating his wife with a belt and raping her last May within earshot of their young son. He was enraged because his wife wanted a divorce and wouldn't have sex with him.


Solid Rock Church's plans for senior housing OK'd
LEBANON - A church on Tuesday got the zoning that it needs to build homes for the elderly in western Turtlecreek Township.
Mason council gets a raise
Mason City Council gave its future members a $100-a-month raise this week and bumped up the mayor's paycheck by $150.
Mason cuts budget, plans projects
MASON - A skate park, a new customer service representative and the widening of the Western Row and Snider Road intersection are among the projects the city is planning next year.
Davy Jones to top festival in Mason
MASON - Hey, hey! The lead singer of the Monkees will be entertaining crowds at next year's Fourth of July celebration.
New Richmond rezoning in court
NEW RICHMOND - Village leaders believe they acted properly when they passed an emergency ordinance in August to immediately rezone 56 acres of undeveloped, forested land along Bethel-New Richmond Road.
Special section focus: Fairfields
The next Cincinnati Enquirer Great Neighborhoods special section features Fairfield and Fairfield Township. The public is invited to a "town meeting'' in conjunction with the Dec. 17 special section.

OHIO
Suspect pleads not guilty in Cleveland priest's death
CLEVELAND - A fired Franciscan trainee pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges he shot a Roman Catholic priest to death and set fire to the church rectory.


Mental health bill before governor
COLUMBUS - State-regulated homes that care for the mentally retarded will face tough new licensing requirements under a bill lawmakers sent to Gov. Bob Taft Tuesday.

KENTUCKY
Fort Thomas may carve out space for Fido to frolic
FORT THOMAS - Highland Hills Park might be going to the dogs.


Family court judge selected
NEWPORT - Just five weeks after voters approved a measure expanding the state's family court system, a veteran judge has been tapped to oversee the first family court in Campbell County.
Fund preserves history
NEWPORT - Dr. Thomas Powell wasn't sure where to turn when the earth in front of his Park Avenue home began to slide in the spring. The problem was compounded because he lives in one of the city's most historic structures: the Wiedemann mansion.
5,000 may get smallpox shot
FRANKFORT - Kentucky plans to vaccinate at least 5,000 medical workers against smallpox, and perhaps as many as 10,000, if ordered by President Bush, a public health official said Tuesday.
Kentucky News Briefs
SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of Sunday's local stories)
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.

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.