LOCAL NEWS FOR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2002
Final countdown on stadium
At 8 a.m., if all goes well, a 37-second implosion will rock Cinergy Field and 22,500 tons of steel, 70 miles of reinforced concrete and 600,000 square feet of masonry will come tumbling down.
Implosion updates, photos and video, starting at 5:30 a.m.
It's goodbye to an eraGraphic: How implosion works

Boar's Head festival offers tradition, fun
Other than using a humble pig as a stand-in for the mighty boar, the Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival at Christ Church Cathedral downtown authentically animates a tradition dating to 14th-century England.

States fall deeper in red ink
COLUMBUS - Like Ohio, states across the country are raising taxes, cashing in savings accounts and debating whether to expand gambling, cut health care for the poor or eliminate other key programs to stave off financial disaster.

Trying to turn race talk into action
Nearly a year after The Enquirer's "Neighbor to Neighbor" initiative concluded a five-month series of community meetings, many Greater Cincinnatians are still talking about race.

ENQUIRER COLUMNS
RADEL: Goodbye to an era
Thirty-seven seconds. That's all it's going to take.


PULFER: Class, job, food for hungry
People kept trying to tell me about this school. And they kept weeping.
BRONSON: Discovered at last: James Bond's secret files
"The black Mercedes was gaining fast in the rearview mirror of my Aston Martin, and the submachine gun fire was closer than gin and vermouth in a dry martini - shaken, not stirred."
SMITH-AMOS: Before you drink, think about this
The images of that night still unsettle me. One still disgusts me.

AROUND THE TRISTATE
Year to end with prayers for peace
At 2 p.m. on New Year's Eve, people of several religious affiliations will come together at the World Peace Bell in Newport and the Cintas Center on the Xavier University campus.


Mill Creek anti-flood system hung up
Along the flood-prone Mill Creek, more than 1,000 property owners will endure another season of spring rains without a $352,000 early flood-warning system.
Good News: Dog helps seizure patient
Tricia Weber, 27, began a partnership with a dog on Thanksgiving Day.
Church lends educational hand to immigrants
HAMILTON - At age 16, Carlos Ortega Morales left Mexico to live with his mother in Hamilton. He was unable to communicate in English.
Congrats
Geron Feliwok was awarded a $1,000 Chick-fil-A Leadership Scholarship in recognition of his commitment to personal and professional excellence. He is employed at the Eastgate Mall Chick-fil-A restaurant.

OBITUARIES
J. Cary raised money walking
ANDERSON TWP. _ John J. "Jack" Cary, a retired Kroger Co. executive and a tireless volunteer who walked in marathons to help fund research for leukemia, died Wednesday of cancer at Mercy Hospital Anderson.


Mary Frances Koehler first to use microwave ovens
READING - Mary Frances Koehler was something of a pioneer in the realm of cooking. She was one of the first people in the Cincinnati area to cook with a home microwave oven.

OHIO
Auto insurance rates continue to climb
COLUMBUS - Car insurance is getting more expensive in Ohio, no matter which company provides the coverage.


Hoax suspect has criminal record
URBANA, Ohio - A woman accused of shaving her 7-year-old daughter's head and giving her drugs to fake leukemia has prior convictions for theft and fraud and has lost custody of two daughters.

KENTUCKY
CROWLEY: Lucas camp floats race against Bunning
Some questions to ponder as we head into 2003.


Ky. labor leader gets shot in 17th
GEORGETOWN, Ky. - Democrats chose labor leader Charles Wells of Scott County as the party's nominee in the special election for Northern Kentucky's newest state Senate seat.
Air rifle shot at party kills Ky. woman
PADUCAH, Ky. - A woman who was shot at a Christmas party early Thursday morning died from a pellet from an air gun rifle, according a preliminary autopsy report.
Victim's son says shooting was murder
LOUISVILLE - When James Taylor was released from prison after 10 years in 1994, he and his sons picked up right where they left off.
Smallpox shots OK'd
LOUISVILLE - The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has approved the state's plan for distributing smallpox vaccinations to as many as 8,000 public health and hospital workers, state officials said.
Permit for solid waste site upheld by official
RUSSELLVILLE, Ky. - The state is moving ahead with allowing a solid waste transfer station to operate in Logan County.
Appalachia's high-tech firms overcome hillbilly stereotypes
HARLAN, Ky. - Sometimes eyebrows raise when Charleen Combs mentions that her software development firm is based in the Appalachian mountains.
'GREAT NEIGHBORHOODS' SPECIAL SECTIONS
Fairfield undergoes major makeover
A major makeover has been under way in Fairfield, highlighted by the Village Green area, its new downtown centerpiece. In this section, fourth in the Enquirer's series, you'll learn about all the things that make Fairfield a great neighborhood.
Previous reports: • Mason & Deerfield Twp.West ChesterLebanon

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.