LOCAL NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 2003
Heroin deaths push fear into suburbs
Three average kids in Campbell County, all dead. Heroin abuse is suspected in two of the deaths; it's certain in the third. Abuse of the powerful drug is causing mounting alarm in some Cincinnati suburbs. Drugs rob couple of son, grandson in four-day span
Bill would allow parents to intervene

Japanese students learn and teach
They don't speak the same language, yet students at Ursuline Academy share plenty with their Japanese counterparts.

No easy fix for uninsured woes
Problems caused by the lack of health insurance in America have become so severe it will take a health care "revolution" to repair the damage.

Enquirer seeks soldiers, stories
If you are a serviceman or -woman willing to share your experience with our readers - or if you have a family member overseas - please contact us.

IN THE TRISTATE
Grants would clean up brownfield
READING - This Hamilton County city stuck in a struggling industrial valley needs federal and state dollars before its economy can diversify and attract sophisticated development, city officials said.


'Vagina Monologues' canceled at Xavier over content issues
Because of concerns over content and language, Xavier University announced Tuesday that three productions of the Vagina Monologues, scheduled for this weekend in the theater at the Gallagher Student Center, have been canceled.
Biotech cooperation critical, meeting told
If the Tristate is serious about developing biotechnology, greater cooperation across state borders among researchers, universities and politicians will be crucial. <
Obituary: Harry Mark Jr., UC professor
Harry Berst Mark Jr. was a race car enthusiast and antique firearms expert. But the University of Cincinnati chemistry professor especially distinguished himself in his field.
Tristate A.M. Report

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
SMITH AMOS: What really matters
The driver in the red car behind me nearly kissed my bumper yesterday morning, urging me to drive faster.


BRONSON: Boycott chicken
In the past three days, the Woman's City Club of Greater Cincinnati has been slandered, bullied, intimidated, threatened and called "prostitutes" on the radio.
KORTE: City Hall
Friday's dust-up over building code violations at Bar Cincinnati in Over-the-Rhine drew Mayor Charlie Luken's office into a delicate political dilemma.
HOWARD: Some Good News
The event T-shirt for the Hyde Park Blast, a run and walk project to benefit cancer charities, was judged among the top five coolest in the nation.

BUTLER, WARREN, CLERMONT
Unidentified hunk of metal hits home
MIDDLETOWN - Kristy Blair and her 7-week-old son, Josiah, were half-asleep in bed Monday afternoon when a hunk of metal, larger than a softball, burst through their ceiling.


Hutzel keeps her new position
LEBANON - Two weeks after receiving the temporary title, Rachel Hutzel narrowly won appointment Tuesday as Warren County prosecutor.
Sewer denial aimed at slowing growth
LEBANON - The Warren County Commission, using another weapon in its battle to control growth, refused Tuesday to expand two of the county's water treatment plants.
Mason court adds 5 positions
MASON - City Council, which has repeatedly questioned changes Mason Municipal Court Judge George Parker has made in his first year on the job, approved staffing additions and reorganization for the court.
Pierce Township denied police levy
BATAVIA - Despite an appeal to the Clermont County Board of Elections, Pierce Township will not have a police levy on the May ballot.

OHIO
Republicans at odds over gas tax
COLUMBUS - Refusal by some Republicans to back a proposed increase in the gasoline tax has threatened to derail the $5 billion transportation budget that also raises vehicle fees to fund the State Highway Patrol and lowers the threshold for drunken driving.


Springer decries an Iraqi war
TROTWOOD - Talk show host Jerry Springer and State Sen. Eric Fingerhut kicked off what could be a colorful year-long battle for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate.
Village allows teen to play accordion on street
CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio - A teenager, who had two run-ins with police for playing his accordion on the village's streets, has been cleared to polka.

KENTUCKY
Church celebrates 200th
Belleview Baptist Church was razed by a cyclone. It was rebuilt, then began sinking into the ground. Yet 200 years later, its foundation is solid.


Budget displeases governor
FRANKFORT - Gov. Paul Patton said Tuesday that he suspects the budget passed by the General Assembly is not balanced, but he has not decided to veto it or any of its parts.
Budget winners include some N.Ky. recipients
The $14 billion state budget passed by the legislature Monday night will provide a bit more funding for some Northern Kentucky cities and school systems but the $400 million keeps the Commonwealth's belt tight.
Man pleads not guilty in shooting
BURLINGTON - Sobbing as the charges against him were read, Michael Hopkins appeared in court Tuesday, accused of gunning down the mother of his children.
Levee's tax deal OK'd
FRANKFORT - In one of its final acts of the 2003 legislative session, the Kentucky General Assembly approved tax breaks late Tuesday night for two Newport entertainment attractions.
Florence police: Car full of grass
FLORENCE - Police who pulled over a compact car for speeding Monday night say they found it stuffed with 300 pounds of marijuana.
Crime spree blamed on early release
OWENSBORO, Ky. - A man arrested in western Kentucky was charged with a string of crimes that began the same day he was released early from jail by order of Gov. Paul Patton.
Conner interview with Dr. Phil is broadcast
LOUISVILLE - An interview with Tina Conner by the television talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw taped five months ago aired on Tuesday.
Lawsuit challenges Bates' eligibility to run
FRANKFORT - Hunter Bates' eligibility to be Ernie Fletcher's running mate in the Republican governor's race was challenged in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Oldham County.
Lunsford launches TV ads
LOUISVILLE - Democrat Bruce Lunsford began running campaign commercials Tuesday, becoming the first Kentucky candidate to take his gubernatorial bid to the television airwaves.
Kentucky obituaries
SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of Sunday's local stories)
Limited staffing impeding city fire inspections
One of every four of the city's 35 biggest and most popular nightspots is overdue for the fire department's minimum twice-a-year review.
N.Ky. officials: Beverly Hills lessons not forgotten

Seven stars over Cleves: Buddies in military
CLEVES - In this village of 2,200, stars on velvet backgrounds hang in the windows of the homes of a half-dozen families.
Enquirer seeks soldiers, stories

Potholes waiting to eat your car
After weeks of snow and freezing weather, the asphalt traps are all over Greater Cincinnati roadways.

Schools prepare for disasters
Schools across the Tristate are beefing up emergency management plans in light of heightened terror alerts.
Across Ohio, schools prepare for the worst

GREAT NEIGHBORHOODS
Guide to Anderson
Highly rated schools, great parks, easy access to major highways and a quick commute to downtown make Anderson Township one of the most desirable places to live in Greater Cincinnati. In this section, the sixth in the Enquirer's 'Great Neighborhoods' series, we'll tell you about everything that makes Anderson a Great Neighborhood.
Previous 'Great Neighborhood' reports:
Blue AshFairfieldMason & Deerfield Twp.West ChesterLebanon


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
Bill 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.