LOCAL NEWS FOR SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 2003
Snow melts to pools of red
Like a snowball to the neck that slides down your back before you can stop it, this winter left a red mark and a chill.

Taft seeks end to state tax deals
Almost 29,000 Southwest Ohio residents could see their state income taxes as much as double under Gov. Bob Taft's proposal to end income tax reciprocity with surrounding states.
Tax change plan uses old data

Remark brings call for apology
The leader of the Ohio Republican Party wants a GOP state lawmaker to publicly apologize for suggesting that Cincinnati Democratic Sen. Mark Mallory is illiterate.

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
'Vagina monologues' expands into censorship debate
What started as a debate over production of The Vagina Monologues has become a debate over free inquiry and expression on Xavier University's campus, with students and faculty challenging the administration.


Amber Alerts available in Ky. and Ohio
Gov. Paul Patton signed Kentucky's version of the Amber Alert notification into law the day Elizabeth Smart was found in Utah.
Residents sue to halt razing
English Woods residents sued in federal court Friday to stop demolition of their low-income housing project.
Councilman one of two arrested on Net sex charges
COLERAIN TWP. - Two men, one of them a city councilman in Independence, Ky., face felony charges after police say they either arranged or tried to arrange to have sex with what they thought were teen girls they met in Internet chat rooms.
Soldiers' pets need care
Military servicemen and -women who own pets and are about to be shipped overseas have a friend in Randy Boyer.
Beef that made children ill likely produced here
SHARONVILLE - Tests on a package of ground beef produced at an American Foods Group plant turned up the same strain of E. coli that infected three Ohio children, a state health official said Friday.
Two arrested in robbery spree
NORWOOD - A Northern Kentucky couple has been charged in connection with a day-long robbery spree Thursday that began when a Norwood United Dairy Farmers store was robbed just after 4 a.m., police said.
Blue Ash hones its planning
BLUE ASH - They haven't been let down yet, which is why residents and business owners have faith in the planning documents that will shape the city's landscape in decades to come.
Grass-roots movement launched to improve Ryan Park
Nancy Comer noticed the trash and overgrown weeds. Dan Klare watched a father in a wheelchair struggle across the field to attend a baseball game.
Obituary: Joseph Rosen
World War II veteran and lawyer Joseph E. Rosen practiced law for 65 years in Cincinnati.
Obituary: Dr. Noble Owen Fowler, cardiologist, researcher
Noble Owen Fowler, a cardiologist, author and University of Cincinnati professor, died March 8 at his Hyde Park home. He was 83.
Tristate A.M. Report

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
McNUTT: Neighborhoods
TRENTON - Northern Butler County was once the home of German-speaking Amish farm families who came from France in 1819 to live in the Great Miami River Valley.


FAITH MATTERS: Kidney donation a lesson
WYOMING - When Rev. Bob Rademaker took his post as rector of the Church of the Ascension and Holy Trinity on Feb. 1 he was missing something.

BUTLER, WARREN, CLERMONT
Tainted soil was rototilled
LIBERTY TWP. - Contractors working for the developer of a subdivision under state investigation for lead hazards tried to use a rototiller to dilute the concentration of tainted soil by mixing it with clean soil.


Bullet hits Ross man at home
ROSS TWP. - A stray bullet struck Dan Ulrich, 37, Friday afternoon as he sat in his home office in the 3100 block of New London Road, township police said.
Tracks, dead deer hint cougar on prowl
ROSS TWP. - Coyotes may not be the only wild predators roaming southwestern Butler County.
She reaches kids in her books
ROSS TWP. - Her topics are serious: suicide, child abuse, date rape, drinking and driving.

OHIO
Execution postponed after lawyers say man is retarded
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Supreme Court on Friday postponed the execution of a man convicted of killing a Cleveland drug store owner after his lawyers said he is mentally retarded.


New E-check proposal: Newer cars can skip test, fee applies
COLUMBUS - The Senate Transportation chairman is pushing a plan to allow drivers of new cars to skip a test for pollutants by paying a fee.
Midwife jailed over medicine use
HOLMESVILLE, Ohio - A tearful lay midwife for an Amish community returned to jail Friday because she has refused to reveal where she got the drugs she used to treat a patient.
Opposition to Ohio incinerator fades
EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio - Mike Walton compares a 20-year struggle by hazardous-waste incinerator opponents to pushing a boulder up a hill, only to have it roll back down each time.
Five-pound delivery surprises new mom
BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio - Motherhood snuck up on Linda Erwin-Hutchins.
Ohio Moments

KENTUCKY
Kenton Central won't die
PARK HILLS - The fate of Kenton Central High School has been determined: it's closing.


Gaming advocates rethink strategy
FLORENCE - For the second straight year, Kentucky lawmakers have left Frankfort without voting on bills filed to legalize casino-style gambling.
2 bids for school property fall short
PARK HILLS - The Kenton County School Board opened two bids on the $2 million Kenton Central High School property Friday afternoon, but the high bidder offered less than 20 percent of the property's valuation.
Ex-NKU Foundation chief now indicted
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS - The former head of the Northern Kentucky University Foundation was indicted Thursday on a charge of selling marijuana.
Bush OKs financial help for Kentucky storm victims
FRANKFORT - President Bush declared a major disaster for Kentucky on Friday, making federal funding available for some of the state's recovery efforts from last month's severe winter storm.
Mom charged with murder in 2001 shooting
A Covington mother who shot another mother outside Latonia Elementary School more than a year ago was indicted Friday on a murder charge.
St. Pius X adding on to keep up with growth
EDGEWOOD - St. Pius X has academics down pat, receiving accolades that include a 2001 U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon award for excellence.
Inmate's death investigated
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Kentucky State Police are investigating the death of a Logan County jail inmate who died from ingesting antifreeze.
Trial set for Erlanger man found with teen
COVINGTON - A Kenton Circuit judge Friday set an April 30 trial date for a 39-year-old man accused more than a year ago of luring a 16-year-old Loveland girl to his Erlanger apartment, where police say he had sex with her.
Missing N.Ky. teens found in California
MAYSVILLE, Ky. - The mothers of two missing Northern Kentucky teens were making travel arrangements Friday night to head to California to retrieve their daughters.
Lt. Gov. candidate attacks opponent
LOUISVILLE - Republican Bob Heleringer went on the attack Friday against Hunter Bates, one day after challenging his rival's eligibility to run for lieutenant governor on Ernie Fletcher's slate.
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.