LOCAL NEWS FOR MONDAY, MARCH 24, 2003
Dems back Cole for council
All that stands between Y. Laketa Cole and a seat on Cincinnati City Council is the paperwork.

Firefighters to take role in funeral
Firefighters from Columbus and Covington have volunteered to man Cincinnati firehouses Thursday morning so all 780 city firefighters can attend the funeral of Oscar Armstrong III - the first Cincinnati firefighter to die on duty in more than two decades.

Fans take refuge from war in sports
Even as bombs fall in Iraq, our sports-crazy region finds plenty of reasons for the games to go on.
Latest war news at Cincinnati.com

Agency recommends weather radios
Right on the heels of a terrible winter comes the unpredictable spring of tornados, flash floods and thunderstorms. Now might be a good time to get a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio.

Bicentennial parties in Butler, Warren
Residents of Butler and Warren counties will pause today to remember their pioneer times and celebrate their heritage with bicentennial programs.
Even in wilderness, a jail was needed

TRISTATE REACTS TO WAR
Families buoyed by hope, prayer
MASON - Sunday sermons encouraging churchgoers to bear hope, strength and faith for America's troops in Iraq resonated for those with loved ones stationed overseas.


Keeping in touch
Stories about Tristate soldiers. Tell us your story.
Events around the Tristate
How to reach the FBI

PETER BRONSON COLUMN
Milt's bar has had enough
Shutting down a bar on a binge is harder than getting a wino on the wagon. Uncle Milton's on Burnet Avenue should be drying out. "Eighty-sixed.'' Cut off.

BUTLER-WARREN-CLERMONT COUNTIES
Building's a drain on housing agency
HAMILTON - A building that the Butler County Metropolitan Housing Authority bought last year from International Paper for $750,000 in hopes that it would be a revenue-producer instead has been a financial drain.


Fairfield considers new center
FAIRFIELD - The debate over a location for an expanded or new justice center continues today as City Council narrows down potential sites.
Even in wilderness, a jail was needed
They started with nothing but hope and timber, and built Butler and Warren counties.
Jurors to question witnesses
BATAVIA - Clermont County residents who serve on juries in Common Pleas Judge William Walker's courtroom could soon find themselves taking a more active role in the criminal justice system.

AROUND THE TRISTATE
New city zoning maps available to inspect
For four years, the Cincinnati Planning Commission has been working on the first comprehensive rewrite of the zoning code since 1963.


UC Internet health unit gets $750,000
A $750,000 federal grant has been given to support NetWellness, an Internet health resource operated by the University of Cincinnati, Case Western Reserve University and Ohio State University.
Tristate A.M. Report
Cincinnati police on Sunday released a sketch of a man they're looking for in connection with the afternoon killing last week of an 81-year-old woman in West Price Hill.
Obituary: French teacher Sister Madeleine Himmler
Sister of Charity of Cincinnati and longtime French teacher Madeleine Himmler instilled an appreciation of foreign cultures in her students at Seton High School.
Obituary: Raymond Wallace, former policeman
Raymond Alfred Wallace Sr., a former police officer for the City of Cincinnati, spent most of his life helping people do the right thing.
Hometown Heroes: High schoolers help foster kids
Art students at Taylor High Schoolhave been focusing their creative talents on a special project to help foster children.
Good News: Awards enhanced by cultures
Global communications have brought the world closer, and could lead to world peace.
You Asked For It
Answers to questions about regional history, government, schools and roads.
Congrats
Mount Healthy High School junior Craig Forsberg scored highest among students from La Salle, McAuley and Mount Healthy high schools in the American Legion's state government test.

OHIO
Bicentennial Moments: Warren was carved out of Hamilton Co.
On March 24, 1803, the General Assembly established Warren County - one of the first 12 counties created in the new state.


Survivors remember Dayton flood
DAYTON, Ohio - Memories of the Great Dayton Flood that claimed more than 300 lives 90 years ago this week still remain vivid in the mind of 102-year-old Carol Whitmore.
Boehner still wants justice for taping
WASHINGTON - Rep. John Boehner of Ohio says a lawsuit filed five years ago over the leaking of an illegally recorded conference call with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was nearly settled recently, but it boiled down to a battle of wills.
Ohio doubts retardation claims
CLEVELAND - A state lawyer says anyone literate enough to write and copyright a 236-page autobiography isn't mentally retarded. Nor is a person capable of filing a 62-page legal brief.

KENTUCKY
Patton's tax reform hard sell to legislature
FRANKFORT, Ky. - The General Assembly may be unwilling to grant Gov. Paul Patton something he clearly wants to leave as a legacy - a revamping of Kentucky's tax code.


Jackson seeks conservative base
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Republican Rebecca Jackson believes most voters in Kentucky - even Democrats - identify with her conservative values.

GREAT NEIGHBORHOODS
Guide to Colerain
With 60,144 residents, Colerain is the largest township in Ohio. But here, being the biggest isn't a bad thing. In this section, the seventh in the Enquirer's 'Great Neighborhoods' series, we'll tell you about everything that makes Colerain a Great Neighborhood.
Previous 'Great Neighborhood' reports:
AndersonBlue AshFairfieldLebanonMason & Deerfield Twp.West Chester

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.