LOCAL NEWS FOR FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 2003
Firefighters, city pay tribute
Cincinnati commemorated one firefighter's short life Friday with a long day of pomp and ceremony as hundreds of firefighters from across the country marched through downtown to lay a hero to rest.
Contributions, thoughts come in many forms

Deadly driver handed 20 years
A Hamilton County Common judge promised the paraplegic man he'd get a harsh sentence if he didn't take responsibility for killing a teen-ager outside a Bengals game. Thursday he kept his promise: 20 years in jail.

Candidate steps down after ruling
LOUISVILLE - Hunter Bates on Thursday said he would step aside as a candidate for lieutenant governor to allow Republican gubernatorial candidate Ernie Fletcher to find a new running mate.
Bates' hometown is disappointed

IN THE TRISTATE
City's new postmaster takes oath
For 209 years, 38 men have made sure the mail gets delivered in Cincinnati. That changes today.


SUV driver dies after crash with Grand Am
A Westwood man was killed Wednesday night in two-vehicle crash on Taft Road in Walnut Hills.
Obituary: Louis 'Lee' Lutz, 96
DELHI TWP. - Flowers and community service were Louis "Lee" Lutz's life.
Some Good News
ANDERSON TWP. - Dennis and Lois Doyle and their four children went to Catholic school.
Tristate A.M. Report

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
SMITH AMOS: Safety net
With every toke, the young man knew he was blowing away his future. Yet the 17-year-old Blue Ash junior couldn't stop smoking marijuana.


BRONSON: SWAT team
There's a new team working out at Spinney Field, where the Bengals used to practice futility. They wear blue and white, not orange and black, and they're undefeated this year: 32 wins, no losses.

BUTLER, WARREN, CLERMONT
Legal opinion on casino expected in 2-4 weeks
HAMILTON - As early as two weeks from now, City Council could know whether it's legally possible for a riverboat casino to locate on the Great Miami River downtown.


88-year-old killed when struck by 18-year-old's car, patrol says
MONROE TOWNSHIP - An 88-year-old New Richmond man was killed Thursday morning when he was struck by a car while attempting to cross Laurel Lindale Road in Clermont County.
92-year-old charged in death
LEBANON - A 92-year-old woman accused of running over and killing a fellow resident at Otterbein Lebanon retirement community was charged Thursday with misdemeanor vehicular homicide.
Academy to provide training
UNION TOWNSHIP - A program designed to spur interest in manufacturing technology among college-age students in Clermont, Hamilton, Brown and Adams counties will be announced today by leaders of the Clermont County Chamber of Commerce.
Attention, residents of Hamilton

OHIO
Ohio Village to stay closed during bicentennial year
COLUMBUS - Except for special events, the 19th century Ohio Village probably won't reopen this summer during the state's bicentennial year, the Ohio Historical Society said.


Possible meteorite seen streaking across sky
People throughout the Midwest called police after seeing a flash of bright blue light in the midnight sky.
Ohio Moments

KENTUCKY
Bier her! Bier her! In Newport? Ja!
NEWPORT - Cincinnatians of German heritage got an advance peek at a transplanted piece of the homeland Thursday.


CovCath students applaud principal
PARK HILLS - Students at Covington Catholic High School greeted their new principal, Michael Clines, with a standing ovation following the announcement Thursday.
Goodwill relocating its Covington store
COVINGTON - A Goodwill Industries retail store in downtown Covington closed Thursday after at least 13 years in business.
Louisville photographer missing
LOUISVILLE - Freelance photographer Molly Bingham, a Louisville native who had been in Baghdad since March 17, has not been heard from in several days.
Kentucky obituaries
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.