LOCAL NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2, 2003
News family relieved, one of own is safe
It was news that meant joy and relief for the Binghams, Kentucky's famed first family of journalism.

Monitor critical of city's progress
One year after the signing of two historic agreements to reform the Cincinnati Police Department, the city has been slow to change its policies and is months behind on a new community-oriented policing strategy, according to the first independent assessment of those agreements, released Tuesday.
Monitor, Streicher at odds over pace

TRISTATE REACTS TO WAR
Try Arnett for treason, senator says
WASHINGTON - Correspondent Peter Arnett should be "tried as a traitor" for remarks he made in an interview with Iraqi state television, Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky., said Tuesday.


Red Cross 'buddies' available
Families of military men and women can sign up for a Red Cross "buddy" by calling 579-3955.
His men's lives officer's priority
1st Lt. Jeff McFarland is a 2000 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He is the son of Paul and Pam McFarland of Liberty Township.
Teacher concerned for ex-students
CARROLLTON, Ohio - A history teacher and wrestling coach at Carrollton High School is concerned for two former students he coached who now are serving in Iraq.
Helping kids cope with war
How are your children coping with a war-saturated society?

IN THE TRISTATE
Chess offers children a challenge, a chance
Eleven-year-old Lance Martin is consumed by concentration as he plots his next move against the No. 1-rated chess player in the country.


UC names med center director
The University of Cincinnati has named a former head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as the top administrator of its sprawling medical center.
Woman killed by broken elevator
NORWOOD - Joyce Spencer wasn't supposed to be at work Monday afternoon.
Former Reading superintendent sues
READING - The former superintendent of Reading Community City Schools is suing her old district and former school board member Tom Bemmes, claiming she was the victim of sexual harassment, along with gender and age discrimination.
Tristate A.M. Report

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
BRONSON: Opening Day
A wind like the death-rattle of winter worked its cadaver-cold fingers down my neck, but the sky said springtime.


KORTE: City Hall
The Cincinnati Black United Front members want out of the "collaborative agreement."
Some Good News
NORTH COLLEGE HILL - Mike Westermen wanted to be a band director. But at 17, the North College Hill High School student's life was cut short.

BUTLER, WARREN, CLERMONT
2 townships advance leadership searches
FAIRFIELD TWP. - The search for a new leader of this fast-growing Butler County community has been narrowed to three finalists, including the current assistant administrator.


War prompts retirees to reflect on own service
SHARONVILLE - These days, a visit to Brookwood Retirement Center is like taking a stroll through America's military history.

OHIO
House GOP offers $100M in new taxes
COLUMBUS - Faced with Gov. Bob Taft's demands for more than $3 billion in new taxes over the next two years, House Republicans countered with an offer to raise $100 million.


Ohio Moments

KENTUCKY
Judge: Fletcher free to choose
FRANKFORT - A judge Tuesday refused to issue an injunction to prevent Republican gubernatorial candidate Ernie Fletcher from selecting a new running mate to replace the disqualified Hunter Bates.


Suit claims man raped in jail cell
COVINGTON - An 18-year-old who says he was gang-raped in the Grant County jail after being arrested for a traffic violation has sued jail and county officials and the five inmates who have been indicted on charges relating to the attack.
Hard line taken on nuisance tenants
COVINGTON - The nearly 3,000 rental property owners here will have to pay closer attention to their tenants' behavior, or face stiff penalties from the city.
Ex-official on trial in sex case
NEW YORK - A 21-year-old man testified Tuesday that he was drunk, sick and almost asleep when the former commissioner of Kentucky's Department of Juvenile Justice sexually molested him in a New York City hotel room last September.
NKU to host 2 governor candidate forums
Northern Kentucky will be the site of forums - both large-scale and down-home - for the gubernatorial candidates as the May 20 primary approaches.
Courier-Journal writer dies after brief illness
LOUISVILLE - John Harrell, who reported on the thoroughbred industry and agriculture for The Courier-Journal, died Tuesday after a brief illness. He was 37.
Smallpox vaccinations to follow newest guidelines
FRANKFORT - Health officials in Kentucky will follow new guidelines for smallpox vaccinations but are continuing to vaccinate health workers while a possible link to three heart-related deaths is investigated.
SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of Sunday's local stories)
State keeps hiring amid fiscal crisis
Ohio may be facing its worst budget crisis since World War II, but that hasn't stopped the hiring of thousands of state workers.

Navy surgeon has seen war in Gulf before
Sarah Chambers shudders each time she sees war casualties on television. Her husband, Hillsboro native Lt. Cmdr. Lowell Chambers, is a U.S. Navy surgeon who's working in a medical unit in Iraq.
Latest war news at Cincinnati.com

Patton scandal cannot top war
Paul Patton ought to be thankful for Saddam Hussein. The war in Iraq has diverted Kentucky residents' attention from the governor's sex scandal.
Patton wants to talk about tax-bill veto

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.