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Erratic budgets let schools deteriorate
No one disputes that Cincinnati Public Schools are a collection of crumbling buildings long past their prime. Whether Cincinnati taxpayers will spend nearly $1 billion to renovate or build new schools is another question.
School built in 1876 near the end of its life
Tiny gym leaves team always the visitors
Old electrical systems stretched to capacity
Cramped quarters, crowded buildings
Wanted: a little grass, more room to play
Parents worry about lead paint in schools

Indian Hill to pool power buys
Residents of Indian Hill soon will become the first consumers in Cinergy Corp.'s service area to band together to reap the benefits of electric deregulation.

Police want out of race accord
Cincinnati's police union wants out of the historic collaborative agreement on police reform, saying its officers shouldn't have to work with an attorney who continues to sue them and a federal judge the union thinks is biased.
Agreement's yield: Contention
Settlements at a glance

Drop gun suit, city advised
Lawyer Stanley M. Chesley told Cincinnati City Council on Tuesday that he could not justify moving forward with the city's 4-year-old lawsuit against the gun industry, dealing a major disappointment to gun control advocates across the nation.

Morgue photos letter revealed
Hamilton County Prosecutor Mike Allen was accused Tuesday of ignoring his own legal advice when he prosecuted a pathologist and photographer for taking photos of bodies at the county morgue.
Football Classic lacking stadium
The annual River Front Classic & Jamboree may not return to Cincinnati this year because of a scheduling conflict with the Bengals in September, organizers said Tuesday.
Obituary: Austin M. Wright, 80, writer, teacher
Austin M. Wright - professor emeritus of English at the University of Cincinnati, novelist and storytelling authority - died April 23 at Maple Knoll Village in Springdale following a short illness. The Clifton resident was 80.
Tristate A.M. Report

SMITH AMOS: A second chance
Mark Smith is a tall, dark man, with an eye patch, scars on his face and arms, and a no-nonsense stare.

A federal judge who lets her dogs dump on the floor of our U.S. Courthouse and once had them sworn in as federal marshals might have a problem getting much respect from real law enforcement officers.
KORTE: City Hall
What exactly did former City Manager Sy Murray do for the $1,440 a day he billed for his work as director of Mayor Charlie Luken's race-relations commission in 2001?
HOWARD: Some Good News
The dedication and perseverance exemplified by Florence Nightingale continue to set the standards of conduct among health care professionals today.

Health costs jump for Warren inmates
LEBANON - A 60 percent increase in health care costs for inmates at the Warren County Jail prompted county commissioners Tuesday to search for a new health care provider.

Time ripe for ammonia theft
LEBANON - As temperatures rise, so does the possibility of anhydrous ammonia theft as Tristate farmers work their fields.
Going Bananas
After losing a bet with his students, South Lebanon Elementary Principal Erick Cook donned a gorilla suit Tuesday.
Levy would maintain buildings
This is one in a series of stories previewing school bond issues on the May 6 ballot.
Fernald to hold last tour for public
CROSBY TWP. - The public's last chance to tour the Fernald site while it's being cleaned up will be June 10.
Bank One releases condo liens
MASON - Bank One has released an estimated $1 million in liens on up to eight Warren County condominiums purchased with cash from The Erpenbeck Co., according to lawyers representing the homebuyers.
County seeks to preserve rare bridge
CROSBY TOWNSHIP - A 125-year-old abandoned bridge here could get a new life in a township park if Hamilton County receives a grant to refurbish it.

Ohio executes inmate 18 years after slaying
LUCASVILLE, Ohio - After 18 years, David Brewer said it was time to die.

Ohio Moments

Gays win expanded rights coverage
COVINGTON - They lobbied City Commission members, polled hundreds of households, shared tearful stories of discrimination, and in the end scored what they saw as a major victory for gays.

Eatery reopens after slaying
CRESTVIEW HILLS - A solemn group of employees at Applebee's Neighborhood Bar & Grill gathered about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Bob Woodward, 2 politicos to lecture at NKU this fall
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS - One of America's best-known journalists and a pair of political pundits are the scheduled speakers for the fourth annual Northern Kentucky University Alumni Lecture series this fall.
Candidates endorse choice of care type covered by Medicaid
FRANKFORT - Four candidates for governor Monday night strongly endorsed an idea pushed by some influential human service groups, including AARP: allowing those who qualify for care paid by Medicaid to decide whether to receive it at home or in an institution.
Slain Chicago police officer remembered
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. - Mournful sounds of bagpipes cascaded across a tiny cemetery Tuesday as big-city and small-town police officers dedicated a new grave marker to honor the first black Chicago police officer killed in the line of duty, nearly 84 years ago.
Police: Ex-boyfriend shot to death high school senior, self
OWENSBORO, Ky. - A high school senior fatally shot in her ex-boyfriend's car was ranked near the top of her graduating class and was preparing to enter the University of Kentucky in the fall.
Moonlite Bar matriarch dead at 83
OWENSBORO, Ky. - Catherine Bosley, who bought a tiny barbecue restaurant with her husband in 1963 and built it into Owensboro's famed Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn, has died. She was 83.
Nunn wants to 'move on'
LOUISVILLE - Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Nunn said Tuesday that he changed his mind and will not fire an attorney who compared opponent Ernie Fletcher to Yasser Arafat.
Police: 3 men shot to death, dumped in Kentucky River
WINCHESTER, Ky. - Three men were shot to death, then wrapped in tarps before being dumped in the Kentucky River, investigators said Tuesday.
Kentucky obituaries
SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of Sunday's local stories)
Purple People Bridge opens
Yetta Petty remembers watching trains cross the old L&N Bridge. Saturday she gazed at the bridge filled with thousands of people on foot.

Lemmie fascinating, but honeymoon's over
One year into her job as the first city manager under Cincinnati's "strong mayor" experiment, Valerie Lemmie has had a difficult balancing act.

Lakota hopes quality grows with buildings
Success breeds success. And for Lakota Schools, also the need to build buildings.

Holocaust tales of survival
For close to 20 years, Roma Kaltman has told her story of surviving the Holocaust. But it wasn't until last summer that Sandy Kaltman began to intimately learn the details of her mother's life. The two have compiled a traveling exhibit called "Her Story Must Be Told: Women's Voices from the Holocaust."
Read the Holocaust stories of 15 Cincinnati women

"Great Neighborhoods" Guide to Florence
Farmland and suburban businesses abut new subdivisions, taxes are low, and public schools are top-notch. The airport's takeoff has been a growth engine for the area, along with development around the Florence Mall. In the ninth installment of our "Great Neighborhoods" series, we tell you about everything that makes Florence a Great Neighborhood.
Previous "Great Neighborhood" reports:
AndersonBlue AshColerainFairfield
HamiltonLebanonMason & Deerfield Twp.West Chester

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 was one of the Tristate's biggest home builders before his company crumbled in a bank fraud scandal that affected lenders, subcontractors and home owners. Click here for links to all Enquirer reports.