LOCAL NEWS FOR THURSDAY, MAY 29, 2003
Docs here pioneers in new bypass surgery aid
Researchers say the latest way to prevent a serious complication from coronary bypass surgery could be a good soaking.

Skaters roll out with less in wallets
When Cincinnati City Council passed the controversial "jock tax" last year, the city hoped to pad its coffers by taxing the paychecks of out-of-town athletes and performers such as Sammy Sosa, Randy Moss and Don Henley.

Budget plan outspends Taft
In the midst of a fiscal crisis, Senate Republicans on Wednesday unveiled a budget plan that would spend more on state government than the 10 percent increase pushed by Gov. Bob Taft.

Rescuers collect rare crayfish to save them
After a few hours of trolling the bottom of Paddy's Run Wednesday, Roger Thoma had the world's largest collection of Sloan's crayfish at the bottom of a plastic bucket filled with murky water.

IN THE TRISTATE
City native still dreams of reaching the summit
Twice in his lifetime Jean Ellis has looked at the roof of the world, but it was just beyond his reach.
A fancy dude in fancy duds
Dionta Thompson, 14, donned a fancy hat and tails Wednesday morning for his graduation ceremony at Lafayette Bloom Back on Track Accelerated Middle School in the West End.
Mom's grief includes driver in son's death
Debbie Geiger lost her 23-year-old son, Joshua Montgomery, in a drunken driving accident almost four months ago.
Voters to decide justice center issue
FAIRFIELD - City Council has agreed to vote next month whether to place the controversial issue of location of the justice center on the fall ballot.
Obituary: Robert Dean, 65, FBI agent
LOVELAND - For three months in the early 1970s, Robert C. Dean was the No. 2 guy at the FBI.
Tristate A.M. Report

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
PULFER: Lead hazard
It would be hard not be mad as hell if you live in Lexington Manor. And maybe scared and discouraged.
HOWARD: Some Good News
Two trees, a scholarship and a pavilion will honor the memory of two University of Cincinnati administrators who gave a combined total of 79 years of service to students.
BUTLER, WARREN, CLERMONT
Mason in talks to get charges dropped
MASON - The city is trying get charges against its police chief dropped by cutting a deal with Municipal Judge George Parker.
Mayor resigns county position
MIDDLETOWN - Embattled Mayor David Schiavone, on paid administrative leave from his Butler County Adult Probation Department job, on Wednesday signed a document that will end his 19-year county career.
Inmate's guards may cost $300K
LEBANON - An inmate who allegedly killed his wife then tried to commit suicide could cost the county up to $300,000 for 24-hour guards while he recuperates from reconstructive surgery at a Cincinnati nursing home, county officials said.
Mason invests in tracking students
MASON - This Warren County school district is joining a statewide effort to track student achievement.
Commissioners at odds over zoning changes
Warren County Commissioner Mike Kilburn is on another tangent. He wants Commissioner Pat South to recuse herself from voting on upcoming proposed zoning changes for larger lot sizes and green space requirements in new subdivisions.
Township looks at zoning rules
WEST CHESTER TWP. - After an announcement that a Wal-Mart Supercenter may come to a busy interchange, township leaders want to make sure development and landscaping standards are increased.
OHIO
Former President Bush promotes son's economic plan in Ohio visit
COLUMBUS - President Bush's $330 billion tax cut will help give consumers more confidence in the nation's economy, his father said Wednesday.
OSU to get $11M for tech center
COLUMBUS - A state-funded technology center, a hallmark of Gov. Bob Taft's Third Frontier high-tech development program, will be located at Ohio State University, Taft said Wednesday.
Ft. Stewart remembers comrade
FORT STEWART, Ga. - In one of his last letters, Pfc. Marlin T. Rockhold signed off with a note of relief: "Thank God the war is over." It arrived in the mail the day before the slain soldier's memorial.
Inmate gets 10 years in plot to kill sister-in-law
CHILLICOTHE, Ohio - A man convicted of plotting from prison to kill his dead wife's sister because she had custody of his children was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Cafeteria will be scanning fingers
AKRON - School officials hope a new fingerprint scanning system will make needy youngsters comfortable getting free cafeteria meals.
Man admits one slaying, not two
DELAWARE, Ohio - A man accused of killing his wife and a longtime friend told jurors he saw his wife fall after being shot, then a flash of red flannel as what he thought was an intruder came after him.
Ohio Moments

KENTUCKY
Airport will have new trial to establish value of runway land
A Boone County judge Wednesday declared a mistrial in a condemnation case involving 80 acres the airport needs for its new runway project.
Slaying not random act, mayor says
CRESTVIEW HILLS - It's been more than a month since Mark Allen Smith was gunned down at the Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar, and police have made no arrests. Nor have they publicly identified a suspect.
Inmate freed by DNA accused of shoplifting
Less than a year after DNA evidence freed him from a 20-year sentence for rape, Herman May Jr. is back in trouble with the law.
Skate shop hopes to cater to cool crowd
FLORENCE - As a kid in Charlotte, N.C., Jonathan Mull liked to hang out at a skateboard shop where the "cool" owner welcomed skaters.
Kids with wheels test-driving park
FLORENCE - Nathan Wooten and Brian Gerhardstein spent the morning doing ice pick grinds and abubacas - something they can't do anywhere in the Tristate but Florence.
Water, sewer districts form security pact
To prevent a terrorist attack against the region's water supply, the Northern Kentucky Water District and Sanitation District No. 1 formed a partnership Wednesday to increase security measures.
Ky. computer programmer claims $9.6 lottery jackpot
LOUISVILLE - A Kentucky man on Wednesday claimed the $9.6 million Lotto South jackpot he won more than two weeks ago, lottery officials said.
Gay dads hope 2nd pregnancy calmer
LEXINGTON - This time around, it's not quite so chaotic for Michael Meehan, Thomas Dysarz and Brooke Verity. Or, to put it another way, having only one baby - as opposed to four - seems a lot less stressful.
Kentucky News Briefs
SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of Sunday's local stories)
Springer tests populist appeal
YOUNGSTOWN - George Fairchild, a 70-year-old retiree from the Youngstown Air Force Reserve Station, had heard enough of Jerry Springer's explanations, rationalizations and excuses about the Jerry Springer Show.
Fingerhut? He's the other Dem in the hunt

Veterans' care squeezed by VA
Soon, tens of thousands of veterans will come home from the Iraqi war, be discharged with honor, and have a gift waiting for them - free health care from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for two years. It used to be for life.

Fallen Ky. officer remembered
More than 300 friends, relatives and fellow law enforcement officials Saturday mourned Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Resources officer Douglas W. Bryant, who died Monday.

City revels in holiday fun
They had bellies full of goetta. They had dope Pumas. They had bobbleheads. And most agreed: It was a great time to be young and in Cincinnati.

SPECIAL
West side guide
The 10th installment of our 'Great Neighborhoods' series showcases the people, schools, businesses and cultures that make the west side a great place to live.
Previous "Great Neighborhood" reports:
AndersonBlue AshColerainFairfieldFlorence
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.