LOCAL NEWS FOR SUNDAY, JUNE 1, 2003
Downtown skywalk falls into disfavor
Cincinnati's skywalk once was touted as a bold new way to create a better downtown. Now urban analysts hired by the city and downtown business leaders want to tear down chunks of the elevated passageways.
Different cities see pluses, minuses in skywalks

Three die in fiery crash on I-74
Three people were killed Saturday when their car, going the wrong way on Interstate 74, swerved through a maze of vehicles, then crashed head-on with a Metropolitan Sewer District truck.
Child killed when car jumps curb

Aquarium proposal strikes some as fishy
NEWPORT - If sea otters can bring a few more clams to Newport on the Levee, that would be good for the city, retailers and customers said Saturday.

N.Ky. skatepark opens
FLORENCE - Hundreds of skaters - and bikers too - braved cloudy, wet weather Saturday for the grand opening of the Florence/Boone County Skatepark

LOCAL COLUMNS
PULFER: Successful revenge of the nerds
The computer is my friend. At least that is what I would like to believe because I spend a lot more time with my PC than I do with any humanoid.


BRONSON: Fox puts county courthouse on trial
County Commissioner Mike Fox wanted to let a little air and sunlight in - so he blew the roof off the Butler County courthouse.
SMITH-AMOS: Anti-loitering drug law has serious flaws
I hate to be a spoiler in community efforts to crack down on Cincinnati's open-air drug markets. But the new anti-loitering law, enacted May 21, has serious constitutional and practical flaws.

AROUND THE TRISTATE
Adoptions increase at animal shelter
LEBANON - Animal adoptions jumped last week at the Warren County Humane Association, days after the executive director announced an internal investigation into allegations that cats needlessly are being euthanized and were once put into garbage bags while still alive.


Child killed when car jumps curb
ST. BERNARD - A 2-year-old girl was killed and three children were injured Saturday when they were hit by a car while standing on a sidewalk.
Lebanon mayor does it all
LEBANON - If you're going to try to stick a label on Amy Brewer, don't use glue.
Blue Ash delegates sampling sister city
BLUE ASH - The sister-city relationship between this Hamilton County city and Ilmenau, Germany, is nearing a new frontier.
Runaway girl eludes search
Hope of finding a 15-year-old runaway sparked briefly Saturday but quickly faded as family and friends searched for Caitlin "Katie" Matheson.
Parish ready to start building
UNION TOWNSHIP - When St. Veronica Catholic Church in Clermont County celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1999, the parish considered hosting the dinner celebration at another church because of limited space.
Good News: Kids tutored on building trades jobs
In the back yard of the oldest brick building in downtown Cincinnati, inner-city children will get hands-on knowledge of the building trades industry from professionals.
Obituary: Zara T. Burkey, retired teacher
Zara T. Burkey, a retired teacher who earned national honors for curriculum development in the 1960s, died Tuesday. She was 94.
Obituary: Olen Grandle donated land for school
Businessman and community benefactor Olen Grandle died May 15 at Bethesda North Hospital at age 91.
Tristate A.M. Report
VERONA, Ky. - William Waller, 72, of Verona, was seriously injured when he crashed into a parked semi truck.

OHIO
Ohio Moments: Hamiltonian found his greatness in San Diego
Oliver S. Witherby, one of the first American lawyers to practice in southern California, arrived in San Diego County from Hamilton, Ohio, on this day in 1849.

KENTUCKY
Independence may add amphitheater
INDEPENDENCE - One of Northern Kentucky's fastest-growing communities may soon add an amphitheater. Independence City Council is expected to award a bid Monday to build a new amphitheater in the city's 26-acre Memorial Park.


CROWLEY: Historic race falls apart
COVINGTON - Northern Kentucky, particularly the 65th Kentucky House District in Kenton County, came very close to having an historical election next year.
Justice Dept. joins Paducah plant suit
WASHINGTON - The Justice Department is joining a lawsuit that alleges a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corp. illegally stored and disposed of radioactive and hazardous waste and defrauded the government while the company was a contractor at a nuclear facility in Paducah, Ky.
Dorm fire victim's family may sue
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - The mother and aunt of a Western Kentucky University student who died after a fire in her dormitory room have hired a lawyer and are considering filing a wrongful-death lawsuit, the lawyer said.
Republicans hold unity rally
FRANKFORT, Ky. - Just blocks north of the state Capitol Saturday, Republican Ernie Fletcher gathered with other GOP candidates under a tent at party headquarters to rally support for the fall election.
Fugitive who shot at cops pleads guilty
LONDON, Ky. - A man who shot at a sheriff's deputy pleaded guilty to federal weapons charges.
Company owner won't hire teens
CYNTHIANA, Ky. - Days after one of his employees was charged with sexually abusing middle school students at a picnic, the owner of Event of the Season said he's making changes at his company.
Murray St. hikes tuition 15.9%
MURRAY, Ky. - Administrators at Murray State University have approved a 15.9 percent increase in student tuition.
Ky. town mecca for Appalachian punkers
WHITESBURG, Ky. - Growing up in Appalachia wasn't easy for Lacy Hale. She was, after all, the only kid at Knott County Central High School who dyed her hair purple.
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.