'Matrix' influence examined in slayings
The slaying of a Miami University professor last year has gained noteriety as one of the so-called "Matrix Murders" - killings involving suspects reportedly caught up in the movie's alternate reality.

Museum Center seeks tax levy
The Cincinnati Museum Center, facing what it calls a "financial crisis," will ask Hamilton County to place a tax levy on the March 2004 ballot.

Bill would erase race terms from law
Calling the language intolerable, a Cincinnati lawmaker is attempting to remove references to "colored persons," "white persons," and "Negroes" from Ohio law.

CAN releases city action plan
Leaders of Cincinnati Community Action Now, formed after the April 2001 riots, unveiled a list of programs they said would repair decades of neighborhood neglect, economic and educational disparities, and bad blood between police and African-Americans.

Classic & Jamboree moved to Cleveland
The annual River Front Classic & Jamboree, a four-day event which includes a football game between historically black colleges, will move to Cleveland this year and alternate between there and Cincinnati.

A public display of affection
Rachel Burrell, founder of the Fernside Center for Grieving Children, was honored at a dinner last week. She appeared baffled by the attention.

Veteran police sergeant indicted
A veteran Cincinnati police sergeant was suspended without pay Monday after a months-long investigation into falsified pay records ended with his indictment on 19 felony charges.

Officer dragged 53 feet
ANDERSON TWP. - A Hamilton County Sheriff's deputy was injured Monday when he was dragged more than 50 feet by a fleeing woman's vehicle near the PNC Bank on Beechmont Avenue.
Zoo's CEO presents case for levy
The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden's leader made his case for a tax levy renewal Monday, promising the attraction will spend the public's money carefully.
Police crash party near UC
Police squelched one weekend party near the University of Cincinnati campus and crashed another, reminding partygoers the community hasn't forgotten about the overturned cars on Stratford Street during Cinco de Mayo.
Presbytery asked to discipline minister
The Mount Auburn Presbyterian minister found guilty in an ecclesiastical trial of marrying gays and lesbians faces new accusations from a California lawyer who made the original complaints.
Norwood watches other blight battle
NORWOOD - Citizens Against Eminent Domain Abuse is keeping a close eye on Jeffrey Anderson, the Norwood developer who wants some members' properties, and his recent battles in suburban Cleveland.
Photo: School Mural

Children Services cuts $4.2M
HAMILTON - Facing reduced state and federal funding and rising costs, Butler County Children Services is slashing $4.2 million from its budget to avoid a deficit at the end of the year.

Bike death poses unique problem
AMELIA - Police and prosecutors are waiting for a completed autopsy report before deciding whether to charge a man who was riding a bicycle on a sidewalk when he struck and killed 54-year-old Bill Abrams.

Tristate A.M. Report
The Anderson Township woman accused of selling videotapes of her sexual encounters was freed from prison Monday.

School board to remove tablets
WEST UNION, Ohio - The Adams County school district, which is challenging a federal judge's ruling that the Ten Commandments are illegally posted on granite monuments on public school grounds, will remove the monuments under the court's order.
Good News: Workshops to help with life issues
Managing yourself may be a bigger problem than you think.
Obituary: Marvin Aronoff, family physician
WYOMING - Marvin Aronoff practiced family medicine in Groesbeck for 30 years.
Erica Henize was named to the winter quarter dean's list, with a 4.0 grade point average, at the University of Cincinnati.

Ohio Moments: UC grad was first woman rabbi in U.S.
On June 3, 1972, Hebrew Union College president Alfred Gottschalkordained Sally Jane Priesand - America's first female rabbi - at the Plum Street Temple in Cincinnati.

Newport OK's aquarium expansion
NEWPORT - The $4.6 million aquarium expansion unanimously approved Monday night by Newport City Commission will feature a permanent home for otters and traveling exhibits.

Justice Dept. asks about Grant Co. jail
WILLIAMSTOWN - The Justice Department has been gathering information on the Grant County jail as allegations of prisoner abuse mount.
Former brewmaster likes taste in teaching
ERLANGER - The Monday after Richard Dube graduated with a Master of Arts in Teaching, he wore his gown and hood all day at Lloyd Memorial High School, where he teaches science.
Wildlife official destroyed eagle egg
FRANKFORT - A state wildlife official destroyed an egg produced by two bald eagles in captivity, arguing she would have violated a federal permit by allowing the egg to hatch.

SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of Sunday's local stories)
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

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.