Chabot's anti-abortion bill near law
WASHINGTON - With a House vote Wednesday to ban a procedure that opponents call "partial birth" abortion, Congress was on the verge of ending what Cincinnati Rep. Steve Chabot called "truly a national tragedy."

Mayor poses election change
Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken wants an electoral reform commission to study whether the city should drop its at-large council election and return to a ward elections or a proportional representation system.

Prank kills peacock at Mason High
MASON - A senior prank that went bad resulted in the death of a peacock after students turned a menagerie of stolen birds and animals loose at Mason High School, authorities said.

Lying juror sent to jail
Rachelle Thomas was so opposed to serving on a jury, she said she'd rather go to jail. And she did.

Hospitals cash cows for city
Many know that Greater Cincinnati's economy benefits from the tourists who come here to watch pro sports or to visit the zoo. But who knew that out-of-towners coming here for hospital care generated more than $363 million last year?

PULFER: Dog breath bragging rights
Well, I am seriously conflicted. A Greater Cincinnati resident is about to compete for a national award. On the other hand, he's competing for the title of Worst Dog Breath in America.

Downtown challenges 'grave,' consultant says
Tear up the skywalk. Demolish Fountain Square's performance stage. Promote a bustling arts and culture district in the blocks ringing Over-the-Rhine's Washington Park. Those are some recommendations from a New York consultant hired by the city and business leaders.

City hires company despite warning
Cincinnati City Council voted 5-4 Wednesday to award a $2.6 million street-sweeping contract to a company accused in Indianapolis of failing to sweep the streets it was supposed to.

Tristate A.M. Report
Hamilton County is paying $437,500 to the family of a Norwood woman who was badly injured in a crash en route to prison in 2000.

Civil War buffs, books get together
LOVELAND - A Civil War book fair will be held at the Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum from 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday, to commemorate the 140th anniversary of Morgan's Raid.
School Notes
WEST CHESTER TWP. - A community meeting to get residents' reaction to four different plans to increase high school space in the Lakota schools is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the freshman school, 5050 Tylersville Road.
Suburban Insider
Butler County Republicans perfected the recipe for "Roast Fox."
Good News: Photo show is a peek at history
Merrill A. Roberts Jr.'s collection of photographs, titled "Art & Life Together Is Magic," ends Sunday after a successful display at the Arts Consortium Gallery, 1515 Linn St., West End.
Obituary: Frank E. Lang taught at SCPA
NORTH COLLEGE HILL - An ensemble of former students sang a choral benediction for Frank Esslinger Lang at his funeral Wednesday.
Obituary: Marjorie Miller Stine was nurse, socialite
FORT THOMAS - Marjorie L. Miller Stine was the first person who greeted - and sometimes treated - patients at her husband's pediatric practice in Fort Thomas for many years.
Holly Hinkle is the recipient of the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing's National Speaking of Women's Health Scholarship for a women's health graduate.

River needs yearly sweep
MOSCOW - Frisbees. Bicycle inner tubes. Pieces of china plates. A compact refrigerator. A small replica of a Beatle - the band, not the insect.

Football star facing drug charge
HAMILTON - Even police say the story of Wayne A. Brandon Jarrett is about squandered potential.

Water leak traced to warehouse
MIDDLETOWN - Water officials were able to find the leak Wednesday in a long-abandoned warehouse in the 800 block of Central Avenue - after losing almost 15 million gallons of water.
Apartment owner, county face off
MONROE - Butler County health inspectors Wednesday began investigating complaints of dead animals, backed-up sewers and potentially dangerous mold infestations at this city's largest apartment complex.
West Chester dog festival Sunday
WEST CHESTER TWP. - Billed as the fastest-growing event in this Butler County community, Dog Fest will be held Sunday for the fourth year at Voice of America Park.
Local murder focus of TV show
HAMILTON - A Butler County murder investigation that began with the discovery of a human torso in the Great Miami River in Hamilton in April 1998 will be featured on a TV series that focuses on how forensic science solves criminal cases.
Fatal crash goes to grand jury
HAMILTON - A Butler County grand jury will consider whether to indict a 25-year-old Liberty Township man in connection with a fatal traffic crash that authorities say involved alcohol.

School boss retiring to his farm
MORROW - As Little Miami Schools students finish classes this week and look ahead to a free summer, Superintendent Ralph Shell is looking ahead to that and more.

Damage caps don't curb premiums
Years of political battles to persuade states to limit damages from medical malpractice claims have not reduced insurance premiums for doctors, according to a national insurance industry rating company.

Ohio Moments: Black Laws cast pall over state
On June 5, 1804, the Ohio General Assembly required, through the newly established Black Laws, that every African-American who lived or worked in the state prove his or her status as a free person.
Combat air crews donate memorabilia
DAYTON, Ohio - Capt. Chris Wachter got a scare after dropping bombs from a B-1 bomber on a building complex in a Baghdad neighborhood April 7.
Ohio guard duty will last year
COLUMBUS - Most of the 5,000 Army reservists and National Guard members in Ohio activated for the war in Iraq will remain on duty for a year, even though the war lasted only six weeks, military officials said.
Young obese prone to gum woes
CLEVELAND - Dental researchers have found what they believe to be a link between obesity and frequency of gum disease in people 18 to 34 years old.
Wife killer gets death sentence
DELAWARE, Ohio - A man was sentenced to death for the killings of his fourth wife and a longtime friend who prosecutors said helped kill the first two wives.
Ohio village loses speed trap
COLUMBUS - The lucrative speed-trap business is coming to an end for the village of New Rome and its 60 residents.

Pendleton officials tour Grant Co. jail
WILLIAMSTOWN - Pendleton Fiscal Court members toured the Grant County jail Wednesday as part of their inquiry into allegations of prisoner abuse at the 300-bed facility.

Boone Co. nurse running for House
BURLINGTON - One day after state Rep. Charlie Walton announced his state senate campaign, another Boone County Republican has stepped up to run for his statehouse seat.
River rescue unit may be cut
BURLINGTON - The only "water ambulance" on the Ohio River and the rescue unit that runs it could be eliminated as Boone County hashes out its budget for the new year.
Around the Commonwealth
BUTLER - A 24-year-old Indiana man was arrested Wednesday in connection with a Pendleton County arson case in which a woman was seriously burned, Kentucky State Police said.

Indianapolis archdiocese cuts jobs
INDIANAPOLIS - The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis is cutting 26 jobs and might consolidate churches and schools to reduce a $1.8 million deficit.

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.