LOCAL NEWS FOR TUESDAY, JUNE 17, 2003
Flooding recedes, clean-up begins
HAMILTON - Thousands of Butler County residents returned to water-logged, muddy homes Monday to begin cleaning up and tallying losses, while authorities tried to assess the full impact of the heavy weekend rains that flooded homes, roads and fields.
Despite deluge, area's rainfall below last year
No respite for Butler flood crews

They log on, look out with Web crime cams
In the new world of crime-fighting, it's not Big Brother watching. It's your neighbors on their computers.

Church tosses defiant minister
FORT MITCHELL - The Rev. Stephen Van Kuiken was formally renounced by the Presbytery of Cincinnati on Monday for continuing to perform same-sex marriages.

T's wife: 'I hate this area'
Cars slow as they reach The Candy Corner. Drivers lean their heads out, hollering to the woman sitting on a stool outside the little West End store.

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
Kids get down and dirty outside
In between thunder showers and other summer activities, some 200 kids in the Summer Sprout Garden Program are getting their hands dirty, tilling soil in the neighborhood garden programs.


Pulfer: Unexpected gifts
Angel Rutledge sat in the parking lot at Rookwood Pavilion, waiting for her mother, who was having her eyebrows professionally arched in preparation for Angel's wedding the next day. Frankly, Bonnie Rutledge said, "It hurt like heck."

TRISTATE HEADLINES
Liberty manager gets pay increase
LIBERTY TWP. - Trustees voted 2-1 Monday to pay their new administrator more than the $50,000 annual salary originally set for the job after he balked last week at accepting that amount.


Butler's monkeypox hot line is ringing
HAMILTON - A Butler County Health Department hot line established for monkeypox-related concerns fielded 50 calls over the weekend, an official said Monday.Health officials set up the hot line, 863-1770, after authorities learned a pet wallaby may have been exposed to the virus before it visited Bloomfield Elementary School on May 27.

Home of Reds to become host for a day of prayer
Saturday's all-day prayer fest at Great American Ball Park - Greater Cincinnati Prays and Worships Together - won't be like Billy Graham coming to town.

Former sheriff sued by state
COLUMBUS - Saying officials who misspend tax money must be held accountable, state Attorney General Jim Petro on Monday announced he is suing the former Fairfield County Sheriff and others connected to the sheriff's department for misspending more than $213,000.

Council favors property tax cut
Cincinnati City Council moved toward a property tax cut for city homeowners Monday - but who will get that cut and how much they'll get is in question.

Decision changes parole system
A change in the way the state parole board considers how soon an inmate gets a parole hearing has prosecutors and victims' rights advocates crying foul, while some defense lawyers and prisoners rights groups are applauding.

Schools try to cope with Ohio budget cuts
CLEVELAND - Orrville Superintendent Jeff Patterson has been busy lately trying to cut his $12 million budget and persuade voters to pay more taxes.

Suspect in killing no longer a guardian
Frederick Engelhardt, a suspect in the slaying of his mother, is no longer the state-appointed guardian of a severely mentally retarded woman.

Traffic snarled, 2 hurt in wreck on Norwood Lateral
NORWOOD - An adult and a 10-year-old child were injured and traffic along the Norwood Lateral/Ohio 562 was snarled most of Monday afternoon after a truck carrying an oversized load on the highway struck the Montgomery Road overpass.

Assistant now Badin High School principal
HAMILTON - Students returning to Stephen T. Badin High School will find a familiar face at the helm.

Police give advice with fishing time
WEST CHESTER TWP. - Get youths hooked on fishing, not on drugs. That's the goal of a national program West Chester Township Police are participating in for the fifth year.

Mayor takes heat for budget mess
MONROE - A city councilman says the mayor should have done more to head off growing budget problems that will likely lead to higher taxes for residents.

Portman among Ohio's richest lawmakers
WASHINGTON - Ohio's delegation to Washington had net worth of at least $13 million last year, according to congressional financial disclosure reports.

Vandal gets 6 years in prison, tongue-lashing from judge
Judge Ann Marie Tracey didn't mince words. "(There's) a streak of sadism in your behavior that's very concerning to me," she told Mark Holtman Monday in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court. "...You're mean, you did damage for the sake of the thrill."

Academic All-Stars: Hamilton County
The Cincinnati Enquirer is pleased to present the Tristate's top honor students of the Class of 2003. While most schools name valedictorians or salutatorians, some recognize students in another way. In those cases, the Enquirer is listing the top students and their honors as designated by the schools.

Academic All-Stars: Butler County
The Cincinnati Enquirer is pleased to present the Tristate's top honor students of the Class of 2003. While most schools name valedictorians or salutatorians, some recognize students in another way. In those cases, the Enquirer is listing the top students and their honors as designated by the schools.

Academic All-Stars: Warren County
The Cincinnati Enquirer is pleased to present the Tristate's top honor students of the Class of 2003. While most schools name valedictorians or salutatorians, some recognize students in another way. In those cases, the Enquirer is listing the top students and their honors as designated by the schools.

Academic All-Stars: Clermont County
The Cincinnati Enquirer is pleased to present the Tristate's top honor students of the Class of 2003. While most schools name valedictorians or salutatorians, some recognize students in another way. In those cases, the Enquirer is listing the top students and their honors as designated by the schools.

Academic All-Stars: Northern Kentucky
The Cincinnati Enquirer is pleased to present the Tristate's top honor students of the Class of 2003. While most schools name valedictorians or salutatorians, some recognize students in another way. In those cases, the Enquirer is listing the top students and their honors as designated by the schools.

Academic All-Stars: Dearborn County
The Cincinnati Enquirer is pleased to present the Tristate's top honor students of the Class of 2003. While most schools name valedictorians or salutatorians, some recognize students in another way. In those cases, the Enquirer is listing the top students and their honors as designated by the schools.East Central

Tristate A.M. report
Cincinnati City Council could have the last word on the financing plan for a mall 6 miles outside city limits.

KENTUCKY
Board scours community center site
COVINGTON - Gaming materials found Monday during a tour of the closed Northern Kentucky Community Center will be inventoried by a worker from the Kentucky Department of Charitable Gaming to verify that they belong to the troubled center.


70 lawmakers to visit N.Ky.
Frankfort comes to Northern Kentucky this week to be wooed and wowed.

Ky. athletes off to Special Olympics
LOUISVILLE - For the next two weeks, athletes from across the state will compete in the Special Olympics World Games in Ireland.

Fort Thomas schools settle complaint case
The Fort Thomas School District reached a settlement with Paul and Cheryl Hansman, minutes before a three-day due process hearing was scheduled to begin Friday.

Road projects may be halted
Kentucky's continuing budget woes might halt or delay some of the 15 planned Northern Kentucky road construction projects, a Transportation Cabinet official said.
SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of Sunday's local stories)
City image artfully buffed
The national and international media spotlight turned on Cincinnati two weeks ago, when the new Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art opened.
Three former Cincinnatians see hometown differently

Local scientists zeroing in on asthma
For years, researchers knew that asthma was a complicated disease. But now, a massive genetic analysis in mice that was led by experts at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center shows that the breathing disorder is much more complicated than thought.
Research also valuable in allergies

Fathers and sons, together to the bone
When fathers and sons find common ground in their careers, that's special. When their careers allow them to work in the same office, that's unusual. When that office contains not one but three father-son pairings, that's amazing.
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.