LOCAL NEWS FOR TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 2003
Court upholds principle, strikes down quotas
It will be business as usual, almost. The nation's college administrators called Monday's split Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action a victory that will allow them to keep admissions policies largely intact.
Local colleges step up minority recruiting
Local college-bound teens divided on vote
Tristate: Race matters
Putting the court's ruling into context
Bush: Diversity, not quotas, won
Excerpts from the court's two cases
Editorial: For the good of diversity
Guest column: Colleges face new confusion with court's guidelines
Local voices: Affirmative action ruling

Reserves receive hero's welcome
They gathered Monday at the Marine Reserve Center in Walnut Hills - gray-haired men who once wore the uniform, a freckle-faced boy, wives and mothers and sweethearts - to welcome home heroes.

Butler Co. closer to relief from flooding
HAMILTON - Butler County cleared a major hurdle Monday in its attempt to receive financial relief for homeowners who sustained uninsured damages from this month's flood.

Fairfield can't stand the rain
FAIRFIELD - "Please do something," was the plea of numerous Fairfield residents Monday who were flooded after heavy rains this month.

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
Howard: Some good news
Two local golfers, along with a busload of fans, will travel to Charlotte, N.C., for the induction ceremony of the National Black Golf Hall of Fame July 12-13.


Korte: Inside City Hall
Eighty-three percent of the news stories written about Cincinnati so far this year have been positive.

Pulfer: The ambassador
The family from Albuquerque thinks our city looks very green. And pretty. And pretty big.

TRISTATE HEADLINES
Taxpayers stuck with Kroger's $15M bill
Cincinnati City Council members say they have no choice but to pony up $15 million to build a parking garage for the Kroger Co. in order to keep the company's headquarters downtown.


Mercedes-Benz looking at West Chester
WEST CHESTER TWP. - The auto name that's synonymous with affluence could be coming here soon - the latest symbol of West Chester's growing prosperity.

2 motorcyclists die, another hurt in wrecks
Two men died and a third person was seriously injured Sunday night in motorcycle crashes in Fort Thomas, downtown Cincinnati and Liberty Township.

Heberle parents demand information
About 60 parents and students from a lead-paint-contaminated school turned out at a Cincinnati school board meeting Monday to chastise officials for not informing them where their children will be attending school in less than two months.

School teams to be split up
ANDERSON TWP. - Starting this fall, Nagel Middle School's eighth-grade football and boys and girls basketball teams will be divided according to high school attendance areas.

Scholarship winners want to help others
One's going to Harvard. The other to the University of Kentucky. Both are athletic, artistic, intelligent - each was named class valedictorian - and share a common goal: helping others.

CPS unveils two new designs
The two latest school designs released Monday by Cincinnati Public Schools show that the district is shying away from cookie-cutter designs.

Calling all canoeists: Prove your skills at Paddlefest
Paddlefest 2003, the largest canoe and kayak festival in the Midwest, returns to Cincinnati Saturday, with as many as 1,000 paddlers expected to participate.

West Chester committee urges recreation levy
WEST CHESTER TWP. - A township citizen park committee will recommend today that trustees place a parks and recreation levy on the fall ballot, based on what they say are favorable results from a recent phone survey and public meeting.

Police sort information on river deaths
HAMILTON - Authorities continue to explore what led to last week's fatal boating accident on the Great Miami River near Miami University's Hamilton campus.

Parents who owe support offered catch-up chance
BATAVIA - Amnesty is being offered to about 200 parents identified as delinquent in their support payments to children living in Clermont County.

Death-row inmate asks for new trial
COLUMBUS - An inmate scheduled to be executed this week asked the Ohio Supreme Court on Monday to delay the death sentence and order another trial because of new evidence.

Mary Louise Schum won design awards
Mary Louise Schum, an award-winning interior design artist who worked in Poland, Russia, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, China, Japan, Hamilton and Cincinnati, among other places, died June 9. The Arlington, Va., resident was 85.

Tristate A.M. report
The forecast for today and Wednesday: smog and more smog.

KENTUCKY HEADLINES
Development of Ft. Mitchell farm OK'd
FORT MITCHELL - A Kenton County judge's ruling has cleared the way for construction of upscale homes to begin on the Krumpleman Farm, the last major undeveloped acreage in this suburban community.


NKU grant may spur more health centers at schools
A $74,666 grant awarded to the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Northern Kentucky University could be the catalyst for more school-based health centers in local districts and across the country.

Video shows off city quirks
COVINGTON - Guests won't be arriving in limousines or walking the red carpet for Wednesday's premiere of a film showcasing Covington's historical oddities and everyday life.

Needy parents on long waiting list for state child-care benefits
LOUISVILLE - Limited funds have forced state officials to place poor, working parents, and some who are in school, on a waiting list for child-care help.

Ky. educators weigh state, federal testing at schools
FRANKFORT - Kentucky's public schools could soon have their performance judged two ways - separate measurements for state and federal purposes - with potentially different results and consequences.
SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of Sunday's local stories)
Home inspections lagging in suburbs
Home builders want to build. Homeowners want to move in. Lenders want to close the deal. And in Cincinnati's booming northern suburbs, the frenzy to develop is clashing with counties' abilities to keep up.
Inspections don't alert buyers to environmental hazards
Protect your house, yourself

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.