LOCAL NEWS FOR THURSDAY, JUNE 26, 2003
First lady captivates Oyler students
The library at Oyler Elementary School has probably never been as quiet as it was Wednesday when Laura Bush sat down to read to 26 second- and third-graders.

Navy sinks plan for sub display
The USS Cincinnati, a nuclear submarine mothballed at the end of the Cold War, probably won't end up as a tourist attraction on the riverfront.

Space doctor to help in robotic surgery
If an astronaut ever needs surgery in space, a doctor soon to be in Cincinnati will play an important role in making it possible.

West Chester regrouping
West Chester Trustees are stepping up their search for a new finance director to replace one who left behind unfinished work and other bookkeeping problems - after a stint tainted by reprimands for surfing porn sites in the office.

IN THE TRISTATE
Teens spruce up the neighborhood
Allen Clark sat on the steps of his rented Sidney Avenue home in Camp Washington Wednesday afternoon, watching a parade of sorts: teenagers wearing tool belts, pushing wheelbarrows and toting plywood, boards and buckets.
Local teens get art hung in Capitol
WASHINGTON - Every building could use some art to brighten it up - including the Capitol.
Thomas More College fund drive ends with over $300,000
Thomas More College officials announced Wednesday the completion of its annual fund drive for the 2002-'03 academic year.
Students get taste of crime-solving
A brown-haired female wearing a lavender jacket and brandishing a gun robbed the Starbucks at Northern Kentucky University's Natural Science Center on Wednesday afternoon.
Obituary: Joseph Tucker, 68,
NORTH COLLEGE HILL - Joseph A. Tucker, former North College Hill city councilman and auditor, died of duodenal cancer Wednesday at home. The North College Hill resident was 68.
Photo of the day: Partners test skills

Tristate A.M. Report

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
SMITH AMOS: Music festival deserves corporate Cincinnati's help
Last September, the MidPoint Music Festival was just a baby, albeit a very large baby.
HOWARD: Some good news
In 10 years, the Revelation Baptist Church's "A Taste of Christianity Outreach Community Festival" has blossomed into a neighborhoodwide event, bringing in policemen with horses for kids to pet and ride, and firefighters with engines for kids to see.
PULFER: Can't we do more than park cars for $15 million?
We have already had the misfortune of watching as the Pogue's lot helped suck the life out of Fourth Street. Imagine what might have happened if some visionary had insisted that big footprint on Fourth be a parking lot plus retail and maybe some housing at street level.
BUTLER, WARREN, CLERMONT
Theater debuting Friday
WEST CHESTER TWP. - For years, Jenine Zieverink has endured miles of heavy traffic as she hauled her four teenagers to the nearest cinemas in Warren and Hamilton counties.
Arson ruled cause of strip-center fire in Deerfield Twp.
DEERFIELD TWP. - A fire that destroyed a Columbia Road strip center early Wednesday was the work of an arsonist and could be linked to a string of trash bin fires that erupted within an hour, fire officials said.
Cameras to guard Hamilton schools
HAMILTON - About 235 security cameras are being installed in three Hamilton schools this summer, thanks to a $500,000 federal grant.
Monroe seeks citizens' advice
MONROE - City leaders are trying to turn public outcry into involvement by forming a citizens committee to help solve Monroe's financial mess.
Work begins on $6.5M Union Twp. civic center
UNION TOWNSHIP - Work has begun on a $6.5 million civic center in this Clermont County township.
Liberty trustee looks to House seat
LIBERTY TWP. - Township Trustee Christine Matacic has set her sights on a seat in the Ohio State House of Representatives.
Little Miami school crunches numbers on college-bound grads
HAMILTON TWP. - Nearly two-thirds of the 117 members of Little Miami High School's Class of 2002 went on to either college or technical school.
OHIO
Concealed weapons bill may be dead; negotiations dissolve
COLUMBUS - Negotiations on a bill that would allow Ohioans to carry hidden guns broke off Wednesday, leaving its chances of passage remote before lawmakers break for the summer today.
Ohio Senate passes bill to remove offensive language from lawbooks
COLUMBUS - A bill to remove racially offensive terms such as "colored persons" and "Negroes" from Ohio's lawbooks unanimously passed the Ohio Senate Wednesday.
Veteran church bell ringer wants to hang it up at 83
FORT RECOVERY, Ohio - For the first time in 56 years, St. Wendelin Catholic Church has an opening for a bell ringer. Ed Lefeld, who has been pulling the ropes since 1947, wants to call it quits.
County judge orders adult store to close
EASTLAKE, Ohio - A Lake County judge has ordered an adult bookstore closed for a year, but the result may be permanent.
MU president gives student $10 to repay debt
OXFORD - A Miami University student who sent a hoax e-mail to students and staff saying classes were canceled for a day has received some unexpected support.
Ohio Moments

KENTUCKY
Covington OKs $38M for budget
COVINGTON - The Covington City Commission has approved a new $38 million budget, but only after two commissioners won assurances that the spending plan will be changed to improve the city's economic development efforts.
Truck search finds cocaine
ELIZABETHTOWN - A truck driver delivering promotional items for a beverage company was stopped with more than $500,000 worth of cocaine packed in the truck, authorities said.
Interstate link to complete route to coast
SAMS GAP, N.C. - A 9-mile stretch of Interstate 26 through Madison County will open in August, filling the last gap in 600 miles of four-lane highways from the South Carolina coast to Ohio.
W. Nile fear may boost skeeter fish
CORBIN - A Whitley County woman hopes to calm fears of West Nile virus and make summer more enjoyable with her mosquito-eating fish.
Raises, scholarships part of new UK budget
LEXINGTON - Raises for employees, more scholarships for students and funding for program improvements are all included in a $1.392 billion budget University of Kentucky trustees approved this week.
Kentucky obituaries
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.