LOCAL NEWS FOR THURSDAY, JULY 10, 2003
Census verifies city is shrinking
Cincinnati's population has dropped at a faster rate than all but five large U.S. cities' since April 2000. Only two Hamilton County municipalities managed to gain residents since then.
Americans try to find their place in the sun

Batesville soldier was eager to serve
Chad Keith liked to joke around a lot. But he was serious about two things: serving in the Army (as many men in his family had), and his ambition to become president of the United States one day.

Fresh storms renew Butler residents' fear of flooding
A lot of Butler County residents whose property was damaged in last month's flooding are casting worried looks at the sky.
Weather change won't be quiet

Potpies fill late-night niche
Tom Wolfe creates a parking spot in front of a dim Covington bar. He switches on the hazard lights and sticks a magnetic "Delivery in progress" sign to his vehicle.

Skateboarders' new roles: park advisers
Aaron Fisk makes an unlikely civic leader. His legs are scarred from an accidental fire. His knuckles and elbows are dotted with scabs, the classic skateboarder's affliction.

IN THE TRISTATE
Two winners in $260 million Powerball
There were two winning tickets in the $261.3 million Powerball jackpot Wednesday, one sold in Missouri and one in Pennsylvania, lottery officials reported on the Powerball Web site.
W. Nile back, tests confirm
If the dead blue jay found in late June in Anderson Township wasn't convincing enough, health officials now confirm that mosquitoes buzzing around in Dent are carrying the West Nile virus.
Earlier care of hearts studied
Children with muscular dystrophy might live longer - or at least better - if doctors start treating their failing hearts at earlier ages. But it will take an expansion of research studies to know for sure.
Parents haggle over Justin's visitation
The final resolution of a two-state custody battle might hinge on how frequently Justin Moore's biological parents, a Burlington couple, can see the 6-year-old boy now living in Ohio.
Wyoming lures home fire chief
WYOMING - After commuting from his Colerain Township home to his job in Columbus for 4 years, state Fire Marshal Robert Rielage is coming back here to work.
Photo of the day: "What, girl? Timmy's locked in the shed? Here, take this!"

Tristate A.M. Report

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
SMITH AMOS: Norwood's growth swirls around reluctant couple
Carl and Joy Gamble aren't firebrands. The retired Norwood couple are mostly private, quiet types who don't join demonstrations or speak up at City Council meetings. Until now.
PULFER: A little fairy dust sprinkled on Over-the-Rhine
Magic took me for the first time through Over-the-Rhine as it should be seen. He's my horse, pressed into service for the BockFest '99 Parade when my official title was Grand High Magistrate of Sausages. (My friends just called me Your Porkiness.)
HOWARD: Some good news
In a wheelchair, pushed by her mom, Makalia Brown, 4, was able to mix with more than 3,000 other kids and moms from Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus during the Adventures for Wish Kids outing Wednesday at Paramount's Kings Island.
BUTLER, WARREN, CLERMONT
Teen pleads guilty to rape charge
LEBANON - Prosecutors said a Hamilton Township mother of three who was raped by two Louisville teens in her home last November agreed that 15 years in prison was sufficient for one of her attackers.
Vive la France at Montgomery party
MONTGOMERY - Francophiles and all others looking for some good family fun are invited to this weekend's 14th annual Bastille Day celebration.
Fairfield schools target loopholes in dress code
FAIRFIELD - Educators here are fine-tuning their year-old dress code to leave less room for interpretation.
Warren Co. may take back tax break
LEBANON - Warren County property taxes might be going up soon. But commissioners are far from approving a new tax.
Parks levy facing voters
WEST CHESTER TWP. - Residents will get a chance to vote on a proposed levy that could help this growing township add to its parks system.
Hooded sweat shirts OK at all Middletown schools
MIDDLETOWN - "Hoodies" are coming back to the Middletown Schools after a five-year absence.
Grant to help youth stay clean
Butler and Warren county youth will benefit from a $9 million federal State Incentive Grant aimed at building teen substance-abuse prevention programs.
Tax opponent accuses official of intimidation
DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP - The treasurer of a group that opposed the Kings schools' bond issue is demanding the school board disavow a letter its president sent to her that accused her of grandstanding and hypocrisy.
Monroe facing cuts even with tax increase
MONROE - Cuts will be made in this city's 2004 budget regardless of the outcome of any ballot issue voters may be asked to approve.
OBITUARIES
Ervin Stadler reveled in being accountant
SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP - Ervin A. Stadler was so proud to be an accountant that his vanity license plate read "CPA-1."
OHIO
Flight festival stuck on taxiway
DAYTON, Ohio - Carl Tabler, of Corsicana, Texas, gazed at an empty Ferris wheel Wednesday as it twirled under dark clouds.
Pension council pushes audit
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Retirement Study Council decided Wednesday it doesn't need the legislature's permission to audit the state's embattled teacher pension system.
Ohio Moments

KENTUCKY
Fort Wright getting its park
FORT WRIGHT - The city will finally have what it's calling a "signature park."
Killing suspect ordered tested
BURLINGTON - Michael Hopkins of Florence was ordered Tuesday to undergo a mental evaluation to determine if he is competent to stand trial in the fatal shooting of his estranged girlfriend in March.
Patton's ex-mistress indicted in U.S. court
COVINGTON - Gov. Paul Patton's former mistress was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday on a charge of falsifying her qualifications in trying to obtain state contracts for her western Kentucky construction business.
Attack on show horses upsets tight-knit saddlebred industry
LEXINGTON - The case of a champion show horse and four stablemates falling ill after someone injected them in a leg with an unknown substance has unnerved many in the American saddlebred industry's well-mannered world of top hats and jodhpurs.
Kentucky News Briefs

Kentucky obituaries

SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of Sunday's local stories)
Suburbs close in on historic farm
At Turpin Farms, less than 10 miles from downtown Cincinnati in Anderson Township, pickup trucks raise clouds of dust on dirt roads, children play barefoot and chickens roam around fresh daisies and herbs. It's a bit of country in a whole lot of city.
Growth changes everything

Storm turns deadly; thousands still in dark
Thousands of Greater Cincinnatians remain without power this morning, and one family is coping with the deaths of two family members caused by an accident following Friday night's powerful thunderstorms.

Child support fix leaves holes
Ohio is collecting more child support than ever and getting it out quicker to single parents who need the money to feed and clothe their children.
County's child support undergoing changes

SPECIAL
Great Neighborhoods
Welcome to Norwood-Evanston-Oakley, one of the Tristate's Great Neighborhoods. In the 11th installment of our series, we showcase the people, schools, businesses and cultures that make these communities special.
Previous "Great Neighborhood" reports:
AndersonBlue AshColerainFairfieldFlorence
HamiltonLebanonMason & Deerfield Twp.West ChesterWest side

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.