LOCAL NEWS FOR TUESDAY, JULY 15, 2003
Close call on Convergys
An Enquirer survey of council members found the Convergys issue still very much undecided. Four council members are leaning in favor, four leaning against, with the possible deciding vote being Vice Mayor Alicia Reece.
Taxpayers want a bit of help, too
Convergys deal: Vote today (Editorial)
MONDAY:
Norwood fumes at incentives
Convergys first to use new extended tax break law
Amos: City's Convergys deal gives too much, gets too little
SUNDAY:
Convergys: Council agonizes over take-it-or-leave-it deal
You're more familiar with Convergys than you think
Convergys could displace 5 companies

Hamilton County removes risky tire stacks
At a cost of $9,000, Rumpke trucks hauled off a few of the region's lingering health threats Monday.

Shell of autism cracks
Club Connect is a place established by the Lakota Local School District to help junior high and high school students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder to develop the social skills that they often lack.

4-death driver loses license
WILMINGTON - A 17-year-old Goshen Township girl who was driving a car that crashed last year, killing four other teens, will lose her license for two years, a juvenile court judge ordered Monday.

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
Howard: Some good news
Two local black golfers were inducted into the National Black Golf Hall of Fame on Saturday, based on their driving, chipping and putting skills, and their ability to pass those skills along to young golfers.


Korte: Inside City Hall
Anyone who has followed the debate over Issue 5 and the Fraternal Order of Police contract knows that the arguments have gotten personal.

Pulfer: Self-esteem time
This is her first time downtown in years, she says. Years. A stay-at-home mom furloughed for the afternoon, she lives in Sharonville and is meeting "some girlfriends" for lunch. I hope she feels the way I do when she leaves.

Radel: Pen pals finally meet
For 33 years, Zona Whyte of Auckland, New Zealand, and Cheryl Tallman of Westwood exchanged letters from opposite ends of the world.

TRISTATE NEWS
City to unveil map of loudest noise from Lunken Airport
Cincinnati officials now have - for the first time - a map of where they think the noisiest areas are located in and around Lunken Airport. The map shows the loudest areas are on airport property.


Court allows OxyContin suit to become class action
MIDDLETOWN - A potentially huge class-action lawsuit against the makers and marketers of OxyContin, a powerful prescription painkiller that has become widely abused, has cleared another legal hurdle.

Boy tells police a 'fit of rage' prompted knife attack on girl
INDIAN HILL - A 17-year-old boy has been arrested in the Sunday evening stabbing of a 13-year-old girl as she jogged along Given Road in this exclusive Hamilton County suburb.

Commissioners criticize efforts in Bengals case
Two Hamilton County commissioners accused the prosecutor's office Monday of trying to derail their effort to hire an out-of-town law firm to assess the county's case - if any - against the Bengals.

Batavia votes on rezoning tonight
BATAVIA TOWNSHIP - Trustees are scheduled to decide tonight on a rezoning application that would pave the way for a new subdivision along Amelia-Olive Branch Road just south of Judd Road.

County to cluster industries
Information technology, specialized manufacturing, and arts and entertainment may be Hamilton County's next big areas of economic growth, according to research unveiled Monday by the county's Regional Planning Commission.

Crowd packs council meeting
LAKESIDE PARK - An overflow crowd of about 60 residents packed council chambers Monday night to voice concerns about crime and safety issues in their neighborhood.

Red Cross relief fund almost gone
DAYTON, Ohio - The American Red Cross has spent $16,000 in Ohio in the past week to set up shelter and provide food and drinking water to flood victims.

Traffic deaths up in township
WEST CHESTER TWP. - West Chester Township has been hard-hit with traffic fatalities so far in 2003.

Tristate A.M. Report
WASHINGTON - Jerry Springer, the talk-show host whose nationally syndicated program has spotlighted strippers and skinheads, officially filed papers on Monday to run for the U.S. Senate from Ohio.

KENTUCKY REPORT
Slaying victim had bailed out suspect
COVINGTON - Detectives say an elderly widower was bludgeoned to death Saturday by two Northern Kentucky men, one of whom he had bailed out of jail three months earlier.


4-H shows draw kids to county fairground
INDEPENDENCE - Paul Siffel was trying to catch his breath outside the arena as sweat poured down his face. The 13-year-old had just spent much of the morning in competition, trying to keep SpongeBob SquarePants in check.

Blind horse on way to new Mont. home
Beauty is on her way home. The blind, 18-year-old horse who has lived at the Boone County Animal Shelter for nearly six months is leaving Kentucky today for greener pastures in Montana.

Injured saddlebreds continue to improve
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The five American saddlebreds deliberately injured late last month are showing steady, if slow, improvement, a veterinarian treating the show horses said Monday.

Frisch's to replace Mexican restaurant
FLORENCE - A popular Mexican restaurant in Florence is closing its doors after selling its site to Frisch's restaurants.

Man enters plea in child's death
INDEPENDENCE - A 28-year-old Indiana man accepted a plea agreement minutes before he was to stand trial Monday for killing 2-year-old Jacob Troy Donskey in February 2001.

23% of pregnant Ky. women smoke, study says
FRANKFORT - While the number of Kentucky women who smoked during their pregnancies decreased during the last decade, the state still had the second highest nationwide percentage of pregnant smokers, according to a published state report.
SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of Sunday's local stories)
Stung online, few claim innocence
Good police work, or entrapment of someone who has committed no crime? That's a growing question as law officers track sexual predators on the Internet, posing as underage girls and, sometimes, boys.
New laws OK'd online police stings
Protecting your kids while they're online

Parents' pride: All 3 kids in Iraq
It's safe to say Bill and Mary Staun's first ride in an Army Humvee was considerably more enjoyable their eldest child's last.

Tall Ships set their sails for northern Ohio ports
Tall Ships, Lake Erie's equivalent to Tall Stacks and a signature event of the Ohio bicentennial, will continue through July 20 at various northern port cities, including Toledo.
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.