LOCAL NEWS FOR THURSDAY, JULY 17, 2003
Lollapalooza bands still hit hard with fans
Lollapalooza came back to life Wednesday, as the tour that changed the face of modern rock concerts returned to Riverbend in all its body-painting, hemp-wearing, belly-dancing glory.
Concert review: Lollapalooza still has a lotta punch

Saks' new look a return to retailer's roots
Saks Fifth Avenue has begun taking the wraps off the multimillion-dollar makeover of its downtown store, revealing glimpses of the golden age of retailing when tony department stores attracted customers with ambience and attentive service.

Wrights' descendants enjoy a famous legacy
Moments of fame amid a life of anonymity are an appropriate fate for the descendants of - and family spokesmen for - the Wright brothers. The two Daytonians died without reaping the riches one might expect.

West Nile discovered in Butler mosquitoes
Mosquitoes trapped in two Butler County communities have tested positive for the West Nile virus.

IN THE TRISTATE
Finishing Convergys deal could take weeks
It could be three weeks before city officials can finish the details of a new tax incentive agreement with Convergys Corp. - and before Mayor Charlie Luken can get enough members of City Council in town to vote on it.
City Art Museum helps to exhibit a carved city of ancient Jordan
The Cincinnati Art Museum announced Wednesday a joint exhibition with the American Museum of Natural History in New York of 200 objects from the southern Jordanian city of Petra.
Decision to dismiss ex-cop's defamation lawsuit upheld
A Hamilton County appeals court has upheld a lower court decision dismissing former Cincinnati police officer Robert "Blaine" Jorg's $10 million defamation lawsuit against the Cincinnati Black United Front activist group and its president, the Rev. Damon Lynch III.
County inaugurates new radio system
COLERAIN TWP. - When suburban Hamilton County police departments began using a new radio system Wednesday, it was the first time police and fire departments in the county could talk to each other on the same communications system.
Picture of the day: Don't pop, please don't pop

Tristate A.M. Report

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
Pulfer: Title IX: Teaching girls more than just a game
Not exactly a disinterested party, I was hunched on the bleachers screaming like a banshee.
Some good news
How does sickle cell disease affect a child and that child's family?
BUTLER, WARREN, CLERMONT
Closed elementary school up for sale
OXFORD - Two months after closing Stewart Elementary School, the Talawanda Board of Education is cutting nine teaching jobs, increasing class size and putting the closed school on the auction block.
Indictments handed down in rape, attempted murder cases
HAMILTON - After a two-week hiatus, a Butler County grand jury ended a busy five-day session with indictments in nearly three dozen cases, including two attempted murders - one involving a parolee as suspect - and an unusual, violent marital rape.
Butler site to drop Fox's report
HAMILTON - Butler County Commissioner Mike Fox's recent report accusing Domestic Relations and Juvenile courts of judicial abuse soon will be yanked from the county's Web site.
Buses to roll back into Hamilton
HAMILTON - After a 10-month absence, public transit will return to Hamilton in mid-October.
Clermont County couple held in January bank robbery case
MIAMI TWP. - Authorities have arrested a husband and wife thought to be responsible for a January bank robbery inside a Kroger store on Ohio 28 in this northwestern Clermont County community.
Pierce trustee to seek General Assembly seat
PIERCE TOWNSHIP - Township Trustee Curt Hartman has announced plans to run for the General Assembly.
Fairfield group to meet on flood woes
FAIRFIELD - A group of residents unhappy with council's response to their flooding concerns will meet today to look at options.
Mother of accused 13-year-old also charged in infant's death
HAMILTON - A mother of five, whose teenage son is accused of killing his infant half-brother, now also has been charged in connection with the baby's death.
Lakota projects red-ink budget, depletion by '06
WEST CHESTER TWP. - Lakota schools are projected to get about $400,000 more in state funding this year, even though enrollment is expected to grow by more than 300 students.
Couple sue Mason, builder over flooding
MASON - It wasn't like the sump pump just couldn't handle the water, Peggy Sexton said.
Mason makes plans to spend tax-district $$
MASON - The recently approved tax increment financing district along the Interstate 71 corridor could finance a full interchange at Western Row Road.
Ricketts' defender wants new trial venue
LEBANON - Rhonda Ricketts' murder case has received so much publicity that her lawyer wants her trial moved.
Son's fraternity brings mom solace
Sunday, Yolanda Sullivan buried her only son, Michael Sullivan, a 19-year-old Miami Township man who died in a motorcycle accident on the Fourth of July weekend.
Symmes Twp. will take out residents' trash
SYMMES TOWNSHIP - This weekend, residents here can haul their brush, metal, heavy appliances, car batteries and other debris to Hopewell Meadows Park as part of Symmes Township's Summer Cleanup and Brush Drop-Off program.
Warren sees more aid-to-poor requests
LEBANON - Warren County officials were encouraged by the record number of organizations that submitted proposals this year to help the disadvantaged.
OBITUARIES
Matt Dolan, 30, was family's 'comeback kid'
GREENHILLS - Matt Dolan was a vital and sociable man who, while dealing with cerebral palsy and a seizure disorder, never considered himself disabled.
OHIO
Taft picks Jonathan Allison to serve as his chief of staff
COLUMBUS - Gov. Bob Taft on Wednesday named longtime aide Jonathan Allison his new chief of staff, making him perhaps Ohio's most powerful unelected official.
Springer show a shock to senator
WASHINGTON - A few months ago, flipping through TV channels at his house, Sen. George Voinovich saw something that he'd never seen before - something that shocked and horrified him, he said.
Roller-coaster record at Cedar Point broken
SANDUSKY, Ohio - It's been a whirlwind summer for Robert Ward.
Ohio death row inmate clings to hope
MANSFIELD - Condemned inmate Richard Cooey hasn't decided how he will spend the last hours of his life, but he has made funeral arrangements in case his final appeal isn't successful.
Supplement seller grilled in court
COLUMBUS - A poultry researcher and her doctor business partner did not claim their company's powdered egg yolks sold as an immune system booster were a drug, the doctor said Wednesday.
26-year inmate may go free today
COLUMBUS - A man who served 26 years in prison for murder could be released today, days after a lie-detector test showed he was telling the truth when he said he didn't kill a security guard during a 1976 bank robbery.
Ohio Moments

KENTUCKY
Rep. Lucas raking it in for '04 race
FORT MITCHELL - U.S. Rep. Ken Lucas went on a money-raising tear over the last three months, pulling in more cash for next year's 4th Congressional District election than his two challengers combined.
Two indicted in murder, dorm arson
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - A Warren County grand jury indicted two Scottsville men Wednesday in the murder of a Western Kentucky University student who was set on fire in her dorm room.
Patton agrees state employees can unionize
FRANKFORT - More than 19,000 state employees would be eligible for the first time to join labor unions under an agreement Gov. Paul Patton signed Wednesday.
Covington schools' leader re-signed
Covington's school superintendent has been guaranteed another four years at the district's helm.
Kentucky obituaries

Kentucky News Briefs
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
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Priests and Sexual Misconduct
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Erpenbeck Investigation
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