LOCAL NEWS FOR THURSDAY, JULY 31, 2003
New name meant to woo new shoppers
The Rich's-Macy's department store in Atlanta is a big hit with shoppers, proving that adding the Macy's name to Federated stores is the right move.
Cliff Radel's Cincinnati: Lazarus change ends an era

Parties spar over judicial choice
The confirmation of Michigan judge Henry Saad to a federal appeals court in Cincinnati remained in doubt Wednesday after an unusual hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

'Back' to school? Yes, already
Campbell County children know summer's end is near. Come Friday, about 4,700 of them will return to public school, the first district to welcome students back to a new year.

Alarm fees hit, citizens fuming
No alarms went off when Cincinnati City Council adopted a new policy in May to charge homeowners and businesses for having security alarm systems.

IN THE TRISTATE
$436.4 million budget proposed for city schools
The Cincinnati Public School district is considering spending $800,000 to make instructional content consistent in every school and to ensure that what kids are learning matches up with state and federal standards.
Sewer district to buy 8 homes
The Metropolitan Sewer District got the OK Wednesday to buy eight Delhi Township homes that have suffered repeated flooding for a decade or more.
Environmentalist offers support for energy amendment
Hamilton County's top environmentalist wrote a letter Tuesday to two U.S. senators saying he supports their amendment to President Bush's energy bill. It would allow states to continue forcing power plants and other manufacturers to upgrade pollution controls when they expand.
Accidents at Fernald result in deferral of $100,000 in bonus
Repeated safety problems and near-miss accidents at the $4 billion cleanup of the former Fernald uranium enrichment plant in northwest Hamilton County have caused the federal government to withhold $100,000 in bonus money from the company managing the work.
Liability insurance rates drop for city's stadiums
Like the kid who keeps his driving record clean, Great American Ball Park's trouble-free first months are about to pay off in the form of lower insurance costs for Hamilton County.
101 homes planned for Westwood subdivision
When Westwood resident Melva Qweyn heard that a 45-acre parcel along the 2500 block of Queen City Avenue was slated for 1,800 apartment units, her first thought was: "We certainly don't need any more apartments around here."
Tristate A.M. Report

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
Smith Amos: When you need a helping hand, Cincinnati Works
Cordelia Myles was a homeless, jobless, single mother of four just five years ago. Her clerk's job in a ballbearing company didn't survive a car wreck and the time she took to care for her cancer-stricken mother.
Howard: Ex-banker honored for helping kids
Kids and crayons have been more rewarding to Valarie Price than her 20 years in the banking and finance industry.
BUTLER, WARREN, CLERMONT
Dancer's charges upheld
MIDDLETOWN - A female dancer's paid private performances crossed the line into "sexual activity," an appeals court has ruled, so her conviction on three misdemeanor prostitution charges will stand.
River may get its own classroom
The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission wants to bring a floating classroom full of high school juniors and seniors to the Ohio River starting in fall 2004.
Butler Co. tries new tack in prosecuting drug cases
HAMILTON - Butler County drug traffickers' prison sentences could grow by five years because of a new approach by law enforcement, Prosecutor Robin Piper said.
Warren Co. commissioners revved up over snub by BMV
Warren County commissioners were livid when the clerk of courts told them this week that, after nearly three years of talks, the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles might not open a consolidated auto services location in Lebanon.
Blues a backup at city festival
LEBANON - This Warren County seat gets blues with its barbecue this weekend.
Balloonists target Middletown
MIDDLETOWN - It will be an aerial assault that will be welcomed as 30 of the country's top hot-air balloonists fly in and around this city during the upcoming Ohio Challenge celebration.
Landlord found in yard was electrocuted, investigators say
MIDDLETOWN - The police and fire departments and the coroner's office combined efforts to figure out how a 45-year-old landlord ended up dead in a tenant's yard Monday.
OBITUARIES
Theodore Wilburn Jr., 76, was police chief, musician
FOREST PARK - Theodore Wilburn Jr., the first African-American police chief in Portsmouth, Ohio, died Sunday at Hospice of Cincinnati in Blue Ash. The Forest Park resident was 76.
OHIO
Mental health, inmate DNA bills inked
COLUMBUS - Gov. Bob Taft on Wednesday signed into law a bill that allows inmates convicted of felonies a second chance to prove their innocence by asking for a DNA test.
Putting another face on homeless
CLEVELAND - Four-year-old Aaron Dudley is up on a sofa, mugging for the camera with a playful grin and twisted face, tiny biceps bulging in outstretched arms folded into a muscleman pose.
Predator law being toughened
COLUMBUS - The state has identified about 1,000 additional convicted sex offenders at risk of striking again, according to a study done following the rape and slaying of a northeast Ohio girl last year.
Health of Ohio beach-goers to be studied
BAY VILLAGE, Ohio - Federal researchers will begin a study Saturday to monitor Lake Erie's water quality at Huntington Beach, located 13 miles west of Cleveland.
More trucks wanted on turnpike
TOLEDO - Ohio Turnpike leaders want to find out how they can bring more trucks back to the toll road and get the big rigs off secondary routes.
Ohio Moments

KENTUCKY
Citizen tackles suspect police chased
COVINGTON - A citizen on the Covington riverfront Tuesday night tackled a man being chased by sheriff's deputies.
Fletcher will debate with a sub
COVINGTON - Democrat Ben Chandler cannot attend, but the Sept. 23 Northern Kentucky gubernatorial debate with Republican Ernie Fletcher will go forward with Chandler's running mate as a stand-in.
Financial camp gives teens an interest in power of savings
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS - You've been offered a crummy job for one month that will pay you a penny the first day. Each subsequent day of the month, your pay will double from the previous day.
Detective says diary raised hint of foul play
BURLINGTON - The original detective assigned to find Helen Marlene Major's killer took the stand Wednesday to describe how he approached the investigation.
Player meets his young self
COVINGTON - Standing in the sun on the banks of the Ohio River, 90-year-old Bill Cappel watched as an artist painted his face onto a floodwall.
Tina Connor pleads innocent to mail fraud
FRANKFORT - Gov. Paul Patton's former mistress, Tina Conner, tearfully pleaded innocent to mail fraud Wednesday and said the consequences of their relationship had been "tremendously devastating."
Three schools have no dropouts
The state has released its annual summary of dropout, attendance and post-graduation success rates for Kentucky schoolchildren.
Fans have speedier way to speedway
SPARTA, Ky. - The 50,000 or so fans expected at the Kentucky Speedway for the Aug. 17 Belterra Casino Indy 300 will have an easier time getting there.
Patton blames agency for PC breach
FRANKFORT - Gov. Paul Patton on Wednesday blamed the Transportation Cabinet for laxity that allowed its computers to be hacked and allegedly used for viewing pornography.
SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of Sunday's local stories)
Women take power roles
They run companies and put one another on top boards. They donate to causes. They are Cincinnati's newest elite, a growing circle of powerful women who are shaking up leadership traditions. And when Nancy Zimpher arrives as president of the University of Cincinnati, she'll be warmly welcomed into the fold.

UC leader keeps fast pace, personal touch
MILWAUKEE - Those who have worked closely with Nancy Zimpher at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee say gender and style may be what make this 56-year-old chancellor a standout. But it's her ability to deliver results that has changed the face of the university and made an indelible mark on the community.
UC students: What's your advice for the new president?

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.