LOCAL NEWS FOR SATURDAY, AUGUST 2, 2003
Man charged in arson at OSU
A man who police said made his living stealing car stereos apparently picked a rooming house near Ohio State University at random to set the April 13 fire that killed five college students, including two from Greater Cincinnati, authorities said.

City, country kids cross paths
COLUMBUS - If you find a person who can't find something fun at the 150th Ohio State Fair here, check his pulse.

Young minister killed in crash
The front door hardly ever closed Friday, as friends and family came to the small gray house offering food and condolences over the tragic death of a promising young preacher.

IN THE TRISTATE
Gays will try to aid prosecutor in death
A Hamilton County grand jury's decision not to indict a suspect charged in a New Year's Eve killing is rallying some in Cincinnati's gay community to work with the prosecutor's office and detectives until the case is resolved.
Weekend fare offers gators, artists' wares
Whatever you do this weekend, don't miss the man at the Hamilton County Fair who wrestles an alligator with his bare hands.
Downtown gets back an old favorite
Besides the sugar, the best thing about Walnut Street Popcorn & Sweets was the fun of sharing, recalls Kathy DeLaura.
Picture of the day: Batesville soldier buried at Arlington

Tristate A.M. Report

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
McNutt: Neighborhoods
HAMILTON-After 213 years, Alexander Hamilton will finally have a prominent place in his namesake town.
Howard: Some good news
About 600 kids were "jamming for Jesus" until daybreak today in an all-night Christian concert-campout at the Living Leaf Community Church property, 2752 U.S. 42, Mason.
BUTLER, WARREN, CLERMONT
Slain woman's children sue homicide suspect, gun owner
LEBANON - As a convicted felon who had tried to kill before, Rocky Lee Barton was legally forbidden from having a gun. But he's accused of using a shotgun to kill his wife.
State questions drug program
HAMILTON - The Ohio Attorney General's Office says Butler County has ventured into a legally questionable area by promoting a Canadian prescription drug discount program.
Mason fire tax on Tuesday ballot
MASON - Five years ago, voters in this Warren County community approved a levy to pay for its own newly created fire department.
Mason closes pool to fix hydraulics
MASON - The plug is being pulled today on the community center's competition pool.
Kids cultivate math, science abilities in Music Garden
Children singing songs, rafting down the Little Miami River and learning Ohio history may actually be helping themselves become more proficient at math and science.
Blessings, 4 at once, worth it, moms gasp
WEST CHESTER TWP. - With a 7-year-old son and four newborns at home, it's a good day if Tracy Leugers can find the time to take a shower.
OBITUARIES
Jack M. Watson, 94, led CCM to modern renown
Dr. Jack M. Watson was the man most responsible for building the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music into the internationally renowned school of music that it remains today.
Tom Potter quietly helped football team, sports events
BELLEVUE - Tom Potter, assistant athletic director and assistant football coach at Newport Central Catholic High School, died Tuesday at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Edgewood. The Bellevue resident was 54.
OHIO
Ohioan may face execution in Texas
COLUMBUS - Gov. Bob Taft has signed extradition papers that could send an Ohio inmate to Texas to be tried for the kidnapping and killing of three young girls two decades ago, his office said.
Ohio colleges ready to report status of their foreign students
COLUMBUS - Ohio colleges say they are ready to comply with the federal government's new student-tracking system, which requires colleges to keep the government electronically updated about the status of foreign students.
Hospitals make ER worth the wait
TOLEDO - Two hospitals have a new deal for the sick and injured who end up in their emergency rooms: If they have to wait 30 minutes before being seen by a doctor, they will get a gift certificate.
Ohio Moments

KENTUCKY
Two-vehicle crash kills woman, injures 3 others
WALTON - A 44-year-old woman died and three other people, including a 12-year-old boy, were hospitalized Friday in a two-vehicle accident on Ky. 16.
Parents, kids all at same school
Public school started in Campbell County on Friday, and for one student, this year brings a special challenge.
Voters promised war on meth, economic fix
OWENSBORO - Heading into western Kentucky and a showdown with Ben Chandler, Republican Ernie Fletcher on Friday promised a new attack on a particular scourge of the region - the illicit trade in methamphetamine - if elected governor.
Teacher fired for promotion of hemp to receive $70,000
FRANKFORT - A former teacher will receive $70,000 from the Shelby County School District to settle a lawsuit she filed claiming she was wrongfully fired for promoting the legalization of hemp.
Prosecution wraps up in Major murder trial
BURLINGTON - The state forensic anthropologist showed jurors in the William Alexander Major trial Friday the skull of Major's wife, whom he is charged with murdering in 1980.
Appointee didn't disclose pay
FRANKFORT - One of Gov. Paul Patton's political appointees at the Transportation Cabinet is also getting a paycheck from the federal government.
Couple faces charges in child-pornography case
LEXINGTON - A married couple from Nicholasville was arrested Thursday on federal felony charges of possessing child pornography, U.S. Attorney Gregory F. Van Tatenhove said.
N.Ky. planning $13M river walk
COVINGTON - Northern Kentucky's river cities are seeking $3.75 million for the first phase of a $13 million river walk that would link the region's growing Ohio Riverfront attractions .
Kentucky obituaries
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.