LOCAL NEWS FOR TUESDAY, AUGUST 5, 2003
Charges halt vote on gay bishop
Plans by Episcopal leaders to vote on confirming the church's first openly gay elected bishop were thrown into turmoil Monday when allegations emerged that he inappropriately touched a man and was affiliated with a youth Web site that had a link to pornography.
Area leaders push unity in gay bishop debate
Bishop's letter to the diocese

Dad convicted; two children glad
BURLINGTON - The children of Helen Marlene Major expressed relief Monday afternoon after their father was convicted of killing their mother more than two decades ago in Verona.

Ventura won - could Springer?
Jesse Ventura was a pro wrestler, then a mayor, then a governor. He now wants to be a talk show host. Jerry Springer was a mayor, a television anchor, then a talk show host. And his show has more in common with WWF Smackdown than Meet the Press.

DeWine to see slaves' trail
NEW RICHMOND - Clermont County hopes that its own major historical role in the Underground Railroad will boost tourism. And today, the area will get a visit from a well-known tourist and his family: U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine.

Opinion sought on Web access
HAMILTON - The cost of fixing Butler County's Internet court records dispute is climbing. The cost, originally projected at $15,000, has now more than doubled.

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
Pulfer: Justin's case
I am trying to imagine how it would feel to wake up in the morning as Cheryl Asente.


Korte: Inside City Hall
Anyone who's ever watched a Cincinnati City Council meeting knows that the solons of 801 Plum St. like to talk. A lot.

Howard: Some good news
Looking for some late-summer reading for yourself or your child?

LOCAL NEWS REPORT
Truck driver dies on I-471 despite valiant rescue effort
Despite being rescued in dramatic fashion Monday morning, the driver of a bread truck who flipped his rig in a traffic-snarling wreck near downtown Cincinnati died of his injuries.


Meet police, eat at crime 'going-away' parties
Eat a hot dog, talk to your neighbors, meet the police.

DNA evidence leads to arrest
GLENDALE - Police and residents are celebrating their luck with a national crime database that proved key in leading to an arrest in a trio of spring and summer break-ins.

Clermont to consider MRDD levy
BATAVIA - Clermont County commissioners today will decide whether to approve a request from the county's Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities that could place a 0.75-mill levy on the November ballot.

Man found competent for trial in '74 death
HAMILTON - After two years of legal wrangling, James Elmo Craft has been found competent to stand trial for the 1974 killing of a Springdale teen.

Girls coach arrested on sex charges
LEBANON - A girls softball coach who police say was warned last year about his behavior around a 13-year-old player was arrested Monday on charges that he had sex with her.

Hamilton eatery hopes for revival
HAMILTON - Tavo's Grille, an upscale restaurant offering trendy fare in the city-owned One Renaissance Center downtown, didn't become trendy itself. The restaurant closed a year after opening.

Votes today decide school, fire levies
Southwest Ohio voters will head to the polls today to express their opinions on money issues for two school districts and three communities' fire departments.

Zoo's later summer nights hit with heat-weary visitors
Yellowish male "white" lions and blacker-than-midnight bears leave their caves and hiding places to lie out in the cool evening breezes.

Millions hanging up on landline phones
WASHINGTON - The curly-corded phone by Brandon Fogel's bed was starting to seem like a relic.

OSU arson suspect denied bail
COLUMBUS - The man accused of setting a fire that killed five college students has threatened at least two possible witnesses in the case, a prosecutor said Monday.

Firefighter dies after pet viper bites him
DAYTON, Ohio - A snake collector died Monday, a day after one of his venomous pets bit him.

Heavy rain, lightning riddle Ohio
Torrential downpours and lightning storms moved across central Ohio Monday, killing a 17-year-old boy who was working on a roof.

Tristate A.M. Report
A Cincinnati man was charged Monday with killing two people in separate shootings last year.

Teacher Bethany Kauffman helped children to read
TERRACE PARK - Bethany Rounds Kauffman always thought of others before thinking of herself.

KENTUCKY REPORT
Heavy rains flood Eastern Kentucky counties
McKEE, Ky. - Heavy rain in parts of eastern Kentucky caused flash flooding that closed roads and forced some evacuations Monday.


Jim Beam warehouse incinerated
BARDSTOWN, Ky. - Fire engulfed a Jim Beam warehouse in the heart of Kentucky bourbon country Monday, sending alcohol-fueled flames high in the air before the seven-story structure collapsed.

Petition calls for official's removal
INDEPENDENCE - More than 100 petitioners called Monday for Otis Ketron to resign from Independence City Council after he was accused of using his work computer to solicit sex from a Hamilton County sheriff's detective posing as a 15-year-old girl.

West Nile found in Boone Co. mosquitoes
Northern Kentucky health officials confirm that mosquitoes in Boone County are carrying the West Nile virus.

Fencing off 2 reservoirs worries some
FORT THOMAS - Fencing will soon be going up around a pair of Fort Thomas reservoirs and adjoining walking and jogging trails that have been closed to the public since just after the 9-11 terrorist attacks.

Erlanger man dies in wreck
VILLA HILLS - An Erlanger man died Saturday night after his sport utility vehicle ran off the side of Ky. 8 here.

SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of Sunday's local stories)
Thousands of kids in distress
Thousands of children in Butler, Clermont, Warren and Clinton counties face unbearable amounts of stress, feel depressed on a regular basis, feel completely disconnected from their schools, think frequently about death, or intentionally injure themselves.

Bargain hunters wheel and deal for treasures
Lion King toys. Tiger-print clothes. Chicago Bears gear. All this and more can be found at the World's Longest Outdoor Sale.

Springer's TV fame means edge
If Jerry Springer announces Wednesday that he is indeed running for the U.S. Senate from Ohio, he will be only the latest celebrity to try to jump from TV to D.C.

Freedom Center wows officials
Chilled by cool breezes coming off the Ohio River, the waterway tied so closely with this nation's slave era, African-American politicians looked around in awe Saturday as they toured the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

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.