LOCAL NEWS FOR SUNDAY, AUGUST 10, 2003
Local hospitals falling behind
Greater Cincinnati's health care system has fallen behind others in Ohio in the race to keep up with medical technology.
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Troubles test parishioners' trust
In west-side Catholic neighborhoods, faith is virtually unshakable. But as a series of scandals - involving clergy sexual abuse - continues to unfold, that allegiance is being tested like never before.

Exotic animals have local haven
A diamondback rattlesnake that formerly guarded a drug dealer's stash, an 8-foot alligator, a 600-pound white Bengal tiger and an African rhinoceros viper blamed for killing its owner last week have found a new home in a 10-acre sanctuary 40 miles north of Cincinnati.

Young hacker charged again
A 24-year-old Milford hacker accused of breaking into one of the world's largest consumer database companies has been charged three other times this year for similar crimes and is expected to be charged federally soon, according to court records and authorities.

PETER BRONSON COLUMN
Next generation of churches is alive in Vineyard
If college kids got together to build their own church, what would it look like?

CINCINNATI-HAMILTON COUNTY
Free haircuts help preserve memory of boat-crash victims
Four years ago this week, Scott Martini and his wife, Pamela Barnes Martini, were killed in a boating accident on the Ohio River after leaving a rock concert at Riverbend.


Norwood holdouts to plead case
NORWOOD - Developers eager to buy working-class homes so they can build Rookwood Exchange, a $125 million mixed-use project, have thinned the ranks of owners in the past year.

AROUND THE TRISTATE
Volunteers give river a clean sweep
The mighty Ohio River is flowing a little easier near its Tristate shores after the annual River Sweep netted tons of garbage, debris and some oddities Saturday.


Tristate A.M. Report
MADISON TWP. - Police found a Butler County couple shot to death in their home early Saturday in what investigators said appears to be a homicide-suicide.
Lakota shifting school bus pickups
LIBERTY TWP. - Fewer Lakota school buses will be making stops in cul-de-sacs or dead-end streets this year.
Good News: Brothers' swim honored sister
At 10:36 a.m. (5:36 a.m. Cincinnati time), under clear skies, a slight wind and 80-degree temperature, Courtney Roberts, 41, of Mount Lookout jumped into the English Channel to begin the first leg of a relay swim across the channel.
Organ donors warn risks can be underplayed
Data suggest that as many as one in three liver donors , face complications such as more surgery, hospitalization and extended recovery periods.
Robertson never missed kidney
Basketball great Oscar Robertson's greatest "assist" came off the basketball court - years after he ended his Hall of Fame career - when he donated a kidney to his daughter in 1997.
Obituary: Justin Brummett was serving his country
Justin David Brummett, an Airman First Class in the Air Force, died Aug. 1 at Minot Hospital in North Dakota of a viral infection.
Obituary: Melvin Schulman gave back to community
Cincinnati businessman, community leader and philanthropist Melvin L. Schulman died of complications related to leukemia and Parkinson's Disease Saturday at the Hospice of Cincinnati in Blue Ash.
Congrats
Robert Herring of Kennedy Heights was one of four educators in the country to receive a Global Educator Award from the National Peace Corps Association.
Photo: Fender bender blues

OHIO
Ohio Bicentennial Notebook
LOVELAND--Reenactors from Company D, 9th Kentucky Cavalry, which followed John Hunt Morgan to Ohio, will encamp Saturdayon the grounds of the Loveland Museum at Riverside Drive and Park Avenue.


Ohio Moments: Sandusky man financed Union troops
On Aug. 10, 1821, Jay Cooke - who was instrumental in financing the Union military during the Civil War - was born in Sandusky.
Father sentenced in daughter's death
PORT CLINTON, Ohio - A man was sentenced to nine years in prison in the death of his 9-month-old daughter, who died of burns from hot bath water.

KENTUCKY
Millionaire counts blessings, not money
FLORENCE - At 84 years old, R.C. Durr admits he thinks about his mortality more often now - but that hasn't slowed him down. His desire to face a difficult challenge or try something new is still alive.


Crescent Springs weighing new taxes vs. mall
CRESCENT SPRINGS - Without the tax revenue generated by a proposed retail and office development, a tax increase in this small Kenton County suburb is "inevitable," says a city councilman.
CROWLEY: Bush, Patton dominate Ky. politics
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Chandler has professed no support for legalized casino gambling in Kentucky. But is he placing a risky bet by making President George Bush a prominent target of stump speech attacks?
Storm blamed for attic fire
Lightning started a small fire at a Florence apartment complex Saturday afternoon when another rash of storms swept through the Tristate.
Deadly explosion reveals health, safety violations
CORBIN, Ky. - The state Labor Cabinet has found seven "serious" health and safety violations at a factory where an explosion in February killed seven workers and injured 30 others.
Fish kill in Salt River unsolved
WEST POINT, Ky. - State officials continued investigating what killed thousands of fish in the Salt River near Fort Knox.

INDIANA
Missing canoeists found OK
ANNAPOLIS, Ind. - Two students from China who got separated from a group on a canoe outing at Turkey Run State Park were missing for 19 hours before searchers discovered them Saturday.

SPECIAL
Great Neighborhoods
Welcome to Newport-Bellevue-Dayton, one of the Tristate's Great Neighborhoods. In the 12th installment of our series, we showcase the people, schools, businesses and cultures that make these communities special.
Previous "Great Neighborhood" reports:
AndersonBlue AshColerainFairfieldFlorenceHamilton
LebanonMason & Deerfield Twp.NorwoodWest 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.