LOCAL NEWS FOR SUNDAY, AUGUST 17, 2003
Robotics elevates UC medicine
A world-class surgical innovator who left Cincinnati to work with state-of-the-art equipment in Columbus is returning to spearhead a new research and development collaborative among physicians, engineers and industry.
$1.5 million gift brings surgeon, robots and research to Cincinnati

49 meth labs uncovered in Clermont
For the second consecutive year, officials have shut down more meth-making labs - mostly mom-and-pop operations producing relatively small amounts of the drug - in Clermont County than in any other of Ohio's 88 counties.

Boosters do big-bucks work for school teams
As thousands of fans around Greater Cincinnati begin to crowd into public high school sporting events this week, few will notice the financial paradox that surrounds them.
Hey, high-school seniors!
In your schools

IN THE TRISTATE
'Family' members travel long way
The Black Family Reunion was started by the National Council of Negro Women to challenge reports of the demise of the black family. The Midwestern facet kicked off in Cincinnati Friday. Festivities continue today.
Lockland fixing up deserted industry
LOCKLAND - Village officials are building a future out of the past.
Give back, clean up
The young-professional organization Give Back Cincinnati debuted a new effort Saturday called Clean Up the Town.
At library, growth is in high-tech
It's a weekday afternoon at the Groesbeck library, and youngsters are picking out videos in the children's section while a businessman peruses books on CD and an older woman asks about DVD movies.
Tristate A.M. Report

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
Pulfer: Class act puts together world-class tennis event
The parking attendant waved me to a spot on the grass with enough room to open my door without dinging the car next to me. She told me to have a nice day and looked as if she meant it.
Bronson: Arrests up, crime down - the boys in blue are back
A colorful bar graph of Cincinnati crime statistics looks like a stack of building blocks reflected in a pond.
Crowley: Possible gaming referendum may make careers
In late June, about 100 Kentucky lawmakers spent a few days in Northern Kentucky, holding meetings and enjoying some of the region's new attractions and entertainment spots.
Cliff Radel's Cincinnati: On the auction block
Who will buy her memories? What price will they pay for her hometown treasures?
Howard: Some good news
Sitting in her wheelchair, Sister Mary Lea Mueller held court for two hours Wednesday at Mother Margaret Hall with about 150 of her friends and co-workers.
BUTLER, WARREN, CLERMONT
Lebanon roadwork hits halfway point
LEBANON - Though orange barrels and detour signs are still a common sight in this historic city, the first two phases of the $11.5-million Main Street project are finished.
Community service considered
NEW RICHMOND - Students at New Richmond High School may soon have a new requirement for graduating from high school - community service.
OBITUARIES
David Goetz, 34, served as attorney in military
Edgewood, Ky., native and Army Maj. David Joseph Goetz's lifelong goal was to serve the public. Having served as an attorney in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Senate, he had planned to return to Kentucky and seek political office.
Robert W. Hilton Jr. was 'quintessential good citizen'
Retired lawyer and civic leader Robert W. Hilton Jr. died Wednesday at his home in the Deupree Community, Oakley. The former Mount Lookout resident was 86.
OHIO
Auditor: Charter school in debt
COLUMBUS - A Toledo charter school was more than $450,000 in debt when school ended last year, state auditor Betty Montgomery said Friday.
Azerbaijani leader continues to heal
CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Clinic said Friday that Azerbaijani President Geidar Aliev was continuing to improve.
Limited mining beneath 400-year-old forest OK'd
COLUMBUS - After years of debating the environmental implications, the state gave a coal company permission Friday to mine beneath parts of a 400-year-old eastern Ohio forest that contains a large tract of old-growth timber.
Unearthed Indian remains delay housing development
PORT CLINTON, Ohio - The builder of a housing development where American Indian remains have been found has halted amateur excavation so that professionals can take over.
Ohio River Pipeline gets approval
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has given its approval for work to resume on a Marathon Ashland Petroleum pipeline being built in southern Ohio.
Ohio Moments

KENTUCKY
Pence works Dems' picnic
COLD SPRING - Republican lieutenant-governor candidate Steve Pence and an entourage of GOP-elected officials on Saturday night crashed what has been traditionally a Democratic Party event.
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.