LOCAL NEWS FOR TUESDAY, AUGUST 19, 2003
Ohio schools' report cards more complex
Think you understood why your Ohio school district rated "effective" last year or was labeled in "academic emergency"?
Tuition 'sticker shock' tackled

Newport traffic clogs bridge
The number of accidents in the southbound lanes of the Daniel Carter Beard Bridge has tripled since the Newport on the Levee entertainment complex opened two years ago - and officials say relief is more than a decade away.
Locals vie for parking

No-mascot decision stands
ANDERSON TWP. - Stacey Stahl pledged to continue fighting to revive Anderson High School's costumed Redskins mascot Monday after the Forest Hills School Board voted not to reinstate it.

Cincinnati NAACP telling mayor to settle boycott
After nearly two years of straddling the fence, the Cincinnati chapter of the NAACP will demand today that Mayor Charlie Luken settle the two-year-old boycott of downtown.

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
Howard: Some good news
The number of premature births in this country is on the rise. Experts say there were 460,000 "preemie" births in the country last year. Locally, 267 of the 2,924 babies born weekly are premature. Of those, 23 die before their first birthday.


Korte: Inside City Hall
Seven Republicans, three Charterites and two Democrats want to claim the one "open" seat on Cincinnati City Council - the one belonging to term-limited Democrat Minette Cooper.

LOCAL HEADLINES
Scouts thanked for gift to troops
Two Anderson Township Girl Scout troops were honored Monday night by the U.S. Coast Guard for sending cookies to troops stationed in Iraq.


Sewer project puts end to privies
LIBERTY TWP. - In this township where spacious, pricey homes are becoming the norm, a handful of residents still use outhouses.

$21M goes to dampen smoking
Smoking rates in Ohio are fifth-highest in the nation, but there's hope that a new community-level effort will change that over the next three years.

Women ride for a cause
WEST CHESTER TWP. - Picking bugs out of her teeth for 10 days and 1,500 miles doesn't bother Pamela Gregg because it is all for a good cause.

Butler levy on ballot for child services
HAMILTON - Butler County Children Services will seek a 2-mill replacement tax levy in November as agency officials hope changes they have made at the once-controversial agency are noticed by voters.

Gabbard to end tenure as sheriff
HAMILTON - After Harold Don Gabbard confirmed Monday that he would not seek a fourth term as Butler County sheriff, his chief deputy announcedhe would run for election.

Traveling war memorial coming
BATAVIA - As Clermont County officials prepare for the arrival of a traveling tribute to Vietnam veterans, they're hoping to get some help from area golf courses.

Gallery operator avoids penalty for serving beer
The operator of Semantics gallery in Brighton illegally served alcohol at an art gallery opening in June, but does not deserve a jail sentence or fine, a Hamilton County Municipal Court judge determined Monday.

Rescued historic building nearly done with fix-up
LEBANON - Charred beams and smoke-covered doorways are eerie reminders of the 1999 fire that nearly destroyed this historic city's oldest building.

Tristate A.M. Report
The Cincinnati Police Department today will announce its plans to refund fees paid by users of alarm systems after Cincinnati City Council unanimously enacted - and then repealed - a $50 tax on home alarm systems.

OBITUARIES
Bill Robbins was newsman in radio
Charles William "Bill" Robbins died July 31 in Riverside, Calif. He was 87. The longtime Cincinnatian had been in California since last year, when he fell ill while visiting one of his sons.


Kathryn Sue Vilter helped cure pellagra
Kathryn Sue Vilter held a doctorate in biochemistry and did work on curing pellagra during the Great Depression. She also aided her husband, Dr. Richard W. Vilter, who established the Division of Hematology at University Hospital, in the research of nutritional anemias.

STATE / REGION
Power warnings late or not sent
NEW YORK - Warnings of trouble in the sprawling electric power grid ahead of the nation's worst blackout came too late, or not at all, over a telephone hot line network created to prevent widespread breakdowns, power officials and politicians said Monday.


States are failing child welfare test
WASHINGTON - Not a single state has passed a rigorous test of its ability to protect children from child abuse and to find permanent homes for kids who often languish in foster care.

State fair to lose 5 days
COLUMBUS - The Ohio State Fair drew record crowds this year and is expected to break even, but fair officials said they will shorten it by five days next year.

Poll: Majority support legal ban on gay marriage, civil unions
WASHINGTON - More than half of Americans favor a law barring gay marriage and specifying wedlock be between a man and a woman, an Associated Press poll found.

KENTUCKY REPORT
Four charged in computer equipment heist
HEBRON - Four south Florida men remained behind bars Monday evening after being charged in connection with a multimillion-dollar computer equipment heist near Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.


Boat-crash probe still under way
DAYTON, Ky. - More than a month after a highly publicized hit-and-run boat accident on the Ohio River, investigators continue to interview potential witnesses and await test results from the state crime lab.

Work to begin in '04 on Wal-Mart
FORT WRIGHT - More than three years after it was proposed, construction of a Wal-Mart Super Center will begin early next year.

Hundreds in state losing benefits
FRANKFORT - More than 1,400 Kentuckians currently cared for in nursing homes, their own homes or other community-based settings are no longer eligible for long-term-care Medicaid benefits under more stringent eligibility rules, the state's Health Services secretary said Monday.

Road worker critical after being hit by car
VILLA HILLS - A Kentucky Department of Transportation worker remained in critical condition Monday evening after being struck by a car while installing signs along River Road in Kenton County.

SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of Sunday's local stories)
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.

SPECIAL
Great Neighborhoods
Welcome to Loveland and neighboring Symmes Township, one of the Tristate's Great Neighborhoods. In the 13th 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.NewportNorwood
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.