LOCAL NEWS FOR FRIDAY, AUGUST 22, 2003
Kids fry on 1st day of classes
First assignment: Keep cool. That's the agenda for tens of thousands of children in Greater Cincinnati cooking in their classrooms.
Staff shakeup intended to boost school results
Coming Monday: More education coverage

Bus plows into house
Leslie Irvin was inside a South Fairmount house with three of her children Thursday when she felt a crash "that sounded like a bomb just blew up."

Accused remains a priest
A former hospital chaplain and teacher at Elder High School remains a priest in good standing despite a substantiated allegation that he fondled a boy more than 20 years ago, church officials said Thursday.

IN THE TRISTATE
Lynch among council hopefuls
The 2003 field of Cincinnati City Council candidates includes the usual slate of establishment candidates: five lawyers, two bar owners, an aerospace engineer and a funeral director.
North Bend dissolution among as county issues
An initiative that would dissolve the village of North Bend is among the issues that voters in Hamilton County could decide Nov. 4.
City well prepared to handle blackout
Cincinnati is less susceptible to and more prepared for a major power outage than was Cleveland last week, city officials and utility representatives told a City Council committee Thursday.
Fernald icon soon to be a memory
CROSBY TWP. - The most visible vestige of the former Fernald uranium enrichment plant will go out with a bang Saturday morning.
Development still on hold
LOVELAND - A legal battle over allowing commercial zoning on the historic White Pillars site will get even more expensive for taxpayers.
Regional Report

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
Downs: He's a different Flynt off the old stone
The waitress peers at his necklace. It's a thick gold chain with "FLYNT" spelled out in diamonds. "Is that your name?" she asks. "Or are you just a big fan of Larry Flynt?''
Howard: Some Good News
Starting next week, Issie Chapman's grandchildren in Huntsville, Ala., will be receiving her tender loving care. Just as her patients have for 47 years.
BUTLER, WARREN, CLERMONT
Escaped prisoner murder suspect
HAMILTON - After an agonizing six months, the family of Helen and Donald Riley learned that police have a suspect in the couple's February slaying - and that authorities believe a former Middletown man killed them shortly after he escaped from a Warren County lockup.
Vets get lasting thanks in park
DEERFIELD TWP. - This Warren County community breaks ground tonight on a memorial to honor those who have fought for America.
Mason Heritage Festival celebrates 35 straight years
MASON - The Stoney 5K Walk/Run will get the 35th annual Mason Heritage Festival moving this Saturday.
Drivers' license seizures challenged
MONROE - It's time to put the brakes on one small police department's practice of seizing drivers' licenses as bond, a federal lawsuit argues.
OBITUARIES
Erwin Deutscher, 80, escaped Holocaust
AMBERLEY VILLAGE - Erwin Deutscher escaped Austria by way of Palestine just three weeks before Kristallnacht in 1938.
Mel Rebholz, brother of Greenhills teen killed in '63
Mel Rebholz, a Vietnam veteran and business owner in Florida, died Aug. 11 at Morton Plant North Bay Hospital in New Port Richey, Fla., after an 18-month battle with esophageal cancer.
OHIO
GOP won't redraw map of districts
WASHINGTON - Gov. Bob Taft and top Republican legislative leaders indicated Thursday that plans to change the map of congressional districts are unlikely to get much attention at the Ohio Statehouse.
Judge says governor can't close Lima prison
LIMA, Ohio - A judge on Thursday ordered the state to stop its plan to close the Lima Correctional Institution, saying Gov. Bob Taft lacked authority to shut the prison down.
Ohio Moments

KENTUCKY
Woman robs US Bank in Fort Wright
FORT WRIGHT - Police continued to search Thursday for a woman wanted in the robbery of a US Bank branch on Dixie Highway.
Shortway Bridge soon to be shorter
An 88-year-old bridge linking 11th Street in Newport with 12th Street in Covington will be imploded in seconds Monday morning.
Homework help is just click away at student's site
ERLANGER - Samantha Kampsen, 13, found a simple cure for the summertime blues.
Security tighter for show horses
LOUISVILLE - Mike Tunstall doesn't always notice the extra security people, but the Finchville horseman knows they're patrolling at this year's World's Championship Horse Show.
Kentucky obituaries
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.