Red Planet almost in spitting distance
Amateur astronomer Walter Knesel is willing to give up a few hours of sleep this month if it means capturing a once-in-a-lifetime view of Mars.

North Bend's existence in hands of voters
The future of the old Ohio River town of North Bend, the home of presidents and pioneers, is as unpredictable as future river levels.

Pit bulls in doghouse again
Citing bloody dog bites, organized dogfights and an increasing fear that pit bulls may maim residents, Springfield Township leaders are considering banning the breed.

Norwood as 'medical mecca'
If a proposed heart hospital actually gets built in Norwood, it would add to what officials already call a "medical mecca" that has been developing there in recent years.

Tony Orlando pinch-hits at Taste
BLUE ASH - Laryngitis has knocked Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer Dion out of today's entertainment lineup at the city's annual foodfest.
Cemetery wants its deer departed
MONTGOMERY - When a resident used a bow and arrow to kill a pesky deer last year on Ross Avenue, the animal's bloody and public death was enough to make city officials outlaw hunting in this eastern Hamilton County suburb.
Search for the big gun pays off
The 175 mm self-propelled howitzer was a mainstay of U.S. Army artillery from the Korean War to Vietnam and the Persian Gulf War. But advancing technology rendered the big guns obsolete by the end of the Persian Gulf War and most ended up on the scrap heap.
In a new century, the dream is the same
Thousands of people will descend on the nation's capital today to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the March on Washington, where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.
Picture of the day: Moving in, a first-day ritual

In your schools

Regional Report

Bronson: P.C. history repeats: First Miami, then Anderson
Now that Anderson High School officials have killed their own mascot, I suggest a new one: A potato. That way they can remain Redskins, and nobody will be offended.
Howard: Some Good News
You could call it a party, a political gabfest or a reunion.
Faith Matters: Mothers bond together
FORT THOMAS - About three years ago, Kimberly Murphy was taking care of a 9-year-old, a 4-year-old and a 4-month-old, with no friends in a new city.
Chance to dunk officials nets $1,000 for United Way
HAMILTON - Wearing shorts and T-shirts, 11 Butler County and Hamilton officials made a big splash Friday - right into a large tub of water.
Abandoned box put cops on terror alert
HAMILTON - Butler County authorities swarmed to investigate a possible explosive device. They blocked off the area, evacuated nearby government offices and cautiously removed the suspicious package.
Countryside YMCA to celebrate 25th anniversary
LEBANON - Ralph J. Stolle Countryside YMCA will observe its 25th birthday with a "Cruise into the Carnival" celebration and health fair today. The festival takes place at the facility, 1699 Deerfield Road, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Party starts school year
FAIRFIELD - School leaders are counting on the lure of a parade and community party to bring children and their parents to the Village Green today to celebrate the start of school.
6-month hunt for killer ends
HAMILTON - Within hours of his escape from a low-security Warren County lockup, a 22-year-old man made his way to Hamilton. He walked through the unlocked door of a home on Harmon Avenue, then robbed and killed a couple, authorities said Friday.
Dick Pike jazzed up radio's small, but legendary, WNOP
MASON - Dick Pike,the disc jockey and general manager who turned WNOP-AM (740) into an eccentric and quirky station loved by local jazz devotees and artists, died Aug. 16 at Woodcrest Manor Care Center in Elsmere.
William Tepe was doctor 50 years
NORWOOD - Dr. William R. Tepe, a family practitioner in Norwood for more than 50 years, died Friday of congestive heart failure at his home.
Charles Woeste lineman for 34 years
VILLA HILLS - Charles Woeste, 58, a lineman for Cincinnati Bell for 34 years, died Wednesday while he was pulling cable at a work site in Petersburg.
New academy trains flight nurses
HUNTING VALLEY, Ohio - Tom Shu said the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks were part of his motivation for trying to earn a master's degree in helicopter flight nursing.
Expanded methadone treatment considered
COLUMBUS - The state is reviewing reports of waiting lists of heroin addicts at methadone clinics to determine whether to expand treatment, an official said Friday.
Woman stabbed after saying no to beggar
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio - A panhandler chased a woman who refused to give him money and stabbed her six times in a supermarket parking lot, police said.
Heavy-duty stretchers carrying increasingly heavy-duty patients
WILMINGTON, Ohio - Americans are piling it on, increasing demand for stretchers that can accommodate the obese and reduce strain on rescue workers.
Ohio Moments

School celebrates 30 years of growth
TAYLOR MILL - Calvary Christian School opened in 1973 with about 60 students. Thirty years and 806 graduates later, there's a waiting list to get in.
Slots-at-tracks proposal likely to have easier time
Kentucky lawmakers will again consider allowing slot machines at race tracks when the legislature convenes in January.
Crossing guard hit by car outside school
LOUISVILLE - A Jefferson County crossing guard was struck by a car as school was dismissed Friday afternoon, police said.
Man gets 14 years for death of toddler
INDEPENDENCE - Though he expressed concern about how a plea agreement was reached, a Kenton County circuit judge followed the plea's recommendation by sentencing a man Friday afternoon to 14 years in prison for the death of a toddler in February 2001.
Murderer who killed woman, son loses appeal
FRANKFORT - A man convicted of murdering his cousin and her 10-year-old son has lost an appeal of his conviction and death sentence to the Kentucky Supreme Court.
House washed away; boy dies, two missing
FRANKFORT - A young boy was killed Friday when sudden heavy rains caused flash flooding that swept a home off its foundation and into a tributary of the Kentucky River.
Company of soldiers is home from Afghanistan
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - When Capt. Thomas Carlson saw his youngest daughter for the first time, she was 6 weeks old.
Ky. fair good this year; centennial will be great
LOUISVILLE - The horse owners won't pull out their trailers and the food vendors won't close up their stands until Sunday when the Kentucky State Fair ends its 11-day run. Yet plans are already in full swing for the 2004 fair - a 100th birthday party fitting for an event that has grown into a Kentucky trademark.
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.

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.