Girl power: Kiss us, we rule
"Seeeeeeniors!" The cheers ricocheted through Fort Thomas Monday morning as dozens of teenage girls barreled down the avenue in cars decorated for the first day of school.

CPS first day: 25% no-shows
About a fourth of students enrolled in Cincinnati Public Schools didn't show up on the first day of classes last week, according to numbers released by the school district Monday.
CPS Super. Frailey gets $6,800 pay hike

So long, Shortway: Bridge takes dive into river history
A historic bridge linking two Northern Kentucky cities and spanning three centuries dropped with a bang Monday morning.

Norwood council prepared to OK Rookwood expansion
NORWOOD - A majority of City Council members say they'll support two ordinances tonight that will clear the way for a $152 million expansion of the popular Rookwood shopping complex.

Korte: Inside City Hall
City Hall reporter Greg Korte writes: Where does Damon Lynch III live? In Woodlawn, with his wife and kids, in a $147,500 house? Or in East Price Hill, where he and his wife own a $41,000 condo - and where he registered to vote three days before filing petitions to run for Cincinnati City Council last week?

Pulfer: Can the summer be over already?
The Amazing Rosie and I have just completed our annual school shopping spree. As her grandmother, it is my privilege to buy the things her mother knows are not sensible. Or cost effective. Gap cargo pants she'll outgrow before the Visa bill arrives. Leather clogs she'll have to remember not to wear on gym day. Dry-clean-only sweaters.

Howard: Some good news
When first- through fourth-grade students returned to Loveland Primary School on Monday, each received a flower thanks to Roberta Paolo, founder of the School Garden Program, also known as Granny's Garden School.

Crowley: Kentucky politics
Republican congressional candidate Geoff Davis was endorsed Monday by party officials and leaders from the western end of the Fourth District, including former U.S. Senate aide Hunter Bates.

Cargo pilots are up in arms
The November law that authorized pilots to carry guns in the cockpit and gave the Transportation Security Administration oversight over the training program omitted cargo pilots.

Cops on watch for belt use
Police officers are facing an extra occupational hazard: writer's cramp.

Fatal wrecks fewer in city
Fewer people are dying in Cincinnati traffic accidents so far this year, and police say that's partly because they're catching more people speeding and driving drunk.

Internal auditors to review city's questionable deals
The city of Cincinnati's internal auditors will conduct a review of the Department of Community Development and Planning after a series of embarrassing development debacles.

Lakota gets more room
LIBERTY TWP. - Skylights with brightly colored mobiles and a silo that pays homage to the site's farm roots are among the eye-catching features that will greet students in Lakota Schools' newest elementary.

Rabbis join Yavneh faculty
SYCAMORE TWP. - Two rabbis have joined the Judaic Studies program at Yavneh Day School's middle school.

Miami march supports workers
OXFORD - A controversial author followed her campus speech to freshmen Monday by taking part in a hundreds-strong march on Miami University's administration building, part of a drive to increase pay for support staff.

Highway extension may not happen
HAMILTON - The proposed 10-mile extension of Ohio 63, a project hampered by major money problems, may be nearing a dead end.

Two Pughs now serve on council
FOREST PARK - This northern Hamilton County city is keeping government in the family.

Regional Report
WEST CHESTER TWP. - An attorney for the purchaser of a winning $31 million Ohio Lottery ticket claimed the prize on behalf of his client last week, state officials announced Monday. The winning ticket from the July 23 drawing of the Super Lotto Plus was bought at the AmeriStop Food Mart at U.S. 42 and Dimmick Road in Pisgah.

Businessman who did work for Traficant sentenced
CLEVELAND - A businessman convicted of doing free work for a former congressman in exchange for political favors was sentenced Monday to two years in prison. Bernard "Pete" Bucheit, 71, of Youngstown and West Palm Beach, Fla., faced a maximum of 12 years in prison.

Voinovich won't return suspect donations
COLUMBUS - U.S. Sen. George Voinovich will not give up $85,000 in contributions he received while he was Ohio's governor from a donor who is now in prison.

Oldest fair in state? Maybe
The Alexandria Fair & Horse Show starts Wednesday with rides, horse shows and even a chicken rodeo.

Boone seeks FedEx facility
An announcement is expected this week on where a Federal Express Ground hub with 800 new jobs will be built.

DeMio to lead N.Ky. bureau
FORT MITCHELL - An award-winning newspaper editor and writer has joined The Kentucky Enquirer to lead the paper's Northern Kentucky newsroom.

Bluegrass being taught in schools
OWENSBORO, Ky. - Elementary students who live near the home of the late Bill Monroe - also known as the Father of Bluegrass - might soon know how to strum a guitar or pick a banjo the way he did.

Men arrested at alleged cockfight plead not guilty
LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. - Seven men arrested at an alleged cockfight in rural Anderson County pleaded not guilty Monday to an assortment of misdemeanors.

SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of Sunday's local stories)
Sip or slurp, polka or rock, just get down
They couldn't be more different. Two festivals, on opposite sides of town. Different people, different tastes. Yet it's those differences that define our town.

It's a lovely summer - if you're a mold
Six weeks of above-average rainfall this summer has left Greater Cincinnati with high levels of mold, fungi and algae that have affected people's health, stained outdoor decks, clouded swimming pools and stunted growth in gardens.

Green thumb wins lots of greenbacks
WEST CHESTER TOWNSHIP - Susan Linko scored a bunch of cabbage for a little tomato.

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.