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Home schemes, broken dreams
At least two dozen Cincinnati real estate investors, mortgage brokers, appraisers and title agents are suspected in hundreds of dubious home-buying schemes. A two-day report begins today.
High-interest loans jeopardized their home
Fliers and signs popping up on streets
Papers she can't read gave away her home
She owned, now rents family home of 100 years
Novice owner put faith in her former teacher
Subprime loans carry high risks, high rates
Lured into investing, left with shabby rentals

COMING MONDAY: West and East Price Hill are prime examples of how foreclosures contribute to a neighborhood's decline.

Wet day for Riverfest?
Rain is forecast for this evening, but the forecast for fireworks: 99 percent. Riverfest has never been cancelled, and organizers say the show will go on.

Unions put heat on Cintas
The campaign to organize thousands of U.S. laundry workers and drivers comes to Cincinnati's Coney Island Monday, as the heads of three powerful unions rally against home-grown uniform provider Cintas Corp.
Key players in the fight over union
Labor Day picnic draws thousands

Church divided, still stands
On the evening of Aug. 22, as the setting sun streamed through the windows of the sanctuary of St. John's Unitarian Church in Clifton, the Rev. Stephen Van Kuiken blessed the union of two men, Kim Roots and Ken Farmer of Price Hill.
Former minister vows to return
The June 16 ouster of Stephen Van Kuiken as a Presbyterian pastor and church member was by no means the last word.
Township comes up short for monument
ANDERSON TWP. - Fund-raising efforts for a planned firefighters' memorial in this eastern Hamilton County community have been slow going, forcing organizers to postpone construction plans until they can raise the money to continue with the project.
Homeless camp bulldozed for cars
The belongings of several men living in a downtown encampment were bulldozed Friday to make room for Riverfest parking. The action came hours after Cincinnati officials and homeless advocates struck a proposed agreement that would settle a federal lawsuit over the rights of the homeless to live under bridges.
Woman survives lightning strike
AURORA, Ind. - A Dearborn County woman was resting at home Saturday, just hours after being struck by lightning in the parking lot of South Dearborn High School as she was leaving a football game.
Falun Gong practitioners share story of imprisonment
About 20 practitioners of Falun Gong gathered on Fountain Square Saturday afternoon to raise awareness of the plight of Dr. Charles Lee, a Californian serving three years in a Chinese prison for practicing the healing art.
Art comes outside, where the people are (walking)
Clifton's Ludlow Avenue is touted as one of the city's most colorful places.
Regional Report

Pulfer: The Mighty Meatballs a lesson in school spending
Although ordinarily I avoid clichÈs like the plague - they're old hat, as a friend reminds me - I can't think of a better way to describe the story of the Mighty Meatballs. Penny wise and pound foolish. Robbing Peter to pay Paul. Half-baked idea. They all fit like a glove.
Bronson: Homeowner's horror: sewage backups
Jay Hicks has an instant soup nightmare. Just add water, and his three-bedroom house on Kenker Place in Cheviot makes the Amityville Horror look like a model home in Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood.
Howard: Good Things Happening

Township will see veterans exhibit
UNION TWP. - Hundreds of people are expected to visit a traveling tribute to military personnel that will be on display in this western Clermont County township beginning Thursday. .
Family in the wrong district
FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP - This was supposed to be Philip Godsey's big year at Fairfield Senior High School.
Wal-Mart move stirs up West Chester traffic fears
WEST CHESTER TWP. - The looming vacancy of a Wal-Mart store on 34 acres at Tylersville Road and Interstate 75 in this burgeoning Butler County suburb has re-ignited concerns about suburban sprawl.
William E. Haithcoat Sr., sports coach
ANDERSON TOWNSHIP - William E. "Willie" Haithcoat Sr., a youth sports coach and Vietnam War veteran, died of cancer Thursday. He was 58.
John Roeder led Rising Sun schools
RISING SUN, Ind. -- Educator John G. Roeder, a former mayor and longtime school superintendent for this river village, died Saturday morningat his home here. He was 71.
Kentucky obituaries

Ohio bill takes cue from federal do-not-call list
COLUMBUS - Ohio figures to not be able to do much to make sure that persistent telemarketers stop bothering consumers when the national do-not-class registry goes into effect.
Teacher accused of leading thefts
LANCASTER, Ohio - A teacher accused of masterminding a theft ring has been indicted, along with a former student. Two other people have been arrested.
Ohio Moments

Will candidates let it ride?
FORT THOMAS - A couple of times a year Neil Hollingsworth leaves Campbell County to gamble at southern Indiana's riverboat casinos. His last trip, two weeks ago, was to the Belterra Casino Resort in Switzerland County, Ind., a 45-minute drive from his house here.
Kentucky News Briefs

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.