LOCAL NEWS FOR MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2003
Riverfest still an attraction
It was a fitting ending to a wet, cool summer: A damp, even chilly Third Federal Riverfest - though hundreds of thousands still turned out Sunday for the traditional end-of-season party and fireworks extravaganza on the Ohio River downtown.
Late arrivers still found good spots to view show
Photo gallery

S P E C I A L   R E P O R T
Speculators profit, Price Hill pays
Sandy Wooten moved to West Price Hill six years ago to escape the crime, drugs and despair of her old neighborhood. Her purchase of a four-bedroom bungalow symbolized her family's step up to the ranks of middle class.
Rent-to-own costly way to buy house
What can be done? There's no consensus
Sunday's special report stories

Girl's violin skills have baseball fans cheering
Standing in the practice room, 9-year-old Alexandra Amend quietly told her mom, "I'm not ready." But moments later, she walked onto the field, lifted the bow to her violin and played a perfect "Star-Spangled Banner" front of 29,272 people at Great American Ball Park.

Council rancor lessened
In the last two years, Cincinnati City Council has increased taxes four times, raising the hotel tax, passing the "jock tax" and allowing property taxes to creep up $14 on a $100,000 house. The fourth tax - a $50 fee on home security systems - was unanimously repealed two months later.
Voters more apt to skip local election

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
Radel: Hyde Park happy again
HYDE PARK - Hyde Park Square has survived the chain-saw massacre and the early-morning jackhammer serenades.


Amos: Is civil rights movement running out of youth appeal?
More than 500 people came to the 40th Anniversary March on Washington rally last week in Cincinnati's Eden Park.

Good things happening

LOCAL NEWS
Web site offers new services
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Department of Education has developed several new services to assist students, their families and teachers in understanding Ohio's new academic content standards.


United Way asks banks to raise ante
LEBANON - The Warren County United Way wants more donations from banks.

Spring Grove's historic garden cemetery gets marker
An Ohio bicentennial historical marker will be dedicated at Spring Grove Cemetery in Winton Place at 1 p.m. Sunday. The public is invited, but seating is limited.

Middfest featuring Scotland
MIDDLETOWN - Middfest organizers are moving along with preparations for this year's annual cultural festival, after torrential rains badly dampened last year's.

Regional Report
Volunteers still are needed for the 2003 Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati, which takes place Sept. 20-21 in downtown Cincinnati.

OHIO NEWS
President loves to hear from 45243
WASHINGTON - New York City. Beverly Hills. Cincinnati. An analysis of the first six months of 2003 fund raising shows that when it comes to presidential campaign contributions, Cincinnati - and in particular Indian Hill - shares some elite company.


In Ohio, Bush will tout plan to create jobs
WASHINGTON - The nation celebrates Labor Day this year with an estimated 9 million Americans on the unemployment rolls - 700,000 more than last year, when President Bush went to a union workers picnic and said he was encouraged about job growth, but "not satisfied."

KENTUCKY NEWS
'Stakes are huge' in race for governor
Ask politically active Northern Kentucky residents to assess the magnitude of this year's gubernatorial race and the superlatives fly out of their mouths.


Preoccupied voters ignore governor's race
As he rolls his 31,000 pound tractor trailer loaded with steel up Interstate 65, trucker Alan Trutschel has a lot on his mind - Labor Day weekend plans, high school sports, the war in Iraq, gas prices, working on the hot rod in the garage of his Fort Thomas home.

Kentucky community agenda
INDEPENDENCE - Former teachers, graduates and staff of Simon Kenton and Dixie Heights high schools are invited to a community reunion 9 a.m. to dusk Saturday at Pioneer Park.

SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of last Sunday's local stories)
S P E C I A L   R E P O R T
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.


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

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.