LOCAL NEWS FOR TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2003
This isn't your mom or dad's gym class
MASON - A healthy Steve Tan now moves lighter, and happier, through his teenage world. The Mason High School senior first jettisoned his couch-potato lifestyle of too much TV, video games and fast food, lost 20 pounds and continues to work out daily to lose more.
Irregular heartbeat harder on women

Ear pains clear without prescription
More than two-thirds of parents in a Cincinnati study were happy with over-the-counter painkillers and "standby" prescriptions for antibiotics for their children's ear infections. Results were released today.

Picnic kicks off council campaign
The candidate filing deadline was last month, the television commercials will hit in October and the election is Nov. 4.

Highway project on track for '06
SPRINGDALE - On Linda Skelton's daily drives up and down heavily traveled Princeton-Glendale Road, she all too often winds up sitting in a traffic backup at the railroad tracks between East Kemper and Crescentville roads.

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
Pulfer: Billions for cars, cheap cup holder in return
My sister-in-law has a Mini Cooper. This little automobile is so cute I can't walk past without patting its little bumper.


Korte: Inside City Hall
To be sure, there's a lot more to a council member's job than showing up once a week and voting.

Howard: Good things happening
Eric Henn, a muralist, is busy scraping and removing plastic covering, piece by piece, in preparation for restoring a part of history in Middletown.

MORE LOCAL HEADLINES
Man loses wife, 4 children in flood
A Cincinnati-area family is mourning the deaths of four children swept away with their mother in the family minivan by a flash flood in eastern Kansas.


Rain not letting up after flooding
A steady pounding of rain since mid-afternoon Monday caused minor flooding west of Cincinnati, and more rain is expected today, according to the National Weather Service.

Auction, dinner all for charity
WEST CHESTER TWP. - A deep-sea fishing trip, a diamond pendant, and Bengals and Reds tickets are on the auction block for this year's Key Event, which benefits the Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty.

Authors at St. Ursula
Two nationally renowned authors will speak to students and parents at St. Ursula Academy in the next two weeks.

Church proud of last 100 years
WESTWOOD - In the weeks leading up to St. Catharine of Siena's Sept. 21 Centennial Jubilee, members of this Catholic parish look back on 100 years of rich history.

Regional Report
WEST CHESTER TWP. - A barn near busy Tylersville Road burned down Sunday night. No one was injured, and no other buildings were damaged.

KENTUCKY HEADLINES
Vet steering healthy aquarium
His job with the Newport Aquarium at one time was paying close attention to the sea creatures: watching them, caring for them and performing surgery on them.


Gambling tricky issue in campaign for governor
COVINGTON - The issue of legalized gambling has touched off a debate between camps of the gubernatorial candidates, Democrat Ben Chandler and Republican Ernie Fletcher.

Couple to renew vows at festival
COVINGTON - The groom wore a bow tie with his T-shirt. The bride slipped a garter over her jeans. As they recited their vows in front of a beer booth, thousands of strangers clucked their way through the chicken dance.

SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of last Sunday's local stories)
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

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.


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

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.