Queen City jewel of art, architecture repolished
The Taft Museum of Art is at the height of a $19 million makeover which will double the size of the museum, clean up centuries of grime and fix a few decorating disasters.
How the house changed

Garage plan now a cinch
Five Cincinnati council members say they will support spending $12 million on a parking garage for the Kroger Co., all but assuring that the city's largest employer will stay downtown.

Ox home; athlete charged
Miami University's football place-kicker is at the receiving end of a felony charge after a missing ox statue was recovered.

Development director quits
Peg Moertl, Cincinnati's development director since 2000, tendered her resignation to the city manager Friday after a series of management fiascoes in her department.

Portune's suit vs. Bengals thrown out
The Bengals got a victory Friday without ever taking the field.
Woman found dead in apartment
OVER-THE-RHINE - Cincinnati police were investigating an apparent homicide late Friday in the 1800 block of Republic Street.
Lynch will be on the ballot
A unanimous Hamilton County Board of Elections voted to put Damon Lynch III on the ballot for Cincinnati City Council Friday, ending a two-week debate over whether he lives in the city.
Swimming pool goes to the dogs
BLUE ASH - The last plunge in this city's pool is reserved for the dogs.
Club promoter accused of raping 3 patrons at Motion Night Life
DOWNTOWN - A nightclub promoter who police say planned parties such as "Naughty School Girl Night" at an 18-and-over club is accused of raping three patrons, and investigators are looking for more victims.
NAACP says city review panel has too few blacks
The Cincinnati branch of the NAACP wants Mayor Charlie Luken to appoint two more African-Americans to the Municipal Election Reform Commission, a panel looking at changes to the way City Council members are elected.
Looking forward to work in city
Donna Jones Stanley, the newly hired president and chief executive officer of the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati, knows that her predecessor Sheila Adams will be "a tough act to follow."
Working where he left his legacy
Given what Paul Brown Stadium cost Bob Bedinghaus' political career, you couldn't blame the man if he never set foot in the place.
Virtual block watch nabs man
A photograph sent by e-mail to downtown businesses helped catch the man accused of breaking into the Taft Museum in downtown Cincinnati Sunday.
Picture of the Day: Wall of Honor

Tristate A.M. Report

Bronson: Union blows more hot air than Cintas laundry dryers
At the Cintas uniform laundry in Milford, shirts and pants march in columns, jerked along on overhead tracks by computer-coded hangers that take them exactly where they are supposed to go. They look almost alive.
Howard: Good Things Happening
It has been more than 90 years since Ursuline Academy and St. Ursula Academy separated, and since then, they've done very little together.
McNutt: Neighborhoods
MADEIRA - After three months of preparation for Madeira's Ohio bicentennial celebration, Vice Mayor Sherry Mattes feels she's been through two centuries of work.
Faith Matters: Weekday worship welcomed
A group of downtown faithful spend their lunch hour every Wednesday in a unique place - church.
Teen back in school after border mix-up
FAIRFIELD - Sarah Godsey can finally relax.
Citizen police school forms
SHARONVILLE - Residents can get an inside look at their police department in the Sharonville Citizen's Police Academy, a 10-week program that begins Sept. 17.
Big Red Dog helps well-read kids
WEST CHESTER TWP. - Clifford the Big Red Dog found lots of friends Friday at Adena Elementary School.
Preble Co. offers tour of covered bridges
EATON - A fund-raising event Sunday offers a bridge to Southwest Ohio's past.
Virus likely killed 100 deer in eastern counties
Just months after authorities in Hamilton County set out to thin an exploding deer population, a virus is believed responsible for killing 100 white-tailed deer in Clermont and Brown counties.
Eagles staffer took $260K, police say
MIDDLETOWN - A 24-year-old Trenton woman is accused of stealing about $260,000 from a social club where she formerly worked.
Racial diversity celebrated
MARIEMONT - Formed after the Cincinnati riots of 2001, the Eastside Neighbor to Neighbor Coalition will hold its second annual community festival today.
Frederick J. Nash responded to need
SYMMES TOWNSHIP - Thanks to Frederick J. Nash, children who are polio victims in the Congo have leg braces.
William J. Rusconi was bank executive
CLIFTON - William J. Rusconi, a retired executive with the former First National Bank of Cincinnati and an active community volunteer, died Monday at Christ Hospital of complications from a bleeding ulcer.
Kentucky obituaries

Dog tagged by DNA in woman's fatal attack
COLUMBUS - Police said they identified the dog that fatally mauled a woman through animal DNA from saliva taken from her clothing.
Cities look to copy Toledo's smoking ban
TOLEDO - A cigarette and a night of bowling or eating out seemed to go hand-in-hand for years in this city.
Dayton hosts artwork from Vatican
DAYTON, Ohio - A collection of Vatican paintings and sculptures devoted to the Virgin Mary, some normally only accessible to scholars, went on exhibition Friday at the University of Dayton.
W. Nile leaves some impaired
Mary Tilger considers herself one of the in-between people - the West Nile virus didn't kill her, but it left the 32-year-old mother unable to care for her children for weeks.
Ohio Moments

Community gathers to help neighbor in need
RICHWOOD - Some Boone County residents are coming together tonight to help a neighbor.
Woman deals with the dead
BURLINGTON - Jurors in a Boone County murder trial received a science lesson this week from a forensic anthropologist with a national reputation.
Bookmobile ready to roll to pre-schools
COVINGTON - Northern Kentucky kids - start your engines!
Federal money routed to N.Ky.
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS - Getting to Northern Kentucky University could be easier in the future, thanks to $1.5 million in federal highway money.
Senator wants ban on smoking banned
FRANKFORT - A state senator says he will introduce a bill when the General Assembly convenes in January to overturn Lexington's smoking ban in workplaces, including bars and restaurants, and kill a similar ordinance being proposed in Louisville.
We need writers to tell Ky. news
The Kentucky Enquirer is looking for writers who want to contribute to expanded coverage of Northern Kentucky neighborhoods in Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties.
Shootout that killed two officers analyzed
NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Kentucky State Police have released a report that offers some insight into a shootout two years ago at a Jessamine County home that killed two police officers and the man to whom they were serving a warrant.
Candidates agree to 2nd forum
FRANKFORT - Gubernatorial opponents Ben Chandler and Ernie Fletcher have agreed to a second forum on Kentucky Educational Television, spokesmen said Thursday.
American Indian culture showcased this weekend
HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. - American Indian culture will be displayed at the 16th annual Trail of Tears Intertribal Powwow this weekend in this western Kentucky city.
TANK riders will see fares go up as of today
New rates to ride TANK buses kick in today with the adult fare going from $1 to $1.25 and the senior/disabled rate from 35 cents to 50 cents.
Kentucky News Briefs
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

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.