LOCAL NEWS FOR TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2003
Price tag for I-75 at $1.6B
Widening Interstate 75 to six lanes in each direction for most of the stretch from the Ohio River north through Warren County would cost $1.56 billion, require 160 acres to be taken and 103 structures to be destroyed.
Enquirer editorial: Strategic mix

Case calls attention to vicious-dog law
CLIFTON - Ted Chism can't see very well. That's why he has Sparky. The retired social worker and the yellow Labrador retriever were on their way home Sunday evening from their regular walk to Clifton Elementary School when a bulldog - possibly a pit bull - tore through its leash and attacked Sparky.

Sewage solution proposed
The Metropolitan Sewer District proposed a solution to basement sewage flooding Monday. The cost is $37 million to fix more than 1,000 of the most flood-prone homes in Hamilton County.

Cadavers help keep class lively
WYOMING - Mo Henning unfolded a note a student had scribbled on a brown paper towel four years ago. It's the kind of correspondence that teachers save for those days when they wonder if they're making a difference in a child's life.

Site plan for heart hospital approved
NORWOOD - A proposed heart hospital for Greater Cincinnati took a step closer to reality Monday when a site plan won approval from the Norwood planning commission.

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
Pulfer: Dr. Mulvaney hits a different kind of home run
This is embarrassing. I should have been asking William P. Mulvaney, M.D., about the lives he has saved.


Radel: 42-year tale ends happily ever after
Forty-two years. Hundreds of meetings. Thousands of volunteer hours. Millions of books. And $1 million.

Korte: Inside City Hall
Ward representatives vs. at-large. Proportional representation vs. 9X. Strong mayor vs. weak mayor.

Howard: Good things happening
A barn painting by Ohio's Bicentennial Barns Profiles artist Scott Hagan, along with a Verdin Bell and new floral displays, will highlight the opening of the Krohn Conservatory Saturday in a show titled "Celebrating 200 Years of Ohio History."

MORE LOCAL NEWS
Convicted molester faces new charges
Three days after being released from the Hamilton County Justice Center, Troy Peters was accused of the same crime he served time for - sexually molesting a child.


Notre Dame installation
READING - Sister Rita Sturwold will be installed as the first president of Mount Notre Dame High School at the 5 p.m. Mass Saturday in the school's student activities center, 711 E. Columbia Ave.

Students to be kitted out
BOND HILL - With the right back-to-school clothing and supplies, students are more enthused about attending classes, social workers say.

Miamiville residents wary of waste plant along river
MIAMIVILLE - Residents in this small Clermont County town are fighting a proposal they claim will ruin the area's natural beauty, degrade the water quality of the Little Miami River and hinder economic revitalization.

Indiana governor stricken
Indiana Gov. Frank O'Bannon survived several hours of brain surgery Monday after being found unconscious in a Chicago hotel room.

Cheney: War not over until enemies vanquished
American troops will remain in Iraq until all enemies of the United States are eliminated, Vice President Dick Cheney said during a brief political visit Monday to downtown Cincinnati.

Men who would be mayor of Norwood spar over money
NORWOOD - The city's budget was one of the main topics Monday as the mayor of three months and a councilman each tried to make his own case to be elected mayor.

Miami U union president fasts over salary impasse
OXFORD - Under the American flag on the front lawn of Miami University's administration building, Local 209 union president Randy Marcum began a hunger strike Monday to draw attention to a salary dispute between the university and its support staff.

Exam delays murder trial
LEBANON - Rhonda Ricketts, the Warren County woman who is accused of shooting her ex-husband after an alleged longtime abusive marriage, may not be competent to stand trial.
Fletcher event in Ohio
CINCINNATI - For the sake of politics, downtown Cincinnati became "Greater Northern Kentucky" Monday.

Regional Report
LOVELAND - About 1,000 firefighters, EMTs and police officers are expected to attend a commemoration of the second anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center on Thursday.

KENTUCKY HEADLINES
Man found guilty for role in woman's death
BURLINGTON - A jury recommended late Monday that an Indiana man spend 50 years in prison for his part in killing a 45-year-old Covington woman, cutting up her body and throwing it down a rural Boone County hill.


State office-seekers criticize foes in TV debates
LEXINGTON - Richie Farmer's celebrity as a former University of Kentucky basketball player, and whether he is relying on it to be elected commissioner of agriculture, was an issue Monday night in a televised forum with his opponent, Alice Baesler.

Tuition prepay program is self-sufficient
FRANKFORT - If Kentucky's Affordable Prepaid Tuition program remains as is, it may have to dip into its reserve funds but would remain self-sufficient, program administrators said Monday.

Demand rises for Spanish media
FRANKFORT - As Kentucky's Hispanic population grows, so does the demand for Spanish-language radio, TV and newspapers. And media companies are trying to figure out how to harness it.

Charge dismissed against defendant in teen's '99 death
LOUISVILLE - A man who stood trial once in the 1999 death of a Bullitt County teenager avoided a second trial Friday when a Bullitt County judge dismissed his murder charge at the request of a prosecutor.

SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of Sunday's local stories)
Police race data filed and forgotten
More than two years' worth of demographic information collected by Cincinnati police on drivers they pull over is gathering dust instead of clearing the air about how officers interact with minority citizens.

Security impedes university research
Nearly two years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the University of Cincinnati and other higher education institutions are beginning to quantify how new security measures are affecting their schools.
Public events on Sept. 11

Teacher speaks out on impoverished school
Taryn Grinker, a first-grade teacher, wrote to Enquirer reporter Jennifer Mrozowski after reading a story Aug. 22 about Vine Elementary, where she taught from May 1988 until June 1999.
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.