LOCAL NEWS FOR THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2003
Emotional impact of 9-11 blunts as world changes
The collapse of the World Trade Center towers is still fresh in our minds as the second anniversary comes upon us. But the feelings surrounding the day everyone calls 9-11 have changed, subtly but irrevocably.
Public events commemorating Sept. 11
PULFER: Still grieving? Blame the media
9-11 aftermath stays with Loveland man

Volunteer spirit has waned after 9-11
A surge of volunteers responded to the 9-11 terrorist attacks with donations of time and money, but in Cincinnati the outpouring didn't last.
Here's how to get involved
Profiles of local volunteers:
16-year-old helps kids get the chance to dance
Dad impresses by going fishing
Arthritis can't keep her from job
Helping others helps heal
Math tutor gets lesson
When disaster hits, he responds
Mentors ease the teen years
Variety is the spice of giving

ODOT asks $155M for I-75
As the debate over how to fix congestion and safety problems on Interstate 75 hits its final phase, state highway officials aren't wasting any time in seeking money.

Illness strikes N.Ky. schools
Ten Cincinnati-area students have been diagnosed with viral meningitis, but health officials say parents shouldn't be unduly concerned.


IN THE TRISTATE
Drug suspect a wholesaler, police say
Cocaine busts in Cincinnati aren't usually measured in pounds.
Morgue photographer's appeal refused
The Ohio Supreme Court refused Wednesday to hear the appeal of the Cincinnati man convicted of photographing bodies at the morgue without permission.
Kroger gets its garage, but not before debate
The Kroger Co. will get its 850-car garage at Vine Street and Central Parkway, Cincinnati City Council said Wednesday. The $12 million city project means the city's second-largest private employer will keep its world headquarters downtown.
Developer tells plan for mixed complex
The new owner of the abandoned Huntington Meadows apartment complex went public with his plans for the 49-acre Bond Hill site Wednesday, a day after Cincinnati's mayor proposed to use eminent domain to take it from him.
Monthly Chamber lunch like honey for candidates
WEST CHESTER TWP. - Sitting across the room from West Chester Township Trustee Dave Tacosik at Tuesday's Southeastern Chamber of Commerce luncheon was none other than George Lang.
Kings waits to broach tax hike
DEERFIELD TWP. - Kings Board of Education members say voters here won't see another school tax issue before next August at the least.
City rejects $20M condo project in E. Price Hill
EAST PRICE HILL - A developer wants to build a $20 million condo project in a struggling west-side neighborhood - but the city has rejected his development plans because the five-story building is deemed too big.
West End to get new YMCA
Officials for the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati announced Wednesday that the organization would break ground on a new $10-million facility in the West End early next year.
Regional Report

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
Amos: 2-year steppingstone to college lost in UC shuffle
The University of Cincinnati is moving its two-year, associate's degree programs - and its community college students - into its four-year colleges, essentially dissolving University College.
Howard: Good Things Happening
Aiden McCabe loves to get behind the wheel of her mom's fire truck.
BUTLER, WARREN, CLERMONT
Suspect arrested in day-care purse snatching
WEST CHESTER TWP. - A Forest Park man is in custody after a botched day-care purse theft, to the relief of parents, police and child-care workers who've seen such thefts become a suburban crime trend.
'New' Harrison celebrates arts
HARRISON - This small river city on the Indiana border sees this weekend's arts festival in the refurbished downtown area as a chance to show off a new-look Harrison to the rest of the Tristate.
Wastewater requests have some crying foul
MASON - It's a first for even the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
Monroe Police Chief Howard sidelined by heart problems
MONROE - Police Chief Ernest Howard has been hospitalized for heart problems, and it isn't known when he will return to work, city officials said Wednesday.
Oxford half-marathon already draws hundreds
OXFORD - Lace up your running shoes. The town's first half-marathon takes off next weekend.
1-dose tumor center opens
WEST CHESTER TWP. - A center capable of providing the region's most advanced form of radiation treatment for cancer was unveiled Wednesday.
Other riverfest has a lot to offer
MORROW - The banks of the Little Miami River will come alive Saturday as hundreds of people celebrate a day on the water.
Sewer overflows spout in Warren Co.
LEBANON - During last week's late-summer storms, Jeff and Nancy Kirkpatrick were startled when they woke to the sound of an overworked sump pump.
Officials at odds over cost of renovating court center
WEST CHESTER TWP. - Township and Butler County leaders are at odds again - this time over $1.2 million needed to renovate a portion of the township's new services building for Butler County Area III Court.
OBITUARIES
Coach helped soccer get a start
MOUNT CARMEL - Peter Katzenstein, 68, a retired mechanical engineer who was instrumental in bringing soccer to the Mount Carmel area in the early 1970s, died Sept. 1 of a heart attack at Bethesda North Hospital.
Billie Garnett, St. Henry mainstay
ELSMERE - Wilhelmina "Billie" Garnett was known to many as "Pinky'' for the pink uniforms she wore working in the cafeteria in the 1950s and '60s at St. Henry elementary and high school.
Kentucky obituaries

OHIO
Woman charged in death of alleged abductor
KINSMAN, Ohio - A woman who says she was abducted and raped has been charged with killing one of her alleged kidnappers with his own shotgun.
Ohio moments

KENTUCKY
Independence ex-councilman on probation
Former Independence Councilman Otis Ketron can't go into computer chat rooms or look at online pornography, a judge ordered Wednesday when sentencing him on a charge of using the Internet to solicit sex.
Florence official who stole sued
COVINGTON - The federal government wants former Florence finance director Ron Epling's money and property.
Boone school board member running for state House seat
HEBRON - Boone County Board of Education member Ed Massey will try to win a state House seat in next year's Republican Party primary.
Park's reputation undergoing change
COVINGTON - Rangers are out in Devou Park, and it's no secret.
Kentucky Briefs
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.