LOCAL NEWS FOR MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2003
With a nickel here and there, Ky. taxes creep up
Enquirer columnist Denise Amos writes: David Hyland doesn't mind paying what's needed to fund public education. For the Covington commodities trader with four preschoolers, school taxes are an investment in the future.

Schools focus on security
LOVELAND - When it comes to keeping Greater Cincinnati students safe in school, there are two schools of thought. Cops and cameras.

Salons seek liquor law change
SYMMES TWP. - Want a Mondavi with that massage? A crew and a brew? And after you're done, a six-pack to go?
Madeira lawmaker backs salon owners

City Hall tightens its security
Starting today, Cincinnati residents who want to apply for building permits, pay water bills or visit their elected representatives at City Hall will be subject to search and passed through a metal detector.

Boys soccer coach, 50, dies
The 50-year-old coach of Lakota West High School's boys soccer team died Saturday night while hospitalized. The death of Steve Cummins, also a physical education teacher at the West Chester Township school, shocked colleagues and players alike.
Obituaries:
Marvin Beard reported labor issues for Enquirer
Conrad Rief loved family, golf, sports and animals

MORE LOCAL HEADLINES
Big pig is 99.99 percent pure fun
Sudsie may be the cleanest pig to set foot in Porkopolis. At more than 7,000 pounds, she's the largest, too.


County, tribal courts team up
HAMILTON - A Cherokee tribal court has already decided the custody of three young children, according to their mother who claims they are "political prisoners'' of Butler County courts.

Tour lets visitors imagine lifestyle of urban elegance
DOWNTOWN - With one look at the towering windows, sky-high ceilings, hardwood floors, stainless steel kitchen and chic furnishings, Torgit Urton was hooked.

Good things happening
Ethicon Endo-Surgery employees stepped away from making surgical tools and took up tools of a different kind Friday to brighten up a shelter house in Fairmount.

Teen has a whole new attitude about being a mentor
When Azrael Evans' family moved from the inner city to suburban Wyoming, she was angry.

Lecture series at Loveland High
LOVELAND - The Loveland Schools Foundation presents its first Speaker Series in the Loveland High School auditorium, 1 Tiger Trail.

Anderson Twp. has a plan
ANDERSON TWP. - Township leaders are asking residents to speak up about the future of the community.

STATE AND REGIONAL NEWS
This garden's just for kids
UNION - Sam Burgheim excitedly called across the garden to his little sister. "Look over here, there's a watermelon," the 5-year-old said as he bent down to show Emily, 3, the large green melon.


Attorney general, mayor disagree over police need
COLUMBUS - The state's attorney general and the city's mayor disagree over the need for more police to reduce the potential for disturbances in the Ohio State University campus area.

Blackout probe looks at hacking
CLEVELAND - Several computer systems designed to monitor the electric power grid experienced unusual glitches that hindered communication or data in the hours before the nation's biggest blackout Aug. 14, according to a report published Sunday.

Regional Report
Cincinnati police will begin enforcing a new false-alarm ordinance today that stiffens penalties for three or more false alarms in a year.

Farmer not a farmer, but it's OK
FRANKFORT - Wendell Butler, one of the more durable politicians of his time, once was running for commissioner of agriculture when someone demanded to know what he knew about farming.

SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of Sunday's local stories)
Truth set him free; freedom broke his heart
In prison 10 years for a crime he didn't commit, Johnny Reeves dreamed of reuniting his brothers and sisters. But they had other ideas.

Cardiac programs multiply
At least three more open-heart surgery centers are being considered for Greater Cincinnati, even as debate continues over a heart hospital in Norwood.

From first to latest, planes awe crowd
Cincinnati businessman Roger Ach surrendered to Texas authorities on a felony bad check charge, spent a little more than an hour in a crowded jail cell and, on Friday, was back home on a $7,500 cash bond.
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.