LOCAL NEWS FOR TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2003
Elder plans new fields of dreams
Elder High School alumni have begun work on a new 45-acre athletic complex, until now just a dream for the West Side prep sports powerhouse.

Bail sticks in crash of bus
WEST CHESTER TWP. - One minute, Joe Ramsey was celebrating his 37th birthday, eating ice cream and cake at his Oxford home Friday night. The next, his telephone rang - and he heard news that made his mind race and his heart pound.
Suspect charged in rash of thefts

Coach's death stuns school
WEST CHESTER TWP. - The mood at Lakota West High School was somber Monday as officials provided grief counselors in the auditorium and teachers began classes with a short reflection on the passing of Steve Cummins, the school's popular boys' soccer coach who died Saturday night.

Reds promise bricks won't fade this time
Cincinnati Reds fans who missed out on the first opportunity to have a personalized brick placed outside Great American Ball Park will have another chance.

Downtown has head start in lifestyle game
Enquirer columnist Laura Pulfer writes: Last winter, I visited the Mall of America. This is the mega-shop-arama in suburban Minneapolis that attracts more visitors annually than Disney World, Graceland and the Grand Canyon combined.

Inside City Hall
Enquirer columnist Greg Korte writes: The memo has gone out to Cincinnati employees: stay out of the City Council race.

LOCAL HEADLINES
$12M naming deal at impasse
Talks between Cincinnati and the Cinergy Corp. over naming rights for the city's convention center have reached an "impasse," Mayor Charlie Luken said Monday.


Workshop on I-75 hits jam
It was a meeting that was supposed to help clarify the options for fixing Interstate 75.

MSD told to resolve backups
Hamilton County homeowners frustrated by years of getting the runaround on basement flooding problems may finally be getting some help.

Doctor lists girl's injuries
There were bruises, scrapes, cuts and a hemorrhage in the tongue where she bit down. Worst of all was an injury from her forehead to the middle of her head that caused her brain to swell.

Miami U student from Mason dies after I-75 crash
OXFORD - A car crash on a weekend road trip claimed the life of a Miami University freshman.

Lockland High, Dohn High among Schools of Promise
COLUMBUS - Thirty-one schools across Ohio, including Lockland High School and Dohn Community High School in Avondale, have been named Schools of Promise.

Catholic students to have letters published
Third-graders from the eight elementary schools that make up the Eastern Catholic Alliance of Schools for Excellence are writing about their neighborhoods.

Butler tries new sludge disposal
HAMILTON - Butler County is testing an experimental technique for processing smelly sewage sludge in hopes of eliminating the need to spread it on farmland and ship it to landfills.

Freedom Center given $1.1M by U.S. agency
WASHINGTON - The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will get another $1.1 million from the U.S. Department of Education to help train researchers, identify underground railroad sites and put on conferences and lectures.

Butler to honor notable women
WEST CHESTER TWP. - Nominations are being accepted through Oct. 1 for the second annual Southeastern Butler County Chamber of Commerce Women of Excellence Awards.

Hooray for yoga: Classes growing
BLUE ASH - Yoga, the ancient Indian meditation and exercise practice, has a growing number of young devotees in Greater Cincinnati.

Good things happening
Buddy, the stealthy feline object of affection at the Price Hill Community Center, can't decide if he wants to be a house pet or an alley cat.

Regional Report
MOUNT AUBURN - Christ Hospital was listed Monday as Greater Cincinnati's "most preferred" hospital for the eighth straight year, according to a survey by the National Research Corp.

OBITUARIES
R.O. Jackson, chemical engineer, ran local plant
DELHI TWP. - Reginald O. Jackson, retired manager of Monsanto's Port Plastics plant in Addyston, died Sept. 9 of complications of throat cancer at his home in Delhi Township.


Carol A. Spencer, 40, was editor for Mason company
HAMILTON - Carol A. Spencer, an editor for South-Western/Thomson Learning in Mason, died Thursday at Bethesda North Hospital of an apparent pulmonary embolism.

KENTUCKY REPORT
Contract bidder attacks process
FORT WRIGHT - The head of a Fort Mitchell construction company has raised questions about millions of dollars in work awarded to a competitor by the region's sewage and storm-water treatment agency.


Murderer remorseless at sentencing
BURLINGTON - Leonard Day, convicted last week for his part in killing a 45-year-old woman, cutting up her body and throwing it down a hill, acted Monday like a man with somewhere to go other than jail.

Deputy gets life for death of sheriff
SOMERSET, Ky. - Jeff Morris wanted so badly to be sheriff that he participated in a plot to kill the longtime officeholder.

Drug makers overcharged Ky., suit claims
FRANKFORT - The Kentucky attorney general's office Monday sued five pharmaceutical companies, alleging they inflated their drug prices to bilk Medicaid and Medicare.

Covington may revive job of ombudsman
COVINGTON - Ever wonder whom to call in the city to fill a pothole, fix a sewer line or deal with an illegally-parked car? If you have, you're not alone.
Kentucky community agenda

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
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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.