Sunday, April 25, 1999


Bowen funeral will be Tuesday

        Services for former Ohio Sen. William F. Bowen are scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Zion Baptist Church, 630 Glenwood Ave., in Avondale.

        Friends can call at the church after 10 a.m. Tuesday. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until the service. A Masonic service is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

        He will be buried at Spring Grove Cemetery.

        Mr. Bowen, 70, died Thursday morning at his Columbus home. He had cancer and heart problems. The West End native, a longtime civil rights advocate, ended a nearly quarter-century run in the Ohio Senate five years ago and was known as one of the most influential African-American political figures in Ohio.

Speeding, no seat belt use cited in fatal wreck
        SWITZERLAND COUNTY, Ind. — Larry D. Norfleet, 29, was speeding and not wearing a seat belt when he lost control of his car, flipped it over and died in the crash Friday night, police said.

        Mr. Norfleet, of the 200 block of Log Lick Road in Florence, was heading south on McCreary Ridge Road just past Ind. 56 at about 11 p.m. when he missed a curve and drove off the road, said Indiana State Police Trooper Vance Patton.

        His 1991 Pontiac rolled over and hit a tree. Mr. Norfleet, who was thrown halfway out of the car, was pronounced dead at the scene.

        Blood tests are being performed to determine whether the accident was alcohol-related, Trooper Patton said.

Man accused of stabbing neighbor in fight
        A Mount Auburn man was charged Friday with stabbing his neighbor on the sidewalk in front of their homes.

        Gary Mitchell, 40, of 259 Helen St., faces a charge of aggravated assault. Cincinnati Police declined to reveal the identity of the man they say he stabbed.

        Police said the two men were fighting at about 4 p.m. Friday when Mr. Mitchell pulled out a knife and stabbed his neighbor in the chest, abdomen and shoulder. Mr. Mitchell was arrested about four hours later.

        The stabbing victim was listed in fair condition Saturday afternoon at University Hospital.

Animal-rights group, March of Dimes at odds
        Animal-rights activists are planning a protest during a Cincinnati walk for the March of Dimes expected to draw 7,000 people today.

        The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a Washington, D.C.-based group that opposes animal experiments, plans to fly an airplane banner saying “March of Dimes, Stop Animal Experiments.”

        The group claims that the March of Dimes spends more than $1 million a year on medical research involving animals. It also alleges that the March of Dimes has “admitted to having funded experiments in which grantees sewed kittens' eyes shut and killed them.”

        The March of Dimes supports responsible animal research as part of the effort to prevent birth defects and reduce infant mortality, said regional spokeswoman Sandra Lundgren. It also supports alternatives to animal research when possible, she said.

        The kitten research project did occur 15 years ago. A Yale researcher sealed the animals' eyes and later did autopsies to test how the brain compensates for injuries or birth defects. The goal was to find better ways to treat cerebral palsy and blindness, Ms. Lundgren said.

XU gets $600,000 more toward renovations
        Xavier University has received a $600,000 grant from a Michigan foundation to finish renovating its oldest buildings.

        The grant, from the Kresge Foundation of Troy, Mich., requires the university to match the money by September 1, 2000. Xavier has raised more than three-quarters of its $100 million goal set in its “Century Campaign.” It needs about $12 million more.

        The money will be used to finish renovating Xavier's west row, which includes buildings dating to 1920. Hinkle Hall already was renovated, and work on Schmidt Hall is ongoing.

        The Kresge Foundation was created in 1924 by philanthropist Sebastian S. Kresge.

        The west row renovation is one of several construction projects under way or planned for the 6,500-student school.

        The $44 million Cintas Center, which will include an arena, dining room and conference center, is set to open next spring. When it's done, work crews will demolish and rebuild the University Center, which is Xavier's student hub. That project is expected to cost about $15 million.

Civil War event continues today
        GEORGETOWN — The third annual U.S. Grant Civil War Re-enactment and Living History continues today at the Brown County Fairgrounds.

        The event, held in President Grant's boyhood hometown to mark his 177th birthday, features 150 actors in re-enactments and living history portrayals.

        Enquirer writer Howard Wilkinson will be a featured speaker this afternoon.

        Information: Stan Purdy at (937) 378-4119.

Pig farmer gets jail over mess at farm
        MEDINA, Ohio — A pig farmer will spend at least 10 days in jail for failing to obey an order to clean up his 97-acre farm.

        Tom Trubiani was sentenced Friday by Judge James L. Kimbler of Medina County Common Pleas Court in northeastern Ohio.

        The ruling came two weeks after Mr. Trubiani angered Judge Kimbler and other county officials by presenting a $21,700 bill for damages he claimed were the result of initial cleanup efforts by about a dozen volunteer inmates from the county jail.


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