The Cincinnati Enquirer
Friday, May 21, 1999 -- Volume 4, No. 141
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MANATEES CARRY HEAVY HOPES
Douglas and Stoneman have no way of knowing it, but there's a lot riding on their broadly sloped shoulders. The two manatees are the unlikely stars of the one-of-a-kind, $4 million Manatee Springs exhibit opening Saturday at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.
The exhibit: Manatees, crocs and more
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Local Headlines for  Friday, May 21, 1999

Cliff Radel column
To get serious about treasures, hire conservator
        The ugly green wall on Fountain Square hides more than our beloved Tyler Davidson Fountain.

Parents even more anxious after Conyers shooting
        Parents' anxieties about school safety — already intense after last month's massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. — escalated Thursday when a student shot six classmates at his Conyers, Ga., high school.
Latest updates: • Heritage HSGun controlColumbine HS

Design dean to step down
        Jay Chatterjee, the man most responsible for creating a landscape of signature architecture on the University of Cincinnati campus and a major influence on new downtown urban design, will resign as dean of UC's College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) effective June 30, 2000.

6 schools earn national Blue Ribbons
        Six Cincinnati-area elementary schools have earned national Blue Ribbon awards — the highest recognition from the U.S. Department of Education.

Ice cream man won't get boot
        ANDERSON TOWNSHIP — The ice cream man, the door-to-door sales person and other peddlers may continue to operate in the township.

Bank robbery family tradition
        If it had all worked out, the Poor family would be rich.

'Community standards' face test
        BATAVIA — Clermont County prosecutors are hoping obscenity charges against two video store owners will help establish the meaning of a phrase much in the news lately: Community standards.

Killer says he has paid debt, wants to die
        EDDYVILLE, Ky. — Scheduled to die by injection on Tuesday, Eddie Harper acknowledged Thursday that he murdered his adoptive parents for their money and was using illegal drugs at the time. He said he hasn't changed his mind about wanting to go ahead with the execution.

Nuclear waste shipments bring activists here for conference
        Activists from neighborhoods around the nation's former nuclear weapons production sites are circling their wagons this weekend in Cincinnati.

Police: Drug ring busted up
        HAMILTON — Eight people indicted Thursday on federal charges of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine are members of a major trafficking ring, authorities said.

Two more Hilltop pickets injured by trucks
        Two striking members of Teamsters Local 100 picketing Hilltop Basic Resources Inc. and the Paul Brown Stadium construction site were injured in separate accidents Thursday afternoon.

Carrying on a mother's love
        If love alone can fix life's potholes, then Freda Strader's foster children surely have a smooth road ahead.

GET TO IT
        A guide to help make your day.

Application for landfill halted
        WHITEWATER TOWNSHIP — Developer Rodney Gibbons wants to add a construction and demolition debris landfill to the refuse pits already dotting this western Hamilton County area.

Children's Summit speaker raps 'toxic society'
        LOUISVILLE — There have always been boys who felt angry, rejected and left out and took to violent fantasies in order to stave off their bad feelings, Cornell University Professor James Garbarino said Thursday at the 1999 Children's Summit in Louisville.

Efficiency goal with Access bus computer
        Getting around town on Access is expected to get a little more efficient for the bus system's 6,000 riders with disabilities.

Fairfield child found dead in bed
        FAIRFIELD — Police are investigating the death of a 7-year-old girl whose mother reported finding her deadin bed early Thursday.

Killer's drug problem told
        COVINGTON — Relatives of convicted killer Fred Furnish, attempting to save him from a death sentence, described to Kenton Circuit Court jurors Thursday how Mr. Furnish was changed by his drug addiction.

Mason studies school options
        MASON — Residents who huddled in small groups Wednesday night had a daunting task: Pick a multimillion-dollar building plan to fit about 5,000 more Mason students in the next six years.

New owners check out Turfway
        FLORENCE — Turfway Park's new owners were in town Thursday planning how the partnership will run the track for the rest of the year.

Raymond Motley, 87, was sports radio legend at Hamilton's WMOH
        The man who gave Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Joe Nuxhall his first job in radio died Monday in Bradenton, Fla.

Rescuers build training ground
        FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP — When children fall into wells — as 17-month-old Jessy Kraus did last week in Kansas or 18-month-old Jessica McClure did in Texas 12 years ago — the whole nation seems to hold its breath while rescuers try to reach them.

Springboro celebrates Underground Railroad heritage
        SPRINGBORO — In pre-Civil War times, many people in Springboro lived dual lives. To the external world they were busy farmers, merchants, homemakers and professionals. In secret, they were breaking the law: conducting hundreds of escaping slaves through Springboro's Underground Railroad sites to freedom in Canada.

State to take 24 inmates from Kenton
        COVINGTON — Twenty-four state prisoners will be transferred out of the Kenton County Jail today, after county officials appealed to the state's corrections commissioner to reduce crowding in the troubled jail.

Students celebrate sameness
        BLUE ASH — Mixing handfuls of Silly Putty with scores of giggles Thursdayshowed this experiment was working.

Suspect ruled competent to stand trial in stabbing

Lawyer agrees
        In a brief hearing Tuesday in Warren County Common Pleas Court, Mr. Cothran's lawyer, Charles Rittgers, said he agreed his client was competent.

TRISTATE DIGEST
        A Fairfax woman was indicted Thursday on charges of using a wire scrub brush and bleach to punish her 15-year-old daughter for running away.

Ventura seeks details of deal ex-reporter cut
        The attorney for George Ventura wants prosecutors to turn over all details of the cooperation agreement they reached with a key witness against his client.

Works by famous artists at charity auction here
        LEBANON — An art exhibition and auction will help some Warren County residents become homeowners.

TRISTATE'S GOIN' FISHIN'
        Oceanic Adventure's Newport Aquarium opens Saturday. Check out our guide to the Tristate's newest entertainment attraction.

FLYNT, COUNTY PROCLAIM VICTORY
        From the day he returned to Cincinnati, Larry Flynt billed his obscenity case as a knockdown, drag-out fight to decide once and for all who was right about community standards in Hamilton County. But just three days into the decisive battle, it ended suddenly with a handshake on the courthouse steps and a stunning deal that seemed to raise more questions than it answered.
ENQUIRER EDITORIAL: Flynt loses; Cincinnati wins
Flynt: 'I haven't changed my position one bit'
Video porn fans will get over it
Videos still readily available
Councilman fights store relocation costs

Election '99
        Cincinnati voters made a sweeping change to their government when they passed Issue 4, setting up a direct election of the mayor two years from now. Hamilton County voters refused to pay for a countywide emergency communication system

Tornado of '99
        Complete coverage of the April 9 tornado that claimed four lives and left hundreds homeless.

Spring/summer arts preview
Special guide to things to do through August.

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