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Wednesday, June 23, 1999 -- Volume 4, No. 174
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        The time women spend in the hospital after having a baby, their chances of having a C-section and the bills they end up paying can vary widely at Tristate maternity units.
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Local Headlines for  Wednesday, June 23, 1999

UC students feel pinch as tuition rises 5%
        University of Cincinnati undergraduates will see tuition rise 5 percent this fall as part of a $671 million interim budget trustees approved Tuesday.

Lie lands wrong sister in hot water
        HAMILTON — Police say a woman arrested in a weekend prostitution sting gave the wrong name — her sister's.

Voinovich wants more Serbia aid
        WASHINGTON — For Sen. George Voinovich, the agony of America's war with Yugoslavia will not go away. Nor will his questioning of U.S. policy.

City considering Web site to show off neighborhoods
        A proposed Web site could soon match people with some of the 52 Cincinnati neighborhoods that best suit them.

Donations, notoriety grow after robbery of 9-year-old
        LIBERTY TOWNSHIP — A $6 lemonade stand robbery has brought the stand's 9-year-old owner a financial windfall.

Bishop joins drive against casinos
        Covington Bishop Robert Muench is one of about 10 religious leaders expected to meet with Gov. Paul Patton next week to state their opposition to organized gambling in Kentucky.

Patton touts higher tax and casinos
        COVINGTON — Gov. Paul Patton used a Tuesday night speech to a local business group to push proposals for casino gambling and a gasoline tax increase and defend his administration's spending.

Roof fund may be used for fountain restoration
        Cincinnati may move ahead quickly with restoration of the Tyler Davidson Fountain by using interim financing to get the project started.

Sculpture leaving Sixth and Vine
        “Open End,” a massive sculpture that stood in front of the Cincinnati Commerce Center at Sixth and Vine streets for the past 15 years, has been removed to make way for a $1 million renovation to a surrounding plaza.

Seniors win city leaders' visit to housing
        Seniors crowded Cincinnati City Hall again Tuesday, complaining about living conditions, security, poor management and drug use in 12 Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) properties.

Wastewater site raises stink
        FORT WRIGHT — Kelly Elementary School pupils rode to the Sanitation District No.1 office Tuesday on a big, yellow school bus.

GET TO IT
        A guide to help make your day.
Help for a calm delivery
        With video-toting dads, nervous in-laws and awestruck siblings gathered 'round for a contemporary childbirth, maybe there isn't enough room in a well-appointed birthing center for one more person.
Study shows positive impact

Smog can induce asthma problems
        Tristate smog can spring nasty surprises on athletes who believe they are healthy and don't know they are borderline asthmatics.

'Titanic' will launch trendy Broadway Series
        It will be a fresh Broadway season for Fifth Third Bank Broadway Series with trends, not re-treads, onstage at the Aronoff Center for the Arts.

John Kiesewetter column
Gilligan talks to Descartes, and it's all in the name of art
        Jed Clampett and Granny looked puzzled. Gilligan looked befuddled. The Skipper, too. Not that confusion on Gilligan's Island and The Beverly Hillbillies is anything usual, but this time they're reacting to the philosophical pontifications of Jean-Paul Sartre and Rene Descartes.

Allen House to be senior center
        After four years of standing vacant, the Allen House in Price Hill will be transformed into a senior center and recreation facility, according to city plans.

Anderson issues cleanup order
        ANDERSON TOWNSHIP — The lot contains four junk trucks, a back hoe, a snow blade, buckets, tail gates, doors, tires, barrels, tables, refrigerators, pipes, broken furniture, a camper and tanks.

Boone Co. passes budget $10 million higher than this year
        BURLINGTON — The Boone County Fiscal Court on Tuesday passed a budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 that is just over $10.3 million more than the present budget.

Church roof caves; nobody injured
        Part of a West End church collapsed Tuesday evening, but fortunately no was inside at the time.

Clermont welfare plan a model
        BATAVIA — Clermont County's innovative program to reduce welfare fraud and its impact on the court system received an award from the National Association of Counties, the Department of Human Services announced Tuesday.

Coke contract to bring annual $400,000 to Ross Local Schools yearly
        ROSS TOWNSHIP — An exclusive agreement with Coca-Cola will net the Ross Local Schools about $400,000 annu ally to provide Coke products in each of the next 10 years, school officials estimate.

Convict can't be reindicted after assault victim dies
        HAMILTON — A Butler County judge ruled Tuesday that a grand jury couldn't reindict a man on more serious charges following the death of his victim four years after the crime.

Despite drought, farmers aren't panicking just yet
        Spotty rains have helped delay the growth of corn and soybeans, but it is too early in the season for major concern, an Ohio Farm Bureau Federation official said Tuesday.

Drugs can intensify effects of too much sun
        The very drugs and over-the-counter products you take to feel better may actually be making you sick if you're spending a lot of time in the sun or heat.

Glen Rogers convicted in Calif. killing
        LOS ANGELES — A former Hamilton, Ohio, man already sentenced to die in Florida was convicted Tuesday of first-degree murder for strangling a woman in Los Angeles.

Jacor target of sexual harassment lawsuit
        Former Dawn Patrol and Gary Burbank Show personality Leah Burns sued Jacor Broadcasting Corp. on Tuesday, claiming sexual harassment on and off the air at WLW-AM and WEBN-FM, and saying she was fired for complaining.

Kenton to seek delay in car tests
        INDEPENDENCE — Kenton County officials joined their Boone County counterparts Tuesday, seeking a moratorium on auto emissions testing set to begin Sept. 1 in Northern Kentucky.

Kids can get taste of gardening
        Sharon Lovejoy believes the seeds of a gardener are sown early in life. That's why she's coming to town to encourage parents to garden with children.

Lebanon aims to reel in 180 more jobs
        LEBANON — The boom continues in the Warren County seat, with council Tuesday discussing three economic-incentive packages for businesses that could create a combined 180 jobs.

Lebanon hosts tour of gardens
        LEBANON — Lilies and daylilies reach through the wrought-iron fence of Kathy McGurn's garden like a colorful welcoming committee.

Mason high school called a priority
        MASON — A larger high school to fit up to 3,200 students should be built to help Mason City Schools deal with burgeoning growth.

N. College Hill seeks game plan for progress
        NORTH COLLEGE HILL — Take a walk along Galbraith Road with Mayor Daniel Brooks and he sees the possibilities.

Neighbors leery of pit-to-park plan
        ROSS TOWNSHIP — In five years a new gravel pit in southern Butler County may be filled in and donated to the public as a natural wetland park.

Report dims chance of remodeled jail
        INDEPENDENCE — A preliminary report indicates the Kenton County Jail can't be remodeled as an alternative to building a new jail, Kenton County Judge-executive Dick Murgatroyd said Tuesday.

Restoration nears for Emery Theatre
        Supporters of the Emery Theatre in Over-the-Rhine inched closer to launching a three-year, $20 million preservation project Tuesdayafter trustees at the University of Cincinnati, which owns the site, agreed to negotiate a lease with them.

Suicide in vehicle 2nd in Butler this month
        HAMILTON — When a Batavia man crashed his truck into the rear of a parked semi last week, he was committing suicide, Butler County Coroner Dr. Richard P. Burkhardt said Tuesday.

Teen indicted in rape attempt, 50 robbery
        AKRON, Ohio — A teen-ager was indicted Tuesday on two felony charges in the attempted rape of a 71-year-old woman praying in a church.

TRISTATE DIGEST
        A Blanchester, Ohio, man with convictions for sex crimes in three counties was declared a sexual predator Tuesday and sent to prison for at least 21 years.

Warren Co. tax enough to pay cash for new building
        LEBANON — Saving Warren County taxpayers millions of dollars, the county commission Tuesday signed off on $11.3 million worth of contracts for a new administration building — to be paid in cash.

HOME P@GE
        Check our review of Ken Griffey Jr.'s newest game. Hey, parents: Are your kids bored with summer already? We'll tell you how they can get creative with the computer.

Don't let summer scratch and burn
        As fun heats up, take these precautions to stave off the season's perils.

Summer festival guide
Here's a schedule of festivals in and around Cincinnati.

Summer concert guide
Here's a schedule of pop acts in and around Cincinnati.

Manatees star in new Zoo exhibit
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 new $4 million Manatee Springs exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.
The exhibit: Manatees, crocs and more

Tristate's Goin' Fishin'
        Oceanic Adventure's Newport Aquarium is open. Check out our guide to the Tristate's newest entertainment attraction.

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.

Focal Point
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