Thursday, March 23, 2000

AROUND THE COMMONWEALTH


Cincinnati Bell sues over Web site

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — Cincinnati Bell Inc. wants a federal judge to transfer the domain name cincinnati-bell.net to its sole use.

        A lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court contends that a renegade computer user has used that domain name to establish a Web site in “bad faith” and consequently infringed upon Cincinnati Bell's trademark.

        The company is requesting a transfer under the federal AntiCybersquatting Act.

        The lawsuit claims that the domain name is registered to “Pimp Daddy, Analog Alliance” in Beverly Hills, Calif.

        It states that a Cincinnati Bell security employee viewed the Web site and found the following message addressed to Cincinnati Bell employees:

        “We basically registered this to provide a source of information to local telco phreaks. If you wana buy this domain ... the price is $3,000.”

        Cincinnati Bell is seeking an unspecified amount in damages.

Kenton Fiscal Court to meet Tuesday The Cincinnati Enquirer
        CRESCENT SPRINGS — The Kenton Fiscal Court will hold this month's town meeting in Crescent Springs.

        The fiscal court will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Crescent Springs City Building, 739 Buttermilk Pike. At the end of the fiscal court's caucus meeting, a town meeting will be held.

Open meetings violation appealed The Cincinnati Enquirer
        COVINGTON — Kenton Fiscal Court has appealed an assistant attorney general's ruling that said county officials violated the Open Meetings Law when they eliminated the Elsmere jail site.

        In his appeal, Kenton County Attorney Garry Edmondson is seeking an exhaustive hearing in court to reverse a Kentucky assistant attorney general's decision that he says “is clearly erroneous and without legal basis or logical reasoning.”

        In her complaint, Elsmere resident Terry Whitakker said that Kenton Judge-executive Dick Murgatroyd had conducted a series of illegal meetings when he talked with individual members of Kenton Fiscal Court about a potential jail site in Elsmere. After the conversations, she said, Mr. Murgatroyd called a press conference to announce that the fiscal court was eliminating the Elsmere jail site.

        Mr. Edmondson said Kenton County's deputy judge-executive called the commissioners to advise them of new information, not to seek a consensus on a jail site.

        The attorney general's office also decided that a Nov. 20 meeting on the jail, where there was a sign-in sheet for those attending, along with security to enforce the requirement, violated the Open Meetings Law.

        Mr. Edmondson said that the sign-in sheets were to “maintain order,” as provided for under state law, and that no one was denied access to the meeting if they failed to sign in.

Man arrested on nonsupport charge The Cincinnati Enquirer
        CLEVES — Acting on an anonymous telephone tip, police Tuesday arrested a man wanted for flagrant nonsupport by Kenton County police.

        Police arrested Thomas Staverman, 49, no known address, sleeping in the back of a hardware store on South Miami Avenue about 4:20 p.m., Capt. Michael Hendrick said.

        Mr. Staverman, whose last known address was on South Miami Avenue, told officers he owed about $35,000 in child support for two children, Capt. Hendrick said.

Costa Rican trip on despite killings The Associated Press
        OWENSBORO — A group of Brescia College students are still planning to spend three weeks on a research project in Costa Rica, even though a Kentucky woman and her friend were murdered there this month.

        “It's a very gentle and nonviolent country,” said ceramics professor Steve Driver, who has spent five weeks in the Central American country in the past three years.

        Scheduled for July, the trip will incorporate art and biology studies for the seven students who will be traveling with Mr. Driver and Brescia biology teacher Jennifer Myka.

        The bodies of Emily Howell of Lexington and her friend, Emily Eagen, from Ann Arbor, Mich., both 19, were found on the side of a Costa Rican highway last week. Both had been shot.

        Ms. Howell had been in Costa Rica working on a photography project as part of her education at Ohio's Antioch College. Ms. Eagen was visiting Ms. Howell.

Police commanders agree to stay on The Associated Press
        LOUISVILLE — Louisville police commanders who said they would resign in protest of their chief's firing have agreed to stay on the job until a new chief is hired.

        Chief Gene Sherrard was fired the day after two white officers received medals for valor for their role in the May shooting death of an unarmed car theft suspect, who was black. In firing Chief Sherrard, Mayor Dave Armstrong said the commendations were “insensitive.”

        Police officers and their union reacted to the chief's firing by holding marches through the streets to protest.

        Mr. Armstrong and acting Chief Greg Smith announced Tuesday that Chief Smith and the eight commanders will stay on the job.

        Mr. Armstrong had faced the prospect of losing the department's leaders en masse April 1, barely a month before the Kentucky Derby and related festival events.

        Col. Ron Ricucci, the city's public safety director, called the decision by the police command staff “the beginning of the healing process.”

Confederate history designation protested The Associated Press
        RICHMOND, Va. — A pastor and his congregation are asking other churches and civil rights leaders to join them in denouncing Gov. Jim Gilmore's plan to once again designate April as Confederate History Month in Virginia.

        “No other people freed from bondage are asked to honor, respect, reflect and tolerate their oppressors,” said the Rev. Gerald O. Glenn, pastor of New Deliverance Evangelistic Church in suburban Chesterfield County.

        The Rev. Mr. Glenn said Wednesday he has no problem with the Sons of Confederate Veterans honoring ancestors who died during the Civil War, but that governments should not declare special periods “to glorify those who battled to keep us in shackles and slave shanties.”

DAYBOOK
        Government and schools

Covington: Covington Independent Board of Education meeting, 7:30 p.m., 25 East Seventh St.

        Ludlow: City Council meeting, 7 p.m., Ludlow Senior Center, 808 Elm St.

        Kentucky events

Fort Mitchell: Fort Mitchell Garden Club meeting, 10 a.m., Greyhound Tavern, 2500 Dixie Hwy. Val Eason, a professional horticulturist, will be the guest speaker.

       



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