Tuesday, April 25, 2000

Tristate digest

G.W. Bush plans Dayton stop today


        DAYTON, Ohio — Texas Gov. George W. Bush plans to bring his presidential campaign to Dayton today for a round-table discussion on economic issues, officials said Monday.

        The Republican presidential candidate intends to stop at the Corpus Christi Roman Catholic parish center on the city's north side for the event. Ohio Gov. Bob Taft also will be there.

        Mr. Bush is expected to discuss his proposal for individual development accounts, which would provide low-income people with tax credits and incentives enabling them to save money for education, starting a business or buying a home, said Bush campaign spokesman Scott McClellan.

        Mr. McClellan said community leaders will take part in today's discussion.

        Carl Wick, chairman of the Bush campaign in Montgomery County, said members of the church and neighbors also may participate.

Quints doing fine in Westerville
        WESTERVILLE, Ohio — The mother of newborn quintuplets is doing fine and is happy the delivery is over, her husband said Monday.

        Two boys and three girls were born to Gina and Mike Whalen on Saturday at Mount Carmel St. Ann's Hospital in this Columbus suburb. It was the couple's fifth wedding anniversary and Mike Whalen's 29th birthday.

        The newborns were in fair condition, and two were on respirators. The babies, born by Caesarean section about two months premature, are expected to remain in the hospital through what would have been their normal due date, hospital spokeswoman Krista Kruse said.

        Benjamin James was the first baby born and was the biggest at 2 pounds, 12 ounces. He was followed by Grace Renee, Mary Kate, Emma Rose and Alex Michael. The three smallest weighed 2 pounds, 7 ounces.

        Gina Whalen, 28, who took fertility drugs, was in good condition and expected to be released Wednesday, Kruse said.

        The quintuplets are the couple's first children. Mike Whalen said he and his wife have not ruled out having more children.

        Both of the couple's families will help take care of the children when they are allowed to go home. He said the couple's four-bedroom house in the Columbus suburb of Reynoldsburg will be adequate for now.

Hearing to discuss traffic at Lunken
        A public hearing on the operation of Lunken Airport will be held tonight at 7 p.m. at Mount Washington Elementary School, 1730 Mears Ave. Topics include management's exploration of bringing discount commercial airlines to the airport and the creation of an airport board.

        The hearing in being held by the City Council's Intergovernmental Affairs, Community Development and Transportation Committee, which is headed by Councilman Todd Portune.

Scholarship will honor photographer
        An annual scholarship is being set up at the Union Institute in Walnut Hills to honor the late Daniel J. Ransohoff.

        Mr. Ransohoff, a social worker, artist, historian, photographer and teacher, earned a doctorate degree in philosophy from Union Institute in 1980.

        Richard N. Aft, president of United Way & Community Chest of Greater Cincinnati, will present a $35,000 check for the scholarship at 11 a.m. Friday at Union Institute.

        The scholarship will be presented to graduate students in social science and to students coming to Union Institute from historically black colleges and universities.

        Mr. Ransohoff was a 43-year employee of the United Way & Community Chest. For 30 of those years, he was special projects director.

        His photographs chronicling life in Cincinnati's low-income neighborhoods have been exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution, Montreal's Expo 1967 and the Family of Man exhibit at New York's Museum of Modern Art.

Cincinnati State adds 6 tech programs
        Six computer-related technology programs will begin in September at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.

        They are: web design, computer graphics, audio/video production, database management systems, software engineering and ophthalmic optics.

        All six applied science degrees have been approved by the Ohio Board of Regents.

Registration opens for WalkSoberFest
        Registration has begun for the fifth annual WalkSoberFest, a walkathon set for May 6 to benefit the Alcoholism Council of the Greater Cincinnati Area.

        The council hopes to raise $100,000. For information about the 10K walk starting at Sawyer Point, call 281-7880.

Noted imam speaks May 7 in Cincinnati
        The Cincinnati Islamic Center will host one of the country's noted Muslim speakers, Imam W. Deen Mohammad, at a weekend conference May 5-7. Mr. Mohammad is the son of Elijah Mohammad, the founder of the Nation of Islam.

        The conference will focus on the importance or secular and religious education. The imam is slated to speak at 2 p.m. Sunday May 7 at the Kresge Auditorium, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, 231 Bethesda Ave., Corryville. For tickets and information, contact the center at 793-4508.

Suit blocks logging at Boy Scout camp
        ATHENS, Ohio — A judge temporarily halted logging Monday at a 33-acre Boy Scout camp over complaints that it violates terms of the trust that created the camp.

        A lawsuit filed on behalf of the 800 members of the Hok-Hocking District of Athens County said the district's regional parent, the Allohak Council of the Boy Scouts of America of Parkersburg, W.Va., has no right to cut down trees at Camp Lowman north of Athens.

        Judge Alan Goldsberry of Athens County Common Pleas Court issued the order after both sides were unable to settle the dispute over the weekend. He set another hearing for May 3.

        The council agreed to the logging of 175 trees to raise $40,000 to finance improvements at Camp Lowman and a much larger camping area in West Virginia used by all district scouting groups that make up the council, said the council's attorney, Christian Gerig. So far, about a third of the trees have been cut.

        The land was intended to remain in the condition it was at the time the gift was made, said Robert Shostak, the lawyer who filed the lawsuit.

        “The point is for it to be a primitive camp, and you can't have a primitive camp without trees,” he said.

State official named Columbus safety chief
        COLUMBUS — Mayor Michael Coleman on Monday chose veteran safety official Mitchell Brown to take charge of the city's fire and police departments at a time when the city is fighting allegations of police misconduct.

        Mr. Brown, director of the Ohio Lottery, will become city safety director sometime in May. He was Cleveland's safety director when U.S. Sen. George Voinovich was mayor and served as state safety director when Mr. Voinovich was governor.


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Cost of Nordstrom deal questioned
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Head counters take duty as census foot soldiers
Monroe votes anew on Hustler store
Norma Rashid sues Channel 5
Storm delays coaster rollout
'This is our history'
Butler backs Lakota on funding cap
Care center seeks money
Ex-teacher/coach sentenced
Lebanon debates tree ordinance
New year gathers friends
Annual march inspires people to stand against violence, abuse
Latest disc by CSO relies on the music
Maifest organizers' plan questioned
Medical-waste permit fought
NKU appoints former dean to provost position
Dog warden spared jail
Kenton looks for skate park site
Queen City's moments to shine reflected in book
Taxpayers to get $13M back?
Trial begins in fatal shooting
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