The Cincinnati Enquirer
Thursday, July 13, 2000 -- Volume 5, No. 194
Today's Local News
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Local Headlines for  Thursday, July 13, 2000

Driver, 16, may be tried as adult
        Prosecutors say a teen-ager driver who was hillhopping and killed two passengers should pay with a possible prison sentence.

Moving Wall: Behind each name lies someone's pain
        Folks in Northern Kentucky remember Thomas Laskey as one of the best basketball players at Newport High.

PULFER: Keeping score? One more loss
        There's a ladder where a life-sized cardboard John Wayne used to be. And I couldn't find the whoopie cushions anywhere.

Golfer dies after lightning strike
        A South Cumminsville man who was struck by lightning while playing golf earlier this week died Wednesday morning at Jewish Hospital.

OSU boss urges $1B in tech spending
        COLUMBUS — Ohio will lose high-tech jobs and businesses to other states unless government and business leaders give universities $1 billion, Ohio State University's president warned Wednesday.

CPS board wants specifics on plans to restructure
        Before the Cincinnati Board of Education approves plans to restructure five of its nine traditional high schools, members want more specifics on program costs, teacher training and student access.

New zebra fish go to work
        WILLIAMSBURG — Clermont County gained a unique early warning system for its drinking water Wednesday.

Norwood mayor won't resign
        NORWOOD — Mayor Joe Hochbein, acknowledging that he is under investigation by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office and may face indictment by a Hamilton County grand jury, said in a statement Wednesday he has no intention of relinquishing office.

Ohio Supreme Court gets Justin case
        COLUMBUS — The Ohio Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Aug. 22 in the two-state custody battle over 3-year-old Justin, who was born to Covington, Ky., parents and now lives with a Girard, Ohio, couple wanting to adopt him.

Shooter sentenced in murder
        A former Hamilton County sheriff's deputy was sentenced to 18 years to life in prison Wednesday after a jury convicted him of murder.

Summer truancy 17 percent
        Seventeen percent of Cincinnati Public School children required to attend a summer school session have not shown up, and the session ends Friday.

Father from deadbeat list arrested at airport
        HEBRON — Another man from Hamilton County's “Most Wanted” list of deadbeat parents is in jail today.

KIESEWETTER: USA cable scuttles 'Schott' story
        PASADENA, Calif. — USA cable has struck out with The Marge Schott Story. The two-hour docudrama announced in December for the 2000-2001 TV season is essentially dead.

Opera's 'Melisande' follows her fascination
        When she was 18 and entering the Music Academy in Bucharest, Romania, Ruxandra Donose had to make a choice. Piano or voice? Should she become a concert pianist or an opera singer?

Dylan dazzles early crowd
        The only two people Bob Dylan should have to bequeath the headlining slot to are Hank Williams and Howlin' Wolf, and they're dead.

        A guide to help make your day.

Pig Parade: Juicy Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
        This is 75th in a series spotlighting pigs from the Big Pig Gig Public Art Project taking place in Cincinnati, Covington and Newport.

KNIPPENBERG: Purloined big pig still has its own gig
        The drama continues ... Jimmy and Pati Gilliece's pig, we mean. Pigerre stood in front of of Chez Nora, the Covington bar and restaurant they own.

Waiters ready to race on the Square
        Waiters always have admired things French, so they are taking the Bastille Day waiters' race on Fountain Square seriously.

Who should be cast away?
        CBS' Survivor pits castaways against each other as they vote each week on whom to kick off the desert island. Whom would you vote to cast away next? Why?

Cafeteria at Fairfield speeds up food service
        FAIRFIELD — It's not exactly fast food, but it'll be faster than before.

Democrats' Jamboree comes to Campbell Co.
        DAYTON — The Campbell County Democratic executive committee will hold its annual Democratic Jamboree Sundayfrom 1 to 5 p.m. at the Thomasville Party Lodge on Ky. 8.

Finalists named for Franklin chief
        FRANKLIN - City officials will interview five finalists, including a veteran Air Force base firefighter, to be this Warren County town's next fire chief.

Franklin fire chief finalists named, set to be interviewed
        FRANKLIN — City officials will interview five finalists, including a veteran Air Force base firefighter, to be this Warren County town's next fire chief.

Genesis museum's look forming inside and out
        FLORENCE — The creation museum that has long been only in the mind's eye of its dreamers will soon materialize on paper.

Getting in St. X only first hurdle
        LOVELAND — Fourteen-year-old Larry Stosman passed the rigorous admissions test for St. Xavier High School, but now simple changes in bus service stand between him and the Aug. 24 start of classes.

Health agency seeks levy to meet demand
        LEBANON — The agency that helps battle mental illness and chemical dependence in Warren and Clinton counties needs more money to do its job, agency officials said Wednesday night.

Homeless Ohio man inherits $300,000
        LONG BEACH, Calif. — After spending 20 years on the streets, often sleeping in an alley, Steven Kent is about to head home to Ohio to collect a $300,000 inheritance.

Local Digest
        U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Cincinnati, and John Cranley, his Democratic opponent, will go head-to-head in the first of four 1st Congressional debates Sunday in Green Township.

Longtime officer to be chief
        NORTH COLLEGE HILL — A sergeant with 22 years of experience in law enforcement — the past 15 with the police department here — will take over as the new police chief in late September.

Only buyout can keep hospital open
        DAYTON, Ohio — A decision to close Franciscan Medical Center could come as early as this week if an agreement to sell it to Vanguard Health Systems is not reached, the Dayton Daily News reported Wednesday.

Recall process speeding along
        FAIRFIELD — Councilman Jon V. Saylor faces a recall vote — possibly as early as next month — unless he resigns his First Ward seat by Monday.

Renovation gives center new life
        COVINGTON — Children at the Northern Kentucky Community Center helped dedicate its newly renovated recreation room and learning center Wednesday with glasses of punch and trays of cookies.

Repaving shoulders could hit $2M
        FRANKFORT — Based on past experience, it could cost the state an additional $2 million to make the shoulders on Interstate 275 driveable while the highway in Boone County is repaved.

Station improves emergency service, curbs road hazard
        FAIRFIELD — Fire protection aside, the opening of the city's new fire station on Dixie Highway will have a side benefit: better traffic flow.

Suspect, 25, charged with murder
        HAMILTON — The city's SWAT team raided a South Monument residence Wednesday and arrested a man in connection with the shooting death of Donald Lee Downard.

Suspects sought in fatal robbery
        Cincinnati police are seeking three suspects in connection with the fatal shooting of Bubacarr Kassama, 25, of Colerain Township, whose body was found on the sidewalk on Fulton Avenue in Walnut Hills early Sunday.

Teen may face trial as adult in shooting that left man dead
        HAMILTON — A 16-year-old boy who is accused of shooting a West Chester man to death is expected to learn July 20 whether he will be tried as an adult.

Tristate A.M. Report
        U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Cincinnati, and John Cranley, his Democratic opponent, will go head-to-head in the first of four 1st Congressional debates Sunday in Green Township.

S P E C I A L   F E A T U R E S
'Moving wall' stirs emotions
The traveling, half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., is on display in Clifton through Friday.

Cincy radio on the Web
Local stations are reaching computer audiences in town and around the world. We give you links to your favorites.

Outdoor concert guide
Check our schedule of summer music events at more than 10 Tristate venues.

Three cheers for Fountain
The Genius of Water was unveiled May 6 at a rededication celebration that mingled citizen protest and spurts of rain with fun and enthusiasm for the refurbishing of Cincinnati's landmark.
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Son of Beast 'awesome'
“I waited five hours to get on this thing and it was worth every minute,” said Mike Heller, 15, of Mason. “This is the most awesome ride at Kings Island.”
Take a tour of 'Son of Beast'

Summer Camp Guide
The Enquirer Summer Camp Guide provides information about hundreds of camps sponsored by Tristate schools, businesses, individuals and non-profit organizations.

School confronts cancer
In a compelling three-part series, reporter John Johnston tells how students and staff at Finneytown High School face death and find strength in each other.

Make your plans for 2000
Check our FREETIME section for a calendar of the year's best entertainment events in the Tristate. Also, get movie, dining and music reviews.
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