Friday, August 25, 2000

Kentucky News Briefs

The Cincinnati Enquirer

UK seeking input on presidential search

        Know who should be the next leader of the state's flagship university?

        Come to a public forum at 7 p.m. Monday to tell the University of Kentucky presidential search committee what it should look for in its candidate search. The forum will be held at the Drawbridge Inn and Convention Center in Fort Mitchell.

        The 12-member search committee has held a series of meetings across the state to get views on who should be the next president.

        President Charles Wethington retires on July 1, 2001.

Classics to close summer concert series

        COVINGTON — The Northern Kentucky Symphony closes its summer series in Devou Park with the familiar classics heard in Disney's updated animated feature Fantasia 2000.

        The concert will be 7:30 p.m. Sept. 2 at the Devou Park amphitheater.

        Favorites by Beethoven, Respighi, Saint-Saens, Dukas, Elgar and Stravinsky will be featured, along with two 17-year-old Northern Kentucky pianists.

        Anna Polusmiak, a Northern Kentucky University freshman, will perform the first movement of Dimitri Shostakovich's Second Piano Concerto, while Scott High School senior Miko Hukki will play Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.

TANK board moves up meeting date

        FORT WRIGHT — The Sept. 13 board meeting of the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky has been rescheduled to Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. due to out-of-town meeting conflicts.

        The meeting will be in TANK's conference room at 3375 Madison Pike.

        For more information, call 814-2124.

Report: Health woes near uranium plant

        PADUCAH, Ky. — Health screenings done on residents who live near the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant reveal many have symptoms that could indicate exposure to radiation, according to a report released Thursday night by an environmental group.

        “The nurses here were very concerned they found so much,” said Susan Patton, a registered nurse with Tri-State Consulting.

        Tri-State was paid by the Coalition for Health Concern to screen 77 residents living within a 1.5-mile radius of the plant.

        The report showed 21 people reported more than 40 symptoms that could reveal radiation exposure in questionnaires from Tri-State.

        Seventy people, or 91 percent of the group, claimed to have had problems with their ears, eyes, nose or throat, the report said.

        Gastrointestinal problems were reported by 63 people, muscle and joint complaints were reported by 59 people and 58 complained of neurological symptoms, the report said.

        Ten percent have had cancers of the prostate, bladder, kidney, bone or skin.

Lawyer in scandal has license suspended

        FRANKFORT — The license of a lawyer convicted of fraud and bribery in the Calumet Farm scandal was suspended by the Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday.

        The suspension was retroactive to Feb. 8, the day after a federal jury in Houston convicted Gary R. Matthews of paying a $1.1 million bank bribe while chief financial officer of the thoroughbred horse farm in Lexington.

        Also convicted was Calumet's former president, J.T. Lundy. The farm slid into bankruptcy, as did a Houston bank that gave it $65 million in unsecured loans.

        Mr. Matthews and Mr. Lundy are awaiting sentencing. Supreme Court rules require suspension of any lawyer convicted of a felony.

        The suspension is until further notice, the court order said.

        Other attorneys disciplined:

        • Cynthia Lynn Losey, Bellevue, disbarred for five years. She failed to file bankruptcy petitions or refund fees to two clients. A third client had a Social Security disability claim dismissed because Ms. Losey did not show up.

        • William D. Fausz Jr., Florence, suspended until further notice after pleading guilty to possessing a controlled substance (methamphetamine).

Baby sitter guilty in tot's heat death

        LEXINGTON — A baby sitter charged with leaving a child unattended in a hot car while she shopped was found guilty but mentally ill of manslaughter and other charges by a jury on Thursday.

        A Fayette Circuit jury deliberated five hours before finding Karen Murphy, 38, guilty but mentally ill of second-degree manslaughter, second-degree criminal abuse and endangering the welfare of a minor.

        The charges stemmed from the heat-related death of 11-month-old Bryan Edward Puckett of Winchester on July 13, 1999.

        Ms. Murphy's own 14-month-old son, Jason Murphy, was also in the car and was hospitalized for heat related-illness.

        Ms. Murphy was not in the courtroom when the jury read its verdict. She became ill earlier and was taken from the court. The nature of her illness was not immediately known.

Lending company to pay $350K penalty

        WASHINGTON — A Louisville-based lender and its president and owner have agreed to pay a $350,000 civil penalty to settle charges of violating federal lending laws, according to the Federal Trade Commission.

        The Action Loan Co. Inc. and Gus Goldsmith also have agreed to pay $37,000 as part of a joint settlement with the FTC and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Rolando Berrelez, FTC assistant director for the Midwest region, said Thursday.

        Action Loan operates in Kentucky and Indiana and is a sub-prime lender, meaning it makes loans to people with less than excellent credit histories, making more than 2,000 loans since 1994, Mr. Berrelez said.

        Federal law prohibits lenders from taking security interest in household goods, but the company did it anyway, forcing consumers to leverage things such as washing machines to get loans, Mr. Berrelez said.


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Physicians to build campus on park site
Fernald shipment plan halted
She jumped, he was there to catch her
Teachers ready for evaluation
Homeless get new nursing care
Stupid is as stupid does at auditions
Back to school: Foil those bullies on the bus
Back to school: On the fridge
98 brothers hip to be a 'Square'
Actor Woody Harrelson acquitted of drug charge
Ohio ballot may include seven candidates for president
Beauty awards unveiled
Boots may be evidence
Camera delays anger Heimlich
Crescent Springs ready to dedicate Ben Wessels Field
E. coli cases linked to county fair
Fairfield fine-tunes charter
Fire dept. donates pumper
Four school levies on November ballot
Four sites proposed for treatment facility
GOP gains regional strength in N.Ky
GOP makes gains in N.Ky.
Gridders help with move
Homeless turned away from tent city under rail trestle
IRS worker admits peeking at tax return
Man dies in accident at Jergens plant
Many communities to decide ballot issues
Mason's heritage celebrated
McConnell: Gore weak in N.Ky
MRDD measure among levies in Butler County
New Bible commentary explains six minor prophets
Paramedic accused of abuse
Plan to improve schools rejected
Police seek links in two deaths
Possible hike in state gas tax delayed
Riverbend Row opens 1st house
Skaters top 'Survivor' ratings
Supervisor helps save man who received electric shock
Teachers might strike in large cities
Tell us pros, cons of sprawl
Volunteers to 'spruce up' schools
Warren district asks tax on income
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