Tuesday, November 28, 2000

Kentucky Digest


Infant hurt when pickup smashes house

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        WALTON — An infant was injured after a 43-year-old Walton man drove a pickup into a house in southern Boone County.

        Rob Zwick said his 8-month-old son, David William, was sleeping in a crib in the front bedroom of their home on Beaver Road near Walton when the truck hit the single-family brick home at about 6 p.m. Sunday.

        Mr. Zwick, wife Nancy and their three older children were sitting in the kitchen talking.

        The infant was taken to Children's Hospital Medical Center, were he was in fair condition Monday night.

        Police said the pickup was driven by Glenn T. Lucas. He was treated at University Hospital and released.

        Police didn't release any other details.
       

Lawsuit settled with
drug manufacturer

               COVINGTON — A Fort Mitchell man has settled his case against Eli Lilly & Co., one of 16 pharmaceutical companies he blamed for playing a role in his wife's death because of a drug they manufactured decades ago.

        Lisa Deters died in December 1998 of cancer. She was 33.

        Eric C. Deters is raising their three children.

        Mr. Deters filed suit last year, alleging his wife's mother was prescribed the drug DES while pregrant with his wife in 1965. That prescription, he said, led to Mrs. Deters' death.

        The drug was touted as an aid to preventing miscarriages beginning in the 1940s.

        Court documents said it fostered high risks of certain cancers, infertility and pregnancy problems. Doctors stopped prescribing it about 30 years ago.

        Mr. Deters, a lawyer, was demanding at least $20 million in damages from each defendant, but dropped the suit against all except Eli Lilly this year.

        They began moving toward a settlement in September. All the parties signed off on the settlement this month.

        Mr. Deters has declined to discuss settlement terms.
       

Judges on prowl for
best Christmas lights

               ELSMERE — Judges will tour the city 7-10 p.m. Dec. 8 looking for winners of the Christmas Light Up Contest.

        Prizes of $100, $75, $50 and $25 will be awarded to first, second, third and fourth place.

        For those three hours, entrants are asked to leave their porch lights off to avoid detracting from the lighting.
       

Congressman
has appendectomy

               LEXINGTON — U.S. Rep. Ernie Fletcher has had his appendix removed and hopes to be released from a Lexington hospital today.

        The Republican, fresh from re-election to a second term, became ill with abdominal pain and a fever late Friday, spokesman Wes Irvin said Monday.

        Mr. Fletcher's wife, Glenna, took him to the emergency room Saturday at St. Joseph Hospital.

        Mr. Irvin said appendicitis was diagnosed, and Mr. Fletcher underwent an appendectomy.

        Mr. Fletcher intends to try to be back in Washington, D.C., when Congress reconvenes Monday, Mr. Irvin said.
       

Auditor investigates
town officials

               HILLVIEW — The state auditor's office is investigating the handling of city money by current and previous administrations in this Bullitt County city.

        The audit was requested by past and current city officials.

        Former Mayor R.L. “Rip” Carter asked the state attorney general's office and the state auditor in September to investigate handling of money by Mayor Leemon Powell.

        Now, state auditors are looking into possible misuse of the city credit card by the previous administration, when Richard Terry was mayor.

        A state auditor was in Hillview on Nov. 17 looking into allegations Mr. Powell used city workers and equipment on private property and used city money to pay a contractor to cut trees for a city resident, among other incidents.

        At Mr. Carter's urging, City Council voted 4-1 Sept. 18 to send a letter citing four specific incidents to the state attorney general and state auditor.
       

Three win UofL
award for psychology

               LOUISVILLE— Three scientists whose work has advanced the ability to isolate and measure the brain's mental functions have won the 2001 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Psychology.

        The awarding of the $200,000 prize for outstanding contributions to the study of psychology went to Michael Posner, Marcus Raichle and Steven Petersen, the university said.

        Mr. Posner is founding director of the Sackler Institute at Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York City. Mr. Raichle and Mr. Petersen are professors at Washington University in St. Louis.

        The three winners in psychology are considered pioneers in the study of cognitive neuroscience. The three combined ways to assess mental operations and make images of the brain. Their work potentially could help children with developmental language disorders, attention disorders, dyslexia and other learning disabilities, and adults with schizophrenia and dementia.

        The Grawemeyer Foundation at UofL received 150 nominations for the psychology award, including 30 from outside the United States.

        The university also is to announce today that the Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition went to French composer Pierre Boulez, a contemporary music specialist in a career entering its seventh decade.

        Mr. Boulez was honored for a 40-minute chamber work written for three pianos, three harps and three percussionists.
       

Supreme Court won't
review death sentence

               FRANKFORT — The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to review murder convictions and two death sentences for the killer of an elderly Jackson County couple.

        Benny Lee Hodge has twice been convicted and condemned to die for the robbery and murder of Edwin and Bessie Morris of Gray Hawk in June 1985.

        The second trial, in 1996, ended like the first in 1988, but entitled Mr. Hodge to a fresh round of state and federal appeals.

        The Kentucky Supreme Court rejected his initial appeal in February.

       



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