Wednesday, December 06, 2000

Kentucky News Briefs

3 men admit guilt in airport drug case

        COVINGTON — Three men could face 20 years in prison for possessing the popular club drug Ecstasy.

        Anthony Clark of Erlanger, Louis Brockhoeft of Fort Mitchell and Jason Merrill of Cincinnati pleaded guilty Monday to one count each of drug possession. They are to be sentenced March 26 in U.S. District Court.

        Todd Clark, a Northern Kentucky University basketball player, was originally charged with the others but those charges have been dismissed.

        In late September, law enforcers at Cincinnati/orthern Kentucky International Airport discovered a package containing 501 Ecstasy tablets. It was addressed to Todd Clark from his brother, Anthony.

Protest against sweatshops planned

               FLORENCE — Sunday is the international celebration of Human Rights Day.

        The Diocese of Covington and Students Against Sweatshops at Thomas More College are sponsoring a public protest Sunday against the garment industry's use of so-called sweatshop operations that pay low wages and violate human rights.

        Peaceful demonstrators will gather on the sidewalk at Houston and Turfway roads from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, call (859) 283-6282.

Urban forestry grants seminar

               BURLINGTON — Urban forestry grants are available for schools, civic groups, municipalities, neighborhoods and nonprofits.

        The Northern Kentucky Urban & Community Forestry Council is sponsoring a meeting at 7 p.m. today at the Boone County Cooperative Extension Service office, Camp Ernst Road and Ky. 18. to show how those organizations can apply for the grants. The money can be used for a variety of projects, including buying school education materials, demonstration plantings, and the development of tree ordinances.

        For information, call 356-3155 for Kenton County; 572-2600 for Campbell County; or 586-6101 for Boone County.

Dems turned out by GOP colleagues

               FRANKFORT — Republicans are calling it housekeeping. Democrats are calling it office politics.

        Most of the state Senate's 18 Democrats will be swapping their Capitol Annex offices with members of the 20-member GOP caucus in the weeks before the start of this year's meeting of the legislature. Democrats say they were told by Republican leaders last week to move out.

        GOP leaders say the decision isn't political, but was intended to keep members of the two parties close to their own members.

        The office-swapping decision came a few weeks after Republicans solidified their 20-18 majority at the polls.

        Democratic leaders said they were surprised by the switch.

        “It's not a matter of who has the best or prettiest office,” said Sen. David Boswell, D-Owensboro. “It's a matter of disruption. Here we are going into a January session, and everything has gone topsy turvy.”

Daviess educator top superintendent

               LOUISVILLE — Daviess County Public Schools Superintendent Stu Silberman was named the Kentucky Superintendent of the Year on Monday.

        The award was announced by the American Association of School Administrators at a meeting of the Kentucky Association of Superintendents.

        Mr. Silberman now becomes a candidate for the national superintendent award in February.

        He was selected by a committee of three former winners of the award, said Roland Haun, KASA's executive secretary.

        “It's a very humbling experience,” Mr. Silberman said. “A recognition like this can't happen if you don't have a great staff, teachers, students and a great community.”

        The award is one of several recognitions for Mr. Silberman and the Daviess County district this year.

        In May, President Clinton visited Owensboro and selected Audubon Elementary School as an example of how poor schools can excel academically. In August, Mr. Silberman was one of three finalists considered for the state's highest education post.

        Last month, Whitesville and Deer Park elementary schools were named 2000-01 Blue Ribbon Schools by the Kentucky Department of Education, making them eligible for the U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Schools recognition program.

City to change policing procedures

               LOUISVILLE — City officials announced plans Tuesday to implement new policing procedures in the wake of allegations that Louisville police officers engage in racial profiling.

        Mayor Dave Armstrong introduced a new policy that defines and expressly forbids racial profiling. Police officers also will use a new form to gather data on race for all traffic stops, Mr. Armstrong said.

        The new policy went into effect immediately. Officers will start using the new form Jan. 1.

Computer program rats out crooks

               LOUISVILLE — New software unveiled in Jefferson County District Court on Tuesday will allow judges to instantly access a defendant's criminal history during court proceedings.

        The Benchpro system, developed by the state's Administrative Office of the Courts, has been on a trial run here since December 1999. The state will spend $4 million spreading it to the rest of Kentucky, starting with Fayette County and Covington.

        Officials say the software will help with the backlog of criminal warrants.


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Zimmerman quits as HUC president
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U.S. math scores change little
Cuts aim to pay Medicaid shortfall
DUI victims honored at vigil
Mayor gets off with a fine
Comment foils rapist; jogger flees unharmed
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Police fill long-vacant jobs
Deerfield names executive administrator
Fairfield plans intersection fix
Veteran baffled by souvenir theft
County ponders settling arrest suit
Dorsey to lead county police
Driver: Scuffle before crash
Duck Creek project to get new funding
Groups coordinate college access plans
Health cuts opposed
Helicopter, 3 men missing
Lottery games investigated
More pay sought for hazardous work
New blood sample collection site opens in Hamilton
New tennis tourney site discussed
Police: Doctor admits giving miscarriage-inducing drug
Reading key part of anti-dropout plan
State puts info on felons online
Toyota issued $71.5M bonds
Women's center strives for homelike atmosphere
- Kentucky News Briefs
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