Peace Bell rings in its second new year
        The crowds weren't as large, and the hype didn't have the same pop as on New Year's Eve 2000. But for the few souls who waited Sunday for the World Peace Bell to ring in 2001, the 33-ton bronze beauty was just as grand, its G-natural tone just as sweet.

What's In & What's Out
        A lot of people, places and orange barrels got caught in the shifting landscape of who's in and who's out for 2001.

map Who, When and Y2K
        From the the moment the Peace Bell in Newport rang in the new year to the last frigid days of December, it was a year to remember in the Tristate.
Notable passings

Local Headlines for  Monday, January 01, 2001

14 frozen days equal icy record
        The Tristate closed out 2000 with the fourth coldest December on record — and keep your earmuffs handy for the new millennium.

Portune vows to get a grip on county spending
        To understand the impact Democrat Todd Portune will have on the Hamilton County Commission, consider this: the three Republican commissioners cast 3,926 votes during the past three years, and Bob Bedinghaus, the man he's replacing, and Tom Neyer never voted differently.

Hoff era comes to a close at Xavier
        The Rev. James E. Hoff knew Xavier University was looking for a new president in 1990, but he was content as a vice president and medical ethics professor at another Jesuit school, Creighton University.

WILKINSON: Redistricting will help Chabot
        Ohio's 1st Congressional District will never be the same. And what a shame it is, too.

People, issues to watch in 2001
        Welcome to the third millennium. We likely won't have to wait long to get a good sense of how things will go in its first year, 2001.

Era of alignment for number wonks
        This holiday season, I sent out my annual letter to kith and kin a couple of weeks late — just so I could date it 01/01/01. I just think it looks so cool that way.

Cincinnati has plenty of No. 1's
        It's an unusual convergence of numbers today — the date is 01/01/01 — worthy of special attention, coming along only every 100 years as it does.

Ohio Assembly has fresh faces, new priorities
        COLUMBUS — The latest version of the Ohio General Assembly will feature lots of new faces, and an agenda that would make some veteran politicians cringe.

Ky. Assembly will make history
        Kentucky lawmakers will make history Tuesday as they gather in Frankfort for the Assembly's first annual legislative session.

Legislature's first order of business - politics
        FRANKFORT — The General Assembly has been meeting in odd-numbered years since 1983. The difference starting Tuesday will be legislators also will be able to consider and pass substantive legislation for the first time, thanks to a constitutional amendment approved by the voters in November.

Blood center promotes replacement drives
        When doctors said 9-year-old Mark Meyer of Groesbeck would need a liver transplant, many friends and relatives asked what they could do to help.

Local Digest
        A Walnut Hills man has been charged with aggravated robbery stemming from a street theft in which the victim was robbed of a coat at knifepoint, Cincinnati police said.

Monument restored, ready for another century
        HAMILTON — When the Soldiers, Sailors and Pioneers Monument reopens Tuesday, it will be seen with a whole new light.

Northside woman dies in blaze at residence
        Fire swept through a Northside home Sunday morning, killing a woman whose 5-year-old son died in October after being attacked by a family pet, Cincinnati fire and police officials said.

Obituary: Sister Mary Jacinta Shay
        In a lifetime of Montessori education, a highlight for Pauline Childs was a recent dinner with Mercy Sister Mary Jacinta Shay.

Schools step up teacher recruiting
        Kings Local Schools administrators held the district's first teacher recruitment open house at Kings High School last week as one more way to fill teacher gaps.

Senior housing project set to go
        HAMILTON — Pilgrim Baptist Church bought the old Notre Dame building in the early 1980s to convert the structure into housing for seniors.

You asked for it
        You Asked For It answers questions about history, government, schools and roads.