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Parents check out schools
        Stephanie Y. Smith had already cruised around the room at the 2001 Greater Cincinnati School Fair, snapping up literature from booths, asking questions, but the Technology College Preparatory World Academy made her pause.

Safe at home
        Every three months, Anita Brentley sings in a choir as part of a memorial service offered by Children's Hospital Medical Center, and watches as families light candles to remember their lost children.

TODAY'S LOCAL HEADLINES
Local Headlines for  Sunday, January 28, 2001

Plant lays off workers
        SHARONVILLE — Ford Motor Co. has laid off 203 workers from its transmission plant here, citing a decline in customer demand.

Blacks share profiling stories
        This month, they came from throughout Cincinnati, representing all ages, income levels and backgrounds while sharing their experiences with racial profiling.

Man arrested in protest sues officer
        A man arrested in the November protests of the Trans-Atlantic Business Dialogue is suing the arresting officer, saying the officer impeded his right to free speech.

BRONSON: Web geek
        Item: A new garbage disposal installed with adhesive tape that looks like the mummified plumbing in King Tut's tomb.

PULFER: Bold undies
        Disturbing news from a reliably stuffy corporate citizen:

WILKINSON: Taft schools plan falls flat on floor
        County fair season in Ohio is a good six or seven months away, but it's not too early to get out the old mallet and play our favorite midway game, Whack-a-Mole.

Bond issue could help buy greenspace
        ANDERSON TOWNSHIP — The township's greenspace committee is considering a bond issue to fund its land-purchase program.

Boy struck by car in serious condition
        AMELIA — A 9-year-old Amelia boy was taken by helicopter to Children's Hospital Medical Center Saturday afternoon after being hit by a car on Ohio 125.

Custody case lands granddad in jail
        BRANDENBURG, Ky. — The divorce of an Egyptian man and his American wife who is now in hiding with his child has left a trail of misery for the family, whose split is rooted in differing religious beliefs.

Deerfield Twp. plans levy for fire squad
        DEERFIELD TWP. — One of the fastest-growing townships in Warren County needs more money to help firefighters keep a booming population safe.

Democrats gleeful over breakfast
        FORT MITCHELL — The Kenton County Democrats had such a successful fund-raiser/party-building breakfast last week, I thought I had walked into a Republican event.

Dutch mega-farms worry Ohio's small farmers
        ANTWERP, Ohio — Ohio's farmland has become hot real estate for Dutch farmers who find land prices and government tariffs too high in their native country.

Expert: U.S. economy facing hiccup
        As in the United States in the 1920s and Japan in the 1980s, there's now an economic slowdown in this country because of rising interest rates.

Group helping blacks acclimate
        WEST CHESTER TOWNSHIP — The subtle and overt pressures of being a racial minority in a predominately white community have forged an African-American group that finds strength in togetherness and grass-roots activism.

Kids learn that survival is practical skill, not show
        HAMILTON — While the nation experiences another round of Survivor television, some Butler County children will learn about survival in a practical way.

Ky. legal groups award grants
        Two statewide legal advocacy groups awarded grants to further the causes of public law and children's law.

Lockland water main lets loose
        LOCKLAND — A water main break was threatening this community's water supply Saturday night.

Man robs Red Carpet Inn in Colerain
        COLERAIN TOWNSHIP — The Red Carpet Inn on Colerain Avenue was robbed at about 5:15 p.m. Saturday, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.

Man, set on fire, in stable condition
        Cincinnati police were investigating a domestic dispute in which a man was set on fire at an apartment in the 1800 block of Sutton Avenue late Saturday.

Ohio State seeks tuition hike of more than 6%
        COLUMBUS — Ohio State University officials want a state exemption allowing them to raise tuition in the fall by more than the 6 percent maximum allowed by law.

Porn video leads to arrest
        MIDDLETOWN — Police arrested a West Carrollton, Ohio, man after security officers at a Meijer store said they caught him watching a pornographic video in the store's electronics department.

Rumors of 'hit list' alarm school
        SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. — More than half of the 900 students at a Bullitt County high school left Friday or stayed home due to rumors that a school gang had made a hit list and planned to shoot students at lunch time.

Smoking law burdens cops
        FINDLAY, Ohio — A new law that makes it illegal for children to possess or consume tobacco products will be difficult — and possibly too time consuming — to enforce, the city police chief said.

Taft's proposed budget: $44.9B
        COLUMBUS — Gov. Bob Taft on Monday will propose a two-year budget costing almost $44.9 billion, or 10.3 percent more than the state is spending in the current budget period, a senior Taft administration official said Saturday.

Voting doesn't end campaign
        COVINGTON — The City Hall elections were decided in November, but a political operative has continued campaigning against one city commissioner, J.T. Spence.

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