Monday, February 05, 2001

Local Digest

Police review panel to meet in Bond Hill

        Cincinnati's Citizens Police Review Panel takes its meeting on the road today — this time to Bond Hill.

        Residents who want to talk about concerns they have about police can come to the Bond Hill Recreation Center, 1501 Elizabeth Place, starting at 6 p.m.

        The panel takes complaints and reviews departmental and city investigations into allegations of police misconduct.

North Fairmount girl wounded in shooting

               NORTH FAIRMOUNT — A 15-month-old girl was in serious condition at a local hospital after being shot in the groin Sunday morning.

        Police were searching for the shooter and had not made an arrest Sunday evening.

        The shooting occurred shortly before noon in the 1900 block of Westwood Northern Boulevard. The child was taken to Children's Hospital, where she underwent surgery, a hospital spokeswoman said.

        Police reportedly were trying to determine whether the shooting was an accident.

Seminars to discuss globalization issues

               The Xavier University Brueggeman Center for interreligious dialogue will collaborate with The Center For Holocaust and Humanity Education to present March seminars on dealing with globalization.

        The seminars, to be held March 4-6, are open to the public but geared toward educators, church leaders, business leaders and community leaders.

        The series is titled: “The Challenge of Globalization for Education, Religious and Business” and will be held at Xavier's Cintas Center.

        For information, please call Joseph A. Bracken, director of Brueggeman Center, (513) 745-3922; or Racelle R. Weiman, director of the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education, (513) 221-1875, ext. 351.

Store plans donations to UC design program

               Saks Fifth Avenue, which provides internships to fashion design majors from the University of Cincinnati, has taken another step in support of the students.

        From 6-8 p.m. on Feb. 20, it will donate to the program 10 percent of all sales as well as a $10 admission charge for that evening at the store at Fifth and Race streets.

        This is the first such fund-raiser at Saks, according to Annette Luebbe, spokeswoman for the UC program.

Denison University readies construction

               GRANVILLE, Ohio — Denison University will spend $60 million to construct two new buildings and an underground parking garage.

        Construction is planned to begin in June and be completed by 2003. The project will include a new life science building, the Morgan Center for student, faculty and alumni activities, and the 300-space garage.

        A $15 million donation in Oc tober from Jim and Vanita Oelschlager of Akron and an $8 million donation from the Burton D. Morgan Foundation in September will help pay for the project.

        The remainder of the construction will be financed through the sale of bonds, Denison President Dale Knobel said.

        Mr. Knobel said the buildings are part of a master plan for building and renovation that will last decades.

        Granville is abut 25 miles east of Columbus.

Bankruptcy volume expected to increase

               COLUMBUS — As the economy slows down, the number of bankruptcies is likely to increase in Ohio and nationwide.

        “There's been a huge increase in filings in the last three months,” said Columbus lawyer Victoria Powers. “Most bankruptcy lawyers I know are expecting to have a relatively big year.”

        Figures from U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Columbus, which handles cases for 30 central and southeast Ohio counties, show a slight increase in the number of bankruptcy filings: 11,965 last year, compared with 11,910 in 1999.

        Nationally, bankruptcies had been on the decline at least through Sept. 30, the latest month for which figures are available, but the American Bankruptcy Institute expects that to change.

        “I think we can safely predict at least a 10 percent rise in filings during 2001,” Samuel Gerdano, the group's executive director, told a Columbus newspaper.

        “Most bankruptcy law firms are expecting an increase in business filings and are adding lawyers and other staff in anticipation.”

University to offer tuition reductions

               Tuition breaks for nonresident freshmen begin this fall at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond. EKU hopes to draw three groups of out-of-state students:

        • Those who live near the Kentucky border.

        • Children of alumni.

        • Students who have high grades and ACT scores.

        Eligible students will pay $1,928 a semester instead of $3,500. Details, or (800) 465 9191.

Festival organizer sues Muncie police

               MUNCIE, Ind. — The final notes of an ill-fated music festival may be played in a Delaware County courtroom.

        The organizer of the Wombat Music Festival is suing police, alleging they set up roadblocks and took other actions that hurt attendance at the Sept. 2-3 event outside a lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police.

        Scott Myers of Muncie filed the lawsuit Friday in Delaware Circuit Court.

        The lawsuit claims police intentionally harassed concert-goers and limited their access to the concert site.

        Besides using roadblocks, officers told concert-goers that the concert had shut down, the suit claims.


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