TOP LOCAL NEWS
Hospital crunch worsens
        A wave of sick elderly people and a mix of winter illnesses in January combined to shatter the previous record for ambulance diversions at Greater Cincinnati hospitals.

OxyContin: Pain drug becomes the 'heroin of the Midwest'
        One of medicine's newest, most promising pain fighters has become the drug of choice for pharmaceutical abusers in the Tristate, making a leap in popularity unlike anything police have seen in years.
Physician caught up in OxyContin scheme

TV's sex content climbs, study says
        As television's sexual content increases, so will the efforts of Bob Wehling's Family Friendly Programming Forum to put more wholesome family shows on the airwaves.

TODAY'S LOCAL HEADLINES
Local Headlines for  Wednesday, February 07, 2001

Deters bows out as GOP chief
        Ohio Treasurer Joe Deters, setting his sights on a possible run for Ohio attorney general next year, is shedding his job as Hamilton County Republican Party chairman and handing it over to lawyer Michael Barrett.

Ditch the coat - for a day or 2
        Wearing a thick winter coat, Winnie the Pooh earmuffs and a look of disbelief, Teaira Daniels stood at a downtown bus stop Tuesday night and started making plans for today and Thursday.

Brookville woman dies in collision
        Traffic accidents Tuesday killed one woman and sent 10 others — including five elementary school students on field trip and a teen driver — to hospitals.

FBI aids in Hamilton racism
        HAMILTON — The FBI has joined a police investigation into a string of incidents in which residents have been the victims of racial slurs and vandalism.

RADEL: State quarters
        The Wright Brothers have been hijacked. North Carolina is placing Wilbur and Orville — Dayton's most famous residents — on its state quarter.

Village disbands its police force
        MAINEVILLE — Village Council on Tuesday disbanded the police department and will work with surrounding Hamilton Township to provide police protection.

AIDS fight targeting young, gay black men
        Debora Burstion, a foot soldier fighting the spread of HIV in Cincinnati's African-American community, knocks on doors and hands out literature at local hair salons and nightclubs.

CROWLEY: Bunning gunning for Greenspan
        A couple of years ago, a young journalist named Stephen Glass wrote a magazine story about a group of Wall Street traders who built a shrine to Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan.

SAMPLES: Connections
        Kentucky and India are closer than you might think. They share certain traditions that can't be found in the northern United States.

Colerain buys flood-prone homes
        COLERAIN TWP. — Township officials hope to complete negotiations with homeowners soon so demolition can begin on homes on Blanchetta Drive and Royal Glen Drive that have been subject to floods.

Commandment group buys TV time
        HAZARD, Ky. — Supporters of posting the Ten Commandments in public buildings were to advocate their position Tuesday night in a paid television program.

Company downsizing spawns fair for jobless
        Judi Cogen thought she had it made, living comfortably in Cincinnati and working for a Boston technology firm as an Internet consultant.

CovCath plans $7.5M home
        PARK HILLS — Covington Catholic High School Principal Jack Kennevan is certain that the familiar three-story school structure on Dixie Highway will make way for a new, larger building by 2003 with a little help from about 6,000 alumni.

Error puts schools in money bind
        WILLIAMSBURG — An apparent misunderstanding over money coming from a business has officials in the Williamsburg Local School District grappling with an unexpected deficit that exceeds 10 percent of the district's budget.

Genesis problems known for years, Heimlich says
        Years before Cincinnati officials froze funds to Genesis Redevelopment Inc. and the West End Community Council, city employees had complained that money was going to board members and relatives of the nonprofit groups.

Kenton obtains office space
        INDEPENDENCE — Kenton County's search for new office space is half over.

Ky. Assembly has contentious first day
        FRANKFORT — Partisan bickering dominated the first day of Kentucky's legislative session Tuesday as near-parity between political parties in the Senate continues to make for an uneasy and bitter backdrop in the General Assembly.

Ky. loses bid to reinstate death sentence against Gall
        Kentucky prosecutors lost a bid to reinstate the death penalty against Eugene Gall, convicted of raping and killing a 12-year-old Cincinnati girl.

Lines form for heating program
        Thousands of people across Southwest Ohio have asked for a piece of the $45 million Gov. Bob Taft has earmarked for a program to help pay heating bills.

Mason hires new fire chief
        MASON — The city has hired Michael Drumm, 46, to be its third fire chief in the past five months. Mr. Drumm replaces former Chief Billy Goldfeder, who resigned in October, and interim chief Randall Staley, whose contract expired last month.

Merger of two cities questioned
        CRESCENT SPRINGS — A task force studying whether this city should merge with Villa Hills says several questions must first be answered.

Murder suspect seeks 3-judge panel for new trial
        A man who spent 13 years on Ohio's death row will try to make a deal with prosecutors to spare his life.

Patrons of Music Hall will get new lift
        Thanks to a $600,000 gift from the Corbett Foundation, disabled patrons will no longer have to take a freight elevator to go upstairs at Music Hall.

Robot project teaches Highlands students engineering
        FORT THOMAS — Its name is Cletus. It began as a pile of gears, sheet metal, wheels and tiny motors.

School district land swap rejected; tax hike fails again
        Voters in Clermont and Butler counties on Tuesday rejected two school measures — a land swap in Clermont and an additional tax levy in Butler County.

Senate committee OKs reform bills
        FRANKFORT — Anyone who made any significant contribution to political parties or statewide candidates would be prohibited from holding any state contract under legislation approved by a committee Tuesday.

Suspect says killing was self-defense
        HAMILTON — A murder suspect told police he was trying to be nice when he spotted Tracey Jean Roark standing on a street corner and offered to take her to a store in his van.

Suspect's transfer blocked
        LEBANON — A Mason man who was found insane in the killing of his ex-wife's new husband was sent back to a maximum-security psychiatric center Tuesday after prosecutors objected to a move that would allow him more freedom.

Taft demands child-support flaws be fixed
        COLUMBUS — Gov. Bob Taft said Tuesday he wants to know why a computer system has withheld hundreds of thousands of dollars in child-support payments from some parents since 1996.

Three men killed when their vehicle falls through thin ice in Lake Erie accident
        PORT CLINTON, Ohio — Three men riding an all-terrain vehicle on frozen Lake Erie were killed Tuesday when it plunged through the ice.

Woodlawn tax boost passes; school measures elsewhere fail
        Woodlawn voters on Tuesday approved an income tax hike that will help finance new fire department equipment and other village operating expenses.

Kentucky News Briefs

Tristate A.M. Report

S U N D A Y   S P O T L I G H T
Interest in death led photographer to morgue
        Thomas Condon may have gotten the idea to shoot bodies in the Hamilton County morgue from photographer Andres Serrano, whose controversial work includes a series of photos taken in a morgue in Italy.

Schedule of events
The Tristate marks Black History Month with art exhibits, lectures, concerts and special theater events.