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        For six years, Mark Pierce lived under a piece of canvas near the Ohio River - just one of the region's estimated 1,400 homeless. Then he found the Internet, and everything changed. He became a man with a home page, if not a home.
Computers give homeless a sense of connection

Shirey withdraws job candidacy
        Cincinnati City Manager John Shirey has withdrawn his application for a job as chief executive of Fort Worth, Texas.

Eight arrested in OxyContin crackdown
        Police raided a Covington bar and made at least eight arrests — some for engaging in organized crime — early Saturday as part of a crackdown on the illegal sale of the drug OxyContin.

TODAY'S LOCAL HEADLINES
Local Headlines for  Sunday, February 18, 2001

Failed light clue to fatal train wreck
        FRANKLIN TWP. — A prominent clue has emerged in the investigation of the two-train crash that left a Cincinnati-area man dead and two other engineers critically injured.

Officials ponder how to measure racial profiling
        Cincinnati officials will start talking this week about a plan to measure racial profiling in a way they hope will produce more than just numbers.
Investigations continue in 7 profiling complaints

PULFER: Chicken recipe 'sure tastes familiar'
        Recipes are serious business. In our family, it was Aunt Patty's Baked Beans. We'd chew carefully and speculate.

WILKINSON: Just how far can the 'guy next door' go?
        If you borrowed your neighbor's garden hose last summer and forgot to give it back, you'd better do it now. Before the Republican Party appoints him to Cincinnati City Council. Then, he could probably send a police cruiser looking for it.

BRONSON: Council won't be the same without Winburn
        Cincinnati has a lack of characters. It's as if Marge Schott sponged up all the local color and left the city as pale and lifeless as a corpse at a class reunion.

Statehouse delegation finds common ground
        Southwestern Ohio's 19-member delegation to the General Assembly in Columbus includes some influential lawmakers — the Senate president and two top House leaders, among others. But they haven't worked much together as a group on issues of regional interest. That may soon change.

Cheviot market offers taste of the Balkans
        CHEVIOT — The red peppers are stuffed with cabbage. They are crunchy and briney, with a sweet aftertaste. The shelves are lined with large jars of stuffed red peppers from Macedonia, with pickled cauliflower and broccoli, with teas from Croatia and Slovenia.

Hope, jitters mix at SCPA tryouts
        By late morning it had been a long day for Mary Davis. She sat outside, all by herself, and listened as the sound of a trumpet filtered through the closed door.

Local Digest
        Thomas C. Dozier, of Cleves, was indicted last week on four felony counts of rape involving a 13-year-old girl. Police say the rapes took place over a three-year period.

Lockland buys brownfield site
        LOCKLAND — The village has taken a giant step toward developing a section of its brownfield area.

Man's body found in cornfield
        More than 16 hours after his car was found flipped over in a cornfield, a South Charleston man's body was found a half-mile away after infrared- and dog-assisted search efforts.

Teen arranges benefit concert for tiny patient
        FAIRFIELD — Five-month-old Vinessa Cac wears elbow braces and sometimes patches to keep her from scratching her eyes.

XU, UC pitch in for Crosstown Helpout
        The letter “X” mysteriously appeared on T-shirts and paintbrushes disappeared. But, all in all, Cincinnati's biggest rivals cooperated rather than competed Saturday in the XU/UC Crosstown Helpout.

Black History Month events listed
        Upcoming programs celebrating Black History Month:

CROWLEY: Fiscal court snoops out of line
        I bought a van last week and signed more paperwork than Kenton County officials did when they bought a $1.5 million building with taxpayers' money.

PSC hopeful may be stymied
        FRANKFORT — The highest ranking Northern Kentucky member of Gov. Paul Patton's administration, utility regulator Martin Huelsmann of Fort Mitchell, may be facing heat from Senate Republicans.

Handful of towns recycle in Ky.
        BRANDENBURG, Ky. — Shifting the forklift controls, Steve “Pee Wee” Pappas maneuvered an empty trash bin alongside a garbage truck.

Businessman got sour taste from recycling effort
        SHELBYVILLE, Ky. — Tommy Pontrich got into the recycling business with the best of intentions.

Paddling still much in vogue in Ky. schools
        FRANKFORT — Alternative forms of discipline abound, but an old-fashioned paddle is still “the board of education” in many Kentucky school districts.

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