TOP LOCAL NEWS
Delta talks at a crossroads
        Delta Air Lines pilots took their case to the public Thursday, about 12 hours after both the pilots and the airline left their contract situation in the hands of federal mediators.

Residents question UC's motives on donated home
        The University of Cincinnati Foundation was given thousands of dollars to maintain a historic Clifton home but has no plans to spend the money on needed repairs.

OxyContin maker agrees to plan
        After a multistate summit Thursday in Richmond, Va. on illegal use of the powerful painkiller OxyContin, drug maker Purdue Pharma agreed to take steps to help educate the public and enforce proper use of the narcotic.

TODAY'S LOCAL HEADLINES
Local Headlines for  Friday, March 02, 2001

RADEL: Light rail
        Before a light-rail system pulls out of the station and heads for a vote, the project needs some conductors.

Two accused of assaulting MRDD clients
        HAMILTON — Two workers entrusted with helping people with developmental disabilities are accused of abusing and assaulting them — charges brought to light by a former co-worker.

Danger lurks for kids on Net
        Rachel Schneider is like other kids. The Alexandria, Ky., teen enjoys Internet chat rooms, where she can “get the scoop on everything.”

Study finds activism strong here; more urged
        Greater Cincinnatians are more involved in community groups and charitable causes than people in other U.S. cities but have less diversity of friendships and less knowledge of political affairs, a study released Thursday showed.

Winter wasn't as bad as we thought
        A colder than normal December contributed to the perception this has been an unusually frigid winter, but for the three-month winter season — December through February — temperatures were just 1.2 degrees below normal.

New day dawning for New Miami
        NEW MIAMI — Construction on a long-awaited, three-phase project that will bring all 900 students in the New Miami Schools under one roof began this week.

One century of life earns them honor
        SPRINGDALE — When Lulu Wolking came into this world, a half-gallon of milk sold for 13 cents, a dozen eggs cost 20 cents, a pair of boots cost $2.95 and the population of the country was about 73 million.

Crime Stoppers gets $10,600 shot in arm
        Crime Stoppers will accept a $10,600 check today from a new donor — welcome news, given the group's past concerns about having enough money to keep doling out rewards.

Group opposes textbook decision
        ANDERSON TWP. — Although the Forest Hills Board of Education declined to include an “intelligent design” textbook in the science curriculum, parents promoting the idea will launch a free education course beginning Sunday to explain it to the public.

Aging classrooms faulted
        Officials at five Northern Kentucky schools were surprised Thursday to find their facilities rated in “poor” condition on a state report.

BellSouth wires Ky. to Internet
        FRANKFORT — BellSouth has announced plans to expand high-speed Internet access in 57 Kentucky communities, ranging from Paintsville to Paducah.

Bill would let condemned request DNA evidence test
        FRANKFORT — Condemned prisoners could request DNA testing of long-preserved evidence to try to prove their innocence under a proposal inserted Thursday into a bill moving toward the Kentucky House.

Black churches confront AIDS
        Representatives of more than 200 Tristate churches gathered Thursday on the University of Cincinnati campus to hear the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright of Chicago urge church involvement in the AIDS crisis.

Chemical fire draws lawsuit
        NEWPORT — Sharon Everett, who was critically burned last July in a freak chemical explosion inside her car, has sued several companies and individuals connected with the manufacturing, packaging and handling of the materials.

Cincinnati schools see test-score progress
        A district analysis of student scores on the ninth-grade Ohio Proficiency test over the past five years has Cincinnati Public Schools officials convinced their programs are working.

Hotel-abduction suspect to be tried in N.J.
        BURLINGTON — A New Jersey man accused of the kidnapping and killing of a romantic rival — allegedly abducted last year from a Covington hotel — will stand trial first in his home state.

Legal Aid opens new building
        Laura Salter of Finneytown probably will not attend the Legal Aid Society's dedication today of the Donald P. Klekamp Community Law Center Building downtown.

Man gets six years for sex offense, declared predator
        LEBANON — His crime in July was to fondle a vacuum cleaner saleswoman while he held her against her will in his Mason home and threatened to rape her.

New runway study posted on Web site
        The executive summary of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) draft of an environmental impact study on new proposed runway space at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport is being posted on the airport's Web site.

New team pushes technology
        NEWPORT — A new partnership between Southbank and the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce's New Economy Transition Team (NETT) is aimed at helping the river cities promote development through technology.

Ohio district awaits new era
        NEW MIAMI — Construction on a long-awaited, three-phase project that will bring all 900 students in the New Miami Schools under one roof began this week.

Police seek help in search for missing man
        FORT WRIGHT — Police want help in finding John W. Sirois, a 51-year-old father of three who has been missing since December.

River searched for body; Boone Co. man charged
        PETERSBURG — While Boone County Water Rescue members continued without success to search the Ohio River for a body Thursday night, police charged a Petersburg man in connection with the case.

Senate passes bill limiting telemarketing
        FRANKFORT — A limited version of a bill to enable people to block telephone sales solicitors was passed by the Kentucky Senate on Thursday.

Senate starts in on garbage
        FRANKFORT — There is a dilemma for regulators as they ponder the notion of universal curbside collection of household waste.

UK cloning advocate to leave
        LEXINGTON — A doctor at the center of a worldwide debate on human cloning is leaving his longtime post at the University of Kentucky.

Kentucky News Briefs

Tristate A.M. Report

S U N D A Y   S P O T L I G H T
The OxyContin Pipeline
        A multistate “pipeline” that runs through Greater Cincinnati is funneling the powerful painkiller OxyContin to mountain communities in Eastern Kentucky, authorities say.
The faces of OxyContin