Saturday, March 10, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Nation of Islam doctor speaks on AIDS

        Dr. Alim Muhammad, director of the Abundant Life Clinic in Washington, D.C., will speak on “AIDS in the Black Community” at 6:30 p.m. today at New Friendship Baptist Church, 3212 Reading Road, Avondale.

        Dr. Muhammad, who is minister of health and human services for the Nation of Islam, is best known for using alternative treatments for HIV-positive patients. His speech will be given at a Community Town Hall Forum on HIV.

        Victoria L. Straughn, community event and publicity chairwoman, said the forum will end the Black Church Week of Prayer for the healing of AIDS.

[photo] DRIVER FLEES CRASH: Cincinnati firefighters confer at a collision Friday morning on East Mitchell Avenue at Warrick Avenue on the St. Bernard border. The driver of a Ford Explorer (left) fled despite serious injury. The other driver was taken to University Hospital.
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        The program is free.

U.S. Senate measure honors Rhodes' life

        WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Friday passed a resolution honoring Ohio's longest-serving governor, James A. Rhodes, who died Sunday at age 91.

        The resolution was offered by Ohio Sens. George Voinovich and Mike DeWine. Like Mr. Rhodes, both senators are Republicans, and Mr. Voinovich was one of Mr. Rhodes' lieutenant governors.

        Passed on a voice vote, the resolution praised Mr. Rhodes “not only as a public servant, but as an educator, mentor and businessman.”

        “The quality of life of the citizens of Ohio continues to be significantly elevated because of the life led by James A. Rhodes,” the resolution said.

2 dialysis patients sue over illnesses

        YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Two dialysis patients who became ill after treatment at a Physicians Dialysis Center office have filed separate lawsuits.

        Charles J. Lowry Sr., of Liberty Township near Youngstown, and Renee Chesney, of Youngstown, are seeking unspecified damages in lawsuits filed this week in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

        Named as defendants are Physicians Dialysis Center in Youngstown; Renal Care Group of Knoxville, Tenn.; Northeast Ohio Kidney Group, of Youngstown; Dayton Water Systems, of Dayton; and United States Filter Corp., of Los Angeles.

        Both suits accuse the companies of negligence, medical malpractice and product liability.

        Aileen Katcher, spokeswoman for Physicians Dialysis Center, said she was not aware of the suits and would not comment on them.

        The dialysis center was closed for more than a month after 20 patients fell ill after being treated there Aug. 30. Two of those patients died.

        Mr. Lowry and Ms. Chesney say in their suits that they had to be hospitalized for complications as a result of their dialysis treatments that day.

Chemical reaction creates cloud at plant

        WOODLAWN — A chemical reaction Friday night sent an orange cloud into the air over CDR Pigments at 410 Glendale-Milford Road.

        There were no reports of injuries or environmental damage.

        Woodlawn Fire Capt. Dan Ficke said employees at CDR, which makes pigments for ink, were mixing sodium nitrite and acid about 6:50 p.m. when the reaction occurred. The chemicals were vented outside and quickly dissipated, officials said.

        Fire officials evacuated the nearby Borden chemical plant for about 30 minutes as a precaution, Capt. Ficke said.

        Fire crews from Woodlawn, Glendale, Lockland and Evendale were on the scene about an hour.

Blimp conference to alight in Akron

        AKRON — A conference of experts on lighter-than-air aircraft could attract more than a dozen blimps to this city.

        As many as 300 delegates are expected to attend the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics 14th Lighter Than Air Convention and Exhibition, to be held at the Radisson City Centre July 14-19.

        Gregory Gottlieb, general chairman of the convention, said Thursday that the gathering will bring together technology experts as well as governmental and manufacturing representatives with an interest in the lighter-than-air market.

        Mr. Gottlieb, a British Army retiree, is in charge of establishing corporate partnerships in the lighter-than-air field for CargoLifter AG, a German company that plans to manufacture new airships in Germany and the United States starting in 2005.

        Last year, the 100th anniversary of building the first zeppelin was celebrated with a Lighter Than Air Convention in Friedrichshafen, Germany, and Mr. Gottlieb was the key organizer of that event.

        This year's blimp bash will be in Akron because it is where airships were first manufactured in the United States.

        By coming to “the original home of airships in the U.S.,” Mr. Gottlieb said, enthusiasts will be able to use the event “as a launch pad” to promote a new generation of airships.

        These airships will be an energy-efficient way to move large cargo, he said. They can also be used for communications, law enforcement, military and surveillance purposes.

        Lockheed Martin's Naval Electronics & Surveillance Systems will be the industrial host of this convention, said Lockheed Martin spokesman Cary Dell of Akron.

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