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City embarks on bold experiment
        City government experts see potential for progress or peril in the historic change Cincinnati will make in choosing a mayor this year.
Dems endorse slate for council
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Child support refunds bungled
        In its rush to get refund checks totaling $1.14 million for about 8,300 child support cases in the mail Friday, the state refunded the wrong amounts or sent them to the wrong people in some cases, child support officials say.

Ex-champ Page's condition critical
        Former WBA heavyweight champion Greg Page, touted in his heyday as the next Muhammad Ali, remained in critical condition at University Hospital on Saturday after collapsing during a match in Erlanger.


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Local Headlines for  Sunday, March 11, 2001

Teen presses case against drug rule
        A Fairfield teen's drug conviction and, later, his quest for financial aid now involve U.S. Rep. Barney Frank.

City loan program criticized
        Taxpayers paid about $100,000 last year for a Cincinnati small business loan program that made five loans for a total of $470,000.

BRONSON: Cruel, unusual punishment
        Andy Williams and his pals liked to smoke pot, hang out, drink beer, do skateboard stunts and wear baseball caps backward. Punks. And proud of it.

CROWLEY: Steve Clark
        VILLA HILLS — Steve Clark's tenure as mayor of this city started out like most things in life — with promise and potential and opportunities for something new and good.

PULFER: Abandoned
        I wonder if Jane Doe's family will celebrate by going out and buying her something permanent. Maybe a nice silver cup with her initials engraved on it. Perhaps something more practical — a federally approved car seat. Or an optimistically huge bundle of disposable diapers.

Airport needs expansion, Louisville told
        LOUISVILLE — Consultants drafting a 20-year master plan for the Louisville International Airport say the airport will have to grow — but a new airport is not affordable or necessary.

Census tells more than how many
        FRANKFORT — In Bowling Green, Mayor Sandy Jones eagerly awaits the first release of numbers by the U.S. Census Bureau.

District may reopen school
        COVINGTON - Covington Independent Schools is considering reopening Fourth District Elementary, nearly three years after the district shut down the school despite strong protests from parents and community members.

Drop in tax revenue could affect projects
        A continued drop in Hamilton County's sales tax collections could affect the promised property tax rebate and other riverfront projects, a county official said after reviewing revenue for December 2000.

Family offers land for school
        WEST CHESTER TWP. — A 207-acre development proposed at Ohio 747 and Tylersville Road may provide space for Lakota Schools' 11th elementary school.

Great cities test
        Once upon a time, Cincinnati was a shining star on the Ohio River. So how are we doing now?

Hilton hotels, Mt. Notre Dame share common heritage
        PARK HILLS — In May 1956, during a trip to Cincinnati, hotel magnate Conrad Hilton had two scheduled stops. At the first, he signed the final papers purchasing the Netherland Plaza and Terrace Hilton hotels in downtown Cincinnati for $25 million.

How would you design 'lid' on FWW?
        Monday is the last chance for residents to sell Cincinnati officials on what to build over Fort Washington Way.

Lexington businessman fined $2 million for obstruction
        LEXINGTON — A former University of Kentucky professor has pleaded guilty to obstructing a federal audit on bills his company had submitted for cleaning up hazardous waste sites.

Match need not always be perfect
        Young children with leukemia and other rare immune-system diseases may no longer have to wait for a perfect match to get a lifesaving bone-marrow transplant.

Migrants need more housing
        OWENSBORO, Ky. — Daviess County farmers are meeting with county and farm officials to discuss ways to create more housing for migrant workers.

Police, sheriff may join forces for good
        BURLINGTON — When Boone County law enforcement officials received reports of a body dumped into the Ohio River, a team of detectives from county police and the sheriff's office was called to investigate.

Relief belies charges 2 face
        HAMILTON — Butler County families think the recent allegations against two men who worked with mentally disabled people will have far-reaching implications.

Road plan upsets some residents
        MASON — For 30 years, Bill Reber's auto body and glass shop has been a fixture on Mason-Montgomery Road.

Volunteer hailed as special-ed hero
        Mick Brown, a retired pharmacist, was showered with gifts and praise last week for his 60th birthday by students who could show their special thanks only with smiles and recorded messages.

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