Sunday, March 25, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Councilman wants to bring Boeing here

        Cincinnati's newest councilmember will ask a city council committee on Monday to recommend that Cincinnati get in the running as a possible location for Boeing Co.'s new headquarters.

        Councilman Chris Monzel held a press conference at City Hall Saturday to contend that the Queen City is in the same league as the other cities the Seattle-based airplane manufacturer is reportedly looking at — Denver, Dallas and Chicago.

        “If we can get Ken Griffey Jr. to leave Seattle and come here, why not Boeing?” said Mr. Monzel, a Republican who replaced Charlie Winburn on council last month.

[photo] AN EXERCISE IN SCHOOL SAFETY: Members of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department practice disarming a gunman in a Moeller High School hallway. They demonstrated their “quick action deployment” techniques Saturday to show how quickly they can enter school hallways and classrooms, subdue suspects and rescue occupants in the event of a school crisis.
(Tony Jones photo)
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        Mr. Monzel said the city's selling points include its central location in the nation, its major Delta hub at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, and its being home to General Electric Aircraft Engines in Evendale.

        The downsizing of Procter & Gamble Co. should be an incentive for Cincinnati to try attracting a corporate giant like Boeing, he said.

        Mr. Monzel plans to introduce a motion Monday to council's community development and intergovernmental affairs committee. He said he hopes the full council votes on his proposal as early as next Wednesday.

        Preparatory work for a $29.4 million construction project on Interstate 275 in Hamilton and Clermont Counties begins Monday. This week the right lane and shoulder of eastbound I-275 will be closed between Loveland-Madeira Road and Wards Corner Road. The lanes will close at 7 p.m. and reopen at 5:30 a.m.

        Beginning in mid-April, eight miles of I-275 between Montgomery Road and U.S. 50 will be prepared. The project includes replacing the eastbound and westbound bridges over the Little Miami River.

        The entire project is scheduled for completion by fall 2002.

Classmate saves girl with Heimlich maneuver

        NORWALK, Ohio — A 9-year-old girl saved a classmate from choking on a pen cap by using the Heimlich maneuver — a technique she learned weeks earlier in school.

        When Maplehurst Elementary third-grader Kelsey Penfield began choking, classmate Elizabeth Muirhead grabbed Kelsey from behind and performed the Heimlich — the lifesaving maneuver used to dislodge items from a choking person by applying sudden, sharp pressure to the abdomen to force the item out.

        “It flew out, and then I kept thanking and thanking Elizabeth for doing that,” Kelsey said.


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