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New land, new leg, new life
        Police patrolling Over-the-Rhine knew well the troubled tribesman from Sudan. Eventually, one officer's compassion led to a watershed event.

Debate shows political power of money
        The relationship among campaign donors, incumbents and challengers figures to undergo the most dramatic change in 27 years when the Senate votes Monday on campaign finance reform.
McConnell fights reform to finish

WILKINSON: 'Buying' candidates gets tougher
        We weren't sure we'd live long enough to see it, but it would appear Congress is close to policing itself on the subject of campaign finance. The foxes are throwing a cordon around the hen house.

TODAY'S LOCAL HEADLINES
Local Headlines for  Sunday, April 01, 2001

Budget cuts loom for state agencies
        COLUMBUS — Caught between a fiscal crisis and a mandate to fix school funding, state agency leaders are scurrying to shield programs and staff from a falling budget ax.

Century-old bridge to be retired Monday
        COVINGTON — Motorists and pedestrians crossing the Shortway Bridge across the Licking River between Covington and Newport Monday morning will mark the passing of an era.

Opening Day schedule of festivities
        Here's a schedule of Monday festivities leading up to the 133rd Opening Day game between the Reds and Braves at Cinergy Field:

PULFER: Fat city? Nope, it's the 'burbs
        The waistband of my skirt fits like a tourniquet. I can't button my jacket. These things, of course, are not my fault. Urban sprawl is making me fat. It is a scientific fact. Or soon will be.

Guidance counselor, 29, dies suddenly
        Shelley Marshall was a dedicated teacher and guidance counselor. She was a wife and mother, sister and friend. The Mason High School guidance counselor died in her sleep early Friday. She was 29.

Judge Joe renders opinions for kids
        The litigants weren't real. They weren't even that old. But Judge Joe Brown, whose syndicated Judge Joe Brown Show appears weekdays on Channel 5, listened to them, these grade-school students, considered what they had to say, weighed their testimony, then rendered his decisions.

No plans for police layoffs, Hamilton officials say
        HAMILTON — City officials say published reports that police officers will be laid off because of anticipated budget shortfalls are premature and inaccurate.

BRONSON: Moonshine for schools
        Ohio has been scratching its head and wondering for years: Who in tarnation designed our ramshackle, cobbled-up, school-funding plumbing that nobody can figure out? Here's my final answer: Snuffy Smith.

Great cities: Jobs with a future
        Cincinnati is proud of being the Blue Chip City, with Fortune 500 headquarters that provide stable, high-paying jobs. But our pride has been rocked by Procter & Gamble job cuts and a Comair strike. Job growth is good in the suburbs, but terrible in our urban core. And we're not developing enough jobs with a high-tech future.
Comparing cities on employment

Liz Claiborne distribution center latest addition to West Chester
        WEST CHESTER TWP. — Officials in this flourishing community will add to their growing collection of golden shovels as they welcome yet another major company with a groundbreaking this week.

Cleveland's Flats tries to alter unruly image
        CLEVELAND — Young people ran between stopped cars, broken glass littered the street, an ambulance headed off to the hospital and limousines unloaded more nightclub patrons.

Mother gives birth aboard helicopter
        COLUMBUS — A helicopter that took off with four passengers landed at the Ohio State University Medical Center with five Friday.

Ohio auditor appeals racial discrimination finding
        CLEVELAND — State Auditor Jim Petro has appealed an Ohio Civil Rights Commission finding that he failed to promote an auditor and other black employees in his agency's Dayton office.

Chicken smells bring lawsuit
        MARION, Ky. — To those who raise chickens for a living, it's the smell of money. To those who live next to a Tyson Foods contract chicken farm here, it's a pungent stench that attracts buzzards, sticks in your clothing and makes just about any kind of outdoor activity unbearable.

Communion dispenser eases volunteers' lives
        LOUISVILLE — The volunteers dreaded going to church on Thursday evenings to begin filling the more than 350 trays for Sunday's Holy Communion.

CROWLEY: General Assembly busy killing bills
        It's April Fool's Day, but this is no joke.

Dead infant found in dorm
        MURRAY, Ky. — A Murray State University freshman was arrested and charged with tampering with evidence after authorities found an infant dead in her dorm room, according to Kentucky State Police.

Local Digest
        ANDERSON TOWNSHIP — Fire investigators and the Hamilton County sheriff's department are investigating a fire that began in a car and spread to a medical office on Beechmont Avenue.

Paving bids under scrutiny
        FRANKFORT — A lack of competition for state paving contracts in parts of Kentucky has apparently come under investigation by a federal grand jury, the Courier-Journal reported Saturday.

State introduces regional video conferencing for deaf
        LOUISVILLE — Many hearing-impaired residents expressed excitement on Friday when state officials unveiled new technology that will allow them to communicate through video.