Taft students try to make the grade
Second of Two Parts: When Taft High students return in January from winter break, a message is posted on the West End school's outdoor sign: “Happy New Year. Mentors Needed.”
Mentoring programs

Ohio GOP braces for Deters-Petro fight
        Joe Deters can't help it if his battle with State Auditor Jim Petro for the Ohio attorney general nomination turns Ohio Republican politics inside-out. He wants this job more than anything.

L O C A L   S P O T L I G H T
Divided by Race: A Special Report
        In the aftermath of the city's worst riots in 30 years, Cincinnati's habit of avoiding hard issues has become part of the problem. Here are some ideas for breaking down the barriers of communication between blacks and whites.
Local Headlines for  Monday, April 30, 2001

RADEL: Former visitors now fear city trip
        The last thing Cincinnati needed was another excuse for people not to go downtown. That excuse came with the riots of 2001.

Protesters march outside Shirey home
        About a dozen protesters marched outside the home of Cincinnati's city manager on Sunday.

Racist fliers appear on suburban lawns
        A flurry of racist fliers — apparently being distributed by people from distant parts of Ohio — appeared on lawns and in mailboxes of several Greater Cincinnati residents last week.

Potluck aims at unity, healing
        Hundreds of people gathered on Main Street in Over-the-Rhine Sunday afternoon.

Fire at sitter's kills girl, 3
        READING — A 3-year-old Fairfield girl died Sunday when fire swept through her baby sitter's home, trapping the child on the second floor.

Father charged in kidnappings
        A 32-year-old Loveland man was arrested Sunday and charged with kidnapping his two children, the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department said.

East End angry about school vote
        Members of three east-side communities said they are infuriated by a Cincinnati Board of Education vote last week that could jeopardize more than two years of planning for a new school.

Adequacy new focus of school-fund fights
        As Ohio makes its fourth attempt to revamp the way it funds schools, states around the country are grappling with how to support public education.

Awards honor five for family advocacy
        FAIRFIELD — Five people were recognized last week as outstanding advocates for children and families in Butler County.

Cancer caring expanded
        You don't have to be an elected official to make a difference in this world. Lynn Stern is proof.

Colerain ready to upgrade park
        COLERAIN TOWNSHIP - A terraced, lighted amphitheater will be added to Colerain Park as part of a $1.5 million project to develop eight acres added last year and upgrade existing facilities.

Flower show closes in style
        About 45,000 people strolled through an 18th century European garden this week without ever leaving Cincinnati.

Local Digest
        A 31-year-old Northside man who police say fired a shot at his wife was arrested early Sunday after he had barricaded himself inside his home for four hours.

Observatory offers classes
        Want to investigate the mysteries of the night sky? The Cincinnati Observatory, known as the birthplace of American astronomy, is offering a series of three classes next month for adults who'd like to be on a first-name basis with the likes of Orion, Cassiopeia or the Twins.

Police clash with party-goers near Ohio State
        COLUMBUS — For the second time in two weeks, police had to fire tear gas and wooden projectiles in off-campus areas near Ohio State University to break up crowds of rowdy party-goers early Sunday.

Prosecutor checks off tasks done
        HAMILTON — After a grueling, acrimonious political contest — said to be the most expensive in Butler County history — Prosecutor Robin Piper says he's focused on fulfilling his campaign promises.

Racing is in his blood
        PARK HILLS — A sure way to lose a bet this week is to challenge Jim Claypool to a test of Kentucky Derby knowledge.

Witnesses differ on trailer shooting
        GREENWOOD, Ky. — A Newport man remained in serious condition Sunday at University Hospital following a Friday shooting here that left a Cincinnati man dead.

You Asked For It
        I was in Texas recently and noticed the traffic lights are brilliant colors, easily visible in sunlight. If this is something new, we should look into it here so that people don't have to strain to see traffic lights.

        Kira Foken, a junior at Ohio State University in Columbus, was chosen for a study project in Egypt. Select students and nine professors of Egyptology worked there over spring break.

City-funded concerts questioned
        LOUISVILLE — For years, residents on the south side of Louisville coped with throngs of beer-guzzling Kentucky Derby partiers who brawled with each other, urinated in people's yards and trashed the neighborhood — until police finally shut down the party about five years ago.

Drug war heats up in Ky.
        LONDON, Ky. — Authorities in central and eastern Kentucky say the production and distribution of methamphetamine is no longer just a problem in the western part of the state.

Insurance aid off to slow start
        FRANKFORT — Only 164 people have enrolled in a state health plan created for those who have been denied insurance because of a preexisting health condition.