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Grand jury ruling today
        Today — exactly one month since an unarmed black man was shot and killed by a city police officer - Cincinnati braces for a 6 p.m. announcement that could rekindle violence and divisiveness.
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Taft Museum to get major face lift
        A quiet building in a quiet corner of downtown will turn noisy next year when the Taft Museum of Art closes for 18 months of renovation, its first since opening in 1932.
Building holds families' histories
Museum will be open through Nov. 4

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Talk radio: Voice of the combative man
        Inflammatory or entertaining, it's ratings first.
Judge vs. host: Issue of responsibility
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Local Headlines for  Monday, May 07, 2001

Concealed weapons debate heats up
        COLUMBUS — When the security alarm sounded, store manager Steve Anderson thought it would be another routine case of shoplifting. But in seconds the scene took a violent turn. Cornered, a suspected shoplifter pulled a knife. Mr. Anderson dodged the blade twice and then watched helplessly as the attacker ran from the store.

Mission accomplished for Miami U. grads
        Miami University's two commencement ceremonies Sunday opened graduation season in the Tristate and honored the achievements of 3,246 students.
Schedule of area college commencement ceremonies

Bert Lugannani, long-time fire chief, dies
        Former longtime Cincinnati Fire Chief Bert Lugannani, who led the fire division during the riots of 1967 and '68, died of a stroke Sunday at his Sayler Park home. He was 86.

Hamilton Co. lags neighbors on sales tax revenue
        County sales tax revenues have fared better in recent months in Greater Cincinnati's growing northern and eastern counties than in Hamilton County.

Heritage monument stolen
        A thief walked off with a 150-pound German heritage historic marker in Clifton's Fairview Park over Easter weekend.

WILKINSON: Tarbell swings and misses
        If Cincinnati City Manager John Shirey needs someone to talk to after a particularly rough week, he might want to track down Johnny Oates. The two Johnnys had the same experience last week: They both resigned before their employers, looking for a scapegoat, could can them.

County targets illegal dumpers of garbage
        Hamilton County officials want your help catching illegal trash dumpers.

Grant Co. hospital expands
        WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. — St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Grant County is growing, much like the county itself.

Property tax levy to boost learning
        FORT MITCHELL — Beechwood Independent Schools is hoping to make history for the second time.
Where to vote on school tax levy

You Asked For It
        The intersection of Marburg and Wasson avenues in Hyde Park has walk lights at crosswalks. Yet, it is impossible for a wheelchair to cross Wasson and continue on Marburg because there is no ramp and a high curb. Are there plans for a ramp?

Cistern unearthed at museum
        COVINGTON — Construction crews working at Behringer-Crawford Museum have unearthed an unusual find — an unusually large cistern possibly dating to the mid-19th century.

Communities share highway landscaping
        Three northern Hamilton County communities may join with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to beautify the I-275/Hamilton Avenue interchange.

Congrats
        The following have received scholarships to attend Wilmington College in Wilmington, Ohio:

Kids free with advice to prez
        FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP — Cara Deaton wants President George W. Bush to get someone else to cut his grass.

Local Digest
        MILFORD — Firefighters say a leaky exhaust system may have sparked a car fire early Sunday that destroyed a 1991 Hyundai and the Milford Car Wash on Ohio 28.

Motorcyclist, passenger run over
        COVINGTON — A motorcyclist and his passenger were seriously injured Sunday when they were run over by a pickup truck at the intersection of Park and Greenup streets, police said.

West Chester envisions new park, center
        WEST CHESTER TOWNSHIP — A vision is forming for development of a new township park on 151 acres straddling Beckett Road, including the steep hillside directly below Beckett Ridge Country Club.

200 arrested near Kent, OSU campuses
        COLUMBUS, Ohio — Police officers arrested more than 200 people at Ohio State University and Kent State University over the weekend in an effort to control off-campus parties.

Ind. attorney general to approve new tax rules
        INDIANAPOLIS — Despite reservations, Republican Attorney General Steve Carter said Sunday he will likely approve new property tax assessment rules crafted by the administration of Democratic Gov. Frank O'Bannon.

Kentucky's aging locks and dams worry officials
        VALLEY VIEW, Ky. — Some people are worried about another summer of water shortages, but the Kentucky River Authority is thinking about a more worrisome prospect.

Pawpaws may help tobacco growers
        FRANKFORT — Way down yonder, in the pawpaw patch, researcher Kirk Pomper envisions a resurgence of the tender, pulpy fruit as a possible alternative crop for Kentucky's tobacco growers.

Police kill tenant mistaken for burglar
        INDIANAPOLIS — Police shot and killed a man in his own apartment early Saturday after neighbors mistook him for a burglar.

Ritalin patterns tracked
        CLEVELAND — Where school-age children live in the United States might play a role in the frequency of prescriptions of Ritalin — a stimulant used to treat attention deficit disorder and hyperactivity, The Plain Dealer reported Sunday.