Thursday, May 10, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Blood, marrow drive to benefit siblings

        MASON — The Hoxworth Blood Center will hold the Pearl Family Bone Marrow and Blood Drive 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at Mason High School, 770 S. Mason-Montgomery Road.

        Siblings Matthew and Alexandra Pearl, ages 4 and 6 respectively, have been diagnosed with Fanconi's anemia, a rare, life-threatening blood disorder. They need bone marrow transplants. A perfect bone marrow match can be determined by means of a simple blood test.

        A match has been found for Alexandra, but one still needs to be found for Matthew.

        Because Hoxworth is experiencing a critical shortage in its blood supply, the usual fee of $80.25 that is required to test for a bone marrow match will be waived for those who donate blood that day.

[photo] IMPROVEMENTS NEARLY COMPLETE: Workers add topsoil along the edges of pavement at Lebanon Cemetery, where improvements are nearly comlete more than a year after the renewal project began. The front entrance now sports a fountain and new landscaping, and workers are finishing interior roads. Last year the city restored the public vault, an 1899 structure where bodies used to be stored when the ground was frozen. Officials plan to mark the end of the project with a ribbon-cutting May 19, Parks Director Bob Harris says.
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        Free food will be provided by an Italian restaurant to those who make an appointment. In addition, a free appetizer coupon to another restaurant will be given to the first 400 attendees.

        Call Beth Garrett at 336-7773 to schedule an appointment.

Cincinnati State plans new building

        Trustees at Cincinnati State Technical & Community College have agreed to spend up to $58.3 million on a new multipurpose building at Ludlow Avenue and Central Parkway in Clifton.

        It will include labs and classrooms, 600 parking spaces and facilities for student activities.

        Money will come from college funds, state building appropriations, bonds and fund-raising, spokesman Bruce Stoecklin said on Wednesday.

[photo] CRASH CLOSES COLUMBIA PARKWAY: Police said Robert Gerton Jr., 21, College Hill, drove left of center Wednesday morning and struck two westbound cars. Karen Gillespie, 41, New Richmond, and her passenger Linda Wehby, 51, Amelia, were in fair condition. Mr. Gerton was treated and released. Spec. Greg Toyeas was investigating.
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        He said occupancy tentatively is set for sometime in 2004. No tuition increases are anticipated to pay for the project.

Gunman holds up bank in Hamilton

        HAMILTON — A masked gunman robbed the First National Bank at Peck Boulevard and Williams Avenue on Wednesday, police said.

        A white man wearing a black ski mask ented the bank, displayed a silver handgun and demanded money. He fled on foot northeast across Peck.

        Police say the man was in his 20s, was about 6 feet tall with a thin build, weighing about 150 pounds. He also had a dark goatee and mustache. He was wearing a long-sleeved white shirt with another shirt underneath and blue jeans.

        No one was injured.

        Police, who are working with the FBI on the case, ask anyone with information to call the department at 868-5811, ext. 2002.

Steger wins honor for leadership at UC

        University of Cincinnati President Joseph A. Steger won the 2001 chief executive leadership award from the Council of Advancement and Support of Education in the Midwest.

        The award was initiated three years ago. Dr. Steger has been at UC for 16 years.

        The Great Lakes District nomination came from a UC trustee, Mayor Charlie Luken, the then-president of the UC student government, and a number of Dr. Steger's senior aides.

        His award will be presented June 30 in San Francisco at the council's assembly.

        The May 2 letter notifying Dr. Steger of his award said in part, “The university's impressive advances under your watch — including innovative successes in fund-raising, faculty support, teaching and learning, finance, campus development, neighborhood redevelopment, even community health care delivery — are a tribute to your presidency.”

Mt. St. Joseph offers leadership program

        DELHI TOWNSHIP — A new graduate program for adults aspiring to values-based leadership will begin this fall at the College of Mount St. Joseph.

        Accredited by the Ohio Board of Regents, it is called the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership.

        Based in the value system of a Catholic school, the weekend classes promise more than the skills of the traditional business administration degree.

        “Organizations increasingly embrace this kind of value-based leadership,” according to Lonnie Supnick, who heads the new program in the business administration department.

        Classes include “spirituality of leadership” and “ethical issues in organizations” as well as “accounting and financial decision making” and “managing technology.”

        Spokeswoman Linda Liebau said spirituality goes beyond Catholic sensibilities and embraces an ecumenical perspective.

        Information: or 244-4330.

2 charged in theft of research materials

        CLEVELAND — Two people have been have been charged in the theft of medical research materials from the Cleveland Clinic to help a government-backed agency in Japan, a federal prosecutor said Wednesday.

        U.S. Attorney Emily M. Sweeney said Hiroaki Serizawa, 39, of Kansas City, Kan., and Takashi Okamoto, 40, a former clinic researcher believed living in Japan, were charged under the Economic Espionage Act.

        Ms. Sweeney said in a statement that Mr. Serizawa allegedly Mr. helped Okamoto arrange to take Alzheimer's disease research items, including DNA genetic samples, to Japan where Mr. Okamoto went to work for the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN).

        The two were charged with conspiracy, economic espionage and interstate shipment of stolen property.

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