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Tasters ignore protest, boycott
An estimated crowd of more than 150,000 seemed to have a good time at Taste of Cincinnati Saturday despite protesters and occasional rain showers. The only tense moments came at the opening when more than 200 protesters heckled soul singer James Brown.

Brown says he appeared for everyone
        James Brown was determined to finish what he'd started. He wasn't going to let a few hundred sign-carrying, penny-throwing protesters keep him from opening Taste of Cincinnati and getting his “stop the violence” message across.

Coney Island segregation ended 40 years ago
        From the 1950s until 1961, the road that ran past Coney Island — Kellogg Avenue — became a battleground over the amusement park's policy of exclusion.

Memorial Day activities
        Thousands of people will gather in cemeteries and along streets this weekend for observances and parades to mark Memorial Day. Here is a list of activities in Tristate communities:

TODAY'S LOCAL HEADLINES
Local Headlines for  Sunday, May 27, 2001

PULFER: Can you spare three minutes?
        Director Charlene Ventura says the YWCA has been sending out letters and e-mails and faxes like crazy since May 18, asking for three minutes of silence at noon Wednesday. A public expression of grief, she says, in the wake of racial tension. Church bells and the massive Peace Bell in Newport will peal.

Tristate's 'Private Ryan' honored in national ceremony
        CHEVIOT — Americans today will hear a Tristate version of Saving Private Ryan. This isn't World War II fiction. It's the story of a Tristate teen who managed to survive a Korean War massacre on a sliver of land known as Hill 303 on Aug. 17, 1950.
Tristate events | Memorial Day closings

BRONSON: A common purpose
        “See paradise. Tropical sunsets. Adventure. Excitement. All expenses paid by the U.S. Navy.” I'd sign up in a jitterbug minute. Who wouldn't?

Ice-cream truck operators under scrutiny
        The operators of ice cream trucks that cruise Cincinnati neighborhoods this summer could soon be under some strict regulations as to when they can operate and how much noise they can make.

Ohio budget makers anxious
        COLUMBUS — As the Ohio General Assembly prepares to approve the state's $45 billion biennial budget next week, lawmakers are already looking ahead and playing a game of “what if?”

Teacher facing sex charge resigns
        FAIRFIELD — The resignation of a Fairfield music teacher facing felony charges of sexually abusing a former student is scheduled to be accepted at a special Board of Education meeting Tuesday.

WILKINSON: Ad wakes us up to judge's many talents
        Judge Mark Painter of the Ohio 1st District Court of Appeals won't be seen walking the streets of Cincinnati with his arm in a sling, but he did stretch his arm muscles a bit this week patting himself on the back.

City repair discussed
        The Union Institute will hold a free two-part workshop, “Vision Cincinnati: Finding Solutions to Neighborhood Problems” on June 2 and June 9.

Experts: Seek immediate care for stroke
        People need to seek care for a stroke as quickly as they would for a heart attack, say local medical experts and members of the American Stroke Association.

Local Digest
        James Alexander, 56, of Woodlawn, was arrested Saturday morning and charged with abducting a woman after leading Cincinnati police on a 40-minute car chase.

Rules cool fans' tempers
        MADISON TOWNSHIP — Leave your temper at home if you want to attend sporting events in the Madison Schools.

Kentucky Digest
        PADUCAH — A pizza delivery man was arrested after being accused of selling marijuana on his stops.

Kentucky Education Notes
        Two Northern Kentucky schools won awards in the Kentucky Developmental Disabilities Council video contest.

Police crack down on seat belt scofflaws
        COLUMBUS — The Ohio State Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies are encouraging seat belt use in a campaign that starts this holiday weekend and continues through Labor Day.

Contractor cited for strip mining
        PIKEVILLE — The state has cited eastern Kentucky's second-largest road contractor for strip mining without a permit while work on a new road to the Pike County Airport was delayed.

Ind. OKs under-21 servers
        INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana's restaurant industry is praising a new law that will allow employees younger than 21 to serve alcohol, but some opponents remain concerned it will cripple efforts to curb underage drinking.

Oldham Co. holds key
        LEXINGTON — The boundaries of Kentucky's congressional districts would remain roughly the same under a proposal drafted by members of the delegation.