Thursday, July 12, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Tall ships parade at Cleveland festival

[photo] Four ships line up in Lake Erie off Cleveland before a parade of 17 tall ships entered the harbor Wednesday.
(Associated Press photo)
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        CLEVELAND — Seventeen tall ships, many of them replicas of historic boats, participated in a “Parade of Sail” along Cleveland's lakefront Wednesday to kick off the city's first Harborfest.

        The maritime festival features exhibits and entertainment along the shore today through Sunday.

        Harborfest is key to the city's plans for its 2003 bicentennial.

Rally aims to promote racial understanding

        Supporters of racial unity have invited the public to a Unity Day Rally from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday on Fountain Square.

        The idea is to encourage more diversity at Ujima, Riverfest, Oktoberfest and other outdoor community events. Lionel Brown, one of the organizers, and an informal group of Cincinnatians have been meeting to launch a grass-roots effort to celebrate cultural differences.

        Mayor Charlie Luken and mayoral candidate Courtis Fuller are expected to address the crowd. Attendees will be given free black-and-white ribbons and will be encouraged to share ideas, a handshake and smile with someone who “doesn't look like them,” organizers said.

Indictment in attack on pregnant woman

        A 19-year-old Forest Park man was indicted Wednesday in a June 23 attack on a woman and her then-unborn child.

        Marc Henson, of the 1400 block of Nathaniel Drive,faces two felony charges of felonious assault, said Hamilton County Prosecutor Mike Allen. The victim was 35 weeks pregnant and gave birth within a few hours of the 4:30 a.m. attack, the prosecutor said.

        “The woman was pregnant with the defendant's baby when Mr. Henson is alleged to have punched her in the face and kneed her in the stomach,” Mr. Allen said.

        When the woman was taken to the hospital, doctors delivered the infant through a C-section.

Hospital seeks infants for rotavirus study

        Children's Hospital Medical Center is seeking infants to participate in a study of an experimental rotavirus vaccine.

        Rotavirus is a leading cause of diarrhea and vomiting among infants that can be deadly when it leads to severe dehydration.

        To participate, infants must be between six and 12 weeks old. The study will involve keeping a diary and making four hospital visits during the child's first year. For information, call 636-5358.

Two winning tickets sold for $54M jackpot

        CLEVELAND — Two winning tickets were sold for the Ohio Lottery's record $54 million jackpot drawing Wednesday night.

        Each winner selected the discounted lump-sum option, meaning the winners will split $16 million after taxes.

        The lottery must await the filing of jackpot claims during regular business hours to determine who the winners are. The winning tickets were sold at the Clark Avenue Grocerie in Willoughby in suburban Cleveland and Spee-d-foods No.11 in Canton.

Event honors memory of Milford teen-ager

        MILFORD — Friends of Mike Pangallo will gather 8-10 p.m. Sundayat St. Andrew's Church basement, 555 Main St., to remember him.

        The 15-year-old Milford High School junior died in his sleep June 22 at a friend's house. The Clermont County Coroner's Office is conducting tests to determine cause of death.

        Sunday's gathering is sponsored by the SMILE Youth Group from St. Andrew's and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton's Catholic churches in Milford.

        For information, call the youth director, Scotye Anderson, at 831-8318.

Auditor solicits gasoline complaints

        Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes wants to know if you've bought a tankful of bad gasoline.

        County auditors do checks on gas pumps to make sure the proper quantities are being dispensed. They have been seeking authority from the state legislature to test gas quality.

        “Ohio is one of only seven states which doesn't have a law on uniform engine fuel quality,” Mr. Rhodes said. “Every bordering state does test gas, (and that) leaves Ohio at serious risk.”

        Hearing citizen complaints, Mr. Rhodes said, will help auditors make their case to legislators.

Coin to spotlight Ohio aviation

Gov. Bob Taft approved a design similar to this one for Ohio's quarter.
        COLUMBUS — The state's final design for its commemorative quarter will feature an astronaut and the first plane designed by Dayton's Wright brothers, both superimposed over an outline of Ohio.

        Gov. Bob Taft approved the design, carrying the slogan “Birthplace of Aviation Pioneers,” on Wednesday.

        The design now must be approved by U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill, which Mr. Taft's spokesman, Kevin Kellems, said was a formality.

        The U.S. Mint will issue about 1.2 billion Ohio commemorative quarters beginning in April.


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Cases mount in shigella outbreak
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Olympic bid wins 2-state support
PULFER: We're no joke
Church may do criminal checks
City agrees to settle with family of man slammed by officer
County will pursue abatements
CPS may add training in finances
Fields may be good neighbor
Media action team formed
Ramp opening rates a party
Tristate family rescued in Alaska
UC-faculty talks 'fast-paced'
Unitarian minister touched many
Drug bust a windfall for police
Kentucky News Briefs
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Patient dies after scuffle
Three teens held in MainStrasse robbery
Both sides unhappy with gun-law proposal
Va. OxyContin suit derided
Board firm in support for raises
Fenwick site plan gets nod
Memorial honors fire chief
Missing woman's family gets $2M
Panel to lead Vision 2020 plan
Suspect identified in killing; search is on
- Tristate A.M. Report