Thursday, September 13, 2001

At a glance

How the disaster is affecting the Tristate

        The attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C., this week have left many residents — around the Tristate and the nation — with many questions. Here's a glance at how the events are affecting Greater Cincinnati residents: from gas prices and event closings to personal financial portfolios.

Looking for a loved one
        Family members only can call Red Cross, the airlines, or the two largest employers at the World Trade Center in New York:

        Tristate Red Cross office, ask for Social Services: 579-3000. American Red Cross Victim Information 1-212-604-7285

        American Airline's hotline is: 1-800-245-0999 or

        United Airlines hotline is: 1-800-932-8555

        Blue Cross Blue Shield 1-866-761-8365

        Morgan Stanley 1-888-883-4391

How to help
        Local or toll-free hotlines and help lines are available for various kinds of contributions on behalf of the New York and Washington, D.C. victims.

        AMERICAN RED CROSS: Credit card contributions: call 1-800-255-7070

        Cash, check or money order: American Red Cross, P.O. Box 641206, Cincinnati, Ohio 45264-0001.

        Blood: call Hoxworth to set an appointment: 513-451-0910.

        THE SALVATION ARMY: Cash, check or money order: Salvation Army Headquarters 114 East Central Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45210. (Designate it “for disaster.”)

        FIFTH-THIRD MEMORIAL FUND: Any Fifth-Third Branch. or log on to

Gas prices
        Wednesday's national average for unleaded gasoline from AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report

        * $1.529 (compared to $1.529 Tuesday and $1.570 a year ago)

        Average in Ohio portion of Tristate market

        * $1.597 (compared to $1.625 Tuesday and $1.564 a year ago)

        Average in Kentucky portion of Tristate market

        * $1.646 (compared to $1.690 Tuesday and $1.619 a year ago)

        Wednesday's Tristate spot checks (prices are for regular, super and premium grades of unleaded)

        Lawrenceburg: Interstate 275 and U.S. 50

        Ameristop $1.80, $1.90, $2.00

        Colerain Township: I-275 and Colerain Avenue

        Speedway $1.56, $1.66, $1.76

        West Chester: I-75 and Cincinnati-Dayton Road

        Shell $1.49, $1.59, $1.69

        Sharonville: I-275 and U.S. 42

        Ashland $1.90, $2.00, $2.10

        Camp Washington: I-75 and Hopple Street

        BP $1.55 $1.65 $1.75

        Bridgetown: Bridgetown Road and Glenway Avenue

        Thornton's $1.50 $1.60 $1.70

        Monfort Heights: I-74 and North Bend Road

        Speedway $1.54 $1.64 $1.74

        Union Township, Clermont County: I-275 and Beechmont Avenue

        Clark $1.78, $1.88, $1.98

        Florence: I-71/75 and Ky. 18

        Travel America/Sunoco $1.56, $1.66, $1.76

        Hebron: I-275 and Ky. 237

        Mobil/UDF $1.50, $1.60, $1.70

Airline ticket policies

        Due to Tuesday's terrorist attacks and the resulting cancellation of all commercial air service, some airlines have altered their normal cancellation policies. Here's an airline by airline look, based on info from AAA Cincinnati's Corporate Travel Services:

        * Delta (and Comair) — Waiving all penalties for changes and refunds for travel through next Tuesday, as well as refunding partial tickets.

        * American/TWA — Full refunds on travel from Tuesday through next Tuesday.

        * United — Waiving all penalties for changes/refunds for travel through Sept. 25.

        * Northwest — Change and refund charges waived from Tuesday to Friday on travel to and from North American. Tickets can be extended up to one year, without penalty or change fee.

        * Continental — Tickets for travel Wednesday were refundable. No policy set after that.

        * Southwest — Full refunds available, regardless of travel date.

        * Alaska — Waiving all penalties for changes and refunds through Saturday.

        * America West — No refunds, waiving penalties and fees on travel from Wednesday through Sunday. Some penalties waived on travel after Sunday.

        * American Trans Air (ATA) — Making decisions on penalties on refunds and rebookings on an ongoing basis.

Financial Markets

        Financial markets were closed Wednesday in the United States and will remain closed today, officials said. Key European stock markets ended higher in volatile trading Wednesday, but the benchmark Nikkei Stock Average closed down 682.85 points, or 6.63 percent, at 9610.10.


- At a glance
Attacks are topic No. 1 in classrooms
Body recovery part of work of NYC crews
Constituents' emotions unmitigated
Different faiths, all drawn to pray
Family clings to details of missing woman's fate
Jews seek normalcy
Local firefighters on task force joining rescue efforts
Muslims urged to give aid
No date, time for nation's air travel to resume
Outpouring of donations keeps blood supply steady
Relatives wait for word, pray
Stranded travelers find help in Florence
Tightened air security will be norm
Travelers wait, pray in deserted airport
Work resumes, but life is different
Wright-Patterson medical personnel join effort
PULFER: Cell phones
RADEL: Tristate sprouts flying flags
Reports bring sweep of river
Court upholds stay for Byrd
Luken suggests raises for cadets
Luken unused to second place
Primary results
Council halts bid for road-extension vote
Superintendent's contract extended
Tristate A.M. Report
Woman shot outside school as it lets out