Sunday, September 16, 2001

Notebook




Baseball, hot dogs: Show doesn't go on

        At Cinergy Field, where the Reds' game against Philadelphia was called off Saturday, the sounds of batting practice echoed across a deserted stadium plaza usually teeming with thousands on game day.

        Carl Ladwig, 75, a World War II veteran working the ticket window, said only one person had stopped by to exchange tickets.

        “It's eerie. I hate to see this. It makes you feel like they have won. They've shut us down,” he said. “We can't stop living.

        “We can't stop being America and America is baseball and hot dogs.”
       

Ohio Stadium holds memorial

        In Columbus, a week after 102,000 people roared as Ohio State won a football game, the crowd at Ohio Stadium was smaller, quieter and more somber.

        “I can't imagine playing football today, but I can imagine doing this,” Ohio State Athletic Director Andy Geiger said as almost 15,000 people filed into the massive stadium to pay tribute to survivors and victims of this week's terrorist attacks.

        Ohio State's game against San Diego State was postponed until Oct. 20.

        The scene at Ohio Stadium was a contrast to usual autumn Saturdays on campus when rowdy fans pack the parking lots to tailgate and the stands to cheer on their Buckeyes.

        On this day, 13,000 flags were handed out to the crowd and thousands of dollars were raised for the families of the victims.
       

Class trip to D.C. becomes bus tour

        Deerfield Township's Kings Junior High School halted plans to fly its eighth-graders to Washington, D.C., in October for their annual class trip.

        Instead, the nearly 250 students who signed up will board buses Oct. 3 for a three-day journey that includes stops at Jamestown, Gettysburg, Williamsburg and Yorktown historic sites.

        “I would have been afraid,” said Mary Buss, 13. “I wouldn't have gone.”

        Principal Jim Acton said it was a tough call.

        “Some parents think we should be going. Some are afraid. Some parents said we made the decision too early, but we don't know what's going to be going on nationally in three weeks.”

What will investors do? Monday tells

        Jerry Buchheit, an investment representative for Edward Jones in Middletown, is anxiously awaiting Wall Street's reaction this week.

        The American stock markets have been closed since Tuesday — the longest break in trading since the market crashed in 1929 and triggered the Great Depression.

        “What we're thinking is we'll take a big hit when the market opens,” Mr. Buchheit said. “But by the end of the day, we'll start getting some of it back. There will be a significant recovery.”
       Many New York financial firms decimated by the attack are preparing for this week. Some are already on the hunt for new office space.
       

Life must go on; homecoming, too

        Lemon-Monroe High School is trying to help students return to routines.

        Sean McMonigle was glad that meant homecoming activities would not be canceled this weekend. Not because he's quarterback for the Hornets or because he was in Homecoming Court.

        He's glad because it sends a message to terrorists.

        “No matter what, they can't take away what America has,” Sean said. “It was a tragedy, but in some ways it was good. It brings everybody together.”
       



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Airmen convey pride
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