Thursday, September 20, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Billy Graham team to announce decision

        Members of the Rev. Billy Graham's evangelist team will converge in Cincinnati next week to disclose whether he will con- duct a crusade here.

        The team, which will not include the Rev. Mr. Graham, will announce its decision at a 10-11:30 a.m. session on Wednesday at the Cincinnati International Convention Center, 525 Elm St.

        The last Billy Graham crusade in Cincinnati took place 14 years ago. His crusade in Louisville last year had attendance of 91,500 people.

        The Rev. Graham is preparing for a crusade in Fresno, Calif., which will take place Oct. 11-14.

Man saved from flood to appear on TV show

        Matthew Berman, the Warren County man rescued during a flash flood on July 17, will appear on the Iyanla talk show today (9 a.m., Channel 19) about people “Saved by a Stranger.”

        Mr. Berman and his son, Brandon, 10, were rescued by a father-son team, the Rev. Doug and Devin Mitchell, when driving home from a Riverbend concert in a heavy rain storm. His story was reported in the Enquirer in August.

        The Procter & Gamble Co. information technology manager taped the show in New York with host Iyanla Vanzant on Sept. 5.

        The host has taped a new introduction for the episode since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Forum to discuss terrorist attacks

        Speakers drawn from world religions will participate in an open gathering at 7 p.m. today at Xavier University, “Responding to Sept. 11: An Interreligious Interactive Public Forum for Discussion, Reflection and Prayer.”

        It will be in the Schiff Family Conference Center in the Cintas Center on Xavier's Campus.

        Sponsors are Xavier's Brueggeman Center for Interreligious Dialogue, its Ethics/Religion & Society program and the Office of the President.

Voluntary abortions out of city coverage

        The City of Cincinnati will no longer provide voluntary abortions as part of its health care coverage to city employees, under an ordinance passed Wednesday.

        The ordinance, sponsored by Republican Councilman Chris Monzel, is similar to federal and state laws which exclude abortions from coverage. Mr. Monzel said that although the U.S. Supreme Court has limited the state's right to interfere with a woman's decision to have an abortion, taxpayers should not be forced to pay for that decision.

        The ordinance passed 7-1. Councilwoman Minette Cooper, a Democrat, said the city should not interfere with a woman's right to an abortion. Councilwoman Alicia Reece was absent.

3-year-old girl attacked by dog

        DEER PARK — A 3-year-old girl underwent surgery Tuesday at Children's Hospital Medical Center after she was bitten by an Akita.

        The dog ripped off Natalie Carnes' eyelid when it attacked her head.

        Deer Park police are investigating. Natalie lives with her grandmother, Sharon Carnes. Her mother had taken her to a friend's house, 4216 Clifford Road, where the attack occurred.

        No charges have been filed against the owner, Judy Bleuw, 47.

United Way says donations lagging

        United Way has raised $16.8 million toward its annual campaign, but it's roughly $5 million behind where officials would like to be at this time.

        The umbrella agency is trying to raise $60 million for more than 160 agencies.

        Last year's effort raised $60 million.

        “We must at least be able to meet last year's contributions if we are to stay strong,” said campaign Chairman John Barrett, who is president and chief executive officer of Western-Southern Life Insurance Co. “Last year's gifts to United Way are working right now to help local organizations like the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army provide assistance to people” in New York and Washington, D.C.

        The campaign concludes Oct. 26.

Biologist honored for cancer research

        Joan Brugge, a graduate of Summit Country Day School and a former resident of Greenhills, has won the senior 2001 Career Recognition Award by the Women in Cell Biology Committee of the American Society for Cell Biology.

        Dr. Brugge was recognized for her breakthrough in the understanding of the molecular basis of cancer.

        She was a mathematics major at Northwestern University when her sister was diagnosed with a fatal brain tumor.

        Dr. Brugge changed fields and earned her doctorate at Houston's Baylor College of Medicine.

        She is an academic researcher at Harvard Medical School.

        She was elected to the National Academy of Sciences this year.

Two men rob Middletown bank

        MIDDLETOWN — Ten employees were forced to lie down while two masked men robbed a bank Wednesday.

        Witnesses told police that two black men who were dressed in dark clothing with dark ski masks fled in a white station wagon Wednesday morning from the First National Bank of Southwestern Ohio at 1971 Central Ave.

        One of the suspects may have brandished a silver-colored handgun, police said.

        The bank has been robbed five times in its history, said Lt. Don Owens, but he didn't know how long the bank had been in operation.

        One employee injured her leg because she fell down some stairs while trying to flee. She was treated at the scene.

        Anyone with information is asked to call police at (513) 425-7738.

County grapples with insurance increase

        Health insurance offered to Hamilton County employees is going to jump by more than 14 percent next year. County officials are trying to decide how much of that increase will be passed on to employees.

        The increase could cost the county $3.3 million next year.

        Commissioner Tom Neyer favors splitting the additional cost 50-50 with the employees. Commissioner Todd Portune would like to see a 75-25 percent split, with the county paying the larger share.

        Mr. Neyer said the county gave employees a 4 percent raise in tough economic times, and the increase in health care costs will eat about half of that under the 50-50 split.

        “This seems like a tough but equitable decision,” Mr. Neyer said.

        Commissioner John Dowlin left Monday's meeting before the issue was discussed. He will be the swing vote when the issue is decided Wednesday.


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