Friday, September 21, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Candlelight vigil 7 p.m. today at stadium

        There will be a candlelight vigil at Paul Brown Stadium at 7 p.m. today to mourn those who died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.

        The free event will be broadcast live on WCPO-TV (Channel 9). Gates open at 5 p.m.

[photo] MOMENT OF SILENCE: As students returned to the University of Cincinnati on Thursday for the start of the 2001-02 school year, a moment of silence was observed in memory of the victims of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington last week. Among those missing is at least one UC alum — Cathy Salter, 37, who worked in a 100th-floor office of the World Trade Center. About 300 people gathered on the College-Conservatory of Music plaza, where a brief address was delivered by UC Vice President Mitchel Livingston.
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        The event, to be hosted by WCPO anchorman Clyde Gray, will feature performances by the Hamilton County Drum and Pipe Corps, the Walnut Hills High School band and chorus, and Nick Lachey of the group 98 degrees, who will sing the Star Spangled Banner.

Goodwill Industries opens $3.5M facility

        WOODLAWN — Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries opened a $3.5 million donation facility Thursday in Woodlawn.

        Goodwill Industries provides vocational training and support services to people with physical and mental disabilities.

        Last year, the organization provided training and support to more than 2,600 people and helped place 657 people in jobs.

        The 81,000-square-foot building is part of a three-year renovation and expansion plan for the agency.

        The construction project was managed by Unit Building Services and Addison Clipson Architects and was supported by a $100,000 grant from Fifth Third Bank.

Senator wants repeal of sales tax on flags

        FORT THOMAS — Brisk sales of American flags since last week's terrorist attacks has prompted a Kentucky lawmaker to call for a repeal of the state sales tax on the purchase of flags.

[photo] BACK TO SCHOOL: Students cross the College-Conservatory of Music plaza at the University of Cincinnati in Corryville on Thursday, the first day of classes for the 2001-02 school year. Of UC's approximately 33,800 students, 24,749 are registered for courses on the Clifton Avenue campus.
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        Sen. Katie Stine, R-Fort Thomas, has filed a bill that would exempt flags from the state's six percent sales tax.

        The bill will be considered by the Kentucky General Assembly during the legislative session that begins in January.

        “I don't think the state should collect tax on U.S. flag purchases,” Mrs. Stine said. “The flag and what it stands for is helping thousands in the commonwealth get through this terrible time in American history.”

Sobriety checkpoint in Butler Co. tonight

        HAMILTON — Three local law-enforcement agencies will conduct a sobriety checkpoint somewhere in Butler County today.

        The checkpoint, which will be used to deter and intercept impaired drivers, is being held at an undisclosed location from 10 p.m. today until 4 a.m. Saturday. The participating agencies are Hamilton police, the Butler County Sheriff's Office and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

        “It is our intent to inform motorists that officers will be vigilant in detecting and apprehending impaired drivers. We want to impress upon those who will be consuming alcohol or taking prescription drugs to plan for a designated driver or to make other arrangements,” said Lt. Michael Lease, Hamilton police traffic commander.

African-American center has anniversary

        The University of Cincinnati's African-American Cultural and Research Center will celebrate its 10th anniversary during the 2001-2002 academic year.

        The original ribbon-cutting will be re-enacted at 11:45 a.m. Monday at the center near Jefferson Avenue on the main campus.

[photo] COLLECTING FOR A CAUSE: With a huge American flag as his backdrop, Cincinnati firefighter Steve Sweeney collects donations Wednesday morning from passing motorists at Fifth Street and Central Avenue downtown. The money collected goes to the families of New York firefighters and other victims of the attack on the World Trade Center.
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        Other events include a free talk by Na'im Akbar, a Florida State University psychologist, 6 p.m. Oct. 12 in the Event Pavilion next to the Alumni Center on Woodside Place on the main campus. He will give an African-centered analysis of issues affecting African-Americans and others,

        The center also is supporting the Oct. 20 Third Annual Walk As One from Yeatman's Cove on the Cincinnati riverfront.

        On Nov. 18, there will be a free 5 p.m. concert by the center's choir in the Kresge Auditorium in the Medical Sciences Building on Sabin Way.

        Information: (513) 556-1177.

Community issues discussed at cathedral

        The Greater Cincinnati Study Circles will kick off the first round of communitywide dialogues from 6-8 p.m. Monday in the undercroft of St. Peter in Chains Cathedral on Eighth and Plum streets, downtown.

        More than 200 Greater Cincinnatians and police officers are expected to participate in the forum led by the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission. Discussions will focus on police-community relations.

        Information: 352-3237.

Ky. robbery suspect arrested in Loveland

        LOVELAND — Police arrested a Bellevue man on Wednesday wanted in connection with four armed robberies this week.

        Michael Ray Fryman, 23, is at the Hamilton County Justice Center, facing two counts of robbery.

        According to Bellevue Police Chief Rick Sears, the crime binge began Monday evening, when Mr. Fryman brandished a 9mm handgun and robbed an acquaintance of $300 in the Bellevue Kroger parking lot.

        Twenty minutes later, he knocked on the door of another acquaintance in the 600 block of Center Street, made the occupants lie on the ground and robbed them of a total of $25, the chief said.

        He is accused of committing another home-invasion robbery in Dayton, Ky., on Tuesday and, the following day, pf robbing Von's Deli in Bellevue of an undetermined amount in cash.

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