LOCAL NEWS FOR THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2001
Freedom Center gets new director
        The museum that displays Lincoln's top hat, the Star-Spangled Banner and the desk on which Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence also has a place for a picture of a rather ordinary American, Rufus Franklin Crew.
Museum's goal: Applying history

Poison ruling: guilty
        Two elementary school girls, ages 12 and 13, were found guilty Wednesday of attempting to poison their sixth-grade teacher last May at Oyler Elementary School in Lower Price Hill.

Coroner considers notification policy
        Hamilton County Coroner Carl L. Parrott said Wednesday he will consider notifying families or funeral homes when his doctors have to retain an organ after an autopsy.


IN THE TRISTATE
Luken asks to use firm in search
        Mayor Charlie Luken will ask City Council today for permission to hire a local executive search firm to help select the next city manager.

Committee chairs named
        The transition to Cincinnati's new “stronger mayor” form of government continued Wednesday, with Mayor Charlie Luken exercising his new power to appoint City Council's committee chairs.

Ball park under budget
        The new Reds ballpark and other riverfront improvements are $17 million under budget.

'Christmas in the Village' returns to Cleves
        CLEVES — The 14th annual “Christmas in the Village” will be on Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1, this year, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day.

CPS meets with state on plan to fix schools
        When the state contributes money to build or fix school buildings, every structure must meet specific standards, but they don't all have to look the same, the Cincinnati Public Schools board of education learned Wednesday.

Olympics bid shuts down
        Cincinnati 2012 on Wednesday sent a check for $61,860 to the Ohio Department of Development.

Opinion gatherers go to final groups
        Hispanics, Appalachians, Jews, gays and lesbians will represent some of Cincinnati's diverse residents today in a discussion about improving police-community relations.

Postal workers get city thanks
        LOVELAND — Neither rain nor sleet nor anthrax scares have slowed down postal workers here, which is why they were recognized by city officials Wednesday.

Students celebrate culture of India
        GLENDALE — Students and staff at the Bethany School celebrated a new year Wednesday.

whooping cough cases reported
        DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP — There are three reported cases of whooping cough in the Kings School District, according to the Warren County Health Department.

Tristate A.M. Report
        The U.S. Postal Service announced Wednesday that the main mail processing and distribution centers in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio, tested negative for anthrax.

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
HOWARD: Some Good News
        Good news has come in a diversified package for the Dominican Community Services VISIONS, which has served West End residents for 75 years.

PULFER: Sara Bachus
        It's 8 a.m. on a school day. Sara Bachus makes her loose-limbed way to the table. No juice, thanks. She had breakfast a long time ago. She has been lifting free weights since 6:30.

BUTLER, WARREN, CLERMONT
County, prosecutor disagree
        HAMILTON — Butler County administrators say Prosecutor Robin Piper's proposed budget for next year exceeds the county's limit by more than $100,000. But Mr. Piper says he's only $21,000 over.

Hamilton official weighs job offers
        HAMILTON — City Manager Steve Sorrell is considering at least two out-of-state job offers, but the newly elected mayor and City Council want him to stay.

Shops extend hours of business
        MONTGOMERY — They zip through Montgomery's historic shopping district, with nary a chance to press their noses against shop windows.

Trial in homeless woman's death begins
        HAMILTON — In a homeless campsite behind the Hamilton Plaza, Pamela Stacey-Gierach lived, partied and died.

Warren Co. loses zoning battle with landfill firm
        LEBANON — The Warren County commissioners will meet today to discuss their next move after losing a court battle to keep a landfill from reopening in Union Township.

Western Row-42 fix begun
        MASON — Council this week hired a Springdale company to redesign the intersection of Western Row Road and U.S. 42 because it causes headaches for truck drivers and the traffic signal is antiquated.

OHIO
Taft, Finan tangle over budget; full Senate votes on plan today
        COLUMBUS — Two of the state's top elected officials, both Republicans, clashed Wednesday over proposals to balance a $1.5 billion budget deficit.

UC students protest budget cuts
        COLUMBUS — Students angry and fearful of mid-year tuition increases gathered outside the Statehouse Wednesday to protest state budget cuts to higher education.

KENTUCKY
Blast, fire wreck military supply store
        NEWPORT — Firefighters are trying to determine the cause of an explosion and fire at a military supply store that destroyed the building and sent four people to a hospital Wednesday afternoon.

Levee event attracts politicians
        NEWPORT — Less than two months after opening, the Newport on the Levee entertainment complex is drawing more than 25,000 visitors a week, a figure operators expect to increase as more attractions open.

NKU offers master plan with an eye on the market
        Northern Kentucky University revealed a new strategic academic plan on Wednesday that is regional and pragmatic in its orientation and global in its aspirations.

No respite on Ky. wildfires
        PIKEVILLE, Ky. — Forest fires charred another 2,100 acres in the mountains of eastern Kentucky on Wednesday as weary firefighters looked to the heavens for any sign of rain.

Smokers get help to quit
        They live in a tobacco state with the highest death rate in the nation from smoking-related diseases.

SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT
Driving drunk, again and again
        Ohio's worst repeat drunken driver sits in jail awaiting trial on his 19th DUI charge after being convicted 18 times. Authorities say he's a prime example of the difficulty in keeping hard-core drinkers off the road.
Laws get tougher on drunken drivers

Gas under $1 coming
        Less than 1 1/2 years after flirting with $2 for a gallon of gas, the Tristate could soon be seeing the lowest average prices for the holidays in three years.

Adult escorts required at Levee
        Newport on the Levee bans kids under 16 from the new entertainment complex after 8 p.m. without an accompanying adult, making it the first Tristate shopping area to have such an explicit policy, but not the first in the nation.

SPECIAL
Complete Election 2001 coverage
        Charlie Luken beat Courtis Fuller to win the city's first "strong mayor" election. Click here for complete, searchable results from Hamilton, Butler, Warren and Clermont counties and reports from the Enquirer and WCPO.

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