Thursday, December 06, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report


Rally to support racial policies

        The Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, longtime civil-rights activist and pastor of Avondale's Greater New Light Baptist Church, will lead a noon rally today on Fountain Square supporting the use of race as a factor in college admissions.

        The rally will take place an hour before the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals hears a case on whether the University of Michigan's policy for student admissions is legal. Two white students sued the school, claiming they were illegally denied admission because of their race.

        The rally, sponsored by the Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action & Integration and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary, is expected to draw hundreds of high school and college students and others from around the country.

        The Rev. Al Sharpton and the Rev. Jesse Jackson are tentatively scheduled to be speak at today's rally.

        The day's events will begin with a rally at 10 a.m. at the University of Cincinnati's Event Pavilion. At 11 a.m., marchers will assemble at Clifton and Taft across from Hughes High School.
       

Damage estimate for fire increased

       FAIRFIELD — Damage from a fire Monday night at a building housing two Fairfield businesses was upgraded to more than $240,000 Tuesday.

        Fairfield Fire Chief Don Bennett said the cause of the two-alarm fire at 5380 Pleasant Avenue is unknown but arson is not suspected. The blaze started in the one-story building's attic and burned for a long time before spreading, Chief Bennett said.

        Both businesses, Inter-Financial Insurance Agency and Innovata Inc., were destroyed.

        No one was inside the building at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.
       

Children's Hospital creates family council

       Children's Hospital Medical Center has created a family advisory council to assist in making its services more family friendly.

        The group includes 18 parents and 11 hospital staff. Its first orientation meeting will be Saturday.

        The council members will sit on some hospital committees and advise administrators about patient needs and hospital priorities from a family point of view.

        The idea is to promote “family-centered care,” which seeks to make parents more fully involved in treatment plans, said Patty Wells, director of the hospital's Family Resource Center.
       

VFW to reflect on Pearl Harbor

        WEST CHESTER TWP. — A Pearl Harbor remembrance ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. Friday at Brookside Cemetery, on West Chester Road west of Cincinnati-Dayton Road.

        The program, sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7696, will also reflect on the 50th anniversary of the Korean War and the Sept. 11 attacks.

        The president of the Islamic Society of Cincinnati and veterans of World War II and the Korean War are scheduled to speak.
       

Homicide case goes to grand jury

        HAMILTON — A Butler County grand jury will consider charges in the city's most recent homicide.

        Following a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Municipal Court, Judge John G. Rosmarin found sufficient evidence to transfer the case against Joshua James Hibbard to the grand jury.

        Mr. Hibbard, 22, is being held without bond in the county jail as a suspect in the Nov. 27 shooting death of Michael Wayne Garrett, 22. Police filed initial charges of murder and felonious assault against Mr. Hibbard.

        Mr. Garrett's slaying was the city's fifth homicide of 2001.
       

Conviction upheld in death of child
        MIDDLETOWN — The 12th District Court of Appeals upheld a Hamilton man's conviction on charges that he abused his infant daughter to death.

        Ramon Gomez Silva, 22, is serving a prison term of 15 years to life for the murder of his baby, Maria, last year. He also was sentenced to an additional eight years on a felonious assault involving the girl.

        In a decision released this week, the court found no significant errors were made during his trial in Common Pleas Court last year.

        Mr. Gomez Silva's attorney, James T. Cooper, had argued that his client, a native of Mexico, felt forced to give a statement based on his “inability to understand English, his unfamiliarity with the American legal system and the fact that a police officer was serving as his interpreter.”
       

Mercy Health offers flu shots at six places

       Mercy Health Partners is offering flu shots this season from six locations beginning Friday through the next week. Shots will be on a first-come, first-served basis and cost $10. They are covered by Medicare.

        Here is the schedule:

        Franciscan at Schroder, 7-11 a.m.

        • Dec. 10 in Fairfield: Mercy Center for Health and Wellness, 3050 Mack Road, 11-3 p.m.

        • Dec. 11 in Batavia: Clermont Mercy Hospital 7-11 a.m.

        • Dec. 12 in Mount Airy: Mercy Franciscan Hospital Mount Airy 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

        • Dec. 13 in Westwood: Mercy Franciscan Hospital Western Hills 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

        • Dec. 14 in Anderson Township: Mercy Hospital Anderson 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

        For more information, call 853-5803.
       

Health Center plans program for diabetics

        The West End Health Center has developed a Wellness Project to aid adult diabetic patients in managing the disease. The project is a collaborative effort between the West End Health Center, West End YMCA and the Nutrition Council of Greater Cincinnati.

        The project, which consists of nutrition education and exercise, is expected to last one year and is funded by the Greater Cincinnati Foundation. Patients meet twice a week at the West End YMCA, where they receive personal nutrition counseling conducted by nutritionists from the Greater Cincinnati Nutrition Council. They also participate in twice-a-week exercise regimens.

        For more information, contact Wendell N. Walker, executive director of the West End Health Center, 621-2727, ext. 202.
       

Aid bill that could help LTV near passage

        YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Two Ohio congressmen testified in bankruptcy court Wednesday that legislation is nearing passage that could give LTV Corp. the cash it needs to keep its steel-making operations going.

        U.S. Reps. Dennis Kucinich and Steve LaTourette told Judge William Bodoh about an economic stimulus package they think will help LTV get a $250 million federally guaranteed loan.

        “We will have a bill in 10 days,” Mr. LaTourette said of the legislation that will help companies recover from damage caused by low-priced imports.

        LTV says it can no longer afford to operate LTV Steel, the nation's third-largest integrated steel company and producer of about 5 percent of U.S. steel.

       



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