Monday, February 04, 2002

Tristate AM report

Banks candidates plan 'network' event

Enquirer staff and news services

        Minority-owned businesses, women-owned businesses and small businesses can network this week with three development teams competing to become master developer of The Banks, a $600 million riverfront development.

        The Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority is holding a two-day session at the Albert B. Sabin Cincinnati Convention Center on Tuesday and Wednesday.

        All three candidate teams — Lincoln Property Co., Madison Marquette and the Staubach Co. — will be there.

        “It's important that we increase awareness with businesses as to how to participate in the development, provide a setting for businesses to meet all of the candidates for development and engage in productive one-on-one dialogues,” said Steven Love, vice chairman of the Port Authority board.

        The Tuesday session will be 5:30-8:30 p.m.; the Wednesday session will last from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Man hospitalized for gunshot to leg
A West End man was in critical condition Sunday at University Hospital after he was shot in the leg in the 1800 block of Linn Street in the West End.
               James Porter, 26, of the 4000 block of Clark Street, told Cincinnati police a man approached him about 7:14 a.m. Saturday on Linn Street and starting shooting.

        Mr. Porter was hit in the rear of his right thigh. Police said no arrest had been made by Sunday evening.

Fifth Third approves $555,000 in grants
Fifth Third Bank and its affiliate trust funds have approved $555,000 in grants to nine nonprofit groups in downtown and Over-the-Rhine.
               The funds, awarded in January, come from Fifth Third Foundation and six trust funds the bank serves as trustee.

        Recipients were: Art Academy of Cincinnati ($250,000), Downtown Cincinnati Inc. ($75,000), Cincinnati Fire Museum ($50,000), Media Bridges ($50,000), Dress for Success Cincinnati ($50,000), Over-the-Rhine Housing Network ($30,000), Cincinnati Arts Association ($20,000), Epilepsy Council of Greater Cincinnati ($15,000) and St. Francis Seraph Ministries ($15,000).

Winton Hills man charged with robbery
COLERAIN TOWNSHIP — A Winton Hills man has been charged with robbery, accused of trying to leave a Kmart store in Colerain Township without paying for a DVD player.
               A security officer approached Orlando Pack, 32 of the 4700 Block of North Edgewood Drive, as he was leaving the Kmart at 8451 Colerain Ave., about 7:30 p.m. Saturday. They struggled and the officer suffered a cut above the right eye, police said.

UC justice program wins journal honor
The newest edition of Journal of Criminal Justice cites the University of Cincinnati's criminal justice division as the national leader in research publications.
               UC and the University of Maryland were in the top two positions in a survey based on research published in leading criminology and criminal justice journals between 1995-99.

        Using a weighted measurement system, UC published almost 32 articles by 86 researchers. Maryland published nearly 30 by 69 researchers.

        UC faculty member Frank Cullen was ranked third on the list of most-published individual authors, and colleague John Wooldredge was fourth.

        UC's criminal justice division started its doctoral program in 1991.

Two gunmen rob Edgewood gas station
EDGEWOOD — Police searched Sunday for two gunmen who robbed the Sunoco gas station at 140 Dudley Road.
               The two — described as white, in their 20s and with slender builds — entered the store at 4:45 p.m. Saturday and demanded cash, police said. No one was injured.

        The first gunman was about 6-feet tall and wore a black jacket with a hood, tan pants and dark shoes, police said.

        The other is 5-foot-7 and wore a white hooded sweat shirt with letters on the front thought to be ""SJO.” He wore black pants and white gym shoes.

        Anyone with information is asked to call the Edgewood Police Department at (859) 331-5911.

Free class offers lessons in English
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College will offer a free, beginning-level English as a second language class starting today.
               The class will be 6-9 p.m. Mondays in Room 102-B, Main Building and will continue through April 1.

        Information, call 569-4848.

Clermont promotes administrator
BATAVIA — Cynthia DeWitt, who has worked for Clermont County for 19 years, has been named assistant county administrator.
               Ms. DeWitt has held a number of administrative positions for the county, and had been serving as interim assistant county administrator during the past few months.

        She also served as interim director of the Department of Job and Family Services the past six months until a new director, Charles Ashmore, was named and took over Jan. 22.

        Ms. DeWitt will continue in her role as director of administrative services, overseeing staff development and the Office of Management and Budget.

Company seeks OK for mutated grass
MARYSVILLE, Ohio — The nation's largest producer of lawn and garden products says it's ready to sell genetically altered grass that will require less cutting and withstand repeated doses of weed killers.
               But first, The Scotts Co. faces a challenge from environmentalists who say the product represents dangerous biological tinkering that will fundamentally alter nature.

        Scotts plans to ask the U.S. Department of Agriculture this spring for permission to sell its first batch of low-maintenance grass. The company also is developing genetically modified petunias and other flowers that bloom longer.

        “We are excited about it because our customers are excited about it,” Mark Schwartz, senior vice president for strategic planning at Scotts, told the Columbus Dispatch for a story Sunday. “Instead of spending two hours every Saturday mowing your lawn, you could be out playing golf or spending time with your kids.”

        Environmental activists say the products have no redeeming value. They fear pollen from the grass could contaminate plants, create herbicide-resistant weeds and stunt the growth of other grasses livestock and wildlife depend upon for food.

        “There hasn't been enough long-term testing of the potential effects these plants could have on the environment,” said John Harrington, a Napa, Calif., money manager who wants Scotts to delay its bid to sell genetically modified grass.


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