Monday, March 11, 2002

Kentucky briefs

Treatment would aid artery stent patients

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        St. Elizabeth Medical Center has introduced a radiation seed treatment called brachytherapy to help prevent scarring in patients who receive stents to open blocked coronary arteries.

        The Northern Kentucky health care system is using the Galileo system, made by Guidant Corp., which uses radiation to prevent scar tissue build-up that causes 12 to 20 percent of stent patients to suffer recurring blockages.

        Radiation is one of two emerging approaches to the re-clogging problem. Similar radiation systems have been tested at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati.

        In addition, researchers are testing a variety of drug-coated stents to prevent new blockages.

        Catholic school closes after 135 years

        LOUISVILLE — School officials on Saturday announced that a 135-year-old Catholic school will close, despite efforts of school supporters who raised $800,000 in 18 days in an effort to keep it open.

        Thomas R. Oates, president of Spalding University, which owns Holy Rosary Academy, said “no sustainable solutions” were found to the problems of financial losses and declining enrollment that led to the decision to close the school.

        Gary Gray, Holy Rosary's athletic director and a leader of efforts to keep the school alive, said supporters of the girls' school plan to meet with Mr. Oates today to discuss buying the school and operating it as an independent Catholic school.

        U of L to begin search for president

        LOUISVILLE — The University of Louisville's Board of Trustees will meet today to begin its search for former president John Shumaker's successor.

        Mr. Shumaker, 59, accepted the University of Tennessee's offer to become its president on March 1.

        Some say Mr. Shumaker will be a tough act to follow, while others say his replacement will face a number of unresolved challenges.

        Mr. Shumaker became Louisville's 16th president in 1995, and inherited a school with a mediocre undergraduate program, undistinguished research rankings and a weak endowment. Faculty morale was low and state higher-education funding was in decline.

        Today, the endowment has more than doubled, its research status has improved and it regularly recruits top-flight faculty.

        While that's a legacy expected to help draw top candidates, U of L leaders say there still are issues to be addressed, including slow progress in boosting student retention and graduation rates; faculty concerns that research passed teaching in importance; and news that fewer than half of alumni surveyed between 1996 and 1999 said they would recommend the school to others.

        Gay conference celebrates Mass

        LOUISVILLE — Catholics exploring attitudes toward gays and lesbians within their faith celebrated Mass on Saturday over the objections of the Vatican.

        Archbishop Tarcisio Bertone, a representative of the Vatican, wrote a letter to Archbishop Thomas Kelly of Louisville asking that the archbishop forbid the celebrating of the Eucharist by participants of the New Ways Ministry's fifth national symposium, “Out of Silence God Has Called Us: Lesbian/Gay Issues and the Vatican II Church.”

        At least 550 participants of a three-day conference, which began Friday, shared bread and wine at a cavernous room at the Galt House, with retired Bishop Leroy Matthiesen leading the liturgy.

        “They have the right to be parishioners and not to be condemned,” Bishop Matthiesen said. “There needs to be more openness in the church.”

        Bishop Matthiesen, the retired bishop of Amarillo, Texas, said he does not make judgments about the participants in the conference, which is designed to educate church leaders and ministers about homosexuality.

        “I'm here to celebrate the Eucharist. This doesn't imply judgment,” he said.

        With clasped hands and bowed heads, the participants joined in the modern liturgy around tables seating seven or more as the elements of bread and wine were brought to them after a blessing by Matthiesen.

        New Ways Ministry was founded in 1977 by Sister Jeannine Gramick and the Rev. Robert Nugent as a nonprofit group devoted to gay and lesbian concerns in the Catholic faith.

        GE laying off 95 at motor plant

        OWENSBORO — The General Electric Motors Business plant is laying off 95 highly paid workers by December.

        Union officials are blaming the layoffs on a decision to use cheaper labor in Mexico.

        Brian King, chairman of Local 5-0783 of the Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical & Energy Workers International Union, said GE officials told workers last week that a high percentage of motors now made in the Owensboro plant will be made in the future in a GE plant in Mexico.

        “The average wage at that plant is $2 an hour, including benefits, versus an average of $46,000 a year in wages and benefits in the Owensboro plant,” Mr. King said.

        Hundreds mourn at firefighter's funeral

        LOUISVILLE — Hundreds of firefighters converged on a church on Friday for the funeral of LaGrange firefighter Richard Dake.

        The church, which seats 350, overflowed with more than 600 who came to pay their respects for Mr. Dake, who died last week when his tanker was struck by a CSX train in Buckner.

        “It has made the community come together here today,” said Dave Malone, a Centerfield resident.

        Mr. Dake, 48, a volunteer firefighter for LaGrange Fire & Rescue, was returning from a training exercise when his truck was hit by a train at a railroad crossing on a private road.


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