Thursday, September 26, 2002

Tristate A.M. Report

Heart procedure broadcast worldwide

        When doctors at Christ Hospital used an experimental stent Wednesday instead of performing open heart surgery to treat a man with an aortic aneurysm, their work was broadcast live to more than 10,000 other cardiac care experts, some as far away as Israel.

        Drs. Dean Kereiakes and Thomas Shimshak repaired the aneurysm — a balloon-like swelling of a blood vessel that can be fatal if it bursts — by using a covered stent that seals off the aneurysm while allowing blood to pass through. Rather than open-heart surgery, stents are placed from the inside by using a catheter to thread the device from near the groin up to the aorta, the main artery leading from the heart.

        Wednesday's procedure was the first aneurysm repair in the United States to use the Jostent Coronary Graft Stent, made by the Swiss company Jomed, Dr. Kereiakes said. The device has been approved for use in Europe.

        “Everything went perfectly,” Dr. Kereiakes said.

        The patient, James Brandenburg, 58, of Hamilton, will be watched for several months as part of the clinical trial. If other test cases prove successful, the device could be approved for U.S. use in about 18 months.

        The procedure was broadcast by satellite to 17 medical centers in the United States, Germany, Israel and France.

CSO offers classes on music in learning

        The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra will present three free Saturday workshops for educators, parents and others to learn how to integrate music with curriculum to enhance learning.

        As part of the “Sound Discoveries: Music for Life,” a partnership of the CSO and the Association for the Advancement of Arts Education, each workshop includes an interactive learning exercise, followed by dinner and attendance at that evening's CSO performance.

        The workshops:

        “Get to Know the CSO,” 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday.

        “Using Music to Tell ANY Story!” 4 to 6 p.m. Feb. 8.

        “Creative Listening: A Toolkit for Classroom Use,” 4 to 6 p.m. March 22.

        All workshops take place at Music Hall in Corbett Tower. Reservations are required. Call 381-3300.

        Information: 744-3208.

Indiana gets OK for federal storm aid

        INDIANAPOLIS — The federal government Wednesday approved a disaster declaration for Indiana counties hit by tornadoes and other storms last week, freeing up aid for victims.

        Joe Allbaugh, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, notified U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar's office that President Bush had approved the designation, Lugar spokesman Nick Weber said.

        The approval came less than a day after the state sought immediate aid for 32 counties in the path of Friday's violent weather.

Blood drive seeks to help ailing man

        NORTH COLLEGE HILL — The city is partnering with the Mount Healthy City School District and Huntington National Bank on Oct. 4 to host a blood drive for Tim Handler, the husband of Lori Handler, Mount Healthy's director of elementary education and member of the Winton Woods Board of Education.

        Tim Handler, 47, was diagnosed with a blood disorder called myelodysplastic syndrome. His condition is considered urgent. A bone marrow/stem cell transplant is the only cure. Without it, survival is one to three years.

        The Hoxworth Bloodmobile will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except during an 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. lunch break) to draw blood as Huntington National Bank celebrates the opening of its newest branch at 7030 Hamilton Ave., North College Hill.

        Donors with A-positive blood are encouraged to give, but all blood types will be accepted.

        To donate, call Tracy Glick, 521-7413, for an appointment. Blood can be given at any neighborhood donor center by calling 451-0910.

Author to begin lecture series

        Jonathan Kozol, educator and best-selling author, will explore poverty and injustice during a presentation Oct. 20 in Cincinnati.

        An advocate of public education and social justice, Mr. Kozol has written books about racial inequality, segregation, homelessness and illiteracy.

        He received the National Book Award in 1968 for his first work, Death at an Early Age, an account of his first year of teaching.

        His speech will be the inaugural presentation of the Manuel D. Mayerson Distinguished Speakers Series called “Ordinary Resurrections: Lessons for Our City.”

        Free to the public with advance reservations, the event begins at 6 p.m. with exhibits by ArtWorks, the Peaslee Neighborhood Center and the Clark Montessori Steel Drum Band at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel, 35 W. Fifth St., downtown.

        Mr. Kozol's 7 p.m. presentation will be followed by a book signing.

        For information or reservations, call 287-6528.

XU student center namesake honored

        Charlie Gallagher, a 1960 graduate of Xavier University, will receive the school's 2002 Founder's Day award today during the official dedication of the Gallagher Student Center.

        Mr. Gallagher, whose business is based in Denver, matched $9 million in donations to build the $18 million four-level center, which opened in April and includes a bookstore, food court, pub, and student and administrative offices.

        It also has a 352-seat performing arts center.

        The dedication will begin at 6 p.m. on the first floor of the center.

Federal mediators enter Franklin talks

        FRANKLIN — Negotiators for the Franklin Schools and its non-teaching employees will meet today with federal mediators to try to agree on a new contract.

        About 125 bus drivers, mechanics, aides, cooks, secretaries, custodians and maintenance workers have been working without a contract since their agreement expired at the end of August.

        If the two sides cannot agree, Local 635 of the Ohio Association of Public School Employees has authorized its negotiating team to call for a strike, said union spokesman Mark Hatch.

        “A strike is a last resort and something our people don't want,” Mr. Hatch said Wednesday. School officials said they believe the two sides can reach an agreement. Both sides have already met once with a mediator and have agreed on some points. “I think we'll work things out,” said Bill Wood,assistant superintendent.


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