Tuesday, March 4, 2003

Tristate A.M. Report

New Richmond man stabbed in Norwood

NORWOOD - A 24-year old New Richmond man was in fair condition Monday at University Hospital after being stabbed at a Norwood home late Sunday, police said.

Franklin Chris Bowman was injured in the 5000 block of Linden Avenue shortly before midnight, police said. Norwood Police Sgt. Tom Fallon said Bowman was stabbed multiple times in the chest.

The incident remains under investigation, and there have been no arrests, Fallon said.

Cemeteries promote fitness courses

Spring Grove Cemetery has launched a monthlong awareness campaign at Tri-County Mall to promote its three-mile walk/run course, along with a similar one-mile fitness course at Oak Hill Cemetery.

"Many Cincinnatians don't realize one of our primary missions is to help people live healthier lives," says Andrew Conroy III, president of Spring Grove.

For information, call Monika Jorg at 853-6819 or e-mail her at mjorg@springgrove.org

Online guide offers cancer information

Tristate residents seeking information about cancer can tap into an expanded list of community resources.

The Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati has posted an online "Community Cancer Resource Guide" at www.health-alliance.com/cancer/news/Community_cancer_resource_guide.html

The guide, produced with help from the Tristate Cancer Coalition, includes 97 pages of listings of cancer-related organizations.

This year's guide also includes expanded information for Spanish speakers, Kentucky and Indiana residents, and for people interested in alternative therapies.

Man, 20, pleads guilty to murder charge

HAMILTON - A 20-year-old Hamilton man avoided a possible death sentence by pleading guilty Monday to an aggravated murder charge, but he will be 53 years old before he has a chance at parole.

Erik J. Nelson entered the plea before a three-judge panel in Butler County Common Pleas Court to charges of aggravated murder with a gun specification, aggravated robbery, tampering with evidence and possession of weapons while restricted.

The charges stemmed from the Sept. 20 shooting death of Melissa Land.

Judges H.J. Bressler, Michael J. Sage and Charles Pater accepted Nelson's plea, then sentenced him to 33 years to life in prison. Nelson faces additional time for unrelated drug charges, Prosecutor Robin Piper said.

Ohio newspaper starts electronic version

COLUMBUS - The Columbus Dispatch on Monday began an electronic replica of the newspaper's print edition, including comics and advertisements.

The replica is available to subscribers of the Dispatch and its online edition, dispatch.com. Nonsubscribers also have access temporarily.

In a column in Sunday's editions, Editor Benjamin J. Marrison said readers complained that the newspaper's online edition lacked context because they could not see where a story was placed on a page, the size of the headline and many of the graphics and photos.

With one click of a mouse, the image of the front page appears. From there, readers can go from page to page and section to section.

Freestanding advertising inserts will not appear initially.

Readers also can search by key word to track a certain issue or person.

Cleveland Democrat to run for Senate

CLEVELAND - State Sen. Eric Fingerhut filed Monday with the Federal Election Commission to run for the U.S. Senate next year.

Fingerhut, a Cleveland Democrat, was elected to the Ohio Senate in 1990 and was elected to Congress in 1992. He was defeated for re-election in 1994 by Republican Steve LaTourette and in 1998 was elected to return to the Ohio Senate.

If nominated, he could end up running against Republican Sen. George Voinovich, a former governor and former Cleveland mayor, who is now serving his first term in the Senate.

`Noticias a las 11' comes to Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS - News anchors and on-air personalities with Indianapolis' first all-Spanish television newscast are hoping to reach a big audience in the city's growing Hispanic population.

Noticias a las 11 - or News at 11 - was to air for the first time Monday on WIIH, a sister station of WISH. .

Marion County's Hispanic population is more than 33,000 - 3.9 percent of the population, according to the 2000 census, although experts believe the actual number is much larger.

WIIH went on the air Feb. 3, broadcasting programming from the national network Univision and promising a Monday-through-Friday local newscast a month later.

- Compiled from staff and wire reports

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