Thursday, April 10, 2003

Tristate A.M. Report

Compiled from staff and wire reports

Jammin' on Mainadds attractions

There'll be more jammin' at the 2003 Jammin' on Main, with extended hours and the addition of a battle of high school rock bands.

Shows will run until 12:45 a.m., instead of the usual 11 p.m. for both nights of the May 9-10 downtown street fest.

National headliners include singer/songwriters John Prine, Edwin McKain, Vivian Green and Jason Mraz ; quirky rockers Ween and Ben Folds, bluesman Bernard Allison; jam bands moe and the Big Wu; and classic rockers Joan Jett and ex-Styx frontman Dennis DeYoung.

May 10, the four finalists in the Bogart's 2003 High School Band Challenge, including the winning group, Walnut Hills High School's Death Jazz All Stars will play a rematch, with a $1,000 grand prize.

Weekend passes are $16; single night, $13; on sale 10 a.m. Saturday at Ticketmaster (562-4949;

To avoid service charges, tickets may be purchased at the Taft Theatre box office and at the gate.

Suit challenges intimidation law

Cincinnati's new criminal intimidation ordinance violates Article XII of the city's charter, contend three litigants including a state representative and the Bond Hill Community Council president.

Sam Malone, Bond Hill Community Council president who is running for city council, State Rep.Thomas Brinkman, R-Cincinnati, and Mark Miller, a local conservative activist, are suing the city in the capacity of taxpayers.

They are seeking an injunction against the law in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Wednesday.

Article XII, passed in 1993, prohibits giving "any claim of minority or protected status" to gays, lesbians or bisexuals. In February Cincinnati City Council expanded the city's hate crimes ordinance to prohibit harassment or intimidation based on sexual orientation, age, gender and disability.

The lawsuit argues that the ordinance gives homosexuals special protection.

Fund-raiser to help transplant candidate

Xavier University's Pre-Med Society will hold an all-day fund-raiser today in the lobby of Alter Hall to help raise money for a heart-lung transplant candidate.

The students will sell food and drinks from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., donating all of the proceeds to the National Transplant Assistant Fund in the name of Jill Seggie Negaard.

Negaard, 44, was born with a congenital heart condition known as Eisenmenger's Syndrome, which means she has an aorta that does not send oxygenated blood to the lower body.

. Negaard is on the transplant list at the Cleveland Clinic and is trying to raise $100,000 to $150,000 for her transplant fund.

Donations can be sent to NTAF-Heart/Lung Transplant Fund, Suite 230, 3475 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, Pa. 19073. Include the language "In honor of Jill Negaard."

Window company donates defibrillators

To commemorate its 50th anniversary, Champion Windows Manufacturing Co. of Cincinnati today will donate five Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department. The devices, which cost about $2,500 on average, can save the lives of people suffering cardiac arrest.

County to give away Reds luxury tickets

Starting today, Hamilton County residents can enter to win a pair of luxury-suite tickets to one of about 20 Reds games this year, officials announced Wednesday.

The county owns Great American Ball Park and has a suite there. The suite seats 12, so six winners will be picked per game and each can bring one guest. They'll also get free food and soft drinks.

County residents may enter once at or by calling 946-3939. The first drawing will be April 16.

Mother charged with endangering

A Delhi Township woman put her daughter in danger by leaving her alone with a man a judge had ordered to stay away from the family, according to a Hamilton County grand jury.

The 32-year-old woman, who is not being named to protect the identity of the child, was indicted Wednesday on a charge of child endangering. The woman was convicted on a misdemeanor count of the same charge in 1995.

The man, Dominic Ramey, was deemed a sexual predator and Common Pleas Judge Charles Kubicki Jr. sentenced him April 1 to spend 50 years in prison on rape charges for repeatedly sexually molesting the then-9-year-old girl. Ramey, 31, had been ordered not to have contact with the girl or her brother because he previously physically abused them, according to police.

The county Department of Job and Family Services removed the girl, now 10, and the brother from the mother's home, pending the investigation, authorities said. They are living with a relative.

War news better, but still worrisome
Local soldier on TV in Iraq
Girl Scouts support troops
Vigils, Meetings, Rallies
Keeping in touch

Airport scans all checked bags now
Twitty car wreck remains mystery
Catholic students gather to call for end to Iraq war
Kids already giving back to community
Booth ends 5-year stint serving on City Council
Panel may rule against Cranley
Suit says city violated labor act by cutting OT
Tristate A.M. Report

PULFER: Gorman Farm
Some Good News

Popular tavern draws complaints
Monroe budget deficit brings talk of cuts or higher taxes
Beer might liven up next Freedom Fest
Home repair funding sought
Switcheroo planned by GOP
MRDD services won't be withheld
Development gains tax package

House to decide on gambling
U.S. Senate panel OKs ethanol bill
Mega Millions profits underwhelming
Ohio Moments

Airport pays church $3.2M
Ky. Democratic candidates gather to hash out issues in forum at NKU
Club blames fire on contractors, building owners
Wal-Mart strictures settled
Woman, 31, found dead in pickup submerged in river
Judge delays trial in death of toddler
Two men charged in Georgetown slaying
Ky. to open six new courses
Obituary: Edra Black, widow of former Enquirer editor