Monday, September 1, 2003

Regional Report


Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati needs volunteers

Compiled from staff and wire reports

Volunteers still are needed for the 2003 Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati, which takes place Sept. 20-21 in downtown Cincinnati.

Organizers say they need people to staff ambassador positions, hospitality venues, information booths and the VIP Garden. All volunteers receive an official Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati T-shirt and beverage coupons for working a three-hour shift.

For more information, go online (www.oktoberfest-zinzinnati.com) or call volunteer coordinator Chris Hooven at (513) 579-3191.

Last day for museum's exhibit on Civil War

QUEENSGATE - Today is the final day to view Liberty on the Border: A Civil War Exhibit at Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal.

The 9,700-square foot exhibit, designed by Cincinnati Museum Center staff and historians, focuses on the border relationship between Ohio and Kentucky to provide new insights into the events leading up to the war, the war years, and the "politics of memory."

Call (513) 287-7000 for ticket information.

Two arrested on drug trafficking charges

PENDLETON - A Louisville man and a Cincinnati man were charged with felony drug trafficking late Saturday night after Cincinnati Police said they found more than 28 grams of methamphetamine in their Jeep Cherokee after a routine traffic stop.

Richard Burton, 24, of Louisville, and Brian M. Scott, 25, of Cincinnati, also were charged with drug possession after running a stop sign at the corner of 12th and Pendleton streets about 11:15 p.m., police said.

The meth was packaged and ready for distribution, as was marijuana also found in their possession, police said.

New bingo rules too restrictive, some say

Some Ohio fraternal and veterans groups say the new state law regulating the sale of instant bingo tickets is so restrictive that it could force them out of business.

The law, which took effect July 1, allows nonprofit groups such as the Eagles, Veterans of Foreign Wars and others to legally sell instant bingo tickets and sponsor punch boards and raffles - something many had been doing illegally for decades.

Previously, the organizations could use the profits as they pleased - starting more games, operating expenses, scholarships and community activities, for example. But under the state law legalizing the games, at least 50 percent of profits must be donated to a federally certified charity. Another 5 percent is set aside for other community activities, with just 45 percent to be used as the club wishes.

Couple face drug offense near school

COLUMBIA TUSCULUM - Two days after they allegedly sold crack cocaine to an informant, a couple was charged with drug trafficking in the vicinity of a school, Cincinnati Police said.

Police searched the 3910 Holbrook Ave. home of Darrell W. Grubb, 45, and Susan R. Drake, 32, late Saturday and said they found crack, heroin residue, syringes, baggies and pipes.

The home is two blocks from McKinley School. Grubb and Drake also were charged with permitting drug abuse, police said.

IU places increasing emphasis on research

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana University has received more than $1.1 billion in research grants and contracts in the past three years, reflecting an increasing focus on professors' work outside the classroom.

Funding for research at IU more than tripled between 1990 and 2001, in part because the Bloomington campus is one of a few dozen universities where faculty research in the sciences, arts and humanities is a major component of the school's mission.The top-paid professors are those with the strongest reputations in research.

Woman hit by truck; identity isn't known

KENNEDY HEIGHTS - A woman struck by a truck as she crossed a road here Saturday night remained in critical condition at University Hospital Sunday, Cincinnati Police said.

But police still had not identified the woman Sunday and asked the public's help. She appears to be in her 20s and may be Hispanic, police said.She was struck as she crossed Kennedy Avenue about 9 p.m. by 37-year-old William Banks, who was driving a truck, police said. Banks has not been charged.

Anyone with information on her identity is asked to call police at (513) 352-2514.

Labor Day closings and information

Retail, government, transportation and trash pickup information about the Labor Day holiday:

Postal Service: No delivery

Library: Closed

Banks*: Closed

Trash collection: Cincinnati: One-day delay; Rumpke: Regular schedule; CSI: Regular schedule

Metro: Holiday schedule

Parking meters: No coins required

Courts: Closed

Federal offices: Closed

State, city and county offices: Closed

Stock markets: Closed

Ohio E-Check: Closed

* Fifth Third Bank's Concourse B Banking Center, located in Delta Terminal 3 at Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, will be open for ticketed passengers. US Bank in-store branches will be open.




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