Tuesday, March 30, 1999


Infant's death ruled accidental

        HAMILTON — The death of a 3-month-old Hamilton infant was ruled accidental Monday.

        Butler County Coroner Dr. Richard P. Burkhardt ruled that Brindan Shawn Henderson Newton died of “positional asphyxia,” meaning that the baby couldn't breathe because of the position he was in.

        The infant's parents, Kelly and Mark Newton, said they had placed blankets around the baby to prevent him from rolling but found him face-down in his crib Saturday.

        Visitation begins at 12:30 p.m. today at the Weigel Funeral Home in Hamilton, and the service follows at 1:30 p.m. Burial will be in Rose Hill Burial Park.

Children's in building boom
        A flock of construction cranes will soon be roosting at Children's Hospital Medical Center.

        A $128 million project to add a research wing, clinical tower and education center at the pediatric hospital will involve three tower cranes — just one fewer than the Bengals stadium under construction downtown.

        One tower crane already has been set up to help with foundation work on the research wing. A second tower crane is to go up in April to begin structural work on the education center. A third goes up in June for the clinical tower.

        Some parking at the busy hospital has been closed to make room for the work. But the parking crunch could ease starting April 1, when the hospital is scheduled to open a 244-space addition to a parking garage under its orthopedics center.

Candidate Kasich touts vouchers
        SANTA CLARA, Calif. — A voucher system in which parents use public money to send children to the school of their choice is the cure for the nation's public education system, Republican presidential hopeful John Kasich said Monday.

        “This is not about trashing public education,” he said. “It's about saving public education, and I don't believe it will be saved unless we open the system up and let mothers and fathers have the power to send their kids to whatever educational setting where they're going to learn.”

        The congressman from Westerville, Ohio, spoke with reporters at Nortel Networks, a Silicon Valley telecommunications conglomerate. It was Day Four of a five-day California swing fea turing fund-raisers and news media meetings meant to heighten his visibility in a state where few people know him, despite his position as House budget chairman.

        A Field Poll released last week found 4 percent of Californians favored him over other Republicans seeking the presidential nomination.

UC grad programs rated among best
        Five graduate programs at the University of Cincinnati were ranked among the nation's best by U.S. News and World Report.

        The magazine's March 29 issue ranks UC's pediatrics program (offered in conjunction with Children's Hospital Medical Center) as sixth in the nation; UC's Ph.D program in paleontology as ninth; UC's primary-care medical training 35th; overall medical training 45th; and college of law 47th.

Lawyer convicted of false filing
        A Walnut Hills lawyer faces up to two years in jail after her conviction Monday on charges of filing a false affidavit.

        A Hamilton County jury found Doris Houser Allen guilty of perjury, tampering with evidence and tampering with records. She will be sentenced April 13.

        At her trial, one of Ms. Allen's former clients testified that the lawyer told her a false affidavit against her former boyfriend would help her keep custody of her children.

        The affidavit accused the boyfriend of domestic violence and was used to send him to jail for one night.

        The conviction came four months after the Ohio Supreme Court refused to punish Ms. Allen. It means Ms. Allen will likely lose her license.

Board OKs firing Clifton principal
        Cincinnati's school board Monday approved the firing of Clifton Elementary School Principal Debra C. Kobman.

        Ms. Kobman, assigned the Clifton post in 1997, refused to accept an assistant principalship this fall as part of the citywide school redesign program, said Rosa Blackwell, deputy superintendent of Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS). Ms. Kobman's contract ends Aug. 1. Ms. Kobman did not attend the meeting.

        Clifton Elementary is one of at least five CPS schools lagging in academic achievement that are slated for an overhaul as part of a School Assistance and Redesign Plan. The redesign includes new leadership, staff and curricula.

        CPS said when it released the plan in December that the principals and staff would not be fired, but reassigned.

        The board approved the reassignment of 18 administrators and teachers during the Monday night meeting.


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