The Cincinnati Enquirer
Thursday, August 12, 1999 -- Volume 4, No. 225
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FOUNTAIN GOING UNDER COVER
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Local Headlines for  Thursday, August 12, 1999

Laura Pulfer column
Making a silk purse from a cow's ear
        Alexander Longi wants pigs. He thinks they would be good for the local economy, tourism and our cultural life.

Cross-river call will require extra digit
        More than a river and a new area code will separate Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky phone users come April 1. They will have to dial 10 digits — the area code followed by the number — when making a call between Northern Kentucky and the Cincinnati area.

Explosion causes Florence fire
        FLORENCE — An explosion left a 24-unit, three-story condominium complex engulfed in flames early today.

Priest on leave, admits paternity
        FLORENCE — A local priest is taking a minimum three-month leave after admitting he fathered a child with a married parishioner.

Aronoff charged with DUI in crash
        COLUMBUS — Former state Senate President Stanley Aronoff was charged with drunken driving after hitting a concrete pillar in the Statehouse parking garage, the Columbus Dispatch reported today.

City schools seek $24 million
        The Cincinnati Board of Education agreed Wednesday to seek a $24 million tax approval this November, despite some critics' worries that the amount won't be enough to maintain current services.

Five more become ill from E. coli
        Five new cases of E. coli sickness in Greater Cincinnati have boosted the total number in the cluster to 27.

Lakota adopts drug policy
        UNION TOWNSHIP — When Lakota student-athletes return to classes this fall, they will face tougher policies aimed at reducing drug and alcohol abuse — methods that have brought good results in other districts, officials say.

Man dies of injuries in hit-skip accident
        An elderly man died Wednesday night at University Hospital from injuries received Tuesday when he was struck in a hit-and-run accident, downtown.

Mother convicted of deadly beating
        Belanda Moore was convicted Wednesday of beating her 7-year-old daughter so severely that the girl died hours later from her injuries.

Blood donations pick up
        Tristate residents are starting to respond to an emergency blood appeal from Hoxworth Blood Center.

Girl admits at trial she lied about rape
        A man who spent nearly two months in jail on 11 counts of rape was freed Wednesday when his 10-year-old accuser said she made up the story.

Justin's parents drop suit
        COVINGTON — The biological parents of 2-year-old Justin, caught in a two-state adoption battle, have decided to stop pursuing a civil lawsuit against the Girard, Ohio, couple that wants to adopt him.

Man charged with pharmacy break-ins
        A 46-year-old Hyde Park man was arrested Wednesday and charged with burglarizing three of about a dozen pharmacies that have been broken into during the past year.

Public housing made better
        Marian Miller comes home today to her corner of Laurel Homes.

Karen Samples column
Controversial show brings in crowds
        FALMOUTH — Maybe Jesus' earring was a bit much. This occurred to Gina Kleesattel after an early performance of Cotton Patch Gospel, the musical playing in an old middle school here.

Patrick Crowley column
WLW crossed line
        Standing up for Jimmy. Some Kenton County Democrats are more than a little peeved over the treatment former county surveyor and party activist Jimmy Williams received on a WLW radio talk show.

Bra straps have gone from taboo to trend
        If you cringe at the sight of a wayward bra strap, your age is showing.

GET TO IT
        A guide to help make your day.

Villa Hills teen's violin soars
        Jessica Park, 15, of Villa Hills, is a lot like most teen-agers. She enjoys “hanging out” with friends in Clifton to see a movie or grab a bite to eat. She likes hip-hop, rap and R&B, the music her older brother, Tom, plays on his car radio.

Ambulance use to cost nonresidents
        HARRISON — People who do not live in the Harrison area will be billed for emergency medical service or ambulance runs beginning Sept. 1.

Attempt to aid dog nets $100 ticket
        SHALERSVILLE, Ohio — Mark Federau says he was just trying to be helpful. But authorities say he created a dangerous situation when he got out of his car and tried to rescue a dog running loose on the Ohio Turnpike.

Boone Co. prioritizes road projects
        BURLINGTON — Nearly 50 residents descended on the Boone County Extension Center Wednesday night to gain some insight into the county's planned road improvements.

Clermont seeks bids on projects
        BATAVIA — An expanded airport taxiway, major sewer-line improvements along Ohio 131 and the privatization of Clermont's water district all took small steps toward completion Wednesday.

Columbus police step up guard for Jewish games
        COLUMBUS — Officers stood watch Wednesday as hundreds of young Jewish athletes competed in an Olympic-style event, one of many instances around the nation of tightened security after Tuesday's shootings near Los Angeles.

County allots green for parks
        WAYNESVILLE — Performers and show-goers in this village's Community Park Amphitheater will no longer be singing in the rain.

County races to lay utility lines
        WHITEWATER TOWNSHIP — Behind schedule and under scrutiny by local emergency and township officials, construction crews will tear into Harrison Avenue on Monday and begin laying new water and sewer lines.

Defendant convicted of legal sham
        LEBANON — Larry Roten didn't flinch Wednesday as a judge read the jury verdicts that convicted the 48-year-old common-law follower on a dozen charges of threatening public officials with paper.

High temperatures could send students home early
        MIDDLETOWN — If the temperature rises too high, students in the Middletown/Monroe Schools might find themselves going home early.

Houston men charged in jewelry store burglary
        ERLANGER — Police arrested two Houston men early Wednesday morning in connection with a burglary at Swinford Jewelers on Dixie Highway.

Man convicted in second trial
        Three years and two trials after his arrest, Edward Smith is headed to prison for the murder of former Lincoln Heights Mayor Eugene Jenkins.

Paintings stolen from downtown gallery
        Two small paintings by Rookwood Pottery artist Albert Valentien have been stolen from Cincinnati Art Galleries, 225 E. Sixth St., downtown. The paintings were taken during the week of Aug. 2, gallery owner Randall Sandler said.

Residents want aquatic center
        HAMILTON — According to a survey, most citizens would like the city to build an aquatic center.

State may decide on district split
        MIDDLETOWN — The Ohio State Board of Education might decide next month whether it will allow the Middletown/Monroe School District to split into two.

Still no clues in case of body found on farmland
        Investigators are scraping for clues to why a Middletown man's body was dumped in a farmer's field near New Vienna, nearly 40 miles from his home.

Suit delays enforcement of state abortion law
        LOUISVILLE — The state will delay enforcing a Kentucky law that sets licensing requirements for abortion clinics until a court rules on the constitutionality of another abortion law passed last year.

Taft ducks water plan, groups say
        COLUMBUS — Gov. Bob Taft broke a campaign promise to improve water pollution standards in southern Ohio, environmentalists said Wednesday, an allegation the administration denied.

Thrill of flying found in rig
        FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP — Butler County children and educators got a glimpse this week of hands-on aviation instruction that soon will be part of the D. Russel Lee Career-Technology Center.

Township ponders how to fund police
        CLEARCREEK TOWNSHIP — What to do about the township's financially strapped police department and the second defeat in nine months of a police levy are expected to be hot topics at a township trustee meeting today.

Transit center final designs to be unveiled
        The riverfront transit center being planned just south of Fort Washington Way will have sleek glass arches over elevators that lead people down a level to catch a bus.

'Trashtrap' boat cleans up Ky. lake
        MILLARD, Ky. — The vessel that Charles “Huck” Thacker navigates over Fishtrap Lake has drawn a lot of stares this summer. He's even received a few cheers, but no boos.

TRISTATE DIGEST
        Over-the-Rhine residents and community activists plan to rally tonight to raise awareness about a Cincinnati Public Schools plan to close three elementaries there.

Two resisting term limits
        MASON — Veteran City Councilmen James “Dick” Staten and William Kidder didn't like term limits when they were passed as one of the hot-button political issues nationwide in the early '90s.

Visit by principal can be fun
        ELMWOOD PLACE — Summer's still here, yet the elementary school principal just knocked on the front door.

S P E C I A L   F E A T U R E S
MANKIND'S GIANT LEAP
Thirty years ago after men first walked on the moon, The Enquirer's special coverage includes a profile of Neil Armstrong, a story of the historic moment and a look at what's ahead.

Speeding on the Internet
When Time Warner launches Road Runner next week, the Tristate will have four basic high-speed options. Check 'em out.

Don't let summer scratch and burn
        As fun heats up, take these precautions to stave off the season's perils.

Summer festival guide
Here's a schedule of festivals in and around Cincinnati.

Summer concert guide
Here's a schedule of pop acts in and around Cincinnati.

Manatees star in new Zoo exhibit
Douglas and Stoneman have no way of knowing it, but there's a lot riding on their broadly sloped shoulders. The two manatees are the unlikely stars of the new $4 million Manatee Springs exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.
The exhibit: Manatees, crocs and more

Tristate's Goin' Fishin'
        Oceanic Adventure's Newport Aquarium is open. Check out our guide to the Tristate's newest entertainment attraction.

Tornado of '99
        Complete coverage of the April 9 tornado that claimed four lives and left hundreds homeless.

Spring/summer arts preview
Special guide to things to do through August.

Focal Point
We're proud to showcase the work of Enquirer photographers at enquirer.com/focalpoint Click through 60 images from the past year.
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