The Cincinnati Enquirer
Friday, August 13, 1999 -- Volume 4, No. 226
Today's Local News
        Planners are considering extending Cincinnati's riverfront into the Ohio to create enough space for a waterfront park south of the new Reds ballpark.
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Local Headlines for  Friday, August 13, 1999

Dalai Lama, followers coming to Indiana
        BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Imagine you are preparing for a visit from a favorite uncle, who lives halfway around the world.
Other events with Dalai Lama's visit

First test of sex offender law in place
        FLORENCE — Stephanie Hicks says living near a convicted sex offender does not scare her.

Man identified as hit-skip driver
        Police charged Ricardo Meadows, 20, of Madisonville on Thursday night in the death of an elderly man and the injury of three teens in a hit-and-run accident downtown Tuesday.

Pursuit of 'deadbeat' parents paying off
        Prosecutors say their pursuit of Hamilton County's worst “deadbeat parents” is paying dividends a week after it began.

The secret world of America's teens
        Patricia Hersch spent three years immersed in teen culture and made a startling discovery: Teen-agers are largely neglected and unsupervised by adults. As a result, teens form their own communities, with their own sets of values, ethics and rituals.
Reconnecting with teens

Closing the generation gap
        Understanding teen-agers is not a spectator sport. Parents and adults need to be actively involved in a teen's life, providing everything from boundaries to hugs, experts say.

Study looks at teen sex
        WASHINGTON — Contrary to popular beliefs about the widespread dangers of predatory older men, two-thirds of sexually active minor girls have partners who are close to their age, and only 7 percent have partners six or more years older, according to a first-ever study.

Covered walkways may lose roofs
        The covered walkways between Cinergy Field's plaza and downtown offices will be torn down, and the planners of the new riverfront development are trying to decide whether it will be worth it to keep pedestrians dry when the spans are replaced.

Inmate can have abortion
        A federal judge Thursday swept aside efforts by River City Correctional Center to prevent an inmate from getting an abortion.

Refusal to sell abortion pill meant firing, suit says
        Pharmacist Karen Brauer sued Kmart on Thursday, saying she was fired for refusing to sell an abortion-inducing birth-control pill.

Use of gun would deny bail
        Fear packaged like potato chips in ad campaigns aimed at criminals could be the next wave in fighting gun crimes if Cincinnati adopts a program similar to one in Richmond, Va.

Campbell's land valuator is indicted
        NEWPORT — A Campbell County grand jury indicted former Campbell County Property Valuation Administrator William Kaiser Thursday in the theft of nearly $50,000 from the PVA office.

No cause found for Florence fire
        FLORENCE — Twisting the polished gold wedding ring on her finger Thursday morning, Ratona Harr looked at her 11-month-old son, Chase, and smiled. Nearby, her Saddlebrook condominium building stood soggy and black, ravaged by a fast-spreading fire late Wednesday. Her second-floor unit was one of the worst hit.

County prodded on hiring minorities on stadium
        The National Black Chamber of Commerce is pressuring Hamilton County to improve its record of minority participation in the Bengals football stadium construction.

Cruisers prowl accident-prone I-71
        LEBANON — Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers have a message for drivers in the Interstate 71 construction zone from Ohio 48 north to the Clinton County line: We're watching you.

Madisonville woman abducted, raped
        A Madisonville woman was kidnapped at gunpoint Saturday, then held for three days in an unknown location where her abductor raped her.

New tests could speed E.coli detection
        The next time E.coli strikes the Tristate, a new test kit from Cincinnati-based Meridian Diagnostics Inc. may help speed treatment of victims and the investigation of possible causes.

Number of E.coli cases rises
        The number of victims in a recent Tristate cluster of E. coli illnesses has risen to 29, the Ohio Department of Health reported Thursday.

Pipe bomb discovered at construction site
        HAMILTON TOWNSHIP — A pipe bomb was found Thursday at the construction site of a Warren County ranch home, but later was disposed of safely by police.

John Kiesewetter column
Conan's sidekick says good night
        Here's a bold “Year 2000” prediction: Sidekick Andy Richter will leave Late Night with Conan O'Brien early in the next Millennium.

Game creator not in it for money
        On a warm summer evening, the University of Cincinnati and Ohio State are battling for the 1961 NCAA basketball championship in, of all places, a Norwood apartment.

        A guide to help make your day.
Marsalis tops reduced CAA season
        Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra will make its long-awaited local debut as part of a significantly reduced presenting series by Cincinnati Arts Association for 1999-2000.

'Riverdance' leaves audience breathless
        No one danced in the aisles at Wednesday's opening of Riverdance, but almost all 2,500 at the Aronoff were on their feet clapping and screaming.

Lilith Fair loosens up
        The Pretenders had the pivotal set at Riverbend's Lilith Fair.

Aronoff charged with DUI after crash at Statehouse
        COLUMBUS — Former Ohio Senate President Stanley Aronoff is to be arraigned Monday on a charge of driving while intoxicated in the Statehouse underground garage.

Child agency levy on ballot
        HAMILTON — The embattled Butler County Children Services will have a 2-mill levy renewal on the Nov. 2 ballot.

Colerain proposes heftier road levy
        COLERAIN TOWNSHIP — Trustees here voted to place a continuous 2-mill road levy on the November ballot, which would replace a 1.5-mill levy that had been in effect since 1984 and was based on 1984 property values.

CPS schools change schedules
        Schedules have been changed for the 1999-2000 school year for 12 Cincinnati Public Schools.

Habitat finds home of its own
        MIDDLETOWN — The irony is not lost on the staff. Middletown Habitat for Humanity has built 19 homes since it began in 1992, but the organization itself has been homeless.

Hamilton refuses to join Butler in running airport
        HAMILTON — Rocked by political bickering, a proposal for the city of Hamilton and Butler County to be equal partners in funding and running the Hamilton-Fairfield Airport has been defeated.

Judge dismisses Broadnax drug fine
        Former Cincinnati Health Commissioner Stanley Broadnax will not be required to pay the $20,000 fine that was imposed after his drug conviction in 1994.

Judge's arrival caps move to courthouse
        COVINGTON — There are computers on the floor, his desk is missing and wires are coming out of the walls and ceiling. But U.S. District Judge William O. Bertelsman was pleased Thursday to finally spend his first full day in the new $22 million federal courthouse.

Law director now deputy city manager
        HAMILTON — The city's law director is becoming its second-in-command.

Lebanon may get assistant city attorney
        LEBANON — Lebanon could get a full-time assistant city attorney in the coming months, but the budget shouldn't take a beating.

Mayor goes back on Klan rally deal
        CLEVELAND — Mayor Michael R. White angered the city's police union Thursday by trying to dissolve an agreement over where Ku Klux Klan members can change into their robes before a rally.

Mayor threatens to pull critic off committee
        VILLA HILLS — Mayor Steve Clark has told an outspoken critic of his policies to quell some of his comments or risk being kicked off the city's historical committee.

Racism in police hiring alleged
        FAIRFIELD — A part-time jailer at the city holding facility claims racism is behind his failure to be hired as a full-time police officer.

Some avoid waterline assessment
        WHITEWATER TOWNSHIP — As public water lines are installed in front of their Harrison Avenue homes, hundreds of residents will have the same access to an identical-quality water supply. Only their tax bills will be different.

Symmes official vows to protect turf
        SYMMES TOWNSHIP — Newly appointed Township Administrator Steve Grote vows to protect the township's turf.

        A 53-year-old former teacher pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing $6,000 from Golf Manor's recreation fund.

Truants will need doctor's note in Lebanon
        LEBANON — Students aren't the only ones who'll need an excuse for missing school this fall.

Y2K plan angers city workers
        HAMILTON — While trying to stave off the Y2K bug, city officials have made some employees as angry as fire ants.

S P E C I A L   F E A T U R E S
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
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