The Cincinnati Enquirer
Saturday, August 14, 1999 -- Volume 4, No. 227
Today's Local News
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Local Headlines for  Saturday, August 14, 1999

Krista Ramsey column
This garden's victory is lasting hope
        The fighting has ceased in gardens across Cincinnati. Heat and sizzling sun have won. Veteran gardeners have thrown in the trowel. But Katie Parker fights on.

Coleslaw blamed for E. coli outbreak
        Bad coleslaw at four Cincinnati-area Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants is to blame for the E. coli illnesses in 11 of the 30 confirmed cases.

Trucker faces 4 felonies after fatal crash on I-275
        A grand jury decided Friday that Clayton Kuehn was not reckless or negligent when his tractor-trailer rig crashed into a van and killed four people. But it indicted Mr. Kuehn, 40, of Cadiz, Ky., on four counts of involuntary manslaughter.

No escape for center's escapees
        TURTLE CREEK TOWNSHIP — The 100-bed Community Correctional Center is the last chance for teens and young men trying to escape lives dominated by alcohol, drugs or small-time crime.

Ujima festival was bust for businesses, survey says
        Many downtown businesses that stayed open during last month's Ujima Cinci-Bration Festival lost money, according to an informal survey by Downtown Cincinnati Inc. (DCI).

Mentally ill learn to cope
        Keith Watson's friend walked up to him and said he had been doing crack all day. It wasn't the first time Mr. Watson had heard this line, but this time he knew what to do about it.

Renovated seminary will provide housing for elderly
        Construction starts later this month on a low-income apartment building for senior citizens, and demand is already 21/2 times the supply of apartments.

Boone property valuator admits stealing thousands
        BURLINGTON — An addiction to riverboat gambling led Boone County's property valuation administrator to plead guilty to a theft charge Friday.

DARE confronts criticism, seeks improvements
        Since its inception in 1983, DARE, the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program taught to school-aged children, has provoked controversy.

Hoxworth goes begging for blood
        Hoxworth Blood Center collected 650 units of blood Wednesday and 457 units Thursday as its emergency appeal for donors continued.

Quirk in sex law: No car means felony charge
        When David Swanson was accused of trying to lure a child into the woods, prosecutors figured they would try to send him to jail for a few months on a minor criminal charge.

Record crowd expected at 'Taste of Blue Ash'
        Ray Charles, Lesley Gore, Three Dog Night, The Coasters, The Crickets, Rare Earth — all live, on stage — at the Taste of Blue Ash 1999 from Aug. 27 to 29.

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'Nunsense' often dated, flat and lacking warmth
        Downtown Theatre Classics is filling these hot summer nights with a well-sung but essentially soulless production of Nunsense at the Jarson-Kaplan Theater.

At Adventure Outpost, risk rules
        Brittany Lumpkins climbed the 40 feet pretty quickly, straight up the wall at RockQuest Climbing Center in Sharonville, strapped in a harness, her head protected by a safety helmet.

Clearcreek to try again on levy
        CLEARCREEK TOWNSHIP — After watching voters defeat police levies twice in nine months, township officials are hoping that a third attempt to bolster their financially strapped police department will be the charm.

Cruise-in helps boy who can't walk or talk
        UNION TOWNSHIP — Encephalitis robbed 7-year-old Shane Pitman of two important things: his ability to talk and walk.

Deal killed on Klan rally; judge to decide
        CLEVELAND — A federal judge Friday voided a settlement between the city and its largest police union that set up arrangements for handling a Ku Klux Klan rally.

Drought hit Ky. farmers hardest
        LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky's crop losses will likely top those of the 1988 drought, which was one of the most disastrous in recent memory.

Garage construction to tangle NKU traffic
        HIGHLAND HEIGHTS — The solution to providing more parking at Northern Kentucky University could cause problems the first few days of classes.

Groups ask for Ohio EPA fix
        COLUMBUS — Three environmental groups on Friday sent a letter to Gov. Bob Taft asking that he reinstate Paul Jayko as chief investigator of a Marion County case.

Hamilton street-scape may finish early
        HAMILTON — “No pain, no gain,” is the approach Mort Goldberg is taking to Hamilton's yearlong High Street street-scape project.

Kids program hits grown-up issues
        NORWOOD — At least 200 youngsters will gather at a church here today to learn how to avoid pitfalls of growing up — from drug abuse to teen sex to physical and mental abuse.

Landfill foes aim to join BFI suit
        MORROW — An anti-landfill group and a resident living next to the Bigfoot Run waste site want to join in a lawsuit against Warren County commissioners.

Missing woman's body found in creek
        FLORENCE — A mother and child walking along a creek bank near their new home under construction discovered the badly decomposed body of a missing Florence woman Friday night.

Monroe replacing official
        MONROE — As Assistant City Manager Jay Stewart prepares to leave the job he's held four years to embark on a new adventure — pursuing a law degree — the city is preparing to welcome a new administrator.

Mother sues school over expulsion
        COVINGTON — An Elsmere mother is suing her daughter's former school, claiming the principal expelled the girl because she admitted she was sexually active.

N.Ky. counties will collect old tires
        Residents of Campbell, Kenton or Boone counties who may be harboring a stack of old tires can take heart. The state tire amnesty program is coming to Northern Kentucky and will offer an opportunity to dispose of them — no matter how many.

School voucher foes press for speedy ruling
        CLEVELAND — Opponents to the state's tuition voucher program tried to persuade a judge Friday to halt the program while a court fight continues over its constitutionality. Classes are to start next week.

Talawanda schools pass safety audit
        OXFORD — A recent safety audit of Talawanda schools turned up some minor problems, but consultants say the schools are safe for children.

Tent jail relieves crowding
        HAMILTON — The first two weeks of placing inmates under a tent has relieved some of the overcrowding at Butler County's maximum- and minimum-security jails.

        A child started a $20,000 blaze in an English Woods apartment Friday afternoon after lighting her doll's hair on fire and putting the burning doll in a closet, Cincinnati firefighters said.

Warren prosecutor says term limits aren't valid
        MASON — Warren County Assistant Prosecutor Michael Powell wants the Ohio Supreme Court to throw out a lawsuit that would prevent City Councilmen James “Dick” Staten and William Kidder from running in this fall's general election.

Youth to get tips on surviving growing up
        NORWOOD — At least 200 youngsters from Greater Cincinnati will gather at a church here today to learn how to avoid the pitfalls of growing up — from drug abuse to teen sex to physical and mental abuse.

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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