The Cincinnati Enquirer
Saturday, Sept. 4, 1999 -- Volume 4, No. 248
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'74 LEIS ADVICE: NO STAFF LAWYERS
        When Simon L. Leis was Hamilton County's prosecutor in 1974, he wrote a legal opinion advising the sheriff's office not to hire a lawyer at taxpayer expense.
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Local Headlines for  Saturday, Sept. 4, 1999

Police primed to slow holiday speeders
        This is not the weekend to push the pedal to the metal. Take it easy. The relatives will wait, the barbecue will hold and the beer will stay cold.

Focus back on education, and it feels like 'home'
        There is nothing like going home. That's the thought that recurs to me as I contemplate a turn in the road for this column.

6 area schools get top rating
        COLUMBUS — Six Southwest Ohio school districts met the state's top academic standards on a trial run of report cards that will be issued to parents early next year.

SCHOOL STANDARDS RATINGS
        The Ohio Department of Education released preliminary data Friday on how school districts performed in 1998-99 on 27 academic standards, including proficiency test scores, attendance rates and graduation rates.

Sheriff risked neck to stop lynching
        In the good old days of a bad old year, Sheriff Morton Lytle Hawkins invited Cincinnati to a hanging:

Village, tunnel, steamer get notice
        Three more historical markers have been approved for Hamilton County:

AIDS children treated to zoo weekend
        Thirty children whose lives have been changed by HIV or AIDS have been the guests of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden since Friday night.

Deadbeat Bengal arrested in Georgia
        Former Cincinnati Bengals running back James Brooks, wanted on charges of failing to pay child support, was arrested in Atlanta after stepping off a flight from England.

Plan: Issue bonds for Sabin center
        Two Cincinnati City Council members will present a plan next week that they say would secure a huge chunk of the city's share for expansion of the convention center, estimated to cost at least $350 million.

River swimmer will stop short of holiday reveling
        Next time she plans to swim 100 miles down the Ohio, she won't do it during Cincinnati's biggest river party of the year.

The fuse is lit for Riverfest
        Usually, when David Herriman of Covington invites friends to his Riverside Drive home on the Sunday before Labor Day, they ask, “How much?”

Road projects delayed to help traffic flow
        FORT MITCHELL — Motorists who are accustomed to battling Interstate 71/75 construction along the S-curve here, as well as other road construction sites around the commonwealth, will get a breather for the Labor Day weekend.

Rose's bookie heads back to court
        FRANKLIN — Smiling, and joking about needing a lawyer these days, Pete Rose's former bookie stood before a judge Friday for the second time this week.

GOP taunts Lucas for reluctance about Gore
        FORT MITCHELL — Republicans have a message for U.S. Rep. Ken Lucas, a Democrat up for re-election next year who is not openly backing Vice President Al Gore's presidential campaign: You can run, but you can't hide.

Governor's race heats up in N.Ky.
        FORT MITCHELL — Reform Party gubernatorial candidate Gatewood Galbraith will bring his campaign to Northern Kentucky later this month.

Ky. patrolman resigns in sex case
        Villa Hills Police Officer Paul S. Smith has resigned following charges that he posed as a Cincinnati police officer and solicited sex.

Businesses feeling pain of project to widen I-71
        “It's very taxing and it's a real abomination between 5 and 7 p.m., said Scott Stronback, assistant general manager for the Cincinnati Marriott Northeast just west of I-71 on Mason-Montgomery Road.

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Abortion clinic chief: Protesters blocked door
        DAYTON, Ohio — Abortion protesters rushed a door and blocked entrances at a Cincinnati clinic in July 1997, the director testified Friday in the trial of six demonstrators accused of restricting access to Ohio clinics.

Cleanup causes school shuffle
        SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP — The school year begins with a twist for Whitaker Elementary students: They visit their school for only a few minutes each morning, then head elsewhere for classes.

Director's goal: To revitalize Harrison
        HARRISON — Main Street Harrison Inc. has a new man with a mission.

Family sues DP&L over electrocution
        LEBANON — A Wayne Township woman who watched helplessly for 20 minutes as her husband was electrocuted by sagging power lines last month has sued Dayton Power & Light Co. for $200 million.

House explosion traced to propane
        GERMAN TOWNSHIP — Fire investigators determined Friday that plumbers inadvertently caused a propane explosion that destroyed a house, fatally injured one man and sent five other people to the hospital Aug. 24.

Jury: Laundering claims false
        ANDERSON TOWNSHIP — A Hamilton County jury this week recommended fines of $33,000 against a University of Cincinnati professor for falsely accusing a township trustee during the 1997 election.

Ky. takes holiday on road construction
        FORT MITCHELL — Motorists accustomed to battling Interstate 71/75 construction along the S-curve here, as well as other road construction sites around the Commonwealth, will get a breather for the Labor Day weekend.

Man, 19, allegedly faked check
        A 19-year-old man is accused of passing at least one phony check made with computer software and blank check paper.

NKU grant emphasizes technology education
        HIGHLAND HEIGHTS — A $152,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education will help Northern Kentucky University's School of Education get up to speed on technology.

Relatives ID body found near Ulrey Creek
        The body found Wednesday along a creek in Clermont County has been identified as that of a Northern Kentucky woman.

Rumors spur sparring in Butler Co. race
        HAMILTON — The Butler County prosecutor's election is more than a year away, but already the race is generating sparks.

Suspensions could cost district
        FAIRFIELD — Educators are wrestling with changes in a policy on suspension that might help the district avoid losing state funds.

TRISTATE DIGEST
        TOLEDO — A thick fog that limited visibility to a few feet in some areas of northwest Ohio contributed to more than 20 highway accidents Friday morning, leaving two people dead and 52 injured.

Trustee to begin next life chapter
        UNION TOWNSHIP — Early in his career Tom Hayden was a good pharmacist, but he believed he could be an even better teacher.

Two charged for using slain man's credit cards
        INDIANAPOLIS — After weeks spent waiting outside Amoco gas stations here, the patience of two Springdale, Ohio, police officers paid off.

Victim's family thought Covington safer
        COVINGTON — His family urged him to move to Covington to be closer to them. They thought Covington would be safer than Cincinnati.

Wider crossroads nears completion
        LAKESIDE PARK — Roadwork at Dixie Highway and Turkeyfoot Road — one of the busiest intersections along Dixie — should be substantially completed in another week or two.

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.

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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