The Cincinnati Enquirer
Thursday, Sept. 23, 1999 -- Volume 4, No. 267
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DEDICATING A 'WORK OF ART'
        With its bulging brick walls and skewed windows, it has been the subject of praise and ridicule. It's the Vontz Center for Molecular Studies.
Corbett gift recognizes CCM dean
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Local Headlines for  Thursday, September 23, 1999

Covington plans new apartments on choice site
        COVINGTON — City officials have agreed with Towne Properties of Mount Adams to build 86 apartments targeted at middle- and upper-income renters near the southern end of the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge.

Welcome to Romanesque orgy of kitsch
        NEWPORT — With its pink piano lounge, mauve seats and slot-machine wallpaper, the Syndicate restaurant was outrageous enough. Now there's a miniature Caesar's Palace in the basement.

$16 million asked for museum
        WASHINGTON — The planned National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati would receive its first federal funding under legislation unveiled Wednesday by Rep. Rob Portman and other Cincinnati-area members.

Trade a key to new jobs
        Four months ago, Shannon Leary was moving from temp job to temp job, unsure about how to reach his goal of entering the construction industry.

Wine festival boosts safety efforts
        HAMILTON TOWNSHIP — A year after a man ran over two sleeping campers at Valley Vineyard's Wine Festival and less than a week after Cincinnati's Oktoberfest incident, vineyard owner Ken Schuchter is taking extra precautions for this weekend's festival.

Just being a mentor makes you special
        She was going to teach me in-line skating. I was going to teach her to ride a horse. At least that was my plan.

Bunning versus Patton: No love lost
        Somebody get a bucket of cold water and throw it on Gov. Paul Patton and U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning.

Blood at seriously low level
        Greater Cincinnati's blood shortage is serious enough that the local blood bank could run dry in a hurry if area hospitals have one more bad week.

Build it, and they will eat
        UNION TOWNSHIP — Those near the explosive growth of Union Centre Boulevard know about the more than 6 million square feet of business space being constructed in the township.

Courts need advocates for abused youngsters
        LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. — Putting in long hours talking to abused or neglected kids and the professionals who work on their cases, Dr. Keith and Jill Rhodes deal with many tough questions.

Firefighters level blasts at management
        HAMILTON — The city's firefighters are steamed.

NBC's 'Third Watch' worth watching
        We've come to expect “Must See TV” on Thursdays from NBC, and one of the two premieres today lives up to that high standard.

Norwood struggles with chief's actions
        NORWOOD — As Police Chief Timothy Brown stands before Common Pleas Court Judge Norbert Nadel this morning to accept his sentence on four misdemeanor counts, Mayor Joe Hochbein will be mulling the chief's future — if any — with the city.

Package of pot arrives with arrest on delivery
        HAMILTON — Acting on a tip from police in Tempe, Ariz., police here Wednesday intercepted a package containing 36 pounds of marijuana addressed to a 37-year-old Hamilton man.

Portune calls tactic illegal
        Cincinnati Councilman Todd Portune has filed a complaint with the Ohio Elections Commission, saying an anti-tax group is illegally using its “educational” campaign to target him for defeat this fall.

Afghan Whigs tone it down
        Life's lessons have come hard for Greg Dulli.

Church, developers vie for prime land
        Although no site has been chosen for a possible relocation of Fenwick High School, Middletown leaders have been meeting with its principal and archdiocesan officials for months to find a good site in the Middletown area to relocate the school.

Church serving well as school
        MAINEVILLE — An infant's changing table is not what most teachers in the Little Miami Schools use for a desk. But it suits Jennifer Ervin just fine.

Deputy: Suspect minimized DUI state
        HAMILTON — A Butler County sheriff's deputy testified Wednesday that Joseph Hoops claimed he was not “slobbering drunk” when his van collided with a car on U.S. 27, killing a Ross High School cheerleader and her grandfather.

School a struggle for homeless
        COVINGTON — Homeless children in Kentucky may get enrolled in schools, but too often they aren't getting equal access to a quality education, contrary to federal law, said a new report issued by the Children's Law Center.

Students can practice at Web site for state's proficiency examinations
        COLUMBUS — Students have a new way to figure out whether they're ready for the state's proficiency test: the Internet.

Deerfield trustees consider home rule
        DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP — Township trustees have been searching for legal authority to assume greater control over their own destiny — and the solution might be home rule.

Four proposed charter schools make pitches
        Cincinnati Board of Education members heard Wednesday from four community groups hoping to start charter schools for students with chronic behavior problems and a history of truancy and academic troubles.

Historical society to visit Gilded Age
        HAMILTON — Dances and desserts will be featured at 7 p.m. Friday as the Butler County Historical Society re-creates an evening from the Gilded Age.

Teen could face adult trial in car wreck
        COVINGTON — Officials want more time to decide whether a Beechwood High School football player accused of injuring a friend in a weekend car wreck should stand trial as an adult.

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TRISTATE DIGEST
        A confrontation between restaurateur Jeff Ruby and a meter attendant that began in a downtown alley may be resolved in a Hamilton County courtroom.

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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.

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