The Cincinnati Enquirer
Sunday, Oct. 24, 1999 -- Volume 4, No. 298
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VOLUNTARY DONATIONS QUESTIONED
        HAMILTON — Butler County Prosecutor John F. Holcomb doesn't face re-election for more than a year, but because most of his emplyees donate 2 percent of their salaries, he has one of the largest campaign funds of any county officeholder in Southwest Ohio.
About the 2 Percent Club
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Local Headlines for  Sunday, Oct.24, 1999

Enquirer endorsements for Cincinnati city council
        • In two years, Cincinnati's city government will change to a strong mayor system. It's tempting to sit back and wait. But we can't afford that. It's time for an overhaul:

Enquirer endorsements for Cincinnati school board
        Finally, Cincinnati Public Schools has rekindled sparks of hope under new Superintendent Steven Adamowski. On Nov. 2, voters can douse those sparks with cold water — or keep hope alive and glowing.

HOW WE CHOOSE
        During the past month, members of the Cincinnati Enquirer editorial board have interviewed two dozen candidates for Cincinnati City Council and the Cincinnati Public Schools board. We try to ask the kinds of questions that voters would ask, if they had the time and access to sit down with all of the candidates.

Howard Wilkinson column
With limits off, buy-a-council resumes at record pace
        Before you decide that campaign finance reform is an inside-the-Beltway issue, nothing more than grist for the Sunday morning network talking-head shows, and has nothing to do with life back home, consider the following:

Laura Pulfer column
Do voters care enough to send the very best?
        Pawing through the racks of greeting cards at a Hallmark store, I found one that says, “I care about you. I'm concerned about you. You are important to me.” Another one says, “Congratulations. Your hard work is paying off.”

Hospitals' deepest cuts still ahead
        Five years of budget surgery hasn't cured the red-ink disease at Tristate hospitals, so many now are looking for new remedies.
Area hospital groups

The object is the art
        The green suit has been in Cincinnati before. Maybe Jim Dine wore it here before he left in 1953 or perhaps when he came back to visit. The coat slathered with green paint, trousers slashed with a knife in 1959, “Green Suit” appeared in his first exhibition, Dine/Kitaj, at the Cincinnati Art Museum in 1973. Now it is the earliest work in Jim Dine: Walking Memory, 1959-1969, opening today at the museum.
Dine art adorns Cincinnati homes
Dine Exhibit schedule

Major roads closed this weekend
        Fort Washington Way is closed so construction crews can make the final connections to open half of the new downtown Cincinnati expressway Monday.

Peter Bronson column
Answerman knows it all
        “Look, in the sky — it's a bird, it's a cast-iron blimp... It's Answerman!” Faster than a light-rail study, more powerful than a weak mayor, he leaps to conclusions at a single bound.

McConnell saves soft money
        WASHINGTON — It's as dependable as the arrival of autumn: Campaign finance reform proposals come to the Senate floor, and Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky defeats them.

Study: Airport driving growth
        HEBRON — A planned airport expansion that includes construction of a new runway will pump billions of dollars into Northern Kentucky's economy and create thousands of new jobs, according to a new study.

Jim Knippenberg column
Wade song tops Web's blues chart
        Well for goodness sakes, look who's crooning a tune on the Web. And occupying the No. 1 position.

John Kiesewetter column
Jennifer Love Hewitt is hard not to like
        You've got to love her. She's so cute, so candid and so casual about being one of Hollywood's hottest young stars.

Children's Museum turns 1 ranked No. 3
        The Cinergy Children's Museum set out last year with an ambitious goal: to be one of the 10 top children's museums in the nation. After one year in operation, they're No. 3.

Children's Museum programs changing
        Museums for adults need lots of new exhibits to appeal to the same audience, but a museum for children isn't like that.

GET TO IT
        A guide to help make your day.

Paul Daugherty column
Dear sales callers: I already have everything I need
        Note to phone solicitors: I don't want a credit card. My rugs are clean. You could eat off them — sometimes, my dog does. Would you like to talk to my dog?

CONCERT REVIEW
        “If we are going to entertain people, we have to be able to connect with an audience,” says 34-year-old conductor William Eddins.

CSO assistant conductor debuts
        “I was a kid from Fame,” says Alastair Willis, the new assistant conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Earhart debut definitely women's work
        Earhart, playwright Kate Christianson's reverie about doomed aviatrix Amelia, is definitely Girls Night Out in its world premiere at Ensemble Theatre.

THEATER REVIEW
        The tiny apartment seems suspended in time and space, floating in a memory. In it, three people cope with depression, both their own and the Great Depression of the 1930s that fills the darkness outside of the apartment.

DANCE REVIEW'
        Driving down to the Aronoff Center Friday, I noticed the nearly full moon hanging low in the sky. A few wispy clouds blew in front of it, the way they always do in those old werewolf movies. It seemed an omen that something scary was about to happen, considering I was headed for Cincinnati Ballet's opening of Spooky Tales.


Karen Samples column
Allergic kids trade away most Halloween treats
        Trick-or-treating demands a little extra from some parents. They have to worry about the wheat in Good and Plenties. Who knew the licorice-flavored candies share an ingredient with beer?

Patrick Crowley column
Martin backers show politics' stupid side
        Let's talk political correctness.

Bluegrass' extended family gathers for fans
        LOUISVILLE — Bluegrass donned its annual tuxedo Thursday and played the Palace.

Campaigners stop at New Hope
        As the campaign season grinds on, any candidate who thinks voters aren't paying attention should make a trip to the Greater New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Avondale.

City braces for cost of Elsmere jail
        ELSMERE — While many residents worry about their safety and property values if a new Kenton County Jail is built here, Elsmere officials want to make sure the city is financially prepared.

Cold front brings hint of winter
        A preview of blustery winter weather blew its way into the Tristate this weekend.

Isphording retired, not inactive
        Julie Isphording didn't start running seriously until she was almost out of high school, but once she started, she hasn't slowed down.

Ben L. Kaufman column
BENCHMARKS
        In their embrace of the national war on drugs, federal courts have cut back Fourth Amendment protections from unreasonable searches and seizures.

Kenton, cities agree on sirens
        LAKESIDE PARK — Kenton County's cities will partner with county administration to install severe-weather sirens, create local emergency management procedures and build additional storage space for road salt.

Kids answer call to make a difference
        The gusty winds almost swept away the trash as fast as the kids could pick it up Saturday afternoon around Findlay Market.

Local EPA experts helped N.C.
        Award-winning drinking water experts from Environmental Protection Agency labs in Corryville learned more than they taught in flood-devastated North Carolina.

Six-car collision halts bridge traffic
        A six-car wreck on the Brent Spence Bridge stopped traffic on southbound Interstate 75 for almost an hour Saturday as emergency crews tended to the accident scene.

Michael Hawthorne column
CAPITOL INSIDER
        Anybody wondering why Gov. Bob Taft is enjoying a protracted political honeymoon need look no further than a court decision handed down last week in Cleveland.

TRISTATE DIGEST
        A 41-year-old man was arrested minutes after he allegedly attacked a woman in a downtown alley Saturday morning.

UC student interned with E. Timor activist
        It was mid-June, and University of Cincinnati law student Molly Wade was two weeks into her summer internship.

United Way push near 75%

        “Now is the time for companies and individuals who haven't yet contributed to make one of the most important decisions they'll make all year,” said campaign Chairman George Schaefer, president and chief executive officer of Fifth Third Bank.

Unused latex paint finds home as recycled Nu-Blend
        It's called Nu-Blend, and its makers say it's a high-quality interior/exterior satin-finish paint.

Uptown clock adorns Oxford logo
        OXFORD — If most people were asked to identify the city's most recognizable 20th-century landmarks, they might say the water tower (now gone) and Miami University's Roudebush Hall.

Urban Appalachian Council marks 25 years
        In 1974, a handful of local activists with lofty goals created the Urban Appalachian Council.

S P E C I A L   F E A T U R E S
EDITORIAL: Sex-ed: Who's in control?
Our editorials about sex education in Ohio schools have ignited a brush-fire that is turning up the heat on state officials. The sex-ed plan is also making national news as other states discover a disturbing link to the federal Centers for Disease Control.

FALL ARTS PREVIEW
Check our big, big list of fall concerts, art exhibits, movies, and more.

Riverfest photo gallery
Select a photo for your screensaver. It's easy! We tell you how. Or just click through eight images.

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.

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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