The Cincinnati Enquirer
Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000 -- Volume 5, No. 2
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ORDINARY, EXTRAORDINARY MOMENTS
        Fast-forward 999.9 years. Put about 45 “greats” in front of the word grandchildren. They will understand why we make so much of Jan. 1, 2000.
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bell TRISTATE RINGS IN '2000'
Midnight fireworks and the swinging of the World Peace Bell capped a day-long celebration.
World greets new millennium safely

100* CINCINNATIANS
Presenting our list of the 100 Greatest Cincinnatians of All Time ... Well, no, they're not all really great. And there's more than 100. Hey, so what. It's our list.
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CENTURY'S LAST GASP
        A glorious and terrible century is over. But before you close the book on the 20th century, take a look back at its last chapter, 1999.
OUR CITY IN PICTURES
A new book from The Enquirer features 121 photos of people, places and events that have shaped Greater Cincinnati this century. Each photo's story is told by award-winning columnist Cliff Radel.
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Local Headlines for  Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000

People to watch in the 21st Century
        Want to know the future? Check out this list. We call it “21 to watch” — 21 rising stars in the fields of news, politics, business, arts and entertainment, food and sports for the 21st century.
Y2K stockpiler doesn't regret spending
        Patrick Hanlon spent $1,500 on a generator, six-gallon cans of wheat, rice, beans and dried vegetables, canned goods and milk. The 65-year-old from Manchester, Ind., said Saturday he's glad the new millennium began without any of the feared Y2K disasters. But he said he doesn't regret his costly preparations.

Newport sees light turnout for bell
        Organizers of the New Year's World Peace Bell celebration in Newport were pleased with the size of the crowd, even if the numbers

Laura Pulfer column
Keeping score on last year's resolutions
        I am proud to report that I kept all my 1999 New Year's resolutions. Every one. It was a snap. I just didn't set my sights too high.

Wish List gets record $177,767
        The 14th year of the Wish List is turning out to be its most successful.

Charter schools threaten CPS
        After losing 1,600 students last year, most to charter schools, Cincinnati Public Schools is about to lose more.

Howard Wilkinson column
Next president likely compliant with Ohio's Y2K primary
        Well, this Y2K thing has come and gone. We're not holed up in the dark, staring at our useless ATM cards and clutching shotguns to protect our precious hoards of bottled water and cans of Vienna sausages from marauders.

Debate: Sprawl vs. boom
        MONROE — A chunk of open land on the eastern edge of this city is becoming the latest battleground for people who see development as sprawl vs. those who see it as an economic boom.

First killing of 2000 didn't take long
        For the fourth year in a row, Cincinnati police began the New Year investigating how someone was killed — and this time, the victim's identity is a mystery.

General Assembly begins with new balance of power
        FORT MITCHELL — Northern Kentucky lawmakers head to Frankfort this week for the first legislative session of the new century facing a tight budget, calls to reform earlier reforms and a historic balance of power that could teeter on a fault line between progress and gridlock.

Hamilton considering smoke-free restaurants
        HAMILTON — When Gina Myers moved her Italian restaurant to a new downtown location last year, she eliminated smoking for her customers and employees.

Lawyers win tidy sum for oil company whistleblowers
        A small Cincinnati law firm is driving major oil companies to the wall in what promises to become the nation's richest whistleblower case.

Patrick Crowley column
A carnival full of sideshows
        This observer's view of the top Northern Kentucky political stories of the year:

Karen Samples column
Just Grandma, plain and true
        My Grandma has never smelled like gingerbread, gotten misty at weddings or reminisced about old times. She's the opposite of sappy — a woman so unsentimental that she hasn't bothered to name her pet birds.

'Drew Carey' bar has little resemblance to its inspiration
        CLEVELAND — It's easy to spot Drew Carey fans going into the bar that the star immortalized on his hit TV show. They try to enter through the front door, which hasn't been used in years.

'Toy Story 2' revives Ohio-made Etch A Sketch
        BRYAN, Ohio — Without Etch A Sketch, Buzz Lightyear and his Toy Story 2 cohorts wouldn't have been able to rescue Woody. And without the smash-hit movie, the classic baby boomer toy would not have been such a popular holiday gift this season.

Jackie Demaline column
For a quarter, fine local theater fare
        Planning on hunkering down for the first quarter of Y2K? Don't do it! Come to the theater instead. Here are 13 weeks worth of ideas. Stay on the schedule and it will be spring before you know it.

GET TO IT
        A guide to help make your day.

Queen City's moments to shine reflected in book
        There's a new book about a city that is hard not to love. It's a city of romantic sites and daring deeds, of caring people and good times, a place that treasures small-town values as it pursues big-city dreams.

Deborah Kendrick column
Two readers write of help received
        Here are two letters, recently received from readers, containing positive perspectives to kick off the New Year.

Jim Knippenberg column
Let's toast anniversaries!
        Here's a tragic thought: Some people have run out of things to toast, what with all the bubbly getting lifted for the last day of one century and the first of another.

Michael Hawthorne column
Merely latest battle in Lobbyist Wars
        There isn't about to be a truce in the Lobbyist Wars, despite an investigative report issued last week that tried to resolve bitter disputes about a lucrative state radio contract.

Ben L. Kaufman column
Mushrooms put Constitution to test

        With that in mind, the 6th Circuit recently asked how far the federal government may go in compelling someone's commercial speech.

Model trains have much to teach children
        WOODLAWN — A little boy haunted Crawford James throughout the holidays.

Residents marvel, cringe at change
        UNION TOWNSHIP — No township in Butler County has raced into the century faster than this community. But some residents suggest the beginning of 2000 might be a time to slow down a bit.

Restoration gives ex-slave's house new life

        Mr. Nuckolls, a Hamilton County board of elections worker who lives in North Avondale, was one of the original committee members interested in saving and restoring the Parker house, and he's thrilled with the progress since 1994, especially as interest grows in Cincinnati's Freedom Center and Underground Railroad museum. Now:

Sisters get new murder trials
        COVINGTON — Two sisters convicted of killing one of their husbands are preparing to face juries again.

Ten Commandments movement gains momentum
        PIKEVILLE, Ky. — With its message on yard signs, book covers and on the walls of courthouses and public classrooms, a Ten Commandments movement is pushing forward in Kentucky and nationwide.

TRISTATE DIGEST
        Cincinnati awarded more enterprise zone projects in 1999 than any other Ohio city.

S P E C I A L   F E A T U R E S
ON GUARD, ONLINE
        Deby Weik's computer sits in her family's great room for all the world to see. With four children online, she and her husband can keep a watchful eye as their kids surf the Internet.
Filtering software varies - here's 4 of the best
Internet safety resource guides
Kids' rules for online safety
Tips for parents

SQUASH THE Y2K BUG
        Y2K worries aren't someone else's problem anymore. Fortunately, there are a host of Web sites offering news, advice and diagnostic software.
City steps up Y2K awareness push

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.

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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