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Thursday, Jan. 6, 2000 -- Volume 5, No. 6
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CLOSING IN ON PATTY'S KILLER
        A blood-covered blouse and a stack of old tape recordings may be the keys to ending one of Hamilton County's longest homicide investigations.
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baby FIRST MOMENTS OF 2000
A young couple greets midnight with a kiss. Twenty-six minutes later, the first local baby is born. Five hours later, Cincinnati's first homicide. Here's our timeline of 1/1/00.
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TRISTATE RINGS IN '2000'
Midnight fireworks and the swinging of the World Peace Bell capped a day-long celebration.
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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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The Enquirer revisits the forces that have shaped the last century with this look back at historic front pages.
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Local Headlines for  Thursday, Jan. 6, 2000

Luken: Convention Center expansion too costly
        It's essential to expand Cincinnati's downtown convention center, but the $400 million project may have to be scaled back because of the expense, Mayor Charlie Luken said.

Judicial elections may be no contest
        Hamilton County voters had no choice when it came to electing judges in 1999, and the new year isn't likely to change that.

'Big Pig Gig' porkers on the way
        Pigs come in droves, and there's a drove of them at the Glass Hand in Cleves, where Eric Kilb is cloning porkers for the Big Pig Gig.

Folks having pun with pigs they buy
        Seems as if everybody's buying a pig. Corporex, Fidelity, Ashland and Toyota.

Judge won't yank Justin away
        COVINGTON — The judge overseeing the two-state custody battle over Justin promised repeatedly in court Wednesday that she has no plans to suddenly yank the boy from his Ohio home.

30 years on the run ends with prison term
        Michael Copening admits he ran from a fatal shooting 30 years ago so he could avoid going to prison.

Bomb threat empties Anderson High
        ANDERSON TWP. — As Hamilton County sheriff's officials announced the arrest of two 14-year-old eighth-graders for allegedly writing a bomb threat on a restroom wall at Nagel Elementary School Jan. 3, about 1,450 students at Anderson High School were led out for a similar incident Wednesday morning.

West Hi gets bomb threats
        Western Hills High School received bomb threats Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, authorities said.

Cheating alleged at E-Check site
        MIDDLETOWN — When a Middletown man took his old pickup for an E-Check, he expected it to fail the emissions test. But he was surprised at being offered a chance to have it passed, he said — for an extra $20.

Children Services board asked to resign
        Calling for a fresh start for an agency rocked by controversy in the past year, the Butler County commissioners have asked for the resignations of all nine members of the Butler County Children Services Board.

City retirement board considers sweetened pension plan
        Cincinnati city workers could retire with 25 years of service at age 48 and collect 62.5 percent of their salaries as pensions under a plan being considered by the city's retirement board.

City says no to more funds for football game
        River Front Classic & Jamboree supporters might have a date for their next football game, but they don't have the money.

Ex-Chiquita lawyer says being informant was costly
        George Ventura says he'd never even spoken to a reporter until he responded to an Internet message from The Cincinnati Enquirer seeking information about Chiquita Brands International Inc.

Hebrew Union's leader leaving
        The leader of Hebrew Union College is leaving Cincinnati to become president of the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City.

Ky. companies called tech laggards
        ERLANGER — Kentucky schools are leaders when it comes to using technology, a state Education Department official said Wednesday. The problem: Business and the general public are not keeping pace. That means many new employees are leaving the state to work elsewhere.

Warren jail again short of cell space
        LEBANON — Four years after Warren County officials spent $7.2 million to expand the jail, crowded conditions are forcing them to look for more room.

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.

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Online fashion shopping virtually limitless
        When Georgina Curran of Terrace Park went shopping for a basic little black dress to wear to a party last March, she left the malls empty-handed and frustrated.

Jim Knippenberg column
Ho, ho, ho: Who would know the answer?
        And this from the puzzled Loretta Cook: He struck again. Cook is the Anderson Township woman who for 28 years has found an elaborate Christmas puzzle on her doorstep — a 3-D riddle based on a tortured play on words.

Karen Samples column
Children shown way to escape abuse
        NEWPORT — They call it the “uh-oh” feeling. Wobbly knees, hot face, butterflies in the stomach. When kids have it, they should tell someone. It means something is wrong.

Patrick Crowley column
Party time for new majority GOP
        FRANKFORT — The scene in the Capitol Tuesday was surreal.

Access channel adds weather info
        MIDDLETOWN — TV Middletown is preparing to offer its viewers something generally available only from local TV meteorologists and the Weather Channel: storm-tracking radar.

Attorney gets time to probe abestos claims
        COVINGTON — An attorney working to guarantee free medical exams for hundreds of people exposed to asbestos last year has been granted more time to build his case.

Couple travels Ohio for railroad safety program
        NORWALK, Ohio — A couple whose son died in a car-train crash are using money from their lawsuit award to help communities make rail crossings safer.

CPS, union OK fact-finder
        Unable to agree to a new contract, Cincinnati Public Schools administrators and teachers' union officials agreed to submit unresolved issues to a state-appointed, independent fact-finder today.

Deerfield board votes Morand as president
        DEERFIELD TWP. — Trustee William Morand will assume the township's top spot for the second time in four years.

Earmarking of lottery asked
        COLUMBUS — Earmarking a portion of lottery profits for specific educational programs could increase sales by making it clearer to lottery players what their money is going for, state schools Superintendent Susan Tave Zelman said Wednesday.

Enterprise zones may be folded
        FRANKFORT — An economic development tax-break program that has been used by nearly 400 businesses in Covington and Campbell County may be discontinued by the Kentucky General Assembly.

False arrest claimed in suit
        An Erlanger man is suing the city of Cincinnati, its police division and two of its officers, saying his civil rights were violated when officers searched his car without permission.

Family loses all in fire started by boy
        A blaze started by a 4-year-old boy playing with fire gutted a town-house apartment in the Fay Apartments on Wednesday.

Local radio veteran dies
        Lawrence D. Ashcraft of Mount Washington began working as a volunteer for WVXU-FM (91.7), the Xavier University public radio station, while he was a student there in 1975.

Mayor to visit Avondale, leaders
        The crime-ridden Burnet Avenue business district in Avondale is getting some attention from City Hall.

Monroe debates trash contract
        MONROE — There's a lot of trash-talking in Monroe these days.

Officials to decide on new search for recreation chief
        COVINGTON — City officials say they'll soon decide whether to reopen the search for Covington recreation director, after Mayor Denny Bowman withdrew his name from consideration Tuesday.

Patton seeks aid for Owensboro
        OWENSBORO, Ky. — Gov. Paul Patton on Wednesday asked federal officials to declare the storm-ravaged Owensboro area, hit by a tornado earlier this week, a disaster area.

Pedestrian fatality snarls I-75 traffic
        Northbound Interstate 75 was closed for more than 90 minutes Wednesday night after a pedestrian was apparently struck and killed north of the Brent Spence Bridge downtown.

Police seek new leads in Christmas tree vandalism
        MASON — Out of leads and with a $1,000 reward on the table, police are turning to the public again to help track down the person who chopped down the city's Christmas tree last month.

Treasurer: Job cut will hurt Norwood
        NORWOOD — City council's 5-3 decision last month to eliminate Deputy City Treasurer Mike Tolbert's job, as recommended by Mayor Joe Hochbein, has sparked a City Hall debate.

TRISTATE DIGEST
        Two men were shot in the chest late Wednesday in a drive-by shooting in the 700 block of Clark Street in Cincinnati's West End neighborhood.

Wheelchair bus rider sues Metro
        Saying Metro drivers continue to ignore or abuse him because he travels in a wheelchair, a downtown resident with cerebral palsy sued the bus company this week.

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