Saturday, January 22, 2000

TRISTATE DIGEST


Students donate 40 pints of blood

        SPRINGBORO — About 40 juniors and seniors from Springboro High School each donated a pint of blood during the school's annual drive Friday, sponsored by the National Honor Society.

        The Middletown Regional Community Blood Center, which sent its mobile unit to Springboro, supplies blood to 27 hospitals in the Miami Valley.

        “This will help, but we are still short on units,” said Don Ruth, spokesman for the center. “We try to go to the high schools in the winter because it's a low time for us. They really keep us going. If we can get students used to donating while they're in high school, we hope they will continue to donate when they're in college and as adults.”

        Those interested in donating blood can drop by the center, 3990 Roosevelt Boulevard in Middletown, or call 727-1995.

Bhati named to UC Board of Trustees
        COLUMBUS — Gov. Bob Taft on Friday appointed Anant Ram Bhati, director of gynecology at Good Samaritan Hospital, to the University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees.

        Dr. Bhati, who also is a faculty clinical instructor at UC, replaces Vikram Rajadhyaksha of Columbus, whose term expired.

        Four-year universities have nine voting trustees appointed for nine-year terms by the governor. Terms are staggered so one vacancy occurs every year on each board.

        University trustees oversee multimillion-dollar budgets, have the final say on who gets tenure, and help set policies on everything from sexual harassment to student enrollment.

Neighbors warned about fumes from fire
        WILLIAMSTOWN — An automotive parts factory caught fire Friday night, prompting rescue workers to advise residents to stay indoors to avoid fumes.

        The smoke from the blaze, quickly contained and confined to a small area of the factory, never posed any serious health risk, fire officials said. The warning was made more as a precaution.

        Williamstown firefighters were called to the Sun Manufacturing plant about 8:20 p.m. Officials had reported a small adhesive fire. Because of the heavy fumes, residents were advised to stay indoors. The advisory was canceled about 11 p.m.

Amish go to jail over hunting garb
        WADSWORTH, Ohio — Three Amish men spent a day in jail for refusing to pay a fine for not wearing bright-orange safety clothes while deer hunting.

        State law requires hunters to wear a bright orange vest, jacket or coveralls, but the men said their religion forbids them from wearing bright colors.

        State wildlife officers cited brothers Eli and Rudy Yoder and Joni Glick during deer season while they were hunting in woods near the Yoder family home in southern Medina County in northeast Ohio.

        “It's a safety issue. That's the bottom line,” Bill King, a state wildlife officer, said Thursday. “If they are going to hunt, there are certain rules that everyone, not just the Amish, must follow.”

        The men pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor and opted to spend a day in jail Thursday instead of paying a fine.

Surgeon says inquiry shutting him out
        TOLEDO, Ohio — A nationally known brain surgeon who resigned from the Medical College of Ohio isn't getting a chance to defend himself while the hospital investigates his practices, his attorney said.

        Dr. Jeffrey Brown agreed to resign from the hospital as part of a deal that placed him on leave in June. The resignation became effective Jan. 1.

        Attorney Charles De Monaco said the hospital has not allowed Dr. Brown to tell his side of the story or notified him about the nature of the internal review.

        Hospital officials would not release details about the investigation.

Marchers to protest abortion ruling
        Several hundred marchers are expected to turn out today for an annual anti-abortion rally.

        The rally, sponsored by the Pro-Life 2000 Committee and the Holy Name Society, begins at noon with a march from the Hamilton County Courthouse to Lytle Park. Scheduled speakers include Ken Blackwell, Ohio Secretary of State, state Rep. Patricia Clancy, and Rosemary Meyer of the Life Issues Institute.

        The event marks the 27th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

NOW sponsors 2nd Choices Fair
        The Cincinnati chapter of the National Organization for Women is sponsoring its second annual Choices Fair for teen-agers, parents and youth leaders. The free fair presents information to promote healthy sexuality.

        The fair is from 1 to 4 p.m. today at Mount Auburn Presbyterian Church, 103 William Howard Taft Road.

        Groups on hand to answer questions and provide information include: AIDS Volunteers of Cincinnati, the Gay/Lesbian/Straight Education Network, Planned Parenthood, the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League, P-FLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), PSI (Postponing Sexual Involvement) and the University of Cincinnati Women's Center.

       



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- TRISTATE DIGEST