The Cincinnati Enquirer
Wednesday, April 5, 2000 -- Volume 5, No. 96
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CINCINNATI WINS BIG IN OHIO'S CAPITAL PLAN
For a city told not to expect much from the state construction budget beyond money for the Bengals stadium, Greater Cincinnati stands to be a big winner this spring.
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Local Headlines for  Wednesday, April 05, 2000

Area wins big in capital plan
        COLUMBUS — For a city told not to expect much from the state construction budget beyond money for the Bengals stadium, Greater Cincinnati stands to be a big winner this spring.

Markets rebound from rout
        Fueled by an exodus from all things technological, Wall Street went into a stomach-churning rout Tuesday, with the Nasdaq composite index and Dow Jones industrials each dropping more than 500 points.

Valuable violin goes to auction
        It may not be The Red Violin, but if the Stradivarius known as The Taft could talk, it would have local stories to tell.

DNA helps find African roots
        WASHINGTON — Greta Irby has been on a mission to trace her ancestry since she got hooked on the miniseries Roots 23 years ago. The mother, grandmother and great-grandmother from Washington, D.C., has spent countless hours poring through the records of the National Archives, the Library of Congress, the Daughters of the American Revolution and even the Mormon Church.

Many Ohioans find e-returns less taxing
        COLUMBUS — More Ohioans than ever are using the Internet or their telephones to file their state income-tax returns this year.

Faux fax fails to free Ohio strangler
        Someone tried to break Raymond Akins out of prison Tuesday with a fax machine, a typewriter and a little creativity.

Her dying words accuses husband
        FRANKLIN — Lying bloodied on the floor near her work station at Digitron Inc., Shirley Pardon made a dying declaration to the first officer who arrived at the auto parts factory March 24.

Court upholds ruling in Culberson case
        MIDDLETOWN — An appeals court has upheld the conviction of Tracey Baker for his role in the 1996 disappearance of Carrie Culberson.

Getting Son of Beast ready to roll
        MASON — Paramount's Kings Island is touting its Son of Beast ride as the biggest, fastest and most thrilling ride yet.

Stories, razzing and affection are a lunchtime ritual for father and sons
        Four lucky guys walk into a restaurant and start telling fish stories.

Video guru gets jump on HDTV with 'Water's Edge'
        Maybe by the next Tall Stacks, tentatively set for 2003, you will have seen “Majestic Riverboats,” the high-definition TV (HDTV) episode being previewed today at Cincinnati's PPS video production house.

A Journey of faith
        Especially in the beginning, computer games and basketball seemed a lot more fun to Mohsin Sultan than the ancient tradition of reading Islam's holy book, the Koran.

CFT sues charter schools
        The Cincinnati Federation of Teachers on Tuesday filed suit against four of the city's five community schools, saying the schools won't comply with state open records laws in a case that the union hopes will highlight the state's lack of oversight.

Child support system changing
        On Friday, all of Hamilton County's 78,000 child support cases will be converted to a statewide computer system that officials fear will slow cash payments to parents who really need the money.

Cook earns respect of all
        To some in the Cincinnati Public Schools' ranks, Angela Cook is considered “the baby.”

DeLuca file
        Joe DeLuca, an educator for the past 20 years, was hired as Springboro's junior high principal in 1993, a position he held for four years before being named director of human services.

Driver jailed and fired
        HAMILTON — A Miamisburg man whose job was to help three handicapped adults in a Hamilton group home remains in the Butler County Jail on charges that he took them to a Middletown bar and then drove them around while he was intoxicated.

Ex-board member: Charter school regulations lax
        As a voting board member of the Greater Cincinnati Community Academy, Dora Bronston felt obliged to follow every state regulation to the letter.

Explaining the plans
        • Today: 6:30 p.m. or 8 p.m., Bishop Fenwick High School library, for parents of students attending Fenwick or John XXIII Consolidated Elementary School.

Four schools sued by teachers union
        The Cincinnati Federation of Teachers on Tuesday filed suit against four of the city's five community schools, saying the schools won't comply with state open-records laws in a case that the union hopes will highlight the state's lack of oversight.

GET TO IT
        Things to do in Cincinnati.

Guardsmen come home today
        BLUE ASH — Their tour of duty over, about 75 Ohio Air National Guardsmen are due back at their base here tonight, returning to family, friends and for some of them, civilian jobs, after spending nearly four months in Kuwait.

Health issues event focuses on minorities
        Heart disease. Lung cancer. Stroke. Diabetes. Breast cancer. For years, these and other health problems have hit African-Americans harder than the community as a whole.

Lawyer's ouster sought in transracial-adoption case
        A lawyer in the dispute over Hamilton County transracial adoptions has moved to disqualify an opposing attorney because he is “for all practical purposes” married to his client.

Loveland group pushing to save park
        LOVELAND — Almost everybody agrees Loveland needs some type of recreation center. There's less agreement on where it should be located.

Math course moves along step by step
        OXFORD — Talawanda High School will learn in May whether a math program begun in August wins a best practice award from the Ohio Department of Education.

Miami groups build dreams
        OXFORD — Home building is not in Miami University's catalog of courses, but many students are signing up for it.

Miami University job fair popular among employers
        HAMILTON — Butler County Job Fair 2000 is so popular that organizers are turning employers away.

Middletown board debate boils over
        MIDDLETOWN — City commissioners' discussions of proposed charter changes Tuesday rapidly escalated to a heated debate, then erupted into an angry exchange and threats.

Pete Rose's mother dies
        DELHI TOWNSHIP — Laverne Noeth, mother of Cincinnati native Pete Rose, baseball's career hits leader, died Saturday in Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg following a lengthy illness.

Plan to move Fenwick forums' focus
        MIDDLETOWN — A series of forums begins today on a proposal to relocate Bishop Fenwick High School to a Franklin Township site east of Interstate 75.

Planning office expected to return
        ALEXANDRIA — Campbell Fiscal Court members are expected to decide tonight whether to hire a county planning and zoning director and an administrative assistant, and how much help they'll need from the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission.

Rogers won't appeal testing requirement
        COVINGTON — Lloyd Rogers, Campbell County's former judge-executive, has given up the possibility of running for county circuit clerk and pursuing the federal lawsuit that might have allowed him to do so.

Tenant charged in death of woman
        FLORENCE — Police feared the worst had happened to Sandra Kay Roberts. And Tuesday, those fears were confirmed.

Tristate News Summary
        COLUMBUS — Gov. Bob Taft hopes a retooled gun storage bill contains enough changes to satisfy its critics, but a member of the House Criminal Justice Committee said he objects to the bill's definition of what constitutes a “loaded weapon.”

Warren schools lose administrator
        EATON, Ohio — Springboro Schools will lose another top administrator May 1 when Human Resources Director Joe DeLuca leaves to becomes superintendent of the Eaton Schools in Preble County.

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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School confronts cancer
In a compelling three-part series, reporter John Johnston tells how students and staff at Finneytown High School face death and find strength in each other.

Make your plans for 2000
Check our FREETIME section for a calendar of the year's best entertainment events in the Tristate. Also, get movie, dining and music reviews.
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