The Cincinnati Enquirer
Wednesday, June 7, 2000 -- Volume 5, No. 159
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SINGLE PUNCH SHATTERS LIVES
Dennis Rock claims he was defending himself when he threw a punch that put his neighbor, Gary Kretzer, in the hospital, where he remained in critical condition Tuesday. Rock is charged with assault.
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Local Headlines for  Wednesday, June 07, 2000

Court weighs schizophrenic's right to say 'no'
        Two years ago, a patient at Cincinnati's Pauline Warfield Lewis Center quietly refused to take a drug doctors prescribed to treat his schizophrenia.

Black officers want change
        The Cincinnati police sergeant who complained about the chief's use of a racial slur says he's tired of being vilified for speaking out.

Teen blamed in crash with cop
        A 16-year-old boy who'd had his driver's license just 10 days is responsible for a fatal crash involving a Forest Park police cruiser, an investigation has determined.

Growing proficient: What it takes to be a gardener

        Just how much more will be explained at the Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati's annual “Across the Garden Fence” training program.

Robber fires shotgun during bank holdup
        In what may have been the most brash bank robbery of the year, a man strode into a Madisonville Fifth Third Bank on Tuesday morning, brandished a shotgun and fired a warning shot into the ceiling.

School in shock at death of student
        HAMILTON — Honor student Megan Toler's classmates at George Washington Junior High School will be finishing final exams without her today. She died Tuesday when she darted in front of a truck.

Woman may hold clue in missing-person case
        The man's words on the answering machine were equally chilling and confusing. “I know where your daughter is buried. In Renfro Valley, Ky.”

Who would you kick off the island?

        We'll find out today on the second episode of Survivor, CBS' summer series about 16 campers competing for $1 million.

Airport's place to pray
        Where airplane engines roar every 21/2 minutes and 22 million people travel a year, it's hard to find a quiet place.

Burnett exudes joy at lecture series
        Carol Burnett kept 'em laughing Tuesday night, appearing before a sold-out crowd at the Aronoff Center as part of the “Unique Lives & Experiences” lecture series.

Chabot, Cranley agree to debate
        Voters in the 1st Congressional District will have four chances to see the candidates — Republican incumbent Steve Chabot and Democratic Challenger John Cranley — go head-to-head in debate.

Commission wants to be a council
        MIDDLETOWN — The Middletown City Commission on Tuesday took the first step toward giving itself a more recognizable moniker: City Council.

Driver pleads guilty
        NEWPORT — On the eve of her scheduled trial for murder, Jill Ott pleaded guilty Tuesday to a lesser charge of second-degree manslaughter in the drunken-driving death of a high school teacher in December.

Football fare: Get your red-hot - focaccia?
        Hungry fans won't have to roam far to graze at the new Paul Brown Stadium.

For sale: blue game memories
        A little piece of Cincinnati sports history will hit the auction block Saturday.

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Industrial parks may fill quickly
        LEBANON — A 138-acre city-owned industrial park could fill up in three years at the rate it's going, City Manager James Patrick estimates.

Monroe schools accept bus bid
        MONROE — Bus service for the Monroe Local Schools will be provided by the Cincinnati-based Peterman Co.

Officer Alec on the job
        MONROE — Officer Alec came here just four months ago, leaving his native Germany for the first time. And he already has a job in a busy police department in a growing community.

OK, who's the swine who stole the pig?
        Since the Piatt Park pig was purloined May 31, Cincinnati Crime Stoppers has been swamped with calls from folks who say they have spotted the missing pig.

Sheriff's patrol HQ doubling size
        COLERAIN TWP. — With work progressing on schedule, an addition to to the Hamilton County sheriff's patrol headquarters should be completed this year.

Sycamore to initiate search for new leader
        As classes ended at Sycamore Community Schools on Tuesday, the search for a new superintendent began. Parents and community members will have a chance to get involved in the process through upcoming forums.

PIG PARADE: Taft High hog dressed for Congress

Talawanda board cancels projects

        The projects have been scrapped by the school board in favor of putting a money issue on the November ballot to stave off a projected $1 million deficit in June 2002, and a $3 million deficit the following year.

Tristate A.M. Report

Victim's mom helps get life sentence
        NEWPORT — Vanessa Greene sat in a courtroom here Tuesday, looked at the young man who was convicted of killing her 18-year-old son and explained to the judge why the teen deserves a tough sentence.

Worker rescued from trench
        A Metropolitan Sewer District worker who was trapped in a trench for nearly two hours with dirt up to his waist was rescued Tuesday in Price Hill.

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.

S P E C I A L   F E A T U R E S
Outdoor concert guide
Check our schedule of summer music events at more than 10 Tristate venues.
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Three cheers for Fountain
The Genius of Water was unveiled May 6 at a rededication celebration that mingled citizen protest and spurts of rain with fun and enthusiasm for the refurbishing of Cincinnati's landmark.
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Son of Beast 'awesome'
“I waited five hours to get on this thing and it was worth every minute,” said Mike Heller, 15, of Mason. “This is the most awesome ride at Kings Island.”
Take a tour of 'Son of Beast'
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Summer Camp Guide
The Enquirer Summer Camp Guide provides information about hundreds of camps sponsored by Tristate schools, businesses, individuals and non-profit organizations.

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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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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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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