Saturday, June 10, 2000

Kentucky digest


Mock disaster today tests emergency teams

        Several fire and emergency medical services in Northern Kentucky will stage a mock disaster today between noon and 12:30 p.m. The event will be on Ky. 8, west of Bromley and across from an oil storage facility.

        Departments from Crescent Springs, Ludlow, Bromley and Fort Mitchell will take part in the test. It will involve multiple vehicles and cyclists, and will have several damaged and overturned automobiles. The exercise will have 10 to 15 “victims” who will be pulled from damaged vehicles.

Bell employees help with civic projects
        COVINGTON — More than 300 Cincinnati Bell employees and retirees will help with 17 community projects benefiting the Tristate's nonprofit organizations in today's “Pioneer Day in the Community.” .

        For the sixth annual event, the Cincinnati Bell Pioneers will work on various community projects for most of the day.

        They include making general repairs and cleaning at the Behringer-Crawford Museum in Covington's Devou Park; painting buildings at St. Joseph's Orphanage near Coney Island; making a large quilt for Redwood School; making baby quilts for Children's Hospital Medical Center and medical therapy dolls for patients at Children's Hospital; painting and cleaning classrooms at Corryville Catholic School; and painting, landscaping, stocking the pantry and cleaning at the Welcome House shelter in Covington.

Dentist acquitted in sex-abuse case
        BURLINGTON — A Florence dentist was acquitted Thursday of two counts of sexual abuse after a trial in Boone Circuit Court.

        Prosecutors had alleged that Dr. James David Philbrick, 49, of Union, fondled a patient's breasts on two separate occasions in December 1998 and January 1999 while she was under anesthesia.

        Jurors took about two hours to find Dr. Philbrick not guilty.

Conference invites teen-age girls
        COVINGTON — Holly Hills Children's Services is sponsoring a one-day conference for and about teen-age girls June 19 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center.

        Girls ages 13-18 are invited to take part in workshops, entertainment and exhibits in the free event, called Young Women SOAR 2000, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Speakers will talk on topics including health and beauty, fitness, careers, recreation and cultural arts.

        Registration is required. For more information or to register, call 635-0500. Holly Hill Children's Services is a 116-year-old nonprofit agency based in Campbell County dedicated to changing the lives of children.

Moderate drought continues in Ky.
        LEXINGTON — Most of Kentucky remains in a moderate drought, reducing flows in many rivers and streams.

        Flows in the Salt River basin are 5 percent or less of normal, said David Morgan, a state water quantity specialist. Flows are 10 percent or less in the Licking River basin and 20 percent in the Kentucky River basin, he said.

        The drought is worst in the Bluegrass region, which includes Lexington.

        The Kentucky River was flowing near Lexington's intake valve at the rate of 345 million gallons a day Thursday. Normal flow for the date is nearly 2 billion gallons a day.

        Lexington and surrounding areas supplied by Kentucky-American Water Co. used 51 million gallons Wednesday, spokeswoman Barbara Brown said. That amount was about normal for this time of year — perhaps because of cool weather.

        With no rainfall forecast for several days, the region could slip into a severe drought category when new numbers are released next week.

State tax receipts rise sharply in May
        FRANKFORT — Tax receipts in May were up sharply from the year before, and the state seems certain to hit its budget target, according to figures released Friday.

        The General Fund took in $516.1 million, a 22.4 percent increase from May 1999, when the total was $421.5 million.

        A report from the Governor's Office for Policy and Management said that was due in part to individual income taxes. Receipts were up 64 percent because most tax payments were pro- cessed in May instead of April, and refunds on the whole were paid earlier, the report said.

        Income taxes paid by corporations dropped by half during the period — to $4.3 million from $8.5 million.

        The sales tax, which accounts for more than a third of the budget, increased 5 percent to $180 million for the month and just under $2 billion for the year to date.

        With one month remaining in the fiscal year, revenues had grown by 5.1 percent to nearly $5.9 billion. The revenue forecast revised in January assumed a growth rate of 3.9 percent.

Brain study hints at Alzheimer's target
        LEXINGTON — Researchers at the University of Kentucky and Columbia University have found that a cell receptor in the brain may be a potential target for drugs to treat or prevent Alzheimer's disease.

        The cell receptor, called RAGE (Receptor for Advanced Glycation Endproducts), is on the surface of certain neurons in the brain. Its interaction with other molecules can cause cell degeneration like that which causes Alzheimer's disease, said Dr. Mark Kindy, associate professor of biochemistry at the UK College of Medicine.

        Results of the study were published in the June issue of Nature Medicine.

DAYBOOK
        Florence: The Hills of Kentucky Dulcimers will play from 2 to 4 p.m. at Art In The Park on Banklick Street.

        Fort Mitchell: Better Bodies Fitness Center Grand Opening Celebration, with autograph signings, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 2230 Grandview Drive. Autographs will be signed by National Football League players: Phil Hansen and Mark Pike, Buffalo Bills; Myron Bell, Cory Hall, Doug Pelfry, Darrick Brilz and Charles Fischer, Bengals; Brian Milne, Seattle Seahawks; and Paul Justin, St. Louis Rams; International Hockey League player Greg Naumenko, Cincinnati Mighty Ducks; and basketball players Michelle Cottrell and Michelle Trotfarber of Northern Kentucky University.

        Fort Thomas: St. Catherine of Siena Church 2000 Summer Festival, 5:30 p.m. to midnight, church parking lot and gym, 23 Rossford Ave.

       



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