The Cincinnati Enquirer
Saturday, June 17, 2000 -- Volume 5, No. 168
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FOURTH-GRADERS SCORE LOWER
Ohio fourth-grade proficiency tests scores dropped this year while sixth-graders statewide scored higher in every subject except writing and citizenship.
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Local Headlines for  Saturday, June 17, 2000

2 engineers reprimanded over false road reports
        After five months on paid administrative leave, two of three supervisors in the city's transportation department will return to work Monday.

Hype machine whips fans of Harry Potter into froth
        A new children's book due out in three weeks has thousands of Tristate kids more excited about reading than watching Britney Spears or Hulk Hogan.

Bengals stadium 85 percent done
        The goalposts are going up in the end zones at Paul Brown Stadium, carpet is in the home locker room and the ice makers are in the luxury suites.

Neighborhoods
        Dr. Obadiah Williams, a Cincinnati educator who specializes in teaching early childhood reading, has spent two years tracing his roots.

Satellite to keep tabs on criminals
        The technology that helps troops navigate a battlefield will soon help Hamilton County keep track of criminals.

Woman to head fire department
        FOREST PARK — Deputy Fire Chief Patricia Brooks, 56, will become fire chief of Hamilton County's third-largest city Monday evening when she is expected to be approved by City Council and sworn in to office.

Recruiting class graduates
        Helen Fangman always wanted to be a Cincinnati police officer. On Friday her dream came true.

RAMSEY: Creativity key

        I say when you have the chance to see this, take it.

Basking in roar of a new racetrack
        SPARTA — Hundreds of racing fans were rolling into northern Kentucky in motor homes to help christen the Kentucky Speedway and watch its inaugural races.

Boater accused in death of sailor
        FORT WRIGHT — Michael Thomas Martin II died June 9 while snorkeling off a Greek Island. Now relatives of the Navy petty officer are starting to hear disturbing news about Greek boater Costas Aggeletakis.

Developer wants easy access
        FORT WRIGHT — A retail developer trying to sell Fort Wright on a proposed Wal-Mart SuperCenter near Ky. 17 said he plans to add traffic lanes, lights and a new access road to avoid exacerbating the location's gridlock.

Governments' surplus items up for auction
        EDGEWOOD — Just call it Kenton County's largest and perhaps strangest garage sale.

Housing complex honored by HUD
        The legacy of the late Buddy Gray, an advocate for the homeless in Over-the-Rhine, has gained national attention.

Kenton schools attract Covington workers
        COVINGTON — Kenton County Schools — jokingly referred to as “Covington south” by some school employees — has hired away three of Covington's top administrators. And more job transfers apparently are on the way.

Loveland may fire city manager
        LOVELAND — The five-year tenure of City Manager Mark Fitzgerald might end Monday night during a special council meeting at City Hall.

Man convicted of shooting in retrial
        Michael Larkin spent four years in prison filing appeals that claimed he didn't belong there.

Man files lawsuit after alleged bad foster care
        A Dayton-area man has filed a $5 million federal lawsuit, alleging he was “seriously injured, mentally tortured and sexually assaulted” while staying in a foster home that Butler County had licensed.

Middletown area adding protection
        MIDDLETOWN — For the first time ever this Butler County city will experience a summer under the added protection of tornado sirens.

Neighbors' tiffs can turn tragic
        When a parking dispute between Mason neighbors turned so ugly that one man was critically injured June 3, it wasn't the first time spats between neighbors escalated to violence.

Storm a real show stopper for Pops at Riverbend
        Thunderstorms that rolled across the Tristate on Friday evening caused numerous power outages, including a spectacular one at Riverbend Music Center.

Pig Parade: Kahn-versation Piece

Get to it
A guide to help you make your day.

Tristate A.M. Report

        They are sending that message in a letter to the U.S. and Ohio environmental protection agencies, Ohio Gov. Bob Taft and federal and state legislators.

Kentucky briefs

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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