The Cincinnati Enquirer
Wednesday, June 21, 2000 -- Volume 5, No. 172
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INDIANA SUSPENDS GAS TAX
With gasoline prices in the Midwest surging past $2 a gallon, Gov. Frank O'Bannon suspended the state's gas tax and warned he may seek an inquiry into price gouging by oil companies.
MASON-MONTGOMERY ROAD DEVELOPMENT
Bob Carter remembers when most of Mason-Montgomery Road was a quiet, two-lane road surrounded by cornfields and pastures. Now land sells for $500,000 an acre, and cars zoom by on five lanes.
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Local Headlines for  Wednesday, June 21, 2000

U.S. ranks 37th in health care
        WASHINGTON — The United States spends more per person on health care than any other country, yet in overall quality its care ranks 37th in the world, says a World Health Organization analysis.

Voucher appeal could be decisive
        Both sides arguing the Cleveland school voucher case before a federal appeals court Tuesday hope the U.S. Supreme Court uses the case to settle the issue once and for all.

Ad helps arrest 20 offenders
        The Butler County Sheriff's latest advertisement — listing parents who owe child-support payments — has struck the collective public nerve, officers say.

RADEL: Lunch with Cliff
        They've lived all over the world. But they came to Cincinnati to be home.

Juvenile status again sought
        The man accused of killing his girlfriend 37 years ago is trying again to move his case to juvenile court.

Lawsuit may not save house
        LEBANON — The city's lawsuit to seize what could be its oldest house may not be enough to save the building.

Relief from heat in short supply
        When the summer temperature rises, Jeannette Love's Hamilton apartment turns into an oven. Like many low-income people, she is waiting for an air conditioner.

Gore promotes retirement plan during Ky. stop
        LEXINGTON - The government would use tax dollars to help Americans save for retirement under a plan Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore formally rolled out Tuesday during a Central Kentucky campaign stop.
   Voters take Gore's measure

Alley to be renamed
        MONTGOMERY — As part of a continuing effort to recognize and aesthetically improve the city's historic downtown district along Montgomery Road, City Council is expected to rename a small alley before locating some outside artwork and a plaque there to recognize the town's early businesses.

Appeal by UC raises issues
        The University of Cincinnati is asking a federal appeals court to reverse its June 1 opinion protecting affirmative action advocates from retaliation and dismissal.

Bunning, others want Richardson out
        WASHINGTON — Sen. Jim Bunning said Tuesday that U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Bill Richardson should resign because of security lapses at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Changes afoot at Monroe Elementary School
        MONROE — The 589 new and returning students at Monroe Elementary School will find the same principal but a different campus as the school begins its first year in the Monroe school district.

KIESEWETTER: Channel 9's Joe Webb captures our 'Hometown'

        Not every TV newscast is filled with sensational reports about robberies, rapes, wrecks or rip-offs. This is good news. With capital letters. Good News.

City faces lawsuit
        HAMILTON — A federal lawsuit filed by the former director of public information against the city of Hamilton alleges gender and pay discrimination.

Council's meeting changed for more public involvement
        A new time for today's City Council meeting had Cincinnati officials fumbling with electronic calendars and planners.

Court could leave Middletown
        Ohio's 12th District Court of Appeals will soon make a ruling that has nothing to do with lower courts' decisions: It will choose whether to stay in Middletown or relo cate.

Decision on trial of teen delayed
        HAMILTON — It will be another month before a judge determines whether the 16-year-old girl whose infant allegedly died from repeated physical abuse will be tried as an adult.

Delhi's floral history on video
        DELHI TOWNSHIP — A video on the history of greenhouses in the Western Hills area of Hamilton County will be made available to elementary and middle schools this fall, courtesy of the Delhi Historical Society.

Developer is stalled once again
        MASON — Midland Atlantic Properties of Cincinnati has run into another roadblock in its quest to build a Kroger store on Mason-Montgomery Road.

Gannett: Suit dodges blame
The owner of The Cincinnati Enquirer blamed the newspaper's former editor Tuesday for setting off a “journalistic firestorm” with articles about Chiquita Brands International Inc.

GOP has hopes for Bush's visit
        When Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush comes to Cincinnati a month from today to raise campaign dollars, GOP leaders here are hoping they can nudge him across Interstate 75 for a visit to the city's west side.

Hamilton Co. delves into the arts
        Hamilton County government is about to get into the arts business.

Kidnap suspect faces trial on impersonation charge
        COVINGTON — A New Jersey man charged with kidnapping a businessman who was later found dead is to stand trial Aug. 14 on a charge he impersonated an FBI agent.

Rains ease Kentucky drought
        A weekend of rain and continued wetness this week won't dampen Ben Grant's spirits.

Sentencing closes in 1983 slaying
        BATAVIA, Ohio — A Brown County man was sentenced Tuesday to seven to 25 years in prison for the death of a Georgia man whose body was found in the Ohio River in 1983.

Society organizes cleanup
        Animal lovers are invited to a cleanup day this Saturday at the Henry County dog pound in Campbellsburg, Ky.

Whalen picked for state board
        FORT THOMAS — Paul Whalen, a former Fort Thomas Board of Education member, was appointed to the state Board of Education as an at-large member.

PIG GIG: Swine salutes summer in fair fashion

Tristate A.M. Report

Get to it
        A guide to help make your day

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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