The Cincinnati Enquirer
Friday, June 23, 2000 -- Volume 5, No. 174
Today's Local News
Nordstrom officials say they will have no problems covering any cost overruns on their planned $48.7 million downtown department store. But they are balking at merchandising restrictions Cincinnati City Council members want tied to any con tract with the Seattle-based retailer.
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Local Headlines for  Friday, June 23, 2000

Stunned plant workers try to regroup
        PIKETON — Signs at the entrance to the uranium enrichment plant cut to the chase: No trespassing, cameras, firearms, intoxicants or contraband. To that list, add hope.

RADEL: Rash acts, deathly silence
        All signs point to a normal summer on Mason's Kenwood Drive. All signs but one.

Father of 2 dies in trench collapse
        HEBRON — A 32-year-old DeMossville man died Thursday morning in a cave-in at a Boone County construction site. His death is raising questions about the safety of the ditch and the construction practices that created it.

1 dead, 7 hurt in crash
        A boy was killed and six of his siblings were hurt — four critically — Thursday afternoon when their speeding minivan slammed into a building without braking.

Center to add lung scans
        The Barrett Cancer Center plans to begin offering helical CT scans sometime this year in hopes that earlier detection of tumors will help reduce deaths from lung cancer — the Tristate's No. 1 cancer killer.

Charter schools' scores trail
        Charter school students lag behind their public school counterparts on every section of the fourth- and sixth-grade Ohio Proficiency Tests.

77 honored as Black Achievers
        The 22nd annual Salute to Black Achievers banquet Thursday not only honored 77 successful black businesspeople and community leaders, it also raised more than $100,000 for the YMCA Black Achievers program.
List of the 77 Black Achievers award winners

OSHA probes fatal crash
        The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Thursday launched an investigation into an accident in which a 56-year-old flagger was killed near a construction site in South Cumminsville.

Tell us about your July 4 event
        Tristate residents love parades and picnics on a summer holiday, and the Enquirer is looking for community celebrations for a listing that will be published next weekend.

State: N.Ky. violating smog rules
        LOUISVILLE — State officials recommended that 18 counties — including Boone, Kenton and Campbell — be declared out of compliance with federal Clean Air standards.

Camp gives adopted kids a day in China
        When Aliza Spicehandler turns 10 in two years, she'll take her first trip to China since she was adopted from that country in 1992. For now, the 8-year-old Montgomery girl explores her heritage at places like DragonFest2000, the first local Chinese Culture Camp where adopted Chinese children and others experimented with chopsticks, made a dragon hat and performed a Chinese ribbon dance.

Dad, two sons headed for Ukraine with hope, prayers
        The way Tim O'Brien sees it, he and his two boys will be stepping outside their comfort zone later this summer. Way outside. About 7,000 miles outside, as the crow flies.

        A guide to help make your day.

Pig Gig sponsor turns sow-er on Covington spot
        COVINGTON — A Covington porker has become ham on the lam.

Pig Parade: Roger Bacon, Franciscan Friar
        This is 55th in a series spotlighting pigs from the Big Pig Gig Public Art Project taking place in Cincinnati, Covington and Newport.

'Salome' gets ahead on a plotter
        There is no way to escape the decadence, the necrophilia, the bloodthirsty morbidness of Richard Strauss' opera Salome, which opened the Cincinnati Opera season Thursday. But director Nicholas Muni added an extra layer of depravity with some surprise moves in the company's new production.

2 men charged in '99 robbery, shooting of clerk
        COVINGTON — Police have charged two men with armed robbery and the shooting of a store clerk in MainStrasse Village last year.

2nd suspect sought in man's death
        COVINGTON — Police are looking for a second man thought to be involved in the death of Charles Lester Sherman, a transient whose body was found leaning against a retaining wall at 10th and Washington streets last October.

Butler Co. auditor agrees to mediation
        UNION TOWNSHIP — A judge allowed Butler County Auditor Kay Rogers to avoid a trial Thursday on a telephone harassment complaint filed by her former husband.

City to celebrate diversity again
        HAMILTON — Vaughn Lewis easily sees a few thousand people at next year's second annual Multicultural Celebration.

County parks want your views
        SPRINGFIELD TWP. — Residents of Hamilton County are being asked to complete a survey that will help guide the Hamilton County Park District in planning for the future.

Gardens open to public
        OXFORD — Although Dorothy Hurley doesn't grow forget-me-nots, many plants in her colorful garden are reminders of people and places that she holds dear.

Growth, families top county concerns
        MASON — Warren County residents, in a study released Thursday, say the most critical local problem e is the lack of parent-child communication.

Kentucky Digest
        COVINGTON — Hayes Robertson, a Republican campaign strategist and consultant, has been named an at-large alternate delegate to this summer's Republican National Convention in Philadelphia.

Local Digest
        Cincinnati Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk will head the committee designing procedures for American bishops who must decide which Catholics may teach theology in church colleges and universities.

Lucas steers clear of Gore
        Democrat Al Gore was in Kentucky Tuesday trying to win support for his presidential campaign. But there is at least one Northern Kentucky Democrat who is not quite ready to give it, at least not in a public way:

Monroe schools line up treasurer
        MONROE — Nancy Weisberg is poised to become Monroe Local Schools' first treasurer next month.

Neighbors oppose Florence connector
        FLORENCE — A group of residents let city officials know Thursday that no matter what a consulting firm says, they don't want a connector road near Florence Mall.

Ohio curbs access to children's files
        COLUMBUS — Gov. Bob Taft on Thursday signed into law 13 bills the Legislature passed in the final days before adjourning for the summer, including a bill that would prohibit public access to records kept on children by community recreation centers.

Police: Senior's remark led to death
        NEWPORT — A man was beaten, stomped and his neck broken, ultimately leading to his death, for a remark made in a men's restroom at a public park, police testified Thursday.

Pool adjusts lights, revives evening hours
        MONTGOMERY — The city has decided to get wet and wild this year with a new series of events at the city's swimming pool complex on Hopewell Road just east of Montgomery Road.

Program helped woman buy new home
        NEWPORT — Adversity settled on Donna Lawson's doorstep several years ago. A series of events pushed her into poverty and the need for government assistance for her and her children. But she never gave up hope and vowed to one day find a way to purchase her own home and leave public assistance behind.

Prosecutor: Too little, too late in child support case
        Charles Aniagolu wants to pay off some of the debt that landed him in jail as Hamilton County's worst deadbeat parent. But prosecutors say his offer is not nearly enough.

Staffers can choose district
        MIDDLETOWN — Nonteaching employees in Middletown and Monroe schools will be able to choose in which district they want to work after approval this week of a contract change by the Middletown Board of Education.

Two wrecks hurt 5
        SOUTH LEBANON — Two accidents Thursday afternoon sent five people to emergency departments, mostly with minor injuries.

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.
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'

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.

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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