The Cincinnati Enquirer
Saturday, June 24, 2000 -- Volume 5, No. 175
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WENDY'S DRIVE-THROUGH DRUG BUST
How about a baggie with those Biggie fries? Four employees of a Wendy's restaurant drive-through are accused of selling something that wasn't on the menu: marijuana.
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Local Headlines for  Saturday, June 24, 2000

WLW copter crashes on interstate
        Traffic broadcaster Dave Armbruster and helicopter pilot Rodney Newsome escaped injury when 700 WLW radio's news helicopter crashed in the median of Interstate 275 Friday morning.

Walgreens may snag Nordstrom deal
        If developers want a $12 million loan to help put a Nordstrom in downtown Cincinnati, they're going to have to move Walgreens out — again. That's because the loan from the Cincinnati Equity Fund requires the developer to find some place other than Sixth and Race streets to build Walgreens.

RAMSEY: A hope for revival at Sands
        Gary Browning can see the future. He can also see the past. These are handy talents for a man about to recreate the past at Sands Montessori, a Cincinnati Public School in the West End.

P&G exec found shot to death in home
        UNION TOWNSHIP — Police were investigating the death of a Procter & Gamble executive whose body was found with multiple gunshot wounds inside his secluded West Chester home Friday.

Speedway improves parking
        SPARTA — Kentucky Speedway officials say every customer will have a place to park at three events scheduled in July and August — two auto race weekends and a heavy metal concert.

Veterans back N. Korean trade plan
        Fifty years is too long to hold a grudge, even against a one-time enemy. Many of the Tristate's Korean War veterans applauded last week's announcement that President Clinton wants the United States to renew trade with Communist North Korea.

Freedom Center gets $1M
        The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will receive a $1 million gift from the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio during ceremonies in August, a church official announced Friday.

Tuition waivers abused at UC
        So many University of Cincinnati employees, spouses and children are abusing tuition waivers that sanctions are being imposed.

Deadly trench collapse probed
        Cave-ins at excavation sites, such as the one that killed a DeMossville man Thursday, trouble federal regulators.

Enquirer best in Ohio
        The Cincinnati Enquirer has been named the Best Daily Newspaper in Ohio in the 22nd annual Press Club of Cleveland Excellence in Journalism Contest.

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Pack this advice for a cross-country move
        Wise and generous decisions by a couple of employees at the U-Haul center in Northside turned what could have been an ordeal into a trouble-free cross-country move.

Pig Parade: Ham 'n' Eggs
        This is 56th 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.

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.

Who should be cast away?
        CBS' Survivor pits castaways against each other as they vote each week on whom to kick off the desert island.

2 crash victims' conditions upgraded
        Two of the children injured in Thursday's fatal van wreck were taken off the critical list Friday while accident specialists continued to try to figure out what happened.

Agency aims to attract white-collar jobs to Kentucky
        FORT MITCHELL — The agency charged with bringing jobs to Northern Kentucky is setting its recruiting sights on high-tech manufacturing firms and white-collar office jobs, the organization's leader said Friday.

Butler County's economic development director quits
        HAMILTON — In Curt Arulf Jr.'s five years as Butler County economic development director, the county has seen 211 new and existing companies create or retain 17,500 jobs with investments totaling $1.3 billion.

Cars dazzle entrants, visitors
        HAMILTON — The pinstripes at this weekend's Kustoms of America Car Show won't be on suits. They are part of the custom paint jobs on cherry cars, and they are the specialty of “Pinheads.”

Graduate: Give what you get
        When Jan Beckemeyer graduated Friday night with about 600 other Cincinnati State Technical and Community College students, she did not just receive a degree.

Investigation ties supervisor to $10,000 stolen from state
        COLUMBUS — A supervisor stole a $10,000 bond from a safe in the state treasurer's office and cashed the money, then resigned when the theft was discovered, the treasurer said Friday.

Kentucky Digest
        COVINGTON — The Wallace Woods House & Garden Tour 2000, “The Art of Living,” will be 1to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Local Digest
        A Lower Price Hill man was indicted Friday on charges of beating and strangling his girlfriend.

Man charged with molestation
        MONROE TOWNSHIP — Henry L. Stanforth, 48, of Leeds Road, has been charged with two counts of gross sexual imposition after an investigation by Clermont County sheriff's detectives into reports from five children that he sexually fondled them.

Officials worried about gonorrhea increase
        CLEVELAND — The number of gonorrhea cases has increased 20 percent in Ohio, in part because people have a more relaxed attitude toward unprotected sex, health officials say.

Suspect's travel plans canceled
        HAMILTON — Keith Willis' plans to head to Florida went south Thursday when Butler County sheriff's deputies arrested him.

Tourism effort gets new leaders
        LEBANON — Three familiar faces in Warren County are taking on new leadership roles with the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Wife admits killing husband
        COVINGTON — Ernie Springer's widow pleaded guilty Friday to fatally shooting him in 1995.

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.”
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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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