The Cincinnati Enquirer
Tuesday, June 27, 2000 -- Volume 5, No. 178
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GAS PRICES SHOW RIPPLE EFFECT
Gas prices dipped by between a nickel and a dime around the Tristate this weekend, but analysts say that's just a temporary fluctuation in an apparent trend of steady increases brought on by low crude oil supplies. And that could mean higher taxes and higher prices elsewhere for consumers already paying more at the pump.
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Local Headlines for  Tuesday, June 27, 2000

Driver had suspended license
        HIGHLAND TWP., Ind. — The 18-year-old driver in the crash that killed two teen passengers this weekend had an indefinitely suspended license and a record that included five guilty pleas for speeding and reckless driving, according to Ohio Department of Public Safety records.

Teen charged in crash that killed 2 girls
        DELHI TOWNSHIP — The teen-age driver of a Jeep Grand Cherokee that crashed on Hillside Avenue on June 9, killing two 13-year-old girls, was charged Wednesday with two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide.

City OKs funds for Nordstrom
        If a deal can't be made over the location of a downtown Walgreens, then the deal for Nordstrom is dead. But that didn't stop City Council from approving a financing package Monday that will pay for a Cincinnati Nordstrom.

Port Authority's role in riverfront plans gets OK
        Hamilton County's Port Authority is one step closer to being the organization responsible for taking The Banks riverfront development project from paper drawings to concrete reality.

CPS board approves charter school in East End
        A charter school called the East End Community Heritage School, one of the first in the state created by a school district, will open in eight weeks.

Genetic breakthrough poses ethical dilemmas
        Suzanne Hesselbrock always said she would never be able to have an abortion. That was before her blond, blue-eyed son died in her arms at age 2 years, 9 months and five days.

Cures for diseases will take time
        One day, a simple blood test could tell people if they're genetically predisposed for heart disease, diabetes, cancer or a host of other common, but potentially fatal, ailments. But identifying a risk factor and preventing sickness are different things, experts say. So are having a map of the human genome and using that map to steer consumers to optimum health.

Local scientists join gene study
        Greater Cincinnati scientists are joining a global knowledge hunt to use the new map of the human genetic code to understand the precise functions of all the estimated 50,000 genes.

Police dogs get bulletproof vests
        Officer John Patrick has a vested interest in his police dog, Guese. When Guese (pronounced goose) goes to work at Caesar Creek State Park's canine unit, he sometimes is dressed in body armor.

Police want to quiz man about killing
        UNION TOWNSHIP — As police continue to investigate the multiple-gunshot slaying of a Procter & Gamble scientist, his friends and family will remember his life at a memorial service today.

Coach's sons may avoid prison
        HAMILTON — The adult sons of longtime Badin High School football coach Terry Malone, who have admitted they stole drugs from the school, are being screened for the Butler County Drug Court program.

Robber recounts shooting by police
        A man paralyzed by a police officer's bullet said Monday before a review panel that he failed to comply with the officer's orders because he was afraid of his baton and chemical irritant.

Union spelled confusion, so now it's West Chester
        UNION TOWNSHIP — Today marks this Butler County community's final 24 hours as a member of the “union” of Ohio's Union townships.

Robbery suspects indicted
        LEBANON — Two men, accused of trying to rob a service station in Springboro last month only to be foiled when a clerk opened fire, were indicted Monday on charges of aggravated robbery.

SAMPLES: Church musicians bond for life through music
        COVINGTON — Meet the Rolling Stones of church music. For 30 years, Mother of God Church's folk ensemble has played during Mass. That's long enough to witness both the first and second coming of bell bottoms.

KNIPPENBERG: To cast 'Aida,' opera worker goes to jail
        It's a real Law & Disorder thing, this Aida the Cincinnati Opera is about to unleash. Lots of cops and, well, felons. Seems the opera was having trouble finding supers (non-singing extras) to fill the stage.

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New 'What to Expect' series caters to kids
        Heidi Murkoff has helped legions of women through pregnancy with her What to Expect books co-authored with Arlene Eisenberg and Sandee Hathaway. Now, Ms. Murkoff is forging into new territory with What to Expect Kids, a series of books designed to help kids weather the storms of childhood.

Pig Parade: CAM Ham
        This is 59th in a series spotlighting pigs from the Big Pig Gig Public Art Project taking place in Cincinnati, Covington and Newport.

Teen helps others deal with anorexia
        When Kristen Renzi talks, other kids listen. When she talks about diet and over-dieting, they understand.

Bank robbers remain at large
        Bank robbers hit the Cincinnati area Monday in two separate heists.

Bauer continues to serve causes
        FORT MITCHELL — Republican Gary Bauer has not had any trouble staying busy since dropping out of the presidential race four months ago.

Dealing better with bias crimes
        OXFORD — Two groups are working on a plan to help the city respond to bias crimes.

Democrat says Boone County winnable
        FORT MITCHELL — John Stephenson plans to huddle with members of the state Senate Democratic Caucus tonight and tell them that with their help he can win Boone County — the largest GOP controlled county in the state — in November's 11th District state Senate race.

Fire ruins a dad's gift to daughter
        MADISON TOWNSHIP — As Edward Morris talked about the house he recently bought and remodeled for his daughter, Misty, 19, and her young son, tears streamed down her face.

Harrison seeks bus solutions
        HARRISON — The mayor of Harrison will meet with Metro bus officials, and representatives from Indiana and other western Hamilton County communities to talk about keeping Metro service running to the city after the service is due to expire.

Hot-air balloons give rise to Lebanon celebration
        LEBANON — Hot-air balloons will race from the city in August as a warm-up for Lebanon's 2002 bicentennial celebration.

Ky. Senate candidate selects manager
        INDEPENDENCE — Jaimie Henson, a Democratic state Senate candidate, has named a former intern of U.S. Rep. Ken Lucas, D-Richwood, as campaign manager.

Local Digest
        Investigators are waiting for more information before they reveal what they think happened to an Iowa man whose body was found floating Monday in the Ohio River.

Loveland manager set to quit
        LOVELAND — City Manager Mark Fitzgerald is expected to resign at tonight's council meeting, Vice Mayor and Fitzgerald supporter Brad Greenberg said Monday.

Mason shuts door on proposal for Kroger store
        The Mason City Council on Monday rejected a controversial plan to replace a popular public golf course on Mason-Montgomery Road with a Kroger store.

Museum to break ground on expansion
        COVINGTON — The museum that serves as the repository for artifacts from Northern Kentucky's past will break ground today on a $1.9 million expansion designed to bring its far-flung collections under one roof.

Newport commission agreement puts stop to lawsuit
        NEWPORT — The city has reached agreement with Barleycorn's floating restaurant that halts a lawsuit brought by the city that could have ousted Barleycorn's from its location on the Ohio River bank.

Ohio could get funds to restore properties
        Ohio Gov. Bob Taft on Monday proposed measures to help cities like Cincinnati redevelop blighted property and buildings.

School formula questioned
        FORT THOMAS — The man who leads the Fort Thomas school district thinks Kentucky's school funding formula needs to be re-evaluated.

Sewer facility vote is expected
        FORT WRIGHT — Sanitation District No. 1 is expected to vote on a resolution tonight that would authorize condemnation proceedings on property in Boone County that may become the home of a new sewer plant.

Springdale set for July 4 fest
        SPRINGDALE — Sharon Casselman is hoping that folks looking for ways to celebrate the Fourth of July haven't forgotten the “Spirit of Springdale.”

Warren Co. homes more valuable
        LEBANON — Single-family homes in Ohio's second-fastest-growing county are more valuable and pricier than ever before, a study released by the Warren County Housing Advisory Committee (HAC) found.

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.

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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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