The Cincinnati Enquirer
Wednesday, July 12, 2000 -- Volume 5, No. 193
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The Rev. Dr. Vashti McKenzie of Baltimore on Monday became the first woman to win election as a bishop in the African Methodist Episcopal Church's 213 years.
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Local Headlines for  Wednesday, July 12, 2000

“Average Joe” robber might be man in custody
        A man police think is the suspected serial bank robber known as Average Joe was behind bars in Lexington on Tuesday, arrested after police say he pulled his 18th Tristate heist.

Convict thinks DNA test will set him free
        Every few years, someone claims science will finally end the strange saga of Joseph Elliott.

Agency gets new boss
        Two weeks after the latest in a series of financial scandals rocked Cincinnati's neighborhood services department, the director is being replaced with one of the city's top fiscal watchdogs.

Builders have eye on prime city parcel
        Several developers are eyeing a 30-acre chunk of property at the base of Mount Adams that the city says will be freed up by a recent Hamilton County judge's decision.

Car crash blamed on passenger
        LIBERTY TOWNSHIP — An Ohio Highway Patrol trooper on routine rounds spotted the wreckage Tuesday morning: a white 1991 Pontiac Grand Prix had smashed into a concrete wall; an 8-year-old girl was halfway ejected through the rear driver's side window.

Lightning victim remains critical
        LIBERTY TOWNSHIP — When a sudden storm blew through Green Crest Golf Course on Monday, Raymond Beckett and three other golfers took shelter beneath a tree. The rain subsided, the sun was starting to reappear — and then lightning struck.

Teaching kids how to manage conflict
        Tears still well up in Annette Roberts' eyes when she thinks of the day that children showed her the violent reality of their lives.

'Backstory' looks behind the old-movie scenes
        Backstory, the American Movie Classics documentary series that debuts Aug. 12. will interview stars, producers, directors and film experts about the events behind the cameras of favorite hit films.

Alligator rescued, so some thought
        NEWPORT — Covington Police Officer Dan Farrell has seen his share of strange animals in 11 years on the job, but he could hardly believe his eyes Tuesday when he picked up what appeared to be an alligator at 19th and Garrard.

Avoiding inheritance hassles
        When parents die or move into nursing homes, battles among their children over personal belongings can be bitter and enduring.

Chemical for pool suspected in car fire
        FORT THOMAS — Until she was almost home and was closing her Nissan Sentra's power windows, Sharon Everett probably never smelled the combustible gases that had built up in her car.

Cooling donations relieve summer suffering
        HAMILTON — Thanks to public generosity this summer, the poor and sickly of Butler County have a better chance to survive the heat and humidity.

French consul to visit Montgomery
        MONTGOMERY — A visit by Alain de Kighel, consul general of France in Washington, D.C., and an exhibition of paintings by Frederic Bonin Pissarro, great-grandson of French impressionist Camille Pissarro, will highlight the city's fifth annual Bastille Day celebration Saturday.

Hamilton likely to OK park road
        HAMILTON — City Council appears ready to move forward with a plan to build a controversial road through Millikin Woods.

Man robs W. Chester Provident
        The Tristate's streak of bank robberies continued Tuesday when a man wielding a blunt instrument robbed a West Chester Township bank. He remains at large.

Mayor of Ludlow vows to battle ouster
        LUDLOW — The mayor has continued to represent the city despite recent health problems, and will fight City Council's attempts to remove him from office, his attorney says.

On-street parking loses out to $8 million grant in Lebanon
        LEBANON — The rebuilding of Main Street will go forward despite objections from some residents.

Residents stand up for embattled chief
        MAINEVILLE — Angry residents packed a council meeting here Tuesday evening and warned village leaders not to drive off a longtime police chief by drastically cutting his pay.

Business group urges Covington action
        COVINGTON — The city received a gentle reminder Tuesday from an organization representing area businesses: We're watching you.

Homefest 2000 reveals how the other half lives
        RICHWOOD — How would you like to try to keep up with the Joneses in this neighborhood?

CROWLEY: Mayor's check
        On March 22, Villa Hills Mayor Clark sent, without the knowledge or blessing of his City Council, a check for $25,025 in taxpayer money to All-Rite Concrete in Florence.

Suit filed on behalf of animals
        Fed up with the shooting of stray dogs and the pathetic condition of some dog pounds, Kentucky humane societies this week filed a class-action lawsuit to force change.

Teacher put on suspension
        MIDDLETOWN — A Middletown High School teacher and coach has been suspended without pay after a school investigation of alleged unprofessional conduct, including inappropriate but nonphysical contact with female students.

Telecom spending cut for now
        LEBANON — City officials promised from the beginning that the millions spent to build a telecommunications system — $8.2 million, at last count — would buy residents more than just cable.

Warren County OKs deal for brake maker
        LEBANON — Warren County commissioners approved tax breaks Tuesday to lock up an expansion of a brake maker that will make it among the largest employers in the county.

Zoo worker accused of stealing stuffed animals from gift shop
        The man in the Cincinnati Zoo's gift shop looked like a really big animal lover, until he was arrested for theft.

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Pig Parade: Pigliacci

Tristate A.M. Report

Kentucky News Briefs

S P E C I A L   F E A T U R E S
'Moving wall' stirs emotions
The traveling, half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., is on display in Clifton through Friday.
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Cincy radio on the Web
Local stations are reaching computer audiences in town and around the world. We give you links to your favorites.

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.

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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
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