Thursday, July 13, 2000

Tristate A.M. Report

1st Dist. candidates schedule debates

        U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Cincinnati, and John Cranley, his Democratic opponent, will go head-to-head in the first of four 1st Congressional debates Sunday in Green Township.

        The two congressional candidates are scheduled to square off at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Nathanael Greene Lodge at Veterans Park, 6394 Wesselman Rd., Green Township.

        Mr. Chabot of Westwood is running for his fourth term in the U.S. House. His Democratic opponent, a 26-year-old Price Hill resident, is making his first run for elective office.

        The 1st Congressional District includes most of Cincinnati's west side and western suburbs.

General store robbed at gunpoint
        WAYNE TOWNSHIP — An armed man escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash Wednesday morning from the Edenton General Store, located on Ohio 727 in northern Clermont County.

        The Clermont County sheriff's office said the man came into the store about 11:35 a.m. and robbed it at gunpoint.

        The suspect then left the store and entered a newer model red Ford Thunderbird that was being driven by another man. The car headed south on Ohio 133.

        No one was injured. The gunman is described as a white male in his mid-20s with dyed blonde hair on top and dark hair on the sides. He was wearing baggy blue jeans, a red shirt and possibly a stud earring in one ear.

Suspects sought in fatal robbery
        Cincinnati police are seeking three suspects in connection with the fatal shooting of Bubacarr Kassama, 25, of Colerain Township, whose body was found on the sidewalk on Fulton Avenue in Walnut Hills early Sunday.

        Homicide Unit officers said robbery was the apparent motive for the shooting. They said Mr. Kassama and a friend were at the Yacht Club in Clifton when they met two women.

        All four went to Fulton Avenue in a vehicle driven by Mr. Kassama. One of the women talked to a man on the street, then led the other occupants of the car into a building on Fulton. When Mr. Kassama, his friend and the other woman exited the building a few minutes later, an unknown male approached Mr. Kassama and demanded his jewelry.

        Police said witnesses told them Mr. Kassama was shot within moments. The two women and the friend fled.

        No arrests have been made, but police are seeking three men who were in the area of 2100 Fulton at the time.

        Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 352-3040, or the Homicide Unit at 352-3542. Callers may remain anonymous.

Springboro H.S. gets new principal
        SPRINGBORO — A new high school principal was appointed Wednesday night to fill the position left vacant since late spring.

        Dr. Ronald L. Malone, a Sylvania high school principal, got the nod from interim superintendent Ed Perkins at a special board meeting.

        Dr. Malone takes the place of principal Jack Poore, who resigned to take a job as principal of the Miami Valley Career Technology Center near Dayton.

        The Springboro Community City Schools board is also interviewing candidates for a junior high principal, a director of education services and a superintendent, Mr. Perkins said. The board hopes to have those positions filled by Aug. 1, he said.

        Dr. Malone received his bachelor's degree in secondary education from Ohio University, his master's degree in educational administration from Ohio State University and a doctorate in educational leadership from Ohio University.

        Dr. Malone's contract begin Aug. 1. The position pays $83,930 annually, Mr. Perkins said.

Ladyhawks plan soccer clinic
        WARREN COUNTY — Dr. Stephen Dailey, sports medicine physician with the Health Alliance and owner of the Ladyhawks, Cincinnati's women's soccer team, invites parents and children, ages 15 and under, to a free soccer safety clinic Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Galbreath Field, just north of Paramount's Kings Island.

        By learning proper training, conditioning, and good nutrition, soccer players can prevent or greatly reduce injuries. The clinic is a good place for parents and children to learn how to avoid soccer injuries while practicing skills with the Ladyhawks' players and coaches. There will also be an information session with sports medicine experts and a free safe sport handbook at an information booth.

        After the clinic, the Ladyhawks will play a game at 7:30 p.m. For information, call 585-7200.

Cleveland Clinic opens new center
        CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Clinic cut the ribbon Wednesday on a $50 million center that will consolidate its cancer treatment in one building.

        The research hospital's Taussig Cancer Center was named for a Cleveland businessman who died of cancer in 1996 at the age of 67.

        The block-long building was designed by Cesar Pelli, a New Haven, Conn., architect whose work includes the world's tallest skyscrapers — Malaysia's 1,483-foot Petronas Twin Towers.

        The center has digital diagnostic scanning, a pharmacy and an online patient resource with a nurse cancer specialist to answer questions.

Taft, Glenn join to push bond issue
        COLUMBUS — Gov. Bob Taft and former U.S. Sen. John Glenn say they will seek bipartisan support for state Issue 1, which would authorize a $400 million bond program to clean up abandoned industrial sites and set aside land for environmental preservation.

        Gov. Taft, a Republican, and Mr. Glenn, a Democrat, were appointed Wednesday as co-chairmen of the Citizens for a Clean Environment, a campaign group set up by backers of Issue 1. Gov. Taft and Mr. Glenn said they would begin their campaign in August.

        Issue 1, which will be on the Nov. 7 ballot, would allow local governments to apply for $200 million to clean up abandoned projects for redevelopment and set aside another $200 million to preserve green space.

        Gov. Taft made the program a priority during his State of the State speech in January. Mr. Glenn, who retired in 1998 after four terms, chaired the Great Lakes Task Force while in the Senate.

Audits of agencies now available online
        COLUMBUS — State audits of public agencies were made available online Wednesday.

        All audits and reports issued after Jan. 1 of schools, villages, cities, counties, townships and state government agencies can be found on Auditor Jim Petro's Web site,

        “We will continue efforts to increase our efficiency and the accessibility of these important financial documents,” Mr. Petro said.

        The Web site allows users to search the more than 200,000 pages of documents five different ways.

        Regular audits of financial activity and legal compliance of a government entity are posted on the site, as well as special audits detailing whether fraud or abuse of tax dollars has occurred.

        Paper copies of the audits are still available through Mr. Petro's office.


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