The Cincinnati Enquirer
Wednesday, July 26, 2000 -- Volume 5, No. 207
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DRIVER WON'T BE TRIED AS ADULT
The young Delhi Township driver whose hill-hopping car crash last month left two girls dead, will not be tried as an adult but could be kept in detention until she's 21.
CAMPBELL TEACHERS TO DRESS UP
Dress-down days and casual Fridays are officially a thing of the past for teachers in the Campbell County Schools.
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Local Headlines for  Wednesday, July 26, 2000

Americana to reopen next April
        MONROE — Americana Amusement Park will reopen next April to give new owner Jerry Couch more time to make improvements.

Alleged lover not off hook
        An Erlanger man who allegedly had an affair with a woman charged with her husband's slaying could still face charges in the shooting death of the Delta Air Lines pilot, police said Tuesday.

Mother, daughter found dead
        GREEN TOWNSHIP — Police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide involving a mother and her daughter that was discovered by the woman's husband Tuesday morning.

Tactics in trials criticized
        COLUMBUS — For the fifth time in as many years, Ohio Supreme Court justices have openly criticized the tactics Hamilton County prosecutors use to win death sentences in murder cases.

Americans with Disabilities Act law 10 years old
        To the people it has helped, the Americans with Disabilities Act has always meant more than curb cuts, crosswalk signs that buzz and closed-captioned television.

Bad weather leaves trees sick, dying
        Tristate trees have had just about had enough.

It's not peace on Earth, but downtown will do
        After nearly 8 million clangs that could be heard throughout downtown, Cincinnati's riverfront will finally receive some quiet today when the final pile is driven into the ground.

KIESEWETTER: Bette Midler fits right in on her new sitcom
        PASADENA, Calif. — So Bette Midler really wants to give up movies and concerts to star in a half-hour CBS comedy?

Allen Temple Church sold
        The Allen Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church building at 7181 Reading Road in Roselawn has been sold in preparation for its new $9 million structure to be built in Bond Hill's Swifton Commons.

Businesses could pay for fixes
        NEWPORT — A look at the city's proposed budget during a special city commission meeting Tuesday quickly turned to a discussion of how Newport will complete the Monmouth Street project and upgrade the downtown business district.

Cheney's P&G post uncertain
        While George W. Bush gains a running mate, Procter & Gamble might lose a board member.

County, city appeal gun law
        An Ohio appeals court will hear arguments Friday on whether a Hamilton County judge overstepped his authority last week when he threw out Ohio's concealed weapons law.

Drought relaxes
        LEXINGTON — An early summer drought has eased its grip on some sections of Kentucky, particularly in the Bluegrass region.

Educators, lawmakers still split on funding
        COLUMBUS — State leaders should move more quickly to fix dilapidated school buildings, decide what makes up an adequate education for all school children and come up with money to pay for a new system, school officials told lawmakers on Tuesday.

EMT chief guilty of drunken driving
        MASON — A high-ranking Mason firefighter pleaded guilty Tuesday to drunken driving.

Group visits an old friend
        NEWPORT — Hilda Kunkel leaned partially out of her wheelchair toward the large round tank and cooed, “Hi, cutey,” as the big white fish she had fed every day for several years cruised past the glass.

House OKs Freedom Center funds
        WASHINGTON — The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center would receive $16 million over four years under a bill passed Tuesday by the House of Representatives.

Incumbents shy away from issues survey
        COLUMBUS — Most of Ohio's congressional incumbents and their state legislative colleagues have declined to fill out a bipartisan survey and provide possible advertising fodder for their opponents — the survey's sponsor said Tuesday.

Kenton County lacks cash to build new jail
        TAYLOR MILL — Kenton County officials admitted Tuesday they looked for a site for a new county jail before coming up with a way to pay for it.

Ky. county votes to keep alcohol ban
        WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. — Grant County voters resoundingly defeated a measure to allow alcohol sales, voting nearly 2-to-1 to keep the area south of Boone and Kenton counties dry.

Landfill could be out of use soon
        WEST CHESTER TWP. — A landfill in the middle of this prosperous Butler County community could be capped and sealed by the fall of 2001 under a proposed cleanup plan being considered by federal officials.

Mine proposal still a concern
        BURLINGTON — The Boone County Fiscal Court met Tuesday to discuss the most likely limestone-mine proposal for the northwest corner of the county, but not all the local residents were buying it.

N.Ky. feeling growing pains
        CRESTVIEW HILLS — At least for the next year or so, Northern Kentuckians will continue feeling the pangs of growth — higher taxes for new jails, sewers and wastewater plants; dwindling public green space for parks and recreation, and growing traffic snarls from road construction.

Police funeral planned for Holcomb
        HAMILTON — In his days as a Butler County assistant prosecutor, John F. Holcomb loved riding in police cruisers to murder scenes.

Probation granted in theft from township
        COLUMBIA TWP. — Former Township Administrator James Harmon, who admitted to orchestrating one of the biggest thefts of public funds ever seen in Hamilton County, was granted a shock probation motion Tuesday.

Roebling project under way
        COVINGTON — Roebling Row, an 86-unit apartment building targeted at middle- and upper-middle-income renters, will open near the southern end of the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge in 13 months.

Sewer rate increases opposed
        WILDER — On Monday, Northern Kentucky residents can comment on a proposed sewer rate hike that would double rates over five years.

Tristate GOP says Cheney wise choice
        Many Republicans were slapping themselves on the forehead Tuesday and wondering why they didn't think of it when they heard former defense secretary Dick Cheney would be George W. Bush's running mate.

Voters say no to booze in Grant Co.
        WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. — A move to allow the sale of alcohol in Grant County was crushed like an old beer can Tuesday by the county's voters.

Warsaw man charged with 23 sex felonies
        WARSAW — A Warsaw man was arrested late Monday night after a Gallatin County grand jury indicted him on 23 sex-abuse felonies, Kentucky State Police said Tuesday.

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'NSync fans review show
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Stadium lights up
Paul Brown Stadium was aglow Friday night, the first time the switch was flipped on the Bengals stadium's brilliant lights. The stadium will host its first game Aug. 19, but crews will continue work through the end of the year.

Great American Ball Park
Carl Lindner's insurance company will pay about $75 million over 30 years for naming rights to the new Reds ballpark.
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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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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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