The Cincinnati Enquirer
Monday, July 31, 2000 -- Volume 5, No. 211
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Local Headlines for  Monday, July 31, 2000

Reading test getting another look
        COLUMBUS — Parents are upset, students get physically ill and some fourth-grade teachers are so stressed they are considering teaching at a different grade level. That is how many educators and parents have responded to an Ohio law requiring students to either pass the reading section of the fourth-grade proficiency test next year or flunk fourth grade.
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Coors Light Festival rocks to rain-drenched close
        As rain drenched Cinergy Field Sunday night, the 2000 Coors Light Festival had a wet finish to match its start.

Arrests down, sales good at huge downtown festivals
        Despite the sometimes dreary weather this weekend, two words sum up the huge festivals that took place downtown: calm and successful.

Auto owners dodge tax
        They call it their “company car” — the vehicle a Kentuckian registers in Ohio to dodge the annual property tax.

Crop growers optimistic
        Tristate farmers are having a rare year. It hasn't been too wet, and more amazingly, it hasn't been too dry.

Dad of shooting victim apparently killed self
        CROSBY TOWNSHIP — Flick's Home Like Inn was closed Sunday. A recorded telephone message told callers that the restaurant — a fixture on Columbia Avenue in the New Baltimore area since 1959 — was closed until further notice because of death in the family.

Third arrest in pilot's slaying surprise
        At Ronald Pryor's apartment in rural Independence, the garbage cans are full, remnants of a busy family of five, but the place is quiet and empty.

Friendly skies have cloud cover
        Considering their discomfort, air travelers ought to be rioting daily. Instead, they grit their teeth and manage to merely annoy each other.

Golfers come out at night
        COLERAIN TWP. — The sun has set and a dark, moonless sky prevails. Thirty-four golfers walk toward their clubs on the veranda of the Lake Gloria clubhouse. After picking them up, they stroll off — not toward the parking lot, but out to the nine-hole, par-3 golf course.

Hogspital fixes broken pigs
        An ambulance screeches to a halt. Its siren fades, turns into a growl. White-coated trauma specialists scurry to the back bumper with a gurney cart. OK, so that's not quite the way it goes at the new “Pig Spa and Hospital” at 40 E. Seventh St., downtown.

Pig Parade: Piggy in Pigamas
        This is 93rd in a series spotlighting pigs from the Big Pig Gig Public Art Project taking place in Cincinnati, Covington and Newport.

Are hours at work hurting you?
        If hours on the clock are giving you pain and strain, tell us a task (lifting heavy loads, stocking overhead shelves, wrestling criminals to the ground, sitting at a computer all day) that is causing the problem, and we'll find an expert who can demonstrate the right way and give you fitness tips.

FIT BITS
        Ways to stay active and healthy.

Healthy Eating
        Question: I know I need to make changes in my lifestyle to lose and maintain my weight, but I feel guilty when I cut back on work time or family time. How can I deal with this?

Personal Trainer
        Question: I am a busy 36-year-old male who works out 3-4 days per week with a personal trainer. However, I need a good cardiovascular regimen that I can do that won't leave me feeling over-exerted and doesn't take too long. Any advice?

GET TO IT
        A guide to help make your day.

Small crowd hears fine CSO finale
        For the second night in a row on Saturday night, a musician of tremendous depth and artistry joined the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra at Riverbend.

Survivor shares last words from TV press tour
        PASADENA, Calif. — We've been voted off the island. Our torches have been extinguished — though some TV critics on the 21/2-week summer press tour burned out days ago.

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

Crafters take chunk of wood and turn it into art
        SYMMES TOWNSHIP — As far as John T. Lannom is concerned, one good turn deserves another. And another.

Critters and cars coexist swimmingly
        LIBERTY TWP. — Cars and trucks speed past this small pond at the center of a looping Butler County highway interchange, but to the wildlife living here the unusual wetland is home.

Local Digest
        The eastern portion of the Cinergy Field parking garage will close permanently beginning Tuesday for the demolition of Cinergy Field Plaza.

Man charged in killing UK player was DUI repeater
        LEXINGTON — The man charged with killing a former University of Kentucky football player six years ago has been convicted repeatedly on drunken-driving charges, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported.

Mason schools buckling down
        MASON — Mason City School District's grade as an “effective” district last year will not stop officials from working on a continuous improvement plan for the coming school year.

Scout builds bridge across creek
        Morrow resident Derek Loesch wanted to bridge the gap — literally — between sections of ground at the Warren County Conservation Association. So he decided to build a bridge with a 10-ton weight limit as his Eagle Scout project.

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Readers rule
In honor of summer vacation, we let readers take over the work of Tempo reporters for a week.

'NSync fans review show
We asked fans to review the July 14 Cinergy Field concert and 65 responded. Read what they liked - and didn't like.
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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.”
Take a tour of 'Son of Beast'

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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