The Cincinnati Enquirer
Friday, August 11, 2000 -- Volume 5, No. 223
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FWW CLOSING BEFORE OPENING
Fort Washington Way and Third Street close at 10 p.m. today to allow workers to finish preparations for Monday's 5 a.m. reopening.
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LUCAS WON'T BACK GORE
U.S. Rep. Ken Lucas will break ranks with his fellow Democratic delegates next week by not voting for Al Gore's presidential nomination at the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles.
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Local Headlines for  Friday, August 11, 2000

Sheriff denies he sets quotas
        Hamilton County Sheriff Simon Leis fired back at statewide police union leaders Thursday, insisting he doesn't require deputies to meet arrest and citation quotas.

Storm left a big mess
        Power to all of Greater Cincinnati was expected to be restored by noon today, as Cinergy crews — increased fivefold — continued Thursday to work on lines damaged by a series of severe thunderstorms.

Adopted children now part of larger American family
        Seven months ago she lived in the rain forest of Guyana, South America. A hut was her home, a hammock her bed and a torn rag in a Coke can filled with kerosene her only light.

Panel urges OK for arts campus
        Plans for a $52 million downtown arts campus funded with public and private money received support Thursday from Cincinnati's superintendent of schools and three board of education members.

Hamilton explosion injures four
        HAMILTON — A firefighter said city workers ignored his advice to shut down a leaking natural gas line they were replacing Thursday because it was too dangerous to continue working on it.

Sex case plea deal in doubt
        LEBANON — A week after two Mason teens pleaded guilty to scaled-back charges in the alleged sexual assault of three female classmates, prosecutors asked a judge Thursday to throw out the plea agreement.

Cheney defends '80s vote against Head Start
        COLUMBUS — Republican vice presidential candidate Dick Cheney on Thursday defended his vote against Head Start in the 1980s, saying just because “something has a fancy title doesn't mean it merited support.”

Ex-cop who lied gets probation
        A retired Amelia police chief who accepted a Distinguished Service Cross for Army service he fabricated and who had falsely claimed to be a former prisoner of war in Vietnam was sentenced Thursday to three years' probation.

Pig Parade: Goetta Edubacon
Where there's a pig, there's a pun. And on the lists of punning pig names in the Big Pig Gig, Goetta Edubacon may be the biggest groaner of all.

98: Pop group comes home to film Disney special
        When multiplatinum teen-pop group 98 comes home to Cincinnati, the guys always hit the old haunts. They eat at Skyline, LaRosa's and Graeter's, hang out on Fountain Square and visit their old school, the School for Creative and Performing Arts. But this week it's different.

SCPA benefits from 98 visit
        When members of 98 left the School for Creative and Performing Arts on Thursday afternoon, SCPA had a check for $5,000 and some new musical instruments, including a piano, courtesy of Time Warner Cable and the Disney Channel.

Couple believes strongly in miracles
        Everyone has a story worth telling. At least, that's the theory. To test it, Tempo is throwing darts at the phone book. When a dart hits a name, a reporter dials the phone number and asks if someone in the home will be interviewed. Stories appear on Fridays.

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KIESEWETTER: Even tornado warnings can't deter 'Survivor' addicts
        It has come to this: Survivor is so popular here that people called Channel 12 during Wednesday's tornado warning and begged the “weather authority” station not to interrupt the popular summer series with weather bulletins.

Shooting-star show peaks Saturday
        On Saturday morning, the Perseids meteor showers will reach their peak. If we're lucky, the night sky will rain “shooting stars.” So grab a lawn chair, plan to get up early and enjoy the show.

Storms no match for ATP fans with attendance nearing record
        MASON — The Tristate's Tennis Masters tournament has seen only a slight drop in attendance so far this year despite two days of rain and the injuries of two top players.

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

2 cities get nearly $400K
        Gov. Paul Patton is scheduled to deliver nearly $400,000 in federal money today to two Kenton County cities to help pay for water lines and sidewalks.

Buring picked for state award
        COVINGTON — Kenton County Commonwealth Attorney Don Buring was named a co-winner Thursdayof one of the highest awards a state prosecutor can receive in Kentucky.

Charge of posing as agent dropped
        COVINGTON — A New Jersey man charged with kidnapping his ex-lover's new boyfriend from a Florence hotel — who was later found dead near his home — will not stand trial Monday on a federal charge of impersonating an FBI agent.

Child support guidelines reviewed
        FRANKFORT — The General Assembly's permanent investigations committee is looking into the guidelines used by Kentucky judges in setting child sup port payments.

Church aims to aid kids in Latvia
        GREENHILLS — Members of the First Baptist Church of Greenhills want to provide care for juvenile offenders after they are released from jail. They also want to build a new church and help an orphanage.

Defenders' pay case rejected
        The Ohio Supreme Court will not order Hamilton County to give a pay raise to its court-appointed defense attorneys.

Educators: Jobs may hang on levy
        OXFORD — A salary freeze in the Talawanda Schools would be lifted if voters approve a 6.5-mill operating levy the school board is putting on the Nov. 7 ballot.

Local Digest
        At least six families were displaced by a two-alarm fire Thursday night at an apartment building at 2 E. McMicken Ave. in Over-the-Rhine.

Four veterans' cemeteries planned
        WILLIAMSTOWN — The Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs is proposing the development of up to four more state veterans cemeteries, including a site in Grant County.

Grant County may be site of vets cemetery
        WILLIAMSTOWN — The Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs is proposing the development of up to four more state veterans cemeteries, including a site in Grant County.

Henson opposes drug tax
        INDEPENDENCE — Democratic state Senate candidate Jaimie Henson has signed on to a plan to eliminate Kentucky's 6 percent tax on prescription drugs dispensed by physicians and other health care providers.

Landmark restaurant to close
        The Window Garden, a landmark restaurant on Cincinnati's west side for 64 years, will close Aug. 20.

Man arrested after police find explosive box at home
        LIBERTY TWP. — A 26-year-old man has been charged with possession of a makeshift bomb after an incident that required evacuation of several homes Wednesday night.

Man who tracks tragedy on trial
        OXFORD — A judge will have to decide what Larry Mullins' intentions were when he called a Morgan Township family and talked to a woman about her daughter-in-law's fatal traffic accident 10 years earlier.

New leaders at New Miami
        NEW MIAMI — Two new administrators will welcome students to New Miami schools when classes resume this month.

Kentucky Digest
        PARK HILLS — Steven Ryan was appointed to fill a city council vacancy this week.

Reports of mystery big cat have suburban Akron spooked
        AKRON, Ohio — Trappers in suburban Akron have been looking for a mysterious big cat sighted repeatedly in back yards, but a lack of hard evidence has some people wondering if they're chasing a furry Loch Ness monster.

School board's facilities panel OKs 4 projects
        Plans for a new K-12 arts campus, a new K-12 school in the East End, and two public-private partnerships to renovate two existing Cincinnati schools were approved by the school board's facilities committee Thursday.

Schools OK reform plan
        COVINGTON — The Covington school board Thursday night signed off on the district's action plan to improve instruction, management and operations.

Star power makes kids shine
        Screaming fans swarm the car, fighting for a glimpse of the elusive figure behind the tinted windows. A door opens and she steps out, a bit disoriented by the flashbulbs going off in her face.

WWII vet honored at last
        RADCLIFF — An 80-year-old, bedridden World War II veteran received the Purple Heart at a ceremony, 60 years after he was wounded.

S P E C I A L   F E A T U R E S
THE WAY OF THE FUTURE
Analysts say the new Fort Washington Way will do more than ease traffic — it's the key that will help Cincinnati reclaim its legacy as one of America's great riverfront cities.
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Take me to the fair
Check out our FREETIME section for all the details on the Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana state fairs.

Tutu gets Freedom award
Archibishop Desmond Tutu, honored here Saturday night, said he had to overcome a “slave mentality” in himself before he could lead opposition to apartheid.
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GOP Convention coverage
Go to Enquirer.com/gop for an archive of reports from political writers Howard Wilkinson and Patrick Crowley and columnists Laura Pulfer.

Columbus report card
For the third year in a row, Senate President Richard H. Finan, R-Evendale, has topped our report card of Cincinnati-area state legislators.
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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 July 14, 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.

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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