Tuesday, August 22, 2000

Kentucky Digest


Bunning released from Mayo Clinic

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        SOUTHGATE — U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning, a Southgate Republican, was released Mondayfrom the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota following gallbladder surgery he underwent last week, said Washington spokesman John Mechem.

        Mr. Bunning, 68, will spend the next couple of weeks recuperating at his home, Mr. Mechem said Monday.

        Last week, surgeons removed Mr. Bunning's gallbladder and a benign adrenal gland tumor. The Major League Baseball Hall of Famer, who has spent 14 years in Congress, is expected to make a full recovery, doctors said following the surgery.

        Because of the surgery, Mr. Bunning will be unable to attend a campaign fund-raiser tonightfor state Sen. Jack Westwood, an Erlanger Republican running for re-election in the 23rd Senate District.

        Mr. Bunning was the scheduled speaker for the event at the home of Greg Bridges, 1245 Madison Pike, south of Independence in Kenton County.

        Dave York, Mr. Bunning's longtime chief of staff, will fill in for the senator, said Marc Wilson, Mr. Westwood's campaign spokesman.

        Mr. Westwood is challenged this year by Independence Democrat Jaimie Henson.
       

Fort Wright plans
safety education fair

              

        FORT WRIGHT — The city hosts its fifth annual Open House and Safety Fair on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at the Municipal Building to provide safety education and information for residents.

        Visitors will have the opportunity to try some of the tasks that safety personnel perform on a regular basis, and several emergencies will be simulated.

        There will be a puppet show, firetruck rides, bicycle safety inspections and other fun activities for kids. Food and drink will be available. The Municipal Building is located at Highland Pike and Kyles Lane; parking is limited. Nearby residents are urged to walk to the building.
       

Class offered
for older drivers

               BURLINGTON — The Boone County Cooperative Extension Service is offering a driving course for people 50 or older Sept. 5-6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. People who complete the course may be entitled to a discount on automobile insurance.

        A volunteer from AARP will teach the 55 Alive/Mature Driving course each day at the extension service office at Ky. 18 and Camp Ernst Road. There is a $5 charge to cover materials. No grade testing or driving is involved.

        Individuals who complete the eight-hour course will receive a card that may entitle them to a discount on their automobile insurance for three years. State law requires insurance companies to provide a reduction in rates to individuals 55 or older who graduate from this class, and people 50-54 may also be eligible for discounts.

        Registration deadline is Sept. 1. For more information, contact Devon Fluty at the extension office, 586-6101, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
       

Columnist, political
adviser NKU lecturers

               Call it the battle of the Georges. George Will and George Stephanopoulos will appear together for the first time at Northern Kentucky University's Alumni Lecture Series event Sept. 20.

        Just seven weeks before national elections, the two will discuss the challenges facing the next president.

        The event, at Regents Hall, will cost $5 for students, $15 for faculty and $20 for the general public. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis through the Office of Alumni Affairs at 572-5486.

        Mr. Will's newspaper column has been syndicated by the Washington Post since 1974 and appears twice weekly in nearly 500 newspapers worldwide. He won a Pulitzer Price for commentary in 1977 and is a contributing editor of Newsweek and a regular TV news commentator.

        Mr. Stephanopoulos served on the Clinton/Gore campaign during the 1992 presidential election, overseeing polling, press relations, scheduling and helped run the famous “war room” with political strategist James Carville. Now he is a visiting professor at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and a contributor to ABC News and Newsweek.

Four killed after
crash on U.S. 119

               DAYHOIT — Four people were killed in a two-vehicle crash near here on Friday, Kentucky State Police said.

        Paul Haywood Jr., 34, of Loyall, was southbound on U.S. 119 when he struck a car driven by Lisa Engle, 35, of Gulston, police said. The crash was reported about 8:35 p.m.

        Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene by Harlan County Coroner Philip Bianchi. Also killed in the crash was Danny Gilbert, 37, of Baxter, and Anna Engle, 2, of Gulston, who were passengers in the Engle car.

        None of the victims were wearing seat belts, police said.
       

Clarence Thomas
to speak in Louisville

               LOUISVILLE — U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas and a British ambassador will be among those speaking at the University of Louisville this fall through the McConnell Center for Political Leadership.

        Justice Thomas will open the center's lecture series Sept. 11 in Comstock Concert Hall at the School of Music. A graduate of Yale Law School, Justice Thomas is the second African-American to serve on the nation's highest court.

        Sir Christopher Meyer, the British ambassador to the United States, will speak on Oct. 30 in Ekstrom Library Auditorium. Sir Meyer has served in the British Diplomatic Service since 1966. In 1994, he was appointed press secretary to the prime minister of Great Britain.

        U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., will speak on Nov. 13 in Ekstrom Library Auditorium. Mr. Dodd has served in Congress since 1974.
       

Dead man found
in van identified

               GEORGETOWN — A man found dead in an abandoned van was identified as 38-year-old Howard Abbott of Georgetown, the coroner said.

        Mr. Abbott died of multiple gunshot wounds to the head, Scott County Coroner Stanley R. Hughes said. Police are investigating the shooting as the city's first homicide since 1998.

        Police were called to the scene Friday by residents who spotted the blue-and-gray van, which had run off the road, Mr. Hughes said.

        Mr. Abbott was found slumped in the driver's seat.

       



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