The Cincinnati Enquirer
Saturday, August 26, 2000 -- Volume 5, No. 238
Today's Local News
A group studying Cincinnati's convention center expansion wants restaurant patrons to help pick up the $334.9 million tab through the creation of a city tax charged to those who eat out.

A murderer already sitting on Kentucky's Death Row now stands accused of killing a Cincinnati Opera seamstress nearly three years ago.

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Local Headlines for  Saturday, August 26, 2000

Two new tire lawsuits filed in Cincinnati
        Two new lawsuits accuse Ford Motor Co. and Bridgestone/Firestone Co. of putting dangerously flawed tires on Ford vehicles.

Citizens group wins
        UNION TOWNSHIP — Planners have effectively dropped Eastgate Parkway and other controversial aspects of the proposed $800 million Eastern Corridor Project, thanks in part to the efforts of a small, grass-roots opposition group.

Late checks latest snafu in Deerfield
        DEERFIELD TWP. — Accusations flew, gavels pounded and tempers flared Friday at a trustees work session when several angry employees and their families showed up to complain about not getting their paychecks on time.

Low gear, lowdown gritty fun
        With names like Sand Hawg, Thunder Struck and others less innocuous, they chew through gravel and muck like a rotor tiller gone bad.

Mellencamp was music to those who could hear
        “This isn't really a concert, we're just playing on the street,” John Mellencamp told the lunchtime crowd of more than 7,000 that had gathered on Fountain Square and surrounding rooftops Friday.

Man, 19, indicted in student's death
        The last hour of David Peet's life began with an act of kindness.

Back to school: Survive the daily challenge
        As August's dog days dwindle, the relaxing days of summer and sunshine give way to a regimen of schedules, class work and deadlines.

Detective: Man claimed self-defense
        HAMILTON — A police detective said in court Friday that Lavell Hamilton told him he fatally shot Christopher Darnell Johnson in self-defense.

Donors will welcome Bush
        Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush will make his third stop of the year in Greater Cincinnati for a private fund-raiser for the Republican Party next week, Hamilton County GOP officials said Friday.

Families feted in Woodlawn
        WOODLAWN — Family Day will start with a prayer today on the deck of the village pool.

Father charged in death of 1-year-old girl
        The Westwood man charged in the beating death of his 1-year-old daughter surrendered to police Friday.

Henson: No annual sessions
        INDEPENDENCE — The Kenton County Democrat running for a Kentucky state Senate seat urged voters Friday to reject a constitutional amendment that would allow the legislature to meet every year.

HOWARD: Neighborhoods
        Transferring Police Officer Shawn George out of Avondale was just like the Reds trading Denny Neagle, their best pitcher.

Official admits stealing from Cancer Society
        COLUMBUS — A former American Cancer Society official must wait to learn his punishment after admitting Friday that he stole nearly $8 million from the charity. The defense expects a prison sentence of no more than nine years, but prosecutors say the term depends on how much of the remaining money is recovered.

Parents indicted in death of infant
        HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. — A Christian County grand jury on Friday indicted a couple on charges that they murdered their infant daughter and dumped her body in a pond at Fort Campbell.

Pay for public defenders faulted
        A Hamilton County judge was asked Friday to order a pay raise for the county's court-appointed defense attorneys.

Program targets unhealthy teens
        FLORENCE — After a national survey showed that Kentucky teen-agers are among the nation's leaders in tobacco use, inactivity and poor nutrition, state educators and health officials decided to do something about it.

RAMSEY: Back to school
        There is something amusing about the media rush to cover back-to-school. Journalists embellish on the theme every year. As opposed to a tornado or stock exchange plunge, children returning to school is a neatly predictable phenomenon. So the game has become to squeeze out every possible angle.

Revamped house becomes pair of condos for Habitat
        Latonya House smeared a little paint on her cheek Friday as she finished painting the steps leading to the basement of her soon-to-be condo.

Scientist's widow defers to attorney
        WEST CHESTER TWP. — The wife of a slain Procter & Gamble Co. scientist who had cooperated with police after her husband's death now insists that all questions go through a recently hired attorney.

Showroom frames history of photography
        What started as a casual curiosity has turned into a passion for “visionary” Stuart Fabe. His collector's vision looks back through the history of photography.

Supporters to hold vigil for Justin
        COVINGTON — Spurred by this week's Ohio Supreme Court ruling, supporters of the Girard, Ohio, couple involved in an interstate custody battle over 3-year-old Justin will hold a candlelight prayer vigil here tonight.

Teacher files lawsuit, claims libel
        LEBANON — A former Waynesville High School science teacher, who sued the school district over his reassignment to study hall instructor, now is trying to silence people he thinks spoke out against him.

Teen convicted in robbery attempt
        LEBANON — A defense attorney said Joshua Leggett was merely a bystander who knew nothing about his cousin's plan to rob the Springboro BP station at gunpoint on May 24.

The end for a landmark restaurant
        COLUMBUS — Customers have been saying goodbye to a Polynesian restaurant that made bamboo poles and tiki torches hip decades before Survivor.

Third Street ramp open to southbound motorists
        With scissors in hand, more than a dozen businessmen, politicians and engineers crowded around the corner of Third and Elm streets Friday to cut the ribbon for a new exit ramp.

Trailer park ordered closed
        BIG BONE, Ky. — It looked as if Rachel Klette was throwing a party Friday afternoon in her fenced back yard at the Hillside Mobile Home Park.

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Kentucky News Briefs

S P E C I A L   F E A T U R E S
Major road work over for now
Commuters get their first run at the latest Fort Washington Way improvements this morning, after a tough road test this weekend.

Stadium opens with bang
With a blast of fireworks and a jet-fighter flyby, Paul Brown Stadium, for years a political football and a symbol of riverfront revitalization, fulfilled its true purpose last week.
Photo gallery from opening night

. Convention coverage
Go to for an archive of reports from political writers Howard Wilkinson and Patrick Crowley.

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 Kentucky state fair, which continues this week.

GOP Convention coverage
Go to 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.
Rank your 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.

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.

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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