Saturday, September 02, 2000

Local Digest

50-cent bus fare goes up Tuesday

        Metro's Clean Air Fare, effective since June, will end Monday, officials said Friday.

        The 50-cent reduced fare was used to lure people out of their cars this summer and onto buses.

        Officials said the initiative helps to improve air quality over the Tristate by reducing the number of cars on the roadways.

        Regular Metro fares will resume Tuesday. For bus schedules, fares and other information, call MetroCenter, 621-4455, weekdays 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m.-4 p.m., or visit Metro's Web site,

Woman sentenced
for role in robbery

               A 25-year-old California woman was sentenced Friday to seven years and three months imprisonment for her role in a 1997 jewelry store robbery in Montgomery.

        Cay Cee Evans was also ordered to pay more than $371,000 restitution and was given three years' probation for her role in the robbery, officials said.

        Ms. Evans' sentence was handed down by U.S. District Court Judge Susan J. Dlott. It will run concurrently with sentences for similar convictions in federal courts in Texas and Florida.

        Officials said Ms. Evans flew to Columbus, Ohio, on May 2, 1997 from Los Angeles and drove to Cincinnati, where she met her co-conspirators to plan the robbery of the Equity Diamond Brokers.

        She helped case the store and drove the robbers away after the theft.

Unknown man's
death ruled suicide

               The Hamilton County Coroner has ruled the death of a man whose body was found on the downtown property of Procter & Gamble a suicide.

        The unidentified man's body was found Tuesday by security guards in some bushes near a revolving door at the property on Sentinel Street, according to Cincinnati Police.

Cleveland teachers
to vote on contract

               CLEVELAND — The 5,000-member Cleveland Teachers Union and the city school board expect to vote soon on a three-year contract agreement which averted a strike threatened for Friday.

        The union began typing up the agreement on Friday and expects to have copies in the hands of teachers by next week for a ratification vote that could extend through Sept. 11, union negotiator Joanne DeMarco said.

        The board will vote after teachers vote, according to board spokesman Dan Minnich. No vote has been scheduled.

        Teachers from the 77,000-student district, Ohio's largest, had threatened to strike if an agreement wasn't reached to replace their contract that expired at midnight Thursday.

        Under the agreement, teachers will get 5 percent pay raises each year, bringing the starting salary to $31,083 from $28,666.

        Teachers and the district agreed to add 30 minutes to the workday of elementary teachers, bringing it to 6 1/2 hours.

Bob Taft to give
GOP radio response

               COLUMBUS, Ohio — Republicans have chosen Gov. Bob Taft to deliver the GOP response to President Clinton's weekly radio speech on Saturday.

        North Dakota Gov. Ed Schafer, chairman of the Republican Governors Association, picked Mr. Taft to talk about education in Ohio and other states, Taft spokesman Scott Milburn said Friday.

        The speech covers education initiatives in Virginia, Nevada, Texas, Michigan and Florida — all states with Republican governors — as well as Ohio. Mr. Taft also works in a plug for Texas Gov. George W. Bush, the GOP presidential nominee who visited Ohio on Wednesday and Thursday.

        “Governor Bush understands that states are the laboratories of reform in education and that Republican governors are leading the way,” Mr. Taft said in remarks prepared for the taped speech.

        He also touts his OhioReads program, which encourages Ohioans to become tutors to help children read at grade level by the fourth grade.

        Mr. Taft's five-minute speech was scheduled to air just after Mr. Clinton's 11 a.m. EDT address. Both speeches were to air on Associated Press Radio, ABC Radio, CBS Radio, National Public Radio and C-SPAN networks.

Fitz will leave
Univ. of Dayton

               DAYTON, Ohio — Raymond Fitz, the longest-serving president in the University of Dayton's 150-year history, said Friday he plans to step down in 2002.

        Mr. Fitz, 59, made the announcement at a faculty meeting. He has been president of the private Roman Catholic school since 1979.

        Mr. Fitz will leave after the school finishes its $150 million fund-raising campaign.

        “The University of Dayton enjoys excellent momentum,” said Mr. Fitz. “A good time to make a change in leadership is when you are experiencing strong momentum.”

Dialysis patients
remain in hospital

               YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Seventeen people remained hospitalized Friday with problems suffered when they received treatment at a dialysis center.

        A 57-year-old man died Wednesday after being treated at the Physicians Dialysis Center in Youngstown.

        One person was reported in critical condition at Northside Medical Center and two were listed as critical at St. Elizabeth Health Center. The conditions of the others ranged from serious to fair.

        Three other people were hospitalized after treatment on Wednesday but have since been released. The dialysis process helps take the place of kidney function for those whose kidneys are damaged.

        Lawrence Lingo of Newton Falls died Wednesday and the cause remained under investigation, the coroner's office said Friday.

        The center, which has been closed temporarily as a precaution, is owned by the Renal Care Group of Nashville, Tenn., which operates about 200 dialysis treatment centers.

        The Mahoning County health department, Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been called to investigate.

        Aileen Katcher, a spokeswoman for the center, said the initial investigation indicated all required safety procedures had been followed. It could take days to determine what happened, she said Friday.

Labor Day closings
               Postal service ....... No delivery

        Library ....... Closed

        Banks ....... Closed*

        Trash collection

        • Cincinnati: One-day delay entire week

        • Rumpke: Regular schedule

        • CFI: Regular schedule

        Metro:Holiday schedule and fares.

        Parking meters:No coins required (Cincinnati)


        Government offices

        • Federal: Closed

        • City and county: Closed

        • State: Closed

        Stock markets:Closed


        *Fifth Third banking center at concourse B at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport will be open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. All in-store branches of Firstar Bank will be open holiday hours.


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Officer dies every 54 hours in U.S.
Parachutist stuck 29 floors high
Riverfest plea: Take the bus
XU, Mount get high marks
Black group to boycott restaurants
Death pool last drained on June 23
Householder defended in light of record
Killer seeks new trial or release
Motorist indicted in boy's death
RAMSEY: Where you are is what you get
School violence summit spotlights warning signs
Northern Kentucky new homes on parade
Pig Parade: Albert Swinestein
Arena district may spark nightlife
Judge still blocks partial-birth ban
Ky. college fee increases called fair
Ky. to hear Gore's 'worker' message
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