Monday, September 04, 2000

Local Digest

p9 Young achievers to be recognized

        The Urban League of Greater Cincinnati Saturday will hold its annual “Youth on the Right Road,” recognizing area youth groups. It will be in conjunction with the Riverfront Classic Weekend.

        More than 500 young people from 11 groups will participate in the celebration that highlights achievements.

        Students will receive free football tickets and lunch. Some will perform at a noon talent show at the Riverfront Classic Jamboree on the plaza level of Cinergy Field.

        Youths also will receive special recognition during the football game.

        Youth on the Right Road is part of the Urban League's Campaign for Achievement. Information: 281-9955.

Prisoner gets
hefty bank loans

               CLEVELAND — A man is accused of tricking bankers into lending him enough money to buy two new cars while he was serving time in federal prison for bank fraud.

        Prosecutors say Kenneth White, 33, of Akron, got nearly $140,000 in loans and lease agreements from National City Bank — the same bank that he was convicted of defrauding three years earlier.

        Mr. White almost was loaned $275,000 to buy other vehicles when a bank employee recognized he had defrauded the bank of more than $100,000.

        Mr. White is scheduled to appear in federal court this week for a hearing on four counts of bank fraud and one count of escape.

Bush and Gore
plan Ohio trips

               COLUMBUS — Republican presidential nominee George W. Bush will be in Ohio Thursday, a week after his last visit and hours after Al Gore is to speak in Cleveland.

        A Bush spokesman said the campaign has not confirmed what city he will visit, but that it probably will be Dayton. Mr. Bush is expected to discuss several key campaign issues including Medicare, taxes and Social Security.

        Mr. Gore, the Democratic nominee, will be in Columbus on Tuesday and Cleveland on Wednesday to outline his economic proposals, spokeswoman Kara Gerhardt said Friday.

        His running mate, Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., plans to spend part of Labor Day at a Toledo Mud Hens game.

        The number of visits by both presidential candidates under scores the state's importance in the election.

Flu vaccine may
be rationed

               COLUMBUS — Ohio health care workers are preparing for an anticipated shortfall of flu vaccines this year and one agency says it will be able to give only about one-fifth as many shots as it did last flu season.

        Federal health officials say the elderly and chronically ill should be the first to get shots because they are more likely to become seriously ill from flu.

        The vaccine shortage is being blamed on problems growing one of the three flu strains in the vaccine and on two production plants being closed for renovations.

        Influenza kills 20,000 people and sends 110,000 to hospitals in the United States each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

        LifeCare Alliance usually immunizes 15,000 to 25,000 central Ohioans against the flu. This year, it will give shots only to 3,000 to 5,000 people, following the CDC guidelines to vaccinate the elderly and sick first.

        Kroger, which usually runs flu-shot clinics throughout October will give shots at its stores between Nov. 25 and Dec. 16.

        The grocery chain administered more than 50,000 injections last year at 200 Ohio stores. It has ordered 80,000 doses this year but does not know how many it will receive and will try to ration the supply.

Poll: Ind. intends
to keep governor

               INDIANAPOLIS — A poll released Sunday shows Gov. Frank O'Bannon comfortably ahead in his re-election bid against Republican David McIntosh.

        Mr. O'Bannon led Mr. McIntosh 50 percent to 29 percent, with 20 percent undecided, according to telephone poll of 600 Indiana registered voters conducted Aug. 24-27 and commissioned by the Indianapolis Star.

        The poll also showed Sen. Dick Lugar had a commanding lead, 63 percent to 13 percent, in his bid for a fifth term against Democrat David Johnson, and that Republican George W. Bush leads Democrat Al Gore in Indiana in the presidential race, 47 percent to 38 percent.

        The margin of error in each case was plus or minus 4 percent.
        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
....... Holiday schedule and fares.
       Parking meters ....... No coins required (Cincinnati)
....... Closed
       • Federal ....... Closed
       • City and county ....... Closed
       • State ....... Closed
       Stock markets ....... Closed

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


Summer ends with a bang
Riverfest crowd struggles to beat heat
Motorists fill in details of fatal night
Underage drivers: Plenty take risk
Results of our news poll
Funeral details and memorials
Gas station worker recalls how officer worked his beat
Lightning hits friends; one dies
Ohio schools aren't making the grade
Ratings for area school districts
Ohio is in dark on cheating
PBS books some cartoons
Pig Parade: Mr. Chops
Fitness research results
Healthy Eating
Jayhawks earn Americana label
KIESEWETTER: TNT brings 'Pretender' back to life
Learn proper form, technique before lifting weights
Plenty of smiles for Smash Mouth
SAMPLES: Who wants to learn to use tools?
Boom bypasses Morrow
Columbus debates home for Clippers
Free roses meant as gesture to neighbors
I-71 section will be just one lane
- Local Digest
MADD praises change in law
Mason goes ahead with disputed tower
Report says Ky. lags in income, jobs
SCHAEFER: You asked for it
Tech center undergoes changes
Town slowly warms to Internet