The Cincinnati Enquirer
Wednesday, September 6, 2000 -- Volume 5, No. 249
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Today's Local News
RECORDS COULD HAVE ERRORS
The head of the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles acknowledged Tuesday he has “no way of knowing” how often courts fail to report DUIs to the bureau..

OHIO IS MAJOR BATTLEGROUND
Al Gore had 50 states to choose from when he decided where he would unveil his economic plan to wipe out the national debt, encourage savings and narrow the gap between rich and poor. He choose Ohio.
Gore's daughter to visit N. Ky.

VISITATIONS TODAY FOR FAMILIES
Visitations take place this afternoon and evening for both Cincinnati Police Officer Kevin Crayon and Courtney Mathis, the 12-year-old boy who was behind the wheel of the car that dragged the officer to his death.
Complete coverage at Enquirer.com/crayon

RIVERFEST PHOTOS
Check out a gallery of photos of the Riverfest fireworks. Use them for wallpaper.
Riverfest crowd struggles to beat heat
Headlines
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National headlines from the AP, updated around the clock.

Local Headlines for  Wednesday, September 06, 2000

Scarce commodity: Affordable housing in Warren
        Eileen Furnish, newly divorced and wary of fixer-upper homes, searched for a year before she found a house she could afford.

Scooter injuries zoom up
        Mom always said to wear your helmet.

Boy acquitted of sex charges
        LEBANON — On the eve of his two friends' trial, the first 14-year-old Mason boy to be tried in an alleged assault on three female classmates was acquitted Tuesday of all sex charges.

Witnesses' stories recorded
        MASON — Saying they fear witnesses to a July 30 slaying might leave because they are in the United States illegally, court officials used interpreters and a video camera to record the Mexican men's accounts of the crime Tuesday.

English Woods: 'Every community should have a rec'
        This was Paul Brondhaver's moment of reckoning.

4-year term won't make ballot
        A day before hearings began on extending Cincinnati council terms from two to four years, the proposal has been dropped.

City questions port's powers
        City and county officials say a port authority is needed to lead the $248 million revitalization of Cincinnati's riverfront.

KIESEWETTER: Sitcom producer has serious stories to tell, too
        If the son of longtime Cincinnati civil liberties attorney Allen Brown ever produced a TV series, I'd expect it to be a drama like The Practice or I'll Fly Away.

SAMPLES: Mail bag
        Readers are sick of drunken bums. They think I should lay off Kentucky's lottery winner. And they're all for students taking shop.

CROWLEY: Turnabouts spice up political landscape
        Democrats hitting Republicans for raising taxes? Gex Williams trying to get a job from a Democratic administration in Frankfort? A presidential candidate calling a reporter a bad word?

AK Steel's gift helps new center
        MIDDLETOWN — The size of the emergency department at Middletown Regional Hospital will triple once a cardiac evaluation center is added.

Annual United Way drive to begin on Fountain Square
        The United Way's annual campaign kicks off this week with music, food and the announcement of this year's goal.

Area schools continue brake checks
        Tristate school districts Tuesday continued to check brake systems on thousands of buses built with Bendix anti-lock brakes, which the manufacturer says are defective.

Commissioners: Covington pool will be filled in
       
        COVINGTON
— City officials here expressed sorrow Tuesday over the drowning of a boy in an abandoned municipal pool and ordered it filled in, but the boy's mother said the sympathy and action are too little, too late.

Cousins pull woman out of house fire
        MIDDLETOWN — Sheila Duncan always knew her son and nephew would help someone in an emergency.

Crying infant stopped burglary, possible arson
        OHIO TOWNSHIP — A crying infant in the middle of the night possibly saved lives by thwarting what police are calling an aggravated burglary that might have turned to arson.

Daughter, 17, finds parents dead; murder-suicide suspected
        SALEM TOWNSHIP — Their 17-year-old daughter found her parents dead Tuesday evening, the victims of an apparent murder-suicide.

Death penalty sought for accused dad
        Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for a Westwood man accused of beating and stomping to death his 1-year-old daughter.

Electricity missing as new school opens
        MORROW — The first day of classes for the Little Miami district's high school, junior high and intermediate students started with new programs, new buildings and a few surprises.

How old is old enough?
        Parents make some decisions easily, based on the ages of their children.

Jazz's Dave Brubeck still 'cooling' it at 80
        He's made music for more than half a century. In his 80th year, jazz great Dave Brubeck shows no sign of slowing down.

Kings Island FearFest not for 'Halloweenies'
        Paramount's Kings Island, long known as a center for thrills, chills 'n shivers, will bump it up a notch this fall with a horrific production called FearFest.

Louisville still heart of the booze business
        LOUISVILLE — Thirty years ago, a river of alcohol flowed through this city, carted from local makers like Old Fitzgerald, Schenley and Yellowstone through truck terminals and on to the country.

Man indicted on charges of Kings Island voyeurism
        LEBANON — A West Virginia man, accused of secretly videotaping boys and an adult man in the locker room at Paramount's Kings Island's water park was indicted Tuesday on two charges of voyeurism.

MD: Late-term abortion ban would restrict other methods
        DAYTON, Ohio — A new Ohio law that would ban a late-term abortion procedure would rarely allow exceptions and also restrict other methods of abortion, a doctor fighting the law said Tuesday.

Parenting sessions teach families to cope
        Joyce remembers Oct. 4, 1998, as if it were yesterday.

Powerball winner warned
        BURLINGTON — The judge didn't give Northern Kentucky's $65 million Powerball winner a dressing down for casual dress when he appeared in court Tuesday.

Reduced price offered on meals
        Kids' brains need to be fed with both ideas and nutrients, and educators want parents to know how to qualify for the free and reduced school lunch programs that help keep the nation's minds well-fed.

Schools open to chat tonight
        The Covington Independent Schools are staying open late tonight to hear what you have to say.

State: Rain, programs should ease fires
        LEXINGTON — Consistent rains in eastern Kentucky and two new programs may lead to a quieter forest fire season in Kentucky this year. At least officials are hoping so.

Students mourn deceased classmates
        AVA, Ohio — Students and teachers hugged and cried Tuesday at a school that had been attended by five siblings whose bodies were found in their burned home along with their parents.

Talawanda schools among top 100, says national parenting magazine
        A new parenting magazine has recognized something parents and educators in the Talawanda and Fort Thomas schools have known for a long time: Students are getting a good education in a community that also offers affordable living.

Theater review
        You might wonder why a play about a dinner party filled with artfully inclined twentysomethings carries the obscure title Blue Window. It's because playwright Craig Lucas explores many kinds of blue and many kinds of windows in the before, during and after of that dinner party.

These seniors to believe Rx help when it happens
        Sam Reece, 74, was getting ready to get a $150 prescription filled Tuesday when he heard about a proposal that would help senior citizens buy prescription drugs.

Three finalists selected for superintendent's post
        MORROW — The Little Miami School Board has selected three finalists for the district's superintendent slot.

Get to it

Kentucky News Briefs

Pig Parade: Little Drummer Boar
Tristate A.M. Report

S P E C I A L   F E A T U R E S
Summer ends with bang
Check out a gallery of photos of the Riverfest fireworks. Use them for wallpaper.
Riverfest crowd struggles to beat heat

Best of our photos
We invite you to check out our expanded, newly-designed photographers' pages at Enquirer.com/focalpoint. Enjoy more than 100 of our best photos.

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 Enquirer.com/democrats 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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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.
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.
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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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