The Cincinnati Enquirer
Friday, September 15, 2000 -- Volume 5, No. 258
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FLIERS POWERLESS ON BAG RULES
Two jewelers lose a case filled with $1 million worth of baubles. A filmmaker tells of broken, misplaced and stolen equipment almost every time he flies to location. Experts say there's not much fliers can do.

TOURISTS LAND IN PIG POKEY
There once were two tourists from Massachusetts who tried to steal a Cincinnati piggy. They landed in the pokey.
Please don't abuse the pigs
Downtown eateries open this weekend

IN THE LINE OF DUTY
Cincinnati Police Officer Kevin Crayon died a hero, but also linked in tragedy with a 12-year-old who made the mistake of trying to grow up too fast. A city mourns the loss of both.
Complete coverage at Enquirer.com/crayon
Photo gallery of Officer Crayon's funeral

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Local Headlines for  Friday, September 15, 2000

Sprawl label is disputed
        MASON — Some of the worst examples of suburban sprawl in the nation can be found in Greater Cincinnati — but topping that list are projects in Warren County, Ohio's second-fastest-growing area.

Cleveland's 'Ecovillage' held up as role model
        Greater Cincinnati should look to a planned Cleveland community for guidance in developing a smart-growth, environmentally friendly neighborhood, anti-sprawl activists say.

Woman left in stench called eccentric
        FORT THOMAS — Five days after Bonnie Sarakatsannis was found lying on a sheet in her foul-smelling garage, her hip broken and her backside covered with bedsores, authorities have more questions than answers.

International trade meeting to spark protests
        Organizers are hoping the presence of a multinational trade conference in November will convince participants that Cincinnati is an international venue capable of conducting global business and trade.

Adopted teens to be tried as adults
        HILLSBORO - A 14-year-old girl and her 16-year-old brother, accused of trying to kill their adoptive parents in a July fire, were indicted as adults Thursday on charges of attempted murder and aggravated arson.

Mother recounts day girl, 2, died
        HAMILTON — When Jessica Fuller left her house to go to work on March 21, her 2-year-old daughter threw a tantrum, as usual.

Rising from ashes - again
        WEST CHESTER TWP. — In seven years, Bill and Cynthia Theiss twice dealt with the loss of their restaurant.

A busyness dropout
        Soccer. Gymnastics. Ballet. Children's theater. “Gotta catch 'em all,”as Pokemon proclaims. Or so I thought.

Ask a Stupid Question ...
        Question: Why is it traditional to have bagpipes play at funerals for policemen and firefighters? What's the connection?

He's a new man
For a long time — years, really — he wished his life were different. What it finally came down to was this: Seth Burgin got fed up. With himself.

On The Fridge

Aquatic center plan criticized
        BURLINGTON — At least one Boone County commissioner thinks a proposed aquatic center had better include a multipurpose building.

Attempted murder indictment issued
        BATAVIA — A Clermont County man has been indicted on attempted aggravated murder charges, stemming from an incident in which someone tried to set his estranged wife's home on fire, the county prosecutor's office said Thursday.

Coca-Cola memorabilia a big draw
        ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. — Having Coca-Cola is certainly bringing smiles to the faces of local merchants and tourism officials here as collectors descend on this town to view and buy Coke memorabilia.

Event helps homeless vets
        StandDown, a two-day outreach effort in which volunteers try to connect Greater Cincinnati's estimated 4,000 homeless veterans with services, kicks off this weekend.

Flying Fortress lands at Lunken
        A B-17 Flying Fortress, the type of military aircraft that dropped more than a half-million tons of bombs on European targets during World War II, arrived in Cincinnati on Thursday afternoon for a weekend of offering flights and tours of the warplane at Lunken Airport.

Getting ready for Kentucky Cup Day of Champions
        FLORENCE — Dawn is still trying to sneak over the eastern horizon at 6:30 a.m. when Keith Ricks starts his day at Turfway Park caring for and exercising thoroughbreds.

Hamilton gas rates to rise 35%
        HAMILTON — City residents will soon have to dig deeper to pay for natural gas.

Holdup nets 46 months
        An 18-year-old Hamilton man was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison Thursday for his part in the robbery of the First National Bank in West Chester Township in April.

In the Schools

Money shifted into sidewalks
        The city of Springdale can spend federal transportation dollars on new downtown sidewalks and street lights instead of improving bike lanes along West Kemper Road.

Office workers roll up sleeves for good cause
        Employees from Ethicon Endo-Surgery in Blue Ash took up brushes and rollers at Brighton Center's Homeward Bound facility as part of the 14th annual Community Care Week.

Persistence pays off for small college
        DANVILLE, Ky. — Centre College President John Roush said his small campus may have been able to keep its prized status as the host of the vice presidential debate because of an all-out campaign.

Radio airs game prayers
        GREENUP, Ky. — Some high-school football faithful have found another way to worship since the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed prayers before games.

Signs have message for under-21 drinkers
        The Century Council, a national nonprofit organization fighting underage drinking, kicked off part of its advertising campaign Thursday at Hyde Park Wine and Spirits.

State expands day-care aid
        HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. — Education officials said Wednesday several changes have taken place as part of an early childhood initiative that will improve the state's child-care system.

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Kentucky News Briefs

Pig Parade/The Puccini Pig

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.
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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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