The Cincinnati Enquirer
Sunday, September 17, 2000 -- Volume 5, No. 260
Today's Local News
Now that both Cincinnati Public Schools and the Cincinnati Federation of Teachers have agreed that teachers will be paid based on performance, two major questions remain for those still skeptical of the plan.

Just when you thought we had completely pigged out, here come the Hammy Awards, ie. the Hammys.

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.
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Photo gallery of Officer Crayon's funeral
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National headlines from the AP, updated around the clock.

Local Headlines for  Sunday, September 17, 2000

Ohio speaker-to-be wily, tough
        COLUMBUS — Two years ago, a little-known Republican legislator from a poor rural district in Ohio's coal country set his sights on becoming the next speaker of the Ohio House.
Heavy tactics anger foes

Probation officers ignoring court orders
        Drug abusers in Hamilton County routinely avoid possible jail sentences because probation officers fail to enforce court-ordered drug tests.

PULFER: Justin wins a round in court fight
        It's about time. A Kentucky court ruled Friday that Baby Justin — who at 3 1/2 would probably insist that he is a big boy now — should remain with his parents. His parents are, of course, the Ohio couple who have cared for him since he was 11 months old.

WILKINSON: Cranley memorizes district geography
        You have to have something between your ears to get through Harvard Law School, as John Cranley, the Democratic candidate in the 1st Congressional District race, did.

SAMPLES: Officials neglected cat house
        FORT THOMAS — Something stinks here, and it's not just the cats.

BRONSON: Indy cruises, Cincy snoozes
        I woke up the other day, poured some Cheerios and found Michael Gallis on my milk carton. “Have you seen this man?” the bold type asked. “He has been missing for 15 months, since his two-year study told Cincinnati to wake up. The people who hired him have vanished too.”

Forum examines addiction
        Enough rhetoric — let's help youths get off and stay off drugs and away from alcohol, Cincinnati residents said during a forum Saturday on youth addiction.

Town's image goes from antiques to angst
        WAYNESVILLE — Welcome to Waynesville, town of many dramas. All year, one after another has played against a postcard-perfect backdrop in a town where you can still buy an ice-cream soda and a 19th-century hutch in the same block.

Hammys to honor finest swine
        Just when you thought we had completely pigged out, here come the Hammy Awards, ie. the Hammys.
Pig Parade: The Spirit of Pig-cinnati

KIESEWETTER: TV tunes in to diversity
        When Chicago Hope was canceled last spring, Rocky Carroll wasn't worried about his next TV role.

Networks feels pressure to be politically correct
        Heightened awareness about the lack of minorities on TV has made some producers and network executives wary of how African-Americans are portrayed in this politically correct age.

UC prof is theaters' creative catalyst

        “She really is a little-known treasure,” says D. Lynn Meyers, who called on Ms. Jenckes last season to coach her cast through the Irish-ness of The Cripple of Inishmaan at Ensemble Theatre. “And she has that phenomenal laugh.”

CCO's young maestro faces daunting mission
        In an ideal world, says conductor Mischa Santora, music director of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, people would have time and quiet surroundings each day to reflect on a poem, an artwork or a piece of music.

CSO 'special season' starts auspiciously
        “It will be a special season that I will treasure in the future,” music director Jesus Lopez-Cobos, 60, told the audience at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's opening night concert in Music Hall.

DEMALINE: Emery's doors may open soon
        Thank a spring-appointed strategic planning committee for getting plans for the Emery Theatre back on track.

Get to it
        A guide to help make your day.

KENDRICK: Generosity astounds accident victim
        If you've resigned yourself to the notion that human beings just don't care about one another any more, read on.

KNIPPENBERG: Mr. Oktober gets grilled
        Mick Noll is no centerfold, that's for sure. Wiping away sweat, curly black hair plastered to his forehead, his arm-hair singed off, lederhosen getting a bit, uh, snug in the middle.

Stage First improves in Part II
        Stage First brings fresh eyes to its season debut, the premiere of the middle section of artistic director Nicholas Korn's trilogy of Alexander the Great.

Year after Kyle's death, parents have healthy baby girl
        Sometimes, when she sleeps, Halia Kyle Catherine Hesselbrock looks exactly like her big brother Kyle. Her laugh mimics his. The expression she gives a photographer, a lips-pursed, eyebrows-furrowed, not-in-the-mood look, is an exact imitation.

County puts on $200K forum
        HAMILTON — To help children and their families deal with everyday life, officials in Butler County are sponsoring a conference this week promoting the building of strong relationships and keeping kids safe and healthy.

Democrat Lucas wages lonely fight
        Anxious to prove his independence to election-year voters, Democratic U.S. Rep. Ken Lucas has blasted both major parties for gridlock he says is stalling enactment of two important issues: eliminating the marriage tax penalty and enacting a prescription drug benefit plan for Medicare recipients.

Drowning enters campaign for mayor
        COVINGTON — The drowning of a 6-year-old boy in a closed Latonia public pool has become an issue in the political race for Covington mayor, resulting in criticism of both candidates.

Kids help clean waterways
        COVINGTON — They walked along the stream, boots and gym shoes disappearing in the shallow water and muck, plucking tire rims, scraps of metal, fuel drums, fencing, an air conditioner, many bottles, aluminum cans and a motocross tire.

Local Digest
        The FreeStore/FoodBank received two grants totaling $27,000 for local programs and services for people in need.

School project causing headaches
        SYCAMORE TWP. — A $12.1 million construction project at Sycamore High School is causing parking and traffic headaches for students, parents and school administrators.

Sisters of Charity open house to public
        DELHI TOWNSHIP — The public rooms at the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse, including the newly renovated Immaculate Conception Chapel, will be open to the public during an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. today.

Teacher defections worry Lakota
        WEST CHESTER TWP. — Lured by higher pay and better opportunities, more Lakota teachers than ever are defecting to nearby districts, a trend that has administrators in the fast-growing district worried.

S P E C I A L   F E A T U R E S
Court: Justin stays in Ohio
Justin, the 3-year-old who has spent most of his life at the center of a Kentucky-Ohio custody battle, can stay with the couple trying to adopt him, the Kentucky Court of Appeals ruled Friday.

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 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 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 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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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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