The Cincinnati Enquirer
Tuesday, September 19, 2000 -- Volume 5, No. 262
Today's Local News
Hours after a 14-year-old junior high school student fired a single shot into a school ceiling Monday at Mount Healthy North Junior High, parents demanded answers from school administrators and police.
Hot line can tip schools to danger
Kids quick to bounce back from traumatic incidents

Hamilton County probation officers could be suspended or fired if an investigation finds they intentionally ignored court orders to conduct drug tests on criminals.

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  Tuesday, September 19, 2000

Family sustains burned mom
        Mom moved her toes. That might not seem like much. But this Fort Thomas mother, Sharon Everett, was so badly burned two months ago that nobody expected her to live. Household chemicals exploded in her car, deeply burning more than half her skin.

Lewis and Clark travel along Ohio
        With a 20-member crew, a group called Lewis and Clark Discovery Expedition stopped in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky as part of a re-enactment of the famed 1803-06 expedition, which had huge historical significance for the United States.
time line of the first leg of the Lewis and Clark expedition

Stadium dominates Bedinghaus-Portune debate
        Republican incumbent Bob Bedinghaus and Democratic challenger Todd Portune squared off in Xavier University's new Cintas Center Monday night, but that wasn't the sports facility the two Hamilton County commission candidates had on their minds.

PULFER: Bad news uncorked for snobs
        These are perilous times for the dedicated snob.

Transsexual cop sues city
        A Cincinnati police officer filed a federal lawsuit Monday against the city of Cincinnati, claiming he was demoted from his rank as sergeant because he is a transsexual.

Adults 50-plus need flu shots
        All Tristate residents aged 50 and up, not just those over age 65, should get flu shots once the vaccines are available this fall, say officials with the Health Improvement Collaborative of Greater Cincinnati.

Boone's no-jail letter an error
        Boone County got a letter from the state, seeking to discourage it from building a new jail. But, it turns out, the letter was a mistake.

No decision on expanded Port Authority
        Hamilton County officials last week put off a final decision on an expanded Port Authority, the agency that could lead a $250 million riverfront renovation, to give the city time to craft an agreement.

Cultivating a will to run
        Kathrine Switzer became famous when the director of the Boston Marathon tried to stop her from running in 1967.

        A guide to help make your day.

Pig Parade: When Pigs Fly
        This is 143rd in a series spotlighting pigs from the Big Pig Gig Public Art Project taking place in Cincinnati, Covington and Newport.

KNIPPENBERG: Wanted: True stories about Coney Island
        Experience has taught Charles Jacques Jr. to ask: Anybody wanna talk about Coney Island in its original incarnation? Before Paramount's Kings Island?

CCO debut of Santora displays 'good combination'
        A new era has begun at the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra.

What Tristaters are reading

Bush back to court voters in Kentucky
        FORT MITCHELL — Kentucky is once again playing a major role in Republican George W. Bush's presidential campaign.

Bush, Gore appeal to all-important Southern vote
        NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The South is an important battleground for presidential votes.

City gets crime-scene van
        HAMILTON — City police hope that a new “crime scene unit” van will help them collect evidence more efficiently.

Fare hike saves Harrison bus
        A Metro bus route between Harrison and Cincinnati has been saved, at a cost to its riders.

Heat costs prompt summit
        COLUMBUS — As natural gas prices continue to rise, consumers around the country are facing a long winter of high heating bills.

Johnny's grows but keeps Latonia roots
        COVINGTON — Construction begins this week on the privately financed, $2 million relocation and expansion of Johnny's Toys.

Jurors still out in girl's killing
        HAMILTON - A Butler County jury failed to reach a verdict Monday in the trial of a man who is accused of killing his 2-year-old daughter after attempting to rape her.

Kentucky Digest
        COVINGTON — Bill Chambers pleaded not guilty to a murder charge and was returned to the Kenton County Jail Monday, a day after the beating death of neighbor on Perry Street.

Local Digest
        Maureen Reagan, daughter of former President Reagan, will speak about Alzheimer's disease Thursday in Cincinnati.

Prison not just for DUI
        COLUMBUS — A privately run state prison meant to house drunken-driving offenders is holding large numbers of violent inmates, a state employees union alleged Monday.

Singer Mandrell gives advice on family life
        LIBERTY TOWNSHIP — In the weeks before her 5th birthday, entertainer Barbara Mandrell vividly remembers her father — a Texas police officer — coming home to the family's house trailer, stretching out on the floor and falling asleep.

Taft lashes media for Bush
        COLUMBUS — Ohio Gov. Bob Taft on Monday blamed the news media for George W. Bush's inability to stay on message in recent weeks but added that Mr. Bush will “regain the momentum” with a new focus on the middle class.

Teen gets 7 years in foiled robbery
        LEBANON — Noting Mike Jenkins' history of scrapes with the law, a Warren County judge sentenced the 17-year-old Dayton, Ohio, teen Monday to seven years in prison for the attempted robbery that left him wounded.

Trial opens in 2 slayings
        STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — A man accused of beating and fatally shooting two Franciscan University students is a good person who got involved with the wrong crowd, his attorney and mother said Monday. A prosecutor told jurors Terrell Yarbrough is a killer who bragged about the crime.

Worker, 18, indicted in slaying
        LEBANON — An 18-year-old construction worker from Mexico, jailed in the Aug. 27 slaying of his Mason roommate, received a little break Monday when a grand jury indicted him on a reduced charge of murder.

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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