The Cincinnati Enquirer
Wednesday, September 20, 2000 -- Volume 5, No. 263
Today's Local News
Despite the presence of counselors and the undercurrent of home room discussions about a single shot fired, Tuesday was — in many respects — a fairly normal day at Mount Healthy North Middle School.
Expert: How to end school violence

Fewer residents of Hamilton County and Cincinnati returned their 2000 Census forms than 10 years ago, showing some of the sharpest declines among the nation's 100 largest counties and cities.

A message of courage, tolerance and tenacity comes to Cincinnati Sunday for Xavier's Millennium Peace Celebration, a gathering of the world's leading peace activists — a group called the Peace Council.

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  Wednesday, September 20, 2000

        The boys at Covington Catholic High School are known for aggressive cheering. At last weekend's football game, their testosterone-fueled lunacy reached new heights of poor taste.

DOE avows safe cleanup
        Envision a grass- or concrete-covered mound 15 feet high and about half a mile long.

Residents: Keep health committee
        Fernald-area residents have gathered more than 275 signatures on a petition supporting continuation of the Fernald Health Effects Subcommittee.

Port vote likely will fail
        Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken will ask City Council to decide today on expanding the port authority to lead a $250 million renovation of the riverfront.

'Titanic' exhibit looms
        Hundreds of ghostly souvenirs dredged from the ocean-floor grave of the RMS Titanic will go on display at the Cincinnati Museum Center Nov. 24 through March 9.

Campus a work in progress as classes begin
        Today, the first day of classes, might be the first time in 181 years that freshmen will know the main University of Cincinnati campus better than returning students.

Concert review
        The self-proclaimed “Queen of Hip Hop Soul” showed up hoarse for work Tuesday night at the Taft Theatre. But it didn't seem to bother anyone else as much as it did her.

Father convicted of killing his 2-year-old daughter
        HAMILTON — A Butler County jury convicted a Hamilton father Tuesday of aggravated murder and attempted rape for the brutal death of his 2-year-old daughter.

KIESEWETTER: WB comedy needles '90210'
        So the teen-ager waking up in the hospital after a nasty car wreck is told by her mother that she lost her unborn baby.

PlayStation 2 enters the game
        The second coming in the world of video games isn't due for another month. There are no “demos” available for test drives. And the manufacturer isn't answering all the questions from curious consumers.

UC grad finds niche with Dayton dancers
        The desire to dance hits hard and almost always early. It's more like a calling than a career. Dancers can tell you instantly when it happened; explaining why takes more time.

ACLU sues over Day of Prayer
        The American Civil Liberties Union sued Hamilton County Commissioners Tuesday, claiming they went too far when they conducted a National Day of Prayer on the steps of the county courthouse May 4.

Boone Co. hears recreation plan
        BURLINGTON — Brenda Solomon drives her children from Burlington to skate parks in Blue Ash and Middletown, and Paulette Delk heads from Petersburg to Loveland for the same reason.

Chabot ad responds to challenger Cranley
        Political opponents attack each other's records all the time, but U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot has come up with a new kind of attack ad against Democratic challenger John Cranley — saying his opponent has no record.

Days dwindle for Barleycorn's on river
        NEWPORT — Barleycorn's bar and restaurant, which helped start the Riverboat Row development on the Newport riverfront 15 years ago, slips into history at the end of the month when owner Ken Heil locks the doors for the last time.

Doctors' group stays neutral in 6th District's Fletcher-Baesler race
        LOUISVILLE — The Kentucky Medical Association's political arm took no sides Tuesday in a congressional race featuring a fellow doctor.

Donald Harvey letter offered in eBay auction
        A signed, four-page letter from “Angel of Death” serial killer Donald Harvey is being auctioned on the cyberspace marketplace eBay.

'Eyes of nation' on school pay
        On Oct. 1, about one-fifth, or 600, of Cincinnati Public Schools' teachers will become eligible for an evaluation under the district's new performance-based pay system.

Games canceled after student dies
        MURRAY — Murray High School has canceled football homecoming festivities and several soccer games after the death of a student.

Hamilton audiotape finding: inconclusive
        HAMILTON — The great City Council audiotape caper is over.

Lebanon schools say growth is a given
        LEBANON — Lebanon City School District is adopting the attitude that if you can't beat urban sprawl, join it — but plan for it.

Little Miami to ask for tax
        MORROW — To entice voters to pass a 0.75 percent districtwide income tax in November, the Little Miami School Board is offering voters a deal.

Logo gives N. Ky. a 'brand' name
        NEWPORT — Eighteen Northern Kentucky organizations, including county governments, business groups and nonprofits, have agreed to use a single symbol and slogan — “The Power of Partnership” — in their marketing materials as a way to give the three-county region its own identity.

Lottery winner a puzzle to court
        COVINGTON — It seems Northern Kentucky courts weren't made for $65.4 million Powerball winners, even when those winners keep landing in court.

Meeting to discuss Taylor Mill road
        TAYLOR MILL — Residents received two days' notice about a meeting tonight to discuss with state officials a controversial plan to develop a five-lane route through much of Taylor Mill.

Officials pinpoint threat
        WYOMING — Officials at Wyoming Middle School said Tuesday they have identified the female student who wrote a letter last week that threatened the lives of eight female students.

Plea to suspend death penalty
        COLUMBUS — Kirk Bloodsworth spent eight years, 11 months and 19 days in a Maryland prison, sentenced to die for a 1984 slaying he didn't commit.

Police arrest murder suspect
        HAMILTON — Police arrested a suspect early Tuesday in the city's most recent homicide.

Police seek help with April slaying
        BURLINGTON — Boone County officials are looking for clues in the killing of a 45-year-old Covington woman whose body was found on Petersburg Road on April 10.

Reward offered for tip on car that hit officer
        FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield Fraternal Order of Police and local businesses are offering a $2,750 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the driver who struck an officer Saturday.

Two regions aim for relief of I-75 woes
        MIDDLETOWN — Interstate 75 has gotten so crowded and unsafe that two regions normally competing for transportation dollars are cooperating in an effort to solve the highway's problems.

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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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