Thursday, September 21, 2000

Tristate A.M. Report

Schools near hiring of project overseers

        Cincinnati Public Schools' extensive facility construction and renovation plans are a step closer to reality as the district prepares to choose a construction manager and a master architect.

        The companies, which will be approved by the Board of Education, will assist the district in all major projects, including new construction, renovation and repair.

[photo] BOY, 16, FOUND STABBED TO DEATH: Cincinnati police officers gather Wednesday morning in a yard on Clarion Avenue in Evanston where Jerome Butler, 16, was found stabbed to death about 8 a.m. Wednesday. The boy was a junior at Withrow High School.
(Glenn Hartong photo)
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        With more than $700 million in repairs needed and at least one new K-12 school planned, these firms will ensure that the district proceeds in the most efficient manner, said Kent Cashell, business executive.

        He recommended several Cincinnati firms to the board's facilities committee Wednesday listed here in rank order.

        For the construction manager job:

        • Team of Turner Construction, D.A.G. Construction and TYS Construction.

        • Team of Parsons Brinckerhoff Ohio, Ruscilli Construction, CM/GC, Megen Construction and PROJDEL Corp.

        • Team of BBL Maescher Construction Services, PDSC Corp. and Community Redevelopment Group.

        For the master architect job:

        • Team of URS Greiner Woodward Clyde and DNK Architects.

        • Team of SFA Architects and BHDP Architects.

        • Gartner Burdick, Bauer-Nilsen (GBBN).

        Committees of school and community members helped select the top three candidates for each job. Firms were ranked based on how well they met numerous criteria, including previous work with schools and a commitment to working with minority and women-owned companies.

        The facilities committee will meet Sept. 28 to make a recommendation to the full board.

Suspect sought in school bus damaging

        WILLIAMSBURG — Police are looking for the person who cut the brake lines on a Williamsburg school bus last week.

        Sometime between Sept. 12 and 13, the brakes were damaged on a bus for the Williamsburg Local schools. Police Chief James Fritz said his department has about five suspects.

        The cut lines were discovered last Thursday morning by a bus driver before she left to pick up students. Drivers test the buses every morning before leaving on their routes to assure everything is working properly, Mr. Fritz said.

Court upholds obscenity conviction

        HAMILTON — The 12th District Court of Appeals upheld a pandering obscenity conviction against Millville Video Inc.

        On the second day of its trial in August, the store entered a no-contest plea to pandering obscenity.

        Millville Video claimed in its appeal that Ohio's obscenity statute violated the constitutional free-speech rights.

        But the appeals court ruled that Ohio's statute was no more restrictive on free speech than the U.S. Constitution.

        The appeals court decided that two vignettes depicted in the video, Agony of Arianna, were obscene.

Boy, 7, dies after he was struck by car

        FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP — A 7-year-old boy who was hit Monday by a car in front of his home on Franklin-Trenton Road has died.

        Paul F. Land, a first-grader at Alden R. Brown Elementary School in Carlisle, ran in front of a Volkswagen Beetle driven by a Dayton, Ohio, woman about 5:20 p.m. Monday after he retrieved the family's mail, highway patrol officials at the Lebanon post said.

        The child died Tuesday afternoon at Children's Medical Center in Dayton after he was removed from life support.

        The car's driver, Brooke A. Baker, 23, was not cited. However, patrol officials said the case will be reviewed by Warren County prosecutors.

Discussions focus on women and theology

        The Union Institute will host an interactive seminar, “Feminist Liberation Theologies” 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, at the Union Institute, 440 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills.

        The moderator, Dr. Louise Akers, an educator and theologian, will lead discussions devoted to women's studies. These discussions will focus on the relationship between women and theology.

        The seminar is free and open to the public.

        Information: Jean McKieman at (513) 487-1211, or visit the Institute's website at

Man killed in collision with tractor-trailer

        MILFORD TWP. — A 31-year-old Trenton man was killed when his 1992 Jeep Cherokee collided with a tractor-trailer early Tuesday.

        Christopher Stine was pronounced dead at the scene on U.S. 127 just south of Harris Road, said Butler County Coroner's Investigator Andy Willis. Mr. Stine tested negative for alcohol consumption, Mr. Willis said.

        The crash occurred just after 3:30 a.m. Mr. Stine's vehicle was northbound on 127 when it went left of center and struck a southbound tractor-trailer, said Brad Kraemer of the Butler County Sheriff's Office.

        The truck, owned by Roadway Express, was driven by Ronald Stephenson, 50, of Latonia, Ky. He was uninjured, Mr. Kraemer said.

Strickland tries to save Piketon jobs

        WASHINGTON — Rep. Ted Strickland wants to prevent job loss at southern Ohio's uranium enrichment plant by keeping it on standby so it could quickly return to full capacity.

        Mr. Strickland, a Democrat whose district includes the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon, released a plan Tuesday that also includes speeding cleanup of the site.

        U.S. Enrichment Corp., hurt by falling prices for the enriched uranium used by nuclear power plants, has decided to close the plant in Piketon, one of the nation's two enrichment facilities.

        Mr. Strickland said standby status would mean retaining employees, and production could be resumed if U.S. Enrichment Corp. ceases to produce nuclear fuel domestically.


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