The Cincinnati Enquirer
Thursday, September 21, 2000 -- Volume 5, No. 264
Today's Local News
Municipal Court judges in Hamilton County launched an investigation Wednesday into whether probation officers are ignoring orders to conduct drug tests on criminals.
Enquirer editorial

Republican George W. Bush's lead over Democrat Al Gore in the key battleground state of Ohio has shrunk to a near dead heat, according to the latest Ohio Poll released Wednesday.

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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Local Headlines for  Thursday, September 21, 2000

Few bid little for killer's letter
        Dear James: Letters from serial killers aren't worth big bucks. Regards, Donald.

Man arrested in woman's death
        HAMILTON — City police on Wednesday arrested a suspect in Butler County's sole unsolved homicide of 1999.

PULFER: Be very afraid
        I wonder what might happen if the members of Cincinnati City Council devoted themselves wholeheartedly to my garbage. What if these public servants worked as diligently on this matter as they do on, say, development of the riverfront? What if my garbage were given the same careful attention and signature leadership as downtown retail?

Storm hits Xenia hard
        XENIA, Ohio — A storm caused one death and at least 100 injuries Wednesday in this southwest Ohio city. Trees were toppled, homes damaged, cars blown over and utility lines downed.

UC students find campus altered
        Everything that could go wrong when the fall term at University of Cincinnati began Wednesday morning didn't.

Start of classes at UC snarls interstates
        Morning commuters experienced a 10-to-20-minute delay Wednesday because of the start of classes at the University of Cincinnati. The only way to avoid the traffic is to leave earlier, according to Eryk Rotondo, operations supervisor at ARTIMIS.

Give help, not prison, group urges
        On the heels of studies praising the success of drug courts, Tristate communities might soon see a similar concept for criminals with psychological problems — mental health courts.

Teens gather to affirm faith
        HEBRON, Ky. — Just before sunrise Wednesday, 200 students circled the flagpole at Conner High School to pray.

Best sellers

A City in the Making
        The bear pits at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden were state-of-the-art in 1900. Designed by Cincinnati architect James McLaughlin and modeled after cages in famous European zoos, they pleased everybody but the bears. The animals were moved to more comfortable grottos in the 1930s.

Court TV gives in to murder victims' families' plea
        Parents of Murdered Children, the Cincinnati-based national support group, is claiming victory over Court TV, which has pulled its controversial murderers' Confessions show.

CSO to premiere 'Millennium Fantasy'
        “If it doesn't give you goose bumps there is something wrong,” says composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. “One of the joys of my life is writing music for people who really want to play it. And that's priceless.”

Familiar characters captivate children
        The story of the caterpillar with the insatiable appetite is familiar to millions of children and adults who have been reading Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar since 1969. In the mid-1980s, Mr. Carle wrote The Very Quiet Cricket, a journey through the insect world as a little cricket searches for his own voice.

Nobel-winning Nigerian playwright likely to visit
        Nigerian Nobel Prize winner for literature Wole Soyinka is just about a lock for a visit to Cincinnati in late fall.

Nobel Prize winner to ring Peace Bell
        NEWPORT — Nobel Peace Prize winner and Northern Ireland peace activist Mairead Corrigan Maguire will ring the World Peace Bell here Saturday as part of the World Peace Day observance.

Phish jams to joyful crowd
        Phish is known for long concerts. But the king of the jam bands closed Riverbend's 2000 season Wednesday night with a sold-out show that started in the summer and seemed to end in fall.

The Early Word

These dads feel right at home
        When 4-year-old Sara Nabors gets frustrated with her parents, she's been known to say, “Mommy, why don't you go to work? And Daddy, why don't you go clean?”

Frampton comes back
        Peter Frampton appears on screen in Almost Famous just long enough to crack a joke sopping with early '70s rock 'n' roll attitude.

$2.1M for new radios pleases officials
        BATAVIA — Police and fire departments throughout Clermont County were buoyed Wednesday by the news that commissioners allocated $2.1 million to fund police radios for the county's new communication system.

3 stolen all-terrain vehicles found
        MILFORD TOWNSHIP — Butler County sheriff's deputies were searching Wednesday for whomever stole a trio of all-terrain vehicles from a St. Clair Township home earlier this month.

50-plus indicted by Butler grand jury
        HAMILTON — A Butler County grand jury on Wednesday indicted more than 50 people, including defendants in at least four notable cases:

Competing drug benefits draw skeptical responses
        While many see prescription drug benefits for seniors as an important issue, Enquirer readers who responded to an online survey about Medicare reform remained skeptical about big government attempts to fix the problem.

County ordered to cough up court cash
        COLUMBUS — Hamilton County commissioners must obey a county judge's orders and fork over more than $800,000 in unpaid budget funds, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

Don't build road, most at Taylor Mill meeting say
        TAYLOR MILL — Patricia Bizeau played with 3-year-old daughter Tiffany outside the Taylor Mill fire station Wednesday, but her mind was also on what happened where the firetrucks are usually parked.

Fugitive caught in Kansas
        A deputy's extra effort in checking for stolen cars rewarded Tristate authorities with a fugitive sought since January.

Killer of girl, 2, pleads for his life
        HAMILTON — In a calm, steady voice, Christopher Fuller, convicted of killing his 2-year-old daughter while trying to rape her, asked a Butler County jury Wednesday to spare his life.

Mother makes lesson of tragedies
        WEST CHESTER TWP. — The message Lonise Bias brings to young people across the country is simple: Learn to love and appreciate yourself.

Oxford pays tribute to 'McGuffey Reader' writer
        OXFORD — On Friday, the city will start celebrating its immortal best seller and the teacher who wrote it.

Regents' OK expected on $6B budget
        The Ohio Board of Regents will likely pass a proposed two-year, $6 billion budget for the state's higher education system when it meets today at the College of Mount St. Joseph.

Remains those of waitress
        BURLINGTON — Tina Rae Fallis-Stevens was a 45-year-old Covington waitress and bartender who could tell a joke and cook a good spinach soup.

Safety barrier going up between I-75 and St. Bernard
        ST. BERNARD — Persistence is paying off in a concrete barrier and chain link fence here.

Senate OKs new teacher licensing
        COLUMBUS — A board of teachers and school administrators, instead of the State Board of Education, would issue licenses to Ohio primary and secondary school teachers under a bill the Senate approved Wednesday.

Senator's mailing brings complaint
        FORT MITCHELL — Republican state Sen. Jack Westwood has been accused of breaking legislative ethics laws by allegedly using taxpayer money to mail campaign information to Kenton County voters.

Talawanda teachers make deal
        OXFORD — Teachers in the Talawanda Schools will get an immediate pay raise of up to 7.5 percent if the operating levy is approved Nov. 7, under a one-year contract extension recommended by a fact finder and approved by the board of education this week.

Teachers critical of proficiency tests
        COLUMBUS — A survey of Ohio's eighth-grade teachers released Wednesday shows that nearly half think the ninth-grade proficiency tests have either caused no change or actually decreased student learning.

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Tristate A.M. Report

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

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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.
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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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