Friday, October 27, 2000

Kentucky News Briefs

Kenton Co. host of Halloween trail

COVINGTON — Tonight, Kenton County Parks and Recreation will sponsor a haunted Halloween trail from 6 to 9 p.m. at the county's Mills Road Park.

        Participants can follow a twisting, torchlit trail through the woods and sample a complimentary “bat's blood and witch's brew.” Free hayrides are offered back to cars.

        On Saturday, there will be a Great Pumpkin Launch from 2 to 5 p.m. Contestants can build and enter their own pumpkin-launching devices. Explosives, propellants or electricity are forbidden, but springs, counterweights, levers, rubber bands and manpower are allowed.

        From 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, there will be great pumpkin races. The fastest pumpkins win prizes.

        To get to Mills Road Park, take Interstate 275 to Exit 79, then go south on Ky. 16 seven miles to Mills Road. Turn left and go one mile to get to the park.

        Information: 525-PLAY (525-7529).

Peaselburg mural to be dedicated

— The Peaselburg Millennium Mural, a project of several community groups, will be dedicated at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

        Ceremonies will be at the Knights of Columbus building, West 20th and Howell streets in Covington's Peaselburg neighborhood.

        The mural is a collaboration of the Glenn O. Swing Family Resource Center, the Friends of Peaselburg Neighborhood Association and the Covington Community Center.

        Work on the project began Aug. 19. Dozens of volunteers, under the guidance of artist Pete Jacquish, have helped create the mural.

Youngsters invited to "Spooky Sunday'

        EDGEWOOD — Ghosts and goblins age 12 and under can attend “Spooky Sunday” in the city's Presidents Park this Sunday.

        In case of rain, the event will be held at the fire department.

        Children should assemble at Hinsdale Elementary School at 3:30 p.m. for the costume parade. The parade will wind down Dudley Road to Presidents Park at 4 p.m., and costumes will be judged on the park's basketball court at 4:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to children 3 and younger, ages 4 to 6, ages 7 to 9, and ages 10 to 12.

        Refreshments will be available at the Adams Shelter, and children will receive a trick-or-treat bag. Participants also can enter the haunted forest, if they dare.

        Information: 331-5910.

Woman in fatal crash had suspended license

        FRANKFORT — A Maysville woman who died in a head-on collision that also killed state Rep. Pete Worthington was driving with a suspended license.

        The license of Sherri Commodore Chambers, 40, was suspended by the state Sept. 6. She had received five speeding violations since February 1998, state transportation records show.

        Former state Rep. Aubrey Williams of Louisville, who is representing Ms. Chambers' estate, said her driving record was not a factor in the crash.

        “Just because she was driving on a suspended license does not mean she could not drive,” Mr. Williams said. “More importantly than that, that does not estab lish negligence.”

        Authorities said Mr. Worthington, 59, was legally drunk when his pickup crossed the center line on U.S. 68 near Maysville and struck Ms. Chambers' car the evening of Oct. 12.

Clinton to stump in Louisville

        LOUISVILLE — President Clinton will visit Louisville on Oct. 31, a week before the Nov. 7 election, trying to boost Democrat Eleanor Jordan in her race against Republican U.S. Rep. Anne Northup.

        Mr. Clinton's appearance Tuesday shows that Democratic leaders think Kentucky's 3rd District seat is attainable, Jordan spokeswoman Martha McKenna said Thursday.

        Details of the visit were not immediately announced.

        Mr. Clinton narrowly carried Kentucky twice, and each time Louisville provided him his strongest base of support.

        Terry Carmack, Ms. Northup's chief of staff, questioned how much effect Mr. Clinton would have. The president made two visits in 1996 for then-Rep. Mike Ward, and Ms. Northup unseated Mr. Ward, the chief of staff noted.

        But Laurie Rhodebeck, a University of Louisville political scientist, said Mr. Clinton's visit would make an impression on black people and other important Democratic constituencies.

        “This is a tremendously invaluable endorsement for Jordan, ” Ms. Rhodebeck said.

Safe-needle item heads to White House

        WASHINGTON — A bill aimed to protect health-care workers from pricking themselves with used needles passed the Senate without dissent Thursday and is now headed to the president for his signature.

        The legislation was praised by the nation's largest union of health care workers. “Today we saved the lives of thousands of health care workers, and we will soon, I hope, see a day where no more health care workers get stuck by a needle and wonder whether it's a death sentence,” said Andrew Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union.

        The fate of the bill, written by Sens. Michael Enzi, R-Wyo., and Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., seemed uncertain a few weeks ago. Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky., had initially put a “hold” on the legislation after a Lexington company, MedPro Inc., complained about it.

        The legislation, which passed the House earlier this month, would require hospitals and health care facilities to consider using safer medical devices to reduce the number of needle- related injuries.

Goodwill skeleton likely to be buried

        CORBIN — Janice O'Neal has a skeleton in her closet.

        The manager of the Goodwill Industries store in Corbin just didn't know where else to put it.

        The skeleton, an anonymous donation, has yellowed with years and is extremely fragile.

        “It just goes to prove you can find almost anything at Goodwill,” Ms. O'Neal said.

        She said all the bones are intact, except the skull, which is plastic.

        “He's been in a teaching setting, because he's all wired together and there are markings on him,” she said.

        Ms. O'Neal said the skeleton, which she named Mortimer, isn't in good enough condition to return to the classroom.

        “I think I'm going to bury him,” she said. “It's the best thing to do.”


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