Wednesday, August 07, 2002

More hotel movies targeted


Suburban Insider

By Compiled by Cindi Andrews
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        After winning a round with a Warren County hotel that agreed to discontinue “adult entertainment” pay-for-view movies, smut-busters might be taking aim at hotels in neighboring Butler County — with no objection from Prosecutor Robin Piper.

        Mr. Piper says he congratulates the Cincinnati Marriott Northeast in Mason for its decision to exclude the movies in favor of promoting “a more family-oriented environment.”

        The Sharonville-based anti-pornography group Citizens for Community Values took videos of movies offered in the hotel and played them for the Warren County Prosecutor's Office. An assistant prosecutor then contacted the hotel and warned that the movies could lead to obscenity charges.

        Mr. Piper says he wouldn't hesitate to prosecute anyone offering materials that fit the legal definition of obscenity but hopes other hotels would follow the Marriott's example and voluntarily remove them.

        “I think it's difficult for a hotel to guarantee that juveniles won't have access to those materials,” he says.

- Janice Morse

        Have pig, will roast: The Warren County Township Association's annual golf scramble saw its best turnout ever last week despite the hot weather, drawing 128 players.

        The event netted $8,500, to be used for township needs, according to Deerfield Trustee Bill Morand. Eight of 11 townships took part, he said, and a foursome from Kings Ford was the victor at 13 under par.

        State Rep. Tom Raga, a Deerfield Republican, and Bob Schuler, a Sycamore Township Republican running for state Senate, showed up for the evening pig roast.

        The outing took place at Holly Hills Golf Club, north of Lebanon in Wayne Township.

        Alaska is out: James Patrick isn't headed to Alaska after all. The former Lebanon city manager, who still owns a house there, was passed over for the manager's job in Ketchikan last week after quitting another job in the Pittsburgh suburb of Plum.

        The borough assembly — similar to a city council — had reportedly offered Mr. Patrick the job but reconsidered after learning he was indicted while in Lebanon, even though the charges were later dropped.

        Here's the beef: Republican candidates for Warren County and state offices will don aprons and campaign buttons Aug. 18 for the local party's biggest fund-raiser of the year.

        The Beef and Corn Roast will be held 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Lebanon High School, at 160 Miller Road.County Engineer Neil Tunison is again organizing the effort, and other elected officials will be serving up the vittles.

        Given that two factions of the county party — the so-called conservative caucus and the old guard — have been in a standoff over leadership since May, this could be the year beef flies.

        Tips and comments on Butler and Warren politics may be relayed to reporter Cindi Andrews via phone, 755-4157, or e-mail, candrews@enquirer.com.

       

       



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