Sunday, October 12, 2003

Regional Report

Compiled from staff and wire reports

Zoo scares up big endorsements for levy

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, gearing up to ask Hamilton County voters to renew its levy next month, has chalked up several endorsements.

The Hamilton County Democratic and Charter parties have blessed the levy, as has the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce.

The five-year renewal levy would be lower than the expiring levy - 0.40 mills, rather than the current 0.42 - and raise $6.2 million a year instead of the current levy's $6.5 million. It would cost the owner of a $100,000 home less than $10 a year.

The levy campaign, headed by Chip Gerhardt, plans to spend $300,000 in private donations to spread its Renew the Zoo message, Gerhardt said.

Church celebrates new parish center

KENWOOD - St. Vincent Ferrer Parish is celebrating the dedication and blessing of the new parish center and school renovation today.

Cincinnati Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk will preside at a noon celebration of the Eucharist, followed by a procession to the front of the parish center for the blessing of the building at 7754 Montgomery Road.

A brief program will follow with speakers including Brother Joseph Kamis SM, superintendent of Catholic Schools, and the Rev. Terry Hamilton, pastor of St. Vincent Ferrer.

The scope of this $3 million-plus project is the first phase of a two- phase master plan. The project includes connecting the existing school and community building, which houses a new media center, multipurpose room large enough for cross-curricular learning and divisible space for parish meetings and gatherings.

Dime request leads to solicitation arrest

Cincinnati police arrested 55-year-old Melvin Goodwin of Glenmeadow Avenue, Friday on charges of improper solicitation after a man asked a plainclothes officer for 10 cents.

According to police reports, Goodwin asked the officer for the dime after dark and 20 feet from a crosswalk.

He is being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center on $500 bond.

'No shoes, no service' gets court backing

A federal appeals court in Cincinnati rejected a lawsuit Friday by a man who sued the Columbus Metropolitan Library and its administrators after he was asked to leave because he was barefoot.

Robert A. Neinast, of the Columbus suburb of Pickerington, said his constitutional right to receive information had been infringed by the policy that he could not use the library without wearing shoes. Neinast said he regularly goes barefoot.

The requirement that shoes be worn does not directly affect Neinast's right under the First Amendment to receive information, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.

The appeals court affirmed U.S. District Judge Algenon Marbley's March 2002 ruling that library officials are within their authority to require patrons to wear shoes.

Fire chief dismisses chaplain
Living the river life
Riverboat business setting new course
Shoo, ladybug, fly away home

7 on ballot for 3 CPS board seats
Election calendar
Patrols help out community
Sellman principal dies while playing football
2 suburbs to vote on taxes
Rondo's fueling hopes on west side
Regional Report

Bronson: October reminder: Nothing gold can stay
Howard: Good Things Happening
Pulfer: 'DUI plates' are one more clue for cautious drivers
Crowley: Dems rail against Murgatroyd campaign
Korte: Reece to come out swinging in TV ads

Shop's new owner working to replace wedding gowns
Clermont celebrates world of diversity
'Trial by fire' at Kings schools

John R. Campbell gave time, talent
Vernon Wahle wrote alma mater
Kentucky obituaries

Ex-hoops star shot to death
Ohio Moments

Four Mason County deputies fired from jail
Former Gov. Breathitt critical; cause still unknown
Parties spar over voters
Covington Diocese settles at $5M
Candidate tired of being known for his millions
Prescription drug overdose deaths rise in Jefferson Co.
Man injured in plane crash dies
Cigarette makers requested to pay up


Tell us about local bottlenecks