Thursday, December 4, 2003

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Rose Jr. seeks Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection

Cliff Peale

In the downtown Cincinnati files of U.S. Bankruptcy Court , one filer lists among his assets "one autographed Pete Rose baseball," with a value of $75.

The holder: Pete Rose Jr.

The younger Rose, who has spent years chasing a major-league baseball career, and his wife, Shannon, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in October, listing assets of $143,184 and liabilities of $191,235. Under personal property, the couple listed the ball autographed by Rose's father, the all-time Major League Baseball hits leader.

Shannon Rose works at Provident Bank, according to the filing. Rose Jr., 33, is listed as a "baseball player and teacher" at the Champions Baseball Academy in Sharonville. According to the filing, he hopes to make more money from conducting baseball clinics.

The Roses' lawyer, Eric Goering, said the case probably would be resolved early in 2004 because there were few assets to pay the debts.

Rose played this year with the Joliet Jackhammers of the Northern League. In a televised interview with WLWT-TV last month, Rose said he would continue his minor-league career. "I still got a lot left to prove and I'm just going to keep going until I prove that to myself," he said.

Rose's playing career, Goering said, was a "non-issue" in the bankruptcy case.

Big money

It's a big couple of weeks for the Cincinnati Museum Center.

Next week, Hamilton County commissioners will consider whether to put the museum's levy on the March ballot. The levy would raise $3.7 million a year for an organization that has struggled to break even.

And Dec. 20, the museum will open what should be its biggest exhibit ever, Saint Peter & the Vatican.

Three nights before, a gala at the Queensgate building could net more than $300,000, museum officials hope, with the money going to the operating funds and special physical improvements for the exhibit.

Overall, Vatican should attract about 250,000 visitors. The previous high was about 162,000 visitors for the Titanic exhibit in 2000.

So far, advance ticket sales total about 25,650, president Doug McDonald said. Tickets went on sale publicly this week. For more information, visit www.cincymuseum.com.

New news

WSTR-TV will launch its nightly 10 p.m. newscast Monday, hoping to recoup a $4 million investment through increased interest from advertisers.

"The late-news area is one we haven't been able to touch, until now," said Merry Ewing, general manager of the station, known locally as WB-64.

The station built a studio and set, and recruited about 20 people for the news division, including Kimberly Moening, who came from WXIX-TV and will be the weeknight anchor.

It's also one of 12 stations owned by Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group, giving it the ability to share resources - including weather forecasters - with sister stations across the country, Ewing said.

The one-hour newscast will run seven nights a week. The station will consider morning or noon broadcasts, Ewing said.

E-mail cpeale@enquirer.com



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