Saturday, February 21, 2004

News briefs

License plate gets a makeover

Ohio Friday unveiled a new standard vehicle license plate, featuring three-letter and four-number combinations and the sun graphic from the state seal. The plates will have the same red, white and blue color scheme as the bicentennial plates. If you order special plates - personalized, collegiate or military - by Monday you'll be first to get the new plates (go to . They'll be available in agencies after March 1.

Summit holds open houses

HYDE PARK - Its main building hasn't reopened yet, but Summit Country Day School is ready to show off for new students anyway. Open houses are scheduled this week and next month. They were postponed after the Jan. 18 collapse of a section of the Upper School building. No one was hurt, but some grade levels have moved to other facilities temporarily. Testing for admission begins today at 8:30 a.m., and again on March 20 and May 15. Open house starts at 9:30 a.m. Monday and March 16.

Manatee to be released March 3

Douglas, a 9-year-old manatee that called the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden home for four years, will be released in the Florida Keys on March 3, if weather permits. Douglas was orphaned as a calf and rescued in 1995. He has spent three months at the Miami Seaquarium preparing for release. Douglas will wear a radio transmitter so researchers can track him. To keep up with Douglas, go to

Church hosts showings of movie

BURLINGTON - Florence Baptist Temple bought out three showings of the movie The Passion of The Christ Feb. 29. It's a 4 p.m. showing at The Great Escape in Wilder. Church members are asked to invite friends. Moviegoers will also get free popcorn and child care.


The mountain culture of Appalachia comes to life today and Sunday at Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal in Queensgate. The Appalachian Culture Fest, which is free, includes traditional mountain arts demonstrations, bluegrass performance artists, storytellers and crafters selling handmade wares. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. both days. Information: (513) 287-7000 or Web site.

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Diocese adds abuse claims
Builder, residents settle suit
PTOs court new members: dads
Dowlin, DeWine shoot it out
U.S. volunteers won't stop, despite dangers in Haiti

Amelia program accredited
Insurers billed for drivers who use city fire services
McConnell: Transit bill near
Bristol's club begins paying off its debt to Clear Channel
Clermont request: $5.5M for roads
Cops want to trap coyote, if permitted
Unpaid bill quiets Deerfield parks phones
Grand jury to consider fake-cop case
Kids get heads-up on helmet safety
Gunman's notoriety grows with Columbus shootings
News briefs
East Fork lodge may get past talk stage
Chamber may oust activist
Mayor: My photo isn't endorsement
Neighbors briefs
Police officer shot at, shoots suspect in foot
Local play sensitive to critics
Urban League seeks money for program
Man, 18, indicted in murder attempt, kidnap of woman
State denies neighbors' request for sound barrier
State rating an issue in levy ballot

Ask Dave: Where does Cleves-Warsaw come to end?
Crowley: Bunning opponent sees poll as reason to hope
Good Things Happening
Faith matters: Lecture series examines religious images of women

Janet Strawser, 96, helped run business
Frederick Wagner liked a challenge

Science lessons on wheels
Speaker: Tax reform possible
House plan alive
Ky. House approves malpractice measure
McConnell predicts more gains for GOP
Two men sought following robbery at Fuddruckers
Family sues utility, contractor over fire after power failure