Thursday, March 25, 2004

News briefs



WEBN apologizes for airing clips

Radio station WEBN says, "We blew it." Their "Throw out the first bitch" contest using Reds announcer Marty Brennaman's voice without permission was "an unfortunate lapse of judgment" and "crossed a line which many might consider 'bad taste,' " the rock station's Web site now says. The text of the ad has also been changed, to "ditch your witch." A station spokesman said apologies were also being made on the air to Brennaman, who called WEBN to demand they stop using clips from his Reds broadcasts.

Huggins on hand at cigar club event

Smoke, knock back a cold one and talk sports with UC basketball coach Bob Huggins at the Sleepy Hollow Cigar Club's Cincy Big Smoke. The April 25 event takes place at Sleepy Hollow Restaurant, 378 Bridge St. in Loveland. It includes a silent auction of sports memorabilia autographed by Huggins, Tiger Woods, Chad Johnson, Pete Rose, Dale Earnhardt, Jack Nicklaus, Muhammad Ali, Sean Casey, Austin Kearns and others. Tickets ($25 in advance, $30 at the door) include a premium cigar and a drink. Proceeds benefit those with developmental disabilities in Hamilton County. For information, contact Jim Krumer (859) 802-0326.

Killer to be executed April 27

The Ohio Supreme Court Wednesday set an execution date for a convicted killer who unsuccessfully claimed he was mentally retarded and couldn't be put to death. Gregory Lott is to be executed by lethal injection April 27. Lott, 43, was convicted of the 1986 slaying of John McGrath, who was attacked and set on fire in his East Cleveland home.

Report to examine costs of bad roads

Representatives of a national transportation nonprofit research group will present a report examining the hidden costs of inadequate roads in Kentucky today at the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce in Fort Mitchell. Government and business leaders from Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties will attend the 10 a.m. meeting.

TRAFFIC WATCH

The following streets will be closed at 7 a.m. Sunday for the Heart Mini-Marathon: Fifth Street between Vine Street and Columbia Parkway; Columbia Parkway between Fifth Street and Delta Avenue; Torrence Parkway between Columbia Parkway and Herrick Avenue; and Taft Road between Columbia Parkway and Collins Avenue. They will reopen at 4 p.m.

• Northbound Interstate 471 will be restricted to one lane Saturday from the Route 8 exit (Bellevue/Newport) and continuing across the Daniel Carter Beard Bridge from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.




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IN THE TRISTATE
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New wastewater plant increases Mason capacity
Neighbors briefs
Newtown slaying still a mystery
Public safety briefs
Price Hill to plan for new elementary
Taking Fernald back to nature
Montgomery to choose developer in April
Money sought for baseball diamonds

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
Bronson: Lack of faith in City Council leads to Angels
Crowley: Henry wants Kentucky to have a surgeon general
Summit continues helping heart fund

LIVES REMEMBERED
Ernest Mauer was star at Newport High

KENTUCKY STORIES
Commandments must go
N.Ky chamber endorses tax plan
Furnish gets death penalty a second time
Senate panel OKs price-gouging bill
Gun Shops in the Home
Thieves take kegs, leave dirt behind
Flowers add more color to purple bridge
Clooney, Davis spar over polls