Monday, May 3, 2004

Kentucky news briefs


Commencement at Rupp Arena

The University of Kentucky will move Saturday's commencement to Rupp Arena from Memorial Coliseum. Renovations at the Lexington Center - which includes Rupp Arena - prompted the change, UK officials said. "With the recent major renovations, Rupp Arena and the Lexington Center will also accommodate many more visitors and permit the university to have numerous ceremonies in air-conditioned facilities in a more compact time than is possible on the campus," said commencement coordinator T. Lynn Williamson. About 6,000 seniors will graduate at the school's 137th commencement.


Search for body is suspended

Rain forced Brown County sheriff's officials to call off a search Sunday morning for murder victim Carrie Culberson's body in Perry Township. Police began the latest hunt for Culberson, who disappeared in 1996, on Thursday, digging at a barn 40 miles east of Cincinnati. Police have not said what prompted the search. Culberson's former boyfriend, Vincent Doan, was convicted in 1997 of murder and kidnapping. He has refused to say what happened to the body.


Retired general is dinner speaker

Retired four-star general Tommy Franks will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, downtown, at a $400-per-plate dinner to benefit the Bethesda Foundation. The former commander-in-chief of U.S. Central Command led operations against terrorism in Afghanistan and the invasion of Iraq. Proceeds benefit a paramedic training program at Bethesda North Hospital. Information: (513) 745-1616.


UniverSoul Circus at fairgrounds

Dubbed "Hip Hop under the Big Top," the Atlanta-based UniverSoul Circus will perform May 19-23 at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds, 7801 Anthony Wayne. Performances will be 7:30 p.m. May 19; 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. May 20-21; 12, 4:30 and 8 p.m. May 22; and 1, 4 and 7 p.m. May 23. Tickets run $10-25 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster, (800) 277-1700 or

Overloaded priests pray for strength

Gardens familiar political venue
Civilian hostage escapes
Lunken chief pushes new service
Congregation Ohav Shalom promotes community service
Schools tighten belts to get by
Huggins speaker at Northwest fund-raiser
Cancer survivor spreads the word
Community center reopens
$4,400 goes to Lakota schools
Bought for $350K, building reportedly not insured

Chemical plants at risk?
Dearborn hopefuls focus on growth
Survey finds Ohio teens' health habits improving
Neighbors briefs
Local news briefs

Weiser: Chabot's no yes man on foreign policy
Good Things Happening

'Father Ned' oversaw Notre Dame's growth
John R. Davis, 91, started own company

Parks showcase area's beauty
After-prom becomes cool
Presbyterian Church to lay off 30 people
Builder of dock has pal in D.C.
Kentucky obituaries
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