Thursday, May 20, 2004

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Firefighter heads state association

TOLEDO - A veteran Cincinnati fireman is the new leader of the Ohio Professional Firefighters Association. Lt. Mark Sanders, who has been on the Cincinnati department for 20 years, was unopposed for the presidency of the organization. He was sworn in here Wednesday at the group's annual conference. First on his agenda: easing health care payments for retirees. He said he expected to help push some legislation that lessens co-payments. The group's regional vice presidents also help some fire departments throughout the state with things like contract negotiations and staffing issues. Sanders, 42, will continue working shifts at Engine 12 in Camp Washington. He had been president for eight years of Local 48, the Cincinnati firefighters union, when he stepped down in December 2002 to spend more time working on state-level issues as the state association's legislative director.

UC scientist studies cancer link

A University of Cincinnati scientist will use a five-year, $1.5 million federal grant to study the link between breast cancer and a naturally occurring receptor protein in tissue linings. Dr. Susan Waltz, an associate professor in the department of surgery, received the grant from the National Cancer Institute. She will study the function of the Ron receptor tyrosine kinase, a protein found normally in cells that form tissue coverings and linings. The receptor may be a factor in breast cancer because it is believed to play a kay role in regulating cell division and migration. Research from Italy recently reported that many women with breast cancer produce too much of the Ron receptor.

Pools seeking summer lifeguards

High school and college students, school teachers and retirees are invited to spend the summer working as lifeguards at Cincinnati Recreation Commission pools. The commission needs 31 lifeguards and will hold training from 5-9 p.m. weekdays starting Monday and running through June 4 at Krueck Indoor Pool, 270 W. McMillan, Clifton. Training is free for full-time lifeguards. Training will also be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 6-11 at Camp Washington Pool, 1201 Stock Ave. Information: 357-7665.

TRAFFIC WATCH

The right lane of westbound Columbia Parkway will be closed for 30 days because of a leaning retaining wall.




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