Reagan won't get local holiday
After observing a moment of silence and adopting a resolution paying tribute to President Ronald Reagan, Cincinnati City Council unanimously passed an ordinance Wednesday rescinding a one-time holiday Friday honoring his memory. Under the city's administrative code, city employees automatically get a holiday anytime federal employees do. President Bush signed an executive order earlier this week declaring Friday a national holiday for Reagan's funeral. But Mayor Charlie Luken said the city could not afford the estimated $550,000 cost of police and fire overtime and compensatory time. The Cincinnati firefighters union had been lobbying to keep the day off.
Kerry back in town next week
Democrat John Kerry will resume his campaign for president next week with fund-raisers in Cincinnati and Columbus, campaign organizers will announce today. Details of the trip aren't final, but the Massachusetts senator is expected to attend a lunchtime fund-raiser at a downtown Cincinnati hotel on Tuesday, then raise money at a Columbus breakfast Wednesday. Neither event is open to the public, but the campaign is planning a public event likely to be in Columbus. "Our goal is to raise half a million(dollars)," said Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken, one of the organizers of the event. Kerry, who suspended campaigning this week out of respect for President Ronald Reagan's funeral, last came to Cincinnati for a riverfront rally April 6.
UC offers some tickets to public
Limited tickets will be available to the general public for the University of Cincinnati's spring commencement Friday, which will feature peace and social justice advocate Coretta Scott King. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 11 a.m. at the Shoemaker Center ticket booth on the Oscar Robertson Plaza level. Tickets will be limited to two per person. The ceremony, during which officials will award nearly 4,000 degrees, will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Fifth Third Arena at Shoemaker Center.
The right-turn lane from southbound Galbraith Road to westbound Montgomery Roadin Sycamore Township will be closed for one month to remove and replace the lane. Traffic will be able to turn right at the light.
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