Saturday, June 19, 2004

News briefs



Groups to rally for policy changes

Americans for Health Care, Rock the Vote, Jobs with Justice and the Service Employees International Union are rallying today for changes in health-care policy. At 11:30 a.m., advocates will gather at the south end of the Purple People Bridge and march across in a "Bridge the Health Care Gap" rally. At noon, supporters can gather at Seasongood Pavilion in Eden Park to talk to health-care professionals. Rock the Vote will also register voters. Rallies are being held in several major U.S. cities. Information: www.ImAHealthCareVoter.org.

NAACP reverses stance on mayor

The Cincinnati chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People now opposes an executive-mayor form of government for the city. The group's executive board took that position Wednesday in a unanimous vote, reversing its previous position supporting both a ward system of electing council members and the elimination of the city manager. But City Council has strengthened the mayor's powers even further since then, giving the mayor power to appoint the council president and to award city contracts without oversight. City Council plans to vote June 30 on whether to send a charter amendment to the November ballot.

Donors assist Guardian Angels

Even the renowned New York City crime-fighting Guardian Angels need a coffee maker. Westwood residents are collecting household goods for the Angels to use when they move here next week to start patrolling. A landlord donated a Harrison Avenue apartment for them, but now Westwood Concern - the neighborhood group bringing the red berets here - is collecting everything from mattresses to fans and kitchen flatware. Donors can call 481-2733. Donations are tax-deductible.

Lifeguards battle for state berth

Life-saving and water-rescue skills will be tested by Cincinnati-area lifeguards July 18 at the Florence Aquatic Center on Ewing Boulevard. Lifeguards will compete for the chance to advance to Ohio's state competition. Sponsored by the Cincinnati Chapter of the American Red Cross, events will begin at 8:30 a.m., and team check-in will be at 8 a.m. Registration for teams of lifeguards ends July 14. To register or for information, call (513) 792-4000.

TRAFFIC WATCH

Between daybreak and 10 a.m. today, Interstate 75 in Butler County will be closed about 1 mile north of the intersection with I-275 in both directions for periods of up to 15 minutes as Cincinnati Gas and Electric crews erect multiple aerial cables across the interstate.




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