Wednesday, June 30, 2004

News briefs

UC teachers make request for union

Part-time teachers from the University of Cincinnati said Tuesday they want to be formally recognized as a bargaining unit. The announcement that a majority (about 60 percent) of UC's roughly 1,000 adjunct teachers supports union representation was made at the offices of the Cincinnati AFL-CIO Central Labor Council downtown. The adjuncts are hoping a union would improve their salaries, provide health benefits and better overall working conditions. Greg Hand, UC spokesman, said Monday that a union for adjuncts isn't necessary.

Art Wiedenbein, trustee, dies

UNION TWP. - Union Township Trustee Art Wiedenbein died Monday at his Clermont County home. The 57-year-old died in his sleep of apparent natural causes, police said. Wiedenbein, a Republican, owned Wiedenbein Auto Parts in Gleneste.

Screenings for free reading class

Adults can be screened for reading difficulties at the Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati on July 28 and Aug. 18. These screenings will determine whether somebody is appropriate for a free reading class that will begin in September. The screenings run between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. To make an appointment, call 621-7323. The Literacy Network is at 635 W. Seventh St., downtown.

Gravel pit rescue ends in probation

A Hamilton County Municipal Court judge sentenced a 28-year-old Springfield Township man to spend one year on probation after he was convicted on charges of inducing panic and criminal trespassing for getting stuck in a gravel pit after an argument with his wife. Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Julia Stautberg convicted Vincent Gambill May 26. It took 50 rescuers from five fire departments to pull Gambill out of the quicksand-like pit near Suspension Bridge Road April 8.

New federal security director

HEBRON - Paul Wisniewski was named permanent federal security director at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, the Transportation Security Administration said Tuesday. Wisniewski, 53, had been serving in an interim role since May for former director Terry Burgess, who has been promoted to Washington. Before joining the TSA, Wisniewski was in the Marines for 23 years. The TSA oversees security screening at the airport.

New director for women's center

Kim Adams, the lawyer who heads the Boone Conservancy, a nonprofit land trust, will take over as director of the Women's Crisis Center on Aug. 1. Adams initially will work alongside Mary Jo Davis, who announced this spring that she plans to retire Oct. 1.

Adams, a Boone County native who lives in Edgewood, helped set up the family court system in Boone and Gallatin counties six years ago and served as its administrator. She later worked for the Children's Law Center before becoming the first paid director of the Boone Conservancy.

Adams' awareness of domestic abuse and her commitment to women's and children's issues, coupled with her fund-raising experience, enthusiasm and numerous connections in Northern Kentucky's legal and civic circles made her a natural choice to lead the Women's Crisis Center, said Gale Lawson, president of the crisis center's board of directors.

"We believe that she will take us to that next level of professionalism that Mary Jo put in place,'' Lawson said. The new director of the Women's Crisis Center was one of eight candidates for the job.


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