Sunday, July 25, 2004

Ohio briefs

Zoo awaits birth of rare rhinoceros

The Cincinnati Zoo's Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife eagerly awaits what would be its greatest accomplishment - the second successful birth in captivity of a Sumatran rhino; the feat has never before been accomplished with one of the world's most endangered animals.

But the conservation center has been throwing lifelines to endangered wildlife since it was founded in 1981.

At that time, it was one of only a few zoo-based research programs in the world. Today, there are still fewer than a dozen. Cincinnati's center ranks among the nation's leaders, along with the San Diego Zoo, the Bronx Zoo and the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

Emi is considered the first Sumatran rhino ever to give birth in captivity when she had 72-pound Andalas in the fall of 2001. A Sumatran rhino was impregnated inside the confines of a zoo more than 112 years ago, but that was considered "an accident" that scientists and zookeepers never managed to repeat.

Pay-to-play program falls short on students

FAIRFIELD - A group running a pay-to-participate program in Fairfield schools says it needs more students to pay their fees to meet its first payment on Aug. 4.

Otherwise, there may not be any fall sports if voters reject an operating levy Aug. 3.

After voters rejected an operating levy in March, the Fairfield Board of Education approved allowing the group to raise funds.

The group needs to raise $963,396 to reinstate all programs. The money was to be paid in four installments, based on participation each season.

The group is charging $630 per sport for high school students. Fees for middle school athletes were set at $430.

Marching-band members will pay $350. Other middle school and high school activities and clubs will cost $260 per activity, per student. Students in grades 1-6 will pay a flat $20.

Crowe said fees were set assuming that at least 70 percent as many students would participate compared to last year. But when the July 17 deadline passed, only 46 percent as many students had paid fees for fall sports, marching band, clubs, music and drama. Middle school students have been especially slow to pay, said Tim Crowe, a steering committee member of Promoting Activities for a Complete Education.

Library uses comics to attract young crowd

With their arms spread over Superman, Icon and BrotherMan comic books, Frank Collins and Chad Taylor exchanged collections of their own cartoon drawings Saturday afternoon during a comic-book swap at the West End branch library.

Many city recreation centers are open only during the work week, and swaps at some Cincinnati libraries are part of a trend of Saturday activities designed to give neighborhood youth a place to go on the weekends.

Anthony Muhammad, 43, who leads the swaps, said he was trained as a social worker and now works for Maryam Booksellers, a book store he runs out of a home.

Nearly a year ago, he and David Siders, now manager at the Walnut Hills branch library, collaborated to begin the swaps in Corryville.

Siders said he hopes comics can encourage youngsters to read and visit libraries more often.

Siders said he also started an anime and chess club on some Saturdays.

When people come to the swaps, they take comic books, for free, and return weeks later to trade and discuss them with new friends.

Ohio Senate president prepares to step down

COLUMBUS - As he winds down his two-year stint as president of the Ohio Senate, Doug White says there are times he thanks God for the term limits that are forcing him to leave.

"I'm truly pleased with the privilege of having been president," the Manchester Republican said. "But to say it was a pleasure or that it was fun - it has not been."

While White is content to exit the president's seat at the end of the year, Sen. Bill Harris, who is expected to succeed him in January, has the potential for much more. He could serve as Senate president for six years - practically an eternity in this era of eight-year term limits. Thanks to the timing of his mid-term appointment to the Senate in August 2000, Harris, R-Ashland, will not be term-limited until 2010.

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