Monday, July 26, 2004

Local news briefs


Rhino watch at the zoo

The Enquirer

This baby is going to need some big diapers.

Emi, a Sumatran rhinoceros at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, is expected to give birth any day now.

The public can check Emi's progress online, courtesy of the Zoo's Rhino Cam at www.aroundcinci.com/rhinocam.

This will be the first time the endangered rhino has carried a pregnancy naturally to term. If successful, she will be the first Sumatran rhino in history to produce two calves in captivity.

In September 2001, Emi gave birth to a healthy 72.6 -pound calf, Andalas. It was the first time in 112 years that a Sumatran rhinoceros successfully reproduced in captivity.

Fewer than 300 Sumatran rhinos survive in the wild. There are just eight in captivity.

Former mayor leads parade

The 112th Norwood Day Parade steps off at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Joseph E. Sanker (mayor from 1984 to 1995) is this year's grand marshal.

The parade route starts at Ashland Avenue and Montgomery Road and ends at City Hall.

Police search for masked robber

Delhi Township police continued their search Sunday for a masked man who robbed the Speedway gas station on Anderson Ferry Road early Saturday.

The robber, armed with a small handgun, entered the gas station at 595 Anderson Road about 2 a.m. and demanded money from the clerk, police said. The robber fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.

Insurance costs worry doctors

Many Indiana obstetricians say medical-malpractice insurance costs are becoming too high to stay in business, even though Indiana has among the lowest rates in the nation.

"For us, these increases are huge," said Dr. Lynda Smirz, who stopped delivering babies this month because she could not afford the increase in medical-malpractice insurance costs. "It's a lot when you consider cash flow in a medical practice."

A fund created to keep malpractice rates low was almost depleted before the state Department of Insurance ordered a 73 percent increase for all physicians.

Some doctors were on such tight budgets that the increase easily pushed them over the edge, said Jim McIntire, attorney for the state medical association.

"I look at it as if you got a 73 percent increase on your auto or home insurance," said McIntire. "You would be pretty mad."

Neurosurgeons and obstetricians pay the highest surcharges.

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