Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Local news briefs

Luken calls an Article XII session

The Enquirer

Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken has called a special session of City Council Aug. 30 to put new ballot language before voters on the repeal of Article XII.

Article XII is the 11-year-old Cincinnati charter amendment that prohibits council from passing a gay rights ordinance. Gay rights supporters have collected twice the signatures necessary to put a repeal on the Nov. 2 ballot. But opponents are challenging the ballot language, in part based on a defect in City Council's resolution sending the measure to the Board of Elections.

The special session will give council a chance to fix that flaw before Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Mark Schweikert hears arguments on the challenge Aug. 31.

Purple bridge walk to support fitness

Cincinnati will kick off Ohio's participation in a national health and fitness movement by hosting a walk across the Purple People Bridge this morning. The movement, called America on the Move, takes aim at the country's rising obesity problem. National organizers, who include Dr. John Peters of Procter & Gamble's Nutrition Science Institute, want Americans to forget the Atkins diet and other fads. Instead, they are encouraging people to simply eat healthfully and exercise. Today's walk begins at 8 a.m. on the Ohio side. The public is welcome.

Turner to tour defense sites

U.S. Rep. Michael R. Turner, R-Ohio, will embark today on a three-day tour of Ohio's military and defense industry facilities. During the three days, the Centerville Republican will stop in Cincinnati, Toledo, Cleveland and other cities. He is a member of the House Armed Services Committee.

Former mayor Uhler dies at 73

Sterling R. Uhler, a former Fairfield mayor and council member, died Sunday of a brain tumor at his Fairfield home. He was 73. Obituary, C4

Bikers help register voters

A Batavia native and two cohorts finished their cross-country bicycle trip and voter registration effort Sunday when they arrived at a relative's home in New Paltz, N.Y., capping their 3,850-mile trip. The students from Evergreen State College - Gabe Westheimer, 24, of Batavia; Kate Monroe, 22 of Wisconsin; and Dawn Nilaya Curran, 21, of Maine - registered more than 300 voters. Read their blog at www.baadride.net.

CORRECTION: Memorials for Grant Janszen

Memorials in the name of Grant J. Janszen, 15, of Alexandria can be made to Grant a Wish Foundation, c/o U.S. Bank of Northern Kentucky, 5400 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, Ky. 41076.

Bronson: VFW sounded 'Taps' for silly boycott of city
Loveland boy hooks giant fish

Dedication joins memory and hope
'A dream come true'

Killer gets 2 life terms for murders at company
Federal agents gather at barrel firm fire site
Campaign reform gets new push
Dem mayor backs Bush
Tax cut issue ballot-bound
Ex-newsman wins trial delay
Reading stabbing investigated
Local news briefs

Ky. ballclub to finish at home
Retired officer receives jail time
Clubs to challenge new law
Hustler store fights charge
Runaway rodent can grow to 100 pounds

Schools judged by two standards
Student test scores improve
Students say goodbye to summer vacation
City school board waits to approve year's budget
Fairfield discusses character education
High school bands perform

Some protest absence of signs
Fun day to aid troops in Iraq
County to study storm water
City to build wall to stop movement

Sterling R. Uhler, 73, was dedicated to helping Fairfield
Grant Janszen's spirit, humor inspired many