Thursday, August 26, 2004

Local news briefs

1st-day attendance beats last year's

The Enquirer

Cincinnati Public Schools officials said first-day attendance on Wednesday rose by almost 9 percent over last year with 2,674 more students in class than on the first day last school year.

First-day attendance was 33,166, compared with 30,492 for 2003-04. However, this first-day count does not include all of the district's preschool and kindergarten students whose start dates are staggered at some schools. The district officials credited -an awareness effort by parents, school staff and community members stressing the importance of students being in school on the first day as well as every day.

Grant aids study of irregular beat

A University of Cincinnati researcher has received a $350,000 grant to study genetic predictors of cardiac arrhythmias, which can produce irregular heartbeats and sudden cardiac death. Dr. Terry Beery, an associate professor in the UC College of Nursing, says her goal is to increase the availability of genetic testing to identify people at risk for cardiac arrhythmias. Once identified, high-risk people could receive preventive treatment and help making lifestyle or diet changes to avoid heart rhythm problems. The grant was provided by the National Institute of Nursing Research. The three-year project will involve studying patients using pacemakers and defibrillators, family members who have had heart rhythm problems, and others who have heart rhythm problems but haven't suffered a heart attack.

Dino Zone won't soon go extinct

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden's summer attraction, Dino Zone, will stay open until Oct. 31. It had been scheduled to close on Sept. 6. With more than 220,000 visitors strolling through Dino Zone since the June opening, Zoo officials decided to let the creatures stay a little longer. Dino Zone allows visitors to experience a prehistoric world that features more than 20 life-size animatronic dinosaurs, including a 43-foot-long, 18-foot-tall Tyrannosaurus Rex. Information: or call 281-4700 for more information.


Riggs Road in Oxford Township will be closed between Fairfield and Contreras roads until the week of Sept. 13.


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