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THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 1994 SECTION B - EDITOR: JIM SMITH, 768-8600 fit iilmzsi ii SZZ I (Clj 'jj rA tr -iiz; ".l Child model statolbed to deatli Krista W Ramsey r School y matters more Township home, where her mother, Monica Lynn Hawkins, was also found with self-in- i ' 1 Tl :1 J: I I 1i Itj ... rWK I me gin uicu nuuis laiei Pt I at University Hospital. V- ttK The mother a 25- child. But the mother had some problems." Lillian Galloway of Children's Model Agency International in Pleasant Ridge said she received many modeling requests for Monique, "but the mother never followed through." According to court records, Monica Hawkins once told a psychologist that she had a "good baby" and "don't see evil in her." Neighbors, who often would see Monique waving from a second-floor window of her home, said something went awfully wrong. "I just saw the whole family come outside, running and screaming," said next-door neighbor Paula Berry. "They were (Please see CHILD, Page B4) "This child was just one in a million," said Carol Ledford, director of the Deer Park Child Care Center, which Monique attended. "I can't believe this happened, because this mother was an overly protective mother. Sometimes she just didn't want the child to go to the park because she was afraid she would get hurt." Hawkins walked her daughter the half-mile from their home to the day care center every day, Ledford said. She took along a stroller because she didn't want her daughter walking the entire distance. Ledford recalled seeing the child once in a Crest toothpaste ad in a magazine. "She was just absolutely beautiful, a striking Mother wounds herself, faces murder charge BY JOHN HOPKINS The Cincinnati Enquirer SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP People who knew Dorthea Monique Hawkins described the 4-year-old as a strikingly beautiful girl who was in demand as a professional model. Monique, as she was called, had an equally beautiful personality, they said, and a young mother who appeared to be loving and protective. Sometime before 1 a.m. Tuesday, Monique was stabbed repeatedly inside her Syca P-.J vear-old with a historv of I oriminol on1 msnlil nroblems was in fair Monique Hawkins condition at University Hospital on Tuesday, authorities said. She was charged Tuesday night with murder. Monique's violent death stunned those who knew the family. School could use support, and a bus Schools earn praise for all sorts .of things if their enrollment goes up, their suspensions go down, their staff stays put, their students matriculate. But they almost never earn awards for honesty. Like every other public body, schools have learned the fine points of spin control. They tend to be cagey about which statistics to release. Some obscure bad news or release it late on a Friday Gay-rights enlist "O0S is names if 1 1 -v.,., I J:. . -. : .f&w. . . a a- i,: I & I (J " ' " ' " ' '! V r . .. - , -v 1 ill I' J I K ,--x ' i k t, hu 4 Exi wxtf? S ' ; Jf i f I J : Jl- V i l . ii ....... .....iw , , , - ?r f. - -..:.." i "1 1 .: t - i Bork, Meese push Issue 3 into nationwide spotlight BY MARK CURNUTTE and CHRISTINE WOLFF The Cincinnati Enquirer The addition of lawyer Robert Bork to the Issue 3 case confirms its national significance, pro-family and civil-rights groups said Tuesday. Bork, a former federal appeals court judge and unsuccessful U.S. Supreme Court nominee, will serve as co-counsel for the local group Equal Rights Not Special Rights trying to restore Issue 3 on appeal. The Cincinnati charter amend 5 I ment, approved Nov. 2 by 62 percent of voters, would deny protection to anyone based on "homosexual, lesbian or bisexual orientation, status, conduct or relationship." On Aug. 9, U.S. District Judge S. Arthur Spiegel threw out the amendment, saying a majority of voters may not take away rights protected by the Constitution. Cincinnati Citv Council has The Cincinnati EnquirerGlenn Hartong Maureen Reagan smiles during the Ronald Reagan Cross County Highway dedication Tuesday in Montgomery. Bork Reagan dedicates road to dad f Springfield Pike 1 eadingRd. i II Jy X 1 if Hwy' 1 1 when they think reporters have gone home. Others distort good news. Some ride low profiles and "No comments" as far as such subterfuge will take them. Then, in the midst of this highly painted-up stage show, emerges a Schwab Middle School. The Northside school has plenty of reason for concealment. It has suffered long and publicly through low test scores, high suspension rates, lots of truants and lots of trouble. Its name has earned unwelcome attention as the alma mater of a number of notorious adolescent accused felons. It is the kind of public relations nightmare that could cause a school to clam up, and indeed, to give up. But the Schwab staff, and especially Principal Dennis Matthews, consistently hold open their doors, their files, their minds and their mouths. A bright notion They have, it seems, a deeper belief in the public's willingness to understand them than in its propensity to criticize them. They have the stripes to know parents and taxpayers will be their harshest judges1 They have the wisdom to understand this will be their only savior. J So they not only let the world in,, they invite it in. This year Schwab is starting on a gutsy and somewhat desperate endeavor. The school has scratched up state grant money to buy the time and talent of one of the nation's best-known educational theorists. William Glasser will be at Schwab regularly this year, ensconced in a small office, promoting his theory that students must be in charge of their own lives and own learning. His ideas are somewhat radical at least for conservative Cincinnati. He believes no student should be coerced to do anything. He believes students should have some say in what they learn. He believes some things algebra, for heaven's sake are a waste of time for most Schwab students. Where such thinkers hang out is where media types will hang out as well. Schwab has invited itself into a year of bright spotlight. May it shine brightly. A community challenge When a school has the courage and the faith to be honest about its faults and hopeful about its future, the community has the responsibility to reward it for such bravery. Schwab is making itself transparent and vulnerable. Matthews suggested The Enquirer follow its progress this year, chart its numbers, recount for the city its failures and successes. How the city treats Schwab will determine how many other schools adopt its style. If businesses, parents, community leaders support it with interest and encouragement and dollars it will be a lesson to all educators that this city wants its schools to succeed. If it ignores Schwab's plea for joined the appeal, which is now before the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. Bork isn't the only big-name conservative to enlist in the fight. Former Attorney General Edwin Meese III will be in town Oct. 27 for a fund-raiser to add to Equal Rights' $50,000 legal fund. "It shows that the national radical right has this overwhelming interest in taking away the civil rights of Cincinnati citizens," said Scott Greenwood, general counsel with the Cincinnati office of the American Civil Liberties Union and counsel to Equality Cincin- (Please see ISSUE3, Page B4) Presbyterians delay vote on involvement, B4 Miami U. case sheds light on DNA's new role i " ... ..i . The Cincinnati EnquirerElmer Wetenkamp Low bidder named for last section of Cross County Highway BY DAVID L. SWINT The Cincinnati Enquirer MONTGOMERY Maureen Reagan came to make the Ronald Reagan Cross County Highway official. The county engineer was there to make it complete. County Engineer William Brayshaw said Tuesday that the John R. Jurgen-sen Co. of Sharonville is the apparent low bidder for the final link in the highway. The company bid $39.5 million to complete the 4.3-mile segment that will start at Winton Road and run west to Colerain Avenue. Brayshaw made the announcement to a crowd of about 300 gathered for the dedication of the highway. Maureen Reagan, daughter of the former president, dedicated the highway at the afternoon ceremony in Montgomery. The dedication was the brainchild of County Commissioner John Dowlin. "This is the first highway named in honor of former President Ronald Reagan," Dowlin said. He called Reagan a national hero who "changed the direction of the country away from socialism and toward American values." Earlier, about 200 people showed while he's (former President Reagan) still alive." Reagan received 58 percent of the popular vote in Hamilton County in 1980 and 64 percent in 1984. Brayshaw predicted the last segment of the highway would be ready for traffic by July 31, 1997. Although construction is expected to take three years to complete, county officials said the road could be ready for traffic in two years. When finished, the final segment of road is expected to carry 50,000 vehicles a day. The highway project was planned in 1950, and has been under construction since 1965. When complete, the highway will run 16.4 miles from Interstate 275 east to Montgomery Road. up for a $50-a-plate luncheon, set up on tables on the highway's westbound on-ramp under Montgomery Road. Dowlin said luncheon proceeds will go to pay for new signs along the highway. Some of the event's sponsors included Cincinnati Gas & Electric Co., Barrett Paving, Fifth Third Bank, Procter & Gamble Co. and Rumpke Waste. Reagan, Dowlin and other county officials unveiled a redwood sign at the close of the ceremony. Large white letters on the dark red wood read "Ronald Reagan Cross County Highway. Dedicated by Maureen Reagan, Sept. 13, 1994." Maureen Reagan said she was thrilled with the dedication. "We have a great deal of affection for Hamilton County, because we got so much support here it's nice to see a tribute BY KRISTEN DELGUZZI The Cincinnati Enquirer HAMILTON If not for DNA testing, a former Miami University football player would be looking at only one rape charge when he walks into a Butler County courtroom today. Instead, Martinius Maurice "Mo" Davis is facing two sentences of five to 25 years if convicted of raping two Miami students last spring. The second rape charge was added 13 days ago, when tests showed semen samples taken from a 20-year-old woman raped April 2 in her Hahne Hall Money issues may delay decision on teen curfew 9 IT--. : I' 'The curfew doesn 't begin to address the real issue. But you can 't give all the money to the big folks and still have dormitory matched DNA from Davis. DNA also links him to a March 11 off-campus rape, according to court documents. The 20-year-old woman is unable to identify Davis as her attacker, so he was not charged with her rape until the DNA tests were completed. He was indicted in May on a charge of rape in the March 11 attack of a 19-year-old Miami student. DNA or deoxyribonucleic f fm - f j-' LI Davis money left for the little folks. understanding and support, it leads Dwight Tillery other schools to question their very survival. Matthews wants a lot from Cin cinnati, but right now, in his typical indicating more than 90 percent of Cincinnati residents want the curfew to become permanent. "I think a better course of action would be to extend the curfew as it is for 30 days so that we can work out these issues," Councilman Todd Portune said. Council members had hoped to vote on a permanent curfew today because the pilot program expires Sept. 18. "Once again, a charade has been pulled on the black community," said the Rev. James Jones, who noted that the city committed $66,000 for recreational activities during the pilot program. Money must be invested in the communities, Jones said, "so our kids won't be in the streets." Other ministers complained that council had yet to fully study a proposal to privatize the detention centers, a move some said could save the city several hundred thousand dollars a year. BY MARK BRAYKOVICH The Cincinnati Enquirer New concerns about Cincinnati's teen curfew could force city council to delay a decision today on whether the curfew should become permanent. Members of the Baptist Ministers Conference who have been supporters of the pilot program enacted by council in July said Tuesday they could not endorse a permanent curfew if the city did not provide funding for recreational and other programs. The ministers also warned against the city's taking a vote before first studying a new proposal that suggests detention centers now funded by the city could be operated more cheaply by a private firm. The issues appear to cloud earlier expectations by several council members that today would mark the passage of a permanent curfew that would mirror the pilot program, but for a few changes. Passage seemed assured in light of the acid tests take up to three months to complete. The test results are known as genetic fingerprints because no two people other than identical twins share the same genetic makeup. Davis, 22, who has been in the Butler County jail since April, "maintains his innocence," said his attorney, Kenneth Lawson. Lawson plans to ask Common Pleas Judge Michael Sage for a continuance today, before jury selection begins, because he has not had ample time to prepare for the second charge. Sage denied a motion for a continuance Tuesday. Because DNA will be introduced into evidence, more preparations are required, Lawson said. He would like at least 30 days. "Any time you have DNA testing, it's hard to build a defense," Lawson said. "These are just serious cases." Davis' case is just one of thousands across the down-to-earth manner, he wants an activity bus. If he can wrangle a school bus to drop students off ter extracurricular activities, he believes he can reconnect them to school and protect them from the street. Honesty and openness like his deserves a set of wheels. Call him at 853-4280. has made sure to pass big-dollar expenditures to keep retailers downtown, but is forgetting about some of the city's social ills. "The curfew doesn't begin to address the real issue," Tillery said. "But you can't give all the money to the big folks and still have money left for the little folks." After two hours of debate, Law Committee members agreed to send two proposed ordinances to the full council today: a 30-day extension of the pilot program and a permanent curfew. Krista Ramsey covers education for Councilman Dwight Tillery echoed The Enquirer. Call her at 768-8505 or write her at 312 Elm ft, Cincinnati '$202. (Pleasece DNA, Paflf B4) program's success and a recent poll the ministers' concerns. He said cowf Norwood tightens curfew, B4 j

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