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EDITOR: KERRY KLUMPE, 369-1003 THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 1991 SECTION B t rr. , r.vrv:1 Reform9 key to school levy strategy Rhoads unveils campaign using phone banks, mailings, voter drives r" ri B v-"sT Xsiv'- L 1 lz: I , J - i i P'J i hi li ii n i i a ij ii it ii xv. it vi mi- i u u u.yi ultau r i First, he said, they should discard the notion that a vote for the levy is a vote to keep Cincinnati Public Schools afloat. "A vote for Issue 7 is a vote for reform," Rhoads told two dozen volunteers. "That's our message, and BY PATRICIA LOPEZ BADEN The Cincinnati Enquirer Brewster Rhoads knows exactly how he wants to persuade Cincinnati voters to pass a school levy higher than the one they rejected last fall. Rhodes is a veteran campaign organizer who directed the 1988 Hamilton County campaign of Sen. Howard Metzenbaum. As this year's campaign manager for the proposed levy, Rhoads laid out a battle plan for volunteers Monday that he says will give the district the 49,000 votes it needs to win. keep the school going through next year. No matter that it won't even be enough to restore this year's cuts, let alone embark on expensive reforms. The way Rhoads sees it, without the $46 million the levy would provide, the schools will have to slash millions from an already devastated budget. "A system reeling in bankruptcy is in no position to move ahead with reform," he said. "If we get the levy passed, we can find other ways to raise money for reform. Without the levy, all the energy will go toward massive layoffs and you'll wind up with a demoralized staff." virtually scrap its existing system in favor of one vastly decentralized and patterned more after a modern business operation. Rhoads estimates that at least 7 of voters who supported levies in the past switched their votes last year, contributing to the levy's resounding defeat. In some areas, such as Hyde Park and Amberley . Village, the swing vote was as great as 10 to 15. To win back those voters, plus round up new ones, Rhoads will wage a campaign on multiple fronts. (Please see LEVY, Page B-4) Cincinnati schools went broke last November, when voters rejected a 7.21-mill levy, 63.514 to 47,002. A mill raises $1 in taxes for every $1,000 of assessed valuation. "Voters were sending a message last time," Rhoads said. "What we're saying in this campaign is that we heard that message and we're making changes. We've got a new superintendent, new policies and a blueprint for reform." That blueprint is the Buenger Commission report, a private-industry assessment of Cincinnati schools released last week. The report recommended that the district JL Brewster Rhoads we're going to keep at it." No matter that the 9.83-mill levy is designed to raise just enough money to Fernald jurors challenged on nuclear views BY BEN L. KAUFMAN The Cincinnati Enquirer After more than three hours of close and often personal questioning, a jury was seated Monday for the first stage of a $500 million suit against former managers of the Fernald uranium refinery. Opening statements will be given today, and the trial is expected to take at least 10 days. Among the six women and three men who will hear the case are a woman whose husband applied unsuccessfully for work at Fernald and a homemaker whose self-employed husband will stay home with their four children while she has jury duty. Prospective jurors with close ties to Fernald workers or an active interest in the $78 million settlement of an earlier suit 15 find fortune in Ohio Ind. residents win $24 million BY LEW MOORES The Cincinnati Enquirer Fifteen residents of Anderson, Ind., are $1.6 million richer after they pooled their money to buy a winning Ohio Super Lotto ticket that fetched $24 million Saturday. The 15, most of whom work at the Inland Fisher Guide in Anderson a General Motor plant that makes bumpers, tail-lights and headlights bought $513 worth of tickets in the Ohio Super Lotto. The winning ticket was purchased by Ollie H. Dixon at Roger's Deli-Mart in Greenville, Ohio. The store will receive a $10,000 bonus. Each of the 15 winners will receive $61,538.46, or $47,076.93 after taxes, a year for the next 26 years. The winning number was picked by the Lotto computer. Nine of the 15 appeared at a news conference Monday morning at the Ohio Lottery Commission office in the West End, the nearest regional office. Dixon said that off and on for the past three years, the group has spent $300 to $400 a week on Ohio lotteries. He said $100 was the most they had ever won collectively. Told that they did not appear excited, Dick Watson, who is retired, said: "No need to be excited we have no money yet." Each of the 15 should get a $47,000 check within four to six weeks, said John Wright, regional manager of the Lottery Commission. No one had any plans for the winnings or for retirement. The winners ranged in age from Watson, 65, to Ollie D. Dixon, Dixon's son, who is 21. The other six on hand Monday were Robert J. Booker, Mary Ann Shetterly, Floyd Brown, Robert Brown, Craig Ramey and Ricky Graves. Smooth driving UC engineers studying things that go bump on the streets V J' V . V ' brought by Fernald neighbors were excused. So were those with strong opinions on nuclear waste and those who thought Fernald was a nuclear power station, possibly like one which exploded disastrously in the Ukraine. "We're not going to have a Chernobyl here," defense lawyer David Bernick assured them. A total of 23 men and women were questioned, and 14 were excused. U.S. District Judge S. Arthur Spiegel had almost 100 prospective jurors summoned because he feared it might be difficult to find people able to set aside what they'd heard about Fernald and decide the case on what they heard in court. But most of those ques- (Please see FERNALD, Page B-4) Aktan said. "In the long run, this is going to translate into smoother driving, that's for sure." Aktan is a project collaborator and director of UC's Cincinnati Infrastructure Institute. Besides smoothing the streets, the research will help the city determine how much to charge utilities each time a cut is made. Cincinnati and the American Public Works Association are paying $100,000 for the project's first year. Aktan said tests and follow-ups would be done at as many as 100 sites across the city to find how much a cut road deteriorates. Final results could be five years away. "Civil engineering is a static profession," Aktan said. "It takes quite some time to implement these things." Pearson's son said the cancer was discovered through a prostate specific antigen blood test. Complete recovery is expected. 'Didn't want attention1 Richard Little, university spokesman, said Pearson attended a board of trustees meeting and a football game Saturday, and left for Atlanta on Sunday. "I think he didn't want a lot of people to be overly concerned," Little said. "That's the kind of fellow he is. He just didn't want a lot of attention." Pearson is expected to remain in the hospital for five to seven days, his son said. Pearson plans to return to work in early October, Little said. Until then, Ron Henry, Miami's provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, will direct the university's daily operations. Pearson became the university's 18th president in 1981. The Cincinnati EnquirerMichael E. Keating Ollie H. Dixon, his son and 13 others have won the $24 million Ohio Super Lotto. Most of the winners work at the Inland Fisher Guide in Anderson, Ind. 1 wl4 Pearson Miami president expects to return to job in October BY MARK SIEBERT The Cincinnati Enquirer In a surprise announcement Monday, Miami University President Paul G. Pearson told the school's faculty and staff by letter that he was recuperating from prostate cancer surgery in Atlanta. Pearson, 64, had surgery Monday morning at Emory University Hospital, where his son is on the surgical faculty. Dr. Tom Pearson talked to his father Monday and said he was awake and alert. "He's doing fine," Tom Pearson said. "Everything went just as expected." Paul Pearson, the university's president since 1981, told close associates last week about his im- has prostate cancer surgery BY MARK SIEBERT The Cincinnati Enquirer A team of University of Cincinnati civil engineers has set out to smooth over a problem city drivers have tolerated since the invention of pavement. Each year, utilities make 10,000 cuts into the surface of city streets. They put in gas lines, water pipes, electrical cables and sewers. They often leave behind a weaker road surface, marked by holes that can rattle drivers' teeth and spill their morning coffee. The UC engineers are putting sensors in some of these patches to measure movement and hopefully determine what method of repair works best. "Drivers get frustrated," Emin tandi, chairman of urology at Providence Hospital. "For that reason, all men age 40 and over are encouraged to undergo a prostate cancer examination." Screenings involve a prostate specific antigen blood test and a rectal exam. Call the hospital in your area for times and locations of screenings. MARK SIEBERT ing cause of cancer deaths for men. "My problem was discovered as a result of a routine physical examination and a new blood test that enables doctors to detect prostate cancer at an extremely early stage, such as in my case," Pearson wrote. Accident puts baby, mother in hospital Premature infant delivered by caesarean Hospitals to offer free exams Many Greater Cincinnati hospitals will offer free prostate cancer exams for men during national Prostate Cancer Awareness Week, Sept. 22-29. More than 122,000 men nationwide are expected to be diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1991, and 32,000 will die of the disease. "Prostate cancer can develop and spread with no warning signs," said Dr. Youssef T. Cos- pending surgery. But he asked that a letter explaining the surgery to the Oxford community not be released until Monday. In the letter, Pearson extolled the virtues of tests that can lead to early detection of prostate cancer, the most common cancer among men and the second-lead The state patrol said Woodward was 8V4 months' pregnant at the time of the accident. A hospital spokeswoman said she suffered lacerations on her face and multiple rib fractures. Police said a car driven south on Tealtown Road by . Rodney Brashears, 70, of the 1100 block of Cincinnati-Batavia Pike, failed to stop for a stop sign at Old Ohio 74. Woodward, who was driving west on Old Ohio 74, was not wearing a seat belt, police said. Brashears and his wife, Evelyn, 69, were treated at Clermont Mercy Hospital in Batavia and later released. The accident remains under investigation. THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER A Batavia woman was in critical condition Monday and her newborn baby in serious condition as the result of a Saturday night traffic accident near East-gate Mall. Sharon Woodward, 33, of Forest Park Drive was taken to University Hospital by its Air Care helicopter from the intersection of Old Ohio 74 and Teal-town Road, three-quarters of a mile east of the mall. Hospital doctors delivered Woodward's baby boy by caesarean section soon after her arrival, said the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Batavia Post. The baby was in University Hospital's neonatal care Monday.