The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio on October 5, 1991 · Page 1
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Saturday, October 5, 1991
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ijt!!j:):3:u m I A" ) r n 'i I ! ! ' 1 Pickup pick-me-up GM takes on Dodge's powerhouse pickups with a new turbodiesel engine of its own. E-l Eider 23, Libeller. 7 Mariemont 21, Loveland 7 Padres 3, Reds 2 in San Diego Glen Este 39, Woodward 38 (OT) NL West: Braves 5, Astros 2 Locomofif Tristate train gardens C-l Stock split i ru). 'V N Exchange Chicago-bound B-4 Super-powered GM pickup. Details: SportsSection D How does your garden go? RMO .REM FINAL35C i - '.It 1 , --J. ancuns s boat ura tor sale ;. ''lit' -."ifyt ft I LlM P. ' " 7 Covington Landing has had mixed success since opening a year ago. The Wharf, in the background, which includes TGIFridays, Howl at the Moon Saloon and City Lights nightclub, has been profitable. But the Spirit of America in the foreground, including Stobart's, the Moon River Cafe and two bars, has done poorly. Out-of-town investors are interested in the replica boat, Landing officials said, and it likely would leave Cincinnati if sold. 4 - v C3 9' n " If ''' Cincinnati Enquirer Cathy Lyons Out-of-town buyer most likely; it's money-loser here The Cincinnati EnquirerJim Callaway John Mellencamp puffs on a cigarette while performing at radio station Q102 Friday. Small-town boy is fine -in the city BY CLIFF RADEL The Cincinnati Enquirer The Reds should sign John Mellencamp. The Hoosier rock star pitched a triple-header Friday in Cincinnati and didn't get a sore arm. During the day, Mellencamp played two 45-minute shows with two sidemen at two radio stations, WEBN-FM (102.7 mHz) and Q102 (WKRQ-FM, 101.9 mHz). At night, he visited Caddy's, where more than 1,000 crowded in to hear the whole band. Men in business suits stood on beer barrels and some women sat on men's shoulders to watch and sing along. Mellencamp was in town promoting his album, Whenever We Wanted, in stores Tuesday. "I haven't been inside a radio station since 1981," he said, puffing on a cigarette between songs at WEBN's rooftop patio. Before each radio show, Mellencamp met 10 contest-winning listeners. At Q 102, he let Julia Owenburg pinch his biceps and the fitness instructor from Florence swooned. Her only regret: "It was like great sex. It didn't last long enough." Mellencamp played three songs live on both stations: "Rain on the Scarecrow," "Small Town" and "Pink Houses." At Q102, the staff sang "Happy Birthday." Mellencamp, who lives in Bloomington, turns 40 Monday. At WEBN, he received three birthday surprises: Former wife Vicky and daughters Justice, 6, and Teddi Jo, 10, walked onto the patio just after "Small Town." "What are you doin' here?" he asked as he hugged Justice. Without answering, Justice pulled two rocks from her pockets. "Daddy, Daddy, hold these," she said. Dad carefully put the gifts by his guitar. Softly tapping his Hush Puppies on his presents, he rocked into "Rain on the Scarecrow." BY JEFF HARRINGTON The Cincinnati Enquirer Developers of Covington Landing may have to sell the centerpiece of their $15 million entertainment complex and ship it out of Cincinnati to pay off overdue loans. The Spirit of America paddlewheeler which anchors the year-old restaurantnight spot on the Kentucky shore of the Ohio River is for sale and will likely be moved out of Greater Cincinnati if sold, principals in the Landing said Friday. The profitable portion of the project, a floating wharf anchored by TGIFridays, would not be affected. A decision on the 262-foot paddle-wheeler's future either a sale or major revamping is expected soon, possibly within a week, Covington Mayor Denny Bowman said. Gary Wachs, a general partner in the Northern Kentucky venture, said "some fairly serious inquiries" had been made, all by out-of-town investors. If the boat is sold, it has been implied that it would move out of town, he said. Wachs said a sale is just one option under consideration. Later this month, the boat will shift to a country-western format in an attempt td boost business. Rumors of Covington Landing's fi nancial woes have circulated for months. But Wachs and his partner, Ben Bernstein, would not divulge their plans. Friday, Wachs spoke openly about the project's future in the wake of reports about the Landing's default on $5.5 million in loans with area banks. The three banks Central Trust of Northern Kentucky, Huntington Bank of Kenton County Inc. and Sunrise Bank for Savings would not discuss the default. "Covington Landing has been doing both very good and bad in some cases," Wachs said. "Part of it is working beyond our expectations, and that's the Wharf. The boat has not been successful, and that's the part of the pie we have to work with." In addition to TGIFridays, the Wharf has the Howl at the Moon Saloon, City Lights nightclub and several restaurants. The Spirit of America, a replica of an 1878 sidewheeler, includes Stobart's, Steamboats Steakhouse, the Moon River Cafe, and two bars: Belle's Barbary Coast and Belle's River Saloon. Together, the two floating developments add up to a $13 million invest- (Please see LANDING, back page, this section) Judge's note not illegal, prosecutor says Keefe to declare a mistrial in the drug trafficking and drug abuse trial of Gregory L. Lindley. The note, later made an exhibit in the mistrial proceedings, said: "Greg Lindley remind Judge Keefe this is J. Allen's friend with family good people." Lindley's case originally was assigned to Common Pleas Judge Ralph Winkler, but Winkler withdrew from the case and transferred it to Keefe, a retired judge assigned to hear cases that cannot be accommodated on the dockets of the regular judges. Lindley later was convicted of drug trafficking by another judge; he will be sentenced Oct. 11. He was found not guilty of drug abuse. A court official said Friday that Allen had ap proached Winkler about the case in January, before it was assigned to Keefe. Winkler has declined to discuss the case or why he withdrew from it. Keefe said Friday that Allen first contacted him about the case in January, before he knew it had been assigned to him. He said he did not recall exactly what Allen said. Gaines said the prosecutor's office spoke with Winkler in June, but did not speak with Allen. Allen said she expected to be exonerated. Reporter Kevin O'Hanlon contributed to this report. Lindley twice convictedA-10. BY WILLIAM A. WEATHERS The Cincinnati Enquirer When Hamilton County Judge Nadine Allen communicated with a colleague about a friend's drug case, it might have been an ethical violation, but it was not a violation of the law, the county prosecutor's office said Friday. "We looked at it and felt it didn't rise to the level of a crime," said Terry Gaines, first assistant in the prosecutor's office. "It doesn't fit the statutes. It's that simple." The prosecutor's office forwarded its findings to common pleas court and the disciplinary counsel of the Ohio Supreme Court. A note, allegedly written by Allen, led Judge John Assaults by students increase Records show 150 attacks on staff, 433 on peers Health officials fight 'sinister' tobacco ads Aaain1. AeflXS ratal Five sections 151st year, No. 179 Copyright, 1991 The Cincinnati Enquirer NationWorld Digests A-2 Nation A-3-4 World A-6 Sports ' ' j , Baseball ,.. D-3-4 College football ,; D-6 Digest .'. D-8 Business Amex stocks... B-6 Mutual funds.... B-6 NYSE stocks..; B-5 Tempo Television.....! C-6-7 Puzzles C-10 Comics C-U Metro Lotteries B-2 Obituaries B-3 Weather: Showers possible. High 68; low 40. betails, Page A-2. BY DEBORAH MESCE The Associated Press WASHINGTON Federal health officials announced the largest-ever national anti-smoking program Friday, saying it would help 17 states counter the "sinister marketing strategies" of tobacco companies. Health departments in the selected states including Indiana, but not Ohio or Kentucky will receive a total of $115 million over seven years for community-based coalitions. The coalitions will target population groups most likely to smoke and will apply proven anti-smoking strategies. The program also will tell public officials about public health policies that combat smoking, such as restricting to bacco promotions, raising taxes on cigarettes and limiting access of minors to cigarettes. Federal officials called such activity education, but the Tobacco Institute labeled it lobbying. "What this will do is provide grassroot activists with federal tax dollars to promote their views," said Brennan Dawson, Tobacco Institute spokeswoman. About 28 of U.S. adults smoke. The project's major goal is reduce that figure to 15 by the turn of the century. Officials think the project will help 4.5 million adults stop smoking and keep 2 million young people from starting. The National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society sponsor the program. x X (CFT). "But we have a radically different policy now. I'm quite confident those figures are going to drop." This year, for the first time, students who assault teachers or other school employees must be expelled from school. Those who attack other students face stiff suspensions and possible expulsion. Superintendent J. Michael Brandt opened the school year with a stern warning to students on the policy. Monica Curtis, a spokeswoman for the district, said she too is convinced that assaults will drop as the new policy takes hold. "But this may mean a temporary rise in suspensions or expulsions," she cautioned, "and we (Please see ASSAULTS, back page, this section) BY PATRICIA LOPEZ BADEN The Cincinnati Enquirer Last year was the most violent on record for Cincinnati Public Schools, with students committing 150 assaults on school employees and 433 attacks on fellow students. Those figures, taken from suspension-expulsion records, show assaults on employees mainly teachers rose 33 and assaults on students jumped 26 between last year and 1989-90. It is the latest chapter in a four-year trend of a steadily rising number of assaults that district officials hope will be stemmed by this year's tougher discipline policy. "There is no question that things had gotten worse last year," said Tom Mooney, president of the Cincinnati Federation of Teachers 1? fldSZtsW ratal f - TOT- .4 10W Source: Cincinnati Public Schools The Cincinnati Enquirer Elmer Wetenkamp

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