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Friday, December 8, 1995
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THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER Tuition money to fulfill dream Education is important to Leah McBride. The 22-year-old Mount Auburn resident has big dreams, which include a career teaching children with special needs. "I believe I can relate to those kids," she says. "I grew up facing big obstacles and challenges also." Because her mother was drug-dependent and her father had a disability that prevented him from getting a job, McBride spent most of her life in shelters and the foster care system. She graduated from North College Hill High School and Scarlet Oaks Vocational Center with a certificate in child care. She also participated in the Lighthouse Independent Living Program, which helps older teens make the transition from the foster care to living on their own. Thanks to that preparation, McBride has been self-sufficient since age 19. For three years, she worked as a teacher's assistant at Martin Luther King Jr. Academy in the West End in addition to juggling other odd jobs to make ends meet She's working toward an associate's degree at Cincinnati State so that she can eventually attend a four-year university to study special education. McBride is unemployed, but even when she was working, she had a difficult time landing the type of job that would cover her living expenses and college tuition. The grant she received was insufficient, and she's ineligible for student loans (because she had been self-supporting, she earned too much money to qualify according to loan requirements). "I really want to finish school," says McBride, who stubbornly refuses to take the welfare route. She needs money for next year's tuition and books if she is going to continue working toward her goal. "I get good grades and work very hard," she says. "All I need is a little boost." Reon Carter LIST To make a contribution to Wish List, see the coupon on D2. The Cincinnati EnquirerSteven M. Herppich THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER ' X ' 'v ; VA j ' .ft i J V zuish Tomorrow: Seasonal ideas Favorite collections can be incorporated effectively into holiday decorations. TEMPO Section Television 4 Comics 6 Puzzles 7 El Editor: Sara Pearce, 768-8495 Friday December 8, 1995 J JIM KNIPPENBERG PSSTI Billboard battle could be big one Oh oh. Sounds like a billboard war brewing in radio land. Indeed, says Cincinnati ad exec Mike Lister- man at Morning Star Communications. Turns out he or rather his lawyers have been having a go-round with lawyers for WLWs Jacor parent Listerman's billboard for the religious station WAKW-FM started the trouble when it went up Nov. 1 in more than 30 locations around town including River Road at Thornton, Cleves-Warsaw and Ebenezer, Queen City and Harrison, Kellogg Avenue at Carol Street, Ohio 125 and 122. It showed an index finger pointing up and a headline reading The Real Big One." WLW, which bills itself as The Big One," saw it as an infringement on a registered trademark. It referred to God, Listerman says. "We never intended to target WLW," he says. But Jacor sicced the lawyers on Listerman. They (the lawyers) let fly with the usual huffing, puffing and wherefores. Bottom line: listerman didn't want the expense of a court battle, so he agreed to change the billboards. Which he did. Billboards now read, The real Censored One." It's still a reference to God, says Listerman, who believes He is gradually being censored out of life in the '90s. Word at the WLW water cooler, however, is that Jacor is not amused. POST IT: It's an odd marketing tool for an attorney but danged if it isn't working for Ken Lawson. Posters, we mean. Lawson, with the help of marketing consultant Wayne "Box" Miller, issues an annual poster, usually with himself in some fantasy mode, and a calendar at the bottom. Last year it was The Gatekeeper Lawson and his Rottweilers. This year, the theme is War Lord Lawson in fatigues with a surreal background. It will be unveiled Dec. 22, then distributed to barber shops, beauty parlors, other attorneys and anyone else who might display it Lawson has been one busy counselor lately. In the past two weeks he has done several talk spots on CNBC, appeared on Ger-alrin Rivpra'a show and LA ' ' ; ' agreed t0 return Feb 5 10 0 X Al talk more Topic: The con- jgr iroversiai case wnei em Lawson released to the media his client Charles Cole's video security tape that showed Cole on his South Fairmount porch last August shooting Charles "Kevin" Blankenship. Blankenship died and Cole was convicted of murder, based on the tape. HOMECOMING: Bet they're sorry they slapped that little bottom 35 years ago. Referring here to Karen Rae Doddy, born 35 years ago at Bethesda Hospital. She recently came back to Bethesda, only this time it was as a member of an accreditation team. Baby Doddy, see, is now Dr. Doddy and a member of the national board that surveys hospitals, checks out the staff and the equipment, then recommends for or against accreditation. Doddy, now of Sante Fe, N.M., was born and reared in Avondale. She's a doctor of physical and rehabilitation medicine, which is what she was looking at when visiting last week. Psst! appears Sunday, Wednesday and Friday. Have an item to report? Call Jim Knippenberg at 768-8513; fax: 768-8330. Lawson MM Stakes higher in the '90s for victims of verbal, physical attacks r?n To)n BY MICHAEL PERRY The Cincinnati Enquirer Louis Prabell was a victim. It started in fourth grade, and, to some extent, continues today. Introverted, somewhat overweight and considered a nerd, he was verbally bullied so often at Blessed Sacrament School in Fort Mitchell that he would go home and cry behind a locked door. "I was the butt of every joke," the 17-year-old says today. "Every day, I dreaded going to , . - school because of what AOflressinQ ins prooiem was going to happen. It started to turn around in eighth grade when he won a speech competition. It continued to improve at Dixie Heights High School in Edgewood. Now a senior, Louis talks to students and -youth groups about not hurting fellow youths and about how his experiences made him stronger. "I'm just trying to help," he says. Tm over-achieving now, and I can't wait for college." He tells kids: "Just keep your head high. If I can pull through and turn out the way that I did, anyone can." TT Bullying knows few boundaries: verbal or physical, public or private, rural or urban, male or female. "I'm appalled (at what kids do to each other)," says Doug Shear, a teacher at the School for Creative and Performing Arts and former counselor at Washburn Ele- Many Tristate schools are confronting the issue of bullying. A sample of programs: Peer mediation. Students work out their differences with trained peers who mediate. Cincinnati Country Day, for example, began offering it last spring and has had about 10 sessions. "I thought it gave both sides a fair voice," says "Andrew," a seventh-grader who went through the process last spring. "As long as you weren't insulting, you could really say how you felt. When I first saw it, it looked kind of stupid. But now that I know what it's all about, it's really a good idea." Project Succeed. A character-building program used in Cincinnati Public Schools at all levels, it works with at-risk students and their parents. The program tries to improve self-esteem and interaction with others by addressing academics, responsibility, health and wellness. 369-4733 or 369-4748. What's Right, Verbal and Nonverbal Abuse. Designed by parents, this curriculum is taught for six weeks at Blessed Sacrament School in Fort Mitchell as part of religion class in grades 1-6. "What's Right," tailored to each grade, is designed to make students more sensitive about how they can harm classmates. The curriculum has been purchased by 1 5 to 20 schools in Greater Cincinnati and was requested by about 300 schools nationwide after The Enquirer wrote a story on it three years ago. 941-1852. Michael Perry ,A1 iM The Cincinnati Enquirer photo illustrationKevin J. Miyazaki mentary School, West End. He is in his 28th year in the Cincinnati Public Schools system. "And people move to the suburbs to avoid it, but it's there." Here, there and everywhere: As a sixth-grader, "Josh," from Northside, was picked on so much at a public middle school and eventually assaulted by a female classmate that he began home-schooling last year. "He was so frightened in school from those kids ... he couldn't concentrate on his schoolwork," his aunf says. "Sam," a third-grader, was harassed verbally on the bus last year to and from a Cincinnati private school by a sixth-grade girl, (Please see BULLY, Page D5) How to handle a bully, D5 Church's cable 'Revue' mixes spirituals, laughter If you go What: The Good Time Gospel Revue. When: Taping starts 5 p.m. Saturday; public invited to be part of audience (casual dress preferred, arrive by 4:45 p.m.). Christmas show airs 7 p.m. Wednesday on TKR Cable's Channel A-17 (8 p.m. Sundays and 7 p.m. Wednesdays thereafter). Where: High Point United Church of Christ, Liberty Hill Plaza off Route 18 (behind Saturn dealership), Burlington. Information: 384-4400. BY TONI CASHNELLI The Cincinnati Enquirer And God said, "Let there be fun." OK, maybe that wasn't the exact wording, but that's what the Rev. Mendle Adams hopes to accomplish with The Good Time Gospel Revue, a show that combines inspiration and entertainment for TV audiences in Northern Kentucky. The hour-long Revue, taped for the first time last month and aired on TKR Cable Channel A-17, is not a Sunday service, says Adams, pastor of High Point United Church of Christ in Burlington, the group that produces the pro gram. "It's not preaching. It's not serving the sacraments. We don't pass the hat. It's just a fun time for people to get together and listen to good songs and hear some good stories and be introduced to some good outreach programs that are not necessarily church-related." Adams does a lot of laughing, which partly explains his interest in hosting a spiritual program with a more jocular bent than most. "We have audience participation," he says. "We clap our hands. We act silly." As the Revue grows more polished, he says, "It's going to have the look and feel of an old radio broadcast, kind of similar to Prairie Home Companion." The first show, taped Nov. 11 and shown 7 p.m. Wednesdays and 8 p.m. Sundays, features the Florence Community Chorus, readings from Chicken Soup for the Soul and a chat about the Union Community Food Bank at Cray Middle School. The church will tape its Christmas program Saturday with singer Terri McCoy and a visitor from the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Northern Kentucky. Adams, whose church is housed in a shopping plaza and which recently hosted an evening of Christmas karaoke to raise money for hymnals, is a master of novel approaches. Before High Point opened in 1992, the pastor and planners surveyed 21,000 residents by phone. Based on that, he says, "We know that 64 of people in Boone County do not have a regular church affiliation." That's one prospective, segment of the TV audience. The other is "people who get bored and flip through channels," he says. "They'll watch because it's easy to find." Eventually, some might be interested enough to attend High Point's laid-back Sunday worship. TODAY TO DO Victorian Christmas Civil War soldiers and ladies in period gowns play host to visitors 7-9 p.m. today and Saturday in the candle-lit rooms of Promont, a Victorian mansion decorated for the holidays at 906 Main St., Milford. $2. 831-4704. Holiday traditions Cincinnati Men's Chorus presents "Traditions," a holiday concert, 8:07 p.m. at Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. $14. Box seats $22. 861-4042. 'Our Town' at XU Xavier University Players present the American classic Our Town, 8 p.m. at Xavier University Theatre Center, 3800 Victory Parkway, Evanston. $7. 745-3578. Part art, part Jazz Jazz, dance, art and poetry come together in Earthkind-Humankind, an exhibition and performance by CCM artists, 8 p.m. at Dieterle Vocal Arts Center, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Clifton. Free. 556-9447.

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