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THE COURIER-JOURNAL, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14, 1991 A 5 GRADUATES OF GLEE State citizens group proposes fundamental changes in elections wit- Vr. 7 By HOLLY HOLLAND Staff Writer Kentucky would have fewer elections, fewer statewide elected officials, and governors who could succeed themselves under a set of constitutional amendments proposed yesterday by a statewide citizens group. At a meeting at the Seelbach Hotel in Louisville, the Constitutional Improvement Policy Council approved a sweeping plan for modernizing the state's constitution. And the group's members who include judges, college presidents, business leaders and elected officials believe that some of the proposed amendments have a chance of gaining approval from the General Assembly, which convenes in January. The group still must get legislative sponsorship for its proposals and compete with other issues before the General Assembly.

In addition, constitutional amendments require voter approval and only four proposed amendments can appear on the ballot in a single election. "I think if we give the people of Kentucky a good government amendment, they'll approve it," said Sheryl G. Snyder, a Louisville attorney who is chairman of the Kentucky Center for Public Issues, which created the policy council in July. Snyder said the council would help lead the campaign to win voter approval of the constitutional amendments. Pragmatism seemed to rule the day yesterday as the council discussed both the value and the expediency of several constitutional changes.

"There is a dose of political reality that we tried to apply," said Michael F. Adams, president of Centre College and a council member. "On virtually every point there was a dissenting opinion," but council members tried to shape the recommendations such that opponents couldn't shoot "the whole thing down." But council member Robert D. Bell, a re-See GROUP Page 12, col. 1, this section Schaefer wasn't going to wed Ignatow, pair say Mbit ffr 1 They were all class clowns a troupe of five volunteers from the Junior League of Louisville and five high school students in the Junior Red Cross and all graduated from clowning class in a ceremony this week at the American Red Cross building on East Chestnut Street.

Above, Jazzie (Cathy Boone) was given her graduation certificate by instructor Linda Fogle as the others watched and applauded. At left, Rooney (Anne Claiborne) put on her face before the ceremonies began. Starting In January, the adults in the troupe will pair off with the youths to visit nursing homes and hospital wards on missions of cheer. Shore-Inlow told police that Ignatow sexually assaulted and killed Schaefer at that house on Poplar Level Road and that she helped him bury the body. Tom Schaefer's girlfriend, Linda Love, told the jury that the victim said she hated and was afraid of Ignatow.

In August, Love said, she and Brenda Schaefer went to dinner, and Schaefer told her "she was definitely going to break up with him, she hated him, and she had had all she could take. She was definitely going to do it this time." Love said she talked to Schaefer by phone on Sept. 23, the night before she disappeared. Schaefer was upset, Love said, and suspected that someone had followed her home from work that night, and she feared it was Ignatow. Love said Schaefer told her she had plans on Sunday, Sept 25, to get together with See SCHAEFER Page 12, col.

3, this section By LESLIE SCANLON Staff Writer COVINGTON, Ky. Brenda Schaefer told her brother and his girlfriend in the weeks before she disappeared that she intended to break off her engagement to Mel-vin Henry Ignatow and had told Ignatow that she wouldn't marry him, the two testified yesterday. "Brenda had told me a few things about Mel that I thought were very peculiar," Tom Schaefer said yesterday. "She said he was getting strange." Ignatow, 53, is on trial in Kenton County, charged with kidnapping, killing and sexually assaulting Brenda Schaefer, 36. The trial was moved because of intense pretrial publicity in Louisville.

Schaefer disappeared Sept. 24, 1988, in Louisville, and her body was discovered more than a year later, buried behind a house where Mary Ann Shore-Inlow, a former girlfriend of Ignatow's, had lived. Irk a'I I STAFF PHOTOS BY JAMLS H. WALLACE JCC faculty favors cutting president's review powers Pharmacy error in death of youth to be investigated media questions about the proposed faculty-performance plan. Issues raised by the plan will be resolved through internal discussions, Horvath said.

Eighty percent of the college's 240 faculty members voted on the performance plan last week, approving it 162-29 with one abstention. The overwhelming vote in favor shows there is dissatisfaction with the current process, which gives the college's president most control of annual ratings and salary increases, history Professor Mark Wilburn said. "I don't think Horvath has been very consistent in some of the ratings (of faculty) he's made," Wilburn said. With 240 faculty members to evaluate each year, it would be difficult for any individual to be consistent, Wilburn said, adding that he now is in a dispute with Horvath See PLAN Page 12, col. 1, this section By BEN Z.

HERSHBERG Staff Writer The Jefferson Community College faculty has voted overwhelmingly for a proposed plan to sharply reduce President Ronald Horvath's control of the annual process for faculty evaluations and pay increases. The heads of the academic divisions would have a much larger role in the evaluation process under the plan. The faculty senate asked Horvath yesterday to promptly review the plan, which a faculty committee drafted after two years of work. The senate also questioned Horvath sharply about memos many professors had received from their division administrators saying the president had forbidden them to discuss the plan with reporters. "I certainly didn't issue any gag orders," Horvath told the senate.

He said he had told administrators at a meeting Monday that he wouldn't react to Corrections clarifications Because of a reporting error, a story Thursday on health-care legislation to be presented to the General Assembly incorrectly said there is no limit on what Medicare patients can be charged. Patients can be charged more than the Medicare rate, but there are limits. The Jeffersontown City Council will not meet Monday as reported in this week's Neighborhoods. The council's next regular meeting is Jan 6. The obituary yesterday for John E.

Brewer gave an incorrect age. He was 81. The obituary yesterday for John F. Solomon left out the name of a stepson, Dennis Walsh. Because of an editor's error, Shelby County was incorrectly identified in an Index item yesterday about a high school girls' basketball game.

Because of an editor's error, the site of Manchester College was given incorrectly in yesterday's Sports Beat. It is in North Manchester, Ind. By GIDEON GIL Staff Writer The Kentucky Board of Pharmacy will investigate a pharmacist's error that caused the death of 20-year-old Shiou-gwo Mark Sun of Jefferson County last week, a board official said yesterday. Richard Ross, executive director of the Pharmacy Board, said a board investigator will visit the pharmacy, Walgreens drugstore at 313 Whittington Parkway in eastern Jefferson County, to determine how Sun was given a drug different from the one his doctor prescribed. "It certainly was a tragedy," Ross said after reading about the case in yesterday's Courier-Journal.

"I guess, unfortunately, pharmacists are only human too." Sun died Dec. 4 after a pharmacist mistakenly filled a prescription for metolazone, a treatment for his failing kidneys, with Methotrexate, a powerful anti-cancer drug. Sun's doctor, Danny Woo, said the cancer drug destroyed most of Sun's infection-fighting white blood cells, leaving him susceptible to a massive bacterial infection that killed him. Sun who in 1088 received Kentucky's' largest-ever medical malpractice award also developed painful, bleeding sores in his mouth and on his skin, Woo and family members said. The 1988 case, in which Sun won $5.7, million from Dr.

Staffan Sjogren and Kosairi Children's Hospital, stemmed from a 1984 incident, when Sun's heart stopped while he was under general anesthesia. He was in a coma for 20 days, and when he awoke, the straight-A student and aspiring concert pianist had suffered brain damage and paralysis. A Walgreen Co. spokeswoman said the company is investigating the matter, but wouldn't discuss details of the case or give the name of the pharmacist. Ross said this is the first case he can re-, member during his 25 years working for the board in which a patient died in Kentucky from a medication error.

More such errors have been reported See PHARMACY Page 12, col. 1, this section Stokes to lose House seat in county redistricting plan A kind word from Democratic leaders might have saved Stokes, Yates said. "If leadership had put some pressure on us, we might have taken another look." Of the county's 12 House Democrats, only Rep. Tom Riner, whose district was redrawn to include Stokes' home, By ANDREW MELNYKOVYCH Staff Writer FRANKFORT, Ky. As expected, Kentucky House members from Jefferson County yesterday approved a redistricting plan that protects Democratic in Out of time Clock's breakdown was a real loss to some folks downtown cumbents and leaves Republican Jefferson County Rep.

Susan Stokes out in the cold. The plan, drawn up by Rep. Jim Yates, D-Shively, leaves largely intact the two black-majority districts represented by Democrats Leonard Gray and Porter Hatcher. Civil-rights leaders yesterday said they want to see three Jefferson County districts with African- voted against the Yates plan, which passed by a 12-4 margin. Rep.

Bob Heleringer was the only Republican backing the plan. Republicans Jon Ackerson, Ann Northup and Ron Toby did not attend the delegation caucus. Rincr's center-city 41st District would be extended eastward to take in part of the 48th District represented by Stokes. After un gears that turn one another, as well as the hands of the clock on all four faces of the tower. When one gear grinds to a halt, they all do.

The teeth on one of the gears wore down to a point where it would no longer mesh with its interlocking mate. Replacing the gear should cost several hundred dollars. Russell said the CityCall line received about 15 calls about the stopped clock. One woman complained of "being sick and tired of seeing the same time, day after day," Russell reported. Blanton House residents will be happy to again see time marching on, said Ida Morton, head of the residents council there.

She said many of the residents rely -on the clock to see when to catch the bus. fourth floor. "I look at it every day," he said. A City Hall regular, Mayor Jerry Ab-ramson, also has been at a loss, said spokeswoman Mary Russell. The mayor "uses the clock frequently, just like everybody else who glances up there at one time or another," she said.

Workers plan to install a newly repaired gearbox this morning and should have the clock ticking again sometime today, said Works Director Bill Herron. This is probably the first time in at least a decade the clock has stopped for any significant period, he said. John Barnett, a city public properties superintendent, said the clock's main mechanism has dozens of interlocking By SHELDON SHAFER Staff Writer Time may fly when you're having fun. But for some people time has stood still for nearly two weeks since the 118-year-old clock atop City Hall got stuck on 2:48. Two residents of Blanton House, a 20-story housing complex for the elderly four blocks away, called the CityCall line to grouse about not knowing when to take medicine since the clock went haywire.

And Keith Craycroft, Blanton House's maintenance supervisor, now has to climb up to the 10th floor to catch the time on the Colgate clock across the river. Before, he could see the City Hall clock from the American majorities and unveiled stokes their own redistricting plan. said his plan has the backing of the House Democratic leadership, making it likely to be the blueprint approved by the special session of the General Assembly. House Speaker Don Blandford has said that Stokes lost her northeast Jefferson County district because she has not cooperated with House leaders on matters such as education reform. successfully making the case for being restored to her suburban district, Stokes said she intends to run for Riner's seat.

Stokes said she told the county delegation that she has shown "a real willingness" to work with House Democrats. She said she urged a delay in adopting the redistrict- See REDISTRICTING Page 12, col. 1, this section.

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