News Events of 1998
June 19986-1-1998 -- Kathy Hollingsworth succeeded Fred Schantz as president and CEO of National City Bank in Dayton.
6-2-1998 -- Three Trotwood-Madison High School students were suspended and arrested after they set off three pop-bottle bombs at the high school campus.
6-4-1998 -- Ohio's Legislative Office of Education Oversight, a nonpartisan research arm of the General Assembly, released a report saying children who attend Dayton's Head Start Program are no better prepared for kindergarten than other poor children who have had no preschool.
6-4-1998 -- Terry Nichols was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the April 19, 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing in which 168 people were killed.
6-4-1998 -- Former Olympic track hopeful Chris Nelloms was indicted on 10 felonies, including eight counts of rape of a child under 13. The rape counts carry mandatory life sentences.
6-4-1998 -- Ed Armentrout, former president of the Downtown Dayton Partnership, resigned as head of a downtown Memphis, Tenn. redevelopment agency after revelations of questionable expense account charges.
6-5-1998 -- Auto workers in Flint, Michigan went on strike against General Motors in what could be a prelude to another major Dayton strike. GM workers at Dayton's Delphi brake plants struck in 1996, shutting down most of GM's North American operations and cost the automaker nearly $1 billion.
6-7-1998 -- A black man was murdered in Texas when he was chained to the back of a pickup truck and dragged until his body was torn to pieces. Three white men were charged in the case.
6-8-1998 -- General Motors idled 4,200 workers at its Moraine assembly plant because of parts shortages resulting from the strike in Flint Michigan.
6-9-1998 -- The Ohio school board approved contracts with two Dayton organizations planning to open charter schools. The decision means Dayton will be one of the first cities in the state to have charter schools, which are publicly funded but privately operated and not under the control of local voters.
6-14-1998 -- The Chicago Bulls won their sixth NBA championship in the past ten years, defeating the Utah Jazz in the sixth game of the best-of-seven series. Michael Jordan, in what may have been his final game in the NBA, scored 45 points including the game-winning final shot.
6-19-1998 -- The National Folk Festival opened in Downtown Dayton for the final year of its three-year run. However, CityFolk announced plans for a new annual folk festival to be called the CityFolk Festival beginning in 1999.
6-24-1998 -- AT&T Corp. announced it is acquiring Tele-Communications Inc (TCI) which operates a cable television systems, including one in Dayton.
6-24-1998 -- Dayton Police Officer Michael D. McDonald was acquitted of assault charges stemming from a Feb. 17 incident in which he used pepper spray on a teenage fastfood worker whom he believed had shortchanged him. The judge ruled that McDonald was within his authority to arrest the girl and that his use of pepper spray was appropriate when she resisted.
6-25-1998 -- President Clinton arrived in China for a state visit, the first presidential visit to China since before the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown.
6-28-1998 -- First day of DDN series "Historic Treasures in the Miami Valley."
6-28-1998 -- The Cincinnati Enquirer apologized to Chiquita Brands International Inc. in a front page story. The paper had published an investigative series beginning May 3 in which it reported that Chiquita, a worldwide banana exporter based in Cincinnati, had engaged in questionable business practices in Central America. In its apology the Enquirer retracted the story and said it had fired the lead reporter.
6-29-1998 -- Carl E. Lenhof pleaded no contest to two counts of criminal damaging related to a series of acts of vandalism at area public libraries. Lenhof was accused of defecating on books dealing with homosexuality, the United Nations and the Federal Reserve.
6-30-1998 -- Construction bids for the proposed Dayton baseball stadium all came in high and the city decided to rebid the project.