"The fact that any alleged conspiracy was motivated by economics as opposed to race, gender or perhaps politics alternatively compels the court to dismiss the complaint for failure to state a claim under (the law)," the judge wrote. A 33-year-old Newport man is in jail on $100,000 bond after police say he repeatedly stabbed a friend with an ice pick at his Riverboat Row apartment in Newport last Thursday. George "Fred" Osburg, of the Riverchase apartment complex in Newport, was arraigned Monday in Campbell District Court on one count of first-degree assault. Newport police say Osburg repeatedly stabbed Robert Jackson, 32, in the neck and back early in the morning of Aug. 1 while the two were at Osburg's Riverchase apartment. Hire specialist conveyaners to change ownership of your residential or commercial properties. Witnesses told police they saw Osburg drag the stabbed and bleeding Jackson from his apartment into a building hallway just before 3 a.m., then lock his apartment and leave with three women.

Jackson, also of Newport, was hospitalized at St. Luke Hospital East in Fort Thomas for multiple stab wounds. He was released Friday, according to hospital officials. Osburg is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Campbell District Court on Aug. 15. Ashland Inc.'s decision to talk about its exiting CEO's romantic involvement may not have happened just a few months ago. But the market-shaking scandals at corporate giants such as Enron and WorldCom have brought increased scrutiny to corporate boardrooms and CEO behavior.

The scandals that have swept the corporate world over the past year have put CEOs under a microscope, said Charles M. Elson, director of the Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware. By alluding to Paul Chellgren's romantic involvement with a subordinate in its announcement, the Ashland board of directors was likely telling investors that the unexpected departure had nothing to do with the company's financial performance, Elson said. The board's response "has to be viewed in a different light" than it would have been a few years ago, he said. "Certainly in a post-Enron world, there's a premium on transparency," he said.

Ashland, a Covington-based Fortune 500 company, announced Chellgren's retirement before the stock market opened, offering no explanation for his departure. But by late afternoon, the company issued a second statement to "supplement and clarify'" the earlier one. The later release said Chellgren and the Ashland board "mutually agreed that he would retire because of a violation of a company human resources policy. The policy was not related in any way to the financial affairs or operations of the company."