Nation: Reform Over Newport

Just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati glow the red lights of Newport, Ky. (pop. 30,000), a venerable sin center and hardly a place where a reformer is likely to succeed. But last week a reformer was elected sheriff of Campbell County, which includes Newport. He is George Ratterman. 35, former Notre Dame and Cleveland Browns quarterback, now a television commentator for American Football League games.

Ratterman campaigned on a promise to clean out Newport—and the city's vice lords set out to double-team him. They framed him by giving him knockout drops, then arranging to have him arrested in bed with...

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