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The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio · Page 28

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Wednesday, September 18, 1991
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EDITOR: KERRY KLUMPE, 369-1003 THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 1991 SECTION D 1 L M ff zn r- , mm i iwi mm frili.l.mllll..i Xv hv Sw. Cissell stance may cost him support in black community How important is ACT? Colleges say scores only part of admissions picture BY ANTHONY NEELY Freshman scores The 1991 average ACT composite scores for freshmen at six local colleges: them to vote against Cissell. "I don't question the integrity of the ministers, but it looks like there's some degree of partisanship here," said Cissell, a Republican. Cissell said his vote against putting the measure on the fall ballot was intended to make its passage more likely later. He said the measure would have competed with a proposal to elect council by proportional representation which allows voters to rank candidates. Cissell said he favors placing the proposal on the ballot in May, if the proportional amendment proposal fails. The Rev. James Milton, pastor of Southern Baptist Church and chairman of the political education committee, said ministers opposed proportional representation because "it's another at-large system that dilutes the black vote." The Cincinnati Enquirer Cincinnati City Councilman Jim Cissell could lose black support because of his recent vote against a proposal that would change the way council is elected. The Baptist Ministers Conference is upset with Cissell's vote against placing a charter amendment on the ballot Nov. 5 calling for the election of six council members by districts and three through at-large, or citywide, voting. Cissell had supported the district method. Minority groups have contended that electing all council members through at-large voting dilutes black votes. The ministers, representing 60 predominantly black churches with at least 10,000 members, said they would ask 19.5 20.9 21.0 21.1 23.0 26.0 N. Kentucky University University of Cincinnati Mount St. Joseph Thomas More College Xavier University Miami University BY LINDA DONO REEVES The Cincinnati Enquirer ACT scores are inching higher in some Tristate school systems, but a sizable number of recent high school graduates face remedial work if they attend college. American College Test scores for the Class of 1991, which many districts released Tuesday, show about 10 area districts posted average composite scores lower than 20. For scores in that range, college admissions officers often require testing to see whether remedial math or English courses are necessary. A perfect score on the ACT, which college-bound high school students take as juniors and seniors, is 36. "We see a lot of students and this is a national trend who need to go and have a 19.5 average on the ACT. Anyone who falls below a 19 on any one part of the test English, math, science or social studies takes another placement test to determine whether remedial work is necessary, Stewart said. None of the six largest four-year colleges in the Cincinnati area NKU, the University of Cincinnati, Xavier and Miami universities, the College of Mount St. Joseph and Thomas More College has a cutoff below which it won't accept potential freshmen. Grades, class rank and extracurricular activities also are considered. Last year, the University of Cincinnati had 35 freshmen most in two-year associate-degree programs whose scores were lower than 9, spokesman Greg (Please see SCORES, Page D-4) "Fall 1990 incoming freshmen. take . . . some pre-college math," said Gregory Stewart, admissions director at Northern Kentucky University. This year's incoming NKU freshmen Firms say their act cleane d up KENTUCKY V Pike W$t i-A) h MV'MPiyS I High Water Rdl Patients try to get records Closed clinic sets up system THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER The Sept. 6 closing of a North-side clinic that had been owned by the insolvent MagnaCare organization has left some patients scrambling for health care and their medical records. But a system has been set up to transfer records, and former patients can call 541-6046 for information. Patients encountered a "We Are Closed" sign at the Weiss Medical Group office at 4251 Hamilton Ave. The non-profit clinic set up under Eden Park Health Care Inc. by MagnaCare was placed in Chapter 7 bankruptcy and closed by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Terri Hicks of Westwood said she was left with no information and no access to the records of her 5-year-old daughter, Ashley. The girl has a sleeping disorder and is undergoing an exam this week at Children's Hospital. Hicks said she did not receive a telephone call or letter on how to get her daughter's records. But Ann Manfra, former officer manager at Weiss, said a system is in place to provide records and answers. The two-physician clinic had a patient list of 3,200. ChoiceCare has picked up coverage for 700 former clients, but others must find medical help on their own. Manfra said there have been nearly 100 inquiries a day from former patients. Manfra said she is trying to reach people by mail, phone and community publications. Manfra said former patients can come to the Weiss office from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday to sign a release for records to be transferred. In emergencies, records will be released immediately. pi fc.'.'a r. i ii ..... , I i s m Greater Cincinnati Airport Noise Projections for 1994 rl75 decibels rL 75 decibels 70 decibels 65 decibels ralSiSia i 1 1 flliiSiSl Officials still seeking review of sewer system BY RICHARD GREEN The Cincinnati Enquirer Companies say they reduced the amount of toxic chemicals discharged into Hamilton County's sewers last year, but state and local officials still want a major review of the system. Industries legally discharged 16.4 million pounds of toxic wastes into the system in 1990, according to Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) data released Tuesday. Where Hamilton County ranks compared with Ohio's 87 other counties won't be known until November when the OEPA finishes analyzing reports and statistics. What is known today is that 1990's discharge is 17 less than the 19.75 million pounds that companies primarily heavy industrial firms and chemical processors say they flushed into the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) system in 1989. That amount was 17 times h;gher than any other Ohio sewer system. The 3.35 million-pound reduction in toxic discharges last year can be attributed to a state-ordered recalculation in the reporting process, which eliminated ammonium sulfate from the list of toxics that must be reported, officials said. The volume of industrial toxins released into the system, first reported by The Enquirer in June, led to calls for a review of MSD operations by state and local officials. MSD also has reported that the system is in a serious state of disrepair, which would require $2.2 billion to fix. Cincinnati Councilman Dwight Tillery, chairman of council's Law and Public Safety Committee, is holding hearings and has called for a review of MSD's enforcement practices. OEPA Director Donald Schregardus has ordered a special commission to review the operations of MSD and its chief industrial users. The drop in discharges has not lessened concern, Tillery said Tuesday. "These recent figures are further evidence that wc need to have a very tight monitoring program and a complete investigation of the Metropolitan Sewer District," he said. Councilwoman Bobbie Sterne agreed: "I don't see any reason to change what we're doing. We will proceed to find out what MSD's problems are and outline a process to correct it." Thomas Winston, chief of the OEPA's Southwest District office in Dayton, said he supported council's strategy. "Numbers of this size are still a concern, and it doesn't change our position for the need to look very closely at toxins in the Hamilton County area." Henry Carota, MSD acting director, said the district acknowledges the sewer system's shortcomings and is working to correct them. Florence Man mj I Number of flights: 409,750 annually Noise Impact and number of people to be affected. Decbe! readings are, TJV3T .Vi XT VNTO ' averages from day and night. 65-70 average decibels 9,870 70-75 average decibels 1 ,630 ? Shaded area shown: w proposed and C oxlstlng resldental 2 areas 75 average decibels and more 40 Souna: Note Compibty Study lor Grwlir Ctadnmtl liMmMoml Airport The Cincinnati EnquirerElmer Wetenkamp Residences inside the 65-decibel zone are most likely to receive noise relief through purchase or soundproofing. No hearing set on noise money William Galligan, executive director of the Academy of said he has never seen such a situation in his 18-year tenure. million a year, beginning next fall. The Kenton County Airport Board will compile proposed uses for the money, ask airline companies to endorse the plan, then submit it to the FAA for approval. No public hearings are planned on how to spend the money, although the airport regularly receives citizens' comments through a noise-complaint hot line, said Robert Holscher, airport director of aviation. "We're going to try to be fair and take the worst situations first," said Frank Schleper, airport board chairman. "I don't think the airport board looks at Ohio, Kentucky, north or south," Schleper said. "We look at the whole 360" around the airport. Priorities probably will be buying and soundproofing homes in the noisiest neighborhoods, Schleper said. "All we want to do is get everyone as (Please see AIRPORT, Page D-4) BY BETH MENGE and MIKE TURMELL The Cincinnati Enquirer People living under the roar of jets from the CincinnatiNorthern Kentucky International Airport will have no formal say in how officials spend a proposed $3-per-ticket' fee for noise relief programs. The surcharge if approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) would generate as much as $16 Usually, health-care clinics that are closing attempt to arrange a smooth transfer of patients and medical records to other clinics, Galligan said. "None of that happened," he said. Navy World War II veterans to reunite was a cook on the USS Wichita, said his memories were sparked by the replica of a victory garden. The gardens were planted in back yards, vacant lots and any open space that would grow food. The Robertsons married June 5, 1944, while he was on leave from a six-week boot camp. He saw action in Okinawa and later in the Philippines, Robertson said. "The thing I remember most was walking through Nagasaki after the bomb. There was nothing there. Everything was ashes and just one wall of the hospital. I never saw anything like that, and I never want to see anything like it again." took a war for me to meet all these guys from all over the country." For Theresa Robertson of Chicago, it was the picture of rationing stamps and an old-fashioned gas pump that sparked her most vivid memories. She worked at a defense plant during the war, making walkie-talkies. Not really a bargain "Gas cost only 19$ a gallon then, but you couldn't take advantage of it because gas was rationed," Robertson said. "You used those ration stamps to get a pound of butter, 5-pound bag of sugar or meat, whatever you needed that month." Her husband, Joe Robertson, who BY BRENDA J. BREAUX The Cincinnati Enquirer Bill Beck didn't plan to get married, but something he saw in the war changed his thinking. "I kept saying I didn't want to leave a widow," said Beck, who served as a sailor aboard a U.S. warship during World War II. But a bomb hit a nearby ship, killing several U.S. sailors. "After that bomb hit and I saw all those men killed, I said I'm going to marry that woman. When I got home, I called her and told her to get ready, we are getting married." Beck and his wife, Terry, of New York were reminded of why they got together when they visited the Cincinnati Goes to War exhibit at the Cincinnati Historical Society Museum at Union Terminal on Tuesday. The couple began dating in 1941 and were married in 1944. The Becks are part of a reunion this week in Cincinnati of more than 50 Navy World War II veterans who served on the USS Wichita and the USS Tuscaloosa. The group includes naval personnel from across the country. Pointing at a gas mask, Andy Hendry of Philadelphia, who was on the Tuscaloosa, spoke about World War II. "We had to take those gas masks with us whenever we had liberty or touched ground. It's a tragedy that it few (; BOBBIE STERNE ! M T0M G If N f is '' 111 J . ir:; . i mj W ft- ... v,. - The Cincinnati EnquirerTony Jones Joe Livingston, a veteran on the USS Tuscaloosa, visits the World War II exhibit. - -

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