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A-10From Page A-1 THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER Wednesday, October 9, 1991 TC Air charged in Washington Capitol women say men view sex offenses differently Saks Fifth Avenue's Coat Sale 25 Off if t ! r 1 1 - , ' ' while both Thomas and Hill seemed credible and intelligent, they did not think Hill's charges should be given any credence because she had kept in touch with Thomas, in a seemingly cordial way, after the time he purportedly spoke to her about sexual positions and pornographic movies. Rep. Hank Brown, R-Colo., said he spoke to Hill for 40 minutes but still planned to vote to confirm. "The two stories don't stack up," he said. "They are two very credible people of great intellect." But because Hill stayed in touch with Thomas, Brown said, "the evidence doesn't support the allegation of sexual harassment." Mikulski, said she felt it was her duty as one of two women in the Senate to lobby for a delay. "There is no understanding of the victim syndrome," she said. She added that the hostile reaction underscored why many women felt reluctant to go on the record with such allegations. "The reaction is often 'What is she guilty of here?' " of highly charged sexual politics. The disputes ranged from bitter arguments on the House floor to private conservations in Senate caucuses about how women behave when they are they victims of sexual crimes. Women's groups and female lawmakers swarmed the halls, trying to make the male senators see the issue through their eyes, explaining why Hill, an Oklahoma University Law School professor, could be a victim whose words should carry weight. Female staff members in offices came out to call "Right on!" as Reps. Slaughter and Patricia Schroeder and their female colleagues lobbied. The other five were Barbara Boxer of California, Jolene Unsoeld of Washington, Patsy Mink of Hawaii, Nita Lowey of New York and Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District of Columbia's non-voting delegate to Congress. At the center of the debate was the different way women and men look at sexual crimes. Many men in Congress said that , , O - " " Handling of charge called into question THE NEW YORK TIMES WASHINGTON Seven women, all House Democrats, marched to the Capitol room where the Democratic senators were in their regular Tuesday caucus. They knocked on the door, hoping to give their male colleagues "the woman's point of view," as Rep. Louise Slaughter, N.Y., said. They wanted to explain why the vote on Clarence Thomas should be delayed to give a thorough airing to Anita Hill's accusations of sexual harassment. But they were told they could not come in. They knocked again. They again were told they could not come in. They waited in the hall, looking chagrined and angry. Finally, an aide to Sen. George Mitchell said the Senate majority leader would meet them in his office around the corner. "We were told that nobody ever gets in there," said a disgusted Slaughter, "certainly not women from the House." It was only one incident in a day Thomas CONTINUED FROM PAGE A-1 years to build my reputation . . . I have to appear before the appropriate forum and clear my name.' " Thomas once had enough votes to be confirmed as the court's 106th justice. But support began to waiver after information leaked out of the Senate Judiciary Committee that Hill had informed the committee that Thomas had repeatedly pressured her for dates with talk of X-rated movies and various forms of sex, according to published reports. She said the harassment occurred when she was Thomas' aide at the Department of Education and the Equal Employment Oppor-. tunity Commission from 1981 to 1983. In Norman, Okla., on Tuesday, Hill said she would be willing to appear before the committee. At midday, Danforth sought to dispel doubts about Thomas by releasing documents to counter Hill's charges. Among them were: An affidavit, signed by Thomas, in which he said, "I totally and unequivocally deny Anita Hill's allegations of misconduct of any kind toward her, sexual or otherwise. These allegations are untrue. . . ." Excerpts from telephone logs recorded by Thomas' secretary at the EEOC, recording 11 calls from Hill to Thomas from 1984 to 1990 and intended to show she carried on a long and cordial relationship with him after the incidents of alleged harassment. Republicans, while lamenting the delay, clearly did not want to lose a vote on Thomas, whom President Bush nominated to replace retired Justice Thurgood Marshall as the only black on the high court. Both sides agreed the vote was close. original prices Now $109 to $369. Originally $150 to $500. It's a sale to begin the season in style. With an outstanding selection of coats and jackets. From the names you know and look for, including Saks exclusives. 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Before her discussions with the Judiciary Committee staff, Hill had talked with staffers of the Senate Labor subcommittee headed by Sen. Howard Metzenbaum, D-O-hio, also a committee member. On Sept. 10, Metzenbaum said, Hill "first made the allegation concerning Thomas" to the subcommittee's chief counsel, James J. Brudney, a former Yale Law School classmate. The next morning, the senator said, he told the Labor subcommittee staff to pass the information on to the Judiciary Committee staff. "In hindsight," Metzenbaum said, "it is my conclusion that those on the committee should have insisted on hearing publicly or privately from Judge Thomas and Professor Hill." The Judiciary Committee received the FBI report Sept. 25. Then, the day before the committee's Sept. 27 vote, other members were privately briefed. , The panel, on a 7-7 vote, sent the nomination on to the Senate floor without recommendation. The accusation was disclosed Sunday by Newsday and National Public Radio. BY GAYLORD SHAW Newsday WASHINGTON New questions were raised Tuesday and new conflicts developed over the handling of the sexual harassment complaint that threatens Clarence Thomas' confirmation. "The series of events have in a sense put the Senate on trial," said Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., a Thomas supporter who called for a delay in the vote so that the allegation of Anita Hill, a University of Oklahoma law professor and former Thomas aide, could be examined more thoroughly. "This whole process has been cheapened and soiled and made ugly," said Sen. Herbert Kohl, D-Wis., an opponent of Thomas. Hill, on the Today show, questioned the way the Judiciary Committee handled her allegations that Thomas had repeatedly made sexually explicit remarks to her when she worked for him. "I think this is part of the frustration that I am experiencing and a lot of women are experiencing that these kinds of claims and statements are not taken seri- ously, that this is not an issue that men can deal with necessarily without a lot of different supporting documentation, and that just does not happen in most cases." But Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr., D-Del., defended his panel's action, releasing a chronology of Hill's dealings with the committee staff. Biden's chronology said Hill had asked that her assertions be kept confidential. It said Hill was told when she made the allegation Sept. 12 that g J L Fifth & Rate Streets, Cincinnati Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat. 10-6 If hA mmm) 421-6800, Ext. 339 Mon. & Thurs. 10-8 3 Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat. 10-6 Mon. & Thurs. 10-8 QNQNNAT1AREA MANUFAGURER -0HEOF1HE HAWWS LARGEST IMAM Sundays 12-5 UDEPARTMENT ran? nntffi i 1 LI I A HURRY ill NOW FOR THE BEST SELLECTI0H! WE'RE SELLING TO THE BARE WALLS! 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And compared to the rest of Ohio, Hamilton County has more cancers of the lung, colon, breast, prostate and pancreas (the five most common cancers) than would be expected based on the county's population. Explaining the reasons behind the cancer death rates isn't as simple as counting them. "Some data indicate that cigarette smoking is more common in Hamilton County, and there's probably more fat in the diet," Buncher said. Industrial counties also tend to have higher cancer death rates; between 2 and 10 of all cancers could be occupational linked, he said. Overall, Ohio is a normal state as far as cancer death rates, Buncher said. Those rates traditionally higher in non-whites because of a higher use of cigarettes and alcohol and limited access to 4 " ADDITIONAL FOR THE RED LOCATIONS: SAT. TRKOUNTY GENTRY TRICENTRE PLAZA NEAR TRI-COUNTY MALL STORE CLOSES OCTOBER 27TH ' WESTERN HILLS 5708 GLENWAY AYE. ' MILE SO. OF WESTERN HILLS PLAZA NEXT TO OSKAMP'S FIELD 10 AM-9 PM, SUN. 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