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ii:i):H.!;tV' iifii):3: ii. ivi hi n incinnati stars :: .: 01 AL: Toronto beats Minnesota, 5-2 Game 3: 8:37 p.m. Friday, Channels 9,7; radio, WCKY ML: Pirates win 5-1 over Braves Game 2: 8:37 p.m. today, Channels 9, 7; radio, WCKY Section F 'i v s - ) US on New jail delayed againB-1 Ostrich meat takes offF-7 Jodie Foster directs Lrfe Man Tate nn CINCINNATI EN FINAU35C s enate GOP Best and brightest tu:: (Ct tic; to dissect sex charges Thomas' accuser to face tough scrutiny at hearing ! r V I , L : L . ...... i , hi unit i im iMj,i i I V f I I ' 7 It 7 i I 1 Clarence Thomas Charges made in suicide Abuse by father alleged as cause BY KEVIN O'HANLON The Cincinnati Enquirer The diary of a 15-year-old Lisa Huber may hold the key to determining whether her father drove her to suicide by sexually abusing her. Prosecutors have read the diary. They will not cite passages from it, neighbors will not speak on the record and counselors have declined public comment. Prosecutors say Mary Elizabeth "Lisa" Huber had been abused since 1989. "That's the theory behind this case, that as the result of him committing those crimes, she died," said Mark Piepmeier, assistant Hamilton County prosecutor. Robert W. Huber, 36, was indicted Wednesday on nine counts of sexual battery and one count of involuntary manslaughter just a month after his daughter shot herself in the head in the family's living room. Lisa was home alone, and she left no note. The teen-ager used the family's handgun Sept. 6 at her home on Curzon Avenue in Hart-well. Huber had not been arrested as of Wednesday evening. Prosecutor Arthur Ney Jr. said charging a person with involuntary manslaughter for pushing someone to suicide is rare but not unheard of. In 1989, the Florida court of appeals upheld the conviction of a woman who drove her 17-year-old daughter to suicide by forcing her to work as an exotic dancer. In that case, a psychologist did a "mental autopsy" by reviewing the girl's school records, police records and testimony of witnesses. He concluded that the "nature of the relationship between the (mother) and her daughter was a substantial contributing factor" in the daughter's decision to commit suicide. Martin Pinales, president of the Greater Cincinnati Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, said Huber's case was unusual and that trying to prove he caused his daughter's suicide would not be easy. "I think that (the diary) would help a prosecution for the sexual activity, but it's the relationship of the sexual activity to another charge that will be difficult to prove," Pinales said.' (Please see SUICIDE, back page, this section) Inside Conflicts mark accounts of Thomas, HillA-4. Sen. John Glenn opposes ThomasA-4. Harassment surveyA-4. Senate under fireA-10. Harassment in the TristateA-16. How the EEOC defines harassment A-1 6. ENQUIRER NEWS SERVICES WASHINGTON Senate supporters of Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas will mount a "prosecutorial" attack on his chief accuser, Anita Hill, when she testifies this week before the Senate Judiciary Committee. "It's going to be prosecutorial," said Stan Cannon, an aide to Sen. Alan Simpson, R-Wyo. "We will attack her credibility by attacking her story." Hill has accused the judge of sexual harassment when she was his assistant at the Department of Education and later at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She now is a tenured law professor at the University of Oklahoma law school in Norman. On Wednesday, Bush reaffirmed his support for his nominee. "There's no wavering, there's no condition. And that's where it is, and that's where it's going to stay," Bush said with Thomas at his side. Thomas, asked if he would rebut Hill's allegations, smiled and said he would "just testify." The judiciary panel has scheduled sessions for Friday, Saturday and Monday. Aides said the panel will not vote again, leaving it to the Senate. On Sept. 27, the committee split, 7-7, . on Thomas, and his name was sent to the full Senate without a recommendation. A Senate vote has been delayed until next Tuesday at 6 p.m. Cannon said GOP committee members would ask Hill such questions as why she waited nine or 10 years to make her accusations, why she didn't come forward during Thomas' confirmation hearings as a federal-appeals judge, and why she continued to work for Thomas. Thomas, in an affidavit filed with the Senate on Tuesday, denied Hill's allegation. He, too, is expected to testify. Committee Chairman Joseph Bi-den, D-Del., asked what strategy Democrats would follow, replied: "The purpose of this is simple and straightforward. It's to focus on the issue of whether or not the The Cincinnati EnquirerPhaedra Singeli- Students from the School for Creative and Performing Arts dance at the Golden Galaxy Awards Ceremony held Wednesday at the College of Mount St. Joseph. 11 teens reach stars BY ANTHONY NEELY The Cincinnati Enquirer Eleven Greater Cincinnati teen-agers were singled out as the best and brightest Wednesday night when they were named 1991 Golden Galaxy winners. The awards, sponsored for the third year by The Cincinnati Enquirer, WKRC-TV (Channel 12) and the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, commend high school students for outstanding scholarship and citizenship helping others at (Please see TEENS. allegations Ms. Hill has made are true . . . and whether or not there are any other instances that ring of this charge." Cannon acknowledged that the aggressive Republican strategy risked creating public sympathy for Hill if questioning got too rough. "We know how it would look if we drove her to tears," he said. "But she can expect very forceful and direct questions." GOP senators plan to call several witnesses who will attest to Thomas' character and job performance. Two other witnesses are expected to testify that Hill discussed her accusations years ago. Cannon said the GOP's "biggest concern" is the Democrats' producing another "credible woman who says Thomas harassed her." "If that happens," Cannon said, "it'd be the worst possible thing for Thomas." - liiiinni'im MtIiii in f f v m i i n i m nn 1' - i' " ' ' back page, this section) The Cincinna,i EnqinwPhadr. Singeiis Michael J. Pearl of Wyoming High School took top honors Winners and finalistsA-6. in the Golden Galaxy Awards music category. 1 Yates: Let's vote on a park AIDS drug OK'd; FDA is criticized Fountain Fantasy site and pay $3 million a year for debt service," Guckenberger said. Mayor David Mann agreed. "We can't ignore the fact that we have a lot of money there that we need to get back." Added Councilman Nick Vehr: "I also think it's kind of neat to have the light shining on Fountain Square. But 'kind of neat' doesn't cut it." Yates took the criticism in stride. He said a park could spur other kinds of development of the tract that has been targeted for more than 10 years as a potential multimillion-dollar complex possibly as large as 50 BY RICHARD GREEN The Cincinnati Enquirer Councilman Tyrone Yates admits that at $43 million, it could be one of the most expensive parks in America. But that's not stopping him. Let the voters decide, Yates said Wednesday, whether the best use of the recently cleared Fountain Square West site in the heart of Cincinnati is a world-class skyscraper complex or a park. "It's the politicians vs. the people," Yates said after introducing a motion for a referendum on the half block on Fifth Street, between Vine and Race streets. Six sections 151st year, No. 184 Copyright, 1991 The Cincinnati Enquirer NationWorld World A"3'4'7 Nation A-8-10 Healthscience A-12 Editorials A-14 t Q Metro Morning report B-2 Lotteries B"2 Obituaries B-5 Classified........ B-6-8 Tempo Puzzles D-9 Television D-10 Television D-ll-15 Sports College sports F-3 Baseball F-4 Football F-5 Q Business NYSE F-9 NASDAQ F-10 Amex F-8 Weather: cioudy. High 65; Low 40. Details, A-2. The Cincinnati EnquirerGary Landers threatening illnesses. The approval was based on less scientific data than normally required, but FDA Commissioner David Kessler said that had to be balanced against the needs of dying AIDS patients. "It is the victims of this dreaded disease who are uppermost on our minds," Kessler said. He said his agency would closely monitor the drug. Dr. Charles Moertel, a Mayo Clinic cancer specialist and longtime FDA consultant, accused the agency of "abandoning the scientific basis for drug approval to yield to the shrill voices of the activist group du jour." AIDS activists have accused federal officials in often-noisy demonstrations cf foot-dragging in the fight against AIDS. ENQUIRER NEWS SERVICES WASHINGTON The Food and Drug Administration Wednesday approved a new drug to combat AIDS the first in almost five years before proving it is safe and effective. Health officials and AIDS activists called the early approval of the anti-viral drug didano-sine, or DDI, a milestone that signals a new, more humane government response to desperately ill Americans. It would be used by patients who are not helped by AZT, which had been the only approved treatment for AIDS. But critics said the FDA set a dangerous precedent that could flood the market with unproven and even dangerous drugs for AIDS and other life- Consider: Union Terminal in Fountain Square West. Think you have a better idea? See Tempo, Page D-1, for details. stories. It would offer office space, a department store (likely to be Lazarus) and a hotel. Financing problems and indecision have stalled the project. Now that the former Elder-Beerman department store and other buildings have been razed, city crews are working on a 160-space parking lot in time for holiday shopping season. Yates wants the question on the May ballot, but first it goes to a committee hearing on options set for Nov. 13. Several council colleagues, led by Finance Committee Chairman Guy Guckenberger, lashed out at Yates' idea. Interest in a park "dissipates when people are informed we have $43 million of taxpayers' money invested in the

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