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EDITOR: KERRY KLUMPE, 369-1003 THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER MONDAY, OCTOBER 14, 1991 PAGE A-9 Miami U. working to maintain its tribal heritage Exhibit, scholarships prove history's importance 1ETB0S i -4 ft -MV N U BY MARK SIEBERT The Cincinnati Enquirer Joseph Leonard sketches an outline of his family tree on a piece of notebook paper. A soft-spoken management professor at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, he starts the chart with himself. He works his way through his parents and grandparents until he reaches back five generations, into the early 1800s. He stops at his great-great-great-grandmother whom he thinks is the last full-blooded Miami Indian in his family. It is a distant link. Much of his Indian heritage has been lost in the decades since his ancestors roamed the land that is now Ohio, Indiana and Michigan. The last Miami, the symbol of the school's athletic teams. Chief Miami is a stoic figure. Two feathers are stuck in his long, black hair. He gazes out from under chiseled features as if he's staring across the land of his forefathers. The face of today's Miami Indian is much different. Leonard, 43, occupies a third-floor office in the university's Laws Hall. He is wearing a white, short-sleeved golf shirt and gray slacks. The only hints of his Indian heritage are a framed Miami Tribe emblem and a yellowing tribal membership card he pulls from his wallet. "A lot of people don't know," (Please see MIAMI, Page A ll) disappear? "That's been an ongoing fear, I suppose, for the last couple of generations," Leonard said. "That's why certainly our tribe and just about any other tribe that is active and organized are all trying to do whatever we can to keep it going." A decision this fall by Miami University to strengthen its ties to the tribe came as welcome news to Leonard and his father, chief of the 1,600-member tribe based in Miami, Okla. The connection is being renewed at a time when other universities are abolishing Indian traditions, especially involving athletic teams. The portrait of a Miami Indian recognized by most people in this college town comes from Chief The symbol for Miami University's athletic teams is inspired by the Miami Indians. full-blooded Miami died of old age in the 1930s. The last Miami to speak the tribal language fluently died a year ago this winter. But will that link to the past The Cincinnati EnquirerJohn Curley Joseph Leonard, a management professor at Miami University, traces family back five generations to full-blooded Indians. Forum stresses parents9 involvement 4 J 1?" ,4 ; i,: f 14 , V t 5 " 1- " - ".Jy Nad, ' ' v r. '.V 4 Candidates: Demand best in education BY BRENDA J. BREAUX The Cincinnati Enquirer Parents have to vote and speak up to improve the Cincinnati Public School system, school board candidates said Sunday. The candidates were speaking at the second annual forum held by radio station WIZF-FM (100.9) at Integrity Hall in Bond Hill. The meetings will be held every Sunday until Election Day on Nov. 5. School board candidates attending the event included incumbent Charles Hughes, case manager for New Life Youth i Services, Karla Irvine, executive director of Housing ties Made Equal, and Lynwood Battle Jr., manager of corporate affirmative action at Procter & Gamble Co. The other candidates were invited but did not appear. About 40 people attended Sunday's session, which was broadcast live. All three candidates said they thought the Buenger Commission report on improving schools lacked input from minorities and ' women, and that it needed such input before action could be tak- 1 en. Most of the questions were directed toward incumbent Hughes, who pushed for more involvement from the community. "People who do not have kids in the schools are calling the shots," Hughes said. "Eighty percent of the funding of the district comes from people without kids at district schools. But 70 of the people with kids attending schools in the district don't vote." Hughes said because the district is more than 54 minority, the black community was "dis ; empowering" itself by not get-; ting involved through voting. if :; if Ohio coal research to pay off High-sulfur fuel burns cleanly, company says BY DICK KIMMINS Enquirer Columbus Bureau COLUMBUS, Ohio After six years and almost $90 million, the state of Ohio's investment in ways to cleanly burn Ohio coal is about to produce its first commercial success. A Cincinnati company, PedCo Inc., says its state-financed research to develop a coal-fired boiler has produced a method that works. Commercial sales are expected to begin later this year, and the state will receive a 3 sales commission to reimburse its initial financing. "We are encouraged, hopeful and very enthusiastic," Jacqueline Bird, director of the Ohio Coal Development Office, said in an interview last week. "This is the first real, tangible result of the (state research) program." William Long, vice president of PedCo, is project manager for the company's boiler research. A prototype of the system he and his company have developed is in operation in Tennessee, and Long said commercial sales are expected soon. The first customer is expected to be the North American Rayon Corp. plant in Elizabethan, Tenn. Once three of the boilers are sold Rayon may buy up to 10 the state of Ohio will begin receiving 3 of the sale price toward paying off the state's $1.05 million research grant. Since 1985, the Ohio Department of Development has given utility companies, research labs, universities and boiler manufacturers about $84 million to finance more than 70 separate, clean coal research projects. The research money, authorized by voters statewide in a November, 1985, referendum that allowed the state to borrow up to $100 million, is intended to find some way to burn high-sulfur coal found in southeast Ohio and still meet air-pollution standards. The PedCo project is the only one of the 70 projects so far financed that is close to commercial success, Bird said. " PedCo's initial research, financed by a $795,782 state grant in 1985 and a $250,000 grant in 1989, resulted in a pilot boiler project at the Hudepohl Brewing Co. in Cincinnati. When that facility closed, PedCo moved its operations to the Rayethon plant in Tennessee. The "rotary cascading bed combustion" boiler that PedCo has developed consists of a 25-foot-long cylinder. Coal and almost any other combustible material is fed into one end of the cylinder, which rotates at 16 revolutions a minute, and ignited. The swirling motion of the cylinder mixes the fuel with limestone and air, allowing toxic pollutants in high-sulfur coal to be absorbed. Pipes circulate water into the boiler and steam out of it, producing about 6,000 pounds of steam an hour. Stack gases meet all state and federal air pollution standards. Easier process "It's really pretty simple. And it works," Long said. "The process is much easier to control, and there is no sludge." The basic design of the PedCo boiler sells for about $3 million, Long said, and an industrial user can recover the cost in three years. "They can use the boiler to burn cheap fuel," Long said. "High-sulfur coal now is all but unsalable because of emission restrictions." The boiler is designed for industrial, not utility, uses. Industries may be able to use the design not only to generate steam, but to get rid of other types of waste, he said. Ash left over from the combustion chamber makes a salable soil additive because of its high lime content, Long said. U.S. licensing rights have been sold to Zurn Industries Inc. of Erie, Pa. Zurn manufactures the boiler to PedCo's design. The Cincinnati EnquirerJoanne Rim Jannat Black of Mount Auburn, 10-year-old student at Cincinnati Bilingual Academy, says that in-school suspensions don't work and that the schools don't have enough teachers. Edna Howell holds the microphone for Jannat. ance of teachers and the new, tougher discipline policy to ensure it does not unfairly target minorities, Irvine said. "For the discipline policy to be fair, it needs to be monitored and fine-tuned, and in-school suspension needs to explored," Irvine said. ess is not complete," Battle said. The issue of school officials living within the district arose because school Superintendent J. Michael Brandt does not live in the district. He lives in Delhi Township. "The choice of where they live needs to be theirs," Battle said. "Focus should be on mak ing the district the best, so it is no longer an issue." Irvine said teachers, administrators and board members send a message of a lack of value to the community when they do not live in the district or send children to district schools. Part of making the schools better is reviewing the perform Battle said parents have to demand better teachers and education by actively getting involved in the process. Parental input is necessary to make change, Irvine said. "Every part of the community has to have a voice in what affects our children. If any element is missing, then the proc Poll: Guckenberger, Mann lead in mayoral campaign At long last Son reunited with mother battling cancer Mirlisena was behind the front-runners with Democrat Peter Strauss finishing fourth. Charterite Bobbie Sterne and GOP newcomer Nick Vehr fin BY RICHARD GREEN The Cincinnati Enquirer The latest Republican-sponsored poll showed the race for Cincinnati mayor was a dead A story in The Enquirer Friday about Binkley's search was spotted by a friend, who showed it to Cook. He had been looking for his mother for some time. Six years ago he obtained his Hamilton County birth certificate, which had her name. When his friend showed him the story Sunday, Cook called the hospital and talked to the nurse. He also talked with private investigator Susan Poole, who had volunteered to help Binkley look for him. Cook and his wife, Joy, came to the hospital Sunday afternoon, and after talking and checking over details of his life with Poole and Binkley's husband, Don, he went to his mother's room to meet her. "First I called my (adoptive) mother and she said, 'Get your tail in there and meet the lady.' " "I asked her how she was doing," Cook said. "She said she was glad to see me." "When I saw him I felt joy," Binkley said. "I thought he looked like his daddy and he has his grandfather's eyes." BY DAVE BEASLEY The Cincinnati Enquirer Although losing a battle against cancer, Rita Binkley won a miracle Sunday she was reunited with her son after 29 years of separation. Binkley and her son, David Cook of Blanchester, met at Good Samaritan Hospital where Binkley is dying of cancer. "It's a miracle. It's what we worked for," Binkley said. "I want to see him for the rest of my life." Twenty-nine years ago Binkley gave birth to a boy and named him Timothy Wayne Gibbs before he was taken away by the courts and put up for adoption. She was 17 at the time and living alone. But she never forgot Timothy. Every year since she has put up a stocking for him filled with candy canes and oranges at Christmas. Her son's adoptive parents, David and Darlene Cook of Blanchester, named him David. ished even for the next spot, followed by Republican James Cissell, Democrat Dwight Tillery and Charterite Tyrone Yates. Guckenberger and Mann again topped the name-recognition poll, with Mirlisena and Strauss trailing. Republicans claimed the next three spots: In order rookie Nell Surber, Vehr and Cissell. Finishing eighth was Virginia Rhodes, the Democratic city school board member, while Sterne claimed the ninth spot. Tillery, Yates and Democrat Rox-anne Quails captured the 10th through 12th positions, respectively. (Please see NOTEBOOK, Page A-ll) heat. Democrat David Mann tapped by council in December to replace Charles Luken, who won a congressional seat last November is running neck-and-neck with Independent Republican Guy Guckenberger, the poll reveals. The survey was taken in early September. Republicans disclosed only final results, not raw data, from the survey. Actually, Republican pollsters focused on two areas: voter preference for incumbents only, and the name recognition of all 26 candidates. In voter preference, the difference between Mann and Guckenberger was imperceptible. Democrat John A' I

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