The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio on October 16, 1991 · Page 1
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Vi::i)0l:jcj2j; in r j I !1 I -M I". - A 2U JiJrU Ickey'i 1 a!v UUUOU 111 UiU 1W if ' L - q Bengals activate Woods, cut Blados It's a .ving thing Buffalo bar snack takes offC-1 Lewis Center review .it ... i. 1 n i m , . t Respite, not avoidance, may be only alternative for busy women Ray Combs' comedy club to open Section B ; College hoops time is here Can OSU run for the roses? ' Section E j Lack of alternative care citedD-1 Ickey Woods Wings: Food for fall CM CIMAT H max FINAL35C 111 by, JilDMM Agree Slimmest margin in century ENQUIRER NEWS SERVICES f 1 "I don't think all the trouble . . . was worth it. If he's the best, confirm him. " Stephanie Bush West Chester "He's served many years in the lower courts . . . it's a great honor and very deserving of him." Larry Reed, Clifton "I'm all for it, to be perfectly honest. He's worked hard enough to earn the confirmation." Edward Roper, Madisonville X WASHINGTON Clarence; Thomas, triumphing over eleventh-hour charges of sexual harassment, won Senate confirmation by only four votes Tuesday night to become the youngest member of the Supreme Court and its first black conservative. The 52-48 vote the narrowest margin for any confirmed high court justice in more than a century culminated one of the most inflammatory and unusual Supreme Court confirmation fights in U.S.' history. Eleven Democrats joined 41 Republicans. Thomas will become the 106th member of the court, and at 43 its youngest in a half-century. Now a federal appeals court judge, he will be the second black justice, replacing Thurgood Marshall, the first black man to serve on the court. Many senators said they didn't know if the accusations of sexual harassment brought against him by Anita Hill were true, but would give him the "benefit of the doubt." An elated President Bush called Thomas to congratulate him. "You did a fine job," Bush said. "You were a wonderful inspiration and you had the overwhelming support of the American people. You have a lifetime of service to your country ahead. Well done." But feminists were outraged. (Please see THOMAS, Page A-5) V ) v " I Disagree . ( The Associated PressDennis Cook Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas and his wife, Virginia, talk to reporters outside his Virginia horrie'Tuesday after Thomas won Senate approval. "This is more a time for healing, not a time for anger or for animus or animosity," Thomas said. I 'm shocked. I . . . think Anita Hill put a lot on the line. She came out and told the truth. " Kristin Anderson, Hyde Park "Ithinkit's really, really unfortunate. I actually thought Judge Thomas was lying." Mitra Rattan, East Walnut Hills Swing senators give Thomas benefit of doubt IF Inside The tallyA-4 Feminists seethingA-4 Controversy may dog ThomasA-4 Kennedy-GOP floor fightA-4 Tristate senators stood patA-5 Local voices A-5 Quotes from debate A-6 assault on the confirmation process. Public-opinion polls showing wide margins of support for Thomas among men and women may have clinched Thomas' victory, easing worries by senators that they would be jeopardizing their political futures and alienating women by voting for the controversial nominee. Thomas had to hold onto at least nine of 14 Democrats who had announced their support for his confirmation before the graphic charges of sexual harassment by Hill, a law professor at the University of Oklahoma, surfaced more than a week ago. He succeeded in winning 10 of those votes plus previously undecided Sen. Charles Robb, D-Va. "In the end, it finally boiled down to local politics and the way the senators read their own constituencies," said Tom Ko- rologos, a Republican lobbyist who works frequently for the White House. "That's the way it always is." Korologos said the polls made it difficult for Democrats who had initially announced their support for Thomas to change their minds based on Hill's allegations. "Once you've expressed your opinion, it's very hard to explain why you're changing it," he said. As it became apparent Tuesday that Thomas would be confirmed, some Thomas opponents began criticizing Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee for mishandling the dramatic weekend hearings into Hill's allegations. The Thomas foes were in many cases surprised by public opinion polls showing that people believed Thomas and not Hill. (Please see DOUBT, Page A-5) BY CHARLES GREEN and R.A. ZALDIVAR Knight News Service WASHINGTON - Doubts about Anita Hill's credibility, an adroit counterattack by Judge Clarence Thomas and sturdy public support for him helped President Bush's Supreme mmmm Hm mm Court nominee sur- . . vive the potentially AfldlVSIS crippling charges of sexual harassment. Key senators who were undecided said Hill's continued professional contacts with Thomas after the alleged incidents of sexual harassment undermined her charges and created enough uncertainty to warrant giving Thomas the benefit of the doubt. Thomas appeared to help his own cause It was a mistake I think he'll take a 4 I look at the letter and not the intent of the law." , Anthony Richardson Mount Auburn both by energizing black support with his angry accusation that he was being lynched and by tapping into anti-Washington public sentiment with his passionate P Aronoff sponsors schools bill Five sections. 151st year, No. 190 Copyright, 1991, The Cincinnati Enquirer day," Aronoff said. Aronoff coordinates all Senate floor and committee action in his leadership role but rarely is the chief .vr- I sponsor ot a Dm. V " J On Tuesday Aro- I vSii nff forwarded a copy E m I f the Buenger report r. to the Legislative David Huhn NationWorld Digests A-2 Thomas hearings A-4-6 World A-8-9 Nation A-10 Healthscience D-14 Sports Sullivan E-l Preps E-4 Baseball E-5 Digest E-6 Classified C-6-12 Q Business Portfolio...; D-5 NYSE D-6 NASDAQ, Amex D-7 Mutual funds......D-8 Tempo Advice B-2 Magazine rack B-5 Television B-6 Comics B-8 Q Metro Morning report D-2 Lotteries D-2 State file D-2 Obituaries D-4 D Foocl Cashenelll. C-1 Readers' exchange C-2 Elegant but easy C-3 Guilt-free recipes C-5 Magic whisk C-8 BY DICK KIMMINS Enquirer Columbus Bureau and PATRICIA LOPEZ BADEN The Cincinnati Enquirer COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio Senate President Stanley Aronoff said Tuesday he will personally sponsor a bill to help Cincinnati public schools enact reforms called for in the Buenger Commission report. A vote on the bill could come as early as Oct. 28, when the Senate begins a two-day session. With Aronoff, R-Cincinnati, as sponsor, Senate passage of the bill would be all but assured. Republicans control the Senate. Aronoff had said that if any special legislation was needed to aid Cincinnati's school reform effort, it probably would be sponsored by Senate Education Committee Chairman Cooper Snyder, R-Blan-chester. "That was before I decided to get the (Cincinnati) bill through the Senate in a proposes creation of a pilot district that might not comply with current regulations in such areas as class day, school year and subject matter. Superintendent J. Michael Brandt said he was surprised but pleased. "I think it's absolutely wonderful," Brandt said. "He (Aronoff) is helping us cut through the red tape. . . . This dramatically steps up our ability to implement the Buenger report." Brandt said quick passage of a bill permitting state waivers would strengthen the district's hand in November. "It would be very helpful for us," he said. The financially destitute school system has a 9.83-mill levy on the ballot. The levy is designed to stave off a projected $46 million deficit. With only 20 days to go before the election, Brandt said he hopes Aronoff's actions will speed reform. "When that type of request is made at that level, a lot of staff people get busy very quickly," he said. Huhn quits post David Huhn resigned Tuesday as chairman and chief executive officer of Fairfield-based Mercantile Stores Co. Inc. to become president of the company's McAlpin's division. No reason was given for the resignation. Details, Page D-5. onoff Service Commission (LSC), an administrative arm of the General Assembly that drafts legislation. "I asked the LSC to go through the Buenger report and prepare a line-by-line analysis of what was needed or not needed in state law to implement the report," Aronoff said. The report a critical assessment of the schools by the city's business leaders recommends sweeping changes, including some that would require waivers from state law. For example, the report Weather: Cloudy and cool today with a high of 57. Low tonight of 37. Sunny Thursday with a high in the mid-60s. Details on Page A-2. is

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