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Y. .! v- ' ln!!nr.Tpnn 1 IfVr haunts Treats for everyone rvvvvy: i ! ) ; Trade deficit widens, consumer prices upB-7 Kenner cuts to cost 300 jobs hereB-7 Bill would toughen emissions testsD-1 Titles on tho Hue Tonight pivotal for 4 prep leagues Cyclones make debut tonight Va. Tech coach has UC ties Section B ! m Cruise the river, see the leaves Home-made movies open Section C 1l TiTT T r-m m CINCIMAT H FINAL35C Christian soldiers will march Group maps campaign to reclaim, restore Lincoln Heights Braves win NL pennant of fear. "Seniors who have worked all of their lives in making a home for themselves are fearful of even stepping out of doors in the evening, and that shouldn't be." Carol Jenkins, a 32-year resident, agreed. She and the group's organizers hope Operation Nehemiah will become a catalyst for other community groups. "I hope that some of the people will see that there are some con-please see LINCOLN, back page, this section) Allen Howard on line being drawnD-2. BY GINA GENTRY-FLETCHER The Cincinnati Enquirer The Rev. Freddie Piphus leaned back in the leather office chair and reminisced about his childhood in Lincoln Heights. It was a city filled with promise, he said. Residents boasted of its being the largest incorporated black city in the country. Old-timers vowed never to leave,' and many young black families relocated there. But today, when Piphus, 33, minister at Lincoln Heights Missionary Baptist Church, drives the streets, he bristles. ation Nehemiah, begin a two-year plan to take back their streets. They are intent on ridding village neighborhoods of drugs and crime through a series of silent marches. The first march will start today at Lincoln Heights Missionary Baptist Church, at 6 p.m. It will move south to Chester Road, then to Jackson, Van Buren and Adams streets the three streets with the most drug activity, Piphus said. "The drug problem has affected the community in so many ways," Piphus said. "I'm constantly seeing the inner peace (broken) of some of the homes. It has brought a lot In the last 10 years, population has declined, forcing Lincoln Heights to reclaim village status. More distressing, however, are the drug dealers who have become as common as the vacant buildings, littered streets and junk cars resting in village yards. Piphus, leaning on the courage of the Hebrew prophet Nehemiah, who in fifth century B.C. rebuilt destroyed walls protecting Jerusalem, hopes to change that starting today. That's when Piphus and his contingent of 50-plus local ministers, residents and members of a number of churches in the group Oper THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PITTSBURGH The Atlanta Braves finished their climb from last to first Thursday night, defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-0, in Game 7 of the National League playoffs. Brian Hunter led the Braves to their first National League pennant Thursday . night with a two-run home run off John Smiley, Pittsburgh's battered 20-game winner, and added a run-scoring double in the fifth for a four-run lead. DetailsD-1. The Series WHEN: 8:29 p.m. Saturday WHERE: Metrodome in Minneapolis TVRADIO: Channels 7, 9,WCKY-AM(1530) Warnin Button 1 "7 1 , flo)v Hi lven on f If 'XI .0 In ft ' yp Ip'-r 'm ft .iii I IMIIIIIIMI 1 I The Cincinnati EnquirerTony Jones About 700 abortion-rights activists demonstrate outside a meeting of Tri-State Rescue, a local organization of Operation Rescue. Tri-State Rescue plans to block access today and Saturday to Cincinnati clinics that'perform abortions. City braces for abortion protests scams Area called base for phony loans BY MARK BRAYKOVICH The Cincinnati Enquirer Operators of the hottest scam sweeping the nation in which consumers and businesses pay hefty advance fees to get loans that never materialize have made Cincinnati their No. 1 home. And in response to the surge of bogus loan programs here and elsewhere, Better Business Bureaus throughout the United States on Thursday declared a rare national consumer alert. "The lingering recession and a credit crunch have dried up many of the legitimate loan sources for consumers and businesses, fueling a national epidemic of advance-fee loan scams," said Monte Huebsch, president of the Cincinnati Better Business Bureau. "This is the fastest growing fraud that Cincinnati area residents are being exposed to right now," he added. Not only are Cincinnatians targets, but their hometown also has become the nation's hot spot for scam operators. The local bureau has investigated 68 area firms in recent years thought to be involved in advance-fee schemes, and at least 18 remain in business here. In each case, the advance-fee scams use a similar ploy: Through advertising in newspapers and on television, they guarantee to get loans for any individual or business. The ads usually include a toll-free number, and callers are told they will get a loan in return for a fee ranging from $100 to as much as $100,000. But once the fee is paid, the company supposedly helping them obtain a loan is never heard from again. The scams usually prey on the most vulnerable: ' consumers who are unemployed - or have bad credit and small businesses desperate for capital but unable to secure traditional bank lending. Borrowers then seek help from those charging advance fees, a move that is costing individuals and companies nationwide as much as $1 million a month, according to the Better Business Bureau. (Please see SCAM, back page, this section) 1,200 from both sides rally, march on eve of blockades "I think it's important to send the message to Operation Rescue that they're not going to be tolerated in Cincinnati," said Beth Hettinger, local organizer for the National Abortion Rights Action League of Ohio (NARAL). Cincinnati police would say little about what they plan to do today, especially if the size of both crowds Thursday was an indication of how many people may be participating. The Hamilton County Sheriff's Department and "other local police departments have had meetings and discussed all contingencies," said Frank Weikel, sheriff's spokesman. Operation Rescue targets four clinics A-1 4. What police plan A-1 4. THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER As forces on both sides rallied by the hundreds at a Mount Auburn church Thursday night, Cincinnati moved into the national spotlight on the abortion issue. Today, only a few know where and when, anti-abortion forces plan to block the entrances to abortion clinics during an Operation Rescue mission. "It depends on when they start killing babies," the Rev. Phil Voll-man, of Concord, Ohio, a pastor and associate director of Northern Ohio Rescue, said Thursday night. About 600 opponents of abortion rallied inside the church. Outside, up to 700 abortion-rights advocates marched, saying they were equally determined. The Cincinnati EnquirerTony Jones Burr Robinson, left, Kim Bush and Phil Vollman speak to 650 people who attended an anti-abortion rally at a Mount Auburn church Thursday night. pinch spreads to professionals Four sections Q Business NASDAQ B-6 NYSE B-8 Mutual funds B-10 151st year, No. 192 Copyright, 1991 The Cincinnati Enquirer AMERICAN TRENDS Paycheck BY RICHARD WHITMIRE Gannett News Service WASHINGTON White-collar American families are beginning to suffer the same drop in wages that blue-collar families felt during the 1980s, economists say. "This is a glimpse into the future rather than a temporary (recession) phenomenon," said economist Lawrence Mishel from the Economic Policy Institute, referring to new Census Bureau data. The drop in wages also affects women, indicating that fewer American families will be able to rely on a working spouse to make themselves upwardly wages falling," said Mishel. "Working wives, and not economic growth, have been the 'rising tide that lifts all boats,' " said Sheldon Danziger, a University of Michigan economist. Now, that hope may be fading. What happens, ask the economists, when the number of working wives levels off, and their incomes level off? "Income for married couples in 1990 fell by 1.8," said Mishel. Families are running out of extra breadwinners to send into the economy, and the income gains for women are leveling out, Mishel explained. "The trend toward two-earner families may be exhausting itself." cans are working more and earning less. For the past few years, that slipping treadmill has applied mostly to workers with only high school educations. But the new data shows the slippage affecting white-collar workers as well, reflecting the changes in industries such as real estate and insurance. For example, between 1989 and 1990 the median incomes for college-educated males fell by nearly 4; the income for college-educated women rose by a mere 0.3. (The data covers full-time workers only, and therefore is not affected by those laid off due to the recession.) "For the first time in recent memory, (college-educated) women's wages didn't rise, and we also saw white-collar men's NationWorld Tempo Nation...... A-3-6 Advice C-2 World A-8-10 Television C-6 Healthscience....'. A-10 Comics C-12 Sports Metro Sullivan B-l Lotteries D-2 Baseball B-4 Obituaries D-3 Pro football B-5 Classified ads- -D-4-13 mobile, the economists say. ' The salary declines are caused by setbacks in industries insurance, banking and finance traditionally thought of as providing better paying jobs, Mishel said. Late last month, the Census Bureau released 1990 income data that paints a picture of a giant treadmill where Ameri Weather: Cloudy with 20 chance of rain. 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