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Monday, October 21, 1991
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EDITOR: KERRY KLUMPE, 369-1003 THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER MONDAY, OCTOBER 21, 1991 PAGE A-7 I WMwiHb -1111111 mtm M mmm .mmmm Abortloi battle becomes war of words Both sides claim victory in weekend demonstrations in Mount Auburn BY ANTHONY NEELY The Cincinnati Enquirer The physical and philosophical battle outside a Cincinnati abortion clinic was over, but the war of words between abortion-rights and anti-abortion advocates continued Sunday. Both sides declared victory in the confrontations launched Friday by Tri-State Rescue activists, who attempted to block the doors to Planned Parenthood's Elizabeth Campbell Center in Mount Auburn. About 370 abortion-rights advocates crowded the steps of City Hall in downtown Cincinnati for a Sunday afternoon rally organized by the local chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW). "This is a victory rally to bid farewell to Operation Rescue and to celebrate our total, overwhelming ability to outnumber them," Kathleen Curry, president of NOW in Cincinnati, told the cheering crowd. "They are a tiny minority; we are the majority," she said. Tri-State Rescue's attempts to block entrances to a clinic where abortions are ists, not patients. "None of us believe that they are really patients," Bush said. Bush said Tri-State Rescue members could claim victory because they believe the sight of hundreds of anti-abortion protesters and their graphic signs changed the minds of some women considering abortion. "We feel there are babies alive today that would have died Friday or Saturday. ... If one is saved, it's a victory." Both sides claimed to be victims of performed is modeled after the national Operation Rescue movement. "They came out here determined to deny people's rights, and we didn't allow them," Curry said. She and other speakers noted that, with the help of escorts and abortion-rights demonstrators, patients kept their appointments inside the clinic. But Kim Bush, a spokeswoman for Tri-State Rescue who participated in the demonstrations, said she believed that the women who were escorted into the clinic this weekend were abortion-rights activ physical abuse at the hands of opponents during the confrontations Friday and Saturday. Each denied committing violence. Five City Council candidates, Richard Buchanan, Val Sena and Roxanne Quails and incumbents Bobbie Sterne and Tyrone Yates, told the NOW rally that they support legal abortion. Janet Graziant, an Over-the-Rhine evangelist, was sentenced to 10 days in jail after her arrest at the Tri-State Rescue demonstration. She pleaded no contest to trespassing but refused to pay a $250 fine. Just a NORML Sunday afternoon Festive crowd entertained by tower's topping TT 1 s ' ,v- ; i . ? , - , ( - $ . " 1 4 - , V 1 v f A IT V ' - f ;" ,v m )' C70IA '.jtip I Tower trivia Cincinnati's tallest tower, for WSTR-TV (Channel 64) and other broadcasters, topped off Sunday. Here are a few facts about College Hill's latest landmark, just north of Spring Grove Cemetery: u Height: 954 feet to the top of its flashing beacon. The Eiffel Tower in Paris is 30 feet taller. Downtown Cincinnati's Carew Tower is 380 feet shorter. Star Tower rises 1 ,849 feet above sea level. Its electricity bill is expected to be $250,000 a year. Eighty to 90 broadcasters, including police departments, will beam signals from the tower when it is fully operational. ' 1 i 1&. i. 1 I 1 .1 r f f l fa Hf-mi The Cincinnati EnquirerCathy A. Lyons Marijuana use promotes concerns about peace, beauty and enlightenment, listeners at a rally Sunday are told. Pot should be free to puff, advocates huff BY LINDA DONO REEVES The Cincinnati Enquirer All that was missing was cider and crafts. But the atmosphere was festive for the topping of Cincinnati's tallest tower Sunday in College Hill. Star Tower's construction crews entertained hundreds of spectators on a crisp fall day. Dorothy Smart of Groesbeck brought binoculars for a better glimpse of the men tightening bolts on what was to be a 954-foot broadcast tower. Helen Smith of Wyoming captured the moment with her camera. Roy Moon of Bridgetown listened to scanner chatter between the tower and the ground. Stephen and Robert Polleys of West Chester were patient as they waited for the orange helicopter looking like a high-tech insect to lift a section of metal. "This is the third time we've been here," said the boys' mother, Patty Polleys. Once, they waited six hours for the air crane to maneuver its load near Winton and North Bend roads. "Stephen drew a picture of the tower, of the sky 'copter and of the crane," Patty Polleys said. "He really identified with the tower." Another couple, Julie Russo of Colerain Township and Phil Schilling of Finneytown, dropped their tailgate for an impromptu party with their kids, Alex and Tony Russo. The baby, Robbie Schilling, slept through the noise of the thundering helicopter. Even some residents on Oak-field Avenue, initially skeptical of the landmark so visible from their front yards, were won over. "Originally I was against it because of expected interference with television or radio," Irene Rubley said. "Now that it's up, I think it's attractive, really," she said, an opinion echoed by her husband, Mike. And Jim Stitt, Star Tower's project manager, pledges that any radio- or TV-reception problems that crop up will be fixed. The $4 million tower should be in operation by the end of the week. "This is the perfect site for it," he said. "It's in the epicenter of the market." At about 4:30 p.m., the helicopter lifted its final load, the tower's antenna and 5-foot beacon. Color-coded paint sprayed on the tower's top helped the 'copter crew place the slender pole. As workers tightened bolts around the antenna, the helicopter moved up and away. On the ground, Stitt popped the cork on a bottle of bubbly. Above, Christopher "Jumper" Head of Houston celebrated a different way. As a 50-mph downdraft died away, Head climbed the fluorescent pole he had just helped secure. At the top of the red beacon that would soon warn aircraft, he stood up and waved to the crowd. A cheer erupted from the crew and ground spectators; he was the first to scale the city's tallest BY JOHN HOPKINS The Cincinnati Enquirer A crowd of about 1,000 chanted "right on, right on," in support of pro-pot activists who gathered Sunday on Fountain Square to push the legalization of marijuana. Children in tie-dye shirts, elderly men in suits and mothers with strollers turned out in 48 weather to hear what activists called the truth about marijuana, alias Mary Jane, weed, pot, joints. Occasionally, the smell of something other than cigarette smoke filled the air. One vendor handed out leaflets on dealing with urine tests on short notice. (Drinking vinegar doesn't help, the leaflet said.) The event, Marijuana Harvest Festival 1991, lasted almost four hours and included speeches by local resident Jim Hemphill, and Gatewood Galbraith, who has been a candidate Lyons for governor of Kentucky. The Cincinnati EnquirerCathy A. "In the 1930s, some of the most outrageous lies ever heard Samantha Butkus of Mount Healthy rallies Sunday while her son, (Please see RALLY, Page A-9) Christian James Butkus, 7 months, appears to have no opinion. Parties swap term-cap snipes Leaders say inconsistency amounts to 'rank hypocrisy' Airport control plan aims to cut midair crash risk 1 support for term limitation. He wanted to prevent members of Congress from serving more than six two-year terms consecutively. "(Unlimited terms) stifles innovative thinking and new ideas," Luken said 15 years ago. "The only person guilty of rank hypocrisy here is Tom Luken," said Greg Vehr, GOP executive director. Speaking of Issue 5, city residents likely will spot signs in favor of term limitation on neighborhood lawns this week. A committee in support of the term-limitation measure has raised about $5,000 that will be spent in yard signs and perhaps mailings. BY RICHARD GREEN The Cincinnati Enquirer Last week, Tom Luken, the former congressman-turned-chairman of the Hamilton County Democratic Party, fired off a challenge to leaders at Republican headquarters: "If a Republican-led plan to limit terms of Cincinnati City Council members is such a great idea," Luken said, "why not include Hamilton County officeholders?" "I challenge the Hamilton County Republican leadership to be consistent and to pledge that it will not endorse any incumbent elected county officials for re-election in 1992 if they have served eight or more years continuously," Luken said in a news release. "If (Chairman) Gene Ruehlmann and Republicans do . . . they'll be guilty of rank hypocrisy." Luken and other Democrats namely, Mayor David Mann, Peter Strauss and John Mirlisena are still steamed that Nick Vehr, the rookie Republican councilman, has successfully landed a term-limitation measure on the Nov. 5 ballot, designated as Issue BY BETH MENGE The Cincinnati Enquirer A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposal to expand the airspace controlled by the tower at CincinnatiNorthern Kentucky International Airport would lower the risk of mid-air collisions, officials lay. The FAA is considering designating the airport a Terminal Control Area (TCA), in which even private planes come under strict tower control and must carry tracking equipment to help pinpoint their positions. The airport meets the criteria for a TCA because it serves more than 3.5 million passengers per year. In the year ending August. 1991, about 4.5 million passengers used the airport, FAA spokeswoman Arlene Salac said. Within the last month, the FAA asked the airport to begin studying the issue, said Wayne Goswick, airport air traffic manager. Public meetings probably will be held next summer or fall. If the FAA approves, a TCA could be adopted by July, 1993, he said. Twenty-nine large airports are designated as TCAs. Airports in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Nashville, Tenn.; Raleigh, N.C.; and San Juan, Puerto Rico, also are under consideration for TCA status, Salac said. Now, the airport tower controls planes within a 10-mile ring of the airport. "That's been sufficient in the past for the amount of traffic," Goswick said. "As we've grown there's a need for us to expand. ... A TCA would go out to about 35 miles from the airport." A TCA is largest at the highest altitudes and narrowest directly over the airport, Goswick said. No other Greater Cincinnati airports would be affected by the TCA, Goswick said. Planes using Lunken Airport would continue to fly below the TCA airspace, he said. Planes that operate within a TCA are required to carry special equipment costing $1,500 to $2,000. But most aircraft including at least 90 of the smaller general-aviation planes already carry the equipment, said Cheri Far-ha, public relations director for the national Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. General aviation planes accounted for less than 10 of traffic at CincinnatiNorthern Kentucky International Airport in 1990. 5. If it passes, council members with eight years of continuous service would have to sit out for four years before running again. That means the Mann-Strauss-Mirlisena trio joined by Republican maverick Guy Gucken-berger would lose their council seats in 1993. "If the Republicans want to freshen elective government in the city, they should do the same at the county level where scandals and corruption have been a problem these last few years," Luken said. But the Tom Luken who today is complaining about term limitation is the same Tom Luken who in 1976, as a congressman-elect, trumpeted his The problems plaguing Hamilton County's Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) are no longer just an environ- (Please see CAMPAIGN, Page A-9)

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