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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Sunday, August 9, 1981
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San Juan Romero, chief air traffic controller at Greater Cincinnati International Airport, has devised a plan to allow controllers to work nearly normal hours. Page B-3. ' .-J section B Sunday, August 9, 1981 THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER MB Heroic Acts TzPr I if : s ' .10T'' ;f , , , x f If h I f i J . : . txtJ-n ' , Km ;v . ; - jiff , .v eWmV ' 1 , , ajjggHgmmmitmTmmr ' ""- Enquirer photo BY GORDON MORIOKA FIREMEN WORKED four hours Saturday morning to extinguish a fire at Harrison Airport. A hangar and nearly all its contents was destroyed. Damage estimates were put at more than $250,000. Hangar, 4 Planes Lost In Harrison Airport Fire number of explosions and the corrugated steel made It rough. In terms of dollar loss, It is probably one of the biggest fires we've had to deal with in a long time." Becker said he thought most of the hangar's contents were covered by insurance. Plane owners he talked to had different The late-model station wagon that burned with planes in the hangar was left there by a pilot who had taken his plane out for the weekend. Kinnett said there was such a large amount of damage because the corrugated steel hangar kept the fire from spreading vertically. It quickly spread horizontally throughout the eight stalls of the structure. IT TOOK 20 firefighters with two pumpers more than four hours to control the blaze. They had difficulty getting to the fire because of the building's steel walls and roof. "I think it was an exceptionally tough fire to fight," Kinnett said. "There were a Fire Chief Alan Kinnett. ALTHOUGH THERE were several fuel-tank explosions before the fire was extinguished, Kinnett said there were no Injuries. Airport manager Louis Becker said his first concern upon arriving at the scene was for the firemen's safety. "I knew there was about 300 gallons of aviation fuel in there. That's about the total capacity for the planes," Becker said. Other planes in the immediate area were moved by airport personnel before firemen arrived and there was little fear the fire would spread to two other hangars at the airport, Kinnett said. BY ALAN MILLER Enquirer Reporter HARRISON Four small airplanes and a car were destroyed, and two planes were seriously damaged In a fire Saturday morning at Harrison Airport. The planes were stored in an enclosed hangar at the airport, 10004 West Rd., Harrison, when a fire broke out in the building shortly before 8 a.m. Its cause had not been determined by late evening. Firefighters had ruled out arson. . .. "We haven't officially set an estimate yet but in talking with some of the people' around the airport, the plane and structure loss Is probably over $250,000," said Harrison feelings about the fire. "Some were sad and others were glad sad for the loss and glad no one was injured," Becker said. Besides planes and the car, the hangar contained personal Items belonging to the pilots such as tools and parts. "Nothing like this has ever happened here said. Robert Pierce, Sailor Who Found $1,000 To Find Out On Monday If It's 'Finders Keepers' ' V - Ui IT - " jam I Drake Hospital's Board, Stands Firm On Principles OfTristaters Good Stories A NEWS release from an Oregon-based organization called the National Association for Crime Victims' Rights Inc. said the organization was conducting a search to find "the most outstanding and courageous individual in America." Well, I'm sure there are hundreds of courageous stories in the Tristate that haven't been told. So, if you know anyone who would qualify under the following four categories, drop me a letter and give a brief outline of the "outstanding" act. I'll forward them to the Oregon organization. The categories are: AN ACTUAL CRIME VICTIM . . . Someone who has suffered a particularly savage criminal assault ana nas manaeed to overcome the damage to body, mind and spirit. SURVIVING CRIME VICTIM FAMILY . . . One that has suffered a particularly heinous crime or the loss of a family member, yet has survived as a strong iamuy unit. LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER ... An officer who has suffered bodily injury while performing a brave and heroic deed on behalf of society. , GOOD SAMARITAN . . .A person who voluntarily and bravely stepped forward In the face of danger to aid a crime victim, with such action aiding in the capture of a criminal suspect. r i HAMILTON COUNTY Municipal Judge Richard Niehaus Is flattered that a "Supreme Court Search and Screening Committee" that has been appointed to seek candidates for the 1982 election to the state's highest court has invited him to discuss his "potential candidacy." However, Niehaus doesn't believe he'll respond to the Invitation. . . . The committee was formed by the Ohio REPUBLICAN State Committee. . . . Niehaus is a DEMOCRAT. HOW MUCH Is Too Much Department. . .A Newport, Ky., man heard the Ohio Department of Health had put together a card that was designed to let people know how drinking affected driving. He "wrote the department and requested A CARD. . . .He not only received the card he asked for, but 499 more. I don't know how much it cost the state for printing and processing the cards . . .but the cost of mailing was $2.40. r r JIM GRIFFITH of Cincinnati says he can top last Sunday's item in this column that referred to the "con deal" where those answering an ad for a "solar-powered clothes drier" paid their money and received a clothesline and clothespins. . . .He had a friend who answered an ad for a "guaranteed bug killer." He received two bricks and directions that read. . ."Place bug on one brick and hit him with the other." a DARTS AND FLOWERS . FLOWERS to Ervin Kattelman for spending an hour helping a motorist with . car trouble. DARTS to people who advertise the time of their "garage sale" and then sell the good items to friends and neighbors an hour before the sale begins. , DARTS to business or professional groups that take their conventions to foreign countries. . . . You'd think the tax write-off they get for conventions should encourage them to spend the money in the United States. inuGH Telephone 369-1003 SuburbanBureaus Editor JOHNKIESEWETTER Telephone 369-1004 Iha mum IlkS lliiiii Saturday night's winner in the Ohio Lottery's daily game. &i DEATHS . -44 LOCAL AREA NEWS . L Who Heads bargaining table from Pierce, who . was then business representative for the Office and Professional Employees International Union, Local 388. That unlikely circumstance occurred because two of Shee-han's employees in the labor council office were represented by Pierce during labor negotiations for the office workers. "Bob Is everything that he appears to be. He is scrupulously honest. He becomes disturbed when he senses that there's been wrongdoing, especially If the wrongdoing is in the area of mistrust," said Sheehan, now a personal friend of Pierce. Jean Corbett, a fellow Drake board member, praised Pierce's conscientious work for the hospital: "During this controversy, he has taken so much on his own shoulders. Somebody had to do It." Pierce believes dedication should come with the Job. "Each Individual is important on a board," he said. "They should be sneaking their minds, becom ing involved and going to the under my administration," Becker But Bentz, who had to fly back to Charleston the following day said he wanted to return with a glowing conscience rather than a elowing bank statement. "I didn't know If it might be stolen money," he said, "so I did n't want to be spending It. And if it was somebody's money legm mately, I thought he should get it back." Police told him that if no one claimed the $1,000 In 30 days, it was his. "When I left, I didn't expect to get it back at all," Bentz said. "I never dreamed it would be un claimed." Whoever lost the money has one day left to claim It. Otherwise Deer Park police Chief Donald Lally will give Bentz his lucky find Monday afternoon. So far. Lally said, his depart ment has received only one call but the money obviously did not belong to the caller. "SHF. .SAID she had lost some money, but couldn't come up with a description of the money or (See MONEY, Page B-2) DaDers In the United States. Of these, 1,388 were published in the afternoon and 387 in tne morning It's obvious from these num bers that there are many profita ble afternoon newspapers. Where the struggle can be found Is in metropolitan areas where afternoon newspapers race competition. Changing popula tion patterns In the inner cities, -changing lifestyles, suburban growth and changing reading habits have made morning news papers more attractive to adver users. It is unfortunate that Wash ington cannot suppport tw major newspapers. The Star will be missed Now we must hope that this next week brings the agreement necessary to keep the Philadelphia Bulletin alive. George Blake Is editor oThe En quirer, BY DOUG SCHWARTZ Enquirer Reporter U.S. Navy radioman Gerald W. Bentz Jr. did not mind shelling out $132 for a round-trip air ticket from Charleston, S.C., where he Is stationed, to his home in Cincinnati. The sailor came home to claim $1,000 he found last month in Deer Park while visiting his family. Bentz, 32, immediately turned the money over to Deer Park police. It's never been claimed. He literally stumbled upon the money July 11 while staying with his parents, Gerald W. and Ellen Bentz, 3655 Tralee Clr., Sycamore Township, on the last day of his annual 30-day leave. "I was Just walking down Blue Ash Road on my way to my buddy's house," Bentz said Saturday. "I looked down and bingo-it was sitting in the middle of the sidewalk, Just laying there." It was an unwrapped bundle of bills, he said. "PEOPLE KEEP telling me they wish they were walking about five steps ahead of me," he said with a laugh. editorial expenses with a city's stronger newspaper. Such an agreement exists here between The Enquirer and the Cincinnati Post. Similar agreements exist in numerous cities. Gannett, which owns this newspaper, is a partner in Joint operating agreements in Cincinnati; Nashville and Knox-vllle, Tenn.; Honolulu; Shreveport, La.; Tucson, Ariz., and El Paso, Texas. Why are afternoon newspapers failing? The easy answer would be to blame the phenomenon on television, to say the people now are more interested in getting their evening news from the tube, or to say that people are more interested in watching "Little House on the Prairie" than in reading a newspaper. BUT THAT'S a simplistic response. At the beginning of this year, there were 1,745 dally news- f BY KAREN GARLOCH Enquirer Reporter Robert A. Pierce, chairman of Drake Memorial Hospital's board of trustees, will admit it was unfortunate to lose a "top-notch" administrator like Andrew McKillop over the questionable expenditure of only $677 in hospital funds. But he's also convinced that the board did the right thing by asking McKillop to resign after seven years with the Hamilton County-owned hospital: "I'm convinced it was necessary to do that. I don't believe in double standards. People in places of high responsibility should adhere to even stricter moral standards than others. He (McKillop) was making $60,000. It's hard to reconcile that with the amount in question. "That sounds holier-than-thou, but I believe it." Friends and co-workers have found Pierce to be true to his convictions. WILLIAM SHEEHAN, executive secretary of the AFL-CIO Labor Council, once sat across me Newspaper The Washington Star, a great newspaper, closed Friday after 128 years In the nation's capital. Another great newspaper, the 134-year-old Philadelphia Bulletin, has threatened to close a week from today unless Its seven unions agree to about $4.9 million in pay cuts and other concessions. Both the Star and the Bulletin have been in financial trouble for years. Time Inc. attempted to rescue the Star in 1977, when it purchased the struggling newspaper from Texas financier Joseph Al-britton. Time spent millions of dollars trying to revitalize the Star, investing not only In some of the nation's top Journalists but in sophisticated new editing computers. THE BULLETIN, once the world's largest afternoon newspaper, was the circulation leader in Philadelphia until 1980. The morning Philadelphia Inquirer surpassed it in the spring of that year. j World Loses A Star, And Another May Follow I ill umt l . ! ROBERT A. PIERCE meetings. Otherwise it's a farce. "IN MY small way, I think I'm giving back to the community what it's given me." He has served on the boards of Community Chest, Community Action Commission (CAC) and Eden House alcoholism treatment center. He was appointed to the Drake board by county commissioners two years ago to represent Democrats and labor. During the 1979 flap over the CAC's spending practices, Pierce (See PIERCE, Page B-2) years, if they make tne concessions now and the newspaper can be saved. How can a newspaper with a circulation of 329,000 (the Star) or 406,000 (the Bulletin) be In financial trouble? Those numbers are much larger than those of this newspaper or many others which are profitable operations. BUT THE problem is that circulation revenues account for only about a quarter of a newspaper's total revenues. We cannot exist without an adequate advertising base, and this has become increasingly harder to attain on afternoon newspapers. The New York Herald-Tribune, Chicago Today, the Chicago Daily News and other afternoon newspapers folded earlier. Others are in Jeopardy. Some newspapers have been kept afloat by joint operating agreements unaer me newspaper Preseauon aci, snaring iiu '4- Karl Eller, head of Combined Communications Co. when it owned The Cincinnati Enquirer, purchased the Bulletin in a Joint venture with the Charter Co. in May, 1980. The Joint venture col-' lapsed and was dissolved Feb. 2, with Charter becoming sole owner of the Bulletin. Charter has announced that If the unions agree to the pay cuts, it would trim payrolls and expenditures In non-union departments by an additional $1.4 million. Employees have been offered a new profit-sharing plan, in which they would share in 25 of the newspaper's profits in future

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