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Detroit Jftee JJwfis Saturday, January 17, 1998 Page 3A Deputes tale serves as a warning Hnnu i.. IIWUII vt MCDIARMID rL'l " f Politics v. sw y John ' Glenn Rocket man fizzled early as a politician n Ohio diversion ... fill I nis week s big John lUl Glenn-in-space news (again) aiiractea pieniy 01 attention . but onlv bnef mentions of Glenn's political past, an omission that might suggest to some people, especially the younger set, that Glenn's career switch from space hero to respected U.S. senator from Ohio was somehow seamless and devoid of pain. ', Wrong. It was more like crawling through a minefield. And it took more than a decade. I know because I was an Ohio newspaperman at the time and I covered Glenn from his first, hapless attempts to win a Senate seat in 1964 until he finally made it in 1974. Highlights include: 1964 DEBACLE: Glenn, 42, without doubt Ohio's most famous citizen (decorated Marine fighter pilot in World War II and Korea, record-setting test pilot, first American to orbit Earth in 1962, etc.) and planning shortly to retire as a Marine colonel, is urged to run for ' the Senate as a Democrat Friends want him to replace the hapless, . aging Democratic incumbent, Stephen Young. And Glenn, a Boy Scout-type from New Concord, with a great smile and plenty of idealism, jumps at the chance. Alas, both the candidate and his campaign quickly prove amateurish and clumsy and, before they can improve . . . disaster. Glenn, trying to fix a mirror in a Columbus hotel bathroom, slips, falls, whacks his head, suffers inner-ear damage and is ordered by doctors off the trail. The campaign goes bust and, though it's too late to get his name off the ballot, Glenn withdraws. Young is easily renominated and in November re-elected to the Senate. Glenn moves uneasily into private life, becomes a Royal Crown Cola Co. vice president and then . . . 1970 DEBACLE: Glenn, now 48, tries again, this time for an open Senate seat (Young is not seeking reelection). But once again the primary campaign this time against Howard Metzenbaum, an obscure, somewhat abrasive Cleveland millionaire proves amateurish. Glenn is widely viewed, as one newspaper writes, "as pretty much the ultimate square." And Democratic bigwigs deride him as a hapless political rube. Metzenbaum a supposed nobody edges the famous Glenn in the primary . . . only to lose later to the GOP's Robert Taft Jr. 1974 COMEBACK: Glenn, now 52, is nothing if not stubborn. He still wants a Senate seat, this time one occupied by you guessed it his old adversary Metzenbaum, who's been appointed to fill a Senate vacancy (when Bill Saxbe moved up to attorney general amid Watergate). But Ohio Democratic pooh-bahs want no part of a bitter, divisive Glenn-Metzenbaum rematch and try to bludgeon Glenn to run for lieutenant governor with Gov. Jack Gilligan, who is seeking reelection. Glenn balks, complains loudly and publicly of "bossism" and "blackmail" and in short order announces for.the Senate. The primary is bloody and bitter and many Democrats write off Glenn as a sure loser until ... Glenn thumps Metzenbaum, wins the nomination (at last) and, in November, blows away the Republican mayor of Cleveland, Ralph Perk. EPILOGUE: Glenn, now 76, was reelected in 1980, 1986 and 1992 and briefly ran for president in 1984 but dropped out early. He has chosen not to run for a fifth term, so he'll be retiring from politics at year's end. But in October, if things work out on the launch pad . . . well, there are those who don't approve, but nobody will ever call John Glenn a quitter. BY JOHN GALLAGHER Free I'ress Staff Writer Pursuing a burglary suspect in Friday's predawn darkness, Oakland County Sheriff's Deputy Joe Brian didn't hesitate to follow his quarry onto the icy surface of While Lake in Highland Township. Perhaps he should have. Moments after the chase began, Brian hit a patch of thin ice and fell through. He couldn't get himself back out. He clung to the icy edge of the hole for 10 minutes a near-fatal Some ice is thinner than it looks period in such frigid water before two other deputies, Tom Kangas and Steve Garfat, could pull him to safety by wrapping a length of line around themselves and throwing him the other end. An ambulance took him to Huron Valley Hospital, where he was examined, warmed up and released. "hiey disregarded their own personal safety to catch the bad guy. which is what we're paid to do," Sheriff's Capt. Barnetl Jones said. "Fortunately, when the deputy fell through the ice, they used their ingenuity and level-headedness to save him, which is also what we're paid to do." Brian's ordeal highlights a dangerous problem during this warmer-than-average winter thin ice. Already this year, 13 snowmobile riders have died in Michigan, including some who fell through thin ice, according to the slate Department of Natural Resources. Authorities fear more fatalities may lie ahead as the winter-sports season hits high gear. "The ice is thinner than it's been in years this lale in the season," said Dennis Dixon, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. "People see ice on the surface of a lake for a couple of days and they think it's safe. Please see ItE, Page 4A ICE INFO TO KNOW Last week's warm temperatures mean ice is thinner than it looks. Ice forms closest to shorelines first. The center of a lake takes much longer to freeze. Snow acts as an insulator. Snow-covered ice is warmer and thinner. Never travel on ice alone. Your buddy may save your life. WITH GLUE, BAMBOO, GORDY TAKES FLIGHT After 45 days of repair and recuperation from gunshot wounds, Gordy the golden eagle flew to freedom Friday at Lansing's Potter Park Zoo. James Sikarskie, below, a veterinarian at the Michigan State University Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, helped transplant a dead bald eagle's primary flying feathers onto Gordy, using bamboo and Crazy Glue. Golden eagles like Gordy, who has a wingspan of nearly six feet, are rarely seen in Michigan. t 1 J 7 I O 3 ; X t ', ; - V . 'A i ' i. J . - X.- Anti-abortion TV ad uses Mother Teresa By Chris christoff Uinsin Burcini Chii f The anti-abortion movement has a new spokesperson Mother Teresa. In a 30-second TV ad, culled from a taped interview before her death in September, Mother Teresa makes an impassioned plea one that; viewers of three Detroit television stations won't see. : ; . "The gospel is very clear, whatever we do to the least of us we do to Him," Mother Teresa says on the video in heavily accented Knglish. She quotes from the gospel of Matthew, concluding, "When yotl -receive a child you receive me. That is why abortion is very wrong. We do not receive the child." Right to Life will broadcast the ad across the nation, including Detroit and eight other Michigan -TV markets. The ad will appear on WD1VTV (Channel 4) in the Detroit area. It was rejected by WXYZ (Channel 7), WWJ (Chan- 1 ' . J 1 . i I a Photos by DAVID P. GILKEYDetroit Free Press White civil-rights martyr all but forgotten BY LEKAN oguntoyinbo Krre Press Staff Writer For Anthony Liuzzo, the civil rights struggle isn't just a chapter of American history that comes to mind when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 's birthday is celebrated. He lived the struggle as a little boy and now is reminded of it daily. His mother, Viola Liuzzo, a Detroit autoworker turned civil- rights activist, was slain by white supremacists following the 1965 Alabama march from Selma to Montgomery. Three men were convicted of violating her civil rights and sentenced to 10 years in prison. Congress invoked her name when it passed the Voting Rights Act in 1965. She is the only white woman known to have been killed in the struggle for civil rights in the 1950s and '60s. For much of his adult life, Liuzzo, who lives in Waterford Township, has worked to preserve her legacy. He has written letters to city leaders A VIGIL What: Candlelight vigil in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. When: 6 p.m. Sunday Where: Grace Temple Church of God in ' Christ, 711 Grace St., Albion. asking that parks be named for his mother; he has contacted civil-rights leaders in hopes of keeping her family involved in the cause. He has also sought opportunities to tell his mother's story. He'll get a chance to do that again Sunday night when he leads a candlelight vigil at an event sponsored by the Albion branch of the NAACP and Albion College. The vigil is one of the highlights of King Day festivities in that area and will have a reading of the names on the civil-rights memorial in Montgomery, including that of Viola Liuzzo. This is not the first time Albion has honored the memory of Liuzzo, who, like King, was 39 when she was killed. Six years ago, two members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People invited Anthony Liuzzo Please see KING, Page 4A - C j I f I i ' CRAIG PORTERDetroit Free Press Anthony Liuzzo of Waterford Township works to preserve his mother's memory. nel 62), and WJBK (Channel 2), according to Right to Life-Michigan media director .Amanda Peterman. She said WKBD (Channel 50) was not approached to carry the ad. "This particular ad did not meet station policy," said Marcy Hayes, spokeswoman for WWJ-TV. Right to Life Michigan president Barbara Listing said Mother Teresa, known for her humanitarian work in India, is the ideal spokesperson for Right to Life's campaign marking next week's 25th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion. Right to Life will spend about $75,000 to broadcast the commercial in Michigan through March 29 during' morning, afternoon and evening news shows. Judy Karandjeff, spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood of Michigan, which supports abortion rights for women, had no comment on the ad. The video for the ad was taped in 1996 by Jim Hanon of Grand Rapids. Listing said Mother Teresa and the foundation knew the video might be used in an anti-abortion campaign. Listing said under an agreement with Missionaries of Charity, the nuns Mother Teresa led, the TV commercial cannot be used as a fund -raiser. Funds cutoff seems doomed INDIAN WEXS, Calif. After intense lobbying from worried party leaders, the Republican National Committee appears ready to defeat a proposal that would cut off funding to politicians who do not support a ban on partial-birth abortions. Sponsors of the proposal failed to win the endorsement of the nine-member Resolutions Committee Friday morning, setting the stage for an expected defeat before the full, 165-member RNC Friday. Chuck Yob, Michigander who chairman of the Resolutions Committee, was lobbied by party chairman Jim Nicholson. Yob said he supported the funding ban. but at Nicholson's urging convinced his panel to withhold its endorse-" nienl. later the was P7 WI Ti Women say good-bye to bus routes, jobs Suburban ivorkers KIM KIM FOSTERDetroit Free Press Janet Jackson of Detroit rides a Detroit Department of Transportation shuttle bus Friday to her job at Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi. By Jeff Gerritt I'Vee I'ress Slaff Writer Tanya Tarver and Janet Jackson of Detroit look .the bus to work at Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi for the last lime Friday morning. The Detroit Department of Transportation cut about 20 suburban routes, effective today, including the shuttle service from Woodward Avenue to Novi that daily served the two women and about 15 other workers. For Tarver, 27, and Jackson, 47, both single mothers who worked their way off public assistance by spending five hours a day on buses caught in middle to get to and from work, the cuts will mean a loss of jobs. "It's a hurting thing," said Tarver, who left her east side Detroit home at 6:30 a.m. to catch two buses to Woodward and Gladstone, then traveled another 45 minutes to Novi. Tarver said her job as a Sears stock person has been a blessing for her and Justin, her 5-year-old son. "You work to gel off welfare and then they lake this from you," she said, riding the DDOT shuttle for the last time up the Lodge Freeway toward Novi. "The jobs are all out in . the suburbs." Although the suburban bus system SMART will pick up some of the service cuts, it won't in Novi. Novi didn't take part in the SMART millage in 1995 and probably won't this year. "The demand just isn't there," Novi City Manager Ed Kriewall said. Detroit city officials also said they would not reverse their decision to cut suburban routes, though Please see Bl S, Pae 8A

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