Sunday, April 15, 2001

Notebook: Here and there

        At the funeral

        Isaiah Rudolph Jr. of Roselawn, pastor of Marbly United Methodist Church, wrote a check to the Timothy Thomas Fund and said, “If a wild dog had been running through the streets, he would have been caught. But if it's a black male running through the streets, he's shot and killed in cold blood. ... Luken said he wanted things to return to normal, but we're looking for change.”

        Inside the church, a pair of women wearing Cincinnati Black United Front T-shirts glued together mourning ribbons in memory of Mr. Thomas. A black ribbon symbolizes his race; blue, his male gender.

        As the funeral began, 100 or so protesters outside the church began marching down Elm Street, toward downtown. They chanted “Our streets, our streets!” and carried signs urging police to “Stop killing us.”

        The marchers wound through the streets of Over-the-Rhine until they came within a half-block of a police barricade at Main Street.

        The leaders of the march then formed a line in front of the crowd.

        “Stop!” they shouted at the crowd. “Nobody out here is going to get killed today!”

        They then led the group to Washington Park for a rally. One of the march leaders, Susan Patricia X Cooley Muhammad, said her goal was a peaceful demonstration, not more violence.

        “We're not here to riot,” she said. “We're just here to be heard.”

        Louanne Anderson, 40, of Walnut Hills, passed out a poem photocopied on hot pink paper: “We have lost another black man; Can you hear the cry throughout Cincinnatiland? ... They have put us under martial law; better not go outside after 8 — that will be the end of you all.”

        City Councilman Jim Tarbell did not accompany the mayor's entourage returning from the funeral. He walked back alone through Over-the-Rhine.

        In Mount Adams

        Mount Adams was eerily quiet on a warm spring Saturday, a day that typically would crowd the streets with shoppers, parkgoers and museum visitors. Most businesses — from Daveeds at the bottom of St. Gregory to Chases and Teak at the top — displayed signs in their window with some variation of the message: “Closed due to curfew.”

        David Crowley, owner of Crowley's Pub in Mount Adams, said Good Friday is his second busiest day of the year, behind St. Patrick's Day. Pilgrims to Immaculata have traditionally recovered from the long walk with a beer from Crowley's.

        But business was low on Friday, with gross revenues dropping about $2,500. Overall, he thinks the weekend curfew will cause a $5,000 to $6,000 hit to his business.

        Across the nation

        Parties involved in the unrest in Cincinnati will make the rounds of some of the Sunday news shows. NAACP President Kweisi Mfume and FOP President Keith Fangman will appear both on ABC's This Week With Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts, (Ch. 9, 2 10:30 a.m) and on Fox News Sunday (Ch. 19, 10 a.m.; Ch. 45, 9 a.m.).

        Around the world

        Cincinnati riots led the news in China. After an international tit-for-tat over an American spy plane making an emergency landing on Chinese soil, the Communists have stepped up their Cold-War style propaganda campaign against the United States. Searching for any news that paints America in a bad image, China newspapers and television newscasts are leading with the riots in Cincinnati. It doesn't matter the average Chinese hasn't even heard of Ohio, much less the Queen City.

        “Curfew hits Cincinnati after riots,” screams a front-page headline in People's Daily, a leading Chinese-language newspaper. TV newscasts led with videos of people bloodied in the riots.

        Reporters Jim Hannah, Amy Higgins, Dan Horn, Jennifer Mrozowski and Janice Morse contributed.


Tonight's curfew pushed back to 11 p.m.
City hopes healing begins
FBI, police investigate beanbag shootings
Mourners hear call for new Cincinnati
Sense of need sends many to service
Shooting set off tinderbox of old troubles
Feds study police practices
Stories of 15 black men killed by police since 1995
Officer Jorg's trial delayed
Fallen officers forgotten, widow says
King calls for inclusion, end to profiling
Protester Lynch becomes
Mount Adams patrons defied curfew
Vendors relocate to keep tradition
Hot dog vendor pays back hero with relish
Unrest rekindles memory
A familiar story of Easter
- Notebook: Here and there