Saturday, September 15, 2001

Notebook


Tristate responds to call for blood

        So many people have rolled up their sleeves to give blood after Tuesday's tragedy that Hoxworth Blood Center is booked solid through next week, officials said Friday.

        From Tuesday through Thursday, the Tristate's blood bank had collected more than 2,000 units, and it has scheduled 3,000 donors for days ahead.

        For information about donating, call 451-0910.

Hyde Park woman aids N.Y. rescuers

        Laura Nolting, a research assistant for the University of Cincinnati department of emergency medicine, was in New York for a conference when disaster struck Tuesday.

        It was the first business trip for Ms. Nolting, a 23-year-old paramedic who lives in Hyde Park.

        After the World Trade Center was attacked, she went to the nearby American Express building. Mostly, she helped rescue workers whose eyes were clogged by dust or who suffered cuts and bruises.

        The building also was being used as a morgue. She saw several crushed and mangled bodies stream by — and they weren't in body bags. That chore was done inside.

        “They haven't been showing the bodies on TV. Think about all the horror people feel watching this go on, then magnify it by 10,” Ms. Nolting said.

Rep. Lucas views Pentagon damage

        U.S. Rep. Ken Lucas, a Boone County Democrat, joined other members of Congress on Thursday for an up-close look at the damage from the terrorist attack on the Pentagon.

        “It makes you sick to your stomach,” Mr. Lucas said Friday. “It shakes you up when you see that thing firsthand. It makes you sad ... and it makes you angry.”

        Mr. Lucas said he was told that the wings of the hijacked jet were sheared off, turning the craft's fuselage into a lethal missile.

Harrison company donates cables

        Harrison, Ohio-based F&M Mafco Co. is pitching in to help rescue efforts at the World Trade Center.

        The company, which makes lifting cables, is sending a donation of specially fabricated cables to the Ironworkers Union in Manhattan for use in clearing debris, says Dan McKenna, a member of the family that owns the firm.

        The cables were assembled at Mafco's plant in Oklahoma City and shipped to Cincinnati on Friday by truck. The trucks will leave the Harrison plant before noon today with the cables packed in cartons signed by employees.

Priest saw smoke from Capitol steps

        In Walnut Hills, the Rev. Thomas Bokenkotter, pastor of Assumption Catholic Church, was “mulling” what he'd say Sunday.

        He might mention that he was visiting Washington, and climbing the Capitol steps when the hijacked jet flew into the Pentagon.

        He saw the black smoke and assumed it was a commonplace fire until a Capitol guard ran down the steps, pointing to a circling plane and shouting, “Get out. Run. Run.”

        Finally, a passerby told the priest the news. .

Images haunt N.Y. composer

        Composer Charles Coleman, 32, who lives six blocks from the World Trade Center, drove to Cincinnati to hear his piece Streetscape performed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra this weekend.

        “The hardest thing was watching people jump out (of the buildings). I tried to go to bed last night, and it was even more amplified, like a movie,” he said Thursday at Music Hall. “Everybody was standing in the street and looking, tears rolling down their faces.”

        — By Enquirer staff
       

       



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