Eruptions in The Heartland: BATTLING BLUENOSES

Who says the Midwest is dull? In two homegrown controversies, Cincinnati is seething over censorship and Milwaukee is bristling at a black revolutionary army BATTLING BLUENOSES

Had Cincinnati's moral crusaders finally gone too far? Many residents seemed to think so when a grand jury last week indicted the director of the city's Contemporary Arts Center on charges of criminal obscenity for displaying the sexually charged photographs of the late Robert Mapplethorpe. While protesters chanted, "Sieg Heil! Sieg Heil!," police barged into the gallery, herded out 1,400 visitors, served papers and collected evidence. "It was a sad day for the city and for the arts," says gallery director Dennis Barrie, who could be sentenced to up to a year in jail if he is convicted. "It made a...

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