St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from December 23, 1993

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4th Vacant House Gets New Owner Program Links Homesteaders with Homes - for $1
Vinita Park will soon have a new resident who bought his house for $1.Just as Mayor Virginia Bira was fretting that she couldn't give the house away, applications swarmed in for the two-bedroom, one-bath home at 8238 Jefferson Avenue that has awaited...
6 U. City Firefighters Allege Sexist Remarks
Six University City firefighters have filed a complaint with the city, alleging sexist remarks on the part of an assistant fire chief.They made the complaint against Richard Skrivan. The complainants include Judi Reynolds, fired last spring and then...
A Christmas Lesson from Mother: Knowing How Lucky I Am
SEE THOSE children over there," she whispered.For my flamboyant mother, her half-nod at the ragamuffins was utterly discreet. After all, she didn't want to embarrass the boy and girl, of about my own age of 7, who stood near the dime store showing no...
A Costly Lease Deal
Most St. Louis officials seem jubilant about the outcome of a lawsuit over a riverboat gambling lease awarded to businessman Floyd Warmann. He will pay the city $15 million to settle the suit filed by aldermen objecting to some of the lease's terms.But...
Aetna to Foreclose on West Port Plaza
Aetna Life Insurance Co. plans to foreclose on West Port Plaza next month. The Thomas J. White Co., whose namesake developed the complex, defaulted on Aetna's loan earlier this year.The White Co. owes more than $63 million on the 41-acre complex. County...
Afghan Stitchers Striving to Keep the Poor Warm
This is a yarn about a group of needleworkers who aim to prove that a stitch in time could save, well, more than nine.The stitching, knitting and crocheting by women in St. Charles County and the St. Louis area may save hundreds of needy children and...
After 3 Ots, Mu Brags Illinois Silenced 108-107
If it was indeed the final Braggin' Rights game at the rickety Arena, Wednesday night's exhilarating Missouri-Illinois basketball game was fitting testimony to the marvelous series.In just the second overtime verdict in the 13-year border grudge match,...
Aldermen Agree to Joint Plan for Floating Casino
In a turnabout, the Kimmswick Board of Aldermen has voted to accept an offer from Jefferson County officials to share revenue from a floating casino proposed just north of the city.Mayor Martha Patterson, who opposes a casino, vetoed the action. But...
Aldermen Put Curbs on Building Apartments
Developers may find that building apartment complexes in O'Fallon will become more difficult.The O'Fallon Board of Aldermen Tuesday night approved a bill that establishes restrictions on new multifamily buildings."We just can't go out and say there's...
All's Wyatt on Western Myth Front
`TOMBSTONE," which opens on Christmas Day, should come with the cinematic equivalent of a surgeon general's warning:Caution: This movie deals with Western legend. Like all such pictures, it is a mixture of history, half-truths and myth. The naive and...
A Mission to Begin All Missions
FRANK BORMAN, James Lovell Jr. and William Anders stood on a ramp overlooking the Apollo 8 command module on display at the Museum of Science and Industry.A news reporter conducted an interview as visitors to the museum's Henry Crown Space Center gazed...
A Mother Can See What Doctors Don't
THERE ARE three boys named Anthony Rogers.The first Anthony Rogers was Kathy Brown's golden child. Just watching him warmed her. The way he sailed down the streets of the housing project on his bicycle, charmed candy bars from the clerks at the convenience...
Arena Rivalry Saves Best for the Finale
Missouri and Illinois were determined to play until Christmas morning to settle their differences, if that's what it required. No surrender. No holiday curfew. Just play on until they - or the ancient Arena foundation - couldn't stand it a minute longer.They...
Barkley Takes Licking but Keeps on Ticking
In a recent game, the bulging disc in Charles Barkley's aching back became so bothersome that his legs went numb.But Barkley ignored the frightening sensation to score 20 points with 10 rebounds and nine assists, leading Phoenix to a victory over the...
Barns Are Vanishing Bits of History, Experts Say
They lead a fragile existence, and could join the snail darter and spotted owl as an endangered species.Changing agricultural practices have played a significant role in their demise.The trend appears all too clear. Illinois barns are rapidly disappearing.Some...
Barry Baker, Money Maker River City Broadcasting's CEO Does It as an Outsider Who Loves the Battle
IF YOU were born to inherited wealth, then you're a member of Barry Baker's Lucky Sperm Club."The guy who just invested $48 million with us - he's a member of the Lucky Sperm Club," Baker said one day, enumerating the big shots who are now throwing money...
Black Tie: The Timeless Tuxedo Still Manages to Turn Heads
I IMAGINE there are exceptions - Joey Buttafuoco, Axl Rose and The Penguin come to mind - but put a tuxedo on just about any man in America and immediately he becomes a sex object.This is a proven fact, thanks to research undertaken by an organization...
Blues among Nhl's Best Short-Handed
Although defensive specialists Rich Sutter, Dave Lowry and Ron Wilson left the Blues in the offseason, their legacy lives on.The Blues remain one of the National Hockey League's best teams killing penalties, a surprise considering the dumping of their...
Blues' Sick Call Hits at Ill-Advised Time
With three days off between games, the Blues have had time to rest their bumps and bruises, but the colds and the flu linger.With constant sniffling and sneezing, the Blues' locker room sounded like a grade-school classroom Wednesday. One player, defenseman...
Board Oks Changes in New Budget Employees to Be Added, Duties to Be Rearranged in Several Departments
The O'Fallon Board of Aldermen has approved a $6.9 million budget that the city's administration has called trend-setting because of changes in departments and responsibilities.The aldermen approved the budget Tuesday night. It adds employees and rearranges...
Book Celebrates Heritage of State's Manufacturing
A new book celebrating Illinois' manufacturing heritage could pump up pride in the state that has produced firsts including the zipper, bullet-proof glass, spray paint, the Pullman rail car, popcorn popper and Ferris wheel."Made In Illinois: A Story...
Books on Tape
"THE CONQUEST OF CONSTANTINOPLE" Excerpts from a work by Geoffroy de Villehardouin (4.5 hours, Recorded Books, $9.50 rental, $23 purchase)</P><P>Until 1076, Christians made pilgrimages to the Holy City of Jerusalem, where they were allowed...
Briefcase
NATIONAL U.S. GROWTH Economy Picks Up Steam In 3rd Quarter</P><P>Vigorous consumer spending and booming new-car business boosted the recovery pace this fall, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. fbC</P><P>In its final...
Briefs
ST. LOUIS Costas `Media Person Of The Year'</P><P>Bob Costas has been named "Media Person of the Year" by the Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis.</P><P>Costas, a sportscaster for NBC, lives in St. Louis with his wife and...
Briefs
WORLD VENEZUELA Interim President Pardons 20 Officers</P><P>Interim President Ramon Velasquez pardoned 20 officers Wednesday who took part in a November 1992 attempted coup.</P><P>The pardons came a week after Velasquez...
Briefs
SPRINGFIELD Flooded Farmers Eligible For Loans</P><P>Many Illinois farmers who suffered losses during this year's floods are eligible for nearly $40 million in loans at 6.25 percent interest, Illinois Farm Development Authority officials...
Child Molester Admits Crimes Real, Imagined Delivery Man Confesses to Plotting Attacks in Out-of-Way Towns
Once, in the course of his cunning rampage through small-town America, one of the young girls David Lee Thompson molested made him cry.He assaulted the 5-year-old several times along the 100-mile drive from her Illinois home. At one point, before releasing...
Children's Center Wins Court Ruling to Be Used as Temporary Shelter
Until recently, the Illinois Emergency Services Center for children was, by all accounts, an office.But the agency says the office isn't an office anymore. A federal judge has agreed. Now, the office that isn't really an office will serve as a shelter...
Christmasberry Is Pretty Poison
Q: I received a wreath containing many dried plant materials. One item that I find especially appealing are grape-like clusters of small pink berries. My florist calls them Christmas pepperberries. They are expensive to buy, so I was wondering if I could...
Clinton Denies Reports "We Have Not Done Anything Wrong"
President Bill Clinton denounced reports that he had used his security detail while governor of Arkansas to help arrange extramarital affairs."They're outrageous, and they're not so," he said Wednesday of the accusations made earlier this week. "We have...
Clinton Plan Not So Healthy, Some Analysts Say
EVEN IF THE PLAN works exactly as promised, the economic benefits from President Bill Clinton's proposals to reform health care will be spread unevenly across regions and industries, economists say.The painful side effects will be felt first, they add.Although...
Council Approves Bill to Set Up Convention Center Tax District City Will Not Have Detailed Redevelopment Plan Ready until Spring
The St. Charles City Council has voted to establish a special taxing district to help finance construction of a county convention center and related projects.Precisely when building will begin will become clear sometime in the spring, as city officials...
Day-Care Center Closing Mcdonnell Douglas Loses Facility's Lease
The McCare Child Development Center, one of the premier corporate-sponsored day-care centers in the area, has lost its lease and will close on Feb. 25.Tears mingled with apple juice Wednesday afternoon at the day-care center as the center's holiday...
Desmet's 77-33 Rout of CBC a Career Delight for Burgman
Dale Burgman is in his 13th season as DeSmet High's basketball coach, and his credentials are impeccable:A Missouri Class 4A championship in 1982.Four appearances in the state title game.A career record of 308-90.Yet, Burgman said he never has witnessed...
Developer Tries Again to Win Approval for More Apartments
Mullenix Properties Inc. again is asking the St. Charles City Council for permission to add more apartment units to its Tyme Centre, south of Interstate 70 and west of Fifth Street.This time, Mullenix has more opposition to its plan than it did in 1989,...
Disciplined Doctor Sues State Agency Backers' Statements Disallowed, She Says
The pediatric medical director for Health Line Management Inc. of St. Louis has asked a judge to overturn disciplinary action against her by the state agency that licenses doctors. Health Line is a subsidiary of St. Louis University that provides staffing...
Disillusioned with Academia
The findings in the recently released Wingspread report about the failings of higher education throw a spotlight on a bureaucracy with as many evils as business, politics and finance.Having entered academia from the corporate world 25 years ago expecting...
Duke Holds on, Gives Krzyzewski 400th Win
Cherokee Parks scored 18 points, and Antonio Lang and Chris Collins added 17 each Wednesday night as third-ranked Duke gave coach Mike Krzyzewski his 400th victory with a 79-76 victory over fast-closing Iowa.Krzyzewski, in his 19th season of coaching,...
Election Board to Shuffle Staff Democrats to Head Panel, Fill 4 of 6 Top Positions
The St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners is moving forward with its reorganization of the board's staff.Democrats will hold four of the top six staff positions. A Democrat also will hold the top spot.Election Board chairman Leslie F. Bond Jr. said...
Emerson Keeps Knight with New Stock Deal
Emerson Electric Co. has gone to extra lengths to keep Chairman Charles F. Knight, awarding him $10 million in stock to stay with the company five more years.Emerson also gave Knight a raise, boosting his salary 12.5 percent to $900,000 a year.Emerson...
Escaping Legacy of '60S Liberalism
The ink was barely dry on the Brady bill to control the sale of guns before President Bill Clinton was coming up with new ideas for a further restriction on people who buy guns. Gun control has become one of a growing number of political issues on which...
Excerpts Quote President in Denial of Allegations
Excerpts from President Bill Clinton's interview with news services Wednesday:Q: How about all of the stories from Little Rock, the state troopers, their allegations, and how do you feel about it, and are they true, and what can you say?A: Well, obviously...
Fallacious Reasoning in Health Plan
At some point in this fall semester, college economics students will once again be lectured on the evils of the fallacy of composition. This fallacy will also be covered in every freshman-level economics textbook. Yet a key premise of President Bill...
Family's Dinner for 5,000 Needy Takes the Cake
Christmas came early for the Gieson family and about 5,000 of their friends.Last Sunday, Joan and Frank Gieson and their two children rounded up volunteers from as far away as Arkansas and served up food and gifts for thousands of needy people who streamed...
Fashion Impresario: Diana Vreeland Subject of Met Exhibit
SHE HAS BECOME part of the mythology of fashion, dominating the middle decades of this century.So it was altogether fitting and proper that the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art chose Diana Vreeland as the subject of its new exhibition.The...
Francis Howell Goes 1-2 in Games vs. New Teams
The Francis Howell team of the Mid-States Club Hockey Association took on three of the four new teams in Tier II in games last week.The Vikings sandwiched losses to Kirkwood (8-0) and Country Day (13-4) around a victory over Whitfield (7-0) in games...
Frenchtown: Man Seeks New Owner for Memorabilia
Richard Vinson of St. Charles admits to being a compulsive collector - a junkie, he says.For the past 20 years, Vinson has collected photographs and artifacts indicative of the Frenchtown neighborhood in St. Charles. His home in the 1400 block of North...
Fuzz-Busters: Science Conquers the Frizzies
AS JOHN FRIEDA says, "people don't know what a nightmare it can be to have this kind of hair." Frizzy, he means.It's a nightmare not only for people who live under voracious clouds of it, and can barely eat a hot dog at a ball game without lashing it...
Gap in Budget for Medicaid Is $630 Million, Officials Say
Gov. Jim Edgar's administration said Wednesday the hole in Illinois' Medicaid budget is about $630 million - $350 million larger than officials originally suggested.The Public Aid Department last week said it would cut $280 million from payments to...
Garris' Free-Throw Touch Evaporates, along with Illini
Kiwane Garris, a freshman, stood at the free-throw line with 0:00 on the clock. He had been fouled by Missouri as he drove to the hoop in the final seconds of the second overtime in the annual Missouri-Illinois basketball bash Wednesday night at The...
Grown `Boys' Need to Get with Program
Dear Abby: My stepson has been staying with us for five months. He never helps with any work around the house. He never cleans up after himself and is rude to his mother. He is on his fourth job, always has money for beer and cigarettes but has never...
Health-Care System Criticized 80 Pct. of Survey Respondents Say Major Changes Are Needed
Most Illinois residents are satisfied with the health care they receive, but an even larger majority think that the health-care system for the whole country needs to be changed, a new survey says.Those conclusions are among the results of the latest...
Here's What Trendy Trees Are Wearing This Year
WHAT ARE trendy trees wearing this holiday season? Here are some of the hottest fashions.Celestial: Following the celestial trend in home design, this tree features shimmery moons of handblown glass, as well as suns and moons in gold plate and crystal.Country:...
Higher Plane Small Town of Rhineland Heads Uphill
The sign outside Gosen's, town watering hole and community center, leaves no doubt: "Rhineland is moving up."The destination is a 40-acre pasture on the hillside overlooking town. That land is 100 feet above Rhineland's 65 homes and businesses, most...
Highs, Lows from Long Night at Arena
Some of the best and worst sights and scenes at The Arena on Wednesday night as Missouri outlasted Illinois 108-107 in triple overtime in their annual basketball border war:Worst Premonition: As Missouri kept pouring in 3-pointers in the final seconds...
How Strangers Should React to Sick Child
Dear Ann Landers: I read with interest the letter from the woman with the sick child who was upset because of the insensitive questions asked by strangers. The public needs to be educated in this area. Your column could help.Instead of ignoring a sick...
Hubby Needs Shot of Holiday Spirit
MY HUSBAND entered the kitchen last night so laden with packages he could barely balance them. His eyes were glistening with the excitement of a man who has found just the right gift at just the right price. He was clearly pleased with himself.Before...
`I Am Totally Innocent,' Michael Jackson Insists Singer Breaks Silence on Abuse Allegations
Michael Jackson fought back Wednesday against child molestation allegations and described a court-ordered body search as "the most humiliating ordeal of my life.""I am totally innocent of any wrongdoing, and I know these terrible allegations will all...
Illini Women Can Do Some Braggin'
Try as it might, the Illinois women's basketball team hadn't beaten Missouri in three tries.Lately, it hadn't even been close. The Tigers humiliated the Fighting Illini by 26 points last season. And this season? Finally, a triumph.Hot-shooting Illinois...
Illinois Panel Rips Juvenile Court System
Illinois' juvenile court system is so bloated and inefficient that professionals in it may be committing "involuntary malpractice," a panel appointed by the state Supreme Court reported Wednesday.The panel added its 100-page report to the stack of attacks...
Illinois Seeks Members for Waste Panel Edgar Aide Has Problems Filling Committee
Four months ago, Gov. Jim Edgar signed a bill creating a task force to resume the state's stalled search for a place to bury radioactive trash. But Edgar has yet to appoint anyone to it.Allen Grosboll, the governor's executive assistant for environmental...
Kind Donors `Overwhelm' Workshop Hit by Burglars
Trays of homemade Christmas cookies, bushels of fresh fruit, boxes of candy, poinsettias and $3,000 arrived Wednesday at Worth Industries Inc., a sheltered workshop burglarized last weekend."It has been overwhelming," said Edward Brennan, who founded...
Leaky Sewer Is Nightmare for Woman She's Dreaming of a Bright New Line - for $5,690
Nora Lautner's wish for a holiday gift is unusual - about 30 feet of a sparkling new lateral sewer line.The sewer line would solve a problem in Lautner's neighborhood in St. George. The problem began when employees of the Metropolitan Sewer District...
Lease Shows Flex, but the `Plex' May Have More Muscle
The logjam may be breaking on stadium-lease negotiations in St. Louis.Unfortunately for St. Louis football fans, the same may be true for "megaplex" legislation in Massachusetts.Attorneys for Mayor Freeman Bosley Jr. and County Executive George R. "Buzz"...
Legwork: Rangers' Gartner Closing in on Milestone
They say Mike Gartner has God-given legs, a set carved in muscle and stoked with the power of a human locomotive. Over 15 years, those legs have propelled him into hockey lore as one of the game's fastest skaters, while his finishing touch around the...
Louisville Turns Back W. Kentucky in Ot
Denny Crum knew Louisville would be in for a tough time against Western Kentucky."I knew coming in they had great quickness and they would give us a lot of problems," the coach said after No. 11 Louisville needed an overtime to beat No. 25 Western Kentucky...
Mavericks Lose 20th in Row, Tie League Record
The Dallas Mavericks tied the National Basketball Association record for consecutive losses in one season with their 20th successive defeat, 96-86 to the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.The Bucks were led by Todd Day with 21 points and Blue Edwards...
Menial Jobs Anger Police Who Protect High Court
Supreme Court justices have used the court's security officers to provide taxi service for visiting relatives, work at wedding receptions and push supermarket carts.Such assignments sparked deep resentment and led to a policy aimed at curtailing abuses,...
Minus Doc, Knicks Need Plasma
ATLANTICThe New York Knicks have lost starting point guard Doc Rivers (knee surgery) for the remainder of the season. Greg Anthony - a 29 percent shooter - has temporarily inherited Doc's spot, and the scamble is on to find a full-time replacement. The...
Mopping Up Top NBA Teams Soar as Also-Rans Decline
Houston is 22-1, Seattle 20-2. Atlanta, stagnant for several years, rolled through a 14-game winning streak. Chicago doesn't have Michael Jordan or good health but is 14-8. The New York Knicks don't have a point guard but are a hearty 16-6.Are these...
Morning Briefing Eye Openers
They're hagglin' over sannin' - that is, shorts that are almost draggin'.The National Federation of State High Schools in Kansas City passed a rule this year that bars basketball players from inching their pants down below the waist, a style called "saggin'."Long,...
Mu Tops Illini in 3 Ots Tigers Earn Right to Brag
If it was indeed the final Braggin' Rights game at the rickety Arena, Wednesday night's exhilarating Missouri-Illinois basketball game was fitting testimony to the marvelous series.In just the second overtime verdict in the 13-year border grudge match,...
NBA Makes Stars before They Shine
I watch the commercials that show Shaquille O'Neal destroying a backboard.I watch his music video on television, images of Shaq getting down, the symbolic merger of sports and entertainment.I read his book, the autobiography of someone who now should...
Neighbors Protest Plan to Build Condominiums on 2.3 Acre Lot
More than a dozen residents told Shrewsbury officials recently that they're against a condominium development proposed for the area near Kenrick Manor Drive and Trinanon Parkway.The Board of Aldermen will decide whether to approve rezoning the property...
New Respect for the Rivers
As residents of low-lying areas in Missouri, Illinois and other states along the great rivers anxiously look ahead to spring rains in 1994, they should heed the words of Richard C. Shepard. A local real estate consultant, Mr. Shepard believes the 100-year-flood...
New Year's Eve the Calendar Guide - Part Two
HotelsAdam's Mark: 4th and Chestnut sts.: Promenade Ballroom Gala includes: A deluxe guest room with 3 p.m. check-in, an open bar, three-course dinner for two, entertainment until 1:30 a.m. by 2 bands: Fantasy, and the Fabulous Fox Orchestra. Midnight...
No Prosecution Needed after Audit, Kelly Says
Missouri Auditor Margaret Kelly says she will not recommend prosecution for any of her findings regarding Jennings city government.Kelly read and discussed her findings as well as the city's response before about 100 residents last Thursday night. The...
On the March to Success, It's Always the Music
WHAT makes local bands tick?What makes them play for consistently lousy wages? What compels them to haul equipment across town in the middle of the night in all kinds of weather, often to play before a handful of patrons in a dank sinkhole of a bar?The...
Packing a Punch Jesuit Museum's Party Features Madrigals, Wassail
The Rev. William Faherty's parties seem to get bigger all the time.Last spring, he played host to hundreds of Irish folklore lovers at a St. Patrick's Day Celebration at the Museum of the Western Jesuit Missions in Florissant. Recently, he welcomed even...
Panthers Beat Rangers, End Richter's Streak
Goaltender Mike Richter's club-record 20-game unbeaten streak came to an end Wednesday night as the New York Rangers lost 3-2 to the Florida Panthers in a National Hockey League game.Scott Mellanby had an assist and scored the decisive goal to lift the...
Parents Assured of District Action to Curb Violence
Parkway School District officials are planning strict enforcement of measures aimed at curbing violence in schools.Officials told concerned parents at a School Board meeting last week that the district is taking steps to ensure the safety of students.Superintendent...
Pentagon Describes Policy on Gays, Conduct
The Pentagon issued rules on Wednesday to implement its new policy allowing gay men and lesbians to serve in the armed services so long as they do not engage in homosexual acts and keep quiet about their sexual orientation.The rules are slightly more...
Pentagon Describes Policy on Gays, Conduct
Military personnel may be investigated for hand-holding, kissing or carrying a certain type of placard in a gay-rights parade, the Pentagon said Wednesday in new regulations explaining its ban on homosexual conduct.But under the new policy, commanders...
People
A Class Act, Part I: Even by the standards of GALLAGHER, the show at The Sands in Las Vegas went a bit too far.Gallagher routinely showers audiences at his comedy act with smashed fruit. But on Sunday, he sprayed a fire extinguisher at a toddler and...
Plastic Trees Hold Ornaments, but Real Ones Hold Memories
They make marvelous artificial Christmas trees these days. You can hardly tell them from real. It seems foolish to go to all the trouble of finding a tree each year not to mention cleaning up the mess and carting the tree off to be recycled.This is what...
Prednisone Is a Potent Treatment for Asthma
Dear Dr. Donohue: I have asthma and am constantly on prednisone for it. Is there another drug to reduce inflammation, but without the side effects? I am told I have extrinsic asthma.Last point first.All asthma results from sensitivity of the airways...
Program to Cut Poor Residents' Telephone Costs
A new state program will make it cheaper for poorer Illinois residents to have basic telephone service installed in their homes.Beginning in January, low-income families can get an extra $6 off an installation fee. The program is designed to be used...
Questions about Character, Again
Did he or didn't he? That is the question millions of Americans are asking following accusations that President Bill Clinton had sexual liaisons with several women while he was governor of Arkansas. The charges have been lodged by two Arkansas state...
Qvc Network Wins Fight for Paramount Loser Viacom Silent after Deal Signed
QVC Network Inc. Chairman Barry Diller won the $10 billion battle for Paramount Communications Inc. Wednesday, signing a merger deal and all but wrapping up the bitter contest for control of the entertainment giant.Paramount, which had bitterly fought...
Repairs on New Ballwin Road Bridge Face Paperwork Delay, Official Says
Repairs to a bridge on New Ballwin Road that was severely damaged by a flash flood in September will require only four weeks. But the paperwork involved will take four times as long, and the job will not be complete until May, the county's top highway...
Retailers Await Last-Minute Shoppers They Will Determine the Season's Worth
As retailers wrap up the last few days before Christmas, those who follow the industry say that last-minute shoppers will determine whether this will be a good year or a very good year."We're coming down to the wire," said Philip Abbenhaus, an industry...
`Santa' Helps Drum Up Cheer for People in Town Beaten Down by Summer Floods
Santa Claus is driving a black pickup this year, passing abandoned, water-stained houses to deliver decorations and gifts donated by Pennsylvania firefighters and New Jersey Girl Scouts.Santa is one of the few signs of Christmas at Keithsburg in the...
Santa Paws: Don't Forget Your Dogs, Cats, Birds at Christmas
WHILE YOU'RE reaching into Christmas stockings and ripping open packages, let your pets take part in the holiday fun and frenzy.When you buy for everyone on your gift list, don't forget about your loyal, furry friends.Pet supply stores and stores as...
Senate Stalls Reform of `Nanny Tax' Inman Nomination Puts Issue Back in Spotlight
CONGRESSIONAL EFFORTS to streamline the "nanny tax" - which has plagued federal nominees from Zoe Baird to Bobby Ray Inman - are stuck in amendment limbo, congressional spokesmen say.But contrary to popular opinion, the growing roster of affected nominees...
Sexual-Abuse Suits May Force Archdiocese into Bankruptcy
The Archdiocese of Santa Fe may have to file for bankruptcy protection because of 41 sex-abuse lawsuits seeking $50 million in damages, says Archbishop Michael Sheehan.In a letter read at Masses on Sunday or inserted in parish bulletins at the Roman...
Sharing the Fear of Crime Victims
Back in 1986, I wrote a column about the practice of certain Washington shopkeepers to keep their doors locked - mainly to keep young black men out. I not only noted the practice itself, but said that if I were a shopkeeper I would do the same. I knew...
Shops Burst with Holiday Gift Ideas
I really should write about something controversial (Should gardeners stop using peat moss because the bogs are being depleted?), or just downright useful (Which composters are the best for the urban, suburban or country gardener?).But I can't concentrate...
Shops Burst with Ideas, Large and Small, for Holiday Gifts
I really should write about something controversial (Should gardeners stop using peat moss because the bogs are being depleted?), or just downright useful (Which composters are the best for the urban, suburban or country gardener?).I rationalized for...
Slip into Some Stylish Books
THE HOLIDAY season always brings an impressive array of glossy, oversized books. This year, some of the volumes worthy of your time and your coffee table include:"The Bath" by Diane Von Furstenberg (Random House, $37.50). Photographed by Stewart O'Shields....
Something Lost Replaced by Something Found
Dear Percy Ross: I'm so down on people, I'm having a hard time writing a civil letter to you, and you haven't even wronged me. I need $200 for new glasses because someone stole mine. I had them in my purse while I was shopping last week for a winter...