St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from January 4, 1995

1995: A Case of Deju Vu
THE CALENDAR may say 1995, but the pulse of the country reads more like a return to the go-go '80s. No decade in history has made a quicker comeback.It's like a bad case of deja vu. Only the names have changed.Instead of the Reagan revolution, there's...
4-Year-Old Brat Gets Kick from Irritating Neighbor
Dear Abby: My husband and I have been married for seven years. We have no children yet, but we're "working on it."We live in an apartment building. A young woman, "Nellie," lives across the hall. She is five months pregnant and has a 4-year-old stepson,...
6 Escape from Florida Prison Killers Used Spoons, Hands to Dig Tunnel from Chapel to Fence
While inmates sang and prayed at a prison chapel over the holidays, six killers working eight feet below tunneled their way to freedom.Their escape Monday night from the state prison was discovered when the six men triggered alarms as they made their...
Activists Want More Respect for Area
STATE REP. Zane Yates, R-Oakville, says he's not running for governor, despite the flurry of rumors to the contrary. St. Louis County Executive George R. "Buzz" Westfall, a Democrat, isn't running for governor either.While the two non-contenders could...
Afternoon Delight a Fine Bit of Britain Served Up at English Tearoom
Ever since the colonists dumped crates of tea into Boston Harbor in 1773, Americans' interest in teas has seemed only lukewarm. Although tea remains a daily tradition for the English, Americans have no national fondness for "a cuppa."The owner of a...
Amtrak Asks State for $6 Million More but Officials Hope for a Better Deal
Amtrak is asking Missouri to come up with $6 million more to save the trains between St. Louis and Kansas City, a state official says. However, the terms may be subject to negotiation.Mel Sundermeyer, transportation director for the state, is scheduled...
Andes New Magna Chief; Badgley Ends Long Tenure
G. Thomas Andes, who started his banking career by managing farms, is the new chairman and chief executive of Magna Group, the third-largest bank in St. Louis.Andes took over from William Badgley, 65, who retired Dec. 30 after 40 years at Magna, the...
. . . and the New Congress Assembles
Today marks the beginning of the 104th Congress, the first in which both houses are controlled by Republicans since the 83rd Congress elected in 1952. The new majority promises a revival of the revolution against government inaugurated by former President...
Area Politicians Gird for Start of New Congress
As Republicans prepared to take control of Congress today for the first time in 40 years, St. Louis area Republicans busily took stock of their ammunition while Democrats sought legislative cover.The GOP promises to come out with guns blazing when Congress...
As Lenny Wilkens' Record Pursuit Stretches on, He's More Concerned
As Lenny Wilkens' record pursuit stretches on, he's more concerned about his team's consistency than about one more victory for himself.But he got neither Tuesday night as the Portland Trail Blazers beat Wilkens' Atlanta Hawks 103-98 in the National...
Bishops to Study Protests Boston Prelate Wants Halt at Abortion Clinics
The National Conference of Catholic Bishops said Tuesday that it would consider Cardinal Bernard Law's call for a halt to protests outside clinics that perform abortions.A gunman killed two people and wounded five Friday at two clinics outside Boston....
Blues Deny Reports of a Moncton Affiliate
It has been a model major-minor-league affiliation.The Blues and Peoria Rivermen have worked together since 1984. With the cities just 2 1/2 hours apart, players shuttle easily between the teams and the Blues maintain a steady watch on their prospects.The...
Briefs
NATION WASHINGTON Cheney Won't Seek Presidential Nomination</P><P>Former Defense Secretary Dick Cheney announced Tuesday that he would not seek the 1996 Republican presidential nomination.</P><P>A former Republican congressman...
Cable Firm Expands to Both Coasts
Charter Communications Inc., a rapidly growing cable TV company based in St. Louis County, and a New York investment firm have agreed to pay $370 million for cable systems in California, North Carolina and South Carolina.As part of the agreement, Charter...
Carnahan Takes State Fee Office from Walton
Citing a $9,942 discrepancy in receipts and poor customer service, Gov. Mel Carnahan has taken away former state Rep. Elbert Walton Jr.'s fee office. Nearly $7,500 is missing, officials said Tuesday.Chris Sifford, a spokesman for Carnahan, said the Missouri...
Chechens Now Teaching Russians That Old Truth Why Grozny, or Any City, Can Turn Army's Attack into a Nightmare
THE RUSSIAN ARMY seems to be learning, the hard way, the same lesson it taught the German army more than 50 years ago: Urban warfare eats armies alive.The latest classroom is Grozny, capital of the breakaway Russian region of Chechen.To the elderly Russians...
Cleveland Casts Steely Gaze toward Avoiding Brownout
Hey, Pittsburgh. Ice up the Iron City and break out the Terrible Towel. The Cleveland Browns are coming to town. Again.The Browns and Steelers have been doing battle since 1950 in the National Football League. They have met 90 times over the years. But...
Clinton Says He Called Vince Foster before Whitewater Figure's Suicide
President Bill Clinton told Whitewater prosecutors that he called Vince Foster out of concern the night before the White House aide's 1993 suicide, but a busy schedule forced them to set up a meeting for two days later. Foster killed himself in the interim.Clinton's...
Clinton's Coups Overshadowed by Health Care Fiasco President Posed the Divisive Issue as Proof of His Leadership Capability, and Lost
WHEN CONGRESS voted in 1994, it backed President Bill Clinton a very high percentage of the time. Unfortunately for him, Congress did not vote on a large chunk of his agenda - including health care legislation.That helps explain a paradox: Clinton won...
Coffee Houses of the 1990s Reviving the '60S Ambience
COFFEE HOUSES IN the '60s meant beat poets, clouds of cigarette smoke, a beret or two and clothes that were as black as the steaming hot espresso served there.Guess what?New coffee houses in the '90s are taking a lot of cues from the 1960s.Visit any...
Colorado State Catches Big Kish in a Small Lincoln County Pond
Kish Lewis was a big fish in a small pond in Lincoln County, where he set a host of scoring records for the Troy (Mo.) High basketball team.But he was a big catch for Colorado State University of the Western Athletic Conference."He's a great player,"...
Congress: Musical Chairs, Phones
The new Republican majority may be planning to hit the ground running when the new Congress convenes at noon today, but if members are not careful, they could spend most of the first week crashing into one another.Ordinarily, Congress opens with a cheerful...
Democrats Take a Back Seat as Gop Steers
Vanquished Democrats returned to the Capitol as back-seat drivers Tuesday, plotting reactions to the new Republican direction and announcing plans likely to be ignored by those at the wheel.The Senate Democratic leader, Tom Daschle of South Dakota, laid...
Dominic's Tourney, Runner-Up Finish Pleasing to Coach
St. Dominic High boys basketball coach Jim Lincoln was thrilled with the first St. Dominic Christmas Tournament. And not just because the Crusaders finished second."Our goal was to put on a first-class event and I think we reached that goal," the coach...
Exports Called Key to Future of Big 3
The American auto industry, once sick and now healthy, must export more if it is to stay well, industry observers say.Ford Motor Co., Chrysler Corp. and General Motors Corp. have done a good job of driving out Japanese imports in recent years, auto executives...
Fallen School Roof Blocks Investigation of Fire's Cause
Authorities won't know what caused a fire that did about $1 million in damage to Gibault Catholic High School in Waterloo until the end of this week or early next week.That's the earliest that contractors can finish removing an extensively damaged roof...
Fans Sends More Than Holiday Cheer to Rams
The holidays have come and gone. Rest assured, the Los Angeles Rams and FANS Inc. did more than exchange Christmas cards."More papers have been sent," FANS Inc. point man Thomas F. Eagleton said Tuesday. "We have considerably more papers that have been...
Florida State Puts on Show, Whips Florida in `Ot'
Before the Sugar Bowl began Monday night at the Superdome, the scoreboard read Florida 31, Florida State 31 - a reminder that this was a rematch of the bitter stalemate they had submitted to Nov. 26.The Gators that day were chomping the Seminoles 31-3...
Gingrich Promises Fast Start First on Gop Agenda in House and Senate Is Overhaul of Congress
On the eve of their takeover of Congress, Republicans promised rapid action Tuesday to shrink government and cut taxes. Leading GOP senators promised spending cuts deep enough to reduce the deficit as well as provide tax relief."We have a lot to look...
Gop Attacks Whitewater Discussions
White House and Treasury Department officials demonstrated "serious misconduct and malfeasance" by discussing Whitewater criminal referrals that mentioned President Bill Clinton, a Republican Whitewater report asserted Tuesday.The Senate Banking Committee...
Gop Ready to Step on World Stage
Sen. Jesse Helms has fired the opening shots in the coming war over American foreign policy. He has raised an interesting question: To what degree will Congress, under Republican leadership, reassert its authority and influence over the formulation and...
Green Bay's Favre Leads Round 1 Quarterback Pack
They say defense wins championships. And sure, the running game is important in postseason play.But never underestimate the value of good quarterback performance at playoff time. Take the National Football League playoff openers over the weekend.The...
Hillary and Bill (Mcclellan, That Is) at Hilton Head
AS 1994 DREW TO A CLOSE, I journeyed to Hilton Head, S.C., where a great number of movers and shakers gather every year for something we call Renaissance Weekend.Bill and Hillary Clinton have been coming to this little shindig ever since Bill was a first-term...
Howells Battle to Draw Showdown Ends 2-2 at Packed Rec-Plex
All things considered, it's just as well that the Mid-States Club Hockey Association game between Francis Howell and Francis Howell North Sunday at the St. Peters Rec-Plex ended in a tie.Neither team deserved to lose."I don't think either team is satisfied...
In Jefferson City, Crime, Taxes Top Legislative Agenda
Lawmakers from both parties say getting tougher on young criminals, reforming health care and giving voters control over most major tax increases will be the priorities for the 4 1/2-month legislative session that begins today.Even before the first committee...
Johnston Ranked Third in 4a, Still Trying Harder
Despite having an unbeaten record for the fifth-ranked wrestling team in the area, Wentzville High's Josh Johnston still feels the need to prove himself.In 1993, Johnston lost a 6-5 decision in the Missouri Class 4A semifinals and finished fourth in...
Knights Celebrate Winning First-Ever Championship
When Francis Howell North beat Rosary in the title game of the Mary Institute/Country Day School Holiday Tournament last week, it marked the Knights' first championship in boys basketball.It just doesn't seem possible."We're a relatively young school....
Lingering U.S. Foothold in Panama
On the night of Dec. 19, 1989, 24,000 U.S. troops invaded Panama, using the most sophisticated military technology in existence. While the invasion is now history, the underlying motives for that invasion still drive U.S. policy in the region, and Panamanians...
Lions Aiming to Make Noise in Second Half
Rick Kestner isn't happy about being 3-9. But . . . ."I feel a lot better about the team than I did a year ago at this time," said Kestner, men's basketball coach at Lindenwood College. "A year ago, we were 4-10, but we had a lot of problems with eligibility....
Lions, League Should Count 10 on Rose Deal
Good for Tom Osborne.Good for Nebraska.And too bad for Joe Paterno and Penn State. The Nitpicked Lions deserved a better fate than to go unbeaten on the field, only to get trounced in the polls by the coaches (54-8) and the media (51-10) in first-place...
Major Bucks Can't Beat That Whiff of the Roses
Dear Ann Landers: This is in response to "Burnt Out," who worked killer hours, never saw his family and was hanging on by his fingernails.I was in the same boat, putting in 60 hours a week, taking work home, bypassing days off and neglecting my family...
Memphis Trounces Houston 96-77
Forward Cedric Henderson scored 31 points Tuesday night, and freshman Lorenzen Wright added 16 points and 16 rebounds to lead Memphis to a 96-77 victory at home over Houston in a nonconference game.Four Memphis players scored in double figures as the...
Mexico Sets Wage, Price Restraints
President Ernesto Zedillo signed an accord for emergency wage and price restraints Tuesday, promising to stabilize a battered peso and combat the threat of spiraling inflation.The peso, however, weakened further on market fears of surging inflation,...
Michigan Stymies Purdue to Halt 6-Game Win Streak
Jimmy King and freshman Maurice Taylor each scored 18 points Tuesday night as host Michigan opened the Big Ten Conference season with a 71-61 victory over Purdue, snapping the Boilermakers' six-game winning streak.The game was tied 33-33 at halftime,...
Morning Briefing
Builders Square Shuts 15 Stores, Cuts 1,300 Jobs</P><P>Kmart Corp. said Tuesday that its Builders Square subsidiary will close 15 unprofitable stores and substantially slow its conversion of existing stores to larger formats.</P><P>The...
Morning Briefing Eye Openers
Eye Drops:- Florida against Florida State ought to be a weekly series.- I think I'll take the written exam and get a permanent seat permit before I go for the license.- Picked up a carton of milk the other day, and ERIC METCALF's picture was on it.-...
Murphy's Laws for the '90S
THE '90s are halfway over, and I haven't half a clue where they're going, or even where they've been. Athletic shoes are getting bigger. Portions are getting smaller. Otherwise, there don't seem to be any rules.Fortunately, a local man, Lee the Rehabber,...
Nelson Back from Viral Pneumonia
Golden State Warriors coach Don Nelson said he learned some valuable lessons during his seven-game absence while recovering from viral pneumonia and vowed to avoid the mistakes that he made during a fall of turmoil."I'm going to try not to take the blame...
New Colorado Coach Says Salaam Had Hinted at Leaving
Rashaan Salaam's decision to take his Heisman Trophy and dash off to the National Football League surprised many people. Coach Rick Neuheisel wasn't one of them.Neuheisel, who replaced Bill McCartney as coach after the Buffaloes' 41-24 Fiesta Bowl win...
No Bull Clash Brothers Pippen, Kukoc So Happy Together
Scottie Pippen and Toni Kukoc, seemingly born to clash on court, are 2-0 - and happy - as running mates on the Chicago Bulls' front court.And Pippen, who a few years ago blasted Kukoc as overrated, now is offering the ultimate compliment: He's comparing...
Not Stubborn Enough the Missouri Mule Is Reaching the End of the Line
THE FOG that had settled over downtown like thin white smoke for much of the morning had nearly disappeared by the time Engine No. 300 - 280,000 pounds of steel, glass and diesel machinery - rumbled away from the little Amtrak station just south of Market...
Obituaries
W.F. Groves Jr.</P><P>William F. Groves Jr., 29, of St. Peters, died Sunday (Jan. 1, 1995) at Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia, Ill., of injuries suffered in an automobile accident early Sunday morning.</P><P>Mr. Groves...
Ohio State Sets Stage for Illini's Main Event
The preliminaries are over. For the 90th time, the University of Illinois basketball team is about to take the stage for the main event:The Big Ten season.The Fighting Illini (9-3) open conference play with the 11-team Big Ten's two weakest sisters.Ohio...
Osborne Savors First Title but Victory over No. 2 Penn State Would Have Been Much Sweeter
Now that Nebraska has beaten Miami on its home field to win the first mythical national college football title in coach Tom Osborne's career, Osborne acknowledged Tuesday that he would rather have beaten No. 2 Penn State.Such a matchup would have been...
Overeaters Head for Gyms, Diets but Overspenders? They're in Less Hurry for Help
'Twas the season to be jolly. 'Tis the time for pay for it.Bolstered by resolution, former revelers and Christmas-cookie monsters are heading this week for the gymnasium, weight-loss clinic, even the computer software store, with notions of self-improvement...
Papilloma, Wart Virus, Poses a Constant Threat
Dear Dr. Donohue: How do people get warts? What causes them? I get them only on the bottom of my feet. Also, I thought warts were contagious, but my daughter unknowingly wore my shoes one day and never caught my warts. How come? What can I do about the...
Parasite Strikes Rainbow Trout in Fabled River Disease in Montana's Madison River Threatens Premier Fishing Streams
To trout fishermen, Montana's Madison River is an almost holy place, a shrine to the delicate sport of fly fishing. Every year, tens of thousands of anglers descend on the river, which tumbles out of Yellowstone National Park and runs for more than 100...
Pentium Chip Snafu Spiced Up Year of Steady Improvement
If Intel Corp. hadn't livened things up by producing 4 million high-end Pentium chips that flunked sixth-grade math, 1994 would have gone down as a pretty dull year in the PC business.Dull doesn't necessarily mean bad. Computers became faster, more powerful...
People
CYBILL SHEPHERD will be 46 next month - just right for her new sitcom, "Cybill," in which she plays a down-and-out actress battling age and domestic pressures."I have never seen this type of character before," she tells TV Guide, a character "who is...
Peso Potshots Investors Call Mexico Remedy Insufficient
Foreign investors appear skeptical of the Mexican government's latest plan to stabilize the country's economy and regain their trust.Many said Tuesday that the plan was insufficient and indicated President Ernesto Zedillo's administration was having...
Pete Seeger Honored despite a Lifetime of Singing the Wrong Tune
Americans have a great capacity to forgive and a small capacity to remember, which has been a great asset to the career of folk singer and national monument Pete Seeger. He was recently given two of the country's highest arts awards despite a life spent...
Politics, Speed Drive Two New Comedy Series
YOU KNOW what they say about politics making strange bedfellows.That's the only explanation for finding Delta Burke starring in (and co-producing) a new political sitcom by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason and Harry Thomason, from whom she split in 1991 in...
Remington Makes 7 in Race for Mayor
Glen S. Remington has become the latest to announce his candidacy for mayor of St. Charles, bringing to seven the number of prospective candidates in the April 4 city election.Although the one-week filing period does not begin until Jan. 24, four others...
Russians Loose Rockets, Shells on Chechen City Expelled, They Regroup for New Foray
Russian troops, driven from the heart of the Chechen capital by rebel defenders, rained rockets and artillery shells on the city Tuesday. Huge fires from the battle lighted up the night sky.The Russian attackers, humiliated by the setback, seemed to...
Simpson Case Turns to DNA Test Results Hearings Expected to Last 3 Weeks
The O.J. Simpson murder trial is set to resume Thursday after a two-week holiday break with the start of hearings on the admissibility of DNA test results.Evidence based on the results is vital in the case because no witnesses have been found to the...
Social Security's Mounting Burden
The exhilarating reform that begins today will sweep away some of the most irritating aspects of congressional arrogance.If they are true to the Contract With America, the Republicans will require Congress to live by the same laws it passes for everyone...
Sports Shorts
Miami's Sapp, Stewart To Enter NFL Draft Pool</P><P>Lombardi Award winner Warren Sapp and running back James Stewart said Tuesday that they will enter the National Football League draft rather than return to the University of Miami for ...
Sports Shorts
Miami's Sapp, Stewart Join Others In NFL Draft</P><P>In the hours after the major bowl games, the first wave of undergraduates declaring for the National Football League draft included two of college football's major award winners.</P><P>Just...
Store Check for Security Cameras Set
Next month, a St. Charles police officer will begin to visit the dozen or so convenience stores in the city to determine whether the stores have security cameras that a new city ordinance requires.The deadline for the cameras is July 1.In adopting the...
Suelthaus & Kaplan Losing Kaplan
Lawrence P. Kaplan, the "Kaplan" of the long-time Clayton law firm of Suelthaus & Kaplan, has jumped to a larger rival, Gallop, Johnson & Neuman. The former firm will now be known as Suelthaus & Walsh.Two other principals - Mark W. Weisman and Bradley...
Support Groups
Today</P><P>Alcoholics Anonymous will meet at 1 p.m. at St. Joseph Health Center, First Street and First Capitol Drive, St. Charles.</P><P>A grief-support group for residents of western St. Charles County will meet at 1:30...
The General Assembly Convenes . .
When the General Assembly convenes today in Jefferson City, Speaker Bob Griffin says, he wants to ask the lawmakers to proclaim the Missouri mule the state animal. That should be easy. Just about nothing else on the Legislature's agenda will come even...
The Wreck of Passenger Service
IN THE CAFE CAR rolling south out of the tunnels of Gotham and into the crisp, wintery sunlight in late afternoon, the jackets are off, the ties are loose and the shuttling professionals are networking while sipping adult beverages and power-commuting...
This Little Computer Tries to Be a Book
Electronics companies have struggled in vain for years to come up with a replacement for the humble printed book.Most were too expensive, required a Ph.D. in computer science to operate, or otherwise failed to improve on what is, after all, an extraordinarily...
Three Cents Buys Hottest Commodity Post Offices Spend Day Selling Essential Stamps
Leonard Petroff leaned over the counter at the post office."How much is 3,000 times 3 cents?" Petroff asked.Clerk Joyce Hodges calculated quickly: "Ninety dollars."The numbers weren't always that high, but that kind of transaction took place thousands...
Tigers Find Preparation Is Key in Navigating Road to Success
Other than the annual bus ride to St. Louis for the Braggin' Rights game, the University of Missouri basketball team had ventured outside the Columbia city limit only once this season. That was Nov. 30, for a game against Purdue on a neutral court.So...
Tots Clap, Tap Way through Music Class
ALL IN ALL, it was not your average music class.I say this, honestly, out of my own ignorance. It simply never occurred to me that the sounds of running and splashing water constituted music.Matthew Goldsmith, 3, knew better. As he listened to a tape...
Twa Hoping to Get OK on Debt Plan
Trans World Airlines Inc. has sent ballots on its debt-restructuring plan to creditors, and hopes to win approval for the package by Jan. 30.TWA got clearance from federal securities regulators last Friday to solicit votes from creditors, who must decide...
Umass Has Block Party in 95-65 Rout of W.Va
Massachusetts used deadly 3-point shooting in the first half and an Atlantic-10 record 20 blocked shots to rout West Virginia 95-65 on Tuesday night.The fourth-ranked Minutemen, who face St. Louis University on Thursday night at Kiel Center, led 58-29...
Umass Struck It Rich with Roe Atlantic City All-American Is a Jackpot
There's no place like home - that includes Atlantic City, N.J."I tell a lot of people where I'm from, and they act like they can't believe anyone is from there," University of Massachusetts senior Lou Roe said. "They'll say, `How can you live in Atlantic...
U.S. National, Allegiant Make News to Bank On
FROM THE BERGERMEISTER: Truman Bancorp. has been approved by the Federal Reserve Board as the holding company and majority owner of Clayton's U.S. National Bank. . . . .Look for Marvin Wool's Allegiant Bank to split 3 for 2, when the stock goes on the...
Vigilance and Violence at Abortion Clinics
John C. Salvi III is apparently without any long-standing or deep-rooted connections to the anti-abortion movement. But that fact offers no comfort either to workers at abortion clinics or members of the self-styled pro-life movement. The fact of the...
Warning to Gop: Don't Overreach
To the Republicans taking control today of the House of Representatives, let this column offer congratulations - and a few words of caution.The 230 of you - and particularly the third who are freshmen - have done something no other Republicans have been...
Wife Beating to Be Topic at Simpson Trial Should Jury Be Told Allegations?
The O.J. Simpson murder case is set to resume today with a court hearing on whether a jury should be told about the football legend's alleged history of wife beating.The domestic violence hearing was originally scheduled after arguments Thursday on the...
Wilkens Fails Again in Quest for Record
As Lenny Wilkens' record pursuit stretches on, he's more concerned about his team's consistency than about one more victory for himself.But he got neither Tuesday night as the Portland Trail Blazers beat Wilkens' Atlanta Hawks 103-98 in the National...
Would-Be Candidates Line Up as Filing Opens
Across St. Charles, Lincoln and Warren counties, candidates for municipal office lined up Tuesday, the first day of filing for the April 4 election.Filing will continue through January.Following are highlights from first-day filings. O'FallonA third...