St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from May 13, 1994

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Abortion Heats Health Debate Representatives Swap Verbal Blows over Basic-Benefit Provision
Emotions ran high in a House subcommittee Thursday as lawmakers ventured into one of health reform's minefields: coverage of abortion as a basic benefit.After a heated debate, the subcommittee rejected an amendment that would have excluded abortion from...
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After 26 Years of Hell, Lew Puller Gave Out
Lew Puller, the son of a Marine Corps legend, committed suicide Wednesday. He spoke in this June 1991 interview about the "the Puller inheritance" and his battles against despondency and alcoholism.THE VERY FIRST day he donned a floppy bush hat and took...
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An Advocate for Black Youth
WHEN NEW YORK STATE Assemblyman Roger L. Green looks at young black people these days, he doesn't like what he sees.It's not that he doesn't like kids. Quite the contrary.Green worries about the violence that they are faced with - and involved in - more...
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A Sappy but Sensitive View of Alcoholism
"WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN" Rating: R, language. Running time: 2:06.</P><P>`WHEN a Man Loves a Woman" is one of those iffy movies.</P><P>If you can get past several grueling stretches of soap opera, and if you can block out...
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Bailey Pleads Not Guilty to 2 Federal Charges Ex-State Treasurer Denies Campaign Abuses
Former state Treasurer Wendell Bailey pleaded not guilty Thursday to federal charges that he illegally used state employees and equipment in his unsuccessful 1992 campaign for governor and that he converted leftover campaign money to his personal use.Bailey...
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Bill Bans Abortion-Clinic Blockades Measure Aims to Halt Violent Protest
Congress responded Thursday to a decade of bombings, arson and even a killing by sending President Bill Clinton a bill banning blockades, violence and threats against abortion clinics.Thursday's Senate vote was 69-30, with all four senators from Missouri...
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Bill Ok'd to Regulate Adult Stores, Shows
Strip shows and adult bookstores will come under some new regulations in Wentzville.The Board of Aldermen gave preliminary approval Thursday to a bill that regulates businesses offering pornographic books or magazines for sale or that offers adult entertainment,...
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Bill Toughens Prison Sentencing Crime Measure Requires Felons to Serve at Least 85 Pct. of Term
The Missouri Legislature sent Gov. Mel Carnahan a significant anti-crime measure Thursday night: a requirement that those convicted of dangerous felonies serve at least 85 percent of their prison sentences.St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert...
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Bill Wants Child Deaths Reviewed and Prevented
Hundreds of children die in Illinois each year under suspicious or preventable circumstances, and new legislation aims to correct that.On Thursday, a day after the House voted 115-0 for the measure, members of a task force urged the Senate to take similar...
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Briefcase
ST. LOUIS AIRLINES TWA To Fly To Grand Rapids, Mich.</P><P>Trans World Airlines Inc. will begin service between St. Louis and Grand Rapids, Mich., on July 1.</P><P>TWA will offer three daily jet flights, as well as one...
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Briefs
HAITI More Rights Monitors Sought</P><P>U.S. officials urged an increase in the number of international human-rights monitors in Haiti on Thursday, rejecting a demand by a senator in Haiti that the mission be removed.</P><P>"There...
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Campaign Gifts Bill Clears Hurdle Senate Oks Compromise Guiding Candidates on Voluntary Limits
After a last-minute hangup, a campaign finance bill moved into position for final passage by the Legislature today.The Senate passed a compromise bill late Thursday afternoon. The House has until 6 p.m. today to pass it and send it to the governor. By...
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Casino Barrier Lowered Riverboats Expected to Open Doors over Memorial Day Holiday
The Legislature has flashed a big green light for the beginning of riverboat gambling in Missouri on Memorial Day weekend.Despite the defeat on April 5 of a constitutional amendment that would have authorized full-scale riverboat gambling, the Senate...
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Channel 4 Switching Vaughn to Weekend Sports Anchor
The tumult in the Channel 4 sports department intensifies.Doug Vaughn, who in the last two years won the Emmy Award that in essence is the television "Sportscaster of the Year" honor for a six-state area, has been moved to weekend sports anchor.It's...
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Channeling Homosexuals out of the Mainstream
Now that the Red Menace and the Yellow Peril have faded away, the right wing has apparently determined that the most insidious danger to the American way of life comes in lavender. Across the United States, in states and localities, the battle over gay...
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Charlatans Don't Live Up to Billing
THE Charlatans came to Mississippi Nights on Thursday with some serious credentials - a bright new album and praise by critics on both sides of the Atlantic.Unfortunately, the British quintet brought along the same stale stage presentation for this tour...
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Chinese Exhibit Sprouts at Garden
THE MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN will close its 80-year-old Desert House on Monday, giving visitors one last weekend to see it. In the wings, a new Chinese garden is emerging.Garden officials say they decided to close the Desert House, just south of the...
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Church Notes
Silent Auction</P><P>The youth of Calvary Church, 3998 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, will sponsor a silent auction at 6:30 p.m. and an oral auction at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Items to be auctioned include baseball tickets, weekend getaways, teen...
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Compression Fracture Can Be Excruciating Pain
Dear Dr. Donohue: I developed a backache with the most awful pain I ever had in my whole life. After taking X-rays, the doctor told me the cause was compression fracture.Just what is that? Will I get another ache like that again?I hope you have no more...
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Cool & Unusual
Comic relief: In "The Crow," his neo-Gothic comic book series of the '80s, artist James O'Barr conceived of a mythic hero who achieves bloody revenge on the gang that brutally murdered his fiancee. "The Crow" is now a movie starring the late Brandon...
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Cub Recipe Is Pinch of This, That
Shawon Dunston enjoyed the warm giddiness of his pinch two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning, a blow that gave the Cubs an 8-6 victory over the Cardinals. A wonderful way to spend a Thursday afternoon.Just don't ask him to make a habit of it."I...
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Declaring for Draft No Longer Irreversible
For years, one question has plagued college basketball: Is he coming out?Now, there is a flip side to the question: Is he going back?The National Collegiate Athletic Association has a new mechanism that allows an underclass player to declare for the...
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Drunk with Emotion
OK, YOU'RE a Hollywood studio executive. Wouldn't Andy Garcia and Meg Ryan, two of Hollywood's most talented and attractive leading actors, make the perfect couple for a love story?Certainly. Well, how about for a love story about how the ravages of...
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Economic Stimuli at Stake in 2 Bills
Joe Driskill, director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development, puts it bluntly: "Most of the programs we operate are unconstitutional."Driskill is referring to taxpayer-financed business incentives, such as tax credits, job-training programs,...
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Electric Utilities Are Beginning to Lose Some Allure
Love me, love my electric utility stock.That's been the sentiment of conservative investors whose passion for yield-producing holdings usually endures for decades. The average electric utility dividend yield, after all, is a hefty 6.7 percent.This love...
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Etta James' Tribute to Billie Holiday Is a Masterpiece
ONCE UPON A TIME in the world of American popular music, songs were more celebrated than singers. Not that the artistry of a vocalist wasn't important, but the real icons of the first half of this century, outside of jazz, blues and country, were songwriters...
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Faltering Cardinals Get a Cub-Uppance Birds Play Early Lead; Chicago Steals Show 8-6
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.The Chicago Cubs weren't about to be fooled again by the teasing Cardinals. On Tuesday night, the visitors from Chicago charged back from a 6-0 deficit only to watch the carrot disappear in a 7-6...
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Family Bewildered as `Good Uncle' Gets 110 Years
TEN YEARS AGO, Vernon came home to Missouri, where he had spent the first 12 years of his life.He was 56 when he returned, and the years had not been kind to him. He had done a hitch in the Navy, and he had spent nine years in the Army, and he'd been...
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Festival to Help Youths Legacy Will Include `Dreams' Program
When the local folks who bring you the U.S. Olympic Festival talk about their reason for being, the word legacy quickly pops up.That means leaving something behind - other than debt - after the 37 events play out July 1-10.One legacy is the number of...
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Fighting Gets Worse in Bosnia U.S., Russian and European Envoys Gather to Discuss the Situation
Battlefronts across Bosnia heated up Thursday on the eve of a key meeting of foreign states trying to stop two years of bloodshed.One U.N. military observer was killed and another seriously wounded when they came under fire near the capital, Sarajevo.In...
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Final Hours for the Legislature
Only a few hours remain before the Missouri General Assembly ends its session at 6 p.m., and several major bills are hanging in the balance.Chief among them is the plan to change significantly the way health insurance is sold and classified in Missouri....
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Finally Fixing Up Credit Reports
At last, after a four-year struggle, the Senate has passed legislation to update the Fair Credit Reporting Act of 1970, which was designed to cope with abuses by credit companies before the age of computers. The abuses are worse today, requiring a tougher...
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Financier with Ties Here Dies Premier Black Investment Banker Worked with St. Louis Comptroller
Wardell Lazard, founder of the investment bank W.R. Lazard & Co., was found dead in a hotel room after an apparent accidental drug overdose, police said Thursday.Lazard, 44, was one of the most prominent black figures on Wall Street, with special expertise...
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Fox, Symphony Plan Gala July Weekend
BERGER-FRIENDLY: A new partnership between the Fox Theatre and the St. Louis Symph is yielding a weekend of "Stars & Strings": Sandi Patti will sing with the Symph on Friday, July 15; Roger Daltrey will perform the music of "The Who" with the Symph...
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From an Autopsy to the Golf Course
FOR PEOPLE who enjoy re-creating murders, interpreting blood spatters and slicing brain hemispheres, what would a really good time be?We decided no better place existed to find out than St. Louis University Medical School's workshop for death investigators....
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Gac Champion Knights Aim for 1st District Title
The recent Gateway Athletic Conference track and field meet was just the beginning of an exciting month of competition.The road to the state meet in Jefferson City begins Saturday at the various district meets around the area.The main St. Charles area...
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General Saw No Need to Use Tanks Officer Speaks on Raid to Catch Somali Warlord
The general in charge of last fall's ill-fated raid in Somalia said Thursday that few if any lives would have been saved had the Defense Department granted an earlier request for tanks."I do not believe it would have had any significant impact on the...
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Goal in Ot Enables Leafs to Knot Series Gartner Lifts Toronto to a Seventh Game
Mike Gartner has scored 652 regular-season and playoff goals in a 15-year NHL career that has him headed for the Hockey Hall of Fame.The 652nd has no equal, Gartner said after helping the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 in overtime Thursday...
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Goal in Ot Enables Leafs to Knot Series Gartner Lifts Toronto to a Seventh Game
Mike Gartner scored at 8 minutes 53 seconds of overtime as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 Thursday night and tied their National Hockey League playoff series at three games apiece.Gartner banked a sharp-angled shot off goaltender...
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Gold May Be Good, but Not That Good Diamond Rio Takes Its Old Approach
DON'T EXPECT Diamond Rio to buy into the sophomore-pressure theory of album-making. Recording "Close to the Edge," the band's second record, didn't make the band tight around the collar. But "Love a Little Stronger," the band's soon-to-be-released third...
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Gossett Cooks in Thriller as Restaurant Owner
THERE'S A LOT of Louis Gossett Jr. in Ray Alexander, the detective-restaurant owner he plays in "Ray Alexander: A Taste for Justice." The thriller, which also stars James Coburn and Ossie Davis, premieres this week on the "NBC Friday Night Mystery Movie"...
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Graduation Pomp Comes to Intensive-Care Unit
Deborah Edwards will collect her doctorate today in the privacy of her hospital room.Edwards, 48, completed the work for her degree in educational administration from St. Louis University early last month. Since then, she has had heart surgery twice...
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Hawks Squeeze Pacers 92-69, Tie Series 1-1
Atlanta held Indiana to the fewest points in National Basketball Association playoff history Thursday night. The Hawks, behind 20 points each from Danny Manning and Kevin Willis, tied the Eastern Conference semifinal series 1-1 with a 92-69 victory.The...
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Hot Tickets
Hot Tickets covers the period from Friday through the following Thursday. Our opinionated selections put an emphasis on acts you might otherwise overlook. DON'T MISS Five of These, Broadway Oyster Bar, Friday, May 13, and Cicero's, Saturday, May 14What's...
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House Oks Tougher Emissions Tests
With Gov. Mel Carnahan lobbying from the sidelines, the House approved Thursday tougher auto-emission inspections for the St. Louis area."This is one of those hard votes for the people, but one that needed to be made," Carnahan said.Because the House...
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Howell Leads Familiar Field in Playoffs
Few secrets remain in Gateway Athletic Conference baseball. The coaches know each other well. And so do the players.And because of that, each and every game is a challenge. When GAC baseball teams meet, there are no gimmes.So when the Class 4A District...
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Insurance Firm Here Ready to Go Public
Midwest Employers Casualty Co., an 8-year-old workers' compensation insurer, could join a growing list of publicly traded companies in St. Louis - if the stock market strengthens.The offering date is "unclear," given recent weakness in the market, said...
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It's a Date Blues to Open Next Season at Kiel Center
Barring a construction catastrophe, it's now official. The Blues have played their last hockey game at The Arena.Next stop, the $170 million Kiel Center, which will open ahead of schedule.In a joint news conference with the Kiel Center Partners, the...
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It's Official: $1.51 Trillion Budget
Congress gave final approval Thursday to President Bill Clinton's 1995 budget. Democrats hailed the $1.51 trillion spending plan as a road map for more economic growth and smaller federal deficits.The Senate completed the action, approving the budget...
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Kidnapper Commits Suicide; Girl, 16, Unharmed
Wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet on his ankle, a man from Woodson Terrace who abducted his former girlfriend and fled Wednesday killed himself Thursday morning as police in Kansas closed in.James Nelson Embry, 21, shot himself about 8:20 a.m.,...
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Kids' View of Use and Risks Troubles U.S. Drug Czar
More schoolchildren than ever before are using drugs and think it's both OK and safe to do so, the nation's drug czar warned here Thursday."That's the most troubling thing of all," Lee P. Brown told people here who are active in anti-drug efforts."The...
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Knicks Are Whipping Bulls with a `Steal' Hand
The Chicago Bulls' three-year reign as National Basketball Association champions is slipping away because the New York Knicks are stripping the basketball with an annoying fourth-quarter defense that has produced a 2-0 series lead."They put the physical...
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Labor Party Leader in Britain Dies at 55 Succession May Precipitate Divisive Fight
Opposition leader John Smith died after suffering a heart attack Thursday, producing a crisis for the Labor Party just as it was looking strong enough to regain control of government after 15 years on the sidelines.Smith's death came as Labor was hoping...
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Legislators Cool to Push for Raises
State lawmakers gave a cool reception Thursday to a report urging them to raise the salaries of judges, top state workers and elected officials.The salaries for judges and agency heads are too low to attract top-notch workers or encourage those employees...
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Lions Top League in Inaugural Lindenwood Plus 3 Unite in Conference
The track and field program at Lindenwood College broke new groud recently with the formation of a new conference.Lindenwood joined St. Ambrose (Iowa), Iowa Weslyan and Mt. Mercy (Ill.) in a league called the Iowa-Illinois-Missouri league. The track...
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Make Work More Family Friendly
Now that we are past the greeting card doggerel about mothers, the hearts and flowers and violin sentiments that mark the second Sunday in May, let's base an appreciation of mothers on how hard it is to replace what they do when they can't or won't or...
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Marijuana Use Up in Some County Schools
Smoking pot is on the increase among some high school students in St. Louis County, according to school officials, police officers and students."Freshman or sophomore year, I didn't see it nearly as much, but now it's like a higher form of cigarette...
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Message Going Out: City Alive, Come and See
The staff at the Greater St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau is spending the next week in sprucing up its offices and finding sites to serve as a television backdrop to prove to the nation that St. Charles survived last year's record-setting flood.Stephen...
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Midlife Crisis: Men Suffer Most in Downsizings
Gender discrimination that results in higher pay for middle-aged men works against them when cost-cutting companies decide whose jobs are eliminated, a study released Thursday said.Harvard University economics professor James Medoff, in a paper published...
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Missionaries Who Fled Rwanda to Give Presentation at Church
When missionaries Paula and Scott Pence went to Rwanda in 1987, they found a peaceful country that visitors called little Switzerland because of its lush and hilly terrain.But beneath the pastoral setting, ancient hostilities were brewing between Rwanda's...
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Mizzou Coup: Twin Towers to Be Tigers
The Hearnes Center just became a high rise.Sammie and Simeon Haley, 7-foot twins from Connors State College in Warner, Okla., signed letters of intent Thursday to play basketball at the University of Missouri.Throw in Jefferson City High's Monte Hardge,...
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More Banks Charging Fees to Recipients of Bad Checks
An increasing number of banks are charging fees to the unwitting recipients of bounced checks, as well as those who write them, according to a study released Thursday by a consumer group."It is outrageous that banks are gouging innocent victims over...
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More Shady Deals at Southside Center
The Southside Senior Citizen Center already has raised eyebrows by lending its director, Ollie Mae Stewart, public funds to finance a private real estate deal. That was bad enough. It now turns out that Mrs. Stewart's business practices have cost the...
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Morning Briefing Eye Openers
The Chicago Bulls are down 2-0 to the New York Knicks in the NBA's Eastern Conference semifinals. And the blame for this can be laid solely at the sneakers of one player.Not at SCOTTIE PIPPEN's feet, despite his fourth-quarter futility.And not at the...
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Musical Cars Driver Changes Give Indy New Look
Matching drivers with teams always is a bit difficult for once-a-year IndyCar enthusiasts.The series is far removed from the Midwest for most of the Championship Auto Racing Teams season, but we get our annual taste each May at the Indianapolis Motor...
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Obituaries
Marie D. Nicholas</P><P>Marie D. Nicholas, 99, of Warrenton, died Thursday (May 12, 1994) at Greentree Nursing Home in Warrenton.</P><P>Mrs. Nicholas was a probate wills recorder for 35 years in Morristown, N.J.</P><P>No...
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Oh, That This Earth Had More like Nelson Mandela
Albert Einstein's brain is in the possession of Dr. Thomas Harvey of Lawrence, Kan., who has over the years peered into it to discover the secret of genius. He has learned nothing. But if, as Alexander Pope wrote, the proper study of mankind is man,...
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One Can Make a Difference
I get terribly impatient with people who say that today's society is so big and impersonal that individual involvement is meaningless - that curling up on one's couch and watching the boob tube is enough, because "I can't make a difference, anyway."...
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Open with Closings First Buyouts in Flood Plain Begin, Officials Told
The buyout of 820 lots in the flood plain has begun, Jerry King said this week to members of the new St. Charles County Floodplain and Watershed Vision Committee.King, a consultant hired by the county to coordinate the buyout program, said Wednesday,...
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Opposition Builds to Housing Plan
Opposition is mounting to a proposal by St. Charles County officials to develop a 100-house subdivision along Boschertown Road at the northern edge of St. Charles.Steve Swann, president of the Nor-Hil Neighborhood Association, renewed his opposition...
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Oquendo Brings Stabilizing Influence
Jose Oquendo, once the club's regular second baseman, is making a strong case for permanent reinstatement. Oquendo had two walks and a run-scoring single in four at-bats in the Cardinals' 8-6 loss to Chicago on Thursday.The start was the third in succession...
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Outlaw King in Tri-City Race Saturday
Steve Kinser holds a host of records and titles as a driver on the World of Outlaws sprint-car circuit.Now, Kinser can add another title - but not as an Outlaws driver.Kinser, 38, of Bloomington, Ind., surprised the racing world two weeks ago when he...
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Overnight Success . . . after 20 Years Gibson/miller Band Strikes Awards Gold
WHEN HE PHONED from Los Angeles on the eve of the Academy of Country Music awards, there was no mistaking the excitement in Blue Miller's voice as he considered the possibility that his rocking country group, the Gibson/Miller Band, might be honored...
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Peddling Plastic: Credit-Card Issuers Want You
With rates rising, fees in flux and competition keen, this is a good time to check whether the plastic in your pocket is the best deal for you."It pays far more today than it did five years ago to consider switching," says Michael Slaten, director of...
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People
Country's WYNONNA is looking forward to a baby, if not yet to marriage.The child, her first, is due New Year's Day. The father: Arch Kelley III, 39, a boat salesman in Nashville. He's divorced, has no kids and has been dating the singer since August.Says...
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Pet Owners Shouldn't Allow Animals to Roam
Dear Abby: I feel compelled to write regarding the letter from "Zelda D., Hesperia, Calif.," who wrote concerning the death of her cat Princess, who had been killed by an unchained, unfenced dog from the neighborhood.I have a question for Zelda: Where...
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Phillies' Kruk to Undergo Knee Surgery
Philadelphia Phillies first baseman John Kruk is scheduled to undergo arthoscopic surgery on his right knee and will miss the next three weeks.Kruk, who missed the first six games of the season after having a cancerous testicle removed March 8, will...
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Pionners Split with West, Win the One That Counts
In splitting a pair of girls soccer games with the St. Charles West High Warriors early this week, the Pioneers of Duchesne won the game that mattered most.After falling 4-2 Tuesday at West in a regular-season contest, the Pioneers bounced back to score...
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Post Office Suspends Use of Informers Clay Says Drug `Stings' Targeted Black Males
Kenneth J. Hunter, chief U.S. postal inspector, announced Thursday that he would suspend the use of outside informers in drug "sting" operations.He himself has been stung by revelations that innocent postal workers had their careers ruined by poorly...
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Price of Coffee Rising Thanks to Drugs, Cartel
High-profit drug crops and OPEC-like tactics for keeping prices up are making coffee good and expensive to the last drop.Coffee prices are rising on international trading floors, and consumers will soon pay more - perhaps as much as 7 percent - at supermarkets...
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Price, Sales Reports Help Ease Fears of Inflation
Wholesale prices and retail sales both fell in April, the government said Thursday in reports that were cheered by Wall Street because they dampened inflationary fears.The Labor Department said its Producer Price Index fell by 0.1 percent last month...
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Prominent Black Wall Street Investment Banker Dies Premier Black Investment Banker Worked with St. Louis Comptroller
By most appearances, Wardell Lazard had it all: a trailblazing career on Wall Street, a $750,000 house in a New Jersey suburb and a rising profile as one of the nation's most successful minority businessmen.Now, the future of his investment banking firm...
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Pullout by Israel Quickens 320 Palestinian Police Enter City of Jericho
The pace of Israel's withdrawal quickened Thursday with the entrance of about 300 Palestinian police officers into Jericho, the seat of Palestinian self-rule.A first group of 20 police officers drove from Jordan across the Allenby Bridge into the West...
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Push Mounts for China Trade Meanwhile, Chinese Free a Dissident but Tighten Law on Dissent
With billions of dollars in trade and business at stake, President Bill Clinton came under increasing pressure Thursday to declare that China has met his conditions for renewing trade privileges.A study, released by Sen. Mark O. Hatfield, R-Ore., said...
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Rangers' Leetch Proved a Leech to Beaten Caps
Superstar.It has become the most overused word in sports. But in one magical Monday performance at Madison Square Garden, one that culminated with his game and series-clinching goal for the New York Rangers against the Washington Capitals, Brian Leetch...
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Readers Reject Answer on Hitting Women
Dear Ann Landers: I had to write regarding your comment that it is never OK for a man to hit a woman. I hope you will reconsider your stand.I agreed with that statement for 30 years, until my brother married a woman who thinks it's OK to attack him and...
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Reform Is `Money Magnet' Health-Care Bill Brings Gifts to Lawmakers
They were the first in Congress to take a crack at President Bill Clinton's health-care reforms, a distinction that has brought financial largesse to the 11 members of the House Ways and Means health subcommittee.They have been showered with nearly $600,000...
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Ritzman, Mochrie Share Lead
After a bizarre day on the golf course, it was appropriate that an unfamiliar name stood atop the leaderboard after the first round of the LPGA Championship in Wilmington, Del.Alice Ritzman, who has never won a Ladies Professional Golf Association event...
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Role of Lethal Weapons in Society Is Now Moral Issue
The National Rifle Association gave Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Ga., almost $5,000 in campaign contributions last year. And on every gun control measure, he followed the dictates of the gun lobby right down the line.The news release had already been prepared...
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Sarah Brady Makes Pitch for Gun Ban in Illinois
Sarah Brady stood on the steps of the Capitol on Thursday, her back to both chambers of the Legislature, and made her pitch for gun control.In turn, only one legislator, state Rep. Lauren Beth Gash, D-Deerfield, attended what was billed as a rally but...
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Senate Wavers on Vote Bills Contradictory on Bosnian Embargo
The Senate voted Thursday to require President Bill Clinton to lift the arms embargo against Bosnia-Herzegovina but muddied the action with a contradictory directive to seek the support of other nations first.With back-to-back, 50-49 votes on competing...
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Spies and Bombs Need Control
Maybe President Bill Clinton could stiffen his wobbly foreign policy reputation by making some long-deferred decisions on a couple of issues that are on the edge of more dramatic concerns like Bosnia, Haiti and Rwanda.He has been deferential to the military-industrial...
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Spike Lee Remembers, with Affection
"CROOKLYN" Rating: PG-13. Running time: 1:52.</P><P>THE EARLY critical reaction to "Crooklyn," a sweet, slight, rather slow movie about growing up in Brooklyn in the 1970s, has been oddly rancorous. It's as if director Spike Lee was...
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Sports Shorts
A career of terrorizing quarterbacks ended Thursday when Andre Tippett, still confident of his playing ability, retired with 100 sacks and without regrets.Tippett, who spent all 12 of his NFL seasons with New England, was an unrestricted free agent....
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Spotlight
Millikin University senior Angela Berra of St. Charles played a supporting role in Millikin University Theatre's recent production of "The Time of Your Life." She is the daughter of Sandra Kellogg of St. Charles and Anthony Berra of St. Louis.Barnes...
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Stone Is Placed to Mark Historic Burying Ground
Tucked between the softball fields and the parking lot at Wentzville High School sits a little-known cemetery with a lot of history.The Old Walker Burying Ground is unnoticed by most who walk by. It's only about 20 feet by 20 feet. There's no sign. A...
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Students Homebound, but Not Toys
In one snapshot, a fist-sized dinosaur in sunglasses lounges on a California beach with two blonde Barbies at his side and a hot little white sports car in the background. In another, he poses with fellow reptiles on the Jurassic Park set at Universal...
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Suns Sizzle, Rockets Fizzle in Biggest Playoff Comeback
The Phoenix Suns have developed a killer instinct, while the Houston Rockets are honing their skills at blowing leads of record proportions.The Suns, down 20 points with 10 minutes to play, scored the biggest late-game comeback in National Basketball...
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Surreal Fantasy: Not Comic
"THE CROW" Rating: R, violence, language. Running time: 1:35.</P><P>THIS strangely compelling, hallucinatory revenge fantasy is probably not the best movie ever made from a comic strip, but it is almost certainly the comic-strip movie...
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Talk Dirty to Me: Women Writers Take That Seriously
"While most flat-chested girls my age were still skipping rope, I was being approached by strange men outside the school yard. One gave me his card and said he wanted me to pose for a `fashion' magazine called Frederick's of Hollywood. I regret now that...
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