St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from May 8, 1994

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A Cut-Off Date for Welfare?
By any measure, the federal welfare system is an abysmal failure. This is not because Americans have been ungenerous in funding it. Since the beginning of the War on Poverty in 1965, the public has invested almost $5 trillion (constant 1992 dollars)...
Addressing One's Various Mothers
WHAT IS THE PROPER form of address for the lady who makes you clean up your room?What determines the nomenclature used toward one's father's present wife? How one feels about her? How Father's first wife feels about her? Her age (whether she is older...
A Different Daley: This One Opts for Privatization
In big-city government, there are union towns and then there's Chicago.Chicago has always had a public employee culture unto itself. The head of the Flat Janitors used to sit at the right hand of Richard J. Daley in the mayoral suite at City Hall. When...
A Lifetime Spent Learning about Mothers
Dear Readers: Today is not just another Sunday. It is special. Today is Mother's Day. For weeks, I have been on the lookout for something appropriate that I might print to honor the occasion. After an exhaustive search, I concluded that nothing could...
A Lightning Theory for Tornadoes
Lightning churning inside thunderstorms may be the key to predicting when violent tornadoes will strike, a meteorologist says."Right before the 1990 Plainfield (Ill.) tornado . . . all the cloud-to-ground lightning strikes switched from positive charges...
A Man's Guide to Shopping
They had the sad, slumped shoulders of men without hope. They sat with grim faces, expecting the worst.They sat like men waiting for an IRS audit. Like men waiting for transport to the federal pen.Like men waiting for women while they shopped for clothes.Aww,...
Ambiguities in Plot Cause Uncertainties
MILLROY THE MAGICIANA novel by Paul Theroux437 pages, Random House, $27PAUL THEROUX is known for the craftsmanship of his writing, and this novel is as impressive in its language as the sleight-of-hand and outright magic that the novel's central character...
Another Mother's Hint of What's to Come
IN a house not far from the Nasis', toys burst out of their chests and flow across the bedroom floors like uncontrollable plant life.Every cabinet and door is secured as if for a mighty storm at sea.The phone cord makes a dandy tug-of-war rope.The Terbrock...
As Pro Organizations Go, Wba Is in a League of Its Own
The two-year-old Women's Basketball Association is an oddity, even for a fledgling sports league.With one exception - the Kansas City Mustangs - the teams do not have owners.The other seven WBA teams, including the St. Louis River Queens, are owned by...
`A' Student: Tewksbury Always in School
Rick Sutcliffe was with the Cubs when Bob Tewksbury was in the Chicago organization from 1987-88. He was a different Tewks, a young Tewks, a throw-it-by-them Tewks, a not-quite-ready-to-believe-in-himself Tewks.A Tewks that St. Louis would hardly recognize."He...
A Toast to Savings
Is it possible to find cheap red wine that's good enough for company?"Sure!" came the answer from Tony Bommarito of A. Bommarito Wines. "But you don't mean cheap, do you? Cheap suggests bad jug wines, and you don't want anything to do with those."What...
At the Theater
Les Miserables: Final performances at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday of a fine production of the musical drama based on the Victor Hugo novel about Jean Valjean and Inspector Javert. Good performances throughout, with David Massenheimer outstanding as Javert...
Bearded Bruins Aim to Stay Razor Sharp En Route to Cup
Perhaps you hadn't noticed, Boston. Your local hockey team - steamrolling through the playoffs at this hour - has a new look. All the Bruins (except Gord Roberts, who has a mustache and veteran exemption) are growing goatees, and they're not shaving...
Before You Travel Abroad, Use Restroom
WHEN WE TRY to name the one thing that makes America great, we are forced to conclude that the answer is "quality of life," defined as "working toilets." We are blessed with the finest toilet system in the world. When we go to a public place such as...
Black Comedy Overcomes Its Flaws with Biting Satire
Paula Vogel wanted to go to Europe with her brother Carl but was unable to accept his invitation in the summer of 1986. He was HIV-positive at the time, though he did not tell her, and he died of AIDS 18 months later. A year after that, obviously dealing...
Blues Fail, but Alumni Still Are Enrolled
Despite the Blues' quick exit, the National Hockey League playoffs aren't a total loss for St. Louis hockey fans.There are plenty of Blues' alumni to root for.The Blues' influence is evident in each of the four second-round series. In all, there are...
Boast by Hawks' Willis Could Be Fuel for Heat
The Atlanta Hawks own the home-court advantage - which has meant little to date - while the Miami Heat hopes that the boasting of the Hawks' Kevin Willis will provide it with an edge Sunday in the decisive fifth game of their National Basketball Association...
Bonds Gives Hillman Warning
Barry Bonds has a warning for Eric Hillman."If he hits me again, I'm chasing him around the clubhouse and out of the clubhouse, I'll take my bat out to the mound if he starts running away," Bonds said. "They're going to have to restrain me, because I'm...
Bono Is a Perfect Fit for Chiefs
It's a good opportunity. The Kansas City Chiefs were in the AFC championship game and have a chance to be in the Super Bowl. They run a familiar offense.And Joe.Those were the factors - not necessarily in that order - that led quarterback Steve Bono...
Burglaries Are Down for Area Epidemic of Crack Might Be One Factor
A homeowner who suffered an encounter with the "Ninjas" or the "Stacker" might not believe it, but burglars are having a tougher time of it.Burglaries are down, thanks to better security alarms and better police work. In a strange twist, the crack cocaine...
Caffeine Proves Key in Tracing Wastes Chemical Designates Domestic Waste in River
Scientists studying the flow of domestic waste water down the Mississippi River are learning to follow the coffee, tea and cola.Caffeine - present in all three popular drinks - turns out to be an excellent tracer for the movement of domestic waste, according...
California Weighing Life Prison Terms against Rising Costs Older Inmates Run Up Huge Medical Bills
EVERY TIME S.M. Cohen takes a pill, visits a doctor, has a blood test, receives a shot of insulin or undergoes surgery, Californians pay for it.Cohen, 67, is an inmate at the California Institution for Men. He has cancer and diabetes, and takes 11 pills...
Candy-Coated Cures
Until the 19th Century, the history of Western medicine was hope and hype, what with blood purgings and sweat routines. Looking back, it's clear that if these medically groundless treatments worked at all, it was because of what is now known as the placebo...
Caning Victim's Father Lashes out at Singapore
George Fay, father of the U.S. teen-ager caned in Singapore for vandalism, Saturday dismissed the Singapore government's statements of his son's condition as "ludicrous."The son, Michael Fay, 18, was given four lashes Thursday for spray-painting cars.Fay...
Caps Deal Rangers First Playoff Defeat
Looks like the New York Rangers aren't invincible after all.Washington ruined the Rangers' bid for a second consecutive playoff sweep Saturday night, getting two goals from Todd Krygier in a 4-2 victory that kept the Capitals alive in the Eastern Conference...
Cardinals Take Walk(s) by Mets
In an illustrious career spanning 10 years, New York Mets relief pitcher John Franco hasn't exactly had Bob Tewksbury control. But he wasn't Mitch Williams, either.Franco normally walks a hitter every two or three innings - but certainly not two in an...
Cards Can't Make Run at Jones Mets Pitcher Tosses 8-Hit Shutout 1-0
Bobby Jones attended the same high school as Tom Seaver. The New York Mets drafted Jones, then called the year's best college pitcher, with a 1991 selection as compensation for losing Darryl Strawberry.Linked forever with those names, Jones had better...
Change Is Future's Predictable Constant
TWENTY YEARS OR so ago, when I wrote editorials for this newspaper, I was responsible for its commentary on South Africa. Like my fellow practitioners elsewhere, I viewed the situation with deepest alarm.The iron grip of apartheid was both brutal and...
Chisox's Mcdowell Beats Kc for First Win in Month
Jack McDowell won for the first time in nearly a month, and Frank Thomas hit his 10th homer Saturday as the Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 4-2.McDowell (2-4), the American League Cy Young Award winner last season, had lost three consecutive...
Clinton to Give Haitians Asylum Hearings at Sea
President Bill Clinton decided on Saturday to grant hearings at sea on political asylum to Haitians who try to reach the United States, White House officials said. The decision reverses a policy that has required the Coast Guard to forcibly return boats...
Clouds Meant Clear Sailing for Go for Gin
In the slipping, sliding, slopping Kentucky Derby, Go For Gin was sailing.A weekend of drizzle punctuated by periodic downpours turned Churchill Downs into an oval of brown ooze Saturday.When Go For Gin's co-owner, John Condren, saw the weather, "I talked...
Cold Calculation Seems to Motivate Rwanda Butchery
The mob ran Venerande Bakashema down like helpless prey. Eight and a half months pregnant, she had no chance. Then they slaughtered her.Francois Sekayuku, 32, a Tutsi farmer, numbly told the story of his wife's death. He sat under plastic sheeting at...
Convention Chief Estimates Denver Lost $38 Million
WHEN COLORADO voters passed a measure two years ago to restrict homosexual rights, Denver convention chief Eugene Dilbeck hardly blinked an eye.But a few weeks later, the city's convention image got what he calls "a black eye." Gay-rights groups called...
Cowpokes and New York Cabbies Are Poetry Dandies
IF YOU want to learn something about New York, go to Boston. Is that an old folk phrase? If not, maybe it should be. I have lived in Manhattan for many years, and I had to travel to Boston to learn that New York has such a thing as taxi-driver poetry.That...
Custody of Kimberly Mays Goes to Biological Parents
The man who raised Kimberly Mays since she was switched at birth has given custody of the teenager to her biological parents, an attorney said Saturday.After a week of negotiations, Robert May reached an agreement on Friday with Ernest and Regina Twigg,...
Daly Stays 2 in Front despite Shaky Start
It took John Daly a little while to get his game in gear Saturday."The front nine was a little shaky," Daly said, noting that a birdie on the sixth hole "is what saved me. It was solid after that."Daly, who had bogeyed the third hole and double-bogeyed...
Done in Awhile? New Denver Airport Becomes Butt of Jokes after Costly Delays
What has 4,000 mini-rail cars running on 21 miles of track, guided by 100 computers, radio waves and laser scanners?The gee-whiz baggage delivery system at Denver's new $3.2 billion airport.Denver International Airport was supposed to open last October,...
Even for Cynical, It's Hard to Hate a Cruise
WELL, NO MORE CRUISES for another year.People - especially for some reason those here at work - think I don't like going on cruises. That's not exactly true. What I don't like is having to say I'm going on a cruise.Being a travel editor is already considered,...
Eyelid Is Remodeled
Dear Dr. Donohue: Would you please discuss the procedure called blepharoplasty? Could you also please tell me of the risks involved and complications? My ophthalmologist recommends it for my problem. My upper eyelid is such that it pushes the lashes...
Fairmount Isn't Track Heaven, but You Get the Idea
I am convinced that there's a race track in heaven. And it's the very best kind.Heaven's track has cheap claiming races . . . fraudulent tips from track insiders . . . uncashed tickets littered on the floor . . . cigar smoke curling to the ceiling ....
`Fathers and Sons': Russia '94 in Update of Classic, Child of Chemist Finds Formula for Success
For most of his life, Maxim Valetsky assumed he would grow up to be a chemist, just like his father. His father, Pyotr Valetsky, was counting on it.But then, at age 27, Maxim Valetsky dropped out of science and became, like so many others of his generation,...
Fighting in Yemen Nears Aden Foreigners Begin Evacuation as Northerners Press Attacks
Guns boomed east of Aden on Saturday as northern troops advanced on the southern stronghold in the third day of civil war. Foreigners fled Aden and the capital, San`a.The southern leadership called up its reservists Saturday to defend Aden. It claimed...
First Year in the NBA Was Time to Learn for Webber
For such a positive guy, Chris Webber sure does live a life of contradictions.The Golden State Warriors' suddenly grown-up rookie entered the NBA, in some minds, as a brash, young punk. But he has no apparent enemies. The brash young man treated 138...
Fish Stories: Action in Shreveport, la., Centers on the Red River
THE DUPONT FISH MARKET here is the kind of place I like to write about - rustic, colorful, soaked in history and hard work. But as a travel attraction, it would probably appeal most to seasoned fishermen.The long, nondescript building, expanded several...
Foreigners Flee Yemeni Cities as Civil War Rages
Guns boomed east of Aden on Saturday as northern troops advanced on the southern stronghold in the third day of civil war. Foreigners fled Aden and the capital, San`a.The southern leadership called up its reservists Saturday to defend Aden. It claimed...
Gambling Backers Paid Thousands to Boost City Vote
In the final days before the April 5 vote, backers of riverboat gambling went on a spending binge in St. Louis.More than $100,000 was distributed in cash to hundreds of city campaign workers and about $68,000 was given to local ward organizations and...
Getaways Offered through Dinosaur Society
DO YOU DIG 'EM?Well, you can at dinosaur sites in North America and around the world. And even if you don't want to actually dig for dinosaurs, you can walk in their fossilized footprints in Colorado or be present for the grand opening of the new Dakota...
Get Ready to Pay for Play at Parks on Corps Lakes
People who use parks at Corps of Engineers lakes will begin paying user fees at most of them May 16 and at the remainder on June 1.The fees are $2 a day for boat launching and $1 per person per day, up to $3 per car, for swimming at developed beaches....
Getting the Most for Your Money in Europe
HOW CAN YOU GET the most for your mark (or franc or pound or lira) when traveling to Europe this summer?Here are some tips from the European Travel Commission on stretching your dollar:Plan ahead and use a knowledgeable travel agent to help you get the...
Giants' Baker Is New Age with Some Old Values
Dusty Baker recalls the names with reverence: Jim Gilliam, Bill Lucas, Tommy Aaron, Roy Campanella, Lyman Bostock. They're a grab bag of baseball men, coaches, players and a farm director who share three important things.Each was black. Each is gone...
Glamour in Black & White
ONE GLANCE at the striking black-and-white photo of the tall, slim woman with soft, dark hair, and you remember what real glamour was - the Hollywood glamour of the 1930s and '40s. Was there any other kind?The figure's elegant stance accentuates the...
Glove Affair from Pockets to Pads, Rawlings Has Colorful Past
Bill Doak was a spitball pitcher for the Cardinals back when it was legal. He was known as a smart pitcher and a good one.He was also a good showman. He would whip out a big, red bandanna to mop his brow.Doak died in 1954 at age 63. His name was associated...
Going Pro Women's League Struggles to Make Hoops Pay
Petra Jackson works for an insurance company.Kim Rohlfing is a substitute teacher.Susan Wellman is a medical technologist in Springfield, Ill.Chris Aldridge of nearby Taylorville, Ill., drives a UPS truck.Theresa Jackson had a baby less than three months...
Governor's Mansion Sets Scene of Book
WEEK'S WRAP: Jean Carnahan, wife of Missouri's Gov. Mel Carnahan, revealed t'other eve that she's penning a pageturner on all of the siblings of past governors who've lived in the mansion. She has already eyed-to-eyed with some kin. That schmooze was...
Groups Agree It's Time to Start Renovating Forest Park
SUE CLANCY, the new executive director of Forest Park Forever, suggests diplomatically that when Mayor Freeman Bosley accepts the 1994 Award from Forest Park Forever's Women's Committee at a luncheon May 19 at the Forest Park Pavilion, he says more...
Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy Mother's Day Natalie Nasi Has Four Good Reasons to Celebrate
IT'S GARBAGE day in O'Fallon, Mo., and each neat brick and frame home in Westridge subdivision has a uniform two canisters of trash at the end of the driveway for pickup. Except for one house, where the pyramid rivals the ones at Giza.The breakdown:...
Haunting Narrative of Painful Relations
THE GREAT DIVORCEA novel by Valerie Martin340 pages, Doubleday, $22.50VALERIE MARTIN explores dark themes in her new novel, which is both eminently readable and depressing. "The Great Divorce" of the title is, in the author's words, "that final rupture...
Health-Care Forum Draws 200
More than 200 people showed up Saturday morning to discuss health-care reform with U.S. Rep. Jerry F. Costello, D-Belleville, and a panel of advocates promoting one or another of the three major plans before Congress.A middle-aged woman drew applause...
Healthiness Next to Godliness? Paul Theroux's New Novel Plays on American Obsessions
PAUL THEROUX, whom we last met kayaking alone among the isles of Oceania, has come home to Boston for his latest novel.The results, however, are thoroughly exotic.What else could we expect from an author whose fiction has exposed a writer's secret life...
Henning Keeps Looking for That Perfect Putter
Harold Henning is easy to pick out among a group of golfers on the practice green. He's the guy trying every kind of putter, long shaft and short, his own and anyone else's that might work for him."I've got 25 of them," said Henning, the defending Liberty...
Homeless Hero Again without a Job Just a Month after Firm Hired Him
A homeless man who rescued an elderly couple from a burning car said all he wanted was a regular job and a paycheck.Michael Dennis got his wish, but pushing a broom wasn't what he had in mind. So, a month after his heroics, Dennis is once again homeless...
Hyde Puts Fear for His Hide Aside in Backing Ban on Assault Rifles
REP. HENRY J. HYDE, R-Ill., politely demurred when the invitation came for an office chat with Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.Feinstein, the chief architect of a ban on assault weapons that had passed the Senate, had noticed that Hyde had not taken a...
If You Reach for a Camel, You Will Recognize Him
The face of Joe Camel has resurfaced on the last place that anti-smoking activists want to see him: cigarette packs.The provocative cartoon mascot for Camel cigarettes - denounced by critics for its appeal to children - is being nationally distributed...
Independent Movies: Festival Shows Best of the Bunch
THE third annual St. Louis Film Festival ended last weekend as strongly as it began. (The first half of the festival was discussed in last Sunday's Post-Dispatch.) Both artistically and economically, it was a notable success and a significant advance...
Injured Sutcliffe Comes to Defense of Cardinals Pride
Rick Sutcliffe, on the disabled list because of a hamstring injury, didn't perform on the Cardinals' last trip; he really hasn't performed much at all this season. But in Denver, the respected veteran made his presence known after a game.The Rockies...
In Rwanda, Army Seeks Volunteers
Kigali, the capital, endured mortar barrages Saturday as government soldiers recruited thousands of civilians to join the battle against advancing rebels.Heavy fighting has gripped the capital for five days, and rebels have gained substantial ground....
I Remember Her, Laughing at Life
MARY POLLY'S mother was a strong woman. Times were hard in Ulster 100 years ago, and when her husband suggested that he take their oldest son and go to America, she agreed to wait with the other children until the two men could afford to send them money...
Irwin Pushing 50, but He's Pulling Own Wt. on Tour
Pro golf's declaration of independence is reaching 50 and being eligible for the cozy, low-pressure Senior PGA Tour.The courses play shorter, and born-again players can hit the jackpot. They don't have to contend with the "flat-bellies" from the regular...
Israeli Censor Bans Nuclear Arms Report
Israel's military censor has banned in its entirety a 100-page article on the early political history of Israel's nuclear weapons program.The report was written by a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in a case that may expose the...
It Sure Looks as If He'll Be Around
OK, I'LL admit it. I am a twentysomething fan of Tony Bennett. Call it nostalgia. Call it retro-hip. Call it old-fashioned music appreciation, but I like the guy and his music.I've always been a fan of music by the likes of Bennett and Frank Sinatra....
Japanese Official Resigns World War II Remarks Caused Furor in Asia
Japan's justice minister resigned Saturday, three days after he infuriated neighboring nations by claiming that Japan was not the aggressor in World War II, in which Japan invaded China and Southeast Asia and fought the United States.But the anger over...
Joyful Journey of a Jazz Genius Art Tatum Was a Piano Wizard
TOO MARVELOUS FOR WORDSThe Life And Genius of Art TatumBy James Lester240 pages, Oxford, $25IN THE WONDERFUL continuance of African American musical expression in the United States, Art Tatum's story is one of the rarest gems of them all.Born in 1909...
Killing Them Softly with His Song
The decision by a Michigan jury to acquit Dr. Jack Kevorkian of a criminal charge that he helped a 30-year-old man kill himself erases an important line between life and death that will not easily be redrawn.The jury ignored Michigan's law banning assisted...
Last-Minute Lawmaking
State Rep. W.T. Dawson, an Independence Democrat who is chairman of the House Motor Vehicle and Traffic Regulations Committee, is sitting on the bill that could ensure that Missouri will not lose $400 million annually from the federal government for...
Legislature Faces Crazy Last Week Pollution, Health Care, Crime Bills Beckoning
Sunday is the beginning of a typical last week in the Missouri Legislature. A lot to do and not much time to do it.Stacked up on the "to do" list are critical issues such as anti-crime measures, clean-air car inspections for the St. Louis area and reform...
Leija Takes Super Featherweight Title
Unbeaten James Leija, who fought to a draw against Azumah Nelson in September, came back to take Nelson's World Boxing Council super featherweight title with a unanimous 12-round decision in their rematch Saturday night.Leija, 27, won by landing more...
Lemke's 2-Out Homer in Ninth Lifts Braves
Mark Lemke hit a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth inning off Jeff Fassero, lifting the Atlanta Braves over the Montreal Expos 2-1 Saturday night.The Expos took a 1-0 lead in the ninth on Lenny Webster's two-out infield single with the bases loaded.Fassero...
Lewis Fights for Shot at Moorer
Maybe now Lennox Lewis can find some real opponents.Lewis, the World Boxing Council heavyweight champion from England, will start with a mandatory defense later this year against top-ranked contender Oliver McCall. But that's not exactly what Lewis has...
Lewis Has Easy Time in Bout
The Chicago Bulls coach might have done better against Lennox Lewis on Friday night than this Phil Jackson.At least the National Basketball Association coach has the height to deal with the World Boxing Council heavyweight champion.Lewis completely outclassed...
Love & War with Colorado in Court, the Next Battleground over Protection for Gays against Discrimination May Well Be Missouri
FROM ITS CONSERVATIVE Ozark hills to its liberal inner cities, Missouri may emerge as this year's central battleground in the cultural war between anti-gay rights groups and homosexual-rights advocates.The issue: Should gays and lesbians be among the...
Malone Center Celebration Set
The Annie Malone Children and Family Service Center will mark its 106th May Day celebration next weekend with a radiothon, a run against drugs and violence, a dinner and a parade.The dinner will kick off the weekend at 6 p.m. Friday at the center, at...
Mark Twain Forest Supervisor Looks Back at Land-Use Battles
Eric Morse fought his share of environmental battles as supervisor of the 1.5 million-acre Mark Twain National Forest in the Missouri Ozarks. He predicts that the heat will be turned up even hotter on his successor."The Mark Twain is in the cross hairs...
Measles Trail Unvaccinated Students Turn 1 Case into 176
During the fourth week of March, 25,000 skiers descended on Summit County, Colo., for spring break. One of them was infected with measles.Though probably free of symptoms, the skier was extremely contagious. As the skier visited the bars, shops and restaurants...
Meat Puppets Restrain Themselves
The Meat Puppets, on stage Friday at Mississippi Nights, played just the opening riff of their song, "Backwater," and the crowd went crazy.The Meat Puppets started out as a band so skewed in their musical approach that the only thing which made them...
Memories in a Musty Attic
MY MOTHER knew what to wear. And she knew what to save. Walking into her attic is like stepping back into the 1940s.My sisters and I have always loved to rummage through the clothing bags and tissue-lined dresser drawers under the dark, open rafters...
Mets' Green Tough, but for a Reason
The image is all wrong. Or at least the motivation behind it is.New York Mets manager Dallas Green comes across as a manager with a paddle in one hand, a whip in the other. Players moan about the 20-minute runs Green puts them through. They complain...
Milestone Mile 40 Years Ago, Bannister Cracked 4-Minute Barrier
On May 6, 1954, Roger Bannister, completing his final year in medical school, arrived early at St. Mary's Hospital in London, honed the spikes on his track shoes, then took the train to Oxford, less than an hour away.There, he and fellow Olympians Chris...
Missouri Legislature Approves `Friendly' Abuse Assessments
The Legislature has passed a bill calling for "a friendly assessment procedure" for dealing with people accused of child abuse.Rep. Kaye Steinmetz, D-Florissant, the bill's cosponsor, said the measure is motivated by "a feeling over the years that state...
Mom's Day Gifts Are Repayments
ANOTHER MOTHER'S DAY.Again, I've asked my mother what she wants for Mother's Day and again she has told me not to worry about it.It's almost a game that we have, of course. She tells me not to worry about a gift; I know that she would be disappointed...
More Local Theater Gets Great Welcome
RUST never sleeps, and neither does the St. Louis theater season anymore. It used to be a series of sporadic entertainments that lasted six or seven months, followed by a Muny summer. While the crush of offerings today is sometimes frustrating, it's...
Morning Briefing upon Further Review
Concerned reader BARRON WINCHESTER of Webster Groves seems to have a problem with the U.S. Bobsled & Skeleton Federation. He wrote:"This Bobsled team of ours has been in the enviable position of having tons of money spent on it by the giants of industry....
New York Days: Writer Reviews His Bittersweet Past
A DRINKING LIFEA memoir by Pete Hamill280 pages, Little, Brown, $21.95ALTHOUGH Pete Hamill has authored 11 books, he is still perhaps best known for his work as a New York newspaperman. Most recently he attracted headlines during his brief, stormy stint...
Nl, Union to Discuss Brawls
The fastballs kept hissing closer, but the batter just stood still. Even when Montreal's Pedro Martinez whizzed one under the chin, the batter did not flinch.This batter was a mannequin in a baseball uniform, and Martinez was using it to practice pitching...
No Bull; in Damp Derby, It's Time to Go for Gin 9-1 Pick Dominates in Mud; Favorite Runs 12th
The front-running performance was the kind expected from Holy Bull. Only it came from Go For Gin.Winless in his three previous starts, Go For Gin dominated the 120th Kentucky Derby on Saturday in the way many people thought Holy Bull might.Go For Gin,...
Ombudsman's Role, as I See It
THIS IS A TIME of reflection and renewal of energies for me as the Post-Dispatch ombudsman.For three days this past week, the Organization of News Ombudsmen, comprising readers' advocates from the United States, Canada and around the world, gathered...
On a Mission to Explore California
Q. We'll be flying to California in June and plan to rent a car and take off exploring. Can you tell me something about the old Spanish missions? I think we'd like to visit some.A. If you started in San Diego and drove north, you could spend a whole...
Outbreaks among Religious Groups
Here is a summary of several outbreaks of contagious disease with links to religious communities that shun vaccinations:- Last year, five years after the last case of polio was reported in Canada, health officials discovered that nearly half of the 45...
People
To mark Mother's Day, Entertainment Weekly has drawn up a list of the best and the worst of television moms. The best: MARGE SIMPSON, described as "at once progessive and traditional."The runners-up: Dr. Michaela Quinn (JANE SEYMOUR), Jill Taylor (PATRICIA...
Pick and Choose: It's Time to Get out into the Garden
IT'S TIME TO choose and plant perennials. In a few weeks we'll be going at a dead run to pick out annuals. If you need do to some last-minute cramming before making choices for your garden, there are many new books that might help.This is the season...
Poem on the Range
JUST AFTER SUNRISE on the Big Springs Ranch in northeastern Nevada, saddle leather creaked, spurs jingled, coyotes yipped: sounds of the West.Then one more sound of the West was heard - a cowboy reciting poetry:There ain't no squall the banshee makes...