St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from January 5, 1997

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15 Months Go by, and Still No Sign of Atheist Leader
Through more than three decades of crusades as a leader of American atheism, Madalyn Murray O'Hair was never silent. She took her battles to the Supreme Court, sparking a landmark 1963 ruling banning organized prayer in public schools, and to the nation's...
23rd Palm Psychics in Mainstream, Organizer of Fair Says
Donita Dreger said she doesn't try to read too much into readings she gets from psychics, but she readily admits that she enjoys the experience."It's just for fun," said Dreger, 44, of St. Charles. "It's just a fantasy."Dreger's friend, Randy Emel of...
8 Letter Bombs Shake Up Post Office Authorities Don't Know How Many Are in System
The discovery of eight letter bombs disguised as musical holiday cards called attention Friday to how vulnerable the U.S. mail is to terrorist attacks.Five bombs mailed to the Washington office of an Arabic newspaper and three others sent to the federal...
A Deadly Game of Money and Politics
"THE VULTURE FUND"(13.5 hours, abridged, Recorded Books, $17.50 for 30-day rental, $90 purchase)When Wall Street hot-shot Mace McLain gets assigned by his boss to be the co-manager of a $2 billion vulture fund, he's not too excited about his prospects....
A Faith in Flux Catholic Church Is Growing but May Also Be Weakening
DESPITE THE enormous popularity of Pope John Paul II, the Roman Catholic Church stands at a crossroads as the dawn of the third millennium approaches.While the number of Roman Catholics is on the rise, particularly in Africa and Latin America, Vatican...
After a Big Year, You May Be out of Balance
Done right, rebalancing your portfolio can ensure that you still have the mix of assets you want.Done wrong, rebalancing can yyoa result in unnecessary trades, leading to higher taxes and transaction costs. Say you want to keep 60 percent of your portfolio...
Agenda in Jefferson City
One of the first issues to confront members of the Missouri Legislature when they convene this week will be money - their own. A commission created so that members of the House and Senate could not be blamed for raising their own pay has done its job,...
A Guide to the World's Most Dangerous Places
THERE IT sits on the "Travel" shelf in your local bookstore, "The World's Most Dangerous Places," a hefty, 1,000-page volume. It looks like a travel guide, but with that title is it some kind of joke?Nope, not a joke at all, even if its emblem is a laughing...
A Long Day's Ride Behind Mcmurtry's Best
Zeke And NedA novel by Larry McMurtryand Diana Ossana 478 pages, Simon & Schuster, $25 LARRY McMURTRY has teamed up again with Diana Ossana, his partner for "Pretty Boy Floyd." This time, they set their tale in one of McMurtry's strong points, the Old...
Always Wondered Why Achilles Was a Heel
Dear Ann Landers: I am sending you an essay put together by Richard Lederer, a teacher at St. Paul's school. It is made up from lines in student papers, collected by history and English teachers around the country. He swears that he did not make them...
Amid Urban Sprawl, Some Heed Call of Wild Donations, Purchases Preserve Green Space
Mary May calls it "the tree graveyard" - an area along Interstate 270 in Des Peres where a forest is making way for yet another subdivision."One week, there were trees there, the next week, they were gone," May said. "My daughter and I can't even look...
. . . and in Springfield
Eleventh-hour partisanship is seldom a good idea. There is no reason to think that the last-minute plans of Illinois' 89th General Assembly are an exception.The Republican leadership wants to adopt several flawed measures before Republicans have to turn...
Apb: Cowboys Are Coming; Panthers Put Up Roadblock
They have been called America's Team.They also have been called America's Most Wanted.Whatever the label, the Dallas Cowboys are usually the main attraction whenever they play, and that will be no different Sunday when they meet the Carolina Panthers...
Arab Newspaper Targeted in Attacks Will Stand Firm
Influential and evenhanded by Middle East standards, Al-Hayat is often the newspaper of choice when extremists publicize claims of responsibility for attacks. Now the messenger has become a target.The interception of five letter bombs addressed to its...
Arab Newspaper Was Messenger, Becomes Target
Influential and evenhanded by Middle East standards, Al-Hayat is often the newspaper of choice when extremists publicize claims of responsibility for attacks. Now the messenger has become a target.The interception of five letter bombs addressed to its...
Arsenal of Democracy Detroit Plant That Made Tanks for 4 Wars Shuts Down
Longer and broader than the Statue of Liberty is tall, the vast tank factory in Warren, Mich., helped give the Detroit area its nickname as the Arsenal of Democracy and contributed to the legend of Rosie the Riveter, the model woman worker in the arms...
As Cincy Visits, Bills Still Groping
Coming off a 20-point loss at Vanderbilt that could have been at least 30 points and displaying what coach Charlie Spoonhour calls "deplorable shooting," St. Louis U. is ready for its Conference USA season.Well, maybe the Billikens aren't really ready."We...
At Circuit Clerk's Office, Don't Speak Ill of Creche
OX, LAMB & ASS: Surely there were only "coal and switches" in the Christmas stocking of Circuit Clerk Mavis "Tessa" Thompson. She has suspended and docked the pay of two of her own employees for commenting on the office Christmas display in a holiday...
At Long Last, It's `Nostromo'
`NOSTROMO," Joseph Conrad's epic novel of war, revolution and passion in turn-of-the-century South America, finally reaches the screen in a six-hour dramatization on PBS.The "Masterpiece Theatre" presentation runs Sunday through Tuesday (9 p.m. on Channel...
At the Movies
NEWGhosts of Mississippi (PG-13; 2:11): Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg and James Woods star in a powerful if message-laden tale of the retrial and conviction, more than 30 years after the crime, of the man who murdered civil rights leader Medgar Evers....
Autobiography by Former Slave Fascinating Story 100 Years Old
His Promised Land The Autobiography of John P. Parker, Former Slave and Conductor on the Underground RailroadEdited by Stuart Seely Sprague165 pages, Norton, $20 `HIS PROMISED LAND" is the remarkable story of John P. Parker, a slave who managed to obtain...
Barbie Togs Clothing for Real Women in Japan Modeled on Doll
Some things - cherry blossoms, fat men wrestling, Gucci bags and Audrey Hepburn - make the Japanese weak in the knees. Barbie's right up there, with collector-quality dolls selling for $20,000 or more in Japan.If all goes as planned by Mattel Inc., Barbie's...
Belgrade Mayor Quits in Protest, Reports Say
The mayor of Belgrade, an ally of President Slobodan Milosevic, reportedly resigned in protest over the Serbian leader's refusal to concede electoral defeat in the capital.The departure of Mayor Nebojsa Covic, reported in Belgrade newspapers Saturday,...
Belle Says He's Back to Square One with Sox
Albert Belle has the determined look of a storm chaser as he hurries down the interstate. When Sunday dawns blustery, he rolls south in search of a golf course, hoping the weather is better away from the lake.Prepare to see him, in fact, at a golf course...
Blues Hang on to Tie Buffalo 2-2
Twenty-four hours after coming back from two down to earn a 2-2 tie, the Blues ended up on the other side of the same result.They blew a 2-0 lead and settled for a 2-2 tie with the Buffalo Sabres on Friday at Marine Midland Arena."We looked just like...
Blues to Queue Up on Coach
Barring a stunning about-face by either side, a deal-busting contract snafu, or an unforeseen delay, Colorado assistant Joel Quenneville should be on board as the Blues' coach for their game Tuesday against Edmonton at Kiel Center.Sources said Saturday...
Briefs
NATIONCOLORADOPapers Report New Details In Slaying Of 6-Year-Old The killer of a 6-year-old beauty queen fractured her skull before strangling her with a cord and used paper from a pad inside the house for the ransom note, according to news reports Saturday....
Carolina Coach Preaches Law and Order
You get the feeling that Carolina coach Dom Capers wouldn't put up with any of the hanky-panky that has gone on in Dallas.The Panthers suspended defensive end Shawn King for the season. His offense? Chronic tardiness.Since he was hired, Capers' credo...
Caron Looking like More Than Interim Solution
One of the questions being posed ias the Blues zero in on Colorado assistant coach Joel Quenneville is why they're hiring a coach before a general manager.Mike Keenan held both titles before his dismissal Dec. 19. Keenan's predecessor, Ron Caron, replaced...
Chunnel Tunnel Returning to Normal Service
TRAIN SERVICE through the Channel Tunnel is gradually returning to normal, after a fire in mid-November shut the tunnel for three weeks and renewed fears about passenger safety.The fire, which broke out as a truck being transported through the tunnel...
Cities Pay Big Fees to Fight Project Regardless, Developers Hope to Get Final OK on Centre Park Forty
Thirteen years and more than $1 million in legal fees since investors bought a prime chunk of land straddling two west St. Louis County cities, their plan for an office park remains far from a done deal.The 32-acre project - called Centre Park Forty...
Clinton Again Delays Measure That Targets Foreign Firms in Cuba
President Bill Clinton has again delayed implementation of a law that would allow U.S. citizens to sue foreign companies doing business in Cuba.On Friday, Clinton ordered an additional six-month suspension of the controversial provision of the Helms-Burton...
Clinton Decries Teen Pregnancy
President Bill Clinton vowed Saturday to step up federal efforts to reduce teen pregnancy, which has been declining."Let me be clear: The teen pregnancy rate is still intolerably high in America," Clinton said in his weekly radio address, beamed from...
Coroner Releases Details on Flight 800 `They Are Very Cold, Chilling Documents'
Dr. Charles Wetli, the coroner who supervised autopsies on most of the victims of TWA Flight 800 crash, has started releasing details to family members, though he can't understand why they would want the "chilling documents."Wetli reluctantly began releasing...
County's Slayings: Who Got Killed? Where? How? When? Statistics Provide Answers in the 31 Cases from '96
Who killed Corey Wilson? University City police want an answer.Corey, 8, died in a fire early on June 26 at his home on Melrose Avenue. The fire was deliberately set."This is the worst one I've seen," said Sgt. Roger Spearman, a 24-year veteran. "I've...
Crichton in the Pilot's Seat Popular Writer Takes on the Media, the Airlines and Crashes He Shows Uncanny Sense of Timeliness on Cutting Edge
WHO, ME? Michael Crichton?Zeitgeistmeister? Master of pushing hot buttons in a timely way?His book "Disclosure" focused on sexual harassment. "Rising Sun" spotlighted U.S.-Japanese relations amid fretfulness about the Japanese incursion into the American...
Deaths Elsewhere
FRANCISCO "PANCHO" MORALES, 78, the man widely credited with inventing the margarita, a smooth tequila-based cocktail renowned for its delayed impact, died Thursday Jan. 2, 1997, in El Paso, Texas, of a stroke.It was just across the border in Ciudad...
Diploma for Dean? Heels' Smith Nearing Rupp's Career Mark for Coaching Wins
Ask Dean Smith what he might want to do when he finally retires and he sits back, thinks about it for a moment, reveals the barest trace of a grin and says, "Oh, I don't know. Maybe go to some Division III school and coach basketball. You know, just...
Druken Driving an Accident Changes the Life of Ex-Basketball Star in an Instant
In his last happy moments, he was a guy you might have envied. Handsome, athletic, 6-feet-2, water-blue eyes, a charmer with women. It was close to Christmas and his buddies were out at the Goat Farm bar on Novi Road. John Foley, only 22 years old, had...
Dye's Career Game Helps Belleville East Win Big
When people think of Belleville East boys basketball, the three names that come to mind are Errick Greene, Josh Helbig and Clint Sitzes. Now another name can be added to that mix - Buddy Dye.Dye, who was averaging 3.2 points a game, scored a career-high...
Early Detection Can Halt Serious Damage to Liver
Dear Dr. Donohue: Hi. I'm a 32-year-old man. I would like to know what the signs are of liver damage from drinking. I drink beer only. Why do you hear so much about cirrhosis if, as you claim, the liver cells can recover on their own? What are the symptoms...
Early Exit Stuns Broncos
Dazed, demoralized and bitterly disappointed, the Denver Broncos had only themselves to blame for a 30-27 loss to the upstart Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday. When they weren't praising the Jaguars, that is."I'm just really stunned," Broncos safety...
Elderhostel and Interhostel Travel Is Spartan, but Popular
THE OVERSEAS catalogs for Elderhostel and Interhostel print their warnings and caveats in full-size type. In contrast to the glorious wish books of costly conventional tour operators, the two sponsors of educational programs for older people emphasize...
Elections and Evangelism Humble Revelations in a Spiritual Memoir by Former President Jimmy Carter
Living FaithAn autobiography by Jimmy Carter256 pages, Times Books, $23 Jimmy Carter, American Moralist A biography by Kenneth E. Morris 390 pages, University of Georgia Press, $29.95 IN JUST a few weeks in 1966, Jimmy Carter frantically traversed Georgia,...
Encore, Anyone? Even Bulls Don't See a Repeat of 1996, While Bears Have Reason to Growl
Eric Ryback, commander of the $4 billion Lindner mutual fund group, says a bear market is right around the corner.The stock market may bounce to new highs in the next few months, but then it will head south with a vengeance.But by year's end, he says,...
Ethnicity Crucial in African Politics Issues of Ancestry Can Topple Leaders
Prime Minister Kengo wa Dondo of Zaire was born Leon Lobitch, the son of an itinerant Polish father and a Rwandan mother.In the convoluted and increasingly deadly ethnic politics of this region, the fact that Kengo is Zairean born and bred is a mere...
Eva and Madonna: Parallel Lives?
THEY SHARE an impressive resume: blondes with ambition, legendary populists, shocking performance artists.They are women who began with nothing and transformed themselves into living icons, revered and hated by millions.Countless others with drive, smarts,...
Evita-Ville: There's No Avoiding Peron Mania in Buenos Aires
"I will return, and I will be millions."- Maria Eva Duarte de Peron -IT DOES NOT take long for the visitor here to realize how prophetic the dying Eva Peron had been 44 years ago, when she promised her adoring public that she would always be with them,...
FBI Statistics Show 5-Year Drop in Crime
Serious and violent crime dropped in the first half of last year, continuing a pattern that began five years ago, according to preliminary statistics to be released Sunday by the FBI. The five-year decline is the longest in 25 years.The figures, based...
Fish Aren't Immune to Trouble at Mark Twain
In the big Bud Lite bass tournament on Mark Twain Lake last fall, 894 anglers, some of them highly skilled, caught just 199 fish. Most anglers, including some who really know how to fish the popular northeast Missouri reservoir, caught no legal fish...
Fleur De Lis Ball: It's All about Friendships 35 Make Walk to Kiss Rigali's Ring, Hear His `Femininity' Message
FOR THE LAST 38 years, young Catholic women coming of age have been presented to their families, friends and the prelate of the St. Louis Archdiocese at a white-tie-and-tails gala called the Fleur de Lis Ball.The fleur de lis, or trifoil, was one of...
Flooding Keeps Thousands Homeless across the West but outside California, River Levels Are Falling
California floods kept thousands of people from returning to their homes Saturday, but elsewhere in the storm-ravaged western United States receding rivers let flood victims begin cleaning up.About 115,000 people were evacuated from California's Central...
Flyers Rally from Two Down, Tie Avalanche; Unbeaten Streak Is 16
It's now 16 for the Philadelphia Flyers.The Flyers ran their National Hockey League-high unbeaten mark to 13-0-3 as Trent Klatt and Mikael Renberg scored goals in the third period to rally their team from a two-goal deficit to a 4-4 tie in Colorado on...
Follow These 10 Steps to Calmer 1997
WITH minimal effort, steps can be taken to assure that travel is more enjoyable in 1997. Here are some snafus we encountered in '96, with a checklist of 10 items for better organized travel.1. It is Jan. 5. Do you know where your passport is? Dig it...
For a Speaker, He Isn't Saying Much
JUST TWO YEARS AGO, Newt Gingrich dominated Washington like few congressmen ever have. In a whirl, he was bestowing chairmanships, keeping the House at work all night, offering opinions.He delivered a 35-minute speech upon taking charge that resembled...
Forget It! Mutant Mice Can"t Remember Where They Were, Help in Study of Memory
An amnesic mouse is helping scientists find answers to one of life's basic mysteries: how memories are made.Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Columbia University in New York created a mutant strain of mouse that is missing a...
Four People, Including Boy, 10, Killed in Four Auto Accidents
Four people were killed, including a 10-year-old boy, in four separate auto accidents late Friday and early Saturday.Authorities gave the following accounts:Toby J. Glaze, 26, of the 100 block of Broadway in Crystal City, was killed about 9:15 p.m. Friday...
Freeman, Longhorns Gore Oklahoma State
Reggie Freeman scored 33 points, including six 3-pointers, and No. 18 Texas beat visiting Oklahoma State 92-58 on Saturday night in the first Big 12 game for both teams.Al Coleman added 17 points and Ira Clark had 14 - both career-highs - for the Longhorns...
Garris Finds the Range, Fries Ohio State Illini Bounce Back and Beat Buckeyes 72-64
A day after a raucous crowd of more than 15,000 sardined into steamy St. John Arena to honor Ohio State's Rose Bowl-champion football team, Illinois' basketball team made some noise of its own.The Illini, rebounding strongly from a wrenching loss Thursday...
Gingrich Can Count on Gop Gratitude House Members See Him as Author of Their Power
If Newt Gingrich wins re-election as speaker of the House on Tuesday, two compelling reasons will be critical.First, Republicans of all ideological stripes think that he has been a very effective leader for their sometimes disparate causes.Second, he...
Happy Birthday, Elvis!
IT HAPPENS twice a year. In the dog days of summer they call it Death Week, a uniquely strange celebration that has sprung up and flourished around the anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, Aug. 16, 1977. And now, in the dead of winter, comes the reversed...
Harmon Says He Wants to Establish 2 New Posts He Proposes School Liaison, Ombudsman
St. Louis mayoral candidate Clarence Harmon said Saturday that, if elected, he would create two new Cabinet-level positions at a City Hall: an ombudsman to field residents' complaints and a liaison officer to represent the mayor's office at St. Louis...
Hate Group Accused of Heists Suspected in 22 Bank Robberies
For two years, the brash band of gun-and-bomb-toting robbers zigzagged across America's heartland, authorities say, hitting bank after bank, wearing costumes and masks, and taunting federal agents.They wore FBI hats, used retired agents' names to buy...
`Having Our Say' Wise, Charming
Full of charm, wisdom and humor, "Having Our Say," the new show at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, offers the audience something unexpected: theater with a very high comfort level.If plays were furniture, this one would be an easy chair in front...
Hawks Rip Knicks for 11th Victory in Row at Home
Henry James made five 3-pointers and scored 19 points as the Atlanta Hawks extended their home winning streak to 11 games with an 88-71 victory over the New York Knicks on Saturday night.The Hawks took control with a 21-6 spurt to start the second half,...
Hawthorne Lifts Umsl to First Win in League
Rodney Hawthorne, a senior forward from East St. Louis, scored 24 points and had 11 rebounds to lead the University of Missouri-St. Louis to its first victory in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.Kevin Tuckson (Webster Groves) added 16 points and 12...
Heads, You Lose: Concussions in Football Can Be Lethal
Steve Young has had six concussions since he started playing pro football in 1984, including two this year.Chris Miller was forced into early retirement last year after taking repeated blows to the head.Former New York Jets receiver Al Toon estimates...
He's Rich, but a Regular Jerk Simpson's Character Doesn't Live Up to Billing
A Regular GuyA novel by Mona Simpson372 pages, Knopf, $25 TOM OWENS is the title character, a multi-millionaire whiz-kid who dropped out of college to launch Genesis, a biotech firm that becomes a wildly successful Fortune 500 company. Owens (like God...
He's Taking His Message to the People
THE REV. Maurice Nutt, C.Ss.R., preaches with bottomless enthusiasm. There's no mistaking the message.When the pastor speaks to his congregation of St. Alphonsus "Rock" Church, the parishioners absorb it.He moves about freely as he speaks without notes,...
High Court to Hear Case on Drug Search Outcome May Affect How Police Conduct Raids
Police officers generally need to knock and announce themselves before breaking down doors to search a house.But six states allow officers armed with search warrants authorizing them to look for illegal drugs to barge in unannounced. Those states say...
Hockey Makes Difference as Campaign Sets Record
In hockey terms, St. Louisans came up big for the 100 NEEDIEST CASES campaign in 1996. They donated $1,250,429, nearly $38,000 more than a year ago. The total also tops the previous high for the campaign - $1,246,534 - set in 1992.The hockey parlance...
Holding the Fort Cincy's Fortson Has Endured His Way to Acclaim
Basketball players probably should be afraid of Danny Fortson. Scouts for the National Basketball Association might prefer that.Players should at least be wary of a man who stands 6 feet 7, weighs 260 pounds, bench-presses 325 pounds, leg-presses 900...
Horsing around Ricks Natural Star Owner Hoping Lightning Strikes Twice
Dr. William Livingston has never seen "National Velvet," but he has seen the bright light. And that just might explain how a 67-year-old man who put himself through veterinary school, raised three fine sons and maintained a thriving practice for 46 years...
How to Make Baseball More Progressive
Baseball, finally catching up with the 20th century, is on the right track with a labor agreement, interleague play and a luxury tax on the rich aiding the poor franchises. But the grand old game needs even more progressive action. In the spirit of giving...
Hudson's Treys Serve Up Siuc Win
Troy Hudson's eighth 3-pointer of the game Saturday night lifted Southern Illinois to a 67-64 win over Utah State in Carbondale, Ill.With the game tied at 64, Hudson hit a 3-pointer with 4.9 seconds remaining, although he was well-covered. He finished...
If You Go . .
Things To Know: Buenos Aires is just two hours ahead of Eastern time, so the jet lag is not so bad. But it's still a long trip: eight hours from Miami to Buenos Aires.One Argentine peso equals one American dollar, which makes it simple in keeping track...
Illinois: Will Divided Government Make Things Finally Happen?
AFTER WEDNESDAY, Gov. Gov. Jim Edgar's party will no longer be in complete control of Illinois state government - and he finally might be able to get his education funding reform and other initiatives passed.Officials in both parties say changing the...
Incarnate Word Stands Tall in Victory over Hickman
When Incarnate Word Academy stepped into its gymnasium for a Saturday matinee, the Red Knights must have felt as though someone had lowered the ceiling.Their opponent, Columbia Hickman, Chas three starters f6 feet or taller and has a total of five 6-footers...
Index Funds Outperform Managers Blue Chip Demand Could Be a Reason
Index funds set up to parallel the course of the stock market outperformed most active mutual-fund managers once again in the fourth quarter of 1996, and the full year as well.But several of the nation's biggest managed stock funds put up a pretty good...
Inside the Muddled Myth of Eva Peron
`LAWRENCE OF ARABIA." "Mutiny on the Bounty." "Gandhi." Some of this century's most celebrated films have tried to capture a larger-than-life legend in a few reels of film. Most have been criticized for going too far with history or not going far enough.But...
Internet Helps Voters Track Their Lawmakers and Legislation
MANY PEOPLE probably figure their participation in the democratic process ends when they cast their ballots in November. With the help of the Internet, their participation doesn't have to stop there.Voters can keep track of their representatives in the...
Jaguars Are Mile High Second-Year Club Stuns Denver 30-27, Gains Afc Final
Second-year teams simply don't do this. They win a few games, lose more, then head home to watch the playoffs on television, dreaming of what might be someday.Someday has arrived for the Jacksonville Jaguars, who next Sunday will play for a spot in the...
Jam Sessions Traffic Reporting Giant Drives Away the Competition
They are best known as Anna D, Mama D, Papa D and Eileen Z on Majic 108, Dr. Mac Douglas on WIL, Captain Rodger Brand on KMOX and Allen Barklage on Channel 5. They scout the area's highways in "traffic jet copters" and airplanes or watch from "high atop...
Jazz Snaps Heat's Road Streak at 14
The Miami Heat's road winning streak came to an end at 14 games - two short of the NBA record - Saturday night as Tim Hardaway's 3-point attempt fell short at the buzzer in an 83-80 loss to the Utah Jazz.It was the first road loss since Nov. 15 for Miami,...
Johnson Wants Nba, Bucks to Take Notice
Marques Johnson in his day was one of the finest basketball players on this planet.Today, the former Milwaukee Bucks forward wonders if anyone remembers.A 1977 first-round draft choice of the Bucks out of UCLA, Johnson was a four-time all-star during...
Lame Zebra: Injury Takes Whistle out of Ref's Hands
Suddenly, Deborah Zetcher has a husband.Not that she hasn't had one all along: She and Ron Zetcher have been married for 30 years and raised five daughters. It's just that for the past 20 years, Ron has spent considerable time away from home, pursuing...
Letter Bombs Show Vulnerability of U.S. Mail
The discovery of eight letter bombs disguised as musical holiday cards called attention Friday to how vulnerable the U.S. mail is to terrorist attacks.Five bombs mailed to the Washington office of an Arabic newspaper and three others sent to the federal...
Like 49ers' Hopes, Young's Ribs Were Broken
After the game, Steve Young finally told the truth and nothing but the truth.Namely, that his ribs were broken and nothing but broken."There are two right together that we know are fractured," said Young, who started at quarterback for the 49ers but...
Lopez Knows Exactly How Tiger Woods Feels
Perhaps more so than any other golfer, Nancy Lopez can appreciate what Tiger Woods experienced in his first two months on the PGA Tour.Lopez, the LPGA Hall of Famer, may have a better understanding than any of Woods' contemporaries because the 21-year-old...
Madonna: `Provoking a Dialogue'
SAY HELLO to mama Madonna: Form-fitting dress cut low enough to reveal a bit of the newly maternal bosom. Perfect hair and makeup hiding any trace of fatigue from late-night feedings. And breezy irreverence still obvious."The milk truck is back!" Madonna...
Medicare Solution Called `Shell Game' Critics Blast Clinton's Solution as `Gimmick'
A battle is looming over President Bill Clinton's proposal to solve some of Medicare's most serious financial problems by shifting the cost of home health care from one account to another. The home health benefit is the fastest growing component of Medicare.Critics...
Misguided Effort to Oust Gingrich
One by one, my esteemed conservative colleagues in the punditocracy are defecting to the Dump Newt camp. Their calls for Gingrich to resign as speaker are delivered more in sorrow than in anger. But after an expression or two of regret, and of the unfairness...
Missouri Archives: A Treasure Chest for Researchers
Looking for a long-lost Missouri relative who served in the military? Look no further than the Missouri State Archives.The state archives has more than 50,000 cubic feet of records for researchers, genealogists and other history buffs. The information...
Missouri Prisons See Population Boom with `No End in Sight'
When Missouri's first prison opened 160 years ago, fewer than 100 inmates were held behind its tall limestone walls.That predated waves of tough sentencing laws enacted in the 1990s, the rise of drug-related felonies and federal court decisions requiring...
Missouri: Some Lawmakers Will Just Say No to Pay Raise
LEGISLATIVE SESSIONS usually begin with lawmakers planning on passing bills.The 1997 session, which will convene Wednesday, will start with some legislators trying to defeat a measure.As unlikely as it sounds, the target of the "no" votes will be a plan...
Morning Briefing upon Further Review
Crazy Stuff The World Of Sports Contributed Its Fair Share Of Weird News in 1996</P><P>1996 was another weird year in sports.</P><P>Cross-dressing Chicago Bulls forward Dennis Rodman did his best to bring a "Weekly World News"...
Motels Plentiful at Disney World
Q. We would like to take our daughter and her three youngsters to Disney World. We cannot afford unlimited expenses, yet we do not want to stay in a dumpy motel. Please advise how we can keep costs down without spending two or three nights in a distasteful...
Mud-Slinging Packers Put 49ers out of Their Misery
America got a good look at just how Favre the Packers have come.Last season Green Bay rode quarterback Brett Favre's torrid passing to the National Football Conference title game, where the Packers fell to the better-balanced Dallas Cowboys.A year later,...
Murder Case Gets a Little Muddled around the Edges
THE EVIDENCE against James Naugles might be overwhelming - then again, it might not be - but one thing is certain.The state is going to have a difficult time convicting him of first-degree murder.He will be formally arraigned Tuesday, and he will enter...
Neediest Drive Sets a Record Hockey Events Help Cause Score
In hockey terms, St. Louisans came up big for the 100 NEEDIEST CASES campaign in 1996.They donated an all-time high of $1,250,429, nearly $38,000 more than a year ago. The total also tops the previous high for the campaign - $1,246,534 - set in 1992.The...