St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from December 29, 1996

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10,000 at Funeral of Serbian Activist Protester Was Killed by Milosevic Supporters
As a brass band played, at least 10,000 opposition protesters grieved Saturday at the burial of the first person killed in demonstrations against the government of Slobodan Milosevic.Afterward, mourners marched into the streets leading from Belgrade's...
1996's Top Local Stories
Shocking crimes, numbing tragedies and political shenanigans claimed their usual spot in the St. Louis area's headlines the past year. But the name leading off the Top 10 front-page stories for 1996 is one usually reserved for the business section.1....
1996 - the Year in Review
Some of the names are memorable - Bob Griffin, Wayne Gretzky, O.J. Simpson, again.But who can remember the name of Ross Perot's vice presidential candidate?It was a miserable year for planes and the people who build them. There was an onslaught of crashes;...
1997 - the Year in St. Louis
JANUARY1 New Year's FireworksRiverfront The year begins with a pyrotechnic burst at a tick past midnight, lighting up the icy Mississippi. 17-19 St. Louis Flower Show America's Center Maybe it's cold outside, but you can wander through a variety of...
22 to Be Added to Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame Lineup
Fifteen players, five contributors, one umpire and one deceased player will be inducted into the St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame on April 12 at the St. Louis Airport Marriott.The 24th annual banquet will also honor the Anheuser-Busch team that...
A 1996 Reflection
"There are years that ask questions and years that answer," said Zora Neale Hurston, and 1996 managed to do both. This was the year that the first wave of Baby Bommers turned 50. The class of '64 included Diane Keaton, Dolly Parton, Liza Minnelli, Tim...
Alex Graves Mehlville Quarterback Lifted His Performance with Some Heavy Lifting
Mehlville football coach Gary Heyde knew about the massive amount of time Alex Graves was spending in the weight room during the summer.But it wasn't until he saw the final results in fall practice that he realized the true extent of his quarterback's...
A Martial Arts Therapist Blind to Secret Lives
TEN INDIANSA novel by Madison Smartt Bell265 pages Pantheon Books, $23 *** `TEN INDIANS" is a book I would never have picked up on my own. The subject matter - anomic yuppie decides to teach martial arts to ghetto youth - fails to push any of my buttons....
. . . and the Big Hairy Spiders Are Extra
I HAD a hilarious joke that I was going to start this column with, but I can't find it. I can't find anything.We just moved into a new old house, and all our possessions, including dirty underwear and dust balls the size of adult cocker spaniels, have...
An Earful Harmful Household Products Might Give Audio Warnings
You grab a can of bug killer and take aim at your prey when suddenly a squeaky voice cries out: "Be careful where you spray this product!"No, it's not the insect begging for mercy. You've just put your finger on the latest device for promoting consumer...
A Nice Guy but Detroit's Wayne Fontes Is Finished as a Coach in the NFL
On the day after Christmas, when many Americans trade in their unwanted merchandise, the Lions traded in their coach, Wayne Fontes.There will be no refund.The Lions get nothing back for this wasted year, a year in which a truly talented team finished...
Animal Doctor
Dear Dr. Fox: My son's hamster always manages to gnaw his way out of his wooden cage. Can you tell me what I can do to foil him?Your dilemma is not uncommon. Gerbils and mice also are great escape artists. What I suggest is that you get rid of the cage...
A Scary Trip Down Memory Lane
"MIRAGE"A sci-fi medical thriller by F. Paul Wilson & Matthew J. Costello (3 hours, abridged, Soundelux Audio, $16.95)These award-winning authors, who initially began collaborating for a Sci-Fi Channel project, have created a compelling tale that mixes...
Ask the Coach a Question and Answer Session with Penn State's Joe Paterno
Penn State football coach Joe Paterno will celebrate his 70th birthday Saturday. Philadelphia Daily News sports columnist Bill Conlin has known Paterno for 52 of those years. Conlin was introduced to the Brooklyn Prep star in 1944 by his cousin, Bill...
At the Movies
NEWThe Evening Star (PG-13, language, adult themes and scenes; 2:09): Aurora (Shirley MacLaine) deals with her grandchildren, and vice versa, in the sequel to "Terms of Endearment, a wonderful, big-hearted movie, filled with unforgettable characters...
Average Workweek Gets Longer 19 Percent Clocking 49 Hours or More
It's a typical morning at Bernie Wright's Ryder Truck franchise in suburban Virginia: The phone rings constantly, competing with the noise of the fax machine. Wright bops from behind his desk to customers at the front counter, then back again.The Wright...
Belleville East Lets Title Game Slip Away
Quincy High School shed its bridesmaid tag in the 13th annual Collinsville Schnucks Holiday Classic at Vergil Fletcher Gymnasium on Saturday night.Behind Luis Rivas' 23 points and 11 rebounds, the unseeded Blue Devils upset top-seeded Belleville East...
Berkeley Tops Gateway Tech
On Saturday night, fewer than 200 fans entered Viking Hall for the 64th Normandy Holiday Invitational.But Berkeley and Gateway Tech played a spirited contest, won by Berkeley 63-58. Berkeley rallied from a 16-12 deficit in the first quarter to post the...
`Best' Stories Downright Frightening Talented Writers Depict Disturbing View of Life
THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 1996Edited by John Edgar Wideman328 pages, Houghton Mifflin, $24.95 cloth, $12.95 paper *** AS I READ these stories I couldn't help thinking of the St. Louis teacher who was fired for letting her students use obscenities...
Bill Coats Looks at the Big Ten
Listed in predicted order of finish:(Records through Friday)Michigan Coach: Steve Fisher. Current Record: 8-0 Man-To-Man: Maurice Taylor (6-9) is one of the top inside players in the league, and is complemented with the exciting Maceo Baston (6-9) and...
Briefs
NATIONAIR BAGSClinton Offers Safety Reassurance President Bill Clinton moved Saturday to reassure the driving public about the safety of vehicle air bags, promising a series of federal actions to reduce the danger they can pose to children and smaller...
Buddy System Friends on the Mend Give Hope to Sick Children
Miles Postlethwait, born with heart, kidney and intestinal defects, wanted a friend who was just like him. So he and his mother, Marty, created one.That friend, a muslin "buddy" with a plastic tube protruding from its abdomen and a row of scars across...
Cancers from Elsewhere Don't Spread to Heart
Dear Dr. Donohue: I am studying to be a nurse. I have a technical question. Why is the heart unaffected by cancer cells? Why does cancer not spread to it, as it does to other organs?Good question.I guess we can begin by discussing how cancer cells get...
Casino Boat Trip Leaves Apathy in Wake
I FELT LIKE a fish out of water aboard Harrah's floating casino.After blowing $15 in the slot machines, probably in less than 15 minutes, there wasn't much to do for the rest of the two-hour river cruise - except more gambling.Although the mystique and...
Colts May Need More Than Miracle to Beat Steelers
The last time Indianapolis played in Pittsburgh, a desperation pass floated high into the grayish January sky above Three Rivers Stadium, and a miracle almost came down.Jim Harbaugh nearly delivered an upset for the ages in the American Football Conference...
Cowboys Are Just Short of Super in Crushing Vikes
The Dallas Cowboys finally played like defending Super Bowl champions.Dallas discovered its missing offense, George Teague was a one-man gang on defense, and the Cowboys knocked the Minnesota Vikings out of the playoffs 40-15 in a National Football Conference...
CPI Fight Centers on Tough Questions When Is Inflation an Improvement in Life?
As heart-bypass operations are perfected, more people have them, extending their lives. But the operations raise health-care costs. Is this inflation, as the government's statisticians contend? Or is it simply fair value for the promise of longer, healthier...
Crashes Can Lead to Bitter Debates Agencies Clash, Especially When No Cause Is Found
United Airlines Flight 585 was making its final approach to Colorado Springs Municipal Airport on March 3, 1991, when the Boeing 737 rolled to the right and pitched nose-down into the ground, killing all 25 people aboard.The National Transportation Safety...
Critic Assails Pay by Firm in Haiti Says Wages Are `Sub- Subsistence'
Ruth Puckett made $6.50 an hour sewing Walt Disney T-shirts in Sparta, Mich., for H.H. Cutler Co. That was before Abibold Remi got the job, earning 30 cents an hour in Haiti.As a citizen of the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, Remi knows he...
Dallas Nearly Super in Crushing Vikes
The regular season no longer excites the Dallas Cowboys, who treat it as drudgery. They live for the playoffs.So it should come as no great surprise that they saved their best performance of the season for Saturday's National Football Conference wil...
Death of Woman Headed to Prison Puzzles Police
Burglar Peggy Fulk would seemingly do anything to avoid a return to prison. In the end, the desire to keep out of jail may have led to the death of the grandmother who liked to make her getaways on a motorcycle.Last year, Fulk hid in a cornfield and...
Deaths around the Country and the World in 1996
ARTS AND LETTERSJoseph Brodsky, 55, Nobel Prize winning poet.Richard Condon, 81, author of "The Manchurian Candidate." Jonathan Larson, 35, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright for "Rent." Jessica Mitford, 78, author of "The American Way of Death."...
Demers Demurs, Tells Blues He Doesn't Want to Be Coach
On Saturday morning, Jacques Demers spoke enthusiastically about his desire to coach the St. Louis Blues.He described a four-hour interview on Friday with interim general manager Ron Caron and President Mark Sauer as fantastic. He cited his credentials...
Demers Gives His Sales Pitch to Be Keenan's Successor
Jacques Demers, the first candidate interviewed to fill the Blues coaching vacancy, described his meeting with interim general manager Ron Caron and Blues President Mark Sauer on Friday as "fantastic.""I was very, very impressed," the enthusiastic Demers...
Desmet Defeats Mehlville after a Dose of Deja Vu
The similarities were uncanny and altogether unsettling for DeSmet coach Dale Burgman.Standing in the locker room at halftime with a 13-point lead over Mehlville Saturday night, he contemplated the re-run he was watching and asked his players to write...
Despite Breakup of Soviet Union, Spy Game Is Still On
Surveillance cameras are permanently trained on the Russian Embassy in Washington, recording all who enter and leave the building. Teams of FBI agents in the street outside keep a discreet eye on suspected Russian agents.Russian diplomats and journalists...
Discovering Life and Color in Israel's Negev Desert
THE TWO-LANE desert highway from Be'er Sheva to Israel's 25-mile-long Makhtesh Ramon (Ramon Crater) stretches through an archipelago of Bedouin camps, past a few modest clumps of trees and then on for mile after hypnotic mile of rocks and rolling hills...
Eilat: Israel's Comfort Capital on the Sea
THIS, many an Israeli will tell you, isn't the real Israel.It's too new, too comfortable. In spirit and in geography, Eilat can seem far removed from the struggles that have defined Jerusalem, Gaza and the disputed territories at the northern end of...
End of the Year
Start small, focus close, my wife said. The table is set, candles are lit, and winter solstice is upon us. Our tilt away from the sun is done, and more light lies ahead. Outside, our Parkview neighborhood is still and dark. East of us, the River urges...
Enjoy the First Night Festivities and Stay for New Year's Brunch
THIS NEW YEAR'S Eve, think downtown. Spend First Night and the first day of 1997 there.The Mayfair Hotel, set in the midst of the First Night St. Louis festivities, is offering an overnight package in conjunction with the arts-oriented celebration on...
Fame Now Opens Doors for Jim Ryun
WASHINGTON - You might expect Jim Ryun to dash in the doorway, attired in sleek runner's garb, puffing lightly.Instead, the three-time Olympian, two-time world record holder in the mile, strolls into his new congressional office. He's in a dark overcoat...
Family Violence Ends with 3 Ruined Lives Lover Dead, Son Jailed; Woman Wonders Why
Her boyfriend dead, her son in jail and her life in shambles, Michele Pelot sat sobbing Saturday afternoon and passing out blame.If Brian K. Swan had not beaten her maybe 100 times in five years - if he had not beaten her Christmas Eve at the trailer...
February Is Party Time in Ottawa Festival Offers a Good Reason to Visit Canada in the Winter
FEW PLACES this cold offer so much warmth.Until 20 years ago, February was just another frigid month, notable mostly as a kind of halfway point through the long Canadian winters.Since the 1970s, however, February has been party time in Ottawa. Sure,...
For Love and Beauty Elizabeth Ann Bryan Crowned Queen at '96 VP Ball
SATURDAY NIGHT, Dec. 21, was a gas-guzzler.Motorists heading to and from downtown encountered gridlock because of the Ambush, Billikens and Rams games. Then there were those headed for the Adam's Mark Hotel, where the 113th Veiled Prophet Ball began...
Former Mayor Ready to Re-Enter Politics in St. Clair County
Kristi Vetri, a former mayor of O'Fallon, Ill., has survived personal bankruptcy and a federal trial for criminal fraud, which ended in her acquittal.Now, she says, she's ready to re-enter the political arena - nearly four years after losing a bid for...
For School Districts, How Small Is Too Small?
Three St. Louis County school districts - Bayless, Hancock Place and Wellston - came in for special scrutiny from the Missouri Board of Education last week. Bayless has six more months to work to avoid losing its accreditation, Hancock Place dropped...
France to Discontinue Northern Iraq Patrols U.S., Britain to Keep Flying over Kurdish Area
France took another step away from the United States on Friday by announcing that it would pull out of air patrols over the internationally protected Kurdish area of northern Iraq Wednesday, when the nature of the allied mission changes.U.S. officials...
Hapless in Havana: Reality Outweighs Romance in Cuba
IF NOT for the embargo, I probably would have been no more motivated to vacation in Cuba than I am to go to Puerto Rico or Guadeloupe or any other Caribbean hot spot.But when a friend suggested we hop down to Havana, I was instantly enthusiastic, excited...
Hazelwood E. Wins Chaminade Title
Last year, Eureka upended the Hazelwood East Spartans in the third-place consolation game at the Chaminade Holiday Tournament.On Saturday, East took its revenge, posting a 65-46 victory over the Wildcats in the title game of the 26th tourney. Hazelwood...
Honeymoons for All Seasons
TODAY'S soon-to-be-married couples have the most varied and exciting choices of honeymoon destinations ever offered. Adrienne Benoit, travel counselor and honeymoon planner in New York, says "today's travelers have options limited only by their imagination."Do...
Hornsby Trade Was Bombshell 70 Years Ago
Sure, that was a double blockbuster the other day - when the Blues did the logical, firing Mike Keenan, and the Rams the not-so-popular, canning Rich Brooks - but as the old fisherman said to the young one, sonny, you should have seen the one that back...
Hull Honored, Blues Dumped by Leafs
Brett Hull Night began with such enthusiasm and promise.There were loud ovations for Hull, his father Bobby Hull, his mother Joann Robinson, his fiancee Alison Curran, his children Jude and Jayde, chairman Jerry Ritter, president Mark Sauer and interim...
If You Are Illiterate, You Need to Read This
Dear Ann Landers: I found this on the Internet and thought you might want to share it with your readers. It's a compilation of excerpts from the classified sections of city newspapers. I thought it was hilarious.JOE IN DEERFIELD, ILL.So did I. I'll bet...
If You Go . .
Hotels: Ottawa has a lot of them, but they fill up close to the Winterlude weekends. Book at least a month in advance if you want to take advantage of some of the packages offered during Winterlude.Hotels range from the sumptuous Chateau Laurier, which...
Illini Hope to Ride Big Mo (and a Big Win over Mo.) into Big Ten Action
At 10-2 after whipping Missouri 85-69 Saturday, Illinois is primed for the start this week of Big Ten Conference competition. But the Illini also can recall vividly a similar situation last year that blew up in their faces.Illinois soared into league...
Illinois Applies Heat, Nets 85-69 Win
Rumors are unfounded that Sara Lee and Pepperidge Farms merged Saturday night at Kiel Center in order to form the world's most prolific turnover assembly line.Nope, those 27 turnovers were the signature of an off-kilter, rudderless University of Missouri...
Illinois' Garris Evens Record in Last Chance
It's been more than three years, but don't let Kiwane Garris fool you: He remembers Dec. 22, 1993, as if it were yesterday.Garris, just eight games into his freshman season at the University of Illinois, has two chances to make one free throw that will...
It Was Grim for Mu, except for Grimm
If there was a highlight for the University of Missouri in Saturday night's 85-69 loss to Illinois at Kiel Center, it was the play of senior forward Derek Grimm.Grimm led the team with 18 points, despite suffering an injury to his right elbow late in...
Jacksonville Roams over Buffalo's Home
Realistically, the Bills knew their season could end short of the Super Bowl. They knew they had turned from the Buffalo Bills of old into the old Buffalo Bills.But they never expected it to end the way it did Saturday in a 30-27 loss to the Jacksonville...
Jail Has Not Tamed Defiant `Freemen' They Try to Disrupt Court - and Succeed
It began, like most working days in the U.S. District Court building in this south central Montana city, with the familiar cry of "All rise" echoing off the walls of Courtroom 1 on the fifth floor.But the voice didn't belong to the court clerk announcing...
Jeff Foxworthy's Second Chance
It doesn't happen often but, every once in a while, a canceled TV series is rescued by another network.That happens this week with the return of "JAG" (8 p.m. Friday on Channel 4), canceled by NBC and picked up by CBS.And this fall, such was the fate...
Jews Descend on Hebron to Oppose Pact to Leave City
More than a thousand Jews descended Saturday on Hebron in a last show of support. A pending agreement between Israel and the Palestinians is expected to turn over most of the West Bank city to Palestinian control."This is our land," said Tamar Halfon,...
Jim Dougherty Edwardsville QB Made Right Call Early in Career
If Edwardsville High School quarterback Jim Dougherty had made a left turn instead of a right turn five years ago, he probably would not have been the 1996 Post-Dispatch co-offensive Player of the Year.Dougherty, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound senior, was the...
Jordan's 45 Lift Bulls Past Cavaliers
Michael Jordan scored 45 points and the Chicago Bulls used an up-tempo attack to burn Cleveland's usually stingy defense Saturday night for a 102-97 victory over the Cavaliers in Chicago.The Cavaliers went in as the National Basketball Association's...
Jump-Start near and Fair, Man Devoted to Airborne Mules
Sparks fairly fly from Guy Griffin's steely blue eyes when talk turns to last year's Missouri State Fair jumping mule contest."I had it won, fair and square," he says, as if he were selecting each word with a pair of tongs. "Then we got cheated out of...
Just Rolling along Massimino's Afternoons Are Given over to Basketball Practice Again
The wind from Lake Erie pushes down the emptying city streets, chasing the red taillights of cars making their evening escapes.The east side of town seems ominous and deserted everywhere but at the basketball arena of Cleveland State, where the lights...
Kentucky Rocky, Still Rolls Past Ohio St
Derek Anderson scored 22 points against his former team and No. 3 Kentucky survived a sloppy performance to beat Ohio State 81-65 Saturday night in the first game of the Rock 'n' Roll Shootout in Cleveland.Anderson, who transferred from Ohio State in...
Kwanzaa Show Highlights 7 Principles
Fearsome in his ebony mask speckled with cowry beads, the stilt walker floated down the center aisle into the audience at the Center of Contemporary Arts. From beneath his lush grass skirt, a fully extended stilt leg described an arabesque, bringing...
Lack of Black Head Coaches Continues to Frustrate
When athletic director Bob Bockrath looked for someone to replace Gene Stallings as Alabama's football coach, fans and alumni both urged him to keep the search inside the Crimson Tide program.The choice basically came down to defensive coordinator Mike...
Laptops, Travel Go Together
WITH the invention of the wireless modem and other computer innovations, plus a burgeoning array of Internet options that allow users to do everything from changing airline reservations without a travel agent to finding bridge partners in strange cities,...
La Russa Sees Ludwick as Potential Closer
Dennis Eckersley, 42, surely is in his last year as a big-league closer, in this case, the Cardinals' closer. It was commonly thought that Columbia, Ill., native T.J. Mathews was the heir apparent but manager Tony La Russa says Eric Ludwick also will...
Law Threatens Some Recipients of Medicaid
Beginning Wednesday, a new provision of federal law will make it possible for the government to bring criminal charges against people who give away money or other assets in order to qualify for nursing home assistance under the Medicaid program.The new...
Long-Term Lodging Getting Popular, Offering Low Rates, Few Amenities
THE WHOLE idea of a roadside hotel used to be temporary lodging - a night's stay here and there for out-of-state vacationers, hard-driving executives and families en route to Grandma's for the holidays.Fast-forward to the nutsy '90s, when business trips...
Love Those Frequent-Flier Miles? Be Wary of Tour Packages
FREQUENT-FLIER miles can save you money. Package tours can save you money. But if you take a package tour that bundles air fare and lodgings into one price, can you still get credit for frequent-flier miles?Maybe yes, maybe no. And often the issue isn't...
Make Health Insurance a Priority
Once again, some leaders of the Missouri Legislature are promising that health reforms, with emphasis on reining in managed-care programs, will be a top priority in the next session. Special interests killed such reforms in the previous session, but...
Making War, and Peace, with '60S Two Looks at Liberalism's Effect in Turbulent Decade
SLOUCHING TOWARDS GOMORRAHModern Liberalism and American DeclineBy Robert Bork 382 pages Regan Books, $25 MAKING PEACE WITH THE 60s By David Burner 295 pages, Princeton University Press, $29.95 *** `SLOUCHING Towards Gomorrah" is a scorching diatribe...
Many Patients Are Seeking Transfusion-Free Surgery
The concrete miles had taken their toll on Marie Kamp's hip.A Jehovah's Witness, Kamp has spent years walking the hard sidewalks in downtown St. Louis seeking converts among the office workers. The endless hours of walking left her limping in pain."I...
Mike Eisenbath Looks at Conference-USA
Listed in predicted order of finish:(Records through Friday)Cincinnati Coach: Bob Huggins Current Record: 4-2 Man-To-Man: Danny Fortson (6-7, 260) is powerful All-America force. Senior Darnell Burton (6-2) was league's top sixth man last season and gives...
Mixed Reviews: Malls Put Positive Spin on Sales Data
One of the first reports to measure holiday sales through Christmas Eve shows a lackluster season for retailers, at least for mall shops.Sales from the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 29, through Dec. 24 increased only 3 percent over the same period of...
Mizzou-Illini Postscripts
Some highlights, lowlights and other observations from the 16th annual Braggin' Rights game between Missouri and Illinois on Saturday night at Kiel Center:Best Introduction to the Braggin' Rights Extravaganza: In his first season as Illinois coach, Lon...
More of the Best
Here's Lots To Do, And Just A SamplingIF YOU LIVE in St. Louis, you should never complain that there's nothing to do in your town. Here's the proof - and these listings are just a beginning.For instance, you won't find the season schedules (readily available...
Morning Briefing Eye Openers
Eye Drops:You may have seen RON CARON's list of candidates for the Blues coaching job in these pages recently. But space prevented us from publishing the entire list so here's the names that were left out, along with a little background:DON ZIMMER -...
Multicultural Poems Don't End Inequities
THE BEST AMERICAN POETRY 1996Edited by Adrienne Rich and David Lehman318 pages, Scribner, $27.50, $13 paper *** LIKE ALL PREVIOUS volumes of "The Best American Poetry" since 1988, this year's collection may not seem the "best" to many readers. But it's...
NBA Journeyman, Steve Burtt, 34, Banned in Greece, Now Stars in Italy
Steve Burtt is a basketball mercenary, a free-agent-for-life bouncing from league to league in search of the highest bidder.The 34-year-old's travels have taken him on a ride that peaked with the NBA playoffs and hit bottom with a lifetime drug ban from...
New Year's Eve Gunfire under Attack Chief Says Risky Ritual Now `Way out of Hand'
Norbert Ries worries about starting the New Year with a bang.He is one of many people becoming increasingly concerned that people are celebrating New Year's Eve with their guns blazing - firing them into the air and raining bullets down on unsuspecting...
Northwest Rebounds after Snowstorms
Northwesterners scrambled Saturday to dig out roads clogged by more than a foot of snow and restore electricity to thousands of blacked-out customers before the next storm hits.Another dose of snow - 4 to 10 inches possible - was expected to move in...
Nothing Funny about Mu's Comedy of Errors
Chris Gandy said the mentality of playing pressure defense is something new for him and his Illinois teammates. But apparently picking it up hasn't exactly been the mental challenge of a Rubik's Cube.If their defensive work Saturday against Missouri...
Officer Kills Man Breaking into Neighbor's Home ; `I Didn't See Any Other Choice,' Detective Says
Castradero Lomax decided early Saturday to burglarize a house that happened to be next door to a police officer's home.That decision proved fatal.Lomax, 22, was shot and killed about 12:50 a.m. Saturday by Jerry Griffin, a St. Louis city detective. The...
Pabst Leaves Bitter Taste Milwaukeeans Dazed by Brewery's Closing
Tom O'Brien says, only half in jest, that he can pinpoint when the fading future of brewing in Milwaukee became vividly, ruefully, apparent."Oct. 1, 1990. That was when they said no more beer on the job," said O'Brien, who spent 29 years as an employee...
Palestinians Lag on Oslo Promise
In the peace agreement with Israel, the Palestinians undertook one solemn commitment: to change their national charter that calls for the destruction of Israel. mjwsspeNot a lot to ask. In fact, it was practically all that the Palestinians were asked....
Peace Breaks out in Guatemala
Latin America's longest war ends officially Sunday. The Guatemalan government is to sign a peace treaty with the guerrillas, ending a 36-year-old conflict that cost up to 150,000 lives. This agreement was not easily achieved, and it will not be easily...
People
As the year spools down, we pause to reflect on The 12 Months Of People.Through the miracle of computer technology (as explained patiently to us by the Post's Steve Bolhafner), we can cruise through the electrons, typing in the names of celebs to determine...
Photo Identification Cards: Don't Leave Home without Them
JIM LANGLEY, owner of the Travel Agency in Chiefland, Fla., near Gainesville, has since Oct. 16 been printing an additional message on the bottom of every itinerary he sends to customers. It says:"Due to security regulations, all passengers over age...
Plan Called for Special Access for Party Donors Asian-Americans Were Promised Power, Influence, Records Show
A White House official and a leading fund-raiser for the Democratic National Committee helped devise a strategy to raise $7 million from Asian-Americans partly by offering rewards to the largest donors, including special access to the White House, the...
Pod Squad: Playing `Shamu' Is a Job Too Big for One Whale
OK, CALL me naive.The first thing I wanted to know when I visited Shamu Backstage, the newest attraction at Sea World of California, was where to find the star of the show. You know, the killer whale whose name has become synonymous with the landmark...
Police Aren't Ready to Give Up on Case of Abused Twin Boys
St. Louis police have not given up, but they admit they may never be able to press for criminal charges against someone who squeezed and twisted newborn twin boys last summer, breaking numerous bones."The babies, of course, can't tell us who abused them,...
Politician Lost Thousands to Casinos
A former county treasurer and Republican nominee for statewide office has lost more than $66,000 in casino gambling since he was charged with stealing $625,000 in county money, prosecutors say.Gary Melton, who lost the Missouri state treasurer's race...
Pressuring Adversity Ennis-Inge Fights off More Than Opposition
Events swirling around University of Iowa defensive end Bill Ennis-Inge might have sapped his spirit. Somehow, though, they made him stronger.His father, William Inge, died unexpectedly in April on the brink of Bill's graduation.His father's brother...
Prudential Accused Again of Shredding Documents
Florida Insurance regulators said Friday they've found another instance of alleged document destruction involving Prudential Insurance Co. of America.An attorney representing the nation's biggest insurance company was seen destroying documents in Prudential's...
Questionable Character Decisions Plague Coaches
How do you know?That's the question that plagues basketball coaches all across the nation. How do you know?How do you know that the hotshot point guard you just signed won't get caught at the center of a bowling alley brawl? (See Iverson, Allen, of Georgetown)....