St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from January 28, 1995

Additions Math, Criminology Programs Get OK for Umsl Doctoral Lineup
Two new doctoral programs and a new molecular electronics center, years in the planning, have taken giant steps closer to reality for the University of Missouri at St. Louis.Meeting Friday at UMSL, the university's Board of Curators approved the new...
A Drastic Reinvention of Hud
HUD Secretary Henry R. Cisneros wants to reduce his agency's 60 far-flung programs to a mere eight in the coming fiscal year, then cut that number to three by 1998. His plans stem from many pressures, including the public's selective outrage over government...
Agassi Gets Float Trip to Final Injury Forces Krickstein to Default Minutes before Flood Hits
Down Under took on new meaning at the Australian Open as center court was submerged in ankle-deep water."Is tennis drowning?" one wag asked. It seemed to be.Though the roof was closed Friday during a fierce storm, a flash flood from the polluted Yarra...
Aldermen Now Want Vote on Teachers' Residency
The St. Louis Board of Aldermen took the issue of police residency a step further on Friday by adding teacher residency to the mix.The board was considering a bill calling for a non-binding election on whether the Police Board should continue to require...
Analysts Call Prospects Iffy for Ratification of Budget Amendment
SENATE DEMOCRATS called on Republicans Friday to outline a plan for eliminating deficits before the final vote on a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution.With Senate debate set to begin Monday, Republican leader Bob Dole forecast a "long struggle"...
Armey Calls His Colleague `Barney Fag' Gop Leader Cites Slip of Tongue
House Majority Leader Dick Armey, the second-ranking Republican in the House, called Democratic Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts "Barney Fag" during an interview Friday. But when asked about it, he quickly apologized and said the comment was a slip...
Auschwitz Evil, Inmates' Fate Recalled Jews, Poles Smooth over Dispute, Join Heads of State to Mark Anniversary of Liberation
Jews and Poles papered over their dispute on Friday to mark the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau in a somber, tearful ceremony that heard haunting testimony of the Nazi extermination camp's evil.President Lech Walesa, who has...
Bassen Helps Quebec Trounce Buffalo
Bob Bassen had two goals and five other Nordiques scored as Quebec routed the Buffalo Sabres 7-3 Friday night in a matchup of unbeaten National Hockey League teams.Quebec's seven goals more than doubled the number Buffalo allowed in its first three games....
Big Apple Diners Toast the Core of NY Baseball
It was a bow to the greatest gathering of an impressive threesome since Henry Aaron and Willie Mays joined Stan Musial in St. Louis a couple of decades ago. This, more sentimental, was the gathering at the New York baseball writers' dinner the other...
Bobby's Sock Ross Took Charge and Turned the Chargers into Winners
In 1992, the San Diego Chargers were flying home from a 35-14 preseason loss to the Phoenix Cardinals. Big deal."Guys were drinking on the plane, smoking, and playing cards," recalled linebacker Gary Plummer, now with San Francisco.Oh, the agony of...
Bosnia's Cold Truce
The winter thaw in the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina is ending. Fighting has resumed in northwest Bosnia; it's reasonable to fear that the onset of spring will bring a serious offensive.The stumbling block to peace remains the Bosnian Serbs, who continue...
Briefs
NATION BOSTON Salvi Was Tormented, His Parents Say</P><P>A man charged in two abortion clinic shootings was obsessed with Catholicism and had visions of "an evil birdlike figure," his parents said Friday. They expressed regret that...
Briefs
ILLINOIS MURPHYSBORO Student At SIUC Gets Probation For Melee</P><P>A Southern Illinois University at Carbondale student who admitted helping to overturn a car during last Halloween's melee has been placed on probation for a year.</P><P>Marlon...
Briefs
MISSOURI CATHOLIC CHARITIES '94 Christmas Appeal Barely Meets Its Goal</P><P>Catholic Charities' Christmas Appeal drive went over the top Friday - barely - officials reported. The 1994 goal for about 60 agencies that help the needy...
Buck's 16th Super Bowl Sunday Might Be His Last
On Sunday afternoon, Jack Buck will do something he has done more times than anyone on network radio or TV - broadcast the Super Bowl.But trip No. 16, for the San Francisco-San Diego matchup in Miami, might be his last.Buck will do play-by-play of the...
Carbon Monoxide Can Be Silent Killer
Dear Ann Landers: I feel compelled to write you as a way of reaching the public in the hopes of averting tragic deaths and chronic illnesses due to exposure to a silent killer - carbon monoxide.Last summer, my husband and I bought our first home. Before...
Carnahan, Other Governors Offer Shift in Welfare
Leaders of the National Governors' Association, including Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan, have devised a plan that would give states the option of taking a single federal payment each year and designing their own welfare programs, with few federal regulations.The...
Clinton Starts Special Focus on Welfare Reform
President Bill Clinton expressed concern Friday about Republican plans to reform welfare as he began two days of focusing on ways to reduce the $22 billion the nation spends on welfare every year.On Friday, he held a discussion on ways to reform the...
Converted Garage Needs Insulation for Walls
Q: I have converted my attached brick garage, which has no wall insulation, into a study. Heating it has increased my utility bills, but it is still chilly. What is the easiest way I could insulate the walls? - H.D.A: During winter, some walls just seem...
Cor Jesu Rallies Past House Springs
The Cor Jesu Chargers, ranked No. 1 in the Post-Dispatch poll of area large schools, trailed seventh-ranked Northwest House-Springs for the majority of Friday night's game at Northwest.But a 3-pointer by Karen Kutis with 2 minutes 38 seconds remaining...
Currency Casualties Peso Slump Hits Mexico's Auto Workers Hard
Auto workers at the Volkswagen housing project are using this week's work suspension to fix up their Beetles, hash out rent increases on their apartments and prepare for the worst.As the workers gathered around one of the five-story concrete apartment...
Debate on Public Schools Puts New Twist on Old Rhetoric
THE REPUBLICANS' takeover of Congress and their ensuing attempts to downsize or dismantle government has produced many odd moments.Typical was a House committee hearing last week where GOP ideologue William Bennett faced off against Rep. Mel Reynolds,...
Drivers' Fears Hinder Bakery Company Won't Deliver to East St. Louis Shop
Mix a batch of dreams with spice and spunk. Stir in some dollars - and you'll get a brand-new bakery business.That's the recipe for sweet success for Corinne Cash, who's about to open the first bakery in downtown East St. Louis in years.But there's a...
Eureka Socks It to De Soto, Will Face Parkway C. in Finale
The De Soto basketball team traditionally uses its outside shooting to offset deficiencies in its inside game. That's largely how De Soto went 29-2 and finished third in Missouri Class 4A two years ago.When the Dragons met towering and talented Eureka...
Ex-Busch Executive, Shanahan Are Part of Bidders for Gambling
Former Anheuser-Busch executive Dennis Long and St. Louis Blues chairman Michael Shanahan are included among four rival groups that may bid for riverboat gambling rights at the old National Lead Co. site in Lemay.Long is a principal in Futuresouth Development...
Fans Inc. Discusses Rams Costs with Board
Thomas F. Eagleton went before the Board of Aldermen on Friday and was asked whether the deal with the Rams would cost the city any more money.The answers, from Eagleton and others with FANS Inc. and the Convention and Visitors Bureau, was that the city's...
Fidelity Loses 2nd Key Player; More May Follow
Fidelity Investments, reeling from bond fund losses and a slump at its flagship Magellan Fund, announced the departure of a top portfolio manager Friday amid signs more may be leaving.Robert Citrone, 30, who helped manage $8 billion in emerging-market...
Freshman Makes a Name for Himself as Mizzou Rallies to Defeat Colorado
For the measly limelight he had enjoyed at the University of Missouri, freshman Scott "Fine Tooth" Combs was virtually anonymous through 16 games. He'd contributed 30 minutes and eight points and seemed entrenched on the bench."I always go down toward...
Friday's High School Basketball Highlights
BOYS</P><P>Ryan Robertson had 21 points and seven assists while brother Troy had 12 points and eight assists in St. Charles West's 55-38 win over Parkway South. St. Charles West (17-2) is the No. 2-ranked team in the Post-Dispatch large-school...
From Theater of War to Stage for `Marine'
THE MARINES have missed out on a good man.As a boy, Brian read books on the Corps. He wore camouflage fatigues. He shaved his head as close as his mom would allow. And he once buried a box of cookies with full military honors.That was the day he and...
Gingrich Tack Ticks off Mayors
House Speaker Newt Gingrich raised the ire of mayors Friday by saying Congress would cut back the new crime law that mayors lobbied hard to get passed. President Bill Clinton urged them to fight any attempt to "fix what ain't broke."The mayors, most...
GMC Doesn't Dare to Take 20
When the Great Midwest Conference ends its brief life at four years this summer, basketball fans should remember it as seriously competitive on a national scale.It will go down as a league with terrific players and coaches that made immediate impact,...
Governor's `Pardon' Puts Youth in Spotlight Boy, 10, Appealed Punishment to Carnahan
One day, Cody McGannon was just another 10-year-old grounded for telling a lie.Now, the fourth-grader has a pardon from the governor - and offers from Phil Donahue and Jay Leno."Can you believe this? I know I can't," Cody's mother, Elisabeth Jones, said...
Heady Punch: Big Dose of Growth, Dash of Low Inflation
The nation's economy grew last year at the healthiest rate in a decade, Commerce Department figures show, while inflation remained remarkably low.The Commerce Department said Friday that the gross domestic product grew 4 percent in 1994, much above the...
Heathcote Taking His `Tour' to Illinois
Michigan State basketball coach Jud Heathcote could well have taken his farewell tour of the Big Ten Conference last year. But he wanted it on his terms, with longtime assistant Tom Izzo taking his job.When associate athletic director Clarence Underwood...
Help Yourself!
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He Seeks Bankruptcy to Dodge Debt
Q: I hired a man to do some repair work on my house and paid him more than $5,000. He told me he had a lot of experience in that kind of work, but he lied. He didn't have any experience, and he didn't finish the work he started on my home.When I called...
High Court May Decide Toddler's Custody
Baby Richard's attorney asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to keep the boy with his adoptive parents despite their second defeat in the custody battle. And Gov. Jim Edgar's wife pleaded with the biological father not to remove the youngster from...
How to Avoid Sweepstakes Scams
AS SWEEPSTAKES have gotten more popular, so have sweepstakes scams.The U.S. Postal Inspection Service investigated 22 cases of sweepstakes fraud in 1994, up from five cases in 1990, says Paul Griffo, spokesman for the inspection service in Washington,...
Hull Makes Himself at Home as Blues Win in Kiel's Debut
There was pizzazz, with laser lights. There were pyrotechnics, with pregame fireworks. There was surprise, with the unexpected introduction of Brendan Shanahan in the starting lineup. And there was suspense, with the curious absence of Craig Janney from...
Ideal Intensity of Exercise May Be Hard to Measure
Dear Dr. Donohue: My question concerns aerobic exercise and the factors of intensity, frequency and duration. Frequency and duration are easily defined, but the length of intensity is never addressed. How long, say, in a 30-minute workout is it necessary...
Indy Racing League Forges Alliance with Walt Disney
The Indy Racing League has refused to roll over and die - as many in the rival Championship Auto Racing Teams circuit had figured.At least not without some pizazz.Tony George, president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, came up with the idea for a...
Iron Mike Calls Signals for Janney Power-Play QB Gets Message in Benching
What we have here is a good, old-fashioned quarterback controversy.In the epicenter of the debate is Craig Janney, the Blues' power-play quarterback and only certifiable playmaking center. Engineering the dispute is Blues coach Mike Keenan, who scratched...
Jazz Wins 15th Road Game in a Row
The Utah Jazz won its 15th successive road game - one short of the National Basketball Association record - and 11th in a row overall, outscoring Seattle by 12 points in the fourth quarter of a 120-108 victory Thursday night.Utah will attempt to tie...
Johnson's 39 Points Lift Hornets over NY
Larry Johnson scored 39 points and hit six 3-pointers as the Charlotte Hornets rolled to a 105-90 victory over New York on Friday night, ending the Knicks' winning streak of six games. The Hornets won for the fifth time in their last six games against...
Ketc Fires Show Host Who Linked Race, Crime
Talk show host Bruce Bradley was fired Friday from his job at KETC (Channel 9) over his comments linking race to crime.On Thursday night's installment of his show, "Common Sense?" Bradley said repeatedly that most violent crime is committed by young...
Las Vegas Is Place to Sell TV Programs
WHO'S THAT over there? Why, it's Regis and Kathie Lee, posing for photographs. Turn around and perched in leather-backed directors' chairs are Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt from "Mad About You," doing the same.Turn again, and you stumble across Jack Hanna's...
Lemay Gambling Proposal Draws Big-Name Investors
Former Anheuser-Busch executive Dennis Long and St. Louis Blues chairman Michael Shanahan are included among four rival groups that may bid for riverboat gambling rights at the old National Lead Co. site in Lemay.Long is a principal in Futuresouth Development...
Lockheed Admits Guilt in Aircraft-Sale Bribe
Lockheed Corp. was fined $24.8 million Friday after admitting it conspired to bribe an Egyptian legislator to promote the sale of three cargo planes.U.S. District Judge Marvin H. Shoob fined the defense contractor twice the amount of profit it made...
Lone Elk Park Looks to Its Future
Jim Kent peered through the car window at the new bison in Lone Elk Park and considered the next, but unlikely, item on his wish list."It'd be neat as heck to have a bear," he said with a smile. "But our habitat isn't quite big enough."Lone Elk is the...
Lucky Jackpot Winners to Go to Disney World
Tim and Nancy Brand of St. Peters can count on an income of about $1,985 a day for the next 20 years. That's after taxes.The Brands won a $21.3 million Powerball jackpot last week.Tim Brand, 30, says, "I'll be quitting my job." He plans to return to...
Mccluer Parents Want Answers in Teen's Slaying at High School
Parents of McCluer North students know that 15-year-old Christine Smetzer was beaten to death and sexually assaulted in a school bathroom.What they don't know is why her alleged attacker was there, too.Some parents angrily complained Friday that they...
Morning Briefing
McDonnell Stock Hits Record High</P><P>McDonnell Douglas Corp.'s stock hit another record high Friday, closing at $50.50 a share, up $1.62 1/2, on the New York Stock Exchange.</P><P>The previous high, adjusted for a 3-for-1...
Mo. Says No to Derivatives but Teachers Stay, Get Boatmen's Guarantee
Fear of the D-word - derivatives - caused the state's main employee retirement system to bail out of a multibillion-dollar short-term investment fund run by Boatmen's Trust Co., state officials said Friday.But the state's teachers retirement system...
Niners Coach Mystery Man, Even to Wife
George Seifert is like . . . uh, give me a minute . . . George Seifert is . . . I give up.Who is George Seifert?How to explain the lonely-looking coach in the sunglasses? Seifert coaches the San Francisco 49ers and only has the best winning percentage...
Not Any Decision about Abortion Will Prove Easy
SHE WAS 32, old enough to know better than to confuse great sex with true love. But in the heat of the moment, she was not too old to do something dumb. She got pregnant.She was reared a Catholic, one of a dozen children who arrived with exhausting regularity...
Nothing to Snicker At
Nearly six years after the dispute began, the U.S. Supreme Court has finally ended the case of Anheuser-Busch vs. Snicker, a humor magazine published in Creve Coeur by Richard and Kathleen Balducci. By refusing to hear the case, the high court lets stand...
Oates' Ot Goal Lifts Bruins over Devils
Adam Oates scored with 1 minute 17 seconds left in overtime Thursday night to preserve Blaine Lacher's perfect record and give the Boston Bruins a 1-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils in Boston Garden.Oates worked a give-and-go with Ray Bourque at...
O.J. Simpson's Book of Letters Arrives Here to Faint Fanfare
O.J. Simpson's book of letters includes a racist screed he got from an anonymous resident of Belleville.The book is "I Want to Tell You," subtitled "My Response to Your Letters, Your Messages, Your Questions."Simpson is on trial for the murder of his...
One-Woman Show: Funny, Unpredictable
THOSE of us who talk back to newspapers, television and that Voice of Reason interminably babbling in our heads have a soulmate in Reno, whose wild and rowdy one-woman show, "Citizen Reno," opened Thursday at the Drama Studio in Mallinckrodt Center...
Parks College Students Oppose Idea of Moving
About 200 Parks College students walked out of class Friday in freezing rain to protest the possible move of the college from Cahokia.Officials of St. Louis University, which has owned Parks for 49 years, said they probably would decide in the next few...
Parkway Coach Whiteaker Killed in Auto Accident
On a soggy October night in 1993, Hal Whiteaker stood as a quiet, unassuming soul in the midst of revelry. Parkway West High just had won its second successive softball state championship, and he was the team's coach.Instead of drawing even a hint of...
People
TED KENNNEDY took communion this week at his mother's funeral - an act that scandalized some Catholics. After all, church law bars Catholics who divorce and remarry (as Kennedy has done) from receiving the sacraments.Now, it seems that Kennedy has squared...
Perkins Moves to New Arena of Operations Kiel Executive Resigns, Takes Position with NBA
If the Kiel Center Partners ever pursue a National Basketball Association team, they will be well-connected to the league office.Jud Perkins, the group's president and chief operating officer, resigned Friday to assume the same role with NBA Events and...
Pierce Grabs Women's Title Agassi Reaches Men's Final When Injury Stops Krickstein
Mary Pierce vaulted into the upper echelon of tennis at last when she overcame early jitters and her fiery temper to upset Arantxa Sanchez Vicario 6-3, 6-2 and capture the Australian Open today.Amid the constant rumble of thunder, Pierce's powerful and...
Police/courts
The following incidents were among those that were reported to police departments in the St. Louis metropolitan area or that involved action in one of the area's courts: COURT ACTIONSt. Charles: Allen Oldcroft, 23, of St. Peters, became the first person...
Postcard from the Super Bowl
When asked about the Rams' proposed move to St. Louis, NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue said exactly what he had to say:The matter will be reviewed. He will determine if the Rams meet the NFL guidelines for moving and then make a recommendation. He'll...
Rigali Praises `Youthful Energy,' Hopes to Stoke Fire of Area Faith
Archbishop Justin Rigali returned last week from the pope's 10th annual World Youth Day in Manila eager to fire up St. Louis Catholic youth as witnesses to Christ in some sort of large event. Missouri youth who went also were charged to spread their...
Rise of Bakery Nearly Deflated by Fear of Crime
Mix a batch of dreams with spice and spunk. Stir in some dollars - and you'll get a brand-new bakery business.That's the recipe for sweet success for Corinne Cash, who's about to open the first bakery in downtown East St. Louis in years.But there's a...
Senate Oks Checks on Mandates Bill Relaxes Demands on State Funds
The Senate passed a bill on Friday that curbs the congressional tendency to create new programs and make states pay for them.The "unfunded mandates" bill - a cornerstone of the Republican Contract with America - won approval on a bipartisan 86-10 vote...
Show Visitors Stop to Smell Hyacinths
Thelma Sibley of Springfield, Ill., said a day at the St. Louis Flower Show was like "stepping into spring.""We could hardly stand up, ice was so bad in Springfield this morning," she said. "Just smelling the hyacinths is worth the trip."Sibley and about...
Slu Season Could Swing vs. Cincinnati
It's possible that all of St. Louis University's basketball hopes for this season depend upon today.Should the Billikens knock off Cincinnati at 1:05 p.m. at Kiel Center, their world can spin happily again. The sting from recent losses at Cincinnati...
Smithsonian to Pare Exhibit on Bombing
The Smithsonian plans to scale down drastically an exhibit on the atomic bombing of Japan, House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Friday.Gingrich welcomed the development, saying the Smithsonian should not be "a plaything for left-wing ideologies." Some had...
Snow Maiden a Russian Tale
`KEEP YOUR DOOR open for the fairy queen," the neighbors told the merchant and his wife on the day they gave birth to a child. "Prepare a cup of honey ale for her. She will come and bless your child." Sure enough, before long the queen fairy, dressed...
Southern Comedy in One-Act Doses
GIVE your characters an accent and make them a few bricks shy of a load - and presto, you've written Southern comedy.It's on display at the Sheldon tonight and again next Wednesday through Saturday in three one-act plays whose characters have an accent...
Sports Shorts
Baseball Owners Plan New Offer To Players</P><P>Baseball's team owners will make a new proposal to the striking major-league players when the game's labor talks resume Wednesday in Washington with President Bill Clinton's Feb. 6 settlement ...
Strained Groin Muscle Idles Joseph
Mystery seems to be part of the Blues' new environment this season.On Thursday, ailing winger Brendan Shanahan made an unexpected appearance in the lineup for the home opener. Just hours before, it was explained Shanahan would not be available.On Friday,...
Stuff to Do
A selective directory of places to go and people to see. TODAY"An Evening of Opera": We propose a night of cultural extremes. First, go see the Webster U. Opera Studio perform scenes from Bizet's "Carmen" in French, Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro"...
Suit Seeks Grand Jurors' Secrets
Grand jurors deceived by prosecutors into indicting innocent police officers in Granite City should be questioned under oath about what they heard in the secret sessions, a lawyer for one of the officers told a judge Friday.The lawyer, Melroy B. Hutnick...
Sweeping the Nation despite Long Odds and Hidden Traps, Sweepstakes Are More Popular Than Ever
YOU COULD already be a winner: $10 million from the Publisher's Clearinghouse sweepstakes, $1 million from the World Wildlife Fund sweepstakes, $100,000 from the Michigan Bulb Sweepstakes.Of course, it's probably equally likely you could get hit by a...
Tagliabue Measures Rams' Final Hurdle
Assuming the personal seat licenses sell as well as early returns indicate, one hurdle remains for the Rams' move to St. Louis.Namely, 23 of the 30 National Football League owners must approve the move. According to NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, it...
Tension Rocks Rockwood
The Rockwood School District has extended its record of being in a state of continuous crisis. The simmering tension between the School Board and Superintendent Dennis L. Peterson has erupted in his indefinite suspension with pay, but the board's refusal...
Thin Tires Go in Snow
Dear Tom and Ray: I was talking to my co-worker Roger the other day, and he was saying that narrower tires are better in the snow than wider tires. He says the narrower tires will sink through the snow and grip the pavement, whereas wider tires will...
Third Title Would Have Nice Ring to It for 49ers' Norton
As far as Ken Norton is concerned, he has more jewelry than Deion Sanders. His two Super Bowl rings make Norton the hands-down winner. The other stuff is fake. Store-bought costume jewelry.Norton won two rings as a starting linebacker for the Dallas...
Three Area Schools in League with Success atop Conferences
What three local basketball teams occupy first place in their respective conferences midway through the 1994-95 basketball season?If the response was Washington University, Missouri-St. Louis and Fontbonne, consider yourself a genuine fan of area college...
Time Warner Expands Its Cable Empire
Time Warner Inc. said Friday it agreed to buy the cable-television businesses of Houston Industries Inc. in a deal valued at $2.2 billion, bringing it close to Tele-Communications Inc. as the nation's largest cable TV company.Industry analysts said the...
Wichita Rallies, Hands Ambush First Loss at Kiel Center 17-12
The Wichita Wings knew the Ambush way back when St. Louis had a losing record this season. In fact, it was the Wings who made the Ambush "losers," if only briefly.The Ambush opened the season on Oct. 22 with a two-point loss at Wichita. Ever since then,...
Will Balanced Budget Disturb Balance of Power?
ALTHOUGH THE IDEA of a constitutional amendment to require a balanced budget has been examined and debated for nearly 60 years, at least one big question remains unanswered: What happens if the amendment takes effect and Congress fails to balance the...
Wrap Shawl Becomes Essential Accessory
Dear Eunice Farmer: I have seen women wear cape-type wraps that look soft and unconstructed. Years ago these were called ruanas. Can you help me find a pattern for one?Check Vogue 8555 for the wrap-type shawl you describe. These are great to wear over...
Zig Ziglar
MY FRIEND and fellow speaker, Joe Sabah, said that you don't have to be good to start, but you have to start to be good. This is a profound observation and applies regardless of your field of endeavor.It brings to mind the story of one skinny, sickly...