St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from December 6, 1996

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$391,250 Awarded in Harassment Suit
A former Wentzville police dispatcher won a $391,250 jury award Thursday on her claim that sex discrimination and harassment made her job unbearable.Debi Hellebusch claims that from the time she joined the Wentzville Police Department as a dispatcher...
A Closed Mind toward Message of Tolerance
Reading vanity plates and bumper stickers is sort of a hobby of mine.I once pulled up behind a faded red Dodge Omni, which apparently had not had the easiest of lives, judging from its numerous dents and balding tires. It was adorned with a variety of...
Aging Relatives: Easy Prey for Con Artists, Thieves
Dear Abby: I am a geriatric psychiatrist, a physician who specializes in mental problems of the elderly as they relate to legal matters. A letter in your column from a woman concerned about her 84-year-old mother-in-law's relationship with a 58-year-old...
A `Hat' That Fits for Ty England, Less Is a Lot More
TY ENGLANDInCahoots, Friday, Nov. 29COUNTRY SUPERSTAR Garth Brooks has long been identifiable by his first name only, but his friend and former guitarist Ty England has spent the last several years trying to establish a solo identity of his own. Friday...
Alabama Upsets No. 16 Minnesota 70-67
Eric Washington hit a 3-pointer with five seconds to play Thursday night, lifting Alabama over No. 16 Minnesota 70-67 in Tuscaloosa, Ala.Washington finished with 14 points on four-for-16 shooting and his late shot was enough to keep the Crimson Tide...
All-Academic Soccer Team for Gac Announced
The Gateway Athletic Conference recently named its all-academic soccer team honorees for the 1996 season. They include:* Fort Zumwalt South - Shawn Sloan, Joe Schappe, Ryan Morgan, Chris Stockmann, Scott Nicklay, Brian Hoffman, Brent Pitzer, Jeff Thom,...
All Style and Little Substance Eddie Griffin Goes for the Easy Laughs by Relying on Cliches
EDDIE GRIFFINWestport Playhouse, Friday, Nov. 29EDDIE GRIFFIN has often been hailed as a formidable comic talent, one capable of earning an honorable place among the rich legacy of black comedians - comedians who've delivered routines of style and, more...
Another Disaster, This Time Stallone's
"DAYLIGHT"Rating: PG-13. Running time: 1:50.IF your idea of fun is to spend almost two hours trapped in a mud hole with a bunch of whiny New Yorkers, then maybe "Daylight" is the movie for you. Killer tornadoes and killer aliens can be amusing. Killer...
Arafat First Says Yes, Then No to Meeting with Israeli Leader
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat said Thursday that he was ready to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to work out an accord on Hebron but declared later that he would not agree to such a session until negotiators had a deal already...
A Resolution Greet New Year Safely, Police Warn Revelers
Every Dec. 31 in many St. Louis neighborhoods, gun owners celebrate the New Year by firing their weapons into the air.Police Chief Ronald Henderson wants the shooting to stop, and he's going to take action this New Year's Eve to make sure.For starters,...
Back at 'Em: Cbc, Vashon Top Threats to 4a Champ Webster
Webster Groves is the Missouri defending Class 4A basketball champion, but after being depleted by graduation, the Statesmen and standout Johnnie Parker will find themselves trying to keep pace with a number of challengers this season.CBC and Vashon...
Bad News and Good Prognosis Is Mixed for Race Relations
RETIRED JUDGE and legal scholar A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. sees the future of race relations with an equal mixture of optimism and pessimism.His optimism let the 68-year-old jurist accept a role recently in an effort to turn Texaco Inc. into a model company...
Big Game: 10 Small Schools That Could Come Up Large
Borgia High has a gaudy basketball record - 156-27 - since 1991. The Knights won 60 of 64 games and Missouri Class 3A championships in 1992 and '93, and had won five consecutive district titles until Owensville snapped the streak last spring with a one-point...
Blanchard, Colts Kick Eagles 37-10
Another big game for kicker Cary Blanchard, another victory over an NFL division leader and another step closer to a playoff spot for the resilient Indianapolis Colts.Blanchard set a Colts season scoring record and came within one field goal of the NFL...
Bottle Rockets: Rowdy and Right
BOTTLE ROCKETSCicero's, Friday, Nov. 29THROUGH a curtain of cigar smoke (shouldn't there be a law about those things?) and an overheated conversation about whether Tiger Woods really belonged in the "Skins Game," the Bottle Rockets took the stage at...
Boyfriend Accused of Battery Held Captive for 11 Days, Granite City Woman Says
A woman has told Granite City police that she was held captive in her own home for 11 days by a boyfriend who beat her, sexually assaulted her, denied her food and stole her jewelry.On Thursday, prosecutors charged Ruben Ybarra, 40, with domestic ba...
Briefs
NATIONSPACE SHUTTLEBad Weather Rolls In Early, Delays Columbia's Return Clouds moved in at the last minute Thursday at Cape Canaveral and delayed space shuttle Columbia's return to Earth, offering the world's oldest spaceman one more day in orbit before...
Briefs
MISSOURIST. LOUIS COUNTYSeason's First Influenza Case Confirmed Public health officials confirmed Monday the season's first influenza case in St. Louis County. The case involves a county resident, 18, identified as having Type A flu. Several other cases...
Cardinal Rules Stanford Coach Comes Back to Be `Part of the Fun'
Stanford basketball coach Tara VanDerveer played hooky.For a year, VanDerveer coached the national women's basketball team. And when she returned to class at Stanford, she came bearing a note with a good excuse: an Olympic gold medal. Still, she missed...
Cautions Issued on Water
Even though water was flowing through the lines in the Gillespie area again Thursday, officials were asking residents of the eight towns on the system not to even turn on the taps or flush the toilets before Monday.Not only is the untreated water unsafe,...
Christmas Tree Land: Just Spell It Commercial
WARNING: If you use an artificial Christmas tree, read no further. You've already figured out a painless way to fulfill your Christmas-tree fantasies. But wait. Changes are happening at some choose-and-cut tree farms that may make you want to give a...
Church Notes
Los PosadasThe annual Los Posadas ceremony will start at 6 p.m. Saturday on South Main Street in St. Charles. The candlelight procession is a re-enactment of Mary and Joseph's quest for shelter. Visitors and performers will walk down South Main Street...
City Settles Suit, Will Release Records of Cellular Phone Calls
The city of St. Louis agreed late Thursday to release records on the use of city-owned cellular telephones by government officials.The settlement ends a lawsuit filed by the media.The Post-Dispatch sued the city on Oct. 25 to gain access to the cellular...
Clinton Names Woman as Secretary of State
Laying the foundation for his second-term Cabinet, President Bill Clinton nominated U.N. Ambassador Madeleine K. Albright on Thursday to be the first female U.S. secretary of state and picked retiring Sen. William Cohen, R-Maine, to be secretary of defense.Clinton...
Clinton Plans to Meet with Yeltsin in United States
President Bill Clinton and President Boris Yeltsin will meet in the United States in March to go about building what Clinton calls "a new partnership with democratic Russia."The meeting will be their first in 11 months. Since their last one, Yeltsin...
Controversial Mobile Home Development on Agenda Council Discussion Monday Follows Zoning Panel's OK
O'Fallon Mayor Paul Renaud plans to be one in a throng of people attending Monday night's St. Charles County Council meeting, where the development plan for Stone Creek, a mobile-home park, will be discussed.Councilman Bob Schnur, R-3rd District, is...
Courthouse Shooter's Lawyer Appeals for Release of Client
The lawyer for Clayton courthouse shooter Kenneth Baumruk is asking the Missouri Court of Appeals to let Baumruk walk out of Fulton State Hospital a free man.Patrick J. Berrigan of Kansas City petitioned the appellate court in western Missouri Wednesday...
Courts Undermine a Holy Institution
The decision - now put on hold - by one judge in Hawaii that the state may not prohibit same-sex marriages goes against the Author of marriage, legal precedent, the will of an estimated 75 percent of Hawaii's citizens and what used to be called common...
Coyotes Start Six-Game Trip at Kiel, Hope for Turnaround
It all starts now. Or it all ends now.That's the way the Coyotes have to view their 10-day, six-game trip that began Thursday at Kiel Center against the Blues.Either they make a statement by winning at least three games and climb to respectability, or...
Cushing's Disease and Cushing's Syndrome
Dear Dr. Donohue: I would appreciate any information on Cushing's disease and Cushing's syndrome, especially treatment.They're not the same, you know. But each has the same fundamental cause - cortisone overproduction.It takes a bit of explaining. Our...
Cuts, Pay Reductions for Tci Staff Here
The bad news Thursday for television watchers was the announcement of firings at the St. Louis area's largest cable television company.Tele-Communications Inc. of Denver said it fired 6.5 percent of its 38,500 employees nationwide.In St. Louis city and...
Dandy Dozen: 12 Girls Players Who Make Impact
The list of top girls high school basketball players to watch this season includes four 1995-96 Post-Dispatch All-Metro first-teamers. They lead a senior-dominated group of returning players that should make this season as fun to watch as any in the...
Deadly Chemicals Blasted near Americans, Says U.N
U.N. investigators have confirmed that the deadly chemical agent sarin was at an Iraqi weapons dump blown up by Americans after the Persian Gulf War, the Pentagon said Thursday."They drilled into a rocket, and sarin spurted out of that rocket," said...
Defective Used Car Leaves Buyer Stuck with Payments
Q: I bought a car two years ago from a used-car dealer, who sold my contract to a finance company. I have made all my payments to that company. The car never worked right. I argued with the dealer for several months, but then the dealer went out of business.Although...
Dwindling Number of Survivors Gather at Pearl Harbor
Glenn Lane looked over the scale drawings of the battleship Arizona and traced with his finger the path he took when the Japanese sank the battleship in the attack on Pearl Harbor 55 years ago."We were trying to fight the fire when she blew up," Lane,...
Ex-Chief's Case to Get Special Prosecutor Judge to Name Lawyer for Perjury Inquiry
Chief Circuit Judge Stephen M. Kernan said Thursday that he would appoint a special prosecutor to look into allegations that some of the defendants in a civil suit by former Belleville Police Chief Robert Hurst committed perjury.St. Clair County State's...
Fab Fives: Top Girls Squads Have Much to Offer
The Post-Dispatch top five girls basketball teams to watch in no particular order:LARGE SCHOOLSGateway Tech: It's hard to imagine, but the Jaguars lost perhaps their best player from a year ago and are seemingly a better team. Miesha Billups, who averaged...
Faulk Helps Colts Kick Eagles
A healthy Marshall Faulk is back, just in time for the Indianapolis Colts to make a run for the playoffs.Hampered much of the year with a dislocated toe, Faulk rushed for a season-high 101 yards and two touchdowns as the Colts routed the Philadelphia...
Fewer Teens Killed in Crashes 24 Percent Decline in Last Eight Years
Fatal car crashes involving teen drivers dropped 24 percent in the last eight years.The federal government gives some of the credit to state laws that limit teens' driving privileges while they gain experience behind the wheel.But the Centers for Disease...
Firings to Take Toll at Cable TV Firm
The St. Louis area's largest cable television company announced Thursday it was firing 6.5 percent of its 38,500 employees nationwide.Tele-Communications Inc. of Denver employs about 145 workers in St. Louis and 450 in the metropolitan area, including...
Fishing Report
LAKESBaldwin: Two units are running. Stripers: Good on crank baits evenings from the east end of the north levee. Some anglers are catching bluegill along the levee. Bass fishing has been fair for the few anglers out in boats.Bull Shoals: 12 feet above...
Floating on Air after 60 Years, Zeppelin to Rise from Ashes of the Hindenburg
The era of the great German zeppelins ended over an airfield in New Jersey in 1937 when the Hindenburg burst into flames after a trans-Atlantic flight.That disaster led to the demise of the magnificent airships.But the zeppelin is about to be reborn....
Food Fight Japanese Challenger Dethrones U.S. Hot Dog-Eating Champion
Japan's top glutton squared off against the world hot dog-eating champion Wednesday, and the results weren't pretty - for competitors or spectators.wnHirofumi Nakajima, a 144-pound furniture deliveryman, dethroned 320-pound Ed "The Animal" Krachie by...
For Pentagon, a Peacemaker, and a `Potted Plant' for CIA
President Bill Clinton nominated three men Thursday to key positions in his administration. Here are profiles of the nominees:***William Cohen The Republican chosen by Clinton to run the Pentagon is a man of many talents - senator, lawyer, poet, author....
Frost Finally the Man at QB for 'Huskers
Scott Frost, Nebraska quarterback.Nebraska quarterback, Scott Frost.The mirror has two faces. One. And the same. "Being the Nebraska quarterback is a part of me," Frost, a junior, recently told the Lincoln (Neb.) Journal-Star. "I can't separate myself...
Gym-Hopper's Dream Conjured Up Fans Get Chance to See Area Stars before College Orbits Begin
Many of the area's top high school basketball players spent November announcing their college plans. Others remain on recruiters' lists.They're the type of players fans will pay to watch during a season in which individual talent could be as big a drawing...
Hardy's Pessimism, Leavened with Beauty
"JUDE"Rating: R, violence, nudity. Running time: 2:03.THIS tragic love story, based on the Thomas Hardy novel "Jude the Obscure," is beautifully filmed - it's worth seeing just for its gorgeously funky wide-screen re-creation of 19th-century English...
Harmon Campaigns in Bosley Stronghold
Clarence Harmon gave a 10-minute speech 3 1/2 years ago endorsing mayor-elect Freeman Bosley Jr. at the mayor's inauguration.Thursday night, he gave another speech, this one calling for Bosley's defeat.Speaking before a crowd of about 50 at Memorial...
Heavyweight Teamsters Presidential Bout Staggers into Final Round
Somewhat battered but more belligerent than ever, the two heavyweights are staggering into the last round.The battle for president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters is the roughest election - political, union or other - in a long time.In...
Henry Rollins Talks a Lot . . . but Well
HENRY ROLLINS: THE SPOKEN WORD TOURMississippi Nights, Sunday, Dec. 1FOR SOME, a hero ain't nothing but a sandwich. For others, it's bathing in the breath of postpunk icon Henry Rollins as he talks . . . and talks . . . and talks - as he did Sunday evening...
Hey! 'Jude' Is Really Steamy
WHAT'S the big difference between Thomas Hardy and Jane Austen?Sex, says director Michael Winterbottom."Jude," his adaptation of Hardy's "Jude the Obscure," opens in St. Louis today, and audiences expecting a mannered romance like "Sense and Sen sibility"...
Holiday Delay Possible on Release of State Audit
The holidays could delay the release of the audit of the Warren County School District by the state auditor's office."Holiday schedules become a problem," said Frank Ybarra, the spokesman for the office of state Auditor Margaret Kelly, "because people...
Hud's `Homes for Homeless' Housed the Well-Off
A government program to give the poor a roof over their heads is so riddled with problems that well-off people lived in houses meant for homeless families and - as in St. Louis - low-income home buyers were bilked by government-approved middlemen, documents...
Illinois House Backs 96 Hours in Hospital after Mastectomy
The Illinois House moved rapidly Thursday to block what lawmakers are terming "drive-through" mastectomies.Legislators voted 112-0 in support of a bill mandating 96-hour hospital stays for patients who have a breast removed. One legislator, lame-duck...
Illinois vs. Columbia
When: 7 p.m.Where: Assembly Hall, Champaign, Ill.Tuning In: WFUN (95.5 FM). Records: Illinois 4-2, Columbia 1-3. Coaches: Lon Kruger (241-187 overall, 4-2 at Illinois). Armond Hill (8-22 overall, 8-22 at Columbia). Series: Illinois leads 3-0. Illinois...
Is Housing Plan Headed for Homer G. Phillips?
LET'S GO TO PRESS! An eavesdropper at City Hall overheard a conversation about an Indianapolis-based developer eyeing the long-shuttered Homer G. Phillips Hospital, at 2601 Whittier Street, for conversion into rental housing. . . .The Council of Lutheran...
Japanese Veteran Admits to War Crimes
As a medical assistant in World War II, Yoshio Shinozuka helped doctors from the Japanese Imperial Army test biological weapons by infecting Chinese prisoners of war with deadly diseases.But unlike many Japanese veterans of the army's Unit 731 who would...
Judge Dismisses Suit on Airport Expansion Lambert Plan Has Yet to Gain FAA Approval
A judge has dismissed a lawsuit aiming to block Lambert Field's expansion plan proposal, known as W-1W, saying it was too soon to hear the case because the plan has not been approved.In April, Bridgeton sued St. Louis, which owns the airport, to stop...
Judge Warns Jurors on Phone Call Testimony
The judge in O.J. Simpson's wrongful death trial tried to repair potential legal damage Thursday by warning jurors that they could not consider testimony about a call from "Nicole" to a battered women's shelter as evidence that Simpson stalked or threatened...
Kids Can Appreciate a Gift That Appreciates Stock in Favorite Firms Keeps Giving
Move over Barbie. Step aside "Space Jam" action toys.Here's a holiday gift that never breaks or goes out of style, is always in ample supply and is likely to be worth more in five years than it is today.Kids' eyes may not light up Christmas morning at...
Lawmakers Take Care of Their Own
After long consideration, extensive searching and painstaking analysis, the Joint Committee on Legislative Research for the Missouri General Assembly has chosen its new staff director - Don Prost, who just happened to have been chairman of the committee...
Laying out the Red Carpet Nebraska Fan Base Covers All the Bases, Even on the Road
Attention, citizens of St. Louis.Today you will see campers and RVs as they caravan east on I-70, rumbling into our humble village.You will see peculiar uses of red polyester. You will hear hymns to Dr. Tom Osborne. You will see banners, proclaiming...
Lead Paint Rules Take Effect Realtors, House Sellers Landlords Affected
New federal rules take effect today that enlist real-estate agents, landlords and house sellers in the fight against lead poisoning.Lead poisoning can cause mental retardation in children. It can also cause digestive problems, joint pain and headaches...
League Champ Lady Cougars Lead All-Gotc 1st-Team Picks with Four
For most teams, the loss of a two-time all-league performer would spell doom. But not for the Lady Cougars of Lutheran High of St. Charles County.Despite losing junior Liz Dietz to injury less than than a week into the volleyball season, the Lady Cougars...
Library Notes
Stories With SantaBring the family for Christmas stories, filmstrips, Santa Claus and songs. This program will be at the Deer Run Library from 7 to 8 p.m. Dec. 18. Cookies and punch will be served after the stories. Bring a camera. No registration.Christmas...
Mac May Bid on Hughes Units Speculation on the Sale Heats Up Hughes Stock
Hughes Electronics Corp. wants to sell its defense and aerospace operations, and McDonnell Douglas Corp. is high on the list of potential buyers.The auction will provide a clear signal of how far McDonnell is willing to go to remain the nation's No....
Mixed Bag: Retail Sales Have Up and Down Look
Retailers reported mixed sales for November, as demand for clothing and luxury items offset the second straight month of declining sales of computers and other electronics.Investors watch November sales results to see if shoppers are in a holiday buying...
Monsanto Ponders Historic Divorce Chemical Businesses Called Incompatible
Monsanto Co.'s board meets today to consider the most dramatic step in the company's 95-year history.The board is expected to vote on a plan to divorce Monsanto's chemical operations from its faster-growing farm, food, drug and biotechnology businesses.Monsanto...
More Patients Will Get Drugs to Fight Aids
The Department of Health will provide new AIDS treatment to every low-income person who signed up for the government-paid medication."We're very pleased that all who applied will be able to participate in the program and that no one at this time will...
More Questions about Eureka Megamall
Officials in Eureka seem to have more reasons than they need to say no to handing a $66 million holiday tax gift to a developer with a checkered background. In exchange for the tax subsidy, the developer is promising to give Eureka the area's largest...
Morning Briefing
A-B May Spice Up Ads With More Of Spike LeeLook for moviemaker Spike Lee to create more commercials for Anheuser-Busch, now that he has set up his own ad agency with the brewery's main agency, DDB Needham.The brewery worked with Lee this fall on promotions...
Morning Briefing Eye Openers
Just Wondering:Considering the lopsided results, wasn't the real "challenge" in the Missouri Valley Conference-Conference USA Challenge on Wednesday night at Kiel Center staying awake till the end?LARRY SMITH should have no trouble completing the football...
Movie Minutes
WHEN Jonathan Frakes was tapped in January to direct "Star Trek: First Contact" - an assignment he won, he says, after Paramount execs realized "they were not going to get Ridley Scott or James Cameron to do a `Star Trek' " - he knew he faced an awesome...
Mu Comes Home, Cruises to Victory over Arkansas St
In its first game back on the mainland, the University of Missouri men's basketball team riddled Arkansas State with a potent blend of crisp defense, clicking offense and team chemistry.Feeding off Arkansas State's four turnovers in its first four p...
New Five Eager to Build on Tradition
For the first time in five seasons, there's no Robertson in the St. Charles West boys basketball lineup.Ryan Robertson is a sophomore, starting at point guard for the University of Kansas, the top-ranked team in the nation. And younger brother Troy is...
New Plan for Decades-Old Waste Raises Some Neighbors' Eyebrows
Their yards have been drilled and dug. Their bodies poked and prodded.For the residents of the 8800 block of Nyflot Avenue in Hazelwood, the Department of Energy's pledge Thursday to ship radioactive waste from decades ago out of St. Louis is just another...
Nhl Has More Parity Than Ever This Season
Parity didn't just jump up and cross-check the National Hockey League in the back this season."There's been parity in the league the last decade," says the Blackhawks' Denis Savard, who has been around for nearly two decades.But as Brian Burke, NHL senior...
Night and Day
TodayNo meetings scheduled.Monday The Lincoln County Commission will be in session from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lincoln County Courthouse, 201 Main Street, Troy. The Warren County Commission will be in session from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Administration...
No Dodges in Wu's Drive to Volleyball Final Four
There is no easy way to win a sixth consecutive national title.There may be no harder way than the Final Four path in front of the Washington University volleyball team.The top three challengers to the top-ranked Bears all advanced to the NCAA Division...
Obituaries
Catherine E. RegotCatherine Elizabeth Regot, 92, of St. Charles, died Wednesday (Dec. 4, 1996) at Claywest House in St. Charles.Mrs. Regot was a former assembly-line worker at a can manufacturer in St. Louis.Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. today...
Opposition Broadcasts Resume in Belgrade
Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic permitted a small radio station that symbolizes the struggle for civic freedoms to go back on the air Thursday as he sought to defuse the biggest protests ever against him. There were other signs as well that Milosevic...
Pageantry: Seasonal Productions Build Message, Membership
Religious pageantry is one way of replacing the secular with the spiritual in people's hearts during the Christmas holidays.So more St. Charles County churches are using the performing arts to attract members in the Yuletide season.For months, church...
Parker Moves Up as Head Coach to Run Lady Warriors
The St. Charles West girls basketball team will have a new look this season.Ellen Parker takes over as head coach after spending the past six seasons as the Lady Warriors' coach at the sophomore level. She replaces Greg Gibson, who's now a varsity boys...
People
A handful of doctors have accomplished what the American electorate could not. They have hushed President BILL CLINTON.The presidential silence traces to strained vocal cords. Unhappily, it comes at a time of year when more than 10,000 people will stream...
Petition Questions Disabilities Board
More than 400 people have signed a petition questioning policies of the St. Charles County Developmental Disabilities Resource Board.The petition says the County Council should investigate pay increases and benefits for the board's two staff members...
Phoenix Leaves Blues with Blank Look Again Hull Blames Himself for Drought
First, Brett Hull apologized to his teammates. Then, he apologized to the media and fans.The Blues' star winger stood front and center in the locker room at Kiel Center - surrounded by notebooks, microphones and cameras - and held himself accountable...
Phoenix Leaves Blues with Blank Look Again Wakaluk, Coyotes Cruise 3-0
Another home game, another loss for the reeling Blues.The Phoenix Coyotes sent the Blues to their third consecutive loss at home and their third consecutive defeat overall with a 3-0 victory Thursday before an announced crowd of 16,459 at Kiel Center.The...
Pick `Present,' Make Move
This could be a holiday season of "promote or perish" for many retailers.Because the shopping period between Thanksgiving and Christmas is five days shorter and contains one less weekend this year, stores have vaulted out of the starting blocks.J.C....
Police/courts
The following were reported to police departments in the region or involved action in one of the area's courts:DRUG CRIMESFestus: A man from Cape Girardeau and a man from Illinois were charged Wednesday with one count each of second-degree drug trafficking....
Police/courts
The following were reported to police departments in the region or involved action in one of the area's courts:ASSAULTSSt. Louis: Two men were shot and critically wounded about 6:30 p.m. Thursday by three gunmen in the 4400 block of Greer Avenue. One...
Politics of Scandal: Clinton Aide Attacks Special Prosecutor
Here's a trick of the political trade that works every time. A campaign wants to highlight a particular issue. Forget a press release. Make a 30-second television ad. Run it a couple of times on CNN or in some inexpensive, teensy-weensy media market....
Pop Go the Movies Pop Singers Whitney Houston, Courtney Love, Madonna Make It Big on the Silver Screen
IT'S THE NEAR FUTURE, and a new starlet holds Hollywood in her thrall. With an Oscar nomination for her first knock-'em-dead movie lead, she is now winning roles equal to Demi, Julia, Sandra, Winona, Gwyneth. Her fee has instantly risen into the millions,...
Prosecutor Says Taunting by Teen Was `Hate Crime'
While the Illinois Supreme Court studies an appeal of a hate-crime case in Madison County, prosecutors there filed a new charge Thursday, alleging that four black teen-agers harassed a white teen-ager at a fast-food restaurant.Charleston Hilton Sr.,...
Ray Brown Fine Tunes Trio's Show
RAY BROWN TRIOBackstage Bistro, Wednesday, Dec. 4BASSIST Ray Brown, pianist Benny Green and drummer Greg Hutchinson have been regular visitors to St. Louis for the past several years, performing in various combinations at intimate clubs like the Backstage...
Refugee to Star: Albright Took Classic American Trail
She was an 11-year-old girl when she arrived in this country from Czechoslovakia after World War II. Her family had fled its homeland twice, first from Hitler, then from Stalin.Welcomed to America as a refugee, Madeleine Albright rose far from those...
Report Sparks Debate on CPI
A COMMISSION'S findings that the Consumer Price Index overstates inflation have started a fierce debate. Some critics contend that the panel was stacked from the beginning with economists whose minds were made up.The panel reported Wednesday that the...
Role Model Woman's Success Inspires Job Plan
A NEW JOBS INITIATIVE in the St. Louis area aims to help women in need to follow the lead of Lolita Clark, who went from receiving public assistance to assisting people as a health care worker.In the 1980s, Clark wasn't working. She received a $292 welfare...
Second-Term Blues May Set in Early
The way it is in Washington as the holiday season advances:First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton invites the press in to see the White House Christmas decorations and finds herself fending off questions about the possibilities of being indicted.The president...
Shopping around for Safety at Area Malls
WHO could resist learning "which malls are the most dangerous?" Channel 30 promised to reveal just that in the two-part Andy Banker series "Shopping: For Safety's Sake," introduced as "an investigation into the dangers of Christmas shopping."What Banker...
Sound of the Season: The Grousing about It
`WHY do so many people use the holidays to make themselves miserable?" asked Slats Grobnik.Are you miserable?"I don't mean me. I know how to handle it. But I can't believe the way so many people like to suffer." Such as? "Well, for a week all I got for...