St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from April 15, 1997

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11 Administrators Face Release Special District Board Meets Tonight to Discuss Renewal of Contracts
The futures of 11 top administrators in the Special School District are up in the air, including that of Interim Superintendent David Willard.The Special District board is expected to meet in closed session tonight to discuss whether to renew the contracts...
$1 Million Each Mcdonnell Foundation Makes Proposal to Assist Undiscovered Scholars
The James S. McDonnell Foundation wants to further the careers of 10 brilliant but undiscovered young scientists and scholars - to the tune of $1 million each.The St. Louis-based foundation has launched an international competition for "early career"...
2 Trainees Testify Drill Sergeant Raped Them Man Accused of 6 Attacks in Racially Charged Case
In the first trial to come out of the Aberdeen sex scandal, two Army trainees testified Monday that their drill sergeant had raped them in his office.A 21-year-old private said she was returning to her barracks from the bathroom when Staff Sgt. Delmar...
A New Mayor, a New Course
Ever since Clarence Harmon won the general election, he has been acting positively mayoral, with all the ups and downs that entails. On the night of his victory, he signaled his intention to review the city's tax structure. He later met with Gov. Mel...
A Universal Message Author Isabel Allende's Journal for Her Dying Daughter Helped Her Understand the Depts of Grief
ISABEL ALLENDE'S books enchant and empower readers.Using humor, irony and action-packed adventures, her novels - "The House of the Spirits," "Of Love and Shadows," "Eva Luna," "The Stories of Eva Luna," and "The Infinite Plan" have transported readers...
Basketball, Volleyball Leagues Open
The St. Charles Boys and Girls Club is accepting registration for the following summer programs:The Larry Schieni Memorial High Schools Girls Basketball League is open to all girls entering the 10th, 11th and 12th grades. Girls entering the ninth grade...
Blockage Some Still Balk over Water Easements
Residents of the Whispering Hills subdivision in O'Fallon are a little closer to getting sewer and water service, but there are a few holdouts.The required 66 percent of the residents signed a petition to add water lines to their neighborhood project....
Briefs
THE NATIONPHILADELPHIARacial Protest Given Cold Shoulder White residents, standing on their front steps, turned their backs Monday on about 500 blacks who marched through a working-class neighborhood to protest racial violence. Hundreds of police kept...
Briefs
COUNTY COURTSBar Association Will Honor RetireeThe St. Louis County Bar Association will hold a lunch Thursday at the Radisson Hotel in Clayton to honor Robert G. Ruhland on his retirement. Ruhland will step down April 30 as St. Louis County Director...
Briefs
WASHINGTONClinton Proposes Anti-Sweatshop CodePresident Bill Clinton proposed a code of conduct Monday to help improve working conditions in the apparel industry. Nike Inc., Reebok International Ltd., Liz Claiborne Inc., L.L. Bean and Patagonia were...
Broncos Pick Up Neil Smith after Kc Tells Him Farewell
Having freed up money under the salary cap by restructuring John Elway's contract, the Denver Broncos signed five-time Pro Bowl defensive end Neil Smith on Monday to a one-year contract.Smith, 31, has 86 sacks in his career. After getting 12 sacks in...
Buffaloes Herd at Top
In 1994, Charles Johnson was the first wide receiver taken in the National Football League draft.In 1995, Michael Westbrook was the first wide receiver taken in the draft.In 1997? Well, this could be habit-forming for the University of Colorado. Once...
Business Notes
NEW IN TOWNWestern Union Financial Services has opened a 30,000-square-foot office at 71 Boone Hills Drive in St. Peters. Agent requests for merchandising material will be handled at the office. Western Union has moved 42 employees from an office in...
Buyer to Make Deaconess Area's 1st For-Profit Hospital System
Tenet HealthSystem of California will pay about $140 million to buy the Deaconess-Incarnate Word HealthSystem and convert it into the first for-profit hospital system in St. Louis, H.C. Milford said Monday.Milford, chairman of Deaconess-Incarnate Word,...
Camp Casino: Construction Begins at Queen's RV Park
The Casino Queen began construction Monday on an RV park with a view.The boat's owners intend to open the campground, east of the casino's parking lots, this summer. The view, to the west, is of the Gateway Arch and the St. Louis skyline.Craig Travers,...
Childhood Tics: Common Malady in Today's World
Dear Dr. Donohue: My grandson, 8 years old, occasionally has a twitch-blink, whereby both eyes close for two to three seconds. He remembers this is happening. Do you have any thoughts on this?Your grandson has a tic.Tics are abrupt, involuntary movements...
Children Started Fatal Fire with Lighter, Survivor Says
A cigarette lighter left behind in the front room proved to be too big a temptation for the two 4-year-olds and a 5-year-old.As the one adult in the home slept in a bedroom on the morning of April 8, one or more of the children played with the lighter....
City Administrator Hired to Replace Official Forced Out
Ending a four-month search, officials in St. Peters have hired a new city administrator, William P. Charnisky, currently the village administrator in Bolingbrook, Ill. He will be paid $91,000 a year when he begins work on May 30.Charnisky, 50, has served...
City's First Couple Are Last in Fashion
HAPPY INAUGURATION DAY! Today is one of the few times in our town when style will be more noticed than substance. The outgoing first couple - Freeman Bosley Jr. and Darlyn Bosley - were fashion leaders - and their clothes and accessories were probably...
Clintons' Ex-Partner Gets 3-Year Sentence Don't Bank on Their Exoneration, He Says
James McDougal, the Clintons' former business partner, drew a lenient three-year prison sentence Monday for 18 felonies after the Whitewater prosecutor said McDougal's cooperation had led to information "previously unknown to us."McDougal could have...
Clintons' Income Topped $1 Million
Thanks to his wife, President Bill Clinton can claim he's a millionaire, at least on paper.One day before tax deadline, the president and Hillary Rodham Clinton reported $1,065,101 in adjusted gross income last year. They paid $199,791 in federal taxes.However,...
Conan O'brien Signs Up for Another Five Years
WHEN Conan O'Brien signed a five-year extension with NBC last week to continue his "Late Night" show, it was, he conceded, "a true statement."The message: Conan is for real.Having gone though at least a year, by most accounts a while longer, of facing...
Consultant for Mcdonnell Demands Apology
The FBI finds itself under growing criticism for its handling of the case involving a McDonnell Douglas consultant in the Czech Republic.The consultant, Thomas C. Stewart, is trying to help the St. Louis-based defense contractor sell 30 F/A-18 fighter...
Consumer Price Index Overstates Rise in Cost of Living, Experts Say
Congress and the White House are having second thoughts about changing the way the government figures cost-of-living increases. Many programs are indexed to the Consumer Price Index, but most experts think the CPI overstates the real rise in the cost...
Control Is Issue at Education Forum
Maintaining local control was stressed at a recent forum on how education is affected by state and federal laws.Jim Griesemer, chairman of the forum, said he had been following the route education is taking in Missouri for the last three years."What...
Court Declines Case Challenging Drug Sentences Is 50 Grams Worse Than 4,999?
The Supreme Court steered clear Monday of the debate over the diverse sentencing laws for possession of crack and powdered cocaine, an issue with racial and class overtones.The court, without comment, rejected an appeal that challenged as racially discriminatory...
Court Rejects Challenge to Drug Sentences
The Supreme Court steered clear Monday of the debate over the diverse sentencing laws for possession of crack and powdered cocaine, an issue with racial and class overtones.The court, without comment, rejected an appeal that challenged as racially discriminatory...
CYCLE OF VIOLENCE BEGINS IN CHILDHOOD Series: WEEK OF THE YOUNG CHILD
Violence, in large measure, is an intergenerational problem. We know that genetic vulnerabilities, harsh, inconsistent parenting and socio-environmental inequity drive the cycle. What many people do not seem to realize is that these factors have their...
Defendant Admits Wounding `Boss Man'
A man pleaded guilty Monday of shooting AIDS perpetrator Darnell "Boss Man" McGee near Cahokia last fall, 3 1/2 months before McGee was fatally shot in St. Louis.Authorities say McGee, who knew he had the AIDS virus, had sex with at least 61 girls and...
First Day as Mayor, Last Day to Relax
An open letter to Clarence Harmon:GOOD MORNING. This is a special day for you and for St. Louis. This morning, you'll be sworn in as the city's 48th mayor. This evening, you'll celebrate your swearing in at the inaugural ball.Enjoy this day. Tomorrow...
Gambling Funds Sought for PR
The St. Charles County Council would have up to $50,000 to spend on hiring a public relations company if a bill on tonight's council agenda is approved later this month.The bill would transfer that amount from the county budget's gambling proposals reserve...
Gay Man to Pursue Discrimination Claim against Ex-Employer
Rebuffed in one legal maneuver, a man plans to take another route to press his claim that he lost his job as a health-insurance claims processor because he is homosexual.(The following text appeared in the Three Star Edition:)His lawyer, Nathan Cohen,...
Harmon Set to Take Reins Bosley Bids Farewell as Wife's Illness Cancels Speech "The Packing Is Done"
With his inauguration today, Mayor-elect Clarence Harmon begins to turn words into actions that will mold the city's future for the next four years.Even so, his tenure will be launched with talk: a speech outlining his plans for a better tomorrow.The...
Health News
LONDONBrain Differences Found In AnorexicsBritish researchers said Monday that the brains of young girls with anorexia nervosa showed some measurable differences, which could mean there is a biological cause for the disease. Bryan Lask and colleagues...
Here's a Quick Read of Works by Allende
A capsule of the writings of Isabel Allende:"The House of the Spirits" is one of the first magic realism books from South America to express women's spirits and lives. "This was the first big woman's book," translator Margaret Sayers Peden notes. "Isabel...
High School Summer Activities Camps
Following is a rundown of upcoming summer sports/activity camps:FRANCIS HOWELL NORTHBoys basketball (grades 9-12) - June 9-13 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Howell North gym. Fee is $35. Contact: Bill Moyer (281-3281). Boys soccer (grades 5-8 and 9-12) -...
High-Tech Stalker Taunts Family `Sommy' Cuts off Phone Calls, Steals Voice Mail, Switches TV Channels
The trouble began in December, when puzzled friends told Debbie and Dwayne Tamai their telephone calls to the couple were repeatedly being cut off.A month later, missed messages and strange clickings seemed minor when a disembodied voice, eerily distorted,...
Hillary, Hubbell and Hale-Bopp
Hillary Rodham Clinton says the Webster Hubbell "hush-money" story belongs to the "fictional" Whitewater conspiracy that reminds her of "some people's obsession with UFOs and the Hale-Bopp comet." There's a certain amount of other-worldliness in Mrs....
Hispanic Authors Get English Audience
MARGARET Sayers Peden usually stays in the shadows of the popular Hispanic authors whose works she translates into English. Among them are Carlos Fuentes, Octavio Paz, Isabel Allende, Pablo Neruda and Juan Rulfo.Still, the Missouri-born scholar has had...
House Looking at Heiple Impeachment
The Illinois House on Monday took the first step toward the possible impeachment of state Supreme Court Chief Justice James Heiple, setting up a committee to investigate whether the embattled jurist put himself above the law and then thwarted a review...
House Republicans Suspicious of Children's Insurance Plan
The sponsor of the Healthy Missouri Children Corporation Act told the House on Monday that his sole aim is to enable the state's uninsured children to get affordable health care coverage.A nonprofit corporation run by a state board could help the estimated...
How to Spend Refund an Age-Old Question Top 10 Suggestions for Income Tax Windfall
Most taxpayers are about to come into a financial windfall - their federal income tax refunds. And, considering the average refund is $1,100, we're talking real money.So what should you do with the cash? Splurge? Pay bills? Save?What you should do is...
Idea for Presidential Primary Draws Fire
Democrats and Republicans testified at a town hall meeting Monday night against creating a Missouri presidential primary.Secretary Of State Bekki Cook, a supporter of a Missouri presidential primary, presided over the meeting of about 60 people at the...
If You Build It, They Will Come Enterprising Developers Share a Lofty Idea for Turning Downtown St. Louis into Home Sweet Home
WITH A LITTLE HELP from architecture students at Washington University, the owners of a 91-year-old building in downtown St. Louis are showing that old, obsolete structures don't have to stay that way.But that's not all they're doing."This will be the...
(Illinois) Deaths
Recent deaths in the Metro East area:ALHAMBRARobert L. Betts Sr., 78, died Saturday, funeral 10 a.m. today at Worden Assembly of God Church. Burial at Rose Lawn Gardens Cemetery.ALTONHarold Lee Killebrew, 63, died Monday, visitation 4-8 p.m. Wednesday...
Illinois Suit Says N.Y. Company Tricked Phone Customers
A New York company tricked Illinois consumers into switching their long-distance carrier, says a suit filed Monday in Madison County by Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan.Since February 1995, LDM Systems Inc. has engaged in "slamming" in Madison County...
Indexes Up, but More Stocks Fall Than Rise
Stocks advanced Monday for the first time in four days as higher profits from Travelers Group Inc. and Coca-Cola Co. offset concern that interest rates will rise.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 60.21 after being down almost 35 points. International...
Jackie Robinson's Legacy the Day Baseball Changed the World When Jackie Robinson Debuted 50 Years Ago Today, the Impact Extended Far beyond the Diamond
"A life is not important, except in the impact it has on other lives."- Jackie RobinsonIn 1947, America was as segregated as the seating at old Sportman's Park in north St. Louis. Whites sat in the grandstand. Blacks customarily sat in the right-field...
Jordan Triples Up on Raptors
Michael Jordan had his first triple-double since coming out of retirement 25 months ago as the Chicago Bulls, playing at home, defeated the Toronto Raptors 117-100 Monday night.Jordan had 30 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for the 27th triple-dou...
Judge Goes Easy on Mcdougal Clintons' Ex-Business Partner Says Not to Bank on Their Exoneration
James McDougal, the Clintons' former business partner, drew a lenient, three-year prison sentence Monday in exchange for his extensive cooperation with Whitewater prosecutors. And for the first time, he publicly disputed President Bill Clinton's sworn...
Land Casino in E. St. Louis Added to Bill
A plan to give East St. Louis a land-based casino was added Monday to a major gambling expansion bill.The East St. Louis plan - pushed by Rep. Wyvetter Younge, D-East St. Louis - would create a land-based casino license that would have to be at least...
Landmark Ruling City to Board Up Arcade Building after Theft
St. Louis Building Commissioner Ronald Smith said his crews will board up the "wide-open" south entrance to the deteriorating Arcade/Wright building downtown after a mini cops-and-robbers incident there Friday.At one point during the incident, a police...
Lopez and Lofton Lead Braves over Cincinnati
Javy Lopez hit a grand slam and Kenny Lofton went five for six Monday night as Atlanta rolled to a 15-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds, who altered their road uniforms to honor Jackie Robinson.The Braves scored four runs in the fourth and fifth innings...
Marx Vows to Keep Developers in Line Town and Country Project Must Have Quality, He Said
At 9 a.m. on his first day as mayor of Town and Country, John Marx didn't shy from joining a fray that dates back to Ronald Reagan's first term as president.Since 1983, developers have wanted to build four office buildings on 32 acres straddling the...
Metrolink Tax Urged in Madison County but Transit Planners Put It at Bottom of Their List
Madison County leaders said Monday they wanted MetroLink and wanted to put a half-cent ballot on the Nov. 4 ballot to help pay for it.But the people who plan the area's light-rail system said Madison County is still far down on the priority list.Rudy...
Morning Briefing
Bug-proof Cotton Might WorkFor Three To 10 Years Scientists said Monday it could take 10 years for a cotton pest to become resistant to natural toxins bred into genetically engineered cotton - but some pests could show resistance in three years.The research...
Morning Briefing
As noted decrier of fabrication DAVE BARRY would say, we are not making this up: SHAQUILLE O'NEAL will sing "Itsy Bitsy Spider" on an ABC-TV prime-time special that will focus on the importance of early childhood development and its impact on society....
`My New Home' Poster Gives Vietnamese Immigrant from St. Louis a Forum in Congress
When seventh-grader Duong Thuy Duong of St. Louis drew a poster to symbolize her new home, she focused on the city's Zoo, its famed river and the new friends she's made.Now visitors to the nation's capital will see the Vietnamese refugee's work on display...
Nationsbank Has Trimmed 1,400 Jobs
NationsBank has trimmed 1,400 jobs from the payroll of Boatmen's Bank since last summer, NationsBank said Monday.The drop was "almost entirely" through attrition, NationsBank spokesman Susan Carr said Monday.The decline equals 7 percent of Boatmen's...
Network Hype Be Stilled: Get on with the Show
HOW gullible do the TV networks think we are? (Don't answer that.)What I'm peeved about now is the little schedule-switching scam that took place this spring. They took away our favorite shows, and now they're making hay out of hyping their return."Something's...
No Dispatching Help Needed in Incident, County Official Says
The alarm and dispatch agency in St. Charles butted in where it wasn't wanted when it tried to take over dispatching for the county department last week, said Dan Rowden, director of the St. Charles County Dispatch and Alarm Department.Bob Armour, spokesman...
No Supermajority for Tax Hikes
April 15 is not only the day when Americans pay their taxes but also the occasion for a House vote on a constitutional amendment to require a two-thirds majority in Congress to raise taxes.The amendment's sponsors, GOP Reps. Joe Barton of Texas and John...
No Weigh? Way - How to Recycle Catch and Size It, Too: Measure and Calculate
- The practice of releasing fish caught with a rod and reel is increasingly popular as a way of "recycling" fish and making the most of fishing opportunities. But occasionally the catch-and-release ethic falls victim to the perfectly human desire to...
Obituraries
Georgia L. JacksonGeorgia Lee Jackson, 103, of Wentzville, died Saturday (April 12, 1997) of natural causes at Wentzville Park Care Center.Mrs. Jackson was a homemaker.Visitation will be from 3:30 to 8 p.m. today at the T.E. Pitman Funeral Home, 909...
On Deck: Marlins
Just The Facts:Three-game series against the Florida Marlins at Pro Player Stadium in Miami at 6:05 pttonight, 6:05 p.m. Wednesday and 12:35 p.m. Thursday (St. Louis times).Tuning In: Today on KPLR (Channel 11), Wednesday on Fox Sports Midwest (cable)....
Opposition Strike Paralyzes Zairian Capital Mobutu's Government Bans Demonstrations; Cheers Greet Rebels
Opposition groups brought the capital to a standstill Monday with a strike that left much of Kinshasa deserted, using the only means available to pressure President Mobutu Sese Seko to resign.With the new army-led government forbidding public protests,...
People
On a major-league mound, even Wonder Woman takes no chances. To gird for throwing out the first pitch at Monday night's Baltimore Orioles game, actress LYNDA CARTER trained with her son, Little Leaguer Jamie Altman, 9."I threw about 8,000 grounders,"...
Police/courts
The following were reported to police departments in the region or involved action in an area court:ACCIDENTSBridgeton: A Missouri Department of Transportation worker was killed Monday morning when the machine she was driving to lay asphalt tipped over...
Portage Pirates Rally in Ninth to Stop St. Peters
Rick Reno was just happy to get the game in."Most of the day, we just trying to make it through without being too uncomfortable," he said of Sunday's East Missouri Baseball Association game between his St. Peters team and the visiting Portage Pirates...
Pronger, Shanahan Cross Paths Nearly Two Years after Big Trade
In Detroit, he's considered the savior, the one believed to have the power to end the Red Wings' 42-year Stanley Cup drought.In St. Louis, he's merely a saint - St. Brendan Shanahan? - the man can do no wrong.To Chris Pronger . . . well, Shanahan is...
Put It on the P.A
Many choir members at Francis Howell High School received ratings of excellent at the recent district solo and ensemble contest at Florissant Valley Community College.The ratings were given to piano soloists Stacie Powderly and Jared Chiles; vocal soloists...
Rams, Lyle Sign a Deal for 5 Years
Talk about curb service. Rams safety Keith Lyle hopped a plane Saturday in Tampa, Fla., and took a quickie flight to Fort Lauderdale.Waiting at the gate was Rams executive vice president Jay Zygmunt. Zygmunt didn't have a bag of money, but he had the...
Redbirds Brace for Migration of 10,200 Miles
The Cardinals left Monday evening for Miami, the beginning of an eight-game, nine-day trip that will carry them a club-record 10,200 air miles.They will start with a three-game series against Florida, perhaps the most-improved team in baseball and considered...
Red River Achieves Unwelcome Records Many Thought Crest Had Already Passed
The Red River crept up again Monday, reaching its highest point this century and stirring new jitters in weary residents who thought the flood threat had ended.The National Weather Service said that contrary to its earlier reports, the Red did not crest...
Regional Is Safe, Say State Inspectors
After three surprise inspections in a week, state hospital examiners concluded Monday that St. Louis Regional Medical Center is providing safe care for patients."We're not finding any problems," said Darrell Hendrickson, the state's chief hospital inspector.The...
Reno Rebuffs Gop over Funds Inquiry Special Prosecutor Not Necessary, She Says
Attorney General Janet Reno rejected on Monday calls by Republicans for an independent counsel to look into campaign fund raising.She said there is no specific, credible evidence implicating the highest White House officials in felonies."I am unable...
Reno Rejects Gop Demand Attorney General Refuses to Name Special Prosecutor on Fund Raising
Attorney General Janet Reno rejected on Monday calls by Republicans for an independent counsel to look into campaign fund-raising, telling Congress that career prosecutors can handle the investigation."I am unable to agree, based on the facts and the...
Rest Room Etiquette for Guys Becoming Girls
Dear Abby: You advised a pre-op transsexual to use the ladies' rest room, and I'll bet you caught heck for it. Abby, people who object to transsexuals using the rest room for the gender they are about to become may not be aware of the following: Male-to-female...
Secret Ejection Possible in Missing Jet Saga Air Force Is Pushing Search for Pilot and Payload of 4 Bombs
A pilot who disappeared with an A-10 Thunderbolt jet almost two weeks ago could have disabled an emergency beacon and secretly bailed out over the Rocky Mountains, an Air Force official said Monday.The possibility that Capt. Craig Button is still alive...
Senate Targets Nevada as Site of Nuclear Dump Bill Would Exempt Some States Forever
The Senate is scheduled to vote today on a measure designating Nevada the repository for the nation's nuclear waste.Nevada's two senators, Harry Reid and Richard Bryan, both Democrats, oppose the measure; almost everyone else is for it.Though the bill...
Sisters of Peace: Salish Indian Tale
MANY, many years ago, as the gentle spring winds came to the Capilano canyon at the edge of the vast Pacific, two daughters of the great chief known as Tyee reached womanhood. The river swelled, the leaves opened, and flocks of birds returned to the...
Some County Roads Closed Due to Flooding
Several roads in St. Louis County were flooded and closed Monday as area rivers were overwhelmed by the heavy rain and snow that fell north and west of the metro area last week."The rivers are just on a steady rise," said Vincent Griffith with the S...
Spiers, Astros Give Heck to `Eck' 10th-Inning Double Lifts Houston to Split with 4-2 Win
Cardinals reliever Dennis Eckersley saw a familiar face Monday at Busch Stadium. But this was no social affair. He was in no mood to exchange pleasantries with Bill Spiers.Not in the 10th inning of a tied ballgame. Not when Houston's Spiers had a bat...
Sports Shorts
Attorneys for Fresno State point guard Dominick Young filed a libel suit against The Fresno Bee over reports that the player is the focus of a point-shaving investigation.The suit charges that the Bee articles falsely accuse Young of criminal activity...
Sports Shorts
Having freed up money under the salary cap by restructuring John Elway's contract, the Denver Broncos signed five-time Pro Bowl defensive end Neil Smith on Monday to a one-year contract.Smith, 31, has 86 sacks in his career. After getting 12 sacks in...
Spotlight
For Ken Hussey, a senior at Duchesne High School in St. Charles, volunteerism isn't work, it's his fun.This year Ken, 17, is the district treasurer for his school's Key Club, a youth organization closely associated with the Kiwanis Club. As treasure...
St. Louis Speaks: Residents Give Advice to the New Mayor
Leo Chambliss, 82, a retires steelworker who lives west of Fairground Park:"I hope he gets in there and acts like a gentleman. No crooked stuff, no stealing. Sometimes I think it's hard to get anybody in office who isn't crooked. It seems like Harmon...
Superintendent Leaving Troubled District
Jerry Elliott Jr. is leaving his job as superintendent of the Maplewood-Richmond Heights School District as of April 19. Assistant superintendent Michael Ludwell will assume Elliott's job while officials search for an interim superintendent.Jon Webster,...
Support Groups
TodayAl-Anon, for family and friends of alcoholics, will meet at 9:30 a.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 2800 Elm Street, St. Charles.Alcoholics Anonymous will meet at noon and 6 and 8 p.m. at the Sonderen Club, 212 Sonderen Avenue, O'Fallon. Bi-Polar...
Talent Noted for Dominic, Orchard Farm, Lutheran
Because they don't play in the Gateway Athletic Conference, athletes from area high schools like Orchard Farm, Lutheran-St. Charles and St. Dominic sometimes are overlooked, especially when it comes to postseason honors.Following is a rundown of the...
Tax Laws Foment the Mommy Wars
You have to give Ed McCaffery credit for bravery. The economist and law professor has walked onto the minefield of the lingering mommy wars armed with nothing but the tax laws and good intentions.For more than a generation, mothers at the office and...
Thaw Pushes Red River Even Higher
The Red River crept up again Monday, edging past the 100-year record set only two days earlier and stirring new jitters for weary residents who thought the flood threat had moved on.Warmer spring weather melting a winter's accumulation of snow added...
The Legacy of Jackie Robinson: Dodgers Debut Little Noticed, Long Remembered
They didn't get it.On April 15, 1947, the 14th Regiment band played and opening day bunting flapped. Jackie Robinson took his position at first base in the first inning at Brooklyn's Ebbets Field to become the first black player in major league baseball...
The Legacy of Jackie Robinson: His Big Steps Left a Legacy for All Time
"A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives."Words on Jackie Robinson's tombstone.Major League Baseball ordered up the patches and the commemorative, opening-day baseballs. General Mills put his image on a Wheaties boxes. Famous...
The Legacy of Jackie Robinson: Quotes
"Jackie stood tall, and he gave all of us, every black player, an opportunity to do our thing. . . . I need to pay as much homage to this man as I can."Henry Aaron, baseball's career home-run leader."Jackie, No. 1, means perseverance to me, for the things...
The Zephyr Landmark Train Restored, Headed Home to Chicago
The train that altered the face of American technology is making a final stop in the city where it set a record 63 years ago.The Zephyr - meaning a westerly wind - created a national sensation when it blew into town on May 26, 1934. The Chicago, Burlington...
To-Do List Woods Wants Nothing Less Than to Be the `Best Ever'
What next for the child king? What worlds remain for the record-setting Masters champion to conquer? Where does Tiger Woods go from here?"My goal is to be the best to ever play this game," Woods said in the aftermath of his stunning, record-breaking...
Trainees Testify That Drill Sergeant Raped Them Women Tell of Sex Network in Racially Charged Case
For decades, untried young soldiers fresh from basic training have come to the Army base in Aberdeen for training under the command of all-powerful, unforgiving drill sergeants.But Monday, a parade of female former trainees took the witness stand in...
Ultimate Trip Choir Aims to Audition for Chance to Sing at Carnegie Hall Next Year
To dream of singing in Carnegie Hall in New York is one thing, but to St. Charles High School choir members entertaining that possibility, that is about as cool as it can get.Choir members are not only reaching for the high notes, they are also reaching...
Union Pacific Boosts Desoto Shop Repair Site to Get 216 New Jobs
Union Pacific Railroad will move 216 jobs to its freight car repair shop in DeSoto in the next few months, boosting employment there by almost 60 percent.The new jobs count as additions to the 600 positions the railroad is already in the process of shipping...