St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from April 17, 1997

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300 Are Evacuated after Chemical Spills from a Train in Centreville
A hazardous chemical spilled from a train Wednesday evening in Centreville, causing several people to become sick and triggering the the evacuation of at least 300 residents.The train derailed near Church Road and Interstate 255 about 5:15 p.m., authorities...
$50 Million `Kirkwood Commons' Plan Advancing
Work on a $50 million Kirkwood Commons shopping center project along South Kirkwood Road could begin in early summer. The center, which would extend into Meacham Park, would open in the fall of next year.The DESCO Group, the developer and city officials...
A Comfortable Retreat Makes a Romantic Home
`A ROMANTIC HOME is not about champagne, flowers and a bearskin rug in front of the fireplace; that's romance between two people," says Carol Schalla, interior design director for Romantic Homes magazine.Homes romance their owners by serving as comfortable...
A Less Cynical Nick Cave Braves Deeper Waters
the boatman's callNick Cave & The Bad Seeds (Reprise)"It was a mutiny in heaven!" sang a tortured Nick Cave during his days as lead singer of the band The Birthday Party. Back then, there were "rats in paradise," "the sidewalks were full of love's ugly...
All in the Family Fair Winner Followed Brother's Example
Christine Trupiano figured she'd eventually become a division winner at the Greater St. Louis Science Fair. Winning seemed to be in her genes.The fourth-grader's brother, Michael, 14, has a division win and years of blue ribbons under his belt, says...
Ambush Hold off Drillers 16-11, Advance to Conference Finals
Ambush player-coach Daryl Doran spent a few hours watching videotape of Sunday's 19-9 loss to the Edmonton Drillers.He picked up a few flaws in the St. Louis game plan. Doran changed the strategy with his forwards Wednesday night in the decisive third...
"Anaconda' Crushes the Facts Hollywood Monster Is Just So Much Snake Oil
If the mere sight of a snake sends you scurrying for fresh Fruit of the Looms, does Hollywood have a movie that's not for you."Anaconda" stars a bloodthirsty 40-foot-long snake that has about as much quit as an insurance salesman when it comes to embracing...
Analyst Sees Any Settlement as a Kind of Protection Money
After spending millions to defend itself, why would the tobacco industry suddenly start talking about a settlement?For openers, the chief executive officers can end the mounting costs of battling lawsuits from 22 states and countless individuals and...
Another White Sox Loss Extends Chicago Woes
Bobby Witt kept Chicago silent for seven innings and the Texas Rangers extended the White Sox's early-season slide with a 5-2 victory Tuesday night.The White Sox fell to 3-9 and, combined with the winless Cubs, Chicago's major-league teams were 3-20.Witt...
Apple Posts Loss of $708 Million
Apple Computer Inc. posted surprisingly steep losses Wednesday after sales plunged 27 percent in the January-March quarter and the company set aside money to pay for a sweeping revamp.Rather than focus on the dismal losses, Apple said the high points...
Around the Links
PGA TOURMCI ClassicSite: Hilton Head Island, S.C. Dates: Thursday-Sunday. Course: Harbour Town Golf Links (6,912 yards, par 71). Purse: $1.5 million. Winner's Share: $270,000. Television: USA (Thursday, 1-3 p.m.; Friday, 3-5 p.m.) and CBS (Saturday-Sunday,...
Arts / Gallery Listings
MAJOR MUSEUMS AND EXHIBITSSt. Louis Art Museum, Forest Park, 721-0072, ext. 204. In Student Gallery: "Student Exhibition." High school students interpret the Sistine Chapel (through April 28). In Gallery 210: "Venetian Masterworks from the Sarah Campbell...
A Slot for Nonsmokers
The smoke is billowing in the local casino wars.A newspaper ad that has run in recent days, purchased by the President Casino on the Admiral, features a large photo of a man with a sour expression on his face. It's the kind of wretched grimace you'd...
Avalanche Blasts Blackhawks 6-0 in Opener
Thirty-six years ago to the day, the Blackhawks hoisted the Stanley Cup for the most recent time. Wednesday night, they should have hoisted a white flag.The Avalanche needed 19 minutes in the first period at McNichols Sports Arena in Denver to get four...
Bat Might Make Choice for Kirkwood's Morrow
Alvin Morrow decided in January to play football for Florida State next fall, but with each prodigious swing the Kirkwood outfielder takes this spring, he could be moving closer to an early start to his baseball career.The 6-foot-4 tight end/left fielder...
Best Bets for the Week of April 17-23
TonightA diva's debut: Jazz diva Shirley Horn is joined by longtime bassist Charles Ables and drummer Steve Williams tonight through Sunday at Jazz at the Bistro. Horn, who began her career in the 1960s opening for Miles Davis, is expected to sing material...
Big Schools Grab Bac's Starting 5
Oh, the woes of being a junior-college coach. Once you establish a team and teach the players how to work together, off they go to bigger schools.Such is the case at Belleville Area College, where the basketball team's starting five have signed with...
Board Delays New Contract for Teachers
The Ritenour School Board has postponed indefinitely a new contract for teachers, a move supported by union members who believe the contract is too vague.Sandy Funkhauser, an elementary-school teacher and spokesman for the Ritenour National Education...
Bomb Trial Presents Variety of Odd Images
At exactly 8:55 a.m. every day, marshals escort Timothy McVeigh into court. His smiling, boyish, red-cheeked face reflects no sign of the deadly serious charges hanging over him.McVeigh usually wears khakis and dress shirts. The sleeves are rolled u...
Bowman Turns to Bible for Red Wings Strategy
All the pre-playoff Motown hype centered on how big and tough the Red Wings are this postseason.Strong. Feisty. Gritty. Unlike last season, the Red Wings were built for the grueling playoff haul. No ice dancers here.But when they tried to match hits...
Briefs
MISSOURIMAGNET SCHOOLSBusch Academy Wins Award The Busch Academic and Athletic Academy, 5910 Clifton Avenue, has been chosen the best technological school in the state by the Missouri International Technology Education Association. Busch is a magnet...
Briefs
ILLINOISEAST ST. LOUISCouncil Agrees To Farm Out Collection Of Trash Bills After almost five years of trying to collect overdue trash bills, the city of East St. Louis has decided to dump its role in the bill collection business and put the entire city...
Briefs
THE NATIONWASHINGTONClinton Pushes Chemical Weapons Treaty President Bill Clinton lobbied members of the Senate on Wednesday to support approval of a chemical weapons treaty as the administration sought backing in Congress for its foreign policy. Clinton...
Brother Act the Assad Brothers Bring Music from South America North of the Border
South American music is migrating north. Long seen as a piquant sideshow to mainstream classical music, the South American harmonic and rhythmic flavor -- actually many different national flavors -- is becoming more and more a staple in traditional concert...
Budget Battle's Lasting Impact
While traveling last week in the Midwest, I found that people continue to view Washington with unamused disdain. The scandals of the capital seem endless; the policy battles, inconsequential.The first may be right, but the second is not. Still, watching...
Bungalows Are Making a Comeback along with Their Style of Decor
THE BUNGALOW as we know it is a small one-story house with an attic, often with a porch across the front. Bungalows were built in the early part of the century on small lots on tree-lined streets in modest neighborhoods and led to first mortgages for...
Campaign Funding Bill Would Defy High Court by Setting Spending Cap
A group of House Democrats has put together a bill that they say gets to the core of the problem over financing political campaigns.The bill would set a mandatory $700,000 spending limit for House campaigns and a cap on independent expenditures at $25,000.In...
Can Playoffs Vindicate the Blues?
There's a reason for the season, and it is now.After a long and winding ride, which included firing a coach and general manager, lowering ticket prices and enduring a nail-biting race to the wire, the Blues have arrived at Lord Stanley's table.The NHL...
Captivating Tokens
Mom told me never to judge a book by its cover. Naturally, she was talking about guys. But after a couple of recent dinners at Tokens, here's a mom-like adage I actually plan to follow: Never judge a South Side restaurant by its facade.Not that there's...
`Car Groomers' Primp, Shave, Dress Behind the Wheel
A FEW MONTHS ago, I had 90 seconds to kill at an intersection. This meant I had 90 seconds for some serious car grooming.I could have trimmed my bangs, but I decided instead to apply a second coat of Misty Lilac nail polish to my fingernails, having...
Cartier Exhibit Dazzles the Eye and Imagination
THERE ARE no status symbols here. No Cartier love bracelets, tank watches or three-gold rolling rings.No price tags, either. It's all priceless.A dazzling array of jewels and baubles, many from Cartier's own collection, is on exhibition at the Metropolitan...
Cellular Tower Plan Gets Thumbs Down Decision Is Victory for Area Landowners
Jefferson County Commissioners have rejected a proposal for a 250-foot cellular communications tower off Highway NN near the Franklin County line.The county Planning and Zoning Commission recommended that the County Commission approve the project. The...
Cheap Trick Wants You to Want Them -- Again the `70S Superstars Say They're Starting the Second Half of Their Career
Stay in show business long enough and someday you'll be back in style.After a long fallow period, Cheap Trick may be about to prove that axiom. In the past year, the Midwest power popsters received the box-set treatment, were saluted by bands like Smashing...
Chilean Novelist Is a Weaver of Dreams, Tales Isabel Allende Describes Family as an Inspiration for Her Books
Isabel Allende dreams a lot. She also tells a good story.The Chilean novelist and writer of "magical-realism" fiction talked Wednesday about the connection between her two favorite activities. For nearly an hour, she held an overflow audience in Washington...
Cholesterol Drug Gives Merck Boost
Merck & Co. said first-quarter earnings rose 18 percent, led by sales of the cholesterol-lowering drug Zocor and newer products.The nation's biggest drugmaker posted net income of $1.02 billion, or 84 cents a share, up from $863.8 million, or 70 cents,...
Chrysler Strike Talks Open; Supplier Has Layoffs Here
Chrysler Corp. said Wednesday its negotiators met Wednesday with United Auto Workers union counterparts for the first time to resolve a six-day strike. The work stoppage has closed a Detroit plant that makes engines for the top-selling full-size Ram...
Church Gets Approval to Close Part of Street for Landscaping
As part of an expansion and renovation program, the St. Charles City Council will permit Immanuel Lutheran Church to close part of Madison Street to enhance its landscaping.Council members Tuesday voted 7-3 to vacate public rights on a one-block section...
Cincy's Penn Station Scouts for Sites Here
HAUTE FOOD: Officials from the Cincinnati-based Penn Station Inc. have been here and done that - scouted, that is, for seven to eight sites as future Penn Station restaurants. The 40-unit chain offers a full menu, featuring its specialty: Philly cheese...
City Gets Convention Plan Credit `All We Did Was Listen,' Says the Authority's Chief
The chairman of the St. Charles County Convention and Sports Authority said a convention center and hotel complex was in sight primarily because the St. Charles city officials took firm leadership of the project."It's always difficult to put a deal together...
Claims by Witness Venezia Questionable Records Don't Support Testimony
Records in circuit court in Belleville support some of convicted racketeer Thomas P. Venezia's testimony in the trial of Belleville lawyer Amiel Cueto but contain nothing to verify his claim that Cueto got special "deals."Venezia said Tuesday that when...
Classical & Popular Listings
CLASSICALCathedral Concert, 12:30 today, Christ Church Cathedral, 13th & Locust sts., 231-3454. Organist William Partridge performs the music of Bach, Couperin and Pervis. Free.St. Louis Symphony, 8 tonight, 8:30 p.m. F & Sa, Powell Symphony Hall, 718...
Clerk's Death Stuns Madison County Officials
Seven pink tulips sat in front of Debbie Saltich's spot in the Madison County Board chamber Wednesday morning as a quiet tribute to the first-term county clerk, who died unexpectedly of a heart ailment the night before.The board held its monthly meeting...
Community Calendar
CRAFT SHOWS, BAZAARS and FAIRA Symphony of Wildflowers Quilt Show, 6-8 p.m. F, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sa, noon-4 p.m. Su, Lindenwood College, Harry Hendren Gallery, St. Charles, Mo., 939-4493. An exclusive show of 50 quilts by Carol R. Armstrong. Free.Giant...
Compromise Marks Powder Valley Controversy
Each year about 170,000 people visit the Powder Valley Nature Center in Kirkwood. They come to learn about plants, animals and insects by hiking the center's densely wooded hills, looking at exhibits and attending classes.This spring visitors could also...
Concert Previews
Ian Moorew/Sweet Vine, 9 p.m. Saturday at the Side DoorThe good news about Ian Moore: Intricate guitar solos delivered with breath taking velocity. A rock-solid rhythm section. Conscien tious lyrics belying a genuine concern for society. The bad news:...
Contract Set to Extend Sewer Lines Northward
Hillsboro plans to extend its sewer lines northward along the west side of Highway 21 in the vicinity of Pioneer Road. The Board of Aldermen approved a contract with Ed Bradford Excavating Co. to do the work for $14,473.75.City Administrator Charles...
Cost-Cutting Helps Ford Double Its Profit in Quarter
Despite tougher competition, Ford Motor Co. more than doubled its first-quarter profit to $1.5 billion, due largely to aggressive cost-cutting.Ford reported Wednesday its strongest earnings gains were in the United States, even though sales of its cars...
Cubs Find 12th Loss an Embarrassment
The misery and suffering continue for the Chicago Cubs, who broke another record on another excruciating day.In a display their manager called embarrassing, the tailspinning Cubs fell to 0-12 this season as they were beaten 4-0 by Roger Bailey of the...
Curtain Raisers
Older, Wiser, FunnierMental disease and physical handicaps make for good drama -- just look at this year's debilitated Oscar nominees. On the other hand, stage plays about old age -- a challenge far more common and mundane -- are about as much fun as...
Day by Day
FRIDAYBIG BAND DANCE Music of the 1940s and '50s will be featured from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the monthly Big Band Dance at St. Peters City Hall, Mexico Road. The cost is $5 in advance at City Hall and $6 at the door. For information, call Ext. 265...
Deaths Elsewhere
GARY DOCKERY, 43, a policeman who lapsed into unconsciousness for eight years after being shot by a drunken man and then awoke and started talking, died Tuesday (April 15, 1997) in Chattanooga, Tenn.In 1988, Mr. Dockery reprimanded Samuel Downey for...
Decision near on Easing Industrial Traffic on Residential Streets
The Crestwood Board of Aldermen will decide Tuesday on one of five ways to handle the continuing problems involving the use of residential streets by companies in an industrial area.With the Reco Industrial Area at Reco and Camera streets encroaching...
Decision on Walgreens Postponed Again
The St. Louis County Planning Commission has delayed for the fourth time in two months a decision on allowing a Walgreens at New Halls Ferry and Shackleford roads.Residents in Barrington Downs and other nearby areas oppose the request by the developer,...
Devil's Due Jerry Lewis Has a Hot Time as Tempter in `Damn Yankees'
At this stage in his career, Jerry Lewis hardly needs to be praised for professionalism. But professionalism is exactly what he delivers as the star of "Damn Yankees." His generous performance even manages to work up a little sympathy for the devil.The...
Do-It-Yourself Wills: Think Hard about Alternatives before You Do It
Q: I wanted to write my own will, but someone told me I should get an attorney. Why should I pay some attorney to handle something I can do myself?A: Too often we, as consumers, must decide between hiring a professional (whether it be an auto mechanic,...
Double Play: Two Triad High Students Selected for Sousa National Honors Band
Sherrie Daniel and Kurt Schuette are exceptional musicians.In fact, they're among just 100 high school band students nationwide who've earned the honor of going to Washington D.C. next month to play in the John Philip Sousa Foundation National Honors...
Election Shifts Stance of Board, Restores Two to Their Jobs
Changes in the Northwest School Board as the result of the election April 1 have resulted in the hiring of two people who last month were out of a job.Dennis Karl, school services manager, failed to get enough votes from the board on March 13 to be rehired....
`Ellen' Pushes Gay Agenda
The line on the Time story struck the predictable tone: "Roll Over Ward Cleaver . . . Ellen DeGeneres is Poised to Become TV's First Openly Gay Star. Is America Ready or Not?"Is America ready? The question assumes so much. It assumes that history is...
Essential Break the Point's Compilation CD Could Be the Boost Several Local Bands Have Longed For
You would think that everyone with a guitar in a 100-mile radius tried to land a spot on "Pointes sen tial Volume 4," the annual com pilation of local alternative music produced by KPNT 105.7 (The Point). Some 500 bands, from Springfield, Ill. to Springfield,...
Europeans Oppose Mcdonnell-Boeing Merger U.S. Officials to Hear Concerns Today about Exclusive Relations
McDonnell Douglas Corp.'s merger with Boeing Co. has hit its first heavy flak, with the European Union's antitrust chief saying some elements of the deal are unacceptable.Competition Commissioner Karel Van Miert will tell U.S. regulators today the European...
Events/ Listings
SOMETHING SPECIALKidfest 1997, 11a.m.-3 p.m. Sa, Tilles Park, Litzsinger & McKnight rds., 535-3003. Family fun featuring the Magic School Bus, pony rides, moon bounce and much more. Free.Special Olympics Summer Games, 9 a.m. Sa, Francis Howell High School,...
Family Stuff & Upcoming Events
FAMILY STUFFLucky 13: Here's a way to spend quality time to your child and help someone else's at the same time. Visit the fourth annual Grand South Grand House and Garden Tour this weekend. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 13 unique homes...
FDA Sticks by Laser Lancet FDA Gives Labarge OK to Sell Device for Drawing Blood
The Food and Drug Administration has given LaBarge Inc. and a partner clearance to sell a laser device used to draw blood for clinical tests.The agency's final approval ends a long quest by LaBarge and Venisect Inc. to bring their Laser Lancet to market.Craig...
Field of (Broken) Dreams Many Dominicans Wind Up on U.S. Streets, Not in Ballparks
They are discards and runaways, lost souls and drug dealers, day laborers and illegal immigrants, and to a man, old before their time.Each year, hundreds of penniless, ill-educated boys from the Dominican Republic are brought to the United States by...
For Starters Area Fails to Attract Young Adults, Several Say
Civic boosters frequently stress that the St. Louis region is a good place to settle down, buy a house and raise children.That's fine if you're ready to settle down, muses Marie Bigham, 24, a "proud resident of the Washington Avenue loft district" in...
For This Drummer, the Beat Goes on Musician, 86, Keeps Folks Entertained at Day Center
At 86, Thomas Gorzel needs help buttoning his clothes. But when he starts tapping his drums, he doesn't miss a beat.Gorzel finds an enthusiastic audience at the Adult Day Services Center at the University of Missouri at St. Louis, where participants...
From Runway to Real Way
Fishtail hems, see-through dresses and clothes that cling like baby oil to every curve. They're killer spring looks on those scrawny runway models, but what are the rest of us going to wear?Hey, you high-fashion designers! In case the fax machine garbled...
From Sandals to Slip-Ons, You Are What You Wear, Writer Says
SHOES SPEAK volumes about their wearer; just ask Linda O'Keeffe.From a bench in a crowded shopping center, O'Keeffe observed the footwear of passers-by and interpreted their message.The first person to catch her eye was a woman wearing dark slacks, a...
From Traditional to Unconventional, the Tiara Is Back on Top of Fashion
FORGET BODY piercing and safety-pin necklaces. Tiaras seem to be the ornament of the moment.Young women in next-to-nothing slip dresses are wearing little diamante diadems tucked into ungroomed hair, or tiaras rendered in unconventional materials like...
Fuhr Completes Circle Goalie Gives Wings a Zero as the Blues Win Opener
At game's end, with the buzzer signaling a 2-0 Blues victory in the first game of the 1997 playoffs, the puck slid to Grant Fuhr.The Blues goalie snagged it in his glove and held on tight, accepting congratulations from his teammates and cherishing a...
Gingrich Closes in on Payment Decision He's Leaning toward Using His Own Money, Loan for Penalty, Gop Sources Say
House Speaker Newt Gingrich told fellow Republicans Wednesday that he was close to a decision on a method for paying his $300,000 ethics penalty. GOP sources said a six-figure personal loan was a leading option.Aides said Gingrich, R-Ga., wanted to put...
Gingrich to Pay Penalty from Personal Money, Gop Sources Report Speaker to Address House on Issue Today
House Speaker Newt Gingrich decided Wednesday to pay his entire $300,000 ethics penalty from personal money and will take out a loan to do so, Republican sources said.Gingrich, R-Ga., is expected to discuss his decision at a closed meeting today with...
Good Places to Park It How to Scope out a Shady Spot for Warm- Weather Play Sessions
St. Louis offers more parks and playgrounds--hundreds, in fact--than your family can possibly visit in one summer. However, most playgrounds offer fun in the sun, not the shade. Shaded playgrounds, considered one of the best kept secrets among serious...
Group Laments Man's Effect on Missouri River
If Lewis and Clark had left on their epic journey today, they'd be traveling a Missouri River one-third as wide and devoid of many old charms. Then again, the trip might not take as long now that the river has been shortened by 130 miles for barge navigation."This...
Guesses `Move Well in Space' before Draft Day
It's almost official: According to ESPN and ESPN2 - or is it CNN-SI? - the Rams are definitely, unquestionably, undoubtedly thinking about perhaps trading for the first pick in Saturday's National Football League draft.How certain are we?Absolutely,...
Haas' Language on Radio Shocks Some on Board He Says He Meant to Be `Half-Funny'
A week after achieving his longtime dream of becoming an elected public official, St. Louis School Board member Bill Haas is on the hot seat.The School Board plans to review the language Haas used in a taped message to a radio talk show host, board Vice...
Happenings for the Kids
Children's Story Time, 10 a.m. Tu, Barnes & Noble, 9618 Watson Rd., 843-9480. Join Kelly and Susan as they celebrate spring with stories, crafts and snacks. Free.Gymboree, 11 a.m. Sa, Barnes & Noble, 9618 Watson Rd., 843-9480. Plenty of movement and...
Harmon Hits Ground Running with Appointments, Hospital 12 Posts Filled; City Joins Lawsuit over Regional
Clarence Harmon wasted little time during his first full day as mayor Wednesday, naming 12 high-level administrators and officially getting the city involved in the legal fight to keep open St. Louis Regional Medical Center.At least eight Cabinet members...
Health News
Drugs To Make Body Burn Fat Faster Are AdvancingNew drugs that make the body burn fat faster so that fat disappears without exercise are moving toward reality, a scientist said.Such drugs do what was long regarded as impossible: speed up the metabolism....
Hear Here Your Eye on Local Music News
Lolla WhoBeck with Echo and the Bunnymen. Social Distortion with L7. Who needs Lollapalooza when you've got reinvigorated Pointfests to look forward to at Riverport Amphitheatre?The hype matches the talent at 105.7 The Point's alternative rock fest ivals...
`Hello Dolly' Kicks off Siue Season
The first in a succession of musical theater productions at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville opens tonight, as the University Theater presents "Hello, Dolly!"Jerry Herman's 1964 musical, based on Thornton Wilder's play "The Matchmaker," will...
Helpline for the Deaf Brings Parents Relief
Dear Abby: I am the mother of a 29-year-old son who is deaf. He is a contributing member of his community and a wonderful father to his beautiful 3-year-old hearing son.There is life after children, even deaf ones, I'm happy to report. As a parent, I...
Help Yourself!
SELECTION of Help Yourself! questions is based on brevity, clarity, variety and suitability.Send your question or answer, including your name, address and phone number and, if providing an answer, the date on which the question appeared to: Help Yourself,...
Here's to You, Mrs. Robinson for Enduring Much Pain, Too
They celebrated the 50th anniversary of the integration of baseball at Shea Stadium on Tuesday night, meaning they honored Jackie Robinson for smashing baseball's color barrier in 1947. Let's hear it, too, for Rachel Robinson, who broke the wives' color...
He's Not Making This Up!
Mort Walker retired from military life 50 years ago. But in his four years of World War II duty he saw enough zany incompetence in the Army that he's still chuckling. So are the 200 million readers he claims as daily consumers of the newspaper comic...
High Water near School Puts Parents in a Panic Rising River Crosses Interstate Highway
Parents rushed to take their children out of class Wednesday after floodwater crept across an interstate highway toward an elementary school.The water was washing over the land from the Wild Rice River, which feeds into the Red River south of Fargo.Interstate...
Homefront This Week: Hip-Hop, R&b, Funk
Letters From Lockdown"To Dunkor Imani -- I'm writing to you with information about a local hip-hop group called the Track Vandals. . ."That's how the letter began that I received from one of the hip-hoperati incarcerated in Tipton Correctional Center...
How to Level the Playing Field
Last week's federal appeals court decision reinstating California's anti-affirmative action initiative is blind to history and to the initiative's impact.The human consequences could be devastating. Proposition 209 will mean fewer black lawyers and doctors,...
How to Revive Downtown? Start with Tunes, Food
IMAGINE A DOWNTOWN St. Louis filled with marvelous sights, sounds and smells.Street vendors sell a dozen types of smoked wurst. Two young men with drumsticks play upside-down, white plastic buckets to the delight of an appreciative crowd. A man sitting...
Hull Unable to Get Puck Past Vernon
Winger Brett Hull assisted on both goals Wednesday in the Blues 2-0 victory over Detroit in Game 1 of the first-round playoff series at Joe Louis Arena.But the talk after the game was of the great saves Detroit goalie Mike Vernon made on Hull to keep...
(Illinois) Deaths
Recent deaths in the Metro East area:BELLEVILLEHarvey J. Lemen, 97, retired Alton Southern Railroad worker, died Tuesday. Visitation 4-9 p.m. today at Creason in Millstadt. Funeral at noon Friday at St. James Catholic Church. Burial at Green Mount Catholic...
Illinois House Passes Ban on Leaf Burning
A bill banning leaf burning in some parts of Madison, St. Clair and Monroe counties passed the Illinois House on Wednesday.Illinois residents who live in townships in the three counties that are "non-attainment areas" - heavily populated areas designated...
Incident Spurs Police to Add New Training
St. Louis Police Academy training for new recruits soon will include information about how officers should deal with retarded people, Police Chief Ron Henderson said Wednesday."We thought our training already included this topic, but it did not," H enderson...
Injured Man Captured in Search Makes Not Guilty Plea in Slaying
Triple murder suspect Alis Ben Johns walked gingerly into a Pulaski County courtroom Wednesday, holding a towel against a gunshot wound suffered when he was captured. He pleaded not guilty in the slaying of a man from Dixon, Mo.Johns, 36, appeared in...
Israeli Police Seek to Indict Netanyahu Case Alleges Conspiracy to Kill Corruption Case
In a move that could topple the government and snarl the peace process, police have recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a charge of breach of trust in an alleged influence-trading scandal.Although scandals in Israel are not infrequent,...
It's Arkansas, Not Hawaii for Travel Agent Pagnozzi
Cardinals player representative Tom Pagnozzi was the middleman between owners and players as they put together this weekend's trip to Hawaii.But Pagnozzi's itinerary will be a little different.While the Cardinals will be playing a doubleheader in Honolulu...
Jewel Box Show Features Sturdy Blooms
When nature deals us the kind of dirty tricks experienced in last week's weather, I feel sympathy for those gardeners who may be spending their first year in our area. They may not realize that the abnormal is a part of our norm and that we natives have...
Just Average Zumwalt South's Colyer Strikes out 18 in 2-Hit Win over Francis Howell
For Steve Colyer, it was just "an average game.""I felt all right, but it's not like I threw as well as I'm capable," said Colyer, the big lefthanded pitcher from Fort Zumwalt South High. "This was a big game for us, and I was a little nervous at first....
Justice Heiple Faces Impeachment
The Illinois House has acted prudently in setting up a bipartisan committee to consider impeaching Chief Justice James Heiple. Justice Heiple may lack the judicial temperament to continue on the court.As the 10-member House committee begins its work,...
Just Think of Sweat as Body's Air-Conditioning
Dear Dr. Donohue: I am hoping you can offer some suggestion to relieve a problem my husband has developed in the past two years. He is 68 years old, about 30 pounds overweight but in relatively good health. The problem is that at the slightest exertion...