St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from April 16, 1997

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217 Killed in Fire, Panic near Mecca
Fires driven by high winds tore through a sprawling, crowded tent city Tuesday, leading to the deaths of dozens of pilgrims gathered for a sacred Islamic ritual. The official death toll was 217, but witnesses said at least 300 died.Saudi Arabia said...
$3,000 Cost for Meeting in St. Louis Questioned Board, Superintendent Quizzed on Conference
The Francis Howell School District spent about $3,000 for all seven board members and the superintendent to attend the annual two-day Missouri School Boards Association conference in St. Louis last fall, according to district records. The figure excluded...
Abilities for Hire Blind Man, Others Bring Enthusiasm, Persistence to Goodwill's Jobs Fair
Reggie Beasley, 38, has been blind since he was beaned by a baseball 22 years ago. He has been mostly unemployed for that time, despite having gone on to earn a degree in social work at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.But Beasley, who manages...
Acclaimed Author Commits Suicide Was under Investigation in Child Sex Abuse Case
Michael Dorris, an award-winning author, was facing a child sex abuse investigation in Minneapolis when he committed suicide last week.Minneapolis police would not give details. Jennifer Fling, a spokeswoman for the Hennepin County attorney's office,...
Agency `Worse Than Kgb,' Says Bobby Unser
Auto racing champion Bobby Unser lambasted the Forest Service as "worse than the KGB in Russia" for arresting him after he nearly died snowmobiling in a national forest during a blizzard."I never intended to break the law," Unser told a congressional...
Air Born Handful of Devoted Pilots Chase High-Flying Dreams from Back-Yard Airfield
When Pat Romano of St. Louis was 6 years old, his father put him in the seat of a biplane at a carnival. "I've never gotten out of airplanes since," Romano said.Romano has asthma but says that when he is flying, asthma and all other concerns disappear....
All-Gac Girls Basketball
First TeamPlayer, School Height ClassKristin Boeker, Wentzville 5-4 Senior Beth Breckenridge, Duchesne 5-11 Junior Katie Kuehler, Howell N. 5-8 Senior Sarah Lawrence, Troy 5-6 Senior Nicole Lindsey, Troy ...
Another Try at Mideast Diplomacy
With the return of American envoy Dennis Ross to the Middle East, U.S. efforts to prod the peace process along will try to make more progress than occurred in Washington last week. There, despite visits by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and...
As World Shrinks, So Does World News without War or Disaster, Networks Have Less Interest in International Coverage
WHEN the Scuds are flying in the Persian Gulf, television is there; when Rwandan refugees run for the border, TV is in hot pursuit; if a car bomb goes off in the Middle East, the cameras cover the carnage.But those are exceptions.Every day there are...
At Ceremony, Many Laud Rise of New Mayor
About 40 extra police officers attended Clarence Harmon's inauguration at City Hall Tuesday. But they weren't there to provide security.They were there to cheer Harmon, the first former St. Louis police chief to become mayor."I think that this is the...
Behlmann Automotive Hires Lanese Former Mcdonnell Exec Appointed New President of Dealership Group
Herb Lanese is coming back to McDonnell Boulevard.But this time, he will be president of Behlmann Automotive, not president of McDonnell Douglas Aerospace, the job from which he was fired in October.Lanese will start work May 1 at Behlmann's headquarters,...
Blue Cross Chief Nixes Caribbean-Trip Prizes
CHEERS FOR O'ROURKE! John O'Rourke, chief executive of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Missouri, cares about the firm's insured. "It's not business as usual," said O'Rourke, who has been in his new post only a month, when asked about his cancellation of...
Briefs
ILLINOISMADISON COUNTYClerk Debbie Saltich Is Found Dead Debbie Saltich, Madison County clerk for the past three years, was found dead Tuesday evening in her home in Granite City. Coroner Dallas Burke said a friend found Saltich, 42, collapsed in the...
Briefs
MISSOURICOMMUNITY SPIRIT AWARDWilliam H. Webster To Be Honored William H. Webster, a former lawyer and judge in St. Louis who went on to head the FBI and the Central Intelligence Agency, will receive the Community Spirit Award here April 22 at the civic...
Briefs
THE NATIONTWA DISASTERInquiry, Recovery To Top $100 Million The cost of recovery and investigation of the crash of TWA Flight 800 will probably top $100 million, National Transportation Safety Board Chairman James Hall said Tuesday. Hall told a group...
But the Web Holds Snares for Many Retailers
The Internet is still the rage among top merchants - many put their Web site addresses on advertising in conventional media - but most are not hearing cash registers jingle from online sales.A cluster of leading Internet merchandising executives and...
`Buy This' Wal-Mart Goes after Online Shoppers with Big Inventory
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is betting it can revolutionize online shopping the way it did traditional retailing: with a huge selection and rock-bottom prices.Wal-Mart beefed up its Internet site - www.wal-mart.com - last month, adding thousands of computer...
Can Ambush Avoid Taking a Drilling? Faces Edmonton in Decisive Game
The play of Ambush forward Joe Reiniger and goalie Jamie Swanner lifted the team to a 19-18 win over the Edmonton Drillers in Game 1 of the National Division semifinals Saturday at Kiel Center.The Ambush in essence played for two quarters Sunday in Game...
Caterpillar's Profit Soars
Caterpillar Inc. on Tuesday said profit for the first quarter soared 33 percent - to its best quarter ever - as sales rose 11 percent to $4.26 billion.For the three months ended March 31, the Peoria-based earth-moving equipment maker said net income...
CBS Is Making a Case for Jury-Room Camera
IN JUST a few years, cameras in the courtroom have become commonplace. What's next - cameras in the jury room?Yes, thanks to CBS News, which worked a deal with the Arizona Supreme Court to tape jurors' deliberations in three criminal trials. The result...
Ceremony for Robinson Bridges 50 Years
Brooklyn Dodgers great Jackie Robinson didn't rate a headline in most of America's mainstream newspapers the day he broke baseball's color barrier a half century ago, but the 50th anniversary of his first major-league game was knee-deep in ceremony and...
Co-Champs Troy, Howell North Lead Gac Picks Two Powers Place a Pair of Players Each on 1st Team
The Gateway Athletic Conference was led by a pair of top-notch teams in girls basketball this season.League co-champions Troy Buchanan (25-4) and Francis Howell North (23-5) enjoyed some big-time success, finishing third and sixth, respectively, in the...
Community College Foundation Plans Tourney
The St. Charles County Community College Foundation is sponsoring a four-player "scholarship scramble" golf tournament May 16 at Hawk Ridge Golf Course in Lake Saint Louis.The event, which will raise money toward student scholarships, is open to the...
Conservative Enters Illinois Senate Race Fitzgerald Is Similar to Salvi but Hopes to Avoid His Election Fate
Peter G. Fitzgerald does not want to be known as Al Salvi II.But the similarities are hard to miss: Both are conservative Illinois legislators from north of Chicago, both have law degrees, both are 36 years old, both bring personal wealth to politics,...
Court's Church-State Question Could Have Wide Implications
A seemingly divided Supreme Court was urged Tuesday to overturn a 1985 decision that bars public school teachers from providing remedial help at church-run schools.The court's decision, expected by July, could provide new guidelines regarding the government's...
Cubs Are Tired, Hungry and 0-11 after Setting Modern NL Record
Eleven games. Eleven losses. Futility has become a way of life for the Chicago Cubs.After losing 10-7 Tuesday to triple-crown threat Larry Walker and his Colorado Rockies, the Cubs own the modern National League record for consecutive losses to start...
Daschle Scoffs at Gingrich Attack on Reno but Speaker, Unmoved, Compares Her Behavior to Watergate Figure
Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle scorned House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Tuesday as the "guru of ethics" and accused him of trying to intimidate Attorney General Janet Reno into appointing a special prosecutor to investigate allegations of campaign...
Defense Industry Retains Strength, Says Weidenbaum
America's defense industries have weathered the end of the Cold War, while retaining a strong military industrial base, concludes a new study by conservative economist Murray Weidenbaum."The U.S. defense industry is adjusting . . . far more rapidly and...
Defense Mergers Cause Concern Mcdonnell-Boeing among Those Awaiting Decisions
Two key federal officials said Tuesday that the government must make sure that the rapid pace of defense-industry mergers doesn't hurt competition.Testifying before a Senate panel were Robert Pitofsky, chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, and John...
Despite Loss in District Opener, Lady Cougars Enjoy Best Season
The Lutheran High of St. Charles County girls basketball team recently completed its best season. And, quite possibly, its most frustrating.The Lady Cougars were undefeated in seven Great Overland Trails Conference games and finished 19-6 overall. But...
Doctors at Cardinal Glennon Endorse Ketogenic Diet
WHEN THE EPILEPSY was at its worst, Ashley Hammond was having up to 30 seizures a day. The toddler's knees would buckle, and she would drop to the floor.The episodes lasted only seconds, but they were terrifying for Ashley's parents, Tracey and Bill...
Dow Soars, but Some Analysts Are Wary Market Rise of 135.26 2nd Highest Gain Ever
News of tame inflation sent the Dow Jones Industrial Average leaping by 135.26 points Tuesday, its second-highest point gain ever. Analysts warned that the stock market's rebound may be short-lived.It was the Dow's biggest rise since it jumped 186.84...
Durbin Seeks Revision of Independent-Counsel Law
While some Democrats defended Attorney General Janet Reno's decision not to seek the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate campaign financing practices, others questioned the independence of the panel of federal judges that selects the counsels.Sen....
East St. Louis Schools Still Need Oversight
Members of the East St. Louis District 189 School Board no doubt are cheering a ruling by Associate Judge Robert L. Craig in St. Clair County that the state Financial Oversight Panel went too far in trying to straighten out the district's finances. But...
Ex-Germania Official Pleads Guilty in Scheme Move Ends 7-Year-Old Fraud Case on Bank
Nearly seven years after the federal government seized Germania Bank, its former chairman pleaded guilty of making a false statement to federal regulators. He will get a maximum prison sentence of one year and a day.Federal prosecutors reached the plea...
Family Flicks
NEWThe Saint (PG-13) will impress audiences of all ages as an imitation James Bond or an implausible "Mission: Impossible." The plot, which pits superspy Simon Templar (Val Kilmer) against a billionaire who has precipitated an energy crisis during a...
Feds Are Waitin' on the Levy as Americans Pay Their Taxes
Whew - it's over!We, the people, are always happy to see April 16, but taxpayers' relief is nothing compared to that of accountants, postal workers and state and federal revenue department officials.Phones rang all day Tuesday at the Internal Revenue...
Fiscal Crunch Led to Maplewood Ouster Superintendent Regrets Lapses
After nearly three decades as an administrator in the Maplewood-Richmond Heights School District, including 10 years as superintendent, Jerry Elliott Jr. has become a casualty of the district's financial stress.Elliott, 64, who had one more year left...
For Mom's Day, Make It a Book from the Heart
WHEN holidays and birthdays come up, we always tell little children that the best present you can give is one you make yourself.With Mother's Day coming up fast, I think grown-ups would be smart to heed the same message.What got me started on this was...
Four Sites Studied for Branch Library
The St. Charles City-County Library District will consider four sites for a mini-branch in the southern part of the county to replace the bookmobile service.Board members and residents have been debating for months the best way to provide service after...
Goalies: Net Assets Fuhr Stands Ready, Credits `the Stretch'
Jon Casey calls it "painful." Craig MacTavish says "it looks dangerous." Geoff Courtnall describes it as "the most pain you'll ever go through."Chris Pronger wants absolutely nothing to do with it."I wouldn't let him do that to me," he said. What in...
Goalies: Net Assets Goaltenders the Class of These Playoffs
Blues defenseman Al MacInnis smiled ruefully while discussing life in the new National Hockey League."It used to be you could beat the odd goaltender from the blue line," he said. "Not now. I think it's better than ever before. There are a lot better...
Harmon Urges Unity Speech Calls for Regional, Racial Healing
Mayor Clarence Harmon began his quest Tuesday to rebuild St. Louis by calling on every resident in the region to destroy part of the past."Tear down the walls of isolation, St. Louis!" Harmon shouted, igniting cheers from the crowd packed into the City...
Health News
HEART DRUG STUDYElectrical Device Wins Praise From ResearchersResearchers have stopped a large study that compared commonly prescribed heart drugs with an implantable device that corrects abnormal heart rhythms. They say the electrical device is clearly...
High School Summer Activities Camps
Following is a rundown of upcoming summer sports/activity camps:FRANCIS HOWELLThe Francis Howell Vikings Summer Baseball Camp will be offered for players entering grades 5 through 11. The camp will feature the Howell coaching staff as well as other outstanding...
(Illinois) Deaths
Recent deaths in the Metro East area:ALTONEffie Marie Wyhs, 86, died Monday, funeral 10 a.m. today at Elias- Smith Funeral Home. Burial at Upper Alton Cemetery.BELLEVILLEFlorence "Peggy" Devine, 48, died Saturday, visitation 2-7 p.m., fun eral 7 p.m.,...
Illuminating Ideas: Switch on to the Right Lighting
OF ALL THE ELEMENTS that affect the ambiance of a room, none is more pivotal than lighting.Proper lighting can warm a room, adding a glow that makes people want to linger. Poor lighting, such as lights that are too bright, can make us anxious and uncomfortable...
Inspector Criticizes FBI Crime Lab
After an 18-month examination of the FBI's internationally renowned lab, the Justice Department's inspector general found "serious and significant deficiencies," but no criminal misconduct.In a 500-page report - issued Tuesday - Inspector General Michael...
Iverson Sets His Record, but Is Anyone Having Fun?
Somebody please tell these 76ers: No one ever gave Wilt a free shot.But the Washington Bullets gave Allen Iverson one with 19.6 seconds left Monday night, allowing him to become the first rookie in NBA history to score 40 points or more in five games...
Janet Reno Upholds the Law
Attorney General Janet Reno was right to decline - for the fifth time - requests by congressional Republicans to appoint an independent counsel to investigate possible violations of law in connection with the Clinton administration's money-raising schemes....
Jury Awards $19,950 in Speedway Incident
A jury decided Monday that off-duty Illinois state troopers violated Herman Johns' rights in an altercation 3 1/2 years ago outside the Tri-City Speedway in Granite City where the troopers were working as security guards. But the jury awarded Johns only...
Justice Heiple Draws Fire over Ex-Aide's New Salary
After Chief Justice James Heiple put an ally in charge of managing Illinois' courts, Heiple's administrative assistant landed a job as the highest paid staff attorney in the office.Liam Brennan, a 29-year-old three years out of law school, began making...
Just in Case Area Residents Take Pre-Emptive Step against Floods
Area officials grabbed shovels and sandbags Tuesday in Hillsboro to start their fights against floodwater that they hope never arrives.A state emergency officer taught representatives from about 10 communities how to effectively organize flood-fighting...
KEEPING PACE WITH ORLANDO FSU'S JONES SAYS HE'S BETTER LINEMAN Series: INSIDE THE NFL DRAFT Fourth of a Series of Six
When it comes to this year's NFL draft, Orlando is the Pace-setter among offensive linemen."He's the only man in this draft," says draftnik, Dave-Te Thomas. "It's Orlando Pace and then 3,472 boys.""He's one of the best players to come out in a long time...
Living Proof/ a Nontraditional Treatment for Epilepsy Pulls an Illinois Family Together and Provides Inspiration for a Movie
EIGHTEEN years ago, Tim Indermitte came down with an illness that turned him into a stranger to his family.His older sister, Catherine, then 14, and his brother, Scott, then 7, watched their little brother go from a horse-crazy, happy 3-year-old into...
Make a Mobile of Favorite Things
PRESCHOOLERS love to think of the many favorite things that surround them day to day. Whether it's a doll, a threadbare baseball cap or a soft kitten, these special pets and objects are an important part of their world.Display pictures of your child's...
Malone, Jazz Dump Suns, Set Victory Record
Karl Malone had 31 points and 11 rebounds Tuesday night in Phoenix as the Utah Jazz set a franchise record for victories by beating the Suns 127-122.Malone scored at least 30 points for the 34th time this season and notched his 43rd double-double.The...
Many Children Lack Health Insurance
As many as 23 million American children spent at least one month without health insurance during 1995 and 1996. That's one of every three children.The total, based on a U.S. Census Bureau analysis, is one of several key findings in a report prepared...
Marlins Still Dear to Lachemann's Heart
Some managers would be bitter about being fired before they felt their time was up. But not only is Cardinals coach Rene Lachemann not terribly angry at the Florida Marlins for dismissing him last July, he said he would pay his own way here and buy the...
Maryland's `Smart Growth' Law Limits Subsidies for Suburban Sprawl
The other 49 states should take an early, hard look at Maryland's breakthrough "Smart Growth" policy, just approved by the Legislature at the urgent bidding of Democratic Gov. Parris Glendening.Finally, one of America's state governments has done a reality...
Matchups: Blues vs. Red Wings
OFFENSE* Wings: Scoring plunged 72 goals, or nearly one per game, from last year. Nine Wings in double-figure goals, with four over 20 (Brendan Shanahan 47, Sergei Fedorov 30, Slava Kozlov 23, Steve Yzerman 22). With Paul Coffey gone, Nicklas Lidstrom...
Mcveigh Prosecutors Try to Prevent Fallout
A federal report criticizing the FBI's handling of evidence in the Oklahoma City bombing dealt an embarrassing blow to prosecutors.They hope to keep the jury at Timothy McVeigh's trial from ever hearing about the report.With scientific evidence a big...
Missing Jet May Not Be Found until Snow Melts
It might seem remarkable to some that an A-10 Thunderbolt warplane and its pilot are still missing, given the extraordinary effort and array of technology being employed to find them.For nearly two weeks, military and civilian officials have been an...
Monsanto Resists Cottoning Quickly to Bug Study Report on Engineered Plants `Requires Analysis'
Monsanto Co. said Tuesday that a new study on insect resistance to genetically-engineered cotton "requires a thorough review and analysis" by other experts.The company was referring to a study that says pests could develop resistance to altered cotton...
Morning Briefing
Clark Dismisses Coopers & Lybrand Over Audit IssuesClark Refining & Marketing Inc. has dismissed its auditor, Coopers & Lybrand, in a dispute over several issues. The new auditor is Price Waterhouse.Clark Refining, based in Clayton, dismissed Coopers...
Morning Briefing Eye Openers
As one might expect from a race in which there were 20 caution flags, tempers frayed in Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.JIMMY SPENCER and GEOFF BODINE - no kin to the legendary JETHRO - staged the most public airing of ill will....
Nied Finds End of Line Isn't So Bad Once-Hot Prospect with Rockies Traveling Different Path at Age 28
The quest is over for David Nied. Instead of finding the road back to the major leagues when he left the Colorado Rockies, Nied hit a detour in the Cincinnati organization.Late last month, Nied retired. The decision wasn't that hard. Once the Reds told...
Obituaries
Georgia L. JacksonGeorgia L. Jackson, 103, of Wentzville, died Saturday (April 12, 1997) of natural causes at Wentzville Park Care Center.Mrs. Jackson was a homemaker.The funeral will be at 10 a.m. today at the T.E. Pitman Funeral Home, 909 Pitman Avenue,...
One Month to Go in Jefferson City
With one month to go until its adjournment on May 16, the Missouri Legislature doesn't have much of a record to boast about so far. In fact, it doesn't have much of a record at all. Except for voting - wisely - to reject a proposed pay raise, members...
On the Go Claim-a-Space Layout Keeps Workers Mobile at Mci Clayton Office
For MCI Communications Corp.'s 64 "temporal" employees in Clayton, the company's new office is a place to touch down for a moment, not a place to stake out territory."Basically, you claim your spot wherever you're comfortable working," said Leslie Foldy,...
Options Loophole Is Studied Stock Payoffs Would Be Listed as Expense
Companies paying top executives in stock options and taking tax deductions for them would have to carry the options as an expense on their books, under a Tax Day measure proposed Tuesday by two senators.Congressional analysts estimate the bill authored...
People
It ain't over 'til it's over:Almost 30 years ago, ANDRE PREVIN dumped his wife, DORY PREVIN, for MIA FARROW. But now, the Previns are reuniting, if only professionally. "The Magic Number," a work they wrote for orchestra and voice, has its world pre...
People in Business
St. Louis County Water Co. has elected Terry L. Gloriod as chairman to replace Charles A. Buescher, who is retiring after more than 30 years with the company. Buescher, chairman since 1982, was at the same time executive vice president of the parent...
Pet Peeves Dog and Cat Bites Are Common, but They Are Also Very Preventable
TALK ABOUT a traumatic relationship. One minute, our 6-month-old beagle and 5-year-old daughter are happily cavorting. The next minute, the 5-year-old is sobbing and the puppy is crouched behind the sofa trying to disappear into the carpet.Despite attempts...
Pittsburgh Staggers to Win over San Diego
Tony Womack was hit in the face by Sterling Hitchcock's pitch with the bases loaded in the ninth, shakily got to his feet minutes later and wobbled to first base with a trainer at his side as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the San Diego Padres 3-2 Tuesday...
Police Study Mistaken Identity Case ; Officers Thought Retarded Man Was Burglar, Struggle Ensued
The St. Louis Police Department is investigating how some of its officers handled a mentally retarded man whom police mistook for a home burglar.Nevertheless, the man's relatives say they are considering suing the police for allegedly beating Gregory...
Proposed Barrier to Tax Hikes Fails
The House failed to adopt on Tuesday a constitutional amendment that would make it harder to raise taxes.The amendment, which would require a two-thirds vote of Congress for any tax increases, mustered 233 votes in favor to 190 against, 49 votes sho...
Prosecutors Detail Case against Griffin, Allies
For the first time, federal prosecutors have outlined how they believe former Missouri House Speaker Bob Griffin stood to gain in his dealings with riverboat casino developers.Griffin, D-Cameron, and a co-defendant in a corruption case tried to secure...
Quenneville Set to Match Wits with the Master
William Scott Bowman coached his first National Hockey League game in relief of Lynn Patrick on Nov. 22, 1967.Scotty Bowman, 33, and his Blues promptly lost to Montreal at The Arena.More than 1,700 games and 1,000 victories later, Bowman faces another...
Raggio Story Ends Happily for Cards Rookie Beats Marlins in Big-League Debut
When you've fallen 70 feet off a cliff and broken about half the bones in your body, maybe facing the powerful Florida Marlins lineup in your major-league debut isn't so tough after all.Cardinals righthanded rookie Brady Raggio, who took a disastrous...
Rams, Lyle Sign Deal for 5 Years Included Is $2 Million Signing Bonus
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...
Rangers Dump White Sox; Chicago Clubs Dip to 3-20
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 are 3-9 and, combined with the winless Cubs, Chicago's major-league teams are 3-20.Witt...
Recurrent Swollen Lip Calls for Explanation
Dear Dr. Donohue: My upper lip swells up at least once or twice a month in the same area. It stays swollen for about 19 hours. I have taken allergy pills. They do not help.You have angioneurotic edema. It's like beneath-the-skin hives.It's not the least...
Sizing Up the Stanley Cup Playoffs
WESTERN CONFERENCECOLORADO (49-24-9) vs. CHICAGO (34-35-13)Season Series: Avalanche (1-1 home, 2-0 road) Forechecking: Joe Sakic might have been the MVP of the playoffs last season, but Peter Forsberg is the most valuable player on this team. He had...
Spending Policy Board Priority, President Says
One of the first priorities of new Francis Howell School Board President Carole Stampley is to set a spending policy for members."That's one of the problems that needs to be clarified," she said.Stampley, an engineer at McDonnell Douglas Corp., said...
Sports Shorts
Luis Sharpe Is Facing Threat Of DeportationFormer Big Red tackle Luis Sharpe's freedom didn't last. Now he may face deportation.Sharpe was released from Arizona custody last week on $15,000 bond and was returned to a drug rehabilitation facility as part...
Springing into Lots of Legwear Choices in Stockings Running the Gamut
Opaque or sheer? Patterned or plain? Pretty pastel or nude? Stocking up on spring hosiery means all of the above and puts the best-dressed legs in step with ready-to-wear."A lot of the clothing trends for spring are very feminine and sheer," according...
State Board Opposes Separate Titles
Becky Oakes took a neutral position on the proposed separation of Missouri state championships, even as petitions seeking support were being circulated throughout the state.If a majority of the state's schools voted to hold separate state tournaments...
St. Charles Casino Accused of Racial Bias
A group of current and former employees of Station Casino St. Charles have accused the company of racial discrimination. They charge that the firm has restricted opportunities for blacks who deal and supervise table games, and promoted less-qualified...
Stomach Ailment Plagues Four of 5 Children in Family Parents Are Getting Little Sleep: `Kids Up All Night, Crying in Pain'
The sound of screaming wakes Carol Bilbrey from a restless sleep. She runs to her daughter's bedroom and turns on the light. The little girl is sitting up, clutching her chest. Between screams, blood and vomit shoot from her mouth. Brown acid stains...
Support Groups
TodayHonesty Inc., a support group of Alcoholics Anonymous, will meet at 10 a.m. in the second floor meeting room, Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service, 4112 McClay Road, St. Charles.Alcoholics Anonymous will meet at noon and 6 and 8 p.m. at the Sonderen...
Tech Talk
Overseas Banks To Issue `Ecash' For Online BuysNorway's and Austria's biggest banks, Den norske Bank and Bank Austria, join Deutsche Bank and Advance Bank of Australia in planning to issue electronic cash developed by Digicash BV for use on the Internet.DigiCash,...
Teenie Titans Little Beanie Babies Are as Hot Here as the Bigger Versions
Teenie Beanie Babies are proving just as popular as their bigger siblings, which means they may soon be extinct at your local McDonald's.McDonald's operators in St. Louis are calling central distribution centers around the U.S. to snap up spare inventory...
Teen's Mooching Friend Beats Mom around Block
Dear Abby: My 17-year-old daughter (I'll call her Carrie) was dating a young man I'll call Brad for approximately nine months. Carrie has a part-time job that pays for her entertainment and also her gas and minor repairs to the car her father and I gave...
The Dog-Eat-Dog World of Dog Show Competition
"DOG EAT DOG: A Very Human Book About Dogs and Dog Shows"By Jane and Michael Stern(192 pages, Scribner, $22) Reviewed by Joan Gilbert THIS is not a how-to, though it contains data enough to help anyone decide whether or not to undertake showing dogs...
The Mystery Moon the Prospect That Water Covers Europa, One of Jupiter's Moons, Has Brought New Legitimacy - and Urgency - to the Search for Extraterrestrial Life
THE SEARCH FOR extraterrestrial life in the solar system is becoming the gold rush of our time.Even before NASA made the bombshell announcement last week of a possible life-bearing ocean on the distant Jovian moon Europa, plots were being hatched to...
The Proving Ground
At this time of year, National Hockey League players talk a lot about "the team." Being a team. Playing as a team. Winning and losing as a team.They express this all-for-one and one-for-all attitude with comments such as "there's no I in the word 'team.'...
The Words of the Mayor
Excerpts From Mayor Clarence Harmon's Inaugural Speech (April 15, 1997)Achieving DreamsYou know, as a boy growing up in St. Louis, the thought of one day standing before you as mayor never occurred to me. Instead, like so many others of my generation...
This Time, Blues Skate Away from Pay-TV
The Blues will be playing dump-and-chase hockey, at least with their television package, in the playoffs.They've dumped pay-TV, at least for this year's Stanley Cup tournament. And, after an ugly end to their relationship with Channel 11 before the season...
Tiger's Tale Has Some Doubters
THE FELLOW on the phone sounded nervous."I had to call somebody," he said. "I don't know you, but I read your column and I think I can trust you."Obviously, the caller had a tenuous grasp on reality. Anybody who reads my column regularly understands...