St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from December 22, 1996

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100 Neediest Cases Need Your Help
Especially at this time of the year, need comes in a variety of guises. Families struggle to get by, single parents struggle to hold their families together or children struggle to cope with the breakup of their families. Job loss, illness, accidents...
7 Hurricanes, 3 of Them Big, Are Being Predicted for 1997
Nineteen ninety-six may have been a big year for hurricanes, but 1997 will be worse, according to Colorado State University climatologist William Grey.Gray, who enjoys one of the nation's best records in hurricane prediction, said 1997 will see seven...
Abandoned Baby's Prospects for Being Adopted Look Good
By the time the newborn boy rescued from a St. Louis trash bin is healthy enough to leave Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital, he could have new parents to take him home.And one of the 60-plus families who have called the hospital amid an outpouring...
A Child's Prayer for a Just and Everlasting Peace
When I was young, I was taught a prayer that ended, "May we all know a just and everlasting peace." I repeated that prayer through my childhood, both when there was a wishbone to break and when someone called for a silent moment.I said it, as children...
`Action Jackson' Sharpshooter Quinn Kept Firing Away through the Hit and Miss
Deposed Blues President Jack Quinn was the ultimate survivor."To last 14 years as a No. 1 or No. 2 person in a sports franchise is unheard of today," Quinn said. "I've been through a couple of mayors, a couple of governors, a couple of football teams....
Analysts Say `Mcboeing' Product Lines Can Coexist Douglas Planes Given 5-10 Years
As McDonnell Douglas Corp. becomes part of Boeing Co., its commercial wing appears to be most vulnerable to massive cuts.Boeing has 60 percent of the international airliner market, compared with 35 percent for Airbus Industrie of Europe and 5 percent...
Another Masterpiece from Forsyth
"ICON"A spy thriller by Frederick Forsyth (6 hours, abridged, BDD Audio, $24.95)If this is not the best spy novel I've ever listened to, it ranks in the top five. The author, who established himself as one of the premier suspense writers with his "The...
Arrests Called Death of `Murder Inc.'
"Murder Inc.," an alleged alliance of ex-members of several gangs in the Metro East area, has been dissolved with four arrests, police sources say.The existence of the gang received heavy media coverage in late October. "Murder Inc." was said to include...
Asian Influx Altering Fabric of Vancouver Anglo-Canadian Feathers Are Getting Ruffled
Among the first things Thomas Tam tells this city's new arrivals from Hong Kong, Taiwan and elsewhere in east Asia: Keep your voice down in public, and, whenever possible, speak English.It might sound like jarring counsel in a country where individual...
Atlanta, Houston Expansion Front-Runners
Hartford Whalers owner Peter Karmanos was in Phoenix (Arizona, not the Phoenix Hartford Center) attending the NHL Board of Governors meetings, which broke Saturday morning.The main topic was expansion. Eleven groups from nine cities have applied for...
At the Movies
NEWBeavis and Butt-head Do America (PG-13; 1:22): The MTV idiots make a surprisingly successful transfer to the big screen. The movie moves quickly and is driven by the script, which is snappy, funny and full of Beavis and Butt-head-style sexual innuendo....
At the Theater
Bah! Humbug!: A musical romp based on the Charles Dickens classic, in a modern adaptation by Jack S. Herrick of the Red Clay Ramblers. Imaginary Theatre Company. Repertory Theatre of St. Louis MainStage, 130 Edgar Road. 968-4925. Dec. 23 at 11 a.m.Dinner...
A Wry Memoir from Uncle Walter Cronkite Has Kept His Fame in Perspective
A REPORTER'S LIFEA memoir by Walter Cronkite384 pages, Knopf, $26.95 ***** THE MEMOIRS of any journalist in book form ought to be cause for skepticism. The journalists who write them often present themselves as insiders who have been at great events...
Ball Brings Big Bucks Museum's No. 1 Fund-Raiser Ever
THE Winter Ball held at the St. Louis Art Museum on Dec. 14 ranks as the museum's most successful fund-raiser ever.The event was sold out for months to a limit of 650 guests, with a waiting list, thanks to the work of chairwoman Sally Danforth and c...
Big Brother? School Ensures Security, but Some Say It Has Gone Too Far
At Bentonville High School, teachers know the names of all the students and how to spell them. They know their graduation dates and if they work after-school jobs.They know this not so much because of small-town closeness but because the information...
Blues Defensive in Defeat, but Not after in Life after Mike, Team Draws Hope from `Better-Than-the-Score' 4-0 Loss to Philly
Talk about teams headed in opposite directions.The Philadelphia Flyers have been the hottest team in the National Hockey League, stringing together win after win after deciding to retain coach Terry Murray despite an outcry to fire him.The Blues have...
Boeing Employees like the Company - Even after Strike
"Boeing's a great employer," says Bill Johnson.That's not something you'd expect him to say.Johnson, head of the Machinists union at Boeing Co., led a 69-day strike against the aerospace giant last year. Despite that confrontation, Johnson and his Machinists...
Boeing's Neighborhood Aerospace Giant Lifts Seattle above Its Clouds
THIS IS A CITY of latte sippers and bookworms, dozens of software millionaires and hot rock bands.It's a city of temper-testing traffic jams, teen-age runaways and loud, demanding beggars who walk tourists up the street.Citizens can look out from their...
Books in Brief
As the title suggests, "Manhattan Nocturne" (349 pages, Crown, $24) is a novel of New York - of self-absorbed, not particularly likable people who lead extremely interesting lives. It's also a murder mystery, but until late in the novel, that's almost...
Branson, Mo., Unwraps Christmas Season for Tourists
The holiday season's grip on this tourist town is evident by the marquee in front of the Hollywood Wax Museum-Branson, which reads: "Proudly Presents Life Of Christ.""We knew we had to do something a little different for Christmas," museum manager Michael...
Briefs
NATIONNORTH CAROLINAParatroopers Questioned In Drive-By Shooting Four Army paratroopers were being questioned Saturday in a drive-by shooting incident at Fort Bragg, N.C., that left two civilian youths wounded, an Army spokesman said. Officials said...
Brooks Borrows Page from Keenan, Belatedly
Interesting sports town, St. Louis.Certainly more civil than most.Take our coaches, for example. Mike Keenan is mean. So despite Keenan's winning history, hockey fans wanted him out of the city on the next bus as soon as possible. He was just too treacherous....
Bucks Brought Clout for Democrat Donors Perks Range from Audience to Appointment
BIG DEMOCRATIC donors felt so emboldened they personally wrote the president seeking government appointments - and got them. One was invited inside the Oval Office to talk policy.Another even managed to get a Chinese government arms dealer into a Wh...
Carnahan `Very Likely' to Consider Senate Race in '98 or '00
Doing little to dampen political speculation, Gov. Mel Carnahan says he expects to serve his full second term - but is also "very likely" to look at U.S. Senate races in 1998 or 2000.The Democrat will be sworn in Jan. 13 for another four years as go...
Chinese Arms Dealer's Company Was Target of Weapons Inquiry
The White House said Friday that no one knew who Wang Jun was when he passed through the gates last February to meet President Bill Clinton at an event set up by the Democratic National Committee. But he is well-known to almost everyone else in Washington...
Chunnel Is Back in Action, Sort Of
A month after a fire that put one section of track out of service, the rail tunnel under the English Channel has limped back into action, but at only a fraction of peak capacity.An 18-car yellow and cream Eurostar express from London, at the verge o...
Civility Is Declining, Clarence Thomas Says
Clarence Thomas survived a blistering confirmation battle to gain a seat on the Supreme Court in 1991. Although he did not refer to that experience during a Friday speech in Kansas City, he criticized the coarsening of society.Thomas was keynote speaker...
Classmates' Ridicule Drove Boy to Suicide
Dear Ann Landers: I couldn't hold back the tears when I read the news story in the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel about a local 12-year-old boy who hanged himself in his parents' backyard. It seems the boy was overweight and didn't want to go to school...
Clinton Plans Restoration of Billions in Welfare Cuts Proposals Won't Go Down Easy on Capitol Hill
President Bill Clinton's administration has prepared a budget plan that would restore at least $13 billion worth of cuts to welfare programs approved by the Republican-led Congress. The proposals would set up the prospect of a major confrontation that...
Clinton's Pick Not Labor's despite the Warm Words for President Clinton's Nominee for Secretary of Labor, the Fact Is the Leaders of the AFL-CIO Wanted Someone Else
NO GROUP DID more than organized labor - with its $35 million, energetic advertising campaign and thousands of volunteers - to help elect President Bill Clinton and congressional Democrats last month.In exchange, labor wanted Harris Wofford, the retired...
Concussions Are Continuing to Plague the Nhl and NFL
As the debate in at least two professional sports drags on about the prevention of head injuries, players are still being knocked out of the lineup.The latest victim to go on the injured list for an extended period because of a concussion is Buffalo...
Corruption, Decay Are Pushing Zaire Closer to Chaos
A VISIT TO THE Mama Yemo Hospital, Zaire's largest public health facility, is not for the faint of heart.The operating room floor is so rotted that surgeons must avoid gaping holes, crumbling plywood and rusting metal. Only a few lights or air condi...
Cup of Kindness: Tea Can Soothe Shoppers in Manhattan
HOLIDAYS in the city. You shop until you drop, and then what?It's too late to lunch, too early to dine.What's needed is a cup of - not coffee (you don't need to get hyped up again) - soothing, warming, lulling tea. And maybe a plate of sandwiches a nd...
Daniels Chronology
A look at the tortured path Lloyd Daniels has taken in and out of basketball:Sept. 4, 1967 - Born in Brooklyn, N.Y.1970-1971 - Orphaned when mother dies of cancer and father walks out. February 1986 - Drops out of Andrew Jackson High School in Queens,...
Dayton's Theories, Bosnia's Realities
The Clinton administration avoided an internal blood-letting when Richard Holbrooke was not selected as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Holbrooke's first goal was to be named secretary of state, with the U.N. post being something of a consolation...
Dioxin Incinerator Should Be Retested, Official Says EPA Ombudsman Criticizes Handling of Test Samples
The federal Environmental Protection Agency should act immediately to retest the dioxin incinerator at Times Beach because of problems in the handling of earlier test samples, the agency's ombudsman says.The ombudsman, Bob Martin, said he could not recommend...
Discovery Came Belatedly for Rarotonga
RAROTONGA was settled by Polynesians around A.D. 1200 but remained "undiscovered" by Westerners for more than 600 years.In fact, Western explorers were amazingly inept at finding the largest of the 14 Cook Islands.Spanish explorers Alvaro de Mendana...
District's Dive into Red Shocking, but Not Sudden
It was a proud, special moment in the auditorium at Maplewood-Richmond Heights High School.A presidential Cabinet member and the highest ranking education official in the United States stood before an elaborate, giant mockup of a computer. As the national...
Do Fund Managers Count on a Rubber Stamp?
Independent directors of mutual funds have come under close scrutiny for allowing fees on funds to go ever higher. But another practice that has been receiving much less attention raises the same question of whether these directors are, indeed, fulfilling...
Don't Ease Nursing Home Inspections
Incredible as it may seem, the Clinton administration considered reducing federal nursing home inspections. Fortunately, the idea has been abandoned, thanks to a public outcry.The administration now says fewer inspections are not the answer to its purported...
Double Their Pleasure? Women's Pro Basketball Asks the Question: Can Two Leagues Survive?
Four legitimate attempts at women's professional basketball have failed, usually meeting fates such as Trish Roberts' in her playing days nearly 20 years ago."My last year in St. Louis we got 200 fans on a good night," Roberts said. "It cost more to...
Ellen Gilchrist's Victory over Prose Her Short Stories Explore the Human Heart
SHE WAS 19 and about to run away and marry a boy from Georgia Tech. But first she needed something to wear, so she went downtown to Rich's in Atlanta and bought a white dress with pearl buttons, some pretty white lingerie, a pair of white high heels...
Ewing, Knicks Fire Away at Pistons
Patrick Ewing scored 30 points and the New York Knicks followed coach Jeff Van Gundy's oral trashing of the Pistons with one of their most spirited games of the year, a 95-92 win over Detroit on Saturday night.New York led for the final 47 minutes and...
Extra Points
Numbers CrunchThe Rams finished the season with a 4-4 record at the TWA Dome. They are 6-7 in two years at The Dome. . . . The Rams went 3-1 in December, their best December mark since 1989. . . . The Rams, who had been rushing better, had only 51 yards...
Families of Victims Keep Vigil in Lima
Maria Isabel Eda had followed the instructions to the letter, putting the faded blue polo shirt and the underwear into a clear plastic bag, and printing the hostage's name - her husband's name - neatly on a piece of note paper.Friday morning, along with...
FBI Sting Helped Sew Up Agency's Security Holes
On Dec. 13, at a shopping center in rural Virginia, a lanky, middle-aged FBI agent named Earl Edwin Pitts walked up to a rented mailbox and dropped off an envelope with a computer disk inside. The message contained on that disk would lead to his arrest...
Figuring out What They See in That Arcane Stuff
I HAVE finally seen the light. For years I dismissed it as an art form peopled by overweight divas, dressed in garish costumes, acting out flimsy, preposterous dramas. But then, in a flash of insight, I found the beauty. And I can thank one of the world's...
Flashback Are '90S Ready for Bold, Sexy `Evita' Fashions from the '40S?
"Evita" isn't even in theaters yet, but the flirty 1940s wear tied to the movie already is making a bold and low-cut fashion statement.Bright red lipsticks, ruffled dresses and sophisticated jewelry are finding their way into clothing stores still smarting...
Folkl Helps Stanford Win 3rd Title since '92
Stanford had just won its third NCAA volleyball championship, and Kerri Walsh already was talking about another one."It was a lot of fun," said Walsh, whose 17 kills and eight digs led the Cardinal over Hawaii 15-7, 15-3, 15-5 Saturday for the national...
Former Editor to `Retire' Executive David Lipman to Be Consultant for Pulitzer Publishing
At month's end, newspaper executive David Lipman will retire - sort of."I've signed a consulting contract with the Pulitzer Publishing Co., which ought to keep me working about half time," Lipman, 65, said last week. "And I'll be representing the company...
Gateway Raceway Telephones Are Ringing Away at Fast Pace
It's full speed ahead at Gateway International Raceway these days, with ticket orders being accepted for the three major events next summer at the new track and construction work continuing at a fast-and-furious pace.While trucks are busy moving dirt...
Get Around: Multiple Pacs Allow Group to Circumvent Contributions Law
THE MISSOURI Association of Trial Attorneys has found a way to get around the state's new campaign contribution limits. It has created three more political action committees to give money to candidates it wants elected.In July, the MATA Political Action...
Gingrich Admits Breaking Rules He Confesses to Charges Leveled by Ethics Panel
In a one-sentence confession acknowledging impropriety alleged by the House ethics committee, House Speaker Newt Gingrich Saturday admitted that he both violated House rules and falsely denied having done so.In a statement delivered to the committee,...
Global Vision Soldan Students Get Taste of Other Cultures, Values
Soldan, a magnet school at 918 Union Boulevard, tries to fuse food, language, dance and customs from around the globe into the lessons for students.ANNE SERKIN REMEMBERS the first day she taught world cuisine at Soldan International Studies High School....
Golden Time for Postwar Couples, Marriage for Better, for Worse, Forever
Salvatore and Ann Galate celebrated the end of World War II. They rode the wave of postwar home buyers. And they helped give birth to the baby boom.This past year, the Raytown, Mo., couple joined millions nationwide in celebrating their 50th anniversary.What...
Government Bias Case Drags on after 20 Years
The final chapter in the largest and potentially most costly employment discrimination lawsuit ever brought against the U.S. government is being played out in a small "moot" courtroom in downtown Washington. The government's potential liability in the...
Gulf War Syndrome Is a Fiction
After years of denial, the Pentagon now admits that perhaps 20,000 soldiers might have been exposed to poison gas when the allies blew up Iraqi arms depots shortly after the Persian Gulf War.This news and the manner in which it dribbled out have fanned...
Haunted by the Holocaust It Infuses Work of Mueller-Stahl
THE distinguished German actor Armin Mueller-Stahl says he has spent most of his life "trying to kill Adolf Hitler.""He was the greatest beast in history," said Mueller-Stahl, "and I have never been able to escape him. I made films in East Germany about...
He's the Man Tiger Woods Loomed Large in a Sensational Year of Golf
The real wrapup of golf in 1996 will be written 20 years from now, when historians decide whether Tiger Woods lived up to his enormous promise and evaluate the impact of the Masters collapse on Greg Norman.Woods, who turns 21 two days before the new...
Hill Country Offers Texas Not Seen in Big Cities
THE GIANT orange and white sign looms on the horizon, greeting visitors on a deserted country road."Welcome to Johnson City, home of Lyndon B. Johnson and Whittington's Beef Jerky."The nation's 36th president undoubtedly would be relieved to know he...
Home Allows Guests to Wander, Wonder about Surrealist Dali
DRIVING into northeastern Spain, you expect the countryside to look a little different.Maybe clocks really do drip from trees here. If only the landscape tilted at odd angles and the furniture were sexually active, it would explain so much about the...
If You Go . .
Getting There: The Dali sites are all in northeastern Spain within a few hours drive of Barcelona. Visitors can drive, or use public transportation and cabs to call on the museum, castle and studio. It's possible to take in the Dali Theater-Museum and...
Inaugural Store a New Shop Offers Many Items Marking President's Swearing-In
Stocked with hundreds of commemorative items and decorated with red, white and blue bunting and balloons, the Presidential Inaugural Committee's inaugural store opened Friday.The store, just a few blocks from the White House, offers everything from T-shirts...
Industry's TV Ratings Are OK
The TV industry has offered its voluntary plan to rate shows. It chose a system based on that used for movies, which characterizes programs based on their age appropriateness. Critics prefer a content-based system. It's hard to know which would better...
In Unsettled Times, God Builds House on Higher Ground
AUSTIN DEERY USED to dream of a house. It would be big, if not splendid. He went so far as to make a down payment on a piece of land in Jefferson County.At the time he made this investment, he was living in a trailer with his wife and six children. Being...
Investigators Place Suspect near Home of Missing Girl Brother's Friend Lived near Gina Dawn Brooks
Investigators say Nathan D. "Danny" Williams targeted Gina Dawn Brooks in 1989 shortly before the 13-year-old girl from Fredericktown was abducted, the Post-Dispatch has learned."Williams' brother had a close friend who lived very near to Gina Dawn,"...
Island Was Playground of the Rich
LET ME admit right up front that, given my lowly position, I have never eaten with a Vanderbilt.I have, however, eaten a Vanderbilt.Not only that, but I was able to eat a Vanderbilt in the very spot where a Vanderbilt used to eat. OK, OK. Before this...
James Meagher Sr.; Retired Car Dealer
James A. Meagher Sr., a former auto dealer in St. Charles County, died Friday (Dec. 20, 1996) of infirmities at St. Anthony's Medical Center in south St. Louis County. He was 90 and lived in St. Charles.Mr. Meagher began his 52-year career in the auto...
Japan's Corporations Resort to Bullying
Hideaki Wada says his new boss rewarded him for his success in a novel way: He slashed his pay by 20 percent, demoted him as company sales chief and put him in charge of a doomed project.Wada, who blames corporate jealousy for his fall, says he's the...
Joe Paterno: `I'm Still Having Fun'
The ageless coach in the dark glasses, rolled-up trousers, white athletic socks and black cleats is 70.Joseph Vincent Paterno, the patriarch of Penn State football, marked that milestone on Saturday. The winningest active coach in Division I is celebrating...
Johnson"s Accomplishments Overshadowed Others on Track
There was Michael Johnson - and there was the rest of the world.Johnson, the splendid sprinter with the gold shoes, made track and field history in 1996 with mind-boggling performances. His accomplishments overshadowed those of everyone else, other world...
Kendall Gill Has Last Word on the Court
Kendall Gill kept the anger bottled inside for two years. He fought the temptation to criticize the Sonics and Coach George Karl. He battled to forget the nightmares that hounded him through 1994-95, his second and final season in Seattle.There were...
La Russa Wants to Test Young Early in Season
Cardinals manager Tony La Russa says Dmitri Young is likely to be his first baseman for the first month of the 1997 season if center fielder Ray Lankford hasn't fully recovered from off-season rotator cuff surgery.La Russa's plan is to play rookie switch-hitter...
Lawmakers Recommend 2 to Federal Judgeships
The first black judge on the state's Supreme Court and a former aide to Rep. Richard A. Gephardt are up for the appointments.The first African-American judge of the Missouri Supreme Court and a former aide to House Minority Leader Richard A. Gephardt,...
Lawyers' Lobby Is Power in Legislature Association of Trial Attorneys Puts Its Money Behind Its Many Friends
ON THE FRENETIC last day of the 1996 session, as dozens of bills were rammed through the Legislature, state Rep. Jason Klumb quietly slipped through the House a measure to increase the number of places where nonprofit corporations may be sued.The change...
Let's Bring on All the Lawsuits Nader Refutes Current Critics of Legal Claims
NO CONTESTCorporate Lawyers and the Perversion of Justice in AmericaBy Ralph Nader and Wesley J. Smith 427 pages, Random House, $25 ***** IN RECENT YEARS, many books and articles have been written about the increased litigiousness of our society. Most...
Looking Back on the Day the Soviet Union Died
THE MAN WHO phoned Mikhail Gorbachev five years ago with the news he was out of a job and the Soviet Union was defunct lives today in a humble high-rise apartment protected from the outside world by three steel doors.The doors keep out those who say...
Magic and Mystery of Christmastime a Captivating Story for Readers of All Ages
THE CHRISTMAS MYSTERYA novel by Jostein GaarderDecorations by Rosemary Wells Translated by Elizabeh Rokkan 222 pages, Farrar Straus Giroux, $23, all ages ***** NORWEGIAN WRITER Jostein Gaarder first made his name in this country with the publication...
Make Your Holiday Wrapping Off-Limits to Pets
Holiday Hazard Alert: In wrapping Christmas presents, be very careful with strings, pins, tape, balls of twine, plastic bags, and anything else that your pet might swallow or that could cause injury. An easy safe-guard is to do all wrapping in a room...
Man Accused of Killing Baby, Blaming Death on 2-Year-Old Girl
Tracy Rhame grew up being told she killed her 4-month-old brother by throwing him from his crib when she was only 2.But her intuition told her otherwise, and she pressed for answers about the 1971 case. Now, 25 years later, her stepfather has been indicted...
Man Murdered Baby, Framed 2-Year-Old, Prosecutor Charges
Tracy Rhame grew up being told she killed her 4-month-old brother by throwing him from his crib when she was only 2.But her intuition told her otherwise, and she pressed for answers about the 1971 case. Now, 25 years later, her stepfather has been indicted...
Martin Reserves Best for When Rams Need Him Most
No matter what Santa brings Wednesday morning, Rams quarterback Jamie Martin will enjoy this holiday season."I couldn't ask for anything more," Martin said after rallying the Rams to a 14-13 victory Saturday over the New Orleans Saints. "With Christmas...
Mayoral Rivals Must Reach Out
"LET'S GET ready to rumble!"You can almost hear the announcer calling it out.But this isn't the "thrilla in Manila," and it's not the "rumble in the jungle." No, this is the "brawl at the Hall." City Hall, that is. Not since cigar-chomping Comptroller...
Michigan's Fisher Finally Reels in Win over Arizona, Improves to 8- 0
Maceo Baston and Robert Traylor each scored four points in overtime Saturday as No. 4 Michigan defeated No. 6 Arizona 73-71 in Auburn Hills, Mich., giving coach Steve Fisher his first win in five tries against the Wildcats.The game was tied 64-64 at...
Monsanto Reports Success for New Roundup
The new, improved version of Monsanto Co.'s Roundup herbicide has become so popular that the original formula has nearly been put out to pasture."We met our goals for Roundup Ultra," said Kerry Preete, who manages the new weedkiller as well as the 90-plus...
Morning Briefing upon Further Review
The Upon Further Review Athlete of the Week - if not the month - is hapless boxer ANDREW GOLOTA.As you no doubt read, Golota was whipping up on RIDDICK BOWE, again, before getting disqualified, again, for delivering a crippling low blow. Trainer LOU...
Museum in Florida Is Best Place to See Bulk of Dali's Work
FANS OF artist Salvador Dali travel to Spain to see the landscape and sites that shaped the surrealist's unique world view. But if they want to see his paintings, they can save themselves a trans-Atlantic trip.In a former warehouse in quiet downtown...
New Cabinet Features Varied Personalities
ON FRIDAY, President Bill Clinton completed his Cabinet for his second term. Here are profiles of his new nominees:Alexis HermanAs director of the White House Office of Public Liaison, Alexis Herman was known for her handling of delicate relations with...
New Drug Changing How Doctors Treat Stroke Quick Action Can Help Avert Permanent Injury, Studies Show
Suddenly, a side of your body goes limp. Or maybe sight dims in one eye. Perhaps you can't speak or understand speech. Maybe there's a severe headache or an unexplained dizziness.At the onset of any of these symptoms, medical experts say, you've got...
New Missouri Hall Inductees Feature Different Talents
The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame has come full circle from that day 33 years ago when the newly created executive director of the award decided that it was silly to have to say a guy had to be born in this state to qualify for induction.So the way was...
New Orleans Gets Dressed Up to Welcome Faberge Exhibition
THE WINTER season in New Orleans, with its regular allure of haute cuisine, sporting events and carnival, will have an extraordinary sparkle this year with the arrival of the lavish and somewhat controversial exhibition "Faberge in America."A collection...
Next Big Defense Deal May Be Just Days Away End of Cold War Spurred Mergers Worth $50 Billion
Military contractors threatened by tighter arms budgets have decided that the best defense is indeed a good offense.McDonnell Douglas Corp.'s decision to ally itself with Boeing Co. was a stunning, if necessary, solution to its competitive problems.The...
NFL Head to Head
Cardinals (7-8) at Eagles (9-6)Kickoff: NoonLine: Eagles by 5 1/2 The coaches couldn't find Ricky Watters to go in for a couple of plays last week against the Jets, and that has caused a mini-flap in Philadelphia. The Eagles are dragging that along...
Nothing Easy about Hard-Nosed Illini 79-63 Win vs. No. 24 UCLA Pleases Kruger
Christmas still is a few days away, but Lon Kruger has received an early gift.When Kruger tore off the wrapping Saturday afternoon at the United Center, he discovered a hard-nosed Illinois basketball team that, in the words of senior center Chris Gandy,...
`Nutcracker' Fits Well in Intimate Hall
No doubt presenting a full-scale "Nutcracker" on the main stage of the Symphony's Community Music School presented some frustrations for the dancers and production team of the St. Louis Ballet.The company's long-running production of the Christmas classic...
On Deadly Ground
* They were hired to clean out rail cars. They say no one told them it was toxic wastes. Now they're living on top of it.RAY CRIDER FEARED his family was being poisoned.His three children complained of head and stomach aches, and his brother had seizures....
On-Off Switches Called Answer to Air Bag Fears
U.S. automakers have proposed putting air bag on-off switches in cars and trucks to prevent consumers from disconnecting the bags.Automakers say they would rather put the switches in many of the 50 million cars and trucks with air bags already on the...
Outdoors Notes/calendar
NOTEBOOKIllinois firearms deer hunters bagged 93,725 deer in the two weekend seasons, 9,417 fewer than the record set in 1995. The kill the second weekend was 33,765, an increase of 4 percent over 1995 but not enough to make up for the weather-slowed...
Oversight Panel Approves Budget of East St. Louis
East St. Louis averted a threatened financial crisis Saturday when a state panel approved the City Council's $46 million budget that slashed city jobs.The city is sending layoff notices to more than 30 employees, and that apparently convinced the state...
Packnett Praised at `Homegoing' Friends of Beloved Pastor Tell of His Inspiration, Leadership
The service was long - over three hours - but seldom dull. It was, above all, a joyous gathering, with lots of singing, hand-clapping and even some dancing in the aisles.It was a celebration of the life and "homegoing" of the Rev. Mr. Ronald B. Packnett.The...