St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from December 18, 1996

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2 School Districts Face Downgrades by State Education Department Cites Bayless, Hancock Place
Two more St. Louis County school districts are falling short of state standards, according to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.The department's staff is asking the state Board of Education to declare the Hancock Place School...
3 Aldermen Seek Re-Election; Woelfel Waits
Three incumbent aldermen filed for re-election in St. Peters on Tuesday, the first day of filing, but Betty Woelfel, aldermanic president from the 1st Ward, didn't sign up.That doesn't mean she is going to bow to the wishes of Mayor Tom Brown and give...
6 Red Cross Workers Slain in Chechnya
Masked gunmen forced their way into a Red Cross hospital in Chechnya before dawn Tuesday and went room to room, using guns with silencers to slaughter four nurses and two other workers as they slept.A seventh worker was wounded in the attack, the bloodiest...
8th-Seed Lady Indians Upend No. 1 Seed Duchesne, Again
There's something about the Duchesne High Lady Pioneers that seems to bring out the best in the Wentzville High Lady Indians.Wentzville improved to 2-4 overall and 2-0 against Duchesne when it won 30-28 Monday in the opening round of the Troy Trojanette...
A Call for Mideast Moderation
Talks have resumed between Israel and the Palestinians on the long-delayed removal of troops from the West Bank town of Hebron, but they are unlikely to go very far without a profound change of attitude on both sides. As the Clinton administration put...
After Finding God, Bateman Finds Herself
`Men Behaving Badly'When: 8:30 p.m. WednesdaysWhere: Channel 5 ***** IT'S a question that "Men Behaving Badly" star Justine Bateman hears a lot. Why does Sarah, her levelheaded character, stay with her doltish, doofus boyfriend, Kevin (Rod Eldard), on...
A Hush-Hush Case at Housing Authority?
The director of the city Housing Authority, Janice Washington, has denied a charge that agency personnel requirements were ignored to find a job for a woman said to be a relative of hers.The agency's former personnel director, James Passalacqua, alleges...
Alternative Program under `Safe Schools' Grant Gets Started
Wentzville School District Superintendent Ron Berrey is enthusiastic about the alternative school program just begun in the district."We are looking forward to having alternative placement for students who desire and need an education but have gotten...
Among the Children, a Generation Gap Divorce and Remarriage Result in Many Families That Include Half Siblings a Childhood Away in Age
THERE IS NO precise word for what 35-year-old Mark Lanyon is to 10-year-old Emily Richman Lanyon."He's in between a brother and an uncle," figured Emily, an Evanston, Ill., fifth grader. "He gives me piggyback rides and I like hanging on him. It's weird...
Annexation Proposals Will Go before Voters
The St. Louis County Boundary Commission will allow Florissant to ask voters to approve three annexation proposals and Manchester and Sunset Hills one each.The decisions Tuesday are the first since the revived Boundary Commission began work about a year...
At Hanukkah, a Modern Miracle
Hanukkah is over, but the glow of fellowship from the menorahs that blazed in the homes of Newtown, Pa. - homes of Jews and Christians alike - should last for a long time. The neighborhood's response to an act of cowardly vandalism shows that the miracles...
Attention! Committee Had Alerted Pentagon to Violence against Women
EVEN BEFORE the Army's sexual-assault scandals hit the headlines this fall, a Defense Department advisory committee was recommending that the Pentagon get a better handle on violence against military women.In October, the committee suggested that the...
Avalanche Withstands Landslide of Injuries, Clips Red Wings 4-3
Adam Deadmarsh had two goals and two assists Tuesday night as Colorado overcame the loss of two players and a two-goal deficit for a 4-3 win over visiting Detroit.Already playing without leading scorer Peter Forsberg and two other front-line players,...
Beating Bills Is Old Hat for Johnson
Playoffs or no playoffs, nothing can cure the Miami Dolphins' blues like playing the spoiler against the Buffalo Bills.Behind a big defensive effort Monday night, Miami ended a three-game skid in style with a 16-14 victory at Pro Player Stadium. The...
Bidding Raised by Merger Texas Instruments, Hughes Units at Stake
Boeing Co.'s buyout of McDonnell Douglas Corp. is expected to drive up bids for Hughes Electronics' defense and aerospace business and Texas Instruments Inc.'s defense-electronics unit, investment bankers and analysts say.Raytheon Co. and Northrop Grumman...
Bills' `Spark Plug' Avoids the Pits by Revving Up His Teammates
Sekeue Barentine has been a fixture near the end of the Billikens bench for most of the last two seasons. As far as anyone at Kiel Center can tell, he hasn't gotten much out of St. Louis University basketball.As far as anyone can tell watching most games,...
Birth-Control Pill Can Fail . . . but It's Unlikely
Dear Dr. Donohue: I know there is a slight possibility of getting pregnant while taking a birth-control pill. How does that occur? What symptoms would appear in a woman who becomes pregnant while on the pill? What if she continued taking the pill after...
Blues Blow 3 Leads, Fall to Whalers 5-3
Safely removed from the unfriendly confines of Kiel Center, the Blues played well enough to win Tuesday night at Hartford Civic Center.But Team Turmoil lost 5-3 to the Whalers, squandering one-goal leads three times en route to their third consecutive...
Boastful Alternate Juror Sent Packing in O.J. Trial
An alternate juror was booted from the O.J. Simpson wrongful death trial Tuesday after bragging in a Christmas card to a childhood friend that he was serving on the panel.The friend happened to be a sheriff's deputy who reported it to court officials,...
Boeing Will Keep Mac Jets Flying Commercial Line to Continue, Company Says
The merger between Boeing Co. and McDonnell Douglas Corp. will build a company for the future. But what about the planes of the past?Industry experts say travelers need not worry - the 1,000-plus McDonnell Douglas planes flown in the United States will...
Briefs
AIDS REPORTClinton Praises Goals For FightPresident Bill Clinton on Tuesday accepted a national AIDS strategy report laying out six goals to combat the epidemic, praising it as a milestone in the struggle against the disease. Clinton took delivery of...
Brought to You by . . . Smithsonian Institution Chief Defends Corporate Sponsorships of Exhibits
The Smithsonian Institution is going to seek more corporate sponsors for its exhibits to avoid stagnation, its director said Tuesday.I. Michael Heyman, the secretary of the Smithsonian, told the National Press Club that he sees nothing wrong with corporate...
Bunner's Back to Lead His Alma Mater
Chip Bunner has always wanted to be wrestling coach at Wentzville High. He just didn't expect it to happen so soon.Bunner, 27, replaces Jake LaManna, who stepped down to spend more time with his family. Bunner, a Wentzville High grad, wrestled as a senior...
Carville Pushes Abrasive Style with Attack on Starr
TAKING ADVANTAGE of the end-of-year lull, James Carville, the Democratic operative and book writer, has been conducting a one-man, pre-emptive public-relations strike against Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel investigating Carville's erstwhile employers,...
Cat's `Third Eye' Is Nature's Goggle
Dear Dr. Fox: Every once in a while, I see something that looks like some kind of inner eyelid that covers part of my cat's eye when it's open. When my husband saw it, he panicked and said I should write to you.Does this signify some eye problem? Does...
Charity Appeal on Target for Reaching '96 Goal
Sportcaster Bob Costas read a touching letter Tuesday at a midcampaign rally for the St. Louis Catholic Charities Christmas Appeal.The letter, tucked in with a modest donation to this year's drive, spoke of one family's Christmas a year ago when a teen-age...
Chile Shows How Privatized Retirement Program Can Work
A federal advisory panel established more than two years ago to consider ways in which the Social Security system might be revamped to meet the needs of the baby boom generation has been unable to reach an agreement.Six of the 13 panel members oppose...
Citadel Women Expand Hazing Allegations
Two female Citadel cadets had nail polish remover poured on them and their clothes set afire not once but three times in hazing incidents in the last two months, their attorneys said Tuesday.One woman, Jeanie Mentavlos, also was ordered to drop her pants...
City-Country Trade-Offs: Even So, Rural Life Wins
RECENTLY I had another one of those days, a day when I'd sell my soul for an egg roll. The closest Chinese carry-out is a 30-minute drive from my home. I miss shrimp egg foo yong, too.But I'm not complaining. I knew when I moved from St. Louis to Ga...
Clinton Narrows Cabinet Choices Former Missouri Representative Long Shot for Labor Post
President Bill Clinton is close to appointing secretaries of labor and transportation, but the leading candidate for the housing department has fallen away. Former Rep. Alan Wheat, D-Mo., has emerged as an outside contender for the labor post.Clinton's...
Clinton Narrows Choices for Labor, Transportation
President Bill Clinton is close to appointing secretaries of labor and transportation, but the leading candidate for the housing department has fallen away. Former Rep. Alan Wheat, D-Mo., has emerged as an outside contender for the labor post.Clinton's...
Coaching 'Clone Iowa State's Floyd Isn't Eager to Face His Mentor
Figuratively speaking, Iowa State coach Tim Floyd has packed the maps, the Mad magazines and the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. But, suddenly, he's wondering if this is such a good idea."It's kind of like planning a family vacation trip across the...
Court Reverses Damage Award in Accident Suit
The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned a St. Louis Circuit Court jury's decision awarding $40 million to a woman injured in an accident involving a Suzuki Samurai sport utility vehicle.In a 6-1 decision, the court said evidence of alcohol consumption...
Cross-Checking
CENTRAL DIVISIONHow desperate are the Maple Leafs on defense? They plucked journeyman Tom Pederson out of a Japanese pro league and thrust him in the lineup. Do the Leafs regret dealing Todd Gill to San Jose for Jamie Baker? Gill is the best Sharks defenseman...
Cross-Checking
CENTRAL DIVISIONHow desperate are the Maple Leafs on defense? They plucked journeyman Tom Pederson out of a Japanese pro league and thrust him in the lineup. Do the Leafs regret dealing Todd Gill to San Jose for Jamie Baker? Gill is the best Sharks defenseman...
Democratic Party Checks Donations More Contributions from Businessman under Scrutiny
Democratic Party officials are now reviewing the propriety of some of the hundreds of thousands of dollars raised for them by Charles Yah Lin Trie, a Little Rock, Ark., businessman whose separate money-raising efforts for a presidential legal defense...
Donor Has Dinner at White House Visits Day after Disclosure of Suspect Checks
A businessman who delivered $460,000 in questionable donations to the Clintons' legal defense fund attended a White House dinner last week and spoke briefly to the president, a spokesman said Tuesday.The man, Charles Yah Lin Trie, visited one day after...
Early Filing for Elections Opens across Area Residents Prepare for School Board, City Races
Joyce Follman, a 15-year veteran of the Ladue School Board, has decided to run for a seat on the board of the Special School District. She will give up her seat on the Ladue board.In St. Louis, two people filed early Tuesday for four seats on the Bo...
East St. Louis School Called out of Control Clark Junior High Teachers, Parents Want Help
George Rogers Clark Junior High School, a brick bastion on State Street in East St. Louis, may be no better or worse than other tough urban schools, police say. But problems there have mobilized a group of parents, students, teachers and even school...
Edison Loses $11 Million in Quarter
Edison Brothers Stores Inc. reported a loss of $11.5 million for its third quarter, which ended Nov. 2. Before special charges, however, the company lost $3.7 million, compared with a loss of $14.2 million before special charges in the third quarter...
Fall Leaves in a Hurry; Winter Enters with a Flurry Friday's Forecast Calls for 4 Degrees
If by chance you like today's toe-tingling weather, you'll like Friday's even better. If forecasts hold up, that will be a day to numb all bodily extremities, decommission plumbing and give cars serious cases of hypothermia.St. Louis can expect to wake...
Family Flicks
NEWIf your kids aren't afraid of torrential currents of water, big explosions, cramped enclosures or rats, then Daylight (PG-13) might thrill them in ways that it won't for adults because of gross plot inconsistencies and horrid acting. Sylvester Stallone...
FDA Says Some Got Less Potent Flu Vaccine
Some high-risk patients - particularly those with chronic heart or lung diseases - may have received a flu vaccine that was not quite strong enough and should consider a second shot, the government said Tuesday.Nobody knows if the 1.5 million to 2 million...
Free Throw Paucity Mark Is Cavaliers' for Taking
Hearing the news, Terrell Brandon put his hand over his face, bowed his head and giggled.But he knew as well as anyone that it was no laughing matter."The Cavaliers are on pace to set an NBA record for fewest free-throw attempts in a season," he was...
Games Help Kids Cope in Guise of Having Fun
WHAT STANLEY MARCUS did for his-and-her windmills, Lawrence Shapiro is doing for dysfunction.Marcus, of Neiman Marcus catalog fame, epitomized '80s excess by offering the playtoys of moneyed Texans to the rest of the country.Shapiro is a mail-order maven,...
Gender Pay Gap a Bit Less at Top
At least a few working women are laughing all the way to the bank.For the first time, all of the top 20 female executives in corporate America earned more than $1 million, Working Woman magazine said this week in releasing its annual survey of women's...
`God Is Where We Let God in . . . .' Protestant and Jew, Photographer and Youth, Capture the Essence of Faith
IT WAS my first bat mitzvah.A dear friend had asked me a year ago if I would photograph his daughter's bat mitzvah. Not wanting to say no to a friend, I agreed to take pictures for him on my day off.Rebecca is my own daughter's age, and I have watched...
Gretzky, Richter Help Rangers Set Their Gaze above .500
With Wayne Gretzky moving to the top of the NHL scoring list and Mike Richter moving around better in goal, the New York Rangers are moving up in the standings."We find ourselves only eight (points) out of first in the league after a shaky start," Rangers...
Guerrillas in Peru Storm Japanese Envoy's Home 40 Attending Party at Residence Are Held Hostage
About 20 leftist guerrillas armed with automatic weapons and grenade launchers stormed the Japanese ambassador's residence in Lima on Tuesday and held hostage about 40 people attending a reception, officials and witnesses said.The attackers, who identified...
Guerrillas in Peru Storm Japanese Envoy's Home Hundreds of Diplomats and Officials Held Hostage
Leftist guerrillas stormed the home of the Japanese ambassador Tuesday night, setting off explosions and taking hostage hundreds of diplomats and government officials.The guerrillas, armed with automatic weapons and grenade launchers, threatened to kill...
Health Dept. Faces Deadline: Get out of Old, into New
In a race with the calendar, workers are renovating a vacant building at 1650 Boonslick Road in St. Charles that will house new offices for St. Charles County Health Department personnel.The county has until Jan. 15 to move out of rented quarters at...
Honor Roll
Students at Sts. Joachim and Ann School, 4110 McClay Road, St. Charles, must have straight A's to qualify for the Principal's Award honor roll; students who maintain all A's or all A's except one B are on the A honor roll; straight B's or a combination...
Indians' Summers Warm Them Up for Productive 1st-Year Harvest
Trudy Larrew feared the worst."Going in, I wasn't sure what to expect. I figured that we'd have to spend a lot of time on the basics, doing drills," said Larrew, the first-year swimming coach at Wentzville High."But I've been pleasantly surprised at...
Junior High Etiquette for the Parents
NOW that I have a daughter in junior high, I have had to come to terms with a new phase of parenting: the junior high assembly.You would think that after years of dutiful attendance at school plays, songfests and Harvest Celebrations (a fascinating concept...
Jury of His Peers Wouldn't Give Man Conflicting Signals
FOR EVERY ACTION, there is an equal and opposite reaction. That is Issac Newton's third law of motion.The law also applies to the criminal justice system.For instance, this newspaper published a story last week about a man who lied about his criminal...
Lacroix's Late Goal Enables Avalanche to Withstand Wings
Eric Lacroix scored with 4 minutes 59 seconds remaining, lifting the Colorado Avalanche to a 4-3 victory over the visiting Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.Lacroix's goal, his 10th of the season, capped a stellar showdown between last year's Western...
Lady Monarchs Topple Top-Ranked Stanford
Nyree Roberts led four Old Dominion players in double figures with 19 points Tuesday night in Norfolk, Va., and the No. 4 Lady Monarchs stunned top-ranked Stanford 83-66, ending the Cardinal's nine-game winning streak.Ticha Penichiero and Clarisse Machanguana...
Lady Monarchs Topple Top-Ranked Stanford
Nyree Roberts led four Old Dominion players in double figures with 19 points Tuesday night in Norfolk, Va., and the No. 4 Lady Monarchs stunned top-ranked Stanford 83-66, ending the Cardinal's nine-game winning streak.Ticha Penichiero and Clarisse Machanguana...
`Mandarin Mudhen' Way to Duck Issue of a Luckless Hunt
Duck hunting is like fishing in at least one way - the best action always takes place the day-before-yesterday or a week from Friday. You always remember the days when mallards fly as thick as mosquitoes in August. But truth be told, those days are less...
Mcdonnell Chief Sees Smooth Sailing Past Antitrust Issues
McDonnell Douglas Corp. President Harry Stonecipher says antitrust issues shouldn't be a problem in McDonnell's merger with Boeing Co."We don't think there will be any problems. If there were, we wouldn't be doing it," Stonecipher said.Stonecipher was...
Mehlville's 10 Choices Pace South First Team in All-District Football
Mehlville High's football team, which lost several important players to graduation yet advanced to the semifinals of the state playoffs for the third year in a row, dominates the South All-District team.The Panthers placed 10 players on the first team,...
Mom Agrees, Grandkids Were Too Much
Dear Ann Landers: "Uncertain in Chicago" asked about the propriety of naming non-family members to raise her children should something happen to her and her husband. Perhaps our experience will be helpful.When our children were 3 and 6, we considered...
Morning Briefing
Harbison Buys Company That Makes ContainersE. Douglas Harbison has bought Ever Corp., an aluminum container company in Newport, Ark., and plans to expand the company's product lines.Ever makes containers for food, beverages, health and beauty aids and...
Morning Briefing Eye Openers
He's been an inspiration to crossdressers, body-piercers and psychedelic hairdressers everywhere. Now, DENNIS RODMAN is inspiring sports editors . . . into conscience attacks. BILL DWYRE of the Los Angeles Times is the latest to check his moral compass:"When...
Naturally: Greet the Season without Plastic, Foil or Fake Frost
SHINY GREEN PAPER, corpulent red bows: It's an unwritten law that poinsettias must be garishly dressed for Christmas. Indeed, this overwrapped plant is so intrusively cheerful - the botanical equivalent of a shopping-mall Santa - that it looks perennially...
Netanyahu Says Palestinians Are Balking at Peace Negotiations
Palestinian leaders are holding up renewal of peace negotiations under the Oslo accord, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says, in order to keep Israel under pressure. Now, "coddled by the international community," they are planning violence.Netanyahu...
New Chief Urges Lean, Vital U.N
The General Assembly appointed Kofi Annan as secretary-general Tuesday, and the Ghanaian pledged to work for a leaner United Nations while urging members not to allow it to perish from "indifference, inattention or financial starvation."The 185-member...
No Agreement on Hebron in Sight, White House Says
The Clinton administration shifted gears Tuesday and said an agreement on the West Bank town of Hebron was not within reach. It criticized both Israel and the Palestinians for the failure."We simply need to be persistent," Secretary of State Warren Christopher...
Obituaries
Zelma D. HunnZelma D. Hunn, 85, of St. Peters, died Tuesday (Dec. 17, 1996) at Garden View Care Center in St. Charles.Mrs. Hunn was a homemaker.Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Baue Funeral Home, 311 Wood Street, O'Fallon, and 10:30 to...
Online Merchants Jolly over Internet Christmas
Christmas is shaping up to be very merry for online stores.Web-based merchants and shops on online services such as America Online report booming sales of everything from slippers to teddy bears to personal electronics. Some online retailers have seen...
Owners Have Money Game Started Again
Month after month, year after year, we heard major-league baseball owners plead poverty, preach fiscal restraint and lambaste their money-grubbing union employees.Acting commissioner "Larry" Bud Selig and his minions predicted dire circumstances if the...
Pentagon Plans Role in Review of Mcdonnell-Boeing Merger
The Pentagon said Tuesday that it plans to play an active role in the government's examination of Boeing Co.'s proposed acquisition of McDonnell Douglas Corp."We will set up a review team, look at everything - especially any national security implications...
People
Wunder-bra! At a New York bar called Hogs & Heifers, visiting movie stars follow a tradition of dancing on the bar while swinging their bras above their heads. Among the bar's souvenirs: bras from Julia Roberts, Drew Barrymore and Daryl Hannah.And now,...
Pep Talk Powers Lady Cougars to 5-0 Mark
Lutheran High of St. Charles County girls basketball coach Laura Mueller called it being "loudly encouraging.""I just told the girls that I knew they were capable of playing better. Much better," Mueller said of her talk between the third and fourth...
Pilot Criticizes Crew Response in Ship Crash
The river pilot aboard a freighter that smashed into a waterfront shopping mall testified Tuesday that the Chinese crew never told him that the ship was slipping out of control and did not seem to respond to his orders with any sense of urgency.The pilot,...
Pippen Drives Bulls Past Lakers in Ot 129-123
Scottie Pippen made a driving layup with 42.7 seconds left in overtime, after Toni Kukoc rallied Chicago from a 19-point fourth-quarter deficit, as the Bulls beat the Los Angeles Lakers 129-123 Tuesday.Kukoc scored 23 of his season-high 31 points in...
Pippen Drives Bulls Past Lakers in Ot, 129-123
Scottie Pippen made a driving layup with 42.7 seconds left in overtime after Toni Kukoc ralliedChicago from a 19-point fourth-quarter deficit as the Bulls beat the Los Angeles Lakers 129-123 Tuesday night in Chicago.Kukoc scored 23 of his season-high...
Principal Puts Hope in Fund-Raising Drive
A STENCH HANGS in the boys bathroom at Vashon High School. Several urinals and a few toilet seats are missing.Not long ago, the city Health Department responded to a complaint of no soap dispensers for students to wash their hands.Elsewhere in the school,...
QB Yardstick Starting at Half-Foot Line, Banks Has Put Best Foot Forward
There can be no argument. There is no better NFL quarterback guru at present than Green Bay coach Mike Holmgren.In three years, he took Brett Favre from obscure Southern Mississippi project to MVP. After serving apprenticeships as Packers backups, Holmgren...
Rebuilding Gears Down to Defense
Doug Leonard, the new boys basketball coach at Wentzville High, finds himself in a rebuilding situation. But the outlook isn't as bleak as it might appear."This program has been through some tough times; it has been 22-78 over the last four years and...
Red Cross No Stranger to Attacks Security Fears Preceded Latest Incident, the Worst Ever
Draped in black, the Red Cross flag flew at half-staff Tuesday as the humanitarian organization mourned the slaying of six aid workers in Russia - the worst attack in its 133-year history.The International Committee of the Red Cross operates in war zones...
Rev. Ronald Packnett, Civic Leader, Dies
The Rev. Ronald Packnett, pastor of Central Baptist Church and a longtime civil rights leader and community organizer, died Tuesday (Dec. 17, 1996) at his home after a long illness. He was 45.He died at about 9 a.m. The Rev. Mr. Packnett's wife, Gwendolyn,...
Roads, Airways Are Tested by Travel Crunch
Mark Kuzma of St. Charles spent two hours waiting at Lambert Field before his Thanksgiving Day flight was canceled. He decided it would be foolish to take a flight the next morning and cut his family visit to Nebraska to just one day, so he postponed...
Sensing Bad Vibes at the Mall Security Has One View, the Teen-Agers Have Another
A KID spits on the mall floor - it's rude, it's gross and it's a lawsuit waiting to happen."What happens if an old woman slips? She could be hurt and the mall could be sued," said Jim Keith, a former department store security guard and a volunteer for...
Sergeant Faces 2 New Charges
Army Sgt. George W. Blackley Jr., acquitted Monday of sexual misconduct at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., isn't home free yet. The Army has filed two new charges against the former military instructor."He felt relief with the acquittal, and now this hangs over...
Shoplifting Stories: Mall as Personal Closet
JEANS, jewelry, sweaters - you name it, Ellen has stolen it."I used to be really bad," admits Ellen (not her real name). "I have no idea how much I stole, but it was a lot. I knew it was wrong, but I figured if the stores were stupid enough not to monitor...
Should Social Security Go Private? Putting Retirement Funds at Risk Ignores the Idea of Social Insurance
Alarms are sounding from all directions, urging Americans to be anxious about their Social Security pensions. We, too, believe that Social Security pension reform belongs on the national agenda. But is there a financial crisis that demands a major revamping...
Slay Feels the Heat from Mayoral Contest
WHILE THE WEATHER outside may be frightful, the fire inside City Hall is hardly delightful."It's unbelievable hot here at City Hall," said Aldermanic President Francis Slay. "I can't say it's sizzling yet, but it's getting there."Slay was referring to...
Slu Senior Finds Something Worth Waiting For: Winning
In 1992, Constance Lockett didn't mind the notion of climbing aboard a team in transition.The East St. Louisan figured it would take time, patience, all the things people never seem to have enough of, to see victories become the expected rather than...
Son Pleads No Contest in Death Maplewood Man Will Get 30 Pct. of Mother's Estate
A former carpenter accused of giving his mother a fatal dose of morphine as she lay dying in her Maplewood home still says he didn't do it.But Donald L. Bennett, 58, pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter, after conflicting scientific evidence...
Sports Shorts
Golfer Tiger Woods, 20, was named Sports Illustrated's 1996 Sportsman of the Year, less than five months after joining the PGA Tour. Woods won two tournaments and earned $790,594 in only 11 starts in his abbreviated first season on the tour.The six-time...
Star Treatment: Some Say It's All Bad Now in the Nhl
It was one of those harrowing moments that makes fans, coaches, general managers and especially National Hockey League owners cringe.Avalanche superstar Peter Forsberg sliced across the offensive zone. A Flames defenseman, somebody named Todd Simpson,...
Stepmother's Neglect Contributed to Girl's Death, Prosecutors Say
A father who stopped off to buy crack cocaine while taking his daughter to an emergency room pleaded guilty recently to endangering the child.Now a St. Louis County judge is considering whether the girl's stepmother also played a neglectful role in the...
Stewart Wields Subs to Torpedo Northwest
It's not that University of Missouri coach Norm Stewart wants to use a berserk, disjointed, punitive substitution pattern.It's just that, well, he has to.Or so the curious and visibly uptight Stewart said after Mizzou trudged to a 77-56 victory over...
Stock Prices Rally on Fed's Rate Inaction
Stocks rallied on Tuesday for the first time in more than a week, recovering from early losses, as the Federal Reserve left key interest rates unchanged and Treasury bond yields fell from the day's highs.Bank and other financial stocks, whose cost of...
Super Bowl TV Showing Threatened in 5 Areas
About 1.5 million Fox television viewers could miss a little thing called the Super Bowl as the network and Time Warner Inc. play a big game of chicken.The companies are busy pointing fingers at each other and warning football fans and cable viewers...
Support Groups
TodayHonesty Inc., a support group of Alcoholics Anonymous, will meet at 10 a.m. in the rectory basement of Sts. Joachim and Ann Catholic Church, 4112 McClay Road, St. Charles.Alcoholics Anonymous will meet at noon and 6 and 8 p.m. at the Sonderen Club,...
Tech Talk
Macaroni Screen Saver Zooms To Top Of ChartsLike the Macarena? Hate it?Whether you do or don't care for this year's dance craze, you might like a new screen saver program offered by Rhode Island Soft Systems. Called "Hey, Macaroni! Screen Saver," it...
Time of Year to Beg before Carton Queen
Editor's Note: Fans of Erma Bombeck, who died last April 22 of complications after a kidney transplant, will enjoy the book "Forever, Erma" (Andrews and McMeel), a recently published collection of Bombeck's writings. The following column, originally...
Today Is the Day Your Gas Bill Goes Up
Making good on last week's prediction, the Missouri Public Service Commission and Laclede Gas Co. said Tuesday that customers served by Missouri's biggest natural gas utility will pay bigger bills effective today.The bill for a typical residential Laclede...