St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from December 4, 1996

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24-Hour TV Shopping Ordered Channel 46 Must Air Full Hsn Broadcast
Viewers of WHSL, Channel 46 in St. Louis, will see a little more of the Home Shopping Network as a result of a judge's order Tuesday in a dispute between the network and the station's owner.St. Louis Circuit Judge Robert H. Dierker Jr. enjoined the owner,...
2 Killed, Dozens Hurt as Bomb Rips Commuter Rail Car in Paris
A bomb tore apart a packed commuter rail car in the heart of Paris on Tuesday, killing two people and wounding dozens. The blast raised fear of another bombing campaign like the one that terrorized the city last year, and the government took steps against...
49ers Pay Back Falcons Big Time
They didn't get mad, but they did get even.In what amounted to a payback for last season's inglorious 28-27 loss that cost them home-field advantage in the playoffs, the 49ers tore apart Atlanta 34-10 Monday in their best performance of the season.With...
8 Towns Left High and Dry after Water System Failure
After just one day of using portable toilets, eating meals out, and driving 15 miles to her mother-in-law's house in Bunker Hill for baths, Kim Thornhill has a new appreciation for something she never gave much thought to before.Water.Thornhill and her...
A Close Look at Prop 209
Popular initiatives that cut back on minority rights often violate the Constitution's promise of equality. A federal judge in San Francisco said last week that California's recently passed proposition to end the state affirmative action may do just that....
Adm Accuser Standing Accused Mark Whitacre, Three Others Indicted in Price-Fixing Case
The chief accuser against Archer Daniels Midland Co. was indicted Tuesday along with the son of the company's chairman and two others on charges they conspired to fix prices for a feed additive.Mark Whitacre, who secretly recorded conversations between...
A Hand Up
Yes, the minimum wage is going up, but it's still insufficient to support a family. A donation to the 100 NEEDIEST CASES gives the working and jobless poor A Hand Up.***FOR THE working poor and the unemployed, there is no bounty to share with those they...
Arrow's Flight Shifts from Houston, and Football, to Tulsa, Then Slu, Malik Hits Target on Court
"If we let fly an arrow, that action is not from us: we are only the bow, and the shooter of the arrow is God."Jalal ad-Din ar-Rumi, - mystic of IslamIt's curious how Rasheed Malik came to be called a Billiken, how he meandered through life's thickets...
BAD 'BOYS? JONES SAYS NAUGHTY'S NORMAL IN DALLAS Series: Robert Jones First of Two Parts
"We got a little place over here where we're running some whores in and out, trying to be responsible, and we're criticized for that, too."Cowboys lineman Nate Newton, to the Dallas Morning News.Robert Jones misses the glamor of playing for Dallas. The...
Barely Swimming? Sharks Circle the Wagons, Try to Rebuild on Early Success
The Panthers made building a strong, enduring team from scratch look easy.It's not. Tampa Bay, Ottawa and San Jose are still trying to get situated. The Sharks have been an especially perplexing case because they reached the second round of the playoffs...
Bluster in the West Bank
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues to display an unfortunate inability to appreciate the concrete consequences of symbolic acts. By traveling to the West Bank and insisting that Jewish settlements will expand, he not only made clear...
Bond Prices, Dollar Send Stocks Plunging
Stocks tumbled in a late-day selloff Tuesday as a reversal in Treasury bond prices and concern that a stronger dollar will erode corporate profits sent the market's biggest companies plummeting.The Dow Jones industrial average slid 79.01, its biggest...
Briefs
MISSOURIST. LOUISHosts Sought For Exchange Students Families in the St. Louis area are being sought to serve as host families for foreign high school students. The students will arrive in the United States in January and will stay for five months. Regina...
Briefs
WHITE HOUSEStephanopoulos To Teach At ColumbiaGeorge Stephanopoulos, one of President Bill Clinton's closest advisers, has decided to teach at Columbia University after leaving the White House early next year, an administration official said Tuesday....
Briefs
ST. CHARLES COUNTYJoint Scholarship Program With UMSL Honors ShookThe St. Charles County Community College Foundation Board and officials of the University of Missouri-St. Louis have started a combined scholarship package in the name of Donald D. Shook,...
Brodeur Keys New Jersey's 2-0 Victory
Martin Brodeur had 28 saves and assisted on a empty-net goal in leading the New Jersey Devils past the visiting Florida Panthers 2-0 Tuesday night.Brian Rolston and Dave Andreychuk scored as New Jersey handed the Panthers only their fourth loss of the...
Charter Panel Raises Term-Limits Issue
The Charter Commission has voted to make term limits an issue in St. Peters.Included in the proposed Home Rule Charter will be an initiative calling for a citywide vote in April 1998 to ask residents whether they want to impose term limits on all elected...
Child's Play? Parents Discover Otherwise in Chasing School Playground
During the years Fae McFadden's children attended Pond Elementary School in the Rockwood School District, they played on bars and swings and shot baskets during recess. When they fell, they landed on sand or wood chips.So when McFadden transferred her...
Classes for Howard on Alcohol Rehab
Washington Bullets forward Juwan Howard pleaded innocent to driving while intoxicated and will enter an education program to clear the charge from his record.Howard's case was continued until Feb. 24 by Superior Court Hearing Commissioner Ronald A. Goodbread,...
Common Ground on Affirmative Action Why Not Base Preferences on Need Rather Than Race?
Countering President Bill Clinton's electoral sweep nationally and in California was the passage in that state of an initiative to dismantle publicly sponsored race and gender preferences, otherwise known as affirmative action.Although a judge in San...
`Common-Law' Advocates Have Their Day in Court over Lien
"Common-law courts" advocates told an undercover law enforcement official last spring that a false lien they filed against a Lincoln County judge was designed to impair his impartiality, the official testified Tuesday in Troy.Sgt. R.P. Stieffermann,...
Company to Look at Graffiti on Building Downtown Warehouse Has Drawn Complaints
While driving to work a few months ago, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Dee Joyce-Hayes noticed graffiti on the former Edison Bros. warehouse, a 13-story brick hulk notable for a striking mural giving it the illusion of architectural beauty.Her distress at...
Compulsive Gamblers Seeking Help Find It on Hot Line, Report Says
Compulsive gamblers are being found and helped in Illinois, casino owners told state regulators Tuesday in reporting on the first nine months of an industry-funded hot line.But the availability of the counseling is still not well-known, critic Christopher...
Congress Tries to Balance Budget on the Backs of the Poor
As the president works on the budget he will submit to Congress next year, it is useful to remember one point: Though it is important to balance the budget in the next few years, it is equally important how that balance is achieved.The message was driven...
Contracts Chief Had Link with Firm Wife Did Work for Sverdrup, Which Got Airport Agreement
The city's top contracts official approved a $50 million airport contract with a St. Louis engineering firm for whom his wife had performed work.Less than a month after mayoral aide Tim Person was fired after similar disclosures of a potential conflict...
Couple's Faith Drives Life-and-Death Decision Mother Refuses Transfusion, Dies along with Her Newborn Baby
A tiny, blue, hand-knit hat and matching booties lie in the empty cradle in the corner of the Beals' dining room. A card in the cradle says: "The Handiwork of God."On the table, a flowered, white-linen tablecloth is covered with precious mementos: a...
Cross-Checking around the Nhl
CENTRAL DIVISIONThe top Red Wings line of Steve Yzerman, Brendan Shanahan and Darren McCarty combined for 39 points in six games before getting blanked by Florida. Shanahan had 14 points in a six-game span, including seven goals. . . . When Marcel Cousineau...
Dishonorable Act Firm That Holds Contract for Medals of Honor Fined $80,000 for Selling Bogus Decorations
The company that holds the government contract to make the nation's highest combat decoration was fined $80,000 Tuesday for selling 300 bootleg Medals of Honor.H.L.I. Lordship Industries Inc. also will give the government $22,500 it received for illegally...
District Board Moves Newbold from Interim to Fire Chief
Directors of the Lake Saint Louis Fire Protection District have promoted Acting Fire Chief Chris J. Newbold to the position of chief.Newbold, 41, had been in the interim position since Aug. 1, when former Chief Richard A. Shoaf resigned under fire.Director...
FAA Officials Urge Mayor of Quincy to Seek Aid
The mayor of Quincy, Ill., said Tuesday that federal authorities had encouraged him to seek money next year to beef up safety at his city's airport following the collision of two commuter planes last month that killed 14 people.Mayor Chuck Scholz met...
Family Flicks
NEWThe Grass Harp (PG) - This gentle, quirky tale is told from a boy's point of view, but it's no kid flick. The languid pace will send youngsters scurrying for the popcorn stand, there's a little strong language, and scantily clad evangelist Mary Steenburgen...
Flight Control: Dog Owner Leashed by Crew Sues Airline
The hackles were raised in New York before Flight 19 took off. But the dogfight really began when Dom Perignon popped out in first class.Dom, an 8-pound Maltese, escaped from his Louis Vuitton flight carrier and caused a ruckus that ended with the flight...
Girl Mauled by Bear Gets New Leg Nerve
Hours of painstaking surgery ended Tuesday evening at Barnes-Jewish Hospital with a transplanted nerve that physicians hope will allow an Arizona teen-ager to regain almost normal use of her right leg.The patient, Anna Louise Knochel, 16, of Tucson,...
Goalie Tools to Get Close Look after Long Period of Inattention
Why start penalizing goaltenders now for using equipment that has been illegal for years?"Why not?" said the National Hockey League`s senior vice president, Brian Burke, who is overseeing a crackdown by the league.Starting Dec. 15, goalies must comply...
Gop Vows Moderation on Environmental Issues
You may have to wait awhile to see a Republican-led Congress wage another broad, "off-the-wall" offensive at pollution control laws, says Sen. Christopher S. Bond, R-Mo.After Senate leaders were chosen Tuesday for the new Congress, Bond joined other...
Gop Will Work with Clinton, Lott Promises
Chosen by Republicans for his first full term as majority leader, Sen. Trent Lott on Tuesday blended an offer of cooperation with President Bill Clinton with a pledge to investigate allegations of Democratic fund-raising abuses."I think there's a great...
Holiday Gift Bags Kids Can Make
HOMEMADE HOLIDAY treats come in all shapes and sizes. When it comes to packaging them as gifts for friends, there's no need to buy expensive decorative tins or hunt for a perfectly shaped box. Instead, present goodies with panache and holiday flair in...
Holiday Help
OPERATION SANTASt. Charles: The Operation Santa Claus project sponsored by First Capitol Land Rovers is getting underway to make Christmas a reality for many needy families in this area.Place: Anyone having items to donate or questions, call 441-1493....
Honor Roll
Students at John Weldon Elementary School, 7370 Weldon Spring Road, must have a grade-point average of 3.65 to qualify for the honor roll.The following students are on the first quarter-honor roll:4th Grade Matthew Alexander, Sarah Barker, Samantha Batchelor,...
Hospital Giants Vying for Doctors' Practices
MEDICAL SUPPLIES: Like the sometimes amusing battles between legal leviathans Bryan Cave and Thompson Coburn for the lucrative bragging rights to the title of "biggest," two local hospital giants, BJC Health System and SSM Health Care Systems, are now...
'Huskers De Sacks Learning-Disabled Tag Tomich Finds Hard Work Part of Solution
As a child being funneled through school on a learning-disabled track, Jared Tomich absorbed the vicious taunts."You're not considered to be a normal kid - whatever a normal kid is," said Tomich, the University of Nebraska's All-America defensive end....
Hyde Park Looks to Japan for Plan to Feed - and Care for - Elderly
Masako Hirano feels at home in front of a heaping plate of soul food.The Japanese social worker arrived in the United States on Sunday, and she's forced herself to eat like a meat-and-potatoes American since. But until she got a plateful of black-eyed...
Illinois House Oks Bill on Scholarships
The Illinois House gave overwhelming final approval Tuesday to requiring disclosure of the names of university students who get scholarships from legislators - a program costing more than $4 million a year.The House voted 107-3 in favor of the measure,...
Ivey Puts Her Big Plans at Notre Dame on Hold
Niele Ivey's descent lasted no longer than a breath, but the emotions that flew through her made her plummet to the court seem to last a month.The Notre Dame freshman basketball player had been playing for about 45 seconds when she went up for a layup...
Judge in Hawaii Rules Same-Sex Marriages Legal the State Plans to Appeal Landmark Case
Hawaii became the first state in the nation to legalize marriage between same-sex couples Tuesday when a judge ruled that banning such unions is unjustified discrimination."We hope to get married in the next couple of days," said an elated Joseph Melillo,...
Keating's New Trial Will Look Different Former S&l Boss to Call New Witnesses This Time
At a new trial, former Lincoln Savings and Loan boss Charles Keating Jr. hopes to call witnesses he says were too intimidated to testify when he was convicted of fraud in state and federal courts.Atop the list: Texas real estate tycoon Gene Phillips,...
Lady Knights off, Running with Win over Incarnate Word
When Francis Howell North girls basketball coach Mike Kenny asked activities director Mike Dunn to add Incarnate Word Academy to the schedule, he didn't expect it to be the season-opener.But when the Lady Knights were iced out of a Nov. 25 game at Hazelwood...
Lineup's Settling In: Four Starters Back to Boost Hopes in Gac Race
After an offseason of uncertainty, Francis Howell North boys basketball coach Bill Moyer is eager to get the 1996-97 season under way."The really hard part was not knowing who was going to be here and who wasn't," said Moyer, whose team was scheduled...
Longhorn Makes Strong Case for Mr. Nice Guy
Snarling, frothing, just-plain-mean 290-pound nose guard Chris Akins is the strongest man at the University of Texas. Nasty as he wants to be."Your are really at a disadvantage," Oklahoma coach John Blake said earlier this season, "if you're taking him...
Mac Joins the Boeing Team Engineers to Do Design Work on 747s
In a deal that could herald a historic realignment of the commercial aircraft business, McDonnell Douglas Corp. has agreed to help Boeing Co. make jets.The collaboration will start in January, when McDonnell sends several hundred engineers to Boeing's...
Making Amends His Conscience Soothed, Stallings Returns to `Perform' for Fletcher
In some ways, what passed between Kevin Stallings and Vergil Fletcher is ancient history.In 1978, Stallings was an All-America basketball player at Collinsville High. And Fletcher was winding up his legendary coaching career with the Kahoks.Back then,...
Mascoutah Official under Fire City Manager Says He Followed Policy, Paid $25 for Use of Truck
Roderick Wilhelmi, Mascoutah's city manager, is under fire from two council members for using a city truck to help set steel beams on the foundation of the home he is building.Wilhelmi says he was just following a policy that allows city equipment to...
Massachusetts Fires a Warning Shot
At a time when many states are embracing laws to permit citizens to carry concealed weapons, Massachusetts has moved the gun debate into another direction. It has decided that handguns should be treated like consumer products that must be regulated for...
Mizzou Returns Home with Souvenir: Better `D'
The University of Missouri basketball team that returns to Hearnes Center tonight for a five-game home stand is noticeably improved from the one that departed for the San Juan Shootout a week ago.MU plays host to Arkansas State (3-0) at 7 p.m.Though...
Morning Briefing
Dan Dorfman Gets New Column At Financial WorldDan Dorfman, the controversial stock market columnist and TV commentator who was fired from his job at Money magazine early this year, has found a new forum.Financial World magazine said Tuesday it hired...
Morning Briefing Eye Openers
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnizer GENE COLLIER put together a collection of potshots he labeled "postcards from the second-story ledge." While wondering if he has any ledge brothers, we pass on a sampling of his wares:"In the somehow inoffensive movie...
New Security Framework for Europe Takes Shape 54 Nations OK Document; Russians Maintain Misgivings over NATO
LEADERS FROM 54 nations agreed Tuesday on a new vision of European security that will accommodate NATO's expansion into Central and Eastern Europe.Despite strong Russian objections to NATO's plan to add members, including some former Warsaw Pact members,...
New Software Speeds Up 'Net Surfing
There's a reason they call the Internet an information superhighway: Once you're online, you want to go fast.Nowhere is this more apparent than on the World Wide Web, where downloading pages of graphics and other memory-hogging material can take less...
Numbers Up, Seniors Add Experience, but `Sacrifices' Will Be Key
The past couple of seasons have been a challenge for the Francis Howell North Knights and wrestling coach Harold Ritchie.With limited numbers to work with, Ritchie and his coaching staff turned their attentions toward individual successes."We were trying...
Obituaries
Alice SoltoAlice Solto, 92, of St. Charles, died Monday (Dec. 2, 1996) at Vencor Hospital in St. Louis.Mrs. Solto was a homemaker.Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Baue Funeral Home, 620 Jefferson Street, St. Charles. The funeral service...
Official Warns against Inflation Gauge Switch Improving Estimates Is `Slow Slog,' She Says
A Labor Department official launched a pre-emptive strike Tuesday against a report that will say the government is overestimating inflation and giving 60 million retired people overly generous cost-of-living increases.Katharine Abraham, commissioner...
Ortmayer Takes Pulse of Rams, Likes Prognosis
'Tis the season for second-guessing everything the Rams have done since moving to St. Louis. The record is 4-9. The fans are restless. The press reviews are critical. Talk-show callers are howling. Team management is pondering a major shake-up. Coaches...
Panel Outlines Contingency Plan for Presidential Incapacity
Vice President George Bush should have taken the White House reigns from President Ronald Reagan twice, when Reagan was incapacitated by a bullet and by cancer, said medical and history experts who announced transfer-of-power recommendations Tuesday.Instead,...
Police Check Finds Pawn Record Error and Fugitive
Because of a record-keeping failure, an Arizona man wanted for murder and kidnapping was in the St. Charles County jail Tuesday to await extradition on the charges.Lt. Tom Neer of the St. Charles County Sheriff's Department says the story started recently...
Police/courts
The following were reported to police departments in the region or involved action in an area court:FATAL ACCIDENTSSt. Louis: John Whitworth, 25, was killed about 5 p.m. Tuesday when the all-terrain vehicle he was operating slammed into the rear of a...
Pot O' Gold U.S. Tries to Put Money, Pensioners in Touch
The federal government is casting a new nationwide dragnet - one you might want to get caught in.The government announced Tuesday it is looking for 2,700 people who don't realize they are owed $10 million in pension benefits. At least nine of them worked...
Ready in a Snap Home PC Printer May Soon Produce Home Photos
Tired of sending out camera film to developers? Smile. High-tech companies are fast developing your home office into a personal photo lab.The next wave is riding on the advent of affordable digital cameras, computer software and sophisticated printers...
Renaissance Romance Mother's Artistic Flair Tailors Daughter's Wedding into a Sprightly Celebration
WHEN PAT STRATMANN got the idea to make 16 gowns for a Renaissance wedding, her daughter, Stacy, wasn't even engaged.Later, much later, the young woman would meet and marry the man of her dreams. The wedding, in fact, was just a few weeks ago.But a good...
Rice-Peebles Fired in Basketball Flap Ousted Recreation Chief Denounces Bosley
St. Louis Parks Director Gary Bess fired on Tuesday the recreation commissioner who first alerted Mayor Freeman Bosley Jr. that about $120,000 was missing from the Midnite Basketball program.Recreation Commissioner Evelyn Rice-Peebles learned she was...
Robertson Winning Fight against Jitters
When Jacque Vaughn, top-ranked Kansas' splendid leader, left the pickup game at Allen Fieldhouse with a hand injury, teammate Ryan Robertson wasn't immediately worried."He went up and came down and said, `Wow, that kind of hurt,' " Robertson recalled....
Saving Food, Saving People
Recent times have been bleak for the anti-hunger movement in the United States. The ranks of the hungry have been steadily growing for 15 years. Economic shifts have created a sizable class of "working poor" households. Welfare reform has removed government's...
Scabies May Be a Mite, but It Sure Gets Around
Dear Dr. Donohue: Please talk about scabies, which is important to my family. I am a great-grandmother. I never heard of it growing up or raising my family. Now it seems to be spreading among our young adults. How is it transmitted - looser living styles?...
Search for News Leads to Reader
Where do the ideas come from for the articles and photos that you see every morning in your St. Charles Post?News stories are everywhere. We hear about them at our kitchen tables, we see them as we drive to work, and mostly, we get them from you, the...
Should Servers Squat While Taking Orders?
Dear Miss Manners: I have noticed some very strange behavior in several nice restaurants - "servers" (no longer called waiters) getting down on their knees or squatting to take my order.My friend asked one why, and he replied that he was tired. I asked...
Simpson Hit Ex-Wife, Witnesses Say
O.J. Simpson's best friend reluctantly testified Tuesday that he took Nicole Brown Simpson to the hospital after a fight with her husband and that she told him that Simpson had hit her.Called to the witness stand by plaintiffs in the wrongful-death suit...
Singing for Support of Teens CD Made to Help Kids under Twenty-One
The KUTO Crisis HotlineWhere to call: 644-5886When to call: 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 4 to midnight on Friday and Saturday To volunteer: Call Elizabeth Makulec or Amy Harkin at 963-7571 ***** LIVE fast, but don't kill yourself. That could be the...
Some Justices Fire Questions over Provision of Gun Law
Several Supreme Court justices voiced doubts Tuesday about a central part of the Brady gun control law - the requirement that local police check the backgrounds of prospective gun buyers."Can the states require the federal government to do something?"...
Spiteful Treatment of Political Foes
Not content with victory, some liberal Democrats feel constrained to kick the limp bodies of their vanquished adversaries.Rep. William L. Clay, a black Democrat from St. Louis, spewed venom about Rep. Gary Franks, a defeated black Republican from Connecticut....
Sports Shorts
Cowboys Lose Lett For At Least A YearDallas Cowboys defensive tackle Leon Lett was suspended a minimum of one year by the National Football League on Tuesday for violating the league's drug policy.Lett was suspended for four games in 1995. At the time,...
Sports Shorts
Cowboys Lose Lett FOr At Least A YearDallas Cowboys defensive tackle Leon Lett was suspended a minimum of one year by the National Football League on Tuesday for violating the league's drug policy.Lett was suspended for four games in 1995. At the time,...
State Office Says Post Flier Violates Law
The Missouri attorney general's office says a flier distributed to some subscribers of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch violated the state Fair Merchandise Practices Act.A lawyer for the Post-Dispatch says there was no violation, because subscribers were...
St. Louis Encourages Education with Help of Parents, Community
The Columbia Community Education Center is one of 16 such schools in the St. Louis Public School system.Each school is run by a group of parents, community leaders, administrators, teachers and students. The pattern is called site-based or school-based...
Stop, Look, Listen: Hearings on Traffic Regulation Proposals Set
Proposals for new traffic regulations will be the topic of a public hearing Monday before the St. Charles County Council.The hearing, the first of three, will begin at 7 p.m. and deal with proposals for new stop signs, no-parking signs and a speed-limit...
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,...
Taking Responsibility: How Far Does It Extend?
Dear Ann Landers: I just read the letter from "Maple Shade, N.J.," and could hardly believe the opinions voiced in that letter on justice and taking responsibility. He said it was right that people be held legally responsible for what others do.Sending...
Term Limits: Turnover May Make Question Moot
WHEN THE 105TH CONGRESS convenes in January, almost three-fourths of the House and almost half the Senate will have served six years or less. Still, the first order of business in the House will be a constitutional amendment to limit lawmakers' terms.Retirements,...
The $500 Internet Computer Is Available Now
The big guys in the computer industry are still talking about how to come up with a $500 "Internet computer" on which low- and medium-tech folk can get e-mail and surf the Web, without having to pay for power they won't use.Wait no more, says Jim Russell,...
To Err Is Human, to Own Up, Insane
WOMEN DID NOT graduate from West Point until 1980.The U.S. Postal Service is not supported by tax dollars. It is self-sustaining.So there. As regular readers know, I sometimes write a year-end column in which I acknowledge mistakes and misstatements...
Troy's Lawrence Signs with Riverwomen
When it came time to choose a college, Sarah Lawrence knew exactly what she was looking for. University of Missouri-St. Louis women's basketball coach Jim Coen felt the same way.In a near-perfect match, Lawrence, a Troy Buchanan High senior, recentl...
TV Notes
TONIGHT'S movie offering on USA cable - "An Unexpected Family" - is another in a series of character-based films devoid of murders, stalkings, sexual abuse or even amnesia, which used to be the network's forte.It's not an exceptional movie, but it underscores...
Valley of the Dolls
Time to purchase that special doll for your favorite little girl. But before you hit the stores, take a trip with us through the Valley Of The Dolls.LET'S CUT THROUGH the apologies and explanations and admit the obvious: Dolls are the best present most...
Was This High-Speed Chase Necessary?
Illinois State Police may have plenty of explanations, but no good justifications, for last week's chase of a traffic violator that ended in the deaths of an elderly woman and her daughter. The question is becoming a frequent one: Should police chase...
Webtv: Hottest Gift for the Internet Crowd
THE hot gift for Christmas, already streaming into appliance stores around the country, is WebTV, a $325 box about half the size of a VCR that plugs into a television and allows it to work as a computer screen.Add $20 a month for a World Wide Web account...
Well-Traveled Illinois Goes Double Overtime but Loses by One Point to California
Two college basketball teams with striking similarities took the floor Tuesday night at Harmon Gym.So similar, it took two overtimes before California edged Illinois 89-88.Both Illinois and Cal are right next to one another in the "others receiving votes"...
We Will Work with Clinton, Lott Promises
CHOSEN BY Republicans for his first full term as majority leader, Sen. Trent Lott on Tuesday blended an offer of cooperation with President Bill Clinton with a pledge to investigate allegations of Democratic fund-raising abuses."I think there's a great...
What's Happening
CHRISTMAS TREESSt. Peters: St. Peters Jaycees will be selling Christmas Trees.Place: At Kimberly and Mexico Roads in St. Peters. Time: Tree lot is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily through Christmas. Program: The sale of the Christmas Trees will benefit...
What's Wrong with Our Schools
I've always been a bit suspicious of people who see educational salvation in open-space classrooms, ungraded primaries, team teaching and other "progressive" ideas. The emphasis on self-esteem and the "whole child" seems a species of evasion - a plea...
When the `Other Woman' Is the Game of the Day
Dear Readers: On Tuesday, I printed some of the many responses to the letter from "Mateless in Milwaukee," whose husband was obsessed with football. Today, I'll share more of the excellent letters I received:Dear Abby: When I met my husband, he, too,...
Wichita St. Upsets Kansas St. on Perez's Perfect Shooting
Coaches can plot all the strategy they want, but nothing beats shooting the ball well.Jason Perez made all six of his field goal attempts to finish with 20 points as Wichita State upset in-state rival Kansas State 74-59 Tuesday on the Wildcats' home...
With Luck, Turner's Resume Will Be Perfect
In 1983, when Pitt was still a college football power, the Panthers opened at Tennessee.Late in the game, Pitt's quarterback barged into a linebacker and broke his collarbone.Pitt's quarterback coach had to choose between two sophomores for back ups....