St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from December 20, 1996

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Acquisition Helps Esco Demilitarize Its Line Firm Makes Low-Price, High-Quality Filters
Esco Electronics Corp. is making a major acquisition that will lift its commercial sales above its defense sales for the first time ever. Esco said Thursday it agreed to pay $92 million for Schawk Inc.'s Filtertek division in Hebron, Ill.The acquisition...
A&e `Biography' Takes Look at Real Evita
`Biography: Evita'When: 7 tonightWhere: A&E cable `EVITA: The Woman Behind the Myth," A&E's sober "Biography" entry about Eva Peron, arrives just in time. As the Jan. 10 release in St. Louis of the movie musical nears, the real character blurs into Madonna-as-Evita....
Alford's Smsu Bears Hurdle Obstacles to Stay Undefeated
A little adversity has been just the tonic for Southwest Missouri State.The Bears are undefeated - despite battling foes, injury and youth."We're 7-0," said coach Steve Alford, in his second season at SMSU. "Are we that kind of a team? Probably not....
Ambush Getting Good Deal from Middlemen
A midfielder's job in indoor soccer is neither glamorous nor flashy. He must defend and attack, constantly switching gears.He must be the most fit player on the club, possessing both endurance and strength.The Ambush have the luxury of three top midfielders:...
A New Start for Missouri Transportation
Officials from the Missouri Department of Transportation and the Highway Commission recently confirmed reports that have been circulating for several months: The 15-year highway plan developed in 1992 is underfunded by $2 billion to $12 billion.Anticipating...
Barkley Draws Blood from Referee in Loss
Charles Barkley poked a referee in the nose and drew blood as he was being ejected from the Rockets' second consecutive puzzling loss, 115-101 to the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night in Houston.Barkley and Clyde Drexler were both ejected with 5:47...
Bayless District Gets a Reprieve
The Bayless School District got exactly what it sought from the state Board of Education - a break.The district came away from a board meeting Thursday still accredited and with six more months to work on its problems.The board's decision to give the...
Blues Clean House Keenan and Quinn Fired Sauer Named President, CEO Caron to Serve as Interim GM Roberts Fills in as Interim Coach Sluggish Fan Support Cited as Major Factor
The Mike Keenan era with the St. Louis Blues began 29 months ago with lofty expectations, but it ended abruptly Thursday amid mediocre play on the ice, controversy in the locker room and significantly fewer fans in the stands.Jerry Ritter, Blues chairman,...
Blues Lose; What's New? Lemieux's Hat Trick Powers Pens 4-0
Blues fans were not exactly nostalgic for the end of the Mike Keenan Era on Thursday night at Kiel Center.With 8 minutes 35 seconds gone in the first period, the message board read: "Please Welcome The Blues Interim Coach - Jim Roberts."A loud cheer...
Briefs
ST. CLAIR COUNTYVeterans Commission Sues CountyThe St. Clair County Veterans Assistance Commission and its superintendent, Charles H. Snyder, filed suit in circuit court in Belleville Thursday asking that a judge order the County Board to pay claims...
Briefs
WASHINGTONAuto Industry Wants OK For Less Powerful Air BagsThe auto industry told lawmakers Thursday that the government was moving too slowly in allowing them to put less forceful air bags in cars. "We'd like (government officials) to move on an expedited,...
Briefs
ST. LOUIS ZOONew Children's Exhibit To Be BuiltThe St. Louis Zoo Commission accepted a bid of $4,346,000 Thursday for construction of a state-of-the-art Children's Zoo on the site of the current 3 1/2-acre exhibit. Work will begin next month. Weather...
Camera Didn't Deter Spying Agent, FBI Says
FBI supervisor Earl Pitts continued selling secrets to undercover FBI agents for more than a year after he discovered a surveillance camera hidden in his office, the FBI says.A diversionary trick by FBI agents allayed Pitts' suspicions, law enforcement...
Cards Get Catcher Lampkin from Giants
The Cardinals re-signed veteran backup catcher Danny Sheaffer to a one-year contract Thursday for an estimated $400,000 but also enlisted competition for him by acquiring lefthanded-hitting Tom Lampkin from the San Francisco Giants for a player to be...
Channel 5's John Fuller Is Signed through 1997
LET'S GO TO PRESS! John Fuller and Channel 5 have reportedly inked a deal that keeps Fuller at the station at least through 1997. Fuller will do the noon and 6 p.m. weathercasts while newcomer Paul Goodloe is showcased at 5 and 10 p.m. Switchboard operators...
Church Notes
Guest SpeakerThe Rev. Robert Dohm will be the guest speaker at the 9 a.m. service Sunday and Dec. 29 at Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, 3115 Elm Street, St. Charles. Dohm is a retired pastor. Call 723-1251 for more information.Novena Celebration...
Clinton Fills Some Cabinet Slots, Picking Pena for Energy Post
President Bill Clinton selected outgoing Transportation Secretary Federico Pena to head his second-term Energy Department and tapped Rodney Slater, an Arkansas ally, to replace him, The Associated Press has learned.Filling out his Cabinet, Clinton late...
Coffey Gets 3 Assists as Flyers Beat Isles
Newly acquired Paul Coffey paid immediate dividends for Philadelphia, getting three assists in his first game as the Flyers extended their undefeated streak to nine games Thursday night with a 5-0 shutout of the visiting New York Islanders.The shutout...
Communist Rebels Release 4 Hostages in Standoff in Peru
Communist rebels freed four hostages from an embassy residence Thursday, as Peru's government prepared for negotiations to free hundreds more.Witnesses at the scene reported earlier that two shots were heard about 4:30 p.m. from inside the compound.No...
Decker Doubles; Mu Rips Mercer
A rejuvenated Jason Sutherland and most of the University of Missouri players handily dispatched Mercer 90-63 Thursday, with a deliberate offense laced with a season-high 30 assists and a season-high 57 percent shooting percentage.And then there was...
Dismissed Juror Sides against Simpson
An alternate juror who was dismissed this week from the O.J. Simpson civil trial said Thursday he believed Simpson was responsible for the deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman."I didn't hear the whole case but . . . from what...
Divorce Client Betrayed by Lawyer's Loose Lips
Dear Abby: I live in a small town where the rumor mill can get quite vicious. When I filed for divorce from my husband, I told my lawyer that for the sake of the children I didn't want to bring up any of the abuses I had to put up with during our marriage....
Early Season's Nearly Perfect for Boys, Girls Youngsters off, Winning until Getting Bulldogged
To be perfectly honest, Troy Buchanan High boys basketball coach Mitch Wilkins is a little surprised at his club's 5-1 start."We didn't play very well last night (in a 67-59 loss at Fort Zumwalt South), but overall we've probably come together a little...
Edwardsville Again Leads Illinois Squad with 5 Selections
As they did in 1995, the Edwardsville Tigers had the most players named to the Post-Dispatch Illinois All-District football team with five.Last year, the Tigers had nine players named to the first team offense and defense.Leading the way this year for...
Emphysema Patients Running out of Time Study Will Be Too Late to Help Many
Norman Bennett can't breathe.His shoulders hunch forward as he sits in a therapy room at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. His barrel chest rises and falls deeply.Even the portable oxygen tank at his side is not enough to supply his needs. "This only goes up to...
Fault Makes Region Unsuitable for Nuclear Dump, Experts Say
Virtually the whole southern third of Illinois has been ruled out as home to a new low-level nuclear waste site because of the presence of the New Madrid Fault.In a report released Thursday, state experts outlined 25 criteria that the still-unchosen...
Fiery Tale of Hysteria and Passion
"THE CRUCIBLE"Rating: PG-13.Running time: 2:03. THIS is one tough movie. When its uncompromising final scene has faded, we are emotionally shattered, left with some inkling of how the citizens of Salem, Mass., must have felt 300 years ago, after a reign...
Fishing Report
LAKESBaldwin: Three generating units have been running. Few anglers have been on the levee or on the lake this week, so fishing apparently isn't very good.Bull Shoals: Six feet above power pool and falling. Off-color. 47-50 degrees. Few anglers have...
Fortson, Cincy Scorch Eastern Michigan
The only person who stopped Danny Fortson all night was Danny Fortson.After missing most of the first half because of foul trouble, Fortson returned and scored 23 second-half points Thursday night, leading No. 7 Cincinnati to a 102-79 victory over previously...
Freeh: Leak in Atlanta Blast Calls for Charges
FBI Director Louis Freeh said Thursday that he would like to fire and prosecute the official who first identified Richard Jewell as a suspect in last summer's Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta.Freeh said he expected a report within about a week on a Justice...
Fund-Raising Inquiry Extends to Legal Fund
The Justice Department expanded its investigation into allegations of Democratic Party fund-raising irregularities Thursday to include President Bill Clinton's legal defense fund. Subpoenas were issued to both the White House and the fund.The White House,...
Gingrich Ethics Report Called False
House Speaker Newt Gingrich gave false information to the House Ethics Committee, a close confidant conceded Thursday. The colleague blamed a lawyer who recently left as the leader of Gingrich's defense team.Rep. John Linder, R-Ga., said documents signed...
Golden Globe Nominations
Nominations for the 54th annual Golden Globe Awards:MOTION PICTUREBEST MOVIE (Drama)"Breaking the Waves""The English Patient""The People vs. Larry Flynt""Secrets & Lies""Shine"BEST ACTORS DRAMA_Ralph Fiennes - "The English Patient"Mel Gibson - "Ransom"Woody...
Good Choice at the U.N
Kofi Annan is said to be a diplomat with candor. In the not very candid world of diplomacy, that seems a contradiction. But the man who is to take over as secretary-general of the United Nations next month does exude a quiet eloquence. Mr. Annan, a 58-year-old...
Growth: Housing, Business among City's `Calling Cards'
That O'Fallon has 43 subdivisions under construction or awaiting approval sounds just about right to Mayor Paul Renaud.Several factors, he said, are driving O'Fallon's aggressive growth. Among them:* Diversified housing. Renaud said it's possible to...
Here Are Lots of Options for a $10,000 Portfolio
How would you invest $10,000 in the coming year?I pose that question each year to investment pundits.With the stock market sky-high and volatility an ongoing concern, even Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan is urging investors not to get ca rried...
Hilarious Shrieks from Wes Craven
"SCREAM"Rating: R, violence, language.Running time: 1:44. HAS Wes Craven created the first truly post-modern slasher film? After using 1994's "Wes Craven's New Nightmare" as a testing ground (Freddie Krueger returned to haunt the actors of the original...
Hobson Agrees to Enter Drug Diversion Program
Former Boston Red Sox manager Butch Hobson will enter a state program for first-time offenders but will not serve any jail time for cocaine possession, lawyers announced Thursday in Providence, R.I.Hobson agreed to enter the "diversion" program and acknowledged...
Hot Album `Rotisserie Twist," the Civil Tones
A NUMBER of noteworthy litmus tests present themselves in a search for 1996's top local pop album.Purely in terms of numbers, sales of more than 400,000 copies of Gravity Kills' debut made for a strong case for the industrial pop act.In terms of fanatical...
Hot Club the Way out Club: '80S-Style Outpast
WE TAKE our kicks where we can get them.Over the years, some memorable moments in St. Louis musical history have transpired at jerry-rigged, out-of-the-way venues or featured knock-off bands that had crawled out of their caves for some special occasion.Who...
Hot Shows Oliver Sain Soul Reunion, M.P.E.R.O.R. Royal L
IT WAS HOT last June in more ways than one. Both the Oliver Sain Soul Reunion and the downtown Juneteenth festival served, respectively, as showcases for some of the finest R&B and hip-hop talent in the city.Sain's annual R&B meltdown on June 15 at Mississippi...
Hull Soft-Pedals Feud, Accepts New Challenge
Brett Hull's reaction to Mike Keenan's dismissal as general manager and coach was remarkably restrained."I'm not saying it's a relief, that's for sure," the Blues' star winger said. "You don't ever want to see anybody lose their job."We had our differences,...
Illini Hope to Avoid '95 Rerun
When the Fighting Illini last set foot in Chicago's United Center, the team was 9-0, ranked No. 14 in the country and beaming after an 83-69 victory over California.What happened next? Illinois collapsed, losing six of its next eight, going 9-13 the...
Illinois Restricts Searches Police Must Knock, Announce Presence
In a decision with broad implications for police searches, the Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday narrowed the circumstances under which Illinois officers can force their way into homes to serve warrants without knocking - even if they believe guns are...
Insult to Injury NBA Hides Its Backup Players under a Dubious List of Aches and Pains
Mark Hendrickson is a big man, so when the 76ers needed to find an injury for the 6-foot-9 rookie power forward, they needed to find a big one: subungal hematoma of the right great toe.That's correct. For the first two weeks of the season, all 220 pounds...
Jacques Talk Demers `Interested, Flattered,' but Hasn't Been Contacted
The healing began as soon as Blues chairman Jerry Ritter fired Mike Keenan as general manager and coach.But as Ritter said Thursday, "This is not an end-all, but it's a start."Now the Blues must fill the two most important jobs on the staff with nearly...
Keenan's Reign of Error Underskilled, Overpaid Players Got Rich Quick
Mike Keenan has been one of the dominant National Hockey League coaches of his era, winning the Stanley Cup with the New York Rangers and taking the Philadelphia Flyers and Chicago Blackhawks to the Cup finals.But his term as general manager of the Blues...
Lady Panthers Surprise Howell 56-52 in Gac Win
The Fort Zumwalt North Lady Panthers did something Wednesday that they haven't done in some time: they won a Gateway Athletic Conference basketball game.The Lady Panthers, who won just four games a year ago, improved to 4-4 on the young season, thanks...
Lessons Are Many in Keenan Fiasco
"I don't know if we characterize this as a failure, but it certainly was a learning experience for us."- Blues chairman Jerry RitterYes sir, we all learned some lessons during our brief but educational relationship with Mike Keenan. Let's review: * Blues...
Levee Opens Way to Industrial Park, If
With the Old Town Levee project under way, St. Peters is hoping to establish an industrial park on the north side of Interstate 70 off the Mid Rivers Mall Drive extension.The $11.5 million levee will be completed in the next couple of years. The levee...
Logbook of Breakaway Freighter Missing a Page, Coast Guard Says
Someone cut a page from the engine logbook of the freighter Bright Field, which struck a riverside mall Saturday and injured 116 people, the Coast Guard said Thursday.The missing page from the handwritten log covered the two days before the accident...
Madonna among `Globe' Nominees Hollywood Group Cites Actress for `Evita' Role
Offering a possible glimpse of the Oscar race, Madonna won a Golden Globe nomination Thursday for "Evita," and the romantic drama "The English Patient" was selected in seven categories.The Golden Globes are awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Ass...
Man Who Shot Wife Faces Lesser Penalty Jury Convicts Him of Second-Degree Assault
Vincent Barrale of High Ridge admitted firing the rifle that wounded his wife but says he didn't know it was loaded.He said they had been quarreling and he had beat her up because he was angry. But when he shot his wife in the chest, he said, he was...
Many Fans Glad to See Keenan Go - but Not All
Debbie Seeker, president of the St. Louis Blueliners, got a phone call Thursday morning. On the line, the Blues' public relations department was notifying Seeker that her booster club's "Bowling with the Blues," an annual fund-raiser, was back on.Under...
Marcello Mastroianni; Played Italian Lover
Marcello Mastroianni, who refined the image of the sexy Italian lover with touches of humility, humor and wisdom in movies like "La Dolce Vita," died Thursday (Dec. 19, 1996) at his home in Paris.He was 72, and he died of pancreatic cancer.The actor...
Michael Johnson Repeats as Usoc Award Winner
Michael Johnson is probably used to this by now.He was named U.S. Olympic Committee Sportsman of the Year this week, blowing away the field just as he did at the Atlanta Olympics where he became the first man to win gold medals in the 200 meters and...
More Teachers Lose Their Jobs Programs to Go, Classes to Grow in Maplewood
More than a dozen more teachers in the Maplewood-Richmond Heights School District got their walking papers Thursday, bringing the total laid off in the money-short district this week to 28. That's about one of every four teachers in the district.The...
More Thoughts about Holiday Newsletters
Dear Ann Landers: Although your column lampooning Christmas newsletters was a classic, we have written a newsletter every year to keep family and friends abreast of our activities, and we intend to keep on doing it. We have made copies of all the newsletters...
Morning Briefing
Boeing Seeks To Double Plane Production RateBoeing Co. plans to nearly double the number of planes rolling off its assembly lines next year to a record 40 aircraft per month, the company said Thursday.Seattle-based Boeing now produces 22.5 aircraft a...
Morning Briefing Eye Openers
That "Ho ho ho-ing" you heard around town Thursday wasn't Santa Claus or his helpers. It was Blues fans giving thanks for an unexpected Christmas gift.And look what the Blues' purge of MIKE KEENAN and JACK QUINN did to Wall Street on Thursday.Stocks...
Narrow Escape Red Cross Doctor Survived, Thanks to Locked Door
In the middle of the night, someone rattled his door at a Red Cross hospital in Chechnya. It was locked. He heard footsteps, thuds, screams and then silence.In minutes, six of Tobias Bredland's fellow Red Cross volunteers had been slain in their beds."I...
NCAA Doubted Teacher Who Upped Rhodes' Grade
Former Hazelwood East running back Ricardo Rhodes would have played football for the University of Missouri this fall if a subcommittee of the National Collegiate Athletic Association had believed a teacher who said Rhodes had earned a grade of B instead...
New Approach Reveals How Funds Really Invest
The way people think about mutual funds keeps evolving, and so do the categories they use to classify funds of various kinds.In ancient financial history - 30 years ago - there were two basic types of funds:Growth funds, which owned mostly stocks. Income...
No Subsidy Called for in Home Depot Plans Here
Home Depot is poised to build a giant home-improvement store in south St. Louis - without financial help from city taxpayers.Although many new commercial projects in the city benefit from tax abatements or other forms of public subsidy, the new Home...
Nurturing Instinct during Holiday Break, Students Take Classroom Pets under Their Wings
When students at Parkway South Middle School leave today for winter break, Gabe Pollard, a sixth-grader, will take home a friend - Elmo, a striped, black-and-white king snake.Most area public schools close today for a week or two. And the classroom pets...
Obituaries
Oscar B. MurphyOscar Bryan Murphy, 98, of Troy, died Tuesday (Dec. 17, 1996) at Lincoln County Memorial Hospital.Mr. Murphy was retired after having worked at International Shoe Co. in St. Charles.Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Baue...
One Fine Screwball Comedy for the 1990s
"ONE FINE DAY"Rating: PG, adult themes.Running time: 1:49. `ONE Fine Day" is a charming little souffle of a comedy, brimming with beautiful stars, witty writing and good acting. George Clooney and Michelle Pfeiffer come across as worthy contenders for...
Online Fans Hail Moves by Blues
Even before the Blues made the official announcement Thursday, hockey fans who caught wind of the rumor hurried online with their opinions on the firing of Mike Keenan and Jack Quinn.Fan reaction began to trickle in on POSTnet's Blues Talk discussion...
Orioles Add Ex-Red Davis, Incaviglia and Gruber
Looking to replace Bobby Bonilla's bat, the Baltimore Orioles signed Eric Davis to a $2.2 million, one-year contract on Thursday.The Orioles also agreed to a $650,000, one-year contract with outfielder Pete Incaviglia and a minor-league contract with...
Ortwerth Has Plan to Pay for Park System No Hike Needed in Sales, Property Taxes, He Says
A park system for St. Charles County may be created without raising property or sales taxes, says County Executive Joe Ortwerth.Ortwerth has outlined a plan to members of the County Council for a far-reaching park system and a method of paying for it.Ortwerth...
Ousted Fans Have Spoken: Keenan, Quinn out Blues Hire Sauer to Rebuild Trust
Blues fans, this one's for you.Jerry Ritter, the former Anheuser-Busch executive turned Blues chairman, listened to the fans and fired Mike Keenan on Thursday as the Blues' general manager and coach.Jack Quinn, the Blues' president for 13 years, also...
Packnett Touched Many Lives, Stood Up for Important Causes
THERE'S A void today at Del Monico's Diner.The Rev. Ronald Packnett, pastor of Central Baptist Church, was a fixture at the restaurant. He could be found at the restaurant at Delmar Boulevard and Euclid Avenue almost every morning, chowing down on one...
Paget's: Bone Disease or Form of Breast Cancer
Dear Dr. Donohue: I have Paget's disease. What is it, really, and what is the best treatment for it? Does it go away? Does is affect only older people? Is exercise good for it?There are two Paget's diseases, unrelated but for their common researcher....
Panel Accepts $4.3 Million Bid to Build New Children's Zoo
The St. Louis Zoo Commission accepted a bid Thursday of $4,346,000 for construction of a state-of-the-art Children's Zoo on the site of the current 3 1/2-acre exhibit.Work will begin early in January. Weather permitting, the new Children's Zoo will open...
People
Romance writer DANIELLE STEELE has had some thorns in her own love life. She tells Entertainment Weekly that the first two of her four husbands had criminal records.The first she wed while he was doing time for robbery and sexual assault; the second,...
Peru's Hostage Crisis
Four hundred hostages are being held in the Japanese embassy in Lima, Peru. So far, their captors have not made good on threats to murder the hostages. However, the situation, like all hostage situations, remains terribly volatile.The ease by which the...
Police/courts
The following were reported to area police or involved action in an area court:VIOLENT DEATHSSt. Louis: A woman whose body was found Wednesday afternoon in a stairwell at the rear of a house in the 3100 block of North Newstead Avenue has been identified...
Policeman Becomes His Brother's Keeper
CIRCUIT COURT Judge John Riley had been through this before. A young defendant stood in front of the bench with his public defender at his side. The kid was pleading guilty to assault and armed criminal action.The state was recommending 10 years. The...
Private Charities Face Heavier Load
The bad news from the poverty front is that a resurgent economy has had no noticeable effect on the number of Americans seeking emergency help, from soup kitchens to homeless shelters. The awful news is that, with the passage of the "welfare repeal bill,"...
Quinn: `Not an Ounce of Bitterness' about Being Fired
In 13 1/2 years near the top of the Blues' depth chart, Jack Quinn was a controversial and often confrontational force.He took the high road out of office Thursday.Quinn was admittedly surprised at being fired, along with coach/general manager Mike Keenan....
Rating System Gets Mixed Reaction Here Broadcaster Cautious; Others Call Step Necessary
THE NEW television rating system has a local broadcaster leery, advertising officials optimistic and some parents befuddled.The reaction point is the new on-air rating system that alerts parents to sexual or violent content and the show's suitability...
Retailers Hold the Line on Price Cuts Stores Aren't Slashing like They Did Last Year
Don't bother looking for deep discounts in the final weekend of the Christmas shopping season. Retailers aren't cutting prices like they did in 1995.With sales apparently near expectations, many storeowners are keeping their markdowns in line this year,...
Revisiting Christmas Past No Holiday for Many, Say Clergy, Agency Officials
The yuletide season 'tis anything but jolly for those who are isolated.The hyped-up period between Thanksgiving and Christmas can be interminable for the ill, the elderly, the bereaved and those with memories that are not of the gingerbread variety.According...
Rewarding Bonus Plan Makes Firm the Place to Work
In the Kingston Technology Corp. lobby, the receptionist apologizes to hundreds of callers, repeating: "We're not hiring at this moment."Another woman at the switchboard hands off a call to a guard, telling him: "This one just won't accept that we're...
Roamin' Phifer: Rams Lb Is More Mover Than Shaker
When Rams linebacker Roman Phifer runs after a player with the football, it is neither at a trot nor a gallop.It is more like a game of pursuit, like the hunter and the prey. Phifer sizes up a situation. He glides to the football. He pounces on the ball...
Roller-Skiers Make Detour for Wedding
Middle-aged honeymooners Tore and Nina Vingo are skimming their way across America. On skis.The couple, who grew up on skis in their native Norway, actually are gliding along on 2-foot-long roller-skis on a 3,200-mile trek that began in May in California....
Saints Are Coming off Strong Game
It was so much fun 20 days ago, they decided to do it again.The New Orleans Saints (3-12) vs. the Rams (5-10) at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Trans World Dome.Why? Because the NFL schedule says so. The Saints had been 0-6 under interim head coach Rick Venturi,...
Sauer Vows to Make It `Fun Again'
Mark Sauer makes this promise to Blues fans: "This is going to be fun."Sauer, 50, was named president and chief executive officer of the Blues in Thursday's sudden sweep of the team's upper management. Sauer immediately pledged to revive the franchise...
School Board in Oakland, Calif., Votes to Recognize Black English
Black students in Oakland's public schools who use double negatives or constructions such as "she be at the store" will no longer be viewed as using poor English but as speaking a different language.Teachers will be trained to recognize that the students...
South Tech Gets Harder to Look Past
South County Tech's Hawks are overlooked by their high school basketball opponents."I think it's because they say, `That's a technical school,' " said coach Emanuel Belland.South County forgoes Christmas tournaments because "all the other (schoo ls')...
Special Prosecutors Are Trotted out for Trivial Pursuits
Commenting on President Bill Clinton's delayed extension of Janet Reno's term, The Washington Post observed that the attorney general's seeming addiction to special prosecutors, which has produced a certain political restlessness in the White House,...
Sports Shorts
Troy Davis To Leave Iowa State For NFLIowa State's two time All-America running back Troy Davis will pass up his senior year to enter the National Football League draft, he announced Thursday in Ames, Iowa.Davis, the first major-college back to rush...
Spy Charges against Agent Rattle Small Missouri Town 'He Was Never in Trouble a Day in His Life,' One Friends Says
When Skyline High School's Class of '71 gathered for its 20-year reunion, the brainy boy everyone knew as Earl surprised them all with his career choice."He had gotten into the FBI, and that was a shock because Earl wasn't the aggressive type," says...
States Sue Eye-Care Industry Alleges Overcharging on Soft Contact Lenses
Contact lens makers and optometrists are cheating consumers out of millions of dollars by keeping them from ordering replacement lenses from cheaper sources, attorneys general in Missouri, Illinois and 20 other states charged Thursday in a lawsuit.The...
Stocks Soar on Rally's 3rd Day
Stocks Thursday strung together their biggest three-day rally since early August, fueled by falling Treasury bond yields.The market's largest companies, including General Electric, Merck and Exxon, sent the Dow Jones industrial average 126.87 points,...
Support Groups
TodayAlcoholics Anonymous will meet at noon and 6 and 8 p.m. at the Sonderen Club, 212 Sonderen Avenue, O'Fallon.Stepping Free, a support group of Narcotics Anonymous, will meet at 7 p.m. at Williams Memorial United Methodist Church, 307 West Pitman...
Susan Mcdougal Facing Charges in La
Susan McDougal, a former partner in the Whitewater land venture who has been jailed for refusing to testify before a grand jury about President Bill Clinton, was transferred last weekend to a county jail in Los Angeles for preliminary hearings in a separate...
Teen Marijuana Use Skyrockets, Survey Shows Inhalants, LSD Decrease in Popularity; Smoking Jumps; Alcohol Steady
More young teen-agers are not saying no to drugs, alcohol and tobacco, says a survey released Thursday by the Department of Health and Human Services.Since 1991, marijuana use has increased 250 percent among eighth-graders and 150 percent among 10th-graders,...
The 12 Days of Christmas Vacation How to Keep the Kids Smiling after the Sugarplums Stop Dancing
EVEN if you've finished the mall crawls, mailed (or e-mailed) the cards, trimmed the tree, wrapped the presents and put together a menu that would make Martha Stewart proud, the planning isn't over. If you're the parent of toddlers to teens, it's only...
Things Looking Rosey for Sportswoman Van Dyken
All good things must come to an end - unless your name is Amy Van Dyken.After winning four swimming gold medals at the Atlanta Olympics, Van Dyken's amazing 1996 got even better Wednesday when she was named the USOC SportsWoman of the Year. Softball...