St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from April 13, 1997

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2 Men Die, 1 Injured in Plane Crash near Rolla Dense Fog May Have Kept Pilot from Seeing Runway
Two Rolla men were killed and a third was critically injured when their small plane ran out of fuel and crashed in dense fog near the town of Vichy, Mo.The Maries County Sheriff's Department said the plane crashed Friday a little after 8 p.m. The bodies...
35 Years Ago, Wilt Scored 100 Points in a Game
Wilt thought he scored his last basket on a dunk.Darrall Imhoff, who was guarding him, as much as the term can be used, says it was a finger roll.Al Attles says that when Wilt scored that last basket, with about 50 seconds left, fans stormed the court...
50 Iverson Points Are Not Enough for Philadelphia
Philadelphia's Allen Iverson scored a career-high 50 points, tying the second-highest total in the National Basketball Association this season, but the 76ers lost 125-118 at Cleveland on Saturday night.Iverson scored 39 points in a scintillating second...
A Foreign Exchange: Japanese Are Coming
With a smile wider than any strike zone in vogue today, Shigetoshi Hasegawa is one of the happier guys in baseball."I love America!" Hasegawa says as he heads onto an Arizona practice field with fellow Anaheim Angels pitcher Mark Langston.And why not?...
A Golden Night for Ladue High's Mccray
The future of St. Louis amateur boxing attends Ladue High, of all places.Edward McCray, 18, is a 132-pound junior at the West County school.He is a two-time national junior champion. And now, after his first Open Division tournament, he is a Golden Gloves...
A Hullabaloo `Selfish' Label Angers Blues' 500-Goal Scorer
Brett Hull is aware that during his three-game hiatus because of a groin pull, through his return to help clinch a playoff spot, he was at the eye of a storm of about his role on the Blues.Nobody confronted Hull with the specific rumors until Thursday,...
A Little of Everything on Menu of Courses for Hungry Golfers
Golf courses are not unlike restaurants. Some are grandiose, some are understated, some difficult, some easy, some expensive, some cheap. All serve a purpose, and everyone has his favorites.In his journeys, the Bogey Man has yet to chunk the fairways...
Alligator's Killing of Boy Spotlights Revival of Role of Trapper in Swampland
The death of a 3-year-old boy from Florida in the jaws of an alligator has drawn attention to the alligator trapper, a rare and taciturn breed of man that has all but vanished from Southern backwaters.When authorities gave up the search for the boy,...
All-Timers '96-97 All-Metro Team May Be Best St. Louis Has Produced
The talk started last summer while they were thumping the biggest and best around the country on the way to an AAU national championship.The theory gained credibility when some of the nation's most prestigious college basketball programs courted them...
All Wet Rain Wins Again - 8 Games Postponed
Put it this way: That warm weather schedule sure seemed like a good idea. Baseball's plan backfired again Saturday, when eight more games were postponed because of snow, rain and cold.That made it 17 major-league games wiped out in the week. That meant...
Alvin Ailey 1960 Classic Celebrates Frenetic Bliss of Communal Motion
As most soccer moms will tell you, a life of perpetual motion allows little time for contemplation. And in dance, motion is a kind of River Lethe, something in which characters and their concerns are bathed and cleansed, emerging in frenetic forgetfulness...
A Manners Primer to Speed Up the Corporate Climb Time to Build on What the Muppets Taught
Job-hunting college seniors know they have plenty of reason to panic as they strive to enter the corporate world.But even you students or recent graduates who already have a job can sla quit looking so smug.Do you truly have the panache it takes to climb...
Anchored but Not Forgotten a Historic Sailing Ship Is Given New Life as a Restaurant
ALTHOUGH the Moshulu's anchor is never raised, boarding the ship for an hour or two is like sending your soul on a cruise.The majestic sailing ship, newly restored and opened as a restaurant and cocktail lounge, has a history as deep as the steel pilings...
Argentina Declares War on Tax Dodgers
When government inspectors showed up at a fashionable mountain resort to stalk tax evaders, shopkeepers pelted them with eggs.Another inspector - or "bloodhound," as inspectors are called - was chased from a country house in Buenos Aires province by...
Artists Hoping Joplin Will Be Reborn as Thriving Art City
INSIDE the Spiva Arts Center in Joplin, artist-in-residence Tom Edwards, goateed and energetic, is lecturing on the painting of live models. His absorbed watchers are tourists who have heard that the gallery's painter welcomes interested viewers."Obviously,...
At $275,000, Rams See Perry as a Good Risk
Gerald Perry left football last July with a sore left knee, an aching arm and no regrets."My body wasn't feeling too well," he said. "I took the time off."But. . . . "I was like any old football player - you get to about February and you feel great,"...
A Tale of Ireland - with a Swagger
"HOW THE IRISH SAVED CIVILIZATION"A history by Thomas Cahill (3 hours, abridged, BDD Audio, $16.99)The subhead of this surprisingly delightful book is "The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe." What...
A Traveler's Guide to Fitness How to Enjoy a Trip or Cruise without Going Overboard
SURELY I am not the only person who returns from vacation in better shape than when I left. But my friends are astonished that I come home from trips - even cruises - minus a few pounds and with muscle tone as good as or better than when I left.That...
At the Movies
NEWAnaconda (PG-13; 1:29): Jennifer Lopez and Eric Stoltz are searching for a lost Indian tribe in the Amazon jungle, but what they find instead is a really big snake. (Jarvis Q. DeBerry) BELLEVILLE QUAD, CLARKSON, DES PERES, ESQUIRE, EUREKA, HALLS FERRY,...
At the Theater
Beauty:Steven Patterson's performance piece deals with the life and work of French author Jean Genet. The award-winning work, created for the 1994 San Francisco Fringe Festival, follows Genet's own style - brutal, poetic and erotic. It contains nudity,...
Augusta Is Kid's Stuff for Woods Tiger Shoots 65, Takes Record 9-Stroke Lead after Three Rounds
Something's happening here, what it is . . . well, it's perfectly clear.There never has been a first-year professional like Tiger Woods, just like there never was an amateur like him, just like there never was a junior like him. And unless the poltergeist...
A Writer's `Small Stone' of Activism in Collection of Essays, Alice Walker Is Determined to Confront Art with Life
ANYTHING WE LOVE CAN BE SAVEDA Writer's ActivismBy Alice Walker 225 pages, Random House, $23 ***** ALICE WALKER has never minded wearing her heart on her sleeve. It is a large heart, and vulnerable, but letting the world know how she feels is clearly...
Barring None Program Brings Daughters, Prison Mothers Together
Jan Scheer knew the Girl Scouts and their mothers were only half-listening when she gave them instructions for making quilt squares at a recent troop meeting.Many of the women were studying their daughters, looking for changes such as pierced ears, missing...
Baseball Ready to Make TV Comeback This Season
First, there was no Game of the Week. Then, there were no games at all. Now, this season, there will be an average of more than five games a day on the Fox networks alone as major league baseball makes a big TV comeback in 1997."It keeps me awake at...
Beginner's Luck Author Hits the Big Time with "Bonita Faye," an Offbeat Little Murder Mystery
HOPEFUL writers who sometimes despair of getting their first book published can take heart from the story of Margaret Moseley of Fort Worth, Texas.Her first novel, "Bonita Faye," was published in hardcover last year. Its first printing has sold out,...
Billikens May Get Decisions Soon from Two Recruits
St. Louis University's highly touted recruiting class, called one of the best in the country, might grow within the next week.The Billikens are hanging on the decisions of Jeff Carey, a 6-foot-11 senior at Camdenton (Mo.) High School, and Predraj Materic,...
Bill Would Ban Left-Lane `Hogging'
Its proposal: Illinois drivers who stay "excessively" in the left lane of rural interstates could be arrested and fined up to $75. The bill is expected to pass.Anyone who drives Illinois' interstates knows the scenario: You're cruising along at 65 mph...
Blacklisted Writers Get Their Due
THE Hollywood blacklist, in which left-wing actors, directors, writers and producers were penalized for their political beliefs, was, among other things, a highly cynical enterprise. Studios were more than happy to take the work of blacklisted writers...
Blighted Moves Upscale
Ferguson's Black Oaks subdivision, where homes are valued at more than $100,000, certainly isn't a blighted neighborhood. Nor is Country Club Plaza, the upscale shopping center in Kansas City.Yet, as stories by Post-Dispatch reporter Dan Mihalopoulos...
Books in Brief
Frederick Busch is a splendid writer, far too good to give way to the temptation to cheapen an effect or put up a stereotype in place of a character. For that reason, he has remained a "mid-list" novelist, whose books are widely praised by reviewers...
Bosley: Positives Outweigh Negatives Soon-to-Be Former Mayor Reflects on His Term of Office
As Mayor Freeman Bosley Jr. walked into Spruill's nightclub, the crowd burst into enthusiastic applause. A few even gave him a standing ovation.It was clear how the crowd, most of them blacks, felt about the city's first African-American mayor during...
Brazil's Police Violence Rampant, Group Finds in Rio, Officers Are Commended for Killing
Amid disturbing images of Rio police torturing, whipping and shooting civilians, a new report documents police brutality as a pervasive problem all across Brazil.The human rights report says officers are rarely prosecuted for crimes short of murder and,...
Briefs
NATIONTEXASState Legislator Wins Seat In Congress State Rep. Ciro Rodriguez defeated fellow Democrat Juan Solis in a runoff election Saturday for the congressional seat held by the late Rep. Frank Tejeda. Rodriguez, 50, beat the former San Antonio City...
Busch Stadium Cleaners Resist Plan to Cut Pay
Picketing cleaners at Busch Stadium greeted arriving fans at Saturday afternoon's game after voting overwhelmingly at midnight Friday to reject a "final offer" on a new wage contract from the Cardinals' owners.Local 50 president Don Rudd called the offer...
Captain Bodgit, Pulpit Romp; Next Clash in Kentucky Derby
Despite steady rain that nearly led to his withdrawal from the race, Captain Bodgit closed with a thunderous kick Saturday to win the Wood Memorial and probably make himself the favorite for the Kentucky Derby.And Pulpit, the Captain's prime competitor...
Captivated by Endearing Teen-Ager
JOY SCHOOLA novel by Elizabeth Berg208 pages, Random House, $19 ***** THE BEST THING about this follow-up to "Durable Goods" is its narrator, an endearing teen-age girl. (How often do you hear those words in close association?) Katie is a high school...
Cardinals Find That Houston's Now a Problem
Awww, this is no fun. The National League Central has changed. There's been a rebellion. The Cardinals don't have the Houston Astros to kick around anymore.Unlike 1996, the Astros are hitting back, and the bully has a black eye. Just the latest injury...
Cashing in on Frequent-Flier Miles Can Be like Playing Musical Chairs
IT WAS the perfect antidote for spring fever: an invitation to go hiking in France. But it was also a trip she could shoehorn into her budget only if she paid for the flight with frequent-flier miles.She called USAirways in early March - ridiculously...
Cash Path Maharishi Turns Iowa Town into Entrepreneurs' Hotbed
In 1979, Fred Gratzon answered the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's call and moved to Fairfield, Iowa.There, in the shadow of the Golden Domes of Pure Knowledge at the Maharishi University of Management, he meditated and grew rich.This is no coincidence, says...
Chemical Treaty Ignores History
Rolf Ekeus, one of the unsung heroes of our time, knows something about weapons of mass destruction. He is head of the U.N. Special Commission for the Disarmament of Iraq (UNSCOM), the outfit that gets harassed and threatened as it goes around Iraq looking...
China's Trade Lobby Makes Good Use of U.S. Industry
In the months leading up to a 1994 decision in Washington on China's trading status, the Chinese government made a very shrewd political move. It spent billions.The money did not go to U.S. lawmakers, lobbyists or public relations firms - at least not...
Clinton Endorses Steps to Thwart Sweatshops Labels Will Identify Firms That Abide by Code
President Bill Clinton has approved an apparel industry pledge to cease doing business with the most oppressive sweatshops in foreign countries.The agreement, which some groups complained does not go nearly far enough, provides:* Wage rates equal to...
Clinton Issues Directive on Family Leave to Agencies Federal Workers Could Get Unpaid Time Off
The nation's 1.9 million federal employees would be eligible for 24 hours of unpaid leave to meet family obligations under a directive President Bill Clinton signed Saturday.Now, he hopes to spur Congress into guaranteeing the benefit for private-sector...
Coat of Arms Green Jacket's Tradition Is Tailor-Made for the Masters
The tale is one of Jack Nicklaus' favorites, one he loves telling around this time of year. In 1963, at age 23, Nicklaus won his first Masters and went to Butler Cabin for the traditional donning of the green jacket. But the coat didn't fit."They put...
Conference on Ufos Shunned Members of Heaven's Gate Cult
For a group that shares stories about being sucked out of cars by aliens or losing livestock to laser beams, the visitors who said they would reach the afterlife in a UFO were just too weird.When members of the Heaven's Gate cult tried to join discussions...
Congress, White House Argue over How to Conduct Census
With the next census less than three years away, Congress and President Bill Clinton's administration are wrangling over how best to count America.The Census Bureau proposes a $4 billion effort that includes counting at least 90 percent of households...
Court Could Use a Good Dollop of Common Sense
THERE ARE TIMES when law and common sense, which are supposed to run on parallel tracks, slide apart. Law goes one way, common sense the other.When this happens, the wrong side wins.This is always bothersome, but especially so - at least to people who...
Cubs Fall to 0-9, near Record
Cold. Wet. Winless. The Chicago Cubs, now 0-9, can't imagine things getting much worse."We're going to get some breaks as long as we don't get down on ourselves because of our record," pitcher Terry Mulholland said Saturday after his team lost 2-1 to...
Dancing to a Populist Tune
DANCE ST. LOUIS will turn to more populist ensembles for its 1997-98 season, with an emphasis on groups from Canada and Australia.Major events of the season include the St. Louis debut of "Riverdance," a theatrical extravaganza that has toured widely...
De Ferran's Pole Spot Passes the Crash Test
Imagine what went through Gil de Ferran's mind Saturday morning when he crashed the fastest car in the qualifying for Sunday's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.During a practice session, he had the Valvoline Reynard-Honda zipping down the main straightaway...
De la Hoya Aims to Become a Boxing Legend
The nice young man who proposes to save boxing lives at 6,700 feet in a two-storied log cabin shaded by tall pine trees, warmed by fireplaces made of stone, surrounded by an iron fence and slippery patches of snow.Oscar De La Hoya can be very violent....
De la Hoya Takes Whitaker's Title
Oscar De La Hoya overcame crafty Pernell Whitaker in the toughest fight of his young career Saturday night, winning a unanimous decision to take Whitaker's WBC welterweight title.It was the fourth title for De La Hoya, who was knocked down in the ni...
DO WE CARE FOR KIDS OR OURSELVES? WHEN WILL WE LEARN THAT WHAT WE DO TO AND FOR CHILDREN TODAY WILL HAVE A PROFOUND IMPACT ON THEM IN THEIR ADULT YEARS? Series: To Raise A Child Week of the Young Child
It has been said that political life has become zealous and mean-spirited. Nowhere has it been more mean than to children.More than 19 million children live at the poverty level, and, after welfare reform, even more millions are expected to be in need....
Dublin Feasts on Handel's Music `Messiah' Made Debut There 255 Years Ago
On a glorious high tide, under sunny skies, George Frideric Handel sailed into Dublin Saturday for the second time in 255 years to recapture history - and play a little music.Resplendent in gold brocade waistcoat, silk stockings and powdered wig, actor...
Dupont Halts Mine Plan near Okefenokee Refuge
Bowing to opposition from environmentalists, DuPont announced Friday that it was postponing plans to mine titanium on the edge of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge."We will not go forward unless and until we can satisfy all participants and ourselves...
EPA Attacks River Crimes U.S. Touts Success in Prosecuting Dumpers
The man who turned up at Ray's Automotive Supply in St. Louis last June wore a two-day beard and filthy clothing.Talk outside the store shifted to the 200 drums of paint waste stacked nearby, and owner Raymond Feldman offered the man and his partner...
Ethics Penalty Worries Gingrich Wife against Spending Their Personal Funds
As House Speaker Newt Gingrich grapples with how to pay a $300,000 ethics penalty, word has spread that his wife is adamantly opposed to using their private savings.Marianne Gingrich's opinion will count. She controls most of the couple's money and assets.According...
Even in the Booth, Ozzie Still Does Flips over Cards
Ozzie Smith couldn't restrain himself on the air Tuesday night when longtime friend Willie McGee hit a game-winning homer for the Cardinals.Even though he is a broadcaster now - ostensibly impartial - Smith said he still would pull for the Cardinals....
Explosives Found along Pope's Route into Sarajevo Undeterred, Pontiff Greets Crowds in Bosnian Capital
Undaunted by a cache of explosives found along his route, Pope John Paul II plunged into his peace mission to Sarajevo on Saturday, wading into crowds and declaring, "Never again war!"Just hours before the pope's jet landed at Sarajevo's airport, police...
Extinction Looms for Apes, Group Warns
The ape, man's closest genetic relative, is facing pressures that could drive it into extinction in the wild, the World Wildlife Fund warns.Driven from their natural habitats, hunted for their meat, poached as trophies and listed on menus in fancy restaurants...
Facts about Interleague Play
Games: Each team will play either 15 or 16 games against clubs in the other league. This first year, it will be AL West vs. NL East, AL Central vs. NL Central and AL West vs. NL West.Schedule: All interleague games will be played during three periods...
Farewell St. Louis, Thanks for the Memories and Challenges
You see things, and you say, "Why?" But I dream things that never were, and I say, "Why not?" - George Bernard Shaw, - "Back to Methuselah" - IWON'T LIE to you. With this column, I had anticipated exhaling a Brobdingnagian sigh of relief.It never came.Instead,...
Farmers Have Legitimate Concerns on Land Use
The Missouri Farm Bureau does not support the claim that the United Nations is planning an invasion of the Ozarks. Nor do we have any reason to believe the conspiracy theories that state, federal and international bodies are plotting to forcibly separate...
FBI Perfection Was a Mirage
Confidence and trust in the nation's premier law enforcement agency is dwindling.Sen. Charles Grassley, R-IowaI think the leadership of the FBI has brought the entire organization into question. Rep. Bob Livingston, R-Louisiana Think back to the so-called...
For Cards' Batters, Something Missing at Start of Season
Why are the Cardinals 2-7? The explanation is simple.Though their pitching staff is holding opposing hitters to a .245 batting mark, the Cardinals are hitting .201 overall and only .172 with men in scoring position.The latter figure reflects taking too...
Forest Hills, Lpga Make It an Event
As the LPGA and Forest Hills Country Club bond for a fourth consecutive year, the marriage represents an established piece of the St. Louis golf landscape, an annual love affair between the sport and the community.In 1997, the tournament will arrive...
Fugitives' Arrests Let Missouri Town Relax
At 86, Clara Richardson is reputed to be the best poker player in town. Still, she had no intention of trying to bluff triple murder suspect Alis Ben Johns if he'd happened to come to her door."I even left my keys in my old car out there - if they wanted...
Gant Takes the Flight out of Astros
Ron Gant missed the first Shane Reynolds pitch he saw in the eighth inning Friday night. Missed it horribly. Looked awful in the process.He's looked awful a lot this early season, with a .138 batting average in the Cardinals' first seven games. But his...
Grim Legacy of the `Boss Man'
Darnell McGee, who was shot to death at point-blank range in January, was known as the "Boss Man." He might just as well have been called the Grim Reaper. Over the course of the past two years, "Boss Man," who had known he was HIV-positive since 1992,...
Harmon Inaugural: Backers Dressed Up, No Place to Go
PAPERLESS OFFICE: If you got at least one, you're lucky. That's the word on out-of-print invitations to Tuesday's formal Inaugural Gala honoring mayor-elect Clarence Harmon. Because of a computer-list snafu, some households have received four or five...
Hutu Woman's Ethnic Identity Unimportant - until Genocide
When she was growing up, Emeritha Uwizeyimana knew she was a Hutu but it didn't mean much to her. Who was what in Rwanda's ethnic mix was mainly grist for teasing at her Roman Catholic boarding school."We didn't think much about it," she says. "It was...
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Industry Examines Ways to Solve Area Code Crisis
Area codes are a little like buckets.Each bucket has 7.92 million possible numbers that can be assigned to customers.When the bucket starts getting empty, the telephone industry has to start looking for a new bucket - a new area code. Last week, the...
IRS Audits Distributed Unevenly, Study Says Some Areas Targeted 10 Times More Often
Mississippi and Manhattan. Idaho and San Francisco. What could these places have in common? A new study says their residents faced the highest chance of a federal tax audit.An analysis of Internal Revenue Service enforcement data by the Transactional...
Is Cash Flow Stalling Plans for Trip? Just Sign Here
LOOKING for travel money? In case your checking account isn't enough, your savings account isn't enough, your American Express card isn't enough, your credit cards aren't enough, and your bank's credit department isn't an option, the people selling you...
Israel Eases Closure of Territories Some Palestinians - Married Men over 35 - May Again Enter Area
Despite continuing street clashes, Israel announced Saturday that it would ease its closure of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, allowing 20,000 workers to reach jobs in Israel.Israel sealed the West Bank and Gaza Strip - barring most of the territories'...
It's a Wonder Cardinals Never Were 0-6 Before
If it was startling to see the Cardinals stumble badly out of the starting gate at 0-6, the greater amazement was that over 106 National League seasons the Redbirds never opened so futilely.After all, they have had some so-so teams.It's one thing to...
It's Not over till It's over, but This May Be Exception
The situation begged for bravado, clamored for someone to step forward and say, "It's not over until we say it's over."But among those who were still around on the leaderboard, many strokes behind Tiger Woods and many miles removed from the driver-wedge...
It's That Time of Year to Play without Fear
Yes, it's hard to believe another golf season is upon us. For many of us, it seems like only yesterday we were cursing our putter, chewing our scorecard, setting fire to our cart and swearing off this wretched sport forever.Now, we can't wait to get...
Jackie Robinson Was the Man Who Changed Baseball - and America
There is a short wrought-iron gate and two marble benches for those who want to stay awhile.A few steps away, a huge gray stone bearing the family name identifies the plot, and carved into the granite is one of the man's favorite sayings:"A life is not...
`JAKE THE SNAKE' PLUMMER MAKING MARK IN DRAFT FIELD Series: INSIDE THE NFL DRAFT
In the wake of another frenetic comeback, the words "Jake Plummer" and "Joe Montana" were used in the same sentence."Some crazy guy made the comparison," Plummer now says.Nice try on the self-effacement, Jake. The "crazy guy" was none other than John...
Jerry Lewis: That Old Devil the Comedian Will Star as the Satanic Mr. Applegate When `Damn Yankees' Opens in St. Louis
JERRY LEWIS leans forward, hands clasped, green eyes burning, and sets out to explain himself. The story he chooses is a new one. It happened just in the last few months, when he was coming out of "some theater in some city" on the tour of "Damn Yankees"...
Judge Curbs School Oversight Panel East St. Louis District Employees Should Control Daily Business, He Rules
Dealing a major setback to the state panel overseeing East St. Louis public schools, a judge has ordered its employees out of the district's business office.Associate Judge Robert L. Craig in St. Clair County has ruled that the state Financial Oversight...
Kindergartner Wows Judges with Science Fair Project More Than 3,500 Exhibits to Be Displayed This Week
KINDERGARTNER Stephanie Briana Hulsey knows her dinosaurs - and her knowledge impressed Science Fair judges from Trans World Airlines and McDonnell Douglas Corp. who visited her school.Stephanie will represent her grade level at Barrington Elementary...
Kindergartner Wows Science Fair Judges with Dinosaur Project
KINDERGARTNER Stephanie Briana Hulsey knows her dinosaurs - and her knowledge impressed Science Fair judges from Trans World Airlines and McDonnell Douglas Corp. who visited her school.Stephanie's is the only individual project for her grade level at...
Kite Brings Back Memories with 66
You remember Tom Kite. You know, winner of 19 PGA Tour events, winner of the 1992 U.S. Open, first player to exceed $1 million in earnings in a single season . . . that Tom Kite.He showed up at Augusta National Golf Club on Saturday. While everyone on...
Lake Layouts Plenty of Good Courses to Play in the Ozarks
Many golfers enjoy taking "road trips" to play courses outside the St. Louis area. The Lake of the Ozarks, which has several top-rated layouts, is a popular destination.The Lake of the Ozarks is situated about three hours southwest of St. Louis. Here...
Lawyer Sees `Flexibility' in New Welfare Law
MARK H. GREENBERG'S copy of the federal welfare reform law is frayed at the edges and missing its front cover. Greenberg has read the 502-page law hundreds of times and carries it with him as he travels the country, preaching ways to soften the law's...
Liggett Cigarettes Contained Pesticides, Documents Reveal
Cigarettes made by the Liggett Group Inc., at least until 1969, contained pesticides and other hazardous substances, newly released documents show.The documents include a lengthy log of insecticides, fertilizers and additives that Liggett found in its...
Longtime Immigrants Hold Own in Finances Census Shows Many Less Likely to Be Poor
Although immigrants start off much poorer than America's natives, the economic gap closes dramatically over time - so much so that immigrants who arrived in the 1970s own homes more frequently and make as much money as natives, while those who arrived...
Low Profile Aide Has Kept City Hall Humming for Six Mayors
Marie Jeffries works hard at not being noticed.At city Estimate Board meetings for the past 11 years, her assigned spot has been at the mayor's side. Without saying a word during discussions, Jeffries slides the correct document into the mayor's hand...
Manual Labor That Requires Skill and Knowledge
STRAWBERRY GROWERS say it's in their best interests to provide good working conditions because they want skilled employees to return and because they can't afford too many rookies' mistakes."You can't start new every year," said Lawrence Galper, farm...
Mejia Joins Crowd on Disabled List
The Cardinals, frequent users of the disabled list this season, dialed in again Saturday. They placed infielder Roberto Mejia on the 15-day list and promoted infielder Steve Scarsone from Louisville.Mejia had suffered a groin injury when he made a quick...
Metro East Towns Battle for Land, Revenue `Enterprise Zone' along Interstate 270 Sparks Contest among 4 Communities
Imagine a round of poker with millions of dollars on the table and whole communities sitting in the chairs.Edwardsville has anted up. Granite City is keeping cards close to its vest. Pontoon Beach figures to have a strong hand. And Mitchell may hold...
Minnie's Many Talents the Accent's Been on Accents in Driver's Mushrooming Career
NO, she's not really Irish ("Circle of Friends"). Or Russian ("GoldenEye"). And she's not from Hell's Kitchen. ("Sleepers"). Or the New Jersey shore ("Big Night.").Minnie Driver's from London, even though none of the movies released so far in her brief...
Miscarriage of Justice? or Only Half the Story?
Dear Ann Landers: This letter to the editor appeared in the Sioux City Journal. The judge and county attorney who handled this case must be the worst in the entire judicial system. Here's what it said:"A mother and her sons are out for an evening walk...
Missouri Bluffs New Home for Nike Tournament
Lake Saint Louis Golf Charities and Professional Golf Association officials were looking for a new home for the Nike Gateway Classic.It found one in the Missouri Bluffs Golf Club, a public facility situated near the intersection of Missouri Highway 94...
Missouri Town That Cashed in on Speeders Now Deep in Debt
"Welcome to Macks Creek," declares a small sign that greets drivers as they cruise into this blink-and-you-miss-it town along U.S. Highway 54.The sign is the official welcome into the town, which consists of little more than a restaurant, a few buildings...
Mobutu Ready to Talk to Rebel Leader but Zairian Leader Rejects Deadline for Resigning, Won't Go into Exile
Cornered by the fast-moving rebel army, President Mobutu Sese Seko said Saturday for the first time that he was willing to meet the rebel leader.But he rejected a rebel deadline to resign and said he had no plans to go into exile - external or internal.The...
Monsanto-Owned Fields Are Prime Target of Union
THE GARGIULO FAMILY entered the strawberry business 15 years ago, first as a supplement to their Florida tomato operations and later as a powerful force in California.Their company, Gargiulo Inc., is now the nation's third largest producer of fresh strawberries....