St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from December 25, 1996

40 Ways to Make Family Happy Most of These Ideas Just Come Naturally
HERE ARE 40 simple steps everyone can take to help build happy families:1. Say "I love you" every day.2. Apologize quickly and sincerely when you've made a mistake. 3. Laugh often so life doesn't get too serious. 4. Listen closely to what your spouse...
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A Christmas Smell with Links to Love
(This column was first published in 1993. Marjorie is now 73.)MANY, MANY years ago, in a city far to our north, there lived a family with seven children.Marjorie was the oldest. If you had to describe the family's economic situation, you would call it...
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All-Metro Team Has That Unstoppable Look Prolific Backfield, Two- Way Standout Lead 1996 Edition
Milton Proctor smiled as he looked across the lobby of the Post-Dispatch last week at his teammates on the 1996 All-Metro Team.Proctor, a cornerback - and a cornerstone - on Hazelwood Central's Missouri Class 5A championship team, said: "Great linemen,...
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American Express and At&t Fuel Rally
American Express Co. and AT&T Corp. gave stocks a boost Tuesday as investors anticipated a growing economy and rising corporate profits in 1997.American Express climbed 2 5/8 to a record 59 1/2 as speculation resurfaced that General Electric Co. may...
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`Angel' Turned Disaster into a Christmas Miracle
Dear Abby: I don't know whether this qualifies as an act of kindness or the work of an angel, but here it is:One Christmas several years ago, my children and I were at my sister's in the country. After the festivities, the kids settled down to watch...
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Area Couple, Plus `Loyal Squirrels,' Play Santa to Needy
Lawonna Clark of St. Charles has never encouraged her children to make Christmas wish lists."Leading them on would be cruel," she said.Clark was divorced eight years ago. In 1989, she was disabled permanently in a near-fatal car crash and has been unable...
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A Rockwell Childhood Had Unseen, Darker Tones
The Christmas of 1961 was my last in tiny Mount Summit, Ind.I can close my eyes and still see Raymond Beavers selling evergreens in the snowy vacant lot that separated his grocery from Bob Smith's barber shop, right across U.S. 36 from my front door.As...
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A Season of Splendor
It's that time of year again, when weary shoppers complain once again about the "commercialization of Christmas" as we toss another necktie into the shopping cart, and head off to the toy store to engage in hand-to-hand parental combat for the latest...
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Bags to Riches? Maker of Toy Hopes He Has Fad in Hand
You can bounce it. You can whip it around.Mark Manisso's Bungee Bag is a '90s-style paddle ball and yo-yo rolled into one. And he hopes it will be the hottest toy to hit the market since the Hula-Hoop.Manisso has already gotten some attention for his...
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Bird Flap Penguins Cause Court Showdown between A-B and Munsingwear
Label it the Battle of the Penguins.In one corner, from Minneapolis, is the Munsingwear Penguin, a nationally known and dapperly dressed drawing adorning the menswear maker's logo and its sportswear.In the other corner, from St. Louis, is the Bud Ice...
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Briefs
ST. LOUIS MAYORAL RACEHaas Joins Democrats; GOP To Have PrimaryBill Haas, a lawyer and telemarketer, formally filed for mayor Tuesday, becoming the second Democrat on the ballot. Haas, who announced his candidacy earlier, joins former Police Chief Clarence...
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Briefs
EAST TIMORPeace Prize Winner's Return Sets Off BrawlsTens of thousands of people greeted Bishop Carlos Belo's return to East Timor on Tuesday after his acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize. But his homecoming triggered bloody brawls between supporters...
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Bringing Light Theme Parties Renew Old Traditions, Add Sparkle to the New
Seven-year-old Amy Knapp made a convincing Santa Lucia this week as she led a procession of candle-carrying children around a barn.Amy, of St. Louis County, repressed a mischievous smile to become sufficiently regal as she and the others re-enacted the...
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Chinese Buying into Holiday Presents Made in China Now Bought There, Too
Even in China, the Christmas decorations come stamped "Made in China."No longer does China only provide yuletide knickknacks for the rest of the world. These days, it must supply itself, too.For well-heeled Chinese, Christmas has joined the New Year,...
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Christmas Cards Dwindling
NEVER finished the Christmas cards this year? You aren't the only one.A number of factors - from the late start of the holiday season to the balmy weather of early December to, we'll be honest, just plain procrastination - means that many mailboxes haven't...
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Christmas Tourism Up 50% over '95
As Christians rejoiced in Bethlehem, Palestinians decried their lack of progress.Tens of thousands of pilgrims flocked on Christmas Eve to the Palestinian town where Jesus was born. But residents still could only dream of a joyous holiday in a region...
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Clinton Plans to Cut Taxes, Not Cost-of-Living Increases
PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON'S new budget will provide up to $130 billion in tax relief, fulfilling his campaign promises, while sidestepping a controversial recommendation to trim Social Security cost-of-living increases as a way to balance the budget, administration...
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Coffee Table Books Can Make Elegant Fashion Statement If Diamonds Are Forever, So Are James Bond, T-Shirts, Panama Hats
IF SOMEONE on your holiday gift list has a passion for fashion, consider giving one of the one-size-fits-all coffee-table books devoted to the quest to look one's best.Sometimes in fashion, what's old is new. So, some of tomorrow's trends might be found...
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Collinsville Ready to Get Holiday Tourneys Rolling
Collinsville High School athletic director and basketball coach Bob Bone has always wanted to get the championship game of the Collinsville Schnucks Holiday Classic played on a Saturday night.He'll get that chance this year, when the 13th annual tournament...
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Comfort First Mix-and-Match Look, More Versatile Clothing Crops Up at the Gym
IN THE OPULENT 1980s, dressing for a workout was a workout in itself."Your scrunchy had to match your socks and everything else in your outfit," recalls Juli McCammon, who has been teaching fitness classes for 12 years.Only a perfectly coordinated ensemble...
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Complexion Changes for Mu-Illini Skirmish
First, the preliminaries of the St. Louis Christmas ritual that has local college basketball fans basketball fans bluefaced with anticipation: the annual Braggin' Rights game between Illinois and Missouri at Kiel Center."I think it's a fantastic rivalry,"...
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Court Lifts Credit Union Ban outside Members Still Can Join, Panel Says
Federal credit unions can continue to accept new members from outside groups, at least for now, a federal appeals court said Tuesday.A three-judge panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily blocked implementation of a key part of a lower...
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Cross-Checking around the Nhl
CENTRAL DIVISIONWith assistant coach Barry Smith off to Sweden to coach Malmo, longtime NHLer Mike Krushelnyski stepped in to fill his void on coach Scotty Bowman's staff. When Hartford traded ex-Wing Paul Coffey to Philadelphia, the Wings got off the...
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Deaths
Recent deaths in the Metro East area:AltonFreda M. Schriner, 80, died Sunday, funeral Friday, Staten. Jerry L. Rhoads, 60, died Monday, funeral Friday, Elias-Smith in Bethalto. Bartelso Virginia C. (Rolves) Horstmann, 63, died Monday, funeral Friday,...
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Despite Slow Start, Francis Howell Back in Winning Form Vikings Win at Missouri Duals, Columbia
When the Francis Howell High wrestling team dropped early-season dual matches to Fox, Fort Zumwalt North and St. Charles West, more than a few eyebrows were raised.After all, the Vikings didn't lose a single dual last season, when Francis Howell won...
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Digital TV Takes Step into Future FCC Approves New Standards for Industry
The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the standard for the next generation of television, formally beginning the nation's transition to digital, high-definition television, the first fundamental change in television...
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Early Morning Fire Destroys Popular Bridgeton Restaurant
Thick ice is preventing fire officials from conducting an investigation into a fire Christmas Eve at a popular restaurant in Bridgeton.Tony Bono's Restaurant & Bar, 12419 St. Charles Rock Road, was gutted in a two-alarm fire that began about 4 a.m. Tuesday....
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Eat, Drink and Be Merry . . . Origins of Christmas Traditions Are Not What You Think
LET'S have a true, old-fashioned Christmas this year, shall we?Forget the Martha Stewart froufrou. We're talking authentic yuletide here, we're talking hallowed traditions - the way families celebrated Christmas for hundreds of years before department-store...
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Education Consultant Ends Contract Early Some in Illinois Questioned Hiring Decisions
A consultant who has been responsible for changing Illinois' school evaluation program is leaving his assignment ahead of schedule after questions were raised about his hiring.David Green, who was to sign another contract for the first half of 1997,...
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Ex-Fire Chief Sues, Alleges Age Bias Suit Seeks Back Pay, $1,200,000 in Damages
The former chief of the St. Peters Fire Protection District is suing the board for more than $1 million, claiming board members were guilty of age discrimination and slander when they fired him in December last year.Lawyers for former chief James W....
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Ex-Hostages Heap Praise on Their Former Captors
It is not often that a group of gun-toting hostage-takers has received such glowing praise.Almost to a man, captives released by about 20 Marxist guerrillas from the Japanese ambassador's residence have painted a picture of determined but decent young...
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Experiments on Dying Patients Buoy Doctors, Worry Ethicists
DR. ROBERT ROSENTHAL tries frantically to revive patients from cardiac arrest, knowing that he might be dooming the few survivors to life with severe brain damage.He also knows that for four years, potentially brain-saving medicines have been gathering...
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Factory Officials Aid Blast Victims' Kin
A wreath of blue and white flowers joined memorials of roses and poinsettias Tuesday at the gate of a metal-fabricating factory where an explosion killed eight workers.Cliff Hearn, whose brother-in-law Michael Anthony Gunn died in the blast, knelt at...
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Fortson Keeping Cincinnati in Picture
Their slow start still has some college basketball fans wondering if the Cincinnati Bearcats are the best team in the land.But fans might start to wonder if Cincinnati's Danny Fortson, and not Wake Forest's Tim Duncan, is the country's best player.Fortson,...
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Free E-Mail Lives on as Internet Changes
Eighteen months ago, two start-up companies made big bets Americans wouldn't mind flipping through a few ads if they could get electronic mail free.Today, one company, Juno Online Services LP in New York, has close to 1 million subscribers and several...
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George Bailey as Hero in Bedford Falls and America
So why am I spending another holiday season in Bedford Falls rather than, say, Disney World? How did "It's a Wonderful Life" become the ultimate Christmas classic, leaving even Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in the shadows?It's exactly 50 years since...
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Girl Scouts Update Their Law, Take out the `Cheerful' Wording Is `More Contemporary, Meaningful'
When Girl Scouts come to your door in January to sell you boxes of cookies, don't expect them to be cheerful. The national council of the Girl Scouts in October updated the Girl Scout Law to eliminate that particular word."The new language makes the...
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Head Start: A Primer on Bringing Nature Indoors for Christmas 1997
SO YOU'VE ALREADY decked your halls with decorations this year. While you're still in the holiday frame of mind, you can even get a jump on Martha Stewart by thinking ahead to how you'll decorate next year. Master gardener Ruth Pardue has decorated her...
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Honor Roll
Students at St. Dominic High School, 31 St. Dominic Drive, O'Fallon, must have an average of 3.8 for First Honors and 3.2 for Second Honors.The following students are on the first-quarter honor roll:Seniors First Honors Lucy Appleton, Kimberly Burkemper,...
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James Earl Ray in Coma; Some Hoping for Confession
James Earl Ray, convicted assassin of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., lay in a coma Tuesday as civil rights leaders held out hope for a deathbed confession confirming their long-held suspicions that he did not act alone.Ray, 68, is serving a 99-year...
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Jane Curtin: Funny in Real (and Reel) Life
EVEN a seasoned comedy veteran like Jane Curtin admits it's often difficult to keep a straight face on NBC's hit sitcom "3rd Rock From the Sun" (7 p.m. Sundays on Channel 5)."When it comes to the actual doing of the show, we try desperately to make sure...
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Jingle Bits Now Is the Time to Remember the Highlight, Lowlights, Special Efforts and Dubious Achievements of 1996
In 1996, National League Football returned to St. Louis.In 1996, Major League Baseball returned to St. LouisIt was a good year for the Cardinals. It was a bad year for the Rams and Blues. The Blues and Cardinals reversed roles. the Blues became what...
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Lady Bulldogs Fall to Lutheran North `We're Not That Bad a Team,' Says Hayden
Coach Mike Hayden and the Fort Zumwalt South girls basketball team have had better days."We looked pretty bad out there, but, believe me, we're not that bad a basketball team," Hayden said after the Lady Bulldogs fell 61-18 to Lutheran North in the opening...
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Lambert Might've Dialed 911, but . . . . . . the Phones Were out - Thanks to an Inadvertent Snip
Tuesday was supposed to be one of the less chaotic travel days of the holiday season at Lambert Field. And then the phones went out.An airport construction crew accidentally drilled through three telephone cables, knocking out nearly all telephones in...
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Lawmakers Shouldn't Micromanage Campuses
Doesn't the Missouri Legislature have enough to do without micromanaging the budget of the University of Missouri? If House Majority Leader Gracia Y. Backer has her way, the General Assembly will count the pennies it appropriates to the four-campus university...
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Losing Illinois Candidate Asks State Senate to Order Recount
Seven weeks after vote counters said Barbara Brown narrowly lost her challenge to Illinois state Sen. David Luechtefeld, she still doesn't believe it.Brown, a Democrat and college political science instructor at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale,...
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Mcmurtry's Aurora Is Back
"THE EVENING STAR" Rating: PG-13, language, adult themes, mild sexual scenes. Running time: 1:48.SHE was the best of dames. She was the worst of dames.Aurora Greenway, first brought to life 13 years ago by Shirley MacLaine in "Terms of Endearment," is...
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Military Veteran Has New Challenge Charter Controversy Akin to Civilian Battleground
Andy Foster is a retired military man, and he believes in order."I'm a straight arrow," he said. "I see black and white. It's very difficult when I have to go into the gray areas."The chairman of the St. Peters Charter Commission says he never i ntended...
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Monitor Confirms It: Residents High on Show-Me Conservation
State residents have given the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) high marks for the way it manages fish, forest and wildlife resources.Seventy-eight percent of the respondents to the department's Conservation Monitor survey said that Missouri...
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Morning Briefing
A-B's New Hop Ale On Tap In Test HereAnheuser-Busch Inc. has added a fourth beer to its American Originals' collection of beers. American Hop Ale joins Faust, Muenchener and Black & Tan, which were introduced last year.Unlike the others, American Hop...
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Navy, California Figure to Post Big Numbers
One team prefers moving the ball on the ground, the other through the air. That's the matchup for Wednesday's Aloha Bowl between Navy and California."Contrasting styles, yet productive," Cal coach Steve Mariucci said. "Makes for an interesting game."Navy...
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Netanyahu and Arafat Close to Agreement Israelis Make Concession on Use of Their Forces
A key Israeli concession brought Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Yasser Arafat tantalizingly close to an agreement Tuesday on Israel's withdrawal from Hebron.The two leaders struggled for hours to strike a deal themselves and raised high expectations...
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Never Too Late That's What Last-Minute Shoppers Believe
WITH 108 MINUTES to shop before the store closed for Christmas Eve, a lady ran into the Spicer's Inc. store in Ladue desperate for cellophane wrapping paper."We're out of cellophane," said a red-vested Art Tilley, general manager of the store, which...
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Now It's Bride, Not Mother, with Wedding Jitters
BRIDAL jitters have always existed, but lately Miss Manners has identified a new and virulent strain.Here is the way the traditional bridal jitters worked:The night before the wedding, just when the bride's mother was trying to figure out how to tell...
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Obituaries
Sr. Clarita HennickSister Clarita Hennick CPPS, 93, of O'Fallon, died Monday (Dec. 23, 1996) of natural causes at St. Joseph Hospital West in Lake Saint Louis.Sister Hennick was a member of the order of the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood for 68 years....
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Of Sharp Thrusts and Just Deserts
"RIDICULE" Rating: R, sexual situations. Running time: 1:42.AT the 18th-century court of King Louis XVI, battles of wit could turn out to be as deadly as swordfights.Decadence was at its peak at Versailles in 1783, six years before the French Revolution...
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Once Indicted, Senator to Gain Powerful Post
Six years ago Ed Quick was under federal indictment, accused of stealing, but next month the senator from Clay County rises to one of the most powerful positions in Missouri government.But Quick is not ready to call the change of events anything more...
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One Musician's Torture Story Goes from Grim Depths to Shiny Joy
"SHINE" Rating: PG-13. Running time: 1:45.`SHINE" is the best movie of the year, inspirational, compelling, passionately romantic, profoundly human.This magnificent Australian film is loosely based on the true story of David Helfgott, a prodigal Australian...
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Only 2 Personal Finance Software Choices Quicken Edges Microsoft Money
Personal financial software isn't vital or easy enough to be the single reason for buying a home computer. But it is practical enough that anyone with a home computer should give it a try - especially since you may already have a copy, and you can try...
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Panthers Stumble; Comets Win 4-1 Coach: `We Knew It'd Be Tough'
The Fort Zumwalt North team of the Mid-States Club Hockey Association was a study in frustration Monday.The Panthers were called for a penalty 13 seconds into their Tier II contest with McCluer Monday at North Country Recreation Complex. One minute and...
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People
Nyah-nyah-nyah. MARTHA STEWART did Christmas better than you could ever have hoped to - of course.She tells The New York Times that she presided over an office party for 400, addressed 560 cards, wrapped 130 gifts, trimmed the tree, hung 24 wreaths at...
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Peruvian Rebels Free Uruguayan Envoy
Rebels holding more than 100 captives released Uruguay's ambassador Tuesday after his country provided the first concession of the hostage-taking by freeing two imprisoned rebels.The release of Ambassador Tabare Bocalandro left six envoys among the 105...
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Police/courts
The following were reported to area police or involved court action:VIOLENT DEATHSCameron, Mo.: A man charged in Texas with killing one off-duty sheriff's deputy and wounding another during a wedding reception waived extradition to Texas on Tuesday....
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Praise (Well-Deserved) for Mom on This Day
TODAY, all over town, women are knocking themselves out and not getting enough credit for it.Wonderful meals are served, beautiful parties are presented, perfect gifts are unwrapped - and in far too many cases, you would think the elves had done it,...
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President Golfs First, Then Goes Shopping
Instead of dashing through the snow, President Bill Clinton dodged raindrops Tuesday to play nine holes of golf before making one last trip to the mall for a final round of Christmas shopping.As temperatures approached an unseasonably warm 60 degrees,...
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Prison Santas Missouri Inmates Provide Money, Manpower to Help the Needy
Santa has helpers everywhere, even in prison.Needy families across Missouri are getting help this Christmas from thousands of prisoners locked up at all 18 state prisons and work-release facilities. The inmates have completed several holiday projects,...
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Program Aims to Stop Alcohol Sales to Minors Sheriff, Liquor Sellers Cooperate on `Cop in a Shop'
Area convenience stores are working with the St. Charles County Sheriff's Department on a new program designed to prevent minors from purchasing alcohol.Under the program, dubbed Cop in a Shop, deputies will wait in the back rooms of retail liquor outlets...
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Prosecutor Drops Charges in Assisted-Suicide Case
The Howard family's yearlong ordeal ended this week when a prosecutor in Newton County, Mo., dropped manslaughter charges that had been filed a year ago when 76-year-old Velma Howard committed suicide.Her husband, Bernard A. Howard, 77, of Belleville,...
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Raiders Fire White; Spurrier to Atlanta
Mike White became the fifth National Football League coach to lose his job in five days Tuesday when he failed to satisfy the "Just win, baby," bottom line of Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis.White was 15-17 overall and didn't make the playoffs in his...
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Repeat Examination Indicated with Ovarian Cysts
Dear Dr. Donohue: I am a 35-year-old mother of three. I recently saw my gynecologist because of irregular, painful and heavy menstrual cycles. He did ultrasound tests, which showed cysts on my ovaries. He didn't seem concerned about them.Can an ultrasound...
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Roman Goes to the Wall for Emory
Of the many plaques lining the wall of the gym at Emory University, not one brags of the triumphs of a school volleyball player.Showcased on the wall are All-American athletes from soccer, baseball, tennis, swimming, diving and other sports, but that...
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Santa, Be a Sport: Fill Up Your Bag with Useful Gifts
It's been a cold winter on the St. Louis sports scene. The Rams ran backward. The Billikens dribbled backward. The Blues skated backward over a cliff. And spring training still is two months away.At least Mike Keenan, The Grinch Who Stole The Blues,...
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State Closer to Buying Bottom Land from City Site Would Be Used for Urban Wildlife Area
A deal could be wrapped up by Jan. 15 for Missouri to buy the 4,668-acre Columbia Bottoms from St. Louis for an urban wildlife area because of a `turnaround Tuesday in negotiations."That's everybody's objective," Missouri Conservation Department Dir...
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Statement Shows Where Gingrich Went Awry Panel Avoided Tax Issues
FOR A YEAR, House ethics investigators grappled with the legality of Speaker Newt Gingrich's use of tax-exempt organizations to further his political agenda.When they formally charged him with ethical wrongdoing, they avoided judgment on whether he violated...
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St. Charles West May Be the Best Squad in Area
The Midwest isn't exactly soft when it comes to high school wrestling. So a preseason No. 6 ranking in the region was the first indication that St. Charles West might be stacked as it tries to win a third successive Class 3A state championship.An early...
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St. Louis Area Has 78 Sites to Recycle Christmas Trees Post- Dispatch Program in 6th Year
St. Louis-area residents can recycle their Christmas trees again this year at 78 collection sites participating in the sixth annual Post-Dispatch Christmas Tree Recycling Program.More than 375,000 trees have been taken to recycling sites in the past...
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Students Become-And Run -Big Brothers, Big Sisters
On the third floor of Butler Hall at Lindenwood College, American humanics students are hardly lost in ivory tower philosophy.Teaming up with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Greater St. Louis, the human service management majors are pairing youths ages...
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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,...
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Sweet Sauer Blues Boss Tries to Fly in (Fan) Friendly Skies
It was 90 minutes before faceoff Sunday at Kiel Center, Mark Sauer's third game as president of the Blues.Sauer chatted with a reporter - interviewing the interviewer, actually - when a tap came at the door.A woman poked her head inside, waved an envelope...
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Teen Snowboarder Found Dead; Parents Issue Plea
The parents of a 16-year-old snowboarder who was found dead in a snowdrift Tuesday implored other teen-agers to remember that they are not immortal.Joel Busath was a popular and bright high school junior, an accomplished Boy Scout who was planning to...
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The Downside of a Medical Miracle
Give credit to the pediatric surgeon, Dr. Alan W. Flake, for performing a miraculous prenatal bone marrow transplant that may prevent Taylor Dahley from becoming the next "Bubble Boy." In some ways, however, operations like these speak volumes about...
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The Ghost of Christmas Past
Travel back 40 Christmases with the ghost of Christmas Past.Downtown is bustling. The big department stores draw shoppers from city and suburb alike. Families drive downtown after Thanksgiving to marvel at the elaborate window displays.At Scruggs, Vandervoort...
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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Christmas Presents - from the Past
FOR YEARS "Whadja get for Christmas?" was the salutation my kids and their neighborhood pals used in greeting, in those sweet days of no school between Christmas and New Year's.Up and down the block, they'd roam in a pack, in and out of one anothers...
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The Lingering Tradition of Old Christmas
Christmas always came twice in the rural southern Illinois of long ago. Twelve days after the hustle and bustle of Dec. 25, many families in Little Egypt, as southern Illinois is still called, traditionally observed yet another Christmas, a Christmas...
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This Bud's Not for You, Kid: Anheuser-Busch Drops MTV Ads
Anheuser-Busch Cos. knows when to say when - at least when it comes to advertising beer on MTV, the music-oriented cable network targeted at the younger crowd.The world's largest brewer said in a statement Tuesday that it had moved its ads from MTV to...
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This Santa Uses a Copter Flying Visits to Lighthouses Are Tradition
It was the week before Christmas in 1929, and William Wincapaw was lost in a snowstorm off the Maine coast, running low on both fuel and hope.Desperately, the cargo pilot circled his float plane above the gale-lashed waters of Penobscot Bay and glimpsed...
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'Tis Season for Holiday Tournaments Some of Area's Top Teams Will Shoot Hoops This Week
The holidays are a special time. A time to reflect on spiritual matters and a time to enjoy family and friends.And a time to watch some top-level high school basketball.A good number of the area's teams will be in action this week: St. Charles West and...
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Two Firms Form Air Medical Team Arch and Mid-America Join as Skylife Aviation
An air-ambulance company and one that transports human organs for transplant are forming a new medical air-charter company, SkyLife Aviation.Mid-America Transplant Services and ARCH, the Area Rescue Consortium of Hospitals, will be equal partners in...
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Violence Erupts in Serbia Leader's Supporters Clash with Opposition Marchers
Street fights erupted throughout downtown Belgrade on Tuesday as supporters of President Slobodan Milosevic clashed with opposition protesters.At least one person was shot by a gunman standing in a crowd of Milosevic backers. Two people were stabbed...
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Warriors Move in, Squelch Stars 2-1 Last-Minute Goal Ends Frustration
Brandon Washburn saw the opening and quickly moved forward."I was tired, but I knew I had to take the chance," said Washburn, a junior defenseman with the St. Charles West team of the Mid-States Club Hockey Association."I moved forward as (Tim Cleary)...
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What a Trip for Grumpy Old Shopper
NOW THAT the gifts are open, let me tell you about this year's Christmas shopping trip:2 p.m.: Arrive at mall. The parking lot looks like something out of "Smokey and the Bandit." Cars are running stop signs, cutting each other off, screeching up and...
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Whatever Happened to Peace on Earth?
Dear Readers: In 1955, the year I began writing this column, I wrote an essay for Christmas Day. Reader response was extremely rewarding, and I have reprinted it each year, with topical modifications.This is my Christmas message for 1996:Dear Readers:...
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When Tragedy Touches the Heart
Inspiration can come in unpredictable ways. For Charles Gladden, a New York record company executive, it was a long and depressing Washington Post story on the violent deaths of 331 women - and the children they left behind."I had been in D.C. on business,...
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Whipped Keenan's Former Targets Aren't Shedding Many Tears
Oilers goaltender Curtis Joseph couldn't help but smirk when Blues czar Mike Keenan was overthrown last week.When Joseph played for the Blues, he was baffled by Keenan's managerial antics, which included sending him and Mike Grier to Edmonton for the...
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Winter Awakening Cold Weather Will Make a Comeback over Next Several Years, Says Scientist
This season's early blasts of cold and snow may herald many seasons to come.Ernest Kung, a meteorologist who heads the department of soil and atmospheric sciences at the University of Missouri at Columbia, says we're in for up to two decades of harder...
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Yet Another Bank Merger
Mercantile Bancorp, which acquired Mark Twain Bancshares Inc. just two months ago, is now set to gobble up yet another large player: Roosevelt Financial Group, the region's largest savings and loan. The combination will vault Mercantile past the new...
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