St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from March 19, 1997

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Acting Director May Get CIA Post Many Cautious after Lake's Withdrawal
Reeling from Anthony Lake's withdrawal, the White House considered a quick move Tuesday to name acting CIA Director George Tenet as a substitute nominee to head the nation's spy agency. But it wrestled with fears that any candidate would meet stiff GOP...
A Disaster: Bond Assails Federal Relief Agency, Calls Its Spending Unwise
Sen. Christopher S. Bond lashed out at the federal disaster relief agency Tuesday, saying it had done little to curb spending growth or suggest objective ways to hand out its money.Bond, R-Mo., said the agency had not countered what he called "mission...
After Hearing, Herman Appears on Track for Labor Secretary
A day after Anthony Lake withdrew his nomination to head the CIA, Labor Secretary-designate Alexis Herman appeared headed for congressional approval after a hearing Tuesday that trod lightly on allegations that she mixed politics and policy as a White...
After Title Winner Comes Rebuilding
The Francis Howell North High tennis team enjoyed a banner year in 1996. The Knights were 8-0 in league play, 15-2 overall and coasted to the Gateway Athletic Conference Tournament title.But now it's rebuilding time."We have some ability, but we're untested...
Aiming at No. 683 Statham Leads Mckendree to Naias
If they weren't already aware, sports fans throughout the nation became familiar with the accomplished career of Dean Smith last weekend. The longtime North Carolina coach tied and then exceeded Adolph Rupp's collegiate record of 877 career victories.The...
Albanian Violence May Spread, Many People in Macedonia Fear
As explosions and machine-gun bursts echoed in the distance from Albania, residents of this border town said they were afraid the violence could spill over into Macedonia."Hope this chaos doesn't come here," said Ramadan Telkiu, a member of Macedonia's...
Alton's Latest Comeback Bid Comes Up Short vs. Mt. Vernon
Luck ran out for the Alton High basketball team on Tuesday night.After trailing by as many as 11 points in the fourth quarter, the Redbirds staged a furious comeback only to see it slip away as they lost to Mount Vernon 60-53 in the Class AA Carbondale...
Area Couple in Theft Ring, Say NY Police Woman Denies She and Husband Pilfered Several Antique Works
Check around the house carefully. If you are missing your $500,000 bronze statue, detectives in upstate New York may have some good news for you.Police there are looking for the owner of a 5-foot statue featuring a woman and three cherubs. The statue...
As Lake Withers, White House Finds New CIA Nominee
Reeling from Anthony Lake's withdrawal, the White House considered a quick move Tuesday to name acting CIA Director George Tenet as a substitute nominee to head the nation's spy agency.Senior White House officials, Republican senators and even Lake himself...
Atlanta Rallies for Victory over Orlando
Atlanta rallied from a 10-point deficit in the final 48 seconds of regulation and defeated visiting Orlando 112-107 in overtime Monday night, ending the Hawks' losing streak of three games in an improbable fashion.Steve Smith scored 38 points, and Christian...
Bank Guards Consider Dangers of Their Job
Each time a bank security guard is killed in a holdup, other security guards remember the dangers in their work."It alarmed me," said Rodney Biehl, a security guard for seven years at the Heartland Bank in downtown St. Louis."You take a lot of pressure...
Banks Pull Market Down on Rate Concerns
Bank stocks dragged down the market Tuesday on the expectation that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates as soon as next week. "Some people may see this as the start of a big move in rates," said Douglas Eby, a money manager at Robert E. Torray...
Being Green New Exhibit Traces 42-Year History of Kermit the Frog
Kermit the Frog began life looking more like a lizard - made of an old spring coat and a split pingpong ball. Now, his original incarnation is back in an exhibit that traces Kermit's journey to stardom.The split pingpong ball, with a couple of dashes...
Belleville Student Talks Her Way to Title
Tara Coburn, a senior at Belleville Township High School East, is the new Illinois high school debate champion.High school debate in Illinois has two divisions - policy and Lincoln-Douglas. Tara, 17, had concentrated on the policy division. But at the...
Berezhnaya Back in Form after Injury
A year ago, she was supposed to be competing for another country (Latvia) with another partner (Oleg Sliakhov). Then Russia's Elena Berezhnaya ended up with a fractured and lacerated skull from a practice collision with Sliakhov's skate. The question...
Big 12 Flexing Its Hoops Muscle
With three teams in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16, Big 12 Conference Commissioner Steve Hatchell has evidence the freshly hatched conference is about more than football."This is fun," Hatchell told The Associated Press on Monday from the Big 12 offices...
Board Condemns Appointment Wants Justice Removed from Review
Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice James Heiple "created an unacceptable appearance of impropriety" by naming a friend to head a panel that must judge disciplinary charges against him, the Judicial Inquiry Board says.The board wants Justice Moses Harrison...
Briefs
MISSOURISCOTT CITYTown Wants Government To Pay For Levee Work Local officials say the federal government should be held responsible for needed improvements on the Commerce-Birds Point Levee in southeast Missouri. Speaking at a hearing Monday, they said...
Briefs
THE NATIONWASHINGTONCampaign Finance Amendment Rejected The Senate on Tuesday defeated a proposed constitutional amendment that would have let Congress set contribution and spending limits for campaigns for federal offices. The vote was 61-38 against...
Bulls Beat Sonics in Ot
Michael Jordan capped a 32-point, 18-rebound performance by hitting two free throws with three seconds left in overtime Tuesday night, giving the Chicago Bulls an 89-87 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics.Seattle's Gary Payton, who finished with 14...
Burton Demanded Donations, Lobbyist Says
An American lobbyist for the government of Pakistan complained to his client last summer that he had been "shaken down" for campaign contributions by Rep. Dan Burton, R-Ind., who now is heading a House investigation of allegations of Democratic campaign...
Cancel Moving Vans - Blues Make No Deals
Forty-five minutes before the National Hockey League trade deadline at 2 p.m. Tuesday, there was a flurry of activity at the Blues practice at the U.S. Ice Sports Complex.First, associate coach Roger Neilson, running the practice with Jimmy Roberts in...
Chiefs Say They Have Right Man in Getting Grbac at Quarterback
Elvis Grbac just couldn't quite get used to California.So the Cleveland native is happy to be back home in the Midwest after signing a five-year contract Monday with the Kansas City Chiefs.The team just about reached the desperation point in trying to...
Children Heed Few Drug-Use Messages
Most children decide on their own whether to use drugs with little concern for strong anti-drug messages they get from health teachers or others at school, a study of California youngsters suggests.In fact, the programs may breed confusion and mistrust...
CIA Alters Assessment of Gulf War Chemical Blast
Fallout from U.S. Army demolition of an open-air Iraqi chemical weapons storage site after the 1991 Persian Gulf War may have been less widespread than previously believed, CIA officials said Tuesday.The CIA now believes demolition of about 1,400 Iraqi...
CIA Alters Assessment of Gulf War Chemical Blast
Evidence gathered by the CIA shows that clouds of nerve gas from the March 1991 demolition of a vast Iraqi ammunition depot may have spread over a much larger area than previously reported. That raises the possibility that hundreds of thousands of American...
Coach: Spirit Recaptured from Championship Year
The Francis Howell North girls soccer team came into the 1996 season with all sorts of expectations. As 1995 state champions, the Lady Knights returned a number of key players and figured to make another strong run at the title.But somewhere along the...
Coming to a Town Hall near You . .
If the Republican leadership gets its wish, Rep. Jim Talent of Chesterfield and other GOP lawmakers in the House will soon begin hosting "Oprah-style" town hall meetings on welfare.GOP lawmakers are being told that guests for these events should be former...
Concealed Gun Bills Head for House
Two measures that would allow Illinoisans to carry concealed handguns are on their way to the Illinois House.A House committee Tuesday advanced legislation that would allow most Illinoisans over 21 to carry concealed handguns. A short time later, a sec...
Congress Has a Role in Making Our Communities More Livable
With some common sense and caring, Congress could help America's communities become more livable. That's the claim of a freshman member of Congress from Oregon, Earl Blumenauer.As an innovative Portland city commissioner and before that a state legi...
Cover Story Entrepreneur Moves Far above Ground Floor
Once a drama major at Washington University, Deborah Silverberg called her appointment last week as president and chief operating officer of DuPont Flooring Systems Owned Operations an "evolutionary process.""But in some ways, I'm still an actress because...
Cross-Checking around the Nhl
Central DivisionHow do you rebuild a team without draft picks? The Leafs, like the Blues, face this dilemma. So they invested $1.2 million over 13 months in Bowling Green winger Mike Johnson, a rangy, 6-foot-3 lad who scored 30 goals in 38 games this...
Defending Champ Girls Down a Bit, Runner-Up Boys Looking Stronger
The Francis Howell North girls track and field team has won the last three Gateway Athletic Conference titles. But this isn't a typical Lady Knights squad."I wouldn't count us out - we have good numbers and some of the younger kids are very talented...
Destructive Construction in Jerusalem
The first day of work on new Jewish settlements in southeast Jerusalem brought limited scuffles Tuesday with Palestinians who had pitched tents to protest the construction. No one knows whether further violence will result when the bulldozers begin leaving...
Dinner Table Wars: Making Peace Playing Down Diet and Clean Plates Is Right Thing to Do
WHY do you have to be so picky?," an exasperated mom asked her young son. The two were standing in a grocery store aisle, the child complaining about something his mother had just put in the cart. "Why," the woman persisted, "can't you be like other...
Don't Mock the Mocs Ut-Chattanooga Exploits Tired Theme to Reach Tournament's Round of 16
The seeds of Moc Madness were sown when the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga men's basketball team was seeded 14th in the NCAA Tournament Southeast Regional.Excruciatingly trite as the "no respect" theme has become, it somehow became sheer innovation...
Earning a Living Isn't Always Easy
When President Bill Clinton dropped by Manhattan's Riverside Church in February, he met Nilda Roman, a woman on welfare, who denounced new workfare requirements that forced welfare recipients out of college into low-level jobs."I've seen the women clean...
Ex-Prosecutor, Ex-Policeman Help Officers Corral Suspects
William M. Green and Gerald Abernathy thought they had left behind the world of crime and punishment.But on Monday, former prosecutor Green and former policeman Abernathy played vital roles in catching two men suspected of killing a guard during a bank...
Family Flicks
NEWKids can overlook a lot of flaws in movies, especially if there are dumb jokes about body fluids, but it may be hard for them to buy into Jungle 2 Jungle (PG). Popular funnyman Tim Allen stars in this remake of the recent French bomb "Little Indian,...
Father Reminds Parents of Importance of Bond
Dear Abby: I was so upset by the letter from the mother who will miss out if she skips her daughter's wedding that I'm writing to you for the first time ever.Many years ago I was in a similar situation, so opposed to my daughter's forthcoming marriage...
Fleishman Not Up for Sale, Says Chairman Denies Report on Deal with Firm from NY
The chairman of Fleishman-Hillard Inc. is denying a trade journal's report that the public relations firm is bargaining to sell itself to a big New York competitor."We have no agreement to sell Fleishman-Hillard," said John Graham, the firm's chairman...
Flower Power Brightens St. Louis
People coming to St. Louis for the first time, especially from the south and north via the interstates, are usually struck by how dark the city looks.The red brick two-story structures favored by the German immigrants make the horizon loom forbiddingly....
Getting Smart Drivers Learn Exactly How Far over Limit
Motorists traveling on Highway N at Weiss Road next week will get a little wiser thanks to a unit that will display their speed on an electronic sign.On Monday, Cottleville police will park a Speed Monitoring Awareness Radar Trailer - known as a SMART...
Grieving Father of Guard Tries to Make Sense of Son's Death
Richard H. Heflin Sr. watched his son put on a soldier's uniform and go off to war in Vietnam. And Heflin worried.He watched his son put on a policeman's uniform and go off to patrol the streets of Caseyville. And Heflin worried.He watched his son put...
Harmon Might Keep Bosley Projects Candidate Seeks Unity, Says Any Changes Will Be Prudent
Democratic mayoral candidate Clarence Harmon said he would stop none of the city's development projects or fire any of the city's directors without a "serious reason" if elected mayor April 1.Harmon met with Post-Dispatch editorial writers Tuesday to...
Hillary Clinton Samples S. Africa Talk on Schools, Crime Punctuates First Day
Hillary Rodham Clinton spent her first day in South Africa on Tuesday talking about two issues troubling post-apartheid society - violent crime and the need to improve education for blacks.Mrs. Clinton, often smiling broadly, thrilled children at a school...
(Illinois) Deaths
Recent deaths in the Metro East area:ALTONMathilda "Tillie" Pryor, 83, died Tuesday, visitation 10 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. Thursday, funeral 1:30 p.m. Thursday, both at Elias- Smith. Burial at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens. Memorials to American Lung Association...
Illinois Senate Passes Measure to Ban Partial-Birth Abortions
The Illinois Senate voted 44-7 Tuesday to ban so-called "partial-birth" abortions. A similar bill is expected to face a vote in the House this week. The Senate bill would ban the procedure - which involves partly delivering a fetus and extracting brain...
Investigation Centers on Mob Ties to Stocks of 19 Firms
A self-policing organization for securities dealers, together with the FBI, is investigating stocks of 19 companies allegedly manipulated by organized crime, the head of the group told Congress.The regulatory arm of the National Association of Securities...
`IT WON'T BE EASY': EXCERPTS FROM LETTERS ON THE PEIRCE REPORT Series: The Peirce Report A Call to Action Readers' Reactions Ninth in A Series
General CommentsI personally have roots in the St. Louis area that go back to 1973. After being away from the area for approximately 10 years, I was fortunate enough to relocate back to the area three years ago. It has distressed me in many ways how...
Jerusalem Shouting Match Soldiers Seal off Hill for Project Scuffling Erupts as Israelis Prepare to Build Apartments
Bulldozers began clearing away rocks and earth Tuesday for a Jewish housing project in east Jerusalem, triggering Palestinian protests and warnings that Mideast peace was near collapse.Hundreds of soldiers in riot gear, backed by snipers and helicopters,...
Keeping `Divorced' Kids Connected
DIVORCED fathers who never visit their kids? Self-centered vermin. Mothers who don't have custody? Sick.This is easy, dichotomous thinking - which Professor Geoffrey L. Greif challenges with his research in "Out of Touch" (Oxford, $25).In "Out of Touch,"...
Kentucky Star Might Be Back
Kentucky coach Rick Pitino said injured star Derek Anderson might return for Thursday's NCAA Tournament game against St. Joseph's.Anderson, the Southeastern Conference's leading scorer before suffering a knee injury Jan. 20, practiced with the team on...
Late Surge Dampened at State Likely to Motivate '97 Squad
The Francis Howell North golf team really came on strong late last year, winning both conference and district championships. But the Knights stumbled a bit at state, placing ninth in Class 4A."With the exception of Chad McIver, it was our first trip...
Lawyer Cites Convicted Man's Horrid Youth in Plea for Life
David Barnett was the son of an alcoholic father and a mother who deserted him within a week after his birth. Those and other factors of Barnett's troubled youth became part of a defense attorney's argument for Barnett's life Tuesday.On Monday, Barnett,...
Louganis Dives into Film about Life, HIV-Status
GREG Louganis' life is the stuff of soap opera.Adopted at 9 months by an adoring mother and icy father, he grew up insecure, lonely, floundering so badly in school that he believed those who called him "retard." Finally, discovering a gift for diving,...
Love of Ireland: There's a Bit O' Blarney in It
Still in the glow of St. Patrick's Day, a bit of musing about being Irish.1. It helps to have a truly Irish name."Levins," like "Cohan," sounds Jewish, not Irish, and aluminum-siding salesmen invariably address me as "Mr. Levin" or "Mr. Levine." I sigh...
Lying Seems to Be This Kid's Major Talent
Dear Ann Landers: I am writing to you in desperation. Our 15-year-old daughter, "Trisha," is a habitual liar. We have tried everything to help her. Counseling didn't work because she doesn't tell the truth at the sessions. Trisha has no friends. She...
Mac Rigs Golden 'Chutes Nearly 3 Dozen Protected If Jobs Lost after Merger
Nearly three dozen McDonnell Douglas Corp. executives have "golden parachute" deals that promise big payouts if they lose their jobs after the merger with Boeing Co.The list includes Chairman John F. McDonnell, President Harry C. Stonecipher and Chief...
Mary Kummer; Helped Change Missouri Law on Insurance
Mary Elizabeth Kummer, a psychotherapist and consultant in the Parkway School District and other St. Louis County districts, died Saturday (March 15, 1997) of complications from breast cancer at her home in west St. Louis County. She was 51.Ms. Kummer...
Measure Fights Deadbeat Parents
The House gave first-round approval Tuesday to a welfare reform package that would give the state "nuclear weapons" in the fight to collect child support from deadbeat parents.The state's child-support enforcement agency could take away the parent's...
MORE THAN 300 RESPOND TO SERIES' WARNING THAT ST. LOUIS REGION IS IN SERIOUS TROUBLE Series: The Peirce Report A Call to Action Readers' Reactions Ninth in A Series
General CommentsFor years I have been an advocate of the sort of positive action you are championing. In 1988 I chided the Post-Dispatch for shirking their civic duty by encouraging solutions to only small problems in St. Louis while neglecting to face...
Morning Briefing
Bell's Earnings Called ExcessiveMartha S. Hogerty, the Missouri public counsel, has asked the Public Service Commission to investigate what she called "indications of excessive overearnings" by Southwestern Bell Telephone Co.Hogerty, who represents consumer...
Morning Briefing Eye Openers
The Orlando Magic players, ahead by 16 points with 2 1/2 minutes remaining, were whooping it up on the bench and coach RICHIE ADUBATO was sending reserves into the game to mop up Monday night in Atlanta.This one was over, or so everyone thought. Then...
Moving Ahead with NATO Expansion
As the United States and its partners consider NATO's future, two dangers stand on either side of the straits we must navigate - the Scylla and Charybdis of NATO enlargement.On one side is the concern that NATO enlargement will shut Russia out from its...
Newest Candidate Denounces Politicians, Press
Lawyer Donnell Smith says he's running for mayor to avenge "the day of injustice" on March 4, when Mayor Freeman Bosley Jr. lost in the Democratic primary.As about 20 supporters shouted "Give 'em hell, Donnell," the newest candidate in St. Louis' mayoral...
Newest Cardinal Learning Tricks from the Oldest
If you ask Delino DeShields who has helped him the most this spring, the answer is the same as it has been for the thousands of Cardinals players who have preceded him here - George Kissell.DeShields has been one of the major league's best basestealers...
New Year, New Team in Just the 2nd Season
The Francis Howell North High boys volleyball team finished 10-11 a year ago - not bad for a first-year program.Unfortunately, the Knights are starting over again, thanks to heavy graduation losses."We only have one player with varsity experience; we're...
Non-Emergency Ambulance Transfers Debated
The St. Charles County Ambulance District should make changes in how non-emergency transfers are handled, several candidates for the ambulance district's board of directors say.Others argue that the current system works well.Non-emergency, or routine,...
Obituaries
L. SchoenleberLeonard Schoenleber, 90, of St. Charles, died Monday (March 17, 1997) at Garden View Care Center in O'Fallon.Mr. Schoenleber was an agricultural research engineer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where he worked for 47 years. He...
Once upon a Stage . . . Theater Students Breathe Life into Some Familiar Fairy Tales
It was a far more joyous Rumpelstiltskin who danced and cavorted before the students of Blackhurst Elementary School in St. Charles last week than is characterized in the nursery rhyme by the Brothers Grimm.Lindenwood theater student Wendy Drew, who...
One Rough Outing Fails to Knock Stottlemyre off Mound for Opener
On Monday, Todd Stottlemyre gave up eight runs in three innings in an exhibition game. Tuesday he was named the Cardinals' opening day starter for the April 1 game in Montreal."I impressed the hell out of them," Stottlemyre said, joking. "They said,...
On the Job Area Eighth-Graders Learn about Careers at Fair
SARAH WISE, 14, a student at Cross Keys Middle School in the Ferguson-Florissant School District, was attracted by a sign from the Delcia Agency, which represents actors, actresses and models.An aspiring actress, Sarah listened as a representative told...
Ortwerth: April Vote Last Chance for Parks Use Tax Election Called `a Watershed Moment'
The last, best chance to preserve much of the natural beauty of St. Charles County will be decided at the polls April 1, County Executive Joe Ortwerth says.Voters are being asked to approve Proposition 1 to reinstate a countywide use tax. Proceeds from...
Our Gang They Didn't Have the Reputation of, Say, Chicago's Mobsters - or Even Kansas City's - but They Performed Their Share of Villainy in the Gateway City
THE body found in the gutter outside a tavern at 4123 Chippewa Street was shot three times in the chest.About 20 minutes before the shooting, two Lynch Street district police officers had checked the license plates of 17 automobiles parked alongside...
Ovarian Surgery Can Help Restore Fertility
Dear Dr. Donohue: I was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian disease three years ago. I have been getting fertility treatment without success. Can you discuss treatments for what I have? My doctor now speaks of making holes in my ovaries. I have not found...
Pattonville Chooses Schools Chief Affton District Superintendent Will Begin His New Job July 1
Hugh Kinney, the Affton schools superintendent, has been picked as superintendent of the Pattonville School District in northwest St. Louis County.Kinney, 43, will replace Roger Clough, who has been superintendent in Pattonville for 12 years, one of...
People
Don't be calling "Crazy Joe Moltz" crazy.Reporter-author CARL BERNSTEIN did and wound up on the wrong end of a $4 million libel, defamation and invasion of privacy suit.Eight years ago, Bernstein and Simon & Schuster published "Loyalties: A Son's Memoir."...
Pitching, Returning Talent Fuel Optimism for Season
Francis Howell North High baseball coach Bob Dunahue is an optimist. And this year, he's as optimistic as ever."We really think we have a chance to do something special this year," said Dunahue, whose young team finished 13-8 overall and 4-3 in the Gateway...
Plan to Seize Control of Lambert Is Unwise
During the approximately 70 years that Lambert Field has been owned and operated by the city of St. Louis, it has developed into the second-fastest growing airport of the world's largest 30. Furthermore, it now serves as the economic engine for the entire...
Police/courts
The following were reported to police departments in the region or involved action in one of the area's courts:MISCELLANEOUSJefferson County: St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCollough was named prosecutor Tuesday in the drunken driving case of Jefferson...
Proposal to Build East St. Louis Prison Advancing, Mayor Tells Public Hearing
The effort to bring a 1,500-bed private prison to East St. Louis will continue "full steam ahead," said mayor Gordon Bush at the end of Tuesday night's public hearing on the prison.More than 100 people filled the city council's chambers to discuss the...
Proposition C Approval Would Trigger Building of School, Officials Say
If voters in the Fort Zumwalt School District approve the rollback of Proposition C on the April 1 ballot, the building of the third high school will begin just weeks after the election, school officials say.The board voted 5-2 Monday to approve a construction...
Racial Hate Crime Called Terrorism as 4 Are Charged
Four whites - three teen-agers and an adult - were charged Tuesday with burning a crude wooden cross in the front yard of a black family in Glen Carbon last year - a hate crime that authorities hope actually helped bring the races closer together.State's...
Ralston's Board Will Settle Fate
At 4 p.m. Thursday, nine men and one woman will sit down in Ralston Purina Co.'s board room to decide whether all or part of the company's headquarters will move out of St. Louis.Ralston's 2,000 headquarters employees are sweating the outcome of that...
Raucous Funeral Procession for Rapper
Laid out in a double-breasted white suit and matching hat, The Notorious B.I.G. made his last trip Tuesday through the grimy Brooklyn streets where he went from crack dealer to gangsta rap star.The rapper's body was driven from a service on Manhattan's...
READERS CITE STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES Series: The Peirce Report A Call to Action Readers" Reactions Ninth in A Series
BY FAX AND telephone, e-mail and regular mail, hundreds of residents of the St. Louis "citistate" are dissecting the Peirce Report on the area's prospects.In the report, urban experts Neal Peirce and Curtis Johnson called on residents to surmount governmental...
Rifts in Gop Slow Progress on Budget
Nearly three months into the new Congress, Republicans are beset by internal divisions over the showpiece issues of budget and taxes, slowing work to a crawl and causing distress among growing numbers of the party's rank and file.A day after House Speaker...
Robbers May Have Mimicked Movie but Witnesses Foiled Elaborate Escape Plan
Two small-time criminals thought they were going to hit it big with an elaborate get-rich scheme to hold up the Lindell Bank & Trust, police said Tuesday.Part of their plot may have even been hatched from the Hollywood cops-and-robbers action movie "Heat,"...
Russian Pair Takes Lead in Ice Dancing
Undefeated since 1994, Russian ice dancers Oksana Gritschuk and Yevgeny Platov were a nearly unanimous top choice Tuesday after compulsory dances at the World Figure Skating Championships.The lone holdout was the Canadian judge, who gave a top placing...
School Security Guard Fired District Liable for Taping Boy's Mouth, Lawsuit Says
A St. Louis elementary school security guard was fired Tuesday for taping an 11-year-old student's mouth shut, an incident the boy's mother says she captured on film.Charles McCrary, chief of security for the St. Louis Public School District, said that...
Sidelined 4 Months, Leach Back on Ice
If for no other reason, Steve Leach's return to the ice has been good for his morale."You look forward to coming to the rink," said Leach, the Blues winger who resumed skating last week and practiced with the team on Monday. "It feels like you're accomplishing...
Smsu on outside Looking in This Time
Southwest Missouri State basketball coach Cheryl Burnett isn't accustomed to being away from the court in March. Nor does she like to be.This is the first time in seven years that the Lady Bears (17-10) have had to resort to media outlets rather than...
Special Player Teaches Coach Some New Lessons
COACHING BASKETBALL at North County Tech has never been easy. For one thing, the school doesn't take freshmen and has very few sophomores, so Coach Mike Boyce, who is really an English teacher, doesn't have four years to work with players.Truth is, Boyce...
Sports Shorts
Indians Pitcher Mesa To Get Separate TrialCleveland Indians reliever Jose Mesa has been granted a separate trial from his co-defendant on sex and weapons charges.Mesa, the club's star closer, goes on trial March 31, two days before the Indians open their...
Springs Is in the Air, Makes Stop Here Rams Get to Meet Cornerback Who Looms Large in NFL Draft
When it comes to football, Shawn Springs says he's all about business."I'm the IBM-type dude," he said. "I'll come with a business suit on, go to work, and go home."Not only did he arrive for Tuesday's visit at Rams Park dressed for success, he was color-coordinated...
Steelers Drop Offer; Dishman, 'Skins Talk
Free agent cornerback Cris Dishman began talks with the Washington Redskins after the Pittsburgh Steelers withdrew an offer that included a $2.5 million signing bonus.The four-year offer included a salary of $300,000 this year. It would have cost the...
St. Louis on Track as Site for Rail Firm Union Pacific Corp. May Relocate Here
Union Pacific Corp., the nation's biggest railroad operator, might soon call St. Louis home.Union Pacific announced Tuesday that it was pulling out of Bethlehem, Pa., and heading for either St. Louis or the Dallas-Fort Worth area.The company's headquarters...
Stop Spread of Strip Clubs, Village Officials Told
Cheered on Tuesday night by a standing room only crowd in the village hall, a group of Washington Park residents called on elected officials to halt the spread of strip clubs in their community."As citizens, we have a right to decide what comes in to...
Stronger U.S. Response Needed in Zaire
Aides say Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has devoted considerable time to the escalating crisis in Zaire. But you'd never know as much from the United States response to date, even though the conditions in that central African country are rapidly...