St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from February 13, 1997

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11 Times No: House Rejects Term Limits
The House Wednesday defeated 11 different versions of a constitutional amendment to limit the terms of members of Congress, with term-limits supporters bitterly feuding over competing proposals.The daylong debate and series of votes fulfilled a campaign...
$36 Million Aimed at Two-Year Project to Upgrade Roads Proposals Targeting Congestion, Clogging on Major Thoroughfares
St. Louis County plans to spend about $36 million on roads and construction projects this year. The projects could take six months to two years to complete, said Ron Halbach, head of the highway design section of the St. Louis County Department of Highways...
Accord Must Address Palestinians' Needs
In the weeks since the signing of the Hebron agreement, the final destination of a Palestinian-Israeli peace settlement has begun to emerge from the political haze.Such a settlement must not only end the Israeli occupation and colonization of Palestinian...
Accountant Deems City"s Coffers Are in `Solid Financial Position'
Rock Hill's accounting firm says the municipality has $1.2 million in reserve, enough to operate for five months."Two months of reserves is typical," accountant Kenneth McQuirk told the Rock Hill Board of Aldermen last week. "The $1.2 million is a solid...
Adrienne Vittadini Produces Chic Clothes for Women Who Love Fashion
WHEN ADRIENNE VITTADINI wants a tennis dress or jogging clothes, she designs them for herself - and everybody else."Without being narcissistic," Vittadini told Annette Tapert in an article in last month's issue of Town and Country, "I was inspired by...
A Home for Jazz Richard Mcdonnell Built a Studio in His Living Room and Uses It to Record Local Musicians
Along the walls of Richard McDonnell's suburban home are black-and-white portraits of the world's greatest jazz legends -- a spent, but luminescent Billie Holiday, a dreamy Stan Getz, a pensive John Coltrane, a menacing Miles Davis.Yet McDonnell's favorite...
A Lesson in Politics for Charter Schools
The next big debate in education will be about charter schools, and what's happening in East St. Louis shows why the debate is sure to be heated. Charter schools are designed to provide competition to existing public schools but with funding still coming...
American Cancels Overseas Flights Braces for Strike This Weekend
American Airlines, bracing for a pilots' strike, is canceling Friday night overseas flights, a spokesman said Wednesday. Negotiations continued, a mediator said, but "slowly and with increasing difficulty."The White House said a strike would have major...
An Eye-Opener Get Set for Higher Prices for Coffee
There's a different kind of jolt coming to coffee lovers: That cup of joe soon will cost more.As prices for future delivery of beans roar toward two-year highs in commodity markets, the nation's No. 1 seller of regular coffee - Folgers - already has...
Animal Doctor
Dear Dr. Fox: Our two dogs love rawhide bones - the ones with knots on each end. We always used to give them one rawhide bone in the evening after their dinner as a treat. Now they're at a point where they won't eat their food and want only the rawhide...
Annexation Vote May Be Next Month
The St. Charles City Council might not vote on whether to annex a 32-acre site south of Friedens Road until next month.The council is waiting for the Planning and Zoning Commission to discuss zoning problems involving unincorporated land on the city's...
Another School Shooting
A shooting Tuesday at Holy Cross Lutheran School on the South Side was made more bearable by the fact that the brave 10-year-old victim, Benjamin Williams, is likely to recover fully. He was shot once in the shoulder by an 8-year-old pupil who had brought...
An Updated Variety Show "Faces of Love" Is Filled with Messages Expounding on Love in Its Many Dimensions
It promises to be one of the more eclectic -- and romantic -- shows to make its way to St. Louis this year, combining music, dance and drama from a wide variety of world cultures. Yet running through every piece of the entire performance is a fairly...
A Political Symbol Who Failed
Benazir Bhutto deserved to lose the Pakistan election. She ran a corrupt, incompetent, vindictive government that didn't deliver on its promises.There was a time when Ms. Bhutto seemed to offer great promise for her country. The Harvard-educated daughter...
Applied Materials Leads Surge to Records
Stocks surged Wednesday after unexpectedly good earnings from Applied Materials Inc. ignited a rally in some of America's fastest-growing companies. The Dow Jones industrial average closed within 40 points of 7000."Earnings news are the driver in this...
A Prisoner's Insights on Institutional Evil
Generally, I think in advance about my Lenten reading, planning months ahead to reread Dante's "Purgatorio" or Therese's "Autobiography of a Soul." But this year, I hadn't considered Lent at all when, on Feb, 1, a review copy of "Death Blossoms" by Mumia...
Around the Links
PGA TOURHawaiian OpenSite: Honolulu. Dates: Today-Sunday. Course: Waialae Country Club (7,012 yards, par 72). Purse: $1.2 million. Winner's Share: $216,000. Television: KDNL (Channel 30), Sunday, 3-5 p.m.. Last year: Jim Furyk birdied the third hole...
A Shadow of the Far East
What would modern art look like had Tokugawa Japan not been forcibly cracked open to the West in the mid-19th century?Impossible to know for certain, but the influence of Japanese art has been pervasive, not only in the direct quotation of it in the...
Auditions & Annoucements
Mid-County Muni's: Auditions for entertainers to compete in talent show today at Shrewsbury City Center. To schedule an appointment, call 781-1624 between 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre: Auditions for 37th summer season 10:30 a.m to 3:30...
Belle Admits to $40,000 in Gambling Losses in Lawsuit
Albert Belle, the slugger whose career has been tainted by temper outbursts, suspensions and fines, has admitted under oath that he recently lost as much as $40,000 betting on sports.Belle, who left the Cleveland Indians and became baseball's highes...
Best Bets for the Week of Feb. 13-19
Today-SundayJust when you thought it was safe: Live shark shows are sort of like hockey games -- unless blood is spilled, they can be sort of dull. The audience at last year's Squalas Inc. Live Shark Show at the St. Louis Boat & Sports Show was anything...
Beware of 666 from Beeper Mom
`HE WANTED IT. I fought it."He wanted it. I said no."He wanted it. He got it. I gave in," said Josh's Mom. The battle between Josh and his Mom raged for weeks. Josh was fighting for his high school social life. He had truth and justice on his side. OK,...
Big Little Words: `Love' and `Where's My Kiss?'
Dear Ann Landers: This is for "Feeling Guilty in Woodbridge, Va." She said her adult children wouldn't forgive her for the lack of affection they experienced growing up. When I read that letter, I said to myself, "That's me."My father worked six days...
Bill Would Bar Mac Merger Aid 2 Congressmen Join against Subsidies
Two congressmen on opposite ends of the spectrum agree at least on this: McDonnell Douglas Corp. and the Boeing Co. should not get federal subsidies to help pay restructuring costs related to their planned merger.Rep. Chris Smith, a conservative Republican...
Billy Bob Gets Noticed
Billy Bob Thornton's new film should take him out of the ranks of actors you think you've seen before, but aren't sure where.KARL CHILDERS came spilling out of Billy Bob Thornton's subconscious one hot day in the desert more than a decade ago, when he...
Bjc to Buy Nine Centers from Group Health Plan Ghp Members Would Keep Same Doctors
BJC Health System said Wednesday that it will buy Group Health Plan's nine medical centers here. Terms were not disclosed.BJC said GHP's members will continue to be treated by the same primary care doctors, and will continue as GHP policy holders.Dr....
Board Delays Vote to Enact New Sign Code Alderman Wants to Make Measure Business-Friendly
The Pacific Board of Aldermen has delayed a final vote on a bill to enact a new sign code after Alderman Tina Jett, 2nd Ward, asked for changes that would make the law more friendly to business.The measure would outlaw banners, streamers and tethered...
Briefs
THE NATIONWASHINGTONWarning On Coverage For Mastectomies The federal government on Wednesday warned 350 managed care plans that serve Medicare patients not to arbitrarily limit hospital stays for women undergoing mastectomies. But the Department of Health...
Briefs
ST. LOUISRally Supports Regional Medical CenterAbout 250 people rallied at a church and marched Wednesday night in support of the St. Louis Regional Medical Center. A march ended with a candlelight vigil in front of the medical center. The rally was...
Briefs
SOCIAL SERVICESWelfare Agency Chief Calls For Fingerprinting EffortWelfare applicants would be fingerprinted under a proposal aimed at preventing people from collecting excess benefits, says the head of Missouri's welfare agency. Social services chief...
Brighten Up: Apply Spring Touches to Winter Wardrobe
THE WEATHER FORECAST is for bright blue skies and sun-kissed breezes, with highs in the 80s.In the Caribbean, maybe.While we can't mess with the weather, we can lift our spirits with something new to wear. Kal Ruttenstein of Bloomingdale's in New York...
Bus Plan Appears Ok; Helps Grades K-5, Saves Money
A plan that would offer busing to all students in kindergarten through the fifth grade at Pattonville schools appears to have pleased many.The plan, put together by using parts of four other options presented to the Pattonville School Board, would keep...
`Bus Stop' Arrives at Appropriate Time
The Alpha Players are presenting a pleasant revival of "Bus Stop" at an appropriate time of the year. The action takes place in wintry weather, and the play deals with questions of love that have particular relevance in the period surrounding Valentine's...
CHAPTER FIVE: NICK AND MANDY ARE HOT ON THE TRAIL Series: THE HEART OF ST. LOUIS CHAPTER FIVE
"N.G. + A.S. = Love."It was silly. Not worth a second thought. So why did an image of that little heart drawn on a foggy windowpane keep taunting her? Amanda sat beside Nick in his car, squeezing the door handle, hoping she didn't look half as nervous...
Charges Unlikely in Long-Distance Siue Phone Scam
Criminal charges are unlikely to be brought against anyone who fraudulently charged personal long-distance telephone calls to Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.Many of the offenders in the scam - which totaled nearly $1.1 million - "are international...
City Needs Plan for Next Era, Mayor Says
Bellefontaine Neighbors Mayor Marty Rudloff wants his municipality poised for the 21st century, but it is heading for the new millennium with a master plan last updated in 1958.Bellefontaine Neighbors has hired a consulting firm to update the master...
City Prosecutor Details Thefts of Midnite Basketball Money Thousands Spent on Gambling, Funeral
The four suspects charged with stealing $59,770 from the city's Midnite Basketball program took money to gamble at a casino, to bury a relative, to use on personal trips and to pay taxes, Circuit Attorney Dee Joyce-Hayes said Wednesday.Most of the money...
Community Calendar
CRAFT SHOWS, BAZAARS and FAIRSSweet-Heart Art & Craft Show, 10 am F and Sa, noon Su, Belz Factory Outlet Mall, Wentzville, 314-447-7257. Free admissionCivil War Reenactors Sale and Swap Meet, 10 am Sa, Bissell House Museum, 10225 Bellefontaine, 868-0973....
Concert Previews
Peter Mayer8:30 p.m. Friday at the Side DoorPeter Mayer's been around town forever, but how well do we really know him? We're familiar with his strong rep as the excellent guitarist in a group of ace instrumentalists (called P.M.) that has backed Jimmy...
Council Considers Water-Rate Hike to Pay for Work
Water and sewer rates could increase in St. Charles to help pay for improvements to the sewer and water systems.City Administrator Mike Miller told members of the City Council Tuesday night that he would report to them at the end of the month on options...
Cupid Says: To Please a Valentine, Ask Her What She Wants
MY FRIEND JOAN is married to a man with a severe shopping disability: Department stores give Bob hives. That means she has to do all the shopping for both of them, including his shopping for her.When she visited me a couple of months ago, for instance,...
Curtain Raisers
Glory StoryIf the third time is the charm, then maybe the fourth time is really something special. The St. Louis Black Repertory Company hopes so, as it brings back "Tambourines to Glory" for another run beginning this Friday.Penned by Langston Hughes,...
Day by Day
FRIDAYPUPPET SHOW - The Cats-Paw Puppet Troupe will present a Valentine's Day show at 7 p.m. at the St. Peters Cultural Arts Center, Mexico Road and Venture Drive. Admission is $1 a child. No charge for parents and teachers. For information, call 278-1030...
Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round Radio Ratings Tighten
As is often the case, the latest Arbitron ratings for the St. Louis radio market can be interpreted in various ways, depending on the demographic and the "daypart" that is being measured. But overall, the autumn ratings book (which was released in January)...
Dental Patient Too Busy to Find Time to Brush
Dear Abby: The letter you printed from the dental hygienist who was upset because her clients came in without first having brushed their teeth really frosted me. I used to schedule my dental appointments so I could stop on the way home from work, and...
Dissidents in Serbia Slip Word to the World through Internet
A display at the St. Louis Science Center illustrates how a handful of Serbian collegians have used the Internet to sidestep a despot.The display - titled "Protest 96: Revolution in Cyberspace" - is tentatively set to run through Saturday at the science...
District Adopting Program for Adults That Targets Literacy, Basic Education
As part of its effort to boost adult literacy, the University City School District has become the administrator of the University City Adult Basic Education Program.The program includes tutoring and classes for General Equivalency Diploma, adult literacy...
Double or Nothing with Her Carlyle Years Ending, Smith Has Single-Minded View
Courtney Smith sits in the Carlyle High gymnasium, staring into the empty stands and listening to the tunes of a janitor's dusty radio. Only a youngster practicing his jump shot and a reporter are with Smith, who has seen the stands empty before.But...
Drug Abuse, Murder and Elizabeth Hurley It Must Be Direct-to-Video
What would you call a blatant attempt to cash in on the narco-voyeur market with a straight-to-video product that thinks models smoking heroin equals a plot?BMG Home Video calls theirs "Shame-less" -- a silly tale of drug abuse and murder in swinging...
Earnings Reports
May Co.'s, Profits, Sales UpMay Department Stores Co. earned $755 million in the year ending Feb. 1, compared with $752 million a year ago.May spun off Payless ShoeSource Inc. in May. On the basis of continuing operations, May earned $749 million in...
Economic Impact of Firm's Departure Is Debatable
If Ralston Purina abandons Checkerboard Square, it will disrupt the lives of 2,000 employees, remove a major anchor from a struggling neighborhood and pluck another feather from St. Louis' cap as a corporate center.But the loss probably wouldn't trim...
Economy Merits Some Exuberance
Dear Dr. Greenspan.I have a terrible problem. I'm feeling irrationally exuberant about the U.S. stock market and I just can't shake it. I know you've said that is bad for my health, and I've tried everything: Hypnosis. Valium. Short-selling. Even rereading...
Ending 3-Year Drought Was Emotional for Pete Weber
It didn't take Pete Weber long to deliver on his promise.Weber, who said three weeks ago that he was going to have a big year, won the Tucson Open on Saturday in just his second event of 1997.The victory was Weber's 22nd, but his first since 1993 on...
EPA Chief: New Rules Won't Ban Barbecues Congress Questions Air Quality Proposals
President Bill Clinton's top environmental official emphatically defended on Wednesday proposals for stricter, more costly air pollution standards.Carol Browner, who heads the Environmental Protection Agency, said the debate should focus on protecting...
Fire Board Reinstates Chief in Centreville Neighbors, Alderman Worked to Resolve Dispute
Centreville's Church Road Fire Department is back in full service with Fire Chief Mark Jackson, who was fired Nov. 12, and 16 volunteer firefighters who resigned in protest.The fire district's board voted 3-2 Tuesday night to reinstate Jackson."Now we...
For Better or Worse: More Couples Working Together Working Together, Staying Together
For Lori and Steve Leveen, running a mail-order business has been a shared passion. They look for new products during vacations, talk business in bed at night, share their lives almost completely.For Phil Picco and Samantha Koumanelis, opening a golf...
Fosamax Halts Thinning Process in the Bones
Dear Dr. Donohue: My doctor has prescribed Fosamax, which is a new medicine. It's for my bones. I'm 76. I would like to know the good and bad of it. I understand the side effects are pretty serious. I exercise and also take 1,500 milligrams of calcium...
Foundation Crack Delays School Plans Structure Glitch May Stall Opening of New Building
The plan for a new Northwest High School by next fall has sprung a leak.A 7 1/2-inch gap was discovered in the foundation of the building under construction in Cedar Hill. Architect Sam Winn said water was pouring into the commons area when he and associates...
Fourth-Quarter Rally Helps Troy Corral Marquette Mustangs 63-62
The Troy boys basketball team overcame a sluggish start with a strong finish to pick up a victory Tuesday.The Trojans, ranked 12th in the latest Post-Dispatch large-schools poll, came from behind to beat visiting Marquette 63-62 in a nonconference game.The...
Four Won't Cooperate with House Committee Subpoenas Likely in Panel's Fund-Raising Investigation
Three former federal officials and a fund-raiser have refused to provide documents to a House committee investigating Democratic fund-raising irregularities.The four are:Webster Hubbell, a former Justice Department official. Mark Middleton, a former...
Fred Goldman Offers Simpson a Deal but O.J. Rejects Request to Admit Guilt to Slayings
Fred Goldman said Wednesday that he would give up his hard-won claim to O.J. Simpson's millions if Simpson would admit he is a killer and sign a detailed confession."I don't want to play games," Goldman told The Associated Press in a telephone interview....
Fred Goldman Offers Simpson a Deal He'll Give Up Millions If O.J. Will Admit Guilt
Fred Goldman said Wednesday that he would give up his hard-won claim to O.J. Simpson's millions if Simpson would admit he is a killer and sign a detailed confession."I don't want to play games," Goldman told The Associated Press in a telephone interview....
Freedom Untracked Following the Path of the Underground Railroad
Illinois was admitted into the Union in 1818 as a free state, but the 21st state was hardly free. Some landowners continued to own slaves into the 1830s and many residents shared pro-slavery views with their Missouri and Southern neighbors. Even abolitionists...
Gephardt Names Union Official to Gaming Panel Appointee to Commission Has Ties to Casinos
House Minority Leader Richard A. Gephardt on Wednesday appointed an official of a union that represents casino workers to a panel set up to study the effects of gambling in the United States.Critics of gambling called the move yet another reason to worry...
Getting Those African Violets to Grow
In my many years as a gardener, I've concluded that there are two types of people who grow African violets. There are those who have tremendous success, increase them prolifically and never have enough window sills or lighted shelves. Then there are...
Good News on Metrolink
The westward expansion of MetroLink might happen a lot sooner than expected, assuming the findings by consultant Joseph Cavato are accurate. He says the city and county can afford to spend $332 million immediately for light-rail expansion work that could...
Great One, Blues Have Moved on after Their Brief Affair Went Sour
Wayne Gretzky as a Blue? The fabled No. 99 with a bluenote? Looking back on that giddy period, we wonder if it was just an illusion."It almost has that feel," said Blues winger Brett Hull, who cherished his brief alliance with Gretzky. "There are a lot...
Great Returns It's Just Another Business Day as Gretzky, Rangers Face Blues
The phone rings. The answering machine comes on. The voice on the other end says, "Hello, this is Wayne Gretzky . . . "You pick up because this is Wayne Gretzky, the Great One. The greatest player in the history of the National Hockey League, on your...
Gun Owners Can Be Sued, Lawyer Warns
Although no law requires gun owners to secure their weapons at home, negligent owners can be called to account through civil suits, says a lawyer who specializes in personal injury claims.He is Philip Denton, of the Hulverson Law Firm and the head of...
Hear Here
Two-FerThe Los Sol Records label has combined separate EPs of brooding and swirling psychedelia from two East Side bands, Birmingham Squadron and Vega Basin, on one disc titled "2-on-1." (Get it at: P.O. Box 6158/Chesterfield, MO 63006 or email at lossol@aol.com).Forever...
Hearing on New Sewers Next Week
The O'Fallon Board of Aldermen can be assured next week of a packed house for a public hearing on the Whispering Hills Neighborhood Improvement District. Confusion apparently reigns over what improvements are scheduled for the neighborhood.City officials...
Heat Recovery Ventilator Brings in Fresh Air
Q: We have an energy-efficient house, and I wonder if we might be having what I've heard is called sick-house syndrome. We use an air cleaner, but the air still seems stale. What is the best way to get fresh air indoors without pushing up our utility...
Help Yourself!
GuidelinesSELECTION of Help Yourself! questions is based on brevity, clarity, variety and suitability.Send your question or answer, including your name, address and phone number and, if providing an answer, the date on which the question appeared to:...
Home Depot Step Closer to Opening Big Store Seeks 22 Acres Rezoned, Tif Allowance
Home Depot is a step closer to setting up shop in Bridgeton after a company official appeared before the Bridgeton City Council last week to ask for rezoning.John King, attorney for Home Depot, asked the council to rezone 22 acres at the northwest corner...
Homefront This Week: Modern Rock
Pure Pop for Now PeopleMaplewood's own Bunnygrunt ap pears on a double-CD compilation called "Pop American Style" on the March Records label.If you can believe the fanzines and the Internet discussion groups, Bunnygrunt is attracting as much attention...
Homeowners Get Help on Maintenance Course Embraces outside, Inside, around Environs
Residents of the O'Fallon and Penrose neighborhoods in St. Louis are being offered classes to help them learn to maintain their homes, provide healthy environments for their children and support their communities.About 20 residents of the Penrose and...
Honor Roll
Students at Francis Howell Middle School, at 825 O'Fallon Road, must maintain a 3.0 grade-point average to qualify for the honor roll.The following students are on the first-quarter honor roll:Sixth Grade Christopher Abbey, Alejandro Aguilar, Erin Aldridge,...
Huggins Says No. 1 Tag Was Unrealistic
The so-called college basketball experts ranked the Cincinnati Bearcats as the nation's best team during the preseason.But Cincinnati coach Bob Huggins knew they couldn't really be experts."We had three new starters," Huggins said. "I thought we had...
Idea of Bundling Up Leaves Teens Cold
WILL HUMANITY ever understand the meaning of existence, the origins of the universe or the reason 15-year-old Corrie Wurtz of Brookfield, Ill., woke up on a morning when the temperature was 6 degrees and the wind-chill factor was 20 below zero and concluded...
Illinois Chief Justice Draws Criticism from Colleague
Illinois Supreme Court members revealed more of a growing rift Wednesday as one justice suggested Chief Justice James Heiple had manipulated the judicial ethics system for his own benefit.Justice Charles Freeman of Chicago said Heiple had ignored a court...
(Illinois) Deaths
Recent deaths in the Metro East area:ALTONIzetta Maggos, 96, homemaker, died Tuesday, private services. Burial at Upper Alton Cemetery. Memorials to Salvation Army. Staten.BELLEVILLEGlayds Mader, 87, registered nurse, died Tuesday, visitation 1 p.m.,...
Jackie Oh No What If the Steamy Ms. Collins Had Penned the Classics?
A quick quiz from the MENSA qualification test: Joan Collins is to theater, as ________ is to literature?If you stuck close to home and penciled in Jackie, Joan's younger sister, then consider yourself a true genius.Then again, you probably won't need...
Jordan, Bulls Do the Usual While Rodman Does Unusual
Dennis Rodman did the unusual, smiling and walking away after stumbling over a cameraman. Michael Jordan did the usual, hitting the winning 3-pointer at the buzzer.Jordan scored 43 points and Rodman, in his return from an 11-game NBA suspension for kicking...
Keeping Good Company a Corps of Singers Retain the Spirit of D'oyly Carte
The legendary D'Oyly Carte Opera Company may be history (it died in 1982 after more than a century of devotion to the works of Gilbert and Sullivan), but its name and reputation are still golden.When Richard D'Oyly Carte first staged the librettist's...
Kill the People, Spare the Pooch
Never kill the dog.Kill as many humans as you like, but never kill the dog. Destroy homes, farms and office buildings, but never kill the dog. Wipe out cities, obliterate countries, annihilate entire planets, but never kill the dog.Learn this lesson,...
Latest Army Sex Charges Involve Troops in Germany
The sex scandals in the U.S. Army have spread to Germany, where the Army has relieved three male instructors of their duties after 11 female soldiers accused them of rape, sexual abuse and harassment.Two of the instructors at Darmstadt training center...
Legacy Descendants of Ponca Indians Carry Story On
When Jimmie Dean Sullivan of West Alton goes to bed, he hears stories about his famous ancestor, Chief Standing Bear, and his grandfather, Ben Laravie, a holy man among the Ponca Indians.Jimmie, 10, remembers the important thing. "I am a prince," he...
Long Nap on Offense Expensive for Illinois Wisconsin Prevails with a 33-13 Attack in the Second Half
In Cheesehead Country, where the euphoria over the Packers' Super Bowl victory has ebbed barely a tad, the Wisconsin basketball team is busily providing cause for celebration, too.By smothering Illinois for the second time this season, the surging B...
Lovelost Found Online, but Is It Your Valentine?
SINGLES tout the Internet as a meet market without the meat. A chance, they say, to flirt with the mind, ogle the personality and fondle the soul before confronting the horror of physical appearance."On the Net, people want to meet someone who is maybe...
Love Stories a Few Candidates for the Most Romantic Movies of All Time
Ever since Rudolph Valentino gazed out from the screen with that lurid look in his eyes, the motion picture world has been closely linked to romance.The movies show us love in the extreme. Whether it's the unrequited adoration in "Remains of the Day"...
Mayoral Candidates Debate, Keep Up Campaign Rancor Bosley Stresses Leadership; Harmon Presses Integrity
In their first broadcast debate before the Democratic primary March 4, Mayor Freeman Bosley Jr. and former Police Chief Clarence Harmon quickly got down to the business of attacking each other's record and character.Harmon accused Bosley of overseeing...
Mayor's Race Is Hitting Home in Suburbia
Although they can't cast a vote in the city's mayoral primary March 4, suburban residents overwhelmingly say the results will have a profound impact throughout the region.Therefore, they care - a lot.In a recent Post-Dispatch/KMOX poll of 435 suburban...
Memories of 'Very Rich Life' Are Part of Family Heritage
Although her family lived in a remodeled chicken coop when she was growing up in Verdel, Neb., Candice Eileen Laravie Coker felt rich.Coker, 48, is a psychological technician in a nursing home. She and her husband, John, live on Red School Road in northern...
Meno, Sand Hope for Golden Anniversary
Newlyweds no longer, Jenni Meno and Todd Sand approach their second wedding anniversary in July with a pragmatic realization:The daily routine not only hasn't gotten any easier, it's getting more difficult.Which, of course, is to be expected - even recommended...
More Seek Election Oversight Legislators Concerned about City Primary
Echoing a call by the St. Louis Board of Aldermen, nine state legislators have asked Gov. Mel Carnahan to take steps "to ensure the integrity" of the city's March 4 primary.The legislators, including two of three senators from St. Louis, constitute a...
Morning Briefing
9 West To Shut 3 Shoe Plants, Cut 1,000 JobsNine West Group Inc. of Stamford, Conn., will close three plants and eliminate about half of its manufacturing staff to cut costs and remain competitive.The women's footwear company said Wednesday that it would...
Morning Briefing Eye Openers
When the Baltimore Orioles announced that the club would pay ROBERTO ALOMAR during his five-game suspension for spitting on an umpire last season, Detroit Free Press columnist MITCH "Photo" ALBOM was mightily miffed. Albom wrote:"Last year's Mr. Spit...
Music/album Reviews
Lie to MeJonny Lang (A&M)"Tell your mama and your daddy/ I'm a little schoolboy too," Jonny Lang sings in a cover of Sonny Boy Williamson's standard "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl"--and he means it. Literally. Don't let the tea-colored quasi-da guerreotype...
Music and Media
Hillbilly HollywoodDwight Yoakam has ruined it for everyone. He'll be clinking glasses at Cannes, celebrating his star turn in "Sling Blade." Though it concerns poor Southerners, this is a film instead of a movie, if you know what I mean. It's got class,...
New Director of Planning Announced
After months of searching, Jefferson County officials have announced their choice for county planning director.County Commissioners have selected John H. Acock Jr., currently the director of aviation for the East-West Gateway Coordinating Council. He...