St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from December 26, 1994

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1994: A Mixed Bag of Loss, Recovery
Nellie Hagnauer sent his compliments a couple of days ago.Actually, he was calling for my office partner and got me instead. But Hagnauer, chairman of the Madison County Board, seized the moment for a touch of holiday kindness."That was a good column...
A Builder: Mehlville's Heyde Works Wonders
Buzzsaws and electric sanders drone from Room 5 on the basement level of Mehlville High. It's the last day of school before Christmas break, and a midterm project - an opulent wood chest lined with red velvet - is due as a part of final exams.Amid the...
Add Punch to the Holiday Party Scene
IN 1990, THE Roper Organization conducted a survey that showed 40 percent of American adults abstained from alcohol. What is that doing to the holiday party scene?Well, it seems that more and more hosts are serving nonalcoholic alternatives.It's easy...
After Years of Abuse, Patriots in Playoffs
He was always the best player on a pathetic team and he had never known the joy that playing professional football can bring. Vincent Brown is the captain and defensive leader of the New England Patriots, who shut down the Bears 13-3 Saturday at Soldier...
A Good Start Southerns Ring in a Lucky New Year with Hopping John
ON NEW YEAR'S DAY, who among us doesn't wonder about what lies ahead?What, then, if it were possible to ensure good fortune (and maybe even fortune)? And what if it were possible to do this just by eating something delicious? Sound incredible?I thought...
A Joy for Life Overcoming Cancer Has Made Every Day Special
The stockings hung above the fireplace in the Jackson home, though it was hardly a silent night for the family members laying claim to them. They rarely enjoy a silent night - not with airplanes from Lambert Field, less than a mile away, constantly...
Albania's Farmers Do Lunch - and Dinner Breakup of Communal Land Spurs Productivity, Disputes
This mountainous corner of the Balkans, where Stalinism reigned for half a century, is feeding itself only four years after anti-Communist rioters plundered and abandoned the state farms.It was accomplished through the labor of peasants working small...
American Lalas Becomes Toast of Italian Soccer
The light is fading, and the damp, depressing fog that signals the onset of northern Italy's long, gray winter has invaded the practice field.Yet the mood among the several hundred AC Padua soccer club fans who have turned out to watch their team work...
APARTHEID'S END BRINGS CHANGES IN LANGUAGE Series: SOUTH AFRICA - Freedom"s First Steps SIDEBAR
"Africans always drive like that," said the tour guide.His remark led to a conversation about the names South Africans call one another, as the guide, a white man, tried unsuccessfully to pass a car driven by a black man. The car ahead slowed for every...
Art Competition Forces Tough Choices Students Ponder What to Submit
The task of choosing which artwork to submit for the Washington University High School Art Competition is perhaps more difficult than the task of creating the work.Jennifer Brigham, a senior at Villa Duchesne, has narrowed her choices for her portfolio...
At Border Crossing, All"s Not Quiet on the European Front Kolbaskowo
By lunchtime on a slow day, guards at this border crossing had stopped a man from entering Germany illegally, retrieved a stolen car and caught a cigarette smuggler.Innocent motorists inching through the barriers complained about the delay, as they always...
At Last: Low-Fat Recipes to Dress Your Salads in Good Taste
EEEWWWW. CAN'T someone come up with a low-fat salad dressing that tastes better than the slimy, chemical concoctions sold in grocery stores?Yes indeed. In just two days, without the help of a chemistry set, we came up with recipes for low-fat and fat-free...
At Mardi Gras Time, This Cake Is King
IT ALL STARTS innocently enough. A good friend invites you to a party in New Orleans, where you gratefully accept a slice of colorfully but oddly decorated cake and a cup of the dark, aromatic coffee for which the city is famous. You nestle back in your...
A Toast to Athletes and Coaches Who Brought Joy to Sport in 1994
Monique Pelletier. Mo, for short.Barely a third of the way down the mountain, she fell. Caught a ski tip in some slight fissure, some minuscule crevice, and that quickly, like one frantic contraction of your heart, her race was over.All that sacrifice,...
A Vast Wasteland of Conformity
Though three universities in North Dakota may be the first to offer a complete degree program made up of televised courses, both live television and videotaped lectures are widely available at colleges across the country. One company has a catalogue...
Back to Lunch: Our Reviewer Returns - to Woods
Whether in prose, poetry or war, lots of things happen in the woods. I guess there are picnics, too, but most of them seem to take place under a tree or two, rather than in a darker area.Woods, on the other hand, a recent Clayton restaurant, is nice...
Baseball Documents Show Profits since '85
Baseball owners lost $105 million during the strike-shortened 1981 season and $206 million more in the next four years, according to management documents obtained by The Associated Press.While the industry lost money from 1975 through 1985, it had operating...
Battle of the Beasts Fighting Camels Add Spice to Life in Pakistani Town That Has Been Left in the Dust of the 20th Century
Grunting, biting and foaming at the mouth, Pakistani fighting camels grapple in a cloud of dust, cheered on by about 15,000 enthusiasts."Come on Shera! Come on!" the crowd yells at one long-necked champion. "Beat him, go on, to the left, right, stay...
B. Devine Heads List for Amateur Shrine
Former Cardinals general manager Bing Devine and three men still active in prep-level coaching headline a list of 20 new members of the St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame.The 13 players, three contributors and two umpires, one deceased, will be...
Believers, Nonbelievers Flock to `See' Virgin Mary
IN THE BEDROOM of a South Florida tract home, the Virgin Mary talks to Rosa Lopez.It is an unassuming place, where the air-conditioning unit rumbles on high and a bed has been removed so more visitors can squeeze into what many consider a holy place.On...
Big Ten Puts Reputation on Line
All season, Big Ten football coaches have bragged about playing in the nation's toughest conference.During the regular season they could point to the Big Ten's 23-10-1 nonconference record, its best since 1985, though the league went only 3-8 against...
Board Approves $35,000 for Police Equipment
St. George will spend about $35,000 for new police equipment and insurance next year.The police equipment is the largest capital expense in next year's budget, adopted recently by a unanimous vote of the St. George Board of Aldermen.The budget has expenses...
Board Debates Pursuit of Grant for Early Childhood
Ferguson-Florissant School District officials are considering a grant that could bolster the district's early childhood programs by $50,000 to $75,000.But one School Board member says she doesn't want the money unless she can be sure there are no strings...
Board Joins Internet with Grant
Ritenour School district will be connected to the Internet early next year thanks to a $120,000 grant from the Missouri Research and Education Network - or MORENet.The three-year grant will provide Ritenour with a dedicated phone line, related telephone...
Board Passes Summer School, Kindergarten Programs
Jennings School Board members have approved summer school and all-day kindergarten programs for next year.The state will pay for both programs, Superintendent Terry Stewart told board members Monday night. Officials expect at least 400 students for the...
Bosnia's Latest Truce Wavers; Random Raids Reported Groups outside Treaty Maintain Hostilities
Bosnia's latest cease-fire, barely a day old, was in danger of collapsing Sunday as a result of attacks by splinter elements that did not sign the armistice.Renegade Muslims, who have joined the Serbs, and Serbs from the Serb-dominated Krajina region...
Boston College Shuts Down Kansas State in 12-7 Win
Boston College has made a believer out of Chad May.The Kansas State quarterback, who capped an outstanding career with 2,571 yards and 18 touchdowns in the regular season, spent Christmas Day running for his life as Boston College shut down the 11th-ranked...
Briefs
WORLD PERSIAN GULF U.S. Marines, Seals Board Freighter</P><P>A detachment of 24 U.S. Marines and Navy Seals in the Persian Gulf Sunday boarded a freighter that attempted to run the U.N. blockade of Iraq. The group impounded the ship's...
Bulls Overcome Error, Edge Knicks
Scottie Pippen scored a season-high 36 points and the Chicago Bulls survived a last-second blunder in regulation on Sunday to beat the New York Knicks 107-104 in overtime.In an intense Christmas matchup of bitter rivals at Chicago's United Center, Pippen...
Business Bulletin Board
OPENINGS</P><P>Diana M. Brinkmann, a 10-year veteran of the commercial and industrial security business, has opened Brinkmann Security Services Inc. at 711 Old Ballas Road in Creve Coeur. The company provides licensed unarmed security...
Call Us . . . Irresponsible It Has Gone from `the Buck Stops Here' to the Menendez Brothers
CLOVER BOYKIN says she killed her son. But it was her father's fault.Stella Liebeck spilled hot coffee in her lap. But it was McDonald's fault.The Menendez brothers killed their parents. But it was the parents' fault.Bryan Fortay didn't make first-team...
Candidates Draw Fines for Tardy Finance Reports
Sixteen candidates for the Legislature or county offices in the metro area have been fined by the state Ethics Commission for filing late campaign finance reports for the Nov. 8 election.The reports were due seven days before and 30 days after the election.The...
Candidates Fined for Late Reports
Sixteen candidates for the Legislature or county offices in the metro area have been fined by the state Ethics Commission for filing late campaign finance reports for the Nov. 8 election.The reports were due seven days before and 30 days after the election.The...
Can't Get Loan from Bank? Try Asset-Based Financing
Q. I need money to expand my business and was wondering about asset-based financing. Is it a financing tool of last resort? Where can I find an asset-based lender, and how much can I borrow with my company assets?A. No, asset-based financing is not a...
Christmas '94: Sunny Day Here Spreads More Cheer
Peggy Brown's Christmas present went down the drain.What happened?Santa Claus (also known as her husband, Ken Brown), wanted to give his wife a renovated dressing area as a holiday gift. So on Christmas Eve, short on time and a few last supplies, he...
City Attorney Rules against Referendums
Kirkwood's city attorney has ruled out referendums on two ordinances relating to a 51-acre shopping center proposed for South Kirkwood Road.Opponents say the opinion of the city attorney, John Hessel, will not stop their petition drive to get the two...
Commercial Real Estate Notes
McKelvey Properties represented both parties in the sale of 34 acres of land off of Bryan Road in O'Fallon, Mo., to Unnerstall Contracting Inc. from Boatmen's Bank Trust. Hilliker Corp. represented both parties in the lease of 21,000 square feet of...
Committee Pushing for Tax Measure Funds Would Help Support New High School
A committee of parents, residents and school officials in the Fox School District is working on a campaign for a tax measure for a new high school.Superintendent Charles Hudson reported to the Fox School Board last week that the Fox Schools Steering...
Common Sense Legal Reform?
"Loser pays" laws, reasonable limits on punitive damages and reform of product liability laws to stem the endless tide of litigation.- Item 9, Contract With AmericaCompared with crime, term limits, Social Security, welfare reform or other hot-button...
Companies Are Making Cynical Employees on the Job
Most cynics doubt workplace conditions will ever improve, and they blame the problems on management.But it's not all the workers' fault. Sometimes cynicism is indeed learned on the job.Employees grow cynical when companies fail at planned changes or...
Cook's Nutty Nibbles Will Disappear Quickly
IN THE MOOD for something a little nutty for New Year's? Patty Centorbi has just the thing.At least, she did. Whether or not she has any left is anyone's guess.What she has - or had - are sugar-coated pecans, a luscious little snack that would be ideal...
Corporate Winners, Losers Were Beneficiaries, Victims
A sampling of corporate winners and losers in 1994:</P><P>WINNERS</P><P>CATERPILLAR INC. - The leading maker of bulldozers and backhoes operated profitably despite a bitter strike by the United Auto Workers, a confrontation...
`Crummey' Trust Has Good Points
Q. I want to give my teen-age grandson $5,000 this year and the same next year. I know I could use a custodial account, but I think I want to tie up the use of the money more than a custodial account allows. As I understand it, the custodian of a custodial...
Daughter's Smoking Scares Her Parents
Q: Our daughter came home from college with a pack of cigarettes in her purse. We brought her up to value health and we cannot understand how she could have become a smoker.The consequences of smoking are so serious that we can't stand by and let her...
Debate on Benefits of Vitamin C Isn't over Yet
Dear Dr. Donohue: Could you please settle a point of contention? When my girlfriend feels she is getting sick she takes 1,000 or more milligrams of vitamin C.She says it helps maintain a normal immunity. I maintain that only part of that dosage is utilized...
Disastrous Marriage Began with Disastrous Wedding
Dear Abby: On the topic of disastrous weddings, mine ranks right up there at the top!While I was walking down the aisle, someone stepped on my train, ripping it from the back of my gown. My aunt immediately sprang from her seat yelling, "I'll fix it!"...
Distributions Can Give You Unexpected Tax Consequences
Depending upon your point of view, the fact that the Fidelity Magellan fund goofed and isn't making a year-end distribution to shareholders is either good news or bad news.On Dec. 5, Fidelity Investments notified the world that the gorilla-sized fund...
Doctor's Retirement Recalls `Older' Ways
Segments of traditional Americana continue to give way to modern ways. It's likely no one can remember the day the last steam engine chugged through town or when the last horse and buggy ambled down the street.But folks in Sidney probably will remember...
Dolphins Hold on, Clinch Afc East Lions Fall 27-20; Sanders Short of 2,000
The Miami Dolphins wrapped up Detroit's Barry Sanders and the AFC East title - and gave scooter-bound coach Don Shula another milestone victory.Regular-season victory No. 319 for Shula, surpassing the mark held by the late George Halas, was achieved...
Families of Disabled Fight Center's Closing They Say They Fear for Safety and Welfare of Adults Forced to Move to Apartments
About three nights a week, Steven Neubert is taken to a movie theater where he sweeps floors and picks up trash between shows. Proud of his work, he returns each night to Woodhaven.Van Taylor walks about 100 feet each day from his Woodhaven apartment...
First a Fatal Shooting, Then a Little Shoplifting
An exchange of gang jargon between a group of youths triggered a fatal shooting inside a Northwest Plaza department store busy with last-minute shoppers on Christmas Eve, authorities said Sunday.A Famous-Barr employee said he was stunned by what he called...
Former Rams Figures Rue Potential Move
One of the Rams' early public-relations directors, now retired and living near San Diego, is saddened by the team's potential departure to St. Louis."Obviously it disappoints me, because I was there when they got there," he said. "And they're a big part...
Fort Zumwalt North Middle School Honor Roll
Students at Fort Zumwalt North Middle School, 210 Virgil Street, O'Fallon, must have a B average, or 3.0 grade-point average, to qualify for the honor roll.The following students are on the first-quarter honor roll:Eighth Grade Jennifer Adkins, Kristina...
Francis Howell Middle School 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 GradeKenneth Abridge, Jamie Arras, Jennifer Aubuchon,...
Frazier School Is Sold for $1.5 Million
Brentwood School Board members have sold the district's Frazier School property to Dominion Construction Co. of St. Louis for $1.5 million.The closing date of the sale will be March 1, district officials said. Dominion offered the highest price among...
Geile-Rexford Wins the $2 Million Sherman Account
Geile-Rexford Associates has been awarded the $2 million advertising account for the David Sherman Corp., a St. Louis-based importer, bottler and manufacturer of alcoholic beverages since 1958.Seven other local agencies competed for the account, which...
Golden Lining Things That Get Better as We Get Older
IN ABOUT a year, the vanguard of the baby-boom generation will start to turn 50. To help them celebrate, here are 50 things that get better as we age.While most focus on defeating the downside of aging, they also highlight the upside - the positive developments...
Governments Swap Areas to Ease Rules
With a few pen strokes, a quarry, a landfill and a high school have been uprooted on the border of Maryland Heights and the village of Champ.Earlier this month, Champ trustees passed an ordinance to gain 252 acres of land from Maryland Heights in exchange...
Hard Truths and the American Dream
The new Congress will spend a great deal of time acting on proposals to shrink the federal government and balance the budget. In fact, there is a good chance that the new year will see a balanced-budget constitutional amendment pass the Senate and the...
Hearty Meatless Mushroom Sauce Warms Up Pasta
WHAT A MEASLY one ounce of dried porcini mushroom can do to carry a pasta sauce is stunning.Its wild, woodsy flavor fortifies the much larger quantity of fresh, cultivated white mushrooms, giving you a rich and delicious penna alla boscaiola (penne with...
Heed Warnings on Popular Pain Relievers, Studies Urge
PERSUADING PEOPLE to avoid overusing Tylenol and other brands of acetaminophen could reduce the cases of kidney failure in this country by 10 percent and cut medical bills by $700 million a year, a study concludes.The study, published in the New England...
Here Again, Are the Best Business Quotes from 1994
Our selection of favorite quotes from 1994's business stories:(All quotes are from stories that ran in the Post-Dispatch, unless noted, on the dates shown in italics.) Jan. 9"Not everybody who comes to St. Louis wants to be associated with gambling....
Here Are Some Ideas for Serving Brie Smoothly
SILKEN IN TEXTURE, mellow in flavor, Brie is a cheese fit for pairing with many flavors. It's also a delight eaten au naturel on crackers, Melba toast or French bread.Cut horizontally into two layers to make an appetizer torte, the creamy cheese takes...
Here Are Words of Wisdom to Guide a Business Life
My friend Tom Hendrick, a business professor and consultant, had a daughter graduating from college and wanted to offer her a guiding principle of career success.He settled on this: "Always do a bit more than is expected."This rule works because, in...
Hijacked Plane Lands in Marseille
French and Algerian officials started talks this morning with Muslim extremists who hijacked a French airliner and forced it to fly to Marseille's Marignane airport, French authorities said.Local authorities said the hijackers have demanded fuel to fly...
Hijackers Kill 3rd Person on Airliner
The French airliner taken over by Muslim extremists in Algiers, Algeria, landed at Marseille's Marignane airport early this morning, an airport official said.A spokesman for the local prefect (government representative) said that officials were trying...
Hud's New Game Plan
The other day, the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that St. Louis would get a $500,000 planning grant as the first step toward retooling the Darst-Webbe housing development. The apparent good news was tempered somewhat by HUD's...
Hurt Causes Woman to Wall in Feelings
Dear Open Mind: I am a middle-aged working woman with many friends from all walks of life. I have recently been terribly hurt by one particular individual, and it seems as though my heart will not allow forgiveness. I don't like what I'm seeing in myself,...
Illinois, U.S. Debate $400 Million Issue
Federal regulators say Illinois may have to return nearly $400 million in federal matching dollars for its Medicaid program, but state officials have played down that possibility."Public Aid believes it can make a strong case for its position and avoid...
Inappropriate Investment Cases Often Tough to Prove
Q. We need your guidance. In 1986, my husband and I attended a seminar by financial planners. They did not identify themselves as brokers.They instructed us to list all the monies we had accumulated. We specifically told them we were interested in safety,...
In Game of Razzle-Dazzle, Blue Outlasts Gray 38-27
Quarterbacks were catching touchdown passes. A little-known receiver from Mississippi was doing a Deion-like celebration in the end zone. And when it was over, a running back born in the Virgin Islands and blind in one eye walked away with the MVP award.The...
In Spirit of Season, Police Salute Ill Boy Youngster Relishes Day as E. St. Louis `Captain'
IN THE FIRST SIX years of his life, Andre Quarrels has had two heart operations. To stay alive, he needs regular blood transfusions and he's hooked up to intravenous tubes for eight hours a day.Andre has spent the past two Christmases in a hospital room....
It Might Be Best to Postpone Taxable Events into 1995
There have been more than 5,000 changes made in U.S. tax law since 1986 and, from the sound of things, almost as many will get debated in 1995.So what's a confused taxpayer to do? Stall.If you can, defer any major taxable events so they don't occur until...
Job-Hunting? These Books Seek to Help in Real World
Year-end is a favorite time to take a true assessment of your job. Whether you're actively searching for a new position or fear the ax sometime in 1995, there are two good books now out to guide you through this fast-changing job market.The first is...
Just How Generous Is Your Boss?
Business travelers who regularly face the scrutiny of tight-fisted corporate travel managers may not have it so bad after all.A recent survey shows that expense reimbursement policies in many U.S. companies are more generous than might be expected when...
Legislator Would Trim Workers Compensation
The first of what might be numerous workers compensation reform plans has been proposed, as the Republican Party prepares to take control of the Illinois Legislature for the first time since 1969.State Rep. Terry Parke, R-Hoffman Estates, is offering...
Less-Famous Clooney Happy as Host of AMC
FOR YEARS he was known as the brother of Rosemary Clooney. Now he's known as the father of actor George Clooney, who has scored on NBC's hit medical series "ER."But you can bet it's something that Nick Clooney has never lost sleep over."I found out early...
Lions, Packers, Patriots Provide Super Concern for Contenders
The National Football League playoffs got a little scarier for some of the favorites Saturday because the Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots all made it.Pittsburgh and the other more experienced American Football Conference playoff...
Losing Ticket? Former Mizzou Star Smith Battles to Keep Up with Mavs' Prized Picks
A lot of people don't realize it, but the Dallas Mavericks are one of only a few National Basketball Association teams that can field a starting five of lottery picks.There is No. 2 pick Jason Kidd. There are former No. 4 picks Jim Jackson and Jamal...
Lowest Restaurant Scores
The following restaurants scored below 90 recently in inspections in St. Louis and St. Louis County. The grading scale is 85-100, A; 70-84, B; and under 70, C. The reports cite critical violations (noted below) that require immediate action and carry...
Mail Order Blitz Slows Now, but May Never End
Like ants in your kitchen, the invasion starts slowly.You notice one just after Labor Day. The next week, a couple more sneak in. By October, there are three, four or five each day. And now, well, there's nothing you can do to stop the assault.The blitz...
Malcolm's in Jail, Hiring Is in, Rates Are Rising
Experts could write long books about business in the year 1994. We aren't going to do that.Nineteen ninety-four was an entertaining year for business, but not so entertaining that everyone wants to relive it in excruciating detail.Interest rates went...
Man Fights Hunger for Poor in Brazil `Seeing Hungry Eat Is Better Than Winning Nobel Prize'
FOR 200,000 OF RIO'S poor, Santa Claus is a soft-spoken sociologist with an emaciated body ravaged by AIDS.For them Santa is Herbert de Souza, whose campaign Christmas Without Hunger has galvanized Rio de Janeiro to help feed its neediest residents....
Mayor Slams Critics over `Innuendoes'
Webster Groves Mayor Terri Williams has lashed out at critics of her administration, calling them a small minority who are "spreading innuendoes" because they lost the municipal election in April.In a telephone interview last week, Williams countered...
Mimi Ladendecker: News for the Front Yard
Like Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, Mimi Ladendecker delivers her surprises after dark. Ladendecker rents personalized yard cards.The celebratory messages are printed on greeting cards 8 feet tall. The colorful cut-outs herald new babies, birthdays,...
Monday Memo
Most Americans think they'll be better off financially in the coming new year, but they're not sure the nation's economy will fare thee well.A recent survey by LUTHERAN BROTHERHOOD, an insurance firm, found that 53 percent of 1,000 households questioned...
Morning Briefing Eye Openers
As you try to wind down from the hectic pace of the holidays, you may appreciate this thought from GUY DELAGE: "I want to know the sensation of absolute solitude being 2,000 kilometers from the nearest coast."Granted, 2,000K may be a tad more solitudinous...
Moseley-Braun Assailed on Endorsement
U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun, the state's top black elected official, has endorsed Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley's re-election and then has come under fire from a spokesman for one of Daley's black challengers."To quote Richard Daley's father, good...
Much of Grozny Lacks Electricity or Heat Fierce Fighting Is Reported Nearby
After nearly a week of intense bombing by Russian warplanes, residents of Grozny, the capital of breakaway Chechnya, rummaged among the ruins Sunday for food and shelter.Heavy fighting was reported in villages outside Grozny, and Russian jets returned...
New Curriculum Offers Scientific Variety, Challenge
In science classes next fall, Rockwood students could find more experiments, more laser discs and video discs and more of the latest developments in science teaching.It's all part of a new science curriculum for students in grades kindergarten through...
New `First Night' Hoping for a Warm Reception after Year off, New Year's Eve Bash to Move Downtown
With the ghost of the Big Chill of '92 still hanging in the air, the First Night celebration is moving downtown so merrymakers can dash indoors if the weather turns nasty.Two years ago subzero temperatures scared all but the bravest St. Louisans away...
New Kid on Meramec Block Draws Top Seed
When the St. Charles West High Warriors garnered the top seed for the 17th annual Holiday Festival Basketball Tournament at Meramec Community College, coach Terry Hollander was pleasantly surprised."We've developed a good reputation over the last couple...
No Orphanages, Task Force Urges but It Suggests `Group-Home Care' for Some Special-Needs Children
Illinois needs to find new ways to house abused children, but not in orphanages, a state child-placement task force has recommended.One official said, "This will finally put to rest the `o' word."In unusually plain language for an otherwise complex debate,...
Notebook
Mozart And A Mile</P><P>For kicking the blues, food, drink, drugs, sleep and even sex are poor substitutes for a mile run and a soothing session of Mozart.</P><P>Exercise is the single best method of exorcizing a bad mood, ...
Nuggets Continue Seattle Mastery
The Denver Nuggets learned last spring that the way to beat the Seattle SuperSonics is to control Shawn Kemp.Last spring, that strategy enabled to Nuggets, seeded eighth, to eliminate top-seeded Seattle in the first round of the National Basketball Association...
Officials Appeal for Tax 20 Municipalities Want Judge to Reverse Ruling against Revenue Effort
Sunset Hills is asking a judge to let it and 19 other cities keep a tax that was expected to pay for fixing streets.The city is one of 20 in St. Louis County where voters have approved a sales tax for capital improvements. The tax went into limbo two...
On New Year's Eve, Go Wild with an Unusual Tart
NEW YEAR'S EVE remains one of my favorite nights to entertain.Rather than host a large party, my husband and I always cook a late-night supper with a small group of close friends. I am usually responsible for the first course and the entree, while others...
OPTIMISM AND OBSTACLES IN S. AFRICA RELIEVED AT AVOIDING CIVIL WAR, NATION STILL FACES HIGH CRIME AND BITTER RACIAL TENSION Series: SOUTH AFRICA - Freedom's First Steps FIRST OF THREE PARTS
The euphoria has faded, as euphoria always does, but South Africans seem to be settling for something more lasting: a sense of relief.Seven months after the inauguration of President Nelson Mandela and the present "government of national unity," a visitor...
People
LADY BIRD JOHNSON, celebrating her 82nd birthday this past week, says she is feeling her age but doesn't care."I still have just as much pleasure in life, the change of the seasons and the community of family and friends," the wife of the late President...
Police/courts
The following incidents were among those that were reported to police departments in the St. Louis metropolitan area or that involved action in one of the area's courts: VIOLENT DEATHSNorth St. Louis County: St. Louis County police detectives were investigating...