St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from April 20, 1997

6–M M–Y
'67 Coup Leader in Greece Is Ill but Unrepentant
His few sympathetic visitors still address the gaunt prisoner as "Mr. President," a scrap of respect for a man who is little more than a vestige from a time of repression and military rule.Age and illness have not weakened the righteous convictions of...
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AARP Drops Hmo Royalties Proposal Plan Drew Fire from Industry, Government
The American Association of Retired Persons says it has revised a sharply criticized plan to endorse selected health maintenance organizations, dropping a proposal to collect royalty payments for each of its members who joined an HMO.The royalties proposal...
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Aid Workers in Albania Welcome U.N. Food
The first supplies of U.N. food for Albania's poor and needy were handed out Saturday and carried across the volatile Balkan country in private vehicles.Without waiting for a multinational security force to provide escorts, the U.N. World Food Program...
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Alaska Airlines Melts Ice Curtain with Flights to Russia's Far East
FOR MOST of the 20th century, Russia's Far East has been off limits to Americans. The closest part of Russia to the United States, Russia east of Siberia, seemed also the most forbidding.Among its sites: Magadan, port of entry to Stalin's Arctic gold...
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Amazon: Peaceful Corner of Columbia
MANY foreigners planning a Latin American vacation rule out Colombia, mindful of the government's chronic inability to stem the high rate of murder and kidnapping.Colombia's image abroad is still tied to two slain men, both named Escobar - Pablo, the...
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Ambulances to Join Fire Department Harmon Hopes the Change Will Trim Emergency Response Times
Mayor Clarence Harmon on Saturday ordered the Fire Department to take over the city's ambulance system, saying he hoped the change would improve the service's response times."What I anticipate is we'll shake this outfit up," Harmon said after signing...
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AMID PARTISAN DIFFCULTIES, THERE IS ROOM FOR HOPE Series: BALANCING THE BUDGET THIRD PART OF AN OCCASIONAL SERIES
FRIDAY WAS SUPPOSED to have been "make-or-break day" on a budget compromise after two weeks of closed-door discussions between congressional Republicans and White House aides.No such luck.In fact, the budget news Friday came from Senate Democrats, who...
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Ancient Taboos Professor Seeks to Relax China's Views on Sex
Liu Dalin believes the ancient Chinese philosophers were right about at least one thing - that life boils down to food and sex.Liu, 64, is making a new career out of meshing China's traditionally conservative attitudes toward sex with the increasingly...
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Annulments for Catholics Are Booming Tribunals Facing Facts, Some Say; Others Protest Lack of `Humanity'
Henry VIII had to create his own church when he couldn't get his first marriage revoked by the Roman Catholics, and annulments remained almost unheard of for the next 4 1/2 centuries. Not anymore.In the last few decades, the number of unions dissolved...
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Architect Getting aboard Tuxedo Station in Webster
WOO, WOO! Pardon me, boys - is that the Tuxedo Station? Well, the old railroad station at 643 East Glen Road in Webster Groves will no longer be one after architect Mike Blaes leases the space for his firm's offices. Blaes will renovate the station and...
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A Sad Story: The Last Days of Coach Brian Hill
A heated, fourth-quarter exchange between Orlando Magic coach Brian Hill and point guard Brian Shaw spilled over into a profanity-laced shouting match in the locker room after a loss at Detroit on Wednesday, Feb. 12.While Shaw and Hill fired back and...
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Atlas's Decision: No More Putting Up with Michael Moorer
Most people could never walk away from a million dollars. Teddy Atlas just did.Atlas was in line to earn $1.1 million as the trainer's share of International Boxing Federation heavyweight champion Michael Moorer's purse for a likely fall fight with Mike...
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At Robinson's Side, Reese Helped Change Baseball
The white boy was 13 or 14, and his brother was about 16, when, with dusk descending on that summer day in Louisville, Ky., in the early 1930s, the older boy shouted a racial slur at six black kids, telling them, "Get off this street!" With that, the...
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At the Movies
NEW8 Heads in a Duffel Bag (R, comic gore; 1:35): Despite the hip-sounding title and a terrific cast - including Joe Pesci as the hood with the heads - this slow, formula-laden slapstick farce feels like a remake of an old Jerry Lewis movie - without...
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A Wake-Up Call Little Progress Has Been Made since Al Campanis Spoke
When Al Campanis spoke, people listened. Ten years ago, his words sent shock waves around Major League Baseball. Today, things are a little different.In the decade since Campanis was removed as a vice president of the Los Angeles Dodgers, the controversy...
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`Bad' Vlad: Friends and Foes Agree, Konstantinov a Warrior
Irritable Red Wings forward Brendan Shanahan was right in the middle of that infamous Canada-Russia brawl at the World Junior Championships a decade ago.The teams staged a melee for the ages, a full-scale riot that only fatigue could stop. Tournament...
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Bambino Had Tale to Compare with Tiger's
For impact by a player in a sport - overnight surpassing athletic giants - one would have to go with Babe Ruth's home-run outburst in baseball to compare with young Tiger Woods' accomplishment in golf.Overnight, the Tiger, talented and refreshingly...
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Beauty: Steve Patterson's Performance Piece Deals with the Life
Beauty: Steve Patterson's performance piece deals with the life and work of French author Jean Genet. This award-winning work, created for the 1994 San Francisco Fringe Festival, follows Genet's own style - brutal, poetic and erotic. It contains nudity,...
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Behind the Veil Cleric Hard-Liners Crack Down on Revealing Women's Eyes
Samira Ismaili can see the world around her through a thin slit in her veil. The world sees little more of Ismaili than her eyes, the rest of her is concealed by folds of black cloth.Still, among the conservative Arabs of the Persian Gulf, showing even...
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Belden Officers Get Higher Raises, Bonuses
The wire, cable and cord business of Belden Inc. was so good last year that top executives got raises of 7 percent and received bonuses about 25 percent higher than the previous year.C. Baker Cunningham, who is chairman, president and chief executive,...
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Book Fair: A True Community Benefit
THERE'S a reason the Greater St. Louis Book Fair is in its 48th year.Not only does it raise money for a worthy cause - the Nursery Foundation, the first interracial daycare facility west of the Mississippi - Book Fair offers a community service by taking...
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Border Traders Get Firsthand Look at N. Korean Hunger China, Others Seek to Gauge Gravity of Crisis
About 200 to 300 trucks a day cross the bridge over the Yalu River, hauling sacks of food and other desperately needed goods to North Korea.When the traders and drivers return, they bring back tales of starvation and desperation in the ailing Stalinist...
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Bridging the Gap: Woods' Impact Goes beyond Golf
In the gale-force wind of enthusiasm, admiration and proliferation surrounding Tiger Woods, one phrase keeps popping up: "It's great for golf."Well, yes, in an abstract way it is great for golf, but golf wasn't exactly on a resuscitator before Woods...
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Briefs
NATIONWASHINGTONRussians Block Treasure Of Romanovs From Leaving A blockade of Russian Embassy vehicles continued Saturday to prevent a tractor-trailer loaded with Russian royal treasures from leaving Washington for the Houston Museum of Art, where the...
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Buck Is Doing Boffo, but Travelers Should Do Their Homework
FRIENDS OF Japan and enemies of the oppressive yen, take heart. The same for you peseta people, and all those who pine for declines of the German mark, the Turkish lira and the Venezuelan bolivar.Those currencies are among several that have weakened...
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Busch Cleaners Ratify New Contract
Members of Service Employees International Union Local 50 pledged that cleaning services at Busch Memorial Stadium would continue as usual after the union's 55 members ratified a new contract Saturday.Under the terms of the new agreement, employees will...
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Cable: Love It or Leave It
If you leave it, what then?At the moment, you could go back to an antenna, and to fiddling with it, and make do with St. Louis' five major broadcast stations plus Channel 9. There's plenty on to fill your available TV time, if you're not too picky.Or,...
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Can a Law Make Bitter Custody Battles Just Go Away?
WOULD joint custody of children prod divorcing parents to share child-rearing responsibilities?Family court judges from opposite sides of the state weighed in with different answers to that question last week. The judges were testifying on a bill that...
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Capitol Statue Honoring Feminists Omits Black Women
One of the biggest battles on Capitol Hill these days is in the Capitol's basement. It's in a spot indelicately called the Crypt. It is a 13-ton statue of three female suffragists, Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.Although the...
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Capsule Look at the First Round
A capsule look at players selected in the first round of the 1997 NFL draft:1. ORLANDO PACE, RamsPosition: Offensive tackle Size: 6-7, 334 College: Ohio State. . . . First player to win Lombardi Award twice. . . . Fourth in '96 Heisman voting. . . ....
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Cardinals Turn Back Padres 1-0 Behind 4 Pitchers, Jordan's Steal
There is only one panacea for a team with an ailing offense: Throw a shutout and hope the other team messes up.A shutout is what four Cardinals pitchers, notably reliever Mark Petkovsek, accomplished Saturday night in the first game of a twi-night d...
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Clinic Accused of Taking Donor Organs Too Soon
When is a dying patient dead?The classical definition, used by doctors and coroners for more than a century, is that a patient is dead when his or her heart stops beating.That is the standard the renowned Cleveland Clinic Hospital proposes to use in...
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Clinton, Gore Give Boost to School Internet Access They Grant $11.8 Million, Urge $2 Billion in Discounts
President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore joined Saturday's volunteer effort to connect schools to the Internet and ponied up $11.8 million to help.Clinton also pushed the Federal Communications Commission to give schools and libraries $2 billion...
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Collection of Prose and Poetry about Fast Women
LADIES, START YOUR ENGINESWomen Writers on Cars and the RoadEdited by Elinor Nauen 332 pages, Faber and Faber, $24.95 THIS ANTHOLOGY showcases the writings of an interesting and eclectic mix of motoring mavens - from Emily Post and Edith Wharton to Patti...
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Croghan's Credit-Card Romance Pays off Film Is More Evidence That the Aussies Are Back
ONCE the land of such anti-war movies as "Gallipoli" and "Breaker Morant" and feminist coming-of-age tales like "My Brilliant Career" and "The Getting of Wisdom," Australia has recently become one of the most prolific producers of contemporary romantic...
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Crowded Sky, Bigger Planes FAA Predictions Are Good News, Bad News for Travelers
THESE ARE boom times for the airlines, with record traffic, record profits and record crowding on airplanes, too. The industry and the Federal Aviation Administration think the trend will continue, which means changes - some positive, some not - for...
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Cruising the Caribbean: Trinidad and Tobago and Trivia
TRINIDAD and Tobago are two islands but one nation - the southernmost in the Caribbean. Here are more facts about this sunny spot:Steel drums, also known as steel pans, originated in Trinidad and Tobago in the 1930s-'40s. They were first created from...
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Cubs' Flubs Continue as Loss Count Hits 13
The Chicago Cubs did not have any luck with No. 13 either.The winless Cubs matched the longest losing streak in their 122-year history with their 13th successive defeat, falling 6-3 Saturday to the Mets in New York.Turk Wendell - who, appropriately,...
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DANGEROUS MIX: ALCOHOL, DRUGS AND THE MENTALLY ILL COMBINATION CAN BREED VIOLENCE, MAKE IT DIFFICULT FOR DOCTORS TO DIAGNOSE PATIENTS Series: No Asylum: Mental Health in the 90's Part One of a Two-Part Series
Drugs and alcohol are fueling a psychiatric crisis in the United States. The result is a new class of patients more difficult to recognize, more difficult to treat and more prone to violence.They're also more likely to come into contact with police for...
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Defense Lawyers Plan to Pounce on FBI Lab Problems
Amid the conflicting evidence and arguments of courtroom testimony, scientific tests always seemed the most believable. The Justice Department's scathing report on the FBI crime lab will change that."It has put science on trial," said Gerald Lefcourt,...
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Districts Keep Eye on Illegal Students Faking Residence Costs Taxpayers, Officials Say
By all accounts, the second-grader is bright, cooperative, just the kind of student any school would want. Yet the Bayless School District wants to remove her by Friday from Bayless Elementary.The reason? The girl lives in St. Louis. Her father has used...
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Disturbing Trend of Dodgers Draws Flak to Baseball
The Brooklyn Dodgers were the forerunners in using black players in the late 1940s, including the first one, Jackie Robinson.Now look at them."If Jackie were alive today and seeing what's going on, it would just kill him," said Don Newcombe, former Dodgers...
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Doing Business Overseas Can Be Minefield for Women
Doing business overseas, particularly for the first time, can become a cultural minefield where one false step can lead to personal embarrassment or, worse, a botched business deal.And the problems become even more thorny if the business person is a...
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Ex-Firefighter Stays Positive after Losing Sight in Mishap
Rob Sapp picks up an old mustard bottle full of wood glue and carefully squeezes out just enough to leave a trail down the side of a narrow cut board.Then he places the board between the legs of an end table he is making and picks up the nail gun. Zap!...
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Facts about Interleague Play
Games: Each team will play either 15 or 16 games against clubs in the other league. This first year, it will be AL West vs. NL East, AL Central vs. NL Central and AL West vs. NL West.Schedule: All interleague games will be played during three periods...
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Fantastic Voyager Thor Heyerdahl Relives Adventure of Ocean Crossing
The crew of the Kon-Tiki may have been worried, but Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl says he never doubted the seaworthiness of the balsa wood raft that took them across the Pacific.Speaking Friday at a 50th anniversary celebration at the Kon-Tiki museum...
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Fantasy: Primitive, Utopian
SOMETIMES an idea gets short-circuited for want of a word. The necessary word was something like "primitive," but primitive carries too much baggage. Its pejorative meanings - undeveloped and uncultured - are too persistent to allow the word to be neutral.Yet...
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Father Knows Best: Tiger Woods' Dad Is a Champion, Too
ELDRICK "TIGER" WOODS made history last week when he shattered the 72-hole scoring record at the Masters, becoming, at 21, the youngest and first black champion in the golf tournament's history.Many writers and commentators remarked on how Woods would...
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Fear Not, Says Lanese to Behlmann Machinists
Herb Lanese was McDonnell Douglas Corp.'s pit bull during the 1996 strike by the International Association of Machinists, but he says the machinists who work for Behlmann Automotive have no reason to be concerned."I have never had a problem with unions...
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Feisty Shanahan Testing His Blues Fans' Loyalty
It took Blues fans eight seasons to turn against Doug Gilmour, a former favorite who left town under a cloud of scandal yet returned each year as a hero - until he harassed Wayne Gretzky in the playoffs last season.Which makes one wonder . . .Will this...
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Festival Is an Old Friend of New Plays Louisville Company Helps `Derby Town' Build a Reputation in World of Theater
SHOULD you ever find yourself on the board of directors of a regional theater looking to hire a director, Jon Jory has a little advice for you."The first question you should ask the candidates should be, `What are your obsessions?' " A cheery grin broke...
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Festivals Get Jump on Horse Races
TWO OF the three events in the Triple Crown of horse racing this year are preceded by citywide festivals.The Kentucky Derby Festival, which began Saturday in Louisville, runs until Derby Day, May 3, and Preakness Celebration '97 runs from May 9 to 17...
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Figure in Smith Case Refuses to Cash In
When he decided to start a magazine about household pets, Tom Findlay knew that his unwanted celebrity from a few years back might plague him.Sitting in his office in Birmingham, where Pet Pages is published, Findlay is backed by a wall of photographs...
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Finding the Right Balance in Child Custody Cases: Senate Proposal Would Eliminate Inequities in Present System
Since the early 1970s, approximately 50 percent of all marriages have ended in divorce. Trends indicate that between 59 percent and 66 percent of the children born in 1983 will reside in a single-parent home before reaching the age of 17.During the same...
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Finding the Right Balance in Child Custody Cases: The Bill Focuses on Parents' Wishes, Not on What's Best for the Child
The Missouri Senate recently passed Senate Bill 51, which proposes sweeping changes in Missouri's child custody laws. Although we support the concept of providing a reasonable means for parents to receive and enforce frequent, continuing and meaningful...
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Fire Rages in Flooded N. Dakota Community
Fire raged through downtown buildings in this flooded city Saturday night as firefighters struggled in water-clogged streets to save other businesses."Our entire town is flooded, and now our town is burning," Battalion Chief Jerry Anderson said.Fire...
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First-Class Flight One of Last Signs of High Rank
Roger A. Enrico, the chief executive of PepsiCo, can do it anytime he wants. Ann D. McLaughlin, the former Labor Secretary, not only does it, she occasionally has General Motors pay for it. Chris Evert won't say whether she does it or not. And at IBM,...
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Food Safety Called Casualty of Free Trade
When truckloads of now-infamous Mexican strawberries crossed into the United States, they passed through this busy border stop on a bluff just east of San Diego.U.S. investigators now are trying to determine on which side of the frontier those berries...
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For Atv Fans, It's a River of No Return Campground Ends Access to Stream
Parks Bluff Campground put up new signs this month: "Warning! Absolutely no vehicles permitted in the Black River."The welcome mat has been removed for the thousands who have flocked to the campground from throughout the Midwest on the three big holiday...
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Foreign Roads Are Threat to Travelers
At least three people died and 15 were injured in a road accident involving a tourist bus . . . in the southern Turkish province of Antalya, a popular holiday region, police said." - Deutsche Presse-Agentur.Item: "CAIRO - Two tourists were killed in...
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Francis Johnson, 86; Led Basketball Team in 1936 Olympics
Francis L. Johnson, a former businessman, rancher and captain of the 1936 gold-medal U.S. Olympic basketball team, died Friday (April 18, 1997) at his home in Chesterfield after suffering from heart disease. He was 86.Mr. Johnson was born and grew up...
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Franco-Flowers: Gardeners Flock to Paris Show
MOST PEOPLE have heard of April in Paris, thanks to the song of that name that lyrically alludes to the "chestnuts in blossom," but to experienced garden tourists May is the time to schedule a trip to that city.The middle weekend in May is when the big...
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Friday Night in Front of Tube Cable's Lifetime Woos Women, Its Target Market Audience
IT'S good to know there's a place where you can be understood, entertained and informed - a place to call your own.For women 18 to 34, that particular place can be found Friday nights on cable's Lifetime channel.Lifetime, the 13-year-old channel that...
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Gambling Group Misquoted Teachers
A gambling organization misrepresented the position of a state teachers' group in a letter to lawmakers promoting pro-casino legislation.The Gaming Partnership for Education apologized for the letter, which included quotes altered to indicate that the...
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Gateway Has What It Takes to Push for Winston Cup Race
The Winston Cup cars are racing Sunday at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia, a .526-mile oval.Last week, the Cup race was at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee, a .533-mile oval.Both of these short tracks have two Winston Cup dates per year. Co nsidering...
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Golfers Passion Is Unmatched
You can see them out there all the time, whacking through their pail of balls, city lights winking in the distance. They step up to the tee at the break of day, during lunch hour, late at night, standing in against the howling wind, turning their faces...
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Gop Seeks $250,000 Contributors
Republicans are planning a black-tie dinner May 13 in hopes of attracting contributors who will give or raise as much as $250,000 apiece.For a quarter of a million dollars, donors will get breakfast and photographs with Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott...
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Government Knew of Illegal Strawberry Buying
The Agriculture Department received reports earlier this year that a San Diego firm was illegally purchasing foreign-grown strawberries for use in school lunches.But the department did not act to prevent the recent hepatitis outbreak, a department official...
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Grand Forks Empties out as Red River Rushes In
Most of the city's 50,000 residents fled Saturday when the rising Red River overran miles of hastily built sandbag dikes and sent cold, dirty water washing through their neighborhoods.Mayor Pat Owens said people should prepare to be gone for as long...
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Harmon's Chief of Staff to Pick `Best Players'
In the 1960s, recalls Mike Jones, the basketball court at Farragut School was hot among youngsters from all over the city.That's where Jones, Mayor Clarence Harmon's new chief of staff, learned his basic philosophy of government and politics.The group...
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Hawaii Agrees with Cardinals Once They Get Their Sea Legs
Once they finally shook off their last-day debacle in Florida and once they finally got here, the Cardinals didn't seem to mind all that much the temporary uprooting of their season this weekend. Most, in fact, appeared glad they came.Before they played...
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Helping Hands Volunteers Fan out during `Christmas in April'
IT WAS spring cleaning time Saturday at the Father Dickson Cemetery in Crestwood for about 150 mostly teen-age volunteers taking part in "Christmas in April."Jeff Langford, 16, and about 20 other members of the youth group from Resurrection Lutheran...
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Herb Lanese Tries Selling Wheels, Not Wings Back in the Driver's Seat as Behlmann's President
Herb Lanese, who used to sell fighter planes to Malaysia and missiles to the U.S. Navy, now wants to sell you a new or late-model used car."Come on down and I'll get you a great, great deal," Lanese says.Formerly a top executive at McDonnell Douglas...
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Home Stretch Gateway International Makes a Final Push toward Race
Not yet having his race track totally ready for the Motorola 300, scheduled May 22-24, is "no big deal because we're used to scrambling," said Gateway International Raceway President Chris Pook.For 23 years, Pook has presided over the Grand Prix of Long...
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Hormone Nasal Spray Helps Build Strong Bones
Dear Dr. Donohue: Can you give me some knowledge about the use of the nasal spray salmon calcitonin, which my doctor is giving me for osteoporosis? I am apprehensive about using something like this, not knowing where it comes from, how much it has been...
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House Oks Mastectomy Care Bill Women Could Stay 96 Hours in Hospital
Under a bill passed by the Illinois House Saturday, Illinois health insurers would be required to pay for 96-hour hospital stays for women who have mastectomies.The bill would ban so-called "drive-through mastectomies," or breast removals on an outpatient...
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Idyllic Newark? Roth's New Novel Strips Family of Blissful Veneer
American Pastoral A novel by Philip Roth423 pages, Houghton Mifflin, $26 PHILIP ROTH'S fascination with varying interpretations of facts - with how things seem and how they really are - continues in "American Pastoral," the wrenching, skillfully told...
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If You Go . .
Getting There: Nome gets several jet flights a day from Anchorage. Round trip is $400 to $500. A taxi from the airport to anywhere in town is $5.Getting Around: A bicycle is a good way to travel around Nome. Inua Expeditions offers bike tours and rentals...
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Irwin Keeps Big Lead in Pga Seniors' Event
St. Louisan Hale Irwin coped with PGA National's difficult greens as well as anybody Saturday, leaving the defending champion 7 strokes clear of the field in the PGA Seniors' Championship."Little did I think I could shoot even par and maintain a 7-stroke...
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Is Cable Worth It?
Cable TV - the ultimate Monopoly - is either a good value or a big ripoff, depending on how you play the game. Post-Dispatch television critic Gail Pennington examines how the numbers add up.* A squirrel chewed on your cable, and now when you try to...
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`Ivanhoe' Coming to Small Screen Not Easy Bringing Scott Novel to TV
IT WAS no easy task bringing Sir Walter Scott's sweeping 1819 novel "Ivanhoe" to the small screen.The ambitious six-hour miniseries, premiering at 7 p.m. Sunday on cable's A&E and continuing Monday and Tuesday, was a mammoth undertaking. "It was like...
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Jewish Legends in Picture Books Appealing Tales of Magic, Spirits
TWO OF THE MOST popular Jewish legends are those of the Golem and the Dybbuk. Both legends have received appealing retellings by David Wisniewski and Francine Prose, although that of the Golem has survived the transition to a story for children somewhat...
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John Leclair the Self-Effacing Flyers Scoring Star
John LeClair is browsing through South Philly's new sports palace after a mid-January Flyers game, pointing out to Mark McGinn, his close friend and fellow Vermonter, some of the amenities $200 million can buy.McGinn interrupts. Did LeClair notice during...
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John Wayne and the American Soul
"JOHN WAYNE'S AMERICA: THE POLITICS OF CELEBRITY"Written and read by Garry Wills (3 hours, abridged, Simon & Schuster, $18)In a way, this inquiry into the enduring popularity of John Wayne by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author is akin to fooling with...
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Joint Custody or Tug of War?
Divorce is difficult at best. But when children are involved, it's even worse. Conflicts between husband and wife easily spill over into conflicts over the children, over child support, over visitation, over parental roles and responsibilities, over...
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Joseph Helps Oilers Get Even with Stars
Curtis Joseph, beaten five times by Dallas this season, was helped by a smothering defense Friday night as the Edmonton Oilers beat the Stars 4-0 in Dallas to even their Western Conference quarterfinal series at a game apiece.The third game of the best-of-seven...
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Kabila Vows to `Push out That Devil' Mobutu
Before a cheering crowd in Zaire's second-largest city, rebel leader Laurent Kabila vowed Saturday to press on to the capital and oust President Mobutu Sese Seko.Kabila told 12,000 people packed into a soccer stadium: "We have to prepare ourselves for...
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Kc Overcomes Its Ailments, Burns 'Bush
The Kansas City Attack looked like the battered bunch. Forward Eloy Salgado sported a fresh cast, thanks to a broken arm he suffered in Friday night's game, and the nose of forward Brian Lofton was broken and swollen - another wound suffered Friday night....
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Knicks Keep Bulls from 70th Victory
The New York Knicks clinched the third seed in the Eastern Conference and kept the Bulls from repeating as 70-game winners by beating Chicago 103-101 Saturday.The Knicks finished 57-25 and earned the right to avoid the defending NBA champion Bulls until...
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Laser Shows Called Risk to Flying Public
It could pass as an episode of "The X-Files": Pilots blinded and disoriented by mysterious flashes of light.That's what happened to Robert Novak, a Skywest Airlines pilot, on Nov. 29 as he approached Los Angeles International Airport from Bakersfield,...
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LEADERS GO ROUND AND ROUND ON BUDGET ISSUE Series: BALANCING THE BUDGET THIRD PART OF AN OCCASIONAL SERIES
THEY WERE CORDIAL, mutually respectful, earnestly committed from their different perspectives to good public policy.Yet when four St. Louis leaders met earlier this month to discuss the federal budget deficit, they proved to be a case study in why the...
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Lice May Be Getting Immune to Remedies
Ordinary head lice, the kind children often bring home from school, may be turning into "super lice," developing immunity to over-the-counter treatments that are parents' chief weapon against them.The California Department of Health Services said in...
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Living Wills Help Little, Study Says
Living wills - documents intended to give instructions in case the person is incapacitated - usually are too vague to by much help to doctors even if they know that the will exists.That is the conclusion of a study by George Washington University's Center...
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Loaded Weapons Today's Hitters Have Taken over Baseball
In the final days of spring training, Frank Thomas rebuffed a young autograph-seeker, telling the lad, "I've got to go hit." Whereupon the kid shot back, "You already know how to hit." The kid had a point.Yet Thomas, possessing a .326 spring batting...
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`Lollipop' Aids Test Safer, Simpler, Less Intimidating
Health workers are swapping needles for "lollipops" when testing for the AIDS virus.A pilot program started last May in St. Louis uses a stick with a treated plastic pad on the end. The pad absorbs fluid from cells inside the mouth that can be tested...
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Major Leagues Striking out with Youngsters
The question seemed simple enough: Name 10 current major-league baseball players.Seventeen of the 18 students in Arleatha Gainer's sixth-grade class at Sussex Avenue School here didn't even try to answer. They glanced at each other with panicked expressions,...
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Making Points: Umkc Debaters Argue Way to Top
The kangaroo is the mascot of the University of Missouri at Kansas City, but opponents of the school's debate team have nicknamed the squad "The Borg."That's also the name of a ruthless race of cyborgs on "Star Trek." Cyborgs are guided by a collective...
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Making Turkey Calls Pay off Calls for Some Special Effort
Missouri's turkey gobbler season, which opens Monday, apparently is coinciding closely with the peak of turkey gobbling. That calls for special tactics.Here are tips from two-time calling champion Steve Stoltz, St. Louis, public relations manager for...
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Marking a High Note for Musicians
Artist Presentations Society Showcase RecitalWhere: Unity Christ Church, Forsyth and Skinker boulevardsWhen: 3 p.m. Sunday How much: Free ***** MONEY may be a bit tighter, and it may be harder to find young people to help continue the group's mission,...
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`Microburst' Injures Some, Does Damage in St. Peters
High winds and hail - in what the National Weather Service described as a "microburst" - caused heavy damage and several injuries Friday night in St. Peters. Flying slate shingles from All Saints Church hit people in the church parking lot, and the roof...
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