St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from May 14, 1994

3 Officers Arrested in Drug Sting Agents Uncover Role While Tailing Dealer
Undercover agents tailing a Dominican drug dealer with bundles of cash uncovered a scheme in which three St. Louis police officers conspired to distribute cocaine, a federal affidavit says.Arrested Friday were Officers Phillip Finerson III, 30, Cornelius...
Acquiring This Hunter a Big Hunt in Hoops Country, Astros Find a Gem
Brian Hunter understands that a boy growing up in Vancouver, Wash., has a much easier time conjuring visions of basketball glory than big-league baseball success. In fact, Hunter entertained the basketball dream."Basketball was my favorite sport," Hunter...
A Long-Term Answer to Welfare
The welfare reforms that the Missouri Legislature has approved are welcome because they show that most lawmakers didn't take the easy way out. Far too many politicians in Jefferson City and Washington are eagerly offering simplistic, punitive and unrealistic...
Anabolic Steroids Can Cause Prostate Woes
Dear Dr. Donohue: Where I work out, all the talk is of steroids. I also have heard of the danger in saturating the muscle receptors. Does that harm the prostate? I'm wary, but waiting for advice.The steroids here are male hormones, not the cortisone-type...
Animal Doctor
Dear Readers: If you're unable to take your pooch along on summer vacation, here are some guidelines for finding a good kennel.It's never to early to start. Talk to your vet now about necessary safeguards. Your dog may need a booster shot to protect...
Animal Health Company Plans Public Offering
PM Resources Inc., an animal-health company based in Bridgeton, says it hopes to raise $11.1 million through a public stock offering this summer to buy other businesses.PM Resources makes feed additives, medicated treatments, nutritional supplements,...
As the World Turns in East St. Louis
That long-running government sideshow, the East St. Louis follies, keeps coming up with new story lines to amaze its many fans. Last week, while the father of one City Council member sidetracked Mayor Gordon Bush, making him six minutes late, the council...
Banner Day in Jericho Palestinian Flags Fly as Occupation Ends
A Palestinian policeman waved a flag triumphantly from the roof of Israel's former military headquarters. Below, two Israeli officers quietly folded the Star of David banner that had fluttered over this city for 27 years.The occupation of Jericho ended...
Big Efforts and Rain Forecast in Area's Class 4a Competitions
Bring stopwatches, tape and muscle ointment. And don't forget those umbrellas. The Missouri high school track and field district meets will be held today, weather permitting.Rain is forecast, but that's hardly a deterrent for the many runners, jumpers...
Big Eight-Swc Merger Produces a Name: Big 12
Throwing creativity aside, the leaders of the Big Eight Conference schools and the four departing Southwest Conference schools have named their union the Big Twelve Conference.Interim Texas A&M President Dean Gage said Thursday that the administrators...
Bill on Campaign Spending Goes to Carnahan
The Legislature sent a bill Friday to Gov. Mel Carnahan that would put voluntary limits on campaign spending. Opponents said it would be challenged in court before it could take effect.The House passed the bill, 84-56, completing legislative action on...
Bondsman Battles Courts
A bail-bondsman from Cuba, Mo., is battling the courts in Madison County as he tries to keep from losing $5,000 he posted for a man who fled to Illinois last month.The bail-bondsman, Frank "Buzz" Eickhoff, and the two private detectives he sent to Madison...
Breyer: Quick Study, Solution-Finder but Absent-Minded Professor, Red Sox Fan Are Part of Picture
THOSE WHO KNOW Stephen G. Breyer best say he is terrifically smart, quick-witted, and so scrupulously fair and open-minded that he can listen carefully to warring advocates and come up with an ingenious solution that makes them think they won.That's...
Briefcase
ST. LOUIS MANAGEMENT TWA Appoints New General Counsel</P><P>Trans World Airlines Inc. appointed Richard P. Magurno as senior vice president and general counsel.</P><P>He replaces Joseph F. Healy Jr., who retired earlier...
Briefs
CALIFORNIA Woman Gets $84 Million In Palimony Judgment</P><P>A jury on Friday awarded $84 million - considered the largest palimony judgment ever - to the former companion of the flashlight magnate Anthony Maglica, creator of the Maglite...
Briefs
MADISON COUNTY Jury Awards $1 Million For Injury</P><P>A jury has awarded $1 million in damages to Doyle Cutright, 26, of Granite City, who sued an engineering company over a back injury he suffered while building a railroad track.</P><P>His...
Briefs
WASHINGTON Lilly, Scientists Violated U.S. Drug Rules, FDA Says</P><P>Government scientists and a drug manufacturer violated federal regulations with an experimental hepatitis drug that killed five patients last summer, the Food and...
Bulls Blow 19-Point Lead, Defeat Knicks on Kukoc's Buzzer-Beater
Toni Kukoc hit an 18-foot turnaround jumper at the buzzer Friday night and the Chicago Bulls, after blowing a 19-point lead in the fourth quarter, beat New York 104-102. The Bulls' victory cut the Knicks' lead to 2-1 in their National Basketball Association...
Cards Learn Era of Ways in 9-1 Loss Pitching Staff Receives Another Jolt vs. Expos
The Cardinals' earned-run average is climbing to the mile-high club previously inhabited by the Colorado Rockies and Chicago Cubs.The bolt hurled by the Montreal Expos at the Cardinals on Friday night in a 9-1 win caused the Cardinals' team ERA to rise...
Cards Learn Era of Ways vs. Expos Pitching Staff Receives Another Jolt in 9-1 Loss
The Cardinals' earned-run average is climbing to the mile-high club previously inhabited by the Colorado Rockies and Chicago Cubs.The bolt hurled by the Montreal Expos at the Cardinals on Friday night in a 9-1 win caused the Cardinals' team ERA to rise...
Car-Less Son Learns to Drive Hard Bargain
AFTER YEARS of unsuccessful attempts, my son figured out exactly what to say so I would help him buy a car."I've decided," he announced over the phone one day last month, "to buy a moped, so I have some way to get around."A moped.An itsy teensy motorbike....
Cba Head Predicts City Will Have Team by '95
Continental Basketball Association Commissioner Mark Lamping has heard from several St. Louis interests who want to put a team in the league. Owners of existing franchises have told him that they'd like to move to St. Louis.Lamping said he expects St....
Cba on Move: Office Sets Up Here; Is Team Next?
Say hello to the Continental Basketball Association, now busily settling into its new headquarters downtown. The league moved most of its administrative staff here in mid-April from Denver. Its office there will close June 1.Fittingly, the CBA sees itself...
Champagnes for Different Courses in a Meal
THE BUBBLES in a glass of champagne do a lot more than go to one's head.They dance across the tongue with the grace of Fred Astaire, and they skitter down the throat like a series of fast-moving rapids, bouncing every which way at once and creating -...
China Releases Dissident to Romance Washington
China released a leading dissident imprisoned after the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, in an effort to show the United States progress on human rights.The dissident, Chen Ziming, was freed Friday, just weeks before President Bill Clinton must decide...
Circus, Circus: Legislature Ends Session Tempers Flare in Hectic Final Day
The Legislature ended its five-month session Friday, placing limits on campaign contributions but defeating a health-insurance reform measure.A change in the juvenile law to make it easier to try violent teen-agers as adults also failed to gain final...
Clinton Chooses Breyer for Supreme Court
President Bill Clinton ended more than five weeks of speculation Friday and nominated federal Appellate Judge Stephen G. Breyer to the U.S. Supreme Court.Clinton called Breyer "one of the outstanding jurists of our age" and a consensus-builder who understands...
Clinton Is at Ramming Speed for NFL Team
Bernie Bits:Spies tell us that Our Town's Jerry Clinton recently met with Los Angeles Rams owner Georgia Frontiere and Rams executive vice president John Shaw. The session apparently took place last weekend in LA.Clinton, out of town all week, could...
Diverse Dreams Meet, Flourish under One Roof
HOW NICOLE TART, who is 17 and black, and Franklin McCallie, who is 53 and white, came to live together was a matter of character as much as circumstance.The circumstances were these.In March 1993, Tart's family was evicted from a house they had been...
Edgar Defends His Freeing of 4 Women Move Was Not Political Ploy in Race with Netsch, He Says
Gov. Jim Edgar faced speculation Friday that his decision to grant clemency to four women prisoners who murdered husbands or lovers was a political ploy.The four women, who say the men abused them, were freed from prison Thursday. But Edgar refused to...
Eight Nations Formulate Plan to End War in Bosnia
The United States, Russia and West European nations endorsed a formula Friday for peace in Bosnia. They urged warring Serbs and Muslims to begin negotiations on the plan within two weeks."None of us here wants to impose a settlement on the parties,"...
Emission Rules Pass despite Objections from Auto Dealers
Despite strong opposition from the Missouri Automobile Dealers Association, the Legislature has approved tougher emission inspections for cars registered in the St. Louis area.The final vote came Friday, 35 minutes before adjournment of the legislative...
Engagement Presents: Ring or Chunk of Texas
Dear Ann Landers: Being a conservative when it comes to financial matters, I believe the practice of buying a diamond ring to symbolize engagement is a waste of money.I say this because it is well known that the diamond market is controlled by a few...
Erik H. Erikson, 91; Seminal Psychoanalyst
Erik H. Erikson, the psychoanalyst whose theories of personality development and adolescent "identity crisis" transformed the field of psychology and held particular appeal for the restless youth of the 1960s, has died at age 91.Mr. Erikson also wrote...
Executive, 46, Wins $3.7 Million Age-Bias Suit
A jury awarded $3.7 million to a former Ernst & Young partner who said the accounting firm discriminated against him because of his age.Peyton LaRue Simpson was fired in 1990 at the age of 46, shortly after his former firm, Arthur Young & Co., merged...
Father Wins $500,000 in Recovered-Memory Case
A jury ruled Friday that two therapists destroyed a father's life by implanting false memories of child abuse in his daughter's mind. The jurors awarded the father $500,000 in damages.The father, Gary Ramona, a former winery executive, had sued the...
Feminists Cautious about Jones' Charges but Harassment Case Will Be Watched Closely
Feminists from the St. Louis area and around the United States are sticking to their support for Anita Hill while they monitor Paula Corbin Jones' sexual harassment case against President Bill Clinton."I think the feminist movement wants to be fair to...
Finding New Needles for Old Sewing Machine
Dear Eunice Farmer: I'm having a hard time finding sewing-machine needles for my old sewing machine. I've been told they don't make them anymore. Do I have to get a new sewing machine just to get needles that work?Your question really has me stumped!...
`Frenchy' Stayed; Hill Scaled Mountains for Expos
Today's pitching matchup again conjures a "what-might-have-been" question about a trade the Cardinals made with the Montreal Expos in 1991.What if the deal had been constructed as the Expos originally wanted it?Today the Cardinals will pitch Rheal Cormier...
Friends, Family Gather to Honor Ex-Royal Brett
There were plenty of baseball types around Thursday to sing the praises of George Brett as the Kansas City Royals prepare to retire his No. 5.But leave it to the mayor to look beyond the standings and see the impact that 20 seasons of Brett and the Royals...
Front-Loading Washers Get Clothes Cleaner
Q: I need to buy a new clothes washer, and my skin is sensitive to detergent residues in clothes. What type of clothes washer is the most energy-efficient and provides the best cleaning and rinsing? - I.S.A: Front-loading clothes washers provide the...
Gang Members Gather for Recruiter's Funeral
As a boyish-looking mourner in red tennis shoes and baggy jeans leaned over the casket to hug the body of Sirreco Brown on Friday, another young man slipped a bandana beneath Brown's suit lapel.The bandana was red, a color of the Bloods gang that police...
German Police Ripped after Attack after 6 Injuries, Jewish Leader Calls Failure to Protect a `Scandal'
The head of Germany's Jewish community criticized police Friday after a violent rampage by rightists, saying that the police had failed to protect foreigners.A spokesman for Chancellor Helmut Kohl called the bloodshed Thursday "a shame" and said the...
Girl Recounts Abduction by Ex-Boyfriend `I Don't Hate Him. . . . I'm Very Sorry He Died'
When romance ran amok, it dragged Ellen Palazzolo along for 300 miles.She broke free only through the suicide of her abductor, her love-obsessed former boyfriend.The terror began Wednesday morning when she took a break from her job at Denny's Restaurant...
Haiti Invasion Plans Denied Again by U.S. U.S. Military Exercise Explained
U.S. officials Friday denied a report that a major military exercise in the Caribbean and Western Atlantic Ocean over the past three weeks might have included preparation for a possible invasion of Haiti.President Bill Clinton has refused to rule out...
In the Spotlight
Anthony LewisPosition: OutfielderClass: AA ArkansasThrows: Leftws Bats: LeftAge: 23Highlights: On a club loaded with prospects struggling to find consistency, Lewis has blossomed into a leader. His .287 batting average is 45 points higher than his five-season...
Jackson Wins Fifth in Row as Phils Roll
Mariano Duncan drove in four runs and Danny Jackson won his fifth successive decision Friday night, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 12-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.Lenny Dykstra went four for four - giving him seven hits in two nights...
Knights Find Greener Pastures in Home Opener
The thick, green grass at St. Louis Soccer Park was almost ankle-deep Friday night for the Knights' home opener against the Sioux City Breeze."You can't tell whether the players are wearing Pumas or adidas," wisecracked Bill McDermott, the pressbox announcer.That,...
Lakers Turn Away from Young Guns, Hire del Harris
The Los Angeles Lakers' search for a new coach began with a list of young, prominent names from the college ranks. It ended Friday with the antithesis when Del Harris, 56, was hired as Magic Johnson's successor.Harris, who has been referred to as "Dull"...
Landlord-Tenant Rift Raises Questions
Q: I moved into a new apartment last Oct. 30 and my lease started on Jan. 1, so I got two rent-free months. I lost my job in December. When I told the apartment owner, he said I could start paying rent on March 1. But he didn't put this in writing.My...
Larkin Hopes Surge Means Slump Is over 20-Game Burst Boosts Average after .122 Start
The long-awaited Barry Larkin hitting tear is upon us.The Cincinnati Reds shortstop was hitting .307 over his last 20 games before Friday night's game in San Francisco, a good indication that his long slump officially is over.But he's not prepared to...
`Macgyver' Returns for Two-Movie Deal
MAC is back!"MacGyver," that is.When we last saw our intrepid hero two years ago, he was riding off into the syndication sunset after seven seasons on ABC. "MacGyver," which starred Richard Dean Anderson, was a most unusual action-adventure series. Mac...
Man Backs 2 Suspects in la Fire `Plumber' Remembers Firefighters, He Says
A man who says he is the mysterious "plumber" pictured in photographs of the Malibu fire came forward Thursday with an account that could bolster the statements given by two volunteers who have been accused of setting that blaze.The man, Robert Blakeley,...
Miami Residents Sue, Claim Ticketmaster Scalps Ducats
Five Miami residents are suing Ticketmaster and nine Florida sporting and entertainment promoters, claiming that the companies are creating an illegal monopoly on ticket sales and violating a Florida law against ticket scalping.The suit alleges that...
Morning Briefing Eye Openers
Memo To Larry: Not that anyone is expecting miracles at Mizzou, but new football coach LARRY SMITH should be advised of the Orange Bowl schedule for '95.Because New Year's Day falls on a Sunday, the horde of Jan. 1 bowl games is slopping over to Jan....
New Day in the Middle East
Transforming the Israeli-occupied city of Jericho and the Gaza Strip into areas of Palestinian self-government is a task few would envy. The long-suffering Palestinians in the territories want desperately to begin displaying and using the symbols of...
Nominee Called `Hard to Peg' 13 Years of Appellate Decisions Reveal No Ideological Bent
IN THE SUPREME COURT'S philosophical spectrum, put Stephen Breyer a bit left of the middle.Like Harry A. Blackmun, the justice he would replace, Breyer is expected to support abortion rights, individual freedoms, separation of church and state and some...
Officer Cites Drug Abuse in Abduction Detective Testifies on Confession in Kidnapping, Killing of Girl, 12
Richard Allen Davis said he abducted Polly Klaas during a drug-induced haze and strangled her to "cover his tracks" because he knew a kidnapping conviction would land him back in state prison, according to testimony presented by a Petaluma police detective.Sgt....
Out of Prison, Guthrie Goes 4-0 in Ring
So far, so good.After three years behind bars for selling cocaine, William Guthrie is back in the ring.Since returning to civilization last year, Guthrie is 4-0. His overall record is 12-0 with 11 knockouts.Guthrie, 27, is a light-heavyweight by trade....
Pacers Held to NBA-Low in 92-69 Loss
Atlanta held Indiana to the fewest points in National Basketball Association playoff history Thursday night. The Hawks, behind 20 points each from Danny Manning and Kevin Willis, tied the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series 1-1 with a 92-69...
Penske's 3-Pointed Stars Aiming for Indy Front Row
Driving a Mercedes-Benz always has been a status symbol for upscale Americans.The working stiff puts in his eight to 10 hours and motors home in a Chevrolet. The guy with the gold chain around his neck doesn't owe his soul to the company store. He has...
People
After making "Mo' Better Blues" in 1990, director SPIKE LEE made a vow that he'd never work with child actors again.So why did he break his vow to make "Crooklyn"? Because, he tells Entertainment Weekly, he exhausted himself in making "Malcolm X" and...
Psychiatry's New Attitude Bridges Gap with Spirituality, Experts Say
American psychiatry is changing its attitude toward religion.The American Psychiatric Association has added a category to its new diagnostic manual recognizing religious or spiritual problems as legitimate clinical concerns that are not necessarily related...
Quake Up! No `Fault,' but Stewart Faces Tremors
Nobody's at fault.University of Missouri basketball coach Norm Stewart is not at fault if his African-American athletes inch toward graduation.The black student-athletes aren't at fault if they can't juggle books and basketball and celebrity to graduate.The...
Queen's `Cruises' Are Often Dead in the Water
Towboat captains have noticed. So have motorists crossing the Mississippi River and office workers in downtown high-rises.The Casino Queen, the first floating casino on the St. Louis-East St. Louis riverfront, seems to sit at dock a lot, rather than...
Senate Decides There's Really No Such Thing as a Free Lunch
THE SENATE'S 95-4 vote this week to prohibit senators from accepting free meals, tickets, trips or other gifts from lobbyists didn't reflect the long, bitter and frequently hilarious debate that accompanied it.In fact, anyone watching the haggling might...
Settlement Offer for Belleville Fine on Bias Charges Could Be $770,000
The Belleville City Council is weighing an offer from the Justice Department to settle charges that the city engaged in racial and sexual discrimination over the past 20 years. The city's fine would be $770,000.Details of the proposal for a consent decree...
Sharks Blew Chance, but Get Another Try to Sink Maple Leafs
San Jose Sharks defenseman Jeff Norton woke up Friday and tried to figure out why he was still in the Toronto."It's hard to believe we're still here, given the opportunities we had to win Game 6," Norton said.Instead, Toronto won 3-2 on Mike Gartner's...
Sheehan Fires 68, Gains Share of Lead at Lpga
Patty Sheehan blew past the competition Friday with a 3-under-par 68 and gained a share of the lead after two rounds of the LPGA Championship in Wilmington, Del.Sheehan, the defending champion, started the day in a 10-way tie for 17th place. She had...
Slugging Away Theories Abound on Changing Nature of Game
Conspiracy buffs tired of debating UFOs have turned their attention to bizarre events of the baseball season.Home runs are flying out as if teams were playing slow-pitch softball. Earned-run averages and errors are up at the same time. So are many pitchers...
Speedometer Accuracy on U.S. Cars Questioned
By Tom and Ray Magliozzi Dear Tom and Ray: A friend of mine says that the speedometers on American-made cars are set 5 mph under the actual speed the vehicle is traveling. For example, if she is driving 60 mph according to the speedometer, she is really...
Sports Shorts
New Safety Rules Set For Formula One Cars</P><P>With two drivers dead and a third in a coma, the organization that runs Formula One auto racing decided Friday to take drastic measures to make the sport safer. Overriding its agreement with ...
Struttin' Their Trucks
EVEN AT 42, Richard Hall looks as if he just stepped out of a revival of "American Graffiti," the 1973 film classic about cars, kids and teen-age mores.Especially when he stands next to Penguin Lust, his '88 GMC S-15 High Sierra mini-pickup, shimmering...
Suspect Must Stand Trial in Abduction but Judge Has Doubts on Parts of Confession in California Case
Richard Allen Davis was ordered Friday to stand trial in the kidnapping and murder of 12-year-old Polly Klaas, whose abduction at knifepoint from her home during a slumber party touched off a nationwide search.Municipal Judge Robert Dale said he did...
The Secret of the Trees
ONCE UPON a time, not long after God created trees on Earth, a young man walked out of his cottage, carrying his ax. He waved goodbye to his family. "I'm off to collect wood so we can warm ourselves," he called. And he went into the forest.Before long...
Union Local Files Suit to Prevent City Drug Tests
The union for clerical workers in Granite City went to federal court Friday seeking an injunction to stop the city from starting a new program of random drug testing.Local 3405 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and its...
Unnecessary 911 Call Blamed for Crash
A school bus that crashed into an ambulance Friday morning in St. Louis epitomizes Rodney Dreifuss' worst fear - that using ambulances as taxicabs will lead to disaster."We don't want to discourage anyone from calling 911, but something like this morning...
U.S. Agrees to European Plan for Partitioning Bosnia
The United States bowed to European pressure Friday and formally endorsed partitioning Bosnia, with 51 percent going to the Bosnian-Croatian federation and 49 percent to the Serbs.The proposal would require concessions by both sides.Secretary of State...
Viewers' New Option: Small Dish
THE FUTURE, they tell us, holds 500 channels of television for every zombied man, woman and child. With a 10-foot satellite dish in my back yard, I tell them, I'm already two-thirds of the way there.Each week, Satellite TV Week, the size and thickness...
Whole Village Turned into Killing Field Catholic Complex Yielded No Safety
Nobody lives here any more.Not the expectant mothers huddled outside the maternity clinic, not the families squeezed into the church, not the man who lies rotting in a schoolroom beneath a chalkboard map of Africa.Everybody here is dead. Karubamba is...
Yankees Win in 12th, Hike Mark to 24-10
Bernie Williams, Pat Kelly and Luis Polonia each drove in two runs in the 12th inning Friday night as the New York Yankees defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 10-4 for their eighth win in a row.The Yankees, who improved their record to a major-league best...
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