St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from December 24, 1993

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10 Unforgettable Arena Hoop Happenings
Of the 13 meetings between Missouri and Illinois in the Busch Braggin' Rights basketball series at The Arena, the Tigers' 108-107 victory in three overtimes Wednesday night was one of two classics.The other occurred in 1988. Illinois, down by 18 points...
2 Bears Are Academic All-Stars
After winning every honor imaginable for their volleyball talents, Amy Sullivan and Amy Albers of Washington University are collecting awards for their classroom work.Sullivan and Albers, recently named first-team All-Americans after leading the Bears...
A Christmas Classic - Miracle on Oakland Ave
If required, Missouri and Illinois were determined to play until Christmas morning to settle this. No surrender. No holiday curfew.Just play on until they - or the ancient Arena foundation - couldn't stand the force of another wiped-out body tumbling...
Actor Warns against Television's Censors
SCARED of the dark? Fine. But don't be afraid of the light! Especially that rectangular light! Don't be scared of your TV!So argues actor Michael Moriarty. Passionately.Many viewers are acquainted with his stubborn self-composure as assistant district...
Allen's 25 Propel SW Louisiana Past Memphis St
Michael Allen had a game-high 25 points, and Southwestern Louisiana hit four free throws in the final 34 seconds en route to an 82-79 victory over Memphis State on Thursday night.The Cajuns (4-1) extended their winning streak at home to four. It was...
A New Leaf: Fletcher Turned Toronto Around
Cliff Fletcher is fretting. It is early in the first period, and in the private box he inhabits high above one end of the ice at Maple Leaf Gardens, it has grown very, very quiet.It is midseason, it is a weeknight, and judging by the scattering of empty...
Another Congressional Scandal
The water is getting deeper for Democratic Rep. Dan Rostenkowski of Illinois, who as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee is one of the most powerful members of the House of Representatives. Already under investigation for possibly trading his postage...
Area Clergy Reflect on Christmases That Shaped Their Vision
Christmas has a way of crystallizing the past for most of us.This holiday, several area clergy shared personal stories of Christmas and their thoughts about the meaning of the ancient Christian holiday. Their recollections include a liturgical robe,...
Area Short of Clay for Levees
Of all the resources that showered upon the Midwest, deep topsoil ranks near the top.But when it comes to the special clay called "borrow," used to build and repair levees, the region is running short."The borrow in the bottom land is still far too wet...
Aristide Sets Talks for Parties, Groups - but Snubs Army
Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide has called a multiparty conference in Miami next month in a new attempt to return to power, his government-in-exile announced Thursday.But Aristide snubbed the nation's armed forces, which ousted him in September...
Bach Society's Candlelight Concert a Delicious Treat
LIKE THE BOW around the Science Center and the lights in Tilles Park, the Bach Society's Christmas Candlelight Concert is one of the St. Louis area's most popular and enduring holiday traditions.The format for these concerts has settled into a familiar...
Best Gift Would Be Some Praise, Not Humiliation, for This Shopper
DEC. 24.Only one more day and the hassle commonly known as Christmas Shopping will be over.And not a moment too soon, as far as I'm concerned.Don't get me wrong. I'm no Scrooge. I really do love Christmas.I enjoy being with my family and friends. I love...
Big Fish in Little Pond a Little Missouri Radio Station Is a Perfect Fit for 6-Foot-8 Rick `Fish' Fischer and His Fellow Djs
`IT'S 5:04; good morning to you, everybody. Thirty degrees is our temperature right now, looking for mostly cloudy skies this morning and a few early morning flurries with a high today of 35 to 40. . . ."Outside town, the lights of the farmhouses begin...
Big Giver to Charities Says It's Sharing Businessman's Christmas Donations May Hit $10,000
The simple pleasure of helping is what Joe RoosEvans, a businessman from O'Fallon, Ill., says moves him to play financial Santa.So far in this Christmas season, RoosEvans has distributed about $5,000 to charity. He plans to hand out about $5,000 more....
Blues Bottle Lightning 7-4
Vitali Karamnov held up his first two fingers and flashed a "V" for victory Thursday night as he left the Blues' locker room at The Arena.Or was that a "V" for Vitali?Probably a little of both.Karamnov, known as Big V by his teammates, played a big role...
Blues Bottle Lightning 7-4 0+1 Records in 0+1 Records Out
The Blues' Great Russian Experiment, a dismal failure last season, is starting to pay off.What a Christmas present for the Blues!Russian Vitali Karamnov scored two goals, including the winner at 11 minutes 6 seconds of the third period, to lead the Blues...
Blues' Mcrae Still Has a Lot of Fight Left
Monsters storm out of junior hockey these days - huge, muscular and mean-tempered behemoths.Calgary Flames winger Sandy McCarthy goes 6 feet 3, 224 pounds. Shawn Antoski of the Vancouver Canucks overshadows him at 6-4, 240, though he recently broke his...
Bob Dylan Needed a Friendly Reminder
Dylan by the book: So there was Eileen Fisher of Vernon, N.J., in the back of the Supper Club in Manhattan a couple of weeks ago, waiting for the first of Bob Dylan's four shows to start. On the table was her copy of "Bob Dylan Lyrics 1962-1985," a compilation...
Breast-Feeding by Poorer Mothers Gains Popularity, U.S. Study Finds
More low-income mothers are breast-feeding their babies, but in far fewer numbers than among more affluent women, a congressional study has found.The study suggests that a nationwide effort to encourage breast-feeding among mothers who get food and nutrition...
Briefcase
NATIONAL RECALLS GM, Ford, Suzuki Notifying Owners Of Problems In 900,000 Vehicles</P><P>General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co. and American Suzuki Motor Corp. announced recalls of nearly 900,000 vehicles on Thursday to fix engine problems...
Briefs
WORLD IRAQ Government Denies Firing On U.S. Troops In Enclave</P><P>Iraq denied Thursday that its soldiers attacked U.S. and other allied troops as they patrolled a protected Kurdish enclave in Iraq.</P><P>In New York,...
Car Accident Puts Damper on Sunshine Trip 2 Lion Wrestlers Hurt Week before Meet in Florida
When the Lindenwood College wrestling team added the Sunshine Open to its schedule, the late December trip to Florida was viewed as a break."We're taking whoever wants to go," Lions coach Stacy Weiland said. "We've worked hard through the first half...
Christmastime's Magical Moments Wrapped in Love
MANY, MANY years ago, in a city far to our north, there lived a family with seven children.Marjorie was the oldest.If you had to describe the family's economic situation, you would call it middle class. Maybe even lower middle class. But whatever it...
Church Displays a Basketful of Holiday's Giving Spirit
This is a story of a gift from the local community to itself, a story told every Christmas recently in East St. Louis.Ophelia Barber, 37, the mother of two young daughters, knows it well. She worked until almost midnight Wednesday and most of the day...
Church Notes
Candlelight Service</P><P>There will be a candlelight service at 7 p.m. today at St. Charles Presbyterian Church, Gamble and Sibley streets, St. Charles. Five hundred luminaries will outline the church grounds. A service of lessons and...
Clinton's Accusers Admit to Falsifying Wreck Report Insurance Firm Lawyer: Troopers `Lied as Bad as Anyone I've. . .Known'
FOR ALMOST A WEEK, two Arkansas state troopers have held the attention of the White House and much of the national press by saying they had firsthand knowledge that President Bill Clinton is a power-happy philanderer.But until lately, the troopers, Larry...
Clinton Yields on Records of Investment Send Papers to Justice Department, He Orders
President Bill Clinton instructed his attorney Thursday to give the Justice Department all records of his investment in an Arkansas real estate partnership linked to a failed savings and loan.White House officials said they hoped that Clinton's directive...
Cowboys Give Aikman 8-Year, $50 Million Deal
Quarterback Troy Aikman became the richest player in National Football League history, agreeing Thursday to a $50 million, eight-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys.Aikman, 27, will receive an $11 million signing bonus and salaries ranging from $1.75...
Create `Social Safety Net,' Clinton Aide Urges Yeltsin Solving Issue Is Up to Russia, American Says
The United States urged President Boris Yeltsin on Thursday to adopt social security or some other "social safety net" to cushion the shock of Russia's change from communism.The United States and other wealthy nations can only provide limited technical...
Daughter in U.S. Calls Castro a `Tyrant'
Fidel Castro's daughter figured the best way to escape from her father's collapsing communist nation was to act like a tourist.So the former model gained weight, acquired a fake Spanish passport, and donned a wig, large coat and heavy makeup in preparation...
Deaths Elsewhere
DON DeFORE, 80, an actor best known for his role as the exasperated boss Mr. B in the 1960s television show "Hazel," died of cardiac arrest Wednesday (Dec. 22, 1993) at a hospital in Santa Monica, Calif.Mr. DeFore played the next-door neighbor, Thorny,...
Devils Heap More Misery on Struggling Maple Leafs
Claude Lemieux scored two power-play goals and goalie Martin Brodeur extended his unbeaten streak to eight games as the New Jersey Devils defeated the struggling Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 Thursday night.Dave Andreychuk supplied one of the few highlights...
Don't Panic Crash Won't Scare Investors, Polls Say
It's been an astonishing run: Mutual fund assets at the end of October totaled a record $1.98 trillion, a 27 percent increase from a year earlier.The flood of money has spawned new funds at a breakneck pace. Today there are more mutual funds - 4,410...
Erik Voeks: Playing around in the Sandbox
OPENING AN ALBUM that's otherwise resplendent with the pleasures of pure pop music - chiming guitars, precise harmonies, hooky choruses and lovelorn lyrics - with the grim sound of a dentist's drill might seem a curious production choice, but that's...
Ethnic Spirit: Varied Expressions of Christmas
From the African baby Jesus in the creche at St. Alphonsus Ligouri "Rock" Catholic Church to Mary in Oriental dress in the Korean United Methodist Church's children's pageant, Christmas here has taken on a multicultural look.At ethnic churches in the...
Favorites Expected to Bowl 'Em Over
'Tis the season to be mismatched.At least this is what oddsmakers and bettors believe.Based on unusually monstrous point spreads, never in recent college bowl history have so many supposedly competent teams been held in so little regard.Of the 18 bowl...
Fletcher Takes Falling Leafs from Refuse Pile, Lights a Fire
Cliff Fletcher is fretting. It is early in the first period, and in the private box he inhabits high above one end of the ice at Maple Leaf Gardens, it has grown very, very quiet.It is midseason, it is a weeknight, and judging by the scattering of empty...
French, U.S. Scientists Renew Aids Fight Harvard Professor Says French Finding Holds `Not a Word of Truth'
A new trans-Atlantic AIDS fight broke out Thursday, as American scientists lambasted a published report by French researchers who say they have found a new receptor molecule that helps HIV invade cells."There is not a word of truth in the entire paper,"...
Fusion Takes a Giant Step Forward
The most promising technology for the world's environmental problems took a major step toward realization recently. Scientists at Princeton University's Plasma Physics Laboratory succeeded in producing far more power than ever before from its experimental...
Giving to Break the Bank
The have-everythings of the world expect to find a few amusing baubles under the Christmas tree, just like the rest of us.Of course, the cost of their presents can rival the national debt.Here is a sampling of gifts bought in New York that will be unwrapped...
Governor Rejects Leaf Bill Edgar Calls Measure Unfair; It Would Have Prohibited Burning in Largest Counties
Gov. Jim Edgar on Thursday vetoed legislation that generally would have banned leaf burning in Illinois' 17 largest counties. He said the bill was inconsistent and "obviously unfair."The bill, which the Legislature approved in October, would have required...
Hawks Aren't Playing to the Crowd Attendance Lags despite Atlanta's Strong Showing
Not many have noticed. Not many are convinced. And even fewer care. Through one-fourth of this National Basketball Association season, that has been the Atlanta Hawks' biggest obstacle. Not the opponent.Their bandwagon is about as empty as the Omni on...
Hints from Heloise
Dear Heloise: I remember reading in your column several years ago that there was a painless drug for having a pet put to sleep. I recall that another drug frequently used does cause suffering for the animal.Our beloved Irish setter is getting frail and...
How to Tell a Party at Christmas
And you thought you could only tell Republicans from Democrats by how they vote. Not so! Just observe how they act during the holidays:Republicans say "Merry Christmas!."Democrats say "Happy Holidays!"Republicans help the poor during the holidays by...
Ibm Bandwagon Has Room for Plenty of Fund Managers
Here's a scenario: A beaten-down stock reverses direction and rallies to a 52-week high. The company's business improves under the direction of a new chief executive. Fund managers believe the shares can go even higher.What portfolio manager wouldn't...
In Ot, Sutherland Was Tiger in Mu's Tank
In the emotional tempest that engulfed The Arena on Wednesday night, University of Missouri freshman guard Jason Sutherland spent the first 40 minutes fidgeting, twiddling and wishing on the bench.Through regulation play in MU's 108-107 triple-overtime...
Investigators Working at Record Pace Girls' Murders Consume Major Case Squad
The Major Case Squad was only five years old in 1970 when two brothers found the body of a brown-haired boy in a crumbling farmhouse near Pacific.Edward Lee Gibbons, 7, vanished while walking home from school in St. John. The boy was sexually molested...
Iowa Police Captain to Be First Appointed Chief
A 40-year-old police captain from Cedar Falls, Iowa, has agreed to become Wentzville's first appointed chief of police. Kenneth Conlee, currently second in command of the 46-officer Cedar Falls police department, is expected to go on the Wentzville payroll...
Jays' Hardge Comes Up Big in 60-49 Win over Desmet
DeSmet coach Dale Burgman had a game plan, and Jefferson City followed it perfectly.At the center of the plan was stopping Monte Hardge, the Jays 7-foot center who is headed to the University of Missouri next season."If you play him wrong, he just spins...
Joseph Acts as Lightning Rod; Blues Come Back with Thunder
Blues coach Bob Berry borrowed a page from Mike Keenan's playbook on Thursday night at The Arena.Berry yanked starting goalie Curtis Joseph after Tampa Bay had scored three goals in the first 8 minutes 56 seconds. Backup Jim Hrivnak spelled Joseph for...
Kdnl Having Ball as NFL Dances Fox Trot
It may not have been as exciting as waking up Thursday with "1, 3, 13, 15, 29 and 12" on the Powerball ticket.Still, there has been plenty of jubilation around the KDNL Channel 30 offices this week."This is great! This is wonderful! Talk about being...
Komans Default on Cityplace in Creve Coeur
St. Louis developer William J. Koman and his son may lose their flagship property, the CityPlace complex in Creve Coeur. They have defaulted on their $40 million mortgage loan, and the lender, in anticipation of foreclosure, wants the court to appoint...
Lady Lions' Neidenbach All-American
Lindenwood College senior soccer player Krista Neidenbach is an All-American. Twice.Neidenbach, the Lady Lions' leading scorer, has been honored by both the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and by the National Soccer Coaches Association...
Make Financial Resolutions for New Year
It's time once again for New Year's financial resolutions.1994 provides a chance to put the many difficulties of 1993 behind us and do something positive about the future. Hope for the best. Be prepared for the worst.The glacially slow economic recovery,...
Man Is a Car, Whether New or Old Model
Dear Ann Landers: It has been said that the most difficult task of a woman's life is to give up her kitchen. For men, it's giving up an automobile. Being a male, here's the way I see it.Man is like an automobile. As it gets older, the differential starts...
Mavericks Hit Target, End Loss String at 20
The Dallas Mavericks went to the Mayo Clinic of National Basketball Association arenas to cure their ills, snapping their losing streak at 20 games with a 93-89 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night.The Mavericks used Target Center,...
Mavericks on Target, End Loss String at 20
The Dallas Mavericks went to the Mayo Clinic of National Basketball Association arenas to cure their ills, snapping their losing streak at 20 games with a 93-89 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night.The Mavericks used Target Center,...
Mismarked Pipe Prompts Better Plan for College
A misidentified ventilation pipe that threatened to delay expansion at St. Charles County Community College may, in the end, prove the catalyst for a better design plan, a college official says.Trustees recently approved a general design plan for two...
Missouri, Illinois Set the Ol' Barn Ablaze Last Border War on Oakland Ave. 3-Alarm Thriller
You knew the aged palace on Oakland Avenue would make a final stand. No way was it going to close the doors on the basketball border war between Missouri and Illinois and kick out the ghosts without a spectacular sendoff: A historic barnburner at the...
Morning Briefing Eye Openers
It's Christmas Eve here at Eye Openers. Time to pour some eggnog, sing some carols and check that list one last time.First, to get us in the mood, MITCH ALBOM of the Detroit Free-Press offers a special version of "Winter Wonderland" as it might be sung...
Neither Melting Pot nor Salad
As a nation, we seem caught between dreams - or, perhaps, caught without a dream. The old dream was the melting pot, where immigrants joined a kind of American stew and, over time, blended in, lost their distinctive accents and cultures and became Americans.But...
No. 1 Arkansas Needs Ot to Defeat Tulsa
With Lee Wilson and Darnell Robinson out with injuries and Dwight Stewart having fouled out with nearly 17 minutes to play, all Arkansas had to offer inside was Corliss Williamson.It was barely enough.Williamson hit a jump hook from the baseline with...
No. 2 Officer Tapped to Lead Magna
G. Thomas Andes, the No. 2 man at Magna Bank, will step up to the top job when Chairman and Chief Executive William S. "Bill" Badgley retires in 1995, the bank said Thursday.Badgley, who rose from junior lender to chief executive, will step aside when...
O'loughlin Joins Firm He Left to Work for County
Jim O'Loughlin is rejoining Miller Management Service Inc. as the company's 911 project manager. His new job becomes effective Jan. 1.The company's headquarters is in Columbia, Mo., but O'Loughlin is expected to remain in this area while working for...
Parents Face Murder Charge in Their Baby's Starvation
When Tavanisha Brooks of Joliet died this week at almost 5 months of age, she weighed just 14 ounces more than at birth.On Thursday, her parents were in jail on first-degree murder charges, accused of failing to provide her with enough food to keep her...
People
Little Drummer Boy, Part I: Rumor has it that BROOKE SHIELDS is on the verge of marriage to drummer TICO TORRES of BON JOVI.Shields, 28, kept herself unavailable for comment. Her mother, Teri Shields, called the reports "a bunch of fabrication, just...
Player of the Year with a Kicker Such as Klein, Desmet Was Destined to Have a Big Season
A couple of years ago, DeSmet High soccer coach Greg Vitello was asked about the dominance of area soccer by private and parochial schools. His response: "Coaching.""I was joking, but there were people who took it the wrong way," Vitello recalled. "There...
Police/courts
The following incidents were among those reported to police departments in the St. Louis area or that involved action in one of the area's courts:FATAL ACCIDENTSWashington Park: Two men from Belleville, driving separate cars, were killed in a head-on...
Political Correctness Is in the Eye of the Beholder
Contrary to popular belief, the mighty stick of political correctness is not wielded only by left-progressives and liberals. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders found that out when she recently suggested that maybe it might not be a bad idea to consider...
Powerball Victors Eye Rural Life, `Palm Trees'
A retired bricklayer with 17 children and 29 grandchildren plans to buy a country home with the $45 million Powerball lottery winnings.Percy Ray Pridgen, 69, could speak only a short time before having to bury his head in his hands and weep. After disclosing...
Pulitzer Unions Extend Pacts
Pulitzer Publishing Co. has negotiated extensions to the contracts covering printers and paper handlers at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.The company said the printers, represented by the Typographical Union, agreed to a seven-year extension that pushed...
Quarterly Profit Plunges 96% at President Casinos
Earnings for President Riverboat Casinos Inc. plunged 96 percent to $353,000 for the three months ended Nov. 30, the company said Thursday.Sales sank 35 percent to $24.3 million for the St. Louis company's third quarter.President, which runs riverboat...
Reserve Keeps Budget Rising despite Effect of GM Plant's Closing
Officials in Wentzville have resolved to stay in good financial shape next year even though the shutdown of the General Motors plant will mean less money for the city.The Board of Aldermen on Wednesday approved a $9.9 million budget for next year. The...
Rights Panelist Alleges Lesbian Bias City Commission Adviser Says Sex Issue Cost Her 2 Building Inspector Jobs in County
A new member of the city's Civil Rights Commission says she is a victim of the discrimination that she is trying to prevent.Since being identified as a lesbian in media reports about her appointment to advise the city's Civil Rights Enforcement Agency,...
Rockefeller Center Seeks Christmas Tree of Future
Already, the hunt is on for the next Christmas tree to stand at Rockefeller Center."The most thrilling time is when I find the tree," said David Murbach, the director of gardens for Rockefeller Center."You're looking and looking, and all of sudden you...
School That Gives Gets a Little Help to Keep on Giving `This Year We Decided to Adopt a School'
After Bill Green of St. Peters visited Pierre Laclede School in St. Louis nearly three years ago, he began worrying about the problems that the school's children face every day.Green said that Pierre Laclede, at Goodfellow Boulevard and Kennerly Avenue,...
Serbia Ueber Alles
"The Socialist Party of Serbia has achieved an overwhelming victory" in the parliamentary elections on Sunday, said a party spokesman. Well, that statement turned out to be a bit premature. The Socialists, the party of Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic...
Service Is Set for Homicide Victims
A candlelight service will be held New Year's Eve for 1993's homicide victims, a figure that stood Thursday at 263.Families Advocating Safe Streets will hold its third annual service commemorating the city's violent death toll at 4 p.m. next Friday at...
Slovakia Is Sick, Unstable, a Year after Joyous Birth Freedom from Hungary, Czechs Is Not Enough
IT IS ALMOST a year since nationalist Slovakian leaders proclaimed fulfillment of what they considered an age-old dream: independence and an end to domination by neighbors.Fireworks and the pop of champagne corks greeted independence on Jan. 1, but today's...
Soviet-Era Pollution Revealed Scientists Say Chemicals Killed, Hurt Thousands
Tens of thousands of workers died while producing chemical weapons in the former Soviet Union, Russian scientists said Thursday.About 1 million people live in contaminated areas where cancer rates are high and many babies are born sick or abnormal, the...
Sports Shorts
Report: Becker Says Drugs A Part Of Tour</P><P>The tennis season is so long and grueling that many players need drugs to get through it, according to Boris Becker, who said authorities in the sport have been able to keep it quiet.</P><P>Becker...
Spread of Nuclear Weapons Worries U.S
U.S. CONCERNS ABOUT the spread of nuclear weapons go far beyond the Korean Peninsula - to Iran, Iraq, China, Pakistan, Ukraine, Russia and beyond.Enforcement of international nuclear controls is so leaky that U.S. officials now speak of "counterproliferation"...
Star of Wonder Astronomers Think Magi Followed Planets Aligned to Simulate One Very Bright Light
The star of Bethlehem wasn't really a star but rather a series of astronomical events involving two planets, according to astronomers at Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles.The Wise Men of the Bible were itinerant astrologers, who "believed that by reading...
State Cuts Hurt Poor, Hospital Officials Say Plans to Reduce Medicaid Rates Criticized
Gov. Jim Edgar's plans to slash Medicaid rates of reimbursements to hospitals will result in curtailed health care for the "poorest of the poor" in East St. Louis and neighboring communities, officials of two local hospitals say.Richard Mark, senior...
Storm-Water Problems, Fees Discussed
The St. Charles City Council is discussing new fees to combat storm-water problems. But some council members say the city needs a plan before residents vote on such fees."We should have a plan to let people know where we're going before we ask them to...
Super Handyman
Dear Al: In the winter time, our windows sweat all over the window sills. This means that eventually the sills need to be repainted. Last winter I put a paste wax on them, thinking that it would repel some of the water at least until I could wipe them...
Surgery Can Correct Seriously Sunken Sternum
Dear Dr. Donohue: Can a sunken sternum be taken care of surgically? I suffer a severe complex from this condition.When did you last have your chest looked at?For other readers, this letter-writer describes a developmental problem in which the sternum...
SW Bell Rejects Rates in Commission's Plan
Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. has rejected a Missouri Public Service Commission rate plan that would freeze basic telephone bills until the turn of the century.The telephone company also asked the commission to postpone an $84.6 million rate cut that...
Sweet 16: Our Columnist's Choices for the Year's Top Albums
SUMMING UP a year's worth of music by looking only at the best records released is never a fool-proof method, and somehow this seems more true than usual when looking back at 1993.Many of my favorite artists in the past year did not release an album...
Swollen Rivers Besiege Europe Germany, France, Netherlands Swamped
The worst flooding in more than 60 years spread pre-Christmas misery across Western Europe Thursday, as rampaging rivers cut power supplies, swamped roadways and rail lines and forced thousands of people to flee their homes.More than a week of relentless...
Teen Wants Advice on Losing Virginity
Dear Abby: I'm a 14-year-old virgin, and I have a problem. I'm in love and want to have sex with my boyfriend - he's 17 - but I'm scared of getting pregnant. (My mother put me on birth control, and said that she "trusted" me, but I know that some girls...
The Best Grumpy Pair Is at It Again
"GRUMPY OLD MEN" Rating: PG-13. Running time: 1:53.</P><P>WHO BETTER to play the title roles in something called "Grumpy Old Men" than Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. They have bickered their way delightfully through four previous movies,...
The Inside Story of Bobby Inman
President Bill Clinton went to the heart of the establishment for his new secretary of defense, and once again has himself a Cabinet member he may not be able to count on.Outgoing Defense Secretary Les Aspin ran the Pentagon the same way he ran the House...
The Task Is Heavy for Repairing Levees Corps Moves in to Do `Dirty Work,' Literally
What goes into repairing a levee? The same thing that goes into building one - dirt, lots of it.Basically, a levee is an earthen dam, except that it runs alongside a river, rather than across it.Last summer's flood punched through levees up and down...
Uneasy Peace: Bethlehem Celebration Subdued
The peace accord has been signed, the decorations are up, the souvenir shops are overflowing with olive-wood carvings.Boy Scouts are getting ready for the first Christmas celebration in Bethlehem since the beginning of the Palestinian uprising six years...
U.S., N. Korea May Be Close to Deal U.N. Would Inspect 7 Nuclear Sites, S. Korean Newspapers Report
THE UNITED STATES and North Korea are closer to agreement on inspections of the North's nuclear facilities, according to South Korean news reports.Leading South Korean newspapers, in today's editions, quoted unidentified South Korean officials as saying...
Vanbiesbrouck, Panthers Top Rangers
John Vanbiesbrouck finally got a chance to stick it to the New York Rangers."This is a great feeling to beat the Rangers. I was in New York for a decade," Vanbiesbrouck said Wednesday night after leading the Florida Panthers to a 3-2 victory in the National...
Warriors Impressive in Win over Vikings
Christmas came a few days early for St. Charles West wrestling coach Jim O'Dell.In a dual match Tuesday at Francis Howell, the Warriors gave O'Dell just what he wanted - an impressive 35-20 victory."I'm really proud of these guys," O'Dell said. "Up and...
What Do We Have a Right to Know?
WHEN I sat down next to Slats Grobnik, he picked up his drink and moved down the bar to another stool.I followed and asked whether something was bothering him - possibly my deodorant?"I don't drink with no peeping Toms," he said.I resent that. Not only...
Winner's Goals: Home in Country, `Palm Trees'
A retired bricklayer with 17 children and 29 grandchildren plans to buy a country home with the $45 million Powerball lottery winnings.Percy Ray Pridgen, 69, could speak only a short time before having to bury his head in his hands and weep. After disclosing...

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