St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from December 25, 1993

10 Killings Troubling for Peru
Nine students and a professor dragged away by masked men from a university outside Lima last year have returned to haunt Peru's most powerful military and political leaders.When the eight men and two women disappeared, few people noticed. The capital...
A Christmas Carol Named St. Louis
Even on the muggiest summer afternoons, seeing the magnificent statue of Louis IX, the 13th-century French king, makes me think about Christmas. The equestrian statue of the crusader king graces the front entrance of the city's Art Museum in Forest Park....
Aids Victim's Estate Wins $100,000 in Suit
A union that limited health insurance for AIDS patients has agreed to pay $100,000 to the estate of an AIDS victim and the hospital where he was treated before he died.Mark Kadinger's estate and the University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinic claimed...
A Lucky Break for Women
Women workers across the country got an early Christmas present this year. Earlier this month, about 14,000 women grocery workers won a $75 million settlement against Lucky Stores Inc., a California grocery chain, because of the company's pervasive pattern...
A Movie That Connects with Christmas
Even in the happy Christmas time we sense undercurrents of sadness - a confirmation of the widely reported prevalence of mild depression. We deny it because it seems inappropriately uncheerful.I thought of that the other day when we went with friends...
A Rose Blooms at Christmas in Illinois
For most of us, Christmas lore is pretty much limited to St. Nick taking his annual tumble down the chimney, while our Yuletide traditions encompass little more than listening to Bing Crosby warble "White Christmas" on an old LP and catching the Alistair...
At Age 31, Rice Still Tops Menu of NFL Receivers
Considering the many skills of Michael Irvin, Andre Rison and Sterling Sharpe, it was suggested that Jerry Rice heads the greatest set of wide receivers in National Football League history."No, not me," Rice said with a laugh. "Those guys are great receivers,...
Babies Got Radioactive Injections in 1950s Study
Seven newborn boys, six of whom were black, were injected with radioactive iodide in the early 1950s at a hospital in Memphis, Tenn., as part of a study funded by the federal government.Lester Van Middlesworth, the scientist who conducted the study in...
Bethlehem Marks Christmas with Flags
Even "Santa" grabbed a Palestinian flag Friday as the army granted a Christmas truce in time for the biggest public celebrations in the occupied territories in six years.Amid tight security, monks bearing golden crosses led the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem,...
Biographer Understands Admires Ted Turner
A LITTLE sympathy, please, for Porter Bibb.The author of "It Ain't As Easy As It Looks," a biography of media mogul Ted Turner, Bibb chose to write about a man whose very nature just might be too brilliant, crazy and contradictory to contain in a single...
Black Candidates, White Voters: Debate Intensifies
Conflicting results in recent state and local elections have intensified the debate among urban political strategists over whether white voters will vote for black candidates.Black political leaders involved in the failed attempt of New York Mayor David...
Born of Expediency, Christmas Card Greets 150th Year
A few years ago, in November 1843 to be exact, Henry Cole found himself in a bind: He was too busy to write the traditional Christmas greetings to relatives.So Cole asked an artist-friend to create a ready-to-mail greeting, and the Christmas card was...
Brave Last-Minutemen Charge Area Malls
Mary Louise Martin of St. Louis has already opened her presents, so we're not giving away any secrets by telling you that her husband, Richard, gave her a gold ring.What she may not realize is that her husband waited until the last minute to buy the...
Briefs
WORLD BERLIN Germans Must Endure Wet Christmas</P><P>Some Christmas goodies were delivered by dinghy, but there was more mopping up than merrymaking when water from Europe's worst flooding in decades began receding in some places Friday.</P><P>This...
Brr-Ring on Ceremony for New Clark Bridge Illinois and Missouri Governors to Attend
Beaming civic leaders want you to come to the Clark Bridge dedication at Alton on Jan. 5, but they also want you to be forewarned.It will be during the St. Louis area's typically coldest month, on the equivalent of the roof of a tall building, with no...
Celebrating 10 Who Share Their Gifts
It used to be called the Hot Stove League. Sit around a fire on a winter's afternoon and kibitz about baseball, giving advice to absent managers, talking trades and batting averages.Now, if cranks discuss the game in December, it's about free agents...
Clinton Is Pressing to Deliver Goods on Campaign Goals Study Shows President Made a Good Start on Living Up to His Ambitious Program
IN A HEAD-SPINNING YEAR of activity, President Bill Clinton made a substantial down payment on much of his ambitious agenda, according to a Knight-Ridder analysis of nearly 170 campaign promises.Last year, candidate Bill Clinton listed them in a 232-page...
Clinton's Record on Promises
Here is how President Bill Clinton performed on a few of his hundreds of campaign promises during his first year in office. The scoring is based on outcomes only. Clinton gets a YES if the promise clearly has been fulfilled. In cases where the president...
Colorado Hopes to Put Some Heat on Fresno State
Get this: Fresno State is in Hawaii for a bowl game, and its coach is complaining about the weather."Two days ago, we weren't at practice pace, but that was because of the humidity," Jim Sweeney said. "We perked up (Thursday), because it wasn't as hot...
Congregations Rediscovering Epiphany as Celebration of Tolerance, Compassion
As the last dish from today's family dinner is washed and put away and the remaining scraps of green and gold gift wrap are stuffed into the waste basket, most Americans will start to feel that Christmas is over.In the official church, however, Dec....
Conservative Coalition Now a Rare Sight but When Southern Democrats Join Gop Lawmakers, Partnership Counts
THE ONCE-MIGHTY "conservative coalition" of congressional Republicans and Southern Democrats has faded over the last several years to a mere shadow of its former self.President Bill Clinton's ability to keep it that way this year was the key to success...
County Resident Feels `N-Spired' on Road's Name Man Spurs Correction of Misspelling on Signs
For years Samuel Hagemann - spelled with two "N's," has lived on a road named in honor of his grandfather - a road spelled with one "N."That misspelling of Hageman Road has been a thornn in Sam Hagemann's side for most of his 77 years.Last month, Hagemann...
Credit Card Thieves May Face New Weapon
A discovery by Washington University researchers may help cool down hot credit cards.Two electrical engineering professors at the university invented a technique they say will fight credit card fraud, which costs the nation $800 million a year.The technique...
Did Acute Intoxication Lead to Alm's Suicide?
At 2:31 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 14, a 911 dispatch office received a frantic call, identified later as made on the cellular telephone found on the roof of Jeff Alm's car.911 operator: 911. Do you need police, fire or ambulance?Alm: Yes. I need an ambulance...
Energy-Efficient Window Shades Easy to Make
Q: The air is chilly near our windows, and I want to try to make some inexpensive insulating shades. Can you tell me how to design and make them for high efficiency as wells as an attractive appearance? - N.N.A: Attractive, energy-efficient window shades...
Faith, Hope and Love Mennonite Volunteers Help Flooded Valley Start Anew
Hope has returned this Christmas to the valley between the Mississippi River and the white limestone bluffs at Prairie du Rocher.Farmers have plowed the thick black mud the river left behind and planted winter wheat. The wheat has just begun to poke...
Family First Nourished by Love, Highmark Blossoms
The tree looked bright, with gifts spread underneath. The warm conversation and laughter felt as pleasant as a cup of hot chocolate on a cold, snowy night.The Highmark family had gathered in their home for Christmas.Anyone even casually introduced to...
For Casual Elegance, Drape It
Dear Eunice: I want to thank you for the pattern suggestions you give each week. I have purchased and used most of them and have never been disappointed. Now I have a special request. We are invited to a house party given by my husband's company. The...
Fore? at Age 3? Shorter Than a Club, Tyke Takes to Links
The 18-foot putt on the third hole may have brought the biggest smile from Diana Davis. Or maybe it was when she joked with her mother about her case of the hiccups just minutes before.Diana, 3, is from Miami Lakes and checks in at 36 inches and 29 pounds....
`Forgotten Victims': Croats in Own Land
On Christmas Day, Marenko Posavcic will be on guard duty at the edge of a frozen battlefield, within sight of his boyhood village. If he peers through binoculars, he might even catch a glimpse of the Serbs who now live on his family farm."Once, Christmas...
For Wargo, 1993 Certainly Wasn't Par for the Course
You don't have to like golf to cheer for Tom Wargo. As a 50-year-old rookie on the Senior PGA Tour, he has made $534,000. Nice pot of cabbage. But this chapter of Wargo's life story more fully captivates when he tells you about his first 49 years.Wargo...
Fund Aids Wife of Officer in King Beating
The public has contributed more than $1,000 to a holiday fund for the wife and five children of police Sgt. Stacey Koon, who is in federal prison on charges related to the videotaped beating of Rodney King, authorities said.Cash, checks and toy-store...
Gretzky Trying to Become the Great One - at Parenting
Ty Robert Gretzky, 3, did not know that his father and his father's friends - yes, even the intriguing ones with goaltender masks - were in trouble with the big man who stands behind the bench during Los Angeles Kings games.It was after the season-opening...
Gundy Puts Signature on Hancock Bowl Quarterback Named MVP as Oklahoma Tops Texas Tech 41-10
Cale Gundy withstood a ferocious pass rush and threw three touchdown passes, leading No. 19 Oklahoma to a 41-10 victory Friday over Texas Tech in the John Hancock Bowl.Gundy, who was sacked six times and endured several rattling hits, completed 15 of...
Have Yourself a P.C. Christmas
I sincerely wish that you may enjoy the holiday and/or celebration of your religious, ethnic or socio-political choice over the coming weeks whenever it/they may fall and whatever it/they may be so named . . .Now if this card still makes someone angry,...
His Hobby: Christmas Tree Farm Former St. Louis Writer Muses about His Unexpected Career Move
Art Kaufman, an 11-year veteran of the newspaper business in St. Louis, moved to Jersey City, N.J., in late 1983 after the collapse of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, where he had covered beats including crime and medicine. He currently is a director...
How We Observe Christmas Most of Us Give Gifts, Send Cards, Keep Traditions
THE celebration of Christmas in America often makes it seem more of a secular holiday than a religious observance.While early settlers in this country often dismissed the day as a pagan holiday, just about every American today, including many non-Christians,...
Hurley Gets Early Present: His Release from Hospital
Pale and weak, Bobby Hurley left a hospital Friday in a wheelchair, nearly two weeks after suffering collapsed lungs, broken ribs and other fractures in a traffic accident.Hurley, wearing a Santa's cap and tinted glasses, offered a wan smile to onlookers...
Investigation of Rostenkowski Seeks Pattern of Improprieties
Prosecutors directing the investigation of Rep. Dan Rostenkowski, D-Ill., are attempting to build a case that he engaged for many years in a pattern of using his payroll, office accounts and campaign funds to make improper payments to associates and...
Japanese Put Romance in Christmas Young Couples Use Holiday as Excuse for a Night on the Town, Fancy Hotel
It begins with a candlelight dinner, just for two. Followed perhaps by a romantic drive around Tokyo Bay and a night in a high-priced hotel.Valentines Day?No. Season's greetings, Japanese style.Christmas Eve trysts first became popular during Japan's...
Kaskaskians Celebrate Mass in Home Parish
The church bells of Kaskaskia Island - spared by the floods that swallowed the island last summer - rang out again Christmas Eve as parishioners returned to their church for the first time since the flood.The last time the bells rang it was to warn...
Lamenting Absence of Peace, Goodwill
Dear Readers: Today is Christmas. What has happened to peace on Earth, goodwill toward men? In many parts of the world, there is no peace, and in the hearts of many men, there is nothing that could pass for goodwill.Our youth insist that we are poisoning...
Libyans Deny Role in Disappearance
Almost two weeks after a Libyan dissident disappeared in Cairo, Moammar Gadhafi's government officially denied that it had kidnapped him.Omar al-Muntasser, Gadhafi's foreign minister, suggested at a news conference in Tripoli that the CIA might have...
Magic Man Orlando's Shaq Handles Lifestyle, NBA like a Pro
Once, Shaquille O'Neal was a knucklehead.It was fun, too.It was more than that; it was a calling. He and a friend formed a club with their own salute: knuckles to the forehead, irreverence personified.Shaq's life was water parks and video arcades. Once,...
Morning Briefing Eye Openers
Leave it to Our Town's BRETT HULL to jump into the fray when help is needed. Hull provided autographed sticks for a recent auction staged by the New York Islanders to benefit victims of the Dec. 7 shootings on the Long Island Railroad.A host of NHL stars,...
New Yorkers Trade Guns for Toys $100 Gift Certificates Are Greater Lure Than Smaller Sum of Cash
New Yorkers in one of the city's most violent neighborhoods streamed into local police stations on Christmas Eve to swap their guns for toys.Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said 165 weapons had been brought in by midday Friday, the third day of the...
Now What? 25 Things to Do with the Rest of Christmas Day
1. Go to church. Many churches have services featuring choirs that have been rehearsing for this day for weeks. Even if you are not a member, you should find a warm welcome and may be invited to join the congregation in the fellowship hall for coffee...
Oh, Brother! Brent Gretzky Tries to Carve Own Niche
It could be that the best thing that happened to Brent Gretzky in his first professional season was being on the same team as Manon Rhaume.Last season, Rhaume appeared in two games with the Atlanta Knights of the International Hockey League to become...
Oilers Try to Keep Going Forward with Backups
Backups have played a front-line role in Houston's run of success, and the Oilers will be counting on them again in their Christmas Day confrontation with the San Francisco 49ers."Really, that's been our salvation," Houston coach Jack Pardee said. "All...
Our Most Important Management Guru
William Edwards Deming, the ultimate guru of modern American management, died this week. Though long honored in Japan, Mr. Deming never achieved similar status here. Yet many of his ideas - which helped propel Japan to the status of an economic superpower...
Palestinian Gunmen Kill Israeli Colonel
Palestinian gunmen opened fire on an Israeli army jeep Friday, killing a lieutenant colonel and wounding another officer as he charged toward the attackers.Lt. Col. Meir Mintz, 36, was only the second officer of such high rank killed since the Palestinian...
Parents of Cliff Cave Victim Want Nearby Drainage Fixed Subdivision Worsens Flooding That Killed 6, They Argue
The parents of Jennifer Metherd - one of six people killed when a flash flood swept through Cliff Cave - say the cave should remain closed until surface drainage from an adjacent subdivision is rerouted.Jennifer Metherd, 21, had just finished her...
Peace and Good Will
On this day, Christ, whose mission was to redeem humankind from sin, was born in a wide place in the road called Bethlehem. The event was witnessed by oxen and other barnyard animals, hardly an auspicious beginning for a person who was destined to...
Pentagon Fights Release of Video of Mogadishu Battle Armed Forces Cite Secret Technology; Others Call Claim Groundless
The Pentagon is fighting a bitter rearguard action to prevent the release of a U.S. military video of the Oct. 3 gunbattle in Mogadishu, the firefight that changed U.S. policy in Somalia and may have contributed to the resignation of Defense Secretary...
People
STEVEN SPIELBERG, this is your year - or so says Entertainment Weekly.Citing the pop hit "Jurassic Park" and the Holocaust saga "Schindler's List," the magazine has chosen Spielberg as entertainer of the year." `Jurassic' proved he can still frighten...
People & Events
Temple Israel, a Reform Jewish congregation in Creve Coeur, has given its Malachi Award for interfaith achievement to Rabbi Robert P. Jacobs, a retired Reconstructionist rabbi in St. Louis. The congregation presented the award Dec. 17. The award is given...
Pvcs May Be Serious or Just Harmless Quirks
Dear Dr. Donohue: I am a 51-year-old man. I have been running for 25 years. I average 25 miles a week. After an EKG, a 48-hour heart monitoring and a treadmill stress test, I was diagnosed as having PVCs. The one who did the treadmill test said there...
Rams Owner Says Interest in Moving Team Is Genuine
Georgia Frontiere, owner of the Rams, says that she has no interest in selling her team but that she is exploring the option of moving it."It's something that you have to consider," Frontiere said. "If you were offered something that was so good for...
Rhineland Gets Smart
The little Missouri River town of Rhineland, founded by German immigrants a little more than 100 years ago, is moving to higher ground. And that's just where it belongs. The same goes for other areas along the Missouri and Mississippi rivers that are...
Santa Visits Bozon, Gift-Wraps Goal
It's strange how the puck bounces sometimes.Earlier this season, Blues winger Philippe Bozon couldn't score a goal to save his life. He missed empty nets. He whistled shots wide. He muffed good chances. He ran into hot goaltenders.Now, he can score without...
Sister Isn't Liable for Acts in Nursing Home
Q: My sister is in a nursing home. While I am not her legal guardian, I take care of her affairs for her because she is unable to do so.Recently, an insurance agent tried to sell me a policy that he said would cover me against anything she might do while...
Sports Shorts
Another `Lousy' Year Might Be Lendl's Last</P><P>Ivan Lendl, who is finishing out of the top 10 pro tennis rankings for the first time since 1979, says he might call it quits after one more year. "I'm going to have another crack at it,"...
St. Clair County Will Recycle Christmas Trees
The St. Clair County Health Department is coordinating community drop-off sites to allow residents to recycle Christmas trees.Bonnie Robinson, recycling coordinator, said the service is being offered for the fourth year. Before that, nearly 36,000 trees...
Stearate-Coated Sandpaper Has Anti-Clog Feature
BUYING SANDPAPER is a little like buying a coffin. You're putting down good money for something you wish you didn't have to use in the first place. So when you have to buy sandpaper, do all you can to be sure you're getting your money's worth.Start by...
St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame to Honor 21
The St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame, 21 years young, will induct 21 members at its 21st dinner, April 9 at the airport Marriott Hotel.Fifteen players, five contributors - one posthumously - and a former umpire will be honored at the dinner. Ticket...
Streak Ends at 20 as Mavs Breathe Big Sigh of Relief
After his 3-pointer brought Minnesota within three points for the first time since the game's opening minutes, there was Isaiah "J.R." Rider in full stride, ready to slam a dagger into Dallas' heart.Jamal Mashburn had seen enough. With all the force...
The Ghosts of Christmases Past
The invention of modern Christmas got a boost 150 years ago from a book that begins with three unfestive words: "Marley was dead." In 1843 Charles Dickens, that volcano of Victorian sentimentality, erupted with "A Christmas Carol." Christmas was making...
Things to Remember When Storing Car in Winter
Dear Tom and Ray: Aloha! I live in Hawaii but travel to Vermont in the summer and have a car that I leave in Vermont. It's a 1985 Subaru 4WD wagon.Every year, it sits through the freezing winter. I have taken the battery out, topped it off with gas...
Those Product Cards Worth Filling Out
Along with all that shredded wrapping paper this weekend, there's a good chance you'll be tossing out a bunch of those annoying product registration cards.Most companies, after all, don't give you much incentive to return them. Many request personal...
Tiny Texas Town Preserves Its Heritage - and `Wardaburgers'
The new owners of the Warda Store - more accurately described as a store, a post office, a restaurant, a game room and the town lodge - know that most visitors will get around to asking: What's in the Wardaburger?Bill Lange isn't about to answer. "It's...
UAL Stands Apart from Big Airlines American, Delta Unlikely for Buyouts
Like the grunge look, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Barney and bread-makers, employee ownership of major airlines seems to be all the rage these days.But the step from fad to bona fide trend is a big one, and accurately predicting which fads have staying...
Visit from Ghost of Christmas Past
THE GHOST of Christmas Past lingered long in the living room last week as I sat wrapping gifts. Perhaps the visit was inspired by my tape of Patrick Stewart reading "A Christmas Carol," which I listened to as I wrestled with paper and ribbons.Or maybe...
Ward E. Barnes, 89; Prominent Educator
Ward E. Barnes, superintendent of the Normandy School District for 24 years, and who often was called "the father of the University of Missouri at St. Louis," died of infirmities Thursday night (Dec. 23, 1993) at St. Luke's Hospital in west St. Louis...
Woman Reared 21, Has Mothered Needy for Last 13 Years at 72, She's `Always Going Full Steam Ahead'
Thirteen years ago this Christmas, "Mother" Mary Ann Wright had a vision."I just woke up, sat straight up in bed and heard the Lord calling me to feed the hungry," she said. "That's what I've been doing ever since."Since she cooked that first meal of...
Zhirinovsky Took Step to Immigrate to Israel, Officials Say
Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the Russian ultranationalist whose party captured almost one-fourth of the vote in last week's parliamentary elections, requested and was sent an invitation to immigrate to Israel in 1983, two Israeli officials say.At the time,...
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