St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from January 3, 1997

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$1 Million in Bonds on April Ballot Would Fund Senior Center
O'Fallon Mayor Paul Renaud and the Board of Aldermen plan to put a $1 million bond issue on the ballot April 1 to pay for a new senior center for city residents.Renaud says the center would be built on the grounds of St. Mary's Institute, behind the...
A Compassionate End to a Difficult Case
Given the unsettled state of the law governing assisted suicide, and the particular circumstances of the death of Velma Howard, Newton County Prosecuting Attorney Greg Bridges made the right call in dropping charges against her husband and son. The move...
A Person's Aortic Valve Carries Heavy Burden
Dear Dr. Donohue: I have learned that my aortic valve is narrowed because of calcification. I am an active person. I was told there is nothing to do right now, but to report future signs of breathlessness, dizziness, chest pain or any swelling. Valve...
Area Republicans Voice Support for Gingrich but Most Want More Information before Vote
VIEWS OF the local congressional delegation on the effort by Rep. Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., to remain speaker range from strong support to the notion that he is unfit.Allegiance comes from Rep. Jim Talent, R-Mo., who says, "I intend to support the speaker."...
Arkansas Products Help Rebels Upend Razorbacks
Jason Smith, Anthony Boone and Keith Carter, three Arkansas products who left the state to play for Mississippi, each scored in double figures Thursday night and the Rebels beat No. 22 Arkansas 91-74. The game, in Fayetteville, Ark., was the Southeastern...
Asthma Rate Doubles in Developed Countries Fewer Childhood Infections May Be Cause
The incidence of asthma has doubled in the United States and other developed countries in the last 20 years. A study suggests that the reason may be that the young are suffering fewer childhood infections.In effect, the study suggests that some childhood...
A Tale of Justice Pits Devil, Angel Woods Superb as Medgar Evers' Killer
"GHOSTS OF MISSISSIPPI"Rating: PG-13. Running time: 2:11.WHENEVER "Ghosts of Mississippi" starts to crawl - and that happens a few times in this complex, message-laden story - James Woods appears as if he sprang fully formed from the brow of Satan, brimming...
Baseball a Treasure in Changing Times
Baseball no longer is our National Pastime. Baseball-bashing might be.Even with a labor agreement, the game doesn't have the same meaning for America that it did 50, even 25 years ago. Frank Deford recently wrote that he thinks baseball won't "be crossing...
Ben, Jerry Get Perry to Run the Store Ice-Cream Maker Seeks Marketing Expertise
Now, it's Ben, Jerry & Perry.Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc. has scooped up another chief executive, Perry Odak, 51, to lead the eclectic ice cream maker. His appointment comes less than two years after the company hired an outside chief executive to introduce...
Bettis Remains out of Steelers' Practices
Jerome Bettis still isn't practicing. He's not limping either. Bettis sat out the Pittsburgh Steelers' practice session Thursday because of a strained groin muscle but seemed to be moving better and with less pain than on Wednesday.The All-Pro running...
Bill Maher: New Buzz Boy of Late-Night Television
HE'S the new Buzz Boy of late-night TV, since David Letterman got dull.He's talk host/stand-up comic Bill Maher - and ABC is touting his fevered, free-ranging talk show, "Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher," like it's the second coming, as the irreverent...
Blues Festival Pulls Up Stakes Popular Event on Landing to Take Up Beat at Buder
The St. Louis Blues Heritage Festival - gaining more fans every year - is leaving Laclede's Landing and is moving to St. Louis County.The event had become a late summer season highlight for downtown. It drew more than 50,000 people over the Labor Day...
Blues Have Trouble Weathering Bad Ice
The weather outside was delightful, but inside the ice was frightful.After the Blues pulled out a dramatic 2-2 tie with the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday, most of the participants talked about the severe conditions of the surface at Kiel Center."It...
Briefs
NATIONVIRGIN ISLANDSClintons Take Break At Tropical Villa President Bill Clinton settled into Caribbean solitude with his vacation reading: two books with Irish themes and a government report on Persian Gulf War illness. On the first full day of a four-day...
Briefs
NATIONVIRGIN ISLANDSClintons Take Break At Tropical Villa President Bill Clinton settled into Caribbean solitude with his vacation reading: two books with Irish themes and a government report on Gulf War illness. On the first full day of a four-day Virgin...
Bulldogs `Got Tattooed' 11-5 against Mccluer at Rec-Plex
Just when the Fort Zumwalt South team of the Mid-States Club Hockey Association was starting to show some signs of life, the Bulldogs took a step backward Wednesday."We got tattooed," coach Terry Keller said of the 11-5 loss to McCluer at the St. Peters...
Charter School Plan Turned Down E. St. Louis District Too Poor, Board Says
The East St. Louis School Board turned down the chance Thursday night to become the first district in the area to open a charter school.Board members said the district was financially strapped and couldn't afford to divert money to experimental schools...
Children's Use of Fireworks Is Regulated under New Rule
Youngsters will have to be supervised by adults when they discharge fireworks this Fourth of July, according to a measure passed Monday by the St. Charles County Council.The bill regulates the sale and use of fireworks in unincorporated parts of the...
Church Notes
Women's GroupA women's friendship and Bible-study group will meet at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays, starting Jan. 22, at Calvary Church, 3998 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, St. Peters. Topics will be: "Promises, Promises: Understanding and Encouraging Your Husband,"...
City Schools Talking the Right Language
ABOUT FOUR YEARS AGO, I wrote a column critical of the St. Louis School Board for dropping its foreign language requirement for graduation.Board members at the time believed the requirement was too much of a hurdle for some students to jump. w Instead,...
Classical Air Small, Nonprofit Station Gets Right to Symphony Broadcasts
The St. Louis Symphony will share the airwaves with blues and classic-country music, if plans by local station KDHX 88.1 FM go forward.KDHX - a small, nonprofit station that focuses on a wide range of blues, jazz and international programming - announced...
Cougar Comeback? the Evidence Is In-And It's Mighty Unconvincing
Two men illegally shoot a mountain lion in Carter County. A group of people in Reynolds County videotape a live cougar in the presence of a conservation agent. A woman catches another cougar on videotape in her yard on the outskirts of Springfield. What...
Council Rejects Evening Sessions
Some faces on the St. Louis County Council changed Thursday, but the outcome was the same as in the past: the council's weekly meetings will remain in the afternoon instead of moving to the evening.The council's four Democrats outvoted its three Republicans,...
Couple Charged with Kidnapping, Robbing, Then Strangling Doctor
Just before she was slain, Dr. Deborah Iverson talked about her children with the young mother who had abducted and robbed her.The young woman reached into the doctor's wallet, pulled out a photo of her two young sons and put it in her captive's hands....
Court Clears Delta to Use Weight Rules
Over the objections of justices who called it a "pretext for age and sex discrimination," a divided state appeals court ruled that there was nothing illegal with Delta Air Lines' refusal to hire 10 overweight flight attendants.The State Supreme Court's...
Dan Cortese Joins the Cast of Nbc's `the Single Guy'
DAN Cortese, ex-"Melrose Place" star and MTV host, is joining the cast of NBC's "The Single Guy" on six upcoming episodes, playing a swinging single who befriends Johnny (Jonathan Silverman).Dan better hurry; the network reportedly plans to pull "Single"...
Duke's `Sushi' Delights Fans a Hit Parade of Styles
GEORGE DUKE, RACHELLE FERRELL, NAJEE and JONATHAN BUTLERFox Theatre, Friday, Dec. 27SOME JAZZ PURISTS might recoil at the mention of George Duke as a jazz legend and cite his musical forays outside the genre as examples of being untrue to the game. But...
Dumb and Dumber When It Comes to Kids and Money, Parents Make Some Big Mistakes
When it comes to kids and money, some parents never learn.Here are some fundamental mistakes that would get you thrown out of a freshman finance class:* Investing your toddler's college money too conservatively. Historically, stocks have done better...
Europe Is Paralyzed by Cold; 150 Perish Temperature near Zero from Spain to Russia
Europe is stuck in a deep and deadly freeze that has wreaked havoc on everything from firefighters' hoses to shipping lanes.Ten days of near-zero temperatures are blamed for more than 150 deaths from Spain to Russia. Many victims were elderly or homeless....
Fishing Report
LAKESBaldwin: Three generating units have been running. Few anglers have been on the levee or on the lake this week, so fishing apparently isn't very good.Bull Shoals: Six inches below power pool and falling. Off-color. 47-50 degrees. Crappie: Fair to...
Floods Trap Campers and Gamblers
Rain and melting snow swamped the West on Thursday, trapping 2,500 people in Yosemite National Park and closing Reno's 24-hour casinos for the first time anyone could recall.High water and mudslides closed major roads in California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon...
Flyers' Coffey to Miss at Least Two Games
A Philadelphia Flyers spokesman said defenseman Paul Coffey will miss a minimum of two games because of a concussion he suffered Tuesday night against Vancouver.Coffey was injured in a collision with teammate Eric Lindros. Coffey, who was carried off...
Gators Look Golden Florida Likely No.1 after Victory over Florida St
When the University of Texas yanked the Trans World Dome carpet out from under then-No. 3 Nebraska on Dec. 7, Florida State coach Bobby Bowden winced. And when Florida beat Alabama later that day, he openly moaned.Those circumstances conspired to leave...
Getting a Dalmatian? Better Think Twice
Dear Ann Landers: I recently saw that adorable Disney movie, "101 Dalmatians." Although it was delightful entertainment, I'm afraid it is going to do a lot of damage. Everyone who sees it will want to rush out and get a Dalmatian for his very own. As...
Gingrich's Troubles Full of Irony
House Speaker Newt Gingrich's ethics case is a bundle of ironies. He's in trouble because of the innovations in Republican strategy he pioneered. Those innovations helped Republicans win their House majority. But some were carried out in a way that at...
Gordon Traveled to Stardom
IN SEPTEMBER 1962, Dexter Gordon, the 6-foot-5 giant of the tenor saxophone, then age 39, flew from New York to London for a two-week engagement at Ronnie Scott's. He finally went home in 1977.Of all the American jazz musicians who settled in Europe...
Gumble Always Weathered the Storm
ALONG with all his other "Today" achievements, Bryant Gumbel always survived to fight another morning.He survived his early years on the show, when the ratings weren't so good (during his first months, ABC's "Good Morning America" was regularly trouncing...
Hebron Accord Stalled Again Palestinians Demand Broader Agreement
Palestinian officials said Thursday that they would block the long-delayed accord on Hebron until Israel commits itself to a deadline for withdrawing its forces from rural areas of the West Bank.Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have reached agreement...
Helping Boys at Risk Become Gentlemen
If minnows could make merry sounds, a teeming pond would sound like this. It is 7:15 a.m., dark, cold and drizzling when, from the sidewalk in front of the winding stone steps that lead to the door of St. Ignatius Loyola Academy, the noisiness begins....
Here Today, Gone Tomorrow after 15 Years on Morning Tv, Bryant Gumbel Heads off to an Unknown Future
TODAY, as Bryant Gumbel completes exactly 15 years as anchor of morning television's No. 1 news-and-information program, his professional future is still up in the air.Even as friends and colleagues at NBC's "Today" throw him an on-air going-away party...
Howell N. Senior Erin Waller Will Be a Tiger Next Year
As one of the top soccer players in the area, Francis Howell North High senior Erin Waller had an opportunity to join any one of a number of top-level Division I programs.Instead, she chose the University of Missouri at Columbia.Waller, a two-time All-Gateway...
Illini Can't Solve Purdue, Fall in Big Ten Opener Six Game Winning Streak Snapped by Boilermakers
The king isn't dead yet.Purdue, three-time defending champion of the Big Ten Conference, made it crystal clear Thursday night that it isn't quite ready to relinquish its crown.The Boilermakers, off to their worst start in 15 years, leaped into l eague...
Illini Can't Solve Purdue, Fall in Big Ten Opener Six-Game Winning Streak Snapped by Boilermakers
The king isn't dead yet.Purdue, three-time defending champion of the Big Ten Conference, made it known Thursday night that it isn't quite ready to relinquish its crown.The Boilermakers, off to their worst start in 15 years, leaped into league play by...
Immigrants Essential to the Renewal of America
A few weeks ago, two Iraqi refugees married a pair of sisters from Lincoln, Neb. Shortly afterward, the men found themselves in jail. Why? Because the girls were only 13 and 14 - below the state's age of consent for marriage, which is 17. Both grooms...
In Aikman's Footsteps Carolina QB Collins Following Lead of Dallas Counterpart
The audience screams, and Kerry Collins cannot hear. The colors blur, and Kerry Collins cannot see.The pressure builds, and Kerry Collins cannot breathe.The football game has become a hurricane, and Kerry Collins is trapped in its eye. Down, distance,...
Indiana Squanders Lead, but Finds Way Past Spartans
Indiana blew all but one point of a 20-point halftime lead Thursday night, but the No. 12 Hoosiers recovered for a 77-65 victory over visiting Michigan State in the Big Ten opener for both teams.Jason Collier led Indiana (14-1) with 25 points, including...
In the Mail IRS Sends Season's Greetings: Forms for 1996 Tax Returns
Talk about a post-New Year's letdown. With Americans' mailboxes barely cleared of Christmas cards, the Internal Revenue Service is sending its own holiday greetings.Most of the 65.5 million Americans due 1996 income tax packages started receiving them...
Irvin's Attorney Says Receiver Has an Alibi
Dallas police have found no evidence linking Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin to the scene of an alleged sexual assault, and his attorneys say they have witnesses who will testify that he was in a local sports bar when the incident is supposed to...
Kiwi to Start Flying Again Service Set to Resume Jan. 20
Kiwi International Air Lines said Thursday it will resume regularly scheduled flights Jan. 20, flying between Atlanta, Chicago, Newark and West Palm Beach, Fla., with less than half the number of flights it had before filing for bankruptcy protection.Bolstered...
Kmox Is Adding CNN to Its News Reports
RADIO BUZZ: Look for KMOX radio to sign an agreement with CNN radio to supplement the national news coverage provided by CBS. "We'll just carry special reports by CNN," said a KMOX spokesman.LIKE A GOOD NEIGHBOR: Biomedical Systems' W. Raymond Barrett...
Knicks' Defense Does a Low Number on Cold Bullets
Patrick Ewing scored 22 points and the New York Knicks held Washington to four baskets in the second quarter en route to a 92-80 victory Thursday night in Landover, Md., their 18th win in 19 games against the Bullets.New York limited Washington to 34...
Liberty and Death
A terminally ill person's decision about when and how to die is so intimate and personal that it lies at the heart of a person's privacy.Many decisions that personal are protected by the Constitution - decisions about marriage, procreation, abortion,...
Library Notes
Knight In ArmorKarl M. Kindt III will appear at library branches as Sir Kwain dressed in a full suit of armor. He will tell stories and discuss life in the Middle Ages and promote the concept of chivalry in the 1990s. All ages are welcome.Program schedule:...
Marriage Licenses
Marriage licenses were issued to the following couples by the St. Charles County Recorder of Deeds office:Dec. 9 to 15Donald R. Randall of St. Charles and Lena E. Wieland of St. Louis. Leonard E. Niemeyer and Lois C. Forrest, both of Edmundson. Kenneth...
Misdirection Doesn't Help Struggling Penn State
Penn State's Lady Lions -- one of the preseason favorites in the Big Ten -- have turned tabby.They were thrashed Monday by Michigan State, leaving them 0-2 in the Big Ten and 7-4 overall. After being ranked No. 9 in the Associated Press poll just over...
Money Notes
Vanguard Trims Transaction Fees Up To 50% On 4 Index PortfoliosVanguard Group Inc., the second-largest mutual fund group in the United States, reduced the transaction fees Thursday on four index portfolios by as much as 50 percent.The cuts, ranging from...
Morning Briefing Eye Openers
The way SANDY ROBEY sees it, the mascot for Traverse City (Mich.) West High School shouldn't be just one of the guys.The Board of Education decided to nickname the new school's athletic teams the Titans - seemingly as conventional a name as Traverse...
Mu Loses Skornia but May Gain Rhodes
Quarterback Kent Skornia has opted to transfer from the University of Missouri, and 1996 recruit Ricardo Rhodes seems poised finally to join the Tigers after a season-long stay in eligibility limbo.Skornia, MU's second-string quarterback, got word Thursday...
Nativity Scene Falls to Vandals
The Rev. Jim Foster had to sweep away Christmas memories on New Year's morning.Foster, the pastor of Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Jennings, said vandals destroyed the church's Nativity scene either late on New Year's Eve or early the next morning."It's...
`New Activism' Moves Unionists Here out of a Ho-Hum Phase
Bob Kelley, who says he began last year feeling glum about the state of the local labor movement, ended 1996 sounding more like an enthusiastic 25-year-old than the grizzled trade unionist he is.Things seemed listless a year ago, Kelley said this week."We...
New Coach Is Raring to Go at Lindenwood
Lindenwood College has hired Clark Wille, one of the most decorated track and field coaches in the St. Louis area, to serve as an assistant in both track and cross country.College president Dennis Spellmann called Wille "very impressive. He's one of...
New Dome in Place at Holy Sepulcher End of Squabbling Fostered Renovation
Church bells rang and people clapped as ropes pulled back canvas curtains to reveal a soaring dome, streaked with rays of light and stars painted in 23 1/2-karat gold.For the first time in years, a skylight in the center let sun shine into the dim interior...
New Pay Plan Will Credit Workers on New Scale for 3/4 of Service Years
Over the objections of members of the St. Charles County Deputy Sheriffs Association, the County Council passed Monday a pay plan that credits employees on a new pay scale for three-fourths of their years of service.County Executive Joe Ortwerth had...
New Year, Old Hero in Blues' Tie Hull's Late Goal Provides 2-2 Draw with Canadiens
The renaissance Blues have started 1997 with a new outlook on life, a new president and, perhaps before the week is out, a new coach. However, a familiar figure helped them avoid starting the new year with a loss.Brett Hull's goal with 1 minute 25 seconds...
Night and Day
TodayNo meetings scheduled.Monday The Lincoln County Commission will be in session from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lincoln County Courthouse, 201 Main Street, Troy. The Warren County Commission will be in session from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Administration...
Obituaries
William WilliamsWilliam Williams, 81, of St. Peters, died Thursday (Jan. 2, 1997) at his home. Mr. Williams was retired after 25 years with McDonnell Douglas Corp. in St. Louis as a supervisor. He belonged to American Legion Post 313. He was a veteran...
Officials Hope to Build- Literally-On Recent Success
Fort Zumwalt School District officials are looking back on a year of accomplishments as well as forward to a year of meeting challenges, including voter approval to build a third high school.A big accomplishment of the district, said School Board President...
Ohio State Wins 73-71 to Keep Michigan on Skids
Michigan's slump continued as Ohio State's Damon Stringer scored 12 of his 21 points down the stretch, leading the visiting Buckeyes to a 73-71 upset of the eighth-ranked Wolverines on Thursday night in the Big Ten opener for both teams.It was the third...
Penn State's Desert Storm Routs Texas in Fiesta Bowl
At his news conference on New Year's Eve, Joe Paterno was positively euphoric. He answered every question with a story, some of the tales from more than a half-century before. He did not want to leave the Mission Palms Hotel.Paterno, 70, knew something....
People
Fashion flashes:Actress RENEE ZELLWEGER of "Jerry Maguire" says that back home in Texas, she used to sport the big-hair look. In Texas, she tells US mag, "We know how to use eyeliner, hair spray and the curling iron. It's a prerequisite to going to high...
Phoenix Trips Blackhawks in Roenick's Homecoming
Jeremy Roenick went scoreless but still had a happy return to Chicago as his new team, the Phoenix Coyotes, defeated the Blackhawks 4-2 Thursday night on Bob Corkum's tie-breaking goal with 9:15 to play.Dave Manson, Cliff Ronning and Keith Tkachuk also...
Pizza to Go Talayna's Restaurant to Find New Site
Talayna's Italian Restaurant, a West End fixture for more than 30 years, will soon move from its familiar perch at Skinker Boulevard and Forest Park Parkway.Owner Mike "Talayna" Faille is putting the restaurant's trademark stained-glass windows up for...
Police/courts
The following were reported to police departments in the region or involved action in one of the area's courts:ASSAULTSSt. Louis: Three men were wounded, one critically, in shootings Thursday night in The Ville neighborhood. One of the victims was shot...
Pull Up a Couch Watching College Bowl Games on Jan. 1 Is a Challenge All Its Own
There are some great athletic challenges out there, such as the Ironman Triathlon, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Iditarod dog-sled race and any dinner date with George Foreman.But coach potatoes always gear up for a truly grueling event: The New Year's...
Quiet Life Belied Man's Nazi Past, Officials Say Exhausting Search Led to Gunfight in Kansas
A 79-year-old balding man who tended a small garden here and never got so much as a parking ticket is the latest target of the U.S. Justice Department's 17-year hunt for Nazis.Historians with the department's Office of Special Investigations allege that...
Radio Host Helps His Listeners Beat Debt
Regina from Russellville, Ky., sounds desperate.She's $10,000 in debt because of her husband's strokes and the creditors are calling. She makes only $25,000 a year to support herself, her husband and two teen-agers. What is she going to do?"You're going...
Report Says Gingrich Will Face Reprimand That Lesser Penalty Would Let Him Remain Speaker
A HOUSE ETHICS SUBCOMMITTEE has a tentative agreement to support a reprimand and other sanctions for Speaker Newt Gingrich, pending developments at a penalty hearing, sources said Thursday.A reprimand would allow Gingrich to keep his leadership position...
Report Says Gingrich Will Face Reprimand That Lesser Penalty Would Let Him Remain Speaker
A HOUSE ETHICS subcommittee has a tentative agreement to propose a reprimand and other sanctions against Speaker Newt Gingrich - penalties that would let him keep his leadership post, sources close to the investigation said Thursday.However, the understanding...
Resolutions for Prosperous New Year
It's time once again for New Year's financial resolutions.As we begin 1997, stock investors appear to be clinging to the side of a high mountain, contemplating how astonishingly high they've been able to climb in such a short time.Just above them, however,...
Rumors of Pending Talk-Show Gig Are a Bit Exaggerated
EVERY NOW AND THEN, everybody who works for a newspaper ought to have something published about him that isn't quite true. Just to see how it feels.It feels strange. I can tell you that.I picked up the paper one week ago and began my daily ritual of...
Scrooge Ruled Holidays in Stores Early Reports Show So-So Christmas Sales
There was more Grinch than glory at some of the nation's largest stores this Christmas.Shoppers watched their wallets at J.C. Penney and Dayton Hudson Corp., which reported disappointing holiday sales, and at CompUSA, where second-quarter sales rose...
Season of Compassion Shouldn't End
Already 1996 is a muddle in our heads. The election seems eons ago. Madonna's baby and Dennis Rodman's bridal gown, Richard Jewell's non-case and the Unabomber's real one, JFK Jr.'s bride and Dick Morris' hooker, Enid Greene Waldholtz's five-hour news...
Serbian Church Leaders Side with Opposition to Milosevic
Serbian Orthodox Church leaders sided Thursday with the opposition in the country's political struggle, accusing President Slobodan Milosevic of risking war to stay in power.The church statement encourages opposition leaders, who for the last six weeks...
Severe Weather Casts Dark Shadow over Inaugurations One President Died in 1841 after Catching Chill
THE SNOW BLEW into drifts and even toppled utility poles; 6,000 shovelers struggled to clear the streets between the Capitol and White House. Yet as noon approached on Inauguration Day, it was still snowing, and the temperature was at the freezing mark."I...
Singing Evangelist Will Perform to Help Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity spokesman and benefactor Jimmy Carter made a deep impression on Donna Schenebeck when he suggested that every church in America build a house for the homeless.The former president helped organize Habitat for Humanity more than 25...
Smsu Humbled by Blowout but Gleeful about 10-1 Start
Stronger. Swifter. Springier.That was No. 6 Cincinnati as it skewered cold-shooting Southwest Missouri State 101-60 Wednesday in the championship game of the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic. In a game over by halftime, the Bearcats outrebounded the Bears...
Sports Shorts
Big Wheel Indurain Retires From CyclingSpanish cycling star Miguel Indurain, the only man to win the Tour de France five successive years, announced his retirement Thursday."I've dedicated enough time to professional cycling," Indurain said at a news...
States Show Disparity in Sickle Cell Deaths Rate for Children in Florida Doubles Average
Black children in Florida appear to die from sickle cell disease at twice the national rate, a federal scientist says in a new study.The research, reported Thursday in the government journal Public Health Reports, was based only on death certificates...
Stewart Complains about Mu's Display of Immaturity
After his team's 111-69 thrashing of Southern University on Monday, Missouri basketball coach Norm Stewart complained about his team's immaturity.Using junior forward Tyron Lee as an example, Stewart said his team is apathetic about improving."I think...
Student Stricken with Meningitis Is Getting Better
A student at Belleville West High School whose illness was diagnosed as bacterial meningitisS was upgraded to satisfactory condition on Thursday at St. Louis Children's Hospital.The male student, 15, who was not identified, was in critical condition...
Suds-Shampoo Combo Not So Hare-Brained
CINDY'S BEAUTY SHOP has "five dryers, four stations, three bowls" - and more foaming heads than any salon around.Most of those heads are on beer.Cindy Strathmann probably has the nation's only beauty shop and beer supply store. The offbeat shop, called...
Support Groups
TodayAlcoholics Anonymous will meet at noon and 6 and 8 p.m. at the Sonderen Club, 212 Sonderen Avenue, O'Fallon.Stepping Free, a support group of Narcotics Anonymous, will meet at 7 p.m. at Williams Memorial United Methodist Church, 307 West Pitman...
Times Were Tough in '96 for Normandy Tournament
At times, Normandy High's Viking Hall echoed from the eerie sounds of empty seats at last week's 64th annual holiday basketball tournament. This at an event that is traditionally played out in front of screaming fans shoehorned into the north St. Louis...
Tired Vikings Fall 57-38 to Central Colts
Gerry Boehm's fear became reality Tuesday afternoon."In a tournament like this, where you're playing quality opponents day after day, fatigue can be a real factor," Boehm said after his Francis Howell High basketball team fell 57-38 to Parkway Central...
Towns Mourn Fire Victims 5 Die in 3 Southern Illinois Blazes
Three small Southern Illinois communities are reeling from three New Year's Day fires that killed five people, including four children."It's a major tragedy for any day," said West Frankfort Mayor John Simmons, "especially a holiday."The state fire marshal's...
Tubbs Building Court of Dreams at Texas Christian
Every now and then, TCU basketball coach Billy Tubbs indulges himself with a daydream. He sees Kurt Thomas, TCU's former national scoring and rebounding champion now with the Miami Heat in the NBA, surrounded by his current Horned Frogs team.Visions...
Vonk Breaks with Tradition, Refreshingly
PERHAPS no one told Hans Vonk that the traditions of New Year's Eve in America include getting plowed, making sloppy, regrettable passes, and pumping a few rounds into the cold, inky ether.Or perhaps Vonk, who made a brief stop in St. Louis to lead the...
Walter Cronkite: And That's the Way He Was
HE IS THE most trusted man in TV news, known and loved as "Uncle Walter." Now Walter Cronkite is telling it the way it was in the Discovery Channel series "Cronkite Remembers," an eight-part series of one-hour shows that began Thursday night.In the intimate...
Warmth Brings June in January 72-Degree High Breaks Record by 4 Degrees "It's Crazy for This Time of Year"
Hey! Does your mother know you were out without a coat?Well, we all were on Thursday, when spring paid a visit just one week after ice covered the roads, frustrating those of us who shop the day after Christmas.Twelve days after winter's start, the temperature...
Warriors Rebound from Lag, Take 4th Place at Meramec
With just over a minute to play in the first quarter Tuesday afternoon, St. Charles West High basketball coach Terry Hollander called a timeout."At that point, it was 25-14 and (Lafayette) was on a pace to score 100 points in the game," Hollander recalled....

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