St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from December 31, 1996

About Methotrexate, Rheumatoid Arthritis
Dear Dr. Donohue: Last year, I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. I had been on prednisone and Daypro for about eight months. I tried methotrexate, but it gave me stomach cramps. I am only 34 and would like to have a baby in the future. Is this...
Agency Proposes Rules to Make Air Bags Safer
Automakers could install weaker air bags, and anyone could disconnect the devices under federal rules proposed Monday to make them safer for children and small adults.The action is in response to the deaths of more than 30 children and 20 adults believed...
Alton Gains Confidence after Shortfall in Shootout
The last time anyone got a good look at the Alton basketball team, the Redbirds shot 28 percent from the field, 48 percent from the free-throw line and still managed to stay within 15 points of a nationally ranked team.That loss to Memphis East at the...
Anti-Gunfire Effort Gets Test Tonight
St. Louis police officials will learn tonight whether their campaign to curb New Year's Eve gunfire is a success or merely target practice for people who celebrate the event by shooting holes in the sky.About 100 extra officers wearing bulletproof vests...
Antonin Scalia for President
If anyone wants a textbook example of the wrong way to run a presidential campaign, Sen. Bob Dole has left a rich legacy of examples of what to avoid. The question is whether the Republican party has now learned its lessons and can come up with better...
As Snow Melts, Mud Moves in Floods Wash through Northwest
Rain and rising temperature Monday began washing away four days of snow and ice across the Northwest, but like plagues they brought flooding and mudslides.Tens of thousands of sandbags were issued to communities along swollen rivers in Washington and...
As the Years Turn
Three years from tonight, on Dec. 31, 1999, hundreds of millions of people will be celebrating the start of the new millennium. But hundreds of millions can be wrong - and are in this case. The third millennium since the birth of Christ begins on Jan....
Blue Cross Suffers Setback Firm's For-Profit Shift Broke Law, Judge Rules
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Missouri broke the law in 1994 when it shifted most of its business to a for-profit company, a judge ruled Monday.The ruling by Cole County Circuit Judge Thomas Brown III means the state can seek sanctions against the St....
Bomb Tears Apart Holiday Train in India
A bomb exploded Monday on an express train packed with holiday travelers, blowing part of the train off the tracks and killing dozens of passengers and crew. Police said they suspected that rebel tribesmen in eastern India were to blame.Working in darkness...
Boomers Can Expect to Fare as Well as Parents in Retirement
It's getting to be conventional wisdom that the baby boom generation won't have enough money to retire. But common sense tells you that can't be true. Thousands of octogenarians won't be sleeping on newspapers in the park.Some boomers will find that...
Briefs
(NATION)FBI SPY CASESurveillance Extensive, Lawyer Says The FBI secretly taped or observed one of its own agents nearly 6,000 times while investigating whether he spied for the Russians, his lawyer said Monday. Earl Edwin Pitts, 43, pleaded not guilty...
Briefs
NATIONFBI SPY CASEAgent Reportedly Taped, Observed 5,700 Times The FBI secretly taped or observed one of its own agents nearly 6,000 times while investigating whether he spied for the Russians, his lawyer said Monday. Earl Edwin Pitts, 43, pleaded not...
Britain Treats Rights Lightly
For all their democratic similarities, the political societies of Britain and the United States differ in a profound respect. It is a difference that goes back to the American Revolution.Americans fear the power of the state. The Framers of the Constitution...
Bulldogs Slip, Let Game Go to Mccluer North 49-47
Expectations seem to be getting the best of the Fort Zumwalt South High Bulldogs these days.Seeded first in the third annual St. Dominic Christmas Tournament, the Bulldogs slipped to 6-4 after losing 49-47 to McCluer North in the fifth-place game Sunday."At...
Business Notes
SPOTLIGHTJudy Peters has been appointed marketing director for Bonnie's Desktop & Design and EZ Office Systems; both are divisions of Teare Enterprises in St. Charles.L. Herbert King, president and chief executive officer of King Safety Products in O'Fallon,...
Cable Channels Fighting to Stay on Air
University of Iowa professor Gerald Carroll figures that sending in a penny to pay his cable bill this month delivers the proper message: He's plenty peeved about losing his comedy fix.Carroll's cable television supplier is stripping Comedy Central and...
Caron Hits the Road to Talk with Quenneville, Maclean
Interim general manager Ron Caron left Monday afternoon for the first stop of a two-city trip in search of a new coach for the Blues.Caron was scheduled to interview Colorado assistant coach Joel Quenneville at 9 p.m. Monday in Chicago, where the defending...
Chance of Lifetime at 29, Missouri Recruit Has Learned How to Focus on Long-Term Goals
When he was working a jumble of jobs in the music industry in the early 1990s, William Hawes picked up a nickname: Bozo. The Clown."You know how Bozo is: He's happy-go-lucky and doesn't let anything bother him," Hawes said. "It wasn't to degrade me."Although...
Clinton's Choice to Lead Party Declines
President Bill Clinton has failed to enlist his first choice to be chairman of the Democratic National Committee and is now casting a wide net for someone to lead a party organization beset with debt, recriminations and investigations into its fund-raising.Clinton,...
Coalition Members Pressure Milosevic
The first crack appeared Monday in the ruling Serbian coalition's stand against opposition demonstrations.A small party in President Slobodan Milosevic's ruling coalition urged him to respect democracy and reinstate elections the the opposition won.The...
Crusaders Miss Inside, outside, Lose 64-43 to Hillsboro Hawks `We Never Gave Ourselves Much of an Opportunity'
If St. Dominic High boys basketball coach David German has ever been more frustrated, he can't remember when."It was ridiculous at times. In one sequence tonight, I can remember us missing a two-footer, getting the rebound, missing a two-footer, getting...
Dad Has the Answer: Go Ask Your Mother
WE WERE at the mall, moving through a typical knot of disaffected, green-haired youths making snappy conversation ("Vinnie, man, you got a cigarette?") when my 13-year-old asked if he could have an earring.My first reaction, as it is ANY time a controversial...
David Derge Jr.; Ex-President of Siuc
David R. Derge Jr., whose brief tenure as president of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale turned the ivy tower into a lightning rod, died Thursday (Dec. 26, 1996) at Carbondale's Memorial Hospital. No cause of death was given; he was 68.Professor...
Desmet Advances at Meramec
DeSmet High has won the Meramec Holiday Festival Tournament title five times and entered this year's tourney with a winning percentage of .780 in the event."This is always one of the tougher tournaments to win," DeSmet coach Dale Burgman said. "There...
Director of Conservation Department Retires Today after a Full Career
Jerry J. Presley, 66 years a Missourian and 39 years an employee of the Missouri Department of Conservation, has seen many changes in the state's forest, fish and wildlife resources.In fact, he has played an important role in many of those changes. Presley...
Dutch Insurer Plans to Buy Providian Corp
Dutch insurer Aegon NV plans to buy Providian Corp.'s insurance business for $3.5 billion, becoming the latest big European player to stake a claim in the lucrative U.S. market.The takeover, announced Monday, also comes as life insurers are merging to...
`Ebonics' May Have Its Place, but Not Ahead of Basic English
"Lias, Lias, bless de Lawd!Don't you know de day's abroad?Ef you don't git up, you scamp, Dey'll be trouble in dis camp. Think I gwine to let you sleep While I works my board and keep? Dat's a putty howdy do. Don't you hyeah me, Lias you?" Excerpt from...
Field Is Small, but Victory Sweet for Berkeley in Normandy Final
The Normandy Holiday Tournament doesn't quite have the luster it boasted when there were 32 teams participating each year.There were just six teams in this year's event, and the crowds were small. Even so, that didn't keep Berkeley High coach Tony Wallace...
Forum Seeks Input on New Chief Search Team Wants Ideas on Qualities, Characteristics
Residents of the St. Charles School District will have an opportunity next week to tell a search committee what they want in a new superintendent.The public forum will be at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 7 at the district's administrative offices, 1025 Country Club...
Francis Howell North Rallies, Takes Tournament after Meager First Half, Knights Explode, Mow Down Rosary 57-52
The locker room of the Francis Howell North High Knights was relatively calm."We didn't play a bad first half; it just looked that way because we weren't hitting our shots," Knights senior Jacob Bailey said. "At halftime, coach just wanted to make sure...
Fun without Guns
No one can be sure when and why the tradition started for St. Louisans to fire guns into the air at midnight on New Year's Eve, but Police Chief Ronald Henderson knows when he wants it to end: tonight. The chief says the number of officers patrolling...
Fur Exchange Building on Way Down Architect Mourns Demise of Landmark
From his 18th-floor office in Boatmen's Tower, architect Dan Hellmuth watched Monday as a wrecking crew began dismantling a building designed by his grandfather."It's going to be rather painful to watch it get torn down bit by bit," Hellmuth said. He...
Gates: Making Money, Having Fun and Charting Road Ahead
TO THE well wired, it must sometimes seem that Microsoft co-founder and chief executive Bill Gates is trying to set up branch offices in people's brains.Since the Dark Ages of the mid-1970s, when he and a young partner first capitalized on their vision...
Gerald Williamson, 95; Civic Leader
Gerald V. Williamson, a St. Louis civic leader and an engineer who led early air-pollution-control efforts, died Saturday (Dec. 28, 1996) of heart failure at Mari De Villa Retirement Center, 13900 Clayton Road. He was 95 and a lifelong resident of St....
Green(bay)backs: Packers Worry about Financial Future
The Green Bay Packers are the most embraceable concept in pro sports.They're a team without rich-guy owners. The Pack pays for its own stadium improvements, gleefully reveals its finances each year, and is engaged in a 78-year romance with the smallest...
Guatemala Celebrates End of Civil War
The Flame of Peace in Guatemala City's main square flickered out briefly early Monday, within hours of its lighting to mark the treaty-signing ceremony that ended Guatemala's 36-year-long civil war.But workers connected it to a gas main, and it burned...
Hardaway Helps Heat to Another Road Win
Tim Hardaway scored 18 of his season-high 36 points in the fourth quarter Sunday night as injury-depleted Miami beat Milwaukee 95-94, the Heat's 14th successive road victory. That's the third-longest streak in National Basketball Association history.Alonzo...
Hey, Big Spender Holidays Are Particularly Tough on 5 Million Compulsive Buyers
Kevin was busier than one of Santa's elves. Not only did he drop hundreds of dollars on presents this holiday season; he spent hours stashing them in out-of-the-way places.Two books, each wrapped in expensive paper, were nestled beneath his bed. A closet...
Holiday Train in India Bombed; Dozens Die
A bomb exploded Monday on an express train packed with holiday travelers, blowing part of the train off the tracks and killing dozens of passengers and crew. Police say they suspect that rebels in eastern India were to blame.Working in darkness with...
Home Resales Set to Surpass 1978 Record
Spurred by falling mortgage rates, sales of existing homes rebounded smartly in November after five consecutive months of declines.For the year, sales are headed for a record total of more than 4 million, figures compiled by the National Association...
Honor Roll
DuBray Middle School students must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or better to qualify for the honor roll.The students who qualified for the fourth-quarter honor roll are:Sixth Grade Ashley Aamodt, Scott Acres, Thomas Adams, Andrea Alameda, Amanda...
House Fire Kills Man in E. St. Louis Families Lose Everything as 2 Buildings Destroyed
A fire swept through a house in East St. Louis early Monday morning, killing a man and destroying that house and another.Three families lost everything.Thomas Hammond, 56, was killed when heavy material from the roof and walls fell on him in a family-owned...
Hughes Answers Emergency Call, Leads CBC to Comeback Victory
Larry Hughes appeared to be sizing up his competition for the first 16 minutes of CBC's Meramec Tournament semifinal meeting with Parkway Central.He didn't take many shots and took even fewer defensive gambles in the first half, but when the Cadets fell...
Illinois Lawyers Telling on Their Peers
Lawyers are blowing the whistle on crooked colleagues, prodded by the Illinois Supreme Court's decision in 1988 to discipline a lawyer for failing to report another's thievery.The state's lawyer disciplinary system has logged 602 complaints so far this...
In-House Inquiry Puts CIA under Microscope Researchers Are Checking for Evidence of Agency-Contra-Cocaine Connections
IN A WARREN of windowless offices deep inside CIA headquarters, a dozen deliberately anonymous researchers have begun combing through more than 10,000 aging documents, the secret records of Nicaragua's covert war of the 1980s.Their task is to look for...
Irvin Reflects on 18 Years as Administrator `I Should Have Been Alert Enough to See the Billboard on the Wall,' He Admits
The shelf life of a city administrator is typically less than 10 years, so Robert Irvin's run of 18 years in St. Peters was remarkable.Sooner or later, it seems, professional managers of city business run into trouble with elected officials. It's the...
Jordan Rallies Bulls Past Fading Pacers
Michael Jordan scored 28 points and held Reggie Miller to five-of-18 shooting as Chicago rallied for an 81-79 victory Monday night over visiting Indiana.The Pacers led by as many as 14 points in the first half and by eight early in the fourth quarter...
Justice Dept. Considers Mac Probe Firm's `Industrial Participations' Spur Lawmaker's Complaint
The Justice Department has not yet decided whether to launch an investigation into the way McDonnell Douglas Corp. helped sell Finnish paper-making equipment, department officials said Monday.The New York Times reported Sunday that the Justice Department...
Keenan Bit off So Much Power He Choked on It
Where did the Blues go wrong with Mike Keenan?In the last days of his regime, he said, "I stand on my record. And my record speaks for itself."So true, but not in the way that he thinks. Keenan believes he would have won here if left to his own means....
Knights' First Real Test Yields 5th Place, Insight
The Francis Howell North High wrestling team needed a test. Any test.The Knights, who finished 12th in Class 4A a year ago, entered the season with hopes of improving on that finish. But because of early-season forfeits, Howell North coach Harold Ritchie...
Ladies' Night out at Food-Buying Club
THE TOWN & Country Buying Club recently held its last meeting of 1996. As usual, a small group of women gathered at Jan's cozy farmhouse to place their orders for bulk foods, catch up on all the news and share some companionship.It's a different kind...
Last Session Waits for Christmas Retail News
A late wave of year-end profit-taking pulled most stock measures lower Monday, denying several indexes new record highs on the next-to-last trading day of 1996.Broader-market indexes also slid into Monday's close, erasing gains that would have given...
Lobbyists, Prep Schools Get `Charity'
Along with the traditional recipients such as soup kitchens and hospices, the beneficiaries of the annual multimillion-dollar federal employees' charity drive include gun lobbyists, badminton advocates and toney prep schools.The 30-year-old Combined...
Luechtefeld Changes His Game Billikens Sophomore Is No Shooting Star
When Ryan Luechtefeld left home in Okawville to enroll at St. Louis University a few years ago and walked on with the basketball team, it wasn't just to continue a tradition of Luechtefelds wearing the blue-and-white. He knew he was good enough to play.He...
Man Shot Son, Then Calmly Called Wife, Police Say
An autopsy revealed that William Bruner killed his son Billy at least two hours before he killed himself, Ferguson police reportedWilliam Bruner had already shot his 8-year-old son when he called his estranged wife Sunday afternoon and asked her if she...
Mizzou Gets Morale Boost from Southern Two-Game Losing Streak Snapped with 111-69 Win
Like a soothing cold pack on the University of Missouri's heartily bruised confidence, Southern University proved to be a welcome relief for a Tigers team mired in a two-game bout with the holiday blahs.A couple of days after losing to Illinois in the...
Money Notes
Government To Sell Inflation-Indexed BondsWASHINGTON - The government will sell its first securities designed to protect investors against inflation on Jan. 29, the Treasury Department announced Monday.The 10-year notes will be auctioned quarterly in...
Monk Mystique Monastery Dwellers Find Consumer Niche with Cookbooks, Cds
In his coarse, hooded robe, Brother Victor-Antoine d'Avila-Latourrette only seems as if he's poised to take up quill and bend low over a gilded manuscript.He is, in reality, planning another book tour, complete with back-to-back TV interviews, signings...
Morning Briefing
Shareholders OK Gillette's Purchase Of DuracellGillette Co. and Duracell International Inc. shareholders approved Gillette's purchase of the battery maker for about $7.82 billion in stock and debt.The transaction is set to be completed today. Duracell...
Morning Briefing Eye Openers
Just Wondering:If you were injured by any of Mizzou's wild passes Saturday night at Kiel Center, have you contacted Brown & Crouppen yet?Is it safe to assume that NORM STEWART did not order turnovers for breakfast Sunday morning? BRETT HULL, did you...
NCAA Wrestling Finals to Be at Kiel in 2000
The NCAA wrestling championships are coming to St. Louis in March 2000 and along with the event, St. Louis Sports Commission officials hope, thousands of Midwestern wrestling fans."This is a very big deal for St. Louis, though a lot of people may not...
New Tax Rules Will Arrive with New Year
At the stroke of midnight tonight, the New Year will ring in federal tax changes that will affect adoptions, seniors and people with terminal illnesses.House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Archer, a Republican from Texas, on Monday released his...
North Korea Bends on Talks with South
North Korea has agreed to talk with the United States and South Korea about negotiating a permanent peace, U.S. officials said Monday.Assistant Secretary of State Winston Lord called the North Korean decision "very important," because it means direct...
Obituaries
Joseph Anthony Czebrinski Joseph Anthony Czebrinski, 83, of St. Peters died Friday (Dec. 27, 1996) of natural causes at DePaul Health Care Center in Bridgeton.Mr. Czebrinski was retired after working for 49 years as a driver and salesman for Pevely Dairy...
Peruvian Official Is `Sure' Standoff Will End Safely Meeting with Rebels Spurs New Mood of Hope
Prime Minister Alberto Pandolfi said Monday that he expected the siege at the Japanese ambassador's residence to end with the 83 remaining hostages released unharmed by their rebel captors."We are sure that the continuing sound handling of the situation...
Peruvian Official `Sure' Standoff Will End Safely
Prime Minister Alberto Pandolfi said Monday that he expected the siege at the Japanese ambassador's residence to end with the 83 remaining hostages released unharmed by their rebel captors."We are sure that the continuing sound handling of the situation...
Police/courts
The following were reported to police departments in the region or involved action in one of the area's courts:MISCELLANEOUSSt. Louis: The 6th annual New Year's Eve candlelight service commemorating the year's homicide victims will be held at 4 p.m....
Pro-Gingrich Forces Pressure Rebel
As House Republican leaders intensified efforts to save Speaker Newt Gingrich's job, a GOP lawmaker said Monday that he had rebuffed attempts to dissuade him from declaring his opposition to Gingrich's re-election.The Republican leadership held a conference...
Rah! Rah! Pompon Squads Make a Big Hit at Competition
Pompon squad members at Fort Zumwalt South High School are dancing with joy after recently collecting a slew of trophies at a competition at Lindbergh High School in south St. Louis County.The junior varsity and freshman pompon squads won first-place...
Rookie Campbell Puts on Show for Blues Two Goals, Assist Provide Lift in 4-2 Win over Hometown Bruins
Jim Campbell grew up in Westborough, Mass., a western suburb of Boston, watching the Boston Bruins play on Channel 38.On Sunday night, the television at Jim and Eleanor Campbell's house was tuned in as usual to the Bruins game, but the Campbells weren't...
Route 13 Isn't Rated Risky, Says Official Residents Called Road Where 5 Died Unsafe
A stretch of road near Marissa in St. Clair County where five people were killed in a crash last week is not considered a high-accident location, a state highway official said Monday.Dale Klohr, Metro East district engineer for the Illinois Department...
Run to Daylight: 49ers Seek Drier Climate
Try as they might, the San Francisco 49ers can't seem to get over this Carolina Panthers thing.First, the upstart Panthers sent the mighty 49ers tumbling into the ranks of the wild cards by beating them twice during the regular season to claim the NFC...
Rypien: Rams Bosses Don't Want to Win
Mark Rypien wears the jersey of the Philadelphia Eagles these days, but he still has St. Louis - and the Rams - on his mind.In his most critical comments yet concerning his Rams experience, Rypien said team management doesn't really want to win and said...
Saluting the Gentlemen of the United States Navy
Dear Abby: In light of all the negative publicity given to some of the American servicemen with regard to their ungentlemanly behavior where women are concerned, I would like to share an experience I had recently.I am a female American college student...
Schedule of First Night Events
First Night events take place at various locations downtown. Buttons are required for admission to indoor events and cost $5. They can be purchased in advance at JC Penney stores and MetroTix outlets or at the event itself. The following is a list of...
Sheriff-Elect Is Planning Big Changes Johnson Fires Ex-Rival but Promotes Another
In preparation for taking over as Lincoln County's sheriff Jan. 1, Lt. Jim Johnson has decided to fire one of the people who opposed him in the race for sheriff. Meanwhile, another of his opponents in the election will be promoted.Johnson said Monday...
Should Old Acquaintances Plan Ahead?
BUDDY REISENGER has been planning for years how to celebrate the new millennium on New Year's Eve 1999.Here's what he's come up with:Beginning in Europe, he will make a midnight toast with friends in London or Paris. Then he will jump on a Concorde jet...
South County Couple Killed in House Fire
A retired couple died Monday evening in a fire that broke out in their trash-filled home in south St. Louis County.The victims were identified as Art Kain, 70, and his wife, Dorothy Kain, 68.They had lived for nearly 30 years in the 4200 block of Massabielle...
Sports Shorts
Michael Johnson AP's Male Athlete Of YearMichael Johnson, the man with the golden shoes and the Olympic medals to match, dominated track and field in 1996 by sprinting to an unprecedented double at the Atlanta Games and obliterating the sport's oldest...
Spotlight
Special to the St. Charles Post Rhonda Schieffer, a senior at Troy High School, believes in setting goals."If you don't have goals," she said, "you don't have anywhere to go in life."Rhonda, 18, plans to pay her own way through college. She wants to...
Suggests Pot Offenders Are Jamming the Jails
Dear Ann Landers: I have a quick suggestion for resolving the crisis of overcrowding in our jails: Stop locking up marijuana consumers.Seventeen out of every 100 federal prisoners are there for marijuana crimes - 17,000 marijuana prisoners in all. At...
Super Handyman
Interior painting can give your home a whole new look. We have put together a great little reference guide called "The Inside Story on Interior Painting." It's got instructions on prepping your home as well as painting it.You can find tips on picking...
Support Groups
TodayAl-Anon, for family and friends of alcoholics, will meet at 9:30 a.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 2800 Elm Street, St. Charles.Alcoholics Anonymous will meet at noon and 6 and 8 p.m. at the Sonderen Club, 212 Sonderen Avenue, O'Fallon. Bi-Polar...
Tandy Retrenches, Closes 1 Chain to Cost Company $170 Million
Tandy Corp. said it will take a $170 million fourth-quarter charge to shutter its Incredible Universe chain and 19 of its 113 Computer City stores, which have consistently lost money.The charge, equal to about $2.80 a share, will wipe out the retailer's...
Team Gets Slow Start, but That's OK by Coach
Eric Piper's first season as wrestling coach at Lindenwood College is off to a slow start. But that's all part of the plan."In a sport like this, the last thing you want to do is peak in December or even January or February," said Piper, who competed...
The Changing World Watchful Waiting in Europe an Asia, Hope in Africa, Foreboding in the Mideast
Year-end lists of events are a journalistic ritual, but they do make the world seem like a demonstration of Brownian motion in the high-school physics lab. Lots of bits moving around, but every year it's basically the same old story. And yet the world...
The West Shouldn't Prop Up Zaire's Dictator
Upon his recent return to Zaire, President Mobutu Sese Seko told crowds in Kinshasa, "My heart is charged with a moral debt for my people. I know what you are expecting of me."Apparently, he still does not know. Rather than conceding that his 31-year...
The X-President Files Truman, Eisenhower Libraries Draw Ufologists
Many flying saucer researchers believe the truth is out there. And they're looking for it in presidential libraries in Kansas and Missouri.Telephone calls and visits by "UFOlogists" have been a workplace reality at the Dwight D. Eisenhower and Harry...
The X-President Files Ufologists Head to the Libraries of Truman, Eisenhower in Search of Data on Alien Crash
Many flying saucer researchers believe the truth is out there. And they're looking for it in presidential libraries in Kansas and Missouri.Telephone calls and visits by "UFOlogists" have been a workplace reality at the Dwight D. Eisenhower and Harry...
Today's Bowl Games
SUN BOWLWhere: El Paso, Texas.Who: Stanford (6-5) vs. Michigan State (6-5). Tuning In: 1 p.m., KMOV (Channel 4), KMOX (1120 AM). Favorite: Michigan State by 7. AP Rankings: Neither team ranked. Bowl Records: Stanford 8-8-1, Michigan St. 5-7. Series Record:...
U.S. Challenges Relaxed Laws on Use of Marijuana Backer of Initiative Is Outraged
President Bill Clinton's administration warned doctors Monday that new state laws allowing medical uses of marijuana in Arizona and California do not matter: The drug is still illegal to prescribe under federal law.The adminstration also said federal...
Vaughn's Back; Ku Romps
Preseason All-American Jacque Vaughn made a triumphant return to top-ranked Kansas' lineup Monday night, shouting "I'm back, I'm back" after a trademark assist led to a 3-point play as the 11-0 Jayhawks beat Division II Washburn 90-65 in Lawrence, Kan.Vaughn,...
Weak Decision from Missouri Supreme Court
This month's Missouri Supreme Court decision making it harder to win personal injury awards was awfully thin on the reasoning. When the Supreme Court changes state policy on a matter of this importance, it owes the litigants and the people of Missouri...
White House as Motel 6: Not Bad Idea
AS IF he hasn't been rapped enough, President Clinton is now being criticized for, of all things, being too hospitable and gracious a host.In recent stories, The Washington Post described how wealthy people who raised millions of dollars for Clinton's...
Year in Tv: Large Picture Gets Fuzzier
EARLY in 1996, a White House conference ended with the promise of something new for television: an industry-created ratings system that would help parents be better monitors of their children's viewing.Late in the year, an industry group presented a...
Young's Ribs Hurting, but Seifert Feels He's `Probable' for Packers
The San Francisco 49ers have discovered yet another painful lesson of life as a wild card. Namely, your quarterback has one more game in which to get injured.In the case of Steve Young, still gifted but increasingly brittle at 35, it's usually a question...
Zig Ziglar
IT IS truly amazing what a little creative imagination, a few friendly neighbors, a simple request and a spirit of teamwork can accomplish.For years, we've heard about the importance of teamwork in any organization or on any athletic team, but here's...

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