St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from April 9, 1997

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200-Mile Katy Trail Up, Running, Ready for Floods; but Not Boulder
Boulders, blowholes and community bulletin boards were hot topics at the Katy Trail State Park Conference on Monday.The 200-mile Katy Trail is complete from Frontier Park in St. Charles to Sedalia, Mo.But the trail is closed on both sides of a tunnel...
3 Palestinians Killed in New West Bank Clashes Jewish Students Shoot First One; Others Die in Riots That Follow
Two Jewish seminary students opened fire with Uzi submachine guns Tuesday in downtown Hebron, fatally shooting a 24-year-old Palestinian and sparking hours of riots against Israeli soldiers that left two more Palestinians dead and dozens wounded.Israelis...
Admission Notices Have Teens Sweating
AFTER months of fingernail chewing, tossing and turning at night, and trying to keep their self-esteem on an even keel, high school seniors are beginning to receive college admission notification letters.The old folklore is generally true: A fat envelope...
After Scare, Butler Is Hero for Dodgers
When Dodgers outfielder Brett Butler was not in the starting lineup Monday, his teammates tried not to wonder if it would be the end of his career.Butler, 39, who missed most of last season after being diagnosed with tonsil cancer in May and undergoing...
Air Apparent: Girl with New Lungs Exudes Energy
Autumn Karyn Bailey is a 3-year-old, blue-eyed blonde who is full of energy and laughter - and one of the world's youngest lung transplant recipients.Back here this week for the start of her annual three-day checkup, Autumn was the second child to have...
Andy Benes Ready to Pitch -- Barring a Snowstorm, That Is
Cardinals pitcher Andy Benes, the team's leading winner last year (18-10), will make his first scheduled appearance in Tulsa, Okla., when he pitches Friday for Arkansas on the injury-rehabilitation program.Benes has been on the mend in Florida since...
Andy Benes Ready to Pitch -- Barring a Snow Storm, That Is
Cardinals pitcher Andy Benes, the team's leading winner last year (18-10), will make his first scheduled appearance in Tulsa, Okla., when he pitches Friday for Arkansas on the injury-rehabilitation program.Benes has been on the mend in Florida since...
Angels Are Everywhere: On Tv, Books, Magazines
FASCINATION with angels has run at high tide in recent years, and there's little sign that it's letting up. One can read angel books, mail angel postcards, mark the days on angel calendars, attend workshops on guardian angels and, of course, tune in...
Another Storm over Nixon Tapes
Is Richard Nixon's estate going to pull one last trick on the American people? The Washington Post reports that under a proposed settlement, the federal government - using taxpayers' money - would pay the Nixon estate $26 million for his White House...
Applicants Sought for Aviation Board
Residents interested in the future of aviation and airports in St. Charles County are invited to apply for appointment to a newly formed county Aviation Board.County Executive Joe Ortwerth will review the applications before recommending the appointment...
Arafat Twists Meaning of Oslo
Oslo. One can hardly open a newspaper without reading about the Oslo peace accords between Israel and the Palestinians and how Israel's violation of this or that provision has led to the current impasse and violence.But the Oslo you read about has become...
Area Authorities Confident about Courthouse Security
It was an odd look in a woman's eye, a Madison County sheriff's deputy would explain later, that prompted him to search the purse she carried into the trial of a man accused of murdering her son.Whether she would have used the loaded pistol discovered...
Arms Treaty Will Get Senate Vote Republicans Vow Action by April 29 Deadline
Faced with a Democratic threat to block action on all other legislation, Senate Republicans agreed Tuesday to hold a ratification vote on the global chemical weapons treaty before the pact takes effect in three weeks.The promise was made in the midst...
Banks, Computers Give Market a Boost
Microsoft Corp. and NationsBank Corp. led stocks higher Wednesday amid optimism that computer and banking companies will record the biggest earnings gains in the first quarter.A late-day surge sent the Dow Jones industrial average up 53.25, its thi rd...
Bernardin's Successor Has Ties to Belleville the Surprising Choice Is Called an Intellectual
After months of speculation about who would succeed Cardinal Joseph Bernardin as head of the Chicago Archdiocese, the Vatican named a man with close ties to Belleville who is not widely known outside the Catholic Church.The appointment Tuesday of Francis...
Bigger Annuity Part of Superintendent's Package District-Paid Insurance to Cover New Chief's Family
The new superintendent of the St. Charles School District, Terry Holder, will receive an annuity of $9,500 annually, $6,200 more than that for Mark Keen, his predecessor.The district-paid insurance package will also cover Holder's family. The district...
Black Helicopters Invade Ozarks
It's one thing when the black helicopter crowd gets together in paranoid little klatches to talk about an imminent invasion by the United Nations. It's another when the Missouri Department of Conservation and National Park Service cancel worthwhile programs...
Bond Making Jump from Small School to Division I
Rodney Bond has spent five years tucked away at tiny Gateway Christian High, playing basketball and resisting the temptation to compromise his beliefs in favor of a larger school and more widespread recognition.Stories of his incredible raw talent, including...
Bowman Still Keeps Them Guessing
Red Wings coach Scotty Bowman is as noncommittal as ever about two major questions concerning the playoffs: Where will Sergei Fedorov play and who will be in goal?This is nothing new. For decades, Bowman's players have wondered where they fit.Edmonton...
Briefs
THE NATIONWASHINGTONFBI Looking Into Internet's `Dark Side' FBI Director Louis Freeh told a Senate panel Tuesday that his agency was working hard to protect children from the "dark side" of the Internet, where pedophiles search for victims. But Freeh...
Briefs
ST. LOUISHarmon Plans Meeting With CarnahanMayor-elect Clarence Harmon plans to meet today with Gov. Mel Carnahan and other statewide elected officials in Jefferson City. Harmon also will be host of an evening reception for St. Louis area members of...
Bucking Trend Japanese Seem Unconcerned as Dollar Zooms
The dollar shot past 126 yen for the first time in 4 1/2 years Tuesday and surged in other dealings after Japan's trade minister suggested he wasn't too concerned about the U.S. currency's vitality.The remarks by Shinji Sato came one day after the dollar...
Bulls Keep on Winning; Jazz Make It Lucky 13
While the Chicago Bulls have the NBA's best record, the Utah Jazz have the league's longest winning streak.Michael Jordan scored 30 points as the Bulls beat the Philadelphia 76ers 128-102 Monday night to clinch homecourt advantage throughout the pla...
Butler Goes from Doctor's Office to 15th-Inning Hero for Dodgers
When Dodgers outfielder Brett Butler was not in the starting lineup Monday, his teammates tried not to wonder if it would be the end of his career.Butler, 39, who missed most of last season after being diagnosed with tonsil cancer in May and undergoing...
Cain, Pitcher Who Faced Gaedel, Dies
Bob Cain, a Detroit Tigers lefthander who pitched to a midget in 1951 in a gimmick dreamed up by Bill Veeck, has died of cancer. He was 72.Mr. Cain died Monday (April 7, 1997) at University Hospitals in Cleveland.Mr. Cain, who broke into the majors with...
Cain, Pitcher Who Faced Midget Gaedel, Dies at 72
Bob Cain, a Detroit Tigers lefthander who pitched to a midget in 1951 in a gimmick dreamed up by Bill Veeck, has died of cancer. He was 72.Mr. Cain died Monday (April 7, 1997) at University Hospitals in Cleveland. He pitched for the Chicago White Sox,...
Cards Conquer Cold, Expos
A BONE-CHILLING icebox for most of the evening, Busch Stadium ignited into a fireball of baseball euphoria Tuesday as Willie McGee smacked a dramatic game-winning home run on opening night.The final score: Red Brrrrds: 2, Montreal: 1.The heat is on ....
Cavs Put Knock on Knicks 93-73
Terrell Brandon scored 25 points, Chris Mills and Danny Ferry had 21 each, and Cleveland pulled off a 93-73 rout of the Knicks on Tuesday night in New York.The Cavs, despite playing without Tyrone Hill (flu) and Bobby Phills (strained groin), had runs...
City Housing Agency Violated Rules on Contracts, U.S. Says Audit Cites Authority for Errors in Documentation, Opening Bids
The St. Louis Housing Authority violated several federal regulations in the way it handed out contracts during the last year, according to a federal audit made public Tuesday.The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Department found violations in at...
City Housing Authority Violated Rules, U.S. Says
The St. Louis Housing Authority violated several federal regulations in the way it handed out contracts during the last year, according to a federal audit made public Tuesday.The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Department found violations in at...
Clinton `Can't Imagine' White House Aids Improperly Aiding Hubbell
In 1994, the life of Webster Hubbell must have seemed pretty grim. He had just pleaded guilty to bilking his former law partners out of $400,000. He had resigned his post as deputy attorney general and was on his way to prison. Whitewater counsel Kenneth...
County Dispatching May Lose Ambulance District Two Newly Elected Board Members Urge Hiring of Alarm Agency
The new St. Charles County Department of Dispatch and Alarm might be losing its main client, the county's Ambulance District.Two winners in last week's election of seats on the six-member board of directors of the ambulance district say they have marshaled...
Court Upholds Affirmative Action Ban Ruling Backs California Proposition 209
A federal appeals court upheld the ban on affirmative action programs that California's voters approved as Proposition 209.In a 3-0 ruling Tuesday, a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in San Francisco, overturned a district judge's...
Court Upholds Affirmative Action Ban Ruling Backs California Proposition 209
Siding with opponents of affirmative action, a federal appeals court upheld on Tuesday California's voter-approved ban on preferences based on race and gender.In a strongly worded decision that reflected the politically charged nature of the issue, a...
Cross-Checking around the Nhl
CENTRAL DIVISIONNow that Red Wings assistant coach Barry Smith is back from his head-coaching gig in Sweden, maybe Detroit can get its power play cranked up again. He is an invaluable X and O guy. . . . Maple Leafs general manager Cliff Fletcher is taking...
Crowd Confronts New Bayless Board Member
The swearing in of a new school board member is usually met with applause and support from district residents.Tuesday night, only silence from a crowd of about 100 people greeted Kathleen McGahan when she was sworn in as a new Bayless School Board member.Moments...
Cubs Wake Up Echoes of 1962 with 0-7 Start
The winless Chicago Cubs matched the worst start in their 122-year history as the Florida Marlins used Charles Johnson's two-run seventh-inning double to win 5-3 Tuesday and go five games over .500 for the first time ever.The loss in the chilly, windy...
Dennis Martinez, at 41, Still Does Things His Own Way
We in the newspaper business are supposed to be objective. We should size up athletes and teams with the hard, discerning eyes of an IRS agent checking your deductions.Today, I can't do that.Today, I'm writing about Dennis Martinez, and Dennis Martinez...
Desegregation Debate Ruffles Senate Decorum
The debate over how to spend state desegregation savings turned personal Tuesday, prompting one senator to decry the discussion as a "junkyard-dog kind of debate."The argument involved Sen. Harold Caskey, sponsor of a bill to reroute the desegregation...
Devil of a Game New Jersey's Overly Defensive Style Makes for Tedious Hockey
Ask defenseman Scott Stevens about his Devils, and he smiles broadly."Four shutouts in five games," Stevens said after New Jersey blanked the Blues on Sunday night."That's ridiculous." Yes, it is. That the Devils stand as the National Hockey League's...
Dog's Delicate Surgery: The Guys Sympathize
IT'S been a rough week for the dog.Being a responsible pet owner, not wanting to increase the puppy population of the world, I agreed with the vet that it was time for Reggie to be neutered. It was not a popular decision in our family, nor a democratic...
Dome and Dumber
The good news is the junky ads lining the Billboard Dome are coming down. The bad news is that the ads won't be gone for long: The Billboard Dome is about to become the Glo-Dome. The nine "real tacky" billboards, to quote Rep. O.L. Shelton, encircling...
Doubt Shadows Land of Rising Sun Many Institutions Japanese Accepted as Sound Are Not
Tumbled from its pinnacle of wealth, sparkling economic growth and boundless confidence, Japan now appears in the doldrums of self-doubt.It is still an industrial giant, and its economy appears to be climbing out of a long slowdown. The standard of living...
Edgar Visits Struggling School
Gov. Jim Edgar visited the financially strapped Whiteside Elementary School near Belleville Tuesday and cited it as an example of the many under-financed schools in Illinois that can be helped by education-funding reform.Edgar is pushing to have the...
E. St. Louis Schools Audit Decries Nepotism
East Louis School District 189 has received another scathing audit critical of the district's management and hiring practices.As a result, Richard Mark, chairman of the state-appointed Financial Oversight Panel, which commissioned the audit, said Tuesday...
European Firm Drops Rights to Abortion Pill
Threatened by boycotts by American anti-abortion groups, the European pharmaceutical giant Hoechst unloaded its remaining rights to the abortion pill RU-486.On Tuesday, the firm gave the rights to one of the drug's creators, Edouard Sakiz, who plans...
Ex-Bush Aide Wants U.S. to Stay in Bosnia
The United States should be prepared to remain in Bosnia "on a more modest level for some years to come," an adviser to former President George Bush told the World Affairs Council of St. Louis Tuesday.Robert Hutchings, assistant dean at the Woodrow Wilson...
Family Flicks
NEW Cats Don't Dance (G) tips its hat to both finely detailed animation and Hollywood's Golden Age song-and-dance musicals. Its plot is a tired cliche, but the characters are delightfully drawn and well-voiced. The full-length 'toon, about a cool cat...
Fans Cast Their Special Spell on Home Opener
Last season, five guys from Granite City decided to spell out "Ozzie" on their T-shirts - one letter per shirt - and come to Busch Stadium as a human billboard for Ozzie Smith Appreciation Day.For opening day, they elected to stick with the middle infield...
Fears of U.N. Takeover Find Audience in Ladue
United Nations takeover fears looming over the Ozarks have reached Ladue.A meeting was held Tuesday night at the St. Louis County Library across Lindbergh Boulevard from Plaza Frontenac to explain how the United Nations plans to take over half of America...
Fire Kills 3: `A Sad Day on Mcree Avenue' 2 Hospitalized; Firefighters Tried to Revive Victims
The scene will remain etched in the memory of St. Louis fire Capt. David Smith: three small children and an infant, all unconscious and in cardiac arrest, spread out on a front lawn as firefighters feverishly try to revive them."It's as dramatic a situation...
First Jack Frost, Then Willie Mcgee: A Cold Night at Busch Heats Up Fast
Baseball like it oughta be?Well, Jack Frost, baseball oughta be played in the sunshine. Especially in early April, when there's enough cold to chill all the Budweiser on Pestalozzi Street.Tuesday night, we gathered in football weather to see the first...
Friend's Gift from Heart Becomes Poet's Inspiration
Dear Abby: I have read your column daily for many years and greatly enjoy your letters on random acts of kindness. Yesterday I read the letter about Darlene Godsey's husband, who came home a quadriplegic after an overdose of anesthesia during open-heart...
Fuel-Laden Shuttle Returns Home Safely
Space shuttle Columbia returned safely to Earth on Tuesday after a research flight that was cut to four days because of a dangerously defective generator.The National Aeronautics and Space Administration brought the seven astronauts back 12 days early.The...
Gac Better Not Overlook Indians `We Have a Chance to Be Pretty Good,' Coach Points Out
Wentzville High baseball coach Joel Adam has noticed a trend in reviewing the Gateway Athletic Conference baseball preview stories."The coaches all talk about Francis Howell, Francis Howell North, Fort Zumwalt South and St. Charles West as top teams...
Gac Powers Hand Indians a Slow Start but 4-1 Triumph Mondaygets Them on Right Road
The Wentzville High tennis team is off to a slow start. But that's not much of a surprise.After all, the Indians opened the season against Gateway Athletic Conference powers Francis Howell and Duchesne, losing 5-0 in both matches.But Wentzville bounced...
Golf Course, Homes Will Unite Cities' Subdivisions/ Developer's Package Wins Approval of Both Boards
Dardenne Prairie and O'Fallon have agreed to allow Whittaker Homes to build additional homes and a golf course that unites the subdivisions in both municipalities.The Dardenne Prairie Board of Trustees and the O'Fallon Board of Aldermen approved the...
Granite City Hoping to Use Tough Slate to Get Tougher
Granite City High's girls soccer team never has done better. And neither has anyone else from this area.Last spring, the Lady Warriors finished third at the Illinois state tournament. They tied Libertyville 0-0 in the third-place game after losing to...
Health News
NEWBORNSSalt Could Affect Blood Pressure LaterThe amount of salt in newborns' diets could affect their blood pressure later in life, researchers say. In the study of 167 Dutch children, those who had been on a low-sodium diet their first six months had...
Honor Roll
Students at Wentzville Middle School, 405 Campus Drive, Wentzville, must have an average of 3.0 with no grade lower than "C" to qualify for the honor roll.The following students are on the second-quarter honor roll:6th Grade Michael Abbott, Shane Adams,...
Honor Roll
Students at St. Charles High School, Kingshighway and Waverly streets, St. Charles, must have a 3.0 or better grade point average with no more than one C for the honor roll.The following students are on the second-quarter honor roll:(* indicates a 4.00...
Honor Roll
Students at Wentzville Elementary East, One Campus Drive, Wentzville, must have four A's and no D's or F's to qualify for the "A" honor roll and four Bs or higher and no D's or F's to qualify for the "B" honor roll.The following students are on the second-quarter...
Hooded Man Hurls Firebomb at Judge Injuries Minor; Court Security Now a Hot Issue
For years, Champaign County's lawyers, judges and others have been trying to persuade the county board to add security at the courthouse here. Allowing anyone to just wander in off the street, they warned, was a tragedy waiting to happen.On Tuesday morning,...
Hull May Return for Key Contest Quenneville Considers It 'The Biggest Game We've Got All Year'
The last week of the season.A playoff berth on the line.The Blues and the Blackhawks in Chicago. That is the situation tonight at the United Center for the archenemies, who are tied for the last two playoff spots in the Western Conference with 77 points...
In a Hurry? Few Seconds to Spare in Car Crash
Dear Ann Landers: I work for a group of attorneys whose specialty is personal injury and motor vehicle accident litigation. I've read and seen some terrible things in this business, and I am now an extremely cautious driver.Will you please print the...
IRS Misplaces Tax Data Tapes Flaws in Security Being Corrected, Agency Says
The IRS has "serious weaknesses" in its computer security that have resulted in misplacement of 6,400 computer tapes, some of which may hold taxpayer data, a congressional agency said Tuesday."Unless these serious weaknesses are corrected, IRS runs the...
Last Rites Back at Augusta, Norman Asks That He Be Allowed to Put 1996 Behind Him
Like a victim of a crime coming face-to-face with the perpetrator, Greg Norman returned to Augusta National Golf Club on Tuesday. He walked the finely cut fairways, putted on the glassy greens and, as he advised reporters, contemplated the bloodletting...
Latin America Arms Sale Ban May Be Easing
President Bill Clinton has given the U.S. defense industry a sign that he is prepared to end the 20-year ban on the sale of advanced weaponry to countries in Latin America.Clinton gave Lockheed Martin Corp. and McDonnell Douglas Corp. his blessing for...
Lawyer Cueto's Conspiracy Trial Gets under Way
Two vastly different descriptions of controversial lawyer Amiel Cueto of Belleville finally will go before a federal jury in East St. Louis today in the start of what is predicted to be a long and combative trial.Prosecutors and defense attorneys chose...
Legislators Block Effort to Clean Area's Air
In 1990, the federal Clean Air Act, recognizing that metropolitan areas continued to suffer from extremely unhealthy air, required reductions in emissions that contribute to ground-level ozone.Emissions from polluting industries had been the first target...
Lost Attack Jet Mystifies Searchers Theories Abound, from a `Broken Arrow' Scenario to Cult Activity
Capt. Craig Button took off in an $8.8 million Air Force attack jet last week for a practice run. Within minutes, the plane and its armament of four 500-pound bombs were gone.All that's known for sure is that the A-10 Thunderbolt was last spotted on...
Many Taxpayers' Returns Not Happy
When the Internal Revenue Service worker opened the tax return, powdery, gray ashes spilled to the floor."You took everything else. Why don't you take him, too!" wrote a widow who said she had enclosed her husband's remains.Americans are expected to...
Mastectomy Patients Face New Obstacles Insurors Balk at Paying for Reconstructive Surgery
Last fall, shortly after election day, a woman waved to me in the grocery store. She was young and attractive and looked familiar. I assumed I had met her during my campaign. Something was odd, though. It was the baseball cap yanked down on her head,...
Mcveigh Lambastes FBI in Letter
Timothy McVeigh blamed the FBI for the fire at the Branch Davidian compound in a letter to a newspaper in Oklahoma City.McVeigh said in the letter that the Branch Davidian fire caused the "slow, torturous deaths" of families and that the public was duped...
Mitral Valve Prolapse: Some Healthy People Have It, Too
Dear Dr. Donohue: I just read your answer on mitral valve prolapse, but I'm still not clear on one thing. How do you know if you are leaking blood with each beat?Mitral valve prolapse is a weakening of the valve between the upper and lower heart chambers....
Mize Remembers Thrill of the Shot That Sank Shark
The purple shirt is sealed away in a plastic bag, never to be worn again. The wedge is on display at Augusta National Golf Club, donated for the sake of history. The memory is as fresh as yesterday.Larry Mize, who grew up in Augusta and once worked at...
Mizzou Softball Wins Big but Crowds Are Small
As the Missouri softball team happily plugs along with a 34-8 overall and 8-0 conference record, coach Jay Miller laments that so few people are enjoying the team's success.Despite the team's performance and the growing popularity of the sport, particularly...
More Than a Game for Petkovsek as He Makes Dream Come True
Mark Petkovsek, 31, has been a professional baseball player for more than a third of his life. He's felt the tingle of anticipation that is opening day before.But those opening days came in places like Charlotte and Tulsa, Tucson and Buffalo."This was...
Morning Briefing
Intel Chief Makes Stock Options Pay And Pay And PAYIntel Corp. chief executive Andrew Grove made a startling $94.6 million last year by exercising stock options, leading the pack of corporate chiefs who benefited from buying stock at steep discounts.Grove...
Morning Briefing Eye Openers
It's time for a public outcry, time for an uprising by the great washed, time somebody demanded answers from CNN, CNBC, SESAME STREET and other formidable news-gathering agencies as to why the massive cover-up? Why no daily updates on the search for...
Mother's Take on Snared Fugitive: He `Cracked Up'
The mother of triple-murder suspect Alis Ben Johns tearfully reasoned Tuesday that her son must have "cracked up" after his government-issued disability checks stopped coming."The checks stopped in February because he was wanted by police," said Johns'...
Nixon Sues Internet Casino Granada Firm Offers Online Slots Tourney
Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon said Tuesday that he filed suit against an Internet casino. He's asking the Jackson County Circuit Court to prevent Interactive Gaming & Communications Corp. from offering gambling in Missouri.Interactive is a publicly...
No Place like Home Cardinals Win Opener at Busch on Mcgee Home Run in 9th
What was left of a Busch Stadium paid crowd of 47,542 - a little more than half - rose to their feet when No. 51 shuffled out of the dugout Tuesday night. This optimistic lot knew, just knew, that something good was going to happen because it almost...
Normandy Hospital Reopens, Spurs a Sense of Community Normandy
At 10:30 p.m. Monday, Charles Vaughn Jr.'s elderly father complained of shortness of breath. Vaughn called an ambulance and followed in his car as it made the short drive from Pine Lawn to Normandy Community Hospital.As it turned out, his father was...
Obituaries
Marie M. OhmesMarie M. Ohmes, 83, of Augusta, died Monday (April 7, 1997) at St. Joseph Hospital West in Lake Saint Louis.Mrs. Ohmes was a homemaker.Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. today at Baue Funeral Home, 311 Wood Street, O'Fallon. The funeral...
`Oprah' Show to Focus on Semo Hazing Case
MEDIA MIX: Today's installment of the Oprah Winfrey Show (4-5 p.m., Channel 5) will focus on Carlos Turner, who pleaded guilty in October 1994 to involuntary manslaughter, tampering with evidence and misdemeanor hazing in the death of Michael Davis,...
Ozzie Uses Microphone, Not Glove
Those Cardinals fans who find it impossible to fathom a home opener without Ozzie Smith could watch in peace Tuesday night. The streak continues.The Wizard was in the house.Of course, he looked different from the Wizard who trotted and then back -flipped...
Palmer Is Back on His Feet at Augusta
These days, Arnold Palmer measures his golf game by steps as much as by strokes. In that regard, his practice round on Tuesday at Augusta National Golf Club was an unqualified success.Palmer walked the entire 18 holes and still had enough energy remaining...
Parents Help Get Program Afloat, Now It's off Blocks with Initial Win
A year ago, the swimming program at Wentzville High didn't exist. Now, it's going strong."We've been real lucky," girls coach Cathy Stoner said. "The parents in the district pushed for Wentzville to add swimming and everyone involved has been tremendously...
Paying Wrong Debt Leaves Few Cents
MAYBE SOCIETY doesn't owe anybody a living, but you've got to think it owes Steven Toney a little more than he's got.He had 6 cents when I saw him Tuesday morning.He also had his discharge papers from the Army. He carries them whenever he goes on a job...
People
Relationship roundup:* Amid the secrecy they blew back in February, rock's LIAM GALLAGHER and actress PATSY KENSIT have finally pulled it off. They got married Monday in London, in a hush-hush civil ceremony. He's 24, she's 29; his first, her third.*...
Picture a World without Violence Contest Challenges Young Artists
WRITE what you know, the veteran writers tell the beginners, meaning the best creative stuff comes of what you have experienced most deeply.The advice evidently applies to artists as well. Jena Swingle, who spent the early part of her life in leg braces...
Police/courts
The following were reported to police departments in the region or involved action in an area court:VIOLENT DEATHSFulton, Mo.: A second man charged in the 1991 shooting death of a Camdenton convenience store clerk pleaded guilty to first-degree murder...
Potty Training Time: Just Stay Calm
POTTY TRAINING. Now that my youngest is 8, I can look back and still say, "Boy, am I glad that's over!"The process of helping a toddler get out of diapers is one that varies greatly from child to child.My oldest had innumerable ups and downs over several...
Presidents' Summit Is Attracting Volunteers
Zabrina Grisby is going to Philadelphia later this month to meet one sitting president, three former presidents and maybe a future president.Grisby, 23, a volunteer mentor with the Americorps program here, is looking forward to shaking hands with Presidents...
Pressure on Hulshof Is Labor Intensive
Organized business helped put Republican Kenny Hulshof in Congress. Now organized labor is warning the Missouri freshman that his tenure may be brief unless he changes.The action signals the start of a union blitz on the national political scene.Shortly...
Put to the Test Teacher's Quick Action with Heimlich Maneuver Rescues Choking Student
Third-grader Shannon Ponche says she'll think twice about eating hard candy from now on.Shannon was sucking on a jawbreaker in her third-grade language class Monday afternoon when she felt the hard, round candy become lodged in her throat.Unable to breathe,...
Rebel Leader Prepares to Conquer Zairian Capital
Savoring his victories in central Zaire, rebel leader Laurent Kabila set his sights Tuesday on Kinshasa and claimed a startling advance to within 160 miles of the capital. The government denied Kabila's claim."Where else is there to go?" Kabila told...
Scientists Reveal Lowest Levels of Springtime Ozone
The lowest levels of springtime ozone detected to date over the North Pole have been mapped by instruments on a series of satellites, scientists announced Tuesday.Ozone levels late last month and early this month over the Arctic were 40 percent lower...
Senate Oks Proposal for Vote on Tax for Indigent Health Care
The state Senate approved a plan Tuesday that could help raise money to pay for health care for poor people in St. Louis and preserve the operation of St. Louis Regional Medical Center.The Senate adopted an amendment that would allow the Board of Aldermen...

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