St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from January 26, 1997

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11 Recreation Spots Closed Because of Money Problems
Eleven recreation sites in the Mark Twain National Forest, three of them fairly popular with St. Louis area people, have been closed this year by the Forest Service to save money.The closures, affecting 10 percent of the campsites in the Mark Twain,...
3 New Clients Quick-Start Fleishman-Hillard's Year 51
Biz Bit: Three new clients - Imation (a spinoff of 3M), Texas Instruments and the Norfolk Southern Railway proxy fight - have just come aboard with Fleishman-Hillard, the St. Louis-based public relations juggernaut. F-H capped off its 50th anniversary...
A Cautionary Tale for Cruise-Goers
MORE THAN 200 passengers on Carnival Cruise Lines' mid-November sailing of the Sensation jumped ship in the first port of call after a power failure forced the captain to delay arrival in San Juan and to change the itinerary.The cruise on the 3-year-old,...
Accepting Life That's Less Than Perfect
LOVE WARPS THE MIND A LITTLEA novel by John Dufresne315 Pages, W.W. Norton, $23 ***** John Dufresne's novels bend the mind more than a little. First, three years ago, came "Louisiana Power and Light," a luminous, funny, Faulkneresque chronicle of the...
Accused Teen Was Ward of State Suspect in Slaying Had Troubled Life
Bryan Carter has been under state care since he was 9 years old, when his parents were sent to prison.In the last six years, Carter has shifted at least 12 times from foster homes to group homes to hospitals. He has had six psychiatric evaluations, taken...
A Civic Partnership Is Needed . .
In each of the recent newspaper reports on downtown, it has been agreed that downtown warrants attention. Downtown St. Louis Inc. is committed to retain the existing employment and investment; to attract additional jobs and investments; and to expand...
Acting Up a Soap Star's Trial Shows Madhouse of Brazil's Law System
Testimony often runs past midnight. Witnesses, jurors - even the judge - are locked up in the courthouse for the duration.The circuslike trial of a soap opera star charged with killing his on-screen lover is providing a window into the intricate and...
A Glaring Inequity: Survivor Benefits
Looking for a clerk's job in state government? First, try the Department of Conservation or the Department of Transportation.Typing and filing duties probably won't vary from other state departments. But retirement benefits do.Conservation and transportation...
Ah, Sweet Board Games of Youth!
OK, here's a nostalgia question: What childhood game does this remind you of?"Colonel Mustard in the library with a candlestick."If you answered, "Spin the Bottle," then I frankly do not want to know anything more about your childhood. What I'm referring...
Airline Safety Report Recommends Changes throughout Industry
A draft report of a presidential airlines panel calls for eliminating advance passenger boarding passes, screening some mail for explosives and developing anti-missile systems to protect commercial flights.The draft also calls for:Speeding the transition...
All Set? Let's Watch `All-Time, All-Madden' and All That Follows
NO ONE is more ready for the Super Bowl than John Madden.Madden made five trips to the Super Bowl broadcast booth as a CBS employee, before he and the NFC moved over to Fox. Unfortunately for Madden, the NFL made Fox wait three years before it could...
All Too Young
Teen prenancies are down overall, but not among teh youngest.A FEW WEEKS AGO, President Bill Clinton turned the spotlight on teen-age pregnancies, celebrating the news that teen birthrates had declined dramatically in the '90s and vowing to do more to...
A Muddled but Winning Detective Story
"LIGHTNING"A mystery by John Lutz (8 hours, unabridged, Books on Tape, $12.95 rental, $48 purchase)When Beth, private detective Fred Carver's main squeeze, is exploded out of a Florida abortion clinic moments after entering the building to cancel her...
An Artist: Flood Brought Range of Talent to Game, and Life
Bing Devine, the man who brought Curt Flood to the Cardinals, pointed out the obvious coincidence Monday. It is indeed interesting that Flood had died on Martin Luther King Day.Jackie Robinson was a pioneer for black baseball players, a trailblazer for...
A Phone Call Away from Suicide Diane Ackerman Listens to, Repeats Stories of Misery
A Slender ThreadBy Diane Ackerman294 pages, Random House, $24 DIANE ACKERMAN is best known as a naturalist and a poet. Her best-selling book, "A Natural History of the Senses," combined these talents in a compendium of explorations into our five senses...
Armitage & Webster: Shops off Beaten Track in Chicago
CHICAGOANS may love the well-known, toney stores on the Miracle Mile of Michigan Avenue and the nearby side streets of Oak, Walton and Chestnut. But residents who really like to shop know that to find the most unusual merchandise and to avoid throngs...
Around the World Record Just Waiting to Be Broken
When his silver foil balloon finally landed in a muddy mustard field in northeastern India last week, Chicago adventurer Steve Fossett had done something that would have been almost unthinkable just a decade ago.After taking off from St. Louis, Fossett,...
At 2001 Inauguration, Watch for `Aerial Autos'
At the other side of the bridge to the 21st century, all 118 states will participate in the inauguration of President George McKinley Barrington in 2001.Never mind that the number of states will have to more than double in four years, or that the president-to-be's...
At 83, Mulloy Still Playing, Winning
No man has played tennis better longer than Gardnar Mulloy, who resisted the urge to retire some 50 years ago.Trailing Billy Talbert 6-0, 5-0 in a tournament shortly after World War II, Mulloy felt frustrated with the sport."After I got out of the Navy,...
Attack in Chechnya Prompts Red Cross to Rethink Safety
The Red Cross flag has protected mercy missions through two world wars and countless other conflicts, but now it may have become a liability.For the first time in more than 130 years, the humanitarian organization has decided not to fly its flag in situations...
At the Movies
NEWFierce Creatures (PG-13; 1:33): The cast of "A Fish Called Wanda" is re-united for a movie that is about half as funny. Kevin Kline plays a greedy Australian media mogul and his doofus son. The son, John Cleese and Jamie Lee Curtis try to turn a zoo...
Badgers Blister Brick-Laying Illini
The bird that swooped down from the rafters and took a few laps around the inside of the Assembly Hall on Saturday afternoon was not a vulture.Had it been, it would have gone hungry, anyway: Wisconsin feasted voraciously, picking befuddled Illinois clean...
Bar None: Nonviolent Offenders Packing Prisons
EVERY DAY, THE Missouri prison system finds a new way to shoehorn criminals into an already-packed house.They sleep in tents when it's warm outside. Cots are jammed into gymnasiums. Single-man cells become two-man cells. Busloads take the overflow to...
Barren Beauty: Adventure Awaits in Everglades
THE EVERGLADES reveal their beauty in a slow, almost stately manner.It's a subtle landscape, one that can seem monotonous - miles and miles of stunted cypress forest and flooded sawgrass plain.The area is so primordial, even eerie, it's as if you've...
Being the Other Woman Can Be a Piece of Cake
Dear Ann Landers: This is for "Trysting in Texas," who tried to justify her cheating with a married man by blaming his wife.It's easy to be glamorous when you spend only 5 percent of your time with your married lover. You don't have to wash his clothes,...
Bench Strength Helps Louisville Edge UCLA
Reserve guard B.J. Flynn scored 16 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 37 seconds left, to lift No. 6 Louisville to a 74-71 victory over UCLA on Saturday in Louisville, Ky.Louisville (16-2) overcame UCLA's 55 percent shooting (26 of 47) by...
Black Rep Putting on Family Theater Festival
BIG plans are under way at the St. Louis Black Repertory Company, where they're busy organizing the Show Me Festival for Young Audiences, a theater arts program for children and families.Two groups from out of town - the Freddy Hendricks Youth Ensemble...
Blindsided: Spotlight's Glare Surprises Favre
For as long as he can remember, Brett Favre has dreamed the dream.As a kid in Kiln, Miss.As a hotshot quarterback at Hancock North Central High. As a raw college talent at Southern Mississippi. "All I ever dreamed of was being a professional quarterback...
Blues' Rivers Finally Gets into the Flow
If Mike Keenan had been behind the Blues' bench Thursday night, rookie defenseman Jamie Rivers would have expected the worst after his giveaway led to Vancouver's go-ahead goal 8 minutes into the final period.Keenan might have chewed out Rivers, or ignored...
Blues Spread the Wealth (9 Get Points) in Blowout
The Blues can empathize with the Montreal Canadiens after thrashing them 8-1 on Saturday at Molson Center.They know the feeling of being embarrassed at home, booed off the ice and ridiculed around town. It happened frequently to the Blues in the Mike...
Bosley's Campaign Chief Reimburses City for Calls
Mayor Freeman Bosley Jr.'s former chief of staff has paid back the city nearly $5,800 for all calls - business and personal - he made on his cellular phone.In documents filed in court last week, the city enclosed a photocopy of a $5,792 check that the...
Briefs
MISSOURIST. CHARLES COUNTYProperty Reassessment Is Nearing Completion St. Charles County is near completion of the task of reassessing all the real estate in the county. The review is in accordance with Missouri law, which requires updating property...
Briefs
MASSACHUSETTSLegislator's Son Arrested, Charged With Drug OffensePolice in Lawrence, Mass., arrested Todd R. Cunningham, 27, son of U.S. Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, R-Calif., after he allegedly flew a plane into Lawrence loaded with more than 400 pounds...
Bulls Finally Find Answer to Raptors
Michael Jordan scored 24 points and Toni Kukoc had 18 points and a career-high 13 assists as the Chicago Bulls defeated their unlikely nemeses, the Toronto Raptors, on Saturday in Chicago.Toronto, a 1995 expansion team, did what no other NBA club has...
Carlyle's Team Effort Too Much for Okawville
After cutting down the net at one end of the Highland gym and draping it over her most valuable player trophy, Carlyle High's Courtney Smith took a moment to reflect on the Lady Indians' 78-39 victory over Okawville on Saturday in the title game of the...
Change in Tax Law Gives Puerto Ricans an Uncertain Future
Six months ago, Romelio Olivera was sure his job was in jeopardy. Now, he's not so sure. "The politicians tell us one thing one day and the opposite the next."Olivera, 29, is a chemical engineer at DuPont Inc.'s four-factory site, which makes pharmaceuticals,...
Clinton Pushes System to Protect U.S. Food Critics Say FDA Spends Too Little on Safety
President Bill Clinton is seeking $43 million to implement an early food warning system intended to prevent more deadly hamburgers and sickening apple juice.Clinton detailed his proposal in his weekly radio address Saturday."We must do more," the president...
Come on Now - Let Us Reason Together
YOU'VE HEARD THAT famous cry of regional defiance: The South shall rise again.Has it ever! And this Deep South city is proof.Huntsville is developing a stonger industrial base. The good ol' boys just elected an astute woman mayor (Loretta Spencer) with...
Condition Puzzles Experts Many in Police Custody Have Died of Agitated Delirium
At least 11 people have died in police custody in the St. Louis area since 1990 while in the throes of a mysterious, often violent medical condition called agitated delirium, a review of death records shows.In all, at least 20 people have died from the...
Confessions of a Sports Misfit
IT's SUPER BOWL SUNDAY, and most of America is getting ready for today's Big Game.Like locusts, Americans are descending on supermarkets, clearing their shelves of tortilla chips and salsa, Cokes and cases of beer. Advertisers are preparing special commercials,...
Costas Dinner Draws a Drew (Carey)
WHITEY HERZOG and Ozzie Smith will headline the ninth annual Bob Costas Celebrity Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Adam's Mark Hotel.The fund-raiser for Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital has netted a total of over $2 million. Tickets, $200 a person,...
Croatian Envoy Visits St. Louis Ambassador Praises U.S. Peacemaking
Miomir Zuzul, the republic of Croatia's new ambassador to the United States, was stressing the American connection to his young country during a visit to the St. Louis area Saturday.The former college professor and psychologist quoted a Croatian poet,...
Designs on NY St. Louis Belt Maker Heads off to Be Ralph Lauren Lieutenant
From the cornfields of Southern Illinois to America's most fertile fashion ground, Stephen Isaiah Kincaid is moving.He has been named design chief for Ralph Lauren belts, handbags and small leather goods, and will take the position at Lauren's Madison...
Dilemma for a Truth Commission
South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission has finally put a human face on the so-called "third force" many had blamed for the destabilizing township violence in the 1980s and early 1990s.According to the commission, about 60 of South Africa's...
Don't Kill Airport Expansion
Under the guise of regionalism, State Sen. Steve Ehlmann of St. Charles has introduced legislation that would surely bring Lambert Field's expansion plan to a halt. Mr. Ehlmann's measure would create a new regional airport authority that would deprive...
Don't like Your Pension? Change the Law
How would you like to add thousands of dollars a year to your state pension without doing any more work? These laws, passed in 1986, 1989 and 1994, either credited people with more years of work than they normally were entitled to or let them "buy"...
Doran's the Boss after Ambush Win
Daryl Doran is an all-star coach again.Not that Ambush fans didn't already think so. But Doran made it official Saturday night when the 'Bush defeated the Wichita Wings 19-12 at Kiel Center.The victory, in front of a crowd of 7,881, raised the Ambush's...
Falling Star the Other Side of Kobe Bryant Comes out in Magazine Article
Kobe Bryant, the high school star who bypassed college and jumped to the Los Angeles Lakers, is the subject of an article in this week's New York Times Magazine. Some of the things said in the piece take a little luster off Bryant's star.It seems that...
Federal Courthouse: Looking Back
THE local chapter of the American Institute of Architects got a bad rap in this column several weeks back. I wrote that when the Federal Courthouse was in the planning stage, the architects had done nothing to promote a discussion about the design or...
Formula Boosts Take for Highway, Water Patrol Pensioners
Former Highway Patrolman Paul Volkmer isn't bashful about his status as the state's top-paid retiree."I guess somebody's got to be on the top," says Volkmer, who draws $71,268 a year. "I feel blessed and fortunate."Volkmer, who turns 69 this week, began...
For Progress Downtown . .
If you believe several recent reports in the local and national media, St. Louis is in sharp decline. Articles focusing on the economic vitality of the St. Louis region, particularly downtown St. Louis, have been published recently in The New York Times,...
Fox to Stick to Basics for Super Telecast
There will be no computer-generated red streaks flaring across the screen when a long pass is unleashed, no glowing blob highlighting the location of the football when it's squirting around under a pileup.The Fox network, airing its first Super Bowl...
Friendly People, Plus Good Cookies
THE FIRST thing you'll feel about Gentry, Ark., is that it's small. But this Ozark city between Gravette and Siloam Springs is a fooler - the 1996 population was almost 2,000.The old bank building on Main Street is one of the more unusual buildings,...
Future of Universe Is Dark, but Not for Eons, Study Says
The stars, the sun, the Earth have been gone for trillions of years, evaporated into radiation. There is no light, just a vast, black soup of subatomic particles.That's the future of the universe as described by University of Michigan astrophysicists...
Gator Bait: Obsession Leads Dad to Okefenokee Swamp
WE HAD just walked through the turnstile, putting us inside Okefenokee Swamp Park, when Younger Daughter gestured toward one of the rangers and whispered, "He's missing two fingers on his hand.""That's a good sign," I said.My daughter frowned and kicked...
Gingrich Claims Double Standard Says Ethical Lapses of Liberals Overlooked
House Speaker Newt Gingrich was showered with applause and cheers Saturday as he denounced an ethical double standard for conservatives. But he also acknowledged that he had made mistakes.Gingrich was reprimanded by the House on Tuesday and ordered to...
Gold Price Drops; Will Jewelry Follow?
Eying that gold ring at Tiffany's? Or have you tucked away some cash to buy that shiny gold bracelet for Valentine's Day?Better keep saving, because jewelry prices aren't dropping anytime soon, despite the fact that gold has been losing its luster in...
Gore Knows What He Wants to Do Next Winning Presidency in 2000 Will Depend a Lot on Bill Clinton
WHEN PRESIDENT Bill Clinton took his second oath of office last week a few minutes beyond the appointed hour of noon, people wondered whether Vice President Al Gore was in charge for that brief interlude.The answer was no, but the speculation was jokingly...
Harris Finds Way to Ignite Bills Technical Foul Spurs Slu Past Houston
Others might assess Jeff Harris' play by looking at the stat sheet. Harris says he looks at himself in the mirror after each St. Louis University basketball game. SLU's senior captain wants to see if he was a good enough leader.Through the season's first...
Hey, Nationsbank, Your Art Is Causing Quite a Stir Here
MEMO TO Hugh McColl of NationsBank:Last week, I sent you a whimsical little note about the art collection you inadvertently purchased when you bought Boatmen's Bank. Because so much of the art has to do with Missouri history, I suggested you donate the...
Hingis' Aussie Title May Signal New Era
Dancing lightly, almost silently, on court like a ballerina in sneakers, Martina Hingis may have inaugurated a new era in women's tennis by winning the Australian Open.She doesn't have the crackling forehand of Steffi Graf, the power from both sides...
Hingis Breezes 6-2, 6-2 to Claim Women's Title
Martina Hingis claimed her first Grand Slam championship as if it were her birthright, becoming the youngest winner of a major title in 110 years by thrashing Mary Pierce 6-2, 6-2 Saturday in the Australian Open final.Pete Sampras was to play Carlos...
Household Dangers: Common Inhalants Are Popular, Lethal Drugs
There's no syringe, no track marks, no bong, no dope dealer. In fact, one of the most popular drugs is found in virtually every kitchen or classroom.Spray paint and butane from cigarette lighters are among 1,400 household goods inhaled for a cheap, easily...
Human Testing of Aids Drug Blocked S. African Panel to Review Research
Three scientists who stunned medical experts by announcing the development of a drug that kills the AIDS virus have been ordered to stop testing on humans until their work has been evaluated.The Medicines Control Council, a government panel that registers...
Hundreds in Japan Scramble to Buy `Cute Little Egg'
Hundreds camped out on the sidewalk overnight in the Ginza shopping district. When you want a toy chicken badly enough, you will endure anything!Kwon Myong Mi, 33, a homemaker, said in earnest, "It is my responsibility to nurture it and help it grow....
Ice-Cream Headache Is Usually Short-Lived
Dear Dr. Donohue: Could you please explain in your column the hows and whys of an ice-cream headache?An ice-cream headache is pain generated when the cold confection contacts the palate. Explanations come in two flavors.One says the headache comes on...
Immigration Lawyer Settles Scam Charges Misled Green-Card Hopefuls, Complaint Says
An immigration lawyer based in Los Angeles has been charged with misleading tens of thousands of potential clients worldwide about how he could increase their odds of winning the green-card lottery.The complaint, by the Federal Trade Commission, also...
In Coon Hunting, Any Night Might Find Something New
These were not the silent woods of night. The wind spit sleet sideways. Snow that had fallen just hours before crusted and snapped under each footstep. And Nitro was who-knows-where.But Rocky Dillow was not about to turn tail just yet, even though that...
In Search of Votes: Bosley, Harmon Woo Divergent Groups
RUNNING A campaign, says Mayor Freeman Bosley Jr., is a lot like conducting an orchestra."You need a lot of different instruments to make beautiful music."In politics, coalitions are the instruments. Candidates need the support of different groups to...
Iowa State Holds off No. 20 Texas Tech
Kelvin Cato scored 18 points, blocked eight shots and helped shut down Texas Tech center Tony Battie as No. 14 Iowa State beat the 20th-ranked Red Raiders 64-61 Saturday in Ames, Iowa.Kenny Pratt added 17 points and 10 rebounds for Iowa State (13-3 overall,...
Irwin, Floyd Make Biggest Skin Scores
Three-time defending champion Raymond Floyd earned $40,000 and Hale Irwin and Jack Nicklaus also won skins Saturday on the first day of the Senior Skins in Kohala Coast, Hawaii, but most of the money was left on the table.Setting up a bonanza for Sunday,...
Islam Influences Life, Politics in Postwar Chechnya
Since Muslim separatists captured Chechnya's capital five months ago, they have banned alcohol, established Islamic courts, cracked down on prostitution and begun religious instruction in their schools.As Monday's presidential election nears, candidates...
Jeane Dixon, Astrologer, Dead at 79
Astrologer Jeane L. Dixon, who gained national prominence as a psychic when her prediction that President John F. Kennedy would die in office came true, died Saturday.She was 79.Sibley Hospital spokeswoman Jean Vincent said Mrs. Dixon died at 2:30 p.m....
Karl Malone Selected as Nba's Strongest Player
In an informal poll of the league's strength and conditioning coaches, Karl Malone of the Utah Jazz was selected as the NBA's strongest player.The 6-9, 256 pound forward received 10 votes from the 17 respondents. His rippling physique has inspired dreams...
Keeping Up with Inflation? State Formula Does More Few States Provide as Big a Boost to Their Retirees; Many Workers Get No Raises
State retirees haven't had to worry about inflation eating into their checks. They've beaten inflation - and state taxpayers are paying the bill.By law, state pensions go up at least 4 percent a year. The increase, called a cost-of-living allowance,...
Lancers Win Title over Carbondale
The Belleville East High basketball team hung on to win the Belleville East Invitational title Saturday night.Errick Greene (29), Josh Helbig (28) and Clint Sitzes (14) combined for 71 points as the Lancers beat Carbondale 89-78 in championship game.East,...
Laws Pad Some State Pensions
How would you like to have your own pension law?That's not possible for ordinary state workers - but it for is some Missouri legislators, officials and judges.Two years ago, former House Speaker Bob Griffin, D-Cameron, voted for a bill that increased...
Legislative Favors Lurk in Retirement Packages : Complex Provisions Sneak into Legislation, Then Disappear - except from Missouri's Tax Toll
JANICE NOLAND SAT on the bench for four years, not exactly a career. Her salary, in the early 1970s, was $16,200 a year.Today, the former Camden County probate judge draws an annual state pension of $32,004.Chalk it up to one of the special provisions...
Legislative Favors Lurk in Retirement Packages : Errors, Partial- Term Credits Pad Lawmakers' Allotments
It looked like Pat Danner had the best of all worlds.She could be sworn in as a state senator, then resign to take her place in Washington as a newly elected congresswoman from northwestern Missouri.However brief her Senate service in that January of...
Lenin Making Comeback of Sorts in Russia
Though long dead, Vladimir Lenin is still in full command of Red Square, with visitors filing into his tomb to see his embalmed body, bathed in golden light.Their numbers have shrunk, but the tourists and children still show up. So do the die-hard Communists,...
`Long Ago, in a Galaxy Far, Far Away . . .'
'Star Wars' was a movie that really did predict the futureA PRINCIPAL emotional appeal of science fiction, it has been said, is to nostalgia.At first glance, it would seem a paradox to say that stories generally set in the future touch an emotional yearning...
Loss to Pats Would Be Another Shock for Beebe
Don Beebe is about to play in his fifth Super Bowl. Given his track record, the Green Bay Packers should either keep him locked in his hotel room or place him on their Sunday inactive list.Beebe, after all, did lose four in a row as a member of the Buffalo...
Mayor Proposes Contracts Bill Says He'll Consider Panel's Findings on Curbing Conflicts of Interest
Missouri Political Correspondent After the Board of Aldermen debated conflict of interest in awarding city contracts for more than two hours Friday, Mayor Freeman Bosley Jr. released a bill that he said "would strengthen the integrity of the contracts...
Mccarver Recalls Courage Flood Brought to His Battle
Tim McCarver was in the same 1969 Cardinals trade with Philadelphia that sent Curt Flood to the Phillies. But, unlike Flood, McCarver said he had no intention of not reporting."No way," McCarver said. "I wasn't at the point where I could stand on principle....
Media's Frenzy Disturbs Family
Editor's Note: When a spokesman from Deaconess Hospital phoned the Post-Dispatch to announce that the hospital had the first baby born in the city in 1997, photographer Jerry Naunheim Jr. was assigned to cover the event - a traditional New Year's Day...
Million-Dollar Questions
The million-dollar windfall from the city of Richmond Heights to the Maplewood-Richmond Heights School District makes the lives of a lot of teachers and students brighter. But even though the money helps the schools out of their current financial difficulty,...
Mills Gives Up Barbecue for Baskets
No fat jokes, OK? Terry Mills has heard them all and they just aren't funny anymore.Well, Mills isn't funny anymore, either, which turns out to be good news for the Detroit Pistons.There was a time, and not so long ago, when Mills was considered pretty...
Missourians Find Pay Increases for Legislators Hard to Swallow
Each morning about 6:30, Jim Dawson joins six or seven fellow businessmen at the Bradbury Bishop Deli."It's the old local coffee shop where we solve all the problems before the day begins," he says.But there's one topic that's surfaced recently that...
Mixed Message on Mammograms
Scientists do not dispute the value of regular mammograms for women 50 and older; for them, scientists agree that mammograms are life-saving diagnostic tools. Similarly, scientists agree that in general, women under 40 do not benefit from routine mammograms....
Morning Briefing upon Further Review
Upon Further Review staffers keep a vigilant watch for remarkable examples of good sportsmanship, the sort of feel-good stories that reaffirm our faith in human nature and leave us feeling warm and fuzzy all over.Just such a story came our way from suburban...
Mosley's Newest Is Also Oldest Novel Introduces Easy as a Teen
ALTHOUGH WALTER MOSLEY has published six Easy Rawlins mysteries, his latest is, chronologically, the first in the series.Inspired by QBR, The Black Book Review publisher Max Rodriguez, who suggested that major black authors support black publishers,...
Moving Earth Old Coal Mines Are Causing Metro East Buildings to Sink - Ever So Slowly
Dorris Elementary School in Collinsville is sinking. It is a slow, slow process and not believed to be dangerous, but a few pupils have transferred out because their parents are concerned.In a 9-year-old subdivision of Fairview Heights, some homeowners...
Mu Tries to Horn in on Texas
Missouri's Norm Stewart and Texas' Tom Penders, two coaches as adapt at ripping off one-liners as directing basketball teams, meet for the first time as conference foes Sunday.Texas is second in the Big 12's South Division - its only loss is to No. 1...
Netanyahu Did His Duty
On Jan. 17, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu turned over the city of Hebron to Yasser Arafat and agreed in writing to turn over more of the West Bank in the next year and a half. The world has greeted this decision with a triumphant "I told you so."The...
New Shows Sending Hits onto Hiatus
THURSDAY night without "ER"? Tuesday night without "NYPD Blue"? Unthinkable, you say? Think again.Taking a cue from college kids everywhere, NBC and ABC are trying a new programming tactic: spring break. Each network will send its biggest hit on vacation...
New York Threatening to Sue America Online
New York's attorney general says the state will sue America Online unless the company promises refunds and stops promoting a pricing plan that it can't reliably deliver."You don't sell 10,000 tickets to a theater that you have only 3,000 seats for,"...
Nhl Minority O'ree Was First Black Player; There Have Been Few Since
Willie O'Ree became the NHL's first black player 39 years ago as a member of the Boston Bruins, but it hardly opened the door for other blacks. O'Ree's NHL career consisted of 45 games over two seasons, 1957-58 and 1960-61. It was 14 more years before...
No. 12 Texas Pulls Away from Mizzou
Missouri's women's basketball team transcended its dismal winless record in the Big 12 with unquestionably its best game of the season on Saturday. Although the Tigers (7-13, 0-7 in Big 12) fell 84-77 to the first-place Longhorns (12-3, 6-1), Mizzou...
Officials Fear `Kill the Ump' Is No Longer a Joke
After Bob West, a referee with 20 years of experience, disqualified a high school wrestler last January in Spokane, Wash., for an illegal mount, the 17-year-old athlete head-butted West so hard the official was knocked unconscious.A month later, at a...
One Gaffe Lingers, but It Shouldn't
Curt Flood created a legion of admirers by his play with the Cardinals for 12 seasons. Sadly, many of those fans still wince at the memory of his work in the postseason. He batted .221 in 21 World Series games.And there was Game 7 of the 1968 World Series.Teammate...
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