St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from December 15, 1996

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Aces Overcome Jitters, Advance to Final in Wtt
On their way to winning a World TeamTennis playoff semifinal Saturday, the St. Louis Aces encountered a couple of hiccups, one of which had the makings of a full-scale choke.The result was a surprisingly tense victory over the Atlanta Thunder, with the...
Adding a Twist Gibson Plans New Ways to Deliver Message
Gibson Greetings Inc., a company with more than its share of financial troubles in recent years, is hoping a new chief executive with a reputation for turning businesses around can lead it in a new direction as well.Frank J. O'Connell came to the greeting...
Afraid to Fly over Holidays? Here Are Tips to Ease Fears
MANDY Laderer isn't letting her fear of flying ground her these days. After 15 years of aerial abstinence, the New York fitness expert just returned from a flight to Florida with her husband. And now she's planning to take to the skies again, with upcoming...
Albright May See Things Men Overlooked
When Madeleine Albright broke through the glass ceiling, it was almost inevitable that she'd get nicked by a few shards. Some folks huffed that her nomination as secretary of state was just "politics." Others said the president was just "paying back"...
Ambush (9-1) Beat Crunch with Help of Teacher
The Ambush, minus one of its best defenders, had to get a high school teacher to play for a few weeks and take a regular shift against the defending National Professional Soccer League champion Cleveland Crunch on Saturday night at Kiel Center.Chris...
Another Challenge Girl with Cerebral Palsy Fights to Join Cheerleading Squad
Callie Smartt spent her freshman year as an unofficial member of the junior varsity cheerleading squad and figured she'd be back this year, waving her black and gold pompoms.But then school officials thought better of allowing the cerebral palsy victim...
A Speech, a Vision, and 2004 Lifts off Group's Efforts Debated as Essential, Misguided
Andrew B. Craig III of Boatmen's Bank had to make a speech. Al Kerth of Fleishman-Hillard had an idea."Al and his associates came up with the idea for 2004, basically," Craig recalled. "He approached me and asked if I would use my Man of the Year speech...
` a Speech, a Vision, and 2004 Lifts off One Critic Calls It Just Expensive PR
Andrew B. Craig III of Boatmen's Bank had to make a speech. Al Kerth of Fleishman-Hillard had an idea."Al and his associates came up with the idea for 2004, basically," Craig recalled. "He approached me and asked if I would use my Man of the Year speech...
At the Movies
NEW Jerry Maguire (R, language, sex; 2:10): Tom Cruise is terrific as a sports agent whose flirtation with ethics gets him sacked in a fine movie, an offbeat romantic comedy combined with a light morality tale. The excellent cast also includes Cuba Gooding...
At the Theater
Bah! Humbug!: A musical romp based on the Charles Dickens classic, in a modern adaptation by Jack S. Herrick of the Red Clay Ramblers. Imaginary Theatre Company. Repertory Theatre of St. Louis MainStage, 130 Edgar Road. 968-4925. Dec. 19, 20, 21 and...
A Vacation at a Spa Is a Holiday for Your Body
TIME FOR a quick quiz! What's the largest organ of the body, averaging 18 square feet in size?The answer is the body, which replaces its outer layer of skin every 30 days - whether or not we do anything to help."We treat it like a wrapper, instead of...
'Bastard' Finds Home Project Dumped by Tnt Goes to Showtime
ANJELICA HUSTON was trying very hard not to attack Ted Turner, who reportedly was behind the decision of TNT cable not to telecast "Bastard Out of Carolina" - a movie it had hired her to direct. In fact, she said, she was grateful to Turner for releasing...
Bears Top Chargers 27-14
It's too late for the Chicago Bears, just as it is for the team they beat Saturday.The Bears failed to win when they needed to this season, and now, like the Chargers, they'll aim for .500 and think of what might have been."We're playing now like a playoff-caliber...
Bjc Adds Mental Health Units Will Take over 3 Centers from State
BJC Health Systems will take over three community mental health centers that are being privatized by the state of Missouri.BJC's contract covers the St. Louis Mental Health Center serving 1,800 clients in downtown St. Louis, the Great Rivers Mental Health...
Boaring Adventure Russians Try New Tack in Selling Hunting
You should have seen the pain on Murad Khalilov's big Russian face as he heard those tales of Americans who made hunting trips in his country in the previous decade."That's over - history," said Khalilov, choosing his English carefully. "The lesson was...
Books in Brief
DORTMUNDER is a thief, just like most of Donald Westlake's heroes. His career has been a modest success; no prison time, no violent crimes and a respectable bank account. When he needs some walking around money, a simple unarmed heist pays the rent....
Borgia Pair Await Slu Showdown with Smsu
The Hammons Student Center at Southwest Missouri State University is expected to be packed today, and only part of the reason is the return of former Bears coach Charlie Spoonhour.The St. Louis University coach returns with his Billikens (3-3) to the...
Briefs
NATIONFOSTER CAREClinton Seeks To Double Number Of Adoptions President Bill Clinton Saturday proposed a doubling the number of children who move from foster care to permanent homes - from the current 27,000 adoptions of foster care children a year to...
Burt's Bankruptcy: His Latest Misfortune
BURT Reynolds has seen rocky times in his 60 years: A nasty, public divorce. Box-office humiliations. A debilitating joint disorder.But the announcement Dec. 3 that the Bandit had declared bankruptcy marked a new and potentially permanent low, one that...
Business Group to Run Taste St. Louis
Downtown St. Louis Inc. said it will take over Taste St. Louis, the fall food festival, because the city of St. Louis is pulling out.The city has closed down its Office of Special Projects, which handled the festival and other events, and fired the office...
Business Group to Run Taste St. Louis City Closed Office in Charge of Special Projects
Downtown St. Louis Inc. said it will take over The Taste St. Louis, the fall food festival, because the city of St. Louis is pulling out.The city has closed down its Office of Special Projects, which handled the festival and other events, and fired the...
Butch Davis Continues to Make a Difference
Stained by scandal and tormented by tragedy, Miami's football program was in recovery this season under the watchful eye of a coach determined to restore the reputation of the Hurricanes.Butch Davis' mission was complicated by the deaths of two players...
Carey Fends off Hoffa Challenge in Teamsters
Ron Carey defeated a strong challenge from James Hoffa in balloting for control of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, after a bitter months-long campaign.With 100 percent of the votes tabulated Saturday evening, Carey, the union's incumbent...
`Charlotte's Web' Is Charmer as Musical
"Charlotte's Web," one of the most acclaimed children's novels of our time, may not seem like the perfect book to make into a musical.For one thing, it's a serious, subtle story that deals with self-sacrifice, loss and the true meaning of friendship.For...
Chicago Turns out Lights on Blues 4-1
For a couple of minutes midway through the second period, Kiel Center rocked Friday.Chicago's Thomas Gronman pulled the Blues' Geoff Courtnall down on a breakaway, and referee Bill McCreary awarded a penalty shot. Courtnall put the puck away against...
Christmas Means Gifts of Bicycles
This column is being written by Percy Ross' secretary, Miss Webber.Dear Readers: Dateline: Christmas 1995. "Be sure he gets a red one - he specifically asked for a red bike." This is what Percy Ross is saying as he darts all over the city, bringing bicycles,...
Christmas Specials: Part of Tradition
IF you expect to sit down any night this month and watch your favorite network series, guess again. It's probably being pre-empted for a holiday special of some kind.Specials like last week's "Martha Stewart: Home for the Holidays" and "Kathie Lee: Just...
Citadel Disciplines Male Cadets Accused in Hazing of Women
A Citadel cadet was suspended from the military college Saturday because of the alleged hazing of two female cadets, and five student officers were relieved of military duties pending an investigation.The incident about four weeks ago allegedly involved...
`Closer Than Most Brothers'
THE NIGHT BEFORE the transplant surgery, the two shared Room 6343 on the sixth floor of the Barnes-Jewish West Pavilion, their beds less than four feet apart.For a big hospital transplant center, this is highly unusual, allowing the giver and the taker...
College Founder Remains after 50 Years, Ex-President Still Stumps for School He Started
The distinctive voice with the pronounced Southern twang is still strong. And so are the memories of his time at the College of the Ozarks.As he moves through his 50th year at the college, M. Graham Clark, 88, jokes that his photographic memory ran out...
Crash Victims' Families Still Searching for Answers Investigators Offer No Definitive Cause for Downing of Flight 800
Families of victims of the crash of TWA Flight 800 said Saturday that their key questions of what caused the explosion had not been answered.After a briefing by federal officials, the families said investigators still did not know precisely how the Boeing...
Deadly Mission: Russian Proud He Downed Korean Flight 007 in '83
Gennadi Osipovich held up his thick hands to show how, 13 years ago, he maneuvered his SU-15 fighter to blast a Korean Airlines Flight 007 airliner out of the sky.It was the morning of Sept. 1, 1983, and Lt. Col. Gennadi Osipovich's unit had scrambled...
Depaul Tops No. 3 la. Tech
Kim Williams scored 28 points to lead DePaul to a 70-67 upset of No. 3 Louisiana Tech in Chicago on Saturday.The Blue Demons (4-0) trailed 61-54 with 8 minutes 5 seconds remaining, but then scored seven consecutive points to tie the game with 3:19 left....
Don't Incarcerate without Crime
For his first sex offense - exposing himself to two girls when he was stationed on an Army base in 1955 - Leroy Hendricks' sentence was a $2.90 fine. Then, after an unrelenting three-decade career of pedophilia, he got 10 years for his last recorded...
Drug May Cut Death Rate in Surgery Heart-Slowing Medicine Could Save 300,000 Lives a Year, Study Says
Routinely giving a heart-slowing medicine to surgery patients with bad hearts appears to cut their death rate in half and could save as many as 300,000 lives a year, researchers say.About 30 million Americans undergo surgery each year, and heart attacks...
Eagles Outfly Jets, Stay in Chase
For most of Saturday, the Philadelphia Eagles looked just like the idiots quarterback Ty Detmer said they would resemble if they lost to the New York Jets.Then veterans Michael Zordich, Irving Fryar and William Thomas rescued the game and perhaps the...
Energetic Subs Rejuvenate Bills in 63-43 Victory
With 11 minutes 26 seconds remaining in Saturday's game at Kiel Center, St. Louis U. coach Charlie Spoonhour whipped around angrily and summoned Larry Simmons and Sekeue Barentine from his bench.Spoonhour, red-faced with exasperation because his lurching...
Environmentalists Are Leery of Army Training Mission but State Is `Comfortable' with Plan to Contain, Destroy Toxic Chemicals
In modern warfare, U.S. troops may be attacked with chemical, biological or nuclear weapons. They would need to know what hit them, how to decontaminate themselves and how to track down the source of the attack.Those troops might then need a smoke screen...
Expert Says Inflation Less, Economy Better Than What's Reported
Economic statistics are thrust into the news every day, with an oracular assurance that can send Wall Street soaring or reeling, influence government policy, sway elections.Did consumer prices rise one-tenth of a percent more than expected? Was economic...
Feeling Inferior in Coach Class, but Having Fun
I AM maneuvering back to my seat deep in the airplane's belly, walking past people in first-class who at least have the decency to be involved in first-class things so that I may stare at them without getting caught.I have flown probably as much as the...
Fines Follow Dramatist's Death Hospitals Sent Home Author of Broadway Hit Who Had Chest Pains
The heart condition that killed Jonathan Larson before his play "Rent" brought him fame was hard to diagnose, but doctors at two hospitals should have examined him more thoroughly, the state Health Department said in announcing $16,000 in fines.Larson,...
Folklore, Fantasy by Multitalented Audrey Wood Two Picture Books Differ in Style, but Not Author
DID YOU KNOW Paul Bunyan had a wife and children? Did you know a rooster could lay an egg?Bunyan did and a rooster can in two new picture books by Audrey Wood - one a stretch of folklore, the second a bit of poetic fantasy. Wood's clever approach is...
For the Executive with Everything, a Gift of Focus
THE REASON that so many layoffs are announced shortly before Christmas might have something to do with accounting practices and the end of the year, or it could be that our companies are increasingly run by people who read "A Christmas Carol" and root...
Frommer Now Guiding Travelers through Higher-Priced Europe
THE PRESIDENT was Dwight D. Eisenhower. The U.S. dollar bought seven times as many French francs as it does today. And at his desk in a fancy Manhattan law firm, a young lawyer named Arthur Frommer had an idea.If only he could make middle-class America...
Genetic Link Isn't Crucial, Wu Transplant Study Says
THE ROAD to Mike Hergemueller and Ron Turnbaugh's transplant surgery began in a way with a Boston surgeon named Joseph E. Murray, a kidney transplant pioneer.Dr. Murray won the Nobel Prize in 1990 for work done at Harvard's Brigham and Women's and the...
Glitterati Also See Action in Trenches
USUALLY in this space you see volunteers all glamoured up for the festive fund-raisers we cover.What you do not see is the hard work that goes on behind the scenes, often distinctly unglamorous. Not a sequin was in sight last weekend as we watched preparations...
Golota Disqualified Again vs. Bowe
The Riddick Bowe-Andrew Golota rematch Saturday night was a back-alley brawl, and once again Golota was disqualified for a low blow.This time, however, there was no riot, as there was when Golota was disqualified for low blows in the seventh round on...
Grant Shows Some Emotion When He Watches Son Coach
Old Stone Face actually showed some emotion at a football game.Of course, he was in the stands, not on the sideline. And even then, Bud Grant specifies, "I still was not jumping up and down and screaming, but sure, I was emotional."He had good reason....
Guiding Light College Press Books Sometimes Offer a Fastbreak from Reality
As Chaminade University coach Al Walker assessed the competition before this season's Maui Invitational basketball tournament, he became acutely aware of how deficient his Division II program would be against the seven Division I programs in the field.No,...
Guiding Light College Press Books Sometimes Offer a Fast Break from Reality
As Chaminade University coach Al Walker assessed the competition before this season's Maui Invitational basketball tournament, he became aware - abruptly and acutely - of how deficient his Division II program would be against the seven Division I programs...
Hammer Is Back and on the Trail of Mob"s Fortune
"BLACK ALLEY"A detective novel by Mickey Spillane (3 hours, abridged, Penguin Audiobooks, $16.95)After being left for dead by mobsters who gunned him down, Mike Hammer is found by a street person, a man who had once been a prominent surgeon. For the...
Hasek Stymies Bruins as Sabres Roll to 4-0 Win
Dominik Hasek turned back 29 shots for his 19th career shutout, and Michal Grosek scored two goals as the Buffalo Sabres topped the Boston Bruins 4-0 in Boston on Saturday night.The Bruins lost all-star defenseman Ray Bourque with a strained muscle in...
Heldman, Johnson Help Illini Pass Test, Conquer Coppin St
Illinois' final nonconference home game was supposed to be the most difficult of the bunch.But from the looks of things Saturday afternoon, Illini players' upcoming finals probably will provide more of a challenge.Behind a career-high 23 points from...
Hello, Mali: Timeless Mystique Beckons Visitors to Timbuktu
THE VERY NAME evokes mystery, riches, faraway places and unknown lands.Timbuktu - the forbidden city in the heart of Africa.It was founded in 1080. And within 300 years, it had already become one of the era's most important trading points, an influential...
Helping Hand
The St. Charles Humane Society has received a donation of $800 from the McDonnell Douglas Employees' Community Fund. The money will be used to update the society's video library and to sponsor local teachers with the Humane Society of the United States...
Hey, St. Louis Hyatt! Are You Missing Something?
TODAY, I would like to explain how I became a career criminal. Basically, it was Oprah's fault. It started when I was on a book tour, which is when you fly all over the place promoting your book, living out of a carry-on suitcase, wearing the same clothes...
His Sad Eyes Say So Much about Jerry Tarkanian
The bell rings, and Jerry Tarkanian knows what that means. There are no surprises left for a 66-year-old basketball coach. The bell means another donation on another weekday at another Rotary Club luncheon, which means another round of applause, another...
Hospitals Held Patients Captive, Suit Says
Patients coming to Florida for treatment of problems with alcohol, food or relationships brought their tennis rackets and golf clubs, expecting to stay at luxurious resorts or health spas.Instead, they found themselves admitted to psychiatric hospitals,...
How Come Nobody Seems to Be Scoring in the Nba?
Report from this week's NBA bricklayer convention:The Portland Trail Blazers hit just one of their first 21 shots in losing to the Golden State Warriors.The Orlando Magic are held to 57 points, tying the all-time NBA low for a game. The New Jersey Nets...
Hull's Goals Strike Special Chord for Ex-Teammates
For most of three seasons, Hull & Oates rocked the bluenote, with Brett Hull putting away Adam Oates' pinpoint passes."It was almost automatic," said Sergio Momesso, their left winger at the time.Hull scored 72, 86 and 70 in those three seasons and hasn't...
Illini Ace Test, Top Coppin St
Illinois' final nonconference home game was supposed to be the most difficult of the bunch.But from the looks of things Saturday afternoon, Illini players' upcoming finals probably will provide more of a challenge.Behind a career-high 23 points from...
In a Hole Historic Paintings in Cave Buried in Litigation
Two years ago stone age murals of top artistic quality were discovered in the Chauvet cave, the site remains sealed by litigation, even to scientists.In fact it remains sealed to the presiding judge in the case: He's unable to stuff himself through the...
Israel Restores Subsidies for West Bank Settlers Move Sparks Backlash from Palestinians
The Israeli government decided Friday to restore large subsidies for the Jewish settlements in the West Bank, drawing warnings of confrontation from the Palestinians and fears from politicians on both sides that the drive toward peace was crumbling.The...
Jack Lemmon: An Icon to His Fellow Americans He'll Be on Screen as Ex-President and in Branagh's `Hamlet'
JACK LEMMON'S hat is not in the ring. If nominated, he will not run. If elected, he will not serve. Count him out."I don't think I could run for anything," Lemmon says with a shrug. "I've been asked by various people. I thought about it and had a little...
Jingle Ales Spicy Winter Beers Gain in Popularity
Nutmeg, cardamon, cinnamon, ginger. These spices conjure up memories of grandma baking hearty Christmas cookies, their aromas warming the soul like a wool sock over cold tootsies.Brewers large and small are using those same ingredients to create bre...
Keenan: `Success May Be around Corner' Turmoil Aside, GM-Coach Says Blues on Track
"In my view of life, failures are men who never know how close they are to success when they give up."General manager and coach Mike Keenan uttered those words in his office at U.S. Ice Sports Complex after the Blues' practice Saturday.His point: Despite...
Landslide of Detail on Rockefeller Zestful, Witty Biography on a Dynamic Man
THE LIFE OF NELSON A. ROCKEFELLERWorlds to Conquer 1908-1958By Gary Reich 769 pages, Doubleday, $35 SEVEN HUNDRED and sixty-nine pages, and at the end of this book we are not even midway in the career of Nelson A. Rockefeller, just at the point where...
Last Curtain Falls on Shattermask
SHATTERMASK HAS - well, shattered. Melanie Dreyer and Seana Manning, founders and co-artistic directors of the summer theater, are dissolving the avant-garde company.Both women are moving on. Manning and her husband are heading to Washington, where she...
Less Work, More Play? Who Says? Experts Say We All Have More Free Time
You're not as busy as you think.Or at least that's what experts in leisure studies say. Free time - time spent outside of your job - is actually on the rise, they contend."There's a big gap between perception and reality in time use," says John Robinson,...
Lucky Man Jazz Coach Jerry Sloan Counts His Blessings
Jerry Sloan likes to say he's lucky.Because:He's been able to work his entire adult life in basketball. He's had great players with the Utah Jazz, who have made him the longest-tenured coach in the NBA today. He got a second chance to coach after being...
Many See Marshall's FBI Contacts as Matter of Survival
THE CONTACTS began on legal grounds. As the top NAACP attorney in the 1940s and 1950s, Thurgood Marshall asked the FBI to look into racial harassment. Then the man who would be the first black Supreme Court justice criticized the FBI as inept, even racist.In...
Market Greets Monsanto Spinoff with a Yawn Rosy Forecasts Fail to Lift Stock
Investors have greeted Monsanto Co.'s long-awaited restructuring with more apathy than enthusiasm.Monsanto's stock skidded $2.50 a share, or 6 percent, in the five days after the company announced it would split itself into two independent businesses.The...
Mars Mission Teaches U.S. a Lesson
A plume of flames lit the darkness Nov. 16 at Russia's Tyuratam space launch facility as a rocket lifted from the ground with a 6-ton spacecraft embarking on a yearlong journey to Mars.It was to be another step in Earthlings' exploration of the solar...
Mcbride's Goal Helps U.S. Win
Brian McBride and Roy Lassiter stepped into their forward roles and just like that, put the United States into the final round of regional qualifying for the 1998 World Cup.McBride and Lassiter each scored a goal in their first international starts as...
Megamall Plan Dead for Now
Developer Jack Teplitz has withdrawn an offer to build the so-called Eureka MegaMall. The decision was appropriate given the questions being raised about the developer's track record and about his ill-advised proposal to use tax increment financing to...
Memories College President Emeritus Recalls 50 Years of Support
The distinctive voice with the pronounced Southern twang is still strong. And so are the memories of his time at the College of the Ozarks.As he moves through his 50th year at the college, M. Graham Clark, 88, jokes that his photographic memory ran out...
Midnite Basketball Scores for Youths, Supporters Insist They Say Allegations of Missing Funds Won't Stop Program from Flourishing
Supporters of the city's Midnite Basketball program say that despite recent accusations that its own employees may have embezzled money, the program remains a good way to steer young men and women away from crime.Allegations that up to $120,000 in program...
Morning Briefing upon Further Review
In soccer-mad Italy, all manner of celebrity teams play in various fund-raising events.Singers have their own teams. So do actors, politicians (kind of the same thing) and magistrates. So it's only natural that male strippers would get together and form...
Much-Needed Improvements in Store for Beleaguered Washington Airports
THE NATION'S capital is served by two major airports, one charmingly antique but inadequate, the other just inadequate. But both are in the midst of major improvement projects, at a combined cost of $2 billion.National Airport, the charming one, just...
`Nasty Girl' Preaches Tolerance German Who Unearthed Town's Nazi Roots Urges Diversity
Ask for her job description, and Anna Rosmus has a blunt answer: "I criticize the way Germans handle their past and treat foreigners."What makes people - especially Americans - listen to the petite mother of two is the fame she gained as the subject...
National Title Bouncing like a Loose Ball
If Florida uses the reprieve to beat bitter neighbor Florida State and if Ohio State beats Arizona State, well, the scramble for the national college football championship is going to be like the general pile-up on the playing field when someone fumbles.The...
Netherlands, Spain Win in Qualifying
Spain and the Netherlands won qualifying matches and Germany and Portugal played a scoreless tie in Saturday's three key European World Cup qualifiers.The Netherlands defeated age-old rival Belgium 3-0 to move atop qualifying Group Seven.Goals from Dennis...
New U.N. Chief Known for Humor, Inner Strength
Kofi Annan, the West African picked Friday to become U.N. secretary-general, is a longtime bureaucrat well-versed in the intricate workings of the United Nations.Born in the English-speaking nation of Ghana, Annan has spent 30 years at U.N. posts in...
NFL Head to Head
Ravens (4-10) at Panthers (10-4)Kickoff: NoonLine: Panthers by 8 Carolina has earned a playoff berth, but it's now seeking the NFC West division title. The Panthers aren't playing like an expansion team, and there's no reason to believe they'll have...
Nhl Is Taking Serious Measures with Its Goalies
Bigger is often better, but for National Hockey League goalies, super-sized equipment soon could bring them a mountain of trouble.Beginning Dec. 15, per order of the league's general managers, goalies will be subjected to postgame measurement of their...
Notes / Calendar
NOTEBOOKFishing boats, fishing tackle, seminars by top anglers, antique lures and other items of interest to anglers will be featured at the Let's Go Fishing Show Jan. 3-5 at the Gateway Convention Center, on Interstate 70 in Collinsville.Top anglers...
Notice to Investors: Fasten Your Seat Belts
Get ready for more of the same on Wall Street. "Volatility will be the theme for the rest of the year," said Edward Riley, chief investment officer at Bank of Boston Corp. "The best way to protect yourself is to buy the defensive stocks - I like health-care...
NY Subway Riders Fined for Hogging Two Seats
As part of a crackdown on those minor misdemeanors that make life in New York uniquely unpleasant, more and more riders are getting fined $50 for taking up more than one seat on the subway."It's ridiculous!" sputtered Seth Braunstein while riding an...
Only His Legacy Is Left Country Star Faron Young, like Many of His Colleagues in the Music World, Just Simply Could Not Go on Living
EVERY suicide, famous or not, creates its own great loop of rage, confusion and grief. It often leaves in its wake a list of unanswerable questions and heart-busting regrets.As sad as a suicide in private life is, when a public figure takes his or her...
Palestinians Urged to Protest Subsidies
Yasser Arafat's Cabinet urged Palestinians on Saturday to take to the streets to defend the West Bank and Gaza Strip following Israel's decision to renew subsidies to Jewish settlements.Palestinian leaders denounced Israeli tax breaks and grants to West...
Parks Facing Funding Crunch Historic Sites Are Deteriorating
Missouri-born George Washington Carver was an African-American trailblazer and a world-renowned scientist best known for turning peanuts into paper, plastic and a substitute for milk.Yet the National Park Service can't find $250,000 - peanuts by today's...
People
So you're sick of those "101 Dalmatians" promotions at McDonalds? It's going to get worse - and at the fashion stores yet.Entertainment Weekly says the Christian Dior look is about to return in its pinched-waist, big-hipped glory, thanks to the wardrobe...
Phone Records Reveal Off-Hours, Personal Calls
In one day last year, mayoral aide James Clark made 36 personal calls to St. Louis on his city-issued cellular phone as he drove back from a holiday trip to New Orleans.The calls were part of a pattern of Clark's use of the cell phone for personal reasons....
Physicists Hope to Use 192 Lasers to Touch off Fusion
At a campus-like national laboratory set amid the tawny hills of northern California, physicist Michael Campbell and his colleagues are assembling an array of lasers of almost unimaginable power.Their plan is to focus the beams of 192 lasers for a split...
Pit Stops
Alan Rudolph is not sure what Formula Motorsports, Inc., was looking for in its special run-off for kart drivers in Florida.Rudolph, from St. Charles, has been one of the nation's top kart racers over the last five years. Because of his success in karts,...
Police/courts
The following were reported to police departments in the region or involved action in one of the area's courts:ACCIDENTAL DEATHO'Fallon, Ill.: Tony Allread, 10, of O'Fallon, died about 5 p.m. Friday, after he accidentally strangled himself. Allread was...
Poor Kids Need Health Insurance
Notwithstanding the best intentions of Congress, access to the Medicaid health insurance program still eludes hundreds of thousands of children.In 1983, Congress directed states to offer Medicaid health insurance to children under age 6 in families having...
President's Latest Picks Have Reputations as Doers a Congressman, a Workaholic, a Famous Name
President Bill Clinton announced three choices Friday for top positions in his administration: William M. Daley nominated as secretary of commerce; Bill Richardson nominated as U.N. ambassador; and Gene Sperling appointed to head the National Economic...
Principal Gets Pat on Back Ruth Mach Earns Award of Distinction from Peers
Ruth Mach warns teachers who interview for jobs at Meramec Elementary School in Clayton that if hard work gives them the blues, her school is not the place for them.When a teacher fails to meet Mach's expectations, Mach, as principal, quietly but quickly...
Progress without Sprawl Planning Can Maximize Land Use, Prevent Waste
Drive down any highway leading into any town in the country, and what do you see? Fast-food outlets, office parks and shopping malls rising out of vast barren plains of asphalt. Residential subdivisions spreading like inkblots, obliterating forests and...
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