St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from December 8, 1996

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A Disney Tradition a Family of Six Makes the Pilgrimage to Orlando to Visit an Old Friend - Mickey Mouse
WE ARE a Disney family.Like most children of the '60s, my wife, Donna, and I grew up on all the movies and TV's "The Wonderful World of Disney" every Sunday night. I was 10 when I made my first Florida pilgrimage to Disney World, in 1971, the year the...
Admiral Recalls Heroism in Wwii Black Sailor Teaches an Old Value, He Says
Doris "Dorie" Miller became the first black sailor to be awarded the Navy Cross because he disobeyed orders during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.Ordered to save himself from the blazing USS West Virginia on Dec. 7, 1941, the mess attendant instead...
Afghan Road a Relic of American Aid
Thirty years ago this summer, the grandest of all American aid projects in Afghanistan was completed with the official opening of a paved highway linking Kabul, the capital, with Kandahar, the country's second biggest city.More than just 305 miles of...
Airport Commissioner Is Axed before Meeting
CRASH LANDING: Airport commissioner Tom Mangogna, a staunch supporter of Lambert Field director Col. Leonard Griggs, was yanked abruptly from the commission after he notified the office of Mayor Boz and Griggs of his intention to use last Wednesday's...
Airports and Airlines Offering Healthful Fare
IMAGINE dining on cucumber sushi rolls or pasta primavera at the airport. If you're flying through Los Angeles, those are among your choices.You can find healthful meals in airports (and even in the air) this holiday season, according to the Physicians...
A Legacy of Highhandedness at FDA
David Kessler became commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration as an unknown, but he will leave it as a hero - at least in the eyes of most people in the news media. Time magazine cooed that in his six years, he "did the unexpected: He improved...
Allen Lending Support to Rape Crisis Center
Marcus Allen is taking his influence far beyond football.By lending his support to a rape crisis center, Kansas City's record-breaking running back might actually stop assaults before they happen, counselors believe, because he is so widely admired among...
A Look at the Shoot-Out
A glance at The Shootout matchups, with last season's records in parentheses (all games at Kiel Center; tickets for each day's full session range from $12-$18):Wednesday's GamesPARKWAY C. (23-4) vs. SPRINGFIELD (20-6) Tipoff: 3:30 p.m. Who To Watch:...
Ambush Pad Streak to Four with 20-8 Win
The Ambush got goals from eight players and cruised to a 20-8 victory over the Buffalo Blizzard in a National Professional Soccer League game Saturday night.The win was the fourth in a row for the Ambush, which trailed early but dominated in the second...
Another First for Bulls - a Home Loss
Dan Majerle's 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds left gave the Miami Heat an 83-80 victory over the Bulls on Saturday night, Chicago's first home defeat of the season.Michael Jordan scored 37 points for the Bulls, who lost only twice in 54 preseason, regular-season...
A Reader Writes (a Lot) to Plug Ann's New Book
Dear Ann Landers: Several days ago, a friend sent me a copy of your new book, "Wake Up and Smell the Coffee." She knows I'm a big fan of yours and thought it would be the ideal birthday present. It certainly was. I can't put it down. Your book not only...
Army Mobilizes for a Big Rally to Subdue Navy
Ronnie McAda led the biggest comeback in the 97-year history of the Army-Navy game, putting the Cadets in position to win.Army's defense, helped by a dropped pass, then held on in the rain for a 28-24 victory Saturday in Philadelphia that put the No....
A Scandal Sheet, Gossip Columnist, Lots of Intrigue
"DIRT" An erotic suspense novel by Stuart Woods (8 hours, 15 minutes, unabridged, Recorded Books, $13.50 for a 30-day rental, $45 purchase)When syndicated gossip columnist Amanda Dart gets caught with her knickers down, she quickly becomes the target...
As the College Game Grows, So Do Carpet Stains
From a distance, college basketball looks as fat and happy as Jabba the Hutt. If it were any more content, you'd think it would need a burping bib.Start with the mind-boggling telecast-rights package between the NCAA and CBS, which runs through 2002...
At the Movies
NEWDaylight (PG-13, violence, language; 1:55): Sylvester Stallone rescues a bunch of whiny New Yorkers from a collapsed tunnel under the Hudson in a dreary disaster flick. (Harper Barnes) CHESTERFIELD, DES PERES, EASTGATE, EUREKA, HALLS FERRY, KENRICK,...
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. 14, 19, 20, 21...
Baby Boomer Retirement Stumps Panel Factions Tangled Up in Solutions to Keep Social Security Afloat
After more than two years of work, a federal advisory panel studying Social Security has been unable to agree on how to find enough money to pay for the retirement of the baby boom generation.The panel is divided into three factions, with six of the...
Baby Natasha Ballwin Family Doesn't Give Up during Painful Adoption Process
From the moment I saw your baby picture, Natasha, I loved you. You were so little and fragile, but full of life. Today I begin the journey to bring you into our family.*****John F. Medler Jr. of Ballwin wrote this journal entry late Tuesday, July 23,...
Bartow: Adjustment to Fulltime Ad Not Easy
It is just a short walk. Out one door, in another and down some steps.It is a walk Gene Bartow used to take nearly every day this time of year for 18 seasons. From his office at the University of Alabama Birmingham arena to his second home. The basketball...
Bears Win 7th National Title in Eight Years
NCAA Division III champions. Again.The Washington University volleyball Bears made it six national titles in a row - and seven in the last eight years - Saturday night in Oshkosh, Wis.The Bears (38-8) ripped through Juniata - their top-seeded and previously...
Behind Door Three: Blues' Bench Is Open to Scrutiny
Last spring, Blues coach Mike Keenan raised a ruckus about the length of the visiting team's bench in Detroit's Joe Louis Arena.He pointed out that the bench was 45 inches shorter than the Red Wings' bench, putting the visiting team at a disadvantage...
Bleak Houses: A Detailed History of Women
THE PROSPECT BEFORE HERA History of Women inWestern Europe, 1500-1800 By Olwen Hufton 638 pages, Knopf, $35 IN THE BEGINNING was Eve, the gullible, beautiful temptress who brought ruin to mankind by precipitating the fall from paradise. In Western Europe...
Briefs
WORLDBOLIVIAGore Urges Responsibility For Natural Environment Vice President Al Gore called on members of a hemispheric economic summit at Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, Saturday to preserve the natural environment as they meet the needs of the poor....
Briefs
WORLDBOLIVIAGore Urges Responsibility For Natural Environment Vice President Al Gore on Saturday told Latin Americans to stop looking to their governments to clean up their water, land and air, saying citizens and companies should help preserve the environment....
Broadway Beckons to Investors; but Not All Do `Fantastickly'
Just for fun, which of the following has returned 18,068 percent on an initial $55 investment? A) Wal-Mart stock B) Fidelity's Magellan fund C) Dutch tulip bulbs D) "The Fantasticks."That's right, D. If, back in 1960, a guy named Lore Noto got you to...
Brooks' Future May Hinge on Rams Winning at Soldier Field
Napoleon had his Waterloo. Custer had his Little Big Horn. Will Rich Brooks' last stand take place Sunday at Soldier Field?For Brooks to have any chance to return in 1997, the Rams probably must finish 7-9. And if the Rams (4-9) can defeat the Chicago...
Brown Turns Talk Show into Long-Play Effort
Joe Namath did it. James Brown said he didn't.Namath guaranteed - and delivered - a victory for the New York Jets over the heavily favored Baltimore Colts in the 1969 Super Bowl.Last week, Brown predicted a three-touchdown victory over the heavily favored...
Butler Ends Mu Streak in Tourney
Butler University snapped the University of Missouri's streak of four consecutive Mid-America Classic basketball championships with a 66-54 victory Saturday in Columbia, Mo.The Tigers (4-3) shot 32 percent from the field. Down by as many as 17 points...
Butler Ends Mu Streak in Tourney
Butler University snapped the University of Missouri's streak of four consecutive Mid-America Classic basketball championships with a 66-54 victory Saturday in Columbia, Mo.The Tigers (4-3) shot 32 percent from the field. Down by as many as 17 points...
Child Trafficking in Asia Fought U.N. Agency Seeks Agreement to End Prostitution, Forced Labor
The booming economies of Asia are fueling traffic in children to work in brothels and sweatshops, prompting the U.N. labor agency to launch a campaign to stop the practice.The International Labor Organization announced Friday an effort to draft and ratify...
Chinese Business, Politics Take Root in Hong Kong a Bit Early
Hong Kong has become an El Dorado for many Chinese and many Chinese companies. Although only seven months remain until China resumes sovereignty over Hong Kong on July 1, in many respects China - its businesses, its way of operating, its politics - have...
Colonial Williamsburg Ushers in Holidays the Old-Fashioned Way
SOME PEOPLE work overtime to achieve an old-fashioned holiday, but you can find the real deal at Colonial Williamsburg, the restored capital of 18th-century Virginia.The holiday season at Colonial Williamsburg is so special that it lasts a month, with...
Columbia Lands after Two Delays NASA Plans Immediate Study of Jammed Hatch
Space shuttle Columbia and its crew glided to a graceful dawn landing Saturday, ending a record-long mission of nearly 18 days that was marred by a jammed hatch and two aborted space walks.The $2 billion spaceship touched down at the Kennedy Space Center...
Congratulations, America. You're the Owner of Six New National Parks
SIX NEW national parks were created last month when President Clinton signed the Omnibus Parks and Public Lands Management Act, which also included provisions for improvements in nearly 115 parks in 41 states.The new ones are:In Kansas, the Tallgrass...
Cosmic Collision? Merging Stars Wiped out Dinosaurs, Scientists Suggest
Israeli scientists have a new theory on why the dinosaurs became extinct: cosmic radiation that bombarded Earth following the collision of two neutron stars.Physicists from the Space Research Institute at the Technion University in Haifa theorize that...
Crichton Glides on Autopilot Author's `Crystal Ball' Detects Today's Concerns with Air Safety
AIRFRAMEA novel by Michael Crichton353 pages, Knopf, $26 HOW CAN YOU tell you're reading a Michael Crichton novel without peeking at the name on the cover? Here are some clues: 1) The subject matter is in the news. Like sexual harassment in "Disclosure"...
Cueto Accuses His Prosecutors of Misconduct Indicted Lawyer Says They Engineered Lawsuit
Federal prosecutors in East St. Louis committed fraud and misconduct by engineering a state liquor agent's multimillion-dollar libel suit against lawyer Amiel Cueto while they also were preparing to indict him on criminal charges, one of his attorneys...
Cutting Edge Nerve Transplant Surgeon Makes Name for Herself
PEOPLE SEEM to expect her to be much taller. Informed guesses put her height at only about 5 feet 3 inches - average at best.Everything else about Dr. Susan Mackinnon seems, after all, so extraordinary. She's the surgeon who did a delicate nerve transplant...
Dalmatians Don't Hit the Spot for All These Dogs Have More Energy Than Most People Want under Their Roofs
Data Analysis By Natalya Shulyakovskaya Of the Post-Dispatch Staff Moviegoers who enjoyed "Beethoven" suddenly wanted to own St. Bernards, fans of "Mask" went crazy for Jack Russell terriers, and porcine lovers who adored "Babe" hoped to adopt pigs that...
Dark Adventure in Remote Kenya
THE HANGING TREEA novel by David Lambkin385 pages, Counterpoint, $23 `THE HANGING TREE" begins with the sickly stench of death, the odors emanating from an abattoir. The images of death, brutal and sudden, permeate the opening pages and set the scene...
Davie and Anita Wonder What Might Have Been
ALMOST 25 YEARS ago, Davie and Anita met on the south side of St. Louis. They were not on life's fast track.Davie did, however, finish high school. He got a job at a gas station. So he was working, and making money - but not much of it - when Anita bore...
Dean E. Williams, 71; Retired General American Life Executive, Bridge Life Master
Dean E. Williams, a retired insurance executive in St. Louis, died Thursday (Dec. 5, 1996) at Barnes-Jewish Hospital after a brief illness of cancer. He was 71 and lived in Frontenac.Mr. Williams had been executive vice president for 11 years of General...
Debs Bow at Benefit Ball Fund-Raiser Will Aid Cancer Research
SIX HUNDRED guests attended the St. Louis Charitable Foundation's 31st annual Debutante Ball on Nov. 29 in the St. Louis Ballroom of the Adam's Mark Hotel, netting $50,000 for cancer research and for cancer-related organizations in the metropolitan area.Music...
Despite Controvesy, Air Quality Has Been Improving Steadily
Recent environmental news was as if a time tunnel had opened to 1970, spilling headlines from that year onto today's pages. The federal government proposed strict new regulations for smog reduction. Just as in 1970, nearly all reaction was pessimistic....
Dick Vitale: Hey, Baby, You Gotta Love to Listen to Him
Dick Vitale is tired. His head dips down. His shoulders slump. His eyes glaze. How much sleep did the guy get last night? Two hours? Three? He can't remember. Everything whirs in memory. Fog at the airport. Autographs. Impersonators. The cab driver with...
Dollars for Deseg?
After a long period of fact finding, William H. Danforth says he is ready to move forward to negotiations that are designed to determine the future of the area school desegregation program. The key questions remain what they have always been: How long...
Door No. 3 for Blues Is 1 Door 2 Many
Last spring, Blues coach Mike Keenan raised a ruckus about the length of the visiting team's bench in Detroit's Joe Louis Arena.He pointed out that the bench was 45 inches shorter than the Red Wings' bench, putting the visiting team at a disadvantage...
Dr. Paul Donohue
Dear Dr. Donohue: I have year-round allergies, sneezing and watery eyes and the rest. I was given samples of the drug Claritin, a new medicine, I think. Could you please tell me about it?Claritin (loratidine) is a relatively new antihistamine with a...
Dubliners: They're the Irish City's No. 1 Tourist Attraction
I'LL TELL you about the pints in smoky pubs and gray-satin skies over Georgian streets. I'll tell you about solitude in St. Stephen's Green, the sound of horse hooves on cobblestone, the smell of coal and turf fires on the outskirts of town hastening...
Elf Help Postal Service Command Center Now in Season
In a small room in downtown Washington, Mike Krop runs the command center that tries to guarantee 4.5 billion holiday packages, cards and letters will get to their destinations on time.At his disposal, Krop has 97 airplanes, scads of trucks and trains,...
Face the (Indig)nation: Branson Wants Apology
The mayor has demanded an apology from CBS after a comment on "Face the Nation" that he says wrongly inferred that crime is up 800 percent in this tourist destination.Mayor Lou Schaefer has sent letters to Carin Pratt of "Face the Nation" and Frank Fahrenkopf...
Fare Play in the Nation's Capital: Taxis Finally Switching to Meters
THE LAST BIG CITY in America to resist the use of taxi meters is on the verge of giving in. The city is Washington, D.C., and the changeover from a zone system is scheduled for late 1998.Just how the nation's capital has hung on so long to basing cab...
Federal Permit to Drain Wetlands about to Dry Up
Under pressure from the White House and environmentalists, the Army Corps of Engineers has decided to phase out a federal permit that has allowed the development of thousands of acres of wetlands.The move, which is to be formally announced this week,...
Fire in Chunnel Puts Black Mark on Its Future
As a symbol of the difficulties of building a closely knit Europe, the 32-mile Eurotunnel linking France and Britain has been full of lessons: plagued by delays, deficits, and disagreement but hailed when it finally opened two years ago as the ultimate...
Florida Roughs Up Alabama Behind Wuerffel's 6 Tds
Thanks to Danny Wuerffel and Texas, Florida will get an improbable second chance to win its first national championship.Wuerffel threw for 401 yards and six touchdowns in a Heisman-like performance and the No. 4 Gators set up a Sugar Bowl rematch with...
Fluid Writing Enlivens Biography of Bryant
COACH: THE LIFE OF PAUL "BEAR" BRYANT. By Keith Dunnavant. Simon & Schuster. 368 pages. $24.Maybe it's my Yankee upbringing, but I never found Bear Bryant all that interesting. As college football's winningest coach, he had an aura about him. He was...
Fontbonne's Free Laptops Make This Campus Tour
OVER CYBERSCAPE came the responses, at virtual zap speed. A cluster of e-mail messages from assorted universities across the land extolling their computer capabilities, or offering other wired-related information.Some snippets off the Internet:Cornell...
Foreign Policy Madeleine Albright, a Czech Native, Could Never Ascend to Presidency
As secretary of state, Madeleine K. Albright would be closer to the presidency than any woman in the history of the Republic. Close, that is, but no cigar.A glass ceiling of an entirely different sort would prevent Albright from ever moving into the...
For Hirschbeck, Umpire's Rage Is Father's Fight
On the 52-inch television set in John Hirschbeck's living room, the moving images seem unreal, a parody of Norman Rockwell's America. Almost nose to nose, an umpire, a manager and a star baseball player are screaming as they jostle for position near...
Giving Grades Watchdog Firm Aims to Keep Charities Honest
It's a $144 billion industry with little government oversight. Financial reporting requirements are lax, although millions of Americans are affected by it.Is this any way to run a business?No, but it's the American way to operate a charity. And a small...
Good Deal for Mcdonnell Douglas
McDonnell Douglas Corp. and Boeing Co. have agreed to a limited partnership that should significantly benefit the St. Louis area's largest industrial employer. Boeing, which won the largest number of orders for new jets this year since it began making...
Greenspan's Comments Give the Market an Excuse
Maybe Alan Greenspan was trying to give money managers a way out.Stocks and bonds slid worldwide Friday after the Federal Reserve chairman spooked the markets with a speech that hinted Wall Street has jumped too high, too fast. Greenspan also suggested...
Groups Cooperate to Save Big River Conservationists, Industry Agree on Cleanup
After decades of environmental warfare along the Mississippi River, old antagonists are developing new methods to promote harmony between nature and navigation.Members of the Big River Partnership - barge interests, conservationists, corn growers and...
Handel, with a Bow to Dickens and Alger
LITTLE Jamie O'Flaherty, a 10-year-old, sloe-eyed Dublin street urchin, has already got one prior and is sliding fast into the dismal life of an 18th-century superpredator - until he discovers the music of Georg Friedrich Handel.That's the relatively...
Heroes in Deed Positive Thinking Foundation Honors Americans for Actions
A half-dozen unsung heroes, including a football star who gave up a professional career to help abandoned children, were honored Friday as winners of the 1996 America's Awards.The awards, created in 1990 by minister and author Norman Vincent Peale, annually...
Holmes Is Longhorns' Surpriser, Surprisee
Priest Holmes had plenty of pleasant surprises for his fellow Texas Longhorns.So turnabout was fair play when quarterback James Brown startled Holmes with the biggest shocker of all in the Big 12 Championship."Coming in, I was thinking blocking," said...
Howard Keeps Trying to Show He Belongs
In one season on the NFL stage, Dana Howard has played a lot of towns.His first stop was Dallas. The Cowboys made the East St. Louis native a fifth-round draft pick out of the University of Illinois.He survived training camp until the final cut, but...
Hull-Less Blues Dump Avalanche 4-3
Whether Brett Hull's banishment to the press box has a positive impact on the Blues in the big picture remains to be seen. The short term results were an astounding success.In the midst of a spin and without their leading scorer, the Blues took on a...
Iafrate Loves to Tattoo Foes - and Himself
Well before Dennis Rodman ever made humanity blink with his techno-colored hair and eclectic body art, there was Al Iafrate.And long before Iafrate became a San Jose Shark this season, there was his reputation as a wild man - a reputation built over...
If Only Einstein Had Styled His Hair!
TODAY'S TOPIC IS: Your HairstyleIs your hairstyle important? To answer that question, let's consider the starkly different career paths of two individuals: Albert Einstein and Tori Spelling.Tori Spelling is a top celebrity and highly successful television...
Illini Win Final Title in Classic
And with little more than a whimper, the Illini Classic is dead.In an unimpressive performance that at times did indeed resemble a wake, the Illinois men's basketball team sleepwalked through an 86-73 victory Saturday night over the Tennessee State Tigers...
`I'm Just an Actor' No Labels for Denzel
DENZEL WASHINGTON loves a challenge, but some things are too much to ask.Like the day when, on the set of "The Preacher's Wife," Whitney Houston asked him to sing."I looked her right in the eye and said, `Whitney, you are out of your mind,' " Washington...
In Columbia, Arkansas Has Mizzou's Number
In the 25-year history of the Hearnes Center, no one had the audacity to do what Arkansas has done. That is, win four games in a row in the basketball arena where Missouri has gone 308-49 over the years.But the 22nd-ranked Razorbacks' 80-76 victory Saturday...
In the Texas Beat, 'Horn Section Hits High Notes
Gena Hamilton pogo-ed on her seat, whooping and yelping and fighting back tears. She had made the 18-hour haul from Austin to join her Longhorns in their seemingly hopeless quest.Texas was a three-touchdown underdog to No. 3 Nebraska. For 3 1/2 hour...
Is Pagnozzi's Tenure Indicative of Skill or the State of Catching?
He is a .256 career hitter with 42 home runs in 10 big-league seasons. But the Cardinals' Tom Pagnozzi has spent more time with only one team than any other catcher in baseball. He's third among all players in the National League in continuous service...
Japanese Speculator Shows Bag of Tricks
Each day as many as six of the 20 most active stocks on the prestigious First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange are goosed by "shitesuji."The word means "speculator."The half-dozen big speculative groups have innocuous names like the New Friends Club...
Keenan-Hull Faceoff: Pivotal Draw for Blues
Jerry Ritter, the chairman of the Blues, is in an unenviable position. As the appointed representative of the Kiel Center Partners, he is the Blues' ultimate authority.It will be Ritter, in the job since April, who will settle the divisive power struggle...
Klan on Display: Museum Keeps History of Racial Strife Alive
John Howard has opened his Ku Klux Klan Museum just off the town square in this small northwestern South Carolina city, just as he said he would.For many here, the museum serves as a constant reminder of the racial strife that has split this community...
Koivu Extends Canadien Dominance of Blackhawks
Saku Koivu scored the go-ahead goal 39 seconds into the third period Saturday as the Montreal Canadiens beat the Chicago Blackhawks for the second straight night, winning 3-2.Koivu broke a 2-2 tie when he deked Chris Chelios to the ice and then beat...
Long-Distance Proves Cheaper with Discounts Most People Overpay, Consumer Advocates Say
Most Americans are paying too much for their long-distance phone service, consumer advocates say.That's because they're paying the standard rates offered by long-distance companies. Most would get a better deal if they asked for one of the discount plans...
Loving, Zany Retelling of Classic
The title - "A Madsummer Night's Dream" - suggests that Shakespeare's beloved comedy is in for a savaging. The subtitle of the Mid America Dance Company's two-act retelling of the drama even asks, "Is that Shakespeare spinning in his grave?"Fortunately...
Mackovic Hauls in Jackpot on Gamble
The first Big 12 Conference football championship was a classic. Too bad that only seven actual St. Louisans purchased tickets to this colorful event, dominated by 60,000 Nebraska fans and one shaking-and-baking Texas quarterback named James Brown.Texas...
Mackovic off the Hook after Call
If Texas hadn't converted its brazen fourth-and-inches attempt from its own 28-yard line in the fourth quarter, well, coach John Mackovic could only cringe at the thought."There were no consequences," he said, "so we don't have to cover those, right?"The...
Market Scams Rampant in Japan
In just 11 weeks this spring, the stock price of Bank of Kansai Ltd. more than tripled.There was no merger, no management shakeup; nothing to make people frantically buy the stock. In fact, Kansai (now trading at about $5 a share) reported a loss of...
Milosevic Feels Pressure from Serbian Labor Unions
Pressure mounted Saturday on Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic as trade union leaders threatened to go on strike this week if opposition victories in local elections are not accepted.The warning came as more than 150,000 demonstrators again took to...
Missouri out Front in Executions Federal Reform, Nixon's Pressure Cited in Carrying out Death Penalty
Two-time killer Richard Zeitvogel surprised a prison guard recently when it came time to move Zeitvogel to a private cell to await his executioner.The guard asked to see Zeitvogel's legal papers so they could be X-rayed for drugs or weapons. Death-row...
Morning Briefing upon Further Review
The profound impact of hockey on North American society was again underscored by the unfortunate saga of exotic dancer EMJAY KILLER FOXX, a diehard Toronto Maple Leafs fan.Her form of artistic expression is the emulation of hockey goons. Wearing a Leafs...
`Mrs. Santa Claus': Ho, Ho . . . No
CHEERS to CBS for commissioning the first original musical for television since 1957's "Cinderella." Applause for Angela Lansbury for starring so charmingly as "Mrs. Santa Claus" (7 p.m. Sunday on Channel 4).But bah, humbug: What a gift-wrapped disappointment...
Musical No Mystery for Lansbury
TELEVISION viewers who think of Angela Lansbury solely as a canny solver of murder mysteries may be surprised when she headlines in an original musical, "Mrs. Santa Claus."But there can be no doubt Lansbury knows her way around a musical, having earned...
NBA Pioneer Player Remembers the Not-So-Glory Days
Harry Miller saw Toronto this month for the first time in nearly 50 years. If basketball has changed dramatically in that time, so has the city in which he once played the game."That's what I understand," Miller said from his home in Latrobe, Pa., n...
Nebraska Defense Is Culprit
More than 500 yards? Against Nebraska?A sputtering offense and inexperienced quarterback Scott Frost took the blame when two-time national champion Nebraska bowed 19-0 to Arizona State in September,But Saturday, it was the defense that failed the Cornhuskers....
New Bryant Book Broadens Understanding
COACH: THE LIFE OF PAUL "BEAR" BRYANT. By Keith Dunnavant. Simon & Schuster. 368 pages. $24.Maybe it's my Yankee upbringing, but I never found Bear Bryant all that interesting. As college football's winningest coach, he had an aura about him. He was...
New Jersey Makes Prisoners Pay for Visits to Doctor
Charging inmates $5 a visit to see a doctor has resulted in a 60 percent drop in the number of New Jersey prisoners seeking medical care.In April, to slow the rising cost of caring for an older and increasingly ill prison population, New Jersey joined...
New Rules Would Be Costly, Have Limited Health Benefits
On Nov. 27, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a new national ambient air quality standard for ground-level ozone (smog). The action may have far-reaching economic consequences for St. Louis.The new ozone standard, set at 0.08 parts per million...
New Superintendent Offers Ultimatum to Kc School Board
Only four months after being hired, public schools Superintendent Henry Williams is having serious disagreements with the Kansas City School Board.On Thursday, Williams, one of three finalists for the St. Louis superintendent of schools job last year,...
NFL Head to Head
Giants (5-8) at Dolphins (6-7)Kickoff: NoonLine: Dolphins by 7 The glitter has fallen off the season for Jimmy Johnson and the Dolphins. The Giants are in the same boat, except the lashing waves are about to knock Coach Dan Reeves overboard. The Giants...
No. 3 Utah Goes Down to No. 15 Arizona
Jason Terry scored six of his career-high 19 points in a 16-second span, putting Arizona ahead for good Saturday as the 15th-ranked Wildcats overcame No. 3 Utah 69-61 in the John Wooden Classic in Anaheim, Calif.Terry, a 6-foot-2 sophomore, hit a 3-pointer...
No Brag, Just Fact: Brown Bags 'Huskers Gambling QB Stuns Nebraska 37-27
As University of Nebraska coach Tom Osborne surveyed the scene, he wasn't astonished to see Texas quarterback James Brown lining up behind center on fourth and a whisker from its own 28-yard line.True, a punt seemed in order. The Longhorns led 30-27...
Not Everyone Agrees on What Downtown Covers
IF YOU WANT to evaluate downtown St. Louis, you immediately run into two problems.One is finding it. Its boundaries change from time to time, depending on who draws them.The other is what's in it. No one, it seems, keeps accurate numbers on how many...
Other Cities Offer Advice, Hope
St. Louis can learn from the experiences of cities that have succeeded in reversing the decline of their downtowns. Key advice: Plan, work in the same direction and broaden what downtown has to offer.IN DOWNTOWNS ACROSS the country, fences and barriers...
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