St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from December 24, 1996

2 Lindros Goals Give Flyers Tie with 'Hawks
The Philadelphia Flyers' four-game shutout and seven-game winning streaks ended, but they still rallied to tie the Blackhawks in Chicago 2-2 Sunday night when Eric Lindros scored twice in a 48-second span of the second period.Garth Snow made 30 saves...
ABC Veteran Brit Hume Switches to Fox News
BRIT HUME, ABC's chief White House correspondent for the past eight years, is leaving the first of the year to join Fox News. He will be chief Washington correspondent and managing editor, Washington, contributing to both the broadcast network and the...
A Day in the Fight against Poverty
By eight o'clock the coffee pot's full and the early crew is busy bagging bagels and packing food orders for the day's families. The mop leans against the old freezer, evidence we started the day with a puddle on the food pantry floor.It's just another...
A Grateful Clinton Dines with Marines
President Bill Clinton expressed gratitude to the nation's armed forces Monday, offering holiday cheer and assurances that their service has brought "the blessings of a more normal life" to troubled parts of the world.In his first official visit to a...
Alderman Resigns, Citing `Different Ideas' on Budget
Greg Lippert said he could not in good conscience support proposed increases in the Wentzville city budget last week. Instead, he resigned as the 2nd Ward alderman."I have some different ideas that I just couldn't seem to communicate to everybody else,"...
And a Tarnished President, Too
Meanwhile, at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, yet another round of disclosures about fund raising serves as a fresh reminder that President Bill Clinton is no stranger to impropriety. It now seems that the Clinton legal defense fund has had to...
Another Giant Step for Merc
* Roosevelt Gobbled Up For $1.07 Billion. * Takeover Makes Merc Missouri's Biggest Bank. * Branches To Close As Buyout Fever Rages On.</P><P>MERCANTILE BANK said Monday it is buying Roosevelt Bank in a $1.07 billion deal that will create...
Arafat Meeting Israeli Leader
Palestinian President Yasser Arafat will meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today to finalize a deal on the handover of the West Bank city of Hebron to Palestinian rule, an aide to Arafat said Monday.The aide, Nabil Abu Rdainah, said the...
Area Film Office Director Quits
After barely 11 months as executive director of the St. Louis Film Office, Dale Lockett has resigned to return to Texas.Lockett has been criticized for not attracting any major feature films to St. Louis this year. On Monday, he predicted that next year...
Asian Interests Court Members of Congress Lawmakers, Staffs Make $1.6 Million Worth of Trips
ASIAN INTERESTS, WHOSE political contributions made headlines during the presidential election, also were aggressively courting members of Congress this year with free trips.Lawmakers and their staffs rang up $1.6 million worth of excursions to Asia...
A Tarnished Speaker - at Best
House Speaker Newt Gingrich admitted Saturday that he had both violated House rules and denied having do so. The issue is his use of funds from a political action committee called GOPAC to finance a college course he taught in the early 1990s that he...
A Welcome `Christmas Gesture'
The Tupac Amaru guerrillas called the release of 225 hostages, including all the American hostages, a "Christmas gesture," which it certainly is at least for the freed hostages and their families. But this gesture is as much strategic as humanitarian....
Bank on It: Customers Say They'll Go Elsewhere If Free Checking Is Dropped
CUSTOMERS OF Roosevelt Bank don't seem too concerned about their bank being bought out by the much larger Mercantile Bank. Just don't touch their free checking.Among major financial institutions in St. Louis, only Roosevelt and Commerce offer totally...
Blast at Metal Plant Kills 8 Employees 2 Others Hurt in Explosion; Cause Unknown
An explosion ripped through a metal-fabricating plant, killing eight employees as workers were preparing to shut the plant down for the holidays.Two other workers were injured in the blast Sunday night at the Wyman Gordon Forging Co. plant near Houston....
Blast at Metal Plant Kills 8 Employees 2 Others Hurt in Explosion; Cause Unknown
An explosion ripped through a metal-fabricating plant, killing eight employees as workers were preparing to shut the plant down for the holidays.Two other workers were injured in the blast Sunday night at the Wyman Gordon Forging Co. plant near Houston....
Briefs
FONTBONNE COLLEGETuition Going Up 5.3 Pct. To $10,000 Annual RateFontbonne College is raising its tuition for full-time undergraduate students 5.3 percent for the 1997-1998 academic year. The new rate will be $10,000, compared with $9,500 this year....
Briefs
EDWARDSVILLE3rd Circuit Judges Bring Back StackThird Circuit Court judges who tossed Daniel J. Stack out as an associate judge last year have voted him back in, Chief Judge Nicholas G. Byron announced Monday. The 46-year-old Highland resident was elected...
Briefs
NATIONFBI Spy Suspect Is Held Without BailA veteran FBI agent charged with selling secrets to Russia was ordered held without bail Monday. Earl Edwin Pitts, 43, was arrested lWednesday following an undercover investigation and charged with selling secrets...
Casino Taxes to Aid Sewer, Storm-Water Improvement
The city of St. Charles collects an average of $600,000 a month from taxes on casino gaming. A good portion of those funds likely will be used to finance sewer and storm-water improvements next year, the city administrator says.Last week, Station Casino...
Charity Is Not the Full Answer
In a year of social policy changes that Scrooge would be proud of, our Christmas attention to the "100 Neediest Cases" seems a mockery. It's not that I begrudge the charitable impulse. It's just that the survival of those in need should not depend on...
Cleveland's Brandon Scores Late and Often to Beat Utah
Terrell Brandon scored 12 of his career-high 33 points in the final 1 minute 12 seconds, leading the host Cleveland Cavaliers to a 100-94 victory over the Utah Jazz on Sunday.That overshadowed the achievement of Utah's Karl Malone, who became the 11th...
Consolation Pirates Battle Way to Victory in Holiday Tournament
The St. Charles High boys basketball team was far from 100 percent. But the Pirates did what they needed to do.Playing in the consolation quarterfinals of the Mary Institute/Country Day School Holiday Basketball Tournament Monday morning, the Pirates...
Democrats May Seek to Delay Discipline for Gingrich
Democrats are considering a strategy aimed at delaying the disciplining of Speaker Newt Gingrich for violating House rules and thwarting Republican plans to swiftly close the politically volatile investigation.Foreshadowing partisan battles ahead, House...
Democrats Seek to Smear Gingrich
Just weeks after the conclusion of a presidential campaign in which the public was told by Democrats and the big media that character and ethics didn't matter comes a demand by some Democrats that the Speaker of the House step down.Rep. Newt Gingrich...
El Convento Casino Finds Vocal Foe from Cloister
After taking her vows, Sister Blanca Maria Ocasio did what a Carmelite nun is supposed to do: shun contact with the outside world and devote her days to prayer.But she recently broke that centuries-old Carmelite tradition and is ready to do so again...
Excuse Me, Mr. Robber Somewhat Unsuspecting Guard Scares off Gunman at Bank
It wasn't a particularly good day for a bank robber - or for the police - when what started as a serious holdup in Alton turned into a scene from a slapstick movie."We've never had a bank robbery like this," deadpanned Maj. David Hayes of the Alton police....
Father's Death Reminds Us of Karen Ann Quinlan
Dear Readers: Karen Ann Quinlan's father, Joseph Quinlan, died on Dec. 7, just after I had finished the following column. My hope is that these letters will give comfort to Mrs. Quinlan and will let her know how much her family's struggle meant to others.Dear...
Feeling Better Older Students Bring along Puppets to Teach Youngsters about Themselves
Students and puppets from St. Charles West High School took over classes at Monroe Elementary School recently to teach young students about feelings.Senior Luke Masterson coaxed Libby, a puppet, out of her bag with the help of first-grade students crowding...
Forgery Allegation Blocks Claims Suit
Q: As the owner of an advertising agency, I recently presented a program to a prospective client. He reviewed the contract and said his wife, who owns the company, needed to review, approve and sign the contract before any work was to be done.A few days...
Forget Nicknames When Addressing Letter, If You Really Care
Dear Abby: I am an 82-year-old volunteer at one of our finest hospitals. Over a period of 45 years, I have accumulated 16,300 hours of service.I am enclosing a letter I clipped from a column you wrote in 1979. Please run it again. It would be extremely...
Hazelwood East's Germany Makes Commitment to Mizzou
He was coveted by some of the top college football programs in the country: Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Tennessee.Ultimately, career and family considerations prevailed over glitz and glamour for Hazelwood East star receiver Reggie Germany,...
Hostage Drama Drags on in Peru Freeing of 225 Captives Only Increases Tensions
Freed hostages appealed Monday for a negotiated end to Peru's standoff with leftist rebels holding 140 Latin American and Asian VIPs. The captives got water, food, clean T-shirts and underwear, but the government made no real concessions.In reducing...
How about Goodwill toward Tardy?
YOU FOLKS have some nerve.I just bought our Christmas tree, and you didn't leave me with much of a choice.OK, it's Christmas Eve. But that doesn't mean that someone else might not still be looking for a tree. My 15-year-old, his friend and I just set...
Illinois Funds Poison Hot Line Advice Will Now Be Available Statewide
A state poison-control hot line goes into operation next week, dispensing emergency medical advice to callers from both downstate and the Chicago area, officials announced."This toll-free hot line will ensure that urgent, lifesaving, poison-control information...
In Maplewood, Coaches Putting School Spirit First
When the football season ended last month, Maplewood High coach Randy Brandt estimated he would need 10 new sets of equipment to dress his players next year. But having been turned down for most major purchases the last five years, obtaining the gear...
Ipo Glut: Good New Offerings Hard to Find
The new-issues market, which earlier this year resembled a scene out of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis auction, with overenthusiastic buyers bidding prices up to astonishing heights, now looks more like a rummage sale. Some investors are turning their...
Israel's Settlement Policy Is a Fair Compromise
The policy of the government of Israel regarding settlements in the West Bank and Gaza has been in the spotlight lately.Recently, the government of Israel decided to extend "development area" status to those settlements (about half) that were not included...
Jones, Reeves Enter the Pink (Slip) Zone
The Atlanta Falcons started over again Monday, firing coach June Jones after a 3-13 season that kept alive the team's streak of never having back-to-back winning records.Team president Taylor Smith, whose family has owned the franchise since it was founded...
Leon Streif, 64, of Granite City; Operater of Vandalia Bus Lines
Leon Streif, a colorful bus line operator in the Metro East area, died Monday (Dec. 23, 1996) at St. Louis University Hospital, apparently of a heart ailment.He was 64 and lived in Granite City - in an imposing mansion he picked up at a bargain price...
Lindenwood Shows Biggest Gain in State
Lindenwood College gained the highest percentage of new students this year among independent and public colleges in Missouri, according to a recent report.The college's enrollment grew 17.3 percent from the 1995-96 school year to the 1996-97 year, according...
Man Owes Charity $2 Million from Gum, Candy Receipts
A businessman who sprinkled the nation with gum and candy machines that raised money for the March of Dimes was allowed to keep $2 million that should have gone to the charity after he encountered financial problems in 1991.Michael L. Curtis agreed to...
Milosevic Rallies Counter Protests `Loyalists' Promised Food, Money to March
NEBOJSA DINKIC was a little confused. Early Saturday he was in the back yard, feeding his chickens and pigs, when a representative of the Socialist Party of Serbia pounded on his door and ordered him to board a bus."Get on the bus, and we'll give you...
Morning Briefing
ADM To Be World's Biggest Processor Of Cocoa BeansArcher Daniels Midland Co. of Decatur, Ill., said Monday that it will buy W.R. Grace & Co.'s cocoa business for about $430 million in cash and debt, expanding its reach beyond grains and soybeans.The...
Morning Briefing Eye Openers
Veterinarian JERRY DELONEY's 22-foot-long, carpet-and-styrofoam gator with the Seminole spear through its head was designed to tweak Gator fans.Apparently, it worked, The Associated Press reports.A band of carousing, tuxedo-clad University of Florida...
Nader Decries Mac Merger Activist Asking Feds to Reject Boeing Deal
Boeing Co.'s acquisition of McDonnell Douglas Corp. would cripple competition, jeopardize airline safety and set the stage for similar mega-mergers in everything from automobiles to soft drinks, consumer activist Ralph Nader said Monday.Nader called...
Next on `Today' Matt Lauer Will Succeed Host Bryant Gumbel Jan. 6
Matt Lauer was named Monday as Bryant Gumbel's successor as host of the "Today" show in a move so widely anticipated that Lauer joked that people expected to see "heir apparent" on his office door.Lauer, 38, newscaster on the program for three years,...
No Keenan Clone as Interim Coach, Roberts Has Blues Loosening Up, Having Fun
As interim coach, Jimmy Roberts is setting the tone for the Blues. He's having fun. He's keeping it loose, and the Blues are one big, happy family.They gathered for their annual Christmas party on Monday afternoon, skating at U.S. Ice Sports Complex...
Obituaries
Estelle Eigenbrodt Estelle Catherine Eigenbrodt, 95, of St. Charles died Saturday (Dec. 21, 1996) of natural causes at Meadowbrook Nursing Home in St. Charles.Mrs. Eigenbrodt was retired after working as a clerk for Universal Studios in St. Louis.The...
Offering Classic TV Fare Round-the-Clock
SOUP'S ON, TV nostalgia nuts. Now you can dine 24 hours a day on classic fare, from "Mannix" to "That Girl" to "Gunsmoke," on Nick at Nite's TV Land. The channel launched nationally April 29."Yes, we are the escapist place," TV Land President Rich Cronin...
Oiling Calm Waters by Stealth
Royal Caribbean Cruises, which operates six of the world's biggest ocean-going cruise boats, has been indicted for dumping bilge water mixed with oil at various locations in the sea, including near Puerto Rico, the Inside Passage of Alaska, and possibly...
Pens' Sharpshooters Fire Away at Leafs
Pittsburgh's newest line - Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr and Ron Francis - continued its devastating play by combining for nine points as the Penguins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-5 Monday night.Jagr had three assists to go with his league-leading 32nd...
People
CYBILL SHEPHERD can't seem to shake the rap that behind the scenes at "Cybill" she's a power-hungry, jealous diva - a Barbra Streisand-in-training, as it were.Shepherd tearfully tells TV Guide that the renewed reports are "absolute lies" and "blatant...
Prayer Power Doctors, Patients Declaring Amen as Evidence of Benefit Grows
Angela Rule, a college senior from Fairview Heights, is praising God for giving her improved health this Christmas Eve. Two weeks ago, her doctors told her she was free of cancer.That's a welcome change from the night of June 27, 1995, when she lay in...
PURPOSE AND JOY FACING LIFE'S GRIM CIRCUMSTANCES WITH HOPE Series: 100 Neediest Cases Nos. 91-100
OLD AGE often brings loneliness, illness and depression, but the last 10 cases in this year's 100 NEEDIEST CASES are shining examples of grit, determination and cheerfulness that defy the sometimes grim circumstances of their lives.Although no longer...
Put It on the P.A
Sixteen Honor Society students at Duchesne High School recently spent several nights on the telephone surveying parents who might enroll their children at the school. Those involved were: Francis Lensenmeyer, Tina Thomure, Beth Breckenridge, Matt Doyle,...
Reeling Rockets Fall to Bucks 81-76 for Fourth Loss in Row
Sherman Douglas scored 11 of his 19 points in the third quarter as Milwaukee handed the Rockets their fourth successive loss, 81-76 Monday night in Houston.The Bucks overcame a 37-point performance by Hakeem Olajuwon, who led a second-half Rockets' rally...
Rejected Brooks Not Dejected Former Rams Coach Believes Team's Future Looks Brighter
Rich Brooks left with class, without embarrassment, and in his opinion, with the glass half full, not half empty at Rams Park.He thanked the fans of St. Louis for being "terrific."He said there was reason for optimism about the Rams' future. He thanked...
Retail Rating Analysts Say Holiday Store Sales Good, Not Great
Good but not spectacular - that seems to sum up the experts' assessments of retail spending over this holiday period.Sales - and profits - during the Christmas season can determine the results for an entire year for many stores. The significance of Christmas...
Retirement Town to Evict Teen Living with Grandparents
It may take a village to raise a child, but the folks in this retirement community say they finished rearing their kids long ago, thank you.That's why they enforced a rarely used ban on children and decided to evict a teen-ager who had moved in with...
Roland Faces Prospect of Leaving St. Louis Again
About two years ago at this time, Johnny Roland had three birds in hand.No. 1: Even though Pete Carroll had just been fired as coach of the New York Jets, Roland still had two years left on his contract as running backs coach there.No. 2: Roland had...
Rudolph's Secret Friends
YOU all know the story of Rudolph's red nose And the way that great reindeer led Santa through snows, through fog, sleet and cold on one dark Christmas night. Oh yes, Rudolph's nose gave off just enough light. You know that the other deer taunted and...
School District in E. St. Louis Facing Audit Review Will Examine Everything from Purchasing to Principals
A state panel overseeing East St. Louis school finances has ordered a top-to-bottom audit that will be one of the district's most comprehensive.The state-appointed Financial Oversight Panel, which was originally set up to keep an eye on district finances,...
Shaw on Stage for an Encore of Old Mistakes
Mike Keenan doomed himself with the Blues by being too naughty.Rich Brooks doomed himself with the Rams by being too nice, waiting until halftime of his career finale to rip into his slackers.As for Rams owner Georgia Frontiere and trusty henchman John...
Somewhat Unsuspecting Guard Scares off Gunman at Bank
It wasn't a particularly good day for a bank robber - or for the police - when what started as a serious holdup in Alton turned into a scene from a slapstick movie."We've never had a bank robbery like this," deadpanned Maj. David Hayes of the Alton police....
Special Delivery: Baby Surprises Parents with Speedy Birth
In this season that celebrates the birth of a child, emergency medical technicians ended up with their hands full Monday morning in the back seat of a 1989 Plymouth Horizon van.Their story included luck, skill, a 56-second delivery and perhaps just a...
Sports Shorts
Young, Rice Lift 49ers Over LionsSteve Young won another passing title, and Jerry Rice finished with an NFL high in receptions before they took the rest of the night off and watched Barry Sanders win his third rushing championship.Playing only the first...
Sports Shorts
Sporting News Names Ebersol `Most Powerful'The Sporting News has selected Dick Ebersol, president of NBC Sports, as the most powerful person in sports. Ebersol leads a list of the top 100 power brokers in athletics, published annually by the St. Louis-based...
Spotlight
Jim Lloyd, a senior at Wentzville High School, works to help make change for the better. In his school, community and church, Jim enjoys getting involved.Last year, Jim, 18, was selected by Vision West to attend monthly leadership classes. Vision West...
Stocks Mixed; Computers off, Phones On
Stocks closed mixed Monday as declining personal computer shares offset gains in telephone companies.The Dow industrial average was up as much as 23.84 and down as much as 33.83, ending 4.62 points higher for the day.Volume was unusually slow because...
Suburban North Powers Dominate All-District Squad
Hazelwood Central went on to win the Missouri Class 5A championship after eliminating Suburban North regular-season champion Pattonville in the first round of the playoffs.Their classic postseason meeting, which Central won 30-28 with a last-second field...
Support Groups
TodayAl-Anon, for family and friends of alcoholics, will meet at 9:30 a.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 2800 Elm Street, St. Charles.Alcoholics Anonymous, noon and 6 and 8 p.m. at the Sonderen Club, 212 Sonderen Avenue, O'Fallon. Bi-Polar Group, for...
Swans Coming Home for Christmas
Birdwatchers near here are growing accustomed to seeing huge white birds at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Riverlands wildlife refuge along the Mississippi River in December.Waterfowl hunters at Truman Lake are noticing the same, huge, snow-whit e...
Take a Flier on T-Notes with Inflation Protection
Here's an idea for investors who like their profits guaranteed: Buy the new, inflation-protection U.S. Treasury notes the very first time they go on sale.Because the notes are new and untested, bond experts believe their initial yield may be higher than...
Teachers File Suit against District Group Wants to Stop Layoffs, Void Decision
A teachers group filed suit Monday against the Maplewood-Richmond Heights School District to stop the layoffs of 28 teachers slated for Jan. 18.The class-action suit, filed by the Maplewood-Richmond Heights Education Association, seeks an injunction...
The Pituitary Tumor Produces Milk Instead of Fat
Dear Dr. Donohue: I am a 29-year-old woman with a recently diagnosed microadenoma of the pituitary gland. I am being treated with Parlodel. Can you tell me about this tumor and if it affects weight gain?A pituitary gland microadenoma is a tiny tumor...
Trio of Lions Earns Soccer All-America
Three Lindenwood College men's soccer players have earned All-America honors for their play in the fall.Eric Fenstermacher, a sophomore midfielder from Hurst, Texas, was named to the NAIA third team while freshman goalie Ernad Kovacevic and junior forward...
Two Lawyers Give $650,000 for Legal Aid Share of Suit Settlement Will Help Needy
Hundreds of needy people who could not otherwise afford legal services will get help, thanks to a $650,000 gift by two Belleville lawyers to the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, based in East St. Louis.The donation is from Bruce N. Cook and...
UCLA Hopes It Has Found Answer to Slow Start
Go to a school with 11 NCAA basketball titles, and at least 20 wins in 29 of the past 34 years, and maybe you too would have a cataclysmic view of a 3-3 record. That's what the UCLA basketball team brought Monday night into Kiel Center."I was thinking,...
UCLA Keeps Bills Looking for Answers Slu Can Find Little Comfort in Loss to August Opponent
UCLA's Bruins walked away from Monday's 64-57 victory at Kiel Center considering it a turning point early in their already-arduous season.St. Louis University's Billikens, who know something about arduous, someday might feel the same about the game.But...
Upset Special Ends with Upset; 4th-Seed Eureka Tops No. 3 Troy
In a tournament filled with upsets, the ninth annual Troy Trojanette Coca-Cola Classic wrapped up appropriately Saturday evening.In the title game, fourth-seeded Eureka rallied to beat the host Trojanettes 51-49.Troy was seeded third, behind fellow Gateway...
Vikes Win `Duals,' Champs Tourney at Rock Bridge
After a slow start - they opened the season with dual-meet losses to Fox and St. Charles West after going undefeated in duals last season - the wrestling Vikings of Francis Howell High appear to be back on track.Howell won its division at the Missouri...
Vodka Ads Are Traded, Sold in Some Area Schools Attitude toward Alcohol Cavalier, Specialist Says
Absolut Vodka ads have made a splash with some teen-age and younger collectors. Some parents, teachers and counselors are less than enthusiastic.ADS FOR VODKA have replaced baseball and basketball cards as the latest hot items being collected, traded...
Who Will Be Involved in Kc Shake-Up?
It's more than just the end of a season for the Kansas City Chiefs, who lost four of their last five and missed the playoffs for the first time in the 1990s.It's the end of an era.Significant change is on the way. The organization that virtually stood...
Woman Gets Ring Fiance Carried on Flight 800
The FBI delivered on a promise Monday, giving a woman back the diamond engagement ring that her fiance was carrying when he was killed in the explosion of TWA Flight 800.Julie Stuart sobbed when she was given the 1.6-carat diamond ring, immediately opening...
`Wonderful Life' Is a Story of Values That Shaped America
Perhaps you are sick and tired of Frank Capra's movie, "It's a Wonderful Life," which is shown over and over - and over and over - at this time of year.Not me. In fact, I'd make a large claim for this dear, schmaltzy movie: It tells politicians almost...
Would-Be Blues Bidders Are Waiting in the Wings
YULETIDE MOVES: If the Kiel Center Partners ever decided to get out from under the ownership of the Blues, we've been told that they could expect an offer from former team chairman Michael F. Shanahan and his band of ready and willing St. Louis investors....
Yeltsin Back in Office, `Ready for Battle'
President Boris Yeltsin emerged from his black stretch Mercedes, adjusted his fur hat, and with a broad smile bellowed "hello" to aides welcoming him back to the Kremlin on Monday."I'm in good spirits. I'm feeling good, and I'm ready for battle," Ye...
Young Lions a Step Ahead of '95 Coach `Happy . . . Expecting Good Things in Second Half'
The Lindenwood College men's basketball team started the 1995-96 season by winning just three of 14 games. This year's squad went to the semester break at 4-11.But second-year coach Bill Goodwin doesn't think it's fair to compare the two squads."For...
Young Panthers Earn a Little Time Off
A simple shrug of the shoulders by quarterback Kerry Collins cuts to the heart of the Carolina Panthers' perspective about their historic postseason march."Hey, I'm only in my second year, and this is my first shot at the playoffs," he said. "But I have...