St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from January 2, 1996

26 Killed in Bus Collision in Mexico
A bus crossed into oncoming traffic and rammed another bus head-on at dawn Monday in northern Mexico, killing 26 people and injuring at least 22. Six of the dead were children.Mexican police said no Americans were involved in the accident, which spilled...
5 Knights Do Battle at Granite City Meet despite Numbers, Howell North Nabs 12th in Field of 17
With just five wrestlers competing, the Knights of Francis Howell North had no chance to win the Granite City Invitational last week."It's embarrassing, going to a tournament like that with just five guys, but that's where our program is right now,"...
Adm. Arleigh Burke, 94; Navy Hero of Pacific War
Time finally stopped "31 Knot Burke," something wartime Japan and the postwar American military brass could not do. Retired Adm. Arleigh Burke, a storied sailor and military leader, died Monday (Jan. 1, 1996) at age 94.Renowned for the speed of his Pacific...
After Some False Steps, Converse Plans Comeback
Converse Inc. President Mickey Bell fondly remembers the Chuck Taylor All Star high-top sneakers that singled him out, at age 10, as a threat on basketball courts in Goldsboro, N.C."It was a big thrill when you graduated from PF Flyers into a pair of...
All through the Year Students Find Playing Santa to Their Liking
Even though the spirit of Christmas is still in the air, some teachers and students at St. Dominic High School in O'Fallon already are thinking of an Easter project to help poor people in the Appalachian area of eastern Kentucky."A roomful of furniture...
Army Engineers Reinforce Bridge into Bosnia
Army engineers spent New Year's Day dumping gravel on a mud-slick bank of the Sava River, securing the way for U.S. tanks and fighting vehicles lined up and waiting to cross the new bridge into Bosnia.More than 100 American vehicles crossed the span...
A Voice from Beyond: More Than Six Years after Her Death, Lucille
A voice from beyond: More than six years after her death, LUCILLE BALL is ready to speak up about her life. An autobiography written by the red-tressed comedian was found last year and will be auctioned to publishers this month.Maureen O'Brien of...
A Year's Worth of Wrongdoings
I know I can never match the dubious achievement of Douglas "Wrong-Way" Corrigan. The all-time champ of mistake-makers, the patron saint of the error-prone, took the title with him when he died last month.It was Corrigan who got into his monoplane, Sunshine,...
Beep Beep: Toyota Arrives but Town Set to Make Room
Residents who will be displaced by Toyota's new plant praise the 1,300 jobs that will be created, but many have mixed feelings about their loss.Maurice and Martha Miller are among the property owners who agreed to a reported $10,000 per acre land option...
Big Enough for Bosnia Welcome aboard Mcdonnell Douglas' New C-17 Cargo Plane as It Barrels toward Tuzla
McDONNELL Douglas' new C-17 cargo plane is quickly becoming the workhorse of the Bosnian buildup.Consider the C-17 bearing tail number 00535. On Christmas Day, the plane logged:Four hours and 28 minutes of air time.1,518 miles, on a round trip to Bosnia...
Blind and Bold Bulldozer of a Man Turns Ruin into Home
Although he is blind, William Vick had a vision - of turning a ramshackle house into his family's dream home.Vick knew the bungalow in this Kansas City suburb was uninhabitable when he bought it in September."If the city had ever come in here before...
Briefs
LEVITZ DISAPPEARANCEInvestigators Admit They Have Few CluesLawmen admit they are stumped over the disappearance of furniture store heiress Jacqueline Levitz. The 62-year-old woman was reported missing in Nov. 20 from her home in Vicksburg, Miss., overlooking...
Business Notes
NEW IN TOWN</P><P>Kennelwood Pet Depot is scheduled to open Wednesday at 418 South Church Street in St. Peters. The center will offer grooming, obedience training and day care for pets. The center also will offer sales and service of...
Chiefs Feel Harbaugh Is Key Colt
Instead of the San Diego Chargers for the third time in three months, the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday will be facing the Indianapolis Colts for the first time in five years."Six of one, half a dozen of the other," coach Marty Schottenheimer said Monday...
Colorado's Big-Chill Defense Leaves the Ducks Waddling
Rick Neuheisel is known for his prolific offenses, but it was Colorado's hustling, turnover-producing defense that gave him a Cotton Bowl victory in his first season as the Buffaloes' coach.Marcus Washington stunned Oregon with a 95-yard interception...
Dea's Bias against Fairness
Some Drug Enforcement Administration agents have a reputation for being intolerant of the rights of fellow agents who happen to be either black or female. That's why blacks and women have filed complaints of racial or sex discrimination against the agency...
Eagle Eye-to-Eye Scouts, Department in Accord on Developing Wildlife Projects
It's a partnership made in heaven. Boy Scouts and the Missouri Department of Conservation share an interest in conservation. So what could be more natural than working together on projects that involve eagles?Scouts' interest in eagles isn't quite as...
Fired Chief Defends His Actions at Crash Scene Tackett Denies He Used Profanity; Charges Led to His Dismissal as Chief
Former St. Peters Fire Protection District Chief J.W. Tackett says he was fired for something he didn't do.Tackett said he was accused of using profanity at an accident scene Oct. 17. In an interview Friday in his attorneys' offices, Tackett denied using...
Flood of Memories Turmoil Inside, out Make '95 Year to Remember
THE CURIOUS INFUSION of thousands of Grateful Dead fans into St. Charles County in July was sufficiently unusual to warrant a mention in the St. Charles Post's list of the year's notable events. But the pandemonium that erupted when 108 of those fans...
Florida St. Rallies to Win 31-26 over Irish
Florida State and New Year's Day remained an unbeatable combination.Dan Kanell threw two of his four touchdown passes in the final 10 minutes and the Seminoles rallied from a 12-point deficit Monday night to beat Notre Dame 31-26 and win the Orange Bowl.The...
Freshman Stars as Syracuse Romps
Donovan McNabb never expected to start a game for Syracuse this season, let alone star in the most lopsided bowl victory in school history.McNabb threw three touchdowns and ran for another Monday as the Orangemen pounded No. 23 Clemson 41-0 in the Gator...
Full of Vigor Vitamin Retailer Grows as Americans Age
Cary Hixson can't remember the last cold he caught, and he didn't miss a day of work last year.His secret? Vitamins and herbs. Hixson believes the supplements he buys by the bagful at the General Nutrition Center store in his downtown office building...
Guilt May Help
Dear Percy Ross: I wrote you a letter two years ago, asking for your help in having a Christmas. We never heard from you. Christmas was hard that year. Sad little eyes on Christmas morning will always haunt me, but we did make it through. I'm having...
Human Progress Is Not Automatic
A New Year's greeting implies hope for a better future, which in Western society is more than a convention. Progress is a tacit conviction, but a mistaken one. There is no evidence that the future will be better. Why should it be?Political rhetoric in...
Huskers, Gators Add It Up: 1 + 2 = National Champion
It's Fun and Gun vs. Run and Stun. Air Ball vs. Ground Control - and Major Tommie. Brazen Steve Spurrier vs. stoic Tom Osborne.It's No. 2 Florida's "Ultimate Frisbee in pads," as one magazine calls it, against inevitable, immovable, immutable Nebraska...
Illinois Officials Unsure of Gift of Wildlife Park
Bill Rutherford has a nice little $19 million present for the state of Illinois.Problem is, the state doesn't seem to want it.Rutherford, 81, is the founder of the Wildlife Prairie Park, a family-oriented zoological park on 2,000 acres of woodlands and...
In a Fog True Golfers Don't Let a Little Thing like Winter Ruin Annual Links Fest
It's called the frozen open, but don't tell tthese guys. They weren't chattering their teeth or turning up the heat. They were drinking beer, slapping hands and sharing a bunch of laughs.And, oh yeah, they were playing golf. At the Forest Park nine-hole...
It's a Great Day to Start Anew on Finances
It's time once again for New Year's financial resolutions.Now if only the stock market would resolve to set as many positive records in 1996 as it did in 1995. Few pundits expect we'll see the upward momentum continue at such a break-neck pace, though...
Keenan's Baby - Illegitimate Though It Is
As the New Year dawns, so does the light of insight about Mike Keenan. He is willing to take the risk for gutting the Blues because he takes none of the blame.Keenan, the Blues' coach and general manager, hit town 18 months ago with a rap as a finger-pointer.Recently...
Knights Dump Pirates in Holiday Play Howell North Rallies for 5th Place Trophy at Country Day
The Mary Instititue/Country Day School Holiday Basketball Tournament has always been a positive experience for the Knights of Francis Howell North.And this year was no exception.The Knights captured the fifth-place trophy Friday, rallying to beat Gateway...
League Play Heats Up; Area Powers to Collide
With nonconference games and holiday tournaments behind them, coaches should have a handle on what kind of team they're going to have this season as conference play heats up for Missouri high schools."You should have an idea by now of what adjustments...
Legislators Racing Their Engines over Speed Limit Issue
IN PAST YEARS, Missouri legislators rarely thought about speed limits unlesss they were tearing up the blacktop between their homes and the statehouse.But when the Legislature convenes Wednesday, the question of how fast motorists may drive will be one...
Legislature to Take Up Loss Limits at Casinos Proponents Seek to Lift $500 Limit on Gamblers
THREE YEARS AGO, more than 62 percent of state voters supported allowing "riverboat gambling excursions" on the Missouri and Mississippi rivers.Promoters touted a nostalgic return to river scenes right out of Mark Twain's tales of life on the Mississippi...
Lego Ready to Play with New Ideas
Danish toymaker Lego is building on its base of plastic bricks by expanding into children's clothing, theme parks - even Christmas ornaments."We're moving outside of toys," said Michael Moore, Lego U.K. marketing manager. "That is where there will be...
Long-Lasting Conjunctivitis Is a Chronic Condition
Dear Dr. Donohue: Please explain acute conjunctivitis. I have had it for more than a year. Eye drops have not helped, only lessened the redness of my eyes. Thanks for any response.Conjunctivitis is inflammation of the conjunctiva, a transparent membrane...
Man with Knife Shot, Wounded by Officer Responding to Call
An O'Fallon police officer shot and wounded a knife-wielding man at a mobile home park early New Year's Day.The 27-year-old man underwent surgery at St. Joseph Health Center in St. Charles. One of the two shots fired by the officer hit the man in the...
Missing a Hubcap? It's Probably on Church Lawn
TWO battered boxes were delivered to my office. Together, they were about four feet high.I picked one up. It clanked. That's a bad sign in my business. If boxes clank, tick or growl, they are probably not from a friend.I opened them, anyway.Inside were...
Missing Person Case Haunts Sheriff Woman, 19, Vanished in 1979 from Scott County without a Trace
In 19 years as Scott County sheriff, Bill Ferrell has no unsolved homicides, no escaped prisoners and no jailhouse deaths.But he continues to be haunted by one missing person case.Cheryl Ann Scherer, 19, disappeared from Rhodes Pump-Ur-Own Station in...
Morning Briefing Eye Openers Column
Vikings defensive end JAMES HARRIS already was in trouble - jailed in Minnesota after it was alleged that he assaulted his wife. Now, things are really getting complicated.A woman in Philadelphia told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that that can't be,...
Museum Honors Black Inventors It's Set to Open in West End Showing Permanent Exhibits
The Museum of Black Inventors, one of the first of its kind to house permanent exhibits, will open in St. Louis during Black History Month in February.Loretta Moore, founder of the museum, said it would house photographs, replicas, artifacts and documents...
Mysteries of Time Elude the Grasp of Ordinary Mortals
New Year's Day, as the optimists call it, used to be heralded in cartoon and newsreel by a pantomime of renewal. A wizened, white-bearded Father Time would limp off into the distance, dragging his scythe, while a diapered infant took his place. It was...
NAFTA Fails on Pollution, Group Says
Two years into the North American Free Trade Agreement, the pact has yet to live up to its boosters' billing of cleaner air, purer water and a better environment along the polluted southwestern border, an anti-NAFTA group contends.Public Citizen, which...
New Year's Gunfire Hits Man outside Home
Norbert Ries went outside shortly after midnight New Year's Eve to try to locate the source of a regular series of gunfire bursts near his home. A bullet found him.Luckily for Ries, it found the side of his house first."It hit the limestone foundation,...
Northwestern Coach Expects to Have Job Talks with UCLA
Will he stay or will he go?Only Northwestern coach Gary Barnett, the Parkway High and University of Missouri product who is suddenly the most coveted coach in the nation, knows the answer.Or maybe even he doesn't know yet."Right now, I don't know about...
Northwestern's Rosy Season Scores Big with Long-Suffering Local Fans
New Year's Day was Purple Passion time in the Central West End.Not the drink, mind you, but alumni's love for their Northwestern University Wildcats, who were making their first post-season appearance in 47 years, in the Rose Bowl against the Trojans...
Obituaries
Marie A. WiestMarie A. Wiest, 73, of O'Fallon, died Saturday (Dec. 30, 1995) at Surrey Place, a nursing home in Chesterfield.Mrs. Wiest was a homemaker and a member of the Free Will church.The funeral will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Crossroads Free...
Objective Criteria Will Be Scrapped
As part of changes in Missouri's education system, the Missouri Mastery and Achievement Test, a standardized, objective, multiple choice test, will be phased out. To be deemed proficient in any subject, a student had to answer correctly three out of...
Officers, Soldiers Keep Up Spirits in `Bosnia Bowl' U.S., British Troops Hold Touch Football Match
The Rose Bowl it ain't, but a muddy and rutted helicopter landing field let U.S. soldiers keep alive a tradition from back home - football on New Year's Day."This is the Bosnia Bowl, baby!" hollered players at the opening kickoff in a game pitting U.S....
Officials Say Arafat Broke Voting Laws to His Favor
International observers criticized Yasser Arafat Monday for violating election laws, including shortening the campaign period to only two weeks before Palestinians go to the polls Jan 20.Carl Lidbom, head of the 300-member European Union observer group,...
Oh, Baby Ballwin Couple Rings in Year with Howling, Brand-New Son
Marshall James Auer's fan club was so busy ooohing and aaahing Monday morning that no one noticed that 1995 had said goodbye 10 minutes earlier."People were wishing Marshall a happy birthday," his father, Thomas Auer said. "I was so worried about my...
On Call: Sorber Rejoins U.S. Squad
Mike Sorber has been called back into service for the U.S. national team.Sorber, the former St. Louis University midfielder who started for America in the 1994 World Cup, has been named to the U.S. roster for the CONCACAF Gold Cup Jan. 10-21. He plays...
On Divorce, Palace Keeps Stiff Upper Lip
Buckingham Palace played down reports Monday that Diana, the princess of Wales, had agreed to Queen Elizabeth's demand that she and prince Charles divorce and let Britain's royal family live in peace."There are no developments on that issue. The princess...
One Home Improvement Allen Needs Is an Emmy
Home Improvement When: 8 tonight Where: Channel 30</P><P>JUST when it seems you've got the blueprint for success nailed down, someone throws a spanner into the works. Ask Tim Allen. He'll tell you.</P><P>In fact, the notoriously...
One-Mile Stretch of I-70 on the Move Widening, Relocating of Highway among Plan's Main Features
Major changes are in the works for a one-mile stretch of Interstate 70 at the southern edge of Wentzville.Preliminary plans will be unveiled Thursday. The main features of the plan are:The relocation of Interstate 70, shifting its route about 250 feet...
Pba Winter Tour Starts New Year Rolling Down Espn's Lane
It's bowl week, but if those torturous, four-hour, meaningless games (other than the Fiesta Bowl) are any indication, we'll stick with the other kind of bowling.Here are some notes, quotes and hopefully less plodding items to wrap up 1995 and bring in...
Penn St. Rains Points in Rout of Auburn
Give coach Joe Paterno a month to prepare and Penn State is usually going to be successful. Give him Wally Richardson, Bobby Engram and Stephen Pitts and he can beat the weather, too.Richardson threw four touchdown passes in the rain, and 15th-ranked...
People in Business
The DESCO Group promoted Diane Davis to vice president-planning and operations, Kay Ramsey to manager of corporate real estate, and Susan Stewart to corporate real estate administrator.Jay Nilson was appointed executive vice president-senior credit officer...
Personnel Manager Has Word on College Kids
Dear Ann Landers: I read the letter from "Old Prof" who says colleges are more interested in the bottom line than in education. If anyone doubts "Old Prof," tell him or her to contact a few personnel managers and examine the applications filled out by...
`Please, Sir, May I Have Some More?' There's an Art to Getting a Raise
Even an industrial accident that blew up a portion of the building he was erecting didn't keep Peter Pozniak from completing a $15 million clean room for IBM Corp. ahead of schedule. Because of the swift construction, Pozniak's employer won a new $4.5...
Police/courts
The following incidents were among those reported to police departments in the St. Louis area or that involved action in one of the area's courts:VIOLENT DEATHSt. Louis: Alfred Glass, 16, was fatally shot in the back of the head about 6 p.m. Sunday at...
Qu Keepers Frazier's a Runner, Wuerffel's a Passer; Both Are Winners
As long as Tommie Frazier has been at Nebraska - four years, right on target for graduation - he has been asked why a young man from Florida would choose to winter in the upper Midwest."I had to go out of state to be the kind of quarterback I wanted...
Researchers Identify Gene Linked to Impulsiveness
Scientists say they've identified a gene that influences how impulsive, excitable, quick-tempered and extravagant you are, a possible step toward unraveling the genetics of personality.Two studies provide the first confirmed association between a particular...
Sale of Federal Oil Field: Will Taxpayers Profit? -
EMBROILED IN SCANDAL 75 years ago, a government-owned oil field in California is again the focus of controversy. The government wants to sell it, but critics charge a sale will mean a windfall for one or two oil companies and cost the government in the...
Saudi King Makes Heir Interim Head of Nation Announcement Sure to Cause Jitters on Oil Markets
King Fahd temporarily handed over control of the Saudi government to his half-brother on Monday, saying he needed to rest.The announcement by Fahd, an overweight diabetic in his 70s, raised questions about his health and was certain to cause jitters...
Scott Unit Delivers in a Pinch
The item that American military people in Bosnia covet most is plain old plywood.But plywood runs in short supply in Bosnia. So the Air Force is flying it in, then hammering it together as tent cities for the Army. The flying part belongs to the...
Setting Standards for Missouri Students
Over the past months, parents, educators, and other citizens have been working together to draft a set of academic performance standards for Missouri's school children. The main purpose of these new academic standards is to help assure that, when students...
Short Shorts
Favre Captures MVP In A Landslide Vote</P><P>Brett Favre epitomizes the essence of a a most valuable player: Teammates, opponents, fans and reporters all seem to agree he deserves the honor.</P><P>And the Green Bay quarterback...
Snowstorm Caps Holiday Break
With the season's most heralded snowstorm headed this way from Texas, many children in Wellston flocked to Taylor's Market Monday to stock up on essentials: candy and chips."They've been coming in all day because they heard it's going to snow," said...
Snowstorm Churns toward Area
With the season's most heralded snowstorm headed this way from Texas, many children in Wellston flocked to Taylor's Market Monday to stock up on essentials: candy and chips."They've been coming in all day because they heard it's going to snow," said...
Spotlight Column
This week's student spotlight shines on Scott Smalley, a 17-year-old senior at Orchard Farm High School. At 6 feet 5 inches, Scott's destiny in basketball was almost preordained.Traditionally at Orchard Farm, freshmen and sophomores play junior varsity...
Symphony Serves Up Grand Feast of Feel-Good Tunes for New Year
You can tell you've thrown a good party when everyone invited shows up and crowds into the smallest room in the house. That was the case at the annual New Year's Eve celebration Sunday night at Powell Hall. The evening was a sellout, and in the lobby...
Tennessee Beats Buckeyes in Game of Inches
The last time Tennessee's defense crossed the Florida state line, it left dismantled and embarrassed. Monday's return restored its honor.The Volunteers stared high-powered Ohio State in the eye and refused to blink, winning the soggy Florida Citrus Bowl...
The Missouri Legislature Convenes
When Missouri legislators open the 1996 General Assembly Wednesday, they literally will have no idea of the shape or substance of many issues that will land in their laps before adjourning in mid-May. That's because they must wait until they see what...
The People's Pharmacy
Q. Leaving the house used to be scary for me because I feared being embarrassed by an involuntary escape of gas. My doctor gave me a list of foods to avoid. I also tried Beano, to no avail!Finally, I discovered the cause - it was the Metamucil I was...
Third Time's the Charm for Ed Post
If Ed Post, a New Orleans businessman, can kill his wife, apologize all round after years of denying his evil deed and get out of prison after a mere 10 years, what's the point of having long sentences for murder in the first place?How is the public's...
Usc Catches Up with Wildcats Trojans Win Battle of Receivers
Southern California salvaged a season of bitter losses with a 41-32 Rose Bowl victory Monday that did nothing to mar Northwestern's amazing transformation from laughingstock to emergent football power.No. 3 Northwestern unabashedly sang "High Hopes"...
Usc Plays Witch of the West Northwestern on Short End at Rose Bowl
They built their amazing journey here on a formula: Belief without evidence equals faith.But the Northwestern Wildcats - once a punchline to any joke about futility, college football's version of the Roadrunner - proceeded to gather ample evidence as...
Vikings Win Matchups, but Strike out on Plays in Meramec Tournament Gac Foes Howell, West Get Preview of Friday's Conference Showdown
The Francis Howell Vikings had the advantage in matchups. But it was the Warriors of St. Charles West who made the key plays down the stretch.In the quarterfinals of the 18th annual Holiday Festival Tournament at Meramec Community College last Thursday,...
Warriors Fall Fighting for 3rd at Festival Unhappy Mehlville, St. Charles West Scrap through 4 Meramec Overtimes
The basketball teams from St. Charles West and Mehlville high schools would've preferred a later starting time. But the two teams made the most of their appearance in the third-place game of the 18th annual Holiday Festival Tournament at Meramec Community...
Woman Can't Leave Abusive Relationship
Dear Abby: I am terribly confused and at my wit's end. I left my husband five years ago for a younger man who showed me wonderful attention and admiration. Over the last few years, this relationship has turned ugly. There has been some physical abuse...
Workers on Layoff Dig into Savings
For thousands of federal workers like Chuck Job, 1996 is beginning with partial paychecks and frustration over a budget impasse that may force them to pay bills with their savings.Job, a specialist in protecting water supplies, says he's disheartened,...
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