St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from July 13, 1996

10 Months Urged for Each Life Lost in Crash
Lawrence Haney sat tight-lipped in a St. Charles County courtroom Friday while a judge read the jury's sentencing recommendation for the man who had killed his wife and two children in a car crash near a fireworks stand two years ago.Jurors recommended...
Accused Rapist Says Confession Was Coerced
Jurors were deliberating Friday night in the trial of Demon Phelps, who was charged with attacking five women in their homes in the Shaw neighborhood.Jurors - nine women and three men - began deliberating at 2:30 p.m. after hearing Phelps testify that...
Age-Old Question: How Young Is Too Young for Gymnasts?
Twenty years ago, Nadia Comaneci changed the sport of gymnastics with her athleticism and charged a generation of gold-medal wannabes.Only 14 at the Montreal Games, she flipped, balanced and tumbled her way to six medals, three of them gold, and seven...
Andy Benes Deals a Run of Aces
Among many National League hitters, pitcher Andy Benes developed a certain unflattering reputation in his seven seasons with San Diego.They called him cushy.Soft.A career .500 pitcher not tough enough ever to be better than that.The Cardinals expected...
A Runner Catches Up with Herself
The anorexia, the sciatica and the stress fractures had sabotaged her once-burgeoning running career, and now Vicki Huber's life was one of regrets only. She was eight months pregnant when she left her failing marriage in Colorado to drive, maniacally,...
Ashby, Young Stay Cool, Set Up Unlikely Final
The two golfers without lofty expectations or established reputations in the St. Louis amateur ranks prevailed Friday in the St. Louis District Golf Association tournament at the Country Club at the Legends in Eureka.The tournament will crown a first-time...
Astros' Reynolds Beats Mets for Third Time, 3-1
Shane Reynolds beat the Mets for the third time this season, and Derrick May hit a two-run single in the first inning, as Houston defeated New York 3-1 on Friday.The Astros snapped a three-game losing streak and remained percentage points behind the...
Bertha Smashes Carolina Coast Many Evacuated Towns `Taking a Battering' from the Hurricane
The eye of Hurricane Bertha moved ashore in North Carolina on Friday, blasting deserted coastal cities and towns with 100 mph wind that ripped off roofs, flooded roads and toppled an amusement park Ferris wheel.Bulked up by its voyage across the warm...
Bertha Smashes Carolina Coast Many Evacuated Towns 'Taking a Battering' from the Hurricane
The eye of Hurricane Bertha moved ashore in North Carolina on Friday, blasting deserted coastal cities and towns with 100-mph wind that ripped off roofs, flooded roads and toppled an amusement park Ferris wheel.Bulked up by its voyage across the warm...
Bosnian Graves Tell of Massacre Some Bodies' Hands Tied with Wire; All Shot at Close Range
ALL WORE CIVILIAN clothes. Some had their hands bound with wire. Spent cartridges lying nearby indicated they were shot at close range.As investigators dug into a mass grave Friday, the evidence appeared to confirm that a massacre of hundreds, possibly...
Bowe's Entourage Blamed for Touching off Brawl after Fight
Boxing's latest black eye came courtesy of a wild post-fight brawl ignited by heavyweight Riddick Bowe's huge entourage. The nationally televised fistfight could block the Brooklyn native from ever returning to Madison Square Garden.The Thursday-night...
Briefs
NATIONALTERNATIVE ROCKHeroin Kills Smashing Pumpkins BackupA backup musician with Smashing Pumpkins died from an apparent overdose Friday after injecting heroin with the group's drummer, who was arrested on a misdemeanor drug possession charge, New York...
Cards Test Big-Bang Theory 7 Homers Tie Team Mark in 13-3 Romp over Cubs
With the worst home-run differential and the lowest home-run total in the National League, the Cardinals took shocking steps toward rectifying those deficiencies Friday.Gary Gaetti, playing this week for the first time in Wrigley Field, had two homers,...
Catholics in N. Ireland Erupt after March; Plastic Bullets Fly
Catholics and police battled in the streets Friday after more than 100,000 Protestants marched in triumph throughout the British-ruled province.Catholics were outraged that police forcibly cleared the way for marchers from the Orange Order to pass through...
Chrysler Profit Soars; Investors Balk
Chrysler Corp.'s profit soared in the second quarter on strong sales, but not enough to ease investor fears for a difficult second half.Chrysler reported profit from operations of $1.05 billion, or $2.79 a share, almost quadrupling the $278 million,...
City Moves to Close Loophole for Workers Who Live Outside
The Board of Aldermen gave preliminary approval Friday to a bill that would keep the city from hiring as consultants workers who have been separated from the payroll.The bill, which faces one more vote, would bar any city worker who is fired, quits or...
Clark Stays on a Roll as Mets Stop Astros
Former Cardinal Mark Clark won his fifth successive decision and drove in two runs, and rookie Alex Ochoa drove in two more runs as the New York Mets beat the visiting Houston Astros 8-2 on Thursday night.Ochoa went three for four as the Mets won for...
Clinton Friend Denies Breaking Law Associate Who Got Arkansas Job Calls Campaign Loans `Normal'
Objecting to a prosecutor's description of him as Bill Clinton's 1990 "campaign banker," Herby Branscum Jr. denied Friday that he broke the law to win a state job.Branscum insisted that he didn't solicit Clinton's 1990 gubernatorial campaign to open...
Clinton Friend from Arkansas Denies Breaking Law to Get Job
Objecting to a prosecutor's description of him as Bill Clinton's 1990 "campaign banker," Herby Branscum Jr. denied Friday that he broke the law to win a state job.Branscum insisted that he didn't solicit Clinton's 1990 gubernatorial campaign to open...
Clinton to Weigh Cost of Punishing Canadian Firm Policy on Businesses in Cuba Could Spark Trade War
With U.S. trading partners around the world in an uproar, the White House economic adviser said Friday that President Bill Clinton would weigh "both the costs and benefits" before deciding whether to go through with punishing a Canadian company for doing...
Clinton to Weigh Costs of Punishing Canadian Firm Policy on Businesses in Cuba Could Spark Trade War
With U.S. trading partners around the world in an uproar, the White House economic adviser said Friday that President Bill Clinton would weigh "both the costs and benefits" before deciding whether to go through with punishing a Canadian company for doing...
Corner Men's Dilemma: Stop or Not to Stop
To stop or not to stop?That was the question as local hero Charles Oliver went the painful distance against rugged James Toney.The 10-round bout headlined a recent USA Network show from the Station Casino in St. Charles.Toney and his seconds blasted...
Democrats Vie to Retain Council Seat 2 Candidates Disagree on Term Limits, Reinstatement of Use Tax
FOUR YEARS AGO, Deborah Kersting became the first Democrat in 24 years to win the St. Louis County Council's 6th District seat from South County.Now, following Kersting's surprise withdrawal of her bid for re-election, the party's chances to retain the...
Dennis Hill Had to Go
Mayor Freeman Bosley Jr. has used good judgment in putting Assessor Dennis Hill on administrative leave with pay in the wake of disclosures that Mr. Hill had secretly tape-recorded conversations of some private citizens in his office.Mr. Hill's excuse...
`Desperate Act by a Desperate Man' Friend Describes Figure in Dierbergs Extortion Plot
As a teen-ager, Alexander G. Bloj flew a private plane out of his native Chile to come to the United States. He became a stockbroker and computer expert. He married, raised two children and lived quietly in Ladue.The friend who painted that picture said...
Dierbergs Plot Shocks Man's Friend Extortion Scheme Called out of Character for Bloj
As a teen-ager, Alexander G. Bloj flew a private plane out of his native Chile to come to the United States. He became a stockbroker and computer expert. He married, raised two children and lived quietly in Ladue.The friend who painted that picture said...
Di-Vorce: Royals Reach Agreement
Now Charles and Diana can get on with their lives. The world's most avidly watched divorce battle is over.Lawyers for the couple announced Friday that they have agreed to end their marriage, almost 15 years after millions watched their spectacular w...
Dole Backs off on Bid to Soften Abortion Plank Instead, He Offers a `Tolerance' Statement for Gop
Bob Dole sought to quell the abortion debate among Republicans on Friday by unveiling a compromise proposal for a "declaration of tolerance" in the GOP platform.The move apparently placated many conservatives but upset some important abortion rights...
Eating Costs Climb as Shortages Spread Wholesale Food Prices Take Biggest Jump since '90
It's costing more to bring home the bacon - not to mention the milk, butter and bread. And, perhaps soon, fruits and beef.Four years of relatively low food prices have come to a halt. Hot, dry weather in farm country and heavy foreign demand keep holding...
Edgar Questioned in Investigation of Computer Firm
Gov. Jim Edgar said Friday a laptop computer and other equipment he got from a state contractor now under investigation for possible improper gifts to state employees weren't meant as gifts even though the payments came months later."I said I wanted...
Finding a New Life in Foreign Service
ONCE upon a time, a buyer at Macy's entered the Foreign Service and moved to Haiti, where she watched children do their homework at night in the parks, reading under the streetlights because their homes had no electricity.This is no fairy tale. This...
Fitting a Pattern with Construction Seam
Dear Eunice Farmer: I'm one of those women who have trouble fitting a jacket with the curved seam that ends in the armhole. The curve never seems to fit my body, yet so many patterns have this design seam. I find it very discouraging.The seam that has...
Floyd Shoots a 66 to Tie Irwin, Bland
Ray Floyd shot a 6-under-par 66 Friday and was tied for the lead with St. Louisan Hale Irwin and John Bland halfway through the Senior Players Championship in Dearborn, Mich.It is the Senior tour's final major tournament of the year.The trio had a 7-under...
Gallego Back from Dl, Replaces Alicea at 2nd
It appears Mike Gallego will be the Cardinals' regular second baseman - as long as his legs hold up.Out all season with a torn hamstring, Gallego was activated for his first National League game on Friday and David Bell was optioned to Louisville. Gallego...
Get the Show on the Road Central Is Almost Patched Up after 7 Years of Renovation
Seven years after renovations began, Central Visual and Performing Arts High School may finally be suitable for students.Central has had continual problems with roof leaks and water-soaked floors and walls, as well as faulty heating and cooling systems,...
Help Yourself!
GUIDELINESSELECTION of Help Yourself! questions is based on brevity, clarity, variety and suitability. Requests for china, crystal and silverware replacements aren't used because of the heavy volume of these items. Send questions and answers, including...
High on the Hog
The recently signed Illinois state budget seems dedicated to the proposition that to the victor goes the spoils. While even the most idealistic observer of government would accept the fact that those in power reward their friends more than their enemies,...
`Highway' Agency to Change Name: `Transportation'
Starting next month, the name of the state agency best known for building highways will change to the Missouri Department of Transportation.On Friday, Gov. Mel Carnahan signed legislation making the name change. He also signed several other measures...
House Votes against Gay Marriages `Very Foundation of Our Society at Risk,' Gop Sponsor Maintains
The House voted overwhelmingly Friday to define marriage in federal law as a legal union of one man and one woman - no matter what states may say.The "Defense of Marriage Act" would underline federal refusal to recognize same-sex marriages, keeping gay...
Hud Seizes Reins, Ousts 2 in Wellston Cites Management, Housing Woes
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has frozen the assets and property of the Wellston Housing Authority and removed two of its executives as part of a takeover.Andrew L. Boeddeker, acting director of HUD's office here, said Friday that...
In 7th Season, Daubach Still Optimistic
Most of Brian Daubach's friends from Belleville West High have graduated from college. "At least," he said, "they've all started their `real jobs.' "Some are teachers. One is an accountant. They are floating along life's current.Daubach dived in shortly...
Insomnia Learns Two Can Play Waiting Game
LIKE THE HOUSE guest from Hell, my old friend Insomnia is back. It's been a while, and she's meaner and uglier than I remembered.I've done everything I can think of to get rid of her. I've kept the TV blaring until all hours, subjecting her to the babes...
Jelling Stampede Face Iowa
Why was Stampede quarterback John Kaleo wearing lineman Fran Papasedero's number 99 jersey at practice Friday? And conversely, why was Papasedero wearing Kaleo's number 3?On a team that has only 10 players back from last year's roster, the concern of...
John Chancellor, 68; Was TV Anchor, Commentator
John Chancellor, who covered 20 political conventions, a dozen space shots and several wars in 41 years at NBC News, died of stomach cancer Friday at his home in Princeton, N.J. He was 68.A college dropout who broke into broadcasting just as the television...
John Chancellor, 68; Was TV News Anchor, Commentator
John Chancellor, who covered 20 political conventions, a dozen space shots and several wars in 41 years at NBC News, died of stomach cancer Friday at his home in Princeton, N.J. He was 68.A college dropout who broke into broadcasting just as the television...
Jordan's Deal: 1 Year, $25 Million
Michael Jordan, the NBA's premier player, will now become the league's highest paid. At least for one year.Jordan, whose career of unparalleled excellence with the Chicago Bulls has featured four NBA titles, eight scoring championships, four MVP awards...
Jordan's New Deal: 1 Year, $25 Million
Michael Jordan, the NBA's premier player, will now become the league's highest paid. At least for one year.Jordan, whose career of unparalleled excellence with the Chicago Bulls has featured four NBA titles, eight scoring championships, four MVP awards...
Judge Refuses to Unlock Hill's Doors Suspended Assessor Sought Injunction against the Mayor
Assessor Dennis Hill, who was locked out of his office by Mayor Freeman Bosley Jr., failed Friday in his efforts to persuade a judge to let him back in.Appearing without a lawyer Friday afternoon before Circuit Judge Joan Burger, Hill asked for an injunction...
Late-Bloomer Cigar Tries to Plant Name in Record Book Today
Cigar is a star.How else to explain the $1.05 million Arlington Citation Challenge today at Arlington International Racecourse. It's a race created for Cigar, a 6-year-old colt, to attempt to tie the North American thoroughbred record of 16 consecutive...
Love Knocked When They Were over 60
Dear Ann Landers: I am fascinated by some of the stories in your column about how some people met their mates. I believe my story is unique and am eager to see if you think it's worth printing. I was born in the house my father built and lived in it...
Low Yen Boosts Japan's Exports
The U.S. dollar's surge this week to a 29-month high against the yen has U.S. exporters worried about their profit margins - and Japanese companies readying for a feast.The dollar - which plunged to just below 80 yen in April 1995 - has been recovering....
Mark Kinser Trying to Halt Tri-City Skid
Mark Kinser has been a consistent winner in the Skoal World of Outlaws sprint car series.But Kinser, 32 of Oolitic, Ind., has never won at Tri-City Speedway. Kinser is 0 for 35 since 1979, when the Outlaws first appeared at Granite City's half-mile track.The...
Mcdonald Pads Streak as Brewers Roll 12-5
Ben McDonald won his sixth successive decision, and Pat Listach drove in a career-high four runs as the Milwaukee Brewers topped the visiting Toronto Blue Jays 12-5 on Friday night.McDonald (10-3) allowed two runs and three hits over six innings in snapping...
Morning Briefing
S&L Bailout Cost $481 Billion, Study Says A new congressional study puts the price tag of the savings and loan debacle at $480.9 billion, much higher than previous estimates of the government bailout.A General Accounting Office study, released Friday,...
Morning Briefing Eye Openers
On first glance, they seem just like the real thing. But a closer look at new commemorative stamps for the '96 Games reveals that something is missing: The athletes' clothing. In a parody of the U.S. Postal Service's Olympic stamps, graphic artist STEVE...
Mother of Three Arraigned in Slaying of De Soto Couple
Tonia Lynn Cummings hobbled gingerly into a courtroom in Hillsboro on Friday and tried to hide her face as a judge read the charges aloud: murder, armed criminal action, robbery and burglary.Cummings was arraigned for her suspected involvement in the...
Mother Still Seeks Answers in Autistic Girl's Death
Debbie Turner says she believes St. Louis prosecutors are about to walk away from the case of her 11-year-old daughter, who died last year after she was found unconscious at the Judevine Residential Treatment Center for Autism."I'm so upset I don't even...
New Firm Creates Hi-Tech Network Diamond.net Offering to Make Connections
ATM is no longer just a quick way to get cash.If the acronym stands for Asynchronous Transfer Mode, it's an incredibly speedy and clean way to send and receive voice, data, video and audio all at the same time over a network.Diamond.Net, a relatively...
New Garage-Door Openers Are Quiet, Safe
Q: My old garage-door opener rumbles like a Sherman tank and wakes my children in the morning. I leave the door open sometimes, but this wastes heat. What should I look for in a new, safe and quiet opener? - T.F.A: Safety is a serious concern. If you...
Pecos Bill and Slue-Foot Sue
MOST PEOPLE know about Pecos Bill, the most famous cowboy who ever lived, the cowboy who pretty much invented cowboys. Most people know that Bill had the strongest, fastest, most beautiful golden mustang in the world. Widow Maker was his name, and even...
People
Department of Wretched Excess:* Ubermodel CLAUDIA SCHIFFER is doing three days' worth of work in Rio de Janiero - and will pick up $500,000, which is more than 4,320 times Brazil's minimum wage. For a month.* Developer DONALD TRUMP has signed on to...
People & Events
TODAY75th Anniversary Weekend: Southwest Baptist Church, which has grown from a one-room building in 1921 to a modern complex of worship and educational buildings, will hold a reception for former members and staff at 7 p.m. at the church, 6401 Scanlan...
People to People
Bayless High School Reunion - The Bayless High School class of 1946 is having their 50th reunion October 11 and 12, 1996. We are looking for Vincent Castelli, last known address was Houston, Texas, and Sarah Dunaway Faller, last known address was Sanibell,...
Police/courts
The following incidents were among those that were reported to police departments in the St. Louis metropolitan area or that involved action in one of the area's courts:COURT ACTIONSNorth St. Louis County: A grand jury has accused John M. Klein, 44,...
Promise Keepers to Rally at Kiel Men's Fellowship Group Hopes to Sell 12,000 Tickets
KIEL CENTER will be rocking with the sound of men singing hymns and renewing promises of fidelity to their families on a Saturday afternoon in August. Promise Keepers, a male Christian fellowship group, is planning its first large St. Louis assembly...
Rams Come to Agreement with Banks and Moore
Quarterback Tony Banks and running back Jerald Moore have agreed to terms on three-year contracts, meaning at least eight of the Rams' 10 draft picks will be signed and in Macomb, Ill., on Sunday for the start of training camp."It's time for the `ones,'...
Republicans Worried about Doleful Campaign Missteps Have Some Thinking about Avoiding Dole's Coattails
BOB DOLE'S FUMBLING performance on the presidential campaign trail has fellow Republicans increasingly fearful that he will not only lose to President Bill Clinton but drag others down to defeat as well.Dole, who next month will formally accept the Republican...
Roma Downey Touched by Heaven-Sent Career Move
'Touched By An Angel'When: 7-9 tonightWhere: Channel 4THE Angels seem to be smiling down on Roma Downey.Last month, the Irish actress and her husband, director David Anspaugh ("Hoosiers"), were blessed with a daughter, Reilly Marie. And on the professional...
Russia Boosts Security after Blast No One Has Claimed Responsibility for Two Attacks
Heavily armed Russian troops guarded subways, trolleys and bus stations Friday after a bus bomb shattered Moscow's morning rush hour for the second straight day.Eight of the 28 people injured in Friday's explosion were in serious condition.President...
Shaw Fires Back, Puts `Unseemly' Tag on `Tags'
Bernie Bits:Back from vacation. Almost off to the Olympics. So, let's get busy . . .First, as detailed in Jerry Berger's column in Friday's Post-Dispatch, we know that National Football League Commissioner Paul Tagliabue recently fired a salvo at Rams...
Smart Weapons, Dumb Budget
Alas, even the most modern, high-tech weapons can't always hit their targets. That's what a four-year study by the General Accounting Office has concluded about the performance of America's smartest planes, missiles and bombs in the Persian Gulf War....
Smashing Pumpkins Musician Overdoses Keyboardist Found Dead in NY Hotel Room
A keyboard player touring with Smashing Pumpkins was found dead of an apparent heroin overdose in his room at the Regency Hotel in Manhattan Friday, police said.The band's drummer, Jimmy Chamberlin, was later arrested on charges of heroin possession.Smashing...
Southwest Starts $25 Sale Rivals Matching One-Way Fares
Southwest Airlines Co. is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a fare sale that recalls the brash marketing tactics of its early days.Southwest said Friday that it would offer $25 one-way fares on all nonstop flights, and $50 one-way fares on all direct...
Sports Shorts
L. Johnson To Knicks Called `A Done Deal'Larry Johnson's agent said Friday the Charlotte Hornets forward is headed for New York and is excited about the move.The widely reported deal with the Knicks for forward Anthony Mason and other considerations...
State Gets Approval to Revise Medicaid Federal OK Given after 22 Months
Illinois won long-awaited federal approval Friday to overhaul its Medicaid program by enrolling nearly 1.1 million recipients in a cost-controlled managed-care program.The state worked for nearly two years to get the blessing of the federal Health Care...
Stocks Mixed; Oils, Electric Utilities Gain
Stocks were mixed Friday as gains in oil and electric utilities shares offset concern that disappointing second-quarter corporate profits will sap investor enthusiasm for equities.On Thursday, Hewlett-Packard Co. and United Healthcare Corp. sent sto...
Super Handyman
Dear Al & Kelly: We made an interesting rose trellis from two old windows. The glass was removed, and the window frames painted to match the house. We sunk a pole on either side of the frames and nailed the frames to the poles for support. The roses...
`Taxpayer Bill of Rights' Advances Senate Oks Measure, Sends It to Clinton
Congress has passed and sent to President Bill Clinton a "Taxpayer Bill of Rights" that would allow Americans to sue for wrongful collections and provide other protections against IRS abuse.Clinton has indicated he will sign it.The Senate approved the...
Teaching, Preaching and Public Schools
Regulations adopted by the St. Louis School Board on the proper role of religion in public schools amount to a common-sense guide in an area that is too often governed by emotion, not reason. The rules generally treat religion like any other topic: Students...
Television Notes
DON'T look for Downtown Julie Brown to spill any hot industry secrets, even off the record."That's not my bag," says the bubbly host of E! Entertainment's "The Gossip Show," speaking of the weeknightly program's stable of scoop-spillers. "I'm just a...
Tough Sell Shareholders Fight over Sale of Cwe Bank
Shareholders and board members are feuding over whether to sell Central West End Bank.The board is split 4-3 in favor of holding on to the tiny savings institution, rather than selling it to a bigger competitor.Dissident shareholders had scheduled a...
Tut, Tut British Unearth Beer Recipe Only a Mummy Could Love
Some people will do anything for a bottle of beer. The Indianapolis Museum of Art hopes some are willing to pay anything.The museum is auctioning three bottles of Tutankhamun Ale, a British-made beer purportedly made from a 3,250-year-old recipe of Egyptian...
Vegetables of the Week St. Louisans Are Subscribing to Local Certified Organic Farms for Fresh, Chemical-Free Produce
EVERY Tuesday morning from mid-spring through late fall, Lee and Ingrid Abraham fill 91 bags with produce just harvested from the fields at their Franklin County farm, Berger Bluff. Within hours the bags will be delivered to several drop-off points in...
Vipers Freeze after Leading by 5, Fall to Arctic Blast
Vipers coach Perry Turnbull was not a happy man Friday night.After watching his team jump to a 7-2 lead after three quarters, Turnbull saw the Vipers lose to the Minnesota Arctic Blast 9-8 in a Roller Hockey International shootout at Kiel Center before...
What to Do about Tennis Elbow
Dear Dr. Donohue: I am a tennis player, but I'm afraid my career will be over before it gets off the ground, because of tennis elbow. I hear a lot about tennis elbow, but never any advice for someone who gets it time and time again. What can one do?Start...
With Thomas Sidelined, Chicago Falls to Kc
Chris Haney won his fourth successive start Thursday to lead Kansas City to a 3-2 victory over the visiting Chicago White Sox, who played without Frank Thomas for the first time in 346 games.Thomas, leading the American League with 85 runs batted in,...
Witness Testifies That Irvin Used Drugs
Michael Irvin used marijuana and cocaine at a motel less than a month before he was found there with two topless dancers and narcotics, a witness said Friday at his drug possession trial.Rachelle Smith testified she checked into a Residence Inn in suburban...
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