St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from September 14, 1997

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A (French) Passion of the Young This Luscious Book Summons Memories of Life's Early Years
Dreams Of My Russian SummersA memoir by Andrei MakineTranslated from the French by Geoffrey Strachan 241 pages, Arcade Publishing, $23.95 ANDREI MAKINE's "Dreams of My Russian Summers" summons an exotic, sometimes painful world of childhood and adolescence...
Alive and Well: Indianapolis Isn't Nap Town Anymore
THE WAITER at the St. Elmo Steakhouse set down the shrimp cocktail. I was now alone at my table, except for the shrimp. The man at the next table, alone and shrimpless, nodded toward me. I returned the nod coldly, picked up the outside fork and speared...
Arizona State Stuns Miami in Orange Bowl; Washington, Fsu Roll
Ryan Kealy showed he may indeed be the successor to Jake Plummer as he led No. 24 Arizona State to a 23-12 upset of No. 13 Miami on Saturday in Miami.The Hurricanes' last four losses have come at the Orange Bowl, where they once won 56 straight games.The...
Ashcroft Tests the Waters
John Ashcroft, Missouri's freshman Republican senator, is uncoy about doing what must be done to be ready to run for president. You can, he says, quit such a campaign anytime but you cannot start anytime.So he is out spending quality time with Republican...
A Site to Behold: It's a State of Mind
FOR Joe Ketner, director of the Washington University Gallery of Art, the possibilities seemed intriguing if not exciting.Instead of the annual piecemeal afterthought that a faculty exhibition always has the danger of becoming, this year's show would...
At the Movies
NEWThe Full Monty (R; 1:30): Sure to be one of the year's most entertaining films, the story examines the lives of six unemployed British steelworkers, all friends, who will do anything to prove themselves worthy again, even if it means taking it all...
At the Theater
Approaching Zanzibar: The Blossom family, including two child prodigies, explores the backroads of America, searching for solace and finding Paradise. Orthwein Theatre Company. Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School, 425 North Warson Road. 995-7300....
B-2 Bomber Shows It Can Weather Rain Pentagon Eager to End Uprising against Program
The great, angular bat that is the B-2 stealth bomber was in the middle of the washing it gets three times a year when a bus load of reporters wheeled up to the hangar entrance on Friday.This was no coincidence.Airmen in rain gear scrubbed with brushes...
Banks Sell Loan-Backed Bonds
NationsBank Corp. tops a growing list of banks preparing to sell some $12 billion of bonds backed by corporate loans this month. The aim is to free cash for more profitable lending while demand for asset-backed debt is strong."If banks want to make new...
Beloved Nun Buried amid Pomp and Sorrow
Mother Teresa made her final journey through the monsoon-soaked streets of Calcutta on Saturday.She had come to India as a teen-age novice almost seven decades ago, and she died in Calcutta Sept. 5, a national hero and an international icon.In six hours...
Blooming Times in Bloomington, Ind
THIS CITY in the heart of the rolling, rugged hills of south central Indiana certainly lives up to its name. Redbud, dogwood and lilac trees, daffodils and lilies bloom like mad throughout the area. The foliage peaks in mid-fall when the ash, oak and...
Bluebird Lovers Help State Bird by Providing Nooks for Nesting
Harold Cox peers into the bluebird box. Something must be wrong.The mother bluebird rests in her nest, facing backward.On closer inspection, Cox sees the reason: The mother is dead. Among her three eggs is the egg of a sparrow. In his mind, Cox pieces...
Boilermakers Take the Steam out of Irish in 28-17 Stunner
So much for Bob Davie's first season at Notre Dame. What a way for Joe Tiller to start at Purdue.The Boilermakers (1-1) outplayed No. 12 Notre Dame in every way possible Saturday, beating the Irish 28-17 in Tiller's first game at Ross-Ade Stadium in...
Books in Brief
In her novels and stories, Ellen Gilchrist always writes lyrically, but never more so than when her subject is a child. "Sarah Conley" (272 pages, Little, Brown, $23.95), Gilchrist's long-awaited sixth novel, is about a strong, quirky and altogether...
Bosnian Elections Stir Fear Country Still Divided after 3 1/2-Year War
The old men shuffle into the Alley of Sorrow every day about midmorning. They pull up crude wooden benches, have a smoke and a shot of plum brandy and talk about one thing, mostly: going home.This weekend they plan to do more than talk.On Saturday and...
Bosnians Go to Polls, but Are Wary of the Future
Escorted by NATO soldiers in armored vehicles, buses lurched and rolled out of Sarajevo early Saturday.They were taking Muslims to villages in which they lived before the war, where they cast ballots and were quickly hustled away.In Saturday's municipal...
Brain Power: Speaker Urges Blacks to Use Their Minds to Fight Racism
Mind power is the weapon African-Americans must use to combat racism or roadblocks to their success, says motivational speaker Michael Grant in his new book, "Beyond Blame."No longer should the primary focus of African-Americans be on slavery, 100 years...
Briefs
NATIONCALIFORNIAHurricane Linda Heading Toward Coast Linda, the most powerful hurricane on record in the eastern Pacific and one of the strongest ever reported anywhere, wheeled toward Southern California Saturday with winds of up to 200 mph. By Saturday...
Brown Leads Marlins Past Giants 8-1
Florida's Kevin Brown took a no-hitter into the fifth inning and didn't allow a run until there was one out in the ninth for an 8-1 victory Saturday over San Francisco in Miami.Devon White hit two home runs and Moises Alou hit a three-run homer for the...
Canadian-Soviet Series of 1972 Changed Hockey
No Russian names graced the Stanley Cup in 1972.The very idea of Russians playing in the NHL was blasphemous to many Canadians. Even the most open-minded hockey lover would have struggled with the notion that one day five Russians would skate as a unit...
Capital Punishment Is Just and Necessary for Civilized Society
There seems to be an effort to halt capital punishment again in this country.A minister told the audience at a recent non-denominational service that included President Bill Clinton, "When the state supports execution, it invites an ongoing cycle of...
Child Center in Normandy: Where `Hopeless' Cases Can Find Hope
The Child Center of Our Lady in Normandy next year will mark a half-century of giving help and hope to young children - especially those cast off by other social agencies as "hopeless" because of severe behavioral and emotional problems.Jonathan (a pseudonym)...
China Will Return U.S. Computer It Shifted to Military
China has agreed to return to its U.S. manufacturer a supercomputer Beijing diverted illegally for military use, U.S. officials said Friday."The computer is now in the process of being returned to the U.S. vendor," said James Foley, a State Department...
Christian Coalition Delivers a Warning to Republican Party
Leaders of the conservative Christian Coalition and their guests engaged in a night of calling the Republican Party to account Saturday for its failure to deliver on the conservative agenda."Do we have the courage to say to China when the pivot of history...
Christian Coalition Wants Lawmakers Who `Are like Us'
Leaders of the influential Christian Coalition put their friends in the Republican Party on notice Saturday that they want candidates who do more than talk about moral values."We hear a lot about tax cuts," said televangelist Pat Robertson, the coalition...
Christians in India Gaining Prominence Death of Mother Teresa Casts New Spotlight
Mother Teresa's death has thrown a spotlight on the Christian minority that has played a long and significant role in India's spiritual and intellectual history.Although European missionaries and their American counterparts were very active in India...
Co-Leader Irwin Enters the Stretch with a Look Back
Here we go again.Hale Irwin has returned to the scene of the crime. He's standing face to face with the perpetrator. He has climbed back on the bull, tightened the rope around his hand, and signaled to the cowboys to open the gate.A year removed from...
County Councilman Questions Fee for Julius Hunter's Famous Face
N ICE NEIGHBORHOOD: Channel 4's Julius Hunter is one of the most highly compensated television heads in the market (making more than a cool $225,000). So why should the taxpayers of St. Louis County pay him $2,000 to narrate a video about the county...
Cruising the Texaribbean
AGAINST a backdrop of oil storage tanks and cargo holders, a refurbished Norwegian Cruise Line ship sails from the Port of Houston bound for Roatan in the Bay Islands off the northern coast of Honduras.Along the way, the 900-passenger ship stops at two...
Deaths Elsewhere
VIOLET AMIRAULT, 74, a tiny, silver-haired grandmother who spent more than a decade fighting charges that she sexually abused preschoolers at her day care center, died Friday (Sept. 12, 1997) of stomach cancer in Malden, Mass.She and her two children,...
Desegregation Debaters Begin to Talk Numbers Nixon's Plan to End Funding May Be a Starting Point
When Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon announced his plan to end voluntary busing last week, he said he wanted to spark a public debate on desegregation.Nixon got his wish.Voices ranging from the outraged - who call the offer a paltry stab at short-term...
Dreamin' Broncos Could Prolong Vermeil's Sleepless Nights
So now we know. The new "mellow" Dick Vermeil doesn't like losing any more than he did 15 years ago.The agony of defeat leaves him tossing and turning. He looked tired following Friday's workout at Rams Park, prompting a question about rest, or lack...
Dr. Satcher Has Seen Controversy Before
David Satcher had his first brush with disease at age 2, when he nearly died of whooping cough. But it was a chance meeting as a young doctor that foretold his role as a guardian of public health.Walking door-to-door in Watts, a poor neighborhood of...
Drummer Jazzes Up Solo, Turns It into Cymbal of Art
Friday evening at Washington University's Edison Theatre, Max Roach accomplished something that many music fans might consider impossible. He played a solo drum concert for almost an hour-and-a-half, and kept the audience's attention riveted to the stage...
Dumped in 8-3 Hole by Padres, Cards Dig for Any Light
The Cardinals' 8-3 loss to the San Diego Padres on Saturday at Busch Stadium had scant little socially redeeming value. "I can't think of any," third baseman Gary Gaetti said.Manager Tony La Russa thought there was some. He pointed out a defensive play...
Egyptian Leader Mubarak Sees Hope for Mideast in Albright's Visit
Despite making little headway with the Israelis and Palestinians, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's visit to the Mideast offers hope for peace, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said Saturday.Albright met with Mubarak for two hours in Alexandria...
Entertaining Evening for A&e Council
A FAT NET of $175,000 from the Arts & Education Council fall fund-raiser was reported last week by Jo Throdahl, co-chair with Ginger Cornelius of "Let Us Entertain You."A crowd of 350 gathered Sept. 6 for the black-tie dinner/dance at the corporate headquarters...
Fake Punt Helps Lift Louisville by Illini
It held so much promise from the word go. Opening drive, touchdown on the ground. High fives and fists in the air on the Illinois sideline. Could this be the day?Maybe.A few minutes later, an on-side kick told everyone the Illini meant business. Louisville...
Fake Punt Helps Lift Louisville over Illini
It held so much promise from the word go. Opening drive, touchdown on the ground. High fives and fists in the air on the Illinois sideline. Could this be the day?Maybe.A few minutes later, an on-side kick told everyone the Illini meant business. Louisville...
Fall Color Brings Autumn Art
MAYBE IT'S the competition from autumn color, but fall seems to bring as many artists as leaves onto the fall calendar. We've put together a roundup of art happenings and some suggestions for autumn drives. There will be more of both coming up in October.Do...
Ferry Accident Victims Unidentifiable Haiti to Provide Mass Grave, Service for 200 Who Drowned
U.S. divers began pulling victims from a sunken ferry on Friday, but Haiti's president told hundreds of mourners they won't receive their loved ones' bodies because they can no longer be identified.Instead, a mass grave will be dug and a national service...
Flyers Could Start the Season with Highest Payroll in Nhl
As the Flyers attempt to hammer out new deals with Eric Lindros, John LeClair and Chris Therien, the organization stands on the brink of achieving a distinction team president and general manager Bob Clarke never sought.Depending on how the signing bonuses...
Fond Memories Linger of the Negro Leagues
Lou Johnson stands atop the Dodgertown press box in Vero Beach, Fla., watching the sea of white faces leave the Los Angeles Dodgers' spring-training game, and remembers.Tears begin to well in his eyes. In a whisper, the former Dodger outfielder says:"If...
For Many, Key Desegregation Issue Is Money Officials Beginning to Plan for End: `A Mammoth Undertaking,' One Says
More homework remains to be done to understand what is needed to phase out the voluntary desegregation program, several St. Louis County superintendents said."We need to figure out as a community what it is going to cost to end this program, if indeed...
Former Lover of Cisneros Indicted over Home Loan
Linda Jones, the one-time mistress of former Housing Secretary Henry Cisneros, has been indicted on charges that she took part in a money laundering scheme and misled a grand jury.The indictment Friday was the outcome of an investigation by special counsel...
Fumbles Get a Grip on Holcombe
Senior tailback Robert Holcombe, school record holder, power runner, focal point of the Illini offense, can't remember the last time he fumbled twice in one game.Last year? Nope, only dropped the ball twice all season. The year before that? No way. As...
Gant Swings toward Big-League Whiff Mark
Ron Gant already has broken the Cardinals' strikeout record of 147, set in 1992 by Ray Lankford. Now, Gant seems intent on obliterating the record.Three more whiffs Saturday gave him 154 this season, the 15th-highest total in National League history....
Get out Sunday
Get AboardThe O'Jays, the '70s soul group that topped the charts with hits like "Love Train" and "Use Ta Be My Girl," is back with a new album, "Love You to Tears," and a new tour that stops at the Ambassador, 114 Northland Shopping Center, for two shows...
Glitches Mar Telecasts of Funeral
Audio and video problems and the difficulties in portraying a multilingual ceremony made Mother Teresa's funeral a challenging experience for American television.The solemn event undoubtedly captured a small fraction of the audience that tuned in to...
Groups Continue Her Work
Like hundreds of thousands of others in this teeming city, Malini Banerjee, 21, was mourning the death of a tiny, tireless nun who "was working for everyone."But Banerjee says that even without the charismatic Mother Teresa as a driving force, "noble...
Heir Apparel Visionary Upbin Picked to Lead Kellwood Co
Hal J. Upbin is a born-and-bred New Yorker whose first venture out of Gotham was a rescue mission for American Recreation Products Co. of St. Louis.Upbin, 58, will succeed William J. McKenna as Kellwood Co.'s chief executive in December. The St. Louis-based...
Hero and His Creator Share Love for Wordplay
Old ScoresA novel by Nicholas Delbanco272 pages, Warner, $24 NICHOLAS DELBANCO (perhaps best known for his Sherbrooke Trilogy) is a serious writer, a writer of ambitious scope, with more than a dozen books to his credit in the last three decades. Of...
Hill Hopes 'Sunday Best' Wasn't on Saturday
The scorecard always has two sides, as Mike Hill well knows.Hill was thrilled with his remarkable round Saturday at the Senior PGA Boone Valley Classic. He turned around a disappointing 75 on Friday and bullied big, bad Boone. With a precision putter...
How Did Lewis and Clark Miss I-90?
WE WENT West for our summer vacation. Our idea was to follow in the footsteps of the hardy explorers Lewis and Clark, who traveled 8,000 miles through hostile, uncharted wilderness, a feat that was possible only because of their great courage and the...
Howell Steams Past Wentzville
The Francis Howell High football team isn't where first-year coach Larry Branson wants it to be. Yet."We played better today than we did last week and that's what we're looking for," Branson said Saturday after the Vikings rolled by Wentzville 32-6 in...
How Much Longer Will It Take Ken Starr to Make a Case?
Ken Starr is the soft-spoken, but determined, independent counsel. He has never been a prosecutor or a defense lawyer. He is, however investigating for the purpose of possible criminal indictment almost everyone in the White House - from the president...
Identity Snatchers They Take Your Name, Your Credit, and Then `Nobody Believes You'
William Dwyer lost his identity in 1994 at a Hollywood, Fla., used-car dealership in which he had never set foot.That year, authorities told him, someone at the dealership probably dialed into the Equifax credit reporting bureau's computers and rifled...
`I Feel like I Have Lost My Own Mother,' Mourner Says
Basil O'Dath stood in the pouring rain without an umbrella outside Mother Teresa's home. Rivulets of water ran between his toes. He held his leather slippers in his hand to protect them.O'Dath was one of the few in that crowd of hundreds who had known...
If You Go . .
Getting There: I-55 south takes you all the way from St. Louis to Memphis, a distance of approximately 285 miles. Accommodations: Peabody Hotel, 149 Union Avenue, (901) 529-4000. Singles from $135 to $215, doubles from $165 to $245, club floor rooms...
In Coffee Prices, What Went Up . . . Is Still Up Welcome to the World of Commodities Markets
Back in late May, coffee prices perked up to panic levels. Since then, the threat of a harvest-killing freeze has passed.But the price has stayed up - sort of.What's going on here? It's complicated and maybe a touch irrational. But "complicated" and...
In Retirement, Stallings Becomes More Than a Coach
Gene Stallings is about to kick the crutch that has helped propel him around in the last stages of recuperation from a broken hip that he suffered in the spring.At the moment, he is not sure whether the hip has indeed brought him more irritation than...
Intensity Brings Glasson into Lead
Only when the third round was over and Bill Glasson had taken the lead, did he smile."Intensity is what brings me to the top," Glasson said Saturday after shooting 67 to move to 13-under-par, one stroke ahead of John Adams in the $1.2 million CVS Charity...
In the Grind of Nfl, Davis' Star Rises
He wasn't much of a football player in high school, failed to do anything amazing in college, and can't run worth a lick by National Football League standards. So how is it that a third-year running back has come within a solid game's reach of 3,000...
Kid in a Tree Robs Nudists of Backyard Privacy
Dear Ann Landers: My husband and I recently bought a house we love. One of the main selling points was a spacious, secluded backyard with a high fence. The previous owner pointed out that it would afford us the opportunity to sunbathe in the nude. While...
Kirkwood Grad Finally Catches On
Kent Layman knows all about rivalries. At Kirkwood High, he played in the annual Turkey Day games against Webster Groves in the oldest prep series west of the Mississippi River. At Missouri, he has gone up against Kansas in the second-longest rivalry...
Leader Urges Archbishop to Allow Union for Teachers Teacher Says, `Even the Pope Negotiates with His Workers'
If Archbishop Justin Rigali wants Catholic elementary teachers to stop picketing the St. Louis Cathedral, 4431 Lindell Boulevard, he must acknowledge the Association for Catholic Elementary Educators, president Robin Heimos said Saturday to 200 teachers.Heimos,...
Lead Paint Poisoning Menaces New Generation City's Deteriorating Housing Poses Threat to Children
Nearly 20 years after lead paint was outlawed, lead poisoning is at epidemic levels in St. Louis.Of the children screened here last year, 28 percent - more than 3,600 young people - had dangerous levels of lead in their blood, compared to about 4.4 percent...
Lead Poisoning - Another Epidemic
The peeling paint in Malik Ray's bedroom may determine what sort of man he grows up to be.It will be a long time before Malik is a man. His future isn't written, but it is foreshadowed in the present.Presently, Malik is 2 years old. Malik lives in an...
Loyalists Small but Proud Congregation Pitches in to Keep Church Afloat
In the basement of St. Francis Church, a woman brushes a coat of white paint over a blue kitchen cabinet.Upstairs, other church members vacuum the carpet and wash the pews free of children's sticky hand prints.Outside, the buzz of a saw and tap of hammers...
Mccluer North, Parkway West Shock Hazelwood Powers
Successive Missouri state championships counted for little when Hazelwoods Central and East collided with a pair of surging football programs Saturday afternoon.The Suburban North powers were dealt a double upset as McCluer North stomped visiting Central,...
Memo Suggests Active Gore Fund-Raising Role
When Vice President Al Gore walked into a fund-raising strategy meeting in the White House last year, he was armed with a memorandum prepared by his staff that shows him actively involved in raising money for the Democrats.The notes contradict the portrait...
Metrolink: Let's Get It Right
The staff of the East-West Gateway Coordinating Council has recommended that the next leg of MetroLink, from St. Louis to Clayton, be built north of Forest Park. No surprise there.But the report on which the recommendation was made leaves many quest...
Mexican City Exemplifies Nafta's Downside Gephardt Sees Squalor as Indictment of Deal
In this Mexican border town, well-scrubbed children play on unpaved, sandy streets outside their homes under a hot sun. They live with their parents in wooden shacks pieced together with bottle caps, nails and cardboard.But many living in such squalor...
Mexico's Unions Getting Stronger Party's Power Weakens While Coalitions Grow
The formation of a breakaway coalition of labor unions in Mexico may be the coup de grace for the nation's ruling party.The unions have long been the obedient and uncomplaining handmaidens of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, which in July...
Michigan Shines Again, Trounces No. 8 Colorado
After being tarnished with 16 losses over the past four seasons, only one persisting question remained about this once-vaunted college football program . . .Whatever happened to Michigan?But on Saturday at Michigan Stadium, before 106,474 fans, the Wolverines...
Mike Wallace Speeds into Field for Twin 100
There was joy for Mike Wallace at Gateway International Raceway.After failing to qualify Friday for Sunday's Automobile Racing Club of America Gateway Twin 100s because of a blown head gasket, Wallace turned the fastest time Saturday in his one qualifying...
Minnesota's Garnett Negotiations Underscore Nba's Financial Bind
During his rookie season, Kevin Garnett used a black felt-tip pen to inscribe the words "the Kid" on his sneakers. He ate a lot of ice cream, scored a lot of baskets and made a woebegone franchise in the small market of Minneapolis fall for his talent...
Miscues Slay Mu 15-7 at Ku Mizzou Loses Ball on Three Key Plays
Searching for any glimmer of a silver lining in the darkest of clouds, University of Missouri linebacker Kevin Ford pointed out: "Well, it only counts as one loss."But what a loss it was.Mizzou, hoping for a smooth journey on the path to respectability...
Missing 250 Games Sharpened Mcgwire's Mind
Mark McGwire has 379 homers, but what would he have done if injuries to his left heel in 1993 and 1994 - when he was coming into his prime - hadn't cost him 250 games in Oakland?His manager then and now, Tony La Russa, figures that, "conservatively speaking,"...
Morning Briefing
In order to provide their customers diverse entertainment, the folks at TCI East Valley (outside of Los Angeles) switch cable channel 40 at midnight. Fox Sports West 2 gives way to the Adam & Eve adult channel.Unfortunately, that switch cut off the Cal...
Morris Gets Win No. 10 as Cards Top Padres
The last time Matt Morris faced the San Diego Padres here in July, a seeming win for Morris got away when Dmitri Young's glove broke at first base and a catchable ball sailed through the webbing.But Young, making his first start in more than two weeks...
Mother Teresa, Hindus Respected Each Others' Faiths
Mother Teresa went into the heartland of Hinduism, witnessed for Christianity, gained converts - and was seen by Hindu priest and commoner alike not as a threat but as an exemplar.The tears and wails of the crowds in Calcutta upon learning of her de...
Mother Teresa Laid to Rest amid Pomp, Prayer, Poverty
Mother Teresa, the compassionate Christian who ministered to the poor whatever their religion, was laid to rest Saturday with the pomp of a state funeral, the tears of the downtrodden and the prayers of a half-dozen faiths.Pope John Paul II praised her...
Mother Teresa's Nobel Lecture
Here are excerpts from the Dec. 11, 1979, Nobel Lecture given by Mother Teresa, winner of that year's Nobel Peace Prize:Let us thank God for the opportunity that we all have together today, for this gift of peace that reminds us that we have been created...
Mussina Pitches Orioles Past Yankees
Mike Mussina pitched a three-hitter for his first win in five weeks as the Baltimore Orioles ended their run of lopsided losses to the New York Yankees with a 6-1 victory Saturday in Baltimore.Mussina faced 31 batters, four over the minimum. He took...
Mu to Honor Tom Brokaw, Five Others School of Journalism to Give Medals for Distinguished Service
NBC anchor Tom Brokaw and five others will receive honors from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.The Missouri Honor Medals for Distinguished Service in Journalism, awarded since 1930, recognize lifetime achievements in journalism. The medalists...
NASCAR Not Just for the Good Ol' Boys
When it is Race Week in the Pee Dee, even if you're not a stock car racing fan, you have a hard time ignoring that fact.Walk into a local grocery store, and the smiling faces of drivers Jeff Gordon, Terry Labonte and others look down from window posters...
New Cameras Make Panoramas Easier
PANORAMIC photography is not new. It's been around since the early days of photography. What is relatively new, however, is that you don't need a professional panoramic camera (some models cost more than $8,000) to get nice panoramic pictures.At the...
New Horizons for Cruise Ships
CRUISE SHIPS are visiting new ports in an effort to attract passengers who want to do more than float in the sun, drink rum punch and feast."We've been to the Caribbean a million times," Roslyn Jordan of Hopewell, N.J., said as she boarded the Regal...
New Orleans No Sure Bet for Gambling Failure, Bankruptcy, Squabbles Dog Casinos
They said it was a sure success. But those who touted the certainty of legalized gambling in the Big Easy are finding it wasn't so easy after all.Since the games began in late 1993, three riverboats have opened and closed within the city and the future...
New Ship Finds Rocky Seas Engine Problems Force Rhapsody of Seas into Drydock
IT SEEMS that even in the cruise industry, God giveth and God taketh away. Less than a week after basking in its buyout of Celebrity Cruises, finalized July 30, Royal Caribbean International was forced to announce an unanticipated dry-docking of one...
NFL Matchups
NFL MATCHUPSBuccaneers-VikingsKickoff: Noon Line: Vikings by 4 1/2 All those teams that for years passed over Tony Dungy are probably kicking themselves now. In just his second year as coach, he has turned a joke of a franchise into a winner. The last...
Nixon Sees Desegregation as Opportunity to Help Himself
WHEN Bill Clinton first sought the Democratic nomination for president in 1992, opponent Paul Tsongas had a nickname for him: "Pander Bear."Tsongas called Clinton that because he believed the then-governor of Arkansas would say or do anything - whether...
No Outpouring of Sympathy Yet for These Orphans
IT WASN'T A royal wedding when Pamela and Randy Mitchell were married at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Florissant in the summer of 1986. It was, instead, a marriage between two commoners.She was a graduate of North County Technical High School,...
No Pain, No Gain, Scientists Discover
Acute pain, at least, may have a role in survival."There are patients with syndromes that eliminate all pain," says Jon Levine, professor of medicine at the University of California at San Francisco. "They break bones, get infected and die young, not...
Nun Inspired Many to Help Others
"I would like to think of her life like one of my favorite fireworks displays - it rises magnificently to the sky as a single, dazzling ball of light and then bursts open, releasing millions of tiny sparks of light that shimmer and glow as they descend...
Old Shows with New Faces, Places Characters Come and Go; Programs Switch Networks
THE three dozen new series aren't all that's new about television this fall. Returning shows (even those that don't move to new nights, or new times, or new networks) have plenty of changes in store.Here, A to Z, is a look at what to expect from some...
On the Cutting Edge Retired Farmer, 83, Shows Why Kansas Is Prime Place for Inventors to Show Stuff
Vernon Unruh was getting too old to push a lawn mower around, so he started shopping for one he could ride.When the retired Larned farmer discovered he'd have to spend about $6,000 for the machine he wanted, he decided to build his own. So what if h...
Ordeal Is over for Matt Morrison and His Family : Change Signals New Stage in Irish Peace Process
The poet Seamus Heaney speaks of that rare occasion when "hope and history rhyme." The current peace process in Ireland announces the arrival of such a moment.The recently declared IRA cease-fire created the atmosphere in which all sides could sit down...
Ordeal Is over for Matt Morrison and His Family: Long Campaign Showed Strength of Democracy
This week marks a new day for Ireland and for my family. As a "confidence building gesture" in support of the Irish peace process, the U.S. Department of Justice is suspending deportation proceedings against my husband, Matt Morrison, and five other...
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