St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from August 18, 1996

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After Squeezing into Playoffs, Vipers Set to Face Minnesota
After waiting by the telephone most of Friday night to find out the result of the game between the Montreal Road Runners and the Empire State Cobras, Vipers coach Perry Turnbull shifted into a busy mode before Sunday's 7:35 p.m. playoff game against...
A Hard Drive to Fame `Chain Reaction' Is Morgan Freeman's Latest Success
MORGAN FREEMAN has finally become a movie star, and he loves every minute of it.Don't talk to him about the price of fame - he's paid his dues in an acting career that has had more stops and starts than a freeway traffic jam. Now, at 59, he's cashing...
Alicea's Bat and `D' Earn a's in 4-3 Win
After an abominable defensive season, Cardinals second baseman Luis Alicea gradually is playing himself back into favor.Alicea doubled, tripled, walked twice and scored two runs as the Cardinals held off the Florida Marlins 4-3 on Saturday at Busch Stadium.The...
Another Honor for Ryan as Astros Retire Number
Nolan Ryan holds or shares more than 50 records. Add one more.The Houston Astros announced Thursday they will retire Ryan's No. 34, making him the first major leaguer to have his number retired by three teams.Next month, the Astros and Texas Rangers...
A Prescription for Family-Friendly Sick Leave
The passage of the Family and Medical Leave Act was an important step forward for working families. It was based on the premise that parents shouldn't have to choose between work and family when it comes to family emergencies. The act itself has certain...
As the Bosnian Elections Near
Now that the Bosnian elections are getting closer, the United States is working hard to make them appear free and fair. On Wednesday, Secretary of State Warren Christopher met with regional leaders in Geneva where he twisted a few arms to get all parties'...
At Brazie's, the Pasta Is Just like Mama Used to Make
Six-year-old Amanda Nicole Mazzola will eat only her father's fettuccine. Luckily, her father is Brazie Mazzola, owner and chef of Brazie's Ristorante, and pasta is one of his specialties.Mazzola has been eating pasta all his life. He grew up on The...
Athletics' Mcgwire Making the Most of His Good Health
His swing is perhaps the most fearsome in the game, his power shocking. He doesn't just hit the ball, he batters it. And so many times, it seems, sends it right over the fence."I wish that it was that easy," Mark McGwire says with a quiet laugh. "But...
At the Movies
NEWAlaska (PG; 1:48): Great scenery, an adorable polar bear and a remarkably predictable plot. If director Fraser Heston had turned down the music, jazzed up the script and relied less on his father Charlton's acting abilities, this would have been a...
At the Theater
Andrew Lloyd Webber -- Music of the Night: Melissa Manchester stars in a revue of Lloyd Webber's music from shows including "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," "Evita," "Cats," "The Phantom of the Opera" and "Sunset...
Author of Dole's Insurance Plan Says `Savings Are Staggering'
Bob Dole's auto insurance proposal, which would allow motorists to buy liability coverage limited to economic damage, would save American car owners $40 billion a year, according to proponents.Dole's proposal, dubbed "auto choice," is included in the...
A Victory for Cissy Lacks
Cissy Lacks won an important measure of vindication last week when a federal judge overturned her firing by the Ferguson-Florissant School District and ordered her reinstated with back pay.Ms. Lacks was the creative writing teacher at Berkeley High School...
Back to '70S for Back to School
KEEPING UP with fashion is no trivial pursuit for back-to-school shoppers."From age 5 and up, kids have a sense of style and peer group taste," says Leslie Medalie, spokesman for T. J. Maxx, the country's largest off-price retailer. "If the other kids...
Back-to-School Buying Tips
Sid Kirchheimer, editor of "Never Pay Retail: How to Save 20% to 80% on Everything You Buy" (Rodale Press, 1996), offered these tips for parents and teachers shopping for back-to-school supplies:* Shop now. Department stores want merchandise to move...
Barbie Bounce: Doll Whiz May Run Mattel
At Mattel Inc., Jill Barad may soon prove that revolutionizing the selling of Barbie dolls leads to the top job at the world's largest toy maker.Analysts expect Barad, now president and chief operating officer, to be named chief executive at Mattel,...
Barry's Victory Is a Family Affair
His hands shook as he turned in his scorecard. His face showed half excitement, half disbelief. For 17 holes, he had played the round of his life, taming Bellerive Country Club and handling the pressure of being in the final group on the final day.But...
Behind the Scenes, Gop Exults Public Reaction to Speeches Thrills Image Makers
For Bob Dole's campaign, the most important work last week was taking place in a room that few people knew existed, a makeshift hideaway in the basement well of the convention hall, directly below the podium where the Republican convention was staged.There,...
Benched Lalas Ready to Revolt
Spend any time around the U.S. national soccer team and it becomes obvious that defender Alexi Lalas is one of the most popular players on the team. Fans love him, he loves the fans. Few preach the gospel of American soccer as fervently as Lalas.It would...
Berger's Bigwigs the Post-Dispatch Columnist Selects His 25 Most Influential St. Louisans
Mission Impossible. That was my reply when the assignment landed in my lap. What? Pick only 25 people as the most influential St. Louisans? How about picking 250? Not enough space, my editor said.So I came up with a list that is sure to incur the wrath...
Berman, Ley Reflect on Loss of Espn Colleague, Friend
The untimely passing of ESPN sportscaster Tom Mees Wednesday deprives sports television of one of its most important figures.Mees, who was 46, got into a cable television sports network when it was little more than an idea in founder Bill Rasmussen's...
Best-Sellers
The week's best-selling books, as compiled by Publisher's Weekly:HARDCOVER FICTION1. "Servant of the Bones," Anne Ric 2. "The Last Don," Maria Puzo3. "The Runaway Jury," John Grisham4. "Cause of Death," Patricia Cornwell5. "The Celestine Prophecy," James...
Bistate Duck Regulations Same as '95
Missouri and Illinois duck hunters will have 50-day seasons and a five-duck limit this fall. Both the season length and the limits are the same as last year.The regulations for the upcoming waterfowl seasons in Missouri were approved by the Conservation...
Body Found in Metro East Identified as St. Louis Girl 14-Year-Old Left Home Aug. 7 to Meet Friend
Dressed in her nightclothes, 14-year-old Letasha Danyelle Willis of St. Louis went upstairs the night of Aug. 7 to say good night to her grandmother.The girl said she was going to bed. That was the last time her grandmother saw her alive.On Friday, nine...
Briefs
NATIONJUSTICE DEPARTMENTInternet Hackers Invade Official Web SiteInternet hackers infiltrated the Justice Department's home page early Saturday, altering the official Web site to include swastikas, pornographic pictures and bitter criticism of the Communications...
But More Important, How Did They Work?
Ann Landers is on vacation. She has left behind some of her favorite columns that you may have missed the first time around. Dear Ann Landers: A while back, you wrote a column about the lines guys give girls when they want to break down their resistance....
Cards' Benes Wins 10th in Row
There will be no boasting from Andy Benes.Honestly, he could get away with a little of it. No one could begrudge him a little self-promotion.Benes has won 10 games in a row, the latest coming Friday night in a 6-2 victory over the Florida Marlins. It...
Cards' Turnstiles Keep Pace with New Owners' Budget
The new Cardinals' owners shelled out a club-record $38 million to sculpt their 1996 team. But, as they said when they took over the club, they felt they could make money and they may even do so."We're a little ahead of our budget, so we're feeling good...
Chiefs Win Real Contest: In Trenches
Let's be honest. St. Louis can learn a few things from our good neighbors in Kansas City.How to do barbecue.How to build a superior airport.How to wreck a baseball franchise. Do the Royals still play in the major leagues?Variations on the greeting "Howdy."The...
City Life, as Well as Poverty, Affects Students, Report Says
Poverty is not the only reason inner-city children do badly in school, a U.S. Education Department study has found. City living itself is a factor.Even after accounting for poverty, the report said, fewer urban students finish high school on time than...
Clinton Calls Dole's Tax Plan Reckless, `Indiscriminate'
President Bill Clinton pushed aside Bob Dole's $550 billion tax-cut plan Saturday, calling it an "indiscriminate" and reckless proposal likely to hurt the economy.In his weekly radio address, Clinton said the Dole plan would ruin the chances for a balanced...
Color It Cool
BLUE AND WHITE. It's cool. It's classic. And it can bring down the temperature of most any room.As a color scheme, blue and white can recall a country cottage or a contemporary beach house. But whatever the style, large doses of pastel blue and white...
Commuters Relying More on Their Cars Use of Public Transit Drops, Study Shows
Commuters are walking, taking car pools and using public transportation less often, and relying on their cars more, a new study says.In addition, people are commuting almost as often to the suburbs as to cities, according to a study of U.S. census data...
Court Planned to Offer Alternatives to Drug Offenders
Sometimes, all that a youngster mixed up in drugs needs to get his life on track is a little praise, especially if it comes from a judge who could have thrown him in jail.That's the feeling of Molly Merrigan, a prosecutor in Kansas City and a daily witness...
Cowboys Fall; Smith Suffers Knee Sprain
John Elway and Bill Musgrave each threw touchdown passes Saturday night, leading the Denver Broncos to a 20-3 preseason victory at Dallas.Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith threw a scare into the Super Bowl champions when he sprained his left knee.Smith,...
Current Push to End Welfare Not the First, Historian Says
Historians take the long view on things. James T. Patterson, keynoter at a conference on private charity and public welfare that ended Saturday at St. Louis University, drew some striking parallels between early 19th-century England and late 20th-century...
Debt Load Lengthens the Odds for Argosy Future Bleak for One-Time High-Rolling Gambling Firm
Argosy Gaming Co.'s long winning streak, which startedo with the mind-boggling success of the Alton Belle Casino in 1991, seems to be over.After a dismal earnings report last week, some analysts say Argosy's future is bleak.A second-quarter profit of...
Disorder's Cure Still in Girl's Dreams '90 Miracle Breakthrough Yet to Help Those in Need
IN HER DREAM, the sky was brilliant blue again.The grass was soft and green. And Lindsay Upschulte could see.Perhaps she stopped for a peek at her plastic backyard playhouse, savoring the sight of its cool yellow walls. Maybe she sat inside on her tiny...
Doctor in Spotlight after Major Discovery on Treating Migraines
Morris Maizels, 44, was a family practitioner who had a career very much out of the spotlight, seeing patients with run-of-the-mill ailments at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley.Then last year, on his own time and with...
Dole: Midwest Is the Battleground Republican Team Brings Campaign to Illinois State Fair
Bob Dole stood in front of a fake farm field in a real livestock barn Saturday to declare the Midwest his battleground for the presidency and Illinois a key spot to make a stand.Eager supporters at the Illinois State Fair screamed their approval for...
Dole Will Have to Win without Soaring Rhetoric
It is now clearer than ever that if the American people are inclined to change presidents, they will have to pick Bob Dole for what he does and what he believes - not for what he says or how he says it.His victory would force a complete rewrite of that...
Eckersley Hits 20-Save Plateau for Eighth Time in His Career
Dennis Eckersley's 20th save Saturday marks the eighth time in his career he has achieved at least that many in a season."That's a good number," Eckersley said.Eckersley pitched a perfect ninth for the Cardinals on Saturday, helped by a diving catch...
Experts Lean toward Terrorism in Jet's Crash Mechanical Failure on Twa Plane Still Considered
Every day after lunch, they meet at an old airplane hangar once used to build jet fighters on Long Island. They are the brain trust for the worldwide investigation into what happened to TWA Flight 800, and each brings his own particular expertise.James...
Farm's Fallout: Busted Bonds and a `Hog Fog' but Operation Has Its Local Supporters
Premium Standard Farms has spread money and manure across three northern Missouri counties in a bid to revolutionize pork production.The money - in the form of taxes, a $35 million annual payroll and $500 million invested in land, buildings and equipment...
FBI Crime Report Has Big Hole from Rural Missouri
Gunfire erupted on a Lake of the Ozarks dock in 1994, leaving two security guards dead and sparking a change in state law that allows even the youngest offenders to be tried as adults.The crime was big news in Missouri, but nobody relying on the FBI's...
FDA Hears Huffs, Puffs over Smoking Policy Cigarette Sales to Minors Prompt Diverse Views
If tobacco is the topic, the voice of America can be found in a bland, low-lying office building in suburban Washington.Here, at the Food and Drug Administration public documents room, the government is cataloging comments about restricting the sale...
Flat Tire Triggers Fatal I-55 Accident Woman Crushed to Death, 11 Injured in Chain-Reaction Pileup in South County
A woman trying to repair a flat tire was crushed to death and 11 other people - including seven children - were injured in a chain-reaction accident Saturday on Interstate 55 just north of Reavis Barracks Road.The four-vehicle pileup shortly after 3...
Food Inspectors Cite Airlines
Federal inspectors checking airline food have reported finding meals stored at improper temperatures, green slime in an ice machine and dirty coolers and utensils.The Food and Drug Administration cited problems at 11 airlines following a series of inspections...
Former Sailor Admits He Was in Famous Photo
A photograph of a sailor's celebratory kiss with a nurse in New York's Times Square 51 years ago became one of the best-known images of the Allies' victory in World War II.The identities of the sailor and the nurse remained mysteries. But the nurse was...
Got It Covered Rams' Secondary Will Be One of Their Strengths
The four starters had a modest 65 career starts among them entering the 1995 season - 45 of which belonged to Todd Lyght. As a topper, two of the top backups were rookies.A lime-green Rams' secondary was as young as an expansion team last season, as...
Grand Jury in Valujet Crash Looks at Sabretech
A Miami grand jury has begun investigating SabreTech as part of a criminal inquiry into the airline maintenance company following May's crash of ValuJet Flight 592.Martin Raskin, an attorney for the company, confirmed Friday that the federal grand jury...
Hardin Brought Right Touch to Masters
When Hord Wilson Hardin died the other day, St. Louis lost finally a native son it long since had lost to warm Florida winters and cool Michigan summers. Still, at 84, a victim of cancer, Hardin ranked internationally as probably No. 1 in our town's...
Herd Mentality: Buffalo Farming Lucrative, on Rise in Missouri
Bill McComas holds a two-inch feed pellet in his hand as he sits in his truck."Blackjack," he calls, "come here."The 2,200-pound buffalo saunters up to the truck and takes the pellet from McComas' hand, like a dog eating a scrap from the dinner table.As...
He Thought He'd Found Paradise, Now Has 80,000 Hogs for Neighbors
Rolf and Ilse Christen thought they had found a little bit of heaven when they bought a farm in the rolling hills of Sullivan County a dozen years ago.Then Premium Standard Farms built an 80,000-hog complex about a mile north of their red brick and white...
Hollywood Laundry List, Starting with Macgyver's Shirt
HERE, by popular demand (yeah, that's the ticket), is this year's A-to-Z list of who was doing and saying what during the recent TV critics press tour in LA.A. Hyping the NBC miniseries "Pandora's Clock," Richard Dean Anderson ("MacGyver") was having...
How Dole Could Do It Republicans Believe That This Presidential Race Will Turn into a Close One. and They May Be Right, Given Their Party's Gains in the South in Recent Years and the Attractiveness of Tax-Cutting to Many Americans
HOW DOES Bob Dole win? Where does he go and what does he say?Dole's well-received speech Thursday at the end of a successful Republican National Convention left many Republicans hopeful. Dole's selection of Jack Kemp as his running mate may have done...
If You Ask Us, Hand over Bill Gates
COULD ALIEN BEINGS from another galaxy come here and obliterate human civilization? If so, would this be covered by our homeowners' insurance?These troubling questions are on the minds of the millions of people who are being exposed this summer to the...
`I Just Don't See How It Happened' Girl's Death Believed to Be 1st at Illinois Fair
Green lights running up the tower of the purple "Kamikaze" ride shone brightly in Saturday's drizzle. But the yellow plastic "CAUTION" tape around its perimeter hinted that something had gone wrong on the Illinois State Fair midway.Solemn-faced visitors...
In Chechnya, Generals Talk Truce, but Fighting Goes On
Russian and Chechen forces continued to blast each other Saturday as their commanders struggled to work out the details of an armistice they had agreed to in principle four days earlier.The two sides fired on each other with artillery, mortars and machine...
Indy Racing League, PPG Series Developing Separate Identities
It's probably time to put an end to "Car Wars" as the new Indy Racing League season begins Sunday with the True Value 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway, the first race in a series that will conclude with the 1997 Indianapolis 500 next May."Race...
Insurance Covers Existing Conditions
THERE'S A SIGNIFICANT new development in travel insurance: You don't have to worry so much about pre-existing medical conditions anymore.This means a lot to travelers like me. I have several so-called pre-existing conditions - ailments that I can't shed....
Intense Rivalry with Kennedy Haunted Nixon
KENNEDY & NIXONThe Rivalry That Shaped Postwar AmericaBy Christopher Matthews377 pages Simon & Schuster, $24.50A COMMITMENT to "practical liberalism" helped Richard Nixon win a seat in the House of Representatives in 1946. The same year, John F. Kennedy...
Isaacs Takes Page from Her Books at Middle Age, the Sassy Writer's Got It Together
SHE'S like the witty, gutsy heroine in one of her own best-selling mystery novels.Resourceful, to start with. The day Susan Isaacs dropped her youngest child off at nursery school for the first time, she drove straight home and started her first novel....
Jerry Litton a Promise Unfulfilled It's Been 20 Years since an Election Night Plane Crash Killed the Missouri Politician Many Thought Would Someday Be President
As a political showman he was far ahead of his time. Many thought he'd be president someday. He pulled off one of the most stunning electoral upsets in Missouri history.Twenty years ago this month, Congressman Jerry Litton died with his family in a fiery...
Johnson Following Another Coaching Legend in Miami
Jimmy Johnson is more serene now, his head no longer as uptight as his hair."I do believe I'm less concerned about trivial things," said the new coach of the Miami Dolphins.In Dallas, he recalls, he had to take away a complimentary car from some body...
Keeping Watch on the Walls
They call it "the Walls" because the prison, built in 1836 on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River, is encircled by walls made of white stone from local quarries. The first inmate served two years for stealing a $39 watch. Early prison rules admonished...
Kemp Is a Director Who Buys No Shares
What would you say about a corporate director who was unwilling to invest one penny in the company whose shareholders he represented?Such a thing is less common than it used to be, because shareholder activists have persuaded many companies that directors,...
Kennedy Center's 25th Anniversary Show Celebrates Arts, America
A SINGLE center as the focal point of a nation's culture is a concept that immigrants from Europe didn't bring with them.The founding fathers rejected court operas and orchestras - along with the kings and emperors whose entertainment they largely were.Thus...
Leaf Peeper Alert: Plan Now for Autumn Foliage Trip
VERMONT'S tourism office says the state's trees are on track for a bright and colorful fall - no surprise there. But the office also makes a good point: During leaf-peeping season, many B&Bs and other lodgings require a minimum two-night stay. And with...
Lebed Apparently Rebuffed in Kremlin Power Struggle
A power struggle between Alexander Lebed, Russia's flamboyant chief of security, and interior minister Anatoly S. Kulikov appears to have resulted in a setback for Lebed and may have diminished the chance of peace in Chechnya.When Lebed returned to Moscow...
Light-Truck Trend Skews Safety Statistics, Federal Agency Says
The popularity of light trucks has changed the highway fatality picture in America, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says.Since 1985, the number of light trucks - pickups, sport utility vehicles and vans - has increased by more than...
Mariners' Win Helps East Close on Yanks
Alex Rodriguez's long two-run homer in the first inning set the tone Saturday and the Seattle Mariners went on to a 10-3 rout of the New York Yankees, who are suddenly in a pennant race.Jay Buhner added a three-run homer and Ken Griffey Jr. had a two-run...
Mars Meteorite Showing Hint of Life Likely Came from Volcanic Crater
The meteorite that holds hints of ancient life on Mars appears to come from the planet's heavily cratered southern highlands, an expert on Martian terrain reported last week.A computerized analysis of 42,283 impact craters on the Martian surface has...
Martin Comes from Far Back to Win Iroc
Mark Martin didn't have the best car, yet he felt it was his time to win.Martin won his second IROC championship Saturday, coming from far back in the field to edge local favorite Johnny Benson Jr. by .757 seconds at Michigan International Speedway.Martin,...
Mets Turn out Lights on Padres in Mexico
Major-league baseball's second game in Mexico was marred by the minor-league caliber of the lights at Estadio Monterrey.Fielders from both teams had trouble with the lights all game Saturday. The New York Mets put together eight hits and five runs in...
Mexico Fires 700 Federal Police Agents Charges of Wholesale Corruption Spark Purge by Attorney General
Mexican Attorney General Antonio Lozano fired more than 700 members of the judicial police on Friday in an effort aimed at reforming Mexico's chief drug-fighting force.The federal police force is believed to be so corruption-riddled that it is all but...
Mexico Fires 700 to Reform Anti-Drug Force
Mexican Attorney General Antonio Lozano fired more than 700 members of the judicial police on Friday in an effort aimed at reforming Mexico's chief drug-fighting force.The federal police force is believed to be so corruption-riddled that it is all but...
Middle Class to Pay for Its Tax Cut
The difference in how President Bill Clinton and Bob Dole propose to treat families with children involves Republican generosity to the wealthy. Working families of modest to moderate means will be the ones financing, via the impact of cuts in federal...
`Midwest Will Be Battleground' at Illinois State Fair, Dole Stresses His Tax Cut Plan
Bob Dole stood in front of a fake farm field in a real livestock barn Saturday to declare the Midwest his battleground for the presidency and Illinois a key spot to make a stand.Eager supporters at the Illinois State Fair screamed their approval for...
Miracle in Evanston Barnett Recalls How North(least)ern Restored Its `W'
Reprinted from HIGH HOPES by Gary Barnett with Vahe Gregorian. Copyright by Gary Barnett with Vahe Gregorian. Published by arrangement with Warner Books, Inc., New York, New York, U.S.A. All rights reserved.From 1971 to 1995, the Northwestern University...
More Complicated Crises from Clancy Hero Jack Ryan Moves into the Oval Office
EXECUTIVE ORDERSA novel by Tom Clancy874 pages, Putnam, $27.95In "Executive Orders," Tom Clancy picks up precisely where he left off in his last thriller, "Debt of Honor." Thanks to a kamikaze hit on the Capitol by a Japan Air Lines 747, Clancy's long-running...
New `Cup' to Erase Memory of Big Red
As the story goes, the "coveted" Governor's Cup was unearthed during some recent remodeling at Arrowhead Stadium. But it won't be needed.Although it's not ready yet, there's a new cup on the way for the revived preseason series between Missouri's two...
New `Cup" to Erase Memory of Big Red
As the story goes, the "coveted" Governor's Cup was unearthed during some recent remodeling at Arrowhead Stadium. But it won't be needed.Although it's not ready yet, there's a new cup on the way for the revived preseason series between Missouri's two...
Nicklaus Pleased with New Course
Work at the new Stonewolf golf development in Fairview Heights has gone so well, the course plans to open nine holes by early September. No one is more pleased with the progress than the designer - Jack Nicklaus. At the PGA Championship in Louisville,...
Notes & Calendar
NOTEBOOKA free pamphlet, `Fish St. Louis, your passport to close-to-home fishing," is available from the local office of the Missouri Department of Conservation at Powder Valley in Kirkwood (821-1571).The pamphlet contains a list of all the park lakes...
Nothing Doing: Relaxing on Florida's Amelia Island
IT'S DO and don't on Amelia Island.On this barrier island just below the Georgia border on Florida's northeast coast, you can do just about anything - play round upon round of golf, improve your tennis game, sail, fish or kayak the ocean and salt marshes...
Notre Dame to Open Up Its Offense
This year, Notre Dame football is going to have more flash and not as much dash.After 10 years as the Irish coach, Lou Holtz is shaking things up, starting with the offense. There's also a trip to Ireland and the possibility of playing on a third continent....
Olivo's Enthusiasm, Effort Make Him a Throwback at Tailback
It will take some explaining to introduce the concept of Brock Olivo to whatever life actually turns up on Mars.Quarterback Kent Skornia, who played with Olivo at Borgia High and in three previous seasons at Mizzou, believes he has the perfect anecdote.It...
On an Age-Old Problem, I Find I'm Somewhere in the Middle
I'VE BEEN dreading this day.I knew it would come. I'd hoped it would be longer in coming, but it's here.Sunday. August 18.Today, I turn 40.I wanted it to come, of course, because it beats the alternative. I graduated from Beaumont High School 22 years...
Orioles' Ripken an Adviser in Movie about Sports Fan
Few baseball players attract more zealous fans than Cal Ripken, whose tremendous popularity proved indispensable to screenwriters of the new movie, "The Fan."Ripken signs hundreds of autographs each week, most times in the ballpark while dozens of kids...
Party Promises Made in Public
And that's a wrap.Accompanied by thunderous applause and a question mark, Bob Dole ended the GOP convention and began the election campaign in earnest.Can Bob Dole talk? (Not really.)Can Jack Kemp shut up? (No, but it doesn't matter.)Kemp made a point...
People
It's a story any Hollywood producer would love - and it's true.Teen-age baseball phenom rockets to success in the Big Leagues, helps win the World Series, then is brought down by alcohol and cocaine. But hold the hankies - there's a happy ending to the...
Pit Stops
WINSTON CUP racing is back at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday with the GM Goodwrench Dealer 400.Rusty Wallace, a native St. Louisan, won the Miller 400 on June 23 at Michigan by getting 52 laps or 104 miles out of one tank of gas - from his...
Politics Goes Public in New Russian Twist Yeltsin's Top Aide Getting What He Wants
Until Alexander Lebed burst onto the Russian political stage with a strong showing in the presidential election two months ago, Kremlin intrigues were played out in the shadows - heard and hinted at but rarely seen.But Lebed, who stunned Russians Friday...
Portrait of an Artist, by an Artist Julian Schnabel Reveals His Friend Basquiat in an Edgy New Film
IT'S the perfect detail: The movie director, dressed in khaki pants and a shirt unbuttoned to his navel, has paint spattered on his clothes.It's perfect because this particular movie director, Julian Schnabel, is far more famous for his paintings, which...
Preseason Nit Opener, UCLA and Vandy Games Spice Up Slu Schedule
Billikens fans should have no problem getting their fill of their favorite college basketball team this season.St. Louis University announced its men's basketball schedule Saturday. It includes 17 regular-season home games, two preseason exhibitions...
Qbs Shine at Mizzou Scrimmage
Beneath thousands of watts of light and atop a newly sodded Faurot Field, the University of Missouri football team returned home Saturday from camp at Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington and showed its stuff in a two-hour scrimmage."It wasn't a sloppy...
Rams Make Their Points, Outlast Chiefs 34-30 Kennison's 3 Tds Send Governor's Cup East
Drink up, St. Louis. Drink deeply from the Governor's Cup. It's coming back to St. Louis for the first time since 1984, thanks to the Rams' 34-30 victory over Kansas City."Since 1984, huh?" coach Rich Brooks said. "What's it been - nine years without...
Rams Ship out, Leave Camp Macomb to Leathernecks
Given the good will and good vibes of the previous 32 days, it was almost inevitable. Rams training camp at Western Illinois University deteriorated into a love-in Thursday, the team's final full-scale practice before breaking camp.As the Rams were finishing...
Reality Check in Cleveland: A Season without Browns
It's as if all the memories are still trapped inside Cleveland Stadium, in there with the red and yellow seats that seem to rise a mile high. Some are written on its faded brick walls, like "Shawn was here: Oct. 4, 1992," or the note smeared on a dirty...
Redskins' Murray Can't Kick the Aging Process
At his age, there's only so much Eddie Murray can do to strengthen his leg.Though he's lost a few yards on his kickoffs and is facing a stiff challenge to keep his job, the Washington Redskins kicker did nothing beyond his usual weightlifting regimen...
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