St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from October 5, 1996

$850 Million Lost in Glitch Computer Has Shortchanged 700,000 Retirees since '72
In a major computer snafu, the Social Security Administration has determined that 700,000 Americans have been shortchanged out of more than $850 million in retirement benefits since 1972, agency officials have disclosed.Although the Social Security Administration...
$850 Million Lost in Glitch Social Security's Computer Has Shortchanged 700,000
In a major computer snafu, the Social Security Administration has determined that 700,000 Americans have been shortchanged out of more than $850 million in retirement benefits since 1972, agency officials have disclosed.Although the Social Security Administration...
A Century of Growth Family Recognized for 100 Years of Farming Heritage
DESCENDANTS OF Heinrich Prestien will celebrate this weekend 100 years of farming on what has become the western edge of Creve Coeur.On Wednesday - 100 years to the day after Prestien bought 45 acres - his great-grandson, Donald Prestien, sat in the...
Act of Kindness Was of Golden Variety
Dear Ann Landers: I would like to relate a random act of kindness story in which I had the privilege of participating.Seventeen years ago, our first granddaughter was born. After ascertaining that mother and newborn were OK, I was obliged to take my...
Air Quality at Rink Is Important in Hockey
Dear Dr. Donohue: My son has taken up hockey with a vengeance. He plays the whole year, and at all hours. Lately, he has complained of chest pain and coughing when he is on the rink for any length of time. What does this mean? He's fine otherwise.Do...
Area Helps Pope Celebrate Jubilee
POPE JOHN PAUL II will celebrate the 50th anniversary of his ordination as a priest on Nov. 1. The big celebration is planned for next month in Vatican City.The pope invited every Catholic priest who was ordained in 1946 to join him in concelebrating...
Ashby Knows: `It's Not Just Another Game'
Park Hill High in Kansas City never played a baseball game this big - relatively speaking. Nor did the club at Crowder Community College in Neosho, Mo. Certainly not the Philadelphia Phillies or Colorado Rockies of the early 1990s.At least, not while...
A Suggested Scorecard to Judge the Debates
DOES it really matter if Bob Dole sweats more than Bill Clinton or if Clinton's eyes shift more than Dole's? Or if Dole's tan is better? If one of the candidates ignores a question to answer one of his own, does that mean he's too shifty and evasive...
Bales of Straw Can Make Great House-Building Material
Q: I have heard about straw-bale houses that someone on a very limited budget can easily build. Exactly how is a house built with straw bales? Is this type of construction very energy-efficient? - G.F.A: Straw-bale house construction is ideal for the...
Banks Gets 2nd Chance vs. Niners Room for Improvement after 3 Fumbles in First Game with SF
It's an older, wiser Tony Banks who is facing the San Francisco 49ers for the second time.Twenty-eight days older and one NFL start wiser, to be exact."There's some things I learned that I'm not going to do this game," Banks said. Such as? "Hopefully,...
Bare-Bones Medicine and Hmos
Some managed-care groups have set off an ominous medical trend by refusing to pay for overnight hospital stays for mastectomies.This development offers more proof that dollars and cents, lower expenses and higher profits matter most to many players in...
Belle's Grand Slam Gives Indians Life, Cuts O's Lead to 2-1
Albert Belle took this sweep business and slammed it into the left-field bleachers.Belle broke a seventh-inning tie with a grand slam and the Cleveland Indians avoided elimination by beating the Baltimore Orioles 9-4 Friday in Game 3 of the AL playoffs.With...
Belle's Grand Slam Gives Indians Life; O's Lead 2-1
Uh-oh. The Cleveland Indians live.They live to play baseball again today. They live because they scrambled from behind to beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-4 Friday in a game that could have ended their wondrous season.They live because Albert Belle thumped...
Big Dividends for Tiny Products
The new scientific frontier - perhaps the latest contest between the United States and Japan as well - may be how to make things very small. How small? In some cases, one one-hundredth of the diameter of a human hair. Supposedly, great inventions and...
Biker-Coach: Stallings Tries Life on Cycle
With the erstwhile St. Louis football Cardinals having oozed back into our systems this week by beating the Rams in Tempe, Ariz., it's appropriate to take a gander at former Cardinals head coach Gene Stallings . . . who seems to be going through a transition...
Birth Rate for Unwed Women Declines 4 Percent Decrease Is First in 16 Years
Fewer babies were born to unwed women last year, the first decline in 16 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday.The fall in the out-of-wedlock birth rate was small, just 4 percent, said the agency's annual U.S. birth-and-death...
Blues Open Up to Raves Young Players Lead the Way over Colorado
Coach Mike Keenan walked into the interview room at Kiel Center on Friday night and looked at the Bluenote on the wall behind him.He eyed it up and down, then mused, "Things are looking up."Indeed. The Blues had just knocked off the defending Stanley...
Briefs
MISSOURIST. LOUISWalk Will Benefit Alzheimer's Group About 1,500 walkers and their families are scheduled to step off at 8 this morning in Forest Park in the eighth annual Memory Walk to raise awareness and money in support of the Alzheimer's Association...
Briefs
NATIONNEW YORKWorker, Firm Cleared In Death Of Tennis Star A swimming pool mechanic and his employer were cleared Friday of criminal charges in the gas poisoning death two years ago of former tennis star Vitas Gerulaitis. The mechanic, Bartholomew Torpey,...
Briefs
ILLINOISBELLEVILLESchool District Gets Top Rating Belleville Township High School District 201 and its area elementary schools have been rated as Blue Ribbon school districts by Expansion Management Magazine. The magazine is sent to more than 40,000...
Bumped off the Political Bumper Sticker in Presidential Campaigns Is Becoming a Thing of the Past
LONG WITH inspired oratory, grassroots campaigning and voter enthusiasm, count the political bumper sticker as yet another casualty of the current presidential campaign.With less than four weeks to go until Election Day, Americans are not just tuning...
Chief's Ouster Outrages Residents E. St. Louis Manager Stripped Official of Job
Many East St. Louisans expressed outrage Friday over the removal of Isadore Chambers as police chief.A petition drive was under way, a protest is planned for Wednesday's City Council meeting, and residents flooded City Hall with complaints.The ouster...
Children's Hour Eugene Field House Set to Mark Anniversary
The Eugene Field House at Broadway and Cerre Street, the birthplace of the St. Louis children's author, poet and first American newspaper columnist, today celebrates its 60th anniversary as a toy and doll museum.And Field's publisher, Charles Scribner's...
City to Triple Spending on Demolition Bosley Plans to Tear Down 5,485 Buildings
Mayor Freeman Bosley Jr. on Friday announced he is tripling the amount of money the city will spend through the end of June to tear down abandoned buildings.Bosley stood at a vacant house in the 2200 block of Missouri Avenue on Friday afternoon to announce...
Cleaning out Closets in a Retentive Mode
THE PURCHASE of one grown-up lady dress recently has prompted an identity crisis in my house. I'd like to tell you that the person having the crisis is my teen-age daughter, but I don't have one. It's me.When I brought the dress home, I realized I needed...
Clinton Denies Plans for Pardons - Again
Fielding a question that could have come from Bob Dole's debate playbook, President Bill Clinton said Friday that he had no plans for Whitewater pardons, but he would not rule them out.He emerged from his lakeside Victorian hotel, a pre-debate hideaway,...
Colts Not Busted Yet, but There Is Saddle with Their Name on It
The quarterback was rejected by Chicago. The coach was fired by Green Bay. The team was traded by Carroll Rosenbloom. The franchise was moved by Robert Irsay.Ladies and gentlemen, we give you the National Football League's only unbeaten entity, the Indianapolis...
Congress Ends Amicably, with a Few Bills, Hugs
Twenty-one months after roaring into town pledging revolution and a halt to business as usual, the Republican 104th Congress adjourned quietly Friday after a near-empty House approved a pile of mostly routine bills.Only a handful of lawmakers and aides...
Democrats Determined to Keep Heads above Water
DEMOCRAT DAVID PRICE, a political science professor at Duke University and four-term congressional incumbent, was among the flotsam washed away in North Carolina in the Republican tsunami of 1994.The GOP took control of the state's Legislature for the...
Dole Says Debate Is `Challenge for Me'
In a darkened hotel ballroom, Bob Dole finished two hours of morning debate rehearsals Friday, then started over in the afternoon with a sigh."You know the one, `Ready or not?' Well, ready or not, it's going to happen," Dole said from behind a podium...
Drugs, Cussing Leave Saints Short-Handed
New Orleans Saints defensive end Darren Mickell was suspended Friday for the next four games for violating the National Football League's substance abuse policy.In addition, Saints running back Ray Zellars, who was ordered off the practice field after...
Duncan"s RBI Single in 9th Lifts NY to 2-1 Series Lead
The New York Yankees found a perfect way to change their bad luck at The Ballpark in Arlington. They again got to face the Texas bullpen.The stadium had the voodoo on the Yankees once more until Rangers manager Johnny Oates made a move that backfired.Mariano...
Duncan's RBI Single in 9th Lifts NY to 2-1 Series Lead
With only three outs left, the New York Yankees picked a perfect time to change their luck at The Ballpark in Arlington.Mariano Duncan spoiled Texas manager Johnny Oates' strategy, lining an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning. That capped a...
East St. Louis Relaxes, Beats Belleville East
If East St. Louis High was worried about playing Belleville East on Friday night, it didn't show on the football field.Quarterback Raymond Vickers threw two touchdown passes to lead the Flyers to a 28-6 Southwestern Conference win over the Lancers at...
Eckersley Has Seen Padres Rally Before
The last time a National League team blew a 2-0 lead in a best-of-five playoff series, Dennis Eckersley was there. And here.Eckersley, now the Cardinals' closer, was a starter with Chicago Cubs in 1984. He started and lost Game 3 of the National League...
Episcopal Priest Now Altar-Nates as Lutheran
On Sunday mornings between her two Eucharist services, the Rev. Mary Lou Kator drives 21 miles, crossing a county line, two forks of the same river, and two Christian denominations which have been separate since the 16th century.At the first service...
Fans Welcome Season-Quietly
The Blues had no trouble waking up the echoes for their third decade on ice.Thousands of empty seats did the acoustic job Friday night at Kiel Center.A tougher task will be arousing the many fans they have turned off in the past year. Here's a handy...
Fire District Newsletter Sets off Alarms
Michelle Sleet has every reason to feel frustrated. She is one of three elected members of the board of the Chesterfield Fire Protection District. But her two colleagues, to use the term loosely, are trying to cut her out of the loop. District resident...
Fitzpatrick Exceeds 3,000 Yards in Career as Sluh Beats Vashon
St. Louis University High running back Renato Fitzpatrick eclipsed 3,000 career rushing yards, rolling up 160 on 28 carries Friday night and leading the Junior Bills over visiting Vashon 37-16.SLUH (4-1) is ranked ninth in the Post-Dispatch's poll of...
Full Circle Ozzie Returns to San Diego, Where It All Began
In the beginning for Ozzie Smith, there was a Padres uniform.They drafted him. They signed him to his first contract. They gave him his first chance.His Hall of Fame career began in San Diego. It was in one of those hideous brown outfits in 1978 that...
Girl, 7, `Can Still Picture' Killing of Her Kidnapper
Seven-year-old Kristina Jacobson hugged two new teddy bears and arranged her candies by color on a hospital blanket, unfazed by seeing police shoot to death her kidnapper after a 100-mile car chase.The gunman was shot in the head as he sat with Kristina...
Heirloom Stocking Has Bits of Favorite Fabrics
Dear Eunice Farmer: I've had hundreds of inquiries about the heirloom stocking that I talked about a few months ago. I'm sorry I didn't include a sketch of it. You may make it with treasured scraps of your favorite fabrics, old laces and holiday fabrics....
Help Yourself!
GuidelinesSELECTION of Help Yourself! questions is based on brevity, clarity, variety and suitability.Send your question or answer, including your name, address and phone number and, if providing an answer, the date on which the question appeared to:...
Holtgrieve to Play for East in Mo. Cup
Don Bliss has had a spectacular season as a player and now he is proving his value as a lobbyist. Bliss, captain of the East squad that will represent the St. Louis area in the Missouri Cup golf matches at Country Club of St. Albans today through Sunday,...
Hughes Opts for Comforts of Home Area's Top Recruit Chooses Slu So He Can Stay Close to Family
Surrounded by family and friends, CBC High basketball star Larry Hughes was the marquee attraction Friday afternoon inside the school's gymnasium.Amid flash bulbs and lights, about 150 classmates roared approval from the bleachers when the 6-foot-6 point...
Illini Struggling, but Dittoe for Today's Big 10 Opponent
It's a border war this afternoon for Illinois when the Dittoe heads come calling.No, it won't be right-wing political types on the field at Memorial Stadium for the 1 p.m. kickoff but quarterback Chris Dittoe and the Indiana Hoosiers.It's also a battle...
Investors Selling $163 Million of Furniture Maker's Stock
A New York investment group led by "vulture capitalist" Leon Black is getting ready to sell between 12 million and 13.8 million shares in St. Louis-based Furniture Brands International, successor to Interco.At Friday's closing price, the stock would...
Judge Deals Both Sides Setback in Bomb Case Mcveigh Is Issued Gag Order; Evidence Is Barred
A judge presiding over the Oklahoma City bombing case dealt setbacks to both sides Friday when he forbade Timothy McVeigh from granting interviews and barred prosecutors from using the results of a bomb test as evidence.U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch...
Judge Oks Wage Issue Wording Both Sides Claiming Victory in Ballot Case
A judge has approved ballot wording that predicts state taxpayers will owe $100 million a year if the state minimum wage goes up to $6.75 an hour.Also, the judge removed a sentence that warns: "Revenue loss due to job loss may be significant" if the...
Judge Won't Let Umpires Go on Strike; Astros Fire Collins, Marlins Hire Leyland
After a tumultuous week of accusations and threats, a federal judge in Philadelphia stopped baseball umpires from striking Friday, saying their anger at Roberto Alomar did not justify a walkout that would violate their labor contract.During a 45-minute...
Lankford Looks Good in Batting Practice but . .
Ray Lankford's comeback from a torn left rotator cuff has gotten as far as the on-deck circle.He was out there Thursday night, taking fierce cuts and preparing for his first playoff at-bat. He got on the field, listening to the crowd noise, sensing the...
Legally Speaking
Q:I'm planning to file for bankruptcy soon. I'm divorced and have legal custody of my three children. However, because I've been having financial problems, my ex-husband is keeping the children. I still see them regularly and contribute whatever I can...
Lewd Photos of Children Seized Pornography Operation Busted in Granite City
A fight this week between two 15-year-old girls at a Granite City school ended up with police there discovering a large child pornography operation.Hundreds of photos and videotapes were seized, and four Granite City residents were charged with felonies.The...
Mizzou Coach Helped Give Smu 2nd Life Jones on First Staff after `Death Penalty'
University of Missouri running back coach Curtis Jones returns today to the program he helped revive from an NCAA "death penalty."Jones was a member of Forrest Gregg's rebuilding staff at Southern Methodist University after the Mustangs' two-year (1987-88)...
Morning Briefing
Jaguar Considers Less Expensive, Smaller VersionFord Motor Co.'s Jaguar unit may introduce a less expensive version of its luxury cars in the next two to three years."We're looking at a smaller, more affordable Jaguar in the future," said Michael Dale,...
North Carolina Is National Bellwether Jesse Helms Tags His Challenger with 'Liberal' Brand; Democrat Focuses on Family, Responsibility
THE U.S. SENATE contest in North Carolina features a rematch of the 1990 battle between former Charlotte Mayor Harvey Gantt and Sen. Jesse Helms, the conservative Republican icon who has represented the state since 1972.Helms' critics say he won last...
NRC Critical of Actions at Clinton Nuclear Plant
Management at Illinois Power's nuclear plant was so lax that operators left the control room empty in front of federal inspectors and one employee thought he would be fired if he shut the plant down in an emergency, federal regulators say.Nuclear Regulatory...
Oakland Oldies Pumped Cards with New Blood
The Cardinals, about to head to Southern California, were enjoying themselves in the home clubhouse after Game 2 of the NL Division Series. For the second consecutive game, the San Diego Padres had been put away by the elderly bullpen combo of Rick Honeycutt...
On Tap: Hermann Opens Its Casks, Doors
The first puffs of yellow, orange and ruddy red are forming among the wooded ridges. The corn and soybeans are wilting brown and the harvest has begun.In town, wine cases are stacked high, music tents staked and plastic crowd fences unwound. Betty Held...
Parkway Central Wins on Roll of the Dice
Perhaps no move in football is tougher for a coach than deciding whether to go for it on fourth down. Gut instinct is usually the best bet, as Parkway Central's Bob Trowbridge can verify after a 22-0 victory over host Lindbergh in a Suburban West game...
People
Friends don't let friends perform tired.So LIZA MINNELLI will step into the starring role of the Broadway musical "Victor/Victoria" in January to give JULIE ANDREWS a break."It's been a great year, and I'm having the time of my life," Andrews sa id,...
People & Events
SUNDAYDedication: Archbishop Mesrub Ashjian, prelate of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America, and the Very Rev. Anoushavan Tanielian, vicar general of the prelacy, will preside over dedication of the new home of St. Gregory's Armenian Apostolic Church...
Police/courts
The following were reported to police departments in the region or involved action in one of the area's courts:COURT ACTIONBelleville: Jerry Goodman Jr., 24, of Belleville, was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for throwing his 4-week-old daughter...
Police/courts
The following were reported to police departments in the region or involved action in one of the area's courts:VIOLENT ASSAULTSSt. Louis: A 70-year-old woman was raped at 2:30 a.m. Friday in her home in the 1300 block of Shenandoah Avenue. Police searched...
Pumpkins Aplenty Good Harvest Saves Growers from Bad Halloween Scare
JOHN RELLEKE, WHO owns and operates 35 acres of pumpkin patch in Granite City, looked out with relief at this year's harvest. "The pumpkins look really good," he said.Last year, day after day of 95-degree heat caused many of the pumpkins to set late,...
Ranken Plans to Expand College Says Grads Are in Demand
Last May graduates from Ranken Technical College had an average of nine jobs awaiting each of them. Some had many more employers wanting to hire them - like the three grads in industrial maintenance who were being courted by 220 employers."In one view,...
Rising Tide of Property Taxes Produces Ripple of Protest
The good news is that after years of stagnation, property values are climbing again in many of Illinois' depressed rural areas. The bad news is that higher property values bring higher property taxes.The increase is igniting anti-tax sentiment - perhaps...
Ruling Doesn't Do Justice to Woman
IN A YEAR'S TIME, a lot of good things have come Lucie Beaudet's way. But justice, if there is such a thing, isn't one of them.You may remember her story.Beaudet, 36, is an electron microscopist who works in a research lab at Washington University School...
Schools Join YWCA to Promote `Week without Violence'
The YWCA's annual Week Without Violence starts Sunday with events to promote alternatives to child abuse, violence, racism and hate crimes.Sixty-eight public elementary schools in the city will hold programs on school safety and signings of nonviolence...
Sticking Up for Bumper Stickers
`BUTTON" Bob Levine says that so far this presidential election is as "dead" as 1984, when Ronald Reagan faced off against a decided underdog, former Vice President Walter Mondale. Levine, the local king of campaign buttons and bumper stickers, is in...
Stocks near Magic 6,000 Mark Rise in Jobless Rate Helps Heat Up Market
The Dow Jones industrial average shot toward the 6,000 mark Friday amid convincing signs the economy may be slowing enough to contain inflation without the Federal Reserve raising interest rates.Broader stock market barometers jumped to record levels...
The Honest Little Shepherd a Tale from Hungary
ONCE UPON A TIME, a woman lived with her two sons. The older boy was lazy and greedy, but the young lad was kind and hardworking. One day, when the poor widow had almost run out of food, she sent her oldest son out into the world for help. Before long,...
The Real Thing? Great-Grandson of Coke Founder Wants to Sell Secret Formula
Over the years, many people have claimed to have the original recipe for Coca-Cola, only to be met with skepticism.Now, the great-grandson of the company's co-founder says he needs cash and wants to sell the real thing.Unfortunately for Frank M. Robinson,...
The United Nations Turns 51
The 51st session of the United Nations opened last month with pomp, speeches and a treaty-signing, but a cloud obscured each silver lining.President Bill Clinton and other world leaders signed the treaty banning nuclear tests. The treaty is an important...
`Who Is Running Baseball? Is There Anybody?'
Steve Palermo knows if he approached Donald Fehr on the street and spit in his face, he could be charged with battery. And we're sure if Gene "Grievance Gadfly" Orza launched a wad of spit in Gene "Mr. Peepers" Budig's mug, he could face similar charges.The...
Wild Ride Next Up in Osborne's Eventful Season: Start in Playoffs
From the hospital to the police station to the most important game of his life. With some other assorted detours, that is the road Cardinals starter Donovan Osborne has traveled this season.Osborne, who will start the third game of the National League...
Yenzer Becomes Leader and Scorer for Clemson
The Clemson sports information director's blurb on senior Jeff Yenzer this year was no Madison Avenue bells-and-whistles production. Simply: "Jeff is a very dependable substitute."That pretty accurately summed up Yenzer's career contributions to that...
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