St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from June 22, 1996

Advisers Urge Clinton to Endorse Crime Victims Amendment
SENIOR ADVISERS are urging President Bill Clinton to endorse a constitutional amendment to protect rights of crime victims - the first constitutional amendment the Clinton administration would back.Administration officials said Clinton is weighing an...
Aids Concerns Spur Baptists to Ask What to Tell Teens
The teacher asked how many of his 12 students had lost a church member to AIDS. Nine raised their hands.A sigh fell across the classroom at Galilee Baptist Church, 4330 Delmar Boulevard in the Grand Center neighborhood."A whole generation of our young...
Air Quality `Grim' Pollution Violations in St. Louis Area May Lead to Curbs on Development
The St. Louis area already is ahead of last year in air pollution violations, raising the possibility that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will impose industrial development restrictions or cut federal highway aid."It's looking grim that we...
Arabs Seek to Stave off Israeli Plan Summit to Respond to Election of Netanyahu
Arab leaders will appeal to Israel in their weekend summit meeting to "save the peace process" by dropping policies that deviate from the land-for-peace formula accepted by both sides for negotiations.Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa outlined the...
A Summer Grab Bag Vexing Questions of the Season Are Considered, Researched and Occasionally Even Answered
SUMMERTIME, and the living is . . . queasy. You're rocking in the hammock, sipping a cool something, but deep inside you're not quite as calm as you'd like to be. There are summer questions you still can't answer, riddles and puzzlers that have been...
Attention All Former Shipmates, a Reunion Is Planned to Celebrate
U.S.S. Toledo CA-133 -Attention all former shipmates, a reunion is planned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the commissioning of this great Heavy Cruiser, October 24 through 27, 1996 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A memorial service and wreath laying...
Belleville's Gomric, 17, Puts `Too Old' Blosch on Blocks
Jo D Blosch is only 29. If she were a major-league pitcher or a big-league quarterback, she would be just reaching her prime. If she were a doctor, she might be just starting her career. If she were running for president, she would be just an infant...
Bliss Gets 2 Wins, Reaches Quarterfinals
On a day when the veterans at the Missouri Amateur Championship were supposed to surrender to the heat, 48-year-old Don Bliss from St. Louis taught Missouri's youth a lesson in endurance and resolve.The St. Albans Country Club golfer continued his march...
Blues, Gretzky's Agent Continue to Negotiate
Whether Wayne Gretzky remains with the Blues or seeks greener pastures elsewhere is anyone's guess.Contract negotiations between the Blues and Gretzky's representative, Mike Barnett, continued Friday, but Blues President Jack Quinn said no deal is imminent."We're...
Bonds from Gaming Would Pay for New Jail in Board Proposal
The Board of Aldermen took up a proposal Friday to issue revenue bonds that would depend in part on income from gambling taxes to pay for a $76 million jail downtown.The board also took up a companion bill that would allow the city to begin buying two-thirds...
Briefs
NATIONWASHINGTONDole, Hyde Fail To Settle Tolerance IssueBob Dole huddled Friday with his choice to write the 1996 Republican platform without resolving their differences over how the document should acknowledge that some party members disagree with...
Buck O'neil: I Was `on Time'
"Bitterness just makes you old and ugly. And I ain't old and I ain't ugly."Former Negro Leagues first basemanBuck O'Neil.Tributes poured in for Cardinals shortstop Ozzie Smith this week upon the announcement of his impending retirement - from all corners.How...
Cheap Oil a Match for Pricey Stuff
Premium motor oil and fancy additives are nothing more than slick sales, Consumer Reports says.The consumer watchdog tested 20 types of motor oil under the most grueling conditions - in a fleet of 75 New York City taxicabs - for nearly two years.The...
Coal Mine to Close, 160 Will Lose Jobs
The one-two punch of a federal pollution law and hard bargaining by an electric utility has claimed another Illinois coal mine and 160 mining jobs.Cyprus Amax Minerals Co. of Englewood, Colo., said Friday it had issued a 60-day closing notice for its...
Collarless Jacket Is All-Purpose Garment
Dear Eunice Farmer: I live in southern California, so my wardrobe stays the same all year. I would love to make a collarless jacket with silk matka, the textured silk that knows no season out here. Please select a pattern that I can wear with pants as...
Community Radio Tunes into Spirit of Towns South African Stations Send out Messages about Life
TROUBLE WAS breaking out at the HK clothing factory at 11 every morning. That's when the radio call-in show "Heartbeat of the Community" came on.Tuesdays were especially rambunctious, because the subject was gender equality.Women callers would tell their...
Decaro Gets Life in Prison - and Judge's Rebuke Hiring a Gunman to Kill Wife Was `Cowardly' Act, He Is Told
Richard DeCaro's claim that he didn't hire a hit man to murder his wife provoked a sharp rebuke Friday from U.S. District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, who called DeCaro's crime "cowardly" and "despicable."Limbaugh then handed down the expected sentence:...
Defense Alters Plan to Call Mrs. Clinton as Witness at Trial
A defense attorney in the second Whitewater trial raised the possibility Friday of calling Hillary Rodham Clinton as a witness and compelling her first public testimony in the matter. But he indicated later that it probably would not happen.Dan Guthrie,...
Despite Recent Skid, Gant Still Hits Leadoff
After hitting a homer and a double in his first two at-bats after coming off the disabled list, Cardinals left fielder Ron Gant hit a slump. He was in a one-for-18 skid before Friday night's game against the Montreal Expos."Sometimes," manager Tony La...
Disabled Demonstrate at Kevorkian's House
A boisterous group of wheelchair-bound protesters demonstrated in front of Dr. Jack Kevorkian's house Friday, one day after his lawyer said Kevorkian attended his third death in 10 days.Hospital officials said the body of Bette Lou Hamilton, 67, of Columbus,...
Dye"s RBI Double Lifts Braves 8-7
Rookie Jermaine Dye doubled home Jeff Blauser with one out in the 11th inning Friday night, lifting the Atlanta Braves to an 8-7 victory over the visiting San Francisco Giants.In the 11th, reliever Rod Beck (0-2) walked Blauser and Javier Lopez beat...
Dye's RBI Double Lifts Braves 8-7
Rookie Jermaine Dye doubled home Jeff Blauser with one out in the 11th inning Friday night, lifting the Atlanta Braves to an 8-7 victory over the visiting San Francisco Giants.In the 11th, reliever Rod Beck (0-2) walked Blauser and Javier Lopez beat...
Expos Top Cards 4-3 in 12th Birds Have Lost Six Games in a Row at Olympic Stadium
The ballpark here is a former - and current - Olympic Stadium.But the Montreal Expos' home base is a House of Horrors for the Cardinals, who lost their fourth consecutive game here Friday night 4-3.The loss was their sixth in a row here over two seasons...
Failed Vault No Longer Haunts O'brien '92 Nightmare Now Motivates Decathlete
This, Dan O'Brien insists, is not about redemption."I'm not here to make up for my past mistakes," he said. "I'm here for one thing: to make it on the '96 Olympic team."Yet, this need is voracious - "at all costs," he says - and rooted in gnawing, indelible...
Family Hopes Child's Party Helps Ease Loss of Mother
Larry Rittenberry, 24, recalled when acquaintances would pat his wife's tummy and ask if she were expecting twins.No, his wife would say, shaking her head.Tracy Rittenberry, 21, was expecting one baby. What she didn't expect was the cancer.On Feb. 27,...
FBI Files Furor - What's It All about? Questions, Answers about Controversy
THE FBI FILES controversy is headed toward a criminal investigation by a special prosecutor.The questions for prosecutors are whether the White House misused any of 407 background files it obtained from the FBI and whether any presidential aides have...
Fireworks Baron Moves to Buy Peerless Park Mayor's Home
Fireworks baron Mark Loyd and his business partners are continuing their crusade to buy up houses in tiny Peerless Park. This time, they've set their sights on the mayor's home.Mayor Steve Ward said Dave Brannon, a partner of Loyd, put a $200,000 bi...
Heat Warning Issued for Missouri
Missouri is under a heat warning this weekend because of persistent high temperature and high humidity levels. The outlook through Sunday: more of the same.On Friday, the St. Louis area suffered through its third straight day of 90 degree heat. Cloud...
Help Yourself!
Oh, No.! This Week, We've Got No AnswersIN ORDER to avoid building up a backlog, Help Yourself! is printing only questions this week. The question-and-answer format will resume next Saturday.Send your questions and answers, including your name, address...
Her Flower Shop Helps Dreams Bloom
WHEN a dandelion goes to seed, the wind comes along and scatters those seeds across the land, ensuring that dandelions will spring up anew.That image appeals to Donna Janning, only she's out to scatter money.In March, Donna opened a flower shop in Clayton...
In Baseball, Money Talks Quite Loudly Game's New Doctrine: Pennants Can, Indeed, Be Purchased
It has long been a kind of game among the dedicated aphorists. For centuries they have been jogging their intellects for the most graphic, the most exquisite and most definite description of money and its uses.Among the preferred offerings that have...
Injuries Hamper Jjk, Torrence but Both Advance despite Left Thigh Problems
Injuries to their left thighs Friday night cast shadows of doubt on the second-event abilities of Olympic gold medalists Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Gwen Torrence."Jackie had a cramp in her left quad, but she doesn't (long jump again) until Sunday," said...
Internal Dogfight at the Air Force
The Air Force report is an unhappy sequel to the military flight that carried Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown and 34 others to their deaths on the way to Dubrovnik in Croatia two months ago. The service concludes that a variety of factors were responsible,...
Internet a Boon to Smaller Religions
ROGER COLEMAN is a witch with a message, and now he's found a way to get it across - the World Wide Web.Coleman, a minister with the Church of the Iron Oak in Melbourne, Fla., has set up a page on the Web describing his church's belief in witchcraft...
Investigators Comb Site of Hornet Crash
As test pilot Jeffrey J. Crutchfield is buried today, investigators will remove the larger pieces of the wreckage from the jet crash that killed him Wednesday.A Navy veteran and experienced test pilot for McDonnell Douglas Corp., Crutchfield crashed...
Judge: Planned Parenthood Is Entitled to State Grants Excluding Agency from Funding Violates Rights, Ruling Says
Overturning the wishes of the Missouri Legislature, a federal judge has ordered the state to include Planned Parenthood in state family planning grants.U.S. District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan Jr. ruled in Kansas City that the Legislature's exclusion of...
Judge Says Brentwood `Y' Killer Should Die
Calling the murder "outrageously and wantonly vile, horrible and inhumane," a judge decided Friday that Andre Morrow should die for killing insurance executive John Koprowski two years ago at the Brentwood YMCA.Judge James R. Hartenbach became only the...
Less Cost, Less Irritation Pool Purifiers Reduce Chlorine Use
Q: Swimming pool chemicals are expensive and irritate my eyes and skin. How effective are activated oxygen purifiers for pools and spas that would let me use less chlorine? Do they cost much to operate?A: Activated oxygen - ozone - is one of the best...
Letters from the People
The Fight To Save Jobs And WagesSafety and quality seem to be values of the past to many companies today. Profits and corporate greed seem to have replaced them.Workers are not asking for the moon. Indeed, most workers just want a fair deal and to preserve...
Letters from the People
Conflicting Views On Same-Sex MarriageReaders of the June 11 Post-Dispatch were treated to yet another of Amy Adams Squire Strongheart's masterpieces of twisted logic and warped thought.Her weird treatise would have us believe that heterosexual married...
Man Fires on Police in Standoff, Shoots Himself
A man who opened fire on St. Louis police Friday as they tried to arrest him on charges he shot up several buildings at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville fatally shot himself, authorities said.The man, David M. DuBois, 34, barricaded himself...
Margarine, Mayonnaise: Good or Bad?
MARGARINE and mayonnaise have been out of dietetic favor so long that many people who had deliberately exiled themselves from these foods for health's sake must have joyously cried out, "Set sail for home!" on hearing the recent news linking the two...
Millstadt Man Finds Adventure in Bosnia
Kevin McAleenan begins his morning with a touch of the familiar. He glances at a photo of his daughter, Samantha, 5, who smiles sweetly from atop a chest of drawers.It's the closest the Illinois state trooper comes to the life he left behind last month...
Morning Briefing
Toy Co. Sues Compaq For Being A Digit OffOwners of Compaq Computer Corp.'s Presario 7100 may already know the problem: the company manual lists the wrong phone number as a help line for a WordPerfect program installed in the computers.The right number...
Morning Briefing Eye Openers
Overheard recently in the Cardinals' clubhouse:"Did so.""Did not.""Did so.""Did not.""Did so.""Did not."Here's a hint: At your next dinner party, don't put the namecards of TONY LA RUSSA and OZZIE SMITH next to each other.*******************Today's NHL...
Never Too Old: Expert Shares Sex Success Stories
You're never too old to have a great sex life.OK, so you don't believe it. But Dr. Fran Kaiser, a professor of medicine at St. Louis University, insists it's true.Affectionately known as the Dr. Ruth of the geriatric set, she's got slides and anecdotes...
New Law Will Allow Stores in Germany to Remain Open Late
It's not quite the Protestant Reformation, but a new law allowing stores to stay open late could change Germany's outlook on life.The rush to shop before stores close may soon be just a bad memory.Legislation passed Friday by the lower house of Parliament...
Oracle Sets Pace to Lead Market Higher
Stocks logged their biggest gain in more than two weeks Friday as better-than-expected earnings from Oracle Corp. boosted software issues and helped the Nasdaq composite index snap a six-day slide.Stocks got a additional spark from the quarterly expiration...
Oral Attack on la Russa Is Ozzie's Error
Bernie Bits and brush-back pitches:* E-6, Ozzie Smith.I wouldn't change a word of what I wrote when Ozzie Smith announced his retirement. He's baseball's greatest shortstop, he's a civic treasure, he deserves a statue outside Busch Stadium. The past...
Party Preparation Workers Begin Setting Stage for Fair Saint Louis
The stage is being set for Fair Saint Louis, the midsummer-madness-on-the-Mississippi that will celebrate the nation's birthday with a sumptuous spread of big name entertainers, air shows, fireworks, amusement rides, games, the annual Veiled Prophet...
People
The high-profile divorce involving actress HALLE BERRY and baseball's DAVID JUSTICE is taking on interstate complications.Back in April, she filed first, in California, with its community property laws. He filed two weeks later in Georgia, where he labors...
People & Events
TODAYConcert: Christian singer-songwriter Don Wharton will perform and talk about his miraculous survival of a plane crash off Alaska in 1993; 7 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 9733 Olive Boulevard, Olivette. Tickets are free but must be reserved by...
Planned Parenthood Wins Lawsuit
Overturning the wishes of the Missouri Legislature, a federal judge has ordered the state to include Planned Parenthood in state family planning grants.U.S. District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan Jr. ruled in Kansas City that the Legislature's exclusion of...
Please Don't Ignore `Elephant in the Room'
Dear Ann Landers: Not long ago, you printed a letter from Rose Sahli in Carmel, Calif. Rose spoke of how her son had died and she wished family members and friends would talk about him more often. That letter made us think of a poem, "The Elephant in...
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:ACCIDENTSClinton County, Ill.: Authorities identified on Friday three people - including...
Prosecutor to Look into FBI Files Flap
An appeals court panel granted Attorney General Janet Reno's request Friday to allow the Whitewater special prosecutor to look into whether any laws were broken in the FBI files controversy.The panel of three judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals in the...
Prosecutor to Look into Files Flap Whitewater Investigator Will Determine If Laws Were Broken
AN APPEALS court panel granted Attorney General Janet Reno's request Friday to allow the Whitewater special prosecutor to look into whether any laws were broken in the FBI files controversy.The panel of three judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals in the...
Quinn `Optimistic' Signing of Gretzky Is Nearing
With the eyes of the National Hockey League on them, the Blues believe they are close to re-signing captain Wayne Gretzky.On Friday night, Blues President Jack Quinn said that he's "optimistic" the Blues could strike a deal with Gretzky's agent, Mike...
Radio Days Old-Time Medium Still Plays Well
In the decade of the Internet, direct-to-home satellite television and new cable channels by the fistful, a technology that predates them all has emerged as a powerful force.Radio, quaint but ubiquitous, is hot again.Westinghouse's decision to spend...
Rams' Talks with Rypien Break Down Team: QB `Rejected Our Best Offer'
Here's one thing both sides agree on: Contract talks between the Rams and free agent quarterback Mark Rypien have broken down.The Rams made Rypien two offers: the first contained a base salary of $600,000 with performance incentives, and the second had...
Right Side of His Body Is out of Balance with Left
Dear Dr. Donohue: I lift weights. I am having difficulty with my back. The diagram I've enclosed points out the area of pain. I feel that the whole right side of my body has been developing out of balance. It hurts when I lift weights, but not all the...
Sabreliner Promises Training, Other Efforts to Assure Safety Valujet Crash Spurs Review of Procedures, Firm Says
St. Louis-based Sabreliner Corp. said Friday it would conduct intensive training for all employees and take other steps to ensure that safety and environmental standards were obeyed.The company's SabreTech subsidiary, based in Phoenix, is under inve...
Smith Received Warmly by Fans in Montreal
Ozzie Smith received the first of what promises to be a flurry of standing ovations on the road when he pinch-hit - and walked - in the 11th inning of the Cardinals' 4-3 loss in 12 innings to the Montreal Expos on Friday night.Smith, who has announced...
Smog Hospitalized Thousands in '94 Lung Association Frowns on High Ozone Levels
With St. Louis suffering under a heat wave and an ozone alert, the American Lung Association has said that summer smog may have sent as many as 2,576 of the region's residents to hospitals in 1994.On Thursday, the first day of summer, the Lung Association...
Sports Shorts
Hurricane Suspended After Being ArrestedMiami star receiver Jammi German was suspended Friday for the season after being arrested and jailed in an attack on the captain of the school's track team.German, 22, was jailed Thursday - thrusting Miami's "bad...
Standing Up to Iran - and Europe
The House has unanimously passed legislation promising sanctions on those who invest in Iran's energy sector or who trade with Libya - two states that openly support terrorism and contribute substantial resources to keep it going. Even though Europe...
Stottlemyre: Good Bat, Bad Pitch
Todd Stottlemyre was a better hitter than a pitcher Thursday night, which isn't quite the way it's supposed to work.The Cardinals' righthander, whose entire career had been spent in the American League until this season, got a hit, drew a walk and stole...
Teen-Age Pop Star Fits Role in `Moesha'
'Moesha'When: 2:05 a.m. WednesdayWhere: Channel 30BRANDY NORWOOD, 17, has just put the finishing touches on the first season of her UPN series "Moesha" and is headed back to the studios to record a follow-up to her triple platinum debut, "Brandy."Her...
The Embarrassing Two-Step at Mizzou
Who's in charge at Mizzou? Anyone trying to keep track of the shifting fortunes of Chancellor Charles Kiesler at the University of Missouri's Columbia campus and President George Russell of the four-campus university system can be forgiven for wondering...
The Legend of William Tell
LONG AGO, the Emperor of Austria sent a man named Gessler to rule Switzerland so that it might be part of his vast empire. An unhappy time began in that land. The Swiss people hated Gessler, for he sought always to increase his own power and cared nothing...
Three Little Bands That Could, in Varying Degrees
THREE bands took turns on stage Thursday night at Cicero's Basement Bar. One was amateurish yet interested, one hungry and exciting, and one incredibly talented but disinterested.The Handsome Family was the first act, and as such could afford to be sloppy....
Troops Possibly Exposed to Gas Depot May Be Tied to Gulf War Illness
The Pentagon disclosed Friday that U.S. troops may have been exposed to nerve gas shortly after the Persian Gulf War when an Army unit blew up an Iraqi ammunition depot that contained rockets armed with chemical agents. The announcement may help explain...
Twa Conflict Had Simmered for Months
The departure of two senior executives from Trans World Airlines Inc. was the culmination of several months of tension.Robert Peiser, chief financial officer, and Mark Coleman, head of marketing, favored a more forceful approach to management than Jeffrey...
Two Ripken Homers Help O"s Whip Kc
Cal Ripken homered twice and drove in five runs, and reliever Arthur Rhodes improved to 8-0 as the Orioles defeated the slumping Kansas City Royals 9-3 Friday night in Baltimore.Chris Hoiles and B.J. Surhoff also homered for the Orioles, who are 8-2...
Two Ripken Homers Help O's Whip Kc
Cal Ripken homered twice and drove in five runs, and reliever Arthur Rhodes improved to 8-0 as the Orioles defeated the slumping Kansas City Royals 9-3 Friday night in Baltimore.Chris Hoiles and B.J. Surhoff also homered for the Orioles, who are 8-2...
Unabomb Suspect Will Be Moved Headed for California to Face Trial in 4 Blasts
After three months in a Montana jail, Theodore Kaczynski traded a bulletproof vest for a tweed jacket Friday and agreed in court to be moved to California to face charges that he's the Unabomber.Kaczynski, 54, waived his right to fight a Justice Department...
Valujet May Remain Grounded Longer Than 30 Days, FAA Says
The Federal Aviation Administration has told ValuJet that it may not be able to resume flight operations within 30 days, the airline's president said Friday.Lewis Jordan, who also serves as ValuJet's chief operating officer, said in an interview that...
When Your Car's about to Be Repossessed
Q: I have almost finished making all the payments on my car, but I was laid off a few weeks ago and am going to have trouble making the last payments on time. A friend had her car repossessed when she was in this situation; I want to avoid having that...
Who Kept Track of Tasha Hennings?
City police are asking whether they might have done a better job investigating the disappearance of Tasha Marie Hennings. Her family and school officials must ask the same question of themselves.Tasha, 14, lived with her grandmother in the 3900 block...
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