St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from August 10, 1995

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141 Extension Gets Infusion of $300,000
Cars won't be driving on the road for awhile, but the Maryland Heights City Council has put the wheels in motion for extending Highway 141 from Olive Boulevard to Earth City.The council has allocated $300,000 to finance an environmental impact study...
2nd Sales Tax Rejection Perplexes Mayor
Mayor James Hofman of Weldon Spring was trying to understand late Tuesday why voters had just rejected a tax that would have brought about $100,000 annually into town.Turnout was light - only about 27 percent of Weldon Spring's 1,700 registered voters...
350 Restaurant Customers Fall Ill
About 350 people who ate at a Mexican restaurant have reported symptoms of salmonella food poisoning, and five people have been hospitalized, health officials said Wednesday.People complained of fever, nausea and chills after Palm Beach County issued...
Accusations of Intern `Political' Duties Stir Up Council
The duties assigned to three student interns working for the St. Louis County Council have spurred a mid-summer political tussle.Republican council members Kurt Odenwald of Shrewsbury and Mark Brodsky of Creve Coeur are complaining that the interns have...
A Farce and a Drama Close Act Inc. Season
For the repertory of its 15th season, Act Inc. has chosen a classic British comedy and an American regional drama. Both of the productions are interesting and enjoyable, making this season one of the group's most successful.The British classic is "Charley's...
`Aids Gang' Calls Holdups a Cry for Help
Three men with AIDS who repeatedly rob banks knowing they cannot be jailed under Italian law vowed Wednesday to carry on their brazen raids until they received understanding and more state help."Give me a job, a place to live and treatment . . . and...
Anger Erupts at Nagasaki Ceremonies
"Angry Hiroshima, Prayerful Nagasaki" is the saying Japanese have used for decades to explain how the world's only cities hit by atomic bombs reacted to ruin.The saying is out of date.As Nagasaki commemorated on Wednesday the 50th anniversary of the...
Annexation Rout Makes Casualty of Property Tax
Residents of Bella Villa will see the end of the municipality's property tax as about the only tangible result of the effort to annex much of Lemay.Voters in the area targeted for annexation by Bella Villa rejected the proposal 810-42. The election drew...
Antenna Wigglers, Unite
So the big TV channel switch happened three days ago, and you say you've found Fox on Channel 2, but ABC seems to be ... gone?Some viewers in the area, particularly those living out west, have trouble getting Channel 30, as of Monday the home of "Home...
Artist Gets `Boot' out of Prank on Gullible Germans
The sign posted at the entrance of one of Germany's most beloved parks said a terrible plant bacillus was flourishing in the summer heat and visitors should put on "immune overshoes" to protect the vegetation."The Prussian Association for the Protection...
Auditions/announcements
Orthwein Theatre Company: 7-10 p.m. Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Mainstage Theatre, 425 N. Warson Road. Seeking actors for productions of Lanford Wilson's "Hot L Baltimore" and Robert Auletta's "Walk the Dog, Willie." Auditions will consist of cold ...
Author of Study on Cyberporn Flamed to Crisp
THE FURY of the Internet has poured out on Marty Rimm.As the author of what critics say is a badly flawed study purporting to document pervasive pornography on computer networks, Rimm, 31, has been vilified and cursed - flamed, in on-line parlance -...
`Babe': A Barnyard of Piggy Peril Producer Says It Was His Most Difficult Film
YOU MIGHT think that the man who guided Mel Gibson through the post-apocalyptic squalor and violence of the three "Mad Max" films would find making a movie about a little pig and his barnyard mates a stroll in the park.But veteran Australian film maker...
Back-to-School Blues Stone Washed or Deep Indigo, Denim Is a Classy Uniform
WHAT CAROLYN Schweizer likes about denim is a lot.The 18-year-old graduate of Parkway Central High School will be taking most of her 20 pieces of blue denim away with her this fall when she travels to the campus of Colorado State University."I like just...
Back to the Past '80S Text-Based Games Cast a Special Spell
Back in the early days of computer gaming, when the Apple II was supreme and gamers were playing the original Castle Wolfenstein instead of Wolfenstein 3D, Infocom was creating a series of text-based games that were unsurpassed in their originality and...
BITTERSWEET ST. LOUIS KIMORA PERKINS ABSORBED THE RACIAL TAUNTS OF SCHOOLMATES AS SHE BECAME A TEEN-AGE STAR ON THE WORLD'S FASHION RUNWAYS Series: Conversations with Jerry Berger an Intermittent Series
WHEN she was at the age at which most girls collect baby-sitting money, Kimora Perkins modeled for as much as $2,000 an hour.She would leave her North County home for the runways in Paris, where she wore fashions by Isaac Mizrahi, Ralph Lauren, Ungaro,...
Black Opinions on Affirmative Action One `Mainstream' Magazine Has a Distinct Right Drift
It's no secret what magazines such as The New Republic and American Spectator think about the raging affirmative action debate. Their editorial stances have made it perfectly clear that they believe any and all such policies should be eliminated with...
Black Parents Seek Methods to Bridge Gaps
A black parents group in the Francis Howell School District called for multicultural history courses "to help bridge the gap" between races and urged administrators and teachers to take sensitivity courses.About 40 people gathered for the first public...
Books on Tape
"SACRIFICE OF ISAAC" An adaptation of a novel by Neil Gordon (5 hours, Simon & Schuster, $21)</P><P>Because his father is a hero of Israel, and his brother a branded coward, Luke Benami could be forgiven if he thinks he has the...
Brennan Led Way to Change
Edward Brennan thought the world was falling apart in 1980.The longtime Sears, Roebuck & Co. executive had just taken over as president of the retail division and couldn't adjust to the responsibility of running the nation's biggest retailer."After the...
Briefs
NATION NORTHERN CALIFORNIA A Power Failure Leaves Air Controllers `Helpless'</P><P>Air traffic controllers in Northern California lost their radio and radar in a power outage Wednesday morning, leaving pilots to fly by sight and...
Briefs
MISSOURI ELECTION A Fraction Of Voters Approve County Fee</P><P>The election on Tuesday that extended for five years a $3 fee on documents filed with the St. Louis County Recorder of Deeds will cost the county about $7 for each vote...
Briefs
NATION NORTHERN CALIFORNIA A Power Failure Leaves Air Controllers `Helpless'</P><P>Air traffic controllers in Northern California lost their radio and radar in a power outage Wednesday morning, leaving pilots to fly by sight and...
Briefs
ILLINOIS MADISON COUNTY COURTS Three Democrats To Vie For Judgeship</P><P>Two judges and a former judge from Madison County will face off for the Democratic nomination for a seat on the circuit bench next year.</P><P>The...
By Degrees, Oven Saps the Rams
After a wet and relatively cool week leading up to the Seattle game, the Rams have run smack into one of the axioms of St. Louis summers: It's not the heat. It's the heat and humidity."I think today would be a good day to say, `Welcome to St. Louis,...
Cancer Clinics Set to Compete in Crystal City
A year ago Jefferson County had no cancer treatment clinic. Within a year it will have two, competing with one another just a few hundred yards apart in Crystal City.In a controversial decision, the Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee recently...
Cardinals Bullpen Fails to Save Win for Hapless Osborne
When Cardinals lefthander Donovan Osborne, already successful and yet full of promise, beat the San Diego Padres on Aug. 18, 1993, he had no idea it would be his last major-league win for nearly two years.But Osborne, who won 11 games and then 10 in...
Cardinals Forced to Give Dodgers Shot at `B' Team
The Cardinals, shorthanded enough in ability, played without three more regulars Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers.Shortstop Ozzie Smith, second baseman Geronimo Pena and catcher Tom Pagnozzi already were on the disabled list with injuries....
Cards Catch Mets in Race for Worst
A Cardinals lineup looking much like the Louisville Redbirds was not quite equal to the Dodgers on Wednesday night as Los Angeles won for the second night in a row 4-2.The loss was the Cardinals' 10th in their past 12 games and dropped them into a tie...
Catching Up on What's Happening in TV Land
WHAT with my trip to Los Angeles to learn about the networks' fall schedules, and then our big switch affecting Channel 2 and Channel 30 (oh, didn't you hear about that?), it's been a long time since you've had a genuine notes column.So here goes - but...
Charges Spark Internal Spat on Council Republicans Say Students' Duties Could Aid Democrat's Campaign
The duties assigned to three student interns working for the St. Louis County Council have spurred a mid-summer political tussle.Republican council members Kurt Odenwald of Shrewsbury and Mark Brodsky of Creve Coeur are complaining that the interns have...
Children Found in Squalid Home Showing Progress
When Chicago police raided the apartment where Michael lived with 18 other children, the brain-damaged boy was locked in a fetal position. He lay on a filthy mattress, wearing only a diaper, with a cockroach crawling through his matted hair.It has been...
Chirpy Cheers for Addled Adults
When I retire, I want to become Gail Sheehy's label girl. I want to be the person who comes up with the life-cycle names that dot "New Passages" like an attack of the Alliterative Ants: "Tryout Twenties," "Turbulent Thirties," "Flourishing Forties."I...
Cleaning Up the Superfund
Congress has just a few months to repair 15 years of bad law called Superfund as it undergoes required reauthorization. The original Superfund legislation in 1980 was supposed to quickly clean up years of neglect of hazardous dump sites. What actually...
Clinton Counsel Stands by Story Scandal Wasn't an Issue, He Says
Former White House counsel Bernard Nussbaum testified Wednesday that Whitewater had "absolutely nothing" to do with the handling of documents after the suicide in July 1993 of his top deputy, Vincent Foster.Nussbaum, unwavering and combative in his appearance...
Clinton May Pursue Nicotine Regulation Calls Smoking `Greatest Threat' to Teen Health
On the eve of announcing steps to fight teen-age smoking, President Bill Clinton said Wednesday that the federal government could no longer ignore the dangers that cigarette smoking poses to young people.He will announce today a plan that may ask the...
Clinton to Ask FDA to Regulate Nicotine Rise in Teen Smoking Is `Recipe for Disaster'
In a move to curb teen-age tobacco use, President Bill Clinton will direct the Food and Drug Administration today to regulate nicotine as an addictive drug, sources said Wednesday.Clinton will direct the FDA to adopt a series of rules aimed at sharply...
Clued in to Back-to-School Fashion
Clueless about what to wear back to school?Not if you take this advice from Mona May, costume designer for the popular teen film, "Clueless." You will:Shop widely, at stores ranging from Contempo Casuals to boutiques to designer nooks in department...
Conquering the Clutter in Kids' Closets Requires Organization
DON'T BE TOO quick to heap all the blame for messy closets on your kid's shoulders. The culprit may be the closet.If a closet's only features are a solitary shelf and a clothes rod beyond a child's reach, the setup defies neatness. Inaccessible things...
County Will Maintain City's Traffic Signals New Contract Will Save Money, Mayor Says
Webster Groves is turning to St. Louis County when any of its three traffic signals goes on the blink.The city is the first to hire the county Department of Highways and Traffic to do most signal maintenance. The city-owned traffic signals are at Lockwood...
Crowd Figures Vastly Inflated for Scrimmage
Contrary to announced attendance estimates of 7,500 for the Rams scrimmage at Kirkwood High on July 29, Maryville University vice president Larry Hays said slightly under 3,000 tickets were sold.That means the Rams must pay Maryville more than $20,000....
Cujo: `This Has Made Me Stronger' Former Blues Goalie Expected Trade, Refuses to Dwell on Past
Curtis Joseph's brief return to St. Louis on Wednesday for Kelly Chase's Gateway Hockey Camp turned into a combination homecoming/farewell party.Youngsters at Brentwood Ice Rink excitedly lined up to get his autograph after their on-ice session with...
Deadheads Felt Sense of Foreboding Some St. Louis Area Fans Say They Could Tell Jerry Garcia Was Dying
SOME DAYS HE would look good," Jimmy Voss said of Jerry Garcia, "and some days you could tell he was dying.""He's been in and out of treatment for years," Voss said Wednesday after learning that Garcia, the Grateful Dead's lead guitarist and vocalist,...
Decision on Fliers Could Go to Judge
A judge in St. Louis County may decide whether to appoint a special prosecutor to handle a charge that some campaign literature of state Rep. Catherine Enz, R-Concord Village, violated state law. Enz denies the literature broke the law.The Missouri Ethics...
Defoliation Is Seldom a Good Sign
Q: I have seven flowering plum trees that were planted along the west side of our property in the fall of 1993. They have done well until about two weeks ago when the leaves on one suddenly drooped, dried up and dropped off. I was told to water three...
Democrats Push Child Care Plan Bill Would Double U.S. Spending
Seeking to capitalize on fractures within the Republican Party, Democrats went on the offensive Wednesday to build support for their welfare-reform plan, which would guarantee child care for recipients who leave home to accept jobs."I don't care what...
Democrats Push Child-Care Plan Bill Would Double U.S. Spending
Seeking to capitalize on fractures within the Republican Party, Democrats went on the offensive Wednesday to build support for their welfare-reform plan, which would guarantee child care for recipients who leave home to accept jobs."I don't care what...
Dispute over Parking Halts Shopping Center Plan
The St. Louis County Planning Commission has rejected an idea by county planners to require a proposed shopping center to add parking and place buildings farther from Manchester Road.Instead, the commission put the plan on hold while county planners...
Doctor: Mantle in `Big Trouble'
Mickey Mantle's cancer has spread and his condition deteriorated Wednesday, but he resolved to keep fighting the disease.CAT scans showed that Mantle's cancer has advanced beyond his liver and right lung, although doctors would not say where else it...
Don't like the View? Go Ahead, Change It
One of the things I like best about my new house and garden is that so many of my neighbors are gardeners with flowers and neatly tended landscapes. While my own property is small, it is enclosed on two sides by trees and mature shrubs and vines, and...
Dreams Author Gives Students Gift of Experience in Writing, Art, Life
When Carolyn Lesser turned 10 she knew she would become an author and artist some day.What she didn't know was that it would take 30 years.Today, Lesser's business card describes her as author, artist, consultant. Lesser, 56, has had a half-dozen books...
East St. Louis School District Challenges Takeover in Court
East St. Louis School District 189 officials are hoping a judge will put an end to state control of the district's finances by declaring an oversight panel's actions unconstitutional.In a complaint filed last week in St. Clair County Circuit Court in...
Enhanced Upper Torso Gives Lift to Her Life
Dear Abby: My husband of 18 years left me for a silicone princess. My son, who was in college, told me to fight fire with fire. So I had upper-torso enhancement surgery, which increased me from 32B to 34DD. You would not believe how it changed my life.I...
Everyone Loves a System
In gambling, everyone is looking for a system. Players seek the methodical way of betting that will guarantee success.One popular system is called the Martingale System, in which players progressively double up their bets after losses until they finally...
Fair Time Illinois Fair Organizers All but Sever Ties to Taxpayer Support, but Pork Remains
From homemade jelly to an NBA jam, outer space to cyberspace plus enough pork to keep a politician happy, the Illinois State Fair opens Friday, walking for the first time on its own financial feet.Never before in its 143-year history has a fair operated...
Family Stuff
Make Way For The Wavemakers</P><P>The 24th annual Bud Light Championship Grand Prix Powerboat Races will be at George Winter Park near Fenton Saturday and Sunday. If you attend, you'll find yet another reason to be grateful that you live...
Festival of the Little Hills Cooks Again on Riverfront
The succulent aroma of brats, beef sizzles, peroghis and roast corn will waft through downtown St. Charles Aug. 18-20 as scores of volunteers at the Festival of the Little Hills lure visitors to their food booths.Forty-four non-profit organizations are...
Fiesta Bowl Stacks Its Chips ($26 Million)
The phrase "in the chips" has taken on a whole new meaning for the Fiesta Bowl and its participating teams.Fiesta Bowl officials announced that they have reached agreement with the Tostitos division of Frito-Lay to sponsor the game under a three-year...
Galleria Welcomes Mark Shale
Buddy Reisinger says he'll be doing more of his clothes shopping in St. Louis now that Mark Shale is opening a store in the Galleria.Reisinger, a 32-year-old sales manager with Anheuser-Busch Inc., says it's about time St. Louis got one of the upscale...
Garcia's `Vibe' Was a Fragile Thing
Guitarist-singer Jerry Garcia, the late figurehead of the Grateful Dead, has left a legacy that extends far beyond what he and his band laid down in the studio.For the Deadheads who religiously followed the band around the country, the band's live performances...
Get in To
Bear with me, typing with only one hand is not only time consuming, it also means the end to any sort of Miss Beautiful Nail Competition I might have been thinking about entering in the near future. As if that wasn't depressing enough, the fact that...
Get to the Root of Your Plants' Problems
When a plant is ailing, the obvious starting point is what concerns you. Not quite so obvious: Is this normal for this time of year? Asking yourself such a question often points to the solution.For example, most gardeners understand that leaf drop in...
Giants Hurler Keeps Perfect Mark at 'Stick
Glenallen Hill's two-run homer in the seventh inning kept William VanLandingham's record perfect at Candlestick Park and gave the San Francisco Giants a 4-3 win Wednesday over the Pittsburgh Pirates.VanLandingham (3-2) allowed three runs and eight hits...
Gingrich Plays Down Wife's Comments on His Political Future
House Speaker Newt Gingrich had something to say about his wife Wednesday.According to an article in Vanity Fair magazine's September issue, Gingrich's wife, Marianne, said she will publicly "undermine everything" if he runs for president.Gingrich said...
Goodwill in Store Looks, Too
What's striking on entering the new Cahokia Goodwill store in the Cahokia Village Shopping Center is how much it looks like any department store.Racks and shelves of hardly worn and refurbished clothes - many items with designer labels - greet shoppers....
Group Says Neigh to Simulcasting Plan
Full-card simulcasting makes its debut at the Illinois State Fair this year, but gambling opponents complain it has no place at a family-oriented event, and they want Gov. Jim Edgar to suspend it.Simulcasting of out-of-state races is allowed for the...
Guilty in Killing over Pickup, Wellston Teen Could Get Life
Darney R. Towers faces four life sentences after a St. Louis County jury convicted him Wednesday of killing a man as Towers tried to steal the victim's pickup.The jury took 90 minutes to convict Towers, 19, of Wellston, of second-degree murder in the...
Hard Work under Harsh Spotlight Inside the Beltway
According to Dan's Papers, a Long Island resort weekly, a certain Louis Frech (sic) drove round-trip from Washington to the Hamptons in a single weekend to visit his vacationing family. This Frech left for the return drive at 2 a.m., arriving at his...
Heat Alert Temperatures Hover near 100
HOW HOT is it?It's so hot that we're back to heat-alert status, and no relief is in sight.The official high Wednesday was 97 degrees, with a heat index of 112."The heat index figures in the heat and humidity combined," said a meteorologist at WeatherData...
Hellebusch Park to Get New Lights
Hellebusch Park in Bridgeton will get new lights with $10,000 the City Council has appropriated from the general fund. Union Electric will replace the lights.The wiring for the lights was damaged in a fire in 1991 that destroyed the pavilion in Hellebusch...
Here's the Lowdown on New Shoes for Fall
AFTER TWO SEASONS of teetering on the tip of a stiletto, shoes for fall are taking on a lower-heeled, elongated effect.Lower, teacup-shaped heels and winkle-picker toes turned up all over the runways for fall, in everything from sling-backs to go-go...
He's like, Normal Mike Judge Took Two Teen-Age Morons and Made Them a Megahit
The story of how Mike Judge, the creator of Beavis and Butt-head, went from being an ordinary guy to being an ordinary guy with a hit TV show is a genuine American fable.In blunt counterpoint to the truism that success is based on "who you know," Judge's...
Higher Tax Rate Proposal on Table
The property tax rate charged by the city of St. Charles will go up a penny if the City Council approves the city administrator's recommendation.The rate for the 1995 tax year would be $1.05 for each $100 of assessed valuation."We're quite competitive...
How Suitable Are Short, Short Skirts?
BLAME IT on Heather Locklear. She's partly responsible for all those short-skirted, body-skimming suits.As vicious vixen Amanda Woodward, president of an advertising agency on the Fox TV series "Melrose Place," she wears sausage-tight jackets, place-mat-size...
In Keenan Plan, Fear Spelled Fuhr
The rebuilt Blues have a near-perfect blend of forwards and defensemen, shooters and passers, bangers and puck rushers, kids and veterans. On a given night, Mike Keenan can dress 18 skaters who can dominate.The Blues are capable of scoring and hitting...
Insurer Kept Chairman's Stroke Secret
Reliance Holdings Group Inc. confirmed Wednesday that chairman Saul Steinberg, the takeover strategist, suffered a stroke in June. But the insurer defended its decision to keep the information from shareholders.Steinberg's stroke, first reported on CNBC...
Jerry Garcia, Grateful Dead Leader, Dies 1942 - 1995
Jerry Garcia, the mellow spirit who had led the Grateful Dead since the psychedelic 1960s and helped make the rock band a way of life for its hordes of nomadic fans, died at a drug rehabilitation center Wednesday (Aug. 9, 1995). He was 53.Mr. Garcia...
Johnson Still on Track to Go Where No Man Has Gone Before
Michael Johnson is halfway home, his goal of an unprecedented 400-200 double within reach at the World Championships.Johnson, with a powerful move in the last 140 meters, ran away from the competition in winning the 400 meters on Wednesday in 43.39 seconds,...
Jury about to Get Child-Killing Case
After nearly two weeks, a St. Louis Circuit Court jury is about to get the case of Martin Link, accused of killing an 11-year-old girl. Closing arguments are scheduled for today at the Clayton courthouse.Link is charged with raping and strangling Elissa...
Kick Up Your Heels, or Just Watch
Members of St. Louis' Spanish-speaking community will present their annual Hispanic Festival at Faust County Park, 15185 Olive Boulevard, Saturday and Sunday. Hours are noon-9 p.m. both days.The event, now in its third year, promises to be un grande...
Ksd Fires Radio Rich
The voice and main purveyor of classic rock in St. Louis has been fired. "Radio" Rich Dalton hosted what was to be his last Sunday classics show on KSD-FM July 16; the next day management informed him he was out."They said - and I believe - the decision...
La Bon Brassiere Informal Setting, Fine Food Highlight New French Restaurant
Americans talk a lot about French brasseries, those simple little restaurants that are a boon to the traveler in Paris. They are neighborhood spots, offering good wine by the glass, a wide variety of beer and everyday French fare, usually well-prepared...
Lankford Takes the Night off to Stay with Injured Daughter
The Cardinals, shorthanded enough in ability, played without three more regulars Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers.Shortstop Ozzie Smith, second baseman Geronimo Pena and catcher Tom Pagnozzi already were on the disabled list with injuries....
Live! in Concert! Remember When the Music First Blew You Away?
Some things you never forget: your first best friend, your first sexual encounter, your first concert. Oh, sure, you might forget the exact date, or even the year if it's been a long time. But who played, and where, and the excitement that buzzed in...
Live Reviews from across the Country of the Band Live, Which Performs with P.J. Harvey and Veruca Salt at 7 P.M. Saturday, Aug. 26 at Riverport Amphitheatre
The Washington Post, May 5, 1995:</P><P>Live's show Sunday night at American University's Bender Arena looked like it belonged in the USAir Arena. It had all the hallmarks of arena rock: precision-guided lighting, fans holding up lit...
Maddux Streak Ends; Reds Stop Braves 9-3
Greg Maddux's winning streak ended at 10 games as Benito Santiago hit a three-run homer and led Cincinnati past the Braves 9-3 in Atlanta on Wednesday night.Maddux (12-2) had not lost since May 17, a span of 14 starts, and his streak was a career-high...
Mastoid Insignificant, but It Can Be Irritating
Dear Dr. Donohue: What causes the bony bump directly behind the ear? It is permanently raised, like a hard lump. You notice it with short haircuts, and it can get in the way of stems for eyeglasses. All we hear about is mastoid. Please explain what the...
Medical Principles or a Gay Agenda?
When the American Psychological Association meets today in New York, it is scheduled to vote on a resolution by gay activists to "discourage psychologists and other mental health professionals from providing treatment designed to change sexual orientation,...
Metro Collegians Team Starts World Series Challenge Today
Greg Stiegler has the kind of problems other baseball managers only dream about."With our lineup, I have a hard time figuring out who bats third, fourth, fifth and so on," said Stiegler, manager of Denny's in the Metro Collegians Instructional Baseball...
Mets Player Arrested in Sex Case
Two hours after the Baltimore Orioles sent him to the minors in June, outfielder Damon Buford was arrested for trying to solicit sex in front of a roadside hotel, a newspaper reported Wednesday.Buford, son of former major-leaguer Don Buford, is now a...
Moles and Voles Dig Lots of Holes the Best Solution to the Problem Is a Cat
This appears to be the summer of the mole. Or is it the vole? Or even the gopher. (What else could be dragging whole tomato plants down a hole?)About a month ago, a friend of mine who lives near Riverhead, N.Y., was happily anticipating the blooming...
Morning Briefing
First Banks Buys Stake In California Bank</P><P>First Banks Inc. has agreed to pay about $9.75 million for a controlling interest in First Commercial Bancorp of Sacramento, Calif.</P><P>If the complex transaction is accomplished,...
Morning Briefing Eye Openers
ERIC ZORN of the Chicago Tribune went dragging down the information superhighway recently with a poison pen under the hood. His mission: Stir up the Gearheads of the world. Go get 'em, Eric:"The two great mysteries of the universe as far as I was concerned...
Mother Recalls a Loving Cassidy Killer's Lawyer Reveals Abuse, Suicide Tries
Jurors who will recommend whether Thomas L. Brooks Jr. should live or die for killing Cassidy Senter were brought to tears Wednesday as they heard the child's mother describe the day Cassidy gave her a loving hug.They also listened to a searing description...
Movie Notes
'Waterworld's Saint Joe</P><P>It's one of "Waterworld's" few stabs at humor, but it sails over the heads of most viewers. Super-villain Dennis Hopper, standing aboard an ancient oil tanker - which we later learn is the Exxon Valdez -...
Msd Could Become Private Company
Voters have no direct say in what they pay to light their homes, or to heat them. Eventually they may have no vote on the price of flushing their toilets, either.A small band of St. Louis County elected officials fired a faint first shot Wednesday toward...
`Murderville' Gets Help from Guard
Police used to call Maria Paschal's neighborhood "Murderville."In 1993 alone, the Walnut Park neighborhood had 17 homicides, most related to gangs and the drug trade. On Paschal's block, the 5400 block of Wren Avenue, and on the one behind her, drug...
Music Notes
Hallowed Hall</P><P>The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, which took almost 10 years to create, is finally about to roll.</P><P>The hip-looking building will officially open its doors Sept. 1 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony,...
Nba's Labor Deal: Now Comes the Debate - and the Vote
Now that the NBA players' association has another labor deal to present to its divided members, the studying and the lobbying are under way."The next two weeks are critical for analyzing" the six-year proposal, said agent Bill Duffy, whose clients include...
New City to Set Up Own Court Municipal Judge to Hear Traffic Violation Cases, with View to Revenue
With an eye toward revenue, the Wildwood City Council will establish its own municipal court for traffic violations.Sam Panos, who will be municipal judge, told the council Monday night that the court would be "financially feasible and responsible."Panos...