St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from September 6, 1994

A Chester Connection to Popeye Theme Park
SCOOPS DU JOUR: The ruhlly big news in show biz will break on Sept. 10, datelined Chester, Ill. That's where Universal Studios is expected to announce a "Popeye" section in a Florida theme park that is being expanded. After all, Chester is the home of...
Agassi Flashes Old Form in Beating Change in 5 Sets
This was the Andre Agassi who won Wimbledon, the one who once threatened to rule tennis, the one U.S. Open fans have been waiting to see ever since Pete Sampras blew him out in the final here four years ago.For one nearly perfect set at the start, another...
Ailing Hull Unable to Answer the Bell Viral Infection Keeps Blues' Captain Idle
Day 1 of what might be Brett Hull's final training camp with the Blues was filled with mystery and intrigue.First, the Blues' incumbent captain showed up at Brentwood Ice Rink as scheduled, seemingly ending speculation that he would hold out to force...
America Charges Ahead with the Credit Revolution Instant Loans Convenient, but Debts Can Snowball
It was only 36 years ago - September 1958 in Fresno, Calif. - that the credit card was born.That's when Bank of America sent out 60,000 unsolicited BankAmericards to its West Coast customers.Now, more than 1 billion plastic plates are in circulation,...
American Charges Ahead with the Credit Revolution Revolving Balances: Roll over and Pay Up
If you don't religiously pay off the balance of your credit card each month, you're what financial insiders call a "revolver" - someone who rolls the balance from month to month.You're in good company. Approximately 68 percent of bank card holders roll...
Area Teams off, Winning in Openers Eight of 11 Chalk Up Victories in First Outings of the Season
The first week of the high school football season proved a successful one for most area teams.Eight of the area's 11 football teams won their season-opening games Friday. Following is a closer look at Friday's action: *****Howell...
A Simple Test for Harassment
A HIGH SCHOOL English teacher I know gives her students a simple rule for avoiding plagiarism: "Don't use more than two words in a row that someone else wrote."A flurry of sexual harassment charges in the news begs for a similarly concise rule for avoiding...
At-Risk Kids May Need New Parents
The Congress of the United States has brought forth a crime bill. Now all of us can sleep better at night, right? Wrong. The federal government has undertaken to spend $30 billion of our dollars (what ever happened to deficit reduction?) to fight not...
Better a Fence Than an Ambulance
So the people said something would have to be doneBut their projects did not at all tally;Some said, "Put a fence 'round the edge of the cliff,"Some, "An ambulance down in the valley.",I kept thinking of that snippet from the John Malins poem I learned...
Bill Would Square Liquor Sales with State Law: 11 A.M. Sunday
O'Fallon aldermen will consider a bill that allows licensed restaurants, bars and other entertainment businesses to sell liquor two hours earlier on Sunday than is now permitted.The bill, if approved, would bring O'Fallon's ordinance in line with a change...
Birth Curb Is Urged `for Earth' Empowerment of Women Would Help, Speaker Says
One of the few female heads of government struck back at the Vatican and Muslim fundamentalists Monday by defending abortion and sex education, and made a plea to curb the population boom "for Earth's sake."In her opening day speech, the prime minister...
Blues Fest Such a Hit It's Likely to Return Musical Variety Pleases Devotees of All Stripes
From traditional blues and gospel magic to shake-your-bootie rhythm and blues, the St. Louis Blues Heritage Festival proved to be a hit, prompting organizers to say they'll try to make the event a St. Louis institution.Festival organizer Mark O'Shaughnessy...
Briefs
ALGERIA Opposition Leader Agrees To Talks With Government</P><P>The jailed leader of Algeria's banned Muslim fundamentalist party has agreed to conditions set by the president for talks aimed at ending a struggle that has led to about...
Business Notes
NEW IN TOWN</P><P>Clickity-Clack, an early childhood learning center, has opened at 710 Steinhagen Road in Warrenton. It is owned by Rhonda Click and is open from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. weekdays. Tara Goslik, the director of Dance Expressions,...
Choosing How to Pay Fees to Mutual Funds
If you buy your mutual funds through a stockbroker or financial planner, you may have two tough decisions to make.First, is the recommended fund really what you want?And second - a new challenge - which of two or three methods of payment should you choose?...
Clinton Speaks, Urging Workplace Cooperation
President Bill Clinton told 1,000 rain-soaked ironworkers Monday that alliances among employees, employers and government must become stronger.In a Labor Day speech, he said, "We cannot afford in a global economy to be divided again - government and...
Congress Is Underwhelming Many Americans, Poll Shows
Only 14 percent of Americans give Congress a high trust rating in a poll taken as members began a recess that for many marks the beginning of their fall re-election campaigns.Two percent trust Congress to do what is right just about always, and an additional...
Cuba Talks May Be at Impasse U.S. Rejects a Proposal to Increase Legal Immigration to 100,000
U.S. and Cuban negotiators met for about an hour Monday on halting the exodus of Cuban refugees, but the talks may be at an impasse.The negotiators planned to meet again today for a fifth day of talks, but David Johnson, spokesman for the U.S. delegation,...
Different Strokes for Different Folks
Most of us grew up thinking that intelligence is a singular entity. We quickly learned that having more meant doing well in school; having less meant school was difficult, at best. The further we are from school, however, the more we realize that what...
Dove Season Opens with Surveys Showing Number of Birds Up
Given an even break by the weather, mourning doves can make up for a year of poor nest success in short order. That's exactly what the popular game bird of early autumn has done this year, according to John Schulz, wildlife research biologist for the...
Dreadlocks Make a Statement for Wu Senior Barker
One of the lingering memories of this summer's World Cup soccer tournament is the hairdo style show put on by the players. Carlos Valderrama's orange Afro. Alexi Lalas' red mop and matching goatee. Roberto Baggio's ponytail.It seemed that most of the...
Electronic Catalog Promotes World Sales
Local businesses seeking to expand their international sales can now participate in the international "electronic business card," said Susan M. Inslee, director of the St. Louis World Trade Center.The Trade Center is compiling an electronic catalog on...
Excruciating Facial Pain
Dear Dr. Donohue: I have had trigeminal neuralgia for three years. The pain is on the right side of my face - sharp and unbearable. If I touch the area at night by turning over, the pain starts. Showering is impossible. I am seeing a neurologist, who...
Fatal Errors with Dates
Dear Ann Landers: I am in my early 30s. So is my good friend "Nancy." She has a Ph.D., is a professor at a well-known university and is well off financially.Nancy is attractive, fun and loves to socialize, but I have yet to see her in a healthy relationship...
Fireworks on 4th . . . of September 30-Minute Display Keeps Promise Made after July Show Fizzled
Spectators got a bang out of Sunday evening's fireworks display on the St. Charles riverfront.The 30-minute show was to replace a Fourth of July display that fizzled when the fireworks were accidentally set off too close together. That show lasted an...
First Property Tax Is Aimed at City Hall Voters Are Asked to Help Pin Down Government
"A lot of people don't realize how we run our government here," Cottleville Mayor Steve Kochanski lamented last week."I have a phone in my truck, which essentially makes up our City Hall," Kochanski said. "We have our board meetings at St. Charles Community...
Following Your Nose Lost Dog's Owner Blames Herself
In disbelief, Elizabeth Estes held up a plastic bag containing the collar and ID tags of her missing Australian shepherd, Frisco.In her public relations job with the Animal Protective Association, she's often reminded people to put rabies and identification...
For Openers, Dallas Has `D' Too
Barry Switzer put on his motivational hat before Sunday's game and challenged the Dallas defense.Nobody respects you, he said. Everybody thinks about Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin and Emmitt Smith when they talk about the Cowboys, he said.The Dallas defense...
Good Time, Ragtime Showboat Shimmies with 4-Day Festival Goldenrod Decked out in American Sound
SWAYING TO THE ragtime tunes coming from Jim Gover's piano and Don Franz's banjo, tiny Samantha Johnson, 19 months, clapped her hands and swung her hips Saturday afternoon aboard the Goldenrod Showboat."She's been dancing ever since she learned to walk,...
Haitians in Cuba Assault U.S. Force
Protesting Haitian refugees attacked U.S. soldiers with stones on Sunday and broke through the perimeter of the detention camp where they are being held, a spokesman for the base said Monday.One Haitian was injured seriously and six U.S. soldiers sustained...
Heartland Investors Must Pay the Piper Fund Investments That Seemed Safe Go Sour
Gambling with $5 million was just about the last thing on Jon Elam's mind.So the administrator of Maple Grove, Minn., seeking to invest the money until it was needed for street repairs, chose what seemed like a safe bet: A top-rated mutual fund that...
Hot Ice Brentwood Rink Is Coveted View as Camp Opens
Shortly after dawn Monday, dozens of anxious Blues fans were already lined up outside the Brentwood Ice Rink.Thousands more descended on the rink through the morning. They stood for hours in the haze, humidity and intermittent Labor Day rain to get a...
Hot Prospect? Drink Makers Wonder If Iced, Canned Coffee Will Hit the Spot
Soft-drink makers are wistfully eyeing the coffee bean and imagining the possibilities.Consumers have demonstrated a sizable thirst in recent years for something new and tasty, an alternative to variations on colas.Juice drinks, flavored waters, sports...
How Truce Came to Life in N. Ireland Secret Talks, Mi6 Agent, Mandela All Played Roles
ON AN APRIL SATURDAY in 1993, a journalist was hawking The Socialist Worker along Shipquay Street in Londonderry when a neighbor sidled up and said, "Here, you'll never guess who I just saw going into John Hume's house."The journalist pricked up his...
If the Shoe Fits . .
Dear Abby: I am a clerk in a shoe store. The letter you published awhile ago from a medical assistant in a foot clinic, complaining about the shoe requirements for flight attendants, caught my attention.While I know nothing about the shoe requirements...
International Intrigue Reunites Mother, Child Scotland Yard, Ex-Commando Help Lure, Arrest Husband
A woman from California was reunited with her two-year-old son when her Iraqi-born husband, accused of kidnapping the boy, was lured to London in a rescue mission reported to have been orchestrated by an ex-Delta Force commando's firm.Capping an episode...
Israelis Arrest 5 in Terrorism Scheme to Kill Arabs
A military officer and at least four other people have been arrested and accused of organizing a Jewish terror group to attack Palestinians, officials and press reports said Monday.If confirmed, it would be the first armed Jewish group opposed to the...
Keenan Catches Heat at NY Autograph Show
The room was relatively calm, some 20 people waiting patiently on line to get posters or newspaper clippings or hockey pucks autographed by Mike Keenan, the former coach of the Stanley Cup champion New York Rangers.It was a sunny Sunday afternoon on...
Killing of Fulton Couple: `There's No Reason' FBI Calls for Nationwide Hunt for 2 Suspects
When Andy "Gene" Brewer stopped by his parents' house to see why they didn't answer the phone, he found the unnerving answer in the basement.Brewer's flashlight illuminated the body of his mother, Flossie Brewer, 76, her hands tied behind her back with...
Lehmkuhle, Breckenridge, Howell Teams Lead the Pack
The First Capitol Invitational is always a good way to set the tone for the cross country season. And Friday's opening-day meet at McNair Park confirmed a lot of projections.One: Jason Lehmkuhle of Duchesne will be a force to be reckoned with in the...
Lions Fall Behind Early, Fail to Mount Offense in Season-Opener Loss
Coming off a 2-8-1 season that included a 2-1-1 finish, the Lindenwood College football team was eager to kick off the 1994 season on a positive note.But that didn't happen.The Lions, who trailed 9-0 before running their first offensive play, fell 23-6...
Lower Payments Can Pave Way to More Debt
In the past two years, credit card companies have lowered minimum monthly payments to about 2 percent of the balance from around 3 percent.That news may not be as good as it sounds. Lowering minimums:Makes it easier to get deeper into debt: You can borrow...
Maritz Telemarketing Center Here
By the end of the year, St. Charles will be home to the largest telemarketing center operated by Maritz Inc.The center opens this week with 100 stations in the Elm Point Business Park. Marjorie Schwenk, the director of business and planning development...
Medicare Does Not Make the Case for More Federal Health Care
Hillary Rodham Clinton was the chief architect of the administration's health-care plan. So it is not surprising that she bears a grudge against those who have resisted her effort to convert the industry into a giant public utility.One of them is Republican...
Medicine Lures Record Numbers of Aspiring Mds
They say the freshmen in medical school are those who still have color in their cheeks. But you can almost see them paling by the minute.Eight hours of classes a day are just the start. After that, one student said, "You get your hour of exercise, you...
Morning Briefing Eye Openers
So you're thinking about packing up all your cares and woes, saying bye-bye blackbird (and parakeet) and heading for the Big Apple for the last days of the U.S. Open? Great - just don't leave home without a bundle of bucks because sticker shock awaits.First,...
Mr. Mandela's Long Honeymoon
Nelson Mandela's political honeymoon has been surprisingly long. Some white South Africans had assumed their nation would sink into turmoil and then collapse the day after his inauguration. He has proved them wrong. And he has disproved a number of other...
Mrs. Bush Tells All after Pinnacle, Bushes Cope: 'Call out for Pizza'
Loss of power and prestige are not the only adjustments to life after the White House. There's also remembering how to shop for groceries and to cook - and those are the kinds of everyday moments that fill Barbara Bush's memoirs.The book was scheduled...
New for Elway: Goof in Clutch `Fumble' at Finish Dooms Broncos
From the man that gave you The Drive and The Comeback (Parts 1 through 32), make room for The Flub.John Elway has been called many things in his 12-year National Football League career with the Denver Broncos. "Butterfingers" isn't one of them.Until...
'Niners, Rice Strike Gold Receiver's 3 Tds Break NFL Mark
Jerry Rice broke the National Football League record for career touchdowns by scoring three on Monday night, the last on a 38-yard pass from Steve Young late in the fourth period.Those helped the San Francisco 49ers to a 44-14 victory over the Los Angeles...
Obituaries
Leo F. Bahr</P><P>Leo F. Bahr, 66, a member of the St. Charles parks board of directors, died Saturday (Sept. 3, 1994) at St. Joseph Health Center in St. Charles.</P><P>The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Cletus...
Osborne: No. 1 Ranking Inconvenient
His practicality some call it being a killjoy - is a fundamental part of what has enabled Tom Osborne to usher the University of Nebraska football team to a startling 21 successive seasons of nine victories or more.No surprise, then, that Osborne seems...
Panthers Hold off Chaminade in Coach's Debut
John Christopher could not have scripted it any better.Fort Zumwalt North High beat visiting Chaminade 21-14 Friday, giving Christopher a victory in his head coaching debut."It's always nice to get that first one out of the way, especially when you're...
People
Think MARLON BRANDO'S new autobiography will sell a few copies?As revealed by New York Newsday columnist Liz Smith, it's Brando's opinion that:MARILYN MONROE, with whom he says he had a long affair, was murdered. Brando says he spoke to Monroe just before...
Political Correctness at Smithsonian
THE LAST thing Margi Nanney expected on a hurried family tour through the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History was a lesson in political correctness.But there, in bold letters on a sign next to an exhibit of African hartebeests, were these words:"Female...
Prance Toes If You're Going to Dance with Spoonerisms, You've Got to Transpose
(Editor's note: Bappy hirthday to the Rev. William Archibald Spooner. What do we owe to this gentle scholar who gave us the word "spoonerism"? A legacy of laughter, for sure. But he also turned a speech defect - the Greeks had a word for it - into a...
Regional Expands Its Mission
Earlier this year, Regional Medical Center got high marks for patient care in surveys by the Missouri Department of Health and by Public Citizen, the consumer group headed by Ralph Nader. These survey results say much about the managerial skills of Regional's...
Road Construction
The following list reports on major road-construction projects that could cause traffic congestion. Information for the list was provided by the Missouri Highway and Transportation Department, the Illinois Transportation Department and construction contractors.MISSOURISt....
Russia Warns U.S. Not to Provide Arms to Bosnia Peacekeepers May Be Withdrawn
Russia threatened on Monday to withdraw its peacekeepers from Bosnia if the United States provided weapons to the Bosnian government.The new friction between Washington and Moscow jeopardized the united front of the five nations that are trying to get...
Special Traits May Be Needed from a Slu Ad
The next St. Louis University athletic director shouldn't plan on a lot of free time to hone his or her golf game.Maybe that filled the job description once upon a time at some major universities. You know: sit at the desk for a while in the morning,...
Sports Shorts
Mucha Wins Rail Title After Davies Blows Lead</P><P>Barb Mucha took advantage of Laura Davies' front-nine collapse Monday and posted a 1-shot victory over Kim Shipman in the State Farm Rail Classic golf tournament in Springfield, Ill....
Syndicated Shows Make Season Premieres
TALK SHOWS from Suzanne Somers and Marilu Henner, more "Price Is Right" and the series version of "Lonesome Dove" are among the syndicated shows picked up by St. Louis TV stations for fall. Here are some of the new offerings, with premiere dates when...
Teachers in Edwardsville Reject Offer; Accord Ok'd in Mascoutah
Teachers in Edwardsville rejected a contract offer Monday night and will continue the strike that has delayed the school year. But in Mascoutah on Monday night, teachers overwhelmingly approved a three-year deal.The 6,000 public-school students in Edwardsville...
Ten People Die on Missouri Roads
Traffic accidents killed 10 people on Missouri roads this Labor Day weekend, including a girl from Lake Ozark who died Monday from injuries suffered in a one-car crash on Sunday, authorities said.The girl, Holly Medlock, 12, died at a hospital in Columbia....
The Art of Making Credit Pay
Jane Acciaioli earns about $400 a year by spending money on her credit card.You can, too.Acciaioli of Canton, Mich., and her husband, Larry, both 43, are what the credit card industry calls "convenience users." They charge things because it's convenient....
The Assault of Rosa Parks
Four decades ago, Rosa Parks gave an added sense of urgency to the civil rights movement. She may now do the same for the grass-roots crusade against urban crime. She touched off a social revolution in Birmingham, Ala., by defying a city bus driver's...
The Optimist Osborne Sees '95 Success for Self, Cards
In a large sense, Cardinals pitcher Donovan Osborne is delighted his fellow players are on strike."It feels great," he said. "If I have to miss the whole year, everybody else has to miss half the season."Osborne, 25, has been out all season after undergoing...
The Short, Sad Life of a Little Felon
For an 11-year-old sixth-grader, Robert Sandifur did a lot of living - arrested more than two dozen times, prosecuted for no fewer than eight felonies, accused last week of murdering his 14-year-old neighbor and, finally, becoming the victim later in...
Three Candidates Vie for Congress Gop Incumbent Defends Seat against Libertarian, Demorcrat in 2nd District
If President Bill Clinton looks for a vote for his health care plan in the 2nd District of Missouri, he won't find it from any of the candidates whose names are on the ballot Nov. 8.He won't get it from incumbent James M. Talent, R-Chesterfield. Clinton's...
Title's Up in Air, but Task's Down to Earth Boon to Begin Work as Marketing Director to Lead City into Financial Future
There is some question as to the title that St. Charles officials will give Nadine Boon when she joins the staff in two weeks. But there is no doubt in anyone's mind about the job Boon is expected to perform."The first thing she told us she would do...
To Teach about the Horror
A few years ago I was asked to speak publicly about the Holocaust of which I am a survivor. Not having sufficient courage at that time, I had to refuse. However things have changed in the past year, chiefly because of Steven Spielberg's movie "Schindler's...
Two-Wheeled Scofflaws Get What's Coming
IT ALL HAPPENED so quickly.My light was green as I drove along DeBaliviere near Lindell Boulevard, right at Forest Park.Without warning, a guy on a bicycle darted out along Lindell. The guy had looked neither left nor right. I slammed on my brakes, causing...
Vfw/portage Surprises Champs; St. Paul, Old Monroe Washed Out
The VFW Post 4219/Portage baseball team took a major step toward the East Missouri Baseball Association's East League title Sunday.But there's another big step left."Our backs are still against the wall, but we're playing well," VFW/Portage player/manager...
Victim's Mother Tells of Stormy Marriage in Decaro Murder Trial
Elizabeth DeCaro's middle-class suburban life, centered on her four children and church activities, made her an unlikely murder victim, says her mother, Georgianna Van Iseghem.Van Iseghem testified last week at the murder trial of her daughter's husband,...
Weekly Coaches? It Couldn't Get Much Weaker
When it comes to being patient with Mizzou football, I stand second to no man.The only thing more rewarding is being hit on the head repeatedly by shanked field goals.The record here showed annual support for Woody Widenhofer and Bob Stull. They were...
We Love a Parade! Labor Day: Marchers Make Big Splash, but Pools - Only a Ripple
St. Louisans waved goodbye Monday to summer by making final trips to swimming pools, putting away camping equipment and taking part in Labor Day parades."Rest in peace until next year," said Marge Alferman, a swimming pool cashier who joked that the...
William Welsh Is Fighting Ice with Fire Beetles
William Welsh is fighting ice with fire beetles.Welsh, a chemist at the University of Missouri at St. Louis, is studying a natural antifreeze produced by the bizarre-looking beetles found throughout North America.He is also analyzing another antifreeze,...
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