St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from September 26, 1997

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1st Game of Emba `Series' Sunday Old Monroe to Face St. Peters for Title
The Old Monroe team of the East Missouri Baseball Association is looking to make league history in the next few weeks. But St. Peters stands in its way.West League champion Old Monore (19-4) and East League champion St. Peters (14-10) will square off...
A Double Dose of `D': Blues Load Up with Defensive Depth
Although the Blues took the eventual Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings to six games in the first round of the playoffs last season, the series really ended early in Game 2.That's when Detroit grinder Darren McCarty crashed into Blues defenseman...
After 40 Years, 9 Return to Little Rock
In a dramatic piece of national symbolism, President Bill Clinton stood beneath the towers of Little Rock Central High School on Thursday and held open the glass-paneled doors for nine black Americans.Forty years ago, the same nine needed armed federal...
Albert Fired after Admitting Lesser Charge
Sportscaster Marv Albert, accused of biting a woman and forcing her to perform oral sex, pleaded guilty Thursday to assault and battery charges that could bring him a year behind bars and perhaps a lifetime of humiliation. Within hours, NBC fired him."From...
Algeria's Agony
Algeria is virtually a closed society. The little news that emerges from behind the shutters is of ghastly atrocities, of midnight raids on small villages, of hundreds of people with their throats slit, their heads chopped off, of blood-stained floors...
All Left Town after Year of Tumult, Fame They Make Up a Varied Group: Writer, Banker, Psychologist
The nine teen-agers who integrated Little Rock's Central High School in 1957 were a varied bunch, and their lives since then have proven it. They've become real estate brokers, writers and bankers and psychologists and teachers.But one thing they have...
An Avalanche-Like Phenomenon Begins with a Snowball Little Things Often Are Key to `Special' Teams Getting on a Roll
No, the Colorado Avalanche didn't repeat as Stanley Cup champions last season. But coach Marc Crawford doesn't wince while recounting the failure.In the Western Conference final, the Avalanche smacked into the Detroit Red Wings - a team that finally...
Angry Driver Ran over Pedestrian, Police Say
St. Louis police were looking Thursday night for an unidentified motorist who, they say, intentionally ran down and critically injured a pedestrian after a traffic altercation Wednesday in the 3500 block of Alberta Street.The victim, Richard Fritschle,...
Area Colleges: Men
SOUTHWEST MISSOURI STATE*Name-dropping: Wide receiver Jason Cannon (Webster Groves) caught seven passes for 108 yards as the Bears improved to 2-2 with a 27-14 win over Tennessee-Martin. Cannon helped QB Jeremy Hoog reach the 200-yard mark in passing...
A Satisfying Family Meal That's a Tad Sugary
"SOUL FOOD"Rating: R, adult themes. Running time: 1:54.ANY movie featuring fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, cornbread, candied yams, baked ham and peach cobbler has potential in my book. "Soul Food" has some other satisfying ingredients - a solid...
Astros Slide into Central Title
Someone had to win the NL Central. Eleven years to the day after clinching their last postseason berth, the Houston Astros finally won another division title.The Astros won baseball's worst division, routing the visiting Chicago Cubs 9-1 Thursday behind...
Average Cost of Attending College Is Outpacing Inflation
The College Board confirmed what Jerrie Gallo of Chesterfield and millions of other check-writing parents already knew: When it comes to tuition, higher education is living up to its name.National figures released Wednesday showed the average tuition...
Beasley Gets Shot at a Title It's an Obscure One, but Still a Big Fight for Florissant Man
Radford Beasley Jr., a plasterer by trade, will be moonlighting tonight in a room with no walls or ceilings.Beasley, a card-carrying member of Plasterers Local No. 3, steps into the ring tonight at Station Casino St. Charles to smooth out a dream.Beasley...
B'nai Torah Prepares for Rosh Hashanah
The small congregation at B'nai Torah in St. Peters will join Jews around the world next week in celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.Rosh Hashanah, which begins at sunset Wednesday, marks the beginning of the High Holy Days, a 10-day period...
Briefs
GULF WAR ILLNESSESReport Backs Pentagon As InvestigatorStripping the Pentagon of its lead role in investigating illnesses allegedly caused by service in the Gulf War would harm, not help, people in the armed forces, Defense Department officials argued...
Briefs
SWANSEACommitteeman To Run For State RepresentativeSteve Reeb, a Republican precinct committeeman from Swansea, announced Thursday that he would run in the March primary for state representative in the 112th District. "I'm a husband and dad with bills...
Briefs
JET-POWERED CARBriton Shatters Land Speed RecordBritish fighter pilot Andy Green shattered the world land speed record on Thursday by averaging more than 714 mph on two blazing runs in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. The Thrust SSC team headed by Richard...
Brit Belittles U.S. Ryder Cup Team Montgomerie Offers Americans Some Bulletin-Board Material
Colin Montgomerie offered some fighting words as the opening day of the Ryder Cup approached, words that might make this friendly competition intensely competitive.Speaking to The Herald, a Scottish newspaper, Montgomerie had some intriguing thoughts...
Briton Sets World Record, Pushes Car to 707 MPH
British fighter pilot Andy Green shattered the world land speed record on Thursday, driving 74 mph faster than the mark set 14 years ago.The Thrust SuperSonic Car team headed by Richard Noble - who set the last record - shrugged off the threat of showers...
Cards Drop 6th in Row as Reds Win 4-3 in 14
The Cardinals' season is ending just as it started, and you'll remember that start wasn't very good. The Cardinals lost their first six games of the season but hadn't had a losing streak that long again until Thursday night.A 4-3 win by the Cincinnati...
Cards Set to Call on Eck in '98 He's Willing to Return for His 24th Season
It appears very likely that Cardinals closer Dennis Eckersley, who turns 43 next week, will be back for his 24th big-league season next year.Eckersley said he wanted to play again next season, and he said he got some strong signals that general manager...
Cavs Get Kemp in 3-Way Deal
Shawn Kemp's saga in Seattle came to its expected conclusion Thursday night.In a blockbuster deal coming only a week before National Basketball Association training camps open, Kemp had his trade demand fulfilled. The Seattle SuperSonics made a three-way...
Charlatans Just Pretending to Have Old Buzz British Band Seems Stuck in a Groove and Can't Escape
THE CHARLATANS UKMississippi Nights, Tuesday, Sept. 23AT ONE point the Charlatans UK were touted as the greatest thing to hit Britain since William came over from Normandy in 1066 to make some policy changes. That was a long time ago. The Charlatans'...
Check Helps in Clearing Up a Misunderstanding about Credit Reports
Q: After reading your recent column on credit reports, I decided to get a copy of mine. I sent a check made out to Consumer Disclosure Trans Union, as your column said. It was sent back because it was made out wrong. When I called the company, I was...
Church Notes
Women's To MeetThe St. Charles Presbyterian Women's group will have its first meeting of the season at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the parlor of St. Charles Presbyterian Church, Gamble and Sibley streets, St. Charles. Information: 946-4467.Rummage-Bake Sale...
College Programs Get Boost from Area's Athletes
Denise Sobalsky, a Lake Saint Louis resident, has been selected as one of 16 students on the Randolph-Macon (Va.) Women's College field hockey team. A midfield player, Sobalsky is the daughter of Bill and JoAnn Sobalsky. She attended Wentzville High.Randolph-Macon...
Columbus Not Cooper's Town but Critics Don't Worry Ohio St. Football Coach
John Cooper, the farm-raised son of a carpenter and a school-cafeteria worker, turns his Cadillac left into the Woody Hayes Athletic Center parking lot. "I wasn't born on third base, you know; I came up the hard way," he says. "But things happen for...
Commission Asks British Editors to Adopt Tough Code of Ethics
No more paparazzi pictures. No more gangs of reporters outside people's homes. No payments to children for stories. Maybe.Reacting to the uproar over press intrusion following the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, the Press Complaints Commission asked...
Congress Yields to Clinton on B-2, Bosnia $247.5 Billion Defense Bill Lets Bomber Die, Deployment Go On
Congress sent President Bill Clinton a $247.5 billion defense appropriations bill Thursday that in effect kills future production of the B-2 stealth bomber and gives him a way to extend the Bosnia troop deployment.Because of a threatened veto, House...
Court Denies Move to End Recruiting in School Plan Nixon Chided in Effort to Resolve Desegregation
A federal appeals court panel denied on Thursday a request by Attorney General Jay Nixon to end efforts to recruit students for the St. Louis area's school desegregation program for this school year.The three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court...
Don't Bond with Stocks Only Balanced Investment Choices Abounding
THERE'S A reason astronomers pack up their telescopes at dawn. The stars are still there, to be sure. But none will outshine the sun.Luckily, investors don't face the same problem. Even as the stock market reaches its zenith, investors can - and should...
Don't Privatize the IRS
It is just not acceptable to put control of the Internal Revenue Service into the hands of an independent, mostly private-sector board of directors. Yet this is exactly what the National Commission on IRS Restructuring and its backup legislation call...
Dreamworks Debut Turns into Nightmare
"THE PEACEMAKER"Rating: R, violence and language. Running time: 2:00.BLESSED are the seatmakers, whose talent for comfort made it possible to sit through this boring, unoriginal movie. "The Peacemaker" is the first full-length offering from Steven Spielberg's...
Dropped Spray-Paint Can Sparks Fire in Home; 16-Year-Old Girl Is Burned
A 16-year-old St. Charles County girl received first- and second-degree burns early Thursday morning when the propellant from a spray paint can sparked a fire in her home.Rebecca Szuba went into the basement of her home in the 100 block of Biddeford...
Drug Regulation: Risks vs. Benefits
When a small boy hurts himself by running into a tree, he may pick up a rock and angrily hurl it at the offending object. Children tend to assume that when something bad happens, there is a guilty party who deserves punishment. Judging from the controversy...
Edge-of-Your- Seat Adventure with Proper Sir Anthony
"THE EDGE"Rating: R, violence, language, adult themes. Running time: 1:57.LET'S make sure we get this right. Alec Baldwin and Anthony Hopkins are being chased through the Alaskan wilderness by a 1,400-pound Kodiak and what are they worried about? Each...
Enzyme Linked to Lung Ailment Study Is Step toward Cure for Emphysema
A team of Washington University researchers, using genetically engineered mice, have identified an enzyme that may cause emphysema.The results will affect the way the disease is treated, and could someday lead to a cure.Emphysema affects 2 million Americans,...
E. St. Louis Schools Make Final Offer
The East St. Louis School Board laid out its "best and final" offer for its teachers Thursday night, and the teachers may vote on it today.While School Board members said they felt good about their offer, representatives of the teachers union were grim-faced...
Finders Keepers: Suit Seeks Old Hats
Barbara McAfoos was thinking about donating two antique fire hats to the Alton Fire Department after the hats turned up among debris at an old fire station that her company had bought.But she was angered when she lent the hats to city officials to look...
Fishing Report
LAKESBarkley: 3.5 feet below summer pool and stable. Clear. 76 degrees. Bass: Fair to good on topwaters and soft plastic lures. White bass: Fair to good on Rooster Tails and spoons. Crappie: Slow. Catfish: Excellent on shad and minnows. Below the dam:...
Four Symptoms Signal Narcolepsy
Dear Dr. Donohue: Recently you addressed sleep paralysis. Narcolepsy was mentioned as a "serious neural problem marked by uncontrollable daytime urges to nod off." I have been diagnosed with narcolepsy and told I would need Ritalin to keep me awake....
Frost Brings Heat (3-0) to Clayton Football
Clayton High football coach Larry Frost recently gained his 100th career victory at the school.The milestone occurred Sept. 13 when Clayton defeated Brentwood 38-0. That's 100 victories over 21 seasons."I inherited a losing streak," said Frost, who has...
`Future Is Now' as City and Bell Bring Fiber-Optic Cable to Corporate Centre
Southwestern Bell and O'Fallon have joined hands and leaped into the future of telecommunications. Amid fanfare and dozens of visiting dignitaries and community leaders Thursday, the O'Fallon Corporate Centre was declared Southwestern Bell's first "FiberPark"...
German Sub Sinks East Side Park
What a monumental failure of civic and political leadership. Because we haven't gotten our act together on a park for the Illinois side of the Arch, Congress is about to take the money away and spend it fixing up a crummy old German sub in Chicago.It...
Glass-Block Windows Can Save Energy, Foil Burglars
Q: Are the new, contemporary, designer, vented glass-block windows still as burglarproof and efficient as the old ones? My remodeling budget is limited. What are some low-cost, do-it-yourself options? - P.P.A: Designer glass blocks for windows and for...
Golden, Delicious Illinois Apple Crop Is Smaller, Maybe Sweeter Than Usual
When the temperature at Curtis Orchards dropped to 16 degrees on April 9, co-owner Randy Graham worried that the farm might not have an apple crop for the first time in its history."According to the books, we should not have had anything on these tr...
Grateful Jones Will Never Cross Swords with Davis
It's only fitting that Michael Jones' 100th NFL game comes Sunday in Oakland. Take no offense, Rams fans, if Jones shakes hands with Raiders owner Al Davis - or even gives him a hug - before the opening kickoff at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.Were...
Group's Leader Aims to Spark Tax Code Reform Says Missouri Businesses Could Play Big Part
Missouri can claim a spot alongside Massachusetts as the starting point for a historic tax revolt, the head of the nation's largest small-business advocacy group said Thursday.By helping to abolish the Internal Revenue Service code, business owners in...
Harmon Backs Tax Hike Plan for Metrolink His Route Choice Wasn't Picked, but He Says Light Rail `Has to Proceed'
Although he didn't get the MetroLink route he wanted to Clayton, St. Louis Mayor Clarence Harmon has decided to back a proposed tax hike to pay for MetroLink expansion.Last week, regional leaders voted to expand MetroLink on a route north of Forest Park,...
Head Hunting T Men Let Our Reporter Get in Their Hair - First to Touch It, Then to Talk about It
Of all the superficial stuff that's important in Hollywood, hair is right up on top - and that goes for the guys, too. On television, good-looking hair can become a star in its own right. Think of Kookie's comb-back on "77 Sunset Strip"; Fonzie's ducktail...
Health News
HEART ATTACKSDoctors May Have Found Crucial Warning SignDoctors believe they have found a warning sign indicating when a patient is at risk of an imminent heart attack, New Scientist magazine said Thursday. The magazine said Ronald Berger, an electrophysiologist...
Home Again $4,000 Donation Helps Woman Get Her House Back
THANKS TO A final donation of $4,000, Priscilla Dixon is getting her East St. Louis home back.But 18,326 other delinquent property owners in St. Clair County are risking the same fate.Almost $9,000 has been raised to help Dixon buy her home back from...
Howell vs. West Tops Bill to Kick off Weekend Play
Francis Howell at St. Charles West.With all due respect to Duchesne, Francis Howell North and the rest of the Gateway Athletic Conference, it has become the league's feature game in recent years. And this year is no exception."This is the one that everybody's...
Husband Domineering, Slain Wife's Family Says
Two competing pictures of the marriage between Scott and Rebecca Brown emerged at the murder trial of the former youth minister Wednesday and Thursday in St. Charles County Court.Scott Brown is accused of strangling his wife as she lay in their bed on...
Illini King of the Hill Mound of Turnovers Presents QB Chance for Lavery
He had a premonition he would be a starter.But for Illinois quarterback Tim Lavery, a little bit of excess baggage forced him to wait.No, he wasn't overweight or out of form. He was just the opposite: a two-sport star, in fact, with major-league potential...
Injury Prompts Change in Opponent for Beasley
Gateway Boxing, Inc., will hold an International Boxing Organization world featherweight championship tonight as part of its "Rage at the River" professional boxing card at Station Casino St. Charles.Radford "The Man" Beasley of Florissant will battle...
Intel Unlikely to Face Charges in Antitrust Probe, Experts Say
Intel Corp., the world's biggest computer chip maker, is likely to walk away unscathed from the federal antitrust investigation revealed Wednesday, antitrust experts said Thursday.While Intel is gaining more influence in the $150 billion semiconductor...
Iron Man Ripken Just Keeps Going
One of journalism's basic tasks is to shatter icons and challenge heroes. So it was not in the least bit surprising that The New York Times splashed a big story at the bottom of page one on Wednesday asking: Should Cal Ripken end his streak?For the few...
IRS Agents Lambaste Policies of Agency Fearing Retribution, They Testify Incognito
IRS agents, their faces hidden and voices scrambled to protect their identities, told senators Thursday that pressure to increase collections was distorting the nation's tax system and trampling taxpayers' rights. The agency's head apologized for past...
Katzenmoyer Earns a `45' with Buckeyes Sophomore Linebacker Takes Leadership Role at Ohio State
It was with sculpted frame and scripted future that Andy Katzenmoyer arrived at Ohio State last fall.As a child, he often was lullabied to sleep by the Buckeyes' fight song on a windup football. As an adolescent, he had sprouted to 6 feet 4, 250 pounds,...
Library Notes
Folk MusicJane Tomick Wold, singer, songwriter and music teacher, will present "Folk Music for Young People." She will entertain with folk songs on guitar, autoharp and dulcimer. The audience will listen and play along with tambourines, maracas, bells,...
Lions Riding Pair of Wins on Way to Facing Evangel
The Lindenwood University football team was about as low as one can get. The Lions, entering the new season with all sorts of high hopes and expectations, opened the campaign with a 33-0 loss at McKendree (Ill.) College on Sept. 7."That's just one of...
Love 'Em or Hate 'Em, 311 Rocks Its Own Way Band's Blend Has Appeal for Many Tastes
311Riverport Amphitheatre, Friday, Sept. 19TELL SOME people you're going to a 311 concert and you might incur injuries. There's no middle ground with this band. If you're into music, you either love or hate 'em. The mere mention of its name seems to...
Man, 73, Blames Wife for His Impotence
Dear Ann Landers: My 73-year-old husband reads your column religiously and quotes you often. Maybe you can help me."Seymour" is impotent, but he won't admit it. He blames me because we have no sex life. He accuses me of having affairs with my doctor,...
Man Gets $110,410 in Donkey Kick Suit
A jury awarded a man from Illinois $110,410 Thursday in his suit claiming he was injured when he fell from a donkey during a Donkey Ball game in Waterloo.The award was returned after a three-day trial in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis.The man,...
Maris' Record Is Family Jewel
A large and tight group of relatives in Florida will sweat through baseball's final weekend, wondering if two sluggers will take a bat and smash their precious family tradition to pieces.This season made the household squirm more than others. Until a...
Mcgwire X's out Foxx's Record 55th Homer Sets Mark, but Cards Fall
The story: Mark McGwire swatted his 55th home run of the season Wednesday night at Busch Stadium. It tied him with Seattle's Ken Griffey for the major-league lead and means that for the first time in baseball history, two players have hit at least 55...
Mizzou $Cores Big with ABC-TV Appearance
Mizzou's football team has been about as appealing to the networks as a request from Ross Perot for equal time. Sorry, buddy, you'll have to look elsewhere.The Tigers haven't appeared on a free-TV network's primary telecast in 13 years, since they lost...
Morning Briefing
Oxygen Provider To Cut Jobs In MissouriAmerican HomePatient, one of the nation's largest home oxygen providers, said Thursday it will lay off 300 workers, close offices in 16 states and post a losses for the third quarter and the year to cope with u...
Morning Briefing Eye Openers
The standard bearers of gender equity march on, blazing new trails through our male-dominated society. We've come a long way from the days when men were men and women set out the beer nuts.For instance, Winfield (W. Va.) High homecoming queen LEIGH BRAZEAU...
Mu Kickers Heading in Right Direction
Missouri's soccer team is struggling at 2-5, but the Tigers can delight in two recent accomplishments: national recognition of one of their players, and a win over in-state competitor Southwest Missouri.In last week's issue of "Soccer America," Mizzou...
Murder Suspect Called Own Worst Enemy in Retrial
Prosecutors said Emory Futo Jr.'s own words about the murder of his parents and two brothers could ultimately lead to a conviction in his retrial.In opening statements Thursday, Assistant St. Louis Circuit Attorney Robert Craddick told jurors Futo's...
NASA Gives OK for New Astronaut to Board Mir
NASA gave the go-ahead Thursday for another American astronaut to board the weary Mir space station despite pressure to back out before someone gets killed.Space shuttle Atlantis was to have lifted off Thursday night with astronaut David Wolf. He planned...
National City Stockyards to Be Shut Down Changes in Farm Practices, Drop in Livestock Receipts Spur Action
The National Stockyards in National City will close at the end of the year, a victim of changing farming practices and falling livestock receipts.The closing, which will put about 30 people out of work, had long been feared as the stockyards declined...
Neumann Is Tied for Lead 4 Others Also Fire 66 at Lpga Tournament
Another LPGA Tour stop meant another appearance at the top of the leader board for Liselotte Neumann.Neumann, who got her ninth career victory last week in the Welch's Championship at Canton, Mass., shot a 6-under-par 66 Thursday to open the Fieldcrest...
New Sitcoms Might Attract More Than Younger Set
I've never much wanted a guardian angel - I mean, a dead person following me around, offering unsolicited advice? No thanks.But a genie? An exotic spirit, snappily dressed in sequins, to grant my every wish? You betcha.Maybe that's why I like the new...
New Tax Law May Spell Doom for Variable Annuities
The $500 billion variable annuity industry, which sells mutual funds wrapped in a tax-deferred insurance package, must do just that.The reason is the government's recent tax overhaul, which not only reduced the long-term capital-gains tax but also introduced...
Nora Hits Southwest but Lacks the Punch Arizona, California Get Heavy Rain, Not Floods
The remnants of tropical storm Nora blew through southwestern Arizona in a hurry Thursday, flooding streets but failing to live up to warnings that prompted residents to lay down tens of thousands of sandbags.Water covered parts of U.S. 95 between Yuma...
Nora Hits Southwest but Lacks the Punch Storm's Plenty Wet, but Flooding's Small
The remnants of tropical storm Nora blew through southwestern Arizona in a hurry Thursday, flooding streets but failing to live up to warnings that prompted residents to lay down tens of thousands of sandbags.The storm's center passed over Yuma, where...
No, Sir There's a New Edge to Anthony Hopkins
PUT ANTHONY HOPKINS in blue jeans and a jersey and he still carries an air of formality about him. It's not so much that he was made a knight of the British Empire in 1993, and that there may actually be people in this world who call him "Sir Tony."...
Official Won't Recommend Razing of Edison Building Decorative Murals Have Made Vacant Building a Landmark
Kathleen Shea, commissioner of the Heritage and Urban Design Commission, said Wednesday that she does not plan to recommend approval of an application to demolish the former Edison Brothers warehouse at 400 South 14th Street.At its meeting Oct. 2, the...
One More Risk on Mir Is Too Many
NASA chief Daniel Goldin has finally decided to send astronaut David Wolf to the troubled Russian Mir space station to replace Michael Foale. Mr. Goldin delayed his decision until safety reviews were completed and now asserts that putting another American...
Overcoming Adversity Isn't Restricted to Males
Dear Abby: I am a 15-year-old girl who read your column about "Winning Against the Odds." I was surprised to see the names of only five women included, so I decided to add to your list of names.You once printed a list of African-Americans who were born...
Papers Tying Marilyn Monroe, JFK Fake, Reporter Now Says
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Seymour Hersh thought he had proof that President John F. Kennedy paid Marilyn Monroe to keep silent about their alleged affair. He's now changed his mind.Hersh has revised his upcoming expose on Kennedy, "The Dark Side...
People
Conductor SEIJI OZAWA'S 25th season with the Boston Symphony Orchestra started with bad timing, shrill horns and a hurried exit - all before he made it to Symphony Hall.Ozawa got to the opening-night stage a half-hour late Wednesday after getting stuck...
Place of Worship Greek Orthodox Church Considers Leaving City
A CHURCH THAT has been the center of St. Louis' Greek community since the 1904 World's Fair is considering leaving the city.On Sunday, members of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church will vote on the first step in a proposal to move to west St. Louis County.If...
Plea Bargains in Drunken Driving Attacked
Will County judges are too willing to accept plea bargains from drunken drivers, letting too many offenders get away with softer sentences, the county's chief judge says.Chief Judge Herman Haase sent a memo Wednesday to all judges who handle drunken...
Police/courts
The following were reported to police departments or involved action in an area court:VIOLENT DEATHSSt. Louis: Anthony Rhodes, 20, was fatally wounded in a shooting about 6:45 p.m. Thursday in a quarrel near the intersection of Billups and Aldine avenues...
Police Settle Down to Outwait Besieged Woman They Stop Tear Gas, Restore Power to House
For the fourth day Thursday, a 51-year-old woman with a shotgun held Illinois State Police at bay outside her small rural home near this town in central Illinois - a standoff some critics of police have dubbed "Roby Ridge."Police, determined to avoid...
Preserving a Bit of Culture through Their Voices
ST. LOUIS AFRICAN CHORUSThe Sheldon, Tuesday, Sept. 23IN A TIME when ethnic cultures are becoming homogenized and reduced to either the least common denominator or, worse, infused with Western culture, the St. Louis African Chorus (SLAC) strives to promote...
Prostitution Suspect Faces Loss of Assets
Federal prosecutors will try to seize two Mercedes-Benz cars and real estate owned by Everette O. Baker, who is charged with laundering $8 million in prostitution proceeds from his massage parlor operation in the village of Brooklyn.A grand jury indictment...
Reds Nip Cardinals 4-3 in 14 Innings
The Cardinals' season is ending just as it started. They lost their first six games this year but hadn't had a losing streak that long again until Thursday night.A 4-3 win by the Cincinnati Reds in 14 innings at Busch Stadium was the Cardinals' sixth...
Reggie Reg Steals the Whole Show
TRACY MORGANAmbassador, Friday, Sept. 19TRACY MORGAN came to the Ambassador as the headliner and left as a footnote. It wasn't for lack of street cred. He has that from appearances on "Martin" as "Hustleman" and a featured prime-time player on "Saturday...
Rehabilitation Reunion Offers True Celebration
Some reunions can be trying. Old classmates bopping around brainlessly. Distant cousins droning on about insurance options. They can be superficial, even sleep-inducing.But the annual rehabilitation institute reunion at St. Joseph's Health Center brings...
`Slice of Americana' Will Fall; Costs Will Rise, Dealer Says
The closing of the 125-year-old National Stockyards doesn't come as a shock to some of the people who do business there - such as Frederick Gerdiman."People . . . haven't been supporting the yards" like they used to, said Gerdiman, 73, a livestock hauler...
Slimmer, Trimmer Edison Emerges Comes out of Bankruptcy with No Family Control
Edison Brothers Stores Inc. emerges today from nearly two years of bankruptcy protection. The 75-year-old apparel and shoe retailer is now controlled by banks, investment banks and insurance firms rather than the Edison family.Edison has shed more than...
Southeast Asia Gasps under Thick Smoke from Forest Fires
The smoke is so thick it stings the eyes and burns the throat, making the simple act of breathing a chore. It is impossible to see beyond 50 feet, and the sun seems to have disappeared.All across Southeast Asia, people are struggling to cope with an...
Spartans' Coach Relishes Chance to Build Program from Ground Up
When Jim Greco joined the Francis Howell football program as a volunteer assistant a few years ago, his focus was clearly on the head job at Francis Howell Central High."This is the job I wanted," said Greco, who teaches physical education and drivers...
Spending Reform Looks Dead in House Gingrich Hardens Stance on Campaign Finance after Gephardt Sends Letter
The Senate and the White House may be talking truce on the terms for debating campaign finance reform, but in the House of Representatives the situation remains all-out war.House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., on Thursday all but slammed the door on enactment...
Sports Shorts
Motorola 300 Again Set For Memorial WeekendThe Motorola 300 will be run again on Memorial Day weekend at Gateway International Raceway, it was announced Thursday.Championship Auto Racing Teams Inc. has set the race for May 23, a Saturday. Practice sessions...
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