St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from July 27, 1996

100 Hype: Showtime's on Tap Once-Brash Torrence Attempts Not to Panic in Face of Adversity
As much as this has become Kerri Strug's or Amy Van Dyken's or Michael Johnson's Olympics, Atlanta 1996 was supposed to belong to Gwen Torrence.She was, after all, a defending Olympic champion in the 200-meter dash who figured to have a chance here at...
2 Prepare for Attorney General Faceoff Opponent Says Nixon More Interested in Press Conferences Than Public Office
AS MISSOURI ATTORNEY GENERAL, Jay Nixon has taken on school desegregation, lawsuit-happy inmates and the Second Injury Fund - making headlines all the way.That's part of the problem, says Mark J. Bredemeier, who is Nixon's Republican opponent. Bredemeier...
4 Guards Accused in Break-In
Four St. Louis jail guards ended up on the wrong side of the bars after breaking into a Pine Lawn home with handguns drawn, authorities said Friday.The incident occurred about 9 p.m. Wednesday at a home in the 6200 block of Reichman Avenue. The guards...
A Fergon Conclusion? 63 Puts Leader on Title Pace Californian Reaches 10 under with Record Round
The promised land at the $550,000 Michelob Light Heartland Classic had been established at 10-under par.That's the place at which Liselotte Neumann arrived to win the inaugural in 1994 and that's the pace Annika Sorenstam flashed to win last year.Vicki...
Animal Doctor
Dogs Often Feel Depressed After Coats Are ShavedDear Dr. Fox: My chow-shepherd mix has a thick, beautiful, silky blue-black coat which, upon the advice of my veterinarian, is shaved from March to October because of the heat. My dog became depressed both...
A Queen and a Champ Help East St. Louis
The vision unveiled by owners of the Casino Queen for further development on the East St. Louis riverfront is certainly grand, but no one can say it isn't justified by the success of the boat so far. Since the floating casino opened in 1993, it has provided...
Area Pro Update
STAMPEDEJUST THE FACTS: Beat the Pharaohs 43-37 Saturday in Memphis.STAR GAZING: Stampede quarterback John Kaleo completed 29 of 39 passes for 240 yards and threw three TD passes.RECORD: 7-5, third place in the Central Division.HOME COOKING: Stampede...
Around the Venues
New Zealander Wins Equestrian Crown Only three jumps to go for gold, but he needed a perfect round. That was when New Zealand equestrian Blyth Tait heard the "thunk" Friday that told him one of Ready Teddy's rear hooves had hit the top rail."My heart...
Bankruptcy Filer Must Attend Meeting
Q: In bankruptcy, what is the meeting of the creditors? When does it take place?A: After you file for a Chapter 7 or 13 bankruptcy, the bankruptcy court will appoint a trustee for your case. The trustee's job is to review your filing and make sure that...
Barnes Good to the Last Shot
America finally forgave Randy Barnes on Friday night.On a night in which Haile Gebrselassie, Linford Christie, Frankie Fredericks, Gail Devers, Gwen Torrence and Michael Johnson graced Atlanta's Olympic stage, it was Barnes who stole the show on the...
Baseball Arm Absorbs Great Deal of Pressure
Dear Dr. Donohue: My 10-year-old is a baseball fanatic. He is a good pitcher, and he is always asked to pitch in local youth leagues. I think he is overdoing it. My husband thinks I am being overprotective.The mechanics of pitching a ball argue for your...
Briefs
MISSOURIFEDERAL COURTSState's Western District Gets First Woman JudgeThe appointment of University of Missouri at Columbia law professor Nanette Laughrey to the U.S. District Court has been approved. She will be the first woman to serve as a federal...
Briefs
NATIONPENTAGONU.S. Paratroops Sent In As Tension Builds In HaitiA contingent of 175 soldiers of the 82nd Airborne Division has been flown to Haiti, the Pentagon announced Friday. The action was in response to an increase in tension since the acquittal...
Briefs
NATIONWHITEWATER CASEStill No Verdict In Trial Of BankersA federal court jury in Little Rock, Ark., reached no verdict Friday in the Whitewater trial of two Arkansas bankers, and jurors were excused for the weekend.Deliberations began Thursday in the...
Bush Goes All out in Support of Dole `My Heart Lies in This,' He Says about Campaign
Repaying an old political debt, former President George Bush promised Friday to campaign actively for Bob Dole this fall. "My heart lies in this," Bush said.His determination to give all-out support was evident from the start of their meeting Friday...
Canton `on Pins and Needles' Waiting for Hall's Hometown Kid
To residents of Canton, Dan Dierdorf is the boy next door, high school football star and hometown kid who made good.And now that hometown kid will be among the 185 members of their Pro Football Hall of Fame. Dierdorf, born and bred in Canton, will be...
Cards Fall 4-2 for 4th Loss in a Row
Brian Jordan might have thought that the way he and the Cardinals have been hitting the last few nights they were going to have few chances to score Thursday night.He could have blamed third-base coach Tommie Reynolds, who didn't make like a madman trying...
Chiefs Open Camp with Carter Missing
It's beginning to look like Kansas City has a problem with disgruntled cornerback Dale Carter, who wants to play for Minnesota and was missing Thursday when the Chiefs reported to training camp.Also missing was Jerome Woods, the Chiefs' top draft choice.Carter,...
Church Gutted by Fire Agents Checking for Possible Arson
Investigators are seeking the cause of a fire early Friday that destroyed much of the largest church in Madison County, Mo.Firefighters from six districts worked throughout the morning to smother and contain the blaze, which started at 1 a.m. at Calvary...
Cure Concert Leaves Crowd Wanting More
THE Cure show at Riverport was far from perfect. First off, the band didn't play every one of its hits, only most of them. On top of that, Robert Smith and the boys split way too early. Sure, the three-hour set was a solid hour longer than most concerts,...
Cut Your Utility Bills
Q: Intense afternoon heat from the south and west beats against my house, and the walls stay hot all evening. Would I get effective shade from flowering climbing vines on a trellis? If so, which vines would be best? - E.H.A: Planting some flowering climbing...
Day at the Beach Volleyball on Sand Goes against Grain of Normally Stodgy Olympics
So, how does one play Olympic beach volleyball in a city that has no beach?That's easy, dude.Find some open space behind a remote housing subdivision south of Atlanta, about a mile from The Waffle House.Dig a really big hole. Pump some water in. Dump...
Dodgers Hook Marlins 6-3 as Karros Homers
Eric Karros hit a three-run homer in the first inning, leading Los Angeles over Florida 6-3 in Miami on Thursday.Pedro Astacio (5-7), who took a five-hitter into the ninth, wound up allowing three runs and seven hits in 8 1/3 innings. After Devon White's...
Dream Team Has Dream Game in Routing China
A week after getting to Atlanta, the Dream Team finally arrived at the 1996 Olympics.After three underwhelming performances, the collection of NBA stars showed up emphatically Friday night, setting a record for most points by the United States in an...
Dream Team Has Dream Game in Trouncing China
The U.S. Olympic basketball team finally found a team it can look good blowing out.The Chinese entered Friday night's game with a deceptive 2-1 record, having gotten wins against Angola, the weakest team in these Olympics, and Argentina, noted more for...
Entertaining Kids the Old-Fashioned Way
BEFORE Nintendo, before Rollerblades, before computer games and Disney on videotapes entertained children, there was Highlights for Children. The magazine made visits to the dentist more bearable, rainy afternoons more fun, sick days not quite so miserable.Fifty...
FDA Approves Safer Hay Fever Drug
Hay fever sufferers who abandoned the antihistamine Seldane because of potentially deadly side effects will soon be able to buy a new, safer version.The Food and Drug Administration approved the new version - to be called Allegra - on Friday, a decision...
FDA Warns Eye Doctors against Unapproved Lasers
Federal regulators issued an unusually strong warning Friday to stop eye doctors from using unapproved machines for laser surgery to nearsighted Americans.The warning is the latest in a blitz of controversy to overtake a popular laser surgery that promises...
Fed Criticized for Expensive Bank Services
The Federal Reserve Board, criticized for rising expenses in an era of government austerity, should focus on streamlining the services it performs for banks, such as its massive check clearing business, officials said Friday."That area is where the biggest...
Fifth Consecutive Loss Puts Cardinals Back in Second
The Cardinals tell themselves not to be alarmed by Friday's 5-1 loss to the Montreal Expos. That was Jeff Fassero on the mound, after all.OK, so they got only three hits. But just how does anyone hit Fassero?"We've run into some good pitching," Cards...
Final Fling Jjk Begins Last Quest for Heptathlon Gold Today
How this remarkable journey began for Jackie Joyner-Kersee is a familiar saga:Named 34 years ago after Jacqueline Kennedy . . . outracing her brother to the mail box . . . jumping from her porch into a makeshift pit of sand imported with empty potato-chip...
Five-Ring Circus
As the Russians made their move in the medals race - they mocked the American preoccupation with appearing superior.The Russian newspaper "Sports Express" chastised us for ranking countries on total medals earned instead of gold medals won."Suddenly,...
Gomric Grateful for Chance
Two months ago, Jill Gomric was completing final exams at Althoff High in Belleville. Thursday and Friday, she passed another big test.Gomric, 18, graded out well in her first taste of LPGA competition. She fired successive rounds of 75 and stood at...
Gop Leaning toward Clinton on Welfare
Republican lawmakers negotiating the welfare overhaul bill are leaning toward giving President Bill Clinton some of what he wants.That includes smaller cuts in the tax credit for the working poor.But Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, D-N.Y., who has written...
Help Yourself
GuidelinesSELECTION of Help Yourself! questions is based on brevity, clarity, variety and suitability. Requests for china, crystal and silverware replacements aren't used because of the heavy volume of these items. Send your questions and answers, including...
Ice Pick Fairview Heights Cheers Idea for an Indoor Rink
Plans for a large indoor ice rink in Fairview Heights are drawing an ovation."If it's something for my children and the children of the metropolitan area, I'm all for it," said Mayor Gail Mitchell.U.S. Ice Sports Complex, the company that built the Blues...
In the Midst of Plenty Hedge Contracts Threaten Some Corn Farmers
Corn and soybeans are thriving in another steaming Iowa summer while crop prices hover at record levels, but there are few smiles in this tiny town in the heart of grain country."I am concerned that this is the stuff that homicides and suicides are made...
Isolationism Is a Danger in Russia, Too
If Russia is to prosper, it needs foreign investment. The nation's rich oil and gas fields would especially benefit from foreign capital. Modern Western technology is essential to revive declining fields and develop new ones.However, the Communist-dominated...
Johnson Jogs through 400
With 50 meters left, a relaxed Michael Johnson glanced twice to his right. With 20 meters to go, he slowed to a jog. He even let a runner from Sri Lanka pass him at the end.Johnson, wearing gold shoes, nonchalantly passed his first test in the men's...
Kellogg Earnings Lose Snap Price War Cutting into Cereal Sales
Kellogg Co. said Friday that second-quarter earnings fell 44 percent as a price war cut into its cereal sales.The maker of Special K and Frosted Flakes said profit from operations fell to $95 million, or 45 cents a share, from $168.9 million, or 77 cents,...
Kennison Agrees to 5-Year Deal
Rams coach Rich Brooks ended Friday's practice sessions with the Chicago Bears complaining about dropped passes and his receiver corps' inability to escape tight coverage.Not to worry. Help is on the way. Rookie wide receiver Eddie Kennison, a first-round...
Lawyer Defends Actions against Utility She Says She Has Right to Issue Press Releases
The state lawyer who represents consumers in utility rate cases says she has a right to issue press releases to her clients - the public.Martha Hogerty is the Missouri Public Counsel. She responded Friday to allegations by a lawyer for the St. Louis...
Legendary King Struggling to Excel in the Present
The crowds at professional golf tournaments usually split two ways: The follow the names or the numbers.The LPGA tour's top stars - Annika Sorenstam, Liselotte Neumann, Kelly Robbins - attract big followings. And so do the low numbers - such as the course-record...
Local Crash Victims' Bodies Are Identified Mass Set for Lake Saint Louis Man
The bodies of a young TWA flight engineer trainee from Lake Saint Louis and a woman from Warson Woods have been identified from the wreck of TWA Flight 800.The Suffolk County, N.Y., medical examiner's office made identifications of Oliver Krick, 25,...
Longtime City Officeholders Face Opposition
TWO VETERAN Democratic officeholders from south St. Louis face challenges in the Aug. 6 Democratic primary from men who got their starts in inner-city politics.St. Louis Sheriff James W. Murphy seeks a third four-year term. His challenger is Steve Chalmers,...
Many Unhappy Returns Consumers Who `Buy' Items, Use Them and Then Take Them Back Are the Bane of Retailers
IS THE customer always right?Always? According to corporate America, the answer is yes. Should customers be coddled when returning a purchase? You bet your crumpled sales receipt if the retail outlet says so. Most stores are lenient to a fault because...
Morning Briefing
St. Anthony's Gets OK To Renovate Maternity Units The baby competition surges on among the hospitals in West and South Counties.St. Anthony's Medical Center has received state approval to spend $4.5 million renovating its labor, delivery and recovery...
Morning Briefing Eye Openers
Lost in the hubbub of the BELA KAROLYI Show from Atlanta was the announcement that the Seattle SuperSonics had signed 7-foot-1 free agent JIM McILVAINE to a seven-year contract.Yes, the same Jim McIlvaine who was a backup center with the Washington Bullets...
`Motor-Voter' Law Pushes Rolls of Missouri Voters to Record
THE "MOTOR-VOTER" law has pushed voter registration in Missouri to a record high, Secretary of State Bekki Cook reports.Statewide registration for the primary Aug. 6 is 3,231,986, an increase of 320,000 since the August primary two years ago. The motor-voter...
Namibia's Fredericks Can Read a Map, but Will He Find Fast Lane?
As Frankie Fredericks watched the Parade of Nations in the 1996 Olympic opening ceremony on television last week, he was chagrined to see NBC fade to a commercial just before the Namibian delegation approached."All you saw were the big countries," he...
Native of Springfield, Ill., Savors Role as Expos Ace
Please don't describe Jeff Fassero as one of the top lefthanded pitchers in the National League. That's selling him short.Since June 1, the Montreal hurler has been among the best, with either hand in either league. He improved to 10-7 Friday night with...
New Burundi Leader Touts Democracy
Burundi's new strongman said Friday he was ready to restore democracy, as a mass military drive to recruit Tutsi youth got under way.Maj. Pierre Buyoya, installed as president after Thursday's coup ended Burundi's brief experiment with democracy, told...
New Computer to Be Fastest in World
IBM will build a computer designed to work 300 times faster than any existing machine to give the government a way to simulate nuclear explosions without actually detonating bombs.The new computer is expected to be able to do 3 trillion operations per...
New Small Bank Springing Up in Chesterfield to Specialize in Construction Loans
A rarity of sorts - a new, small community bank - is set to open in Chesterfield.Founders Bank will open Aug. 5. President Craig Conway says it is one of the only small banks to open in St. Louis since the 1980s, when mergers absorbed many independent...
Not All Champions Are at Olympics
IT'S NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE, I think, for us ordinary mortals to understand the stuff of which Olympic athletes are made.Sure, we catch glimpses of the end results of Olympian effort every four years. But the level of raw talent of a Dominique Dawes or a...
November Meeting to Focus on Fasting
AROUND 6,000 Christians, including some of the country's best known evangelical leaders, will gather downtown in November to pray for a new Pentecost. They want a spiritual revival in this country and around the world.But it's not just another prayer...
Older, Wiser Slaney Accepts Another Medal-Less Olympics
Because she is 37, Mary Slaney could be calm after being eliminated from the 1996 Olympics on Friday night at Olympic Stadium."I did want to be in the final," Slaney said, "but I think I'm old enough and wise enough to know you can only do so much with...
People
JOHN TRAVOLTA has a bill of particulars spelling out why he quit on director ROMAN POLANSKI and the movie "The Double."First, says Travolta, Polanski didn't like his acting; "He told me I was bad and showed me what I should do." Second, they differed...
People to People
Base Air Depot BAD #2 - Base Air Depot BAD #2 Warton (better known as BAD #2) in Lancashire County, England, will have its statesside reunion Oct. 3-6 at Myrtle Beach, S.C. For more information, write Richard McClune, 527 Quarterfield Road, Newport News,...
Peplum Bodice Flatters
Dear Eunice Farmer: I am getting married this fall and want my bridesmaids gowns to be just right, even though they range in size from petite to a size 14, and are tall and short. There's no time to refit at the last minute. What do you suggest?As I...
Pitcher at Arkansas Does Some Traveling
Brady Raggio has had the July of his life.The Cardinals' farmhand represented the Arkansas Travelers in the Class AA All-Star game July 8. Six days later, he left the Travelers on the road and hustled back to Little Rock in time to be with wife Denise...
Police/courts
These incidents were among those reported to police departments in the St. Louis area or that involved action in an area court:VIOLENT DEATHSSt. Louis: Tony Steel, 19, was charged Friday with first-degree murder in the death of Doris Jefferson, 51. Her...
Police/courts
These incidents were among those reported to police departments in the St. Louis area or that involved action in an area court:VIOLENT DEATHSSt. Louis: Tony Steel, 19, was charged Friday with first-degree murder in the death of Doris Jefferson, 51. Her...
Reader Says Americans Ignore Responsibilities
Dear Ann Landers: This is a response to "McLean, Va." about the "unfair" trouble people can get into these days. If a mother can be sent to jail because her daughter skips school, then mothers had better make sure their children go to school.If a parent...
Recorder Raises Chance of Terrorism 747 Flight Normal Just before Blast
Investigators grew more suspicious Friday that a bomb or missile brought down TWA Flight 800, after the flight data recorder showed that the Boeing 747 was operating normally just before it exploded."We've moved the ball a few more yards down the field"...
Reds Keep on Rolling, Get Back to .500 Mark
John Smiley and Bret Boone drove in two runs each in a six-run fifth inning as the Reds beat the New York Mets 7-4 Friday night in Cincinnati and extended their winning streak to five.Smiley (9-9) allowed five hits in seven innings, struck out four and...
Rookie Rosado, Royals Stymie New York 7-0
Rookie lefthander Jose Rosado gained his first major-league victory, leading visiting Kansas City to a 7-0 victory over the New York Yankees on Thursday night.Rosado (1-1), making his fourth start, allowed six hits in 7 2/3 innings, struck out two and...
Royal Flush Theologian Likens Recent Divorce to Split Caused by Henry VIII
More than 450 years after King Henry VIII broke with Rome, Britons are debating again whether a Roman Catholic can remain a loyal subject to a divorced king.William Oddie, a former Anglican priest who converted to Catholicism, revived the centuries-old...
Royals Had to Give Appier No-Trade Clause He Wanted
Kevin Appier, who was eligible to become a free agent following the season, and the Kansas City Royals have agreed on a $14.9 million, three-year contract extension through 1999.Appier will get $4.8 million per season and the Royals have a $5.2 mill...
Ru-486 Would Restore Privacy to Abortion
RU-486, the so-called abortion pill, has overcome a major hurdle to distribution in the United States. An eight-member panel has advised the Food and Drug Administration to approve the drug for sale in this country; generally, the FDA abides by the recommendations...
Senate Oks Sanctions on Burma Foreign Aid Bill Also Allows Funding of Abortions
The Senate voted 93-7 Friday for a $12.2 billion foreign aid package which, unlike its corresponding measure passed by the House, would impose economic sanctions on Burma and allow funding of abortions in foreign countries.The differences between the...
Siebert Sisters: `They Were Both Free Spirits'
In the Siebert home, the family's phrase of endearment was often scribbled on notes left on the kitchen table or taped to the refrigerator. "Fly Free" the notes said - shorthand for live, grow, test your wings.On Friday, in a city park a few houses away,...
Smith Finishes Third, Earns Fourth Medal
Ireland's Michelle Smith did something unusual Friday night: She won a bronze medal instead of a gold.Smith, a surprise triple gold medalist at the Atlanta Games, finished third in the 200-meter butterfly, beaten by Australians Susan O'Neill and silver...
Smith's 1st Gamble: Mu Opens at Texas
Larry Smith has to look only to Aug. 31 to see the Big 12 Conference's effect on his rebuilding job. His Missouri Tigers open the season that day at potent Texas.At the inaugural Big 12 football media conference Friday at the Trans World Dome, Smith...
Speed vs. Fairness in Desegregation
Frustrated by slow progress on his motion to end the area's voluntary school desegregation plan, Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon has asked the federal court to speed the process along. But the children in the program should not be cheated out of...
Sports Shorts
Mayfield Snatches Pole From Gordon All the big names took a shot at Jeff Gordon, but it was little-known Jeremy Mayfield who was able to push the Winston Cup's top qualifier off the pole for Sunday's DieHard 500.The 27-year-old Mayfield, whose best previous...
Stampede Heading Back to Playoffs
The Stampede made it look easy in an Arena Football League game Friday at Kiel Center, scoring a touchdown on every possession but its last in a 61-42 victory over the Connecticut Coyotes.With the victory St. Louis improved its record to 8-5 overall...
Tackle Who Won Fame for Lions Hopes He Can Help Big Red Line
The Arizona Cardinals offensive line last year was just that: offensive.The Cardinals finished next-to-last in rushing and rushing touchdowns, and gave up 55 sacks - all hallmarks of a weak line.So Lomas Brown was brought in to do something about it."You...
Teen from Boston Could Give Endurance Training
CARLEY AMIGONE is not officially entered in Sunday's marathon, but if there were such a thing as The Marathon of the Streets, the 19-year-old from Boston would be a medal favorite.After finishing her freshman year at the University of Massachusetts this...
Teen Struck, Killed by Freight Train Witness Says Youths Were Playing `Chicken'
A teen-ager from Ste. Genevieve, Mo., was struck and killed Friday by a freight train as he tried to scramble down from a railroad bridge in rural Jefferson County.Authorities said they did not know why the victim, Steven Naeger, 15, was on the bridge....
The River God (from Mozambique)
ONCE UPON A TIME, there lived a chief and his wife who had many daughters. They loved all their daughters, but loved the two youngest best of all. As time passed, the others grew envious and decided they must drive the two youngest away.One day, all...
TV `Dictionary' Lists 50 Years of Highlights
HE forgot "Ding Dong School"!Now, it just wouldn't do for one TV critic not to second-guess another. So here goes: How could David Bianculli fail to mention bell-clanging Miss Frances and her 1950s kids' show?But I would be a ding-dong to nitpick any...
Van Dyken Swims to 4th Gold Medal
American Amy van Dyken beat Chinese world champion Le Jingyi to win the women's 50-meter freestyle Friday and gain her fourth 1996 Olympics swimming gold medal.Van Dyken, finishing with a superb burst of speed, edged just ahead of world record-holder...
Van Dyken Wins One for All the Nerds
Pay attention, kids. Amy Van Dyken has a story to tell you.Worry that you don't fit in? Do the other kids make fun of you? Have you ever felt like locking yourself in your room, to block out the insults of a mean-spirited world? Do you feel kind of clumsy,...
Victim Hopes Her Story Helps Others Sexual Abuse Suit Was Part of Healing Process for Woman
Pamela D. Atkins, 29, wants to send a message to anyone involved in sexual abuse, or who knows of it occurring.She's been through it. She sued her grandfather for sexually abusing her as a child and her mother for doing nothing to stop it. She won a...
Visit to Bears Camp Brings out the Best and the Beast in Rams
The smart money was on Gerald Perry and Keith Loneker, cranky veterans who take only so much guff from a defensive lineman, particularly one wearing an opposing jersey.But in the upset of the week, it was John Earle who became the first Rams offensive...
When Mom, Son Become Just Two Good Friends
EARLIER this month, I went to Dayton, Ohio, to visit an office cubicle.Actually, I went to visit my son, who is working in Dayton this summer. But the specific invitation that he extended was this: "I want you to come see my cubicle."That was my first...
Yanks Flatten Royals with 21 Hits, 15 Runs
Bernie Williams, Tino Martinez and Gerald Williams drove in three runs each Friday night and the Yankees had 21 hits in a 15-1 rout of the Kansas City Royals in New York.Joe Girardi and Mariano Duncan both had four hits for the Yankees, who had their...