St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from March 2, 1997

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10 Teens in Critical Condition, Overdosed on Muscle Relaxant
Teen-agers overdosed on prescription muscle relaxants at a dance at the Boys and Girls Club in this Boston suburb. Thirteen were in hospitals Saturday, 10 in critical condition."They were dropping like flies," when police and ambulances arrived Frid...
(1997) Voters' Guide
Here is a list of candidates in the St. Louis primary on Tuesday. Candidates are listed in the order in which they will appear on the ballot. Candidates in odd-numbered wards are seeking four-year terms, as are candidates for mayor and comptroller.People...
ABSURDITY OR BLESSING? AS NATIONAL DEBT GROWS, SO DOES MOVEMENT TO AMEND CONSTITUTION TO REQUIRE A BALANCED BUDGET Series: Balancing the Budget: Amending the Constitution SECOND of FIVE in an Occasional Series
ROBERT BYRD, dean of constitutional scholars in the U.S. Senate, calls it a "ludicrous monstrosity," a constitutional "absurdity" - at best, an ineffectual symbol; at worst, an economic straitjacket.A thousand economists back up Byrd, D-W.Va. So do many...
After Friend's Death, N. Iowa Guard Carries On
Don't tell Darian DeVries that a basketball tournament is a life and death proposition.The junior point guard for Northern Iowa spent Friday burying his roommate, the victim of a one-car crash. After the funeral near Des Moines, DeVries joined his teammates...
After Loss of Friend, N. Iowa Guard Carries On
Don't tell Darian DeVries that a basketball tournament is a life and death proposition.The junior point guard for Northern Iowa spent Friday burying his roommate, the victim of a one-car crash.After the funeral near Des Moines, DeVries joined his teammates...
After Trailing by 11, Rosary Ices Incarnate Word in Ot
What did you expect Rosary High to do when Katie Pizzardi's 3-pointers missed the mark, Lori Chase looked more like ex-Blue Kelly Chase on her post-ups, and slasher Angie Stith had more traveling calls than points when she spun to the basket?Donate the...
Alan Benes Takes on Clemens and Gets a Lesson in Intensity
Before Alan Benes boarded the bus for Saturday's game here, he was talking to his big brother, who stayed behind in St. Petersburg."It should be quite a matchup," Andy Benes told his younger brother. "It's not very often that on the second day of spring...
A New Ewe or a New You?
The recent cloning of an adult sheep in Scotland by Dr. Ian Wilmut has inspired some pundits to suggest that we clone a dream team of Michael Jordans, which could hit the NBA hardwood in the next century. The discussion stimulated by the cloned sheep...
Annie Hall Grows Up Diane Keaton (`Godfather,' `Reds,') Calls Herself a Late Bloomer (`Marvin's Room')
MAYBE Warren Beatty had her figured. Maybe Diane Keaton is "a really slow developer." At least that's what the actress says he told her when they were together."And I think that maybe he was right," she says, her blue-hazel eyes lit up like a child's....
`Arch Madness' as Much a Spectacle as Basketball Event
Arch Madness didn't take long to live up to its name during the Missouri Valley Conference tourney at Kiel Center. Both opening-round games Friday featured upsets, with Drake beating Wichita State for only its second victory of the season and Southern...
A Riveting Look Inside the FBI
"THE FBI"By Ronald Kessler (22 hours, unabridged, Blackstone Audio, $18.95 for 30-day rental, $89.95 purchase)On the cover of this book a subtitle reads "Inside the World's Most Powerful Law Enforcement Agency - by the Award-winning Journalist Whose...
Art Donation Idea Not an Original, but Still Worth It
MEMO TO HUGH McCOLL, NationsBank:You've probably been wondering where the heck I've been. First, I promise to be your "eyes and ears" here in St. Louis, and then I don't even send you a note for three weeks.Truth is, Hugh, I've been busy. This "eyes...
As 1998 Nears, Bond, Nixon Kick into Gear
WHILE SOME PEOPLE are caught up in the St. Louis mayor's race, some politicians are looking further ahead.So it is with Sen. Christopher S. Bond, R-Mo., the state's senior Republican officeholder. In 1998, he expects to relive repeats of 1986 and 1992...
A Sweet Symphony Schedule Semkow and Slatkin Have Encores, Von Stade and Galway to Appear
THE St. Louis Symphony Orchestra will not just reprise old classics, but old music directors as well next season.More than midway through a successful year, marked by refined playing and positive financial news, the Symphony announced its 1997-98 concert...
At 91, Kc Doctor Turns Medical Missionary
Dr. Charlie White had always dreamed of becoming a medical missionary. But somewhere along the way, that dream was overtaken by family, golf, sailing and a home in an exclusive suburb."I got interested in more material things in life," White said.Now,...
At a Young 31, Mario Lemieux Packs Championship Capability
He skates across the blue line under pressure from the defense, holding onto the puck, holding, circling, holding, circling. It's as though time is frozen in a sport that has been called too fast to follow. But whenever Mario Lemieux has the puck, even...
At the Movies
*Movies, actors and filmmakers nominated for major Academy Awards are marked with an asterisk.NEWBooty Call (R; 1:38): A raucous comedy that features two couples on a double date. One is a clean-cut couple, played by Tamala Jones and Tommy Davidson....
At the Theater
Arcadia: A cerebral, demanding and elegant comedy by Tom Stoppard. Events in an English country house at two different times - the early 1800s, and the present - have a strange way of coming together. Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, 130 Edgar Road. 968-4925....
Background Check Links Child Rapist to Disappearance St. Charles Girl, 12, Missing since 1979
Nathan D. "Danny" Williams, a convicted child rapist, is a suspect in the 1979 disappearance of a 12-year-old runaway from St. Charles, police sources say.In a related development, St. Louis detectives say they are awaiting DNA analysis of blood traces...
Be Careful about Your Hand Signals When Traveling Overseas
WATCH what you do with your hands when visiting another country. What seems like a harmless gesture to you may be taken as a major insult. Here, mostly from Travel Holiday, are some examples:In Nigeria and Australia, the "thumbs up" sign is akin to giving...
Bill Clinton's Split Personality
Move over, Scotland. It seems the first cloning actually took place in Little Rock where, in 1946, two Bill Clintons were produced, one having little knowledge of what the other was up to.The first, for instance, would invite almost anyone with a checkbook...
Bloodshot Eyes May Just Be an Ugly Annoyance
Dear Dr. Donohue: I am a 73-year-old woman, and lately I have been getting bloodshot eyes occasionally. I don't do anything to cause this, and it is so ugly! My eye doctor says it will take time to clear. Eye drops won't help. I don't want anyone to...
Blues Buckled with Macinnis on the Shelf
In the heady days after the hiring of Joel Quenneville as coach, the Blues were among the hottest teams in the National Hockey League, with seven wins in 10 games.But they leveled off at 3-3-4 in the next 10 before starting their third 10-game segment...
Briefs
WASHINGTONClinton Reinstates Air Ticket TaxPresident Bill Clinton has signed a bill that reinstated the 10 percent tax on airline tickets until Sept. 30. His action was expected. The tax becomes effective in six days and will expire Sept. 30 unless Congress...
British Election May Be an Omen Labor Party Looking for Return to Power in Upcoming Vote
EVEN AFTER his party's crushing defeat in special elections, Prime Minister John Major insists that his Conservatives still can win the national vote he must call within weeks.But the latest blow pushed the odds heavily in favor of the Labor Party ousting...
Bruins Trade Oates to Capitals Boston Gets Carey as Part of Biggest Nhl Deal since 1992
The Boston Bruins finally pulled off the Adam Oates trade, only it was much bigger than anticipated."We had to find a situation where a team was looking for `now' and was prepared to give up some of its future," Bruins general manager Harry Sinden said...
Buyer Beware: Ordering Breakfast in Foreign Lands Can Be Adventurous
WHETHER you're closing a deal or relaxing in London or Tokyo, Los Angeles or Vienna, Mexico City or Moscow, don't skip breakfast. It's the most important meal of the day. But depending whether you're in Asia, Europe or the Americas, the breakfast menu...
Calling the Hotshots, Misses for Ncaas
Before the NCAA Tournament men's basketball committee sequesters itself in the Kansas City Hyatt Regency later this week for its annual blindfolded drawing - that is, its grueling, meticulous selection process - feverish lobbyists from around the country...
Calling the Hotshots, Misses for Ncaas
Before the NCAA Tournament men's basketball committee sequesters itself in a Kansas City hotel later this week for its annual blindfolded drawing - that is, its grueling, meticulous selection process - feverish lobbyists from around the country are spewing...
Camacho 5th-Round Win Sours Sugar Ray Comeback
Sugar Ray Leonard came back to the ring the same way he left it six years ago - a battered loser.Hector Camacho knocked Leonard down in the fifth round and then stopped him with a barrage of 11 punches early Sunday morning at the Convention Center.Leonard,...
Candidates for Mayor Push to Get out the Vote Officials Predict Turnout Will Be Highest in 30 Years
With the candidates launching vigorous get-out-the-vote drives, St. Louis election officials are predicting the largest turnout in more than three decades for Tuesday's Democratic mayoral primary.After witnessing months of heated attacks, voters finally...
Capitol Idea White, Georgetown a Good Fit
Jahidi White is late for an appointment, and a search is under way.With a shrug, an exasperated Georgetown University official says: "It's not like he can hide anywhere."At 6 feet 9 and 290 pounds, White - who sports a glistening shaved head and a trendy...
Carlyle Repeats as State Champions
Carlyle High completed its team goal Saturday night, outscoring Teutopolis 19-8 in the fourth quarter, to win its second consecutive Illinois Class A state basketball title at Redbird Arena.First-team All-State forward Courtney Smith, playing in her...
Catholic Teachers Group Asks for Boycott of Collection Plate
Catholic elementary school teachers here voted Saturday to ask parishioners to withhold church donations until the archdiocese recognizes the teachers' new union.The group, the Association for Catholic Elementary Educators, asked that donations be held...
Celts' 13th Loss in Row Ties Franchise Record
Terrell Brandon had 14 of his 19 points in the third quarter and the Cleveland Cavaliers handed the visiting Boston Celtics a franchise record-tying 13th consecutive loss, 99-81 Saturday night.Brandon, one for six for two points in the first half, went...
Chambers: Available for Adulation
WHITTAKER CHAMBERSA biography by Sam Tanenhaus524 pages, Random House, $35 ***** IN 1948 and 1949 the pivot point of American intellectual life was the issue of Whittaker Chambers and Alger Hiss. Chambers said that in the 1930s, when he was a Communist...
Charges Shake Proud Illinois State Police District
For decades, the image of the troopers at Illinois State Police District 11 in Collinsville has been squeaky clean.But four times in the last three months, Collinsville troopers have been hit with criminal charges, three of them felonies."You have sporadic...
China's Leader Outlines Problems Nation Faces
Failing state factories, poverty, mass migration and corruption are among the critical challenges facing China following the death of Deng Xiaoping, Premier Li Peng said Saturday.In his annual report to the 2,901-member legislature, Li pledged cauti...
Chuck Taylor's the Myth Behind the Autographed Sneakers
The man from Lang's Sporting Goods - his name was Red Hazel because his hair was red - with the station wagon load of Chuck Taylor's came to the gym every October right after cotton season but before the school carnival.Right in that time, that is, when...
Clarence Harmon for Mayor
On Tuesday, Democratic voters in St. Louis will give their nomination for mayor to one of two candidates: incumbent Mayor Freeman Bosley Jr. or former Police Chief Clarence Harmon Jr. After considering the relevant factors - experience, competence, ideas...
Cleanup of Pcbs Costing Millions Monsanto Still Facing Suits from Residents
Monsanto Co.'s pollution cleanup in Anniston, Ala., could be called a tale of two churches.If you talk to members of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, they will relate how Monsanto bought their site in a chemically contaminated area and helped them find...
CLINCHER: SOCIAL SECURITY IS THE DECIDING FACTOR FOR MANY Series: Balancing the Budget: Amending the Constitution SECOND of FIVE in an Occasional Series
SOCIAL SECURITY, the "third rail" of American politics, still packs a jolt.Last week, it helped zap prospects for a balanced budget amendment. Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., insisted gamely that he still had "a few rabbits left in the hat,"...
Clinton Is Quick to Make Friends
Richard Nixon was laid low by his enemies list. How fitting that Bill Clinton should be laid low by his friends list - all 355,000 of them neatly packed into the White House computer, with that extra-special 938 tucked into the Lincoln Bedroom.Nixon's...
Current Event Three-Month-Long Festival to Focus on River
The federal government, 10 states, assorted regional commissions and dozens of local organizations are collaborating on a multifaceted celebration of the Mississippi River to take place in June, July and August of 1998.Talk about a party on the river...
Demons Heal Billikens' Psyche Win vs. Depaul Sparks Slu's Stretch Gallup
Never mind that the Billikens have lost four of their last seven games and that two of those recent victories - including Saturday's 68-54 triumph - came against lowly DePaul.St. Louis University's crew, despite a 10-17 record, feels fortified to make...
Deshields Delighted with Pulled Double
It was not so much his first-pitch, opposite-field double off Roger Clemens in his first look at the redoubtable righthander. Nor was it his dragged bunt single past Clemens or his two stolen bases.Delino DeShields, the Cardinals' new second baseman,...
Don't Fiddle with the CPI
Nearly all economists believe the Consumer Price Index overstates the inflation rate, but few agree on just how much. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, which compiles the CPI, is working on the problem, but fixing it will take time because accurately measuring...
Drug Web Spans Globe, Report Says
Mexico and Colombia draw the headlines, but an ever-widening drug trafficking network now links virtually every country in the world to the major production centers."Cocaine and heroin trafficking, once limited to a few major routes and destinations...
Drug World Has `Patron Saint' in Mexico's Narcotics Trade, Legend of Jesus Malverde Looms Large
IN A GLASS CASE in the cluttered shrine to Jesus Malverde sit a tiny pair of crutches and a cast of a child's legs. "Thank you for the miracle," says a handwritten note left beside a flickering candle.A Polaroid photo taped to the wall across the room...
Emissions Testing Plan Is in the Air Inspections Set for Every Other Year - in Addition to Annual Safety Checks
Motorists in the St. Louis area are in for a major change in the way they get their autos inspected.Under a program that the state of Missouri is setting up, drivers will have to take their cars every other year to one of 15 new inspection stations to...
Even-Handed Bank Card Guru Gives Everyone a Straight Deal
Robert McKinley may deserve credit for keeping bank card issuers honest, but his first loyalty isn't to consumers.Yet while he makes most of his money from banks, he's hardly the financial industry's lap dog. So to whom does McKinley pledge allegiance?...
Ex-Illinois Legislator Uses Campaign Cash in New Role as Lobbyist It's Legal, but It Has Some Calling for Reform
As one of Illinois' top Democrats in the early 1990s, state Rep. Jim McPike of Alton built a $460,000 campaign fund that he used to support his candidacies and promote Democratic causes.Now, two years after McPike left office, that money is still wielding...
Ex-Marine Starts over in San Jose
The bullets zipped past Marine Cpl. Thomas Lowery as he hauled food and supplies for U.S. military efforts in Somalia, just close enough to let him know he was on hostile ground.Had it not been for his wife and daughter, the gunfire might have had l...
Extra Innings
Nearing the end of his storied career, Jack Buck looks back on a life that took him from Depression -era street kid to decorated World War II veteran to Hall of Famer and with more yet to comeON THIS rainy Thursday, Jack Buck is preparing to go to Schneithorst's...
Facts and Opinions on Effects of Marijuana Use
Dear Ann Landers: I am responding to the letter from Chuck Thomas at the Marijuana Policy Project. He says, "Stop locking up marijuana consumers." Surely Thomas knows that most states now have laws that make possession of minor amounts of marijuana a...
Faldo in Old Form, Takes la Lead
Three-time Masters and British Open champion Nick Faldo, playing like he's near the top of his game again, shot a 3-under-par 68 Saturday to take the Nissan Open lead in Los Angeles.Faldo was at 9-under through three rounds at Riviera Country Club, and...
Fans, Staff Will Miss Bliss on the Bay
For 56 season, St. Louis and St. Petersburg batted in spring together, but this season will be the Cardinals' last in historic Al Lang stadium.MICK McFADYEN'S desk at Al Lang Stadium is painted a bright scarlet red. During the four weeks the baseball...
Fine First Novel Is Tough as Nails
PAYBACKA novel by Thomas Kelly273 pages, Knopf, $23 ***** FOR HIS FIRST book, Thomas Kelly chose a tough genre - the hard-hat novel. That's a sticky sell at suburban bookstores. Suburbanites will read novels about people like themselves, and they'll...
Florida St. Toes Line to Upset No. 5 Wake
Kerry Thompson scored a career-high 21 points Saturday, including three crucial free throws in the final 43 seconds, as Florida State upset No. 5 Wake Forest 59-55 in Talahassee, Fla., despite Tim Duncan's 25th double-double of the season.Florida State's...
Focus Shifts from Busing to the Classroom
The adage that necessity is the mother of invention receives new meaning from the constructive response of many legislators and other Missourians to the coming end of court-ordered desegregation in St. Louis and Kansas City.Faced with the prospect of...
Frank Torre's New Heart Beats at Yankee Pace
The fantasy continues for the Torre family.Four months ago, Joe Torre's New York Yankees won the World Series at almost the same time older brother Frank Torre gained a new heart. And not only did Frank Torre survive the heart transplant in his 65th...
Free Agency Store Is Not Pulling in Lot of Customers
There were a few big hits early:Linebacker Chad Brown for $24 million over four years to Seattle.Linebacker Micheal Barrow for $18.75 million over five years to Carolina. Offensive tackle Brad Hopkins for $16.85 million over five years to sta y with...
French Program Makes Listener Wish for More
As American orchestras grow more curatorial and less exploratory in their approach to repertoire, it's unlikely that any one orchestra will develop a reputation for specializing in French music as the San Francisco Symphony once did under Monteux in...
Fristoe Mullins, 84; Founded Midcoast Aviation
Fristoe Mullins, a founder and longtime chairman of Midcoast Aviation in St. Louis, died at home in Ladue Saturday (March 1, 1997) of cancer. He was 84 years old.Mr. Mullins was born in Mayfield, Ky., and moved to St. Louis with his family as a boy.He...
From Layouts to Endorsements, Readers, It's Your Turn Now
I had a curious reaction to the Post-Dispatch editorial endorsing Clarence Harmon for mayor.It was so laid-back, so dialectically even-handed that it came thisclose to making a case for Bosley's re-election.As for the headline - "The Choice Next Tuesday"...
Fuller Disclosure Sought in Tax Effort
An opponent of a tax proposal on Tuesday's ballot in St. Louis has accused the supporters' campaign committee of failing to properly disclose expenses.The committee will amend its most recent report to list some of the expenses, William Kuehling, a committee...
Fund-Raising Mess Has Democrats Feeling Anxious
Democrats are gamely insisting that President Bill Clinton has not been hurt by disclosures of big-money donors sleeping over in the Lincoln Bedroom or the broader fund-raising scandal.Out of public view, it's a different picture.An angry Clinton calls...
Going to Ballot Box Tuesday Is True Test of Love for City
A FRIEND OF MINE, a fellow city dweller, tells me she's made up her mind on Tuesday's primary for mayor.She's not going to vote.My friend says she's tired of the charges and countercharges from the campaigns of Mayor Freeman Bosley Jr. and former Police...
Greenland Has Much to Offer for Those Who Dare to Visit
THERE we were, floating around in a pool of geothermally heated, 85-degree water, contemplating just how far we had traveled from any place even remotely familiar.We had stripped to our bathing suits in air that was 40 degrees, at best, in the company...
Greenspan Touch: Investors Turn to Gold
Gold traders were popping champagne corks as investors rushed back into the market the past week, boosting gold prices and gold mining shares, thanks to Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan's bluntest warning yet about the stock market's lofty levels.Gold...
Hard Rock Edge: Rock 'N' Roll Club Makes the Scene Again
It's 4 p.m. on a Monday and Orlando's Hard Rock Cafe is jammin'.The rock 'n' roll-theme restaurant serves some of the priciest grub in town. But even at this off-hour, there's a line to buy $9 hamburgers and $2 soft drinks - not to mention T-shirts,...
Hard to Forget St. Petersburg and Early Days
As Red Schoendienst would recall more than once, grinning: If either of us had had a couple of thousand bucks back there 5l years ago, in our mutual first venture to St. Petersburg, heck, Red might have owned the ball club for which he still puts on...
Harmon Weighs in on Regional's Future
Democratic mayoral candidate Clarence Harmon on Saturday said he would use $7 million in city funds to keep St. Louis Regional Medical Center running for 120 days to evaluate the hospital's future.He said he wasn't satisfied with the hospital board's...
Herta Not Taking Any Shortcuts in Quest for Stardom
Alex Zanardi put an exclamation point on the 1996 PPG IndyCar season - it was still called that last year - when he pulled what car owner Chip Ganassi called "a demon move" on the last lap of the last race of the season.Racing in the Toyota Grand Prix...
Hingis: Advanced beyond Her Years and Still a Kid
In the city of light and style, Martina Hingis stylishly embellishes a dull settee in the lobby of a modern business hotel. She is wearing black denim pants and a plain white T-shirt under a designer silk jacket accented with bits of gold and white....
'I DON'T WANT TO HANG AROUND TOO LONG' Series: JACK BUCK THAT'S A WINNER First of Four Articles
His son, Joe Buck, a real follow-in-the-footsteps sort, says the early drafts of "That's A Winner," didn't sound like his dad. That may have been because Jack Buck was too concerned with the I" syndrome his son said."It needed more of Jack Buck in it,"...
If You Loved It the First Time . . . the Rerelease! It's the Rage as `Star Wars' Mints Another Pile of Gold
WHILE 20th Century Fox is thanking its lucky "Star Wars" for the hottest movie phenomenon in the United States right now, all of Hollywood is flush with "rerelease fever" - studio executives are scouring vaults in search of great movies that could be...
Illini Freshman Taking Strides toward His Goal
Before he had stepped into the bright lights of his initial college basketball game, before he had encountered firsthand the physical maelstrom that characterizes Big Ten hoops under the hoop, Victor Chukwudebe vowed:Someday, I will lead this league...
Illini Rout Minnesota; Indiana Upsets Purdue
The Minnesota women's basketball team, owner of the longest losing streak in Big Ten women's basketball, couldn't muster the baskets - or much of anything else - needed to knock Illinois out of the Big Ten Tournament on Saturday.After an unexpected 80-75...
Illinois St. Win Puts Stallings in Mood to Talk Coach: Friday No- Show No Protest
Two good things happened to Kevin Stallings on Saturday.He showed up, and so did his Illinois State basketball team.The Redbirds defeated Indiana State 72-58 in a quarterfinal game of the Diet Pepsi Missouri Valley Conference Tournament at Kiel Center....
IN THE BALANCE: MISSOURI IS GOOD EXAMPLE OF HOW AMENDMENT WORKS Series: Balancing the Budget: Amending the Constitution SECOND of FIVE in an Occasional Series
WANT TO KNOW how a balanced budget amendment works? Look to Jefferson City.The Missouri Constitution has an iron-clad amendment forbidding the state from spending more than it takes in.If tax revenues fall behind expectations, the state starts to chop....
Jackie Robinson Retrospective Meaningful TV
Friday night, all-sports cable network ESPN offered three hours of fascinating, intelligent television. This riveting programming was a refreshing departure from the usual sports tripe and hype that's served up by shrill, carnival-barker announcers.ESPN's...
Jumpin' Jupiter? Cards' New Home Has Small-Town Feel
It's only 200 miles from St. Petersburg, but for thousands of St. Louis Cardinals spring-training veterans, this little community on the Atlantic coast might as well be another planet.Many admit that the move to the other side of the state will not be...
Just Desserts `Cup of Soup' Campbell Bowls 'Em over with Blues
Many, many mornings Craig Boutilier arrived to work at the North Star Youth Forum in Westboro, Mass., and found the Campbell boys waiting for him.They were rink rats, the whole lot of them: Bill, Jim, Ed and John. They loved the smell of Zamboni fumes...
Kc Students Try Pcp in Record Numbers
Nearly half of the 10th- and 12th-graders in the Kansas City area have tried marijuana, and students are trying PCP in record numbers, according to a study made public Friday.More than one in four eighth-graders in the Kansas City area have tried marijuana,...
Key to Learning Preschoolers Who Take Piano Get a Jump on Science, Math
Giving piano lessons to preschoolers significantly increases their ability to perform the types of reasoning required for excellence in science and math, researchers say.Surprisingly, lessons on using a computer keyboard provided no similar benefit,...
Larry Doby Crossed Color Barrier Behind Robinson
Larry Doby remembers clearly his first day in the major leagues, that day 50 years ago when he broke the color barrier in the American League. It was 11 weeks after Jackie Robinson had played his first game for the Brooklyn Dodgers in the National League....
La's Welfare-to-Work Effort Praised County's Job Placements Rose 160%
Los Angeles County's ability to quickly transform a poorly performing welfare-to-work program into a dynamic effort to push people into jobs could serve as a model for the nation, a study says.Over a two-year period, the county shifted the program called...
Launching a New Cop Show the Key Seems to Be to Place It in the Prized 'Er' Time Slot
DO television viewers need another cop show? Apparently NBC thinks so, hence the debut of "Prince Street," a saga of New York City undercover police."Prince Street" springs from the careers of Jim Tedaldi and Al Sheppard, who served in the NYPD Intelligence...
Legislators Targeting Custody Laws to Keep Both Parents Involved
Mention children and divorce, and everyone knows a horror story.A father who never had a fair shot at custody. A vengeful ex-spouse who thwarted court-ordered visits. A custodial parent who suddenly moved the kids four hours away."It just tears your...
Literary Launch of Jenn Crowell at 18, She Has Written a Novel That Puts Fame within Her Reach
STORIES flow from Jenn Crowell. Tales about 9-year-olds. Divorce. Horses. Road trips. British artists.At 4, she made up stories and asked her grandparents to write them down. In grade school, she wrote them herself and begged people to read her creations....
London Footprints Guided Walking Tours Are a Wonderful and Inexpensive Way to See the City
OUR assignment, should you choose to accept it, is this: You are to be tour guide in London for a woman who has never been abroad, loves the theater and concerts, enjoys eating well in charming restaurants - and has next to no money.She also has no interest...
Lost Father Unfortunately Found Author Confesses Long, Incestuous `Affair' in Memoir
THE KISSA memoir by Kathryn Harrison207 pages, Random House, $20 ***** AFTER Kathryn Harrison wrote about incest in her first novel, "Thicker Than Water," she told an interviewer that "some truths are better expressed through fiction than nonfiction."...
Loud and Clear Cincinnati's Huggins a Man of Many Moods
On the other end of a telephone, he sounds like he just woke up. Maybe his dog just died and the call interrupted a good cry. Or he just got back from the dentist and is on some heavy pain-killer.Is this Bob Huggins? Really?"Kinda dull, isn't he? Away...
Maryville Wins Title in Sliac
Henry Shannon scored 22 points as visiting Maryville defeated Blackburn 79-75 in overtime to win the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament title.Maryville (17-10), seeded second to Blackburn, won an automatic bid to the NCAA Division...
Mayor Issues Order to Register Gays, Lesbians as Couples
Mayor Freeman Bosley Jr. on Saturday signed an executive order allowing gay and lesbian couples to register their relationships at City Hall. He also announced that construction of a new Schnucks supermarket will begin in north St. Louis by the end of...
`Memory Tricks' Is Captivating Performance at Coca
Congratulations to Joan Lipkin of That Uppity Theater Company and Valerie Miller of the Center of Contemporary Arts. This weekend, they launched a new series, Women Centerstage!, with a captivating presentation of "Memory Tricks" by performance artist...
Memphis Tops Cincy in Finch Finale
Cedric Henderson scored 24 points and Sunday Adebayo added 22 Saturday as Memphis upset No. 9 Cincinnati 75-63 in coach Larry Finch's last home game with the Tigers.With play tight through most of the game, Memphis (16-13, 10-4 Conference USA) took a...
'Mike Bowen' in Bosley Ad Gets Channel 5's Attention
CHASING HEADLINES: Greensfelder Hemker & Gale trial attorney Gerald R. Ortbals said, "I'm putting together a letter to the Freeman Bosley Jr. campaign headquarters and media advisers to tell them that Channel 5 intends to make them cease and desist with...
Missouri Lawmaker Pushes Training Ground for New Legislators
Lawmakers are considering a bill to create a legislative academy - a training ground for new legislators.They'll eventually lose the old training ground - master lawmakers with years and years of experience - because of term limits.Twenty states now...
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