St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from May 6, 1995

2nd Time around May Be a Charm for Rams' Gary
Eight months ago, after falling into disfavor with since-fired coach Chuck Knox, running back Cleveland Gary was released by the Rams.Knox no longer is around, but Gary is. He signed a one-year deal with the Rams for an undisclosed amount and was back...
Abortion Foes Have a Very Strange Way of Helping Women
MAIL FROM THE anti-abortion camp arrives regularly on my desk. Many of the letters begin or end with "ABORTION IS MURDER" in bold-face letters, as if I could miss the point.Some include clippings, pseudo-scientific articles about "post-abortion syndrome"...
A Divisive Agenda
Now that the House has dealt with Speaker Newt Gingrich's Contract With America, Congress is being importuned by the religious right to take up its agenda. Mr. Gingrich and most other Republicans don't dare do otherwise, even though the religious right's...
Ailing Astros Still Have Kick Win Is Houston's Fifth in a Row
The Cardinals paid tribute to the soccer Ambush before Friday's game with the Houston. But it was the visiting Astros who made like the National Professional Soccer League champions by kicking the stuffing out of the home team 9-4 at Busch Stadium.While...
Air Conditioner Is Cool, Not Cold
Dear Tom and Ray: Please answer my letter or my wife is going to make me start sleeping in her 1988 Chevy Astro Van. While sleeping in it might be a welcome change on some nights (she snores), you have to understand that we live in Phoenix, and it's...
Alton's Shark Was Long Way from Home
MAYBE YOU'VE heard about the shark that swam up the Mississippi River all the way to Alton. Maybe you believed it, or maybe you discounted the story right off.Great news - it's true!Early in September of 1937, an 84-pound, 5-foot-long bull shark was...
APO Rises, Weber Slips on Pba Tour
The Professional Bowlers Association's winter tour concluded April 22 with mixed results for the St. Louis area's top two pro bowlers.Florissant's Adam Apo, 30, took another solid step in his progress on the tour. But one of the sport's top stars, Pete...
As French Election Draws near, Cynicism Reigns Socialist Jospin Is Narrowing Gap; `There Is Real Danger,' Chirac Says
THE FRENCH, WHO ELECT a president only once every seven years, make their choice Sunday in a climate of unusually deep cynicism and divisiveness.Jacques Chirac, the conservative mayor of Paris, is narrowly favored over Socialist Lionel Jospin, but neither...
Astros Subs 'Pen Down Cardinals Relievers Fail in 3-Run 8th for Houston
With a dramatically shortened spring training and expanded rosters, early-season baseball games this year often will be decided by non-starters.So it was at Busch Stadium on Thursday night. Houston's bench proved worthier than the Cardinals bullpen in...
Author John Madson, 71; Wrote of Rivers, Prairies
Nature writer John Madson was buried last month at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, on the bluffs overlooking his beloved Mississippi River.Mr. Madson died April 19, 1995, at Alton Memorial Hospital; the cause of death was unavailable. He was 71...
Belleville Man Gets Retrial in Killings in Prison 14 Years, He's Now `Ecstatic'
After 14 years in prison for three killings he has always maintained he did not commit, Lee Otis Griffin of Belleville has won a federal court order for his freedom or a new trial."I'm ecstatic," Griffin said Friday from the Shawnee Correctional Center...
Bill Aids Cancer Patients Costly Treatment Would Be Covered
Breast cancer patients could have an easier time getting a costly treatment under a bill that the House passed Friday and sent to the governor's desk.The bill requires insurers to offer coverage of high-dose chemotherapy and transplants - "stem cell"...
Bradshaw Is Breezing Once Again
Terry Bradshaw used to run like the wind. He stole 65 bases in 1991 for Class A Savannah and caught the eye of Cardinals manager Joe Torre in the Winter Instructional League. Then he caught a bad break."I was watching when it happened," Torre said. "He...
Breast Cancer Statistics Need More Clarification
Dear Ann Landers: I am writing about your column on breast cancer in which you stated, "One out of eight women will get breast cancer."I believe these statistics are often used to distort opinions when pulled out of context. While some women may need...
Briefs
MISSOURI JEFFERSON CITY House Approves High-Voltage Fences For Two Prisons</P><P>Legislation requiring prisons at Potosi and Jefferson City to be encircled by fences carrying high voltage passed the last hurdle in the House on Friday....
Briefs
WORLD IRAQ Wives Say Detainees Are In Poor Health</P><P>The wives of two Americans being held in Iraq said Friday the men were in poor health and unable to handle the physical stress of imprisonment.</P><P>Linda Barloon...
Britain Plays Host as Europeans Observe End of World War II
QUEEN ELIZABETH launched on Friday a weekend of observances marking the 50th anniversary of the defeat of Adolf Hitler, while the Dutch, the Danes and the Czechs commemorated their liberation from the Nazis.The queen addressed a solemn gathering of...
Britons, Europe Mark War's End 50 Years Ago
Queen Elizabeth launched on Friday a weekend of observances marking the 50th anniversary of the defeat of Adolf Hitler, while the Dutch, the Danes and the Czechs commemorated their liberation from the Nazis.The queen addressed a solemn gathering of...
By Land, Sea or Air, Millions of Muslim Pilgrims Seek Mecca
Ali Rajab Ali says he walked part of the way from Uzbekistan to make the pilgrimage to Islam's holiest site and fulfill a promise he made to his dying mother.About 2 million pilgrims travel by land, sea and air each year to make the annual hajj pilgrimage...
Can Serena's Song Be a Gender Bender?
The battle of the sexes at Churchill Downs might appear to be an unfair fight: One filly is challenging 18 colts in the Kentucky Derby. But the lone female, Serena's Song, might have the talent and the raw speed to become only the fourth member of her...
Clinton Decries Militias, Violence
President Bill Clinton denounced paramilitary groups Friday and declared they had "no right to resort to violence."He urged Congress to pass an anti-terrorist bill to help police stop attacks such as the bombing of the federal office building in Oklahoma...
Con Men Working `Pigeon-Drop'
Beware of a Spanish-speaking man who carries thick wads of cash and asks for help in the Richmond Heights-Clayton area. Police warned Friday that it could cost you wads of your own money.A "pigeon-drop" scam cost a victim $13,000 Thursday afternoon,...
Daly Buzzes toward Another Georgia Peach
Defending champion John Daly, sporting a funky hairdo, birdied the final hole and took a 1-shot lead over Jim Gallagher and Michael Bradley in the second round of the BellSouth Classic in Marietta, Ga., on Friday."It's just awesome to be in this situation...
Durufle's "Requiem": Some High Points, Many Low
MAURICE DURUFLE'S "Requiem" is a sublime meditation on Christian burial that is as exquisitely sensitive as the Berlioz and Verdi excursions into this genre are boisterous. So it would seem an ideal choice for the St. Louis Symphony Chorus' final appearances...
Ex-Bucs Prospect Burns Old Team for Chicago
Scott Bullett, a former Pittsburgh prospect discarded because he wasn't an extra-base threat, hit a three-run homer to carry the Chicago Cubs past the Pirates 8-4 Friday night in Pittsburgh.The Cubs stopped a three-game losing streak and improved to...
Firms Sweeten Pot for Casino Franchise in Lemay
Rival casino firms each upped the ante by millions of dollars Friday as bidding closed on the Lemay riverboat gambling franchise."The more the merrier," said Vernon "Bud" Schertel, the chairman of the St. Louis County Port Authority, after final bids...
Flach Connection Helps Area Pro Land Wtt Job
Tim Noonan's longtime friendship with Ken Flach paid off this week when he was named coach of the Atlanta Thunder of World TeamTennis.Noonan, a teaching pro at Woodsmill Racquet Club in the winter and Old Warson Country Club in the summer, will coach...
Garage for Metrolink Ok'd Park-and-Ride Lots for Bus, Light Rail May Get U.S. Funding
A new, three-story parking garage at MetroLink's Hanley Road station is among 35 local projects likely to be financed by a federal program to reduce air pollution.The St. Louis area's $33 million allocation also will help pay for a new lot at the light-rail...
Golf Elbow? Join the Club and Get a Grip
Dear Dr. Donohue: I am in my 60s and play golf regularly. I began having pain in my elbow. My funny fellow golfers designated it as "tennis elbow." I started wearing a wrap around the arm just below the elbow.The pain after that was periodic. I stopped...
Gop Plan Relies on Slowing Health Care Costs House Package Freezes Defense Funding, Closes 3 Agencies
House Republican leaders' plan to balance the budget relies on slowing the growth of Medicare and Medicaid, elimination of three Cabinet-level agencies and the closing of numerous tax loopholes.The package also would freeze defense spending at current...
Gridlock and Henry Foster
With confidence and wit, Dr. Henry Foster used two days of Senate hearings to bolster his case for confirmation as the next surgeon general. His responses to questions about abortion and teen pregnancy should reassure any members of the Senate Labor...
Help Yourself!
Aluminum wiring</P><P>Overland Hardware, 427-1404, carries switches and receptacles for house wiring. - M.C.</P><P>I can help R.E. with electrical wiring for homes. - W.F.S., 227-7545 Books</P><P>I have a couple...
Historic Cabin Moves to Mascoutah
Notice to those who were driving just north of Mascoutah late Friday morning: That really was a 130-year-old log cabin rolling slowly down the highway.Motorists did a double take on seeing the 1 1/2-story cabin blocking the road ahead.It took more than...
Hornets Cry Foul as Bulls Move On
Michael Jordan was honest. Yeah, sure, he fouled Hersey Hawkins in the final seconds, but crying or complaining about it - as Charlotte's Alonzo Mourning did - wasn't going to change the call or the outcome."We're playing against the Bulls, not the league,...
Injured Neck Ends Career of Faded Comet Eric Davis
Eight years ago Eric Davis burned across the baseball sky with such a breathtaking combination of speed, power and defense he conjured up comparisons to Willie Mays.Today, the comet has burned out. Davis, 32, once the cornerstone of the Cincinnati Reds,...
Krone-Plated in Second Derby Run, Female Jockey Is on Sterling Quest
Even with Bo Derek touring the barns and Serena's Song resting for her big run today, Julie Krone was the female in the Kentucky Derby spotlight Friday.Krone will be the first woman to ride twice in horse racing's biggest event when she takes Suave Prospect...
Lakers' Showtime Is Disappointment for Supersonics
The Los Angeles Lakers, in search of the glory missing since they won five NBA championships during the 1980s, restored some of their old "Showtime" luster. The Seattle SuperSonics, in search of playoff success, became first-round failures again.Nick...
La Police Worker Denies He Altered Simpson's Blood Analysis
The battle over O.J. Simpson's blood intensified Friday as the defense accused a police chemist of purposely misreading test results and claimed that FBI tests supported blood-tampering allegations.Gregory Matheson, assistant director of the police crime...
Laws on Debt Collection, Credit Reporting
Q: Do debt collectors have to listen when you tell them they're wrong about a debt? Do they have to stop collecting if you tell them they're wrong? Do they have to take the debt off your credit record?A: Two different federal laws speak to the issues...
Le Pen's Anti-Immigrant Message Welcomed
THERE ARE NO JACKBOOTS or shaved heads in Hengwiller, not even any crime. There are just equal doses of pride and shame among simple folk whose village ranks as the top supporter of Jean-Marie Le Pen, the extreme-right leader.Hengwiller gave 47 percent...
Man Bites Dog: Tribe Fans Cheerful, Plentiful
The baseball strike couldn't ruin the rapport the Cleveland Indians built with their fans a year ago, and neither could the Minnesota Twins.Before the 29th consecutive sellout at Jacobs Field, the Indians won their belated home opener 5-1 Friday night...
Many Questions, Few Answers after Moeller's Resignation
There were many questions and few answers in the wake of Gary Moeller's resignation as Michigan football coach.Among the questions:Why did he do it?What will happen to him now?Who will coach the Wolverines next?After a drunken outburst last week that...
Mizzou Gets Grant to Study How Exercise Benefits Heart
Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the United States, and exercise helps prevent the clogged arteries that often cause the disease. But how?The University of Missouri has been given $6.8 million to find out. The grant, announced this week,...
Morning Briefing
A paltry 11,817 fans showed up to watch Oakland rally from four runs back to beat California 9-6 on Thursday night, but they got to see plenty of action. The players certainly enjoyed themselves - in fact, they had a brawl.LA Daily News writer TIM BROWN...
Morning Briefing
Nintendo Delays Debut Of Its Next Generation</P><P>Nintendo of America says it will delay the introduction of its next-generation home video game machine, the Ultra 64, until April 1996 so that more software titles will be available.</P><P>A...
New Carrier Cuts Fares to 2 Business Centers
An upstart airline has slashed the cost of flying from St. Louis to two regional business centers - Des Moines, Iowa, and Minneapolis.Vanguard Airlines, a low-fare carrier that began operations in Kansas City in December, is expanding to those cities...
New Potato Strong-Arms Beetle Pests
Monsanto Co.'s plant genetics program graduated from gee-whiz science to commercial prospect Friday when the Environmental Protection Agency approved a potato that arms itself against a dangerous pest.Monsanto has altered the potato plant to resist the...
`Oprah' Begins Campaign of Exercise, Nutrition
IT'S NOT enough just to sit and watch her.Oprah Winfrey wants you to get up from the tube and exercise. Of course, not during her show."Four o'clock, that's not a good time to walk," she quips.The kickoff was April 27 of "Get Movin' With Oprah: Spring...
Optimism Marks `State of the City' in Speech, Mayor Asks for Aldermanic Unity
Mayor Freeman Bosley Jr. developed themes of forming partnerships and pulling together as a family as he marked the halfway point of his term Friday in his annual State of the City speech.Bosley listed accomplishments of his first two years in office...
Panel Sends Message on Programs for Elderly-No Trims Preservation of Medicaid, Guaranteed Benefits among Items Sought
Keep Medicare. Keep Medicaid. Keep Social Security - "for all generations to come."That was the message left in Washington by 2,200 delegates to this century's last White House Conference on Aging as they packed up for home on Friday. And it puts many...
Penguins Hoping to Avoid Another Capital Offense
The name has changed from Mario to Jaromir, but otherwise the Pittsburgh Penguins' mission is the same: Win the Stanley Cup on the back of a big star.But the first mission is revenge - against the Washington Capitals, who eliminated the Penguins in the...
People
Sure, MARTHA STEWART keeps a nice house. But her neighbors in well-heeled Westport, Conn., say she's making a mess of the neighborhood.It seems that she's cluttering up the street with TV gear to tape "Martha Stewart Living" from her four-acre spread....
People & Events
TODAY</P><P>National Day of Prayer seminar: Speakers, panel discussions, fellowship, "prayer celebration" conducted by Family Shield Communications, a St. Louis nonprofit group on faith and family; 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Concordia Seminary,...
Pet Door Can Lower Heating Costs
Q: I'm tired of being a doorman for my cat and dog. Opening the door lets in cold air in during winter and insects during summer. What types of inexpensive, easy-to-install automatic pet doors are available? - G.S.A: Frequently opening a door for your...
Pit Stops
Fan Appreciation Day, rained out last weekend, is scheduled today at I-55 Raceways in Pevely. A $23,000 UMP Late-model stock-car race is on tap, with the winner taking home $5,000 in the 50-lap race.The heavy hitters should be there. Ed Dixon and Kevin...
Police/courts
The following incidents were among those that were reported to police departments in the St. Louis metropolitan area or that involved action in one of the area's courts: COURT ACTIONSEast St. Louis: Sentencing is scheduled June 8 for Robert Bradley,...
Police/courts
The following incidents were among those that were reported to police departments in the St. Louis metropolitan area or that involved action in one of the area's courts: COURT ACTIONSEast St. Louis: Sentencing is scheduled June 8 for Robert Bradley,...
Pow `Slaves' Revisit Scene of Ww II Abuse Volkswagen Plant Forced Prisoners to Make Weapons against the Allies
Former slave laborers who toiled in appalling conditions to power the Nazi war machine in World War II returned Friday to the Volkswagen factory where they worked more than 50 years ago.About 50 former prisoners from Poland, Israel, France, Belgium and...
Rams' Feet in la, Minds on St. Louis
Do they feel like St. Louis Rams yet?Not really. The Rams are stuck in the Hotel California. They checked in but can never leave.At least it seems that way to the players who have agonized over the Rams' fate as much as the frustrated fans in St. Louis....
Rams Get a Super Quarterback Rypien Signs, Hopes to Recapture Championship Form
The name of the Rams' newest quarterback has a certain ring to it. A Super Bowl ring.Mark Rypien, Super Bowl MVP for the Washington Redskins four years ago, has signed a one-year, $750,000 contract with the Rams. The deal includes a $375,000 signing...
Robber Guilty of Second Crime
Quentin Plair had been on his way to St. Clair County Jail in 1993 to begin serving a five-year sentence for robbery. But first, he stopped at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville.On Thursday, a jury convicted Plair, of East St. Louis, of unlawful...
Russia Is Taking `a Step Backwards' to Nuclear Arms, Nunn Says
RUSSIA IS turning back to nuclear weapons as the backbone of its military force and strategy, Sen. Sam Nunn said Friday.Nunn, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, stopped short of warning of a renewed Cold War. But he said that...
Search Ends; 2 Entombed in Rubble
Christi Rosas had worked there just eight days. Virginia Thompson had started in January.One of the women was at her desk, the other probably standing at a file cabinet when the bomb went off. Now, both lie entombed under a jumble of huge concrete chunks,...
Search Ends; 2 Remain in Rubble
Christi Rosas had worked there just eight days. Virginia Thompson had started in January.One of them was at her desk, the other probably standing at a file cabinet when the bomb went off. Now, both lie entombed under a jumble of huge concrete chunks,...
Seminary Training Is Taking a New Direction in the South
Instead of remaining sequestered with ancient texts on established campuses, more and more seminary students are studying in real-world locales like this one.Charlotte recently has become home to five respected evangelical seminaries. And the schools...
Senate Weighs Liability Suit Limit New Bill Would Not Be as Strong as Measure Approved by House
Senate Republicans introduced Friday a stripped-down version of a bill limiting damages in liability suits. A vote on the bill was scheduled for Monday.Under the new bill, those suing in product liability cases will be allowed to recover punitive damages...
Shaq, Grant Create a Magic Finish for Boston Garden
The Orlando Magic made Boston Garden a thing of the NBA's past Friday night. Now some nagging questions about their ability to win a playoff series are a thing of the past, too.With a 95-92 victory over the Boston Celtics on Friday night, Orlando claimed...
Simple Pattern for Long Wrap Skirt
Dear Eunice Farmer: My teen-age daughter and her friends want to make the new, long wrap skirts. They look simple enough, but since I'm not too advanced do you think we can wing it? Please suggest a pattern that is simple.Right on target, the wrap skirt...
Sports Shorts
If Eric Lindros returns to action too quickly, another injury to his left eye could cause him to miss the rest of the National Hockey League playoffs, the Philadelphia Flyers team doctor said.The club is hoping that a two-game wait will give his eye...
Stop Signs Should Be Stopped
Seriously, does St. Louis really need a $50,000 federal grant to convince motorists that the city has too many stop signs? Anyone who drives through city neighborhoods knows as much.What motorists may not know, however, is that St. Louis may well lead...
Stuff to Do
A selective directory of places to go and people to see. TODAYAlabama: Country music's longtime supergroup kicks off the Riverport Amphitheatre's 1995 season. The legendary foursome has sold 45 million albums and accumulated 150 music awards, including...
Super Handyman
Bringing plants indoors might help them survive a tough winter, but it can sure mess up your floors and tables if you are not careful.Make sure to place waterproof containers under each plant to keep moisture from coming through the bottom of the pot...
Taking Stock a Well-Organized Kitchen Can Save Time and Money in the Long Run
IF YOU'RE CLEANING out the 'fridge, freezer and cupboards, you need to know how long things keep - for safety and optimum taste - to decide what's ready to go and what can stay.Here are some general guidelines - not hard and fast rules - to keep in mind.There's...
Teens Sniff out Urban Solutions Student Fact-Finders Take Tour of Sewer beneath Forest Park
Lafayette Gills emerged from the sewer. "It stinks," he announced.On Friday, Gills and about 20 other students from Gateway High School in St. Louis and Pattonville Senior High School in Maryland Heights went down into the dark, cavernous sewer that...
Texan Gets 5 Years for Sex Asault Here
In impassioned written pleas, Gary Stufflebean's wife, daughter, mother, sister, counselor and 200 friends and acquaintances asked a judge for leniency for the 38-year-old businessman from Texas.Stufflebean's attorney, Charles M. Shaw, contributed an...
The Bullfrog's Laughter
THE NATIVE people of Australia, the Aborigines, tell us of the Dreaming Time, a time when the world was created, a time when myths were made. This tale happened in the Dreaming Time, long ago.The world then was full of creatures and creeks. Wide plains...
The Case for Foreign Aid
Though he lost his bid for the U.S. Senate, former U.S. Rep. Alan Wheat of Kansas City will help shape public policy in another important way. As a vice president of CARE, the relief and development organization, he will try to galvanize public support...
`The World Is Watching' Treatment of Serb Captives
Croatia paraded hundreds of healthy-looking captives before television cameras Friday, trying to refute charges that it was mistreating Serbs taken prisoner in this week's offensive.Serbian leaders have alleged widespread atrocities against captured...
Tories Bear Brunt of Conservative Town's `Disgust'
"DISGUSTED OF TUNBRIDGE WELLS" is a British archetype: the sort of conservative, home-owning English subject who writes letters to newspapers denouncing unwelcome new trends.Now the town of Tunbridge Wells is disgusted with the governing Conservative...
Twa Fee Talk Jolts Dow Transport Index
Airline stocks dropped Friday after word spread that Trans World Airlines Inc. might scrap the industry's 3-month-old policy of limiting travel-agent fees.The Dow Jones transportation average fell 27.95 points, or 1.69 percent, to 1,624.10. Airline issues...
Unser Faces an Uphill Drive for Back-to-Back Indy Wins
He is only 33, but Al Unser Jr. is beginning to sound like the sage of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.Being the namesake son of Indy legend Al Unser, a four-time winner of the "Greatest Spectacle In Racing," he was known around the race track as "Little...
U.S. Investigates Private Ownership of 8 Armored Vehicles Indiana Man Had 4 - and an M-1 Abrams Tank
Federal authorities want to know how eight armored personnel carriers formerly owned by the Energy Department's nuclear weapons complex wound up in the hands of five private citizens in four states last year, senior Energy Department officials say.Among...
U.S., Japan Fail to Reach Pact to Avoid Trade War Dispute Centers on Access to Auto Market
An effort by the United States and Japan to negotiate an accord for averting a trade fight over autos ended in failure late Friday.Mickey Kantor, the U.S. trade representative, announced the collapse of talks after five days of discussions in Canada...
Wash. U. Appoints Dean of Business Grabs Top Professor from Northwestern
Washington University has reached up into the highest ranks of American business schools for its new business school dean.The job goes to Stuart I. Greenbaum, a distinguished professor of financial institutions and head of the banking research center...
Young Blood: Blues Rookies Are Pumped
Blues youngsters Ian Laperriere, David Roberts, Denis Chasse and Patrice Tardif have played dozens of intense Stanley Cup playoff games.In their dreams."You think about it, but you can't imagine what it's like unless you really play them," Chasse said....
Zeal for New Zealanders? You Bet
When the America's Cup finals begin today off the San Diego coast, we're rooting for the New Zealanders. That's because the team from the United States, skippered by Dennis Conner, got into the finals purely through the auspices of their sponsors and...
Zig Ziglar
SEVERAL years ago, I heard about a fellow who returned a phone call, and when the phone was answered, the response was: "286-7495." The gentleman replied, "Yes, I'm returning Mr. Anderson's call," and the operator said, "Who is this?" He responded, "233-9191."It...

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