St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from January 27, 1996

Best Speed to Save Gas
Dear Tom and Ray: Please help settle a dispute with a colleague. She insists that there is a negligible difference in the amount of gas used going 70 mph vs. 50 mph. I say there is an optimum gas-saving speed, and for most cars, that is around 50 mph....
Bird Call Feathered Friends Will Flock to Water
Maybe you know your suet balls from your black sunflower seeds, your tubular feeders from your hopper feeders - but did you know that wild birds need water even more than food when it's below freezing?You'll attract more birds to your back yard with...
Blame the Messengers an Author Takes the Pulse of America through Its Bumper Stickers
AMERICA beware: Carol Gardner is looking for sticky situations, and she's not afraid to pull over people on highways or accost them in parking lots to find what she wants.Gardner hankers for bumper stickers - those succinct rectangular incarnations...
Briefs
HARRIS-STOWE COLLEGEBoard Votes To Increase TuitionThe board of Harris-Stowe State College in St. Louis has increased the tuition, starting with this summer's session.The cost per credit hour for instate students will go to $74 from the current $69....
Bright Charged with Sodomy His Other Dealings Draw Questions
Ruffner G. Bright, a pedophile with a rap sheet dating back 51 years, was charged Friday with sodomizing a 5-year-old boy. The child's immigrant parents had entrusted Bright with his medical care and education.He was being held in lieu of $750,000 bond...
Candidates `Bug' Voters to Mail Ballots
TWO-THIRDS OF the way through the nation's first mail-in congressional election, the two candidates are hounding voters with the help of public records that show exactly who has voted and who hasn't.With a week to go and Senate candidates Gordon Smith...
Cardinals Give Pena Another Chance
Geronimo Pena has frustrated the Cardinals more than satisfied them in his five seasons with the team. But he is back for one more go-around.Pena, the regular second baseman on several occasions who often lost the job because of injury, agreed to a...
Cashing out Boatmen's Bank Plans to Close Locust Branchstreet
The Boatmen's National Bank branch at 510 Locust Street - where bankers have made change and accepted deposits for most of this century - will close in March.Boatmen's says it has too many downtown St. Louis branches, and the Locust branch is not needed....
Chang vs. Becker in Final
Not so long ago, the careers of Boris Becker and Michael Chang seemed to be in eclipse, Grand Slam champions whose time had passed.Becker went through all kinds of changes, from wunderkind to soul-searcher to proud papa. From "Boom Boom" to big bust,...
Cheri Oteri Makes Merry on `Saturday Night Live'
'Saturday Night Live' When: 10:35 tonight Where: Channel 5IN THE SPACE of 90 minutes on a recent Saturday night, Cheri Oteri was a mouthy fatso on a talk show. She was Rita, The Woman on the Porch. And more.But that was then.Now, it's Monday morning....
Children Put Hearts into Helping Beanbag Toss to Aid Two Ill Classmates
Adults danced, gambled and golfed over the last six months to raise $84,000 to help find a cure for diseases that affect two young children with ties to a parochial school in the Lemay area. Now, classmates of the children are joining the fund-raising...
Collinsville Puts Purple Tattoo on Belleville East, Wins 74-43
The Vergil Fletcher Gymnasium was in a purple haze Friday night.It was high school basketball, Collinsville style. Kids frolicked about the bleachers donning their purple T-shirts. Grownups had a hoot yelling to the rafters.And Collinsville won, stunningly,...
Crunch Crinkle Ambush Cleveland Wins 36-21; Marinaro Scores 6 Goals
The rout was on early Friday night. Averaging almost a point a minute in the first nine minutes of the game, the Cleveland Crunch rolled on to a 36-21 demolition of the Ambush.Fifty-seven combined points set a National Professional Soccer League regular-season...
Du Pont Heir in Standoff with Police after Shooting of Wrestler
An heir to the Du Pont chemical company fortune fatally shot an Olympic wrestler Friday and then holed up inside his mansion as SWAT team members converged on his estate, police said.Police said John E. du Pont was heavily armed and had barricaded himself...
English Can Take Care of Itself
Why would anyone want to make it more difficult for residents of the United States to communicate with the government? Proponents of the bill to make English the official language of the state of Missouri may not have that end in mind, but poor communication...
Erma Bombeck
I SUPPOSE a fair number of people remember Barbara Jordan, who died Jan. 17, for the commanding way she spoke - measured words that came from her lips like the gospel. She handled words the same way Frank Sinatra handled lyrics. Her style was impressive.But...
Foyt Sues Cart, Accuses It of Restraining Trade
A.J. Foyt has filed a $5 million civil suit against Championship Auto Racing Teams in U.S. District Court in Houston, contending CART has restricted its rules so that he can't compete in both Indy Racing League events and CART races."This action arises...
Gadhafi, Farrakhan Seek to Influence U.S. Election
Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi this week pledged $1 billion to influence American minorities in this year's presidential election.The pledge was made in the course of a visit to Libya by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, according to JANA, the...
Harold Brodkey; Author Grew Up in University City
Harold Brodkey, a novelist, short-story writer and staff writer for The New Yorker, died Friday (Jan. 27, 1996) at his home in New York City. He was 65.The cause was AIDS, said his wife, Ellen Schwamm.Brodkey, who grew up in University City, Mo., is...
Hawks Stymie Magic for 10th Win in Succession
The Atlanta Hawks won their 10th game in a row Friday night, holding Shaquille O'Neal without a basket in the second half as they pulled away for a 96-84 victory over the visiting Orlando Magic.Steve Smith scored 22 points and Mookie Blaylock added...
Help Yourself!
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How to Survive Winter Driving
THERE IS a lot to be said for gentleness. And even if you can't manage that in daily life with other humans, it is definitely worth a special effort in winter driving.On dry pavement, cars and trucks have such good handling that even the most abrupt...
Humane Society Can Help Pets Who Are in Distress
Dear Ann Landers: On my way to school, I passed a dog unable to sit down because his leash was attached too tightly to a tree. I worried about this but figured the owner would realize the situation was unpleasant and remedy it. The next day, the same...
Illinois Can Protect Health and Privacy
Illinois must take great care in its consideration of a regulation to require doctors to report the names of patients who test HIV-positive. A central registry should be created only if it would result in more patients and their partners getting counseling.So...
Illinois Finally Satisfies U.S. on Medicaid Revision Plan
After haggling for 16 months, state and federal officials are nearing a final agreement on a plan to overhaul Medicaid in Illinois by establishing a cost-controlled, managed-care program.The Federal Health Care Financing Authority, which must approve...
Is There Still Time for Tigers? Each Game Crucial as Mu vs. K-State
Tick, tick, tick, tick . . .No, that's not the prelude to Mike Wallace goring somebody on "60 Minutes." It's the clock ticking on the Missouri basketball team's NCAA Tournament hopes - and we don't mean its bold preseason ambition of winning the NCAA...
Ivey Sets Scoring Mark with 36 in Cor Jesu Win
The word "money" has been used in basketball lingo for many years - and it has nothing to do with how much the shoes cost.Niele Ivey of Cor Jesu was "money" from everywhere on the floor Friday night, scoring a school-record 36 points in the Chargers'...
Killer Objects to Loss of Home Visits
Lloyd "Pete" Grass, found not guilty by reason of insanity in the stabbing death of his wife, says he's no danger to anyone and should be allowed to visit his parents' home."I am as sane as sane can be and safe as safe can be," he said Friday. Grass...
Knee Sprains Don't Last Two Years
Dear Dr. Donohue: Two years ago, I sprained both knees. My doctor said I will not need surgery, but I do need exercise to build up the muscles around the knees. I still feel some pain occasionally in the knees. What type of exercises can I do to build...
Landlord Neglects Apartment Repairs
Q: My landlord has been very slow about making some needed repairs to my apartment. I'm up to date on my rent, so that's not the problem. I don't know what the problem is. I was going to withhold money out of my rent payment to pay for the repairs,...
Latest Price Tag of Dome Pushed to $301 Million
The regional agency that built the Trans World Dome approved $8 million in construction adjustments Friday, rounding off the total cost of the new indoor stadium to $301 million.Of that sum, $202 million is for building the 65,000-seat stadium and exhibition...
Like Blues, Tampa Bay Is Surprise but Lightning Had Fewer Expectations
The Blues return home from the All-Star break and a trip to Winnipeg to face Tampa Bay at a new faceoff time of 2 p.m. today at Kiel Center.The home crowd and a regional Fox TV audience will see a familiar face behind the bench: a tough, Scotty Bowman...
Louisiana Purchase Document Draws Low Bids at NY Auction
A copy of Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" sold for $123,500 and an account of the Lewis and Clark expedition went for $28,750 - more than 11 times the cost of the trip itself.But the original proclamation of Thomas Jefferson's Louisiana Purchase found...
Louisiana Purchase Document Fetches $772,500 at Auction
The 1803 proclamation of Thomas Jefferson's Louisiana Purchase, which expanded the United States westward to the Rockies, sold Friday for $772,500.The document, signed by President Jefferson and James Madison, his secretary of state, had failed to win...
Mac Splits Stock,raises Dividends but Gives 92 Their Pink Slips
On the same day it laid off 92 production workers in St. Louis, McDonnell Douglas Corp. announced a 2-for-1 stock split and a 20 percent increase in its dividend.Although the moves to cut costs and reward shareholders were unrelated, they underscore...
Making Adjustments for Figure Flaws
Dear Eunice Farmer: I have a problem that you have not addressed, yet it affects many older women.My back is quite rounded, and jackets always hike up in the back and stand away from my neck. Is there a pattern adjustment that can help?I'm sorry I...
Morning Briefing
We believe we've uncovered a secret strategy the Blues hope they can pull off before the trading deadline to get their ship out of choppy water.General manager MIKE KEENAN first tried the free-agent strategy. Then he went after former Rangers and Blackhawks...
Morning Briefing
Business Week Suspects `Inside' Of Inside TradesBusiness Week said Friday that someone may be sneaking an early peek at its "Inside Wall Street" column and trading on its stock recommendations.The magazine said it alerted the Securities and Exchange...
Mrs. Clinton Testifies to Grand Jury She Says She Didn't Know Where Papers Were
Hillary Rodham Clinton testified approximately four hours Friday before a grand jury that must decide whether criminal charges are warranted in the disappearance - and then rediscovery - of her long-sought law firm billing records.Mrs. Clinton said...
No. 12 Desmet Thunders Past No. 2 CBC 76-55
In the back of his mind, CBC basketball coach Ron Sanford thought his Cadets might suffer a letdown Friday night against DeSmet after losing to Webster Groves on Tuesday night.Sanford's thoughts became reality as DeSmet rolled to a 33-18 halftime lead...
Nuclear Arms-Slicing Treaty with Russia Ok'd in Senate
By a vote of 87-4, the Senate ratified the START II treaty Friday, approving an agreement reached in 1993 between the United States and Russia calling for nuclear arms reductions.The treaty needs approval by the Duma, the Russian parliament.The Senate...
Onrush by Forbes Makes Dole Scramble for Gains
For the first time in his long campaign for president, Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole may be secretly rooting for his nemesis, Sen. Phil Gramm, R-Texas.After erecting his candidacy largely on the image of inevitability, Dole suddenly is scrambling...
Oversized Furnace in House Wastes Energy
Q: My utility bills are higher than my neighbors' even though I have tried to make my house more energy-efficient. I am considering getting an energy audit. The prices vary a lot. What type of energy audit is best? - H.D.A: If your utility bills seem...
Parental-Notification Law Valid, Court Says
Illinois' embattled parental notification law for teen-agers seeking abortions took another turn on Friday.The Illinois Supreme Court released an analysis that concludes that the law still might be enforceable with some changes - despite a recent court...
People
Talk about your tangled webs. . . . We all know that QUEEN ELIZABETH II isn't getting along with PRINCESS DIANA. What we didn't know until now is that the young Elizabeth was smitten with Diana's dad.So says the Rev. Douglas Lister, 75, who insists that...
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:VIOLENT DEATHSSt. Louis: William Davis, 35, was fatally shot shortly after 11 p.m....
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 ACTIONSCentreville: John L. Williams, 15, of East St. Louis, was certified...
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: VIOLENT DEATHSSt. Louis: William Davis, 35, was fatally shot shortly after 11...
President Signs Stopgap Measure Action Averts Third Shutdown of Government
President Bill Clinton and a conflict-weary Congress on Friday averted a third federal shutdown since November by financing dozens of agencies for seven more weeks."There's no question now of the government shutting down," Clinton said before signing...
Price Tag of Dome Pushed to $301 Million
The regional agency that built the Trans World Dome approved $8 million in construction adjustments Friday, rounding off the total cost of the new indoor stadium to $301 million.Of that sum, $202 million is for building the 65,000-seat stadium and exhibition...
Prisoner Exchange Promised
Some of the men who will lead postwar Bosnia agreed Friday to free prisoners of war and promote the reunification of Sarajevo while trying to head off a mass exodus of Serbs.The meeting in Pale, a Bosnian Serbian stronghold, brought together Kresimir...
Real Cowboy Spurs Dallas with Deeds Rather Than Words
The Dallas Cowboys are giving mass interviews. One hundred reporters surround Deion Sanders, 50 stand in front of Michael Irvin, 50 encircle Emmitt Smith. Notepads and cameras crowd Nate Newton's face.Troy Aikman's media session is so large it's in a...
Run/catch/pass/punt: Stewart Says `Everything'
This all began in late August, with rookie Kordell Stewart wearing Johnnie Morton's jersey No. 87 on the Pittsburgh scout team.Stewart was the fourth quarterback on a team where only two quarterbacks get any work. He wanted to do something, anything,...
Salukis' Gilmore Is Still Shooting after Being Hit in Drive-By Shooting
Nikki Gilmore was her old self.Against Illinois State on Thursday, the Southern Illinois University-Carbondale basketball guard pumped in a game-high 17 points. Gilmore was a sizzling seven of 10 from the field, including three of four on shots beyond...
Seles Sails to 4th Title in Australia Victory over Huber Completes Comeback
Still perfect Down Under, Monica Seles overcame a plethora of injuries today to win her fourth Australian Open. The victory over Anke Huber came three years after Seles won her last Grand Slam title on the same Center Court.Seles' 6-4, 6-1 victory marked...
Senate Approves Stopgap Measure Action Averts Third Shutdown of Government
A confrontation-weary Congress voted Friday to avert a third federal shutdown since November and to finance dozens of agencies for seven more weeks.By an 82-8 vote, the Senate sent the legislation to President Bill Clinton just hours before a deadline...
Shouting Match Marks Supermarket Debate
A ST. LOUIS alderman in a growing battle over a new supermarket in St. Louis argued Friday with Aldermanic President Francis G. Slay, who banged his gavel and ruled her out of order. It didn't work.Alderman Sharon Tyus, D-20th Ward, kept criticizing...
Slu Has Homework before Trip NC-Charlotte Precedes Rugged Road Stretch
Dedicated Billikens-watchers know what comes after tonight's game against North Carolina-Charlotte at Kiel Center. It's intimidating:A Tuesday trip to Memphis to play the 12th-ranked Tigers, who have won 29 games in a row at home.A Feb. 3 visit to...
Sports Shorts
Magic To Decide Soon About Rejoining LakersMagic Johnson has often hinted since retiring for the second time that he might suit up again for the Los Angeles Lakers. He's sounding a lot more serious about returning."Let's just say I haven't decided,"...
Steelers Won't Just Cover, They'll Win
Super Bowl XXX is D-day in America. We either will move ahead as a progressive society by celebrating the wonderful achievement of a group of hard-working, highly skilled football players or - in an attack on our culture more sustained and more insufferable...
Tagliabue Tackles NFL Quandary Not Enough Teams to Go Around
Commissioner Paul Tagliabue says the National Football League is at a crossroads in terms of franchise relocation and stadium needs. But he offered no road map to solution Friday in his annual Super Bowl address."We want teams to play where they are,...
Teamtennis Set to Shoot for the Stars
If professional tennis has learned anything over the last couple of decades, it is that good tennis doesn't sell tickets - big names do.With only a handful of big names in recent years, World TeamTennis has enjoyed limited success, but 1996 could be...
Technology Project in China Questioned Communications Network May Aid Army, Some Fear
WHEN A COMPANY founded by former U.S. senator Adlai Stevenson of Illlnois and Stanford University China expert John Lewis asked Robert A. Brooks, a St. Louis engineer, to develop a $1 billion state-of-the-art telecommunications system for Canton,...
That's Awl Saturday Morning Tinkerers Mourn Central Hardware
The clock is running out on a Saturday morning ritual - puttering around Central Hardware.Central Hardware has been a part of St. Louis since 1903. On Saturday mornings, the stores drew hordes of household tinkerers searching for the right washer or...
The Ball Is in China's Court
The one-year anniversary of China's promise to put a stop to widespread counterfeiting of valuable American computer software and compact discs is fast approaching, with little to show for it. The Chinese agreed to shut the factories producing such...
The Challenge of Challenger
Ten years ago Sunday, the space shuttle Challenger blew up only 46,000 feet off the pad, killing all seven of its crew. It was a terrible shock, stunning a nation that had been lulled into a sense of security by NASA's impressive safety record. Yet even...
The Poor Man's Lot
LONG AGO, there lived a poor servant who worked for a wealthy landlord. The servant did not like to work. Most of the time, he simply lazed around, complaining about the cold, or the heat, or whatever he could find to dislike. "I should have been born...
The Way of Doing Things in Arkansas and Missouri
HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON'S testimony Friday before a federal grand jury marks the latest and highest-profile attempt by investigators to get to the bottom of the relationship between lawyers, politicians and savings and loan operators in Arkansas during...
Up for the Count Census Bureau Says Missouri, Illinois Have Grown in Population since 1990
Missouri's population has increased by 4 percent, and Illinois' by 3.5 percent, since the 1990 census, the Census Bureau said Friday. The nation as a whole grew by 5.6 percent in five years, up to 262.8 million, the bureau estimated.The Census Bureau's...
Video Stores Have `Priest'; Groups Protest
Two religious watchdog groups, the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights and the American Family Association, have renewed their national campaigns against "Priest," a movie about troubled and sexually active Catholic priests. The movie,...
What She Wore: Marking Milestones
ILENE BECKERMAN wouldn't say what she was wearing when I called to talk to her about her new book, "Love, Loss, and What I Wore." She'd been dressed up the day before for a special birthday lunch, she said, but the day we talked, she would say only...
Wildcats a `Must-Win' for Illini Henson Warns: Northwestern Is Much Improved
Winning at Purdue and thrashing Ohio State at home are just the first steps in what still is a long climb from the bottom of the Big Ten Conference standings for Illinois.To make the NCAA Tournament, the Illini (13-6, 2-5 in the Big Ten) will have to...
Woman: Kick Was Accident but Man to Be Tried in Death of Twins
An Edwardsville woman told a judge Friday that she did not want her boyfriend punished for what she called an accidental kick to her abdomen that caused the premature births and then deaths of their twin daughters.Despite her testimony, Associate Judge...
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