St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from June 8, 1996

'60S Echoes Will Resound at Convention
DON FOLEY WAS a sophomore at St. Louis University in 1968, when the Democratic Party last held its national convention in Chicago. He had been active in the campaign of Robert Kennedy, the senator from Foley's home state of New York who had been assassinated...
A Baseball Bun-Anza Chris Von der Ahe and St. Louis Are Credited for the Game's Link to Hot Dogs
WHEN the Shrine Circus visited Busch Stadium, popcorn and ice cream were the food items that sold the best. For concerts at the stadium, pizza has been No. 1.But when the Cardinals are playing, make no mistake about it, hot dogs are king. According to...
Abortion Debate: Dole Wins Praise for Rigidity, Tolerance
BOB DOLE WON conservative praise Friday for pledging to keep the Republican platform strongly anti-abortion. And his call for tolerance of different views on the issue won enough support from GOP moderates to suggest that Dole would escape a divisive...
Accident Kills Teen, Injures 2 Seriously Victim, 17, Was Longtime Resident of Mascoutah
Kristie E. Rhodes of Mascoutah - described as a friendly, likable 17-year-old - was killed and two young men were seriously injured when their car ran off a Mascoutah street and crashed into a utility pole early Friday.All three young people in the car...
Afs Oversees Students on Overseas Adventures Daughter Follows in Dad's Globe-Trotting Footsteps
Sarah Kornblet, 16, leaves in two weeks for Italy, where she will spend six weeks with a family she has never met. Her father, Donald Kornblet, went to Denmark 35 years ago for a similar experience.The Kornblets were part of programs sponsored by the...
Aldermen Urge Bosley to Hurry Griggs' Move
The St. Louis Board of Aldermen urged Mayor Freeman Bosley Jr. on Friday to "act immediately" to end the special treatment Bosley has given to Airports Director Leonard Griggs Jr. on the city residency requirement.On a 16-6 vote, the board adopted a...
A Life in the Theater, and in Iron Industry
WHEN Shannon Koger sat down last Sunday night to watch the 50th anniversary Tony Awards on television, she had an insider's view of the proceedings. In New York for a four-Broadway-shows-in-three-days* splurge, I got to watch with her, but I dare not...
Angels' Abbott Struggles after $7.8 Million Deal
No magic potion or spell will end the worst slump of Jim Abbott's eight-year career, but the California Angels pitcher simply can't ignore superstition in trying times like these."I've tried every one of these shirts, and I haven't won," he said, mo...
Base-Crawl Needs to Speed Up Games
Tired of four-hour games that seem to drag on like some forced march across a desert? Tired of a game that has so much wasted time?You bet you are.So how do we take an old slow game and dress it up for this jingle-jangle culture we live in? How do we...
Briefs Nation/world
NATIONMONTANAFreemen, FBI Return To Talks BrieflyThe Freemen returned to the negotiating table for about half an hour Friday, the day after two of their members defected along with two children.Two Freemen joined two FBI negotiators at a card table that...
Briefs Nation/world
NATIONALASKAAir Stays Calm, Helping Out FirefightersCalm and clammy air helped fire crews fight a huge wildfire to a standstill on Friday.About 1,200 firefighters were dumping water and hacking down trees and scrub growth to encircle the 65-square-mile...
Briefs Region
MISSOURICHANGE OF COMMANDArmy Unit Here Gets New LeaderThe Army's Aviation and Troop Command in St. Louis has a new commander, Brig. Gen. Emmitt E. Gibson, 52.He succeeded the outgoing commander, Col. Danny L. Abbott, in a ceremony Thursday at ATCOM's...
Bulls Are Halfway to Heaven Chicago Grinds to 92-88 Victory against Seattle, Leads Series 2-0
With the Chicago Bulls, if you hesitate, you lose.Friday night in the United Center, the Seattle SuperSonics seemed to have bounced back from their loss in the first game of the NBA finals. They were aggressive early, defensively sound, and resilient.But...
Cards Deal Urbani, Get Two Minor-Leaguers from Tigers
Tom Urbani, who has been a frequent caller to general manager Walt Jocketty's office, finally got his wish Friday. The Cardinals traded him from their Louisville club to the Detroit Tigers for Class AAA players Micah Franklin, an outfielder; and Brian...
Central Park Beating Victim Identified
The still-unconscious victim of a daylight beating Tuesday near a Central Park playground was identified Friday as a writer and a piano teacher who had worked at Steinway & Sons.The 32-year-old woman's name was not released, because she may have bee...
Classic Sports TV around the Clock
PLOPPED down before tube, you're flipping around the way you always do, looking for something to watch.Suddenly you pop into a tennis match. It's the fourth set in the men's singles final at Wimbledon, which is strange enough since the English tourn...
Clemson's Ace Turns Attention toward Olympics
Kris Benson has pitched in the College World Series. In the regular season, he led the nation in earned-run average. Undrafted out of high school just three years ago, Benson went to Pittsburgh with the No. 1 pick Tuesday in this year's draft.His three...
Desert Song South Korean Crosses Sahara, Walking in `Ultimate Silence'
A South Korean adventurer who walked across the vast Sahara gave a simple, time-honored reason for his journey: It was there."There was a desert in Africa so I wanted to cross it," Choi Jong-yul said Thursday at the end of a 4,588-mile trek that took...
Detroit Edges New York, Ends 11-Game Home Skid
Travis Fryman's two-out bloop single in the ninth inning drove in the winning run, giving Detroit a 6-5 victory Friday night over the New York Yankees. The win snapped an 11-game home losing streak for Detroit. It was only Detroit's second win in its...
Don't Put Residency Ahead of Public Interest
Has enforcement of the city's residency rule taken precedence over public health issues?That point needs to be clarified in the wake of the the Civil Service Commission's decision to stop granting residency waivers to doctors on the city's payroll. These...
Dwarf Shrubs Planted near House Lower Utility Costs
Q: I want to landscape my front yard and around my deck with decorative evergreen and flowering dwarf shrubs. What types are available and where should I locate them for the greatest energy efficiency? - L.P.A: Hundreds of decorative evergreen and dwarf...
Eds Sees a Brighter Future after Split from GM Gets OK
Electronic Data Systems, which was sold by Ross Perot to General Motors Corp. for $2.5 billion in 1984, finally won its independence back from GM on Friday.General Motors said that with a shareholder vote running 60-to-1 in favor, a majority had officially...
Els Fires a 66 for 5-Stroke Lead
Ernie Els had only 23 putts in a 5-under-par 66 Friday, lengthening his lead to 5 strokes midway through the Buick Classic in Harrison, N.Y.Els' 11-under 131 total tied the tournament record for best 36-hole score when the Westchester Country Club has...
Faa, Citing Safety Concerns, Had Halted Valujet Expansion
The Federal Aviation Administration placed a moratorium on ValuJet's plans for expanded service five weeks before the discount airline announced a "voluntary hiatus from rapid growth" this spring.In a Feb. 29 order, the FAA limited ValuJet to flying...
Federal Judge Throws out Three Mile Island Claims
A federal judge late Friday threw out more than 2,000 damage claims filed against the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant, saying the plaintiffs had offered a "paucity of proof" to support their cases.Area residents filed the suits. They blamed exposure...
Filly's Trainer Geared to Flag Down Foes
My Flag's presence in the Belmont Stakes is a red flag to D. Wayne Lukas and Nick Zito, the two dominant Triple Crown trainers of the 1990s."My opinion is that My Flag has a very good shot," said Zito, who will saddle Preakness winner Louis Quatorze...
Flooding Dislodges Tiny Town Landmark Kohler City Hardware Owner Looking Up
In the pint-sized town known as Kohler City, which sits on a piece of land no bigger than a football field, they have been selling hardware from the same spot for more than six decades.But nature has started to take a toll.The Kohler City Hardware Store,...
'Funky Grace' E. St. Louis Poet Leaves Festival Crowd Rockin'
A group of silver-haired folks walked slowly into the Cochran Gardens Community Center Friday, waiting for the second day of the Cultural Arts Festival to begin.They left rocking to the swinging rhythms of East St. Louis poet laureate Eugene Redmond,...
'Funky Grace' Poet Leaves Festival Crowd Rockin'
A group of silver-haired folks walked slowly into the Cochran Gardens Community Center Friday, waiting for the second day of the Cultural Arts Festival to begin.They left rocking to the swinging rhythms of East St. Louis poet laureate Eugene Redmond,...
Getting Hosed on Radiator
Dear Tom and Ray: The radiator on my 1989 Mercury Marquis with 67,000 miles needed replacing, and, much to my surprise, it was plastic. The new one cost $429.89 plus labor. Please give me your opinion on plastic radiators. Is Ford just using this cheap...
Glut Seen in OPEC Inaction Group Falls Short on Managing Iraqi Flow
After three days of deliberations, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries failed to agree on Friday on how best to manage the looming flow of Iraqi oil - setting the stage for a possible oil glut.OPEC's failure reflects a reluctance on the...
Governor Not Sorry He Defied Flight Ban
GOV. GEORGE VOINOVICH says he made only one mistake when he angrily ordered his state pilot into the sky last October in defiance of a federal no-fly order: He should have been more "diplomatic."But the governor, a conservative Republican who has been...
Hair-Raising: Rodman Is Bulls' Catalyst
We don't have to like Dennis Rodman. Depending on your conservative or liberal tendencies, this creature of contemporary culture may make you sick, make you laugh, make you buy his book, make you mad, make you turn away, make you come back for more or...
Help Yourself!
GUIDELINESSELECTION of Help Yourself! questions is based on brevity, clarity, 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 your...
Her Hand Gets Cold While Playing Racquetball
Dear Dr. Donohue: I am a 43-year-old woman active in racquetball, weights and aerobics. Sometimes after an hour of intense racquetball, my left hand is ice cold. I am puzzled at this irritating occurrence. The coolness starts at the elbow, but the hand...
Homeless `Fair' Provides Food, Information with No Money, It's `Very Hard' to Get to Services, Official Says
For years, Ira Franklin, who is paranoid schizophrenic and manic-depressive, has forwarded his mail and telephone messages to homeless shelters and mental health institutions because he does not have a mailing address.Franklin also had difficulty getting...
Ibew to Cross Picket Lines Small Local Once Had Ties to Mcdonnell Machinists
The Electrical Workers union - once closely tied to the machinists union - broke ranks Friday and voted to cross the striking machinists' picket lines at McDonnell Douglas Corp.Members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1 v...
Infanticide by Chinese Reported U.N. Agency Concerned about Female Children
A United Nations human rights committee called on China Friday to combat infanticide of girls and expressed alarm over "very high mortality rates" in welfare institutions such as orphanages.The U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child also expressed...
Jerry Plotkin, 62; Was among Americans Held Hostage in Iran
Jerry Plotkin, the only nongovernment worker held during the Iranian hostage crisis, died Thursday (June 6, 1996) at the age of 62.Mr. Plotkin, who had a heart transplant about six years ago, died about 7 p.m. after being rushed to a Los Angeles hospital."He's...
Johnston Hopes Improved Serve Will Net 1st Win vs. Clark
He looks like a refugee from the '60s, with his hair pulled back in a long ponytail and his T-shirts paying tribute to rock legends such as Jimi Hendrix or, more currently, his favorite band, Voivod.But Michael Johnston has a game for the '90s, anchored...
Labor of Love 2 O'fallon Men Help Build Bible Dorm in Africa
Terry Vandivoort believes in helping neighbors, even if they live a hemisphere away.Vandivoort, 31, a general contractor in Wentzville, recently returned from a job that took him and two other volunteers 7,700 miles to West Africa. They built a Bible...
Legends Grow at District Meet as Beattie, Bishop Win Titles
An abbreviated version of the St. Louis Women's District Golf Association Three-Day Medal Tournament was a sweep for The Legends on Friday at Bogey Hills Country Club.Rain precluded Day 2 of the event Wednesday at Norwood Hills Country Club, but Mary...
Lemieux Coming Back for Avalanche, but in What Role?
Claude Lemieux has completed his two-game suspension for mangling Kris Draper's face in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals against Detroit.Now, the question for Colorado coach Marc Crawford is: what to do with him?Lemieux, the Conn Smythe Trophy...
Mac Attack Ex-Blues Assistant Coach Maclean Hopes Cup Runneth over in Florida
In June 1988, Doug MacLean thought he was through in the National Hockey League.The Blues had just fired him as assistant coach, along with head coach Jacques Martin, to hire Brian Sutter as head coach and Bob Berry as assistant coach.At 34, with only...
Many Pray for End to Strike Churches Also Ready with Food, Other Aid
At the stroke of midnight Tuesday, 30 North County residents appealed to a higher authority for a peaceful end to the strike at McDonnell Douglas.The members of a prayer group at First Christian Church of Florissant beseeched the Lord."We are praying...
Marlins Double Up, Demolish Mets 12-2
Devon White hit his fourth career grand slam during a seven-run seventh inning and Terry Pendleton had four hits Friday night, leading the Florida Marlins past the Mets 12-2 in New York.The Marlins had a season-high 19 hits off four pitchers. Florida...
Mistakes Doomed Brown's Flight Nothing Went Right, Crash Report Shows
ALMOST FROM THE start of what would be the last day of life for a six-person Air Force crew and 29 doomed passengers, things went wrong.First, Commerce Secretary Ron Brown and his party of aides and U.S. business executives arrived 24 minutes late April...
Mo. Blue Cross Takes Illinois Step Subsidiary Buys Small Insurance Firm
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Missouri said Friday that it would expand its business in Southern Illinois after buying a small insurance company.RightChoice Managed Care Inc., its publicly traded subsidiary, agreed to buy Cragin American Assurance Co., a...
Morning Briefing
Chrysler Raises Prices On 1996 Cars, MinivansChrysler Corp., capitalizing on strong demand, said Friday it is raising prices on certain 1996 model cars and minivans as much as $300.The price hikes include a $95 increase on the popular left-side sliding...
Morning Briefing Eye Openers
Miami Herald comedian/columnist DAVE BARRY decided that Florida Panthers fans needed to come up with some "rivalry-fomenting, anti-Colorado material" to greet the Colorado Avalanche when the National Hockey League team visits the Sunshine State tonight...
Mozart Opens Classics Series in U. City Loop
THE opening musical program of the Symphony's Classics in the Loop series was Thursday night at the Symphony Music School in University City. The summer series, which runs through June 29, is beginning with a mini-Mozart blitz. On Thursday, violinist...
NBA Leaders Give Expansion a Look, but Not in the U.S
Bernie Bits:Because we're in Chicago for the NBA finals, it was only natural to ask NBA Commissioner David Stern and Assistant Commissioner Russ Granik about the league's plans for expansion.The bad news for St. Louis: There are no plans for additional...
Now a Stopper, Bulls' Harper Still Remembers How to Go
Yeah, that Ron Harper.The one they tried to nickname "Hollywood" when he was soaring, between spider webs, in the LA Sports Arena.The one who barged into Cleveland and averaged 22.9 points with 209 steals his rookie year.If you were really looking for...
One Volunteer Has Been Doing the Village's Work
DOROTHY WELLS REPRESENTS all that's good and all that's bad about parental involvement in the public schools.For the past 26 years, Dorothy has been a full-time volunteer in the St. Louis Public Schools. To give you an idea of the depth of her commi...
Ounce of Prevention Women May Get Antibiotics before Delivery to Reduce Risk of Infant Bacterial Infection
Many pregnant women can expect something different during labor: antibiotics.To reduce life-threatening bacterial infection in newborns, federal officials have released guidelines that will likely result in hundreds of thousands of women being treated...
People
Couples:The widowed JOAN RIVERS is about to announce her engagement to Wall Street's Orin Lehman.LARRY KING insists he's not about to wed Cyndy Truhan, once Mrs. Steve Garvey. Says King: "We're two single people who are dating."YASSER ARAFAT and his...
People & Events
TODAYYouth & Children's Rally: The two-day program begins with a parade at 9:30 a.m. outside the host New Northside Missionary Baptist Church, 8645 Goodfellow Avenue. Daylong activities include arts and crafts, drama skits, dancing, double-dutch rope...
People in Business
Boatmen's Trust Co. elected these senior vice presidents: Sidney Crouch, personal trust; Christopher Hillcoat, corporate trust; David Papendick, investments; and Steven Theby, investments.Boatmen's Trust also appointed Thomas Ritter and Anna Shabsin...
People to People
The 1946 Class of St. Engelbert Grade School will be holding its reunion on Saturday, June 22. Missing classmates are: John Kenniston, Richard Degette, John Angelbeck and Elmer Lauck. Call Gerri Harkins Keating at 391-9177.Friend search - I am searching...
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: Danny Brewer, 41, of the 3100 block of Arsenal Street, was...
Police Suspend 2 in Federal Inquiry Chief Silent on Potential Misdeeds
Two St. Louis police officers were pulled off the street Thursday night and suspended without pay Friday after a joint federal-city investigation.Police Chief Ronald Henderson refused to identify the officers or to give any specific information about...
Post Haste Special Delivery to End Because of Competition
Overtaken by Express Mail and other speedy delivery services, Special Delivery is on its way out.The Postal Service proposed to eliminate the 111-year-old service in a package of rate and service changes sent to the independent Postal Rate Commission...
Price Cut Expected on Kellogg Cereals Market Share Slipping; Philip Morris Culprit
Kellogg Co. is expected to announce significant price cuts Monday on some of its major cereal brands, fighting back in a bargain battle begun two months ago by Philip Morris Cos.The country's top cereal maker said Chief Executive Arnold Langbo would...
Pride Is Proud of Much More Than Beating Deafness
It was special enough that Detroit Tigers outfielder Curtis Pride had two singles, reached base on an error, and scored three runs Tuesday in front of 300 friends and family members.But it was even more special considering he didn't hear their cheers.Pride,...
'Queens Owner Tracking Latest Women's Leagues
Fits and starts and disappearing acts.That has been the history of women's professional basketball in this country.In the '70s, the Women's Professional Basketball League got off the ground. Then - poof!In the '80s, the Women's American Basketball Association...
Rams and Cvc Agree on How to Divide Proceeds from Suit
Although the Rams are not a part of St. Louis' lawsuit against the NFL, they will share in any financial award that results from litigation or an out-of-court settlement.According to an agreement reached Thursday between the Rams and the St. Louis Convention...
Russian Tops Sampras, Will Meet Stich in Final
The draining five-setters, the record heat and the emotional strain finally took their toll on Pete Sampras at the French Open.For five rounds, Sampras battled through the toughest draw he's ever faced, making a run at the only Grand Slam title he's...
Sarong or Wrap Skirt Still Popular This Summer
Dear Eunice Farmer: I am just a beginner sewer but think I could make skirts that don't require much fitting. What is the most popular skirt for summer?Summer is a perfect time to try sewing if you don't have a lot of skill because the patterns are simple....
Some U.S. Troops to Stay in Bosnia Past Pullout Date Peace Pact May Fail, Chief Says
An "effective fighting force" will remain in Bosnia until the final day of the NATO-led mission and some troops will stay past the Dec. 20 deadline, the U.S. commander said Friday.The comments from outgoing Adm. Leighton Smith were the first by NATO...
Sports Shorts
Christie Wins A Duel With Canda's BaileyStaff Olympic champion Lindford Christie of England beat world champion Donovan Bailey of Canada in a dramatic 100-meter sprint Friday.Christie was timed in 10.06 seconds against Bailey's 10.09. Germany's Marc...
Stampede Holds on, Turns Back Iowa 51-48
The Stampede had its usual reliable weapons, as quarterback John Kaleo picked apart the Iowa defense and fullback Bernard Hall pounded home the points.But offensive consistency carried the team only so far Friday night. The Barnstormers' nonstop mistakes...
State Steps in to Help Bi-State Bill Sets $7.7 Million for Mass Transit; Local Share Is $3.7 Million
For the first time, the state of Missouri will help the Bi-State Development Agency with general revenue dollars.John K. Leary Jr., executive director, told the Bi-State board Friday that Gov. Mel Carnahan is scheduled to sign an appropriations bill...
The Devil's Touch
LONG AGO, when the only thing that existed was water, God decided to create a world. There was just one problem. God wasn't sure how to do this, and he had no friend or brother to teach him. He leaned his cane on the clouds and thought and thought, but...
The Limits of Charity
With welfare changes gaining momentum in Washington and among the states, the Twentieth Century Fund has raised perhaps the most important question of all: Can charity serve as the safety net for those who fall through the cracks?Many states are echoing...
They Fell in Love by the Light of the Moon
Dear Ann Landers: This is the story of how my mother and father met. They are too embarrassed to write, so I'm doing it for them.My parents were both studying in a library at Harvard University 21 years ago. It was late, and there was a full moon. Each...
TV Notes
`EXTRA" gets a new pair of anchors starting the middle of the month.Brad Goode and Libby Weaver will replace Dave Nemeth and Arthel Neville. Goode has been an anchor and reporter at KCBS in Los Angeles; Weaver has been a reporter and weekend anchor with...
Ue Hits Critics of Proposed Merger
Union Electric Co. says its merger with CIPSCO Inc. will benefit customers and will not create the problems recently cited by critics.The St. Louis utility's defense came earlier this week in an affidavit by Donald E. Brandt, responding to complaints...
U.S. Economy Is Working Fourth Straight Month of Job Gains Reported
A surging U.S. economy put 348,000 more people to work last month, marking the fourth straight month of strong job gains, the Labor Department reported Friday.The news brought smiles at the White House but sent waves of apprehension through financial...
Vigilantes on the Prowl
The spirit of vigilantism lives in San Diego, where self-appointed guardians of the U.S. border with Mexico have formed what they call the U.S. Citizens Patrol to keep an eye out for illegal aliens. Fortunately, the spirit of the rule of law is also...
War Book Is Hard to Categorize
"WHY THE ALLIES WON"By Richard Overy (396 pages, Norton, $29.95)If you ask why the Allies won World War II, you presuppose that they might have lost - the very stand that British historian Richard Overy takes."There was nothing preordained about Allied...
Waubonsie Valley Makes Quick Work of Belleville E
At least Belleville East didn't suffer prolonged agony Friday.Waubonsie Valley defeated Belleville East 1-0 in a state baseball tournament quarterfinal contest, setting an Illinois Class AA record for the shortest game. It lasted 1 hour 19 minutes, breaking...
White House Pulled FBI Files on Former Republican Aides
The Clinton White House acknowledged Friday it had obtained the FBI files of House Speaker Newt Gingrich's press secretary, President George Bush's former chief of staff James A. Baker III and other appointees from Republican administrations.Republicans...
With a Grain of Salt
Salt is back. Well, the truth is that salt never really went away, although people liked to say that they were cutting back. Over the course of the century, salt consumption has stayed pretty much the same: two teaspoons a day. The difference now is...
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