St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from November 4, 1995

A Wide Order Ex-Ku Aide Likes Tulsa Challenge
It's the kind of coaching job another man might have turned basketball sneaker to and sprinted to the nearest arena exit to avoid.Tubby Smith, the sociable and successful basketball coach at Tulsa, is a tough act to follow. Smith was hired at the University...
Banking on Middle East's Future
The Europeans don't want it, the Persian Gulf states don't want it, Syria and Lebanon won't even talk about it and Iran, Iraq and Libya weren't even asked. Nonetheless, the United States' idea of a Middle East Development Bank moved slightly forward...
Belleville Schools Tax Debated Critics Say District 21 Wastes Money, but State Gives It Good Report
Opponents of a tax increase proposed for Belleville Township High School District 201 say the district already spends too much.But a newly released statewide "report card" shows that the district spends $5,305 a year for each student - less than 57 percent...
Bike Wrecked in Driveway: Whose Responsibility Is It?
Dear Ann Landers: I'm sending you a column that you wrote 31 years ago. I hope you will run it again soon because I am having a similar problem right now. BENNIE IN MOBILE, ALA.Why anyone would hang onto that column for 31 years is anybody's guess,...
Bond Wants to End Gun-Violence Study 9 Senators Say Research Project Is Political
Sen. Christopher S. Bond, R-Mo., is one of nine senators pressing to cut a federal research project on gun violence, which they called a "political agenda against gun ownership."A letter Oct. 19 from Bond and the other senators - eight Republicans and...
Brakes Emit Gurgling Sound
Dear Tom and Ray: I have a '90 Ford Tempo with a little over 37,000 miles. My problem is that when I apply the brakes and come to a stop, I get a gurgling sound like water splashing around in the front of the car. I have taken it to two different mechanics...
Breckenridge Ready to Climb 4a Title Hill
Can Tom Breckenridge win his 10th consecutive cross country race today?If he does, he will have an undefeated season - and a Missouri Class 4A championship.Breckenridge, of St. Charles West, headlines the field of local runners at the Missouri High School...
Briefs
NATION WASHINGTON Memorial Dedicated For Plane Crash Victims</P><P>On a rain-swept, grassy hillside in Arlington National Cemetery, President Bill Clinton dedicated a memorial Friday to the 270 victims of the bombing of Pan Am Flight...
Briefs
NATION WASHINGTON Memorial Dedicated For Plane Crash Victims</P><P>On a rain-swept, grassy hillside in Arlington National Cemetery, President Bill Clinton dedicated a memorial Friday to the 270 victims of the bombing of Pan Am Flight...
Briefs
MISSOURI METROPOLITAN AREA Scouts To Collect Canned Good Donations</P><P>Don't forget to put something out today for the Boy Scouts and their annual Scouting for Food drive to collect canned goods.</P><P>Starting at 9 a.m.,...
Briefs Region
ILLINOIS CENTREVILLE Housing Group Gets Environmental Grant</P><P>Neighbors United for Progress, a nonprofit housing corporation based in Centreville, has obtained a $32,335 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for an...
Burn Survivors Seek Support in `Second Chance' at Life Conference Here Focuses on Struggles, Strengths
Coping with being burned is like grieving a loved one's death, says the head of the nation's only support group for burn survivors."Burn survivors are born again, and they go through stages of pain, fear, apprehension and discomfort before accepting...
By Inches, Virginia Shocks No. 2-Ranked Florida State
Four seconds from one of the biggest victories in Virginia football history, Tiki Barber couldn't look."I was saying to myself, `I can't watch it happen again,' and it didn't," Barber said Thursday night. "God was on our side this time."Virginia withstood...
California Friend Pleads for Haven for Irish Woman
LAST TUESDAY evening, a 19-year-old woman en route to San Francisco from her home in Dublin, Ireland, stopped to change planes at Lambert Field.As she passed through customs here, she told immigration officers that she had come to the United States for...
Clinton Approves 8 Pilot Projects to Ease Environmental Red Tape
President Bill Clinton formally approved Friday eight pilot projects that will give U.S. business greater flexibility in meeting federal environmental standards.Companies chosen to participate include some giants of the corporate world, including Anheuser-Busch's...
Cone, Boggs, Molitor Head List in Early Going for Free Agency
David Cone, Wade Boggs and Paul Molitor headed 33 players who filed for free agency Friday, raising the total to 106 with more than one week remaining.Also filing were Baltimore pitcher Kevin Brown, Boston outfielder Willie McGee, Texas outfielder Otis...
Conservatives Blast Senators over Medicare
Conservative groups criticized the Senate's proposals for Medicare changes Friday, saying they would trigger health -care rationing and force the elderly into plans they do not want.The GOP's overhaul is unacceptable unless older adults can choose their...
Cor Jesu Tops Kirkwood, Seeks Title
When the Cor Jesu volleyball team arrived in Warrensburg for the Missouri Class 4A volleyball tournament, Nicole Wall acted as the tour guide.It wasn't because she has been here before. It was because of the experience she gained last year, when the...
Edison Brothers Takes Refuge in Bankruptcy Firm Cites Sales Lag at Its Clothing Chains
Edison Brothers Stores Inc. took refuge in bankruptcy court Friday after failing to stem its slumping sales.Edison, one of the nation's biggest mall retailers, filed a petition for Chapter 11 reorganization in a court in Wilmington, Del., the state of...
Effort Aims at 100,000 New Jobs Training Corps Celebrates 15 Years; Regional Drive Intended to Help Poor
News Friday from the job-training front: A new regional effort to find jobs for poor people is under way, and the local Job Corps Center celebrated 15 years with a lunch that its students cooked and served to 175 guests.The East-West Gateway Coordinating...
Expanding Gateway Track Hires New GM
Rodney G. Wolter has replaced Robin Weinrich as general manager of Gateway International Raceway and will oversee special event promotions and the construction of Gateway's new multipurpose motorsports complex.Wolter is assuming his new duties immediately,...
FAA Chief Calls Airport Expansion, Local Funding Vital
THE FEDERAL Aviation Administration's chief said Friday that Lambert Field must expand - but that the community rather than the federal government must foot much of the estimated $1.78 billion price tag.The FAA chief David Hinson traveled to St. Louis...
Friends Say Hijacker Was Hard Worker Who Just Snapped
Under pressure at work and more than $15,000 in debt to the IRS, Nick Sang had a lot on his mind.Sang got lost Thursday on the way to the church he had attended regularly for nine years and stopped to knock on a stranger's door to ask for directions.When...
Gardiner Helps Edwardsville Ground Cahokia, 40-12
It was Edwardsville football coach Tim Dougherty's 39th birthday Friday, but the spotlight belonged to Collin Gardiner.Gardiner, a 5-foot-11, 166-pound junior fullback, carried 26 times for 227 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Tigers to a 40-12 rout...
Going Overboard Chuck Norman Plans Ad Blitz for His Charity Party
Chuck Norman, the man who never met a billboard he didn't like, says his annual Christmas parties for disabled children just might go on forever - even after his name is finally printed across that giant signboard in the sky."I'd kind of like to do something...
Heirloom Stocking a Constant Winner
Dear Readers: It isn't often that I write about a craft item because there are so many wonderful books available, filled with very special crafts. I have discovered a very exciting heirloom stocking, not for Christmas alone but for any occasion of the...
Help Yourself!
Guidelines</P><P>Selection of Help Yourself! questions is based on brevity, clarity, variety and suitability.</P><P>Send your question or answer and name, address and phone number and, if providing ananswer, the date on which...
Housing Money Allocation Makes Aldermen Unhappy
Several aldermen criticized Mayor Freeman Bosley Jr. on Friday over allocations of federal housing money in a block-grant measure for next year.Although the debate lasted more than an hour, the aldermen ended up approving the measure 25-3.Alderman Sharon...
Illini Defense Needs to Be Fast Study for Iowa's Unheralded Shaw
One week after facing the best running back in the Big Ten, things don't get any easier for the Illinois defense.The Illini (3-4 overall, 1-3 Big Ten) face Iowa (5-2, 2-2) and fleet running back Sedrick Shaw todayNorthwestern's Darnell Autry bounced...
Illinois House Passes Bill on Sex Offenders
The Illinois House unanimously passed on Friday a measure that would give the public access to information about convicted sex offenders living near them. The bill now moves to the Senate.The bill would provide public access to information about sex...
Interfaith Group Hears Leaders
Words and ritual are empty if they are not accompanied by honorable actions and charity, learned men of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths said Thursday evening.More than 300 guests from more than 17 faith communities gathered to find common ground...
Jacques Cousteau: Time of Not-So-Ancient Mariner
'Jacques-Yves Coustea' When: 8 p.m. Sunday Where: Cable's WTBS</P><P>`WHEN I was a child, my mother read me a book that was about curiosity," Jacques-Yves Cousteau recalls. "That type of curiosity has inspired my whole life."</P><P>Just...
Japanese Ministry Suffers U.S. Slap
The news that Japan's 10th-largest commercial bank has been booted out of the United States is seen as a stinging rebuke to Japan's powerful Ministry of Finance. Richard Koo of Nomura Research Institute said the Finance Ministry's six-week delay in...
Jordan, Rodman Click in Bulls' 105-91 Win over Hornets
Michael Jordan scored 42 points, making up for Scottie Pippen's early injury, and Dennis Rodman grabbed 11 rebounds in his Chicago debut Friday night as the Bulls opened the season with a 105-91 victory over the Charlotte Hornets.Jordan was 16 of 29...
Key Jobs Shifted in Russia
Russia's prime minister has taken authority over key government ministries from ailing President Boris Yeltsin, who appeared weak and sometimes disoriented Friday in a television appearance.Yeltsin, his face puffy and speech a little slurred, dispelled...
Kids on Computers a Lot of Learning Is Going on, Beginning as Early as Age 3
YOU KNOW that when your kids sit down at the family computer they can zap aliens at warp speed and spray computer-generated paint with the vigor of Jackson Pollock. But what, you wonder, are they really learning?The answer is, plenty. If your home computer...
Let Motor-Voter Succeed in Illinois
Just in time for remedial action to be taken at the current veto session of the Illinois Legislature, a lawsuit has been filed in Chicago challenging the state's awkward and unfair two-tiered voter registration system. Before a judge strikes down the...
Little Redcap
SURE it was in old Ireland a long time ago that a kindly chap named Tom was returning to his cottage one evening. He expected to find his family happily huddled together at the table, eating big hot potatoes and drinking fresh milk from his cow.But when...
Mcdonnell Lands $18 Billion Deal Government to Buy 80 C-17 Cargo Jets
After a long and turbulent flight, McDonnell Douglas Corp.'s C-17 cargo jet has come in for a smooth landing.The Defense Department said Friday that it would buy 80 more of the jets at a price of more than $18 billion.Harry C. Stonecipher, McDonnell's...
Mehlville Rolls Past Kirkwood for State Berth
The Missouri State High School Activities Association may have to consider a district realignment in south St. Louis County next football season.Mehlville High completed a shutout sweep of its Class 5A district rivals with a 35-0 victory at Kirkwood...
Merrimon Cuninggim; Scholar Ran Foundation
Merrimon Cuninggim, a professor, dean, college president and scholar who formerly headed the Danforth Foundation in St. Louis, died Wednesday (Nov. 1, 1995) at a retirement community in Cockeysville, Md., of prostate cancer. He was 84.From 1960 to 1973,...
Miami Gets Mourning; Will Hornets Get Peace?
The Charlotte Hornets ended one chapter of acrimony Friday. They just hope that, in the process, they didn't start another.The Hornets sent Alonzo Mourning, one of the best big men in the National Basketball Association, to Miami in a six-player deal.On...
Monsanto Invests in Bio Firm Ecogen Specializes in Pesticide Technology
Monsanto Co. said Friday it plans to invest $25 million in a struggling biotechnology company in return for the rights to the firm's insect-fighting technology.The deal would make Monsanto the largest shareholder of Ecogen Inc. of Langhorne, Pa., which...
Morning Briefing
TWA Slashes Weekend Fares</P><P>Trans World Airlines has announced discounts on weekend fares of up to 70 percent off for people flying from St. Louis.</P><P>The round-trip fares are based on total mileage. So a flight to ...
Morning Briefing Eye Openers
MIKE TYSON and BUSTER MATHIS JR. aren't fighting tonight in Las Vegas. But in cyberspace, thumbs don't break. And the bout already has taken place there.A computer simulation, designed by Lance Haffner Games of Nashville, Tenn., placed the two in the...
Neglect Slipped by Family Agency St. Louis Child, 2, Died of Dehydration
Two-year-old Michelle Gray starved to death in her sleep.And the Missouri Department of Social Services said it will "take full responsibility" for whatever role it played in the girl's death, spokeswoman Marilynn Knipp said Friday evening."We're deeply...
Next Northwestern Test: Penn St
College football's best-known doormat will be thinking ahead to the Rose Bowl if it beats No. 12 Penn State today.Northwestern, yes Northwestern, is 5-0 in the Big Ten and ranked sixth. Pasadena, Calif., looms ahead."A few years ago, people were talking...
NFL Reception Projections: High-Flying
It is the Year of the Wide Receiver. You throw it, they'll catch it. Detroit teammates Herman Moore and Brett Perriman each has a chance for 100-reception seasons. Cincinnati's Carl Pickens and Darnay Scott each should surpass 1,000 yards.The numbers...
No Easy Route to Welfare Reform
Republicans in Congress are certain to prevail in their efforts to impose time limits on participation in the public aid program and to shift the welfare program itself from federal to state control.Many states are eager to assume this responsibility,...
Oakville Grad Ralston Stars in Florida
When Steve Ralston says things aren't going as well as last season for him and his Florida International teammates, you have to understand that this is like last week's lottery winner saying his luck isn't as good this week. How many times can you win...
Panthers Deal Flyers 1st Home Loss of Season
Mike Hough had two first-period assists as the Florida Panthers won in Philadelphia 2-1 Thursday night.The home loss was the first this season for the Flyers (4-1-1).The Panthers, 7-0 this season when scoring first, outshot the Flyers 15-3 in the opening...
Parkway South Rallies, Stops Parkway North
Parkway North had scored successive touchdowns to take a 14-7 lead Friday night. Parkway South couldn't seem to stop running back Rodney Oliver in the third quarter.But there's never a dark moment for South's Patriots."I looked into our guys' eyes,"...
Parties Talking Victory with Year to Go
THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN leading his party's drive for next year's elections predicted Friday that the GOP will add up to 30 seats next year - and win at least three new Democratic converts before this year is over.Rep. Bill Paxon, R-N.Y., chairman of the...
Penguins, Minus Lemieux, Rally to Tie Sabres
Dmitri Mironov's goal with 1 minute 37 seconds remaining in the third period lifted visiting Pittsburgh to a 3-3 tie with Buffalo on Friday night.Pittsburgh was playing without Mario Lemieux, the National Hockey League scoring leader. He still is not...
People
Sick call:Singer BARRY WHITE, 51, canceled an appearance on a Soul Train anniversary special Thursday to undergo tests at a Las Vegas hospital. No details, but White recently returned from a 13-month tour.In Nashville, country's TRACY LAWRENCE, 27, has...
People & Events
TODAY</P><P>Centering Prayer: Introductory workshop on this intensely contemplative form of prayer; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., St. Peter's Parish Center, 215 North Clay Avenue, Kirkwood. Sponsored by Contemplative Outreach. Donation: $20. ...
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 an area court: ACCIDENTSGranite City: Deckhand Billy Don Ritchie, 19, of Texarkana, Ark., was crushed to...
Rams to Take Pony Ride? Brooks Might Have to Open Stable of Small Backs
Like a pair of frisky Clydesdales, jumbo backs Jerome Bettis and Leonard Russell did a number on New Orleans in September.And that number was 150 - the number of yards the 240-pound plow horses pounded out against the Saints in a 17-13 Rams victory at...
Ring Fling: Holyfield vs. Bowe
He has been led to the doorstep of hell twice by Evander Holyfield, but Riddick Bowe has no problems going there again tonight.At 28, Bowe understands what he did not quite grasp in the days before Holyfield beat him in their rematch two years ago. He...
Rivals Clash for 104th Time Mu-Ku: One Thing Hasn't Changed
As delicate a week as it is to mention it, University of Missouri football coach Larry Smith and Kansas coach Glen Mason have gobs in common.Each has made his name rescuing distressed programs. Each was schooled in the game in his native Ohio - and inhaled...
Shrinking: Welfare Decline Linked to Economy, Reform
GROWING NUMBERS of Americans are trading their welfare checks and food stamps for jobs, even as Congress wrestles with ways to end what critics say is a cycle of dependency among the country's poorest families.Democrats say an improving economy is the...
`Sinking' Blues Players Question Owners' Commitment to Winning Stanley Cup
Even a few days of fun in the sun at Newport Beach couldn't dissipate the dark clouds hovering over the Blues.The mood is grim going into their game tonight against the winless San Jose Sharks.The Blues have lost back-to-back games, most recently 3-0...
Siue Chilly as Heating Is Fixed New $4.5 Million System Needs $90,000 in Repairs
Temperatures dipped to the mid-60s Friday in some offices and classrooms at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, where the repair of buried hot water pipes will deprive most buildings of heat for almost two more weeks."There is a little complaining,...
Small Statistic Many Workers Already Knew
AMONG THE economic tidbits in the news this week was a statistic that startled some analysts: For the year ending Sept. 30, workers' wages and benefits rose just 2.7 percent, the smallest increase since the Labor Department began keeping track in 1981.Some...
Smoking out the Birds Sale: Look to the Grassy Knoll?
Bernie Bits:</P><P>I'd like to present the Oliver Stone Theory of the Week: The Cardinals aren't really for sale.</P><P>Say what?</P><P>Some wise men around Our Town wonder about Anheuser-Busch's plans. They think...
Solar Dryer Lessens Need to Burn Green Wood
Q: I plan to use my fireplace this fall, but all I have is recently cut green firewood. Is there any way to get wood to season fast so that I can use it this year? - J.Z.A: It is very important to use properly seasoned firewood, even in an open fireplace....
Sports Shorts
Cowboys Lett, Holmes Suspended 4 Games</P><P>Leon Lett and Clayton Holmes of the Dallas Cowboys were suspended for four games by the NFL for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.</P><P>The suspensions were effective...
St. Louis Film Festival
ADVANCE tickets will be sold from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. today at the St. Louis Symphony Music School box office, 560 Trinity Avenue, University City (west end of the Loop). After that, same-day tickets will be sold at the theaters. For information, call 231-FILM....
Suicide Victim's Family Says Company Worked Him to Death
Like many workers in the defense industry, Santo Alba saw his duties increase as his employer, Raytheon Co., made major layoffs to lower costs.The 55-year-old foreman of the sheet metal shop was working 70 to 80 hours a week, by his family's estimate,...
Tickets to Ride: 300 Rams Fans Pack Up for Trip to Superdome
Over the years, Rams-Saints games have done little for New Orleans' tourism industry."When the Rams were in Los Angeles, we didn't do diddly," said Bob Bourg, director of marketing for Destination Management, the official travel agency of the Saints....
Twa Dome Awaits OK for Fans, Football
Eight more days.Barring an upset, the Trans World Dome will be football- and fan-ready for the Rams' game Nov. 12 against the Carolina Panthers.That was the word Friday from Lawrence Akley, project manager for the Stadium Authority. For months, Akley...
Typhoon Hits Philippines; at Least 65 Reported Dead 280,000 Are Forced from Homes
A strong typhoon ripped through the Philippines on Friday, churning up floodwater and killing at least 65 people, destroying thousands of houses and cutting electricity to a third of the country.Billboards crashed to the ground, and 125-mph winds ripped...
U. City Teen Arrested after Threatening 2
University City police arrested a 14-year-old freshman at University City High School Friday morning after she threatened a teacher and another student with scissors.No one was hurt, said Lori Willis, spokeswoman for the school district. The incident...
'Visual Radio' Takes off in Japan
POCKET-SIZE radios that show messages on a tiny screen are a big hit in Japan.These little FM portables aren't a threat to the small, Watchman-type TV sets that have become popular throughout the world, but they are ideal as a kind of public paging system...
Warming-Up Exercises Not the Same as Stretching
Dear Dr. Donohue: Is warming-up exercise the same as stretching exercise?No. Warm-up exercises are to send blood coursing to muscles and tendons so that they become more pliant for the stresses to come. Jogging gently in place is your typical warm-up...
Welcome Compassion
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Missouri has made the right decision and reversed itself by agreeing to offer immediate health-insurance coverage for a form of breast cancer treatment that, by law, it didn't have to offer until next year. It previously...
What Is This Thing Called a Suit?
MY SON has reached another milestone, experienced another "first" in his life. It's not exactly material for his baby book, which is just as well, as I've fallen behind in making regular entries, but it is significant nonetheless.I'm not talking about...
Wings Hand Ambush 18-15 Defeat Special to the Post-Dispatch
The Wichita Wings stole a page of Ambush strategy on Friday night and handed National Professional Soccer League-champion St. Louis an 18-15 loss in its season opener."St. Louis pioneered high-pressure defense, and I thought we gave them some of their...
You Got Rhythm Proteins at Base of Internal Clock Identified
Researchers have obtained their first look into circadian rhythms, the hitherto mysterious internal clocks that tell humans and other animals when to fall asleep and wake up and that regulate such biological functions as hormone release and body temperature.Gaining...

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