St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from October 31, 1996

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33 Groups Donate $10,000 or More to Sway Voters
U.S. Term Limits Inc., of Washington, has spent more than $250,000 to promote the ballot-labeling proposal on Tuesday's ballots, while the National Restaurant Association has donated $200,000 to the campaign to help defeat an increase in the state minimum...
4 Gays among Bodies Found in Indiana
From rural communities across Indiana, young gay men have moved to the big city to find a place where they could openly express their sexuality. When some began disappearing, no one came looking for them.Years later, at least four gay men have been identified...
4th, 6th Districts to Pick New Council Members Proposition M, Lambert Expansion Are Key Issues for Voters, Candidates Agree
Tuesday's election will bring two new faces to the St. Charles County Council, the county's seven-member legislative body.In the 4th District, Republican Douglas Funderburk and Democrat Donald Sheets are vying to replace Harold Kohrs, a Republican, who...
Air Crash Kills Schools Official, Three in Crew
A corporate jet crashed in flames Wednesday just after takeoff, killing four people, including the chairman of the Illinois Board of Higher Education.The plane narrowly missed an apartment complex."It was about a 100-foot circle ball of flame, just like...
A Little Troma to the Head St. Louisan Writes a Movie That Gives the Bard Some Electric Shocks
"Why don't you do a bad piece on me?" teases scriptwriter and St. Louis native James Gunn. "That would be kind of fun."Talk about how I'm a genius, but that I'm a miserable human being. I'll give you some names of people who hate me in St. Louis and...
`An Angel': Charities Benefit from Woman's Will
During her life, they really didn't know her. On her death, they learned how charitable she could be.Therese McMaster, it turns out, was a millionaire.When people took a look at her will, they were further astounded. Much of her $3.5 million fortune...
Animal Chiropractor Has Bone to Pick with Group
BECAUSE my dog likes to chase his tail, I suspect he has a spine that is out of whack.It stands to reason. As an experiment, just get down on all fours, pretend you have a tail and try to chase it. Not just once but a dozen times.If you do this often...
Apartments Get a New Lease on Life `Things Are a Lot More Peaceful,' Says One Tenant of Crocus Lane
Less than a month after Juanita Moore moved into the Crocus Lane apartment complex in April, her apartment was broken into and robbed. Drug dealers kept her awake at night. After a few months, she decided to move.But this summer, new management took...
A Puzzling Decline in Voter Turnout
President Bill Clinton will win more convincingly than in 1992, when he received 43 percent of the 55 percent of the population 18 or older that voted. That 55 percent was a 5-point uptick in participation over 1988, and on Tuesday the rate of participation...
Around the Links
SENIOR PGA TOUREMERALD COAST CLASSICSite: Milton, Fla. Dates: Friday-Sunday Course: The Moors Golf Club (6,842 yards, par 71) Purse: $1.05 million. Winner's Share: $157,500. Television: The Golf Channel (Friday-Sunday, 1-3:30 p.m._ Last Week: New Zealand's...
Arrogant Democrats
The Democrats have done it again. After dodging - and then fudging - answers to queries about the actions of campaign official John Huang concerning his fund-raising among foreign companies and his service at the Commerce Department, the Democratic National...
A Tasty Invasion the Blue Water Grill's Flying Saucers Serves Up Big Tastes in Small Portions
I am ordering-impaired.There, I said it, and nothing bad happened.I don't think I've ever gone out for a meal where I haven't changed my order after someone else at the table places theirs and it sounded better than mine. Servers at some of my favorite...
At Issue: St. Charles County Transit Plan Bloated Tax Scheme Would Add to Traffic, Harm the Environment
Supporters of a tax increase for public transit in St. Charles County promise to relieve our traffic problems while saving money and helping the environment. What they deliver is a bloated tax scheme, which will make traffic worse, hurt the environment...
At Issue: St. Charles County Transit Plan Metrolink Would Help Relieve Congested Bridges and Highways
St. Charles County will again vote on Proposition M to establish a one-half-cent sales tax to support transit in the county, including a MetroLink extension as far as St. Peters and a local bus service.Given the rapid population growth and the serious...
Bare-Bones Operation Spooked Graphic Artist Runs Haunted Theme Park in Downtown St. Louis, Delights in Frights
By day, Patrick Voss is a mild-mannered graphic design artist for a phone company. At night, he revels in giving people the heebie-jeebies.Voss, who lives in Glen Carbon, is co-owner of Terror Visions, an indoor haunted theme park in downtown St. Louis,...
Barr, 36, Is a Ram Who Crunches Only the Numbers
In the man's world of pro football, Adrian Barr isn't one of a kind.But she's close.Barr, 36, ranks as high on a front-office depth chart as any woman who's not a National Football League owner or related to one. Since last December, she has been vice...
Be Creative to Make the Most of Ceilings
WHEN DECORATING your home, be certain not to overlook one of the largest and most visible surfaces in each room - the ceiling.The usual decorating solution for that expansive flat plane directly overhead is to paint it a shade of white and to leave it...
Best Bets for the Week of Oct. 31-Nov. 6
TonightHalloween: But you probably already knew that, didn't you? Among the spooky stuff on tap: the Symphony's "Haunting Howl-oween Concert" at Powell Hall and a Crestwood Plaza Shopping Center kids' program with games, magic, stories and treats. For...
Better Than Ezra, Better Than Ever
Better Than Ezra's new CD, "friction, baby," may sound somewhat similar to "Deluxe," the million-selling previous record by the New Orleans trio. But the record didn't necessarily have to turn out that way.In fact, Kevin Griffin, the band's singer/guitarist...
Big Ten Title Chase Is Still a Six-Team Scramble
For 15 years, access to the Big Ten Conference football title was exclusionary: Only Ohio State and Michigan qualified for membership.Others needn't have applied.It was an era when the Big Ten was more aptly referred to as "Big Two and Little Eight."...
Branson Fires First in Hepatitis a War
It's 6 p.m., and the patrons are lined up cheek-by-jowl at the Branson Cafe.Up front at the register, owner Ken Roten has something for everyone - a kind word for the elderly couple in matching plaid shirts; bubble gum for the well-behaved youth eating...
Branson Fires First in War on Hepatitis A
It's 6 p.m., and the patrons are lined up cheek-by-jowl at the Branson Cafe.Up front at the register, owner Ken Roten has something for everyone - a kind word for the elderly couple in matching plaid shirts; bubble gum for the well-behaved youth eating...
Briefs
MISSOURIST. LOUISPantries Back Minimum Wage Hike St. Louis area food pantries are supporting passage of Proposition A to raise Missouri's minimum wage. Pantry workers report seeing many more working poor who hold down two or three jobs but still can't...
Briefs
NATIONTWA FLIGHT 800Devices Show No Sign Of Short-Circuit An analysis of two fuel-measuring devices from TWA Flight 800 shows no sign of an electrical problem that would have caused the plane's center fuel tank to explode, a federal spokeswoman said...
Busch Grand National Run Slated for Gateway Track
Gateway International Raceway officials will announce today that a Busch Grand National Series race will come to the St. Louis area for the first time in late July.The Busch Series often features some of the top names in Winston Cup racing, and drivers...
Candidate's Give and Take May Sidestep Election Law
It is a frustrating fact of life for state legislators who try to make the jump to Congress: They may have plenty of money in their state political coffers, but federal law doesn't allow them to use it for a congressional campaign.Records show that Illinois...
CBS Filming Local Story of Beating Mental Illness
TUBELINGS: That was Dr. Carol North with her hub, Rich Olson, who went on the lam for brunch Sunday at the 9th Street Abbey, between takes by a CBS television crew with the network's "Coast-to-Coast" show. North, 42, an assistant professor of psychiatry...
Change in Ordinance to Allow Larger Pole Signs Considered
The Wentzville Board of Aldermen agreed last week to consider changing the sign ordinance to allow larger pole signs in commercial areas.Wentzville continually is being approached by business owners seeking special permission to erect larger signs because...
Cheap Stuff $5 and Under
Pickin'-and-grinnin' time: OK, so we're cheating a little here, because this will set you back $6, but we figure that about now you really need your late-fall bluegrass fix a cheap at thrice the price. The Missouri Area Bluegrass Committee's annual "Bluegrass...
Chicago's the King of Candy Corn Striped Kernels Made Daily by the Millions
The sound is deafening, like millions of pebbles being blasted against a windowpane 2 inches from your ear. Waves of little yellow, orange and white "pebbles" go dancing by, shaking so rapidly they look like a quivering orange haze."That's the sifter,"...
Chinese Dissident Gets 11 Years Leader of '89 Democracy Movement Convicted of Plotting against Government
The trial lasted four hours, and the verdict was harsh: 11 years in prison for Wang Dan, one of the last active leaders of the 1989 student democracy movement.With Wednesday's swift judgment, China's Communist Party leaders signaled their resolve to...
Clark's Blue Island Plant Might Close Temporarily
Clark USA Inc. expects to learn Nov. 8 if it must temporarily close its suburban Chicago refinery, the Clayton-based company said Wednesday.Illinois Attorney Jim Ryan has asked a Cook County Circuit Court to close the Blue Island plant until it is proven...
Colleges: Men
MISSOURI-ST. LOUIS* Name-dropping: The next save Rivermen soccer goalie Mark Lynn (Parkway Central) records will tie a school mark for saves in a season with 109. John Stahl set the record in 1985. . . . Jason Aft (Ladue) scored his team-high seventh...
Committee Studies Population to Redraw Ward Boundaries
Officials in Clayton are gathering data on how the municipality's population is distributed, as well as where its registered voters live, at the request of the Ward Redistricting Committee.The committee is studying ways to redraw Clayton's ward boundaries...
Concert Previews
Michelle Shockedtonight at Mississippi NightsShocked's latest release, "Kind Hearted Woman," is excruciatingly passionate, fiercely articulate and painstakingly literate. One thing it most definitely is not, however, is fun. Still, these thoroughly grim...
Conflicting Polls Muddle Contest between Durbin, Salvi for Senate
It's Halloween and the pollsters seem to be playing pranks on the U.S. Senate candidates in Illinois: One new survey shows Rep. Richard J. Durbin ahead of Al Salvi by 3 percentage points; another has him ahead by 20.Durbin, a Democrat, got a treat Wednesday...
Congress Unaware of Foreign Affairs
Whoever wins Tuesday's presidential election will have to immediately launch an intense round of diplomatic negotiations.Sitting across the table from the next president in these negotiations will be the prickliest of foes: Some will be neanderthals...
Congress Wants to Re-Examine Trade with China
Members of Congress from both parties said Wednesday that they want to reexamine U.S. trade with China, in light of a federal probe into China's diversion of equipment sold by McDonnell Douglas Corp. from civilian to military use.A federal grand jury...
Cook Uses Own Money in Final Push to Keep Post
Bekki Cook, the outsider who was thrust into state politics less than two years ago, has poured $175,000 of her own money into the campaign to save her job.Cook, the Missouri secretary of state, loaned the money to her campaign on Oct. 16 and Oct. 24,...
Cor Jesu Avoids Upset, Will Meet Notre Dame
Belleville West volleyball coach Charles Rodman offered perhaps the best advice for Illinois and Missouri teams still involved in the postseason."When you look ahead, you sometimes find yourself looking back really quick," said Rodman, whose Maroons...
`Cosby' Puts Astoria on Television's Map
A QUARTER century after Archie Bunker put Queens on the TV map, the borough is once again a comedy destination for the nation's television viewers - thanks to Hilton Lucas.Who's Hilton Lucas? Lucas is the main character in "Cosby," the new CBS show starring...
Couple Awaits Transplant for Their Baby
Catherine and Ronald Murphy waited all Wednesday for their beeper to go off.When it does, they'll know a heart is available for a transplant that could save their infant's life.Since Wednesday, the Murphys, who live in St. Ann, have been No. 1 on the...
Curtain Raisers
Weill Away the HoursOccasionally, an artist comes along who proves to be well ahead of the times. Katherine Dunham, Luis Bunuel, John Coltrane: just a few of the names in an impressive yet highly exclusive club.Consider German composer Kurt Weill a charter...
Dancing for the Joy of It Prem Celebrates 20 Years Here with 'Dances of India'
ASHA PREM claims she never set out to become a dancer. She insists that performing is not the primary reason to dance. "I can dance just for myself," she says.Even if she doesn't need an audience, Prem certainly deserves one for "Dances of India." The...
Day by Day
TODAYHAUNTED HOUSE - The House of the Living Dead will be open from 7 to 10 p.m. at 1730 First Capitol Drive, St. Charles. The admission charge of $7 will include a Monster Mash dance with music by the Eclipse D.J. Service. The house is rated intense....
Dead on Their Feet Live Action Vampire Game Is More Quirky Than Spooky
A strange thing occurs every third Saturday night of the month outside McNulty's Irish Pub in West Port Plaza. As the customers inside listen to Irish music, swig down Guinness and graze on shepherd's pie, vampires lurk outside. Depending on what kind...
Democrats, Gop List Who Gave How Much Reporting Period Covers First Half of October
Documents show that a Korean-American entrepreneur, billionaire financier George Soros and TV producer Norman Lear were among the most generous donors to the Democratic Party in the final rush of giving.The top late provider of Democratic soft money...
Economy Faltering, Defiant Dole Warns President's Policies `Recipe for . . . Collapse,' He Says
With time running out in his presidential quest, Bob Dole turned on Wednesday to the tactic of making dire warnings about the economy - and to Abraham Lincoln for inspiration.At a campaign stop in Tennessee, Dole said third-quarter growth statistics...
'Economy Is Continuing to Grow,' Clinton Says
President Bill Clinton, on his final campaign swing, Wednesday promoted the opportunities created by his economic policies - a message that won him the White House four years ago and appears likely to keep him there now.Clinton used an appearance at...
For the Missouri House - III
The Post-Dispatch's choices for the Missouri House continue today with districts in St. Louis County.76th District: Democrat Lana Stokan defeated Republican Barbara R. O'Mara in a close race for an open seat in this North County district in 1994. This...
Free Speech under the Trees
Missouri's refusal to allow the Chapel of the Scripture to meet at a state park in Jefferson County is a reminder of why we have the First Amendment: to make sure that even well-meaning state officials don't trample free speech.On Sunday mornings when...
Friendship Force Links St. Louisans to People, Cultures around World
About 20 years ago, President Jimmy Carter, his wife, Rosalynn, and a friend began an organization called the Friendship Force.They envisioned that friendships among people of different nations and cultures could lead to better relations among nations.That...
From Jet Set to Net Set Twa Is Testing Fare Discounts on Internet
Does the world of Web surfers intersect the world of jet-setters?Trans World Airlines is testing the market to find out, by offering discount air fares and a frequent-flier bonus sweepstakes on its site on the World Wide Web.From today through Nov. 11,...
GM Pulls Layoff Switch 1 Wentzville Shift Idled; 1 Clocks In
General Motors had good and bad news Wednesday for workers at its van assembly plant in Wentzville.The 1,100 workers on the second shift who have been on layoff for almost two weeks will return to the job Monday. At the same time, about the same number...
Good Samaritan Woman Rescues Motorist Trapped in Upside-Down Auto after an Accident
Sherrie Lawrence was looking forward to a quiet night at home in Belleville Tuesday with her baby daughter, toddler son and husband as she drove home after a day's work.Instead, Lawrence rescued a woman trapped in a car wreck and nearly got killed herself...
Great Leap Forward Gash/voigt Moves into Second Decade with a Retrospective of Its First
There is something both dangerous and, well, decadent in Gash/Voigt Dance Theatre's two-weekend retrospective concert, "DECAdance." Beginning Friday at the Grandel Theatre, the all-women contemporary dance company a built around the theatrical vision...
Growth Blueprint Former Indy Mayor Preaches Regional Cooperation
William Hudnut preached the benefits of regional government and entrepreneurial political leadership to a business group here Wednesday.He served 16 years as mayor of a consolidated city/county government in Indianapolis, and it was on his watch that...
Hail, Mary Katherine `Snl' Comes Up with a Patron Saint for the Eternally Gawky
I still don't know if black patent leather shoes really reflect up, but I do know that Americans have a fascination with the image of the Catholic schoolgirl. From Hayley Mills in the film "The Trouble With Angels" to its hippie sequel, "Where Angels...
Hear Here
Food For ThoughtThe Haven Coffee Shop will sponsor a "Locals Only" concert on Nov. 15 at Mississippi Nights to benefit the St. Louis Food Bank. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the show featuring: 7:45 p.m. a Sugar Daddy; 8:45 p.m. a Celery; 9:45 p.m. a Java;...
Hot Diggety Dog: Trick-or-Treaters Get Grilled at Halloween
The Hot Dog Man, that's what friends call Stephen Aubuchon, 74, of O'Fallon.The title is the result of an Aubuchon tradition started more than 30 years ago. Each year, Aubuchon and his wife, Anita, grill hot dogs and offer trick-or-treaters a choice...
House Candidates Stress Experience and New Ideas
Democrat Gary Hannig says his position as Assistant Democratic Leader in the Illinois House gives his constituents a good reason to re-elect him."I have a bigger say in the process than any freshman would ever have," says Hannig, 44, of Litchfield.He's...
Infertile Couples Find Their Dreams Painful
Dear Abby: I was very disappointed in your response to "No Regrets" who thinks infertile couples should realize that "an empty womb is not a tragedy." "No Regrets" would rather mentor the children of friends and family than be a mother. She self-centeredly...
Issue of Renegotiation Played Role in Trading Corson to Canadiens
Shayne Corson endured a stunning fall from grace with the Blues.In a scant 15 months, the gritty winger went from free-agent signee with the security of a five-year contract to captain and top playoff performer to trade bait.Why? The Blues' company line...
J.C. Penney Opens Doors at Mid Rivers Mall, Joins Famous, Dillard's, Sears
In 1981, Famous-Barr opened its store at what was to become Mid Rivers Mall.As St. Charles County grew from a rural area to a mass of subdivisions, the opportunity to build a mall materialized, and the first wing was completed in 1987 with Famous-Barr...
Jeff Smith Leaves Pga Job for Full-Time Walters Duties
The change in temperature is not the only change affecting area golf these days.Jeff Smith, who served as the executive director for the Gateway Section of the PGA for nine years, is leaving to assume full-time duties as vice president of Dennis Walters...
Jjk off and Running with Sports Commission
The world's best woman athlete and a Little League coach new to town are teaming up to lead the St. Louis Sports Commission.As reported last week in the Post-Dispatch, Jackie Joyner-Kersee was announced Wednesday as the fifth chairman of the Sports Commission.Joyner-Kersee,...
Kahok Pride Basketball School Shows It Can Play Football
The daily hike up a quarter-mile stretch of rolling grass known as The Hill at Collinsville High is an exhausting bit of work, more than enough to get a football player's blood circulating before practice.When coach John Jackson made his first trek to...
Kitchens Go to New Heights to Provide Universal Appeal
DO YOU KNOW what a universal kitchen is?The first time I heard the term, I suspected it might be something that catered to all of us - Europeans, Asians, Americans, maybe even aliens from outer space.Actually, however, it's a kitchen that's user-friendly...
La Musica De Steriolab European Trance Pop Meets the Sounds of Brazil
Stereolab, the European band known to combine `60s bubblegum pop with minimalist trance music, makes an unlikely appearance on the newly released Brazilian theme album, "Red Hot + Rio."That is the most recent release from the Red Hot Organization, which...
Landlord Evicts Company, Moves Trash to Trailers Action from Dispute Irks Neighbors
A dispute over the eviction of a recycling company in St. Louis has spilled over into the neighboring community - literally.Macma Corp., landlord for Midwest Recycling Services at 4660 West Florissant Avenue, evicted Midwest last week for not paying...
La Russa Selected Manager of Year It's Third Time He's Won Associated Press Award
Tony La Russa lives the cliche of taking the baseball season one game at a time. He rarely looked back while managing the Cardinals this summer, and almost never looked beyond the next game.But he has enjoyed reflecting on the Cardinals' season since...
Look What's Been Happening to Halloween - If You Dare
IN THE OLD days, when Halloween was still mostly for kids, you could be a ghost or a witch or a hobo or a gypsy or a cowgirl or a monster or a fireman. You could be scary or ugly or cute. You could be anything.You don't have that latitude anymore, as...
Master Plan Reviewed; Comments Are Sought Copies of 50-Page Report Are Available at Libraries
A public hearing Tuesday in St. Charles on a master plan for St. Charles County lasted less than 30 minutes and attracted only three speakers.A similar hearing was conducted last week in Wentzville.A year in the making, the plan outlines the direction...
Mathewson, Oetting Joust for Seat in Missouri Senate
HERE'S THE BIGGEST mistake Senate President Pro Tem Jim Mathewson has made in 22 years in state politics: He announced his retirement, then changed his mind.From 1993 to the middle of last year, Mathewson told anyone who asked that he was getting out...
Maw Shiu Wang, 70; Chemist at Monsanto, Community Leader
Maw Shiu Wang, a chemist at Monsanto Co. and a leader in the local Taiwanese community, died Oct. 14, 1996, in France after suffering a stroke. He was there on a tour with his wife and friends. He was 70 and lived in Chesterfield.Mr. Wang was born in...
Meaning in Melancholy Layers
Jane Barrow consistently has provided visual challenges and genuine aesthetic rewards with her moody works on paper. The work in this new show is no exception. Her art changes as it moves forward, but it is an evolutionary change. As it moves ahead,...
Meet the Beetle
Although this 53-minute look at the Volkswagen Beetle isn't affiliated in any way with the "Biography" television series, it works like a typical episode of A&E's signature show a meaning that the viewer learns some interesting tidbits after sitting...
Metrolink Must Not Disrupt Homes, Council Resolves
The University City Council has passed a resolution proposing ways to protect several neighborhoods should a MetroLink route be approved to run along Millbrook Boulevard and Forest Park Parkway.The resolution, aimed at the East-West Gateway Coordinating...
Metrolink Supporters Consider Expansion Lack of Federal Funding May Prompt Alternatives to Develop More Routes
Supporters of expanding MetroLink are not counting on the federal government to provide as much money as it has in the past for transit projects. They are looking at other sources, says Tom Shrout, executive director of Citizens for Modern Transit.Last...
`Minister of Art' Contributes Creations to Help Church Congregations Worship
He may not have "Reverend" in front of his name, but Harry Breen is widely considered to be a minister of art.The 66-year-old retired University of Illinois art professor has carved out a unique position for himself over the last 14 years as a creator...
Morning Briefing
Duracell Agrees To Alter AdsDuracell International Inc. is toning down its ads for PowerCheck batteries in response to a complaint by Eveready Battery Co., which makes Energizer batteries.The National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureaus...
Morning Briefing Eye Openers
Just Wondering:* Didn't the Blues have PIERRE TURGEON once before?* Or was that CRAIG JANNEY? * With SHAYNE CORSON and MURRAY BARON gone, what's tougher: the Blues or a $4.99 steak? * OK, TONY BANKS can't palm a basketball, but didn't you at least...
Music / Album Reviews
Recovering the SatellitesCounting Crows (Geffen)Counting Crows has set out to make a big record a the kind that's meant to explode on your stereo, the kind that wants to turn your heart into a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle. Swirling violins and organs, sprawling...
Music and Media
The Publication...is a list of many publications, actually. And many bands. Ratty little punk bands, actually, and people's basements where they can play. Head shops, tattoo parlors, vegan diners, dumpsters. In short, everything that makes punk so goshdarned...
Music Notes
The Sunrays Shine AgainSixties pop harmony group the Sunrays are the subject of a three-CD box set.The band began as a garage- rock outfit but in 1964 came to the attention of Murry Wilson, father-manager of the Beach Boys. Wilson shaped the band's glistening...
Music / Road Report Reviews from across the Country of the Band That Performs at 7 P.M. Friday, Nov. 15 at the Kiel Center
The Hartford Courant(October 24, 1996):A sold-out show at the Hartford Civic Center? Police preventing anyone from parking around Bushnell Park? Thousands of tie-dyed fans on the downtown streets? It might seem like a flashback to the Grateful Dead concerts...
NAACP Leader Points to `New Direction'
After three years of turmoil, money woes and questions of relevancy, the NAACP has eliminated a large budget deficit and adopted a new mission for the once-troubled organization, says Kweisi Mfume, national president and chief executive officer."We have...
Neighbors Oppose Plan for Nursery School Officials Join Call to Keep Area Residential
Fifty residents of a neighborhood in south St. Louis County have asked the county Planning Commission to reject a proposal for a day nursery on South Lindbergh Boulevard across from Lindbergh High School."We do not want to see zoning other than residential,"...
New Hope Food Pantry, Outreach Center Gives Neighbors a Hand
When Mary and Mike Groeper opened the New Hope Food Pantry and Outreach Center six years ago, their motto was "a hand-up not a hand-out."The Groepers, who had known hard times themselves, established the center to help older adults, veterans, the handicapped,...
Nintendo 64 Brings Back All Mario's Charm
The Nintendo 64 has been one of the most eagerly awaited game machines in the short history of video games.The $64,000 question, of course, is whether the new machine is worth the wait.In a word, yes. While the 64 isn't exactly the SGI-in-a-box that...
No Costume Yet? We've Got Some Tricks Up Our Sleeves
IF YOU ARE the kind of person who has already whipped up fantasy costumes worthy of Bob Mackie for your children, go ahead and skip this article. Use the time to finish carving that jack-o'-lantern family to line your walk.But if, like so many of us,...
No Stealing His Thunder Wu QB Plays with Intensity of Norse God He Was Named After
Twenty-one years ago, as Gary and Patricia Larsen mulled names for their twin boys, they considered heritage."My husband's father was Swedish," Patricia said, "so we wanted a Scandinavian name."Thor Larsen, battered and bloodied, breathes heavily in...
Officers in Bank Sale to Reap Millions
The top officers of Mark Twain Bancshares stand to make millions of dollars by selling their bank to Mercantile Bancorporation.Chairman Alvin Siteman would be at least $15 million richer and President John Dubinsky stands to make about $1.6 million.The...
Officials Want Study of Options Transportation Proposals Merit Research, They Say
Mayor Pat Brennan and City Manager Carl Schwing want the Richmond Heights City Council to hire a research firm that could help the municipality respond to regional transportation proposals that would infringe on land and houses.Brennan and Schwing say...
One Happy Loser
The Vicarious Bettor plays off a $100 stake provided by his employer. Each week he wagers a small portion of that amount and reports the results here.The session: Breeder's Cup ClassicSite: Saturday at Fairmount Park. Handicapping horses is a difficult...
Opposition to Gay Rights Is Not Evidence of Bigotry
It was virtually the last question of the debate: "Why do people keep referring to equal rights for gay and lesbians as special rights?"Bob Dole punted, mumbling something benign about being against "discrimination," and refusing to enter the rhetorical...
Painter Wore No Safety Gear, Patrol Finds
The painter who fell from a bridge last weekend into the Missouri River was not wearing a life jacket or safety harness at the time, according to the Missouri Water Patrol.Federal work-safety regulations require workers on jobs of that kind to wear life...
Panel Backs Applicant with Record Commission to Order Fire Chief to Hire Him
The city's Civil Service Commission is expected as soon as Friday to order Fire Chief Neil Svetanics to hire a paramedic who did not fully divulge details of his criminal past.The paramedic, Russell Hardy, is the brother of Bob Hardy, St. Louis Emergency...
Panel Backs Applicant with Record Fire Chief to Be Ordered to Hire Him
The city's Civil Service Commission is expected as soon as Friday to order Fire Chief Neil Svetanics to hire a paramedic who did not fully divulge details of his criminal past.The paramedic, Russell Hardy, is the brother of Bob Hardy, St. Louis Emergency...
Panthers Nip 'Hawks; Unbeaten Streak at 12
Mike Hough scored with 2 minutes 17 seconds remaining, giving Florida a 3-2 victory over Chicago on Wednesday night and extending the Panthers' unbeaten streak to 12 games.The Panthers (8-0-4) are three games away from tying the 1984-1985 Edmonton Oilers'...
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