St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from December 17, 1996

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2 Whites Charged with Hate Crime 2 Black Women in Granite City Report Threats, Use of Racial Epithets
The filing of "hate crime" charges on Monday in Madison County - the second case in two weeks - shows that the community will not tolerate racially motivated attacks, State's Attorney William R. Haine said.Two white men were charged with committing a...
$55.4 Million Budget Up for Approval Tonight
O'Fallon aldermen expect to approve a $55.4 million budget for the coming year when they meet tonight.The total includes a balanced $9.9 million budget for the general fund that has as its main component salaries for police and other City Hall employees...
Airbus Pledges Reform in Face of Stiff Competition
European politicians promised Monday to speed reforms of Airbus Industrie, which faces fiercer competition from the merger of Boeing Co. and McDonnell Douglas Corp.Airbus has been trying for the past year to come up with a plan to become an independent...
All-Metro Goalie a Tough Pick Plenty of Keepers among Soccer's Best
It's a shame there was room for only one goalkeeper on the 1996 Post-Dispatch All-Metro soccer team."You could've made a good case for any one of six or seven guys this season," CBC coach Terry Michler said. "I can remember a few years back, when we...
A Man of Faith Offers Message of Hope in Inner City
Eugene F. Rivers 3rd thinks of himself as part Jesuit and part Marine and answers to "Yo, Reverend."He answers at all hours because he and his associates, many of them graduates of fine colleges who think of themselves as "paramedics of civil society,"...
Amendment Targets Um Rep. Backer Wants University to Submit Annual Budget
Rep. Gracia Y. Backer, House majority leader, is proposing an amendment to the state constitution that would require the University of Missouri to submit budgets to the Legislature as a condition of getting its annual appropriation.Melvin D. George,...
Army Instructor Found Innocent of Harassment Sergeant Is First to Be Cleared of Abuses at Fort Leonard Wood
An Army instructor is innocent of charges that he abused and sexually harassed trainees at Fort Leonard Wood, a judge ruled Monday.The soldier, Sgt. George W. Blackley Jr., 34, of Spartanburg, S.C., was the first instructor found innocent of such charges...
At Least 6 Coaches on Endangered List Longtime Bosses Face Extinction in NFL Jungle
Get ready for what could be the biggest NFL head coaching upheaval since the end of the 1991 season, when nine jobs changed hands.At least a half-dozen other franchises could switch head coaches over the next several weeks. New Orleans and Cincinnati...
Billikens Keep Alive the Vision of Tourney in Midst of Tailspin
The Billikens just had lost for the fourth time in seven games, and the third of those was to a team they probably needed to beat with little hassle if they want to make a serious run at a postseason berth.Yet as Jeff Harris talked after Sunday's 72-63...
Blues Shrug off Shellacking Doldrums, Keenan Absent Monday
Blues coach Mike Keenan took Monday off. Goalie Grant Fuhr is taking tonight off in Hartford.The rest of the Blues - including winger Brett Hull, blamed by Keenan for Sunday's record-tying home loss - were in remarkably good spirits at an 18-minute practice...
Board Members in Twa Pilot Seat
Three board members of Trans World Airlines Inc. jumped into direct management of the company Monday, taking what the airline called "interim executive appointments."Gerald L. Gitner, a former airline executive and investment banker who heads the Avalon...
Boeing Mcdonnell Douglas : Piecing Together a Giant Airliner Divisions May Be Hardest to Mesh
MCDONNELL DOUGLAS Corp. and Boeing Co. are experts at turning thousands of separate parts into a single high-performance machine.In agreeing to merge, the two planemakers are taking on the biggest, and perhaps trickiest, assembly job in their corporate...
Bookmobile to Be Shelved in June
Bookmobile service will be discontinued in St. Charles County as of June.Low usage by rural residents, addition of libraries in the county, escalating costs and an aging vehicle prompted the St. Charles City-County Library Board to end the service at...
Bosley, Staff to Pay for Cell Calls Mayor Orders New Policy on Personal Use of Phones
Mayor Freeman Bosley Jr. on Monday ordered members of his staff to repay the city for all personal calls they made on city-issued cellular phones.Bosley said he would pay for his personal calls. This was an about-face from his statement last week that...
Brand-New Lineup for Girls Means Aim Is `to Improve'
Mike Hayden, the girls basketball coach at Fort Zumwalt South, isn't overly concerned about his team's won-loss record this season. His primary focus is on progress."We're young - of the eight players on the roster, four are freshmen - and we're inxperienced,"...
Briefs
ILLINOISWASHINGTONSen. Simon Rents U-Haul And Sets Out For Illinois Sen. Paul Simon and his wife, Jeanne, are turning in the key to their Washington apartment and heading home after more than two decades in the nation's capital. Simon, 68, plans to teach...
Briefs
BIRMINGHAM, ALA.3 Aboard Plane Killed When It Hits HouseA private twin-engine plane crashed into a home in an inner-city neighborhood in Birmingham, Ala., shortly after takeoff Monday. All three people on board were killed, emergency officials said....
Briefs
BIRMINGHAM, ALA.3 Aboard Plane Killed When It Hits HouseA private twin-engine plane crashed into a home in an inner-city neighborhood in Birmingham, Ala., shortly after takeoff Monday. All three people on board were killed, emergency officials said....
Business Notes
NEW IN TOWNCost Cutters Hair Care, a beauty salon, has opened at 2873 Bogey Road in St. Charles. It is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Phone: 916-1191.Donut Palace has opened at 1189 Duchesne Drive...
Can Anthony Lake Tame the Cia?
All but one of President Bill Clinton's national security picks acquired instant inevitability on being announced.Madeleine Albright is a ladylike scrapper who speaks plainly, which is always attractive in a secretary of state. William Cohen, the secretary...
Charles Molnar; Professor at Wu, Computer Pioneer
Charles Edwin Molnar, a Washington University professor of biomedical computing for 30 years and an electrical engineer who co-designed the machine widely considered the world's first personal computer, died Friday (Dec. 13, 1996) at his home in Sunnyvale,...
Clay Is Resigned, Bond Is Skeptical, Carnahan Is Writing
Members of the St. Louis area congressional delegation are reacting differently to the news that their region's biggest employer intends to end its independent existence.The dean of the delegation, Rep. William Clay, D-Mo., thinks that the merger of...
Clay Is Resigned, Bond Is Skeptical, Talen Is Optimistic
Members of the St. Louis area congressional delegation are reacting differently to the news that their region's biggest employer intends to end its independent existence.The dean of the delegation, Rep. William Clay, D-Mo., thinks that the merger of...
Clinton Defends Lake's Nomination as CIA Chief
Trying to shore up Anthony Lake's nomination as CIA director, President Bill Clinton said Monday that Lake should not be denied the job because of his role in keeping Congress uninformed about Iran's arms sales to Bosnian Muslims."I don't think his confirmation...
Clintons' Whitewater Fund Returns Money $600,000 Donation Raised Suspicions
The Clintons' Whitewater defense fund returned about $600,000 in donations delivered by an Asian-American businessman amid questions about the money's origin, trustees for the fund disclosed Monday.President Bill Clinton is "an old friend" of Charles...
Clintons' Whitewater Fund Returns Money $600,000 in Question Was for Legal Bills
The Clintons' Whitewater defense fund returned more than $600,000 in donations delivered by an Asian-American businessman amid questions about the money's origin, trustees for the fund disclosed Monday.Clinton is "an old friend" of the businessman, Charles...
Clock Ticking Very Loudly for Battered Bruins
The clock is ticking.The Bruins' situation is grim. After losing four in a row (winless in their six, 0-5-1), they are five games below .500 - put simply, the Bruins have played 30 games and lost half of them.They face the Penguins tonight in Pittsburgh,...
Coke Stock Bought in 1922 Real Thing for Florida Town
In 1922, tobacco farmers in Quincy, Fla., hauled in a bumper crop and at the urging of local banker Mark Monroe plowed their profits into shares of Coca-Cola Co."Coke had just come public and Daddy liked the taste," said Julia Woodward, Monroe's 80-year-old...
Cowardice Alleged Tulsa, Fired Black Officer Dispute Circumstances of Holdup
An 11-year veteran police officer was fired for cowardice for leaving a bank while it was being robbed. The detective said he was going for backup.Cornelius Dean Finley, who is black, says his dismissal was really retaliation for his attempt to join...
Developer Backs off Apartments Planned for Powell Terrace
The president of DeVault Management Co. said he will not proceed with plans to build 80 apartment units in the Powell Terrace neighborhood."I know there is a tremendous demand for these apartments, but I'm not going to proceed with the plans at this...
Dome Visitors for '97: Giants, Chiefs, Seahawks, Bears
The Bears, Chiefs, Giants and Seahawks are coming to town. The dates will be set next spring when the Rams' home schedule is completed for the 1997 season.Besides regular National Football Conference West visitors Atlanta, Carolina, New Orleans and San...
Don't Starve Housing Budget
Outgoing HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros did much to reform the agency and restore some of the credibility it lost during the Reagan years. To be sure, many of his changes were partly in response to GOP pressure to dismantle HUD. But that fact doesn't make...
Do Own Homework on Retirement Needs
How much money are you going to need for your retirement? If you're in the middle class and up, you hear some astonishing numbers. Some professional planners say you can't do it on less than $1 million or even $2 million.The numbers get wilder as baby...
Elf-Esteem: Today's Santas Could Use Some Christmas Cheer
I WAS AT the mall the other day and saw a tall, stringy Santa Claus who looked as if he just got out of rehab.That's a terrible thing to say about a Santa, I know. And the other thing was, this particular Santa didn't really seem into it either.Even...
E. St. Louis Board Ousts May as Athletic Director Federal Authorities Investigate Financial Records
The East St. Louis School Board fired Art May on Monday night as athletic director at East St. Louis Senior High School and suspended him indefinitely with pay from his teaching duties.Whether May returns to the district at all will depend on the outcome...
Executive Decision Missouri's Electoral College Members Vote at Capitol
THERE WASN'T much suspense in the Missouri House of Representatives lounge Monday when 11 members of the Electoral College gathered to elect a president and vice president of the United States.It took about three minutes for the Democrats to each write...
Extra! Extra! Clinton Re-Elected!
President Bill Clinton was re-elected Monday when the 538 members of the Electoral College cast their votes in the 50 state capitals, each state having as many electors as it has lawmakers in Congress. The District of Columbia gets three electoral votes....
Far out Howell Club Knows No Limits in Pursuit of Adventure
Students in the outdoor club at Francis Howell High School are attempting to reach the outer limits.Teacher Tom Whelan often talks about his outdoor adventures in his world history classes."I do a lot of outdoor activities and talk about it in class,"...
Fed Oks Big Bank Merger Here Boatmen's, Nationsbank Shareholders Vote Next
The Federal Reserve on Monday gave its permission for NationsBank to purchase Boatmen's Bancshares.The move - which drew vigorous opposition - clears away the last major hurdle to the purchase.Shareholders are scheduled to approve the merger on Friday....
Fingernails Weren't Source of O.J.'S Cuts, Doctor Says
A pathologist called by O.J. Simpson's defense Monday disputed a colleague's conclusion that cuts on Simpson's hand were caused by the fingernails of the victims as they clawed at their killer.Dr. Michael Baden, former chief medical examiner of New York...
'Frasier': Humorously Bringing Crane to Life
HEY, couch potatoes: Let's put "Frasier" on the couch.Not that this psyche-sassing sitcom displays any personality disorders. It's an almost perfectly realized comedy whose many awards and Top 10 ratings contraindicate nit-picking (if I'm down on Jane...
Friendly Lambeau at Packer Plus Cowoys, 49ers Lurk along Trail to Playoffs
Barring an unlikely upset, the Green Bay Packers will spend the playoffs at Lambeau Field, where they've won 15 straight and haven't lost since the opening game of the 1995 season.But don't give the Packers a free ride to the Super Bowl yet. Not with...
Gene Boesch; Was Aide to Teasdale
Gene J. Boesch, a former counsel to Gov. Joseph P. Teasdale who later served as director of the Technology Center here, died Monday (Dec. 16, 1996) of cancer at the John Cochran Veterans Administration Hospital in St. Louis. He was 50.Mr. Boesch, of...
Government Seeks to Limit Scope of Inspections at Nursing Homes
The Department of Health and Human Services has proposed cutting back on inspections of nursing homes.In documents distributed to federal and state health officials, the department said their statistics show that though more than two-thirds of nursing...
Grounded: Injured Peregrine Falcon Needs Down-to-Earth Home
An injured peregrine falcon found in northwest Missouri will never fly again, but could live a comfortable life in the right adoptive home.That's the diagnosis from Dr. Janette Ackermann, a veterinarian at the University of Minnesota Raptor Center, who...
Harvest of Values Kwanzaa Holiday Expo Offers Art, Culture, Fun
African-American shoppers scurrying to find culturally inspired gifts for relatives at Christmas may want to visit the 250 exhibits at the Kwanzaa Holiday Expo Friday through SundayMost activities will be at America's Center downtown.Malik Ahmed, executive...
Help Wanting: Some Stranded Metro East Drivers May Be Flat out of Luck
If today is average, Illinois state workers will help 42 motorists with flat tires or empty fuel tanks alongside Metro East interstate highways. Beginning Dec. 30, two of those 42 will be out of luck.Staff and money are tight, so Illinois Department...
Honor Roll
Students at Wentzville East Elementary School, 1 Campus Drive, Wentzville, must have four A's and no D's or F's to qualify for the A honor roll and four B's or higher and no D's or F's to qualify for the B honor roll.The following students are on the...
Humility: Horse That Loses by a Nose
Dear Readers: A short time ago, I printed a letter from a man and his wife who were in a heated discussion about whether a person should vote for him (or her) self. In my reply, I said: "I can't imagine anyone who is running for public office voting...
Infant Dies; Was Smallest to Have Heart Procedure
A 10-month-old boy who was the world's smallest patient to undergo an operation to open a blocked heart artery has died of lung problems, hospital officials said.Tanner Johnson died Friday at the University of Missouri Children's Hospital of a lung hemorrhage,...
`It's a Perfect Marriage,' Says Mcdonnell
MCDONNELL DOUGLAS CORP. and Boeing Co. are experts at turning thousands of disparate parts into one highly performing machine.In agreeing to merge, the two planemakers are taking on the biggest, and perhaps trickiest, assembly job in their corporate...
It's Illinois vs. Chicago in Fight over Tiny Airport
The heavyweight bout over the future of tiny Meigs Field entered another round Monday with the city and state slugging it out before an Illinois Appellate Court.At issue, in what Mayor Richard Daley likens to a 15-round title fight, is whether the state...
Juniors Step Up to Lead the Way Squad's Succeeding despite No Seniors
The Fort Zumwalt South wrestling team doesn't have a single senior in its lineup."It's nice to have the seniors to provide some leadership," South coach John Spires said. "But in our case, it's not that big a deal. We have a good group of juniors who've...
Kirkwood's Morrow Has It Down to 2 Schools, 2 Sports
As Kirkwood High multisport star Alvin Morrow agonizes over his decision between the universities of Missouri and Miami, he at least can do so knowing he has settled a bigger conflict between baseball and football.That choice might keep him from playing...
Lady Lions Making Gains with New Coach
The Dave Witter women's basketball era at Lindenwood College is off to a slow start. Or is it?The Lady Lions, in their first season under Witter, finished the first semester 3-5 overall and 1-1 in Heart of America Athletic Conference play."We're not...
Lawyers Attack Bloodstain Expert in Simpson Trial
A bloodstain expert testifying for O.J. Simpson was accused Monday of being a hired hack whose notes and pictures fail to prove a theory that supports claims of a police frame-up.The witness, Herbert MacDonell, underwent a tough cross-examination at...
Legal Fight Could Delay Abortion Pill
The introduction of the French abortion pill in the United States - scheduled for the middle of next year - might be delayed for months or more because of a tangled legal battle.The drug, RU-486, was first used in France in 1988, and 200,000 Europea...
Line-Item Veto Will Transform Budgeting
SUPPOSE a powerful congressman wanted to show his constituency just how much influence he had in Washington. Say he wanted to deliver a road or a large edifice, like a federal building, that might one day bear his name.The legislator navigates the pet...
Lymphomas Have Varied Prognoses
Dear Dr. Donohue: My daughter, who is 30, has non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. What is the prognosis of this disease, life span, etc.? I hate to put you on the spot, but I don't get direct answers.Lymphoma, which is lymph node cancer, comes as either Hodgkin's...
Mac Chief Got His Own Lucrative Package
Harry C. Stonecipher, the man who negotiated McDonnell Douglas Corp.'s merger with Boeing Co., could retire from the combined company with enough money to buy his own personal airliner.Stonecipher's take for spending three years at McDonnell and the...
Man Convicted in Fatal Accident Faces Drug Charge
After Mohammed Ayyash zipped along Interstate 44 at 130 mph, crashed the car he was driving and killed one of his 15-year-old passengers, a judge sentenced him in July to five years in prison.Later in July, a judge released Ayyash on an appeals bond....
Maplewood Schools Staff Votes `No Confidence' Angry Employees Target Superintendent, Assistant
Employees of the Maplewood-Richmond Heights School District on Monday took a vote of no confidence in school Superintendent Jerry Elliott and Assistant Superintendent Michael Ludwell.The district, which has 1,272 students, is struggling with financial...
Mcdonnell Stock Takes off; Boeing Shares Climb, Too
McDonnell Douglas Corp. shareholders saw their stock go up 20 percent Monday as investors reacted to news of the company's merger with Boeing Co.McDonnell's stock rose $10.50 a share, closing at $62.50 after furious trading. More than 6.78 million shares...
Miami Wins, but Bills Still in Playoff Hunt
The Buffalo Bills' slump is so severe that they can't even beat the Miami Dolphins.Needing a win to clinch a playoff berth, the Bills instead lost their third game in a row Monday night. Dan Marino threw for 263 yards and the Dolphins won 16-14 for their...
Michelob Light Classic Set for 3-Year Run, Golf Channel
After weeks of negotiations, and a rumor or two to the contrary, the Ladies Professional Golf Association tournament formerly known as the Heartland Classic has come to terms with both its sponsor and its venue.The event, produced by Del Wilber and Associates,...
Milosevic Gives in a Little More
Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic conceded a municipal election to his political opponents Monday, the second of 14 local elections he had nullified after they were apparently won by the opposition.Unsatisfied, opposition elements who have mounted...
Minus Barkley, Rockets Still Soar Past Blazers
With Charles Barkley out with a sprained right ankle, Hakeem Olajuwon had 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead the visiting Houston Rockets to a 99-89 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night.The Rockets improved their National Basketball Association-best...
Money Notes
Invesco Building Its First Real Estate FundInvesco Funds Group Inc. is launching its first real estate fund. Investors in the Realty Fund, which will open Jan. 2, will have "broad exposure to real estate markets and various property types as opposed...
Money or No, Parents Can Appeal Orders Ending Rights, Court Says
The Supreme Court decided Monday that states must let parents appeal orders terminating parental rights, even when they cannot afford court fees."We place decrees forever terminating parental rights in the category of cases in which the state may not...
Morning Briefing
It's Snowing Green In Silicon ValleyEmployees of the world's largest maker of computer memory products are having a green Christmas, thanks to a whopping $100 million in holiday bonuses that in some cases will equal three times their salary.Kingston...
Morning Briefing Eye Openers
Just Wondering:Did you know that MIKE KEENAN blames BRETT HULL for:Any layoffs that might result from Boeing's purchase of McDonnell Douglas. The cold front that has moved into the area. The re-election of BILL CLINTON. The crash of a ship into a riverfront...
Murder Charge Filed, but Body Missing
In a highly unusual but not unprecedented move, a man from St. Louis has been charged with murder even though police can't find the body of the purported victim, authorities said Monday.Mayron Jackson, 18, was charged Sunday with first-degree murder...
New Monsanto Cotton Going on Sale Genetically Engineered Seed Sold by Licensees
Monsanto Co. said Monday that licensees would begin selling two new types of genetically engineered cotton.The new versions are a cotton that tolerates the company's Roundup and Roundup Ultra herbicides and one that contains both the "Roundup Ready"...
`No Limitations' after Injury Delay, Hafer Covers Whole Court at Mu
Not that Jeff Hafer felt anonymous or unwanted, but by the end of his junior year at Joplin High he had received exactly two letters from intrigued college basketball programs."One was from Johnson County Community College, and I thought, `I want to...
Obituaries
Florence Schoene Florence E. Schoene, 98, of St. Charles, died Saturday (Dec. 14, 1996) of natural causes at Charlevoix Nursing Home in St. Charles.Mrs. Schoene was a homemaker. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Orchard Farm, where she belonged...
Oprah's Club a `Simon Says' in Book Sales
OPRAH WINFREY has an unfailing sense of how to reel in the viewers on her television show. "The greatest writer of our time comes to MY house for dinner!" she promised halfway through a recent show, urging the audience to stay tuned for Toni Morrison,...
Other Woman Has Wife in Painful Turmoil
Dear Ann Landers: It is 3 a.m., and I can't believe I am sitting at my desk writing to you for advice. I'd better start at the beginning.I'm 34, and my husband is 43. We have a beautiful baby girl who is now 7 weeks old. Two weeks before our daughter...
Otherworldly Is There Oxygen on Moon of Jupiter?
Two scientists who detected hydrogen coming off Ganymede, Jupiter's frozen moon, think there could be a great deal of oxygen hovering over its surface or locked in its ice - perhaps as much as on Earth.Both concluded that given the huge amounts of hydrogen...
Parental Involvement Isn't Child's Play
If all goes as planned, students at the Columbia Community Education Center should soon have a grassy playground, complete with equipment, instead of an asphalt lot. Unfortunately, in this tale of parental persistence and official inertia, things have...
People
Sharper than a serpent's tooth. . . BROOKE SHIELDS tells In Style mag that at long last, her mother is getting over being fired last year as the actress' manager."My mother ultimately respects my decision," says Shields, "but I think she misses the purpose...
People
Sharper than a serpent's tooth. . . BROOKE SHIELDS tells In Style mag that at long last, her mother is getting over being fired last year as the actress' manager."My mother ultimately respects my decision," says Shields, "but I think she misses the purpose...
Police/courts
The following were reported to police departments or involved action in an area court:VIOLENT DEATHSAlton: Clifton Wheeler of Alton was charged Monday with first-degree murder in a shooting that followed a dispute at a craps game. Wheeler, 19, shot Dwight...
President Condemns Netanyahu's Policies on Jewish Settlements
President Bill Clinton publicly chided Israel on Monday for its policies on Jewish settlements on the West Bank, calling them an obstacle to Mideast peacemaking.His criticism at a news conference was prompted by Sunday's disclosure of a letter that three...
Program Aims to Teach Teens about Making Life's Decisions
FIFTEEN STUDENTS PILE into the small classroom at Normandy Middle School.They are tall and filled out, young men with deep voices, young women with lipstick. One might think that they're adults, but their belongings, clothes and other items betray them:...
Real Issues Plowed under at Food Summit
Last month's World Food Summit didn't need to fail, but it did. The summit produced no clear strategy for feeding the world, no new urgency for doing it and no new funding to help achieve it. Instead, the summit was mired in the usual U.N. swamp of political...
Refugee Exodus Pours into Rwanda Aid Workers Estimate 100,000 in Single Day
More than 100,000 Rwandan Hutu refugees crossed back into Rwanda Monday, ending 2 1/2 years of exile in Tanzania. The refugees streamed home on foot in a river of humanity set in motion last week when Tanzanian troops and police began goading them to...
Resolution to Reassure City Workers Raises Only Eyebrows, No Board Vote
The St. Peters Board of Aldermen decided not to act Thursday on a resolution aimed at reassuring "continuity of government" after City Administrator Robert Irvin leaves in January.Alderman Jerry Hollingsworth, 2nd Ward, had problems with the way the...
Saving Race Couple Describe Dash as Ship Bore Down on Mall
St. Louisans Robin and Jim Imo flew to New Orleans Friday for a weekend getaway to observe their 20th wedding anniversary.They returned home with another reason to celebrate: They escaped injury when a 763-foot freighter crashed into the riverfront mall...
Selling Oil for Children, Not for Saddam
Officials from the United States and the United Nations took special care to make sure Saddam Hussein doesn't get the wrong idea about letting a limited amount of oil flow from Iraqi oil fields. The proceeds from the sale are intended only to help buy...
Soldan High Rewiring Job Goes Awry Board Spends $236,000 over Contract Amount
In 1992, the St. Louis Board of Education awarded a $1 million contract to rewire Soldan High School. Part of the plan was to install a system of synchronized wall clocks.What followed was anything but clockwork.Since then, the board has: Removed the...
Sports Shorts
Ohio State Aide Named Football Coach At PittWalt Harris, the Ohio State assistant coach partially responsible for the worst loss in the University of Pittsburgh's football history, accepted the Panthers coaching job that was rejected earlier by two others.It...
Spotlight
Learning Spanish always has been easy for Trisha Lewis, a senior at Fort Zumwalt North High School.Trisha, 17, is enrolled in her fourth year of high school Spanish and is taking the course for college credit.She has been accepted at Truman State University...
Stamping Grounds Soaring Prices Turning Many to This Risky Collecting Hobby
Wade Saadi was anxious before he sold his collection of rare 1869 American stamps last summer. "The fun is in putting the collection together," he explained, and he was worried about parting with stamps he had spent four years gathering.But Saadi, 47,...
St. Louis Couple Tells of Dash for Safety
St. Louisans Robin and Jim Imo flew to New Orleans Friday for a weekend getaway to observe their 20th wedding anniversary.They returned home with another reason to celebrate: They escaped injury when a 735-foot freighter crashed into the riverfront mall...
Stocks Slide as Computer Shares Tumble
Stocks extended a 3-week slide Monday as computer issues tumbled in the late afternoon, and as higher Treasury bond yields threatened to lower the amount investors are willing to pay for next year's profits.Leading the decline: Intel Corp. 5 1/8 to 127...
Support Groups
TodayAl-Anon, for family and friends of alcoholics, will meet at 9:30 a.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 2800 Elm Street, St. Charles.Alcoholics Anonymous will meet at noon and 6 and 8 p.m. at the Sonderen Club, 212 Sonderen Avenue, O'Fallon. Bi-Polar...
Surprise: South's Stronger Than Ever Returning Swimmers, Freshmen Set Pace
Mike O'Brien, the boys swimming coach at Fort Zumwalt South, didn't think it was possible. But this year's team may be the school's best ever."Judging from the talent we lost and the talent we had coming back, I really didn't think we'd be anything special...
Talented Bulldogs Dealing with Great Expectations
The Fort Zumwalt South boys basketball team is going to be one of the better teams in the area this season. At least that's what coach Brad Hill keeps hearing."There's no question that we have talent, but this is the first time we've had to deal with...
Texas Gives Wetteland $23 Million
After the playoffs, in which John Wetteland and the New York Yankees showed Texas the importance of a dominant closer, the Rangers made getting one their top offseason priority.Instead of trying to find a Wetteland-like player, the Rangers got Wette...
The Blessed Goat: A Russian Tale
ONCE upon a time a poor old man and woman owned a goat. They loved their goat as if he were a child, for they had no children of their own.People talked about the old man and woman behind their backs. "Fools," they whispered, "treating a goat as if he...

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