St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from March 23, 1997

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11 Members of House Put Pressure on Gop Leaders
The day after 11 Republican conservatives taught House GOP leaders that the leaders are not necessarily in control, the dissidents had another message: There's more to come."If they . . . want us to continue to vote with them and salute them in the future,...
2 la Men Create Haven for Youths in Rough Area `It's for All the Children, Not for Just the Children Who Can Afford It'
JOHNATHAN WILLIAMS and Kevin Sved are unabashed zealots to the cause of charter schools.Armed with cellular phones, their files stored in crates in the back of their cars, the two teachers walked door to door in the tough South Central neighborhood looking...
A & E Appetizers
Not To Be Confused With the Recent Boat Show: Tickets for "Show Boat" - which will run at The Fox from June 22 through July 20 - go on sale today (Sunday). This is the big, Livent version of the vintage musical that set all kinds of records during its...
Ali Still Attracts Aficionado (and Filmmaker) Leon Gast His Documentary Had Its Beginnings in 1974
THOUGH the Muhammad Ali-George Foreman "Rumble in the Jungle," the fight that resulted in Ali's recapture of the world heavyweight boxing championship, was more than 22 years ago, Leon Gast is pretty sure it's worth revisiting today. A veteran documentary...
Al Jackson Recalls His Days as a Reluctant Pioneer
Alvin Jackson knew it was the right thing to do, to be the first black person to stay at the Colonial Inn, to stay at the same spring training hotel as the rest of the New York Mets. It was a real advance. He didn't have to like it.It was 1962, the original...
Alligator's Jaws Hold Dead Tot Trappers Kill 11-Foot Animal after All-Night Search for Boy
Searchers Saturday recovered the body of a 3-year-old boy from the jaws of an alligator that killed him while he was playing by a lake in central Florida.State-licensed "nuisance gator" trappers, who searched Lake Ashby all night looking for an alligator...
All You Need Is Cash Bits of Beatles History Fetch $1.3 Million at Auction in Tokyo
From Ringo's birthplace to John's guitar strap, it was a hard day's night of bidding Saturday when buyers fought for pieces of Beatles history.And for the prices, well, if you wanted to buy anything, you might have needed a little help from your friends.A...
Ambush Makes It 3 in a Row
All of a sudden, the Ambush is back.After losing six in a row, the Ambush won its third in succession, a 25-21 victory over the Buffalo Blizzard, in front of 10,539 fans at Kiel Center on Saturday night.The late-season rebound coincides with the return...
A Question of Intelligence
Helsinki must look like Shangri La to Bill Clinton. Dealing with a Boris Yeltsin made cross by NATO expansion must seem like child's play after the poisoned exchanges of the Anthony Lake fiasco.Painful as it is, the president's bad knee had to be a welcome...
Arena, Fur Exchange Sites Being Offered to Ralston City's Giving Firm Choices, Bosley Says Taxes in Areas Courting Ralston
To encourage Ralston Purina Co. to stay in St. Louis, the city has offered the site of The Arena and that of the soon-to-be demolished Fur Exchange building downtown.Mayor Freeman Bosley Jr. said Friday that both sites are among "several options" offered...
Arizona Pulls Plug on No. 1 Jayhawks
Kansas was the No. 1 team in college basketball almost all season, but the Jayhawks won't be No. 1 when the season's over.Arizona, which was knocked out of the NCAA Tournament by Kansas last year, used its quickness to stun the bigger Jayhawks 85-82...
Asian Sensation Vietnam Beckons Twentysomething Americans
For Amy Everitt, the biggest and best party she has ever known was at San Francisco's Fairmont Hotel on election night 1992, when the Democrats regained the White House and all was well.But the morning after brought thoughts of finding a job, starting...
A Summit without Highs
The Cold War still casts a long shadow. The summit meeting in Helsinki between President Bill Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin was notable for showing just how deeply ingrained the Cold War mentality is.Neither leader could get past the stalemate...
At .375, Mejia Makes His Case
Roberto Mejia all but locked up a spot on the Cardinals roster Saturday with another strong performance in a 2-1 win over Boston.Mejia, a second baseman by trade, was hitting .341 before he had three singles and stole a base. Now he is batting .375 and...
At the Movies
*Movies, actors and filmmakers nominated for major Academy Awards are marked with an asterisk.NEWCitizen Ruth (R, language; 1:45): A politically incorrect satire about a wayward, paint-sniffing young woman (Laura Dern) who finds herself in the middle...
`Baby Dumping' or Family Planning Mrs. Clinton Gets Look at Clinic in Zimbabwe
Evicted by her mother, spurned by her boyfriend, desperately afraid, the girl crouches in the bush, gives birth in silence, then walks away from her baby.A village "auntie" finds the baby, confronts the girl and helps smooth things over with her mother...
Backers Dispute Report Critical of Plan
Higher parental involvement. Improved student performance and attendance. More choice in curriculum.Charter school advocates have a long list of reasons for believing every public school in the nation should join the movement. Not everyone agrees.A Hudson...
Bee Brave: You Won't Believe the Words This Kid Could Spell
Was it the luck of the Irish or was it Memorex?Conor O'Brien Hagen, a seventh-grader at Ladue Junior High School, revealed he had stuffed a couple of relatives' Mass cards and a lucky chestnut from a neighbor in his pants pockets after winning the P...
Beijing's Progress Comes at a Price: Heavy Pollution
Beijing has joined Los Angeles, Athens and Mexico City among the smoggiest cities on the planet.In the new offices of China's national environmental protection agency, a spokeswoman lists the main reasons for the problem.* Coal dust. * Vehicular traffic,...
Bertelson to Be Editorial Page Editor Columnist Has Earned Awards throughout Her Career at Post-Dispatch, Elsewhere
Christine Bertelson, an award-winning columnist and reporter, is the new editorial page editor of the Post-Dispatch.Bertelson, 47, will begin work April 1. She succeeds Edward A. Higgins, who is retiring.Editor Cole C. Campbell selected Bertelson and...
Birdie-Birdie Finish Puts Uresti atop Bay Hill
A stiff breeze toned down the scoring, but bunched up the field Saturday at the Bay Hill Invitational, leaving Omar Uresti on top by 1 stroke after a 3-under-par 69.Uresti birdied the last two holes to get to 11-under 205 through three rounds at Orlando,...
Black Coaches Press NFL on Lack of Opportunity
Anger and resentment about the lack of opportunity for African-American coaches has prompted a group of black NFL assistants to meet with Commissioner Paul Tagliabue on Monday in New York to formulate ideas to improve the situation."It's a major problem,"...
Black `Jesus' Divides City in New Jersey
When Desi Arnaz Giles, a 34-year-old black actor, appeared as the devil in a local gospel musical, few people in this racially heterogeneous community paid much attention. But after Giles was cast recently as Jesus in the Park Theater Performing Arts...
Blues Show Confidence in Petrovicky
Robert Petrovicky might be the biggest benefactor of the Blues' decision to stand pat at trade deadline.If general manager Ron Caron had acquired a No. 2 center, at the very least Petrovicky would have lost his spot as Brett Hull's center on the sec...
Briefs
WORLDCHESS TOURNAMENT14-Year-Old Becomes Youngest Grand Master Fourteen-year-old Etienne Bacrat of France beat Canada's Kevin Spragett in Enghien-les-Bains, France, Saturday to become the youngest chess grand master in the history of the game. The match...
Briefs
FOREST PARKMuseum Plan Opponents Submit Ballot PetitionCitizens to Protect Forest Park submitted 12,000 signatures Thursday as part of its effort to get a referendum on the ballot about plans for a $100 million expansion of the St. Louis Art Museum....
Business Bloom Dierbergs Markets to Expand Its Vision of Floral Operations
Dierbergs Family Markets has given Gary Brewer an assignment that smells of success.The supermarket chain wants Brewer to convince shoppers that Dierbergs can do whatever an independent florist can do, from bouquets for impulse purchases to weddings...
California Broadcasts Attack on Smoking Tv, Radio Ads Slam Tobacco Industry
California has launched an anti-smoking ad blitz, featuring a TV spot showing a woman who has throat cancer but is so addicted that she continues to smoke through a hole in her throat.The ads are the first by the state in more than two years. They are...
Capital Bookmark Cash Pinch, Sex Scandal Rock Library System
Unlike most of the public institutions in this cash-strapped city, the library has worked well enough to retain the affections of patrons such as Grace Kelly."I've been coming here since I was in kindergarten," said Kelly, who is 36. "It's the greatest...
Caterpillar Exec Was Fair Game for Strike Slogans, Judge Rules
Slogans pillorying line crossers during the Caterpillar Inc.-United Auto Workers strike were disruptive and lawfully banned, but comments against the company's chief executive officer were fair game, according to a ruling by the National Labor Relations...
Change Aided California School, Officials Say
WHEN THE RECESS bell rings at Fenton Avenue School, students in green-and-white uniforms freeze on the playground. A whistle blows, and they sprint to their assigned places in line. Woe to the stragglers.A public school that looks, sounds and feels like...
Chaos Threatens Voting, Albanian Official Warns He Fears Elections Wouldn't Be Fair, Democratic
Albania's prime minister Bashkim Fino said Saturday that continuing chaos may prevent him from keeping his promise to hold elections before June.The elections would not be considered democratic or fair if they were held while fighting raged, Fino said.Albania...
China Trip May Give Gore Way to Shine but Donation Furor Complicates Mission
It must have seemed like a great idea at the time, sending Vice President Al Gore to China, where he'll begin a long-planned, five-day visit on Monday.China is a magnificent stage for an ambitious U.S. politician, as President Richard M. Nixon proved....
City Planning Leaves Bad Taste for Gyros Owner
TO THE various task forces studying the plight of downtown St. Louis, I recommend the story of Bob Scarato and his gyro sandwiches.The sandwiches can be sampled at the fast-food courts at the Galleria and Crestwood Plaza.You used to be able to get them...
Clarence Harmon for Mayor
Traditionally in St. Louis, the Democratic primary election for mayor is the contest that counts. It's the race that consumes the political energy, the voters' attention and the lion's share of the campaign funds. Historically, the general election for...
Comet, Eclipse Make for Unusual Spectacle
If skies are clear - always a big if - St. Louis skywatchers will be treated to a double feature Sunday night: Comet Hale-Bopp low in the western sky right after dark followed by a deep partial eclipse of the moon in the east.It is not a spectacle one...
Communities Envision Growth as They Pursue New Prisons
Talk that a prison might come to town once sparked protests in Missouri communities by people worried about local image, economics and security. Not anymore.Dozens of local governments have expressed interest in getting one of two new maximum-security...
Conservation Commission Gets Last Call on Turkey Controversy
As expected, the blue ribbon committee appointed to study Missouri's turkey hunting regulations weighed in for science and against seat-of-the pickup biology.Now Missouri's whole wildlife community waits to see which choice the Conservation Commission...
Declaration of Independents Many Films Claim the "Indie" Tag - but Who Really Deserves It?
CALL IT FATE. Call it an omen. Call it a coincidence. However you view it, the fact that "Independence Day" reigned at the box office in the same year that independent films reigned in the Oscar nominations does seem a bit odd.And, as many might argue,...
Degas House Opens for Tours and Events
THE GRACEFUL New Orleans house where the French Impressionist Edgar Degas lived and painted for several months in 1872 and 1873 is now open for tours and events such as weddings.Built in the early 1850s, the Degas House was once home to relatives of...
Diversify Investments, and Let Others Worry about the Fed
While many people in the financial world are on tenterhooks right now about the Federal Reserve's next move on interest rates, smaller savers and investors don't necessarily have to worry about it.A good many Wall Street analysts believe the Fed is close...
Driving Hard toward Success in Silicon Valley
THE FIRST $20 MILLION IS ALWAYS THE HARDESTA novel by Po Bronson291 pages, Random House, $23 ***** HERE'S A TEST to determine whether you have the kind of mind that would succeed in Silicon Valley: Do you wear shiny shoes? Such shoes are a symbol in...
Drug Dealer, on Lam, Gets 25-Year Sentence Defendant Vanished after Testifying at Trial
Convicted drug dealer Ronald Goforth of Granite City drew a 25-year prison sentence Friday - but he has to be caught before he can be jailed.Goforth, 49, has been on the run for more than three months and, not surprisingly, failed to attend his sentencing...
Early Poems by T.S. Eliot Works Show Depth of Sources
INVENTIONS OF THE MARCH HAREPOEMS 1909-1917By T.S. Eliot Edited by Christopher Ricks 472 pages, Harcourt Brace, $30 ***** TWENTY YEARS AGO the widow of a noted poet and editor asked my advice on whether his unpublished poems, many of them bawdy and scatological,...
Edgar Gets Back to Basics with Tax Hike Governor Woos Parents and Teachers in Plea for Equitable School Funding
Third-grader Alyssa Egnor smiled at Gov. Jim Edgar and posed a twelfth-grade kind of question: "What does the lottery money go for?"Edgar smiled back and replied with a question of his own: "Who told you to ask that?"Whoever did, it played right into...
Edwardsville Retains League Championship
Backup goalie Nick Terry and Tim Bing led Edwardsville to a repeat Mississippi Valley High School Hockey Association title with a 4-2 win over Belleville West on Saturday night at East Alton Ice Rink.Belleville West, the South Division champ, finishes...
Effect of Liggett Admission Hazy State Lawsuits Probably Stronger; but Individual, U.S. Outcomes Doubtful
Anti-smoking activists cheered when the Liggett Group admitted that smoking is addictive and that children have been targeted to buy its deadly products.But experts who have followed the national debate over smoking from all sides are more cautious in...
Farm Advocate in Congress Tries New Strategies Missouri Freshman Will Serve on Key Tax-Writing Committee
WHAT OTHERS CALL the estate tax, one Missouri representative likes to call "the death tax."The federal estate tax, which begins at 37 percent on estates worth more than $600,000, is an unfair burden on family farmers and small-business owners who want...
Federal Estate Law Poses Nightmare for Family
BRAD AND GREG Eiffert have a simple desire: to carry on their father's lumber business near Columbia, Mo.To do so, they not only need to keep inventory flowing, their employees happy and their customers satisfied. They also need to spend $36,000 a y...
Firm Cuts Trial of Anti-Aids Drug Short Good Results Prompt Move to Open Access
American drug maker Merck and Co. is ending a AIDS drug trial in Brazil one year ahead of schedule after tests demonstrated that it would be ethically improper to continue.The study found that patients infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, who...
For a Weak Party, City Republicans Are Surprisingly Lively
IF, IN NINE DAYS, Jay Dearing doesn't become the first Republican since 1945 to be elected mayor of St. Louis, he may be in a position to help rebuild his party in St. Louis.In a debate last week sponsored by the Post-Dispatch and St. Louis Community...
Good-Guy Rooney Was Good Boxer
Notes to you and nuts to many others, including pouting National Football League officials, unhappy because St. Louis has questioned the ransom required to bring the Rams to town.Especially, sourly, nuts to outspoken Ed McCaskey, the late, great Geo...
Good Sub-Plot Helps Float `Leagues'
`THERE is nothing in the ocean that we need fear," a steamer captain intones in the opening of "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" (8 p.m. Sunday on Channel 4), CBS' wonderfully goofy remake of the classic Jules Verne fantasy.Oh, yeah? How about the Nautilus,...
Gophers Dig Up Final 4 Trip Minnesota Runs Past UCLA
A return to form is sending the Minnesota Gophers somewhere they never have been - the Final Four.The Gophers, who were carried to victory by two players in their previous game, used their depth, balance and size to defeat UCLA 80-72 Saturday and win...
Gophers Dig Up Final 4 Trip Minnesota Runs Past UCLA
The day before the Midwest Regional Final, UCLA's Charles O'Bannon described his team as bullies who easily push around the weaker kids on the playground.So here we go Saturday . . .Second half at the Alamodome. UCLA leading. Minnesota's slender sophomore...
Great Westerns Gang Ready to Put Up Dukes
I WASN'T SURPRISED when a call came from a friend we call Little Eddie the Boots. Or that he sounded miffed when he asked: "You know this bozo Garry Wills?"I quickly cut in. Yes, I know him, and he's not a bozo. He's a distinguished author, journalist,...
Green, Billingsly: 2 Similar Stories Comptroller Candidates Held High Offices, Owe Breaks to Fading Stars
The race for comptroller pits against each other two candidates who have held several of the city's most influential financial posts. They both got their breaks from powerful men who will soon no longer be in the public eye.Democratic candidate Darlene...
Harmon Broke Reds' Color Barrier in '54
The 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking Major League Baseball's color barrier doubles as the golden anniversary of Chuck Harmon signing his first pro contract en route to breaking the Cincinnati Reds' color barrier seven years later."We all...
Here's a Vote for Staying in Motels
IT WAS late one night and my wife and I had snuggled into bed watching "I Dream of Jeannie" on Nickelodeon and scarfing takeout pepperoni pizza, our 3-year-old, Thomas, snoozing between us.Except for the monstrous king-size bed and a placard mapping...
`Hiatus' Looms for "Boulevard'
ST. LOUISANS who caught "Sunset Boulevard" during its run at The Fox may be among the last people who will get to see this tour in its present extravagant form.The show, which closed Saturday, is moving on to Chicago, as planned - and then going on what...
Howe's Plan to Play a Testament to Living
Muhammad Ali never has playfully socked me in the jaw. Nolan Ryan never threw a baseball at my belt buckle and chuckled.But one night in the press box at Joe Louis Arena, I felt a sharp jab in my ribs and looked up to see a grinning Gordie Howe, his...
If You Go . .
Getting There: Lots of airlines fly to France. TWA goes direct from St. Louis to Paris, which makes it the most convenient and least stressful.Getting Around: We were in France in late May, when everything was lush and green and before the hoards of...
Illinois Puts Uconn's Depth to the Test with an Upset Bid
Just the other day, UConn coach Geno Auriemma was going to great lengths to explain that his basketball team was hardly a one-woman show.Even without Rebecca Lobo, without Jennifer Rizzotti, without a hobbled Shea Ralph, the University of Connecticut...
In a Shootout, Crew Cuts Down Kansas City 3-2
If the sight of former St. Louis U. star Matt McKeon on the field at the A-B Conference & Sports Centre on Saturday was a familiar one, McKeon's spot on the field may not have been.McKeon was projected to be a defensive midfielder for the Kansas City...
Injury Deals a Hit to Van Slyke
Starters Brian Jordan and Delino DeShields skipped Saturday's action because of ailments, and righthander Richard Batchelor was hit by a line drive but apparently avoided serious damage.But the day's most significant injury belonged to Andy Van Slyke.There...
Internet Is a Global Bootstrap Developing Nations Find New Markets, Medical and Political Aid
For Edgar Panduro the Internet is the Third World's open sesame to the markets of the First.A dealer in tropical fish and animal parts, Panduro relies on the Internet as a global procurement and marketing tool."I look for fish on the Internet," he says,...
Investing in the Region's Future
Those of us who make our homes in St. Louis care deeply about the region's environment and its impact on our quality of life. It is critical to us that pollution is controlled, public health is protected and our surroundings are attractive.Most often,...
Investors See Future, and It's a Rate Hike
Wall Street has seen the future and it's an interest rate increase by the Federal Reserve, probably on Tuesday when the Fed's policy committee meets.Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan raised the odds of a monetary tightening the past week, putting investors...
Iowa Wins NCAA Wrestling Title in Record Romp
NCAA wrestling champion Iowa crowned five winners in Saturday's title matches as the three-time defending champion Hawkeyes broke the record for points they set in 1986.The Hawkeyes, who have won three straight championships and six of the past seven,...
Israeli Police Shoot Two Palestinians at Roadblock
Israeli border policemen shot and wounded two Palestinians at an Israeli roadblock between Jerusalem and Bethlehem early on Sunday, police said.Israeli army radio said the two Palestinians, traveling in a car, apparently had tried to run the roadblock....
Japanese Cult Planned Attack in U.S., Court Told but Group Linked to Subway Attack Dropped Idea
The religious cult accused of organizing the poison gas attack on the Tokyo subway system two years ago had also planned to release nerve gas in the United States, according to new court testimony in Tokyo.The idea was planned out sufficiently that the...
Japanese Stunned by Sudden Rise in Illegal Immigration
Japan is awash in boat people.Japanese law enforcement has been stunned by a sudden influx of illegal immigrants, mainly Chinese, Koreans, Pakistanis and other Asians who arrive in rickety fishing boats and sneak ashore at night on deserted beaches.Police...
Jayhawks Go from Everything to Nothing
Want "The Sure Thing"? Go see the John Cusack movie.Looking for a lock? Check your door.Smart money? That's what you put away, not bet. When the top-ranked, top-seeded Kansas Jayhawks lost to fourth-seeded Arizona 85-82 in the NCAA Tournament Southeast...
Just Enough Religion in Alabama
Almost 300 years ago, Jonathan Swift wrote: "We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another."Swift wrote his "Thoughts on Various Subjects" in 1711. Decades later, the framers of the American Constitution specified...
Justice Department Hires Consultant to Review Naturalization
The Justice Department has hired an outside consultant to review the naturalization process to "safeguard the integrity" of the system that monitors who becomes U.S. citizens.Attorney General Janet Reno announced the move Thursday. Congressional committees...
King's Death Still Haunts Many, Even His Assassin after 29 Years, Ray Hopes to Prove He Isn't a Killer
Martin Luther King Jr.'s face was probably already centered in the rifle scope as he leaned over the second-floor railing outside the Lorraine Motel. He called down to Ben Branch, a friend standing in the parking lot."Ben, make sure you play `Precious...
Lajoie Nips Burton in Grand National Race
Randy LaJoie, the defending series champion, fought off a bid from Jeff Burton with a last-lap move to win Saturday's Diamond Hill Plywood 200 Busch Grand National Series race in Darlington, S.C.LaJoie, who also won the season-opening race at Daytona,...
Lawyers Get a Museum of Their Own
THERE ARE about 8,000 museums in the United States - a museum, it seems, for every aspect of the country's culture.Museums have been devoted to roller skating, bordellos and dentistry.There's the Museum of the Fur Trade, the Museum of the Alphabet and...
Lawyer Tries to Collect on Death of Ron Goldman in Obscure Suit
In a postscript to the O.J. Simpson legal saga, an Orange County lawyer has filed a workers' compensation claim against Mezzaluna restaurant in Brentwood, seeking to recover Ronald Goldman's death benefits.The lawyer, Nick O'Malley, is pressing his case...
Ligget Admits All
The Liggett Group, maker of Chesterfield, L&M and Lark cigarettes, has revolutionized the war against tobacco by settling with 22 states that are suing to recover the Medicaid costs of treating those made ill by smoking. The most significant aspect of...
Liggett Deal May Help U.S. Press Criminal Case
Liggett Group's release of sensitive documents to states suing the tobacco industry is likely to have far-reaching legal effects, including reinforcing the Justice Department's criminal investigation of cigarette companies.Legal experts say the historic...
Lindros Hurt by `Clip' in Flyers' Tie
Both the Philadelphia Flyers and Eric Lindros did not escape Long Island unscathed.The Flyers blew a 3-0 lead and were tied by the New York Islanders 3-3 Saturday night. But more importantly, Lindros suffered a bruised tendon in his right foot when it...
Little Comfort in Story of Sex Slave Moving Novel Combines Mystic with Mundane
COMFORT WOMANA novel by Nora Okja Keller213 pages, Viking, $21.95 ***** THERE IS LITTLE comfort to be found between the covers of this book, or beneath the covers shared by the mother and daughter who inhabit it. Their shabby apartment in Hawaii is tiny,...
Lots O' Green for St. Patrick's
THE LEPRECHAUNS behind the scenes at St. Patrick's Center are still turning over the pots of gold and counting the coins. But if Irish eyes really were smiling the night of March 16, center volunteers and staff should have an additional $80,000 to help...
Lynette Woodard's Career Comes Full Circle
An idea met a solution when the Women's NBA and Lynette Woodard found each other, which wasn't difficult because both live in New York.The WNBA has been seeking top talent for its inaugural season. And Woodard, who may once have been the best women's...
Manual Puts Four on Floor in Illinois AA Peoria School Tops Aurora W. for Record Run
Peoria Manual had moments of brilliance Saturday in a semifinal victory over Harvey Thornton - a game billed by many as the real championship game of the Illinois Class AA Tournament.Then, in what was thought to be an anticlimactic final, the Rams s...
Mercer, Defense Help Make Depleted 'Cats Best in West
Eight was more than enough for the Kentucky Wildcats.Depleted by injuries and missing most of last season's national championship team, Kentucky used a smothering press and Ron Mercer's 21 points to return to the Final Four with a 72-59 win over Utah...
Mercer Helps Make 'Cats Best in West
Ron Mercer, who spent his sophomore season at Kentucky prepping for the National Basketball Association by working on defense and rebounding, showed he remembers how to shoot.Mercer scored 21 points, including two successive baskets to repel a second-half...
Mercer's 21 Lift Him near 1,000-Point Mark
With his 21 points Saturday against Utah in the West Regional final, Ron Mercer pulled to 19 points shy of becoming the 43rd player in Kentucky history to score 1,000 points.If he reaches that mark next weekend at the Final Four, Mercer will become the...
Michigan Nightmare How a Booster Has Turned Things Upside Down
Michigan coach Steve Fisher saw him often, a basketball junkie who hung out at high school games in Detroit and liked to befriend the city's top college prospects.The booster, a Michigan basketball season-ticket holder who got complimentary tickets at...
Mighty River at Full Flood Fascinating History of '27 Disaster
RISING TIDEBy John M. Barry524 pages, Simon & Schuster, $27.50 WHEN THE WATERS RECEDE By Dan Guillory 101 pages, Stormline Press, $15 (paper) ***** SOUTH OF Cairo, Ill., the Great Flood of '93 simply petered out. So vast is the Mississippi River past...
Missouri Towns Envision Growth as They Pursue New Prisons
Talk that a prison might come to town once sparked protests in Missouri communities by people worried about local image, economics and security. Not anymore.Dozens of local governments have expressed interest in getting one of two new maximum-security...
Morgan Shepherd's Racing Career Plays like Country Song
You hear the name Morgan Shepherd, and you think of a stock-car driver who always seems to be in the hunt but never catches the rabbit. A down-home guy who wears bluejeans and a smile, he'll probably never be a championship contender.He knows that, and...
Morning Briefing upon Further Review
Men's Health published its list of the World's Most Dangerous Golf Courses, including the crocodile-infested Lost City course in Sun City, South Africa. Here are three others singled out by the publication:Beachwood Golf Course, Natal, South Africa:...
Moser's Club-Record 9 Goals Propel Ambush
Ambush forward Mark Moser put on a scoring clinic at the expense of the Columbus Invaders on Friday night at Kiel Center.He scored a club-record nine goals and 17 points to lead the Ambush to a 31-14 win over the Invaders.St. Louis (25-11) is in first...
Movie Minutes
A NEW YORK stage director has agreed to direct a feature film version of Shakespeare's "Titus Andronicus," one of the Bard's earlier and more violent works.The move marks another reach toward the mainstream for Julie Taymor, best known for her use of...
Movies and Reality: Whose Problem Is It?
REALITY is a bummer, as those who have watched the past year's major films well know. Two of the top Oscar contenders, "Shine" and "The English Patient," have now fallen prey to the impertinence of those who insist on comparing fact to fiction."The English...
Movie Stars Move to Small Screen
`JUST Shoot Me" is a dangerous title for a TV series in a midseason tryout, but the sitcom carries some impressive credentials, including movie names George Segal and Laura San Giacomo.What's more, the show is the work of writer-producer Steven Levitan,...
Nascar's Aerodynamic Rules Juggling Seems to Be a No-Win(d) Situation
Ford Thunderbirds have led 1,057 of the 1,321 laps run this season in Winston Cup racing. After Dale Jarrett powered his way to victory in the PrimeStar 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 9, NASCAR impounded his car, the Chevrolet Monte Carlo that...
Natchez's Historic Homes Come to Life
JUST A DAY'S drive from St. Louis, you'll find the South of a century ago: Natchez, Miss., a river town of plantation homes, Spanish moss, pink azaleas and Southern hospitality.Each spring and fall, during the Pilgrimage tours, the city's historic homes...