St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from March 30, 1997

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$105,397 'Oversight'
A campaign finance report filed by state Sen. J.B. "Jet" Banks listed a Jan. 1, 1994 opening balance of $154,360. He later amended the report, changing the amount to $48,963. Where did the money go?Banks says the failure to report the money was an oversight. "My...
1957 Game with Carolina, Kansas Still a Classic
It was probably the most dramatic and spellbinding game in NCAA championship history.On March 23, 1957, top-ranked North Carolina defeated second-ranked Kansas, 54-53, at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo., in three overtimes. Two plays in the...
2 Area Courses Make Top 100 Lists
We're No. 69!OK, it's not the same as "We're No. 1," but it's the best St. Louis can boast about in the inaugural list of "America's Best Classical and Modern Golf Courses," released by GOLFWEEK magazine. The lists, which include a top 100 in each category,...
2 Ways of Looking at Doing Business with the City
To hear Mark Woolbright talk, the city of St. Louis is an up-and-coming place for manufacturing. As he gets ready to open a factory on the north side, he talks about central location, cheap land, plenty of the low-skilled labor he needs and helpful city officials.Bill...
A Battle of Traditions: Tennessee-Old Dominion
One thing is for sure. History will repeat itself at this Final Four.That's because Old Dominion and Tennessee - two of the most-storied programs in women's college basketball - will play again. This time, the victor in Sunday night's 7:30 (Central Time) game...
A Case for Kc: Kansas City Preserves Past, Looks Forward
SINCE 1959, when Wilbert Harrison's big hit, "Kansas City," rose to No. 1 on the pop charts, things have changed a lot in the former Possum Trot, Mo. As Rodgers and Hammerstein put it in "Oklahoma!," "Everything's up to date in Kansas City."Few cities...
Adventures in Baseball's `Old West'
Of all the getaways from St. Petersburg, the long-time Florida home of the Cardinals, the most unforgettable was the one by which the Redbirds flew to San Francisco for the opening of Candlestick Park in 1960.The West Coast's first major-league stadium...
After Years of War, Guatemala Is Ready to Welcome Tourists
AFTER 36 years of civil war, this country, the largest in Central America, is finally and officially at peace. Under the terms of an armistice signed Dec. 29 that is being supervised by the United Nations, guerrillas and soldiers began demobilizing on March...
A Look at Mom: 2 Plays Examine Estrangement
F OR the second time in as many seasons, the Reper tory Theatre of St. Louis is presenting a strong production of a semi-autobiographical drama in which a distinguished American playwright casts a long, hard look at his mother.They are not flattering...
American League Central
CHICAGO WHITE SOX1996 Record: 85-77, second.Manager: Terry Bevington. Good News: Frank Thomas batting third, Albert Belle batting cleanup against the diluted pitching staffs in Detroit, Oakland, Minnesota and Milwaukee . . . oh, the humanity! Bad News:...
American League East
BALTIMORE ORIOLES1996 Record: 88-74, second.Manager: Davey Johnson. Good News: The Mariners, White Sox and Indians don't have anything on the lineup Baltimore will run out there every day: Brady Anderson, Robby Alomar, Rafael Palmeiro, Eric Davis, Cal Ripken...
American League West
ANAHEIM ANGELS1996 Record: 70-91, fourth.Manager: Terry Collins. Good News: The lineup is filled with promising, possible stars in first baseman Darin Erstad, center fielder Jim Edmonds, right fielder Tim Salmon and left fielder Garret Anderson. Welcome...
Amid and after the Storm, Smith Is Mr. Calm
If North Carolina coach Dean Smith was distraught after his team's 66-58 loss to Arizona in Saturday's NCAA Tournament semifinal, he didn't publicly betray the sentiment.Even before the game ended, in fact, he was smiling and congratulating Arizona's...
An Eerie Silence, a Tense Standoff, a Surprise Ending
THE YOUNG MEN - scared, tired, filthy, thirsty and armed to the teeth - struggled up the steep incline as if it were Cavalry Hill itself. As they emerged onto a small plateau about two-thirds of the way to the summit, they realized, with a start, that...
Arizona Streaks into Title Contest
First, Arizona stunned No. 1 Kansas. Then, the Wildcats conquered Dean Smith's mighty North Carolina Tar Heels. And now, Arizona is only one more improbable victory away from its first NCAA title.Miles Simon, rejected by Smith four years ago, scored...
Attack Spoils Ambush Party
The Ambush might have had the champagne iced too soon Friday night against the Kansas City Attack at Kiel Center.The Attack won 17-15 on a goal from Brian Loftin 10 minutes, 11 seconds into overtime before 15,897, the largest crowd of the season and...
At the Movies
*Movies, actors and filmmakers winning major Academy Awards are marked with an asterisk.NEWBAPS (PG-13; 1:30): Halle Berry and Natalie Desselle play unsophisticated young women from Georgia who move to Beverly Hills in this formulaic, too-slow farce...
At the Theater
Born to Sing!: A new gospel musical by Vy Higginsen and Ken Wydro, creators of "Mama, I Want to Sing." Shirley Caesar, Stephanie Mills and Desiree Coleman-Jackson star. Fox Theatre, 527 North Grand Boulevard. 534-1111. April 1-6.Cabaret: Melanie Dreyer,...
Audio Books Get You Going in Right Direction on Vacations
DAVID Foster Wallace, author of "Infinite Jest," has captured the essence of driving across his native Southern Illinois, a description that can stand for much of the romance of the American road: "Corn, corn, corn, Stuckey's, corn, corn, corn, Stuckey's."For...
Avant Guard over Clayton the New St. Louis County Justice Center Was Designed So It Wouldn't Look like a Jail
THE MORNING excursion begins with, of all things, the sight of a dead rodent - could be a small rat, possibly an oversized mouse.Whatever its species, the stiff creature face-up in a walkway in the construction staging area serves as a furry welcome...
Ballots Feature Taxes, Bonds, 1,300 Candidates
Tuesday is local election day in Missouri and Illinois, with nearly 1,300 candidates running for municipal offices, school and fire district boards and other offices.Tax proposals will require a simple majority to pass; bond issues need a four-sevenths...
Baseball '97: One Big, Happy Family? New Rivalries Are in the Cards with the Start of Interleague Play
Cleveland IndiansJune 13-15At Busch Stadium Can't Wait To See: How old Atlanta Braves Marquis Grissom and David Justice are faring in their new uniforms, as well as Jim Thome and Manny Ramirez, two of the AL's most exciting players. Omar Vizquel is one...
Baseball Can't Shed Its Image of Greed
Sandy Alderson, baseball's Henny Youngman, put modern-day players in perspective this spring.On Albert Belle: "He's been very talkative. But it's usually been under oath."On Barry Bonds' $22.9 million contract extension: "They haven't negotiated his...
Bash Brothers - Older, Wiser - Reunite for the A's
Jose Canseco had his Porsche delivered to the Oakland Athletics' team hotel at Sky Harbor Airport nearly a week before he arrived for spring training. The car sat outside the hotel, a daily reminder to the public that the other half of Oakland's fabled...
Beefeaters Add Color to London
THEY ARE officially called yeomen warders, but most of us know them by their nickname: beefeaters. You'll find 42 of them at the Tower of London, where beefeaters have kept watch since at least the 14th century.The colorfully outfitted gents, many of...
Big Issues Make for Crowded School Board Race Changing System Affects All City Residents
ST. LOUIS BOARD of Education president Hattie Jackson has a few words for the new members of the city school board: Have a supportive family and employer, and be prepared to attend meetings."They can expect a lot of hard work and doing their homework," she...
Bill Holds Key for Future of Busing Program Plan for Distributing Money Could Make Negotiations Easier
DON'T COUNT ON ANYTHING happening soon in the ongoing settlement talks involving the St. Louis desegregation case.That's because most of the parties in the case are waiting to see what happens to a bill before the Legislature that would redistribute...
Branson Area Growing Fast, Data Show
The Branson area is growing rapidly, accounting for 20 percent of Missouri's growth since 1990, as people who once were tourists become residents.Barry, Christian, Greene, Stone and Taney counties - some of which have grown by more than a third - have...
Briefs
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.NASA Tourists Hurt In Fierce StormA storm whipped through NASA's Kennedy Space Center on Saturday, injuring about 40 tourists and causing minor damage to the launch site, a NASA spokesman said. Winds gusting up to 52 mph hurled rocks...
Campbell Selected as Blues' Candidate for Masterton Trophy
Jim Campbell attended five training camps with the Montreal Canadiens. Five times, the Canadiens cut him and never called him back in the regular season.Finally, they traded him to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, who had no use for him either after last season.Yet,...
Cards Motivated to Exceed 90 Victories
The Cardinals won 88 games last year, a number Tony La Russa would rather not stand on for the season that starts Tuesday in Montreal.The Cardinals manager thinks they need to add five or six wins this season."You've got to be ready to do whatever it...
Cbc's Hughes Racks Up 17 Points in Mcdonald's Game
Elton Brand of Peekskill, N.Y., scored 16 points, leading the East over the West 94-81 Saturday in the McDonald's All-American High School Basketball Game.St. Louisan Larry Hughes of CBC stood tall for the West, however, with 17 points, nine rebounds...
Charlie's Angel Margaret Ann Rich Looks Back at Man She Loved through Good Times and Bad
WHEN Charlie Rich died quietly in his sleep of a lung embolism in July 1995 at age 62, it was the passing of one of America's most underrated, complex and gifted musicians. Next to him was the woman who had, through the good times and the bad, remained...
China's Interest in U.S. Politics
Let's be clear: It is against federal law for candidates or political parties to accept money from foreign governments. It's undebatably evil to so do. Individuals who agree or conspire to do so should go to jail. All we need now is for the FBI to find...
Clamping Down Holdsclaw Gives Lady Vols Plenty of Kick on, off Court
Remember the name Chamique Holdsclaw.She probably will inherit the mantle as the next great women's college basketball player.Holdsclaw can kill you softly. Off the court, she is unfailingly polite and placid. She slinked up to the stage upon being named...
Closing of Pulp Mill Sends Town into Tailspin Foreign Pinch Shuts Alaska's Last Active Mill
The faintly bitter smell of damp wood pulp hung in the air for the last time Monday as Alaska's last pulp mill shut down, sending the timber town that has depended on it for four decades into an uncertain future."A lot of people maybe will have to go...
Controlled Burn Restores Prairie in City Cemetery Native Plants Will Get Chance to Thrive
Agent Chris Cole stood on the bed of a Conservation Department pickup to better monitor the controlled burn under way to restore a remnant of prairie."Coyote!" he yelled, pointing to an animal scampering across the cleared fire lane well ahead of the...
Critical Mass: When It Comes to Movie Blurbs, Just about Anything Goes
"An explosive warp speed 10 . . ."Sheer fun and excitement . . ."The wildest galaxy ride of 'em all." After Susan Granger of cable channel American Movie Classics gushed thus for "Star Trek: Generations," it's no wonder Paramount Pictures spl ashed that...
Cruise for Cat Lovers - without the Cats
RECENTLY a piece of mail crossed my desk announcing the "Second Annual Cat Lovers' Cruise." To this cat lover, the release could just as well have said "meow."Wow, I thought, this one's for me. I had never heard of any cruise devoted to animals. I even...
Deshields Muscles Cards Past Rangers
Delino DeShields has shown this preseason he can play the kind of tight defense the Cardinals got from Mike Gallego last season.And he's shown offensive spark and . . . the long ball?Well, for one day, anyway. DeShields - all 6 feet 1 and 175 pounds...
Disaster Flicks: Formula for Disaster
DISASTER movies are back. I watched one on TV, about asteroids slamming into the Earth and causing a devastating worldwide epidemic of bad acting. Also there are TWO disaster movies about volcanoes, including one set in Los Angeles, although I doubt...
Do What's Right for the Kids
If Missouri legislators want to avoid train wreck endings to the Kansas City and St. Louis school desegregation cases, they need to pass the bill that channels desegregation savings into new education funding for poor students.The urgency of SB360 increased...
East Asian Nations on Weapon-Buying Spree Free-for-All among All Arms Producers
The delivery this month of the first McDonnell Douglas Corp. F/A-18D Hornet to the Royal Malaysian Air Force underscores the growing arms race among the nations of East Asia.This $500 million deal for twin-seat Hornets comes on top of Malaysia's purchase...
Eerie Tales of the Unnatural Have Followed Comets for Ages
Thirty-nine cult members committing collective suicide in the expectation that their immortal souls would be whisked off by a UFO tailgating Comet Hale-Bopp is a first in human history.Ascribing supernatural properties to comets is not.Down through thousands...
Egyptian Women Tell of Torture, Threats at the Hands of Police
Amal Farouq's black shroud hides all but her eyes, concealing the scars of her latest encounter with Egypt's police, wounds she says were inflicted during torture by government interrogators.Some nights, Farouq, 28, says she still has nightmares of a huge...
Experimental Treatment Lets Virus Fight Cancer
In a novel experiment to stop cancer, 27 patients have received mutant cold viruses designed to infect their tumor cells and destroy them.The idea is to turn the adenovirus, a usually mild-mannered microbe that causes colds and intestinal upsets, into...
Explosion Kills 18, Injures 53 in India Official in Kashmir Blames Muslim Rebels
An explosion rocked a bus station in the troubled northern region of Kashmir on Saturday, killing at least 18 people and injuring 53, police and witnesses said.No one immediately claimed responsibility for the blast. But Farooq Abdullah, the chief minister...
Families Grieve over Three Deaths Authorities Hunt for Killer in Ozarks
On Easter Sundays in the past, Sandra Voyles of Sappington would take her family 150 miles southwest to Richland, Mo., where her children hunted Easter eggs on the farm of her father, Leonard Voyles.Voyles, who for nearly 30 years built houses and apartments...
Family Viewing: 'Walton Easter' and 'Relativity'
Times change - even on Walton Mountain.Consider this early scene in "A Walton Easter" (8 p.m. Sunday on Channel 4):Papa John Walton (Ralph Waite) is at the familiar kitchen table, eating pie. "When," he asks wife Olivia (Michael Learned), now a busy schoolteacher,...
Farmers Brace for Fluctuating Grain Markets
Like all farmers, Errol Klendworth has endured drought and flood, boom times and bust.But as Klendworth and other farmers gear up for spring planting this year, they are learning to deal with an uncontrollable force they had been shielded from for decades:...
Forest Park Forever: Future in Past
ON one hand, St. Louisans can't seem to resist conjuring up visions of Forest Park as it looked at the 1904 World's Fair. On the other hand, it's clear that residents ought to spend more time looking toward the city's future than longing for the past.That's...
Former Northwestern Coach Ricky Byrdsong Is Job Hunting
The hardest part might have been when Ricky Byrdsong's 9-year-old daughter asked him, "What does `fired' mean?" Try explaining that to a little girl who thinks a lot more of her daddy than Northwestern did.Byrdsong answered as best as he could, but then...
Four Decades of History at Darst-Webbe
November 1956: The first building of the Joseph M. Darst apartments opens with 220 units. Arthur and Norma Stevens and their children, John , Mark and Dora are the first family to move into the complex. Another resident, Arthur Raiford, a retired employee of...
Generation Next Is a Boomer for Arizona
We always hear what's wrong with college basketball. Billy Packer huffs, puffs and pontificates. Dick Vitale speaks in tongues and flaps his arms like a wounded seagull.Everything is wrong. It is terrible. What is happening to the college game? There...
Get out and Vote
On Tuesday, voters throughout the area will head to the polls. If the experts are correct, only about a third of those registered to vote will turn out. Of course, those predictions can be proved false. The biggest favor the candidates can do themselves...
Godfrey Track Gets Face Lift, New Name: 67 Raceway Park
About the only similarity between the old Godfrey Speedway and the new 67 Raceway Park is the location. Barry Seiler and Sid Ingram, the new owners, haven't pumped $23 million into their renovations - a la Gateway International Raceway - but they have put...
Gop Gala Draws Charges of Selling Political Access to Dine Next to Party's Movers, Shakers: $250,000
They can't offer the Lincoln Bedroom, but for a cool $250,000, Republicans will let you sit with the congressional leadership on the dais of their glitziest fund raiser of the year.Or, for $100,000, they'll invite you to breakfast and snap your photo...
Gophers Pat Themselves on Back despite Losing
All season - indeed, for more than a year - the Minnesota Golden Gophers had clamored for the elusive and intangible and tiresome commodity of respect. From others.But after the Gophers (31-4) had their season snuffed out by Kentucky 78-69 in an NCAA...
Gore Praises China Trip, but Wins No Concessions
Vice President Al Gore said Saturday that talks in Beijing created "new momentum" in U.S.-China relations even though he won no concessions in areas of major dispute."I think the mission was accomplished," Gore said in Seoul, the final stop on a weeklong...
Groups Try to Save City for Manufacturing Small Factory Owners Get Little Sympathy from City Officials
Behind chain-link fences, inside century-old brick buildings, across tidy neighborhoods and along the gritty riverfront operate the factories of the city of St. Louis.Few men in Armani suits and canvas shoulder bags.Lots of freight trucks, kicking up...
Hearing Echoes of Spartan Life Travelers' Records Tell Tale of 18th-Century Pennsylvania Cloister
IT IS the tourists who tell the story of Ephrata Cloister.Without the writings of visitors who stopped there for food and shelter on their 18th-century travels, we would know little about this religious community tucked amid the small villages and rolling farmlands...
Heavily Guarded Courthouse Ready for Mcveigh Trial
In a barricaded courthouse Monday, Timothy McVeigh goes on trial on charges that he triggered the Oklahoma City bombing.He is charged with murder and conspiracy and faces the death penalty if convicted in the explosion April 19, 1995, that killed 168...
Hingis Cruises Past Seles, on toward No. 1
The two finalists cradled their trophies and shared a smile in the sun, then lined up for photos, with Monica Seles standing in Martina Hingis' shadow.Seles is four inches taller, but Hingis towers over women's tennis. She needed only 44 minutes to beat...
History & Hospitality
NOW THAT spring has arrived and summer is not far off, it's time to think about where to go for vacation. When you're making your plans, bear in mind the adage "South when cold, North when warm."An ideal trip north is a stay at the "world's largest summer hotel,"...
Hoch's 65 Keeps Him Close to Elkington
Even Scott Hoch thinks Steve Elkington might be playing too well to be caught at the Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.Asked what it would take Sunday for him to overcome Elkington's 2-stroke lead, Hoch's honest answer was "probably one...
If Tobacco Companies Can't Lie, They Can't Win in Court
When Bennett LeBow, the head of the Liggett Group's holding company 'fessed up in public, I was reminded of that moment in "Liar Liar" when Jim Carrey finds himself transformed by his son's birthday wish. He is suddenly and hilariously unable to tell...
If You Ask Business Community, It's Space, the Fizzled Frontier
Long before Americans landed on the moon, space enthusiasts were promising cities in orbit, space factories turning out exotic materials and hotels where tourists could play zero gravity golf.It hasn't happened. Almost 40 years since America launched...
In Key Game, Flyers a Test of Note Blues Hope to Weigh in with Big Effort vs. Philly
The Blues have one thing going for them entering their game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday at Kiel Center.They were home in bed Saturday night while the Flyers traveled via charter to St. Louis after playing the Washington Capitals in Landover,...
Interleague Fray: Touching Base on a New Era
The Game, it's always changing.Back in 1893, the lords of baseball decided pitchers had been standing too close to the plate and moved them 10 1/2 feet farther away, to 60 feet 6 inches. In 1931, they figured it would be a good idea to call any ball...
It's Clean, It's Bright, It's Safe, but Is It Really New York?
THE STATUE of Liberty appears on the horizon. As she comes into view, the sun highlights the contours in her bronze face.Zip! She's gone. Cut to a street in Greenwich Village. Neon lights glow softly. Well-dressed diners enter a trendy restaurant.Zip!...
Jackie Robinson Is `Reason We're Here,' Cards' Deshields Says
When the major-league baseball season starts Tuesday, it will mark the 50-year anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers.Historian Delino DeShields, the Cardinals second baseman, says, "He's the reason we're...
Jagr Returns as Pittsburgh Routs La
Reunited with linemates Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr for the first time in a month, Ron Francis scored his 400th and 401st career goals and the Penguins beat visiting Los Angeles 4-1 on Saturday.The Penguins, halting a losing streak at three games,...
Kentucky's Anderson Enjoys Free (Throw) Time
Another man might have been angry. Another man might have been hurt.When University of Kentucky coach Rick Pitino last week put the kibosh on star Derek Anderson's intentions to come back from a torn knee ligament suffered Jan. 18, it seemed to have...
Kentucky Turns on the Pressure and Cooks Minnesota
There's pressure, and then there's pressure.Minnesota learned that lesson in the most compelling of circumstances Saturday night: Playing in their first-ever Final Four, the Golden Gophers fell prey to:*The pressure of vying for a spot in the national-championship, and...
Library of Congress Getting Its Guard Up
Despite spending more than $12 million and hiring an experienced new security chief, the Library of Congress recently got a fresh reminder of what it's up against in trying to guard its vast collection.An antique book dealer in Boston called to say someone...
Madison Measures Up to Its Billing
IN JULY, Money magazine made Madison its No. 1 Best Place to Live in America, touting its great jobs, easy living, top health care and low crime rate.I don't know about jobs and all that, but I certainly can testify to the easy living. In fact, Madison...
Mama's Girl Her Mother Is Behind Hingis' Rapid Rise to Top of Women's Tennis
The pressure of playing Steffi Graf the next day in the semifinals of the U.S. Open should have been overwhelming.It was midafternoon on a hot September day last year and Martina Hingis, three weeks shy of her 16th birthday, leaned forward in an overstuffed...
Mayoral Election Marches to Close Turnout Expected to Be Lower Than in Primary
After kicking off months ago with a roar, the St. Louis mayoral contest is ending with a whimper.The city Election Board is predicting that 31 percent of the city's 205,209 registered voters will cast ballots in Tuesday's general election. That would...
Mcdonald"s Is Hughes' (17 Points) Kind of Place
A quiet observer all week leading up to the McDonald's All-American High School Basketball Game, Larry Hughes turned a lot of heads Saturday.Hughes, the CBC standout who will play at St. Louis University next season, was one of the best players on the...
Medicine Can Be Problem on Its Own
Dear Dr. Donohue: I am an 81-year-old woman. I have been taking hydrochlorothiazide for my hypertension for years now. I now also suffer from cramps, and my blood tests reveal low potassium. So my doctor gave me K-Dur potassium tablets. But when I take...
Mets Bernard Gilkey Lets His Bat Do the Talking
It remains a sad commentary on whatever it is that attracts attention in professional sports that Bernard Gilkey remains the most underappreciated athlete in New York.The Knicks' Charles Oakley, the Yankees' Tino Martinez and the Rangers' Brian Leetch...
Mo. Fishing Prospects: The Scouting Report
Reservoirs are like cornfields in that they don't yield the same quantity or quality of crops each year. For grainfields the yield is measured in bushels per acre. For reservoirs yield is measured in good fishing.Various factors determine the crop on...
Morning Briefing ; upon Further Review
Some fish are just born stupid.Researchers have proven this through exhaustive research. Some fish just have a knack for getting caught. So employees of the Heart of Hills Research Station in Texas are trying to exploit this genetic flaw to create fish...
Motta within Reach of 2nd on NBA Career Wins List
There is no party in the works.No Dick Motta Night at Big Mac in the planning.No acknowledgment that one of the greatest coaches in National Basketball Association history is about to reach a career milestone. With 13 games remaining in the Denver Nuggets'...
Movie Advertising Blurbs Reaching a Critical Mass Some Rave Reviews Aren"t All They're Cracked Up to Be
"An explosive warp speed 10 . . ."Sheer fun and excitement . . ."The wildest galaxy ride of 'em all." After Susan Granger of cable channel American Movie Classics gushed thus for "Star Trek: Generations," it's no wonder Paramount Pictures spl ashed that...
Mr. Baseball for Half a Century, Kissell Has Taught the Cardinals' Way
John Mabry was 20 and knew baseball, so he thought. He'd been around baseball all his life and was just a few steps into his pro career after being drafted by the Cardinals. That's when George Kissell sauntered into his life."This guy is baseball," Mabry...
Mr. Go Jingles: He Strums out a Living on Advertising Ditties
Jingles sell, jingles sell, jingles all the way . . .And oh, what fun they are to write for Terry Thompson. He composed the Frederic Roofing "For a hole in your roof or a whole new roof" ditty, the American Equity Mortgage "Future belongs to you" jingle,...
Mr. Gore's Botched China Trip
Vice President Al Gore botched the politics and the diplomacy on his just-concluded visit to China.He left Hong Kong off his itinerary. He spilled his champagne trying to avoid a toast with Prime Minister Li Peng. He made goofy comments about village...
Mu Soars as It Christens Track Facility
Sure, the University of Missouri track team dominated most every event at its first home meet in 16 years. But winning was secondary to taking breaking in Mizzou's new track complex."It was about this track and about bringing back outdoor track in C...
National League Central
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS1996 Record: 88-74, first.Manager: Tony La Russa. Good News: Most of the club that advanced to the seventh game of the NL Championship Series last year is back, and the players won't need a couple of months to get acquainted with La...
National League East
ATLANTA BRAVES1996 Record: 96-66, first.Manager: Bobby Cox. Good News: The best pitching rotation in baseball is better now than it was a year ago at this time, with Denny Neagle instead of Steve Avery as the No. 4 behind Cy Young Award-winners Greg...
National League West
COLORADO ROCKIES1996 Record: 83-79, third.Manager: Don Baylor. Good News: Eric Young, Ellis Burks, Dante Bichette, Andres Galarraga, Larry Walker, Vinny Castilla - oh, my! They remain a frightening group at the plate. At home. The Rockies batted .343 and...
Nazis' Inventory of Art Gives Clues to Fate of Some Works
A lost inventory that Nazis used to document 16,500 pieces of artwork they deemed "degenerate" has been discovered in a collection donated to a London museum.Works by artists such as Vincent Van Gogh, George Grosz and Oskar Kokoschka are among the pieces...
`Neon Psalms' Portrays Gloomy Scene with Style
The Orthwein Theater Company is concluding its eighth season with "Neon Psalms," a play about bleak lives in bleak surroundings. It succeeds modestly on stage thanks to performances attuned to the strengths of the script.A homecoming is the central event...
New Beginnings: Susan Sontag Finds Freedom as a Successful Novelist
SUSAN SONTAG, improbably, seems a little nervous and ill at ease speaking before an audience. She adjusts the microphone and tries without success to tame a wisp of her trademark black hair, shocked with white, that has fallen free of her ponytail.As...
New Gridiron for Him to Tackle Ex-Linebacker Brian Bosworth Gets Shot at Series in 'Lawless'
THE BOZ is back. Not on the gridiron, of course, but roaring his motorcycle through the streets of Miami's South Beach in search of the bad guys.The show (8 p.m. Saturday on Channel 2) is called "Lawless." Brian Bosworth, late of the University of Oklahoma...
New NASCAR Has Fewer Track Owners
One of the trademarks of the early years of stock car racing was its independence.Most drivers owned their teams and the tracks they drove own were individually owned. It also was a regional sport, with little national following.The sport now has grown...
No One Likely to Crack Eck's 192-353 Combo
Dennis Eckersley, who has achieved many things in his life, has one record that may never be broken - most combined wins and saves.Entering this season, the Cardinals reliever had compiled 192 wins and 353 saves for 545 winning games. That put him one...
Notes/calendar
NOTEBOOKVolunteers are needed to help survey ruffed grouse in Missouri. The survey is sponsored by the Ruffed Grouse Society but managed by the Department of Conservation. Volunteers will drive or walk short routes and listen for drumming and watch for...
Officials Question Contractor Awards Audit Results Are Expected within Days
Some federal and city officials are concerned about how the St. Louis Housing Authority is selecting contractors to carry out its $46.7 million Darst-Webbe housing plan.Last week, two investigators from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development,...
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