Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing Eye Openers

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing Eye Openers

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No (D)ice: The 150 U.S. athletes at the 1994 Winter Olympics, minus one, have been invited to a ceremony and free chow next week at the White House.

Guess who's not coming to dinner?

TONYA HARDING, the skating plea-bargainer.

"She's not invited and she's not coming," spokesman MIKE MORAN of the United States Olympic Committee snipped to The Washington Post.

Harding pleaded guilty last month in Portland, Ore., to conspiracy in the Jan. 6 attack on NANCY KERRIGAN at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

The USOC apparently believed that Harding would be a distraction at the White House. After on her sideshow in Lillehammer, whatever gave them that idea?

ROBERT WEAVER, Harding's attorney, said the USOC snub was "rather small and impolite . . . but not unexpected, considering their treatment of her in the past."

Curiously, the USOC still does not regard Harding as the victim in this caper.

The USOC also does not expected her or her associates to crash, so to speak, this event. Small chance of that.

By the terms of her plea, she is confined to three West Coast states.

New Life: That was ex-Blues forward DAN QUINN, a throw-in from Vancouver in the infamous GARTH BUTCHER deal, surfacing last month in Ottawa.

Quinn, a free agent, had been out of the league since being cut by the New York Islanders in September.

After leaving the Blues a couple of years ago, Quinn was tainted by a highly publicized hotel-room sex scandal.

Senators general manager RANDY SEXTON defended his new acquisition:

"People who are charged and convicted get a second chance. Why not guys like Dan, who weren't even charged?"

Despite four goals in his first six games, the hockey jury is still out on Quinn.

San Franciso Giants relief pitcher ROD BECK, who saved 48 games last year, is not amused by skeptics who say he had a career year.

"How do they know?" Beck said before the season. …

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