Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


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ST. LOUIS Director Of Troubled ECHO Children's Home Resigns

Martin Pratt, the executive director of ECHO Emergency Children's Home, has resigned. He will become regional operations director for the National Benevolent Association, the parent agency for ECHO.

Pratt said his resignation was unrelated to an investigation into problems at the home by the Missouri Division of Family Services. The agency is looking into an act of arson, two vehicle thefts and several instances of shoplifting by ECHO residents last month.

ECHO, at 3033 North Euclid Avenue, is home to 50 11- to 16-year-olds who have been placed there by the state or family courts because of abuse or neglect.

In his new job, Pratt will oversee the operations of ECHO and the association's three other children's homes and a home for mentally ill adults in other states.

Lawson Calhoun, ECHO's assistant executive director and director of operations, will become acting executive director on Jan. 1. BOARD OF ALDERMEN Chinese Delegation Touts Success Of Sister-City Link

The head of a delegation from Nanjing, China, told the St. Louis Board of Aldermen on Friday that the sister-city relationship between the two cities had produced "broad prospects" for commerce and exchanges in science, technology and sports.

The six-man delegation from Nanjing is returning a visit in October by 48 people from St. Louis. The visits mark the 15th anniversary of the sister-city relationship, the first between any Chinese and U.S. cities.

Hu Xujian, president of the Standing Committee of Nanjing People's Congress, told the aldermen that the tree planted in China by then-Mayor James Conway "has begun to grow and bear fruit."

Mayor Freeman Bosley Jr. said the October trip already had produced 20 contracts that will bring $24 million and 100 new jobs to the St. Louis economy over the next five years. ST. LOUIS Forms Available Now For Youths Seeking Summer Jobs

St. Louis youths interested in summer jobs should pick up eligibility cards now, says the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment.

The agency's director, Valarie Russell, said about 2,400 jobs would be available - double the number of last summer.

Applicants must be between 14 and 21 as of Jan. 15, must live in the city and meet economic criteria established by the federal government.

Summer Job Interest Cards must be turned in to the agency by Jan. 15. Cards are available at all public middle and high schools, city parochial schools, county schools enrolling city students in the desegregation program, city libraries and at various other community offices. …

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