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1999 Stories by Jeannette Batz

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  • BROTHER, CAN YOU SPARE A DIME?

    published December 1, 1999

    On Dec. 30, 1994, Paul Gianella was tending bar, telling friends how healthy his doctor said he was, when the pain knifed into his chest. He... More >>

  • RAVEN MAD

    published November 17, 1999

    The caller was chuckling: "Would you like to see the memo the Garden sent out in response to your story?" Two minutes later, a facsimile rolled... More >>

  • PETER AND THE WOLF

    published November 3, 1999

    The Missouri Botanical Garden auditorium is strung with enough cords and cables to truss a yeti. Stepping carefully, Ira Flatow, host of National... More >>

  • OF VOYEURS AND LAWYERS

    published October 20, 1999

    It started three years ago, with pencil-diameter holes strategically placed in the drywall of Miracle Supply Co.'s new unisex bathroom. Bookkeeper... More >>

  • Billy Club

    published October 6, 1999

    Way back in 1949, Billy Graham warned his audiences, "This may be God's last great call!... Unless the Western world has an old-fashioned... More >>

  • RAILROADED

    published October 6, 1999

    A few weeks ago, curator Katherine Adamchick blew the whistle on plans to destroy one of Laumeier Sculpture Park's most beloved... More >>

  • TURNED 21 IN PRISON

    published September 22, 1999

    Before dawn on Christmas Day 1996, in a narrow trailer in Pevely, Mo., Kevin Pelot shot and killed his mother's abusive boyfriend, Brian Swan... More >>

  • WHERE COLUMNISTS GO TO DIE

    published September 22, 1999

    You thought the Florida sun had finally burned South St. Louis from Elaine Viets' soul? She's walking on the beach, thinking of ways to... More >>

  • LEARNING CURVE

    published September 8, 1999

    For centuries, children of wealth learned about the world from kindly private tutors who, soon realizing their pupils' individual gifts and... More >>

  • Lost in America

    published July 28, 1999

    Black-and-white shots of a store aisle, shelves bulging with dried noodles, cans of coffee, a bin of gnarled roots. Sudden color: a... More >>

  • Sympathy for the Devil

    published July 21, 1999

    Nobody was surprised when Von Nebbitt — a.k.a. Kevin Cox, a.k.a. Anthony Davis, a.k.a. Cedric Davis, a.k.a. Warren Meriweather, a.k.a.... More >>

  • NORMA RAE, R.N.

    published July 21, 1999

    NORMA RAE, R.N.: The pizza parties didn't work. The fancied-up Christmas party didn't work. Even the personalized mass mailing on... More >>

  • Thoughtful Pause

    published June 30, 1999

    The young professionals arrive first, juggling lattes and briefcases as they climb to the mezzanine of the Library Ltd. cafe. Then a grad student... More >>

  • Bringing Down the House

    published June 16, 1999

    Michael Lewis stares over at 5950 Enright Ave. and shakes his head ruefully. He's lived on Enright for 33 years, and most of the families he knows... More >>

  • Short Cuts

    published June 9, 1999

    SLAY'S GOT THE MONEY, SO IS THIS THE TIME? There's been a lot of loose talk about Aldermanic President Francis Slay running for mayor in 2001, but... More >>

  • Presumed Guilty

    published May 26, 1999

    At least at the outset, Dec. 15, 1996, was a cozy, aimless Sunday night, loosely braided with chores, TV and idle talk. Michele Wioskowski, a... More >>

  • Internal Bleeding

    published April 28, 1999

    It's morning in a sixth-floor hallway of St. John's Mercy Medical Center, and tray tables and housekeeping carts wait side by side like racehorses... More >>

  • Sex Starved

    published April 21, 1999

    "We can hide with sex, we can hide from sex, but we cannot be fully ourselves sexually and hide." -- Patrick Carnes, Sexual... More >>

  • First, Aides

    published April 14, 1999

    If you want an earful from the parents of autistic children, ask whether their child has a "paraprofessional" -- teaching aide -- to ease... More >>

  • Guess Who's Coming to Math Class?

    published April 14, 1999

    Dark-haired and soft-faced, Elliot Bennett's "a noodle" -- so affectionate and sweet, the other kids at Bristol (a public grade school in Webster... More >>

  • Royal Pain

    published March 31, 1999

    Ten years ago, Dr. David Rosen visited Elvis Presley's grave at Graceland and burst into tears. The McMillan Professor of Analytical Psychology,... More >>

  • Solo Plight

    published March 17, 1999

    On Feb. 8, Sue and Jim Markham were poring over their dad's medical file like confused calculus students, trying to understand how the VA had come... More >>

  • Sudden Death

    published March 17, 1999

    It was Martin Luther King Day, and Sue Markham had gone to her law office to work for a few hours. She was interrupted about 11:15 a.m. by a call... More >>

  • Cock-and-Bull Story

    published February 24, 1999

    Proposition A -- banning cockfighting, bear-baiting and other cruel animal contests -- was the first animal-welfare bill ever put to the people of... More >>

  • John the Catalyst

    published February 17, 1999

    It all started with a Mississippi witch. The Salvation Army hired a woman for a state-funded domestic-violence program, discovered she practiced... More >>

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