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1999 Stories by Melinda Roth

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    published December 15, 1999

    Thousands of British telly viewers recently learned a great deal more about Missouri's warm-and-fuzzy down-home culture than the state Department... More >>


    published December 8, 1999

    Two thoughts occurred to Coach James Hammond as he marched up and down the sideline of the field where his team, the Soldan Tigers, played its... More >>

  • Views of the Weird

    published October 13, 1999

    The first thunderstorm in several months hits Alton after dark, and as lightning flashes through the lobby windows onto the tile floors... More >>


    published September 22, 1999

    To get a table at Limestone's Bar & Grille at lunchtime, go early. Within 20 minutes of noon, every seat in the spacious, dark-paneled... More >>


    published July 21, 1999

    PRO-LIFE, NOT PRO-DRESTE: Is the Missouri Republican Party losing its backbone? No, says spokesman Daryl Duwe. In February,... More >>

  • White Out

    published July 14, 1999

    Local black contractors and the state transportation department have been on a collision course, culminating in Monday's blockade of... More >>


    published July 7, 1999

    After denying he withheld crucial evidence, denying he arranged secret deals with jailhouse snitches, denying he misled a jury and denying he... More >>

  • Burned

    published June 30, 1999

    Ellen Reasonover worried that her former boyfriend, Stanley White, was angry. He looked mad, anyway, when they placed him in the holding cell next... More >>

  • The Conviction of Tim Dreste

    published May 12, 1999

    It's downtime for Tim Dreste, here in these woods that are 57 paved miles, a long gravel road and three left-hand turns on a dirt road west of St.... More >>

  • Short Cuts

    published May 5, 1999

    SILENCE TO THE STATE OF THE CITY: One barometer that network drones use to analyze a State of the Union address is how many times members of... More >>

  • Dead Dogs Walking

    published April 7, 1999

    The 21-year-old VW van rumbles north from East St. Louis toward Washington Park, lunging in and out of potholes the size of small craters. The sky... More >>

  • Felonies and Misdemeanors

    published March 31, 1999

    The simple question on the ballot next Tuesday, April 6, is this: "Shall sheriffs, or in the case of St. Louis County, the chief of police, be... More >>

  • News Real

    published March 3, 1999

    CHEERS AND JEERS: In the hour preceding the Arena's implosion last Saturday, the spot featuring the most giddiness may have been the VIP area set... More >>

  • When We Are History

    published February 24, 1999

    There were a lot of reasons Steve McCracken, a civil engineer with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), should have worn protective gear when he... More >>

  • Animal Kingdom

    published February 17, 1999

    Some state lawmakers say it's a pre-emptive strike against animal-rights groups. No, say others, it's a pre-emptive strike against Missouri... More >>

  • Out of Order

    published February 10, 1999

    It began almost immediately after she called it quits, the lawsuit contends, harassing nightly phone calls and repeated requests for sex. It was... More >>

  • Bench Press

    published February 10, 1999

    Judge Dierker, like all circuit judges in the city of St. Louis and the counties of St. Louis, Jackson, Platte and Clay, was placed on the bench... More >>

  • News Real

    published February 10, 1999

    BOTTOMS UP: The Bi-State Development Agency, which operates the Gateway Arch tram, is attempting to drum up business by alluding to the fouled... More >>

  • News Real

    published January 27, 1999

    CONNECTCARE-LESS: Maybe the mayor's crackerjack staff should have started to worry when Ald. Fred Heitert (R-12th) got up not once but twice to... More >>

  • Milky Way

    published January 20, 1999

    The La Leche League took its name in the late 1950s, when commercial baby formula was being promoted by doctors, fewer than 20 percent of new... More >>

  • News Real

    published January 13, 1999

    GET YER POPE HERE: You'd be hard-pressed to find a snow globe with a pope inside, but a recent inventory of religious-supply stores revealed the... More >>

  • News Real

    published January 6, 1999

    HEART AND SOUL: If you hang out in the Delmar Loop for any period of time, you've no doubt met Jim Igoe -- the grandfatherly guardian of the... More >>

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