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    Felonies and Misdemeanors

    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 required to issue permits to carry concealed firearms to citizens who apply if various statutory requiremen...

    by Melinda Roth on March 31, 1999
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    R. Roger Pryor (1945-1999)

    R. Roger Pryor cared about Missouri and its people. With his death on March 23, the state lost one of its greatest champions. As the senior environmental-policy director for the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, Pryor never failed to speak...

    on March 31, 1999
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    Short Cut

    NO ROOM FOR OUR WORLD: After 12 years of serving as a center for the gay and lesbian community, Our World Too, the book and gift shop, closes its doors this month. Owner Bill Cordes announced the grand-closing sale in a letter to friends of the store...

    by D.J. Wilson on March 31, 1999
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    Hit Parade

    I watch The Jerry Springer Show every night. There's always a lot of hollering and fighting, but nobody ever gets hurt. I want to see somebody get hurt sometime. -- "Town Talk," Southwest City Journal, March 24. FORMAT OF THE WEEK: A wide-rang...

    by Thomas Crone on March 31, 1999
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    News of the Weird

    * The Times of London reported in March that a convicted rapist in his 30s has been recommended for British-government-provided Viagra to treat a depression he has been suffering since his release from prison a year ago. Doctors at St. George's hospi...

    by Chuck Shepherd on March 31, 1999
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    Letters to the Editor

    FOUL CALL To the Editor: As a graduate of CBC and a supporter of the basketball program, I enjoyed your feature on the CBC team ("Nothin' but Net," RFT, March 24). The one item I would like to discuss, however, is the recruiting issue. Going ba...

    on March 31, 1999
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    Trauma Central - Even with broken wings, the Cardinals can still fly in their weak and injury-plagued division

    So just who, exactly, decided that St. Louis baseball fans needed a few painful object lessons, anyway? Did we really need to know that having a lot of injured ballplayers really hurts your chances of winning your division? Did we really need to know...

    by Brock J. Hanke on March 31, 1999
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    But What About Knives? - Proposition B quirk shows that it's for guns, not safety

    If Proposition B passes next Tuesday, you could still get arrested as a felon for attempting to protect yourself by carrying a concealed "knife, blackjack or any other weapon readily capable of lethal use." Other than a gun, of course. That'...

    by Ray Hartmann on March 31, 1999
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    Control Issues

    So you've made the decision to purchase a handgun. You've even got a nice piece in mind, a Smith & Wesson six-shot revolver with a blued-steel barrel. The law says you can't just fork over the dough, take the gun and walk. You have to jump through se...

    by Wm. Stage on March 24, 1999
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    Nothin' But Net - An obsession with basketball takes CBC seniors Ryan Johnson and D.J. Hogue through a successful -- but heartbreaking -- season

    With four seconds left on the clock, CBC point guard Ryan Johnson took an inbounds pass and headed, with a purposeful aggression, into an attacking full-court sprint. Unable to shed Vashon defender Joel Shelton -- ironically enough, the cousin of his...

    by Thomas Crone on March 24, 1999
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    The Shootists - The city of St. Louis' only public gun range draws firearms enthusiasts, the self-defense-minded and those for whom being a good shot is just part of a day's work

    Ten tons of lead. That's what John Sperber thinks is in that back wall right now, a major heap of spent .45s, 9 mm's, 10 mm's, .357s, .380s, .22s, .32s, .38s, your .44 Magnums -- the Goliath of shells -- along with every other race and creed of bulle...

    by Wm. Stage on March 24, 1999
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    Youth Movement

    Though DeSmet coach Bob Steiner suggests that CBC coach Bob McCormack wouldn't have been happy with the prediction of a 20-9 season in October, the third-year CBC coach insists that his team, in fact, overachieved. Over the course of the year, CBC we...

    by Thomas Crone on March 24, 1999
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    Hit Parade

    "Never have I felt closer to God than now." -- Journals columnist Catherine Galasso, feeling the divine presence NO-PARKING ZONE: When a staff member at St. Louis University cites the campus as being the nicest retirement community he's seen, he's ...

    by Thomas Crone on March 24, 1999
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    Short Cuts

    FINE FOR PARKING: In the last two years, there were 891,408 times drivers in St. Louis found something on their windshields more repulsive than pigeon droppings -- a parking ticket. About two-thirds of those tickets were paid, but 32 percent of them ...

    by D.J. Wilson on March 24, 1999
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    Letters to the Editor

    DEATH WISH To the Editor: The story "Sudden Death" by Jeannette Batz (RFT, March 17) was interesting, and I sympathize with the family of James Markham, but what is he going to gain now that he is dead? Or, what is it the family wants? Money? A...

    on March 24, 1999
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    Burning the Constitution, Again

    You're never going to believe what's back as a scorching political issue in the U.S. of A. It's flag-burning. Yes, my fellow Americans, we are again about to be torn asunder by the chilling spectacle of politicians locked in mortal combat to...

    by Ray Hartmann on March 24, 1999
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    News of the Weird

    * In February, on the basis of a prosecutor's complaint that a boy, Ayman Khadari, had roughed up a 2-year-old neighbor girl, a judge in Alexandria, Egypt, declared the boy (who was not in court) guilty of assault. The judge sentenced the boy to six ...

    by Chuck Shepherd on March 24, 1999
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    Reclamation Project - Youth Build works to rebuild lives as it rebuilds the city

    Youth Build executive director Bob Brandhorst sits in the Youth, Education and Health in Soulard (YEHS) lunchroom. It's not the most attractive setting, rows of long tables in a room with no windows, the walls covered with dreary wood paneling. But i...

    by Eddie Silva on March 17, 1999
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    Solo Plight

    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 out with a different answer. Meanwhile, back in Building 51, another vet was just hearing bad news: His...

    by Jeannette Batz on March 17, 1999
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    Sudden Death - The family of the gravely ill James Markham expected the hospital to take every available step to keep the 74-year-old alive. When the end came, however, the Markhams were denied not only the decision to stop lifesaving measures but even the chance to say

    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 from her 9-year-old niece: "Susie, the nursing home called you," the child blurted, gulping tears. "They...

    by Jeannette Batz on March 17, 1999
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