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    News Real

    MAPLE-LEAF MOO: Unlike the U.S., Health Canada listens to its animal-health experts. The Jan. 14 Toronto Globe & Mail said regulators decided not to approve Monsanto's genetically engineered bovine growth hormone after a veterinary panel reported inc...

    by Randall Roberts on January 20, 1999
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    Milky Way - Breast-feeding is better for babies, better for mothers, better for society -- so why is the practice shrouded in shame?

    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 mothers nursed their babies and people in polite society wouldn't say the word "breast-feeding" out loud. ...

    by Melinda Roth on January 20, 1999
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    He Had a Dream

    Monday was a holiday for many, and for some it was more than just a day when the mail wasn't delivered and the banks were closed. Martin Luther King Day was an occasion for about 2,900 people to gather at the Old Court House and remember why the Rev....

    on January 20, 1999
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    A Real-Estate History Lesson

    This is the top city development official explaining why the city is so excited about its plan to raze the historic St. Louis Arena and renew its 26-acre site with a state-of-the-art commercial project: "This proposal clearly offers greater bene...

    by Ray Hartmann on January 20, 1999
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    Letters to the Editor

    BIRD'S-EYE VIEW To the Editor: I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful article on Avitrol ("Pigeons Dropping," RFT, Jan. 13). Newspapers rarely bother to publish such thorough and well-written stories, especially when the victims are "on...

    on January 20, 1999
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    Devil's Advocate

    Fifteen years seems like a long time to spend in hell, but I suppose the afterlife spins on Einstein's relativity theory, too. The premise of Brimstone, the new series on Fox (Channel 2) at 7 p.m. Fridays, is that Ezekiel Stone has been let out of he...

    by Steve Pick on January 20, 1999
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    News of the Weird

    * In November, Wichita, Kan., police removed four children from their parents' animal-feces-littered mobile home. When police arrived, they noticed many Star Trek posters and magazines lying around and also that the parents and kids were speaking flu...

    by Chuck Shepherd on January 20, 1999
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    Pigeons Droppings - Pigeons navigate better than any pilot, they're more sociable than any debutante, they've adapted to the urban landscape better than any human. But they poop. So we're poisoning them.

    "onetwothreefourfive pigeons justlikethat" -- e.e. cummings On Sunday, Nov. 15, Paula Goldman was enjoying a family brunch at Patrick's at West Port, idly watching her nieces and nephews play around the plaza fountain. Through the big glass win...

    by Jeannette Batz on January 13, 1999
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    Guitar Town - Using raw wood, delicate precision and an artist's eye, St. Louis luthiers conjure gorgeous handmade guitars

    I'm an instrument builder," John Higgins, guitarist for the Flying Mules, tells me. "And I've been playing guitar for 35 years. I'm 43. Having a guitar in your hand for 35 years means you should have some degree of intimacy with the instrument, shoul...

    by Roy Kasten on January 13, 1999
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    The Privileged Class - As a Feb. 2 reckoning approaches for city voters and schools, an escape clause surfaces for Ladue

    The Ladue School District was afforded an option not granted the other 15 participating suburban school districts in the area's school-desegregation settlement reached last week, but Charles McKenna, superintendent of the Ladue School District, decli...

    by D.J. Wilson on January 13, 1999
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    The Final Bell - The passing of wrestling promoter Sam Muchnick rekindles interest in the wrestling days of yore

    Though there are plenty of small-circulation magazines dedicated to the old days of professional wrestling, it's the modern version of the sport that's brought big dollars into play, with the stars of the game edging into mainstream status. All ...

    by Thomas Crone on January 13, 1999
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    News Real

    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 following commemorative knickknacks and casual wear celebrating Pope John Paul II's visit to St. Louis: s...

    by D.J. Wilson on January 13, 1999
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    Letters to the Editor

    BUCK FEVER To the Editor: I am writing with regard to Richard Byrne's article "Dan Deal" (RFT, Dec. 16). I thought it was a good article. I also think that Dan Dierdorf will have a positive impact on content and ratings for the KTRS morning s...

    on January 13, 1999
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    Legislative Lockdown

    While I was living in California in the '80s, they built one of those supermax penitentiaries outside Crescent City, near the Oregon border. Some wanted to call it the Prison in the Redwoods, until officials realized the name itself would be a cruel ...

    by Jake McCarthy on January 13, 1999
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    Degree of Freedom

    Among the 540 University of Missouri-St. Louis students receiving diplomas at commencement last Sunday, Jim Wieczorek wasn't hard to spot. He was the only one in a wheelchair. Wieczorek, 41, graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in...

    by Wm. Stage on January 13, 1999
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    The Reinvention of John Ashcroft

    John Ashcroft has gotten religion. Home from a wondrous presidential-campaign odyssey, Missouri's junior senator is a changed man, kinder and gentler, if you will. Gone is the fire-and-brimstone rage against those who would snuff the lives of the...

    by Ray Hartmann on January 13, 1999
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    Temporary Sanity - How to whet your career appetite -- and an employer's -- by working as a temp

    Temporary help. If the term brings to mind bush-league pinch hitters and two-bit saxophone players, it's time to adjust your attitude. Think of the temporary workers who made a lasting difference in your life: the babysitter who taught you to jitterb...

    by Thomas R. Raber on January 13, 1999
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    News of the Weird

    * In December, a deer hunter on upscale Nantucket Island, Mass., stumbled across the hatch that leads to the 8-by-8-by-7-foot-deep underground squatter's apartment of Thomas Johnson, 38, which he said he built 10 years ago when he was on the lam from...

    by Chuck Shepherd on January 13, 1999
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    The Great Communicators

    The top 10 personal characteristics employers seek in job candidates 1. Communication skills 2. Work experience 3. Motivation/initiative 4. Teamwork skills 5. Leadership abilities 6. GPA/academic credentials 7. Technical ski...

    by Michael Kunz on January 6, 1999
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    Computing Salaries

    Projected starting-salary offers for bachelor's-degree candidates (nonexhaustive list) Major: Chemical engineering Average Salary Offer: 44,638 Percent Change Since Last Year: 4.3 Major: Computer engineering Average Salary Offer: 43,4...

    by Michael Kunz on January 6, 1999
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