“A country awash in fraud.” That’s the statement made by the regional director of the Federal Trade Commission appearing with Senator Ashcroft at a speaking engagement with senior citizens in Columbia. Ashcroft says bilking the elderly has become all too common. He especially decries the use of a scam called recovery rooms. The meeting re-emphasizes an old precaution: if it appears too good to be true it almost certainly is.
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Missouri’s first ethanol plant will officially open today. A grand opening attracting all the major politicians in the state will be held near Macon as the Northeast Missouri Grain Processors officially begin production. Northeast Missouri Grain president John Eggleston says this plant will have the latest technology. Ethanol is seen as a way to help Missouri corn farmers find a new way of making money. The ethanol will be blended with gasoline and sold as a cleaner, better-burning fuel. Another plant has broken ground in northwest Missouri.
The NBA’s first round playoff schedule is silly. The league is stretching out the first round, which is a best of five series, to two weeks. Teams are getting three or four days off between games that take place in the same city! This is not just unusal, it’s unheard of. And it could have an effect on the outcomes. NBA teams are used to playing regularly, with a game every other day, and some times on back-to-back days. You would think the extra time off would help an older team, like Indiana, but after a long layoff following their game one win, the Pacers looked stale and got slapped by Milwaukee in game two. Game three is scheduled for some time near Memorial Day. The playoffs are supposed to be a grind, not a respite. I’ll give credit to commissioner David Stern for one thing, though: He’s telling it like it is. Stern has said flat out, they’ve stretched the first round so they could get every game on national TV and make more money! Attaboy, Dave. I guess it could be worse. Take the Blues. Their next playoff game isn’t for another year.
One bad pitch did him in. Cardinal pitcher Pat Hentgen carried a shutout into the sixth inning, but with the game tied at one, he hung a curve ball to Ron Belliard. Belliard belted it for a three run homer, and the Brewers went on to win 8-4. Milwaukee’s Jimmy Haynes gave the Cardinals just two runs in seven innings. Eric Davis and Mark McGwire homered, giving the Rebirds a new team record 18 consecutive games with a home run. The Cardinals went 6-3 on their homestand, and travel to Philadelphia for a three game series. Garrett Stephenson will start tonight against Robert Person. Phillie ace Curt Schilling is expected to make his season debut against the Cardinals on Sunday.
Can the Royals keep winning at home with last-inning magic? They would certainly settle for any old win, as they try to extend their home winning streak to seven tonight against Seattle. All six of those wins have been in their final at-bat. Tonight the Royals will depend on struggling Jay Witasick. He is 0-4 with a 9.33 ERA. Brett Tomko will start for the Mariners. He’ll have to deal with streaking Jermaine Dye. Dye has hit seven homers in his last seven games, and leads the major leagues with eleven.
Three Blues players are on their way out of St. Louis. In the wake of the team’s first-round elimination, management has informed forwards Bob Bassen and Stephane Richer and defenseman Dave Ellett that they will not be back in the fall. Bassen will turn 35 this summer, and says he will probably retire. Richer, who turns 34 in June, helped the Blues over the final two months of the regular season, but was scratched in the final four playoff games. He and Ellett say they will try to land jobs with other teams.
The St. Louis Rams open their first mini-camp under coach Mike Martz today. The Rams will have two practices today and two tomorrow, and wrap up with a workout Sunday morning. The Rams mini-camps won’t be as eventful as last year, when they were installing a new offense. Martz plans few changes to the system that won a Super Bowl.
Jesus has been returned to Fontbonne College in St. Louis County. Somebody stole the statue from the college’s nativity scene last Christmas. The statue of Mary also was taken. She was found a few days later, kneeling in the middle of a street. Jesus was found on the school’s lawn.
A governor’s summit on responsible fatherhood has opened in St. Louis, with Governor Carnahan describing the meeting as a search for stronger bonds between children and their fathers. Carnahan says groups need to work to helpl somefathers realize that acknowledgeing their paternity and assuming parental responsibility for their children is the right thing to do.
Some members of the Air National Guard Unit at Lambert-St. Louis airport head to Thailand Monday…part of an annual training exercise with Thai forces. About 35 members will make the trip. The unit is part of a bigger unit that specializes in combat plans, operations, intelligence and communications. Later this year, the unit’s fighter wing will go to Saudi Arabia and fly patrols over southern Iraq.