Two Kansas City school teachers accused of strip-searching 23 third-graders have been fired. The notices from the school district have been hand-delivered to the two teachers, who had been suspended with pay since reports of the incidents.
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Two senior administrators at the Kansas City Veterans Hospital have been relieved of their duties in the wake of reports that sanitation at the hospital was terrible a few years ago. The Secretary of Veterans Affairs has ordered two independent reviews of hospital conditions. A medical journal has reported unsanitary conditions existed in thehospital four years ago. A statement from the VA says the officials have been removed because problems have not been corrected. Hospital officials say the problems have been corrected.
A former priest who became a public school counselor has been charged with exposing himself to students. The prosecutor says more charges are likely against James Beine, who resigned his position last week. Beine was removed from the Catholic priesthood in 1977 after allegations of sexual abuse. The St. Louis Archdiocese settled two sexual abuse lawsuits involving him for $110,000. The St. Louis School system has not explained how Beine got a job as a public school counselor.
Fifty allegations of child abuse by priests and former priests are being investigated by the prosecutor in St. Louis. Prosecutor Jennifer Joyce says the allegations have been made since she made a public appeal for victims to notify her office. Other prosecutors in the St.Louis area say they also are checking allegations, or to see if there are any.
Research at Saint Louis University has resulted in welcome news for those concerned about a possible bio-terrorist smallpox attack. The University’s Doctor Sharon Frey co-chaired the study, which tested 680 young adults to determine whether existing supplies of the smallpox vaccinecould be diluted and still be effective. The research indicates doses can be diluted up to ten times and stillallow a person to fight off the disease.
Two bad games was enough to get pitcher Bud Smith shipped off the Cardinals’ roster to Memphis. Smith has been sent down, losing his spot in the starting rotation. Manager Tony Larussa says veteran Andy Benes, who pitched well this spring but hasn’t had a good regular season in years, will take a spot in the rotation. The move means Darryl Kile will start the season with the Cardinals, despite offseason surgery that limited his work this spring. He and Benes will both pitch in the Cardinals’ final exhibition game against Memphis.
Missouri Athletic Director Mike Alden says he has no reason to believe rumors that basketball coach Quin Snyder is headed to Washington. Alden says he’s confident Snyder will return for another season, and hasn’t heard anything from Snyder to indicate Snyder is leaving. Washington recently received permission to talk to Snyder about its job opening. The Huskies are also considering St. Louis coach Lorenzo Romar, who played for Washington.
The Kansas City Chiefs reportedly are about to sign a deal with free agent wide receiver Johnnie Morton. Morton has spent eight years with the Detroit Lions, and racked up 1,154 yards receiving last season. The Lions inadvertantly released Morton because of a front-office mix-up, freeing him to look for another team. Morton tells the Kansas City Star “everything is perfect” in Kansas City, and the team feels like “family.” If he comes to the Chiefs, he’ll give the team a playmaker at the wideout spot, to go along with All-Pro tight end Tony Gonzalez.
St.Louis is losing its most prominent advertising agency – D’Arcy, Masius, Benton and Bowles, after 96 years. The company’s main office is in New York. A spokesman says significant businesses losses are forcing the change. This is the company that gave us bhe Budweiser Frogs, the famous Coca Cola Santa Claus, the chuckwagon that was a symbol of Purina dog food, and such slogans as “This Bud’s for You,” “For the seafood lover in you,” and”The pause that refreshes.” In recent years the firm has lost the Coke business, and took a big hit when TWA was absorbed by American Airlines.
Congressman Roy Blunt thinks the federal welfare-to-work law is working well, getting people off the welfare rolls and into paying jobs. But some people who’ve made the move say the program isn’t working as well as itcould. Blunt has met with some of them in Springfield and has heard them say the program has not solved their problems with getting health insurance, with finding affordable child care so they can work, and for helpingthem with reliable transportation so they can get to work. Blunt says the program needs to be improved, “around the edges,” as he puts it.