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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - January 10, 1999, Alton, Illinois Coupons and special offers inside most editions Sports MFI Playoffs Atlanta and Denver advance to champii roura Page B»1 npionship ICB Going to work Group places value on the CHALLENGE un Ult UNLIMITED, INC many abilities of peqple they help Page IM WmkRLSaDEALS Whats new? Future of cars unveiled at North American International Auto Show Page C-l Tho outlook Things will warm up a bit under partly sunny skies. High 32; low ll Page IMO iii Momirig Area/Illinois____A-3-12 Bulletin Board A-9 Classifieds........C-3 Editorial..........A-4 Horoscope........C-2 Nation/world .....B-10 Obituaries........A-6 Abed, Boucherie, Freeman, Johnson, Kotva, McNear, Meyer, Noble, Shaw Scoreboard.......B-2 Stocks ........-D-2 www.tfieteleoratih.com Vol. 163, No. 360 Serving the River Bend Since 1836 January IO, 1999 $1.50 RRR Winter straining road crews The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Subzero temperatures may be making life difficult for city road workers, but some hearty souls braved Saturday s below freezing weather and frigid wind chills to join the crowd enjoying the sledding at Alton’s Haskell Park on Henry Street. Deep freeze complicates cleanup By PAUL BRINKMANN Telegraph staff writer *. ALTON — Following the % worst week of winter weather in years, street departments are ordering more salt and watching skies for signs of more snow. “We’ve had IO trucks out every day since the start of this weather Friday morning,” said Bob Jones, Alton operations supervisor. “About the time we get caught up, we get hit with more.” Road crews in Alton, Wood River and Godfrey reported spending long hours of overtime to clear streets last weekend. Since then, periodic light snow and sleet combined with temperatures around zero at night have complicated the cleanup effort. “The long duration of this cleanup is unusual because of the sub-freezing temperatures, ■ See WINTER, Page A-11 Outrage leads to sex offender notification law EDITOR 'S NOTE: This is the first of a three-part series about the required registration of convicted sex offenders. By REBECCA HOPKINS Telegraph staff writer In 1998, the highly publicized case of former Wood River City Councilman Anthony Stassi brought into the open the crime of sexual assault. Stassi was arrested and eventually entered an Alford plea to a Charge of criminal sexual assault. His prominence in the community no doubt led to the notoriety of the case, but there are many more cases that never receive the kind of attention this one did. Some victims of these crimes never fully recover. As a result of the serious nature of the crimes, federal laws now require convicted sex offenders to register with local police. States have until October to comply with the last of three statutes established by Congress requiring them to strengthen the procedures they use to keep track of sex offenders. Americans have become increasingly angry in recent years in response to a series of violent and highly publicized sexual assaults — primarily against children — committed by individuals with histories of extensive sexual offenses The outrage has been intensified by the perception that the systems traditionally used by justice agencies to monitor law breakers returned to the community do not ■ See OUTRAGE. Page A-11 Registered Sex Offenders Statewide total 11,172 as of Nov 6, 1998 Counties within The Telegraph's coverage area Madison .........350 Macoupin.........46 Jersey............18 Greene ...........16 Calhoun ...........3 As trial begins, it’s business as usual in House By DARRYL HOWLETT Telegraph staff writer As the impeachment trial moves forward in the Senate, area congressmen are continuing their work in the House. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, and Rep Jerry Costello, D-Belleville, say the House is planning “business as usual.” “I expect the House of Representatives to move forward with our agenda while the impeachment trial is taking place in the Senate,” Costello said. “We want to have a budget resolution by April 15 and move other legislation forward to the floor and full House. We will get our work done in a timely matter.” A problem could occur, though, if the Senate decides to call witnesses and gets bogged down. Costello said it’s too early to determine if witnesses will be called in the Senate trial. “We’ll probably know more sometime next week If I could give my advice to the Senate I would suggest hearing the opening statements, then determine whether the two articles of impeachment are impeachable offenses I do not believe they are I believe he should be censured.” “If witnesses are called, expect the trial to carry on for several weeks to several months. If they do not call any witnesses, expect the matter to go three to four weeks," Costello said. The House will go back to work Jan. 19. “We will be working,” Shimkus said “Nothing is going to put that on hold ... My subcomrnit- ■ See HOUSE, Page A-11 Education landscape changing across country By Nataiie Missakian Journal Register News Service Unqualified teachers, crumbling classrooms, schoolyard violence and graduates lacking basic skills — real or perceived, these are the images many conjure up when they think about the nation’s public schools. Dissatisfaction with the country’s education system has been brewing for years, coming to a head with each new report of third-graders tt families today are just not happy with the way districts JC are teaching their kids.” Claudia Joye a parent who opted out of traditional public schooling who can’t read, prospective teachers who fail basic entrance exams, high school students who can’t find Detroit on a map. The result has been an insti tution that no longer instills confidence in many parents and taxpayers, even at a time when more state and federal money is being promised for the nation’s classrooms. “Families toduy are just not happy with the way districts are teaching their kids," said Claudia Joye, one of a growing number of parents choosing to opt out of traditional public schooling The suburban Philadelphia mother home schooled her three children, now ages 18,16 and 14. In a series of stories running this week, we explore the changing landscape of the nation’s education system — from math and science curriculum reforms in suburban Ohio to recent experiments with school privatization in Hartford and Baltimore and the growing number of fami ■ See EDUCATION Page A-8 PRICED Q r IDOM
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