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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - January 12, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Vol 163 No 362 50 cents Special report New schools have charter Tgrounoup Hoops action Jerseyyille girls topGvic Memorial The outlook Goudyand warmer high around 40 low around 20 PagelM Tuesday January 12 1999 New governor Ryan takes helm of leadership for Illinois Page Bl Steelworkers blast Clinton By PAUL BRINKMANN Telegraph staff writer ALTON Dan Wiemers of Moro was one of many steel workers who criticized the Clinton administration on Monday afternoon during a union rally at Laclede Steel local plant I am not happy with whats been done for the said Wiemers 47 a machinist for 26 years I think Clinton oughta do more than retrain unemployed Steelworkers That sounds to me like they just wrote off the steel indus The national Stand up for Steel Coalition sponsored the rally with the support of union and management officials at the plant The coalition is call ing for curbs on foreign steel imports A report issued Friday by the Clinton administration out lined its agenda to help steel companies Steelworkers and company officials alike said Clintons agenda is not enough to help Laclede which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Nov 30 Laclede Steel sitting out here in the middle of America See STEELWORKERS Page A7 The BADMAN Steelworker Warren Eddleman of Medora signs his name in support of Steelworkers on his way into work at Laclede Steel on Monday An Alton firefighter peers through the smoke from the thirdstory window of a house at 603 State St on afireaHhe residence Fire damages top floor of residence By DARRYL HOWLETT Telegraph staff writer ALTON Investigators with the Alton Fire Department are searching for answers as to what started an afternoon fire Monday The fire started in the third floor of a house located in the 600 block of State Street The cause of the fire is undetermined at this Assistant Chief Stephen Mikoff said The third floor was a fin ished attic used as a bedroom It suffered extreme damage to the upper floor bed room and furniture The ceiling was burnt the damage did not go to the No one was at home at the time of the fire However neighbors were concerned about three pets in the house The dog was downstairs and was Mikoff said I didnt see any cats but Im sure theyre Firefighters had the fire under control in two minutes according to Mikoff The owner of the home Mike DiPaolo said he his wife and two children have lived in the home for 18 years My son is going to be DiPaolo said I fixed up the attic as a bedroom for his 14th birthday He had been talking about getting his own room since he was 10 years DiPaolo said an electric blanket might have started the fire Its cold up there not a lot of heat he said Two weeks ago we bought an electric blanket Maybe it had a short in it who DiPaolo said he lost another home to fire in Willows Springs more than 20 years ago The family is still able to live in the home on State Street since only the top floor was damaged Robert Wadlows burial plot in Upper Alton Cemetery appeared on an Internet home page dedicated to dead porn stars Porn site featured Gentle Giants grave By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE An Internet pornography site has stirred a Gentle Giant contro versy by making prominent use of a photo of Robert Wadlows grave Outcry over the computer imagery may already have caused the aTmkindof f f 1 aghast This is proprietors to 9 puii the photo lawsuit from the web page called Dead Porn Until Monday the site had been featuring a large cemetery scene as an intro ductory graphic Clearly shown in the photograph are the graves of Wadlow his par ents and about four others from Upper Alton Cemetery on Oakwood Avenue Im kind of aghast This is lawsuit cemetery board President Fred Haney of Alton said Friday when The Telegraph began asking ques tions about the site The photo was removed from the web page on Monday after newspaper inquiries and it was not clear if the move was permanent No written mention of Wadlow was made on the page but anyone famil iar with the grave scene would easily recognize the Alton con nection The Web page is sponsored by Excaliber Entertainment Inc of Fu 11 erton Calif The com pany owns and operates E x c a 1 i b u r Films billed as the largest adult video mail order business in the world Telephone inquiries about the Web site were referred to a company official who was not available Friday and Monday Email questions from the Telegraph yielded only partial answers on Monday A company spokesperson said that a staff member from Harrington photographed the cemetery as part of a per sonal interest course we are not insinuating that all porn stars are being buried in frigid fc See PORN Page A7 Fred Haney Upper Alton Cemetery Second site for police station rejected By PAUL BRINKMANN Telegraph staff writer ALTON A proposal to name a Downtown site as a second choice for the planned police station was shot down by the City Council on Monday in a committee meeting I cant support said Alderman Charles Brake 5th Ward I think its Brake was one of four alder men who urged that the city concentrate on building a new police station at Broadway and Washington Avenue a site already chosen in a previous vote Brake said he might have supported naming a second site but he feared that such a resolution may require the city to abandon the Broadway and Washington site if problems are encountered there Brake was joined by Aldermen Everett L Loy 7th Ward Gary L Fleming 6th Ward and Fred Young 4th Ward in voting against the Downtown site Lets cross that bridge if we come to Fleming said Alderman Tom Hoechst 1st Ward had suggested naming the Downtown site as an alter native to the Broadway and Washington site He said he simply wanted to speed the process along in case the Broadway site is ruled out at some point The city spent two years choosing a site for the police station If it doesnt get built at Broadway and Washington then what Hoechst said Do we go through all this again Hoechst and Alderman Phil See POLICE Page A7 Good Morning A3 C6 Bulletin Arnold Clothier Dittrich Freeman Gray Kenney Morgan Ratz Rowe Spiess Special Report Television TRUCKLOAD CARPET SALE RITAILWHOLISALI AND COMMIRCIAL CARPETING OViR 700 ROLLS IN STOCK PRICiS STARTINO AT JUST DISCOUNT CARPET   

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