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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - January 12, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Vol. 163 No. 362 50 cents Special report New schools have charter sp for the j § Education*** ftiturel Page IM Hoops action Jerseyville girls top Qvic s Memorial, 58-39 The outlook Cloudy and wanner; high around 40, low around 20 Page IM) Tuesday January 12, 1999 Now governor Ryan takes helm of leadership for Illinois Page IM Steelworkers blast Clinton By PAUL BRINKMANN Telegraph staff writer ALTON — Dan Wiemers of Moro was one of many steelworkers who criticized the Clinton administration on Monday afternoon during a union rally at Laclede Steel Co.’s local plant. “I am not happy with what’s been done for the industry,” said Wiemers, 47, a machinist for 26 years. “I think Clinton oughta do more than retrain unemployed steelworkers. That sounds to me like they iust wrote off the steel industry.” The national “Stand up for Steel” Coalition sponsored the rally with the support of union and management officials at the plant. The coalition is calling for curbs on foreign steel imports. A report issued Friday by the Clinton administration outlined its agenda to help steel companies. Steelworkers and company officials alike said Clinton’s agenda is not enough to help Laclede, which filed for Chapter ll bankruptcy Nov. 30. “Laclede Steel sitting out here in the middle of America ■ See STEELWORKERS Page A-7 The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Steelworker Warren Eddleman of Medora signs his name in support of steelworkers on his way into work at Laclede Steel on Monday. Robert Wadlow’s burial plot in Upper Alton Cemetery appeared on an Internet home page dedicated to dead porn stars. Porn site featured Gentle Giant’s grave By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - An Internet pornography site has stirred a Gentle Giant controversy by making prominent use of a photo of Robert Wadlow’s grave. Outcry over 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 connection. The Web page is sponsored by Excaliber Entertainment Inc. of The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN An Alton firefighter peers through the smoke from the third-story window of a house at 603 State St. on Monday during a fire at the residence. Fire damages top floor of residence ttT’m kind of Upper Alton Cemetery 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 time,” Assistant Chief Stephen Mikoff said. “The third floor was a finished 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 roof." 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 fine,” Mikoff said. “I didn’t see any cats, but I’m sure they’re safe.” 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 disappointed,” 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 IO years old.” DiPaolo said an electric blanket might have started the fire. “It’s cold up there, not a lot of heat yet,’ he said. “Two weeks ago we bought an electric blanket. Maybe it had a short in it, who knows.” DiPaolo said he lost another home to fire in Willows Springs, Mo., 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. the computer imagery may already have B . , , caused the I aghast. This IS pun’the'photo lawsuit material.” from the web page, called Fred Haney “Dead Porn Stars.” Until - Monday, the site had been featuring a large cemetery scene as an introductory graphic. Clearly shown in the photograph are the graves of Wadlow, his parents and about four others from Upper Alton Cemetery on Oakwood Avenue. “I’m kind of aghast. This is lawsuit material,” cemetery board President Fred Haney of Alton said Friday when The Telegraph began asking questions about the site. The photo was removed from the web page on Monday after newspaper inquiries, and Fullerton, Calif. The company owns and operates E x c a I 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. E mail questions from the Telegraph yielded only partial answers on Monday. *A company spokesperson said that a staff member from Barrington, 111, photographed the cemetery as part of a personal interest. “Of* course, we are not insinuating that all pom stars are being buried in frigid ■ See PORN Page A-7 Second site for police station rejected Good Morning 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 can’t support this,” said Alderman Charles Brake, 5th Ward. “I think ifs premature.” 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. “Let’s cross that bridge if we come to it,” Fleming said. Alderman Tom Hoechst, 1st Ward, had suggested naming the Downtown site as an alternative 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 doesn’t get built at Broadway and Washington, then what?” Hoechst said. “Do we go through all this again?" Hoechst and Alderman Phil ■ See POLICE, Page A-7 Area/Illinois .. 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