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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - April 15, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Sunset Serenade ICCC baseball Godfrey I Altons Fox photographers j comes work on display I home to m atEpcot j play s PageCl PageB4 A Vol 164 No 90 50 cents The outlook Goudywith rain likely High 53 low 38 PageBfi Thursday April Body Treasures To owners tattooing is true art form Page 05 Treated and released The BADMAN Rescue workers from the Alton Fire Department pull Lynn Shiang 48 of St Louis from her car Wednesday on the Berm Highway near the Broadway Connector Shiangs car was in a collision with a pickup truck driven by Eric Wiwczaroski 21 of the 1400 block of Eberhardt Avenue in Edwardsville Shiang was treat ed at Alton Memorial Hospital and released Wiwczaroski was uninjured Comptroller quits post Resignation comes as surprise to mayor city aldermen By LINDA N WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON In a surprise move Wednesday city Comptroller Al Charleston submitted his resignation to Mayor Don Sandidge Aldermen then unanimously approved Charlestons resignation with regret at the City Council meeting Wednesday night The resignation is effective April 28 I hate to lose him hes done an excellent Sandidge said after the meeting I tried to talk him out of it he will be difficult to A local search for Charlestons replacement will begin immediately the mayor said Sandidge and Charleston both said the comptroller was not asked to resign Im 63 years old its time to do something Charleston said Its been an exciting time for me Ive been in politics since 1975 and I would like to spend my time with my family This was totally my decision we had no dis agreement over thank the mayor for the opportunity to do Charleston said he has no further employment plans weeks Charleston disagreed with some aldermen and city treasurer Dan Beiser over use of gambling money for construction of a new police station Charleston favors paying cash for the station on a reduced scale from the projected million Others want to put excess gambling money in reserve and issue bonds in case Alton Belles head tax is cut off At that time Charleston said the disagreement was philosophical and nothing serious Alderman Tom Hoechst 1st Ward said he regrets Charlestons resigna tion Were going to miss him no doubt about Hoechst said Sandidge appointed Charleston to the comptrollers post when he was elected mayor in 1997 Besides his stint as a city employee Charleston has served 16 years as an alderman He was elected alderman of the 4th Ward in 1971 becoming the sec ond black alderman in the city He lost a reelection bid in 1973 but was elected again in 1975 He served as alderman until 1989 that same year he See COMPTROLLER Page A11 Alton in bloom Colors bursting forth along streets By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer ALTON Hundreds of trees are unveiling their red pink and purple blossoms in the annual spring show of colors along the streets of Alton The trees are blossoming in a spectacular display of spring said Tom Weathers executive director of the Alton Park and Recreation Department Floribunda crab apple trees are bursting open in a display of bright pink blossoms at the State House Circle at College and Central avenues The floribunda crab apples put on a pretty show of colors in the Weathers said More than flowering trees of 56 varieties are show ing their spring blossoms The spectacle of flowering trees started in 1960 with a few hun dred trees and has blossomed in 1999 to thousands The flowering trees were born from an idea by the late Dr Gordon F Moore who was chairman of the Alton Park and Recreation Commissions Weathers said The tree pro gram sprouted when Moore teamed up with Pride Alton Community Service League and East End Improvement Association to plant trees Dr Moore loved trees and flowers and envisioned Alton as a showcase of beautiful blossoming Weathers said In the 1960s Moore horticul turist Paul Owens of Alton and Robert E Goetz and Associates a landscape archi tect designed a plan for flow ering trees along the streets Weathers said Dr Moore wanted different kinds of trees planted on dif ferent he said Moore loved the giant double blooms of Kwansan cherry See BLOOM Page A11 The M BARNES Paul Scharth of Alton walks his neighbors dogs Henry and Fergi down Langdon Street in Alton among the blooming red bud trees Ailing teen takes risk to test new chemotherapy By BETHANY BEHRHORST Telegraph staff writer Lying down on her mothers and stepfathers waterbed Chrissy Brumley closed her eyes gently as heightened ten sion filled the room The increasing pain made it hard for her to think about living about dying about anything Just a few more minutes and the MS Contin a timereleased morphine elixir would kick in and she would be off to sleep Everything would be peaceful again Terri Smith Chrissy Brumleys mother sat next to her daughter stroking her hair whispering that the pain would pass At least she was nt screaming in pain Smith The BADMAN Chrissy Brumley Has rare cancer hated seeing her daughter cry in pain She was handling it like a trooper as always Chrissys clear bright eyes met her mothers and she See TEEN Page A11 Sex Week teaches students a few new lessons By SANFORD J SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Students appeared none the worse for wear Wednesday after the first two days of Sex Week 1999 at of the young people said they learned something from the activities of Sex Week put on by University Housing and the Madison County AIDS Program The Sex Week program attracts attention with a healthy dose of humor but there are serious aspects AIDS is a devastating dis said Eric Fetcher a volunteer with the AIDS pro gram which set up a display at the Morris University Center as part of Sex Week He offered that observation after his colleague Madeleine Myers offered a piece of candy a condom to passersby Students said they heard some things they already knew but also learned some new things Jaycie Carlson a freshman from Pontiac said she learned there are a lot more gay stu dents than most people realize She said she realized that from a Sex Squares quiz pro gram held the night before My boyfriend was one of the contestants and they asked about gays in the form of a multiplechoice Carlson said About one in 10 college stu dents are gay instead of one in 20 the answer her boyfriend gave she said I heard a lot that I knew I See SEX Page A11 GoodMorning A310 Bulletin Board A6 ClassifiedsC9 Editorial HoroscopeA8 A12 Afflack Ash Grammer Hayes Heitzman Johnson Osborne Richnak Schlemer ScoreboardB2 THURSDAY APR 15 WEEKEND BANDS We JULES BLATTNER CRUZN   

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