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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - April 21, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 IBBr im BBR TODAYS FOOD Jersey meet Special dishes provide the spice that i makes spring parties festive PageBl PageCl Vol 164 No 96 50 cents Wednesday April Building fensiifiess Showers and a flflRW Drcimrc few thunder i storms high Specializes near 76 low 58 in floral i masterpieces PagelW I PageD1 SRBWHSSSIHWBHBBWISRBJBHHF Killing rampage at school Area school officials shocked by attack By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer Local school administrators expressed shock and grief over Tuesdays killing spree at a suburban Denver high school Tuesday recognizing the unpredictable nature of such crimes Weve been very fortunate in not having anything like this happen in our district but no school is said Thomas Parker superinten dent of the East AltonWood River Community High School District Anytime you have a large number of students together it could Mike Beaber superintendent of the Alton School District said the killings that occurred a TVTo one really 11 knows why students like this react the way they Mike Beaber Alton schools superintendent some 870 miles away from Alton brought the issue of vio lence in schools to the fore front for administrators across the nation The situation that occurred See AREA Page A9 Associated Press Unidentified students hug Tuesday outside Columbine High School in Littleton after escaping from the shooting spree inside the school The BADMAN Workers assemble rollers Tuesday for the Italianmade kiln at the EnviroStone plant in the Wood River EnviroTECH Business Park on Illinois Route 143 Unions protest use of foreign workers By DARRYL HOWLETT Telegraph staff writer WOOD RIVER Some union leaders are upset with two companies for allowing foreign workers to complete jobs at the EnviroStone Products tile plant in the EnvirpTech Business Park During Mondays tour of the tile plant by members of the Wood River City Council union representatives addressed Terry Pinto presi dent of Environmentally Correct Projects which owns the EnviroStone site about the type of work foreign workers were under contract to complete There are a halfdozen for eign workers in there doing work American people can said Jack Tueth busi ness manager for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 649 of Alton This is an ongoing Tueth said the workers from Italy Russia and Czechoslovakia are under contract in supervisory posi tions during some installation inside the plant including the kilns that will convert glass into tile Randy Malone assistant business manager for IBEW Local 649 said the union is consulting the federal govern ment concerning the issue Right now were getting hold of someone from the fed eral government We had union electricians working there and a couple of Italian and Russian workers kept wanting to do the Malone said They werent supposed to do the work The union contractor was then booted off the property Now a nonunion firm is in However Malone said union officials were more concerned about the use of foreign work I See UNIONS Page A9 City wants to buy two Mexico area taverns By LINDA N WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON In coming months the city may buy two Mexico neighborhood proper ties that officials say are magnets for lawbreakers Assuming negotiations are successful and aldermen approve the sales the city may buy Franks Lounge 811 Highland and a former tavern at 1001 Highland That bar formerly called The Plantation then Charlies Lounge closed earlier this year A resolution authorizing the city to proceed with negotia tions with property owners Frank T Anderson Sr of Godfrey and James A and Esther Jackson will come before the aldermanic Committee of the Whole See TAVERNS Page A9 Two shooters 25 others believed dead in Colorado LITTLETON Colo AP Two students in black trench coats swept through their sub urban high school with guns and explosives in a horrifying suicide attack Tuesday that may have left 25 people dead Several students said the killers were gunning for minorities and athletes It was by far the bloodiest in a string of school shootings that have rocked commu nities over the past few years One of them opened his cape and had a shotgun Finally I started figuring out these guys shot to kill for no said a student Nick Glaus The gunman didnt say anything When he looked at me the guys eyes were just The gunmen both juniors at Columbine High School in this Denver suburb were found dead in the school library with selfinflicted gun shot wounds and what appeared to be bombs around their bodies sheriffs spokesman Steve Davis said It appears to be a suicide Sheriff John Stone said Students said the gunmen whose names were not released apparently belonged to a clique of outcasts called the Trench Coat Mafia who wore long black coats boasted of owning guns and disliked blacks Hispanics and football players Davis said that the motive for the attack was unknown See RAMPAGE Page A9 Audit indicates items issued to Bathon missing Former auditor says study vindicates him in all matters By PAUL MACKIE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Thousands of dollars worth of furniture and equipment issued to former Madison County Auditor Fred Bathon is missing according to an inde pendent audit obtained Tuesday by The Telegraph On the other hand Bathon said Tuesday that all the furni ture can be accounted for and that the audit has completely vindicated him on all mat ters Before the audits conclu sions were known Bathon had been criticized by county offi cials for allegedly charging nearly to the auditors budget for items used only Bathon after he was elected as Madison County treasurer in November The auditors bud get has not yet been reim bursed officials said The independent audit claimed that more than worth of the in furni ture and equipment purchases between December 1996 and November 1998 could not be located in the auditors office Officials also said that numerous couches filing cabi nets desks computers print ers and executive chairs pur chased by Bathon before December 1996 have disap peared from the auditors office Auditor Pete Fields is sitting in a chair that looks like it comes from a said County Auditor H Jack Frandsen who has clashed with his predecessor since November when Bathon criticized Frandsens impend ing appointment by County See BATHON Page A9 Good Morning A310 Bulletin Board A6 ClassifiedsC7 Editorial HoroscopeC6 Bishop Carbonara Crause Eyers Hamilton Lagemann Murphy Pauge Whitehead ScoreboardC2   

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