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   Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - April 23, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                 By ANGELA MUELLER  Telegraph staff writer  BETHALTO - About 40 Civic Memorial High School students silently gathered around the flagpole in front of the building early Thursday before classes began.  They joined hands and began to pray silently for those suffering after Tuesday’s massacre in Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. As time passed and students began to pray out loud, the circle grew to include close to 70 students.  Students asked God to strengthen those in Colorado, as well as those in other schools across the nation who have endured similar violent attacks. They asked for leaders to start programs   INSIDE  ■ Gunmen planned to blow up school  ■ Victims had big dreams  ■ Dangling boy inspired SWAT team  Page C-2  th help stop violence, and they asked for strength to be witnesses of truth and right to their classmates in Bethalto.  The time of prayer was initiated by 17-year-old senior  See VIGIL, Page A-9  The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN  Senior Anna Scroggins, yellow jacket at left, hugs fellow vigil co-ordinator and senior Missy McGraw after the vigil.  Area/Illinois .A-3-10 Bulletin Board .A-7  Business . *----D-1  Classifieds____C-5  Comics.......D-5  Editorial ......A-4  Horoscope ----D-5  Nation/world .C-2-4  Obituaries.....A-5  Allen, Bellovich,  Brown, Frazer, Hanner, Taylor ScoreboardB-  2Stocks.......D-2  Television.....D-7  Weather.......D-8  Defendant also says he was denied lawyer at time of confession  “Hi  By DENNIS GRUBAUGH  Telegraph staff writer  EDWARDSVILLE - One of three cousins suspected in a drug-related slaying in Alton said he was high on embalming fluid when he signed a statement admitting the crime.  Corey Bell, 19, testified Thursday in Madison County —i———w—m Circuit Court that he also asked to be represented by a lawyer while being interviewed by Alton police about the April 19 9 8 killing of  Troy Slack He said police continued the interview anyway and that he signed everything put in front of him because officers encouraged him to do so.  Alton police Detectives Jason Simmons and Jerry Cooley testified that Bell never asked to have a lawyer and was walked through each of his rights systematically to make sure he understood that anything he said could incriminate him.  “He never one time asked me for an attorney,” Simmons said.  Bell and two cousins, Anthony Bell, 25, and Alfredo Jones, 31, all of the St. Louis area, are charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Slack, of Alton, in the  .never one time asked me for an attorney.”  Jason  Simmons  Alton detective  See HIGH, Page A-9  Bethalto looks to future  By BETHANY BEHRHORST  Telegraph staff writer  BETHALTO - The village of Bethalto is ready to make a commitment to establish and secure a prosperous future.  Steve Bryant grew up in Bethalto and always saw the potential in the town. Now, as mayor, he hopes to realize his vision for progress. Residents of the town of 10,000-plus also-see the glow in the future.  Residents can ask questions of officials and make suggestions for proposed improvements during a public meeting at IO a m. Saturday, May 29. The meeting will be a chance to talk about the future in the' form of the village’s new comprehensive plan, billed as “The Road to Prosperity.”  ■ See BETHALTO, Page A-9  I was  high,  suspect  claims  Prayers for Littleton  The outlook Chance of still more showers and storms High 69; low 47  Page D-IO  On the go  Golf carts are for more than just golf  Page D-1  SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 ¥  Girls track Jersey finishes 4th, Alton 7th in meet  ■■■■  PageB-l  Fun outdoors Children in Bethalto help celebrate Earth Day  PageC-l  Vol. 164, No. 98 — 50 cents  Friday, April 23,1999   www.thetelegraph.com   The Telegraph/JOHN badman  Civic Memorial High School students held hands in a circle and took turns saying prayers aloud during a prayer vigil Thursday morning for the victims of the Columbine High School shooting in Littleton, Colo.  CMI students hold vigil  Big Mac attack in Godfrey  Visitor offers tips to boost Downtown  By LINDA N. WELLER  Telegraph staff writer  ALTON — The city’s Downtown businesses could boost their visibility and sales by working together to promote special events and coupon offers, a successful Galesburg entrepreneur said Thursday.  Jay Matson met in a brainstorming session with retail and restaurant owners, as well as city and tourism representatives, after spending the day touring Downtown Alton.  “I spent a lot of time on the streets getting a feel for the neighborhoods,” he said. “I tried to get a sense of the districts and niches in the city and to meet with the dealers."  ■ See BOOST, Page A-9  ‘We need to bring God back into our schools’  The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN  Jacob Kanallakan, 17 months old, from Alton, gave the seal of approval to the french fries on opening day Thursday at the Godfrey McDonald’s restaurant while his mother, Nikki, looks on. See story, Page A-3   

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