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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - July 5, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE AREA SINCE 1836 taints In Motion Women set out on marathon fund-raising effort TIII}* TELGCjRAf Page B*1 Vol. 164, No. 171—50 cents Tho outlook Partly to mostly sunny and hot; high near 96, low near 75 Page C-8 World Cup soccei U.S. women beat Brazil 2-0 in the semifinals Page C-l Monday, July 5,1999 www.thetelegraph.com Good:*: Morning Area/Illinois............A-3,8 Bulletin Board..........A-6 Classifieds................C-6 Comics......................B-4 Editorial.....................A-4 Nation/World.........B-3,6 Neighbors.................B-1 Obituaries.................A-5 Eisenberg, Gedda, Goss, Gurley, Lunsford, Maher, Norris, Roper, Ross, Schulte, Secor, Zyph Scoreboard...............C-2 Television.................B-5 Weather.....................C-8 Police want gang video gone The Telegraph/M ARG IE M. BARNES Sgt. Mark Foley of the Glen Carbon Police Department is shown with a copy of the controversial gang video, ‘Slob 187 Crab 187,’ that police want pulled from Blockbuster Video’s shelves. ‘Recruiting movie’ available at Blockbuster By PAUL MACKIE Telegraph staff writer Editor s Note: This is Part I of a two-part series about the availability of a graphic gang documentary at Blockbuster Video, which has enraged area authorities. EDWARDSVILLE - A rapper named Baby Bear sits on his couch in South Central Los Angeles. Speaking into the camera for a video documentary called “Slob 187 Crab 187,” Baby Bear says | j^0jpherS ii rnhe gang Blockbuster Video stores. There are eight copies available for rental at the Glen Carbon location. Leading a campaign to have Blockbuster remove the film from its shelves are officials with the Alton and Glen Carbon police depart* ments, who claim the corporation is overstepping its bounds. “It’s basically a recruiting movie. It isn’t HBaaMiaaaH _ something we should be showing to children. The gang members are saying (gang life is) not that bad — it’s a way of life,” said Sgt. Mark Foley of the Glen Carbon being a member of the Bloods gang is a “fascinating lifestyle”    aF6 SSVill2    (£cHl£    Police Department, that has allowed him to kill about i*r • v    J? th af     understand    ^e    freedom    of 50 of his enemies.    Aile    IS; IlUl    lIldL    everybody, but Blockbuster is sup- Although many of the Crips and    bad — ifs    a WBV    P° sed t0 be a fai7lil y     store    They Bloods interviewed for the R-rated    f ij{ w    don’t ha\ bioou$ interviewed ior me rv-raieu f Ufo film claim that gang life is miser- OI 111c. able, just as many flaunt large cash wads from sales of crack cocaine and attempt to educate viewers about the nuances and terminology of gang life.    - The title, which refers to derogatory names that Crips and Bloods call each other, is available in the “new releases" section of have porno movies,” he said. Foley said employees of the Marts c n | au Glen Carbon Blockbuster told him agr. Mar* roiey ca |j ^ cor p 0ra t e office to get Glen Carbon the video removed from the store. Police Department He called and said he was told the message would be passed on to the district manager in Dallas. See VIDEO, Page A-7 Keep children safe from lead County offering screenings, assessments By PAUL MACKIE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Children and parents need to take extra precautions this summer to avoid exposure to lead hazards. The Madison County Health Department is helping promote safety by offering assessments and blood lead screenings during its immunization clinic hours. Although blood lead testing is supposed to be mandatory in schools, children need to be tested when they are 6 months old or at least before they enter kindergarten, said Debra Tscheschlok, the county’s personal health services manager. “Even though it’s mandatory in schools, children can’t be excluded from school for not (being immunized),” she said. “When children’s brain cells are growing, they need to be tested. Pregnant women should also be careful.” Exposure to lead hazards is often worse for families who live in homes built prior to 1978 or in homes along interstate highways. Paint containing lead was legal until the late 1970s, and dust in open windows and lead paint chips in the soil pose dangers to children. Also, interstate areas often still have traces of leaded gasoline. Children under the age of 3 are at risk because this is the time their hand-to-mouth activities make it more likely for them to ingest or inhale lead from paint chips or dust. “If children are out playing, parents need to make sure the children wash their hands ■ See LEAD, Page A-7 FRIDAY, July 9 “SOUL REUNION” Keeping cool me i eieyrapn/iviHnuic m. dmminco Chris Krug, of Alton, tries to beat the heat Sunday by riding his Jet Ski on the Illinois River near Grafton. See Story, Page A-7. Saint Anthony’s gets OK to issue $5,945,000 in bonds By BETHANY BEHRHORST Telegraph staff writer ALTON — An application for the issuance of bonds, with an estimated total of no more than $5,945,000, to pay for renovations and equipment for Saint Anthony’s Health Center in Alton was approved last month. Although Saint Anthony’s has no immediate plans to pursue funding by the Illinois Development Finance Authority, the agency that would give the health center funding at a low, variable interest rate, hospital officials said knowing the option is available provides an outlet for future efforts. “It’s an attractive alternative to traditional financing,” said Diane Schuette, director of community relations for Saint Anthony’s Health Center. The Illinois Development Finance Authority’s interest rate is reset every seven days, with an average variable rate set at around 3.2 percent for the last six years. “We’re always planning for the future and looking for any renovations we might need,” Schuette said. The resolution was adopted by the city of Alton at a regular council meeting in June. “We haven’t borrowed it yet, but it’s reserved for three years for capital projects or renovations programs,” she said. Schuette said the hospital has other funding sources and plans to carefully review any financial plans. THURSDAY, July 8^ “STONEBRAKER” SRSlWjlES .lulv R Kl/r SATURDAY, July 10 “FANTASY" buNDAY, July 11    J I “SOUL REUNION” 3-6^ “FANTASY” 7-11 I Fieldon gets fired up for Fourth By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer FIELDON — More than 250 residents were expected to attend this 350-person town’s 45th annual Fourth of July festival. Mayor Betty Duggan and her husband, John, have been active participants in Fieldon’s community celebration since they first started dating; the couple has been married 41 years. “It’s a wonderful event,” said the mayor. “We take part in planning this Fourth of July festival every year along with our six Village Board members and their spouses. Main Street is blocked off from about 3 p.m. until the evening’s end, when we enjoy fireworks shot from Fieldon Elementary’s schoolyard.” In addition to the fireworks The Telegraph/M ARG IE M. BARNES Robbie Pence, 7, of Medora, bites into his fried chicken Sunday at Masonic Lodge 592 in Fletoon. See Story, Page A-7. display, hours of bingo under a huge tent continue to draw well more than IOO players each Fourth of July, Duggan said. Young ones ages 4 and 5 get the chance to don their favorite swimsuits and compete in the Fieldon swimsuit contest. “The judges look for ■ See FIELDON, Page A-7