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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - August 6, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 9m Vr Bombers Bluff Qty defeats Springfield PageBl State Barnes Event has business booming in area PageCl The QiitKooK Partly cloudy and High near low near 71 PageIS Ulalisrys Family business was worth the risk PageDl 203 50 cents 1999 500 plus one Big Mac wallops two homers to surpass career milestone By WARREN MAYES Telegraph sports editor LOUIS Mark McGwire crashed the door and trotted into the 500home run club in style with two mam moth shots Thursday McGwire hit six home runs in the seven game homestand to reach the coveted mile What can I say McGwire asked in a postgame ceremony at home plate after San Diego scored a 103 victory over the Cardinals at Busch Last I hit 62 in the last game before a road I was driving to the game today and I thought I wanted to hit 500 for He didnt McGwire showed his flair for the dramatic and left no doubt about He swung at a ll belthigh fastball from San Diego starter AlanAshby that majestically floated over the center field 451 feet from home And what was McGwire thinking as he went around the Total he I did Its an individual achieve and I reached The basesempty Game story B1 Fan snags lucky ball B3 bomb made McGwire just the 16th player to reach 500 homers in a for good McGwire smacked 501 in the eighth That homer hit halfway up the Scoreboard above the leftfield bleachers and fell into the It trav a I was driving to the game today and I thought I wanted to hit 500 for Mark McGwire slugger eled 479 feet from home plate the longest homer this sea son in Busch Hes maintained intense concentration for six Cardinals manager Tony La Russa Thats hard to do unless youre The Cardinals ownership group presented McGwire with a bronze statue of him hitting a home Thats pretty McGwire I was check ing out the goatee on Its a pretty cool The game was the fifth multihomer game this season for McGwire and the 58th of his traded here in July now has 138 homers in 510 games as a The last player to hit two homers on the same day he reached 500 was Minnesotas Harmon Killebrew on McGwire just missed his destiny in the first inning when his fly ball was caught just in front of the 402 foot incenter by Eric He left no doubt in the third inning when all Owens could do was turn and watch it 1 The milestone homer plopped in the grass to the right of the leftfield bleach The thirdinning See Page A9 Associated Press Mark McGwire wallops the 500th home run of his career Thursday night in the third inning of the House OKs steel loan bill By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer ALTON The House has passed a bil lion steel loan bill that may help save Laclede Steel from bankruptcy and keep 600 jobs in the Alton Laclede officials and Steelworkers union lead ers said the bill passed Wednesday night could revitalize the Alton plant and make it a major competitor in steel The federal loans will be a giant step for ward to help Laclede come out of bankruptcy and keep the Alton plant viable and operating into the next said Terry president of United Steelworkers Local Laclede filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy 30 in a move to reorganize its ailing finances and keep the Alton plant and five others The guaranteed federal loans would help Laclede make million in improvements at the 84yearold Alton said Michael executive vice president and chief financial offi I See Page A9 Good Morning The SMITH Planned improvements at Laclede Steel include a million project to improve the 14inch steel bar to replace its reheating furnace and install new finishing SIU takes steps to save bucks Bulletin Business Classifieds Editorial HoroscopeD5 Obituaries Weaver ScoreboardB2 By SANFORD SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer CARBONDALE SIU offi cials are aiming for more bang for the taxpayers bucks with a credit card for small ticket items and a panel to study the share service cen ter It is important that we eliminate unnecessary paper work and bureaucracy to bring more resources and focus to our essential mis sions the education of stu vital and the improvement of the commu nities and regions in which our institutions are SIU President Ted Sanders said at a news conference Thursday on the Carbondale The new measures will be implemented by David chancellor of the Edwardsville and John chancellor of the Carbondale Sanders has authorized a wider use of the a universityissued credit card that allows employees to make relatively small pur chases without subjecting merchants to paperwork that adds to their costs and delays In the nine months since See Page A9 McKinley Bridge gets rescue team Task force is formed to save troubled span By PAUL MACKIE Telegraph staff writer VENICE A task force to save the McKinley Bridge over the Mississippi River was announced Thursday at the eastern approach along Illinois Route 3 to the troubled 89yearold At stake is million in muchneeded repairs to the west half of the said Rudy chairman of the Madison County Board and the EastWest Gateway Coordinating Unless a longterm solution can be reached to solve the financial problems of the it wont matter who owns because it will be closed for safety Venice Mayor Tyrone Echols will serve on the task force with other community leaders and state and regional agency Illinois George Ryan and Missouri Mel Carnahan will lead the task Papa called the news confer ence because he said a recent announcement by officials from the city of Louis dis turbed They announced plans for a tax auction of the Missouri portion of the The city of which See Page A9
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