Alton Telegraph, August 19, 1999

Alton Telegraph

August 19, 1999

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Issue date: Thursday, August 19, 1999

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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - August 19, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836tulegr Partly sunny and pleasant; high near 82, low near 63 Page I>6 Olin Employees I Credit Union celebrates • milestone Page IM www.thetelegraph.comThursday, August 19,1999 Stratford debuts on Showtime By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON - The Hotel Stratford made its television debut with the showing of “The Big Brass Ring” on Showtime, a cable television channel. The 100-minute film featured The Stratford, 229 Market St., in several scenes shot in Downtown Alton last summer. Scenes were shot in front of the hotel, in the hotel elevator, in the hallway and in room 414. Shots along the Great River Road also were included in the film. Residents who missed last Sunday night’s premiere showing will have another chance to see their hometown in action Aug. 30, when the film will be replayed on Showtime at 9:15 p.m. Showtime is Channel 7 for TCI of Illinois subscribers and Falcon subscribers in Jerseyville and Macoupin County, Channel 15 for Charter Communications subscribers, and Channel 21 for Triax subscribers and Falcon subscribers in Gillespie. Jesse Chavours, a desk clerk at The Stratford, said he enjoyed seeing his longtime place of employment on television. “I liked the film, and I’m happy it was shot here,” he said. “I think their being here ■ See STRATFORD, Page A-9 i HIK Big Mac hits 48th homer in Cards’ 6-5 loss to Phillies Page IMVol. 164, NoT216 — 50 cents Firm has designs on new gym By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — The exterior design of a proposed multipurpose athletic building took shape this week. Members of the Alton School Board met with representatives from Hastings-Chivetta Architectural Firm of St. Louis. Don and Mark Keane, HMO tiff may stall reform By BETHANY BEHRHORST Telegraph staff writer Partisan squabbling over terms that would change the way health maintenance organizations operate might delay health care reform until next year. The Republican-supported patients* rights bill sitting in the U.S. House awaits restructuring; it then would need approval by a GOP majority with some Democratic support. The American Medical Association and the Illinois State Medical Society pushed for a different bill, sponsored by Democratic Party leaders, which would have provided patient protections, but it was stamped out when the GOP-backed bill in the House was adopted July 15. The House bill focuses on holding HMOs accountable for health care decisions. To accumulate more support from House Democrats, a provision was added that would allow health care consumers to sue HMOs. Dr. Edward Ragsdale, a radiologist and member and past president of the Madison County Medical Society, said he agrees with the federal move for revisions in health care but. that he does not think suing HMOs would change anything for patients. He said he feels the provision allowing HMOs to be sued would benefit law firms and attorneys, wjiile neglecting to change circumstances for health care consumers. ‘‘I’m very much in sympathy with the patient. (HMOs) are not perfect, but they have done some good things. ■ See HMO, Page A-9 School Board picks plan for multipurpose building architects with Hastings-Chivetta, presented the board with five exterior designs to consider for the proposed field house. Three of the designs followed the pattern of the main building on the Alton High School campus; two designs had a more modem look. The board favored the first of the five designs, which features a brick building with stone trim, resembling the other buildings on campus. The design features a large, arched glass entryway and arched windows across the front. Stairwells on either side of the building would be enclosed in rounded glass. “The front of the design relates back to the main building with the brick and stone,” Mark Keane said. More detailed designs of the interior of the three-story, 61,005-square-foot building were also presented to the board. During a July meeting with the architects, the board had chosen a rough design for the interior. The proposed design includes a two-court gymnasium on a lower level, with one main playing court imposed over the two practice courts The lower-level court would seat 2,502 spectators. Locker rooms, a wellness center, training room and offices are also on the lower level, which would be below ground. The ground floor would include an auxiliary gymnasi- ■ See DESIGNS, Page Ar9 Taryl Kyles of Alton walks the picket line outside Beverly Farm with her nephew and nieces Wednesday. The children are, from left, Odie Hinton, 1, held by Taryl; Erica Hinton, 7; Ciarra Hinton, 9; and Nakita Hinton, 5. The Hintons are the children of Odie Hinton and Anita Kyles of Alton. Child pickets not illegal, officials say U.S. responds to concerns over Bev Farm strikers By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer GODFREY — Despite some residents’ concerns, the U.S. Department of Labor says the fact that some children are picketing alongside their parents in front of Beverly Farm does not conflict with child labor laws. Madison County Sheriff Bob Churchich has been receiving a number of cans and ques- // t t’s really not a tions from resi- I _     J    undents who are    JLW 3^6” SHU-HOUT m"norTecdar?y- ISSUe. We WOUld mg picket not assert an signs is not    .    .    , legal, said employer /employ-Sauon*superv!- ee relationship in sor Bill Brave. fLiio r»ocp ” “People were UAAa not aware that it wasn’t a violation of law.” According to the U.S. Wage and Hour Division in -—-—I Springfield — the state office for the U.S. Department of Labor — children of AFSCME Local 31 members picketing at Beverly Farm do not constitute a labor issue. “We’ve also received a good number of anonymous complaints alerting us to the situation at Bev Farm,” said Henry Rodriguez, district director of the U.S. Wage and Hour Division. “It’s really not a wage-and-hour issue. We would not assert an employer/employee relationship in this case.” As long as the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 31 is not specifically inviting the children to hold a picket sign and march, Rodriguez said, and as long as the children are not receiving direct ■ See PICKETS, Henry Rodriguez district director of the U.S. Wage and Hour Division Lonatime Hotel Stratford employee Jesse Chavours watches filming set up for “The Big Brass Ring*’ out the window of the hotel lobby last year. Chavours’ brief scene in the film was cut from the finished product, which aired Sunday on Showtime. Area/Illinois . .A-3-8 Bulletin Board .A-6 Classifieds C-6 Comics.......C-5 Horoscope    ...    .C-4 Nation/world____A-10;D-5 Obituaries.....A-5 Betts, Brockmann Crowson, Erzen, Gillmore, Konneker, Medlock, Olsby, Paul, Peter, Smith, Stewart, Toring Stocks........D-2 Television.....c-4 ;

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