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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - November 7, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                Coupons and special offers inside most editions im m v SIpsef Greenfield shocks Carrollton with 2120 win Page Bl Itreeicare AlbrechtHamlin is an institution in River Bend Page Dl Known as a premium badge Page Cl Mostly sunny and High 70 low 50 Page DIG Mornhtt A38 Bulletin Board Wangelin 296 Serving The River Bend Since 1836 November 1999 ludge Keshner dies at 61 By STEVE WHITWORTH Telegraph city editor GODFREY Madison County Circuit Judge Lawrence one of the areas most respected died Saturday of a sudden He was Friends of the family said Keshner apparently became ill at his Godfrey home early He was believed to have suffered a massive He was taken to Saint Louis University where he was pronounced dead at News of Keshners death shocked his many friends in the legal and governmental some of whom had spoken with him as recently as Im personally just absolutely stunned and sad dened by said Madison County States Attorney 1 couldnt ask for a finer human being in the justice sys tem than Judge Larry William Maine Madison County states attorney William You couldnt ask for a finer human being in the justice system than Judge Larry who served as an assistant states attor ney when Haine first was elected to the became a judge in He turned out to be one of the finest judges who ever sat on the bench in Madison Haine There wasnt anyone with more of a sense of what was He was unfailingly gracious and kind to Even if one did nt agree with him at one time or he just remained a symbol of See Page A9 Judge Keshner Crowd protests Alton 11 charges Demonstrators charge racism in prosecution By BARBARA COPE Telegraph staff writer ALTON Demonstrators gathered Saturday in Downtown Alton to protest what they said was the racist spirit of the charges faced by the Alton 11 prisoners in last years fatal beating of Richard The protesters said the charges against the 12 young all of whom are were too and they complained that no part of the blame has been laid on who was for his role in the nights they is the core reason the two of whom have been are fac ing charges at The charges stem from the August 1998 beating in which up to 20 people attacked who suffered a fatal heart attack after the Defendants have said who was from Wood incited the mob by shouting racial slurs during the con frontation on Seventh Street in Pearl the god mother of convicted Alton 11 member Glenn spoke about her outrage at the long sentence handed down for him and Taiwan the only other youth to be tried so she was the one who brought his own mob with him as he sought the return of a stolen To she prosecu tors cut deals with witnesses that encouraged them to They should pick up the One protester engaged in a heated discussion with Kelly daughter of Richard before the demonstration The SMITH The Cleo Willis calls on supporters to boycott the Atlon Belle Casino Saturday as a protest of the charges against a group of Alton males in the deaths of Richard Skelton last The demonstration began at LincolnDouglas ones that brought the Burnett They just picked up a bunch of boys sit ting there and put them in jail for felony murder and mob action for 20 to 60 The prosecutors made a deal with Richard and he got up there and lied on the witness The S k e 11 o n s came into their neighborhood to take back a They should have called the police to do If they had done we would nt be here said Allie a protester who engaged in a heated discussion The SMITH Kelly daughter of Richard argues with Allie Terrell of Alton at the See Page A9 demonstration at the LincolnDouglas Pilots help dreams of children soar Young Eagles thrill to first flight By TONY MASINELLI For The Telegraph BETHALTO Soaring high above the River eight pilots made dreams come true Saturday for more than 70 children who wanted to experience the thrill of Young Eagles Chapter 864 sponsored the which was held by Louis Regional Airport in Langa Air donated the use of one air craft and Private who volunteered their time and absorbed the cost of mak ing several 20minute made the other seven avail Its just great to take these kids up and see their said Mike one of the I always wanted to since I was five or but I had to wait until I was 22 because nothing like this was So its great being able to do this Kleihege has participated in two other Young Eagles each time flying sever al groups of wideeyed young sters in his Cessna 182 See Page A9 The SMITH Ken a pilot from took chil dren on their first airplane trip at the Young Eagles Rally Saturday at Louis Regional Airport in Showing off their Young Eagles certificates are the Williams from and the children of Diane and David Williams of Class sizes down at EAWR High Truancy Report Card shows By ANGELA MUELLER Trilorjraph statf writer WOOD RIVER Students in the East AltonWood River Community High School District were taught in smaller classes last the districts Illinois School Report Card But the same document shows more students were chronically truant in 1998 1999 than in the year the dis tricts graduation rate fell about 5 per putting the district even further below the state graduation The report card is compiled by the Illinois State Board of The average class size at EAWR dur ing the 19981999 school year was stu a slight decrease from the 19971998 See Page A9   

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