Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - October 6, 2004, Alton, Illinois IN THIS ISSUE Area.......A6.8, B7-8, C2 Classifieds...........C4 Editorial ............A4 Nation & world C3 Obituaries ...........AS Stocks ..............D7 Talk Back............A6 TELEVISION ...........B3 QUICK READ Our Everyday People: Granddaughter's admiration spurs veteran project Pace A2 Trial opens in shooting death of East St. Louis woman ' Pace C2 Knights win regional golf crown PACE DI OBITUARIES INSIDE Akers, Burgund, Conner, Curtis, Gano, Gillespie, Green, Gunn, Kirbach, Moore, Mugge, Reinke, Sedlacek, Taylor, Wuellner The 50 CENTS-Vol. 169, No. 266 . Wednesday, October 6, 2004 TFI F OR A PH Serving the River Bend since 1836 www.thetelegraph.com TALK BACK! C° r P s to hold hearing on levee plan AHS students rally against teachers’ strike think' having this as open possible Union, administrators will discuss alternatives tonight or cal1463,2563 st peters, mo. - will assure a better decision JIM MORGAN ILLINOIS ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL By JOHN KRUPA The Telegraph ALTON — Students at Alton High School — including many members of an honors international politics class — are organizing a rally for this morning in the hopes of averting a threatened teachers’ strike. “We’re just hoping that.the school board and the teachers’ union can reach a decision so our education doesn’t suffer,” said Katie Ammann, a student spokesperson, noting that she expects 30 students to attend. “We are going to be out there to show people that we want to go to school.” To respond to this story, visit www.thetelegraph.com and click on “Talk Back!” or call 463-2563 The students wrote in a news release that a rally and news conference would be held at 6:30 a m. outside the high school “to urge the district and teachers to resolve their contract dispute and avert a strike.” “Students want to be sure See STRIKE, Page A7 By STEVE WHITWORTH The Telegraph ST. PETERS, Mo. — Bowing to calls from politicians and environmentalists, thfc U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold a public hearing this month on a request to build a 500-year levee to protect a proposed business park in St. Charles County. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and state Sen. William Haine, D-Alton, among others, had asked for the hearing to obtain more information about the proposed development, to be known as Lakeside 370 Business Park, which would encompass 1,600 acres of city-owned land along the northern boundaries of St. Peters. Corps officials recently announced the public hearing See LEVEE, Page A7 NATION & WORLD: Cheney, Edwards clash on Iraq Page 63 NL DIVISION SERIES Cards lead: 1-0 Page Bl Cards’ bats erupt in opener Fans enjoy fast start by team By CYHTHIA M. ELLIS The Telegraph ST. LOUIS — Lucas Groppel skipped class Tuesday and — with 50,000 other frenzied fans at Busch Stadium — watched his favorite baseball team win its first game of the post-season. “He only misses about two days of school a year, so we figured it would be OK for him to come (Tuesday),” said his mother, Crystal “My two sons are mad, because they had to go to school today.” HELEN STEPHENS SEVENTH-GRADE TEACHER Groppel of Jerseyville. Lucas, ll, sat in the shade, bundled up in a jacket, beside his father, Dwayne Groppel, near the right-field Although the sun beamed foul line to watch the St. down on the other side of the Louis Cardinals defeat the stadium and kept those in Los Angeles Dodgers, 8-3, in right field in the cool shade, Game I of the National-- League Divisional Series. See FANS, Page A7 St. Louis takes Game I of playoffs By PETE HAYES The Telegraph ST. LOUIS — The Los Angeles Dodgers found themselves drowning in a sea of red Tuesday, and there were no life preservers in sight. As a result, the St. Louis Cardinals are a third of the way to winning the National League Division Series after an 8-3 victory in Game I at sold-out Busch Stadium. The Cardinals lead the best-of-five NLDS, 1-0. Game 2 is set for Thursday night at Busch Stadium. Game 2 set for Thursday night at Busch Stadium In Tuesday’s series opener, the Cardinals tied a major-league postseason record for one game with five home runs, including two from Larry Walker. Albert Pujols, Jim Edmonds and Mike Matheny also hit homers. All but Edmonds’ were solo blasts. See PLAYOFFS, Page A7 me leiegrapn/juMN badman Doris White of St. Peters, Mo., had just one thing on her mind Tuesday afternoon — seeing the St. Louis Cardinals in Came 1 of the National League Divisional Series. Her sunglasses left little doubt she was one of the thousands of Cardinal fans who filled Busch Stadium for the game. Below, Ben Knysak of Columbia, center, waves his rally towel to cheer the team to its 8-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. More photos, Pages Cl and DI.