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Killing rampage at school
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By ANGELA MUELLER
Telegraph staff writer
Local school administrators expressed shock and grief over Tuesday’s killing spree at a suburban Denver high school Tuesday, recognizing the unpredictable nature of such crimes.
“We’ve been very fortunate in not having anything like this happen in our district, but no school is exempt,” said Thomas Parker, superintendent of the East Alton-Wood River Community High School District. “Anytime you have a large number of students together, it could happen."
Mike Beaber, superintendent of the Alton School District, said the killings that occurred
«\r° one really IN knows why students like this react the way they do.”
Mike BeaberAlton schools superintendent
some 870 miles away from Alton brought the issue of violence in schools to the forefront for administrators across the nation.
“The situation that occurred
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Unidentified students hug Tuesday outside Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., after escaping from the shooting spree inside the school.
LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) -Two students in black trench coats swept through their suburban high school with guns and explosives in a horrifying suicide attack Tuesday that may have left 25 people dead Several students said the killers were gunning for minorities and athletes.
It was by far the bloodiest in a string of school shootings that have rocked U.S. communities over the past few years.
“One of them opened his cape and had a shotgun. Finally I started figuring opt these guys shot to kill, for no reason,” said a student, Nick Claus. The gunman “didn’t say anything. When he looked at me, the guy’s eyes were just dead.”
The gunmen — both juniors
at Columbine High School in this Denver suburb — were found dead in the school library with self-inflicted gunshot wounds and what appeared to be bombs around their bodies, sheriff’s spokesman Steve Davis said.
“It appears to be a suicide mission,” Sheriff John Stone said
Students said the gunmen, whose names were not released, apparently belonged to a clique of outcasts called the “Trench Coat Mafia" who wore long black coats, boasted of owning guns and disliked blacks, Hispanics and football players.
Davis said that the motive for the attack was unknown
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Workers assemble rollers Tuesday for the Italian-made kiln at the Enviro-Stone plant in the Wood River EnviroTECH Business Park on Illinois Route 143.
Unions protest use of foreign workers
By DARRYL HOWLETT
Telegraph staff writer
WOOD RIVER - Some union leaders are upset with two companies for allowing foreign workers to complete jobs at the Enviro-Stone Products tile plant in the EnviroTeeh Business Park.
During Monday’s tour of the tile plant by members of the Wood River City Council, union representatives addressed Terry Pinto, presi
dent of Environmentally Correct Projects Inc., which owns the Enviro-Stone site, about the type of work foreign workers were under contract to complete.
“There are a half-dozen foreign workers in there doing work American people can do,” said Jack Tueth, business manager for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 649 of Alton. “This is an ongoing problem ”
Tueth said the workers from Italy, Russia and Czechoslovakia are under contract in supervisory positions during some installation inside the plant, including the kilns that will convert glass into tile.
Randy Malone, assistant business manager for IBEW Local 649, said the union is consulting the federal government concerning the issue.
“Right now, we’re getting hold of someone from the fed
eral government. We had union electricians working there, and a couple of Italian and Russian workers kept wanting to do the work,” Malone said. “They weren’t supposed to do the work. The union contractor was then booted off the property. Now, a non-union firm is in there.” However, Malone said union officials were more concerned about the use of foreign work-
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City wants to buy two Mexico area taverns
By LINDA N. WELLER
Telegraph staff writer
ALTON — In coming months, the city may buy two Mexico neighborhood properties that officials say are
magnets for lawbreakers.
Assuming negotiations are successful — and aldermen approve the sales — the city may buy Frank’s Lounge, 811 Highland Ave., and a former tavern at 1001 Highland.
That bar, formerly called The Plantation, then Charlie’s Lounge, closed earlier this year.
A resolution authorizing the city to proceed with negotiations with property owners
Frank T. Anderson Sr. of Godfrey and James A. and Esther Jackson will come before the aldermanic Committee of the Whole
■ See TAVERNS, Page A-9
Audit indicates items issued to Bathon missing
Former auditor says study vindicates him in all matters
By PAUL MACKIE
Telegraph staff writer
EDWARDSVILLE Thousands of dollars worth of furniture and equipment issued to former Madison County Auditor Fred Bathon is missing, according to an independent audit obtained Tuesday by The Telegraph.
Bathon said Tuesday that all the furniture can be accounted for and that the audit has
“completely vindicated” him on all matters.
Before the audit’s conclusions were known, Bathon had been criticized by county officials for allegedly charging nearly $20,000 to the auditor’s budget for items used only
after he was elected as Madison County treasurer in November. The auditor’s budget has not yet been reimbursed, officials said.
The independent audit claimed that more than $12,000 worth of the $38,745 in furniture and equipment purchases between December 1996 and November 1998 could not be located in the auditor’s office.
Officials also said that numerous couches, filing cabinets, desks, computers, printers and executive chairs purchased by Bathon before December 1996 have disappeared from the auditor’s office.
“(Deputy Auditor) Pete Fields is sitting in a chair that looks like it comes from a dump,” said County Auditor H. Jack Frandsen, who has clashed with his predecessor since November, when Bathon criticized Frandsen’s impending appointment by County
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