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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - December 5, 1999, Alton, Illinois www.thetelegraph.com I SA'T more 1 than 1 $315: I I I Coupons and special offers I • inside most editions I Sports ST LOUIS r Hockey Blues beat Sharks 4-2 Page Bl Good ’Mi Morning Is/,000 ^foreveH$l0,000 I Ut tai Uwvirrib Hi ream Alt “Chinese Buffet” E12221 ^    ^    ^ IMN, Mm SM Crab USS family Pad with Dinner 4-10 pm with Drink 3 People $2.00 4 People $3.50   M   pm 1 ^    5    People    $5.00 s^CevmmiMMhitmUnosmtrB^tSM 6 + People $7.00 The outlook Rain mixed with snow. High 46; low 33 Page D12 Area/Illinois A3-12 Bulletin Board .. .A10,11 Business..........DI Classifieds.........C5 Editorial...........A4 Nation/world A14 Obituaries.........A6 Doerr, Elwell, Harmon, Hill, Komanetsky, Mitchell, Rogers, Seibert Sr. Scoreboard........C2 Stocks............D2 SUNDAY T E 'I mEGR vol. 164, No. 324     Serving    the    River    Bend    Since    1836    December    5.199?) si.50 Young urges staggered terms Volunteers gather to make a house a home By KATHLEEN HILL Assistant city editor ALTON — Sonia Deshotel was covered with paint. Creamy paint frosted her dark hair, speckled her cranberry T-shirt, striped her bronze cheekbones. It was the same paint gleaming on the walls of her ,,    n    ii    •    Charles, La., to live with a Family of seven set to move in family member M.the living x sa xml j v/* ^    arrangement did not work out new home. Deshotel and about 30 volunteers spent Saturday painting and cleaning the house in the 700 block of Central Avenue in Alton. Alton landlord Jeff Hatten offered the house to Deshotel and her six children after learning the family was living in a shelter. Joe Morales and the Alton Mexican Club had made it a goal to find the family a home by Christmas. Deshotel and her family moved to the area from Lake But in the past few weeks, she has found a family of friends in Alton. Morales and some of those friends spent this past week ripping out carpet and I See HOME, Page A13 2000 anima The real change is in the handling Page Cl Alderman By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — Believing that a complete change of the guard in the City Council in 2001 would be disruptive, Alderman Fred Young is resurrecting an earlier effort to stagger aldermen’s terms. Young is circulating petitions to put the issue on the March 21 primary ballot. The wants issue on ballot initiative would call for electing aldermen in even-numbered wards in one year, then electing those in odd-numbered wards two years later, as the city did until 1993. At first, in 2001, aldermen in wards 2, 4 and 6 would win two-year terms, then after that serve for four years. In 2001, aldermen representing wards I, 3, 5 and 7 would be elected for four years, he said. “Every governmental entity should have some overlap,” he said. “Most jobs, in corporations, construction, office duties, industries — including municipal responsibilities — are better able to avoid the potential for chaos and disruption by assuring some degree of knowledgeable overlap of experienced officials.” ■ See YOUNG, Page A13 Rams ready for big game Team could clinch first postseason berth since 1989 By WARREN MAYES Telegraph sports editor ST. LOUIS - The playoffs begin today for the St. Louis Rams. A victory or a tie in the noon game with the Carolina Panthers (5-6) in Ericsson Stadium in Charlotte, NC., clinches the NFC West Division championship for the Rams (9-2). That would make the Rams the first club in the NFL this season to gain a playoff berth. The Rams franchise hasn’t qualified for the postseason since 1989 or won the West Division since 1985. Coach Dick Vermeil wants his team to be sharp today and stay sharp until the playoffs begin next month. Plus, he doesn’t want any sort of letdown. The Rams whipped the Panthers 35-10 Nov. 14 at the Trans World Dome. “We’re preparing for this game like it’s a division championship game,” Vermeil said. “We’re using this game as a tool to learn how to play in an intense playoff atmosphere on the road. This football team has never done it. I’m sure Carolina will present us with that kind of atmosphere. To ■ See RAMS, Page A13 Sunbird Travel A sure cure for the ‘travel bug’ Page DI WHEmStDKALS 4th Ward alderman A group of supporters of the Madison County Mothers Against Drunk Drivers gather Saturday for a ‘Walk for Life’ under a tree of lights at Roselawn Cemetery In Bethalto. Below, Terry Cannedy of Bethalto, who lost a daughter in a drunk driving accident in 1997, hugs a family friend after the ceremony. Walkers remember victims of DUI crashes By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer BETHALTO - A silent, somber group gathered in Rose Lawn Memory Gardens Saturday night, united by the devastation drunken driving has brought into their lives and by their determination to prevent it from happening to others. The approximately 20 residents were participants in the Madison County Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s Walk for Life at 6 p.m. in the Bethalto cemetery. “It’s a walk for life, a walk for hope,” said Vickey Cannedy, chairwoman of the event. Cannedy’s 18-year-old daughter, Teresa, was killed in an accident caused by a drunken driver in 1997. “We don’t want any parent to have to go through what we’ve gone through.” Luminarias lighted the (iTt’sawalkfor Alife, a walk for hope.” Vickey Cannedy chairwoman of the event pathway as the group walked to a tree illuminated with white lights in the midst of the cemetery. Representatives from Elias Smith Funeral Homes read a list of more than 30 victims of drunken driving accidents, ringing a bell after each name was read. Again and again the bell rang. A red light was lit to represent each victim, the lights outlining the form of an angel. A separate angel in ■ See DUI, PageA13 uTt is never too late I for us to be intelligent and to do the right thing.” Fred Young ;

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