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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - December 26, 1999, Alton, Illinois The outlook Partly sunny and pleasant. High 43; low 20 Page D8 Good corning -Area/Illinois... .. A3-10 Bulletin Board.. _____A7 Business...... ....DI Classifieds.... ..... C6 Editorial....... .....A4 Horoscope.... .....B8 Nation/world.. . ...A12 Obituaries..... .... A6 Deist, Gray, Hardy, Hendricks, Johnson, Lane, Robien, Seehausen, Strunk, Tucker, Williamson Scoreboard........B2 Stocks............D2 Weather...........D8 rf ! I Kl Bl rn tile* vol, im, No. 345    Serving    The    River    Bend    Since    1836    December    26,    im    11.50 Baby fights to beat odds Shaken girl proving doctors wrong so far www.thetelegraph.com Sports Teeing off Tigers sweep All-Area golf Page Bl Family tradition Ed Agles follows in father’s footsteps in carpeting business Page DI WHEKUfeDKAUi Appealing to young The Echo tries to make the most of consumers’ money Page Cl Team seeks to go unbeaten at home By WARREN MAYES Telegraph sports editor ______ ... ST. LOUIS - With a playoff berth and the home-field advantage wrapped up, Rams coach Dick Vermeil said he knows just one way to go about business today. The Rams (12-2) will entertain the Chicago Bears (6-8) at noon in the Trans World Dome. A victory would give the Rams an 8-0 mark at home this season. “Everyone wants to talk about how we’re going to play this game and all that kind of stuff,” Vermeil said. “I’ve been around this league for a number of years, starting in 1969, and then I was out of it in college and out of it in broadcasting. But there’s only one way to prepare for a football game, and that’s to prepare to win. That’s the only way.” This will be the seventh consecutive season that the Rams and Bears have played each other. The teams have won three games apiece in the last six years. This season, the Rams have won six consecutive games since losing back-to-back road games to the Tennessee Titans and Detroit Lions. “We have momentum going, and after losing two in a row, we set a goal to win eight in a row,” Vermeil said. “We’re going to try to do it. We’ll do what fits best with our personnel.” That said, Vermeil hinted the regulars may not play the entire game. “We’re going to play it to win with anybody that goes in ■ See RAMS, Page A11 By DEBORAH L. BATES Telegraph staff writer Rams try to stay on track today Christmas dinner The Telegraph/MARGIE M. BARNES The coffin of Madison County Circuit Judge Lawrence Keshner is carried from St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Godfrey. Kidnapping of banker landed six in jail nu TKLHjRAPH T 0 Pl Stories of tbs for almost a week, the victim of a kidnapping in which a ransom of $100,000 was reportedly demanded. It was believed that the kidnapping was done to collect money for out-of-business bootleggers in the days immediately after the repeal of Prohibition. The Telegraph published the first extra edition in its history on Sunday, July 16, when Luer was released by his kidnappers on a roadside near Collinsville after being held in a basement near Madison for several days. The identity of the kidnap- ■ See BANKER, Page A11 The Telegraph/MARGIE M. BARNES Sue Connolly of Edwardsville holds her granddaughter, Madison Falgout, 6 months old, Wednesday. Madison is blind and paralyzed from the waist down from being shaken allegedly by her father. EDWARDSVILLE - Ray and Sue Connolly have one wish for the new year: they want their 6-month-old granddaughter, Madison Falgout, to smile, even though her doctors have said she never will. It’s not impossible, either. Madison already has proved doctors wrong. When she was two months old, she was shaken by her father. She was on life support for 12 days. Madison’s mother, Rim Falgout, 24, and grandparents were told the brain damage was so severe that Madison never would have a distinguished cry like other babies. They were told she never would hold her head up on her own. They were told she would do nothing but lie there, her heart beating and her lungs breathing. And they were told she never would smile. But Madison does have a ■ See BABY, Page A11 The Telegraph/MARGIE M. BARNES Frank Hurd of Bethalto picks a dessert Saturday from the many selections as Carla Scott, a volunteer, prepares a dinner for a homebound residence during the Christmas dihner at College Avenue Presbyterian Church in Alton. Story, Page AIQ T9CMWI* APH By DAVE WHALEY Telegraph staff writer On the evening of July IO, 1933, banker and meat packer August Luer and his wife were enjoying a quiet time in their Washington Avenue home. That quiet was broken when two men and a woman came to the door asking to use the telephone. Within sec-o n d s , Helena Luer, 75, was knocked down, and August Luer, 78, was seized and taken away by force. With that, one of the more lurid local stories of the century began. Luer, a prominent Alton businessman with a history of heart problems, was missing Innocent, guilty mourned judge By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Quanotho Kyles believes two pairs of eyes are looking down on him from heaven. One belongs to the brother he killed last year in a fit of rage. The other belongs to Madison County Circuit Judge Lawrence Keshner. “I pray that Mr. Keshner and my baby brother Pierre are together. They’ll both make great friends for all other angels to follow,” said Kyles,    a Madison County Jail inmate from Alton. Such is the regard that peo- ■ See JUDGE, Page A11 ;

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