Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - January 21, 1999, Alton, Illinois
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Taiwan M. Davis, left, and his attorney, Erie Vickers.
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SIU! student dies jogging
By LINDA N. WELLER
Telegraph staff writer
EDWARDSVILLE - Kara Livingston dreamed of being a television news anchor after she graduated from SIUE.
Known as a hard worker, the 19-year-old honor student had a full-time job as a
Sophomore was 1997 CM graduate
receptionist at a St. Louis County motel and attended classes full time, despite suffering from a serious congenital heart condition.
The condition — cardiomyopathy, or enlargement of the heart — however, ended
Livingston’s young life Tuesday night.
The sophomore collapsed around 7 p.m. on the jogging track of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Despite resuscitation efforts, Livingston was pro
nounced dead at 8:44 p.m. in the emergency room of Anderson Hospital in Maryville.
“She was the best,” said her grieving stepmother, Gail Livingston of Alton. “She had so much going for
her; she had everything going for her. It was terrible.”
Gail Livingston said Kara had “a lot of friends.”
“She was so upbeat, she was a joy to everybody,” she said.
Gail Livingston said that Kara’s younger sister was
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By DENNIS GRUBAUGH
Telegraph staff writer
EDWARDSVILLE - Tearful family members testified Wednesday how a mob of up to 20 people beat them and cheered each other on during a fatal street encounter last summer in Alton The brother, son and daughter of the late Richard Skelton of Wood River were among witnesses testifying for the prosecution during the first day of the trial of Taiwan M. Davis, 17, of Alton.
Davis is one of eight adults charged with murder in Richard Skelton’s death on Aug ll and the first to go on trial.
“(The beating) went on for a good four or five minutes,” Skelton’s brother Fred Skelton testified.
“They were kicking him very hard in the head, the face and the ribs. He didn’t have the chance to fight back “I lost him there,” Skelton said, sobbing A jury of six men and seven women, all white, are hearing the case against Davis. All of
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January 21, 1999
Charges against Clinton ‘flawed and unfair’
By DAVID ESPO
Associated Press writer
WASHINGTON — House-passed articles of impeachment are “flawed and unfair,” President Clinton’s legal team argued before the Senate on Wednesday in a finely detailed, sometimes emotional defense that challenged each claim of perjury and obstruction of justice.
The allegations “do not justify the
nullification of a free election,” said Special Counsel Gregory Craig.
Craig and Deputy White House Counsel Cheryl Mills spliced together videotape, transcripts and even the words of House prosecutors as they challenged claims that Clinton broke the law to cover up a sexual affair with Monica Lewinsky. Accusing the House prosecutors of substandard legal work, Craig said at one point, “It is hard to take the charges seriously.”
And in an emotional summation at day’s end, Ms. Mills, a 33-year-old black lawyer, told the Senate the “house of civil rights will not fall” if Clinton is acquitted. Clinton’s accusers say that by his actions in the Paula Jones sexual harassment lawsuit, he sought to deny her civil rights.
Senators — some of them writing notes on legal pads, others struggling periodically against the urge to doze off — sat silently through the fifth
day’s presentation. By the time the day was done, Craig said in a joking aside, senators would have had “much more than IOO percent of your minimum daily requirement for lawyering, for which I apologize.”
Lawmakers’ turn for questioning the two legal teams will come at the conclusion of the White House’s defense presentation, through queries to be
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The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN
Left, an AmerenUE lineman walks past a power line that broke Wednesday morning in the 1300 block of Milton Road. The wire fell onto a moving car before hitting the pavement. Above, the power line burned a hole In the pavement almost 2-feet across.
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Officials urge commuters to steer clear of pope
By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT
Telegraph staff writer
COLLINSVILLE - Officials are praying for no snow and cooperative commuters when Pope John m—m—m——— Paul ll visits St. Louis on Tuesday and Wednesday.
heading to Downtown St. Louis to seek alternatives to interstate highways and to discuss with employers some alternative work schedules to avoid driving in at peak hours ——— District
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expect,” Illinois State Police District ll Cmdr Charles E. Brueggemann said. “We are told to expect between
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Brueggemann urged people
Highway Engineer .Jjjn Easterly said the Martin Luther King Bridge will be closed during the pope’s two-day visit, further aggravating traffic problems.
“Whenever we close the
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King Bridge, it is a major problem in any case,” Easterly said at a news
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The Telegraph/MARGIE M BARNES
A sign along Interstate 55 south of Illinois Route 143 alerts drivers to take an alternative route during the papal visit on Tuesday and Wednesday.