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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - January 22, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 chance of rain. High 56; low 37 Vol. 164 No. 7 50 cents TUI? Tl?I vcn J. MLI -Hi A _Li    A& LookingDid not mean for guy to die Kft Halls provides decorating with flair Page D-l On the mat Alton wins one, loses one Page B-l I Page DB Friday January 22, 1999 The doctor is in Tire real Patch Adams delivers his own dose of medicine Page C-l By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - He never took the stand in his own defense, but a jury Thursday still heard the regretful words of an Alton teen-ager charged with killing Richard Skelton. “I did not mean for the guy to die,” Taiwan M. Davis said Defendant’s statement read in beating death trial in a statement read by Alton police detective Scott Golike. The statement was given by Davis, 17, to police about six hours after the beating death of Skelton, 48, of Wood River. Davis is charged with first- degree murder. Defense attorney Erie Vickers and Assistant State’s Attorney Don Weber are scheduled to give their closing statements to the jury this morning. Skelton, his daughter, Shelly Garrett, and his brother, Fred Skelton, were attacked by a mob of up to 20 people early on Aug. ll. They were in the HOO block of East Seventh Street looking for a television set that Skelton believed other acquaintances had sold for crack cocaine. Davis is accused of using a 3-foot-long broomstick to beat Skelton, who died of a heart arrhythmia triggered by the beating, according to a foren sic pathologist who testified. Weber asked Golike to read Davis’ statement to the jury, over the objections of Vickers, who had tried to get it suppressed before the trial. In part, the statement reads: “I know I’m not the only person who beat the white man, but I was the one using a ■ Qao nip Pana A-7 Don’t give up struggle, Evers’ widow urges By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - The wife of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers said the day’s events leading to her speaking engagement at SIUE Thursday reminded her of the ongoing struggle for civil rights in America. Speaking at the Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Awards Luncheon, Myrlie Evers-Williams recounted the events of the day as she traveled to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville from Denver. “I got up at 3:30 a m. to get to the Denver airport to get here. It was a labor of love, but I’ve only had two hours sleep.” She said the struggle to get to the luncheon through the fog brought to mind the word she has always associated with the civil rights movement. “The word struggle always brings to my mind the lives of others involved in the struggle for equality in this, our "ll See EVERS, Page A-7 Tie Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Myrlie Evers-Williams addresses the crowd Thursday at the Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Awards Celebration luncheon at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Above. Earleen Patterson, left, director of specialized services at SIUE, gives Josephine Beckwith of Alton a big hug as Beckwith receives the Delyte W. Morris Legacy Award. Latest fashion trend: papal shirts, now on sale By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - Papal shirts are the latest fashion fad at St. Boniface School in Edwardsville. “The kids really like these because not everybody knows what they mean, but the kids know what it means," parishioner Mary Ann Frey said She helped organize the Thursday shirt sale as a fundraiser for the school and to support Pope John Paul II’s visit Tuesday and Wednesday The shirts are designed along the same lines as a Nike logo, she said. She said the children in the parish are excited about the papal visit. Mexicans await ‘el papa’ B-6 Pope to ride in style C-1 “He is a pope for the kids.” The pope has done much for young people, and he will be remembered for that long past his reign, she said. Other shirts have a series of profiles resembling the pope in formal garb. “These are popular with the adults. They can’t keep them in stock over in St. Louis,” Frey said. She said St. Boniface is the only place people can buy the shirts on the east side of the Mississippi River. Hat pins and lapels are also available. Shirts will be still be available to buyers who call the school. The parish has raised $1,500 for general expenses through the sale, she said, and the St. Louis Archdiocese will get royalties. Logo Masters Inc. and Ad Creations first approached the archdiocese in July to produce the shirts as a fund-raiser for schools in the region. Church officials approved each design, and officially approved designs will have a special sticker attached. “The companies are not making much profit on the shirts, but ifs for a good cause,” Frey said. The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Joby Meisel, left, Ann Marie Frey, center, and Kara Korte sort through shirts on sale at St. Boniface School in Edwardsville commemorating the upcoming visit of Pope John Paul ll. ‘You cannot convict,’ Bumpers tells ex-colleagues WASHINGTON (AP) -Defending a longtime friend, former Sen. Dale Bumpers told the Senate impeachment trial of Bill Clinton Thursday that the president was guilty of a “terrible moral lapse” with Monica Lewinsky but not of conduct warranting or even permitting his removal from office. “You can censure Bill Clinton. You can hand him over to prosecutors. But you cannot convict,” Bumpers said in an hour’s defense summation concluding six days of opening presentations by both sides. “We are none of us perfect,” said Bumpers, alternately the constitutional scholar and the bantering Southerner, as he addressed a hushed Senate where he served until last year The president should have thought of the consequences of his marital infidelity beforehand, “just as Adam and Eve ■ See CLINTON, Page A-7 Good Morning Area/Illinois A-3,6,8 Bulletin Board .D-5 Classifieds ... .C-2 Comics.......D-6 Editorial ......A-4 Horoscope D-6 Nation/world B-5,6 Obituaries A-5 Anderson, Bextermueller, Henderson, Jacobs, Maxeiner, Mortimer, Noud, Podesta, Pohlman, Stassi, Steinman, Wood Teievision D-7 -J Apply by Phone 1-800-833-9424 Touch Tone 24 Hours (Illinois Sales Tax Included in Loan) Your Credit is not as Bad as you think” We are the leader in getting you approved! (314) 416-1600 - 1 (888) 227-6321 1-55 af Meramec Bottom PM So. County. 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