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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - January 24, 1999, Alton, Illinois Coupons and special offers I inside most editions I Sports Milestone fflafka gets 700th win at Bunker Hill Page B-l He means business Mayor Sandidge sees prosperity in Alton’s future Page D-l Plenty of fresh air Topless Mitsubishi Spyder won’t be caught in the slow lane Page C-l The outlook Partly sunny. High 48; low 35 Page EMI w frig Area/Illinois A-3-9 Bulletin Board ... A-IO Classifieds........C-2 Horoscope........C-2 Nation/world.....A-12 Obituaries........A-6 Benz, Brown, Carver, Darr, Oawdy, Faring, Franklin, Gillespie, Haine, Hawes, Kessinger, Lucker, Mateyka, Montanez, Pruitt, Tolliver, Vanfossen, Young Stocks...........D-2 ww.rrrefetfecr3uft.coim I TDV JI J J Bu Vol. 164, No. 9 ince 1836 January 24,1999 $1.50 LSO making a comeback Drug seizures in Madison County -1998 | Amounts of controlled substances and cash seized during 1998 by tactical officers conducting raids for the ' Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southwestern Illinois. These amounts do not include controlled substances purchased by MEGSI’s undercover agents. Totals are in grams Selected cities in Madison Law enforcement authorities fight rebirth of Ws hallucinogens County Alton Bethalto Collinsville Edwardsville Granite City Highland Pontoon Beach Rosewood Heights Troy Cocaine Crack Heroin Moth Mushrooms Cash I 155 420 _ — — — 3,506 6 _ 8 — - $14,800 647 — 27 — — 135 - 111 — — — — - $1,000 5,454 — 1.5 — — — $4,000 10.6 — — — — — — » 136 — 30 — — — $965 _ 44.8 _ _ — $4,000 3.5 12 — — 1 - — EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first of a three-part series about the increased use of psychedelic drugs in the area. By STEVE WHITWORTH Telegraph staff writer Although marijuana, cocaine and crack clearly remain the most serious problem drugs in the area, there has been an upward trend in the use of hallucino-genics during the last year, authorities say. The    Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southwestern Illinois uses undercover and tactical officers from local law enforcement agencies to battle the drug problem in the Metro East. MEGSI’s jurisdiction includes Madison, St. Clair and Monroe counties. See LSD, Page A-11 Area pair to usher at papal Mass By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer WOOD RIVER - Sandy and Wally Ventimiglia’s dream will come true Wednesday when they will be ushers at the Mass to be celebrated by Pope John Paul II in the Trans World Dome in St. Louis. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience to see Pope John Paul in person and to be picked to be an usher at the Mass of the Holy Father,” Wally Ventimiglia said. The Ventimiglias will help usher people to the pope’s front worship altar at the dome to receive Holy Communion from the pontiff and his assistant priests. “It’s hard to believe we will be in the same service in the presence of the Holy Father, who is such a kind, loving and humble man,” Sandy Ventimiglia said. “It will be a blessing for all of us.” Thousands of people will See MASS, Page A-11 The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Sandy and Wally Ventimiglia, members of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Wood River, will be ushers Wednesday at the Mass to be celebrated by Pope John Paul ll in the Trans World Dome in St. Louis. Furor erupts in Senate House plan to interview Lewinsky disrupts trial WASHINGTON (AP) - President Clinton’s impeachment trial dissolved into partisan debate Saturday, as lawmakers and lawyers alike dueled over a surprise attempt by House prosecutors to question Monica Lewinsky before the Senate decides whether to call witnesses. With party lines hardening, Majority Leader Trent Lott announced at day’s end that Senate Republicans would submit written questions to Clinton as early as Monday to resolve “some of the inconsistencies” in the case. Within an hour, the White House said its lawyers — not Clinton — would respond. The furor erupted as U.S. District Judge Norma Holloway Johnson ordered Lewinsky to appear for questioning, either by House prosecutors, or by lawyers from independent counsel Kenneth Starr’s office on the prosecutors’ behalf if she wishes. Lewinsky flew back to Washington from California to comply. She arrived at the Mayflower Hotel, walking in wearing a baseball cap and surrounded by jostling TV cameramen. See FUROR, Page A-11 The race is on Cub Scouts show off handmade vehicles By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — The coolest cars in town showed their stuff Saturday at Alton Square, zipping down a custom-made racetrack in a blaze of bright colors. About 150 Cub Scouts in the Piasa Bird District of the Trails West Council had their handmade Pinewood Derby vehicles measured, weighed and registered — then raced. When the big time came, wooden cars, an Army “tank,” trucks and even a black “limousine” lined up to race    ________________ on the plastic Phantom Track. With excitement building, the vehicles raced or rumbled — down the track The first car of each relay to pass through a light beam won. The winning time flashed on an electronic digital scoreboard. Mike Morris of Bethalto, we called it the Phantom Track.” The boys and their parents had fashioned the vehicles in recent weeks from wooden blocks in kits they bought. The rules were that the cars had to be no more than 234 inches wide and 7 inches long and weigh no more than 5 ounces. The Scouts took it from there — many of them fabricating cars with pointed front UHT here is everything from ll ........ real sleek modified ones to the basic blocks.” Mike Morris district’s Pinewood Derby chairman ends; painting them bright red or black or green; and decorating them wherever their imaginations took them. “There is everything from real sleek modified ones to the basic blocks,” Morris said. Winners received The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Bethalto Cub Scout Pack 101 members Mason Copeland, 9, left, Brent Madison, 9, center, and Scott McGarney, 10, judge their teammates’ entries in the Pinewood Derby races Saturday in Alton Square. -;    __    the district’s Pinewood Derby chairman, said he and two other men built the wooden track in secret four years ago, The surface is covered with polyvinyl chloride for speed and durability. “The majority of people in the council knew nothing about it,” he said proudly, “That’s why trophies donated by Wood River Refining Co., and all participants got a variety of racing-themed goods as prizes. Morris said he solicited donations from racing web sites on the Internet for the past six months, getting more than 1,000 items. “Everybody will get something," Morris said “I wanted to do something that was truly racing-oriented. I’ve been a racing fan all of my life.” I See RACE, Page A-11 110 H. 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