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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - November 29, 1999, Alton, Illinois The Telegraph/RUSH SMITH on Fife and Drum Corps perform at the opening night of lebration of Christmas at Rock Spring Park. Area/Illinois..... ... A3,6 Obituaries .......... .AS Bulletin Board .. .. . B2,4 Baldwin Sr., Caldini, Clore, Business ...... .....DI Coombes, Deist, Gawronski, Classifieds .... .....C6 Hetzel, Krause, Nash, Ramage, Comics ....... .....D2 Renner, Uetz, Werner Editorial........ .....A4 Scoreboard..........C2 Horoscope ..... .....D2 ‘Television ...........D3 Nation&world ... A8 Weather.............D4 SERVING THE RIVERBEND 1836 RAPH Christmas balls Salvation Army bell ringers enthusiastic Page Bl Vol 164 No 318 - 50 cents    Monday, November 29, 1999 _ www.thetelegraph.com Rams plow through Saints MADD ranks state fifth-best in fighting drunk driving By CURTISS A. HARTLEY For the Telegraph EDWARDSVILLE - Illinois is fifth-best state in the nation in fighting drunken driving, a national group says. Mothers Against Drunk Driving is turning up the heat to pressure states into working harder to combat the problem. Organization putting more pressure on officials to eliminate problem A national report card put out this month by MADD ranked the state only behind California, Florida, North Carolina and Utah. Montana. Illinois received a B-plus. North Dakota and South Dakota received the lowest marks. The U.S. as a whole was given a C-plus. Illinois is one of 17 states that have passed the lower 0.08 percent blood-alcohol content legislation supported by MADD. Last year, according to a report from MADD, there were 15,935 people killed and nearly -900,000 people injured in alcohol-related traffic crashes in the U.S. That’s an average of one person killed every 33 minutes and one injured every 30 seconds. On average, 44 Americans are killed daily in alcohol-related highway crashes, according to the report. But in the past several Thanksgiving weekends that figure has averaged 64 DUI deaths. MADD, along with the GuideOne Foundation, graded the states on efforts Ito combat what they called “the most frequently committed violent crime — drunk driving.” “The War on drunk driving has reached a complacent plateau characterized by many indifferent gov- H See STATE, Page A7 Ninth win secures first winning season for Rams in IO years By WARREN MAYES Telegraph sports editor ST. LOUIS - The Rams sent the Saints marching home Sunday afternoon by scoring a 43-12 triumph. Rookie _ receiver Torry Holt caught two touchdown passes and Marshall Faulk ran in two more in the victory that improved the Rams to 9-2 on the season. The Saints fell to 2-9 St. l^ouis  - is 6-0 at home this season. The win guaranteed the franchise it« first winning season since 1989 when the club was in Los Angeles and finished 11-5. “This was a great win for our fans and the organization,” Rams co-owner Stan Kroenke said. “It’s great for St. Louis, the city and its fans. Ifs a «rphis was a great I win for our fans and the organization. It’s great for Saint Louis, the city and its fans. It’s a wonderful win.” Stan Kroenke Rams co-owner wonderful win.” Rams coach Dick Vermeil agreed. “I am very pleased that we got our ninth win and our first winning season in the Rams organization in the last IO years,” Vermeil said. Despite the final score, St. Louis led just 15-12 at halftime. “We didn’t play all that well in the first half and we still had the lead,” K r o n k e •  said. “That says a lot about our ballclub.” The Saints took the opening kickoff in the second half and marched to the St. Louis 6 but the Rams defense stiffened. The Dan Brien, who hit four field goals, missed from 24 yards. H See RAMS, Page A7 I ne loitfyrapn/ m«nwis. ►aint Louis Rams Quarterback Kurt Warner hands off the football to Marshall Faulk in the fourth quarter during a Rams ictory over the New Orleans Saints 43-12 at the Trans World Dome. Hearing set to discuss water plant’s discharge Hearing to be held Tuesday, Wednesday By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph statt writer ALTON - The Illinois Pollution Control Board will hold a two-day public hearing this week on whether Illinois-American Water Co. will be allowed to discharge sediment left from treating river water back into the Mississippi River. The “direct discharge” request, which the company amended Tuesday, would plant under construction on the north side of the Great River Road. The hearing will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday in Alton City Council Chambers, 101 E. Third St. The company always has pulled river water to the plant, then discharged the materials in question back into the river from its current, 102-year-old plant next to the Mississippi, H See HEARING, Page A7 Celebration of Christmas dazzles specators fight display described as ‘toyland’ / ANDE YAKSTIS ilegraph staff writer ALTON — Four-year-old enyatta Banks stared with nazement at the wonderland colored lights sparkling on ie trees in ock Spring srk lok^like Santa    TOWNS laus’    toy ______ md,”    said ienyatta, who was fascinated Telegraph Kenyatta, her mother, Lisa Henderson, and family are among thousands of spectators who will* drive through the beautiful wooded park to see the eighth annual spectacle of 1.75 million Christmas lights. Visitors who drive into y the glow of lights around andy Cane Village at the elevation of Christmas in* ie historic Alton park. Celebration of Christmas are greeted by a spectacular scene of sparkling blue lights which look like a waterfall cascading down limestone rocks of the H See CELEBRATION, Page A7 Alton museum offers unique gifts for the holiday season By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer ALTON — People can sur-sprise their families with some unique gifts of Alton history under the Christmas tree. “We invite people to shop for some wonderful Christmas gifts of area history at our museum gift shop,” said Mary Ann Warmack, director of the Alton Museum of History & Art in Upper Alton. Former U.S. Sen. Paul Simon’s famous book “Freedom’s Champion — Elijah Lovejoy” is an excellent Christmas gift, Warmack said. “Simon’s book is a treasure on H See MUSEUM, Page A7 ;

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