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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - October 20, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 TNE TOMKA I »Hj Si louis wins j irAAIV>« i'nAn Blues beat I *w*11 ® Calgary 7-1 I What s for dinner? I Cook will ask same _ i question at 5 p.m. Page OI ;M    r PageB1 Tho outlook j Switching lobs Mostly sunny I Ex-restaurateur skies. High 54; i opens low 35    I    pawn shop IS,  r**,wl  lotfnflttf Vol. 164, No. 278 - 50 centsWednesday, October 20, 1999 www.thetelegraph.comSuspect called gleeful’ at beating By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Prosecutors plan to show that Glenn A Taylor, 18, was a part of a mob that seemed "gleeful" while beating to death Richard Skelton of Wood River, while the defense plans to depict Taylor as a mildmannered youngster who may Trial in Skelton death charged with racial overtones have had difficulty understanding the confession he signed. The felony murder trial of Taylor continued Tuesday in Madison County Circuit Court amid an atmosphere charged with racial overtones, as members of civil rights groups helped to fill the courtroom and Circuit Judge J. Lawrence Keshner admonished spectators to avoid outbursts. During a break in the trial, Keshner said he would allow neither outbursts nor nods of the head in agreement or disagreement. He said he spotted such conduct during the early part of the trial. He ordered that James Gray, president of the Alton branch of the NAACP, be barred from wearing his organization pin and that another man in the gallery be barred from displaying the NAACP logo on his shirt Gray, who sat at the defense table during Monday s proceedings, said he respects the judge and will go along with his rulings “We always do.” he said Assistant State's Attorney Don Weber told the jury in his opening statement that he plans to prove that Taylor ran to the spot in the ll(K) block of East Seventh Street on Aug ll, 1998, pushed others aside and joyfully gave Skelton two punches to the ribs. Weber told jurors to listen closely as pathologist Dr. Raj Nanduri describes the rib ■ See BEATING, Page A13 Good ;*: Morning ‘Slyders’ on the way White Castle to open doors Friday in Alton By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer Alton students below state averages on test By ANGELA MUELLER I Telegraph staff writer ALTON — Pupils in the Alton School District scored slightly below state averages in almost all categories of the Illinois Standards Achievement Test, assistant superintendent Marie Schickedanz reported during Tuesday night’s meeting of the Alton School Board. Also Tuesday night, the board voted to hire Consulting and Resource Group Inc. of Monticello to seek a replacement for the district’s retiring superintendent, Michael Beaber. Pupils in the third, fifth, eighth and 10th grades took the new ISAT test in reading, mathematics and writing for the first time last February. Districtwide results for the tests were below state averages for all grade levels in all subject areas, with one exception. ■ See STUDENTS, Page A13 MADD set to begin Red Ribbon Week By KERRY SMITH I Telegraph staff writer J BETHALTO - Members of j Mothers Against Drunk \ Drivers from across Madison County are spreading the message diligently, particularly during this coming week, that ; drinking and driving is a tragedy waiting to happen. During a ceremony I Tuesday morning at the I Allstate Insurance Co. office Vin Bethalto, the state of I Illinois’ MADD organization — ■ See MADD, Page A13 ALTON — They asked for White Castle “slyders," and, come Friday, fans of the tiny square hamburgers with five holes will get their wish. The long-awaited restaurant is scheduled to i open mid-morning Friday at 2998 Homer Adams Parkway. An exact time has not been set, said Gloria Hollingsworth, St. Louis area supervisor. “We are excited about being here," she said. “There has been a lot of response from a lot of * residents, and that continues to boost us," The Alton White Castle, built during the summer on a lot in front of Ace Hardware, will be r the 25th location in the St. Louis area. • Hollingsworth said White Castle System Inc., based in Columbus, Ohio, has more than 330 restaurants nationwide. Crews worked this week to finish some last . details on the 35- by 52-foot building. The general t contractor for the project was Ashcraft Bloomquist Inc. of St. Louis. The restaurant seats 43 in two- and four-person booths and has a special griddle for drive-through orders only, a large portion of the White ■ See CASTLE, Page A13 I ne Ieiegrapn/mahuie m, damnes Mike Klaesner of St. Peters, Mo., wires the voice box for the drive-through window at the White Castle Restaurant that is scheduled to open Friday on Homer Adams Parkway in Alton. Area/Illinois .... A3-9 Bulletin Board A6 Classifieds.......C9 Comics.........C7 Editorial.........A4 Horoscope.......C7 Nation&world .. .A11,12,14 Obituaries.......A5 Calvey, Doles, Hack, Harris, Kadell, Kemper-Chadwick, Madison, McLane, Naylor, Weber, Zipprich . Television........C8 Noisy lesson for National Fire Prevention Week A group of preschoolers from the Simpson Center in Bethalto cover their ears as a firetruck sounds its siren Tuesday at the Bethalto Volunteer Fire Department. At left, firefighter Dennis Goodell shows Daniel Teepee, 5, how the firehose works at the tour, which was part of National Fire Prevention Month. The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH ;

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