Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - November 29, 1999, Alton, Illinois
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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
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
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-
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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.
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
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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.”
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
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.
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►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,
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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
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ienyatta, who was fascinated
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
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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
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