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issouri is going bowling 'rS A1gers eat Baylor to go 10 fi PIU1 Vol. 119, No. 320 1997 Sunday, November 16, 1997 weirs 6 $1.25 J f &3 Ten-year-old 't : J 1 ji vi. .i-- Odeu. Mitchell JR.P0ST-D1SRATCH Joeann Dardeen is frightened and frustrated. She's sought help from "Unsolved Mysteries" but worries about reprisals if she solves the crime. Slaying of family remains baffling, horrific Joeann Dardeen calls to nudge police weekly to solve the killing of her son and his family in Ina, El. The case has about "driven some of us crazy, " a detective says. By Patrick e. gauen Of the Post-Dispatch INA, 111. Dardeen. The name resonates faintly across Southern Illinois, the faded memory of something gruesome and long ago. Dardeen. The name rings loudly in a village called Ina, where to this day, people lock their doors and cock their guns at the very thought Dardeen. The name labels a drab-green cabinet of reports that spill into extra file boxes at the sheriff's office in Mount Vernon, MU research may help astronauts keep warm on Mars The temperature fin Mars, the I V remoeraiure c, varies greatly t I j 1 P ' from the sur- f ' ' 1 face to six feet above it. Astronauts will need suits that control body temperature ac cordingly. 60F . Our Simmy Best I Ray Hartmann, I publisher of The Riverfront Times, says that he moved the company to the University City Loop for access to restaurants, parking and a historic building. He oicn eavs that Civic Prosress awu is too homogenous t and that he's a sports nut Jerry Berger interviews him on the heels ot the 20th anniversary of RFT.Dl on Mars IT? V 30F hhm hp A I i i.... killings haunt once innocent town r V where nobody gives up on Case 87P6553, a quadruple homicide. About once a week, the phone rings on Detective John Kemp's desk. It is Joeann Dardeen, pushing or cajoling or offering new leads, just as she did with Mike An-this and Charlie Parker and Dick Evans and other investigators through the last decade. Ten years ago on Tuesday, Joeann Dardeen called police to check her son's home because his boss said he missed work. She hasn't stopped calling the police since. "I carried Keith for nine months. I raised him. I worshiped the ground he walked on. He was a good man and a good father. That's why I do it," she explained in an interview last week. "And I will never give up." Kemp said he welcomed Joeann's nudges. But he wouldn't forget this From head to toe, temperature varies Mission deadline is 2010 By William Allen Post-Dispatch Science Writer When the first astronauts walk on Mars, they may have their heads in an icebox and their feet in a nice spring day. That's why researchers at the University of Missouri at Columbia are working to build a better space-suit. The recent Pathfinder mission to mm I The Blues I with a win out Kiel crowd of 20,000 on St. Louis in its 5-2 moved into first and 30 points. The Obituaries, Clt Editorials, B2 Movies. D8 Classified begins 5? M. . 'J V , s Ma case anyway. Not the Dardeens. The people of Jefferson County, III, about 75 miles southeast of St. Louis, already were on edge. In November 1985, 19-year-old Thomas Odle murdered his parents and three siblings one at a time as they arrived home in Mount Vernon. In May 1987, Amy Schulz, 10, disappeared north of town. She was found raped and murdered. A man has been sen- Mars found that when the sun is high in the Martian sky, the air at nose level can be freezing while the temperature near the ground can be near 60 degrees Fahrenheit. As the sun goes down, the temperature at both levels plummets to less than minus-100. If the MU researchers succeed, the new spacesuit will keep the astronaut blissfully unaware of these extreme temperature differences. "Spacesuit design hasn't changed much since the days of Apollo," said Satish Nair, a me- ' chanical engineer at MU, referring to the 1960s-era moon missions. "Now there's a push to improve them." Nair and John Miles, also a mechanical engineer, are leading a team of students in the department utes of instruction, anyone can explore the Colorado Rockies on a snowmobile. For $50 for two hours, you can rent the snowmobile plus the helmet, boots, gloves and suit needed on the frails of claimed first place over Detroit. A sell Grand Lake. i - plus fans cheered victory. The Blues with a 14-5-2 record loss dropped De- rv I tT" on Gl "S l"'J'M"tar U He was a good man and a good father. . . And I wiU never give up. W Joeann Dardeen Mother of murder victim tenced to death in that case. But 10 miles down Illinois Route 37, life remained relatively innocent in Ina, a settlement consisting of a store, a gas station, a firehouse, a bank, a post office and enough bungalows and trailers for 475 residents. In 1986, Russell Keith and Ruby Elaine Dardeen, who used their middle names, rented a neat beige-and-white mobile home in a wood-See Murders, Page All of mechanical and aerospace engineering on the project. NASA awarded a $218,000 grant earlier this year. The suit must be ready for the planned launch of a manned mission to Mars in 2010, the engineers said. Even before then it will be needed for other missions, including constructing a space station and a possible moon base. The main thrust f the MU research is to use so-called dynamic computer models o! humans and spacesuits. These will help them study how a suit lan provide a more comfortable environment for work in tough conditions, like those on Mars, where chaos reigns in the atmosphere. Pathfinder, for example, discovered high winds and See Suits, Page A12 After a Americans are con few min cerned about saturated fat and are doing something to cut down. But, in a survey of 2,215 people, chips end up as the favorite snack of men, women and children. Fruit is second fa- ' J vorite for women j -l:u . 7- anu uuiurcn; t cookies for men. . Twice as manv . ''A women as men , i County official isbwrfromi IUD contracts He will remain real estate director, his supervisor says He diverted tenants' deposits BY Kristen Ostendorf AND DAN MiHALOPOULOS Of the Post-Dispatch 1997, St Louis Post-Dispatch St. Louis County's top real-estate official has been banned from doing business with the federal government for two years because he misused tenant security deposits when he was a private developer. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has suspended Dean Burns, director of real estate and community development for the St. Louis County Economic Council, from doing business with the federal government until April 1999. HUD's action raises questions about Burns' county job because the terms of the suspension prohibit Burns from dealing with federal money. St. Louis HUD officials familiar Garnahan turns salesman to woo Eastern Europe ; Missouri jobs hang in balance By Philip Dine Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau PRAGUE, Czech Republic Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan faces twin obstacles as he em barks on an ambitious effort to help McDonnell Aircraft sell St Louis- built planes in Eastern Europe. Carnahan comes armed for the first one the stiff competition posed by other U.S. or European bidders. ' The governor will not com pare the military ments of the various manufacturers planes although as a for mer Air Force intelligence officer he probably could. Instead, he will make the case for McDonnell as a reliable company that governments can count on. For the less visible and more difficult hurdle: Gov. Mel Carnahan, meet Frantisek Babcicky. Babcicky, a strapping Czech citizen in his late 50s, should be a big fan of modernizing his country's dilapidated jet fighter force. After all, he favors a strong national defense and wants the Czech government "to go as fast as possible" in joining NATO. Now managing director of Fer-romet, which sells steel to industry, went on diets in the last year. : VFQ Mitiaii'c nam rhnnrollnr. iulil Richard Wallace, is a stark M'n ,u mum w ; y- 1 1 r, -It 1 contrast to the man he replaces. He is predictable and calm. Charles A. Kiesler was brash and sometimes testy. CI with the case said the matter was under discussion with the Justice Department. The U.S. attorney's office in St. Louis declined to comment. Burns said he used the securi ty deposits at Dean Burns two of his housing developments to try to make payments on HUD-insured mortgages. "I don't dispute HUD's reason for debarment," he said. "However, it was an attempt to keep those HUD-insured projects from going into default and at no time did I personally benefit." Burns' boss expressed support for him Friday. Dennis Coleman, executive director of the Economic Council, said Burns' problems with the federal government won't affect his future with the Economic , Council. The council is the county's economic-development arm. "Oh, sure," Coleman responded when asked if Burns would remain as real-estate director. "He is incredibly valuable, very competent, an extremely good employee. What we're concerned with is the job he's doing with the county Economic Council." Burns earns about $53,000 a See HUD, Page A12 What is being sold? McDonnell Aircraft's FA-18 Hornet The competition: Lockeed Martin's Falcon, the Swedish Gripen, : the French Mirage and the Russ- r . ian MiG The buyers: Czech Republic and i Hungary plan to buy about 30 ' planes apiece for roughly $1.5 ', billion for each country. Ftoland 1 wants more than 100 planes. Babcicky once worked for an airplane maker and calls modern air weaponry "my nostalgic hobby." - But asked whether the Czechs should move to buy jet fighters, Babcicky is cautious: "In this moment I don't think there are enough See Planes, Page A9 Vfeather Today: Cloudy and continued cold, with a breeze from the west High ; 38. Cloudy overnight. Low 25. Monday: Partly Thh Stars;. cloudy. High 49. Other weather, Page BIO "09189ll27100l . rest rasp; fsmto, m v 1

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