St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from June 29, 2012

'A Cat in Paris' Purrs with a French Accent; Stylish Cartoon Import Is More Mood Than Moral. Three Stars
Pixar makes fine films, but in addition to life lessons, the company and its Hollywood competitors are teaching kids that all animated movies look alike. Using the latest computers, they copy a template devised by Disney in the 1930s, a kind of caricature...
Bakery and Cafe Lives Up to Its Name: De.lish; Cheap Eats: Florissant Restaurant Excels at Quiche and Cheesecake
Sometimes, even food writing can feel like a chore. I know: I get paid to eat. We should all have such problems. But sadly, between laundry, weeding and grocery shopping, a restaurant visit can become just another thing to check off the list. Until a...
Bank Ponders Next Move; Experts Say Bank of Montreal Will Seek Acquisitions Locally as Part of Its Plan to Expand
The Bank of Montreal hasn't yet disclosed how it plans to expand in the St. Louis market. But analysts say Canada's fourth-largest bank will likely grow through its acquisitions of local banks.On Tuesday, the Bank of Montreal announced it was targeting...
BASEBALL Roundup
Burnett, McGehee propel Pirates A.J. Burnett threw 6 2/3 sharp innings to win his eighth straight start, Casey McGehee hit a three-run homer and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the host Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 on Thursday. Burnett allowed three runs and...
BASEBALL Roundup
Burnett, McGehee propel Pirates A.J. Burnett threw 6 2/3 sharp innings to win his eighth straight start, Casey McGehee hit a three-run homer and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the host Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 on Thursday. Burnett allowed three runs and...
Beal Goes to Washington in NBA Draft; Kentucky Players Picked First and Second before Former Chaminade Star Is Selected Third Overall
Kentucky became the first school to have players drafted with the first two overall picks, and the Washington Wizards made another SEC freshman - Chaminade graduate Brad Beal - the No. 3 overall pick. The New Orleans Hornets took Wildcats freshman forward...
Best Bets [Corrected 07/12/12]
Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Thompson SquareWhen 7 p.m. today - Where Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights - How much $29.25-$54 - More info Live NationCountry superstar act Lady Antebellum's "Own the Night" world...
Blistering Heat Brings Help out in Force; Agencies Pass out Water, Install Air Conditioners, Set Up Cooling Centers
ST. LOUIS - The Salvation Army truck edged to the curb as a small army of kids came pouring out of their midtown neighborhood pool.Each of the kids grabbed a bottle or two of water before heading back to the cool comfort of the Chambers Park pool, on...
Bons Temps Rouler in the Louisiana Cafe; St. Peters Restaurant, Relocated from O'Fallon, Mo., with New Ownership, Scores with Cajun Favorites. One and a Half Stars
Many great Cajun recipes - and many great recipes in general - are all about scaling. Maybe you make a nice gumbo that serves the 16 people in your immediate family (all those oncles and cousines and such are family, you know), and then you turn around...
Breathe Carolina's Mission Is to Get People Up, Dancing; Two-Man Denver Band Will Cross Genres from Rock to Hip-Hop When It Performs on the Vans Warped Tour
Rock band Breathe Carolina hasn't been booked for any electronic dance music lineups yet, but it's surely coming.The Denver duo featuring David Schmitt and Kyle Even is inching closer and closer, with groovin' music including its latest song "Hit and...
Business Bulletin Board [Corrected 07/04/12]
AWARDSThe Doe Run Co. received the first place trophy at the 42nd Southern Regional Mine Rescue Classic in New Iberia, La., in May.Gail Appleson, Armstrong Teasdale's communications editor, won a Simon Rockower Award for Excellence in Jewish Journalism...
Business Bulletin Board; Networking
AWARDSThe Doe Run Co. received the first place trophy at the 42nd Southern Regional Mine Rescue Classic in New Iberia, La., in May.Gail Appleson, Armstrong Teasdale's communications editor, won a Simon Rockower Award for Excellence in Jewish Journalism...
Channing Tatum's Career Takes All the Right Steps; Ex-Male Stripper Calls on That Experience in 'Magic Mike.'
Like a stripper on steroids, Channing Tatum keeps getting bigger. The star and inspiration of the male-dancer dramedy "Magic Mike" is the hottest thing in Hollywood, with four movies in six months, including the cop comedy "21 Jump Street," the tear-jerking...
City and County Police Discuss Sharing Efforts; Canine Units, Bomb and Arson Equipment and Crime Lab Resources Are on the Table
ST. LOUIS - Budgetary concerns appear to be doing what politics has so far stymied: combining city and county resources, at least when it comes to police departments.The top brass from each department met for the first time Thursday to discuss collaborative...
Colorado Fire Makes History; Wildfire Has Destroyed 346 Homes, the Most-Ever for the State; NATION/WORD
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A raging Colorado wildfire that forced tens of thousands to flee destroyed about 346 homes this week, making it the most destructive fire in the state's history, officials said. From above, the destruction becomes painfully...
Digest
Roberts brothers countersue - Hotel owners and real estate developers Michael and Steven Roberts are countersuing Bank of America over a $34 million loan tied to multiple hotels they own outside of Missouri. Bank of America sued St. Louis-based Roberts...
Digest
Italy edges Germany, reaches Euro '12 final Mario Balotelli scored twice to give Italy a 2-1 win over Germany on Thursday in Warsaw, Poland, and an unexpected spot in the European Championship final. Extending its winless streak against Italy in major...
Dr. Eugene Mitchell; Surgeon, Medical Director at the Old Homer G. Phillips Hospital and Former Owner of the St. Louis Argus; OBITUARIES [Corrected 07/16/12]
Dr. Eugene Mitchell, who died Friday at age 78, was a prominent surgeon and newspaper man who made headlines himself.He was the former owner of the St. Louis Argus, once one of the leading African-American newspapers in the U.S. and the oldest black-...
Eurozone Revises Rules, Boosts Spanish Banks; WORLD
BRUSSELS - After tough all-night bargaining, European leaders appeared to salvage what had seemed to be a summit teetering toward failure by agreeing early today to use the continent's bailout fund to funnel money directly to struggling banks, and in...
Felix, Tarmoh Easily Win Heats of 200; Track & Field; Five Days after Their Dead Heat, They Advance in Olympic Trials; U.S. OLYPMIC TRIALS
EUGENE, Ore. - Looking smooth and exerting little effort, Allyson Felix glided to an easy heat win in the 200 meters. Minutes later, appearing just as smooth and expending just as little of energy, Jeneba Tarmoh cruised to a victory in her heat at the...
Heat Doesn't Deter Terror Drill; about 500 Participate in Bioterrorism Drill in St. Charles County; LOCAL
ST. PETERS - Officials conducting a drill Thursday to dispense drugs in response to an anthrax attack had to deal with a different health concern - blistering heat.The drill, hosted by the St. Charles County Health Department, was supposed to run from...
House Votes to Hold Holder in Contempt; Action Follows GOP Push for Documents in 'Fast and Furious' Gun Inquiry; Many Democrats Boycott Vote, Say Politics Behind Measure; NATION
WASHINGTON - Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday became the first Cabinet member held in contempt of Congress, a rebuke pushed by Republicans seeking to unearth the facts behind a bungled gun- tracking operation and dismissed by most Democrats as...
Idle Businessman Weathers Troubles; STL FRIDAY
Mike Hug is a paving and concrete guy. He would like to be working in this terrible heat. That's why he called me. He figured if I wrote about him, maybe he could get some business."Things have been slow," he told me earlier this week when I stopped...
It's Difficult to Bond with 'People like Us'; Sugar-Coated Drama Features a Do-Nothing Hero in a Too-Cautious Screenplay. Two Stars
Note to self: Be careful what you wish for.Critics complain that most movies are prepackaged concepts with no room for human emotions. Then along comes a sugar-coated turkey such as "People Like Us," and we sharpen our fangs. Yet it's hard to resist...
Jason Isbell Rolls Solo without the Truckers; Songwriter Is Part of America's Roots Music Tradition
Roots music is all about America - a vast, storied place that Sigmund Freud called "a gigantic mistake," but whose people have demonstrated an extraordinary ability to weather storms both personal and political. Addressing the emotional expansiveness...
July Fourth Events
Webster Groves Community DaysThe Gentlemen Bandits will play a mix of rock and blues Sunday; Rock This Boat will channel Jimmy Buffett for an evening of island party music Monday; and Featherstone Drive will dish classic rock Wednesday. Other highlights...
Law & Order; PUBLIC SAFETY
ST. CHARLES > Man is charged in Commerce Bank robbery - DeAndre Alonzo Wilkes, 33, of the 300 block of South Duchesne Drive in St. Charles, was charged Thursday with the robbery Wednesday of Commerce Bank at 1101 First Capitol Drive. Wilkes, who was...
Law & Order; Stl Friday
ARNOLD > City administrator resigns - City Administrator Matt Unrein resigned Thursday, effective immediately."Continuing personal issues have made it impossible for Mr. Unrein to continue his effective leadership of the city," according to a city press...
Long Road Back for Spinks; Rematch with Bundrage Saturday Will Be for the IBF Light Middleweight Crown
Cory Spinks has had 45 professional fights but he knows very well that his next one, on Saturday against Cornelius Bundrage for the IBF light middleweight title, could have some of the highest stakes ever."This is one of the most important fights of...
Mandelker Puts the Polish on Cutex Brands; Five Questions; Company President Takes Nail Care Business to New Heights with Upgrades, Equipment and Social Media
John Mandelker's career stretches across multiple industries, from record stores to plastics, but his latest post leading Cutex Brands has him embracing unfamiliar territory."I admit I've never used nail polish in my life," Mandelker said.Mandelker became...
Man Killed in Shootout with St. Louis Officers; Police Were Responding to Reported Domestic Dispute; LOCAL
ST. LOUIS - A man was fatally shot and a police officer responding to a report of a domestic dispute was wounded Thursday, police said.The gunfire erupted about 7 p.m. after police were called to a home in the 7000 block of Mitchell Avenue.Police Chief...
Modelo Buy Would Be Good for A-B InBev; Mexican Brewer Dominates Its Market and Has Room for Growth
Two sets of numbers are enough to know why Anheuser-Busch InBev is eager to acquire full control of Mexico's Grupo Modelo.First, Mexicans are 24 percent of North America's population but drink only 19 percent of the continent's beer. There's plenty of...
Mortgage Rates Still at Low Ebb; Low 30-Year Rate Could Give Suffering Housing Market the Boost It Needs; REAL ESTATE AND CONSTRUCTION
WASHINGTON - The average U.S. rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage stayed this week at the lowest level on record. Cheap mortgages have helped drive a modest housing recovery and could give the broader economy a jolt at a time when the job market is weak.Mortgage...
Nadal Makes Stunning Exit; Wimbledon; He Loses to 100th-Ranked Rosol for His Earliest Departure from a Major Tourney since 2005
WIMBLEDON, ENGLAND - Rafael Nadal seemed distracted. At one changeover, he stood and barked at the chair umpire, complaining about being distracted by 100th-ranked Lukas Rosol while serving. Later, he shook his head as fading light forced a 45-minute...
Nation Digest
News Corp. OKs plan for splitRupert Murdoch's News Corp. said Thursday that its board has approved a plan to split into two companies, one containing struggling newspaper and book publishing businesses and the other comprising faster-growing entertainment...
NBA Draft
At The Prudential Center Newark, N.J. First round 1. New Orleans, Anthony Davis, F, Kentucky. 2. Charlotte, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, F, Kentucky. 3. Washington, Bradley Beal, G, Florida. 4. Cleveland, Dion Waiters, G, Syracuse. 5. Sacramento, Thomas Robinson,...
New Face of Cards; Catcher Yadier Molina Is Putting Up Big Numbers, Makes Strides as a Hitter; BASEBALL
Sometime around Yadier Molina's two-run homer that tied Monday's game in the ninth inning and before his three-run homer gave the Cardinals a lead they wouldn't lose Tuesday, Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter turned to teammate Adam Wainwright in the...
Notebook; U.S. OLYPMIC TRIALS
Maroney returns from concussion in time to compete for spot at trials McKayla Maroney was back at it Wednesday, bounding across the floor during podium training for the U.S. Olympic trials barely two weeks after a frightening fall during the national...
Obama and Romney Seize on Ruling; Republican Challenger Reports Raising More Than $1 Million in Hours after Decision Was Revealed; SUPREME COURT HEALTH CARE RULING
WASHINGTON - Battling fiercely for the White House, President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney implored voters to see the Supreme Court's health care ruling in different ways Thursday, with Obama appealing for people to move on with him...
Office Martyrs Take Pride in Raising the Bar; Such Workers Take on Extra Work in Hopes of Career Advancement
It was Danny that leaped to mind during a conversation this week with Melinda Alison.A colleague at a small, afternoon daily in Virginia that employed me when journalism was passing through the Paleolithic Age, Danny covered a contentious county board...
Office Martyrs Take Pride in Raising the Bar; Such Workers Take on Extra Work in Hopes of Career Advancement; JOBWATCH
It was Danny that leaped to mind during a conversation this week with Melinda Alison.A colleague at a small, afternoon daily in Virginia that employed me when journalism was passing through the Paleolithic Age, Danny covered a contentious county board...
People
Tearful Ann Curry is out as 'Today' show co-hostAnn Curry offered a tearful goodbye as co-host of NBC's "Today" show on Thursday, saying, "This is not as I expected to ever leave this couch." Her exit represents NBC's most visible response to the popular...
Phelps Cruises in 200 Fly; Swimming; He Has Qualified in Three Individual Ends at Olympic Trials; U.S. OLYPMIC TRIALS
OMAHA, Neb. - After a couple of epic duels with his biggest rival, Michael Phelps made this one look easy. Phelps stayed on course to swim eight events at the London Games, pulling away for a dominating win in the 200-meter butterfly at the U.S. Olympic...
Pressuring the Men's Favorites; Gymnastics; after a Fast Start, Mikulak May Be Ready to Push Orozco, Leyva; U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS
SAN JOSE, Calif. - So much for the U.S. men's gymnastics team being a two-man show. Sam Mikulak was impressive during the first day of the U.S. Olympic gymnastics trials Thursday, threatening to break the grip national champion John Orozco and Danell...
Q&a; Supreme Court Health Care Ruling
Here's an overview of some of the key issues in the Affordable Care Act.Q: How does it affect people insured through their employers?A: Most policies won't change. In most plans, preventive care, including some cancer screenings, will be covered without...
Ready for Blast Off
Time to make a wish and blow out the candles, America. Fair St. Louis celebrates our nation's birthday with three days of music, food and some of the region's most amazing fireworks. At precisely two minutes and nine seconds after Fair St. Louis cues...
Report Cites Unhealthy Pollution Levels; Sierra Club Urges Monitoring of Sulfur Dioxide Content near Power Plants; LOCAL
An environmental group released a report Thursday showing that most of the St. Louis area may violate new standards for sulfur dioxide and is exposed to unhealthy levels of the pollutant from the stacks of two area coal-burning power plants.The report...
Ripples Felt in Races Here; GOP Welcomes 'Robust New Debate,' Hopes Issue Brings a Boost in Key Contests; SUPREME COURT HEALTH CARE RULING
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and Democrats emerged from the Supreme Court's historic ruling with a fresh opportunity to resell the health care law that has plagued them politically.Many Republicans were stunned by the court's decision to uphold...
Roberts Defies Expectations, Wins New Foes; Hackers Dub Him 'Chief Traitor' and 'Coward'; Analysts Say Ruling Shows He's No Ideologue; SUPREME COURT HEALTH CARE RULING
WASHINGTON - As a junior senator, Barack Obama voted against John Roberts' nomination to the Supreme Court, fearing he would favor the powerful over the weak. Now Roberts has saved the signature achievement of Obama's presidency, the health care overhaul,...
Shucks: Chef Lee Recovers from TV Oyster Mistake; on TV: Eliminated from 'Top Chef,' Kentucky Restaurateur Brings His Skills to Soulard Market
Go on - ask chef Edward Lee about oysters. Everybody does.Lee, who owns the acclaimed restaurant 610 Magnolia in Louisville, Ky., was a favorite to win "Top Chef Texas," the most recent edition of the Bravo hit. Then, he made a tactical error involving...
Simpson Focuses on Race as Fires Burn; Track & Field; Situation Back Home in Colorado Affects 1,500-Meter Runner; U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS
EUGENE, Ore. - For four minutes, Jenny Simpson was focused on a race and not a raging wildfire back home in Colorado. The 1,500-meter runner was all business in her heat Thursday night at the Olympic track trials. But after crossing the finish line,...
Sluggish Economic Growth Hinders U.S. Job Market's Ability to Rebound
WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy is growing too slowly to pull the job market out of a slump, according to data that suggests June will be another weak month for hiring.Applications for unemployment benefits stayed above a level generally considered too...
Soderbergh's 'Magic Mike' Upsets Nude-Dancing Norm; Channing Tatum's Life Inspires Role-Reversing Story. Three Stars
In the spectrum of sexually liberated films, "Magic Mike" is wedged between "Shampoo" and "Showgirls."If the unclothed characters were corn-fed females instead of beefy males, this might be a moldy morality tale, but in the hands of adroit director Steven...
Step-Up Time for Mizzou Football Fans Tiger Supporters Will Need to Be Prepared for SEC Intensity, Fervor
COLUMBIA, MO. - When he first heard talk of the possibility of Mizzou joining the Southeastern Conference, Gary Pinkel acted like a wise man, not an emotional one. The coach who has turned Tiger football into a significant national program in the Big...
SUPREME COURT BACKS HEALTH CARE MANDATE : Hospitals, Insurers Are Ready; Industry Has Been Preparing for More Streamlined Care; SUPREME COURT HEALTH CARE RULING
St. Louis - The green light for the Affordable Care Act will accelerate changes to the local health care system that have already begun ahead of a coming wave of newly insured patients and incentives to keep them healthy.The law, largely affirmed by...
Supreme Court Backs Health Care Mandate : Roberts Says Decision Hinges on Congress' Broad Authority to Levy Taxes.; Chief Justice Casts Deciding Vote; SUPREME COURT HEALTH CARE RULING
WASHINGTON - America's historic health care overhaul, derided by Republicans as intrusive, costly "Obamacare," narrowly survived an election-year battle at the Supreme Court on Thursday with the improbable help of conservative Chief Justice John Roberts....
SUPREME COURT BACKS HEALTH CARE MANDATE : States Have Decisions to Make; with Ruling, Government Can't Force Expansion of Medicaid Eligibility; SUPREME COURT HEALTH CARE RULING [Corrected 07/16/12]
JEFFERSON CITY - Despite Thursday's Supreme Court ruling, Missouri's lawmakers appear unlikely to take steps to participate in the Affordable Care Act any time soon. Illinois leaders, by contrast, are accelerating their plans.In one part of Thursday's...
'Ted' Snaps When TV Idea Is Stretched to Big Screen; Seth MacFarlane Adds Live Action to 'Family Guy' Humor. One and a Half Stars
You might leave "Ted" wondering where it all went wrong.How could Seth MacFarlane, the creative force behind the hilarious TV show "Family Guy," put Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis and a talented supporting cast in a movie and miss so badly?But the real question...
Timeline of U.S. Health Care Reform Efforts; SUPREME COURT HEALTH CARE RULING
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court's ruling on President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law is coming after a century of debate over what role the government should play in helping people in the United States afford medical care. Here is a look at the...
Veteran Event Producer Starts His Own Company; on the Scene: Sam Foxman Quit Playing in Bands, Began Promoting Them and Never Looked Back
Event producer Sam Foxman came to a point where he was standing on a proverbial diving board, and the only thing left to do was jump in.Foxman, longtime senior partner and later creative director at Contemporary Productions, recently left his 10-year...
Victory for Our Better Angels; Our View; Health Care 'Mandate' Becomes a 'Tax', and America Gains; OPINION
When word came Thursday morning that the U.S. Supreme Court had upheld the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, we thought of some of the people we have met as we sought to explain the need for health care reform.There...
Washington Selects Beal in NBA Draft; Kentucky Players Picked First and Second before Former Chaminade Star Is Taken Third Overall
Kentucky became the first school to have players drafted with the first two overall picks of the NBA draft, and the Washington Wizards made another SEC freshman - Chaminade graduate Brad Beal - the No. 3 overall pick. The New Orleans Hornets took Wildcats...
What's Up/Heads Up; STL FRIDAY
Special exhibit - To mark the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, the Eugene Field House has set up "A Room Divided," an exhibit that depicts life in St. Louis inside and outside of slavery prior to the war. The museum is at 634 South Broadway....
Will MidAmerica Become China's Fruit Basket?; Airport Tenant North Bay Is One of Largest Blueberry Marketers in U.S
MASCOUTAH - The latest refrigerated warehouse to open at MidAmerica Airport won't exactly yield a bumper crop of jobs. Not at first, anyway.By the time North Bay Produce Inc. begins moving Michigan blueberries through MidAmerica later this summer, it...
World Digest
U.S. gives 2 nations relief from sanctionsPresident Barack Obama's administration cleared China and Singapore from possible U.S. economic penalties, citing their sharp cuts in imports of Iranian oil, as an American deadline arrived for banks to stop...
'Your Sister's Sister' Is a Smart, Funny Romcom; Director Mark Duplass Stars in an Ensemble Piece That Features Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt. Three and a Half Stars
Jack (Mark Duplass) is the kind of guy who speaks his mind, even when that might be inappropriate. But he gets away with it because he's charming and reasonably good looking, and seems to have a sense of just how far he can push before things get really...
Your Views - Letters from Our Readers; Opinion
Medicare should require advance medical directivesRegarding "The care quandary" (June 24), the sad, sad, end-of- life story of Althlee Williams: Her two daughters saw the futility of the care she was being given and wanted it stopped. Her son, who saw...