St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from July 13, 2012

And the Oscar Goes To: Batman?; 'The Dark Knight Rises' May Be the Best Chance for a Comic-Book Movie to Take Top Honors
It's a good thing Batman dresses in black. He could be a popular guy on Hollywood's black-tie circuit come Academy Awards season. "The Dark Knight Rises" probably has the best chance ever for a superhero film to rise into the best-picture mix at February's...
Apartments to Rise near Grove; Work May Begin in Fall on 102 Units in Forest Park Southeast Neighborhood
Foundation work began this week on two apartment buildings that could add more than 100 residents to Forest Park Southeast, a neighborhood that experienced a steep population loss over the past decade.Brian Phillips, executive director of the Washington...
Armed Man Shot in Confrontation with Officer
ST. LOUIS - A St. Louis police officer shot and critically wounded an armed man Thursday night, the second time this week an officer has shot a suspect in a confrontation during a call. The shooting in a gangway between two garages in the 4500 block...
At Least 95 Killed in Tanker Blast; Victims Had Rushed to Scene to Collect Precious Fuel Spilled by Truck in Nigeria
LAGOS, NIGERIA - A truck carrying fuel veered off the road into a ditch, caught fire and exploded in Nigeria's oil-rich delta on Thursday, killing at least 95 people who had rushed to the scene to scoop fuel that had spilled, an official said, in a tragic...
Baseball's Second Half Offers: First Place & Second Chances
Whether it had a role in it or not, the second wild card has created a wide-open race for the second half of the baseball season, with several surprise teams leading their division (Hello, Pirates and White Sox!) and at least one emerging power asserting...
BASEBALL'S SECOND HALF OFFERS: WILDER CARD; Additional Playoff Team in Each League Multiplies Possibilities
Commissioner Bud Selig thought he could radically change the math in Major League Baseball by simply adding one to the October equation. He believed that the advent of a second wild-card team in each league, a bonus berth into the playoffs that was announced...
Beer and a Sub? Ahh, the Civil Life; Cheap Eats: Craft Brewery Delivers Food and Drinks in a Rustic, Welcoming Space
Full disclosure: Along with probably 10,000 other people, I know Jake Hafner, the owner of the Civil Life Brewing Co. I also like Hafner, so it can go without saying that I was predisposed to like the Civil Life. As a critic, though, I don't work that...
Berkman Is Looking to Return Saturday; the First Baseman Joins Cardinals on Their Trip, but Awaits Green Light to Play from Matheny
The Cardinals have lost another pitcher for the season. Righthanded reliever Kyle McClellan had shoulder surgery Tuesday and precedes righthanded starter Chris Carpenter, who will have shoulder- related surgery next week, into the repair shop.But in...
Best Bets
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Biden Paints Ominous Picture; in NAACP Speech, He Says Romney Has 'Fundamentally Different Vision' from Obama
HOUSTON - Vice President Joe Biden rallied support Thursday for President Barack Obama before the nation's largest civil rights organization, declaring that Republican challenger Mitt Romney's election-year agenda would hurt - not help - working black...
Business Bulletin Board
AWARDS Randy Burkett of Webster Groves-based Randy Burkett Lighting Design Inc. in collaboration with New Jersey-based lighting consultant David Mintz received the Lumen Award of Merit from the New York City chapter of the Illuminating Engineering Society...
Close 'Debtors Prisons'; Our View; Lose Your Job? Can't Pay a Debt? Go Straight to Jail
Missouri debtors should get the same kind of relief that's coming to those in Illinois.No more surprise "body attachments" where they throw you in jail when you can't pay your debts. No more manipulating the court system to scare people. No more predatory...
Commercial Real Estate
Gundaker Commercial Group represented parties in these transactions:- The Stanley A. Gardocki Trust in the lease of four acres of land at 11322 Larimore Road, St. Louis County, to GENEX Recycling of Missouri LLC, represented by Hilliker Corp.- Kienstra...
Dave Matthews Rewards Faithful; Review; Concert at Verizon Is among Rocker's Best Performances Here
It seems like it's been some time, relatively speaking, since Dave Matthews performed in St. Louis. If you count his appearance at the locally hosted Farm Aid, Matthews made three stops here in 2009- 10, all at the same venue, no less: Verizon Wireless...
Digest
'Underwater' homeowners down slightly in St. LouisThe percentage of underwater homeowners declined slightly in St. Louis in the first quarter of 2012, according to a new report by CoreLogic. The company said 16.1 percent of metro St. Louis homeowners...
Digest
Report: Griffin to miss Olympics U.S. men's basketball forward Blake Griffin suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee while practicing for the Olympics and will miss the London Games, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday night. He will have arthroscopic...
Digest
Jordan blasts Bryant Michael Jordan said he "absolutely laughed" when hearing Kobe Bryant's comments that this year's U.S. Olympic basketball team could have beaten Jordan and the 1992 Dream Team. "For him to compare those two teams is not one of the...
Field of Extremes Creates a Stir ...; and Generates a Buzz on Campus at Lindenwood University-Belleville
BELLEVILLE - It's pretty safe to say the new football field at Lindenwood University-Belleville wasn't designed for purists.Oh, it has most of the things you'd expect to find. It has markers measuring 100 yards from end zone to end zone. And there are...
Franklin's Rehab Is on Target; MU Quarterback Starts Throwing, Could Be Ready for Start of Training Camp
Missouri's team physician is "cautiously optimistic" that quarterback James Franklin will be ready for the start of fall camp.The physician, Dr. Pat Smith, said this week that Franklin has thrown monitored sessions with trainer Rex Sharp in Devine Pavilion...
Global Warming Rx in Our Own Backyard?
Steve Bassnett was born in England but has lived in this country for the last 15 years. He's got a good job. He's a research scientist at Washington University's medical school. He has a wife - she's a doctor - and a 9-year-old son. They have a home.In...
It's a Bad News Day for London Olympics
LONDON - With the Olympics just two weeks away, embarrassing logistical problems about security, staff, phones and traffic made the mood Thursday in London as gloomy as the weather. British lawmakers clamored for an explanation of why the armed forces...
Kite Flies to Record for 9 Holes; He Shoots a 28 on Front Nine and Takes One-Stroke Lead at the U.S. Senior Open; GOLF
LAKE ORION, MICH. - Tom Kite set a U.S. Senior Open record with a 28 on the front nine at Indianwood and finished at 5-under 65 on Thursday. Corey Pavin's sixth birdie, on his 17th hole, pulled him into a tie atop the leaderboard, but a penalty brought...
Latest 'Ice Age' Sequel Freezes out Adults; Lots of Voice Talent Is Wasted in a Manic Film Bereft of Sweetness. One and a Half Stars
A buddy comedy with a geological-history twist, the original "Ice Age" was a slick alternative to the weightier 'toons produced by Pixar. Although the third sequel violated logic by introducing dinosaurs that had been extinct for 65 million years, it...
Law & Order; Public Safety
ST. LOUIS > Two killed within a block - Police were trying to determine whether two fatal shootings within a block of each other, about 12 hours apart, were connected. About 4 p.m. Wednesday, Anthony L. Henderson, 36, was in one car when he was hit by...
Law & Order; Public Safety
ST. LOUIS > Two killed within a block - Police were trying to determine whether two fatal shootings within a block of each other, about 12 hours apart, were connected. About 4 p.m. Wednesday, Anthony L. Henderson, 36, was in one car when he was hit by...
Local Digest
ST. LOUIS > Road work to close part of Highway 40 - Part of westbound Highway 40 (Interstate 64) will close this morning as contractors continue work on the double-deck road.The westbound lanes will be closed between Broadway and 21st Street starting...
McClellan out for the Season; Notebook; He Was Recovering from Sore Elbow, Learned He Needed Shoulder Surgery
Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday looked across the clubhouse Thursday and saw a certain righthanded pitcher with a sling on his arm."What happened to (Kyle) McClellan?" he asked a reporter. When the answer was given, Holliday replied, "Shoulder surgery?...
McCormack Tries TV Again as a Schizophrenic Sleuth; 'Will & Grace' Alum Tries to Make His Character as Realistic as Possible
For eight seasons, Eric McCormack played jovial gay lawyer Will Truman on NBC's "Will & Grace," a man surrounded by voices competing for his attention: his neurotic roommate Grace, his flamboyantly peppy friend Jack and boozy socialite sidekick Karen....
McCulloch Calls for Agency to Fire Felon; He Decries County Economic Council's Hiring of Executive Who Once Skimmed HUD Money
CLAYTON - St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch on Thursday denounced the county Economic Council's recent hiring of a convicted felon, and called for the employee's dismissal.Last week, the council hired Dean Burns, 60, to serve as its vice president...
Moderate Taliban Want Peace, U.S. Envoy Says; Retiring Ambassador Says Its Unlikely Afghanistan Will Face Another Civil War after Foreign Troops Leave
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - Moderate Taliban figures have expressed interest in the fragile peace process, the outgoing U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan said Thursday, referring to a deal that appears even more elusive with this summer's rash of suicide attacks...
Mother's Boyfriend Now Facing Charges; Prosecutors Allege That a 10- Year-Old Girl Was Kept in a Locked Closet
KANSAS CITY - The boyfriend of Kansas City woman whose 10-year- old daughter weighed just 32 pounds when she was rescued from a closet remained at large Thursday, one day after he was charged with child endangerment. Neighbors had long suspected Marcus...
'Natural Selection' Fails to Evolve; Clichs about Faith and Family Can't Overcome a Shaky Road-Trip Premise. Two Stars
In the surreal first scene of the road-trip dramedy "Natural Selection," a lively creature wriggles free from a bag with a grim label. The movie tries to do something similar, clawing through clichs about faith and family, but the creature that comes...
Neon Trees Copes with Fame on 'Picture Show'; Singer Tyler Glenn Withstands the Pull of Rock Temptations to Focus on Music and Fans
Neon Trees singer Tyler Glenn says he didn't go into the music business to be famous."That was never part of the equation for me."But after the band's song "Animal" hit No. 1 and sold more than a million copies, fame is what what Neon Trees got."I get...
New Syrian Massacre Reported; Activists Say Regime Forces Used Shelling, Other Attacks in Hama Province
BEIRUT - Syrian activists reported a new massacre late Thursday in the central Hama province, saying regime forces killed more than 100 people in shelling and other attacks. There were few details on the attack, which was reported by the Local Coordination...
Nixon Vetoes Liquor Proposal; Bill's Supporters Vow to Continue Their Fight Next Legislative Session
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday vetoed a liquor bill that had drawn fierce opposition from wine and liquor producers throughout the state.Despite the setback, its supporters say efforts to change state law governing the relationship between alcohol...
Nixon Vetoes Measure on Birth Control; Bill Would Have Allowed Religious-Based Relief from Mandate in U.S. Health Law
JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Jay Nixon found a narrow reason Thursday to veto a bill that would have put Missouri law in direct conflict with the new federal mandate for health insurance coverage of contraceptives.Rather than engage in the national debate over...
Numbers Drop for Those Seeking Jobless Benefits; Plunge Linked to Auto Industry; Economists Expect Figures to Go Back Up in the Coming Weeks
WASHINGTON - The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits plunged last week. But a big reason is that automakers have skipped some of their usual summer shutdowns to keep up with demand, causing fewer temporary auto layoffs.Economists expect...
Officials Opted for Cover-Up; University's Leaders Failed to Protect Child Victims for Fear of Bad Publicity, Probe Finds; PENN STATE REPORT
PHILADELPHIA - Joe Paterno and other top Penn State officials hushed up child sex abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky more than a decade ago for fear of bad publicity, allowing the former assistant football coach to prey on other youngsters, according...
Other Measures That Were Vetoed; One Would Have Reinstated Local Sales Taxes on Vehicles Bought out of State
JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed 10 bills on Thursday, including a measure that would have reinstated local sales taxes on vehicles that Missourians buy out of state. A Missouri Supreme Court ruling knocked out the tax in cities and counties where...
Parkway Lakeside Complex Draws Tenants with Roominess, Amenities Complex's Occupancy Is Almost 75 Percent about a Year after Opening Its Doors
O'FALLON, Ill. - When St. Louis-based Balke Brown Transwestern undertook developing a 232-unit Parkway Lakeside project, it decided a couple of years ago that it would use a "big house" concept to make the apartments feel like home.Under that plan, each...
People; Entertainment
Steven Tyler leaving 'American Idol' showSteven Tyler says he's exiting "American Idol" to put rock 'n' roll first.Tyler said he's leaving the show after two seasons to rededicate himself to Aerosmith, the band he fronts. The rock star said he loved...
Phillips Seems Destined for Stardom; Review; 'American Idol' Winners Performed at Scottrade Center
It may be near sacrilegious to suggest, but one could hear a young Dave Matthews in the making Wednesday night at Scottrade Center, where "American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips performed as part of the American Idols Live! tour.That was probably underscored,...
Photographer Honors Woody Guthrie's Wisdom; Portraits by Musician- Photographer Corey Woodruff Illustrate 33 of the Songwriter's 'New Years Rulin's.'
Corey Woodruff knows music. You can find him playing drums every Saturday at Broadway Oyster Bar with his band, All Roostered Up, or backing friends at clubs around town.He also gets paid to be a music photographer. Woodruff has shot live shows at almost...
Pi Pizzeria Brightens Old St. Louis Centre; Night Shift: Fifth Edition Adds Location-Specific Items, Including a Ballpark Pie
The new Pi Pizzeria at the Mercantile Exchange building more than makes up for years of the sad food court and shuttered restaurants that occupied the building when it was St. Louis Centre mall.The fifth St. Louis-area Pi restaurant opened in May on...
Plenty of TV for MU Football; Move to Southeastern Conference Expected to Result in Nearly Every Tigers Game Being Televised This Year
It looks as if University of Missouri fans concerned about having fewer Tigers football games on television this season, what with the school's move to the Southeastern Conference, can relax.Almost every game is expected to be available in the St. Louis...
'Political Animals' Adds Bite to an Election Year; on TV: Sigourney Weaver Leads Fine Cast as a Woman Whose Story Echoes That of Hillary Clinton. Four Stars
In an election year, there's no surer way to lose friends and offend people than by talking politics. Unless you're absolutely sure everyone's on the same page, better just shut up and discuss the weather.But USA cable and Greg Berlanti, who created...
Ready to Roll on the Outer Belt; Completed Highway 141 Is Hailed as a Boon for Motorists, New Development
CHESTERFIELD - The last four-mile section of Highway 141 will be opened this weekend, completing a suburban outer belt that has been cobbled together in pieces over nearly four decades.A ribbon-cutting is set for 10 a.m. Saturday beneath the new Olive...
Rehabber Cites Flexibility as Key to Business Success; Five Questions; Want to Make Money Flipping Houses? Do Your Own Work, Says City Renovators' Sam Meller, Who Has Been Renovating Homes Here since 1995
A self-described motorhead, Sam Meller enjoys fooling around with cars. He could make $1,000 a week fixing old beaters and selling them. He would pay almost nothing for a battered Toyota Tercel, Volkswagen Rabbit or other clunkers, get them in good working...
Rolling Stones Keep on Rolling along; the World's Most Successful Rock Band First Played 50 Years Ago and Has Sold More Than 200 Million Records
LONDON - Mick Jagger may need to rethink the words he sang more than 45 years ago - "What a drag it is getting old." Thursday marked 50 years since Jagger played his first gig with a band called the Rolling Stones, and the group is marking its half-...
Romney Time Frame with Bain Questioned; Obama Campaign Pounces on Apparent Discrepancy; GOP Candidate Calls Attacks Misleading and Unfair
WASHINGTON - Documents filed by Mitt Romney's former company conflict with the Republican presidential candidate's statements about when he gave up control of the private equity firm Bain Capital. President Barack Obama's campaign seized on the discrepancies...
SoHo in the Grove: Venue with Food, or Restaurant?; Spin on Bar Food and Southern Cooking Works in a Sleek Space, but Noise and a Weak Wine List Mar the Finish. One and a Half Stars
If it seems like we've been in the Grove a lot lately, well, we have. We concentrate on new restaurants, and many have opened along the strip of Manchester Avenue between Vandeventer Avenue and Kingshighway.This week's restaurant, however, is a little...
Soul Singer Ledisi Rises from the Underground; Artist Makes Her Headlining Debut Here, Building on a Grammy-Nominated CD That Used St. Louis Talent
Soul singer Ledisi says she's nervous about her debut headlining performance in St. Louis at the Pageant tonight."I hope they show up," she says.There's no real worrying though. The one-time underground sensation, whose earlier albums include "Soulsinger:...
St. Louis Label Gets Louder with Fourth Compilation; on the Scene: Prolific Loud Label Adds to Its Collection of Discs Featuring Local Artists
The St. Louis-based Loud Label is busy making noise.Co-founded by Ryan Albritton and Ryan Lewis, Loud Label has released nearly a dozen albums since early last year, including the ongoing "STL Loud" compilation series."We haven't been as busy as we've...
St. Louis Soars in All-Star, Home Run TV Ratings; MEDIA VIEWS
When it comes to baseball on television, it's tough to beat St. Louis from a viewership perspective.Ratings for Cardinals telecasts have ranked either first or second among all U.S.-based teams for the last four seasons, and now for the sixth year in...
St. Louis' To-Die-For Doughnuts
We just got back from the hot streets of St. Louis, working hard to locate the best places to buy the world's most beloved edibles: doughnuts. Going into this quest, we knew that doughnut shops inspire fierce loyalty. Just about every neighborhood has...
Stop the Payday Profiteers; Finances; Huge Interest Rates Put People in Crisis on a Borrowing Treadmill. We Can Stop It [Corrected 07/17/ 12]
Missouri has more than twice as many payday loan stores as it has McDonald's and Starbucks combined. Growth in this industry over the past decade is symptomatic of an economy with increasing numbers of working-poor and middle-class people who have maxed...
Supervalu Considers Sale, Selloffs as Profits Plunge; Local Impact; Supervalu's Save-A-Lots, Shop 'N Saves Employ 3,800 in St. Louis; Auction Block; Save-A-Lot May Be Best Candidate for Spinoff from Grocery Giant. Local Chains Wait in the Limbo Lane
The St. Louis-based Shop 'n Save and Save-A-Lot grocery chains could find themselves on the chopping block as their troubled parent company, Minnesota-based Supervalu Inc., tries to save itself in the wake of dismal profits and plummeting sales.Supervalu,...
'Take This Waltz' Is One of the Year's Best Films; Writer-Director Sarah Polley Gets Nuanced Performances from a Strong Cast. Three and a Half Stars
Margot (Michelle Williams) is used to being hit by a burst of cold water when she takes a shower. In a way, she even looks forward to it. That predictable shock reminds her that she's at home, and that her husband, Lou (Seth Rogen), can't be far away.Their...
U.S. Seeks Investment, Reforms in Asia; Secretary of State Clinton Is Finishing a Diplomatic Tour That Included Several Nations
PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA - President Barack Obama's administration now has a taste of the difficult diplomacy necessary to sharpen the focus of American power on Asia, seeking investment opportunities alongside reforms from rights-abusing governments and...
Valley Park Mayor Was Treated for Meth; Hospital Discharge Documents Add New Twist to Saga of Municipality's Embattled Leader [Corrected 07/16/12]
VALLEY PARK - Mayor Nathan Grellner did not check himself into a hospital last month for "exhaustion," as city officials have said, but was being treated for "methamphetamine abuse," according to copies of documents obtained by the Post-Dispatch. The...
Walmart Eats into Grocers' Market Share; Competition in the Grocery Business Has Grown Fierce with New Players
Everybody has to eat, but that doesn't mean selling food is an easy way to make a buck.In the Walmart era, in fact, it's one of the most competitive industries around. Supervalu, parent of the Shop 'n Save and Save-A- Lot chains here, is the latest supermarket...
What's Up - Heads Up
WHAT'S UP FROM EVENTS.STLTODAY.COM07.14 Joint and back pain seminar - St. Louis Preventive Medicine and Dr. Varsha Rathod, a rheumatologist, will hold a health care seminar on joint and back injuries at 9 a.m. Saturday at Preventive Medicine's offices,...
Wiggins Solidifies Lead at Tour; British Rider Counters Big Attacks through Stage Won by Frenchman Rolland; TOUR DE FRANCE
LA TOUSSUIRE, FRANCE - Try as they might, Bradley Wiggins' rivals can't take his yellow jersey. Looking to become Britain's first Tour de France winner, the three-time Olympic track champion beat back repeated attacks Thursday in a crucial Alpine stage...
World Digest
9 dead, 2 missing in avalanche in French Alps A climber trying to scale Mont Blanc may accidentally have caused a slab of ice to snap off Thursday high in the French Alps, sparking an avalanche that swept nine European climbers to their deaths, authorities...
Your Views - Letters from Our Readers; Opinion
Bill to reduce number of aldermen should give pause to residentsI just had to laugh at the editorial "28/2 = Not that much" (July 11), about St. Louis aldermen. The editorial did a great job of informing the public about St. Louis politics. To pass a...