St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from August 20, 2012

10 Players to Watch
P Liz Wiegand, sr., Troy Wiegand was in the pitcher's circle when the Trojans won the Class 4 title last fall. She led the team to the title with a 22-3 record and a 1.00 earned-run average. She also struck out 182 batters in 168 innings.P-1B Sheridon...
$458 for Dog Resort Fine by My Canine; STL MONDAY
Kennelwood Village Pet Resort at Page and Lindbergh is the sort of place that makes you wonder, "What recession?"As I approached the counter, I noticed a golden retriever on a treadmill. The treadmill was going at a moderate clip, and the dog was getting...
Akin Comment Raises Hackles; Critics Leap on Assertions about 'Legitimate' Rapes and That Women's Bodies Block Pregnancy; POLITICS
ST. LOUIS - Republican U.S. Senate nominee Todd Akin said Sunday that women who are victims of "legitimate rape" generally won't get pregnant - an assertion that has no apparent medical weight but may carry some heavy political implications going into...
Assange Urges U.S. to End WikiLeaks 'Witch Hunt'; He Claims Swedish Allegations of Sexual Assault Are Part of White House Plot to Make Him Stand Trial in U.S; WORLD
LONDON - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange portrayed himself Sunday as a victim of an American "witch hunt" over his secret- spilling website in a defiant address from the balcony of an embassy where he has holed up to avoid extradition to face sex assault...
Baseball Roundup
Rays wrap up sweep of AngelsMatt Moore shrugged off home runs by Mike Trout and Albert Pujols to win his fourth straight decision, and the Tampa Bay Rays completed a four-game sweep of the fading Los Angeles Angels with an 8-3 victory Sunday. Tampa Bay...
Baseball Roundup
Rays wrap up sweep of AngelsMatt Moore shrugged off home runs by Mike Trout and Albert Pujols to win his fourth straight decision, and the Tampa Bay Rays completed a four-game sweep of the fading Los Angeles Angels with an 8-3 victory Sunday. Tampa Bay...
Beltran Steps Up; Cardinals Right Fielder Is All Business on the Ballfield, but Charity Event for Cardinals Care and Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy Lets Him Show Fun-, Family-Loving Side; CARDINALS
A veteran of 14 seasons in the majors, two trades, seven All- Star Game appearances, one $100 million contract and knee injuries that frame his career, Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran understands that - even if he lets his guard down and his personality...
Biffle Takes Points Lead; Johnson's Engine Trouble Costs Him a Probable Win at Michigan International
BROOKLYN, Mich. - Jimmie Johnson looked as if he had already finished the hardest work. After starting at the back of the pack, he had moved up quickly, and when he passed Brad Keselowski for the lead on lap 191 of 200, his No. 48 Chevrolet seemed to...
Borgia Brings Back Good Crop of Players at the Skill Positions; Returning Quarterback John Baumstark Combined for 31 TDs Last Season; Stlhighschoolsports.com
It's always nice to have a good crop of skill players, and Borgia High appears to have a bountiful harvest as the former independent team enters a conference for the first time since the school began playing football in 1958.The Knights, who are No....
Browning Feels Sting of Loss; CARDINALS
Busch Stadium wasn't Wrigley Field without lights, so it was clear that whether it was six hours or 16, somebody was going to win Sunday's Cardinals-Pittsburgh Pirates marathon. In the capper to an exciting three-game series in which both teams played...
Carpenter Wants Cards Prepared; Notebook; Knowing Pitcher's Availability for 2013 Season Should Help Club Make Plans; CARDINALS
Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter's rehab goal goes beyond reaching October healthy enough to have a normal offseason.He wants the Cardinals to know if they'll have one, too."I think it's important for them and for me so that they know what they have for...
Cavs Have New Outlook; after Lean Years, Loaded DuBourg Is Ready to Take a Swing at Success; Stlhighschoolsports.com
DuBourg High sophomore Lauren Thierry has heard the stories.Her mom, Mary Jo (Flynn) Thierry, was on the Cavaliers' 1986 state runner-up softball team. That was the last high point for the program, as it was the last time the program had won a district...
Charter Schools' Scores Uneven; Success Story; Some Outperform City's Public Schools, State Average; Some Rival Suburban Districts; EDUCATION; Struggles; Other Charter Schools Fall Far Short on MAP Tests as Students Face Years of Catch-Up
ST. LOUIS - Christie Huck not long ago was a mother trying to find a school for her 4-year-old. Today, she leads the top-performing charter school in the city, with results in some areas on this year's state tests rivaling that of suburban districts....
Chat with the Experts; LOCAL
Join Linda Wilson Horn of the Missouri Department of Transportation, Todd Waelterman of the St. Louis Streets Division and David Wrone of the St. Louis County Department of Highways and Traffic each Wednesday at 1 p.m. for the Road Crew, an online chat...
Democrats Welcome Social Security Fight; They Hope to Capitalize on Issue of Privatization, Which Ryan Backed but Romney Has Not; POLITICS
WASHINGTON - Democrats are eagerly renewing their fight against privatizing Social Security now that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has picked Paul Ryan as his running mate. It was a fight that didn't go well for the GOP when President...
Digest
Hornets extend coach's contract four yearsNew Orleans Hornets coach Monty Williams has agreed to a four- year contract extension that would keep him with the team through 2016. The deal announced by the club Sunday morning comes as the 40- year-old Williams...
Digest
Hornets extend coach's contract four yearsNew Orleans Hornets coach Monty Williams has agreed to a four- year extension that will keep him with the team through 2016. The deal announced by the club Sunday morning comes as the 40- year-old Williams heads...
Downpour Delays Finish at Wyndham Tourney; Garcia Is in Running for First Tour Victory since 2008 in the Last Event before FedEx Cup Playoffs Begin
GREENSBORO, N.C. - It's been four years since Sergio Garcia's last PGA Tour victory. He'll have to wait one more day before he can try to finish this one off. And a downpour at the Wyndham Championship meant another day of uncertainty for others on the...
Education Digest
Rebuilt Pershing Elementary ready for studentsUNIVERSITY CITY SCHOOLS - University City is celebrating the opening of the rebuilt Pershing Elementary School at 6761 Bartmer Avenue. The 60,000-square-foot-building, on the site of the former Pershing school,...
Expectations Remain High for De Smet; Spartans Are Looking to Bounce Back after Last Year's Playoff Loss to SLUH; Stlhighschoolsports.com
The expectations don't change for the De Smet High football program.For much of coach Pat Mahoney's first 11 years in charge of the Spartans, the squad has been among the area's top teams. Since winning the school's first state championship in 2005,...
Fake Offense Is Exposed by Pittsburgh; CARDINALS
If the Cardinals curl up and fade away, you can circle this date on the calendar: Sunday, Aug. 19. The record will show there was no surrender on that day. It was more of a quiet submission, followed by a slow retreat to the home clubhouse.Perhaps the...
Fisher Not Exactly Elated; Rams Coach Remains More Focused on Getting Ready Than Exhibition Results; RAMS
One week ago, after the worst lost in "St. Louis" Rams preseason history, coach Jeff Fisher basic response was: (Yawn) What, me worry? One week later, following one of the best offensive showings in preseason since the Rams moved here in 1995, it was...
Hess, Margaret A. Peg (Nee Engel) of St. Louis
Hess, Margaret A. Peg(nee Engel) of St. Louis, MO, entered into rest at the St. Anthony's Fern and Russell F. de Greeff Hospice House on August, 16, 2012 at age 80. She is survived by her devoted husband, retired Circuit Judge Philip G. Hess. Also surviving...
How Social Security Can Be Fixed; but Even Modest Changes to Benefits, Taxes, or Both Will Be Hard; POLITICS
WASHINGTON - Despite Social Security's long-term problems, the massive retirement and disability program could be preserved for generations to come with modest but politically difficult changes to benefits or taxes, or a combination of both.Some options,...
Law & Order; Local
CAHOKIA > Man charged in shootings of wife, son - Ovie W. Sumpter, 57, of Cahokia, was charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and aggravated battery with a firearm after his wife was killed and his son shot. He is being held...
Man in Afghan Uniform Kills U.S. Service Member; WORLD
KABUL, Afghanistan - A man in an Afghan police uniform shot and killed a U.S. service member on Sunday, a U.S. Defense Department official said, raising the death toll to 10 such attacks in the space of two weeks. The surge in violence by Afghan allies...
Nation Digest
American Airlines flight attendants approve contract American Airlines flight attendants have approved the bankrupt carrier's "last, best and final" contract offer, with 59.5 percent voting in favor of the cost-saving terms, the union said Sunday. But...
Nation Digest
American Airlines flight attendants approve contract American Airlines flight attendants have approved the bankrupt carrier's "last, best and final" contract offer, with 59.5 percent voting in favor of the cost-saving terms, the union said Sunday. But...
No Arrests in Killing of Former SLU Athlete; LOCAL
ST. LOUIS - Police on Sunday continued to investigate the killing over the weekend of a former St. Louis University volleyball player in the Central West End in her visit to campus for an annual alumni game.Megan Boken, 23, a 2011 SLU graduate who most...
Nothing for 19; Pirates 6, Cardinals 3; Redbirds Lose Series Finale as Hitters Suffer Another Brownout.; but Outing from Garcia Is Silver Lining; CARDINALS
Whether it was the galling lack of offense or a misplayed bunt, the zero-for-15 afternoon from two All-Stars or the mistakes by a rookie lefty reliever, the sum of 6 hours, 7 minutes of baseball Sunday at Busch Stadium for the Cardinals was a distressing...
Party Platforms Likely to Be Broad, Bland; NATION
WASHINGTON - Don't look for many bold pronouncements when Republicans and Democrats adopt party platforms at their national conventions.Platforms are supposed to reflect the core values of the party and maybe provide some red meat to fire up the base,...
People; Entertainment
Russian activists sue MadonnaSome Russian activists have sued Madonna for millions of dollars, claiming they were offended by her support for gay rights during a recent concert in St. Petersburg.Anti-gay sentiment is strong in Russia. In St. Petersburg,...
Remark Could Change Course of Senate Race; McCaskill May Overtake Akin, Election Forecaster Says; POLITICS
Missouri's contentious U.S. Senate race has been unexpectedly jolted by U.S. Rep. Todd Akin's comments that victims of "legitimate rape" will rarely become pregnant, causing some pundits to predict it could shift momentum and put U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill...
Surgical Center Plan May Get Vote Tonight; Hospital Executives Say Overnight Facility Should Have to Meet Standards Required for Hospitals; LOCAL
CHESTERFIELD - Dr. George Paletta believes more orthopedic surgeries can migrate from hospitals to doctors' offices in local communities, where patients can stay overnight if they need observation.And Paletta, who has ties to two area orthopedic practices...
Survivor of Ruby Ridge Siege Finally Has Forgiven Agents; NATION
KALISPELL, Mont. - When Sara Weaver saw her father, Randy, struck in the shoulder by a government sniper's bullet in the Idaho wilderness in August 1992, she began to sprint back to the family's cabin on a mountaintop called Ruby Ridge.As the 16-year-old...
Syrians in Holiday Lull Reflect on Losses; WORLD
ALEPPO, Syria - A brief lull in fighting for a Muslim holiday Sunday allowed residents of Aleppo to take stock of their losses after three weeks of intense battles left many in Syria's largest city strapped for cash, separated from loved ones and scared...
The Real Job Creator; Our View; Medicaid Expansion Will Feed Health- Care Economy; OPINION
Missouri's two candidates for governor like to talk about jobs. Gov. Jay Nixon says he has created them.Republican Dave Spence, the man who is challenging Mr. Nixon, says his background as a businessman makes him the true job creator.So why is neither...
What's Up/Heads Up; STL MONDAY
08.22 Art show and reception - "Workbook," the next Gallery Visio exhibit at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, will involve attendees as active participants in an interactive live art show. The walls of the gallery will be adorned with workbook activities...
Wildfire Forces Evacuations in Far Northern California; NATION
SAN FRANCISCO - Thousands of people have been told to leave their homes as a wildfire burning Sunday in thick forest threatened rural communities in far northern California. The fire that sparked about 11:30 a.m. Saturday has destroyed four homes and...
Work Today or Be Fired, S. African Miners Are Told; WORLD
MARIKANA, South Africa - Miners must return to work today or face being fired from the platinum mine where rivalry between unions exploded into violence that led to the deaths of 44 people in a week, Lonmin PLC said Sunday. Thirty-four were gunned down...
World Digest
Gunman kills 9 Yemenis in prayer Medical and security officials say a crazed gunman opened fire Sunday on worshippers marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in southern Yemen, killing nine. The gunman targeted men praying outside a crowded...
Your Views - Letters from Our Readers; Opinion
Missouri Legislature should try again to enact regulations on primate petsPeter Laufer raises a valid question in his guest commentary "Connecticut chimp tale" (Aug. 14), about Missouri's responsibility for the chimp that was bred and born in this state...