St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from July 26, 2012

2 Outlet Malls on Collision Course?; Rivals Not Backing Down, but Skeptics Wonder If Area Can Support Both
Two rival outlet mall developers are now betting that Chesterfield, already rich with retail, can indeed support both proposed malls, with about 200 stores between them, coexisting just a few miles apart.That marks a change in the trajectory of the ongoing...
3-Year Term in Embezzlement Case; Authorities Say Ex-Wood River Official Stole $143,000 by Issuing Checks to Herself
WOOD RIVER - The city of Wood River's former assistant finance director was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison after pleading guilty of embezzling tens of thousands of the public's dollars.Authorities said Leslie Dona stole about $143,000 from...
Allmendinger Agrees to Seek Counseling; NASCAR Driver Failed Drug Test in June, Hasn't Said What Caused That to Happen
Suspended driver A.J. Allmendinger said Wednesday that he will participate in NASCAR's substance-abuse recovery program, a sign that he wants to get back to racing as soon as possible and avoid a fight over the accuracy of his failed drug test. NASCAR...
Ameren Unveils Landfill Plant; Unlike Wind and Solar, Methane from Garbage Fumes Supplies Power around the Clock; BUSINESS
On a day when it needed every power plant running to keep customers cool, Ameren Missouri formally lifted the curtain on the newest part of its generating fleet - a 15 megawatt plant fueled by garbage.The Ameren plant doesn't actually run on trash; rather,...
Americans Rally in Opener; U.S. 4, France 2; Morgan Scores Twice after a Disjointed Start; LONDON OLYMPICS
LONDON - Falling behind by two goals after just 14 minutes wasn't exactly the script Alex Morgan had written for her Olympic soccer debut. But it's the one she found herself acting out Wednesday "Once I stepped on that field and the whistle blew, I was...
Anna Marie 'Annie' Gitto; the Other Half of Charlie Gitto's Pasta House and Matriarch of the Restaurant Family
Annie Gitto, matriarch of the Gitto family that operates six restaurants here, died Monday (July 23, 2012) at St. Anthony's Medical Center in south St. Louis County.She was 81 and lived in Sunset Hills. She was diagnosed in 2006 with dementia, her family...
Apple Shares Retreat after Rare Earnings Miss; Stock Drops 4 Pct.; Consumers Are Seen Shifting to Cheaper iPhones, iPads; BUSINESS
Apple's stock fell Wednesday after the company did something un- Apple-like: posting results below Wall Street expectations.Late Tuesday, Apple Inc. reported that in the latest quarter, earnings rose a mere 21 percent from the year before, not the 33...
Baseball Roundup
Marlins fall to the BravesJuan Francisco homered and drove in three runs, helping the Atlanta Braves beat Miami 7-1 on Wednesday after the Marlins sent Hanley Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Michael Bourn and Jason Heyward also homered to back Tommy...
Baseball Roundup
Marlins fall to the BravesJuan Francisco homered and drove in three runs, helping the Atlanta Braves beat Miami 7-1 on Wednesday after the Marlins sent Hanley Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Michael Bourn and Jason Heyward also homered to back Tommy...
Big-League Message for Children; Ballplayers Take the Field to Learn about Benefits of Physical Activity, Dangers of Steroid Use
Big league dreams got a real-life workout on Tuesday when Busch Stadium hosted 100 young baseball and softball players from the Belleville Khoury League.The boys and girls took batting practice, stretched in the outfield and ran the bases."It feels like...
Business Digest - Earnings
New home sales drop - Sales of new houses fell 8.4 percent in June after reaching a two-year high in May, suggesting that the slowdown in the U.S. economy might be making buyers more cautious. Sales declined to an annual rate of 350,000 in June, the...
Cardinals 3, Dodgers 2 (Game Statistics)
Cardinals 3, Dodgers 2Los Angeles AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Abreu lf 3 0 1 0 0 0 .250 Gwynn Jr. lf 2 0 0 0 0 0 .241 M.Ellis 2b 5 1 1 0 0 1 .262 Kemp cf 5 0 0 0 0 3 .341 Ethier rf 5 0 1 0 0 1 .289 H.Ramirez 3b 4 1 2 1 1 0 .249 Loney 1b 4 0 0 1 0 1 .248 L.Cruz...
Cards Win in 12th; Cardinals 3, Dodgers 2; Furcal Drives in the Winning Run in Extra Innings as the Bullpen Blanks Los Angeles for Five Innings in Victory
Strange things occurred Wednesday night at Busch Stadium.An offense did more with less. An accused underachiever continued to shape a weakness into strength. A team long allergic to close outcomes celebrated one with verve.Delighting the overheated leftovers...
Democrats: Go Centrist or Go Home; Economy; Expanding the New Markets Tax Credit Could Be the Left's Lifeline
Unless Democrats in Washington, D.C., want to add themselves to the Department of Labor's already dreary unemployment statistics on Nov. 6, they must prove that they can create jobs at little or no cost to the government. Interestingly, the reelection...
Detention of Cuban Dissidents Criticized
HAVANA - Cuba was criticized by the U.S. government and Amnesty International on Wednesday over the brief detention of dozens of dissidents after they attended a prominent opposition leader's funeral. A few hundred people had gathered at a Havana church...
Drew Was a Member of the Living Lord Lutheran Church and Was a Devout Christian, Whose Faith Was Strengthened during His Fight with Melanoma. Diagnosed at Age 54
Drew was a member of the Living Lord Lutheran Church and was a devout Christian, whose faith was strengthened during his fight with melanoma. Diagnosed at age 54, his battle was a difficult one and he accepted the challenge head on, with incredible determination...
Drought Will Push Food Prices Up; USDA Forecast Sees Beef Prices Rising as Much as 5 Percent Next Year; BUSINESS
The record drought gripping half the country will help push food prices up by 3 percent to 4 percent next year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday.Milk, eggs, beef, poultry and pork prices will all be affected by the drought, which has...
Fear after Shooting Prompts Surge in Gun Sales; in Related Anxiety, Massacre Sparks Disturbances at Theaters over Misunderstandings, Careless Words
DENVER - Firearms sales are surging in the wake of the Colorado movie massacre as buyers express fears about personal safety and lawmakers who are using the shooting to seek new weapons restrictions. In Colorado, the site of Friday's shooting that killed...
Fisher Takes Steep Climb All in Stride; New Rams Coach Has Confidence to Aim High despite the Team's Futility
Jeff Fisher took a year off from coaching, and traveled around the country, and saw the world. He had fun during his break from the daily grind and pressure of the coaching life. His No. 1 highlight was climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain...
From 'Hate My Life' to Lofty Realm; Athlete Hopes Sharing Story of Sexual Abuse May Rescue Others; LONDON OLYMPICS
LONDON - As she stands on the precipice of the unprecedented - seeking the first Olympic gold medal in judo by any U.S. athlete - Kayla Harrison oozes confidence. She is the 2010 world champion in the 172-pound division, and what she calls "Olympic glory"...
Gay Activists Debate Ride Revelation
NEW YORK - Pioneering astronaut Sally Ride, who relished privacy as much as she did adventure, chose an appropriately discreet manner of coming out as gay.At the end of an obituary that she co-wrote with her partner, Tam O'Shaughnessy, they disclosed...
Giesen, Andrew Frederick III Devoted Husband
Giesen, Andrew Frederick IIIDevoted husband, father, son, brother and friend to many. Andrew F. Giesen III, passed away Thursday July 12, 2012 at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, after a 6 year battle with melanoma. He was born July 6, 1952...
Health Calendar
TODAYKrav Maga Self Defense - Learn to avoid harmful situations, disarm an attacker and break holds. This is an ongoing class. 6 p.m. today at Brentwood Recreation Complex, 2505 South Brentwood Boulevard. $55 a month; $10 per single class. 314-963-8635,...
Heat's Toll: Coming to a Mailbox near You; Utility Bills Have Been Rising, but the Highest Charges, Covering July Usage, Are Yet to Come; Electricity Usage in Missouri Up 12 Percent; Water Usage in City of St. Louis Up 30 Percent
The storms and slightly cooler weather expected today could bring some relief, but consumers aren't finished with the summer's heat wave and drought.Not if they pay electricity and water bills.Monthly statements arriving in mailboxes now are reminding...
HIV Fight Needs a Push, Researchers Say; More Teens Are Using Condoms, but Progress Has Stalled; 'We Need to Do a Lot More,' CDC Says
WASHINGTON - Nearly half of high school students say they've had sex, yet progress has stalled in getting them to use condoms to protect against the AIDS virus, government researchers reported Tuesday.Today, four of every 10 new HIV infections occur...
Illinois DUI Charge Dropped for Lack of Evidence
BELLEVILLE - St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly said Wednesday that a drunken driving charge against a Fairview Heights police sergeant in connection with a St. Patrick's Day crash was dismissed because of mistakes in the investigation.Sgt....
In Reversal, Republicans Put Obama on Defensive
WASHINGTON - Relentless GOP criticism of a 12-day-old remark about business owners has taken a campaign toll on President Barack Obama, forcing him to defend himself and giving Republican Mitt Romney a break from steady attacks. The development has delighted...
Investor Sues in Arcade Fallout; He Cries Foul over How Project Was Sorted Out
A complex deal that put a prime downtown building into the city's hands is heading for court, bringing some of the bigger names in St. Louis development circles with it.Downtown real estate veteran Keith Barket this week sued the city's development agency,...
Iran Won't Halt Nuclear Plans; Supreme Leader Dismisses Pressure to Suspend Uranium Enrichment
TEHRAN, IRAN - Western-led sanctions and diplomatic pressure will not force Iran to halt its nuclear program, Iran's supreme leader said Wednesday. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the final say on all state matters in Iran, voiced confidence that the...
John Gadson; Longtime On-Air Reporter for KTVI (Channel 2) Also Taught at High Schools Here
John Gadson, a longtime on-air reporter for KTVI (Channel 2), died Wednesday (July 25, 2012) from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, a relative said. He was 59.Mr. Gadson joined KTVI in March 2000 as a general assignment...
Latest Syrian Offensive Targets Strategic City; Rebel Advance Has Spread through Wide Swaths of Aleppo
BEIRUT - Syrian troops rushed dozens of tanks and reinforcements Wednesday toward Aleppo, the country's strategically vital commercial capital, in a bid to crush a rebel advance that has spread to wide swaths of the sprawling city. As five days of fighting...
Law & Order; Public Safety
ST. LOUIS > Man shot by police is charged - Terrence Gurley, 34, of the 6000 block of Lindenwood Court, was charged Wednesday, a day after being shot by police in the 2800 block of Osage Avenue. Gurley was charged with second-degree assault on a law...
Lefty Fuentes Joins Cards; Notebook; Reliever Brings Veteran Presence to Bullpen; Marte Sent Down to Memphis; CARDINALS
When choosing between contract offers earlier this month, veteran reliever Brian Fuentes saw the same opening in the Cardinals' bullpen that the club has and that opponents have exploited.He also believed he had a solution for that seventh inning."I...
Liver Transplant Patient Mentors Others; How I Did It; People Awaiting a Transplant Get Answers from a Man Who's Been through the Operation
Edward Rosenbaum was visiting his doctor for an annual checkup when he learned that his liver was failing. He needed a transplant."I had a disease, primary biliary cirrhosis, an autoimmune disease," Rosenbaum, 66, said. "My immune system had been attacking...
Local Digest
CRESTWOOD > City dissolves special taxing district for retail center - The Crestwood Board of Aldermen has voted to dissolve the community improvement district that has been collecting a 1 percent sales tax to help redevelop the Sappington Square retail...
Manhunt Ends in St. Charles Co. Shootout; Suspect Opens Fire on Deputies, Injuring Two, Then Stabs Another Officer before Being Shot to Death
ST. CHARLES COUNTY - Sheriff's deputies killed a man who shot two deputies early Wednesday and stabbed a police officer who was trying to capture him after a long manhunt near O'Fallon, Mo.Authorities identified the dead man as Richard Heeter, 61, of...
Medical Bills Loom for Attack Victims; about a Third of Colorado Residents Have Inadequate Health Insurance or None at All
DENVER - Some of the victims fighting for their lives after being wounded in the movie theater shooting rampage may face another challenge when they get out of the hospital: enormous medical bills without the benefit of health insurance. Members of the...
Mother of Victim Condemns Violence; Comments Follow 4th Day of Protests, Looting in California Shootings
ANAHEIM, CALIF. - The mother of an unarmed man who was shot by Anaheim police officers has condemned violent protests against the killing, saying Wednesday she did not want them to become her son's legacy. "I watched as my son took his last breath. I...
Nation Digest
O'Connor calls criticism of Roberts 'unfortunate' Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on Wednesday said attacks on Chief Justice John Roberts over his key vote to uphold President Barack Obama's health care overhaul are "unfortunate." She...
NFL Notebook
Otah fails physical; trade put on hold Offensive tackle Jeff Otah has failed his physical and been placed on the physically unable to perform list, meaning the New York Jets' trade with Carolina is on hold. The Jets said Wednesday that the trade is contingent...
N. Korean Leader Is Married, Secretive Nation Confirms
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - North Korea ended weeks of speculation Wednesday by confirming that the mystery woman beside young leader Kim Jong Un at recent public events is indeed his wife, "comrade Ri Sol Ju."The news was buried in a state TV report about...
Officer Arrested in Assault on Handcuffed Man; Victim Admits Taunting Officer but Says Beating Was Illegal
ST. LOUIS - The Police Department suspended a St. Louis patrolman and is seeking a felony charge against him for allegedly beating a trespassing suspect who was handcuffed and sitting in a wheelchair at the Lumire Place Casino downtown.Officer Charles...
Olympics Notebook; London Olympics
Fencing champ Zagunis to carry American flag Two-time Olympic fencing champion Mariel Zagunis will carry the U.S. flag in the opening ceremony of the London Games. The U.S. Olympic Committee says Zagunis won a vote of the 529- member team ahead of Friday's...
On Lookout for West Nile; Testing Mosquitoes; Counties Collect the Bugs to See If They're Carrying the Virus
The task of collecting mosquitoes to test for the West Nile virus in Jefferson County falls mostly to Elvir Begic, a St. Louis University student finishing his master's degree in environmental and occupational health.He's an intern for the Jefferson...
Panel Tables Road Plan to Study Ramp; Link from I-70 to Poplar Bridge Is Point of Contention
ST. LOUIS - Regional leaders on Wednesday delayed action on a four-year, $2.1 billion transportation spending plan to study the need for a ramp linking eastbound Interstate 70 to the Poplar Street Bridge.Faced with a possible deadlock vote between Missouri...
Parents Can Work to Prevent Cyberbullying
Parents or caregivers often feel that they are at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to preventing youngsters from using the Internet or other digital devices to send or post messages, images or video clips that are intended to threaten, harass or...
Pentagon Still Grappling with Rules of Cyberwar; Resolution Called Critical to Early Response after Cyberattack
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is still grappling with how to write the rules of cyberwarfare, such as when and how to fire back against a computer-based attack, senior military leaders told Congress Wednesday. Four months ago, the military's top cyberwarrior...
Police Look into Boy's Tattoo; Dragon on 13-Year-Old's Chest May Prompt Disciplinary Action
CENTRALIA, WASH. - Police are investigating how a 13-year-old Washington state boy got a 6-inch tattoo of a dragon on his chest. The Centralia boy's mother and police tell KING-TV that the tattoo was inked while the boy was on a trip with a family friend....
Political Fix
From our online report on politics and government. STLtoday.com/ politicalfixNixon harvests corn growers' endorsement - Fresh from a string of news conferences where he ballyhooed aid for drought-stricken farmers, Gov. Jay Nixon has landed the first-ever...
Pulmonary Disease in Women Is Increasing
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is one of the most common lung diseases and is the third leading cause of death in the United States. For several years now, women have outpaced men in terms of deaths related to the disease. COPD actually includes...
Putting Politics on the Bench; Judicial Appointments; A Proposed Change to the Missouri Plan Would Give the Governor Too Much Power
More than 70 years ago, Missourians voted to select our Supreme Court and appeals court judges and, over time, the trial court judges in the metropolitan areas by a unique system. Known nationally as the Missouri Plan, variations of this system have...
Quinn Plan for Moving Inmates Is under Fire; Critics Say It Shows Illinois Can't Handle Prisoners Displaced by a Tamms Shutdown
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. - Several legislators are criticizing Gov. Pat Quinn's administration for considering moving some prison inmates out of Illinois. Documents obtained by the (Mattoon) Journal Gazette & Times Courier show at least nine inmates could be...
Ramirez Dons Dodger Blue; Ex-Marlin Arrives Here after Late-Night Trade, Is Expected to Add Power to LA Lineup at Shortstop, Third Base
In the visitors clubhouse Wednesday afternoon, the Dodgers slipped a No. 13 tag in a slot above a locker. They put three shirts, a warm-up jacket and some jerseys on hangers. To the side was a pair of royal blue socks with white HR initials already sewn...
Reality-Show Stars Fight Utah's Anti-Bigamy Law; Case Could Decriminalize Way of Life of Mormon Fundamentalists
SALT LAKE CITY - Kody Brown and his four wives just want to live like any other family - free from the threat of being tossed in prison.But in Utah, just claiming to have more than one wife is a third- degree felony punishable by a sentence of up to...
Rodgers Won't Attend Opening Ceremonies; Berkeley High Grad to Return Home after Losing His Spot on 4x100 Relay Team; LONDON OLYMPICS
LONDON - Frustration has mounted for St. Louis native Mike Rodgers, who said Wednesday that he is not being allowed to participate Friday in opening ceremonies for the London Olympics after being replaced on the U.S. track team Tuesday because of an...
Rookie Corners Sign Contracts; Trumaine Johnson - Signs Four-Year Deal Worth about $3 Million and Is Expected on the Field for Practice Today.; Janoris Jenkins - His Four-Year Contract Is for $5 Million and Includes $3.1 Million in Guaranteed Money
Cornerbacks Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson officially became the last two Rams' draft picks under contract when they signed their deals Wednesday. Jenkins, a second-round pick from North Alabama, signed in time to take part in Wednesday's rookie...
Rural Missouri Town Serves as Health Care Experiment; Kansas City Firm Is Leading the Charge to Change Nevada, Mo., to a Healthy Town from One Ranked near Bottom in Several Categories
NEVADA, MO. - Polishing off his pork and beans at the local senior center, Gentry Malcom politely passes on the peas and broccoli still sitting on his plastic food tray. He's finished eating, but not done talking about how a heart attack nearly killed...
Senate OKs Tax Cuts in Showdown with GOP; Senators Kill Rival Plan to Extend Cuts to the Rich as Well
WASHINGTON - Democrats pushed a yearlong extension of tax cuts for all but the highest-earning Americans through the Senate on Wednesday, giving President Barack Obama and his party a significant political victory on a measure that is fated to go no...
Sports Digest
Penn State faced worse penalties, leaders sayIf Penn State had not accepted the NCAA sanctions announced Monday, the Nittany Lions faced a historic death penalty of four years, university president Rodney Erickson told ESPN on Wednesday.Later, NCAA president...
Students Get Special Chance as WU Interns; in the Lab; Program Recruits Minorities and 'Underrepresented' Students to Study Genome Sciences
Edgar Campbell, 22, wasn't thinking of a career in science while in high school, or even in college. He took science classes and watched the Discovery Channel, he said. "But I never thought it would be my future."Then last year, Campbell was preparing...
The New Sanity; Our View; Remember When the NRA Supported Some Gun Control?; OPINION
An executive at the Chesterfield company Cat5 Commerce said a very reasonable thing earlier this week.The company, which runs the website Tacticalgear.com, sold some of the gear and body armor that accused mass murderer James Holmes wore when he allegedly...
What's Up - Heads Up`
WHAT'S UP FROM EVENTS.STLTODAY.COM07.27 Benefit concert featuring Della Reese - Noted singer and actress Della Reese will perform at 8 p.m. Friday in a benefit concert for the Eugene Field House Foundation at Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Boulevard....
World Digest
Ghana president's death shakes up vote Ghana's governing party vowed Wednesday to carry out the "unfinished job" of the country's late president as questions swirled about who would replace him on the ticket for December's election. John Atta Mills,...
Your Views - Letters from Our Readers; Opinion
Pharmacy benefit managers wield much market powerThe recent contract agreement between Walgreen Co., the nation's largest pharmacy chain, and Express Scripts Inc., the nation's largest pharmacy benefit manager, is a harrowing illustration of the power...