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Articles from December 16, 2012

12 Coffee Table; Books for 2012
Coffee table books generally large, impressive, full of beautiful art on high-quality paper proliferate around the holidays. Here are 12 notable books for 12.1. For the cat lover: The Life and Love of Cats (by Lewis Blackwell; published by Abrams,...
6-5 Guards Mizzou Debut Is Surrounded by Intrigue; Jabari Brown Played 2 Games with Oregon, Then Quit. A Month Later, He Announced Plans to Transfer to Missouri
COLUMBIA, Mo. The path Jabari Brown traveled to play for Mizzou was, on the surface, much the same as that taken by several of his new teammates.He started at one school, found reason to transfer and was lured by coach Frank Haith to help form one of...
Angel Pins Started as Gift of Comfort for a Friend
Tell us about yourself. I was blessed to grow up in a time when we had to make our own fun. Thanks to my mother, I saw things in clouds, a piece of fabric, or something as simple as a button. Im always creating. To comfort a friend after the loss of...
Apocalypse Friday? Mexicos Maya Display Ancestral Calm
UH-MAY, Mexico Amid a worldwide frenzy of advertisers and new- agers preparing for a Maya apocalypse, one group is approaching Friday with calm and equanimity the people whose ancestors supposedly made the prediction in the first place.Mexicos 800,000...
A Rooftop of Food; 8,000-Square-Foot Warehouse Downtown to Become Home to Organic Garden
ST. LOUIS The rooftop of a sprawling urban warehouse may not seem like the classic locale for a farm, but a group of urban gardeners in St. Louis is seeing it a different way.Urban Harvest STL, a group of city residents and gardeners, plans to turn...
Arts Briefs
Air show returns to Spirit of St. Louis Airport in 2014 Spirit of St. Louis Airport announced last week it will host an air show in 2014, its 50th anniversary. The two-day festival will run May 3-4, 2014. The Blue Angels are slated to perform.Spirit...
As Shooting Story Unfolded, Media Struggled with Facts
NEW YORK The scope and senselessness of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting challenged television journalists ability to do much more than lend, or impose, their presence on the scene.Pressed with the awful urgency of the story, TV, along with other media,...
Authors of Hit High School Blog Reveal Their Identities
The authors of the hit blog What High School Should We Call Me have decided to reveal their true identities. And guess what? Its not you. Public relations executives Lisa Derus and Lindsey Herzog, both 24, are the women behind the up-until-this-very-moment...
Best-Selling Books for Week That Ended Dec. 9
These are the best-selling books from Publishers Weekly for the week that ended Dec. 9.HARDCOVER FICTION1. Threat Vector Tom Clancy2. The Racketeer John Grisham3. Notorious Nineteen Janet Evanovich4. Gone Girl Gillian Flynn5. Merry Christmas, Alex...
BOWL SEASON HIGHS AND LOWS; College Football Will Showcase Great Games -- and Clunkers -- over the Next Few Weeks
The BCS has been criticized plenty for not getting it right over the years from all those teams that believed they should have been playing for a national title to last seasons all-SEC championship game.But for all its faults, the system seemed to work...
Cahokia Rally Falls Short in Midwest Showdown Shootout; Bosse (Ind.) 73, Cahokia 72; Late Flurry Dooms Comanches
ST. CHARLES The Cahokia basketball team overcame a 14-point third-quarter deficit and led by four late in its Midwest Showdown Shootout matchup on Saturday but couldnt hold on.Evansville (Ind.) Bosse scored five points in the final 49 seconds to hand...
Clayton Woman Takes Shabby Chic into Another Realm
To spend an afternoon at Nancy Foxs house is to detour through the French countryside. There you stand, jaw dropped, amid tapestries, portraits, hand-painted walls, the kind of worn and sometimes tattered furnishings that look as if there were meant...
College Basketball Roundup
Butler shocks No. 1 Indiana in overtimeAlex Barlows driving basket with 2.3 seconds in overtime gave Butler (8-2) an 88-86 victory over top-ranked Indiana (9-1) Saturday in Indianapolis.Indiana trailed 71-64 with two minutes to play in regulation, but forced...
College Football Roundup
Arizona rallies past NevadaMatt Scott threw two short touchdown passes in the final 46 seconds as the Wildcats rallied past the Wolf Pack 49-48 Saturday in the New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque.Overcoming a slow start and three big turnovers, Arizona (8-5) recovered...
Cooling Down the Muny
Mark Twain famously observed that although everybody talks about the weather, no one does anything about it.The Muny, however, intends to try.A new fan system for cooling the audience will be installed in the coming months. If all goes smoothly, it will...
Cortinovis, Robert F. (1920-2012) Husband
Cortinovis , Robert F.(1920-2012) Husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather, space and aviation pioneer. Robert F. Cortinovis, age 92, son of Felix and Genevieve Cortinovis, beloved husband for 70 years to Irene E , loving...
Could School Massacre Be Gun Control Tipping Point?
WASHINGTON The question surfaces each time a mass murder unfolds: Will this one change the political calculus in Washington against tougher gun control?The answer, after the Virginia Tech killings, the attempted assassination of Gabby Giffords, the...
Curb the Mortgage Deduction; Tax Break Is Bad for the Economy, and It Disproportionately Benefits the Wealthy
The mortgage interest deduction has always seemed like a sacrosanct part of the tax code, what with 40 million Americans claiming it and powerful real estate lobbyists protecting it.Suddenly, though, this protected plum seems vulnerable. Republicans...
Declaring 1775 Is Pivotal for American Independence; Commentator Kevin Phillips Explains the Differing Roles of 13 Colonies
Every several years, historian-commentator Kevin Phillips takes a respite from writing about whats wrong with the way the U.S. is run to write about the way things were.Nine years ago it was biography of President William McKinley.This year it is 1775:...
Eagles Take Candy Cane Title
WATERLOO, Ill. Columbias Erika Varel and Savannah Wittenbrink were double-trouble for Red Bud in the championship game of the 16th Annual Candy Cane Classic girls basketball tournament at Gibault on Saturday.Varel and Wittenbrink combined to score 43...
Egyptians Vote on Constitution; Outcome of Balloting Is Unlikely to Quell Turmoil across Nation
CAIRO Egyptians took their quarrel over a draft constitution to polling stations Saturday after weeks of violent turmoil between the newly empowered Islamists and the mostly liberal opposition over the future identity of the nation.Regardless of the...
Family Events
Family Sundays: The Golden Age Experience a slice of Renaissance Italy with a selection of art activities and family tours inspired by the museums special exhibition Federico Barocci: Renaissance Master. Hands-on art projects are inspired by the masterpieces...
Family with Five Grandkids Struggles; 100 NEEDIEST CASES: HELPING THOUSANDS
CASE 86J and her husband, C, should be financially independent and enjoying retirement. Instead, they are caring for five grandchildren, ranging from age 12 to 16, and battling crippling health problems. J had a cancerous lung removed and struggles to breathe...
Free Spirit, High Energy, Live Music, Great Cuisine and Fast Cars
AUSTIN, TEXAS Everywhere you look in Austin, you see young people. Hip, cool young people. Their energy the energy of the city is infusive. And people are starting to take notice. Orbitz named Austin a travel hotspot in 2012; Travel + Leisure ranked...
Game Plan
Dave Clarks family celebrates Christmas night the same way every year: with a big game night. Our family gets together with the same family of longtime friends to play two or three games before calling it a night, he says. Last year, they played Letter...
Gunman Was Loner Who Didnt Feel Pain, Says Adviser; Adam Lanza Often Withdrew at High School, Club Overseer Says
SOUTHBURY, Conn. At Newtown High School, Adam Lanza had trouble relating to teachers and fellow students, but that was only part of his problem. He seemed not to feel physical or emotional pain in the same way as classmates.Richard Novia, the school...
Halfway between 40 and 50, Apatow Is Still a Fanboy; the Director of 'This Is 40' Is in No Hurry to Grow Up
In November, Judd Apatow tweeted what he called the greatest photo ever taken. It wasnt a picture of the director accepting an award or welcoming his third child. It was a backstage snapshot with the Whos Pete Townshend, one of Apatows heroes.In 1965,...
Hillary Clinton Faints, Suffers Concussion; Secretary of State Is Recovering at Home
WASHINGTON Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who skipped an overseas trip last week because of a stomach virus, suffered a concussion after fainting, the State Department said Saturday.Clinton, 65, is expected to leave her job soon. She was recovering...
ID Issue Blocks Family from Claiming Presumed Remains
DUPO Melody Day has picked out a spot in her living room here to display an urn intended to hold her missing mothers ashes. It would bring comfort, she said, to survivors of Cynthia Day including two siblings and two children who have lived with 20...
Its Complicated; the Many Facets of the Debate over Trading No. 2 Pick to Redskins Give Nod to Bradford
Statement: The Rams should have traded Sam Bradford and drafted Robert Griffin III.How many times have you heard that this season?The Bradford/RG3 discussion has provided abundant material for national and local sports-talk radio shows, ESPN, the NFL...
Lack of Budget Deal Means Grappling with Uncertainty
The last few years of on-again, off-again economic recovery have been uncertain to say the least.From last summers debt ceiling debate to Novembers presidential election, weve had no shortage of big events to give heartburn to businesses and investors....
Large, Family-Owned Resorts Offer Personal Touch
VAIL, COLO. Rosana Faessler stops by the hostess stand to check on reservations, then makes her way into the dining room to chat with a couple of the regular guests. After a few minutes, she wanders to the breakfast buffet to make sure everythings clean...
Lead Us, Mr. President, the Time Is Now; Our View; Preventing Mass Shootings Must Become an American Obsession
President Barack Obama spoke from the heart, as a father, in mourning another senseless school shooting on Friday.Wiping tears from his eyes and quoting from Psalm 147 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Mr. Obama showed as much emotion...
Lehleitner, David J. Retired Advertising Executive
Lehleitner, David J. Retired Advertising Executive, died of kidney failure on December 6, 2012 at Friendship Village Health Center in Sunset Hills. He was 87 years old. His wife, Patricia M. Galloway Lehleitner, died in 1995. David was born in St. Louis...
Lipsitz, Janice Elaine Hoffman Died December 15
Lipsitz, Janice Elaine Hoffman Died December 15, 2012, peacefully at her Chesterfield home after a prolonged illness. She was 85 years old. Kind, thoughtful, loving wife for 65 years of Robert J. Lipsitz. Beloved mother and mother-inlaw of William (Malu)...
Metro Buses Tops in Growth of Ridership So Far This Year
Soaring gasoline prices, a regional restoration of transit service and a mending economy have made St. Louis Metro buses more attractive.So attractive that Metro ranked No. 1 among U.S. large transit agencies for growth in bus ridership during the first...
Miles Davis Retains Enigmatic Image; Clark Terry, Gerald Early Are among Contributors in Book of Essays and Photos
Just one measure of how singular a jazz musician Miles Davis was is the fact that he has inspired quite a few coffee table books. Not that theres anything wrong with that its nice to have something to occupy your eyes as youre sipping that latt. And...
More Questions Than Answers Would Greet End of NHL Lockout
Whether the NHL labor dispute can be settled in time to salvage an abbreviated season is anyones guess. But if it happens, what might the sports world expect?The hockey is very energetic, it was in 1994-95, but it had a lot of errors in it, Blues coach...
NASCARs Gen 6 Gets Enthusiastic Reviews
CONCORD, N.C. NASCAR spent almost the entire year developing its 2013 car in hopes the Gen 6 model will dramatically improve the racing.After his first test drive this week, NASCARs most popular driver signaled his approval.This sport is going to be...
Nation Digest
Alabama police kill suspects after separate shootingsPolice in Alabama fatally shot two suspects Saturday following separate shooting incidents 75 miles apart that left several others, including two officers, wounded.Authorities said Jason Letts, 38,...
NBA Roundup
Lees 20 leads Warriors routFormer Chaminade standout David Lee had 20 points and 11 rebounds as visiting Golden State scored a 115-93 victory over Atlanta Saturday night.Stephen Curry collected 18 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds for Golden State,...
New on DVD
MOVIESArbitrage (R; 1:40) A Wall Street tycoon (Richard Gere) who is cheating at business and marriage tries to cover up his involvement in a fatal accident. Paced like the kind of 80s thrillers that starred Michael Douglas but themed for millennial...
OFallon Wins Mascoutah Wrestling Tourney; Southwestern Conference Rival Alton Comes in 2nd, Triad Is Third
MASCOUTAH One champion, two second place finishers and plenty of depth helped the OFallon High School wrestling team capture the team title in the 43rd Mascoutah Invitational Tournament on Saturday.OFallon ended with a total of 187 points, Southwestern...
Off the Tracks; Our View; More Can Be Done to Prevent Death on the Rails
In 2009, the railroad industry and federal government combined to fund a public safety campaign entitled Common Sense: Use It.It was a reaction to a high number of pedestrian-train deaths, particularly in California.The basic concept of the campaign...
Overwintering Patio Plants; Can Be Tricky
Q I love my patio plants and want to make sure they survive through the winter. Can you provide any tips on how I can keep them alive?A Figuring out exactly what you need to do to care for specific plants can be just as tricky as actually caring for...
Passing on Christmas Cards Is a Gift of Extra Time
The most overhyped fantasy peddled during the holidays is the hard sell of expectations.We are expected to create memories that transcend the consumerist binge surrounding us, to re-create traditions, to feel the warm and fuzzies, to give, to host, to...
Piggy Bank's Savings Adds to Larger Cause
LADUE Katie Eisenman calls it her Giving Box, but its actually a red plastic piggy bank she keeps in her lavender bedroom.Of her weekly $1 allowance, she puts a quarter of it in her giving box to go to a charitable cause at the end of each year. If Katie...
Players May Move to Dissolve Union; NHL Has Mounted Challenge against Such a Breakup
TORONTO NHL players will begin voting Sunday on whether they will grant the players associations executive board the authority to dissolve the union because of an inability to reach a collective bargaining agreement with the league.Two-thirds of the...
Prosperity Wont Come If We Cut Education, Research
Whatever you call them fiscal cliff, austerity bomb, Debtpocalypse the impending automatic federal spending cuts are likely to endanger the nations short-term economic recovery. But they also pose a real threat to the long-term prosperity of the United...
Rams, Vikings on Edge of Abyss; A Loss Would All but Eliminate Either Team from a Shot at the Postseason
The plot has unfolded slowly the past two episodes, leading to yawns, head-scratching and general consternation.But by the end of the day, Rams victories over San Francisco and Buffalo have been suspense thrillers with unexpected twists and turns, and...
Routine Morning Shattered by Shots, Unthinkable Horror
NEWTOWN, Conn. First, he killed his mother.Nancy Lanzas body was found later at their home on Yoganda Street in Newtown after the carnage at Sandy Hook Elementary School; after a quiet New England town was scarred forever by unthinkable tragedy; after...
SEVEN THINGS TO WATCH; 7 FOR SUNDAY; Rams vs. Vikings - Noone Sunday - KTVI Ch. 2
THE ONE, THE ONLYThe Rams are playing their best run defense of the season, but now comes the leagues best and hottest back in the great Adrian Peterson. Peterson has good size (6-1, 217) and strength, to go along with a sharp jump cut, home-run speed...
Should You Rent or Buy Your Home?; Low Prices, Interest Rates Making Purchasing Attractive, but Risks Remain
If youre renting your home, you might wonder if its time to buy.On the one hand, houses may never be this affordable again. St. Louis homes are 13 percent cheaper than five years ago, according to government estimates. Mortgages last week averaged a...
SLU Shoots Down Tennessee Martin; SLU 73, Tennessee-Martin 51 - Bills Win Third in Row amid Talk of School Possibly Switching Leagues
In the middle of the first half, the SLU student section began chanting, Catholic Conference, a pretty obvious reference to where a lot of peoples minds were on Saturday night at Chaifetz Arena.On the same day that seven Catholic non-football playing...
SLU Vice President Resigns amid Discord; Trustees Make Concessions in Other Areas -- but Take No Action against Biondi, the University's President
ST. LOUIS Manoj Patankar, the embattled vice president of academic affairs at St. Louis University, resigned Saturday and will return to his job on the schools faculty.It was Patankars controversial proposal to change employee evaluations and tenure...
Sound Off
So long, SkipI, for one, am going to miss Skip Schumaker. He wasnt a Gold Glove second baseman, but more than once he made spectacular plays or got that most-important hit. In 2011 I dont think the Cards couldve made it to the World Series without Skip,...
Sports Digest
Cowboys to honor Brown with decal on helmetsThe Dallas Cowboys will wear a helmet decal Sunday against Pittsburgh to honor practice squad linebacker Jerry Brown, a graduate of Vashon High and a player at the University of Illinois, who died in a one-car...
St. Peters Woman Lost Heroic Cousin in Massacre
As more details emerged of the rampage shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, and people around the world absorbed their grim reality, one St. Louis area family learned it had a direct connection to the massacre.Noemi Guyton, of St. Peters, was stunned to...
TAKING A WRONG TURN; Nashville, Homeland and Other TV Favorites Got off Track This Season
A television series is like a journey, with ups and downs and bumps and curves. The hope, always, is that viewers will want to go along for the ride with characters who grow and change from week to week and season to season. Thats one of the joys of...
TIME OF SORROW; Community Will Be Host to Memorial Service Today; Police Say They Are Getting to the 'Why' of the Shooting
NEWTOWN, Conn. Investigators tried to figure out what led a bright but painfully awkward 20-year-old to slaughter 26 children and adults at a Connecticut elementary school, while townspeople sadly took down some of their Christmas decorations and struggled Saturday...
Tools, Props and Apps to Buy for Smartphones
A few years ago people tried to pitch me items about pimping out your mobile phone. I said, nice try but no way. Thats a gadget. I write about fashion.Now, if you see me at a party, grocery, social event, mall, gallery, nightclub, restaurant or coffee...
Trail of the Week Special; Gifts for Hikers
Hikers may be the easiest people to shop for. Even if you get them something they already have, theyll see it as a backup or upgrade. Whats best, any hiker gift has high quality at low cost alternatives. Following are a few cant-miss ideas that have...
Victim Portraits Bring to Mind Magnitude of What Has Been Lost
Most died at the very start of their young lives, tiny victims taken in a way not fit no matter ones age. Others found their lifes work in sheltering these little ones, teaching them, caring for them, treating them as their own. After the gunfire ended...
Waino Touring Familiar Territory; Cardinals Are Back in a Pujols Predicament as Rotation Linchpin Enters Walk Season
If the feeling is familiar, it should be.Once again the Cardinals and a team pillar are on the clock regarding the players future. Reluctance to publicly address the matter confirms its magnitude. Two years after the club and Albert Pujols engaged in...
Washington County Deputy Fatally Shot; Suspect Is Arrested after Being Taken to a Police Checkpoint in Mineral Point by People He Knew
WASHINGTON COUNTY, MO. The suspect in the fatal predawn shooting Saturday of Washington County sheriffs Deputy Christopher R. Parsons was taken into custody after a 15-hour search.Police arrested Gary W. Sancegrow, 30, without incident at a police checkpoint...
Whats Up/Heads Up
WHAT'S UP - FROM EVENTS.STLTODAY.COM12.16 Irish Christmas celebration St. Louis Irish Arts will stage its annual Christmas Concert and dance program at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Boulevard. Tickets are $15, with proceeds...
When the Perfect Christmas Gift Has the Color of Green; If You Can't Give Your Favorite Columnist Cash, Please Offer Some Helpful Explanations to a Few Questions
As we creep up on this holiday season which I like to refer to as Christmas Im sure there are many of you in reader-land whove been scratching your head and wondering what present you should get me.Thats why Im going to help you out today and offer...
Wineries Are on the Rise; Missouri, with More Than 100 Wineries, Working to Tout Local Grapes
Shellie Gamel was a bank manager. Her husband, Matt, a salesman.Then they got bitten by the wine bug.While living in Washington, Mo., after college, the couple started visiting wineries in Hermann and Augusta, where they fell in love with wine and the...
Working Man Looks at Life after Twinkies
Bob Zajac was born 53 years ago and raised in the hard-scrabble Illinois community of Washington Park. He was 3 when his dad died in an auto accident. Nobody talked about it, but Zajac figures alcohol was probably involved.His mom, Helen, never remarried,...
World War II Blackout Drill Darkens City; A Look Back - in 1942, Air- Raid Wardens Went Door-to-Door Explaining the Rules
ST. LOUIS Police sirens and factory whistles shrieked the signal at 10 p.m. All across town, the lights flickered out.Mayor William Dee Becker, posted atop the Civil Courts Building, surveyed the darkness and found it good. The only errant glimmers were...