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Articles from January 10, 2013

3 Lawmakers Facing Charges in New Illinois Legislature; That Only Adds to the State's Less-Than-Stellar Reputation, Although Only One of the Cases Involves Political Corruption
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. * As members of Illinois' newest Legislature took the oath of office Wednesday, the state that's still struggling to rebuild its image after two consecutive governors have gone to prison set yet another precedent of sorts: It has three...
A Book Designed as DUI Deterrent
An Illinois State Police officer steeped in another era looked at a man sitting dead in a bashed automobile late one night in the early 1970s. Then he looked at me, a young news photographer he recognized from other roadside encounters.Gesturing toward...
A Cough like a Barking Seal Triggered by Viral Infection
Have you ever heard a cough that sounded like a barking seal or a fog horn? It could be croup.Croup is triggered by a viral infection that affects the throat and the upper airway. Swelling of these can occur, and sometimes breathing difficulties also...
A Rally Cry to Tame Spending; Balanced Budget Amendment; Republicans Should Use Such a Proposal to Divide Democrats; OTHER VIEWS
"Even victors are by victories undone."John DrydenDemocrats not allergic to arithmetic must know the cost of their "fiscal cliff" victory. When they flinched from allowing all of George W. Bush's tax rates, especially those on middle-class incomes, to...
Back in Blue; Far-Flung Players Make the Journey to St. Louis to Join Teammates Who Have Been Practicing Together; NHL
Call them the Blues' Travelers.Following the unofficial end of the NHL lockout Sunday, they've been filtering in from all parts of Europe.Chris Stewart and Matt D'Agostini made their way from Germany, Kevin Shattenkirk and Kris Russell came from Finland,...
Back Pain Relief May Require More Than a Simple Massage
Many women enjoy pampering themselves from time to time with massages. A quiet room away from the stresses of life, soothing music ahh, the relaxation.But what happens when you find yourself going to get a massage as often as you can to help with neck...
Bad Year for Whooping Cough; A Vaccine Used since the 1990s Doesn't Last as Long as the Old One
The nation just suffered its worst year for whooping cough in nearly six decades, according to preliminary government figures.Whooping cough ebbs and flows in multiyear cycles, and experts say 2012 appears to have reached a peak with 41,880 cases. Another factor:...
Brady Seeks Record for Postseason Wins; Victory over Texans on Sunday Would Break a Tie with Montana among Quarterbacks; NFL
FOXBOROUGH, MASS. * Tom Brady was just a "kid" in his second pro season when he won his first playoff game.Now a 13-year veteran, the New England Patriots star needs just one more victory to break a tie with Joe Montana for most in the postseason as...
Business Digest
Enterprise pays back Treasury * Enterprise Financial Services, parent of Enterprise Bank, has bought its way out of the big government bank bailout. The Clayton-based bank said Wednesday that it paid $1 million to buy back stock warrants it issued to...
College Basketball Roundup
Kansas survives scare from Iowa St.Freshman Ben McLemore had a career-high 33 points, including a tying 3-pointer with a second left in regulation, giving No. 6 Kansas time to rally to beat Iowa State 97-89 in overtime Wednesday.McLemore, an All-Metro...
College Basketball Roundup
Kansas survives scare from Iowa St.Freshman Ben McLemore had a career-high 33 points, including a tying 3-pointer with a second left in regulation, giving No. 6 Kansas time to rally to beat Iowa State 97-89 in overtime Wednesday.McLemore, an All-Metro...
Committee Posts Can Define Lawmakers
WASHINGTON * Bringing up the name Dodd-Frank in a U.S. House Republican caucus is akin to waving a flag in front of a bull.The two-year-old Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was designed to curb excesses that helped lead to the recent recession....
Cool Valley Is Giving Up Police Department
COOL VALLEY * Cool Valley is dissolving its police department, a move that Mayor Viola Murphy says will save the cash-strapped city about $200,000 a year."Our revenues have been less than our expenses, and it was a situation that needed to be addressed,"...
Don't Punish the Blues for Bettman's Bungling; NHL
Go ahead, be mad at Gary Bettman for all of the damage he's done in overseeing three separate lockouts since becoming NHL commissioner in 1993.Unless you poll the members of Bettman's immediate family, the flunkies who work for him, or the NHL's wealthiest...
Early Flu Bug Has Hit Children the Hardest; Unusual Strain of Influenza B in Missouri Helps Cause about 20-Fold Increase in Cases
An unusual strain of flu circulating across Missouri has sickened hundreds of local children as the virus strikes early and the number of illnesses continues to rise.An influenza B virus has caused more than 80 percent of the 13,065 reported cases in...
Fire Official Stole Nearly $600,000, Feds Say
FRANKLIN COUNTY * A fire official's purchase of a $55 pair of Red Wing work boots for his son triggered an investigation that led to a federal charge Wednesday accusing him of stealing more than $593,000 from the St. Clair Fire District, its treasurer...
Giant Squid Captured on Video Thousands of Feet Deep; Researchers Hail Images of Elusive Creature in Its Natural Habitat
TOKYO * After years of searching, scientists and broadcasters say they have captured video images of a giant squid in its natural habitat deep in the ocean for the first time.The 9-foot invertebrate was filmed from a manned submersible during one of...
GM Eyes Bigger U.S. Market Share; BUSINESS
General Motors' chief executive said Wednesday that he expects the company to steal sales from rivals in the U.S. this year as its new cars and light trucks gain traction with customers.Dan Akerson told reporters that he sees a modest gain in U.S. market...
HALL NO!; Biggio Falls Short but Gets Far More Votes Than Suspected Steroid Users; BASEBALL
Amid the teeth-gnashing and wailing from various precincts of media, agents and fans, Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson offered this cautionary vision Wednesday when questioned about the lack of anyone being voted into the Hall of Fame by the baseball...
Hasbro Aims to Jazz Up Monopoly with New Token Selected in Facebook Vote; among the Candidates Are a Cat, Diamond Ring, Guitar and Helicopter
NEW YORK * The gig is almost up for one of the eight Monopoly tokens. But which will it be? Iron? Thimble? Top Hat?Hasbro is holding a Facebook contest to eliminate one of the eight tokens that identify the players and introduce a new one. Possible new...
Health Calendar
TODAYVibrate to Fitness * 10 a.m. at Weight Loss Couture, 103 Long Rd., Chesterfield. Free. 636-519-4000, bit.ly/11gh2w3Breast Cancer Support Group * 5:30 p.m. at St. Anthony's Cancer Care Center, 10010 Kennerly Rd. Free. 314-525-1355.Breast-Feeding...
High Court Wary of DUI Tests with No Warrants; Justices Hear Case of Missouri Arrest, Forced Blood Draw
WASHINGTON * The Supreme Court appeared reluctant Wednesday to allow police to routinely order blood tests for unwilling drunken- driving suspects without at least trying to get a search warrant from a judge.The court heard arguments Wednesday in a case...
Highway Funding Plan Tops Missouri Agenda; Income Tax Cut, Other Levy Hikes Floated
JEFFERSON CITY * A complicated plan to finance state highway construction projects emerged Wednesday as one of the marquee issues that Republican legislative leaders will weigh during the 2013 legislative session.Both Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey,...
HPV-Related Cancer Rates Rise among Unlikely Victims; as Overall Rates Drop, Head and Neck Cases Increase in Nonsmoking, Middle-Aged Men
The annual report from the National Cancer Institute says overall cancer death rates and incidence rate are dropping steadily. But the report also says that head and neck cancers associated with the human papillomavirus are taking a sudden upswing among unlikely...
Illini Rally in Second Half Falls Short; Minnesota 84, Illinois 67; Physical Game Favors Eighth-Ranked Gophers; COLLEGE BASKETBALL
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. * Joe Coleman scored 29 points and Andre Hollins added 22 to help No. 8 Minnesota top No. 12 Illinois Wednesday 84- 67 and remain undefeated in the Big Ten.The Gophers (15-1, 3-0 Big Ten) held off a charge by the 12th- ranked Illini midway...
Israeli Law Aims to Make Ultrathin Models Obsolete; Goal Is to Prevent Eating Disorders
JERUSALEM * When Margaux Stelman began modeling a few months ago, she always had her sister Simone in mind.Simone was an ex-model who died three years ago after a long battle with anorexia, a common affliction of models trying to look thinner and thinner...
Ladue Rolls to Win over Zumwalt N.; Foul Trouble Derails Third- Seeded Jaguars
TOWN AND COUNTRY * The Ladue basketball team clung to a one- point lead at halftime against Fort Zumwalt North in the DC Wilcutt Invitational semifinals Wednesday night. But when North standout junior guard Chaz Glotta, the area's leading scorer, picked...
Law & Order
ST. LOUIS > Man held in street holdups * Prosecutors charged Darien K. Babbitt, 20, on Wednesday with first-degree robbery, armed criminal action and first-degree attempted robbery in a string of crimes Sunday night in and near downtown. Bail for Babbitt,...
Lew Is Expected to Be Nominated; White House Chief of Staff Would Become New Treasury Secretary
WASHINGTON * President Barack Obama will nominate White House chief of staff Jack Lew to be his second-term Secretary of the Treasury, turning to one of Washington's most knowledgeable budget experts to manage prickly fiscal negotiations with Congress...
Local Digest
CRESTWOOD New city administrator is selected * Crestwood has its first permanent city administrator since last spring.Mark Sime, 55, a Crestwood resident and retired Air Force colonel, was approved by the board of aldermen Tuesday night on the recommendation...
Loopholing; Our View; Health Care Spending Slows, Insurance Rates Climb; OPINION
The nation's health care spending has slowed its rate of growth for the past three years growing annually at a rate of 3.9 percent but that hasn't stopped insurance companies in Missouri and elsewhere from demanding double-digit premium increases.This...
Mortgage Lenders Will Face New U.S. Rules to Limit Risk; Strategy Includes Bans on Interest-Only, No-Documentation Loans; BUSINESS
WASHINGTON * Federal regulators for the first time are laying out rules aimed at ensuring that mortgage borrowers can afford to repay the loans they take out.The rules being unveiled today by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau impose a range of...
Nation Digest
Ferry in New York crashes into dock; dozens are injured, one criticallyA high-speed ferry loaded with hundreds of commuters from New Jersey crashed into a dock in lower Manhattan on Wednesday during the morning rush hour, seriously injuring 11 people,...
NBA Roundup
Parker scores 24 as Spurs beat slumping Lakers Tony Parker scored 24 points and the San Antonio Spurs handed the slumping Los Angeles Lakers their fifth straight loss with a 108- 105 victory Wednesday. Kobe Bryant had 27 points for Los Angeles. Cavaliers...
NBA Roundup
Parker scores 24 as Spurs beat slumping LakersTony Parker scored 24 points and the San Antonio Spurs handed the slumping Los Angeles Lakers their fifth straight loss with a 108- 105 victory Wednesday. Kobe Bryant had 27 points for Los Angeles.Cavaliers...
NFL Notebook
Rams defensive tackle Michael Brockers and cornerback Janoris Jenkins have been named to the NFLs All-Rookie team for 2012 as determined by Pro Football Weekly and the Pro Football Writers of America.After missing the first three games of the season...
NHL Owners Approve Labor Deal; after Unanimous Vote, Bettman Apologizes to Everyone Hurt by the Lockout
NEW YORK * NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman secured unanimous ownership support for the pending labor deal, then apologized to everyone hurt by the long lockout and said he isn't going anywhere.The league's board of governors met in a hotel in Manhattan...
Pension Crisis Remains Unsolved as Illinois Lawmakers Return Anew
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. * Historic numbers of Democrats took seats Wednesday in the Illinois Legislature, beginning a new session facing unfinished business that involves another historic number: a $96 billion hole in public-employee pension systems.A near-record...
People; Entertainment
Oprah to interview ArmstrongLance Armstrong has agreed to an interview with Oprah Winfrey and is to address allegations he used performance-enhancing drugs during a career in which he won seven Tour de France titles.According to Winfrey's website, this...
Russia Shamefully Uses Children as Political Pawns; Adoption Fight; Missouri Families Should Get to Continue Providing Homes for Russian Orphans; OPINION
When the Quincey family adopted 14-year-old Sergey and his younger brother Val from Russia, the boys did not speak English. As the oldest son of two alcoholic parents, Sergey was faced with a number of challenges, but he set out to learn as much as possible when...
Scott Air Force Base Loses Bid to House New Refueling Tanker
WASHINGTON * Senators from Illinois and Missouri expressed disappointment Wednesday that the Air Force overlooked Scott Air Force Base in the Metro East area as a candidate to become a main operating base for next-generation aerial refueling tankers.The...
Shrewsbury Panel Opposes TIF; but Aldermen Are Expected to Override Vote and Move Ahead on Project
SHREWSBURY * The city's Tax Increment Financing Commission on Wednesday recommended rejecting $15 million in subsidies for a developer with plans to build a Walmart Supercenter on the site of an abandoned movie theater along Watson Road.The measure now...
SLu Starts A-10 Play 'In Pretty Good Shape'; Conference Figures to Be Challenging, but That Will Be Nothing New to Billikens
A year ago, St. Louis U. went into the Atlantic 10 season at 12- 2 and with expectations high for it to reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2000.This year, SLU goes into conference play at 11-3 and with expectations high for another trip...
Specialized Stents for Aneurysms Speed Recovery; in the Hospital; Custom-Made Devices Called Game-Changer
A new and safer treatment is available for patients with abdominal aortic aneurysms in tricky locations that used to require open surgery.The aorta is the body's largest artery. It is like the trunk of a tree carrying oxygen-rich blood from the heart...
Sports Digest
Former soccer player Mia Hamm will be the featured speaker at the St. Louis Youth Sports Summit, a free event organized by the St. Louis Sports Commission and its Sportsmanship Initiative, Saturday at Maryville University. The Summit is held for parents,...
Sports Digest
Mia Hamm to speak at youth sports summitFormer soccer player Mia Hamm will be the featured speaker at the St. Louis Youth Sports Summit, a free event organized by the St. Louis Sports Commission and its Sportsmanship Initiative, Saturday at Maryville...
St. Charles County Is Balking at Parks Tax
ST. CHARLES COUNTY * A sales tax increase to overhaul the Gateway Arch grounds and fund other parks across the region appears doomed in St. Charles County.A majority of County Council members said Wednesday it's unlikely they'll put the issue on the...
St. Louis May Ease Some Pot Penalties; Alderman's Bill Would Allow Leniency for Small Amount
ST. LOUIS * Marijuana smokers may soon find some refuge in the city, at least when it comes to criminal charges.St. Louis Alderman Shane Cohn will introduce a bill Friday that would reduce the penalty for possession of small amounts of marijuana in the...
Tattooed Artist Runs for Czech President; Composer, Painter Is Unlikely Candidate, but Surge of Popular Votes Could Sway Ultimate Choice between Top Rivals
PRAGUE * He's tattooed from head to toe, a warrior-like mix of blue, green and red. He's also running in a surprising third place ahead of this week's Czech presidential elections.Vladimir Franz, an opera composer and painter, seems the most unlikely...
This Flash Needs More Wattage; Review; Based on a Jennifer Beals Movie, 'Flashdance' Only Flickers Onstage; ENTERTAINMENT
Sometimes at a musical, you find yourself wondering what it was like in the rehearsal hall.Take "Flashdance The Musical," which opened Tuesday at the Peabody Opera House. Like many shows aiming at Broadway, this production has a big cast, packed with...
Transfers Boost Parkway South; Girls Basketball Notebook; Patriots Are Deeper
It's no longer just the Becca Steins and Brittany Thomas Show at Parkway South.After a period of adjustment, Riley Reddin and Dominique Broadus are becoming the difference- makers South coach Thomas Williams hoped they would be when they transferred...
U.S. Tax Code Too Complicated for Many; but Negotiating an Overhaul Is Daunting Task for Politicians
WASHINGTON * Too intimidated to fill out your tax return without help? Join the club.At nearly 4 million words, the U.S. tax law is so thick and complicated that businesses and individuals spend more than 6 billion hours a year complying with filing...
Weight Loss Helps Ease Arthritis Symptoms; How I Did It; Cutting out White Flour Is One Key to Improving Her Health and Adding to Her Mobility
The research Gretchen Linden did to find a way to ease the misery from her rheumatoid arthritis resulted in her changing her diet, losing 75 pounds and reducing her medicines by 80 percent.Since the weight loss, she has "ditched the cane," she's not using...
What's Up - Heads Up
WHAT'S UP * FROM EVENTS.STLTODAY.COM01.10 Job fair * The city of St. Louis is hosting a job fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the soon-to-open MX Movies at 618 Washington Avenue. Team members from the city's SLATE Missouri Career Center will meet...
Without Deal, Bakers Will Shutter Last Stores; Liquidation of Shoe Chain Is Starting This Week; BUSINESS
ST. LOUIS * A plan to keep some of Bakers Footwear Group's stores alive came down almost literally to the 11th hour.The bankrupt shoe retailer had been discussing the sale of its remaining business to another company late into the night Tuesday. But...
Woman Found Dead in Trunk of Her Car Was Shot in Head; Police Say They Are Following Many Leads in Case That Started with Her Baby Found Abandoned; PUBLIC SAFETY
ST. LOUIS * An autopsy revealed Wednesday that the missing mother found dead in the trunk of her car the day before died of a single gunshot wound.Law enforcement sources said the fatal gunshot wound was discovered behind one of Ebony Jackson's ears....
World Digest
Truckers who supply NATO strike in PakistanTruckers who carry supplies to NATO troops in Afghanistan have gone on strike in northwest Pakistan to protest lower pay, inadequate security and corrupt officials who demand bribes from the truckers, officials...
Your Views - Letters from Our Readers; Opinion
We can't simply give up on gun controlI always enjoy Bill McClellan's column. In the column Jan. 7, "Time for honesty in gun debate," he says that gun control will never work because there are already too many guns owned by the public and the criminals.I...