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Articles from May 5, 2013

2-Year-Old Girl Gets Windpipe Made from Stem Cells
CHICAGO * A 2-year-old girl born without a windpipe now has a new one grown from her own stem cells, the youngest patient in the world to benefit from the experimental treatment.Hannah Warren has been unable to breathe, eat, drink or swallow on her own...
7 U.S. Service Members Killed in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan * Seven U.S. soldiers and a member of the NATO- led coalition were killed on Saturday in one of the deadliest days for Americans and other foreign troops in Afghanistan in recent months, as the Taliban continued attacks as part of...
Add Pop to Your Garden Beds with Annuals
Planning a garden bed can be like tracking a moving target among the hits, you'll encounter your share of misses.A bed that's in scale, attractively layered and consistently in bloom like the glorious pictures in gardening magazines may look as easy...
A Look Back; St. Louis Author Kate Chopin Releases First Novel to Mixed Reviews in 1899
ST. LOUIS * "There is much beauty in the development of this graceful, fascinating subtle character, and Mrs. Chopin has described it with extraordinary art."So says a Post-Dispatch review on May 6, 1899, of local author Kate Chopin's first novel, "The...
At Home: Eclectic Style in Tudor Cottage
Karen Larsen Neilson and her late husband, Dennie, a local architect, purchased their beautiful 1924 Tudor cottage in the heart of University City in 2007 to be their retirement home.With its stunning vaulted and beamed ceiling, easy floor plan, charming...
At the End of the Day, There's Nothing like the Playoffs
LOS ANGELES * Cultural phrases can be like fashion, a delicate blend between comfortable and desirable.Some don't stay around long enough. For instance, "Well, I'll be a monkey's uncle" expired a little too soon. I would like to know more about that,...
Back-to-Back Concerts Show Differences between 2 New Music Groups
For most of the last half-century, St. Louis had just one new- music group: the New Music Circle, founded in 1959.That changed in November 2009, when the board split over fundamental issues. When the dust settled, St. Louis had two new- music groups:...
Bangladesh Toll 547; Search Becomes More Gruesome
DHAKA, Bangladesh * Ten days after the horrifying collapse of a garment-factory building, life has become still more gruesome for crews working to recover bodies at the site. The death toll rose to 547 on Saturday, and the stench of decaying flesh was...
Baseball Finally Is Good on BOTH Sides of Missouri
You don't necessarily have to book lunch in Boonville yet on your way to Kansas City in October for the reprise of the I-70 Series.But Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's two favorite teams, the Cardinals and Kansas City Royals, both appeared in first place in...
Baseball Roundup
Strasburg sharp as Nationals winStephen Strasburg struck out eight in seven innings and the Washington Nationals won a game he started for the first time since opening day by beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4 Saturday.Giants 10, Dodgers 9 * Pinch hitter...
Beer Made the Ball Game Better
Baseball fans in St. Louis pride themselves on their deep understanding of the game and their unstinting enthusiasm for the hometown Cardinals. But even the team's most devoted followers often draw a blank at the mention of Chris Von der Ahe, the flamboyant German...
Benny Green Dies; Undercover Narcotics Officer Was Cited for Valor
Benny Green, who died last week at age 67, spent much of his career at the St. Louis Police Department on the street ferreting out drug dealers.As an undercover narcotics officer, he won numerous commendations. He was cited for valor after a drug ringleader...
Best-Selling Books for Week That Ended April 28
Here are the best-selling books from Publishers Weekly for the week that ended April 28.1. "The Hit" * David Baldacci2. "Whiskey Beach" * Nora Roberts3. "Fly Away" * Kristin Hannah4. "Daddy's Gone a Hunting" * Mary Higgins Clark5. "Paris" * Edward Rutherfurd6....
Biondi Drops Bombshell
ST. LOUIS * The Rev. Lawrence Biondi surprised supporters and critics alike Saturday evening when he announced plans to retire from the presidency of St. Louis University.The move follows months of campus strife that included no- confidence votes by...
Blues Have to Find a Way to Spoil Kings' Home Cooking
LOS ANGELES * It never rains in Southern California, and it stays pretty cheery in the Staples Center this hockey season, as well.The Blues brought lots of momentum with them to LA on Saturday, and it showed. Much like the first two games of the Western Conference...
Blues vs. Kings (Game 3)
FIRST PERIODELLIOTT STARTS WELLBlues goaltender Brian Elliott starred in the scoreless first period. But he got some help from Kings winger Justin Williams, who walked in on a 2-on-1 rush and fired high. Oddly, the best Blues scoring chance came short-handed,...
Book Bank Finds Better Ways to Help Developing Countries
As much as Americans adore "Charlotte's Web," sending a story about a pet pig to a school in South Sudan would be an embarrassing cultural mistake. Ditto a vampire romance. Similarly, a microwave cookbook would be useless in a village without electricity...
Botched Brain Surgery Prompts Extensive Review at SSM Health Care
ST. LOUIS * Severe mistakes happen, even at hospitals that receive high marks from federal health officials. And consumers usually never learn the details of these errors.In a very small percentage of surgeries, doctors operate on the wrong knee or breast,...
Bouwmeester Helps Bolster Blue Line
LOS ANGELES * A perceived advantage for the Blues heading into their Western Conference playoff series against Los Angeles was the additions of defensemen Jay Bouwmeester and Jordan Leopold.So far, perception is reality.The Blues led LA two games to...
Calm, Moist Air Aids Fight against Calif. Wildfire
CAMARILLO, Calif. * A big cool-down in weather calmed a huge wildfire burning in Southern California coastal mountains Saturday, and firefighters worked to cut miles of containment lines while conditions were favorable.High wind and withering hot, dry...
Cards Get New Power Sources
MILWAUKEE * On one of the days Mike Matheny kept Jon Jay out of the lineup so that he spent his energy in the batting cage rebuilding his swing, the Cardinals manager said when Jay returned from the at-bat intervention he could be "as hot as anybody...
CEO Pay Soars, but It's Mostly Tied to Performance
The era of austerity seems to have ended for many St. Louis CEOs.The average pay package for the people who run St. Louis' public companies rose by nearly 15 percent last year, after falling by a similar amount in 2011. The difference? A lot of large...
Cinco De Mayo Festival Helps Breathe Life into Cherokee Street
ST. LOUIS * Want to find a way to encourage people and businesses to move to your neighborhood? Start a festival, say the organizers of the annual Cinco de Mayo celebration on Cherokee Street.The festival drew thousands to Cherokee in south St. Louis...
Dance St. Louis Season Will Range from 'Chicago' to Shanghai
"Chicago," "Evita," Shanghai Ballet, Ballet Memphis in "Wizard of Oz" and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater are among the attractions scheduled for the 2013-14 Dance St. Louis season.Performances will be presented at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing...
Debate over Morning-After Pill for 15-Year-Olds
NEW YORK * Allison Guarino understands the controversy over new rules allowing 15-year-olds to buy the morning-after contraception pill without a prescription. But as someone who teaches pregnancy prevention to ninth-graders in Boston, she thinks lowering...
Deep Lafayette Successfully Defends Sub West Crown
SAPPINGTON * When Lafayette won the Suburban West Conference track & field championship last spring, it was the first time since 1998.It didn't take the Lancers very long to do it again, however.The deep Lafayette squad finished in the top four in 17...
Digest
Mizzou's Thomas no-hits No. 2 TennesseeSenior righthander Chelsea Thomas recorded her 14th career no- hitter Saturday night, leading 11th-ranked Missouri to a 2-0 win over No. 2 Tennessee in a key Southeastern Conference game at University Field in Columbia.Missouri...
Editorial: Plenty of Oil Fueling the Race to Climate Disaster
In a bizarre confluence of events last week, the U.S. Geological Survey announced that there is probably at least twice as much oil and natural gas trapped under parts of the western United States as previously estimated. Some estimates suggest that...
Everyone Plays a Role in Keeping Highways Clear
On March 25, an early-morning crash involving a tractor-trailer, a sport-utility vehicle and a third vehicle took more than 11 hours to fully clear from southbound Interstate 270 near Highway 370 in north St. Louis County.The SUV crashed into a center...
Experts: Feds Pressure Widow, Pals in Bomb Case
BOSTON * Every time the widow of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev leaves her parents' house, federal agents follow her in unmarked vehicles.Federal authorities are placing intense pressure on what they know to be the inner circle of...
Family Events
Family Sundays: Helmets, Hats and Headdresses * Hands-on art activities and a lively 30-minute family tour through the galleries. From fascinators, to helmets, to royal crowns, the collection has many types of decorative and functional headwear. Tour...
Garcia, Jr
Garcia, Jr., Ruben 54, transitioned peacefully from this life back to home with Jesus on Monday, April 8, 2013 at his home in Maryland Heights, MO. He very courageously fought a very long battle with cancer. His courage, strength, grace and inspiration...
Hogue Leads Maplewood-Richmond Heights to Another District Title
TOWN AND COUNTRY * Lawrence Hogue was just messing around near the long jump pit one day this spring when curiosity got the best of the Maplewood-Richmond Heights senior."I was over there just kind of playing around to see if I could do it," Hogue said....
Horrigan: What If Honest Apologies Become the Norm?
This is disturbing. On Tuesday, SSM Health Care issued an absolutely straightforward apology for operating on the wrong side of a patient's brain."SSM Health Care and SSM St. Clare Health Center sincerely apologize for the wrong-site surgery in our operating...
Israel Enforces 'Red Line' with Syria Airstrike
BEIRUT * The Syrian state news agency SANA, citing initial reports, says Israeli missiles have targeted a military research center near the capital, Damascus.A Syrian activist group, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, reported large...
Kansas City Offers Mix of Attractions for Families
There is that moment in every new parent's life when you wonder, "Will we ever go on vacation again?" Yes, you want to provide your child experiences, but at what cost? The Big Apple? Only if you have big bucks. The beach? You can try to keep your kid...
Kentucky Derby Notebook
O'Neill misses shot at second Derby winTrainer Doug O'Neill came up short in his bid to retain his Kentucky Derby title.O'Neill, who won in 2012 with I'll Have Another, ended up with Goldencents finishing 17th in a 19-horse field on Saturday.The run...
Letters to the Editor, May 5
Doctors work in a climate of fear of being suedThe editorial "Sorry and sorrier" (May 2) strongly implies that the maximum award to a patient is $350,000 in medical malpractice. This is simply incorrect. For many years in Missouri, there are dozens of...
Letters to the Editor: Pujols Is Just Good, No Longer Great
Problems with PujolsTo claim that Albert Pujols has collapsed in Los Angeles would be an overstatement, but to say he has gone from great to good would be accurate. In all honesty, Allen Craig was a better player last year than Albert. Craig hit over...
Long and Lanky Tomato Plants Need More Light
Q * The tomatoes that I started from seed indoors in early April are getting tall and lanky. What am I doing wrong?A * Try giving your plants more light. Tomatoes that don't receive sufficient light will stretch and lean toward the strongest source....
Longtime Southern Illinois Nun Retires
HERRIN, ILL. * For more than 60 years, Sister Clara Ternes served God by taking care of patients and inspiring change in the health care system.Her tenure in nursing came to a close recently, when she ended a 17-year tenure as corporate director of mission,...
Made in St. Louis: Wearable, Comfy Jewelry
Tell us about yourself. * I am a published poet, and I've been in the advertising and marketing fields for more than 20 years. I'm particularly interested in language, symbol and history. I think it's one of the reasons I enjoy writing on my jewelry....
Maness Makes It Look Easy in Earning First Big-League Win
MILWAUKEE * Before leaving the bullpen to throw on back-to-back days for what probably was the first time in his life, Cardinals rookie reliever Seth Maness received some advice from coach Blaise Ilsley on how to deal with runners on base: Get a double...
Matthew Morrison Records Broadway Favorites on New Album
NEW YORK * Matthew Morrison has a guy crush, and it's someone more than twice his age: Smokey Robinson."I love women, but just looking into his green eyes, he can melt you," the 34-year-old "Glee" star said with a laugh. "He's just an amazing, beautiful...
McClellan: Gun Cases Aren't Always Clear and Simple
Stevenson Price is 23. He lives in a north St. Louis neighborhood called the Greater Ville. It's a very tough place.One night last November, there was some kind of incident in the 4300 block of Maffitt Avenue. Price happened to be at a friend's house...
Medical Errors Leave Devastating Impact on Families, Professionals
Surgeries and hospital stays are designed to improve a patient's health. When patients are harmed by a preventable medical error, they can feel robbed of that natural expectation of help and healing.The recent operation on the wrong side of a St. Ann...
Mickelson, Watney Tied for Lead
CHARLOTTE, N.C. * Phil Mickelson and Nick Watney wound up tied for the lead Saturday in the Wells Fargo Championship, but without much separation from the rest of the field.Mickelson hit a shot out of bounds on the 15th hole and hit another shot that...
Missouri Coroners Question Practices of Forensics Company Operator
Shawn Parcells bills himself as a medical investigator, an expert in forensic medicine and a consultant on child abuse.He has testified at murder trials, taught at universities and conducted lectures for lawyers and police officers.Parcells, 33, runs...
Missouri Lawmakers Mull Transportation Legislation
JEFFERSON CITY * Amid the risk of losing millions of dollars in federal transportation funding, Missouri lawmakers are considering changes to rules for commercial drivers licenses.Legislation advancing at the Missouri Capitol seeks to comply with federal...
Moberly Dismissed from Mamtek Investor Lawsuit
MOBERLY, Mo. * The city of Moberly and its industrial development agency have been dismissed from a civil lawsuit filed by spurned investors in the failed Mamtek artificial sweetener factory.The Columbia Daily Tribune reported that a Cole County judge dismissed...
Moral Darkness Covers le Carr's New Spy Novel
Fun, range and wisdom lift "A Delicate Truth" to the upper register of a great writer's oeuvre. Knowledge is not power in the novel: John le Carr believes that the truth, difficult and dangerous on its own, can also kill you. More specifically, his new...
Motorcycle Checkpoints Targeted in Legislature
A multi-state effort to prohibit traffic checkpoints aimed only at motorcyclists has reached the Missouri Legislature.The House on Thursday endorsed a ban on such police operations, after Senate approval of a similar bill in March. To win final passage,...
Mound City Money
Highlights from David Nicklaus' blog about St. Louis business.STLtoday.com/moundcitymoneyStifel gets a victory * A FINRA arbitration panel recently handed Stifel Nicolaus another victory in its long-running dispute with Wells Fargo Advisors over allegations...
Music Review: Robertson, SLSO Triumph in Romantic Viennese Works
As the 2012-13 subscription series of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra comes to a close, music director David Robertson and the orchestra's artistic administration are pulling out the big guns. This weekend, that means three performances with soprano Christine...
Nation Briefs
NRA official remains defiantThe public face of the National Rifle Association implored members Saturday to never give up their weapons in the wake of recent gun control efforts in Congress that he said would "destroy us and every ounce of our freedom.""We...
NBA Roundup
Bulls beat Nets 99-93 Joakim Noah had 24 points and 14 rebounds, Marco Belinelli also scored 24 points as Chicago beat Brooklyn on Saturday night in Game 7 of their first-round series.Carlos Boozer added 17 points as the Bulls shook off injuries to two...
Negro, Frances Jean (Jared) 92
Negro, Frances Jean (Jared)92, of Evansville, IN, formerly of St. Louis, MO died of pneumonia on April 29, 2013 at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Newburgh, IN. Jean was born in Seattle, WA on May 13, 1920. She majored in dietetics at the University of...
New Melle Gun Shop, Residents at Odds
NEW MELLE * A dispute over gun safety has escalated into a lawsuit between a firearm shop owner and some residents and city officials.The New Melle Gun Shop began offering conceal carry classes in the fall of 2011. The courses are conducted in a building...
New Mexico: Native Pueblos to Georgia O'Keeffe
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. * Striped balloons dot a bright blue sky. Red rocks silhouette a lone dead tree. A white ladder leans on a brown adobe dwelling.On a road trip around New Mexico, this mix of motifs and cultures seems to echo across the centuries and...
Nhl Roundup
Ducks blank Red Wings, take 2-1 series leadNick Bonino scored for Anaheim on a second-period power play 18 seconds after Detroit's Justin Abdelkader was ejected for a violent hit on Toni Lydman and the Ducks went on to a 4-0 victory Saturday night...
Norbert Leo Butz Feels Most Himself When He's Playing a Part
Norbert Leo Butz winner of two Tony Awards, star of a new Broadway-bound show, the performer who created such modern-musical charmers as Fiyero in "Wicked" and Jamie in "The Last Five Years" faces a daunting challenge.He's the commencement speaker...
Normandy High: The Most Dangerous School in the Area [Corrected 05/ 13/13]
WELLSTON * Daija'h Jackson is among the hundreds of Normandy High School students who arrive each morning ready to learn.But this requires strategy in a place where fights can erupt multiple times a day, where students target one another for living on...
Obama Wraps Up Latin Trip with an Eye Back Home
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica * President Barack Obama's trip to Latin America had a decidedly domestic feel, with issues such as immigration, energy and education dominating his talks with regional leaders.The shared priorities show how closely entwined the...
Orb Keeps Cool to Win a Wet Derby
LOUISVILLE, Ky. * Way back in the pack heading into the final turn, Orb was calm even if his jockey wasn't.Churning through a sloppy track that resembled creamy peanut butter, the bay colt picked up speed and, one by one, blew past rivals.By that time,...
Other Notable Pay; EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION
Many St. Louisans work for major U.S. companies that aren't based in the region. Those employers range from Pinnacle Entertainment, the owner of the Lumire Place and River City casinos, to Yum Brands, the fast-food giant that owns KFC, Taco Bell and...
Playing Catch-Up Not Easy for Rams
Rams fans are buzzing about the team's offseason moves, particularly on offense. But given what's transpired out West, have they merely been keeping pace with division powers San Francisco and Seattle?The bandwagons are getting so crowded in those two...
Pyongyang Glitters, but Rest of N. Korea Still Dark
PYONGYANG, North Korea * The heart of this city, once famous for its Dickensian darkness, now pulsates with neon.Glossy construction downtown has altered Pyongyang's skyline. Inside supermarkets where shopgirls wear French designer labels, people with...
QuirkOut! Just Remember, There's No Easy Way to Remember
Raise your hand if you forgot anything today.Could you even remember to raise your hand?Maybe we're getting a "little" older. Maybe it's too much multitasking. Or maybe our brains are just on strike.But whatever is making our memory go missing in action...
Rosario Seizes Chance at Derby
LOUISVILLE, Ky. * Joel Rosario maximized the opportunity aboard Orb that John Velazquez passed on in the Kentucky Derby.Aboard a horse that liked the muck Saturday at Churchill Downs, the jockey rode Orb down the outside to victory, giving himself and trainer...
Rzepczynski Wants to Prove He Is Worthy; Pitcher Takes Responsibility for Lack of Conviction; Mozeliak Says He Didn't See the 'Fire.'
MILWAUKEE o If it appeared last week that the Cardinals had lefty Marc Rzepczynski take the fall for a beleaguered bullpen, then it should be noted he already beat the club to the blame game. A few days before bruising his eye on the golf course and...
Series about St. Louis Resale Store Comes to TV
When we first heard that a production company was filming a St. Louis reality television series about a trio of women running an overwhelming female fashion business, oscillating between the upper echelons of society and bargain shoppers, we had a few...
Sherpa: A Long Day's Journey into Pittsburgh
The Life Sherpa firmly adheres to the old pilots' rule that a successful flight is any one from which you walk away.But when a flight from St. Louis to Pittsburgh takes 20 hours, you have to admit it's less than ideal.I should have known things were...
Shoppers Face Hurdles in Finding Ethical Clothing
NEW YORK * You can recycle your waste, grow your own food and drive a fuel-efficient car. But being socially responsible isn't so easy when it comes to the clothes on your back.Take Jason and Alexandra Lawrence of Lyons, Colo. The couple eat locally...
Stone Phillips Documents Tough Choices When Caring for Elderly Parents
Grace Phillips looked around her apartment and burst into fits of confused laughter.It seemed incomprehensible to her, then 88 years old and in the early stages of dementia, that she and her husband were going to leave their lives in St. Louis in two...
Strauss: Carpenter Hopes to Be a Bullpen Fix
Few contending clubs do bullpen chaos like the Cardinals. Relief intrigue is as St. Louis as a highway do-over, bad diet and "the high school question."What would April, May and June be locally without playing late- inning connect-the-relievers? A stretch...
Sun BLUES for Print
LOS ANGELES * One unrealistic expectation for this Western Conference quarterfinal series is a lopsided score.The Blues and Kings have played three games that have gone down to the end of regulation and in the case of the series opener, a little longer....
Sunday People
Rolling Stones rock in U.S. tour openerThe Rolling Stones must have passed through a time machine before taking the Staples Center stage in Los Angeles to kick off their "50 and Counting" anniversary tour.Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and...
The Boss Makes More, and Unions Want to Know How Much More
Almost every public company in America is breaking the law when it comes to disclosing executive pay.They won't be punished, though, because regulators can't agree on exactly what the law means.Under the Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Act, which Congress...
Top Executive Pay; Executive Compensation
This list, ranked by pay last year, contains the pay data of CEOs at public companies headquartered in the St. Louis area.Rank ... Name ... Business ... Salary ... Bonus and incentive pay ... Stock awards ... Stock options ... Pension ... All other ... 2012...
Trail of the Week Special; Critters to Avoid on the Trail
Despite the fun times seeing critters in the wild, some you'll want to avoid or repel. Here's a short primer on what to do and when to do it.MOSQUITOES AND TICKSMosquitoes spread malaria, dengue fever and other diseases. In this region, the most infamous...
What's Up/Heads Up
WHAT'S UP * FROM EVENTS.STLTODAY.COM05.06 Perennial crops * Allison Miller, a biology professor at St. Louis University, will discuss "Origins, Evolution and Conservation of Perennial Crops and Their Wild Relatives" in a free program at 4 p.m. Monday...
While CEO Pay Climbs, Average Workers Tread Water
For the rest of us, 2012 was a better year than the one before it. But that's not saying much.The average wage earned by workers in the St. Louis metropolitan area grew 2.9 percent faster than inflation last year, to $883 a week, or just under $46,000...
Why the U.S. Economy Is Taking So Long to Recover
WASHINGTON * The American economy and job market are moving in the right direction, just not very quickly.The news Friday that U.S. employers added a solid 165,000 jobs in April and unemployment fell to a four-year low of 7.5 percent came as a relief.The...
Woman Disfigured in Attack Reveals New Face
BOSTON * A woman from Vermont revealed her new face Wednesday, six years after her then-husband disfigured her by dousing her with industrial-strength lye, and said she had gone through "what some may call hell" but had found a way to be happy.The woman,...
World Briefs
Bodies of 2 U.S. crew members are found at crash site in KyrgyzstanSearch teams on Saturday found the bodies of two American crew members near where their military refueling plane crashed in the rugged mountains of Kyrgyzstan, while the third crew member...