St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from July 23, 2013

Address Illinois' Looming Transportation Crisis; Infrastructure Investments; Coalition Proposes Wholesale Fuel Tax, Elimination of Ethanol Credit
A real crisis is looming in Illinois. We know all too well how the unfunded public employee pension mess is crippling the state budget and hampering our prosperity. Yet, we are overlooking a problem that could be as damaging to our jobs and economic...
Baseball Notebook: Cubs Trade Garza to Rangers
Cubs send Garza to Rangers for three playersMatt Garza has been traded to Texas from the Chicago Cubs, giving the Rangers a pitcher they have long coveted. The deal completed Monday night gives the Rangers a boost to a starting rotation plagued by injuries.Texas...
Baseball Roundup
Scherzer wins, but Cabrera hurt Max Scherzer outpitched Chris Sale in a marquee matchup of All- Star pitchers, and the Detroit Tigers overcame Miguel Cabrera's injury to beat the Chicago White Sox 7-3 on Monday night.The 2012 AL MVP, who appeared to...
Bill Clears Locust Site for Demolition
ST. LOUIS * While the historic Cupples 7 warehouse is being reduced to a pile of red bricks, two more downtown buildings have stepped closer to demolition.Mayor Francis Slay has signed a redevelopment bill that opens the door to the possible destruction...
Britain Is Abuzz with Birth of Prince
LONDON * Prince William's wife, Kate, has given birth to a prince who is now third in line to the British throne.The child was born Monday afternoon, after many Britons woke up to the news that Kate, also known as the Duchess of Cambridge, had gone into...
Burning Question; Our View; Landfill Fire or 'Smoldering Event'? Difference Is Crucial
Can you yell "smoldering event" in a crowded theater?Would The Doors have become famous if Jim Morrison had sung, "C'mon baby, light my smoldering event. Try to the set the night on smoldering event"?Other than obfuscation, what is the difference between...
Business Digest
Taco Bell ends kids' menu * Taco Bell said Monday it will stop serving kids' meals and toys, which weren't really boosting sales anyway. The chain said it will start removing the options this month at select restaurants, and that it anticipates that...
Casting, Setting Muddle Shakespeare's 'Timon'; Review; Halfhearted Production Goes through the Motions
Determined to mount everything that William Shakespeare wrote, St. Louis Shakespeare is down to the last few titles, works that it has been putting off for close to 30 years."Timon of Athens," its current offering, is on that list. The troupe deserves...
Charity Accused of Misleading Fundraising; BUSINESS
The St. Louis Better Business Bureau has taken a Colorado-based charity to task for failing to award a luxury home in a raffle, but the National Wheelchair Basketball Association says the rules were clear that the home would only be awarded if a fundraising...
DISCONNECT; Our View; Mr. Dooley Should Unplug the South County Connector
In early 1997, George R. "Buzz" Westfall, a Democrat who was then the St. Louis County executive, was faced with one of the more ticklish decisions of his political career. The question was whether to go forward with plans to extend Interstate 170, the...
EXPOSED; Braun Is Suspended for Rest of the Season as the First Player Punished in Latest Drug Probe; BASEBALL
NEW YORK * The first star to fall in baseball's latest drug investigation is one of its biggest: Ryan Braun.The 2011 National League MVP was suspended Monday without pay for the rest of the season and the postseason, the start of sanctions involving...
Ex-Presidents Form an Exclusive Club; Nation's Former Leaders Use Experience, Prestige to Push Issues Dear to Their Hearts
WASHINGTON * In the first 200 years of the republic, just three presidents survived more than two decades after leaving office: John Adams, Martin Van Buren and Herbert Hoover. The odds for ex- presidents have improved considerably since then.Jimmy Carter,...
Fatal Shooting on the Meramec; Robertsville Man Is Slain during Float Trip Pit Stop after Run-In with Property Owner, Police Said
STEELVILLE, Mo. * It was just supposed to be a pit stop.A group of family and friends on an annual float trip stopped at a gravel bar in the Meramec on Saturday afternoon to refresh drinks and answer the call of nature, according to Loretta Dart, who...
Floyd, Janice D. (Nee Hanson)
Floyd, Janice D. (nee Hanson), 102, of St. Louis County, MO, Asleep in Jesus Sunday, July 21, 2013. Beloved wife for 39 years of the late Theodore G. Floyd, deceased January 10, 1973; dearest mother of Cynthia Boelhauf-Wilson, Theodora (Teddie) (Daniel) Fitzpatrick,...
Frenzied Crowds Greet Pope Francis in Brazil; It's the Pontiff's First Trip Back to His Home Continent
RIO DE JANEIRO * Frenzied crowds of Roman Catholics mobbed the car carrying Pope Francis on Monday when he returned to his home continent for the first time as pontiff, embarking on a seven-day visit meant to fan the fervor of the faithful around the...
Froome Has Only Just Begun; at 28, Tour De France Champ Has Makings of Multiple Winner
PARIS * One down for Tour de France winner Chris Froome; how many more to go?Having crushed the opposition at the 100th Tour, the Briton is looking ahead. The French may need to get used to hearing "God Save The Queen" ring out again and again on the...
Frozen Caps Could Help Prevent Hair Loss in Chemotherapy Patients
WASHINGTON * Hair loss is one of chemotherapy's most despised side effects, not because of vanity but because it fuels stigma revealing an illness that many would rather keep private.Now U.S. researchers are about to put an experimental hair- preserving...
Hogarth PPG, Harold Paul "Hogie" Passed Away at His Home on July 20
Hogarth PPG, Harold Paul "Hogie"passed away at his home on July 20, 2013 at the age of 92. Harold was born April 18, 1921 in Lunenberg, Massachusetts. At the age of 3, his family migrated from Massachusetts to Los Angeles, California, and graduated from Garfield...
Illinois Joins Medicaid Expansion; Quinn Signs Health Law That Extends Coverage to Low-Income Adults without Children
CHICAGO * Illinois became the latest state Monday to implement a central part of President Barack Obama's health care law by expanding Medicaid to cover low-income adults who don't have children at home.Gov. Pat Quinn signed the state legislation, which...
Keloids May Return with Ear Piercing [Corrected 07/24/13]
Dear Dr. Roach * I had my ears pierced when I was about 10, developed pea-size keloids, which I had removed from behind both lobes, and discontinued wearing earrings. I'm 60 now, and have been thinking about trying ear-piercing again. Might it have been...
Law & Order; Public Safety
ST. LOUIS * Suspect charged in slaying * A Dellwood man strangled a woman whose body was found in a vacant building in St. Louis this summer, authorities say. Ricky Allen, 43, of the 1700 block of Hudson Road, was charged Saturday with second-degree...
McDonald's Sees Tough Year Ahead; BUSINESS
NEW YORK * McDonald's is mixing up its menu with healthier, fresher sounding items such as its chicken McWraps, but not enough customers are biting.The world's biggest hamburger chain on Monday reported a second- quarter profit that rose 4 percent but...
Mickelson's Big Win Was a Blast for Fans; Commentary; Woods Is Better; ' Lefty' Is More Fun; GOLF
Phil Mickelson's performance at the British Open on Sunday was a win for the ages, or rather the aged.Mickelson became the second oldest champion of the event, second to 44-year old Roberto de Vicenzo (1967). He followed in the footsteps of Ernie Els,...
Missouri's Ticks Spread New Virus; State Tops Nation in Diseases Caused by 'Cesspool' of a Bug
There's another reason to fear Missouri's bugs after federal health investigators confirmed that ticks in the state carry a new virus that infected two farmers from St. Joseph. The Heartland virus was named for the St. Joseph hospital where the men were...
Nation Digest
10 are hurt when jet's landing gear collapsesOfficials said the nose wheel of a Southwest Airlines flight landing at New York's LaGuardia Airport collapsed right after the aircraft touched down on the runway.The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey...
New Reason for Gratitude These Days; the Return of Football Is Only Part of the Deal
As a part of that under-appreciated but decidedly passionate tribe known as the incurable football romantic, I'm part of a rare breed who have always regarded the sweat-soaked, electrolyte- sapping, quasi-militaristic reverie of the first days of NFL training...
NFL Notebook
Broncos' Miller facing four-game suspensionThe Denver Broncos are heading into their self-proclaimed "Super Bowl or Bust" season with a series of busts.A person with knowledge of the situation said on Monday that Pro Bowl linebacker Von Miller, the heart...
People; Entertainment
In new book, Jones tells all"Shirley Jones" is a new autobiography that turns the 79-year- old actress' image on its head in startling ways."So bring out the smelling salts, hang on to your hats, and get ready for the surprise of your lives!" she writes,...
Perron, Blues Could Often Be an Uneasy Fit; He Had to Grow Up Fast in His Six Seasons Here
David Perron's natural tendency is deke his way out of uncomfortable situations. But when asked recently if he had been misunderstood during his six seasons with the Blues, he took a direct route to the answer."I believe I was a lot actually," Perron...
Rosenthal's Heater Keeps the K's Coming; and Cards' Rookie Reliever Doesn't Issue Many Walks; BASEBALL
In his first full major-league season, Pitcher "A" was an American League setup man. He threw more innings than most setup men at 107 2/3, and he struck out 130 hitters while walking 34. He had five saves.In his first full season, Pitcher "B" was a National...
Sports Digest
70-year-old jockey to race at Fairmount todayRobert A. Jones, a 70-year-old jockey who has won races in six decades, will attempt today to win a race in a seventh decade at Fairmount Park in Collinsville.Jones, of Herrin, Ill., whose nickname is "Cowboy,"...
St. Louis: We Have Our Problems, but We're No Detroit; BUSINESS
The recent flurry of stories about a deindustrialized, shrinking Midwestern city could be about us, but they're not.Like Detroit, St. Louis houses a high concentration of its region's poorest residents. It has too much crime and not enough good schools....
Tornado-Damaged Yards Have High Lead Levels; Excavation Is Ongoing at 426 Homes in Joplin, Where Lead Was Found in Soil after 2011 Twister
JOPLIN, Mo. * Two years after a tornado tore through Joplin, excavation work continues on yards where high levels of lead were uncovered by the storm.The city said of the 1,091 yards sampled for lead in Joplin's disaster zone after the May 22, 2011,...
Transfer Quandaries Prompt Community Rally; Parents, Educators, Leaders Meet to Discuss Options for Normandy, Riverview Gardens
FLORISSANT * More than 1,000 people, nearly all African- American, packed a north St. Louis County church Monday night to show support for one another in dealing with the problems of the unaccredited Normandy and Riverview Gardens school districts and issues...
Up and Running; Rams Rookies, a Few Others Start Practice; Three Veterans Will Be Somewhat Delayed
Throw Benny Cunningham's hat or make that, helmet into what already is a wide-open running back competition. As for Barrett Jones, the decorated lineman from the University of Alabama must wait a week or two to make his Rams practice field debut.Rookies...
What's Up/Heads Up
WHAT'S UP * FROM EVENTS.STLTODAY.COM07.24 Brushing up on history * A program on "Dentistry Through the Ages" will feature speaker Dr. Kurt H. Studt, clinical professor of applied dental medicine at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, at 1:30 p.m....
Wildwood Gives Initial OK to Requiring Meth Cleanup; Labs 'Pretty Rare' in City, but Officials Thought Precautions Made Sense
WILDWOOD * The toxic residue left behind by meth labs has long been fodder for debate.Who should pay to clean it up?How extensive should that process be?Twenty-five states have passed laws providing some detailed answers to those questions, according...
Witherspoon's Return to Rams Becomes Official; Notebook; Linebacker Will Provide Veteran Insurance; NFL
Linebacker Will Witherspoon officially rejoined the Rams on Monday morning.Witherspoon, who turns 33 on Aug. 19, signed a one-year deal and is expected to provide depth behind projected starters James Laurinaitis, Jo-Lonn Dunbar and rookie Alec Ogletree,...
World Digest
Norwegian woman cleared in Dubai caseWith her passport back in hand, a Norwegian woman at the center of a Dubai rape claim dispute said Monday that officials dropped her 16-month sentence for having sex outside marriage in the latest clash between the...
Your Views - Letters from Our Readers; Opinion
Councilmember says letter from University City mayor was inaccurateWith great disbelief I read the July 19 letter from University City Mayor Shelley Welsch on the dried-out asparagus situation at the Schnucks store in University City. The letter contained...