St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from August 1, 2012

31 Sandwiches in 31 Days
Happy National Sandwich Month, that time of year when all Americans loosen their belts and eat a sandwich a day in honor of the best dish ever. What? You don't eat a sandwich each day in August, take a picture of said sandwich and then post it to your...
3 Petition Drives Get Green Light; Court OKs Push for Changes in Tobacco Tax, Minimum Wage, Payday Loans; MISSOURI SUPREME COURT
JEFFERSON CITY - Three initiative petition drives that have been tangled up in lengthy court fights got the go-ahead Tuesday from the Missouri Supreme Court.At issue is a trio of proposals that would raise the tobacco tax, boost the minimum wage and...
A-B InBev Pulls off Bigger Profits; despite Sluggish U.S. Volume, Bud Light Platinum Rallies Sales among Higher-End Beers; BUSINESS
The world's largest brewer pulled off a neat trick in the last few months: It made more money selling less beer.Anheuser-Busch InBev said Tuesday that its revenue and profit climbed in the second quarter, even as the volume of beer it sells around the...
A Lesson from the Drought; Environment; This Year's Severe Weather Underscores the Need for Long-Term Conservation Planning; OTHER VIEWS
This summer, Madison County, like much of Illinois and Missouri, has been hit hard by a severe drought. That drought is having a serious impact on crop production. Corn and soybean crops are suffering from drought and heat stress. Crops yields will be...
Ascension Health Partner Settles Case; Debt Collection Firm Accretive Will Pay $2.5 Million, Stay out of Minnesota for Two Years; BUSINESS
A Chicago-based debt collection firm that has close financial ties with Edmundson-based Ascension Health has agreed to pay a $2.5 million settlement and stay out of the Minnesota market for two years.Accretive Health Inc. became embroiled in a national...
Athletes of the Week
Tommy BarlowSLSG soccerA junior-to-be at Chaminade, Barlow had three goals in four games in the U.S. Development Academy U-16 tournament to lead St. Louis Scott Gallagher into the final, where it lost 1-0 to the New York Red Bulls in Houston. Barlow...
Baseball Roundup - Notebook
ROUNDUPBurnett hurls one-hit shutoutA.J. Burnett threw a one-hitter and Neil Walker drove in five runs to send Pittsburgh by the host Chicago Cubs 5-0 on Tuesday. Chicago's hit came when Adrian Cardenas lined a 3-2 pitch for a single with two out in...
(Baseball) Trade Roundup
Broxton heads to Reds, Sanchez goes to PiratesThe NL Central Division's top two teams, the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates, made deals just before the trading deadline Tuesday that bolster their rosters for the stretch run.The Reds strengthened...
Business Digest
Local foreclosures - About 1.7 percent of St. Louis-area homes with mortgages were threatened with foreclosure or in banks' possession in June, according to the real estate analysis firm CoreLogic. The number was one-tenth of a percent higher than in...
Cardinals 11, Rockies 6 (Game Statistics)
Cardinals 11, Rockies 6Cardinals AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Descalso ss 3 1 0 0 0 0 .239 Craig 1b 3 2 3 3 2 0 .298 Holliday lf 5 2 2 4 0 2 .320 Beltran rf 5 2 2 2 0 0 .284 Freese 3b 5 1 2 1 0 0 .318 Y.Molina c 5 0 2 0 0 0 .306 Jay cf 5 0 1 1 0 0 .287...
Cards Trade for Bullpen Help; Redbirds Acquire Miami's Mujica in Exchange for Memphis Third Baseman Cox, a Former First-Round Pick
The Cardinals, as expected, added a veteran righthander, Miami's Edward Mujica, to their bullpen before Tuesday afternoon's nonwaiver trading deadline. What they did not add, in essence, sent a message.General manager John Mozeliak admitted he "kicked...
Cooking Becomes More Than a Hobby for Occupational Therapist; WHAT'S COOKING
As a child, Natalie Zivnuska savored frozen slushes made from ripe peaches and white grape juice. In summer, she ate tomatoes fresh from the garden; in winter, her family cooked with garden tomatoes they had canned or frozen."I've always cooked," she...
Court Upholds Ruling for 3 Trash Haulers; MISSOURI SUPREME COURT
ST. LOUIS COUNTY - The Missouri Supreme Court upheld on Tuesday a 2010 St. Louis County Circuit Court ruling that the county violated state law when it failed to give three waste haulers two years' notice before setting up trash districts.The haulers...
Egypt Denies Its Leader Sent Letter to Israel
JERUSALEM - A letter to Israel from Egypt's new president hoping for regional peace kicked up a stir Tuesday when the Egyptian leader's Islamist movement denied he sent it. Israel insisted the letter was genuine. The spat underlined the touchy nature...
Elusive Spotlight; Track; East St. Louis' Harper Is at Peace Following Gold Medal and Trials Victory; LONDON OLYMPICS
LONDON - Four years ago, hurdler Dawn Harper salvaged a place on the U.S. Olympic track team by .007 seconds after lunging across the finish line at the trials. Still, the East St. Louis High product remained an afterthought for a medal as she methodically...
Flurry of Shootings Kills One, Wounds 6; Some of the Six Incidents, All in St. Louis, Appear to Be Related, Police Say
ST. LOUIS - A teenager was killed in one of six shootings in St. Louis Monday night and early Tuesday morning.Four were injured in a two-block stretch of one street.The dead teen is identified as Alfonzia Williams, 19. He lived in the 5200 block of Highland...
Furcal Chooses to Play It Safe; Notebook; Shortstop Gives His Back More Time to Calm Down Rather Than Risk Disabled List; CARDINALS
DENVER - Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal felt enough of the tension ease in his lower back to take part in the team's pregame work Tuesday, but he said he'd rather miss a few more games now than push himself into an extended absence as he did once...
Furcal Is Choosing Caution with Back; Shortstop Would Rather Give It Extra Time to Calm Down Than End Up on Disabled List; Cardinals
DENVER - Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal felt enough of the tension ease in his lower back to take part in the team's pregame work Tuesday, but he said he'd rather miss a few more games now than push himself into an extended absence as he did once...
GREATEST EVER; Swimming; Phelps Lays Claim with Record-Breaking 19th Olympic Medal; LONDON OLYMPICS
LONDON - With yet another seemingly immortal milestone perhaps 20 meters away and a whopping lead in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay on Tuesday at the Olympic Aquatic Center, Michael Phelps was nothing if not mortal."I started smiling," he said. "It's...
Joyous Summer Sipping with Beaujolais; WINE FINDS
Eric Asimov, the New York Times wine critic, once wrote a column in which he referred to the "joyousness that is at the heart of the gamay grape." That phrase has stuck with me over the years, because it so accurately captures the character of this varietal...
Judge Could Lose Her Seat; Disciplinary Hearing Is Held for Peebles, Looking into Irregularities during China Trip
ST. LOUIS - A rare disciplinary hearing began Tuesday for a St. Louis judge accused of, among other things, abdicating her responsibilities to her clerks while on vacation last year in China.The Missouri Supreme Court's Commission on Retirement, Removal...
JUMP-START; Women's Gymnastics; Top Three Vaults Spark U.S. to First Team Gold since '96; LONDON OLYMPICS
LONDON - Only moments into the women's team gymnastics final Tuesday at North Greenwich Arena, the U.S. team literally vaulted into an unmatchable place on its way to an unprecedented victory for the program: its first Olympic team gold medal won outside...
Law & Order; Public Safety
ST. LOUIS > Police release sketch of man who fondled girls at gunpoint - Police released on Tuesday a sketch of a man who ordered three girls to undress at gunpoint and fondled two of them on a St. Louis street last week. It happened about 11:45 p.m....
Local Digest
ST. LOUIS > City schools get grant for fitness program - The St. Louis Public Schools has been awarded one of 56 grants nationwide to school districts and community organizations that plan to adopt comprehensive physical fitness and nutrition programs...
London Olympics Notebook
Pistorius can run any part of relayIAAF President Lamine Diack said double-amputee Oscar Pistorius could run any part of the Olympic 4x400-meter relay, raising the possibility that Pistorius will be running in the bunch once athletes leave their lanes...
Malpractice Awards Cap Struck Down; Limit Violates Patient's Right to Jury Trial, Missouri Supreme Court Says
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Supreme Court struck down on Tuesday a $350,000 limit on jury awards for "pain and suffering" in medical malpractice cases, saying the law violates a patient's right to a jury trial.The cap on malpractice awards was established...
Man Pleads No Contest to Assaulting an Officer; Charges That Also Include Second-Degree Domestic Assault Could Bring a Sentence of Three Years to Life
CLAYTON - Former Rock Hill Police Officer Matt Crosby rolled his wheelchair into a courtroom here Tuesday and locked eyes with the man who shot him two years ago.Then Crosby smiled.He had been prepared to testify against George Jones, 39. But Jones abruptly...
Man Who Reported Long-Ago Sex Crimes Faces Charges; Retired Teacher Apparently Thought Statute of Limitations Had Run out; 30-Year Clock Starts Running Only after Minor Becomes an Adult
CLAYTON - A retired teacher who apparently thought the statute of limitations had run out contacted prosecutors in June about sexually assaulting two students years ago.On Monday, the teacher was arrested and charged with the assaults.Donald Ingerson...
McCaskill Ad Looks Good for Rival Akin; She Would Rather Face Him Than Steelman or Brunner, Political Expert Suggests
ST. LOUIS - A television ad shows U.S. Rep. Todd Akin sitting in front of an American flag, talking with constituents and generally looking serious, as a narrator declares him "Missouri's true conservative." Akin is "the most conservative congressman...
McIntosh Looking for Fresh Start Here; Rams Think Linebacker Can Contribute after Messy Parting with the Redskins
For a guy with 68 career starts and four 100-plus tackle seasons, veteran linebacker Rocky McIntosh arrived in St. Louis about as under the radar as you can get. McIntosh, who played his six previous seasons with the Washington Redskins, was signed by...
Minimum Wage Should Be a Living Wage; Economy; It Is Unjust to Exploit Our Lowest-Paid Workers; OTHER VIEWS
The minimum wage has been $7.25 per hour since July 24, 2009, even though the prices of basic, everyday goods such as food, housing, utilities and health care have jumped 7.3 percent in the past three years. As a result, the lowest-paid workers in our...
Murder Case Hinges on Intent; Prosecutors Say Pair Planned to Kill Man; Defense Calls It a Robbery Gone Wrong
ST. CHARLES COUNTY - A man who police say was linked through DNA evidence to the 2007 slaying of a St. Charles insurance agent went on trial Tuesday for first-degree murder and robbery.Paul C. White, 35, formerly of St. Charles, is accused of killing...
Nation Digest
Tea Party choice captures Texas GOP Senate runoffTea Party activists' pick Ted Cruz trounced the Republican establishment favorite, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, in Texas' runoff election Tuesday, winning the GOP nomination to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Kay...
Nation Digest
Tea Party choice captures Texas GOP Senate runoffTea Party activists' pick Ted Cruz trounced the Republican establishment favorite, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, in Texas' runoff election Tuesday, winning the GOP nomination to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Kay...
Oatmeal Cookies Get Crunch from Cornflakes; RECIPE EXCHANGE
Q: I'm looking for a cookie I used to send my daughter when she was at the Air Force Academy. It had cornflakes, oats, pecans and, I think, coconut. It was in Southern Living magazine about 1982-1987. - Jean Linberg, St. LouisA: Ginny Kurt of St. Louis...
Paul Campaign Leader Is Cleared of Charge; He Was Arrested on Sidewalk outside St. Charles County GOP Caucus, Was Accused of Trespassing
ST. PETERS - A local campaign leader for Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul was acquitted on Tuesday night of trespassing in the wake of the unruly St. Charles County GOP caucus that broke up in disarray March 17.Municipal Judge Donald Kohl cleared...
People; Entertainment
'The Big C' is bowing outThe Laura Linney dramedy, "The Big C," in which she plays a woman battling cancer, will end its run on Showtime after four final one- hour episodes, Gail Pennington reports from the Television Critics Association press tour in...
Peterson Trial Opens with Drama, Tears; Ex-Police Sergeant Is Charged with First-Degree Murder in the Death in 2004 of His Third Wife
JOLIET, ILL. - The murder trial of former suburban Chicago police sergeant Drew Peterson began Tuesday with dueling explanations of his third wife's death, clashes over evidence and a teary witness describing how she screamed when she discovered her...
Pipes Are Cracking in the Heat; Water Main Breaks Are Cropping Up across Area as Ground Stretches, Contracts
ST. LOUIS - Hot and dry conditions are being blamed for three water main breaks overnight across St. Louis and other recent breaks in the area.As of 9 a.m. Tuesday, repair crews were just beginning to shut off a valve at a break in the 2000 block of...
Pirate Musical Sets Sail on Waves of Wit; Review; Gilbert and Sullivan Mash-Up Is Smart Entertainment
The new show at the Muny, "Pirates! (or, Gilbert & Sullivan Plunder'd)," is too offbeat to categorize. But if you liked "Spamalot," you should feel right at home. In "Pirates!," "Spamalot" gets wet.Both shows grew out of distinctly British comedy: Monty...
Politics Fall Away When It's Personal
On a lovely private street in Ladue, a place where the winds blow gently but steadily to the right, Susan Vent is taking an apolitical look at the health care debate."It shouldn't be a Republican or Democratic thing," she said.Perhaps health care should...
Power Grids Fail across India; Blackout Affects 620 Million People in Nation, Where Outages Are Common
NEW DELHI - Electric crematories were snuffed out with bodies inside, New Delhi's Metro shut down and hundreds of coal miners were trapped underground after three Indian electric grids collapsed in a cascade Tuesday, cutting power to 620 million people...
PreCheck Eases Airport Wait; TSA Program at Lambert So Far Involves Only American Airlines
A fortunate few travelers were able to sail through the airport security line at Lambert on Tuesday morning without having to shed their belts or shoes or remove their laptops and liquids from their carry-ons.The Transportation Security Administration...
Puzzles Persist in Glendale Shootings; Police Await Results of Autopsies and Lab Tests in Deaths of Mother, Two Children at Home
GLENDALE - Almost 30 hours after Mitchell Murch II told police his wife had fatally shot their two children and then herself, investigators said Tuesday afternoon that they were still not sure of the circumstances."There is still much work to do, and...
Rams Ready for Hitting; Bigger, Meaner Team Is Ready to Put on the Pads and Get a Little More Physical
In the early days of baseball's spring training, the days roll along as easily as the gentle early spring Florida trade winds. Everything about spring training is about easy rhythms, as the players are allowed to ease their way back into baseball at...
Rockies Are Good for What Ails Cards; Cardinals 11, Rockies 6; Birds Pound Three Homers in Winning Series Opener
DENVER - If the Cardinals are going to shed their offensive frustrations and become the team the front office didn't want to drastically refit at Tuesday's trade deadline, there isn't a likelier place for it to happen than in the welcoming arms of the...
Schmitt Sets Olympic Record in 200 Free; Swimming; Chinese 16-Year- Old Faces Questions about Doping after Winning Her Second Event; LONDON OLYMPICS
LONDON - Before Michael Phelps made history Tuesday, the United States' Allison Schmitt won the 200 freestyle with a dominating performance that left everyone else, including teammate Missy Franklin, battling for the other medals. Schmitt won in an Olympic-record...
Sinz, Rev. Eugene R. Fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church Tue. July 31
Sinz, Rev. Eugene R. fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church Tue. July 31, 2012; dear son of the late John and Marie Sinz, dearest family member to Patricia and Stephen Shannon, Rose Marie Brissette, John and Deborah Dudek, our dear cousin...
Towering Dessert Starts with Bread Pudding; SPECIAL REQUEST
Q: When my wife and I go out, we always try the bread pudding. Not one comes close to Jilly's.- Allen Koller, MehvilleA: Joe and Dana Gisi opened Jilly's Cafe & Steakhouse in High Ridge in 2006, naming the place after their younger daughter, Jillian....
U.S. Steel Foresees No Work Stoppage Ahead; Steelmaker Reports Results for Second Quarter That Were Better Than Wall Street Had Expected; BUSINESS [Corrected 08/06/12]
United States Steel Corp. expects the current round of negotiations with the union acting on behalf of 13,000 steelworkers nationwide to "reach a competitive agreement without a work stoppage." The steelmaker made the comment during a Tuesday conference...
Walsh, Sifton, Oxford Win Nod in State Senate; Our View; Democratic Primaries Offer Competitive Races; OPINION (POST-DISPATCH ENDORSEMENT)
Endorsing in Democratic primaries for the Missouri state Senate almost seems like an exercise in futility.There are eight Democrats in the 34-member state Senate. It's a veto-proof majority for the Republicans, and it might get worse before it gets better....
Watkins Regrets Shape He's in; Rams Notebook; Rookie Lineman Has Been Forced to Work Apart from Team
If you're disappointed in Rokevious Watkins, frustrated by his reporting to training camp in substandard condition, you have lots of company, around 340 pounds of it. In other words, no one is more upset with No. 73 than the Ram who is wearing it. "Of...
What's Up - Heads Up
WHAT'S UP FROM EVENTS.STLTODAY.COM08.01 Senator's office hours - Members of the staff of state Sen. Bill Haine, D-Alton, will host mobile district office hours today in Collinsville and Bethalto. District residents are invited to ask questions and seek...
World Digest
Syrian town running low on food Food and cooking gas were in short supply and power cuts plunged homes into darkness as soldiers and rebels battled Tuesday to tip the scales in the fight for Aleppo, Syria's largest city and the current focus of its civil...
World's Fair Was a Breath of Cool Air; St. Louis' Extravaganza of 1904 Introduced Air Conditioning to Crowds
ST. LOUIS - The 1904 World's Fair in Forest Park helped make the ice cream cone famous. It also introduced to a mass audience another cooling sensation that, oddly, never got much press.The Missouri State Building, the host state's own exhibition hall,...
Your Views - Letters from Our Readers; Opinion
'Prayer amendment' offers no protection not already guaranteedIn "Prayer measure has strong support" (July 30), proponents of Amendment 2, the "right to pray" amendment, say it is needed "to protect the state's Christians" who "are under siege in the...
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