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Articles from August 8, 2012

19 Are Killed in Attack on Nigerian Bible Class
ABUJA, NIGERIA - Three men entered a central Nigerian church just before Bible study began, but instead of joining the worship service they opened fire, killing at least 19 people in an attack that shows that violence is spreading in the divided nation....
Afghans Fear What Will Happen When Troops Leave; Many Are Deeply Skeptical That U.S.-Trained Police and Security Forces Will Be Able to Fight Insurgents, Militants
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - Asadullah Ramin has lost all hope in his homeland - he's so worried about what will happen when U.S. and international troops leave that he's ready to pay a smuggler to whisk his family out of Afghanistan. It would cost Ramin, 50,...
AKIN RIDES WAVE; Base Helps Akin Carry Day
ELECTIONS 2012 - U.S. SENATEU.S. Rep. Todd Akin of Wildwood, aided by a tightknit group of supporters, advertisements from popular former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, and millions in Democratic television spending, pulled off an upset victory in a close...
Ameren Proposes 2 Landfill Projects; Utility Seeks OK to Build Waste Facilities on Top of Existing Ponds at Rush Island, Meramec Plants
FESTUS - Ameren Missouri is planning new coal waste landfills at two more Missouri coal-fired power plants.But unlike its proposal to dispose of coal ash across 400 acres of farmland beside its Labadie power plant in Franklin County, the St. Louis-based...
American Airlines Could Face Millions in Fines; Federal Regulators Are Seeking Penalties for Alleged Violations of Safety Standards; BUSINESS
DALLAS - Federal safety regulators are seeking up to $162.4 million in fines against American Airlines and its affiliates for alleged violations of U.S. safety standards going back several years. The sanctions would dwarf any previous penalties against...
Assad Returns to Public Eye with Iranian Envoy in Tow
BEIRUT - Syrian President Bashar Assad made his first appearance on state TV in nearly three weeks Tuesday in a show of solidarity with a senior Iranian envoy, even as the U.S. urged stepped up international planning for the regime's collapse. The visit...
ATHLETES OF THE WEEK; STLHighSchoolSports.com
Connor Brett - American Legion baseballA 2011 St. Charles High grad, Brett led the North Division to a 15-5 win over South in the District 9 All-Star game at T.R. Hughes Ballpark. He grounded out to drive in a run in the sixth inning and belted a three-run...
Attention Suits Bradford; Quarterback Expects Having a Position Coach to Make a Real Difference This Season
NFLThere's an extra set of eyes on Sam Bradford this season at Rams Park. And with the possible exception of Frank Cignetti himself, no one is happier about this than Bradford.Cignetti was hired by Jeff Fisher to be Rams quarterbacks coach in February....
Baseball Roundup - Notebook
ROUNDUPReds, Pirates fallMike Fiers took a perfect game into the seventh inning and Aramis Ramirez hit a two-run homer to lead Milwaukee by the visiting Cincinnati Reds 3-1 Tuesday night. D'backs 10, Pirates 4 - Chris Johnson homered twice, giving him...
Boy's Body Is Pulled from Meramec; Stepfather Finds Missing Youngster about 5 Miles from Where Search Began
PACIFIC - Authorities identified a body found Tuesday afternoon in the Meramec River as that of Christopher T. Marks, 12, who disappeared Sunday evening.Christopher's stepfather, Todd Combs, found the body near the Allenton river access point while he...
Business Digest
Charter posts smaller loss than second quarter last yearCharter Communications Inc., the country's fourth-largest cable TV provider, Tuesday reported a smaller loss for the second quarter, helped by growth in broadband and small-business services. The...
Careful Choosing of Pinot Grigio Can Help You Avoid a Bitter Finish; WINE FINDS
Italian pinot grigio often gets a bad rap from critics who consider it bland and pedestrian. That can be the case, particularly with budget pinot grigios. It's often one of the least-expensive white wines sold by the glass at restaurants, and what you...
Clay Swamps Carnahan; Clay Asserts Hold on Reshaped 1st, Carnahan Concedes, Says Constituents 'Deserved a Debate.'
ELECTIONS 2012 - 1ST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTST. LOUIS - U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay successfully defended a family political legacy on Tuesday. U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan may have ended one.Barring an unlikely November surprise, Clay will become St. Louis'...
DE Quinn Stands out for Rams; Ability to Get after QB Could Be Huge Boost
As all the extreme wide-bodied and thick-necked giants assembled on the far corner of the Rams Park practice field on Tuesday afternoon, it was easy to see how much defensive end Robert Quinn sticks out in a crowd.In a flock of extremely oversized defensive...
Dodge Leaving NASCAR; Penske's Move to Ford Prompts Manufacturer to End Affiliation; MOTOR SPORTS
Faced with the impending defection of its main partner in stock car racing, Dodge has decided to withdraw from NASCAR competition at the end of this season. The decision announced Tuesday impacts Dodge's involvement in both the Sprint Cup Series and...
Food and Friendship, Intertwined; Cook's Southern Repertoire Shifts as Family Grows, Dietary Needs Change; WHAT'S COOKING
When you ask Alfreda Vance about her favorite dishes, her stories start not with an ingredient but with a person: the friend who gave her the recipe, the relative who taught her to cook it, or the grandchild who can't seem to get enough.Food and friendship...
Former Champion Bows out; Track, China's Liu Rises from Injury, Hobbles to His Final Hurdle amid Cheers
LONDON OLYMPICSLONDON - One of China's most celebrated athletes, 2004 gold medalist hurdler Liu Xiang, arrived here hoping to put behind the anguish of the 2008 Beijing Games.Instead, he only suffered more in the 110-meter hurdle opening round but made...
Giants 4, Cardinals 2 (Game Statistics)
Giants 4, Cardinals 2San Francisco AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Pagan cf 4 1 1 0 1 1 .283 Scutaro 2b 5 0 2 0 0 0 .276 Me.Cabrera lf 3 1 1 0 1 1 .353 Posey c 4 1 1 3 0 2 .328 Pence rf 4 0 0 0 0 0 .262 Affeldt p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Belt 1b 4 1 2 0 0 0 .248...
Graying of Population Puts a Strain on Cuba's Future; by 2021, More Islanders Will Be Leaving the Workforce Than Entering, Government Projects; Meanwhile, Exodus of Women Continues
HAVANA - The scene at Havana's Victor Hugo Park is unfortunately typical, with a handful of boys kicking a soccer ball through trees while dozens of gray-haired seniors bend and stretch to the urging of a government-employed trainer. So few children,...
Group Set to Buy Padres; Price Would Be about $800 Million If the Deal Goes through; BASEBALL
A group that includes former Los Angeles Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley and pro golfer Phil Mickelson reached agreement Monday to buy the San Diego Padres from John Moores in a deal believed to be around $800 million.Ron Fowler, chief executive of Liquid...
'Hate Music' Is Key Element in White Supremacist Circles; Musical Performances Are Lucrative and Are Used as Recruitment Tool
MILWAUKEE - When they aren't ranting in Internet forums, many of the nation's white supremacists seek a louder outlet for their extreme views: thunderous, thrashing heavy metal or punk music with lyrics that call for a race war. Wade Michael Page, the...
HIS LAST CHANCE; Woods Has Won 14 Majors but the PGA Championship Will Be His Final Shot This Year to End a Long Drought
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. - Tiger Woods gazed up every time he heard thunder crackling in the distance or rain pounding the tent Tuesday, the kind of weather that could keep Kiawah Island from playing the way he would prefer at the PGA Championship. Even more...
HOG HEAVEN; Family Farm's Pork Feeds the Desires of Chefs, Home Cooks
WASHINGTON, MO. - Barely 7 a.m., and cars and trucks were already turning into the gravel driveway on Old Highway 100, customers hopping out to buy peaches or tomatoes or sweet corn."If the sun's up, we're open," reads one of a series of Burma Shave-style...
'Hope' Doesn't Try to Tell Any Hard Truths; ENTERTAINMENT
Meryl Streep is one of the most multifaceted actors around, and women love her. Tommy Lee Jones is one of the most stubbornly one- dimensional actors, and men respect him. So some whiz kid in Hollywood figured that casting them in a movie about emotional...
Jones in Line to Replace Williams; State Representative Beats out Three Others Vying for Seat Held for Years by Scandal-Plagued Incumbent
ELECTIONS 2012 - ST. LOUIS TREASURERST. LOUIS - Missouri state Rep. Tishaura Jones, drawing on deep support among north city voters, has won the Democratic nomination to be St. Louis' first new treasurer in 31 years.Alderman Fred Wessels came in a close...
Kinder Secures Bid to Take on Montee; Schoeller Likely Kander Foe for Secretary of State, Other Matchups: Spence-Nixon, Martin- Koster
ELECTIONS 2012 - LIEUTENANT GOVERNORMissouri's Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder fended off his GOP rival, state Sen. Brad Lager, and will face former state Auditor Susan Montee as he attempts to win a rare third term in November.The Kinder-Lager battle was one...
Laser-Pointing Incident Leads to Arrest at Ballgame
ST. LOUIS - Cardinals' Manager Mike Matheny personally identified a 17-year-old boy as the fan he saw aim a green laser pointer at the opposing team's pitcher during Monday night's game against San Francisco at Busch Stadium, officials said.The suspect,...
Law & Order
GRANITE CITY > Worker is killed on job - James Gentilello Jr., 43, was killed Tuesday while operating machinery at Kraft Food, 2901 Missouri Avenue, police said. Gentilello, of Belleville, was found at 5:14 a.m., pinned between an unmanned, automated...
Leeke, Carol P. Age 80 of St. Charles
Leeke, Carol P. age 80 of St. Charles, Missouri, was called home by our Lord Jesus Christ on Sunday, August 5, 2012 following a brief illness. She was surrounded by her loving children and passed away at the Meramec Bluffs LSS care center where she resided....
Liluma Strives to Show Complex Flavors Hidden in Simple Ingredients; SPECIAL REQUESTS
Q: Liluma serves wonderful homemade summertime cold soups. My favorite is a cold corn soup. According to our waiter, it might be a calorie-watcher's delight. I hope! - Ann Wilson, St. LouisA: Liluma opened in 2002, the second in a trio of Jim Fiala restaurants...
Local Digest
MISSOURI > State board suspends doctor's license - Abid Nisar's medical license has been suspended until March 2014, the Missouri Board of Registration for the Healing Arts announced Tuesday. He is accused of potentially harming his patients by giving...
London Olympics Roundup
Brazil, Mexico vie for soccer goldBrazil moved a step closer to winning the elusive gold medal in men's soccer by beating South Korea 3-0 and reaching the final for the first time in 24 years. It will face Mexico, which defeated Japan 3-1 to advance...
Loughner Pleads Guilty to Avoid Death Penalty
TUCSON, ARIZ. - Jared Lee Loughner agreed Tuesday to spend the rest of his life in prison, accepting that he went on a deadly shooting rampage at an Arizona political gathering and sparing the victims a lengthy, possibly traumatic death-penalty trial....
Man Admits Email Threats; He Sent Lawyer Pictures with Cross Hairs Superimposed over His Son, Daughter-in-Law
ST. LOUIS - A man admitted in federal court here Tuesday that he tried to intimidate a lawyer with anonymously emailed pictures of rifle cross hairs superimposed over pictures of the man's son and daughter-in-law.Alireza Bakhtiari, 36, obtained the pictures...
Marvin Hamlisch; Famed Musician Composed 'The Way We Were' (and Arranged the Theme from 'The Sting'
NEW YORK - Marvin Hamlisch was blessed with perfect pitch and an infallible ear. "I heard sounds that other children didn't hear," he wrote in his autobiography. He turned that skill into writing and arranging memorable songs that the world was unable...
Medal Count - London Olympics
Nation G S B TotChina 34 21 18 73United States 30 19 21 70Britain 22 13 13 48Russia 10 18 20 48Japan 2 13 14 29France 8 9 11 28Germany 6 14 7 27Australia 4 12 9 25South Korea 12 5 6 23Italy 7 6 4 17Netherlands 5 3 6 14Canada 1 3 7 11Hungary...
MEDAL SWAP; Track and Field, East St. Louis' Harper Feels More Validated by Silver Than Gold
LONDON OLYMPICSLONDON - As she insulated and primed herself for Tuesday night, Dawn Harper prayed for peace within to help fend off a sense that "the world was right here" - on her shoulders. Still, she grappled with the weight: the idea that her life...
Miller, Nancy Evans Age 69
Miller, Nancy Evans age 69, passed peacefully on Sunday, August 5, 2012, to join the Lord while awaiting for a lung transplant. Nancy was born in Norfolk, Virginia on May 17, 1943 and reared in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She is survived by her husband,...
Notebook Flex Plan Helping Cardinals; Descalso and Schumaker Are Making It Easier to Reduce the Stress on Furcal
The Cardinals appear better able to deal with concerns surrounding shortstop Rafael Furcal because of the flexibility recently offered by second baseman Skip Schumaker and Daniel Descalso.For a second straight game manager Mike Matheny used his second...
NUNS on TRIAL; Religion; the Vatican's Decision to Pick a Fight with Women Religious Is a Curious Move; OTHER VIEWS
Catholic sisters gather for a national meeting in St. Louis this week as the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, which represents 80 percent of U.S. nuns, faces a sweeping overhaul from the Vatican. The organization has been scolded for promoting...
On a Bright Cloud of Music, 'King' Enchants; Review; Golden Age Show Gets a Stylish Muny Treatment
With a shimmering production of "The King and I," the 2012 season at the Muny comes to a close this week. Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1951 musical of culture clash continues a long Muny tradition, revivals from the "golden age" of American musical theater....
OUT, IN AND WIN; Track and Field; Algerian Runner Disqualified in 800 Gets Reinstated and Wins 1,500; LONDON OLYMPICS
LONDON - First they told him to leave. Then they invited him back. Next they'll give him the gold. Kicked out of the London Olympics for presumably not trying hard enough in another event, Algeria's Taoufik Makhloufi got a second chance after a doctor...
Political Malpractice; Our View; Attempts to Tie Malpractice Ruling to Missouri Plan Are off Base; OPINION
In November, Missouri voters will be asked to make changes to the way many of the state's top judges are chosen. Known colloquially as the Missouri Plan, the rules, originally adopted by voters in the Show-Me State in 1940, have served the state well.Under...
Posey, Zito Give Giants the Edge; Catcher's Three-Run Homer Is Big Blow, and Lefty Pitches Well
BASEBALLSan Francisco Giants lefthander Barry Zito had been strafed by the Cardinals throughout his career. But catcher Buster Posey had done considerable damage against the Cardinals, notably this season.One trend continued. Posey, the majors' top hitter...
President Favors a 'Culture of Dependency,' Romney Says; White House Calls Republican's Allegations 'Blatantly Dishonest.'
ELK GROVE VILLAGE, ILL. - Republican Mitt Romney accused President Barack Obama on Tuesday of ditching a long-standing work requirement for welfare recipients, accusing him of fostering a "culture of dependency" and backing up the charge with a new television...
Race Goes to the Conservative; ELECTIONS 2012
WASHINGTON - A surprise ending to a spirited primary sounded the opening bell for a general election campaign that will thrust Missouri into the limelight in a battle to control the U.S. Senate at a critical time in Congress.In winning the nomination...
RAMS Notebook Richardson Debuts; Rookie Running Back Had a Hamstring Injury
Rookie running back Daryl Richardson participated in team drills for the first time in camp Tuesday and looks fully recovered from a hamstring injury. Richardson was the Rams' seventh, and last, draft pick this year after playing at Division II Abilene...
Richardson Finally in the Swing; Mizzou DT Has Been Impressive in Camp after Making Progress during Summer Workouts
COLUMBIA, MO. - Mizzou defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson is starting his second season in the Tigers' program, but he's still checking off firsts.He just completed his first summer conditioning session at Mizzou and is now in his first full set of...
'Right to Pray' Measure Passes by Wide Margin; Opponents Warn That Amendment Will Face Challenges in Court
ELECTIONS 2012 - AMENDMENT 2The so-called "right to pray" amendment to the Missouri Constitution passed by the kind of margin rarely seen in election referendums.The measure's supporters said the amendment - called Amendment 2 on the ballot - will protect...
SENATE SHOWDOWN; Akin Leads among Three Conservatives Battling for Chance to Unseat McCaskill; Clay Strong over Carnahan
ELECTIONS 2012U.S. Rep. Todd Akin was leading the rollicking battle among three conservatives for the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate on Tuesday night.With about 40 percent of Missouri's precincts reporting, Akin, of Wildwood, led with 26 percent,...
Sports Digest
Blues shuffle front-office dutiesThere were no comings or goings Tuesday, but the Blues announced that four members of the club's front office are changing roles.Al MacInnis, who had been vice president of hockey operations since 2006, now will be a...
S&P over1,400 for 1st Time in 3 Months; NASDAQ Also Makes Significant Gains Tuesday, as Stock Market Appears to Be Firing on All Cylinders; BUSINESS
NEW YORK - It was a day of milestones for the stock market.Stronger corporate earnings reports and expectations that central banks will act to support the economy powered the Standard & Poor's 500 index past 1,400 for the first time in three months....
Streak Stops at Four; Birds Fall Behind Early and Never Close Gap
Giants 4, Cardinals 2If their first-half habit became finding ways to lose winnable games, the Cardinals showed Tuesday night at Busch Stadium they are also capable of staying close in games that threaten to become lopsided.Repeatedly threatened with...
Tea Party Activist Captures GOP Nod for Treasurer; Ken Horton Soundly Beats out Trina Waller, Wife of Former Treasurer and Current County Executive
ELECTIONS 2012 - JEFFERSON COUNTYHILLSBORO - The founder of the Jefferson County Tea Party won the Republican primary for the county treasurer's seat on Tuesday, besting the wife of the county executive.Complete but unofficial returns show that Ken Horton...
TEARS FOR SPEARS; Track and Field, Festus High's Borman Chokes Up at Introductions but Has No Regrets over 15th-Place Finish
LONDON OLYMPICSLONDON - Whether brought on by joy or torment, the tears of athletes are about as inseparable from the Olympics as the iconic flame and symbolic rings. Usually, though, they spill after a competition, not before it. But after Festus High...
The New Frontier; Our View; Mars Landing Is a Reminder of American Ingenuity; OPINION
The first and sure-to-be-enduring image of Mars from the Curiosity rover looks like something out of a post-apocalyptic novel. Dusty, mountainous, orange-tinged and deserted. What the Mars landing means, however, is anything but. It's not about the end...
This Stuffed Eggplant Dish Has Authentic Greek Roots; RECIPE EXCHANGE
Q: When my husband and I were dating, we loved to eat at Greek Gourmet on New Ballas Road near Olive. I'm looking for the recipe for their stuffed zucchini. I believe the zucchini was stuffed with a meat mixture and covered with a bchamel sauce. After...
Those Who Serve Are People, Not Political Tools; Campaigning; the Welcome Home Foundation Will Fight Back When Candidates Politicize Troops; OTHER VIEWS
Many planners and participants of the Jan. 28 Welcome Home the Heroes celebration in St. Louis contacted me to express dismay that footage from the event and personal testimonials from two volunteers involved with it were used in a presidential campaign...
U.S. Employers Post Most Jobs in 4 Years; Layoffs Also Are on the Decline, and Latest News Could Be a Signal of Better Hiring in the Coming Months; BUSINESS
WASHINGTON - U.S. employers posted the most job openings in four years in June, a positive sign that hiring may pick up.The Labor Department said Tuesday that job openings rose to a seasonally adjusted 3.8 million in June, up from 3.7 million in May....
Vote Gives Nasheed State Senate Seat; Elsewhere, Rep. Sifton Bests Ex-Rep. Schoemehl to Challenge GOP's Sen. Jim Lembke in 1st District
ELECTIONS 2012 - MISSOURI LEGISLATURERep. Jamilah Nasheed, who climbed from street gangs to community activist to the state Capitol, took another step Tuesday when she won the nod to become St. Louis' newest state senator.Nasheed, 39, vanquished incumbent...
What's Up - Heads Up
WHAT'S UP FROM EVENTS.STLTODAY.COM08.08 Airplane science - Children from kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to find out what keeps an airplane aloft, then apply that knowledge to create their own airplanes out of everyday materials. All creations...
World Digest
Drone attacks kill 10 al-Qaida militantsU.S. drones killed 10 al-Qaida militants - one believed to be a top bomb-maker - in separate strikes targeting moving vehicles in Yemen, officials and the country's state-run news agency said on Tuesday. The first...
Wynn Loses His Seat on Council; County Road Sales Tax Is Extended; Municipal Taxes in Wentzville and St. Peters Are Approved
ELECTIONS 2012 - ST. CHARLES COUNTY/ LINCOLN COUNTYST. CHARLES COUNTY - David Hammond on Tuesday ousted County Councilman Paul Wynn, who was unable to do any campaigning for the Republican primary because of his job as a military contract employee in...
Your Views - Letters from Our Readers; Opinion
With the primary over, peace at home - for nowI'm glad the primary is over. Maybe now these harassing phone calls in support of the various candidates will stop - at least until they start up again for the general election.I can't count how many phone...
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