St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from July 29, 2012

11 Days in August; Partisanship; How the Mom, Apple Pie and Flag Act of 2012 Might Come Undone; OTHER VIEWS
WASHINGTON (Aug. 4) - President Barack Obama used his weekly radio address today to call for quick congressional passage of a law affirming the goodness of mom, apple pie and the flag. "Let me be clear," the president said. "Americans love mom, apple...
2 Colorado Shooting Victims Mourned; NATION
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio - A man who dove in front of his girlfriend and saved her life at the Colorado movie theater shooting was remembered for his selfless sacrifice Saturday, while an aspiring sportscaster was praised for her boundless energy. The girlfriend...
2 U.S. Climbers Are Found Dead in Peru; WORLD
LIMA, Peru - Searchers on Saturday found the bodies of two U.S. mountaineers who apparently plunged to their deaths off a ridge after ascending a glacier-capped, 20,000-foot Peruvian peak, the rescue coordinator said."They did summit and they got into...
3 Shot Dead; Abducted Girl Is Safe in Ohio; NATION
QUINCY, Pa. - A man in south-central Pennsylvania confronting his wife about custody arrangements for their daughter fatally shot three people, then fled with the 4-year-old girl before the two were found about 250 miles away in Ohio, authorities said...
8th Man; Mitchell Boggs Has Become the Cardinals' Lock-Down Set-Up Man for Closer Jason Motte; Cardinals Insider; BASEBALL INSIDERS
CHICAGO Tuesday's non-waiver trade deadline will find Mitchell Boggs as the Cardinals' set-up man for closer Jason Motte.Last season's deadline found him in a sort of pitching limbo.A year ago the Cardinals scrambled to renovate a problematic bullpen...
Akin, Randles Win Credibility Test; Our View; GOP Primaries Are a Lesson in Stubborn Demagoguery; (Post-Dispatch Endorsement)
One of the fundamental principles that guides this editorial board's world view is the last plank in Joseph Pulitzer's Platform, printed at the top of this page, to "never be afraid to attack wrong, whether by predatory plutocracy or predatory poverty."Nothing...
As Good as It Gets; Are We Still in an Economic Recovery, or Is This Simply Our New, Lower Standard of Living?
Three years into an economic recovery, America can't seem to find its way out of low gear.We're not creating many jobs, consumer confidence is plunging, and on Friday came word that gross domestic product grew just 1.5 percent in the second quarter,...
Baffling the Birds; Cubs 3, Cards 2; Surprise 2-Out, Bases-Loaded Bunt Drives in Decisive Run; CARDINALS
CHICAGO - The Cardinals perished Saturday afternoon in No Man's Land.To some, the badland runs between the pitcher's mound and the third-base line - where Chicago Cubs pinch-hitter Reed Johnson dropped an improbable, brilliant, two-out, bases-loaded...
BASEBALL Roundup
LA routs GiantsMatt Kemp homered among his four hits and drove in four runs and Hanley Ramirez had three RBIs as the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers beat San Francisco 10-0 moved a game behind the Giants in the NL West. LA pitcher Chad Billingsley took...
BASEBALL Roundup
Reds keep rollingRyan Ludwick hit two homers and visiting Cincinnati won its ninth straight, 9-7 over Colorado on Saturday. The NL Central-leading Reds are 13-2 since the All-Star break. Dodgers 10, Giants 0 - Matt Kemp homered among his four hits and...
BASEBALL Roundup
Reds keep rollingRyan Ludwick hit two homers and visiting Cincinnati won its ninth straight, 9-7 over Colorado on Saturday. The Reds are 13-2 since the All-Star break. Dodgers 10, Giants 0 - Matt Kemp homered among his four hits and had four RBIs as...
Bed-Sharing Is Cited in Deaths; Spike in City Laid to Poor Economy Shifting Families' Living Conditions
St. Louis - The police detective sees the same tragedy again and again, typically in the dark hours of the night.Tired mothers or fathers place a baby on a bed or couch with them, or nestle the baby on their chest, and then fall asleep. As they sleep...
Best-Sellers; BOOKS
Here are the best-sellers from Publishers Weekly for the week that ended July 21:HARDCOVER FICTION 1. "The Fallen Angel" - Daniel Silva2. "I, Michael Bennett" - Patterson/Ledwidge3. "Gone Girl" - Gillian Flynn4. "Shadow of Night" - Deborah E. Harkness5....
Big Top's Local Flair; Dancers in UniverSoul Circus Look Forward to Show in Their Hometown
St. Louis native Lorenzo Henderson has danced professionally with national recording artists such as Chris Brown, NEO, Ciara, Keri Hilson and Omarion.But his dream since he was a child has been to be in the circus. When he got that chance, he leapt on...
Blog's Goofy Images Poke Fun at St. Louis; Creators Pair Images from TV and Internet to Comment on St. Louis Nightlife, Neighborhoods and High School
Wednesday. Happy hour. Bridge tap house.I walk in to interview the anonymous masterminds behind my new favorite blog, "What High School Should We Call Me," a hilarious look at St. Louis nightlife, neighborhoods and, of course, high schools.The only thing...
Bulging Bonuses, Skeleton Staffs
I was at a party in Chicago this summer and I saw her across the room. I knew the polite thing to do would be to walk over and introduce myself, but I decided against it. When I am uncertain what to do, I usually do nothing.I have always been that way....
Bummer Summer for Small Farmers, Too; They Provide Produce for Area's Farmers Markets and Have Been Waylaid by Drought as Well
As the Midwest Corn Belt continues to endure a drought and agricultural economists are predicting losses in the tens of billions of dollars, the region's small-scale farmers are taking a hit, too.The farmers, who supply many farmers markets and stands...
Cheese Aged in Mark Twain Cave Is a New Hit; Constant Temperature Nurtures Perfect Development, Helps Business Thrive; Stores Here Carry Line
HANNIBAL, MO. - Cheese aged in the Mark Twain Cave in Hannibal is proving to be popular."It is turning out to be much bigger than I would have ever thought," said Linda Coleberd.The cheese is produced at Heartland Creamery at Newark in northeastern Missouri....
'Civil War in Missouri' Gives State Its Due; Gerteis Details the Clashes between Union, Confederate Armies; NON FICTION; BOOKS
There were 1,162 battles and skirmishes in Missouri during the Civil War, behind only Virginia and Tennessee. Virginia gets the press, and the movies.Most historians relegate Missouri's role as a footnote, a faraway place with a nasty internal guerrilla...
Coughlin Ties Mark with 12th Medal; Swimming; 16-Year-Old from China Sets World Record in Women's 400-Meter Individual Medley; LONDON OLYMPICS
London - Natalie Coughlin is a perfect 12 for 12 in Olympic races. Only this time, she earned a medal without swimming in the final. Coughlin tied Jenny Thompson and Dara Torres for most career medals by an American woman with 12 when the United States...
Councilman's Overseas Job Is an Issue in Primary; Wynn Works in Afghanistan but Says He Can Handle the Post in St. Charles County; Hammond Disagrees
ST. CHARLES COUNTY - County Councilman Paul Wynn's job as a military contract employee in Afghanistan, a point of controversy on the council, is now an issue in his re-election campaign.Wynn's opponent in the Aug. 7 Republican primary, David Hammond,...
Couric Hopes Viewers Will Scribble Their Bucket Lists; ON TV; TELEVISION
Gail Pennington is in Los Angeles covering the Television Critics Association's press tour. See her updates at stltoday.com/tubetalk, twitter.com/gailpennington and facebook.com/tubetalkpd.LOS ANGELES - On her new talk show, Katie Couric will embrace...
Deadline Deals Have Been Mixed; Several Have Paid off Handsomely for Cards, Others Not So Much; MLB Insider; BASEBALL INSIDERS
As the non-waiver trading deadline gets closer Tuesday, some Cardinals fans surely will dream of general manager John Mozeliak pulling off a robbery such as the June 15, 1964, heist in which Bing Devine plucked young outfielder Lou Brock from the Chicago...
Death Valley at the Click of a Mouse; Google's Street View Expands to Road Trips in Five National Parks; NATION
FRESNO, Calif. - Imagine being the only driver on a two-lane asphalt highway as the stark desolation of Death Valley National park passes on each side and the crystal blue sky stretches up from the horizon.Or picture a tight left turn on Yosemite's Glacier...
Did Fisher Find Fit for Bradford?; Schottenheimer Could Be Most Important Person at Rams Park; RAMS
When the Rams hired Brian Schottenheimer to coordinate their offense and oversee the development of quarterback Sam Bradford, I received an email from a friend in New York. He's a passionate Jets fan.His two-word message: "My condolences." I don't tell...
Digest
Magic hire Vaughn as head coach The Orlando Magic hired Jacque Vaughn, 37, as head coach on Saturday, bringing the latest 30-something member to the basketball operations department following the hiring of 30-year-old general manager Rob Hennigan last...
Dueling Projects May Tangle Webster Traffic; along for the Ride; TRANPORTATION
The next several weeks may test the resourcefulness of Webster Groves drivers living north of Interstate 44.The Missouri Department of Transportation will close the westbound on-ramp from Elm Avenue to I-44 on Monday to replace a failing retaining wall....
Eighth Man; Mitchell Boggs Has Become the Cardinals' Lock-Down Reliever before Closer Jason Motte; Cardinals Insider; BASEBALL INSIDERS; Cardinals Insider; BASEBALL INSIDERS
CHICAGO Next Tuesday's non-waiver trade deadline will find Mitchell Boggs as the Cardinals' set-up man for closer Jason Motte.Last season's deadline found him in a sort of pitching Limbo.A year ago the Cardinals scrambled to renovate a bullpen that had...
Enterprise Launches Olympic Ad Blitz; the Spots Have Little to Do with Car Rentals, Everything to Do with Stirring Emotions
There is no car wrapped in brown paper in Enterprise Holdings' latest advertising campaign, to run during the Olympics.Instead, the minute-long commercial begins with a shot of a bride hugging her father while a narrator says, "Thank you: Two little...
Exhibit Tells History from N.M. Pueblos' Perspective
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - New Mexico's Pueblos have a history with the federal government unlike any other American Indian tribe. They never signed treaties, and with that came decades of a dual existence. On one hand, they didn't fit the mold the government...
Family-Friendly Events
Amazing Animal Encounters - Free, fun, family-friendly environmental education programs are presented by naturalists using snakes, parrots, birds and mammals to teach you about the amazing creatures that share our planet, and what we can do to help them...
Finnegan Is Ruled out; Gymnastics; Roster Submitted Saturday Doesn't Allow for Substitution of St. Louisan; LONDON OLYMPICS
LONDON - With USA Gymnastics' submission Saturday morning of its final five-woman roster for its London Olympics that begins today, the role of alternate Sarah Finnegan, a St. Louis native, officially came to an end for the 2012 Games."Her duties are...
Food Trucks Hit the Gas in St. Louis; Regardless of Hurdles, These Purveyors of Meals on Wheels Have Been Flourishing for the Most Part
They've coped with a record-making heat wave. They've tangled with restaurants, politicians and cranky corporate cafeterias, all the while jockeying for prime vending spaces.Yet, despite the challenges and some attrition in recent months, the area's...
For Local Artists, One Man's Trash Bin Is Another's Treasure; Project to Paint Dumpsters Is Spearheaded by Metro High Student; VISUAL ART
Last November Jacob Schmidt took out the trash. It was not for the first time; Schmidt, 18, has been taking out the trash of his Compton Heights home for years now. But this trip was different."I don't know what made me really notice it that day, but...
Gast Gets Big Break with Pitch; New Grip Helps Prospect Get a Sharper Curve and Develop Consistency; Miinor League Inside; BASEBALL INSIDERS
Lefthander John Gast, who has emerged as one of the most consistent pitchers in the Cardinals' organization, recognized when he arrived at Class AAA Memphis that he didn't have a breaking ball worthy of the level.That's why a conversation caught his...
Gast Gets Big Break with Pitch; New Grip Helps Prospect Get a Sharper Curve and Develop Consistency; Miinor League Insider; BASEBALL INSIDERS
Lefthander John Gast, who has emerged as one of the most consistent pitchers in the Cardinals' organization, recognized when he arrived at Class AAA Memphis that he didn't have a breaking ball worthy of the level.That's why a conversation caught his...
Hamlin Wins Pole at Indy; Brickyard 400; Driver Qualifies at 182.763 MPH for Top Spot with Carl Edwards Starting Second
INDIANAPOLIS - Denny Hamlin figures this weekend is when NASCAR's real championship contenders begin to separate themselves from the pack. He thinks he's part of that group, and he's off to a pretty good start. Hamlin won pole position for the Brickyard...
Harvey Wraps Up Stand-Up Tour with Flair, Cursing and God; REVIEWS
ST. LOUIS - On the final dates of a tour marking his farewell to stand-up comedy, Steve Harvey is going out the way he came in: raw and uncensored.The radio talk host and author of "Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man" came to the Chaifetz Arena Friday...
Heat Was Deadly in the Summer of 1901; A Look Back; about 200 People Died When St. Louis Suffered through Seven Weeks of Misery
ST. LOUIS - June was hot and dry, ending in three wilting days of 100-degree heat. Some churches and restaurants began allowing men to leave their jackets at home. One kindly minister even said women could attend without hats.On July 2, 1901, the Post-Dispatch...
Home Events
Forest Park - Horticulture Tours - Learn about the park's botanicals as you explore annuals, perennials and grand landscapes. Leisurely paced and covers approximately 1.5 miles. Family and pet (leashed) friendly. Reservations not required. 10 a.m. Monday....
How the Poll Was Conducted; ELECTIONS 2012
This poll was conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research Inc. of Washington July 23-25. A total of 625 registered Missouri voters were interviewed statewide by telephone. All stated they were likely to vote in the November general election.Those interviewed...
Hundreds Celebrate Birth of Rare White Bison; NATION
GOSHEN, Conn. - Dozens of American Indians wore the traditional garb of their ancestors, sang songs and beat drums on a western Connecticut farm Saturday in celebration of the birth of one of the world's rarest animals - a white bison.The calf was officially...
I'm Running Errands and Can't Find the Finish Line; QUIRKOUT! Crazy Things Women Do to Stay Sane
On Friday night we leave the office thinking about our huge list of undone projects at work, only to remember we have a huge list of undone projects at home.Errands are like leg hair - the minute you think it's all taken care of, you find you missed...
Jackson's Move Offers Clarity; Admission to Mayo Clinic Confirms Diagnosis of Depression; NATION
CHICAGO - The announcement that Jesse Jackson Jr. had been transferred to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota pinned down his whereabouts for the first time in weeks and gave clear confirmation that the Illinois congressman is suffering from depression. It...
Kelly May Be Trade Bait for Cards; Notebook; Redbirds Express Interested in Tampa Bay Pitcher Shields; BASEBALL
CHICAGO - Rookie Joe Kelly gave the Cardinals the longest appearance of his brief major-league career Saturday in addition to his seventh consecutive quality start. Where that leaves Kelly is for now a riddle.Manager Mike Matheny declined to say after...
Lager's Attacks Not Derailing Kinder Bid; Montee Leading Large Field of Democratic Candidates in Lieutenant Governor's Race, Although Many Are Undecided; 2012 ELECTIONS
JEFFERSON CITY - The heat that state Sen. Brad Lager has put on Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder hasn't been enough to erase the two-term incumbent's lead in the GOP primary for lieutenant governor, according to a Post-Dispatch/News 4 poll.The poll, conducted Monday...
Lester, Betty Ellen Smith 89
Lester, Betty Ellen Smith 89, of St. Louis, passed away July 14 at St. Mary's Hospital in Clayton. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio on August 6, 1922 to Maxwell Peter and Hilma (Holmgren) Smith. She graduated from Quincy High School in 1940. The following...
Lester, Ernest Edward 91
Lester, Ernest Edward91, of St. Charles, passed away June 5 at St. Joseph's Hospital. He was born in Jacob, Ill. on December 18, 1920 to Frank and Inez (Hamilton) Lester. He graduated from Gorham High School in 1939. He received his teaching certificate...
Local Digest
ST. LOUIS > Plane makes emergency landing at Lambert - A charter flight carrying more than 100 military personnel and bound from Fort Hood, Texas, to Indianapolis made an emergency landing at 4:10 a.m. Saturday at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.Airport...
London Olympics Roundup
Federer, Williams win first matchesWimbledon champions Roger Federer and Serena Williams won their opening matches, albeit in much different fashions. Federer, a four-time Olympian, overcame a jittery patch and beat Alejandro Falla of Colombia 6-3, 5-7,...
MADE IN ST. LOUIS; KAREN PARRISH; Decorate a Barn with an Outdoor Quilt
- Tell us about yourself. My company is called Heritage Barn Quilts. Barn quilts are painted quilt patterns or Americana designs suitable for hanging outside on your barn, home, fence, shed or garage. The barn quilt idea got started about 10 years ago...
MISSOURI'S RED SHIFT : McCaskill Is Trailing All 3 Republicans; U.S. SENTATE; 2012 ELECTIONS
No matter who wins the Missouri Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate on Aug. 7, Democrat Claire McCaskill is running from behind. McCaskill, the first-term incumbent Democratic senator, trails all three of her likely Republican challengers, according...
MISSOURI'S RED SHIFT : Nixon Ahead, but Not as Strong as '08; MISSOURI GOVERNOR; 2012 ELECTIONS
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, is weathering the Republican winds gusting around him this election year, but his comfort zone isn't big enough for him to coast, a new Post-Dispatch/News 4 poll suggests.The governor has a 9-point...
Mother Instills Love of Reading in Her Children, Preschoolers across the Region REAL PARENTING
Lisa Greening has shared her love of reading with thousands of poor St. Louis preschoolers. But sometimes the two kids in her own home are the hardest to reach. "My kids are go, go, go all of the time," said Greening. "It can be a challenge to get them...
Mother, Two Girls Killed; Had Stopped for Deer; SATURDAY'S BEST
BOND COUNTY - An Illinois mother nearing home with her two young daughters stopped on Interstate 70 for two deer, and all three were killed by a truck that smashed into their car from behind, officials said Friday.Suzette Yvonne Lee, 41, and daughters...
Mound City Money
Highlights from David Nicklaus' blog about St. Louis business. STLtoday.com/nicklausCommerce hit by credit card deal MasterCard and Visa have agreed to pay more than $6 billion to retailers to settle a credit-card antitrust case, but not all of the money...
Nation Digest
Hyundai recalls Santa Fe, Sonata modelsHyundai Motor Co. is recalling some Santa Fe SUVs and Sonata sedans because of problems with their air bags. The Santa Fe recall involves nearly 200,000 vehicles in the 2007 to 2009 model years. Hyundai will reprogram...
Nation Digest
Hyundai recalls Santa Fe, Sonata modelsHyundai Motor Co. is recalling some Santa Fe SUVs and Sonata sedans because of problems with their air bags. The Santa Fe recall involves nearly 200,000 vehicles in the 2007 to 2009 model years. Hyundai will reprogram...
New on Dvd
MOVIES"Gray's Anatomy" (NR; 1:19) and "And Everything Is Going Fine" (NR; 1:29) - The late Spalding Gray conjured art from basic props: a simple desk, a pitcher of water and his dry wit. Perhaps best known for his filmed monologue "Swimming to Cambodia,"...
NorthPark Looks to Speed Development; Developers Clayco and McEagle Have Hired a Prominent Chicago Broker to Find Tenants
After several slow years, the developers behind NorthPark are hoping to kick the giant north St. Louis County business park into high gear. And they've hired a high-flying real estate firm to help.Local developer heavyweights Clayco and McEagle Properties...
Off the Podium; Fourth-Place Finish Temporarily Stymies Phelps' Quest for Medals Record; LONDON OLYMPICS
LONDON - Entering the London Olympics, even the seemingly supernatural Michael Phelps wasn't audacious enough to assume he could duplicate his eight-gold standard of Beijing.It was bold enough, really, for him to even muster another Olympic quest with...
Olivette Heats Up over Prop S; Backers, Critics Appeal to Aug. 7 Voters over Plan for New City Hall, Police, Fire Facilities
OLIVETTE - City officials and a group of residents say Olivette badly needs a modern fire station and a larger, relocated City Hall, but opponents argue that the city is paying too much for the property where the City Hall would be situated.Voters will...
Penn State Players Fair Game; Criticism of Illinois Coach and His Pursuit of Transfers Is Misplaced
In the aftermath of the swift-justice flexing by the NCAA against Penn State for its cover-up of a child rapist's disgusting rampage, there have been a great many foolish and misplaced reactions. Perhaps the most distasteful has been the media-blitz...
Peterson's Murder Trial Follows Years of Acrimony; NATION
CHICAGO - One relative of Drew Peterson's long-missing fourth wife calls him a dog who deserves to be chained. The boorish, motorcycle-loving ex-police officer on trial in the death of his third wife makes unsavory comments about his alleged victims'...
Pinckert S.M., Bro. Louis W. Marianist Bro. Louis W. Pinckert
Pinckert S.M., Bro. Louis W.Marianist Bro. Louis W. Pinckert, 87, passed peacefully to eternal life on July 26, 2012, at the Marianist Residence at St. Mary's University, San Antonio. Born in St. Louis on Oct. 8, 1924, to Carl and Beatrice (Neary) Pinckert,...
Position Battles Begin for Rams; Team Enters First Full-Squad Workout after Offseason of Roster Upheaval under New Management; RAMS
With the first full-squad practice of training camp Sunday afternoon, let the position battles begin. Rarely has there been as much offseason roster upheaval for the Rams as what took place in recent months under coach Jeff Fisher, general manager Les...
Prison Recipe Prep Rule No. 1: Use Clean Hands ... If Possible; This and Other Irresistible Stories Appear in Local Crime Newspaper; LIFE SHERPA
Want to know something cool about St. Louis? We have two crime newspapers.Many are aware of the Evening Whirl, founded by the legendary Ben Thomas back in 1938 and still publishing today as the Metro Evening Whirl. So when a neighbor asked whether I'd...
Protect Your Home with Smoke Alarms, Deadbolt Locks; HOME Q&A
Q - I just bought my home, and I want to make sure that I am doing everything I can to keep my family and our possessions safe. Can you provide me with a few tips on how to protect my home, both while I am in town and while we are on vacation?Congratulations...
Scammers Prey on Debtors; Beware Unlicensed Operators with 'Business Opportunities' That May Bankrupt You
Paula Cunningham, 71, is a retired secretary who never married. She lives in Bertrand, which she calls a "little bitty" town south of Cape Girardeau.She gets by on a small pension, Social Security and money she makes selling her home-made bread at a...
SOLID GOLD Start; Swimming; Lochte Dominates 400 IM While Phelps Fails to Reach the Medal Stand; LONDON OLYPMICS
LONDON - Stoked by five gold medals at last year's world championships, U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte has been saying for months, "This is my year."And he could say it with all the more currency and conviction after a dominating gold-medal performance in...
Sound Off
Put education firstWhen NCAA President Mark Emmert gave his punishing sanctions against the Penn State football program, he said, "football will never again be placed ahead of 'educating', nurturing and protecting young people." Really? I will believe...
Syrian Rebels Resist Onslaught in Aleppo; Military Begins Assault on Commercial Hub with Artillery, Tanks; WORLD
BEIRUT - The Syrian government launched an offensive Saturday to retake rebel-held neighborhoods in the nation's commercial hub of Aleppo, unleashing artillery, tanks and helicopter gunships against poorly armed opposition fighters. Yet after a day of...
Take a Serene Canoe Ride through Southern Illinois Swamp; Fish, Birds and Plants Are Abundant in Cache River Wetlands
CYPRESS, ILL. - You won't see any alligators frolicking in the water here, and no wispy gray beards of Spanish moss adorn the trees. But otherwise, when you first see the Cache River Wetlands in "southernmost" Illinois - just three hours by car from...
The Muny Sets Sail for New Musical Shores; Gilbert & Sullivan's Pirates Get a Caribbean Update, with Music Mashed Together from Several Shows
They never had it in mind to create a children's show, and they don't think that they exactly - or exclusively - have done so.But when they see little kids running around outside a theater in pirate hats, brandishing toy swords, then John McDaniel, Nell...
Time Away Gives a New Perspective on Single Parenting; DIRTY LAUNDY
I had sold it to my children as an adventure, a yearlong journey that would yank them out of their comfortable suburban home in St. Louis County into the heart of student living in an iconic college town.With repeated assurances that we would return...
Tough Debt Stance? in Germany, It's Cultural; WORLD
BERLIN - Head to the checkout at an Ikea in Stockholm to pay for your new leather corner sofa and with the swipe of a Visa card it's yours. Don't try that in Berlin - that'll be $2,080 up front please.It's that financial culture - a deep-seated aversion...
Trail of the Week; Black Buffalo Trail
The low Missouri River level provides an opportunity to look at the river/chute bottom structure and maybe find a fishing hole or two.Where - Sioux Passage Park, 17930 Old Jamestown Road, Florissant.How long - 2.54 miles. There's also a half-mile nature...
'Twilight War' Is Strictly for Wonks; Author Overwhelms Readers with Arcane Details of the History of U.S.-Iran Relations; NONFICTION; BOOKS
Given the grim headlines these days about Iran and its nuclear program, we're due for a look back at the touchy relationship between that country and the United States.Historian David Crist has stepped forth with "The Twilight War," subtitled, "The Secret...
U.S. Infighting Has Hurt Efforts in Afghanistan; Will Afghanistan Again Become a Haven for Terrorists?; NONFICTION; BOOKS
The American war in Afghanistan has been under way since October 2001, a month after the al-Qaida terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. Without delay, U.S. forces swept in to topple the Taliban government that had given safe haven to al-Qaida leader Osama bin...
U.S. Sees Israel as Tight Ally, Spy Threat; Israel Has Highly Sophisticated, Professional Spy Services That Rival American Agencies in Technical Capability; NATION
WASHINGTON - The CIA station chief opened the locked box containing the sensitive equipment he used from his home in Tel Aviv, Israel, to communicate with CIA headquarters in Virginia, only to find that someone had tampered with it. He sent word to his...
Vaulting Ahead; Gymnastics; U.S. Men Lead after the First of Two Nights of Team Competition; LONDON OLYMPICS
LONDON - The Americans insisted for months that they could contend for the Olympic title in men's gymnastics. Another night like this, and they won't need to say a word. The color of their medals will do the talking for them. While perennial powerhouses...
What's Up/Heads Up; STL SUNDAY
08.01 Community garden - Gateway Greening and the St. Louis County Library are partnering to offer a community garden space for residents of the northwest area of St. Louis County, including Hazelwood and Florissant. This Prairie Commons Community Garden...
With 100 Days to Go, Contest Tightens Focus; NATION
WASHINGTON - Stubbornly close and deeply divisive, the presidential race throttles into its last 100 days as an enormous clash over economic vision, with the outcome likely to come down to fall debates, final unemployment numbers and fierce efforts to...
WORLD Digest
Pro-democracy backers assail Egyptian presidentAn alliance of pro-democracy advocates criticized Egypt's new Islamist president for lacking transparency and alienating political groups with liberal leanings. The National Front alliance - an umbrella...
Your Views - Letters from Our Readers
Rep. Clay is stronger candidate for 1st Congressional District The next two years will be important and challenging for the region. I am determined to take advantage of years of prudent investment in physical infrastructure and prepare a well-trained...
Youthful, Timeless Design; Southern Living Recently Named Amie Corley a Top Young Designer; AT HOME; AMIE CORLEY
One of St. Louis' most media-rhapsodized decorators, Amie Corley clearly lives out her designing credo. On blogs, websites and magazine pages, she's been singled out for a "fun and fresh style that feels young but timeless."That latest bit comes from...
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