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Articles from August 5, 2012

A Family's Secrets Finally Revealed
Mark Diedrich had a happy childhood in south St. Louis County. His dad had an administrative job with St. Louis County. His mother was a bookkeeper for a paving contractor.If his childhood lacked anything, that thing was drama. His life was less the...
A Golden Finish for 'The Greatest'; Phelps Reflects, Gets Special Honor after Picking Up 22nd Medal; LONDON OLYMPICS
LONDON - If he resumes writing in his diary and composes an entry for Aug. 4, 2012, Michael Phelps would probably sum it up with simplicity."'I did it.' That's pretty much all I could say," he said Saturday night. "Through the ups and downs, through...
'A Horrible Situation'; Our View; Public Defender Chaos: Unconstitutional - and Expensive, Too; OPINION
You can get a pretty good argument going about which part of Missouri's state government is the biggest disgrace.Our favorite is the absence of campaign donation limits. Some say education funding. Others say the 17-cent cigarette tax. Still others will...
A Lot of Hype for WRs in Rams Camp; Meanwhile, Gibson Focuses on Getting Job Done
Much of the offseason and camp talk at wide receiver has centered on draft picks Brian Quick and Chris Givens. The return to health of Danny Amendola and Greg Salas following season ending surgeries in 2011. Or how free-agent pickup Steve Smith has progressed...
And the Crowd Goes Wild!; Health Care; A Counter-Ceremony Honoring America's Health Care System; OTHER VIEWS
"Perhaps not surprisingly in a country where health care reform is so controversial, it was the high-profile presence of the NHS that stunned many American writers.... Certainly the U.S. equivalent, which would be dancing health insurance corporate executives,...
A Sense of Change in St. Ann; City Criticized for Its Approach to Latinos May Get Hispanic Police Chief
ST. ANN - Police Lt. Aaron Jimenez was halfway through a meal of braised boneless chicken, ordered not spicy, when his phone rang again. Even though he was taking a comp day from work to paint a house, his cell went off so much that the ring tone, set...
At Home: Brad Behrmann; First-Time Homebuyer Celebrates His Vintage Bungalow
Brad Behrmann, a teacher, vocalist, professional musician, church cantor, thespian, home renovator, cook, decorator, runner, world traveler and art collector, wears many hats, but he hangs them all at his work-in-progress bungalow in Belleville.Brad...
Ballots Offer Voters Plenty of Options; GOP Senate Race, 1st Congressional District Are Hotly Contested; ELECTIONS 2012: Missouri Primary
For St. Louis' new 1st Congressional District, Tuesday's election is a primary in name only. In reality, the bitter in-party fight between congressmen Russ Carnahan and William Lacy Clay for the Democratic nomination will almost certainly be the final...
Baseball Roundup - Notebook
ROUNDUPRolin lifts Reds Scott Rolen tripled and scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning as host Cincinnati won for the fifth straight game, 5-4 over Pittsburgh on Saturday. Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle was ejected in the second after both benches...
Baseball Roundup - Notebook
ROUNDUPRolin lifts Reds Scott Rolen tripled and scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning as host Cincinnati won for the fifth straight game, 5-4 over Pittsburgh on Saturday. Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle was ejected in the second after both benches...
Blacks' Big League Decline [Corrected 08/07/12]
Fans here lament the dropoff of African-American players in Major League Baseball, hold on to their connections to stars of the past. The Cardinals' big league roster has no blacks among coaches or players for the first time in memory.---ST. LOUIS -...
BLADE RUN; Track; South Africa's Oscar Pistorius Awes the Crowd by Finishing Second in 400-Meter Heat; LONDON OLYMPICS
LONDON - At 11 months old, Oscar Pistorius' legs were amputated midway between his knees and ankles because of the issues created by being born without fibulas. The circumstances were managed thusly in his family's home in South Africa:"My mother said...
Bradford Ankle Still Balky; Rams Notebook; Quarterback Is a Little Frustrated That Problem Still Lingers
Sam Bradford isn't walking with a limp. He seems to be moving around as good as ever on the practice field. Nonetheless, the Rams' quarterback told reporters following Saturday's practice at the Edward Jones Dome that his ankle still isn't 100-percent...
Cardinals 6, Brewers 1 (Game Statistics)
Cardinals 6, Brewers 1Milwaukee AB R H BI BB SO Avg. C.Gomez cf 4 1 1 0 0 0 .257 Morgan rf 4 0 0 0 0 1 .232 Braun lf 3 0 0 1 0 2 .314 Hart 1b 3 0 1 0 0 0 .270 R.Weeks 2b 3 0 0 0 0 1 .208 Lucroy c 3 0 0 0 0 0 .331 C.Izturis ss 3 0 0 0 0 0 .235...
Child Porn Network Unravels
BOSTON - The men came from on two continents: a children's puppeteer in Florida, a hotel manager in Massachusetts, an emergency medical technician in Kansas, a day care worker in the Netherlands. In all, 43 men have been arrested over the past two years...
Conway, Alfred Joseph of Kearney
Conway, Alfred Joseph of Kearney, Missouri, passed away on Friday, August 3, 2012 in North Kansas City Hospital. Al was born to Adolph and Sophia (Suspinski) Conway on March 16, 1930. Alfred is survived by his two brothers, Edward Conway of Chicago,...
Dirty Laundry; Taking Control of Your Family's Tech Habit
I'd like the to meet the parent not guilty of at least occasionally resorting to smartphone syndrome with a bored, cranky or restless child.We've all seen it: Mom or Dad hands a little one an iPhone or similar such device and immediately the gadget's...
Furyk Keeps Lead at Tougher Firestone; GOLF
AKRON, OHIO - A steady diet of pars kept Jim Furyk in the lead Saturday in the Bridgestone Invitational, but not by much. Furyk made his only birdie on the par-5 second hole and relied on a couple of strong par saves on the back nine at Firestone for...
Galifianakis Crusades for Comedic Freedom; the Star of the Political Satire 'The Campaign' Meets the Press
Zach Galifianakis would make a lousy politician. For one thing, the star of "The Campaign," who plays a ninny who runs for Congress against a drunken incumbent (Will Ferrell), hates shaking hands and kissing babies. He doesn't understand why strangers...
Garcia Strong in Rehab Start; Notebook; He Pitches 4 1/3 Solid Innings for Springfield and Could Return in Nine Days; CARDINALS
Lefthander Jaime Garcia, out since early June with a shoulder strain, took another step toward St. Louis Saturday night when he worked 4 1/3 strong innings while pitching at Class AA Springfield on a medical rehabilitation option. Garcia, facing Tulsa,...
Gardening Q&A; Tomato Plants Again Are Dying, from the Bottom Up
Q - Every year we face this problem to some degree, but this year is the worst. Our tomato plants start dying off at the bottom. Is this a soil problem, a water problem or what? Yes, it could be a soil-borne disease, but it could also be a watering issue....
Golden Anniversary; Track; Fraser-Pryce Repeats in Women's 100 in 50th Year of Jamaican Independence; LONDON OLYMPICS
LONDON - The gold medal for the women's 100 stays in Jamaica. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce wouldn't have it any other way. A golden ribbon in her hair, the bubbly Jamaican made it back-to- back Olympic titles Saturday, closing ground over the last 20 meters...
Golden Slams; Tennis; Serena Williams Wins Singles, Assured of Silver in Doubles; Bryans Beat Llodra, Tsonga; LONDON OLYMPICS
WIMBLEDON, ENGLAND - As Serena Williams stood atop the medal podium, her career Golden Slam complete, the gusty wind on Centre Court blew the U.S. flag off its pole midway through the national anthem. Old Glory came to rest in front of the Royal Box....
Iranian Pilgrims Are Kidnapped in Syria; Violence Returns to Damascus, While Fighting Rages in Aleppo
BEIRUT - Gunmen snatched 47 Iranian pilgrims outside Damascus, Syria, on Saturday in a brazen attack that revealed the growing instability at the center of President Bashar Assad's power.The abduction came as Syrian troops moved to crush one of the last...
Jackson's Wife Speaks out on His Depression
CHICAGO - Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. is suffering from debilitating depression and collapsed at his home in Washington two months ago, his wife said in an interview published Saturday that revealed new details about his secretive leave of absence....
Law & Order
ST. LOUIS > Shooting victim dies - A woman who was shot early Tuesday died Friday evening, St. Louis police said. Aniya Cook, 18, of the 1500 block of Carr Street, was shot in the face about 1 a.m. Tuesday in the 5100 block of Highland Avenue. A man,...
'Little Chloroformer' Goes to Gallows; A Look Back; British Woman Weeps after Her Son Is Hanged in 1888 Following Lengthy, Sensational Trial
ST. LOUIS - Hannah Brooks of Manchester, England, turned to the jailer and asked if there was news from Jefferson City."There is, Mrs. Brooks, and it is bad," he told her. "You had better prepare yourself for the worst."On Aug. 9, 1888, Gov. Albert Morehouse...
London Olympics Roundup
Medalists advance in beach volleyballTwo-time gold medalists Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May- Treanor beat the Netherlands in straight sets to advance to the tournament quarterfinals. The Americans topped Marleen van Iersel and Sanne Keizer 21-13,...
Made in St. Louis: Rachel Distelrath; Full-Time Mom Sews Shopping Cart Covers
- Tell us about yourself. I was born and raised in south St. Louis, moved to Des Peres in 1993 and moved to Chesterfield in 1997. I worked as a physical therapist until my second child was born. When my third child came along, I started my business....
Making a Few Bucks Go a Long Way on I-64; TRANSPORTATION
Some long-awaited relief appears to be on the way for west St. Louis County commuters who idle in stop-and-go Highway 40 (Interstate 64) traffic between Interstate 270 and Clarkson Road.The Missouri Department of Transportation is in the early stages...
MAKING YOUR CHILDREN CYBER SAVVY; Creating a Family Contract Can Help with Safe Online Behavior
Just as you would teach a preschooler how to cross the street and a teenager how to drive, children need guidance on navigating the online world safely and responsibly.After all, the potential consequences of reckless behavior can be just as damaging...
Managers Used Closers Differently in 1980s; Appearing for More the One Inning Was Routine; Not Anymore; MLB INSIDER - BASEBALL INSIDERS
Thirty years. In a couple of months that will be how long it has been since relief ace Bruce Sutter threw a high fastball, not all that fast, really, past Milwaukee's Gorman Thomas and the Cardinals had their first World Series title in 15 years. Perhaps...
Martin Brings Tears to Ceremony; Linemen Lead Way at Hall of Fame Induction
CANTON, OHIO - The linemen led the way as they always do, accepting their inductions into the Pro Football Hall of Fame with an abundance of humility. Curtis Martin finished the evening by supplying plenty of tears. The last of the six players to have...
McDonnell-Rath, Patricia Jeanne Laid to Rest
McDonnell-Rath, Patricia Jeanne laid to rest, asleep and at peace with Jesus and all of her heavenly angels on 7/30/2012 . Pat was born on 6/11/1934 in Minot, North Dakota. She was the daughter of the late Charles Edward and Anna Faith Byrne; sister...
Medal Count - London Olympics
Nation G S B TotUnited States 26 13 15 54China 25 16 12 53Britain 14 7 8 29Russia 3 15 10 28Japan 2 10 12 24France 8 6 8 22Germany 5 10 6 21Australia 1 12 7 20South Korea 9 3 5 17Italy 5 5 3 13Canada 1 3 6 10Netherlands 3 1 4 8New Zealand...
Monument Restoration; as Part of Its Bicentennial Celebration, Madison County Is Polishing Up
EDWARDSVILLE - In 1912, residents of Madison County dedicated a marble monument to the county's first century and its early settlers.Now, preparations are under way for a bicentennial celebration in September, and the 100-year-old monument is being cleaned...
Morgan Is True to His Controversial Self: Perverted; Review; after a Somewhat Standard Prelude of Disability-Bashing, He Got Down to What Matters - Sex
ST. LOUIS - "This ain't '30 Rock,'" comedian Tracy Morgan told the crowd at the first of two concerts Friday night at Lumire Place Casino. "This is the Tracy Morgan show."And that definitely wasn't his bumbling Tracy Jordan character up there on stage,...
Motor Sports Roundup
Montoya takes pole at Pocono Raceway Juan Pablo Montoya's contribution to the NASCAR highlight reel so far this season was his crash into a jet dryer in the season- opening Daytona 500, but Montoya finally has a bright spot that didn't involve explosions...
NASA Rover Prepares for Mars Landing; Curiosity Is Scheduled to Touch Down Early Monday, in a Nerve-Racking New Routine
PASADENA, CALIF. - After an 8 1/2-month voyage through space, NASA's souped-up Mars spacecraft was zooming toward the red planet for what the agency hopes will be an epic touchdown.The fiery punch through the tenuous Martian atmosphere at 13,000 mph...
Nation Digest
Loughner to plead guilty in shooting, source saysA person familiar with the Jared Lee Loughner case says a court- appointed psychiatrist will testify Tuesday that Loughner is competent to enter a plea in the murders and attempted murders including the...
New Breed of Silicon Valley Startups Aims to Take the Fear out of Buying Stocks; Firms Say They Offer Investors More Control, More Personal Connection with Their Portfolio, Plus Lower Costs and Better Returns
SAN JOSE, Calif.- For a place that's made its bones inventing chips and routers, Silicon Valley has carved out a neat little niche bringing financial services to the masses. Intuit, E-Trade and Mint.com are among those who have pioneered ways to give...
New Local Critics Organization Will Present a Theater Award, the Louie; ON THEATER
A new organization of critics, the St. Louis Theater Circle, will present awards next year for shows that are produced in 2012 in St. Louis.The group, which held its first full meeting on Tuesday at the University City Library, will call its award the...
NOBODY'S DUMB BLONDE; 50 Years Ago, Superstar Marilyn Monroe Was Pronounced Dead
"She is the child in all of us, the child we want to forget but can't dismiss. We want to know what would have happened to her if she had lived longer."- From "Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox" by Lois BannerFifty years ago Sunday, Marilyn Monroe...
No Cameras, Please: If You Point, We Shoot; Quirkout! Crazy Things Women Do to Stay Sane
Are there any scarier words to a woman than "Say cheese?"Not gouda or brie. Not even "Jersey Shore." We mean the ol' "Smile for the camera."The very idea of someone taking our pictures makes us shudder because we know it will last through all eternity,...
'No Problem' Is Anything but to Some Sherpa Readers; Let's Get Back to the Stamp-out-Rudeness Campaign
Yes, I am still trying to clear all the emails I've received from readers who join me in not understanding how, when and why our society became so darned impolite.It does a heart good to see "That Guy" and "That Girl" people continuing to step forward...
People; Entertainment
New models for NFL jerseysFootball fans will soon be pulling out their jerseys, but a few have gotten a jump on the season: Serena Williams, Melania Trump and Condoleezza Rice are among the NFL fans who'll be appearing in ads promoting team-themed apparel...
Powers, Estelle Brabant 92 Died Peacefully on August 3
Powers, Estelle Brabant92 died peacefully on August 3, 2012. She was preceded in death by her husband, Pierce William M.D.; her parents Auguste and Dorothy of Memphis, TN and Lille, France; her son Daniel; her brothers Richard and Marc, and her sister,...
Prolific Reviewer Myron Marty Closes His Books; since 1969, Retired Teacher Has Done 475 Critiques for the Post-Dispatch; BOOKS
Myron "Mike" Marty didn't set out to be a book reviewer, but he's retiring as one of the best - and most prolific - ever to write for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.His first critique, in 1967, was a favor for the book editor of The Christian Century magazine....
Rams' Kicker Wows 'Em; Booming Kicks, Accuracy Have Helped Missouri Western Product Zuerlein Make a Strong Early Impression
It's not always a good thing when the giddiest takeaway of the entire afternoon at a Rams scrimmage was the sight of a rookie place kicker booming footballs into the stratosphere, but in this wonderfully extraordinary case, it could be as good as good...
Reds Setting a Torrid Pace; but with Two Wild Card Spots and as Many as Five Teams Still in the Mix, the NL Playoff Race Is Far from Decided; CARDINALS
The Cincinnati Reds are threatening to turn the NL Central horse race into their version of Secretariat in the 1973 Belmont. I learned something while watching the Cardinals chew up Atlanta's 10 1/2-game lead over the final 32 games to capture the NL's...
Religion's Influence on Diplomacy; Opinions about Faith-Based Morals Emerged as Soon as Washington Became President; NONFICTION - BOOKS
Historians love to assert that their works shed light on matters previously uncovered. In this case author Andrew Preston pushes that envelope mighty far in "Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith."He writes: "I discovered something very interesting: religious...
Replacing Screen in Sliding Door Is Simple; Home Q&A
TO DO THE JOB Materials - Screen, screen tool, spline, utility knifeTime - About 1 hour per screenDifficulty - ModerateQ - How do I replace the screen in my sliding screen door? - SLB, Valley ParkReplacing a screen in a sliding door is similar to that...
Residents Find Little Left in Oklahoma Town Torched by Fire
LUTHER, OKLA. - While residents of one Oklahoma town sifted through their charred belongings Saturday to salvage what they could after a roaring wildfire that may have been deliberately set, residents in two other towns were being ordered to evacuate...
Running Backs Have Hole to Fill at Missouri; Mizzou Football; Kendial Lawrence, Marcus Murphy Are atop Depth Chart
COLUMBIA, MO. - The sight of Henry Josey in football gear, jogging across the Missouri practice field, was an encouraging image but one that his coaches and teammates know isn't to be taken seriously.Not any time soon, at least.The running back who took...
Seeing through the Spin
Let's face it. The economy is lousy. Has been for some time now.But there's a big election in three months, and the economy is Issue No. 1 (and 2, and 3, it seems). That means that from now until November, you are going to be hearing a lot about how...
Sorkin Takes on Criticism of HBO's 'Newsroom'; ON TV
Gail Pennington was in Los Angeles last week covering the Television Critics Association's press tour. She blogs at stltoday.com/tubetalk, twitter.com/gailpennington and facebook.com/ tubetalkpd.LOS ANGELES - Aaron Sorkin came to the Beverly Hilton on...
Sound Off
The new NL CentralFor years the Central Division of the National League has had to endure the slings and arrows of baseball scribes as the " 98-pound weakling." No longer! As of July 31, three Central Division teams are above .500. Neither the Eastern...
Sports Digest
Female trainer makes history in HambletonianMarket Share held off two late closers and won the Hambletonian on Saturday at the New Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, N.J., to make Linda Toscano the first female trainer to win trotting's premier...
Stray Dog Show Goes Way, Way off Broadway; Review; Musical Has Rowdy Fun with Jerry Springer-Style Characters
The boisterous new show at Stray Dog, "The Great American Trailer Park Musical," lives up to its title. It's vulgar, it's packed with stereotypes and it's very, very funny.Plus, it showcases a lot of talent, onstage and off alike.The polar opposite of...
Tax Holiday: A Big Deal, or Just Smoke and Mirrors?; While It Does Seem to Rally Back-to-School Shoppers, the Special Weekend Each Year Might Not Be So Special after All
BIG SALE! 4.2 percent off selected items. What a deal!That's an ad you'll never see in the Post-Dispatch, and for good reason. It's not much of a discount.Yet Missouri's back-to-school sales tax holiday, in its final day Sunday, draws crowds into the...
Team Honors 1982 Champs; Many Players from Cardinals Team That Beat Brewers in World Series Are on Hand Saturday
The fact that baseball has changed a lot in the past 30 years was clearly visible on Saturday night at Busch Stadium, as the Milwaukee Brewers took the field in their light blue 1982 road jerseys, a uniform color that has pretty much passed into sporting...
Third Base Is Strength in Cards' Organization; Team Focused on Position in Draft, and It's Paying Dividends; MINOR LEAGUE INSIDER - BASEBALL INSIDERS
Headed into June's amateur player draft, Cardinals director of scouting Dan Kantrovitz organized his draft boards by sorting the top-rated players in his staff's opinion by their position. One scan of the board revealed where the Cardinals thought the...
Trail of the Week; Dennis Schick Trails
Two short trails add opportunities for exercise and viewing nature among the other amenities in Jefferson Barracks Park.Where - Two entrances and trailheads, one at Cy Road and the other at Hancock Road, west of Grant Road. How long - The Dennis Schick...
University Towns Offer More Than Higher Learning; Plenty of Amenities Enliven Sites for Students and Nonstudents
Credit the universities. Without the schools, students and staff, most small towns would be Rip Van Wrinkle sleepy - nice for residents, but not rip-roaring places to visit. Put a university at its heart, and the towns transform into vital centers well...
U.S. Women Produce a Snappy Medley; Swimming; World-Record Performance Gives Schmitt, Franklin Five Medals Apiece in Their First Olympics; LONDON OLYMPICS
LONDON - Michael Phelps wasn't the only star at the Aquatics Center, His U.S. female counterparts in the 4x100 medley relay set a world record in earning gold.The Americans clocked 3 minutes, 52.05 seconds, slicing 0.14 off the previous mark set by China...
Wainwright Pitches Cards to 6-1 Win; He Tosses Complete Game and Also Adds Two Hits
Adam Wainwright, wearing his pants high with the red socks showing, in part, to honor of the 1982 World Series champion Cardinals who were on hand, went old-school on the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday night at Busch Stadium. First, Wainwright pitched nine...
Wainwright Pitches Cards to 6-1 Win; He Tosses Complete Game and Also Adds Two Hits; CARDINALS
Adam Wainwright, wearing his beltless pants high with the red socks showing, in part to honor of the 1982 World Series champion Cardinals who were on hand, went old-school on the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday night at Busch Stadium. First, Wainwright pitched...
Weldon Surges to Metropolitan Title; GOLF
First off, Kyle Weldon would like to thank his parents, Lisa and Keith Weldon. For many reasons, some undeniable, he doesn't win the Metropolitan Amateur at Old Warson Country Club on Saturday without them. "Make sure you get that," Weldon asked.Second,...
What's on the Hot List for School Supplies?
As parents all over St. Louis prepare to send their kids to school, kids all over St. Louis are hoping their parents are sending them back in style. We scoured area stores and a few websites to find great looks and unique items. And with tax-free weekend...
What's Up - Heads Up
WHAT'S UP FROM EVENTS.STLTODAY.COM08.07 Congressman's office hours - U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R- Collinsville, will be available to meet with constituents from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesday in his Collinsville district office at 240 Regency Centre. Residents...
With Work on Table, Congress Takes off; Five-Week Vacation Leaves Tax Cuts, Spending, Farm Bill, Postal Service Future, Cybersecurity Bill All Hanging
WASHINGTON - Congress' performance matches its approval rating - abysmal.Lawmakers headed home for a five-week break with a lengthy list of uncompleted work and little to show for the past year and a half except an eye-popping amount of dissatisfaction:...
World Digest
Afghan parliament seeks to oust key ministers The Afghan parliament voted Saturday to dismiss the country's defense and interior ministers, a move that threatens to throw the country's security apparatus into confusion as foreign forces withdraw. The...
Your Views - Letters from Our Readers; Opinion
As tort reform cycle continues, Missouri health care will sufferThe Missouri Supreme Court's July 31 decision to eliminate the medical malpractice awards cap may seem like a victory to some, but it has the potential for a significantly detrimental impact...
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