St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from August 23, 2012

Adjust Sleep Schedules for New School Year; HEALTHY KIDS
Children and parents don't always speak the same language, but as the new school year begins, their messages are often in unison: "Where on earth did the summer go?"It seems like a new school year and the end of summer can creep up on families. Fortunately,...
Afghans Blame Foreign Spies for Insider Attacks; WORLD
KABUL, Afghanistan - The Afghan government blamed foreign spy agencies for a rising number of killings where government soldiers and policemen have gunned down their international partners, and ordered stricter vetting of recruits and screening of those...
Artery Disease Called PAD Can Be a Silent Killer; XX FILES
Did you know approximately one in every 20 Americans over the age of 50 has peripheral artery disease - or PAD? Even though PAD affects more women than men, most women are unaware of this potentially fatal condition, according to a newly released report...
BASEBALL Roundup
Padres finish sweep of Pirates Andrew Werner allowed two runs over six-plus innings in his major- league debut, leading the Padres to a 4-2 victory over the Pirates. The Padres swept the series and have beaten the Pirates in 18 of 21 games.Reds 3, Phillies...
BASEBALL Roundup
Padres finish sweep of Pirates Andrew Werner allowed two runs over six-plus innings in his major- league debut, leading the Padres to a 4-2 victory over the Pirates. The Padres swept the series and have beaten the Pirates in 18 of 21 games.Reds 3, Phillies...
Biblical Park in Israel Outfits Donkeys with Wi-Fi
HOSHAYA, Israel - It was nothing like this 3,000 years ago. An Israeli attraction meant to immerse tourists in an authentic, ancient biblical experience has outfitted its donkeys with wireless routers. At the historical park of Kfar Kedem in northern...
Boswell, Merle R. Pete 87
Boswell, Merle R. Pete87, of Mount Vernon, IL, passed away on Tuesday, August 21, 2012. Beloved husband of Evelyn A. Boswell; father of Douglas (Carrie) Boswell of Conroe, TX, Linda Tragesser of Belleville, IL; stepfather of Glen (P.J.) Dutcher, of Chichester,...
BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG FIGHT; Alexander's First Fight in Las Vegas Is for Welterweight Title
Devon Alexander has boxed all over. He's fought in Madison Square Garden in New York and across the Hudson River at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. He's fought in Florida and California, in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., and Chengdu, China, and a whole...
Business Digest
Fed action? - Federal Reserve officials spoke with increased urgency at their last meeting about the need to provide more help for a weak U.S. economy. Many felt further support would be needed "fairly soon" unless the economy improved significantly....
Carpenter Gets a Start at Third; Notebook; Matheny Decides to Give Slumping Freese a Night off to Get Recharged a Little
Matt Carpenter has made 27 starts at first base and seven in the outfield for the Cardinals but on Wednesday night, he started at the position he has played most in the organization, third base. Carpenter, who gave a night off to David Freese, was making...
Carrot-and-Stick in Breakfast Offer; School Districts Can Cash in on $1,000 to $4,000 Rewards for Boosting Number of Kids in Program
Missouri education leaders, in partnership with dairy farmers, are challenging school districts to provide breakfast to more kids who need it. Those who make big gains can win prizes.Districts with a 20 percent increase this year in school breakfast...
Clashes Intensify in Syrian Capital; Key Opposition Figure Rejects as 'Lies' Suggestion of Peace Negotiations as a Prelude to Assad Resignation; WORLD
BEIRUT - Syrian regime forces shelled two central Damascus districts Wednesday before troops backed by tanks swept through to carry out house-to-house raids, killing at least 35 suspected rebels, in a major flare-up of fighting in the Syrian capital,...
Class-Action Status Sought in Bad Arrests; Damages Will Be Sought for Men Jailed Wrongfully in St. Louis; PUBLIC SAFETY
ST. LOUIS - A lawyer representing two men mistakenly arrested and held for months announced plans on Wednesday for a federal class- action lawsuit to seek damages for them and an unknown number of others he believes suffered the same injustice.In January,...
Climate Change Is about Corporate Power; Community Organizing; Don't Blame Consumers. Instead, We Have to Take on Local Corporations, Executives; OTHER VIEWS
The sense of urgency is palpable. Last week, 50 strangers turned out for a meeting on climate change at Central Reform Congregation. The Post-Dispatch played a critical role in that organizing through its use of the editorial page.There is motion starting,...
Clock Ticking on NHL Talks; the Blues Open Camp in 30 Days, but the League and Players Remain Far Apart on New Contract
Although Don Fehr warned once again not to read the tea leaves, the postponement of Wednesday's NHL's collective-bargaining negotiations continued to highlight the gap between the league and NHL Players' Association, and the emotions that are growing...
Colon Gets Suspension; a's Pitcher out 50 Games after Positive Test for Testosterone
OAKLAND, Calif. - Make it two 50-game suspensions in exactly one week - both starters for contending teams from the Bay Area, both for testosterone. Former Cy Young Award winner Bartolo Colon of the Oakland Athletics was suspended for 50 games Wednesday...
Curiosity Rover Takes First Short Spin on Mars; Vehicle Is in a Stage in Which Activity Is Limited While Engineers Make Sure It Is Ready for the Work Ahead; NATION
PASADENA, Calif. - Curiosity took its first test drive around the gravel-strewn Martian terrain Wednesday, preparation for the ultimate road trip to find out if life could have existed on the Red Planet. The six-wheel NASA rover did not stray far from...
Digest
NASCAR fines Menard's crew chiefNASCAR has fined Paul Menard's crew chief $100,000 for illegal modifications found on the Chevrolet last weekend at Michigan.Slugger Labbe was also suspended until Oct. 3 in penalties NASCAR announced Wednesday.NASCAR...
Entertainment
Prince Harry caught in the nude in VegasBritain's Prince Harry has been caught on camera doing something embarrassing - again.Celebrity gossip website TMZ on Tuesday posted photos of the 27- year-old royal cavorting nude with an unidentified woman in...
France Loosens Restraints on Roma to Ease Finding of Jobs; WORLD
PARIS - The French government is making it easier for Roma from Eastern Europe to gain employment and stay in France, amid criticism of police raids that have dismantled ramshackle camps and left hundreds of people without shelter.Prime Minister Jean-Marc...
GOP Is Entangled in Upheaval Just before Convention; Furor over Akin Comment, Internal Divisions, Weather All Roil; AKIN CONTROVERSY
TAMPA, Fla. - This is the convention prelude of the Republicans' dreams - their nightmares, that is.Mitt Romney wanted to preside over a made-for-TV gathering showcasing his economic credentials and GOP unity. Instead, he's heading to Tampa with the...
Grant to Aid Molecule Study; in the Lab; SLU Prof's Work Could Help Treat Health Conditions Ranging from Heart Disease to Blood Poisoning
Alireza "Ray" Rezaie spends his days in a lab manipulating molecules to make some of their functions work better while turning off others that can cause unwanted side effects.His work could one day help prevent and treat health conditions ranging from...
Health Calendar
THURSDAYKrav Maga Self Defense - Learn to disarm an attacker no matter the weapon and break holds of any type. This ongoing class is offered for a monthly fee of $55 or single class fee of $10 each. 6 p.m. today at Brentwood Recreation Complex, 2505...
"Help Us Find That Voice"; Our View; Senior Statesmen Must Bring Missouri GOP Back from the Edge; OPINION
Todd Akin is still the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Missouri.Now what?That's a question that should be pondered by U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, and former Sens. John Ashcroft, Christopher "Kit" Bond and John C. Danforth. Those four men, the elder...
Housing Recovery Moves Forward; New Data on Sales, Construction and Prices All Point to More Steady and Stable Growth; BUSINESS
The recovery of the U.S. housing market is looking steadier and more sustainable, a trend that is likely to add to economic growth in 2012 for the first time in seven years.Purchases, construction and prices are gradually but consistently increasing,...
Israeli Archaeologist Digs into Nazi Death Camp in Poland; WORLD
KIRYAT MALACHI, Israel - When Israeli archaeologist Yoram Haimi decided to investigate his family's unknown Holocaust history, he turned to the skill he knew best: He began to dig. After learning that two of his uncles were murdered in the Sobibor death...
Langford Anchors Rams Defensive Line; Former Miami Dolphins Player Came to Team as Free Agent and Figures to Be a Real Run-Stuffer
Shortly after Kendall Langford signed a free-agent contract with the Rams, coach Jeff Fisher told him: "I want you to be one of the first guys off the bus to the stadium."That's because Langford - at 6-6, 308 - very much looks the part of mammoth, menacing...
Law & Order; Public Safety
ST. LOUIS > Two buses collide - Five students were taken to a hospital for evaluation after their school bus collided with a Metro bus about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday at North Kingshighway and Page Boulevard, authorities said. Fire department Capt. Dan Sutter...
Leave Live Animals out of Pediatric Training; Health Education; St. Louis Children's Hospital, Washington U. Should Stop Using Cats and Ferrets for Course That Teaches Intubation of Babies; OTHER VIEWS
Next week, St. Louis Children's Hospital and Washington University in St. Louis will hold a course called Pediatric Advanced Life Support in which trainees are supposed to learn pediatric intubation - inserting a tube into the windpipe of baby to assist...
Local Digest
ST. LOUIS > Prayer service is set for slaying victim - A prayer service for Megan Boken is set for 11 a.m. today at St. Francis Xavier (College) Church on the campus of St. Louis University. The service is at the same time as the funeral service in Wheaton,...
Lucky 13 for Lohse; Cardinals 4, Astros 2 Pitcher Ups His Record to 13-2 with Help from Jay
Thirty-nine games to go, but if the playoffs started today, the defending world champions would be in them. Kyle Lohse, winning his seventh straight decision and 13th in 15 overall, defeated the Houston Astros, 4-2, Wednesday night at Busch Stadium to...
Lucky 13th for Lohse; Cardinals 4, Astros 2 Pitcher Ups His Record to 13-2 with Help from Jay
Thirty-nine games to go, but if the playoffs started today, the defending world champions would be in them. Kyle Lohse, winning his seventh straight decision and 13th in 15 overall, defeated the Houston Astros, 4-2, Wednesday night at Busch Stadium to...
Maplewood Makes a Key Addition; New Coach Nixon Won Two State Titles at Hazelwood Central, Could Get a Third; Stlhighschoolsports.com
Rich Nixon must feel like a kid at Christmas.A year after resigning his head coaching job at Hazelwood Central High, the man with two state championship rings on his fingers is running the show at the area's premier small-school football power, Maplewood-Richmond...
Middle Class Has Declining Share of Wealth, Study Says
WASHINGTON - The middle class is receiving less of America's total income, declining to its smallest share in decades as median wages stagnate in the economic doldrums and wealth concentrates at the top. A study released Wednesday by the Pew Research...
Mizzou's Ealy Is Playing for Keeps; Native St. Louisan and Former New Madrid Player Says He Strives to Succeed More for His Sister Than for Himself
COLUMBIA, Mo. - When he arrived at Mizzou from New Madrid, Mo., two years ago, defensive end Kony Ealy was a scrawny 208 pounds, bewildered by the playbook and daunted by competition that included eventual first-round NFL draft pick Aldon Smith.Now the...
Nation Digest
40 are indicted in drug ring run from prisonA federal indictment says 40 people are facing charges in connection to a drug ring run by two Indiana prison inmates with the help of corrections officers. An indictment unsealed Wednesday says that prison...
New Path Charted for Akin Campaign; He Criticizes Republican 'Party Bosses' Who Sought to Oust Him; AKIN CONTROVERSY
ST. LOUIS - U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin sent out a Twitter message Wednesday morning asserting that "party bosses" should not "trump the votes of the people of MO.""Chip in $3 if you agree," the embattled congressman wrote.If Akin does manage to...
NFL Notebook
Offensive line coach will lead SaintsThe New Orleans Saints have designated offensive line coach Aaron Kromer as the interim head coach for the first six regular-season games, when assistant head coach Joe Vitt will have to serve his suspension in connection...
Political Fix; STL THURSDAY
From our online report on politics and government. STLtoday.com/ politicalfixCandidates strangely silent on Akin - Everyone's talking about Todd Akin. Well, everyone except the Republicans seeking statewide office in Missouri.Akin, a six-term congressman...
Prosecutor Flouts Illinois Gun Law; He Says He Won't Pursue Concealed-Carry Cases in McLean County; PUBLIC SAFETY
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Despite a statewide ban on concealed weapons, gun owners in one central Illinois county don't need to worry about facing charges because its top prosecutor is refusing to enforce a law he considers unconstitutional.Illinois is the...
Rams Sign Gholston; Team Gets Former Jets Player to Bolster Defensive End Depth
The last day of camp, whether it's adventure camp, space camp or football camp, is a flurry of activity. The official last day of Rams camp was no exception. A lot was going on, some of it business, some of it pleasure. Here's a synopsis of what took...
Recession Likely without Budget Pact, CBO Says; Economy Would Contract 0.5 Percent Next Year While Unemployment Climbs to 9 Percent; BUSINESS
Washington - A new recession is likely if a stalemate over tax and spending cuts continues between Democrats and Republicans, according to dire projections by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office on one of the this year's defining campaign issues.In...
Rev. Dorris Davis; Once a Homeless Drunk, He Opened a Shelter, Gave Toys, School Supplies to Children, Food to Parents; OBITUARIES
The Rev. Dorris Davis, who died Monday (Aug. 20, 2012) at age 67, was once homeless and described himself as the "biggest drunk in East St. Louis."He recovered from his addiction and opened the Helping Hands homeless shelter and food pantry, most recently...
Schools Turn to Marketing at Lunch Hour; in the Cafeteria; Managers Are Trying Techniques Used to Great Success by Private-Sector Restaurants
DENVER - More whole grains will be on school lunch menus this year, along with a wider selection of fruits and vegetables and other healthy options. The challenge is getting children to eat them."We don't want healthy trash cans. We want kids who are...
SEC Orders Disclosure on Use of Congo Minerals; Regulators Want Transparency in Use of Raw Materials Linked to Militias Accused of Atrocities; BUSINESS
U.S. regulators mandated Wednesday that public companies disclose information about their use of minerals from Congo, where militias linked to atrocities have profited from mining minerals used in electronics, jewelry and other goods.The Securities and...
Summer of Pests' Discontent; They Got an Early Start with Mild Winter; Hot, Dry Summer Sent Them Inside
There was a bright spot in the scorching, parched summer that sent scores of moisture-seeking pests indoors - at least the moles weren't too bad. But expect them to resurface soon, local pest control experts say, and you may have seen some already. They'll...
Time Is Now for Kirkwood; since Losing Class 5 Final Last Year, Pioneers Have Been Waiting for Another Chance; Stlhighschoolsports.com
The Kirkwood High football team has been waiting for this.The Pioneers were perfect for most of 2011, but they concluded the campaign with a 35-21 loss to Staley in the Class 5 championship game, leaving coach Matt Irvin's team with a 12-1 record and...
Trainer Finds Eating Plan He Can Stick with; How I Did It; Paul Robinson's Intermittent Fasting Allows for Food over an Eight-Hour Period Daily
Personal trainer Paul Robinson, 30, searched for 10 years for an eating plan that let him eat what he wanted. Now, he's found one that allows him to eat as much as he wants and maintain his weight at 205 pounds on his 6-foot, 3-inch frame.The plan is...
Waiting for a Contract Lohse Might Be Too Pricey for Cards to Bring Back; CARDINALS
Cardinals starting pitcher Kyle Lohse has heard nothing from the Cardinals about his pending free agency. He isn't asking and has little expectation of the situation changing anytime soon.It is a strange dynamic: the National League's top percentage...
Wednesday's Waffles; Volunteer Cook at Fisher House Brightens Mornings for Loved Ones at Veterans Hospitals
She called Fisher House wanting to volunteer, thinking her experience as a secretary could be useful in the 20-room house that's free to out-of-town patient families. Instead she was asked if she could make waffles. On Wednesdays."I thought, 'OK, I'll...
West Nile, Salmonella on Radar Here; Illinois Reports First Death; Cantaloupes from Indiana Are Linked to Illnesses
Public health officials in Missouri and Illinois are tracking two disease outbreaks - West Nile virus and salmonella - issuing alerts this week about the risks.Illinois officials will now update the West Nile virus cases each day as activity has increased....
What's Up/Heads Up; STL THURSDAY
08.25 Barbecue buffet - Mount Pleasant Estates restaurant and winery will host its second annual Dog Days of Summer Barbecue Buffet starting at noon Saturday at the restaurant at 5634 High Street in Augusta. Visitors are invited to bring their dogs....
World Digest
Kenyans clash over land; 48 killed in farmers' attackHundreds of farmers attacked a village, killing at least 48 people in southeastern Kenya in an escalation of ongoing clashes between the farming and pastoral communities over land and resources, an...
Worship Law Faces Challenge; Act Infringes on Free Speech, Say Groups Who Want to Protest near Services; LOCAL
JEFFERSON CITY - Two groups are trying to block a new state law that prohibits the disruption of worship services, claiming that the measure is too vague and will infringe on their rights to free speech.The law, which supporters say will protect houses...
Your Views - Letters from Our Readers; Opinion
Wall-to-wall coverage of Boken killing is perplexingI have watched the media frenzy concerning the killing in the Central West End of Megan Boken, a young, white, female college graduate, during the weekend. Coverage in the Post-Dispatch has been front...
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