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Articles from November 21, 2012

Ameren Loses out on Nuclear Reactor Grant; but the Utility's Officials Plan to Pursue New Round of Funding
The Department of Energy passed over on Tuesday a request by Ameren Missouri and Westinghouse for funds to advance development of a small nuclear reactor to be built next to the utility's Callaway plant. But the Energy Department softened the blow for...
'Anna Karenina,' Finds Tolstoy in a Toy Chest; Keira Knightley Shines in Adaptation
"Anna Karenina" is based on a big Russian novel by Leo Tolstoy and directed by Joe Wright, who has made two previous costume dramas with Keira Knightley: "Pride and Prejudice" and "Atonement." Yet the medium it most evokes is not literature or cinema...
Anti-Bias Measure for Sexual Preference Advances in County
CLAYTON After hearing from an impassioned crowd of supporters and opponents, the St. Louis County Council moved closer Tuesday to adopting a bill that would add gender identity and sexual orientation to the county's anti-discrimination regulations and...
Appeals Court Upholds PSC's Rules on Renewable Energy; Ameren Missouri, Other Utilities Could Seek a Rehearing or Try to Take the Case to the Missouri Supreme Court
A Missouri appeals court on Tuesday upheld Public Service Commission rules outlining how the state's renewable energy law is implemented. The opinion from the Western District Court of Appeals reverses a lower court order concerning the impact of the...
Butler Takes Bite out of Heels; Bulldogs Open 27-Point Lead, Then Hold on in Hawaii
LAHAINA, HAwAII Maybe North Carolina should have just gone to the beach. Butler is the team to beat in Maui. Rotnei Clarke and Kellen Dunham each scored 17 points Tuesday night to lead the unranked Bulldogs past No. 9 UNC, jumping to a 17- point halftime...
Church of England Says No to Female Bishops; Governing Body Blocks Move, Though Many Support It
LONDON The Church of England's governing body blocked a move Tuesday to permit women to serve as bishops in a vote so close it failed to settle the question of female leadership and probably condemned the institution to years more debate on the issue....
Clinton, Ban Join Talks over Gaza; Diplomats Work to Cement Elusive Deal as Fighting Intensifies between Israel and Hamas
JERUSALEM Israel and the Hamas militant group edged closer to a cease-fire Tuesday to end a weeklong Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip, but after a day of furious diplomatic efforts involving the U.S. secretary of state, U.N. chief and Egypt's president,...
Congolese Rebels Seize Goma without Resistance; United Nations Peacekeepers Stand by during Battle, Saying They Lack Mandate to Engage Rebels Forces
GOMA, CONGO A rebel group believed to be backed by Rwanda seized the strategic, provincial capital of Goma in eastern Congo on Tuesday, home to more than 1 million people as well as an international airport in a development that threatens to spark a new,...
Did Rwanda Inspire Rebels?; Conflict Arises for Fifth Time in Little over a Decade; Congo Is Rich in Minerals and Land; Rwanda Would like Both
NAIROBI, KENYA History is repeating itself yet again in eastern Congo. Rebels supported by Rwanda are on the march. Civilians are fleeing. And higher powers appear to be taking sides. Congo and Rwanda have been at this stage before. First in 1996, then...
Digest
Camacho is in critical condition after shooting Police in Puerto Rico say former boxing champion Hector " Macho" Camacho was shot and critically wounded Tuesday night. Camacho was shot in the face while in a car outside a bar in Bayamon, one of the cities...
Digest; Egypt and IMF Reach Deal on $4.8 Billion Loan
Egypt and the International Monetary Fund have reached an initial agreement for a $4.8 billion loan to revive the country's ailing economy. The deal, agreed after nearly three weeks of negotiations in Cairo, will support the government's economic program...
Digest; Insider-Trading Leads to Arrest
A former hedge fund portfolio manager was arrested Tuesday in what prosecutors called perhaps the most lucrative insider-trading scheme of all time an arrangement to obtain secret, advance results of tests on an experimental Alzheimer's drug that netted...
Driver in Fatal Parade Crash Is Army Veteran; He Has Been Working as a Truck Driver
MIDLAND, TEXAS A 50-year-old Army veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan was driving a parade float that investigators say edged across a railroad crossing in Texas despite warning signals of a fast approaching train, an attorney said Tuesday. Four...
Dry Ross Can Be a Good Choice for Thanksgiving
A friend and I had been trying to meet for weeks at one of our favorite places, Robust, the wine bar and cafe at 227 West Lock- wood Avenue in Webster Groves. When our schedules finally meshed, we decided to celebrate with sparkling wine. The wine we...
Easier Access to the Pill Is Urged; Doctors Back Over-the-Counter Access to Birth Control
WASHINGTON No prescription or doctor's exam needed: The nation's largest group of obstetricians and gynecologists says birth control pills should be sold over the counter, like condoms. Tuesday's surprise opinion from these gatekeepers of contraception...
Elmo Puppeteer Resigns from 'Sesame Street'
Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash resigned from "Sesame Street" on Tuesday amid allegations that he sexually abused underage boys, bringing an end to a 28-year career in which he turned the furry red monster into one of the most beloved and lucrative characters...
Even the Troubled Can Be Thankful
Everybody has reason to be thankful at Thanksgiving, even, or sometimes especially, people who seem to be having a bad year. Let's look at a few of these people. Roger Wilson pleaded guilty in April to misappropriation of funds from an insurer. The case...
Events Disrupt Obama's Asian Trip; Hostilities in Middle East Overshadow Visit, While 'Fiscal Cliff' Debate Draws Attention
PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA For all the attention wrenched elsewhere in recent days on new violence in the Middle East, the "fiscal cliff" back home President Barack Obama's speedy trip to Southeast Asia achieved a major goal: It was clearly seen in the...
Farmington Bank Is Buying 9 Bank of America Branches
First State Community Bank is buying nine Bank of America branches in Missouri. The acquisitions will boost First State Community, based in Farmington, Mo., to $1.7 billion in assets and 46 Missouri branches. The acquisition includes customer deposits...
Finding the Tastiest Choices for Food Book Gifts; There Truly Is One for Everyone on Your Shopping List
It's that time of year again, when retailers deck their halls, radio stations relentlessly jingle and cookbooks go forth and multiply. The dawn of the holiday season also marks an onslaught from the publishing world a rush of food books that begins...
Four Pitchers Added to Cards' 40-Man Roster; Club Seeks to Protect Prospects Such as Fornataro and Siegrist from Baseball's Rule 5 Draft
Having spent the latter part of this past season trumpeting the depth of pitching they saw in their system, the Cardinals moved Tuesday to protect more of it. The club added four Class AA pitchers to the organization's 40- man roster in order to prevent...
Harrell Is Happier with Life at Howell; Senior RB Helps Vikings into Class 6 Title Game
There have to be moments for Donte Harrell during the last few months when this all just doesn't feel real. "Oh, yeah," Francis Howell's standout running back said. "For sure." On Saturday, the 6-foot-1, 215-pound senior and his teammates will make the...
Hospitals Face Suit over Death of Homeless Woman
ST. LOUIS - The family of Anna Brown filed a wrongful-death lawsuit Tuesday alleging that St. Mary's Health Center in Richmond Heights failed to diagnose a life-threatening condition before it provided police with medical clearance to take her to jail...
Howe, James H. III James H. Howe
Howe, James H. IIIJames H. Howe, III, a resident of Palm Beach, Florida, died on Monday, November 19, 2012, at the age of 89, from complications of cancer at his St. Louis home. He was preceded in death by his parents, Martha Grant Howe and Nelson H....
HP Says Acquired Firm Lied about Its Finances
NEW YORK Hewlett-Packard Co. said that a British company it bought for $9.7 billion last year lied about its finances, resulting in a massive write-down of the value of the business. CEO Meg Whitman avoided calling it a fraud, but said Tuesday that there...
Illini Maul USC in Maui Invitational; Illinois 94, Usc 64; Paul, Richardson, Abrams, Griffey, Combine for 60 Points in Romp
LAHAINA, HAWAII First-year Illinois men's basketball coach John Groce has been preaching to his team in the early going about getting a "little bit better" every day. After the Illini rolled over Southern California 94-64 Monday night at the Maui Invitational,...
James Howe; Family Invented Tums; He Was President, Board Chairman
James Howe made a good living from heartburn and acid indigestion. His grandfather invented Tums, the antacid tablet that's still made in a five-story plant across from Busch Stadium. Mr. Howe was the retired president and chairman of the board of the...
J. Gilbert's Shoots for a Comfortable Elegance
Q I have gone to J. Gilbert's in West County Center several times and had the Char Crusted Ahi Tuna. Both the restaurant and the dish are consistently outstanding. Nancy Novack, St. Louis A J. Gilbert's Wood-Fired Steaks & Seafood opened in Des Peres in...
Johnson Replaces Fletcher in Nickel; Rams Cut Special Teams Captain Miller; Team Has Four Tight Ends on Its Roster
Even with season-ending knee injuries in two of his first three NFL seasons, cornerback Bradley Fletcher has managed to start 26 times in the league and led the Rams in interceptions, with four, in 2010 when he appeared in all 16 games. But rookie Trumaine...
Mediation Effort Fails to Save Hostess
NEW YORK Hostess Brands Inc. lived to die another day. The maker of Twinkies and Ding Dongs said late Tuesday that it had failed to reach an agreement with its second-biggest union. As a result, Hostess plans to continue with a hearing today in which...
More Than Just Another Sausage: A Chorizo Primer; despite the Several Hundred Varieties Made across at Least Three Continents, You Won't Need to Sift through the Packages to Find a Meat Worth Using
Chorizo is a bit like pornography. You'll know it when you see it, but it's a bit hard to define in the abstract. That's because there are several hundred varieties of this sausage, made across at least three continents, and many bear little resemblance...
New SWC Coaches in Hurry to Win; Newcomers Young, Schrader, Smith Share Common Goal
They come from different backgrounds, and the programs they inherited had varying levels of success last season, but the three new boys basketball coaches in the Southwestern Conference have one thing in common: they all want to win now. Tony Young (East...
NHL Asks Union to Bring Proposal to Table Today
NEW YORK Negotiations aimed at ending the NHL's lockout will resume this morning at the NHL office, the NHL Players' Association said in a statement Tuesday. After the sides met Monday night, ending eight days of silence, talks were put on hold Tuesday...
No. 11 UCLA Is Sluggish but Holds off Georgia
Shabazz Muhammad scored 21 points and UCLA made enough free throws late to hold off Savannah State 60-56 Tuesday night in the consolation game of the Legends Classic in Brooklyn, N.Y. Top- ranked Indiana met Georgetown later in the title game. In the...
Notebook
Gibbons back as Jays' manager Toronto Blue Jays President Paul Beeston couldn't believe it when he learned the team had the chance to land three star players from Miami last week. He was equally surprised when his general manager told him he wanted to...
NOTEBOOK; Rutgers Makes Move to Big Ten Conference
As the Big East was being picked apart, Rutgers was looking for a way out and a new place to show off a football program that has been resurrected in the past decade. Not only did Rutgers find that escape hatch, the Scarlet Knights ended up in one of...
NOTEBOOK; Steelers Get Burress; QB Batch Set to Start
The Pittsburgh Steelers have brought back receiver Plaxico Burress to provide depth at a position decimated by injuries. Burress, 35, spent his first five seasons in the NFL with the Steelers but hasn't played since last season -when he was with the Jets....
Plea Announced in Forgery Case; Woman Who Had Unauthorized Employees Sign Mortgage Documents Faces Prison
JEFFERSON CITY A woman from Georgia will plead guilty in a high- profile Missouri mortgage forgery case in which thousands of home loan documents were processed with falsified signatures. Lorraine Brown, president of DocX a Georgia-based document processing...
Remekun Gives SLU the Boost It Needs; Unheralded Senior Is Making His Mark When Given a Chance
Kansas CITY The St. Louis University basketball team has an excellent cast of characters. Injured point guard Kwamain Mitchell is a first-team preseason all-Atlantic 10 Conference selection and junior guard Jordair Jett, even though he didn't start...
Rubble Cleanup a Massive Task in NY, NJ
NEW YORK Just a few months ago, the parking lot at Jacob Riis Park on New York City's Rockaway seashore was filled with happy beachgoers. Now, it is home to a mountain of misery from superstorm Sandy a growing pile of garbage containing everything...
Santa Leads an All-Star Team in the Winning 'Rise of the Guardians'
"Rise of the Guardians" is like an "Avengers" for the grade- school set, an all-star gang of iconic characters from childhood. Santa Claus, aka North (voiced by Alec Baldwin), leads this dream team, but he doesn't act like the jolly man at the mall....
Sean Penn Gets a Makeover in 'This Must Be the Place'; Oscar Winner Plays a Goth Rocker
Two Oscar-winning method actors undergo startling transformations in new movies. In "Lincoln," Irishman Daniel Day-Lewis embraces the beard and voice of America's 16th president. In "This Must Be the Place," American Sean Penn dons the mussed wig and...
Simon, Thomas Francis 71
Simon, Thomas Francis 71, of Jefferson City, died Sunday, November 18, 2012, at Capital Region Medical Center. He was born on April 22, 1941, in Brentwood, Mo., the son of the late Robert J. and Eleanor (McCann) Simon. Mr. Simon attended St. Mary Magdalen...
SOUTHERN SKIRMISH; SIUC 71, SIUE 55; Seven Players Ejected after Second-Half Dustup
EDWARDSVILLE So it didn't have the profile of the CBE Classic in Kansas City, where St. Louis University played No. 12 Kansas on Tuesday night. And it lacked the glamor and pizzazz of the endless preseason college basketball tournaments in exotic sites...
St. Louis Down to Last of 'Toynbee Tiles'
ST. LOUIS For decades, a bizarre linoleum mosaic embedded in the asphalt at Sixth and Olive streets in downtown St. Louis had people wondering: "What is it?" The question now: Where is it? This summer, someone used a putty knife to pry up and make off with...
Suit Seeks Damages from Spraying of Chemicals in 1950s
ST. LOUIS A doctoral dissertation that renewed public interest in the military-sponsored chemical spraying of impoverished areas of St. Louis in the 1950s and ' 60s has spawned a lawsuit. It leaves open the potential for litigation related to more controversial...
Syrian Rebels Seize Key Military Base; They Say Captured Materiel Including Rockets, Mortars, Artillery and Tanks Will Boost Effort to Topple Assad
BASE OF THE 46TH REGI-MENT, SYRIA After a nearly two-month siege, Syrian rebels overwhelmed a large military base in the north of the country and made off with tanks, armored vehicles and truckloads of munitions that rebel leaders say will give them...
Teamwork Pays off in 'Silver Linings Playbook'; Football-Themed Film among Year's Best
When films are good, actors and directors get a lot of the credit that should go to the screenwriters. In the case of "Silver Linings Playbook," which is one of the best films of the year, there is a popcorn bowl of glory to go around. Matthew Quick...
Teens Thwart North Koreans in Remake of 'Red Dawn'; the Star of 'Thor' Drops the Hammer on Invaders
Complaining that "Red Dawn" is a cheaply made, ineptly directed and laughably acted remake of a movie that wasn't very good to begin with is like complaining about the overcast weather at a concentration camp. You're missing the big picture. Like the...
'THE MAN' AT 92; 'Class, Character, Selflessness and Integrity'
As members of the St. Louis Sports Commission , Maryville University and other associates sought to add broader appeal and increased recognition to the National Awards that are held here annually, they discussed ways to capture the spirit of the honor...
TIGER TALE; Ang Lee's 'Life of Pi' Is at Once Epic and Intimate
Richard Parker sounds like the name of an investment banker, clad in a sleek suit and carrying an expensive attach case. It's a highly unlikely moniker for the tiger to whom it belongs, yet somehow it fits. His purposeful, no-nonsense stride is among...
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