St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from December 30, 2012

2012 the Year in Review
Feb. 1 Battling plans to upgrade the Edward Jones Dome The St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission, which manages the Edward Jones Dome, outlined a $124 million spiffing-up intended to keep the Rams in St. Louis. The Rams responded in May with a considerably...
49ers Seek to Clinch against the Cardinals
SAN FRANCISCO Just two months ago, the San Francisco 49ers grabbed control of the NFC West race from the Arizona Cardinals behind Alex Smiths near perfect performance on a Monday night in the desert.Oh, how much has changed since.The slow and steady...
A Few of Our Favorite Things from a Not-So-Favorite Year
Most of the years big news stories have been devastating to witness from one of the most horrific school shootings in our countrys history to a superstorm that destroyed several communities. There has been the looming fiscal cliff and frightening implications for...
AP'S TOP 10 STORIES OF 2012; Shooting in Connecticut, Presidential Election Lead the Way in Year of Big National News; 2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
NEW YORK The horrific massacre of 26 children and staff at a Connecticut elementary school, along with other mass shootings, was the top news story of 2012, narrowly edging out the U.S. election, according to The Associated Press annual poll of U.S....
Best of 2012: BOOKS; Press Almost Closes, and Libraries Win
This week, arts and entertainment critics pick their years best. Post-Dispatch reviewers already did that, choosing 50 favorite books of the year for a story that ran this month. So this week well look at some of the years biggest book-related news....
Best of 2012: CLASSICAL MUSIC; A Year of Good News, with More on the Way
For the areas classical music fans and the arts organizations that feed them, 2012 was a time of upward trends, with lots of positive news and strong performances and plenty of good things to anticipate in 2013.Story of the year The St. Louis Symphony...
Best of 2012: JAZZ AND DANCE; Highlights of the Year, on Stage and in Recordings
DANCEThe world-famous Joffrey Ballet appeared at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center in March, performing pieces by William Forsythe, Edwaard Liang and Christopher Wheeldon in a Dance St. Louis concert. Rather than lean on past glories, the...
Best of 2012: MOVIES; Personal Taste Often Put Our Critic outside Reviewers' Consensus; 'Moonrise Kingdom' Tops His List of This Year's Films to Admire
The end of the year is an appropriate time to repeat the Critics Creed: In matters of personal taste, there is no right or wrong. But I confess that in 2012, I was often on the wrong side of the consensus. Several movies that are credible contenders...
Best of 2012: POP MUSIC; Radiohead, McCartney Top List of Year's Best Concerts; Other Noteworthy Shows Include Madonna, the Black Keys, LouFest
Checking out three nights of Prince at the United Center in Chicago, followed by the accompanying after-concerts at the House of Blues, represented the summit of 2012 concerts for this particular music hound.But St. Louis definitely had a wealth of memorable...
Best of 2012: TELEVISION; Year's TV Favorites Are Heavy on Drama (and Zombies); Once Again, We Cheer Choice in the Smorgasbord of the Small Screen
Best and worst lists are a year-end tradition, probably because they give everyone something to argue about.In television, the idea of best and worst is especially subjective. If I like something, does that make it best? If I hate it, is it worst? Television...
Best of 2012: THEATER; Performers, Directors Show Their Creativity with Diverse Acts; Fans Were Treated to an Impressive Array of Stage Treats, Accomplishments
In 2012, St. Louis theater artists stretched their wings.Bruce Longworth directed an exceptionally lucid production of Othello at Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, and gave an impeccable performance as lawyer Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird at Insight...
Best of 2012: VISUAL ARTS; Expansion Raises Profile of St. Louis Art Museum; Other Milestones in Visual Arts Here Include a New Director at Contemporary Art Museum, Installations at Lambert
St. Louis museums and galleries continued to welcome big-name artists and major exhibits. But the biggest art news in 2012 was the completion of the construction of the St. Louis Art Museums expansion. Museum officials say the $160 million project will...
Best-Sellers - Books
These are the best-selling books from Publishers Weekly for the week that ended Dec. 23.HARDCOVER FICTION1. The Racketeer John Grisham2. Gone Girl Gillian Flynn3. Threat Vector Tom Clancy4. The Casual Vacancy J.K. Rowling5. Merry Christmas, Alex...
Best Way to Compare Light Bulbs
Q I have a hard time replacing the light bulbs I used to buy. Why cant I find them and how do I know which bulbs to buy to get the same light I am used to?A Light bulb technology is changing at a feverish pace due to regulations on energy consumption....
Blunt Is Tapped to Be GOP Messenger at Cliff's Edge; Senator from Missouri Is Rising Rapidly Early in First Term
WASHINGTON In the role of his partys main spokesman, Sen. Roy Blunt asserted Saturday that inaction shouldnt be an option as Congress and the president attempt a last-ditch effort to avoid the fiscal cliff.Blunt, R-Mo. was picked by his party to deliver...
Capitol Plaza Hotel Rekindles Fond Memories of a Trip for School
Where 415 West McCarty Street, Jefferson CityMore info capitolplazajeffersoncity.com; 573-635-1234I have such great memories of a school trip (FBLA or something like that) to the state Capitol. We stayed at a hotel unlike any I had ever seen. For starters,...
Cards Fans Can See Taveras at Dinner
Many Cardinals fans will get their first look at 20-year-old outfielder Oscar Taveras, the organizations top hitting prospect, at the St. Louis Baseball Writers 55th annual dinner on Jan. 20, a Sunday, at the Millennium Hotel.Taveras whose .321 batting...
CBC Continues Its Roll into Meramec Title Game; Cadets Hit 13 3- Pointers, Including 10 in First Half, to Beat Washington and Will Face Hazelwood Central for Championship; STLHighSchoolSports.com
KIRKWOOD The top-ranked CBC basketball team has turned the 35th Meramec Holiday Festival Basketball Tournament into its own highlight reel this week. The No. 1 seeded Cadets were dominant in victories against University City on Wednesday and Webster...
CITIZEN OF THE YEAR; Longtime Job Suits Buford Just Fine; Stylish Leader of the Urban League Made Our Community Better.; 2012 the Year in Review
ST. LOUIS James H. Buford does not own a pair of jeans. His sweaters are sorted by color. Before he goes to bed each night, Buford selects what he will wear the next day, including one of his more than 300 bow ties. The evening ritual usually includes...
Coke Syrup Bubbles over with Readers; Defenders Say the Wonder Drug Really Works
Ive said this before and Ill say it again because its still true: I never quite know what subject will strike a chord with readers.A moratorium was declared in this space on handicapped parking and bicyclists because readers end up sending me tons of...
Dan Caesar's Week 17 Picks; NFL
SUNDAY LINE COMMENT CAESAR'S PICKJets at Bills Bills by 3Sanchez back at QB for NY in mean-nothing game. BUF has lost 7 of its last 9. Yuk. Bills 20, Jets 13Dolphins at Patriots Patriots by 10Tough call, because NE's motivation could hinge on games over...
Disdain All around; Separation of Powers; Supreme Court Should Have a Healthy Distrust of Congress; OTHER VIEWS
While accusing the Supreme Court's conservative justices of "disdain for democracy," Pamela S. Karlan proves herself talented at dispensing disdain. The Stanford law professor is, however, less talented at her chosen task of presenting a coherent understanding of...
Familiar Faces, Voices, Names Lost in 2012; 2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
JANUARYDon Carter, 85 Bowling great who flourished as a genuine sports celebrity during the games golden age on TV. Jan. 5.Etta James, 73 Blues singer best known for her performance of the enduring classic At Last. Jan. 20.Joe Paterno, 85 Longtime...
Frank Ocean Can't Be Knocked out of Best Album Spot; and for Song of the Year, Nothing Could Top the Impact of ' Home' by ' American Idol' Winner Phillip Phillips; Best of 2012: POP MUSIC
The first time I gave Frank Oceans Channel Orange album a spin back in July, I knew it was such an instant classic that it would top my year-end best albums list.Five months later, the album from the modern soul man has not changed its ranking.The same...
GHOST RIDERS in the Sky; Gun Violence; Hollywood Heroes Reconsider the Cult of the Gun; OTHER VIEWS
The weekly poker game is under way in the Hall of Hollywood Heroes. John Wayne is dealing.The game is five-card stud, pilgrims, says the Duke.Maybe we should play hold-em, says Gary Cooper. Its way more popular now.Ive been dead for 33 years, John Wayne...
Housing Tight in Area after World War II
ST. LOUIS During World War II, the city was bursting with almost 900,000 people, many of them working in the war plants. There was a critical shortage of living space, but the government had no time or material for new housing.As veterans began returning...
Housing Tight in Area after World War II; A Look Back; Veterans Crowded the Home Market, Held Protests to Improve Conditions
ST. LOUIS During World War II, the city was bursting with almost 900,000 people, many of them working in the war plants. There was a critical shortage of living space, but the government had no time or material for new housing. As veterans began returning...
Huskies End Cardinals Streak
STANFORD, Calif. Geno Auriemma insists long winning streaks do little to get him amped up, even after he traveled his Connecticut team across the country to face top-ranked Stanford and its daunting 82-game unbeaten run at Maples Pavilion.The Huskies...
Ireland, Myanmar, Gettysburg; Make Next Years Go-To List
Myanmar, Marseille, New Zealand and Gettysburg are all on the travel radar for 2013 thanks to new tours, events and anniversaries. But the best pitch for travel in the new year might just be coming from Ireland, which is running ads calling all Flynns,...
Longtime Sheriff among Local Deaths of Note; 2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
JANUARYPaul Fauks, 87 Jack-of-all-trades for the baseball Cardinals, Jan. 4.Dr. Herman Turner, 89 Oral surgeon who brought a Danish physician to St. Louis to honor his rescue of thousands of Jews during World War II, Jan. 8.Frank Romeo Jr., 58 Richmond...
Looking for the Years Best Movies? Lets Get a Second Opinion; Best of 2012: MOVIES
Among the best films of 2012 were quirky comedies with dark undertones, challenging yet vastly entertaining political thrillers, and the latest installment of a spy franchise that, at 50 years and counting, has proven to be as durable as the hero at...
Marking 150 Years of Freedom; National Archives Will Hold a Tribute to Emancipation Proclamation
WASHINGTON As New Years Day approached 150 years ago, all eyes were on President Abraham Lincoln in expectation of what he warned 100 days earlier would be coming his final proclamation declaring all slaves in states rebelling against the Union to...
Mexico City Is Beautifying Urban Space
MEXICO CITY The plan is as big as this mammoth city: Turn a seedy metro hub into Mexico Citys Times Square; clear swarms of feisty vendors and remodel the historic Alameda Central; illuminate the plazas and walkways of a park twice the size of New Yorks Central...
Missouri Minimum Wage Set for 10-Cent Hike; Law Ties Base Salary to Inflation; Increase at New Year Will Put State Wage Higher Than That of U.S
JEFFERSON CITY The new year is bringing a dime increase for Missouris minimum wage and the end of an open records law exemption that has shielded from disclosure security systems and structural plans for buildings and policies for responding to terrorism.Starting...
Mom and Daughter Operate Unique Sign Shop in Cottleville
Tell us about yourself Jess: Our business started in the fall of 2011. We did craft shows under the name Poverty Barn and had dreams of opening our own shop and including other crafters and artists in our shop as well. In October 2012, we opened Poverty...
More Aisle Time for Guys; Marketers Say Economy Is Sending More Men into Grocery Stores
Although men have been doing more household shopping for years, since the onset of the recession, theyre been hitting the aisles in greater numbers.Stores and manufacturers are paying closer attention to their shopping preferences.Were seeing a lot of...
Murphy, Martha Janell Hounsom on December 26
Murphy, Martha Janell Hounsom on December 26, 2012, the Heaven's rejoiced in welcoming Martha Murphy to God's eternal celebration. January 19, 2013 would have been her 85th birthday. Martha was born in St. Louis, MO and graduated from Brentwood High...
Nashville Captures Mascoutah Tourney
MASCOUTAH The Nashville girls basketball team has accomplished a lot in recent years, but one thing the Hornettes havent done is win the Mascoutah Invitational until Saturday night, that is.Nashville, which had lost in the title game in 2010 and 2011, rallied...
Nation Digest
U.S. troops aid evacuation in AfricaPresident Barack Obama says 50 U.S. troops have deployed to the African country of Chad to help evacuate U.S. citizens and embassy personnel from the neighboring Central African Republics capital of Bangui in the face...
NBA Roundup
Bobcats drop 18th straight gameEric Gordon had 24 points and seven assists, helping the New Orleans Hornets overcome a 21-point first-half deficit and extend the Charlotte Bobcats losing streak to 18 games with a 98-95 victory Saturday.The Bobcats are...
NBA Roundup
Wades return doesnt help HeatBrandon Jennings scored 25 points and Mike Dunleavy had 13 of his 18 in the fourth quarter as the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Miami Heat 104-85 on Saturday to spoil Dwyane Wades return.Wade was back after serving a one-game...
Next Year Promises to Be an Exciting One in Fashion
Ten things Im looking forward to in the fashion world for 2013. H&MS RECYCLING H&Ms global recycling program starts in February. Its a rather industrious global garment-collecting initiative that the store is touting as a first. Customers will be able...
NFL Notebook
The New Orleans Saints and suspended coach Sean Payton will be together again next season as the bounty scandal fades into history and the bid to win a second Super Bowl resumes.Payton has agreed in principle to a multiyear contract extension, according...
NFL Playoff Scenarios
NFCCLINCHED: Atlanta, NFC South title and top overall seed; Green Bay, NFC North title; San Francisco, playoff spot; Seattle, playoff spot.GREEN BAY (at Minnesota) Clinches first-round bye with:Win, orTie AND San Francisco loss/tie, orSan Francisco loss...
NHL, Union Review League's Latest Offer; No New Bargaining Sessions Are Scheduled
NEW YORK Lots of questions, but still no answers in the National Hockey League labor fight.The league and the players association spent much of Saturday talking to each other via conference call. The conversations were strictly for the purpose of sharing...
Nothing Easy about This Vote
Once upon a time December offered one of this business pure pleasures. Sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas a veteran scribe could open the brown envelope sent by the Baseball Writers Association of America without risk of being called a moralist,...
Notre Dame Back in Limelight after 2 Decades of Decaying
The native of Yonkers, N.Y., recalled the words years ago of often-acerbic broadcaster Howard Cosell, pointing out the deficiencies of a ham-handed designated hitter forced to play in the outfield for a World Series game.The game will find him, and it...
Opening Minds; Our View; Not Yet a Watershed Year, but 2012 Had Its Moments; OPINION
Anno Domini 2012 was not two weeks old when, on Friday the 13th of January, the cruise ship Costa Concordia hit a reef off Italys Isola del Giglio and flipped on its starboard side. Thirty people were killed and two others are still listed as missing.It...
Ordinary Folks Are Losing Faith in Stocks; Selling Continues despite a Sustained Bull Market
Andrew Neitlich is the last person youd expect to be rattled by the stock market.He once worked as a financial analyst picking stocks for a mutual fund. He has huddled with dozens of CEOs in his current career as an executive coach. During the dot-com...
Pioneers Win MICDS Tourney, Now Look Ahead
LADUE Wade Bouslog already was thinking about the next game.The Duchesne boys basketball coach was less than 10 minutes removed from watching his Pioneers pour it on St. Louis University High in a 66-42 victory to take the MICDS Holiday Invitational Tournament...
Pocket Knife Sales Soar on Renewed Popularity; Missouri Sales Were Boosted by Legalization of Switchblades
Americans are walking around with more knives in their pockets, although not for the same reasons they are rushing to buy guns.Scouts, hunters and anglers, collectors and office workers who just want a tool for opening packages are boosting pocket knife sales....
Rams' Future Moves into Hands of Arbitrators; Team Wants Dramatic Stadium Improvements, While Region Seeks to Avoid Large Public Tab
ST. LOUIS The trial over the future of the St. Louis Rams begins in two weeks.The Rams want an improved stadium one that stands among the best in the National Football League. The agency that runs the Edward Jones Dome wants a renewed lease for the...
Rams Look to Finish Season on High Note; Playoffs Are out, but They Have Some Goals for Which to Play; NFL
More often than not, most Rams players couldnt wait for the season to end in recent years. Some boxes were already packed in locker stalls before the final game was played.Several years ago, a Rams player no longer with the team could be seen practicing...
Rams-Seahawks: Seven for Sunday
ALL ABOUT MARSHAWNEven with all the focus on the improved play of QB Russell Wilson, the centerpiece of the Seattle offense remains RB Marshawn Lynch. Hes second in the league in rushing (1,490 yards) and fifth in yards from scrimmage (1,672). Lynch...
Rare Eagle Rehabbing Broken Wing in Decatur
DECATUR, ILL. A rare golden eagle found in a central Illinois field with a broken wing has been undergoing rehabilitation at the Illinois Raptor Center.The 8-pound bird, now named Midas, was found north of Sadorus in Champaign County on Oct. 25. He...
Russian Law Creates Adoption Limbo
Brent and Kathleen Duncan, of Webster Groves, flew to Russia five weeks ago to meet the girl they thought would become their familys newest addition: a 19-month-old baby named Nika.The Duncans expected to bring Nika home in February and even bought a...
Russian Official Says Assad Won't Depart; Foreign Minister Says Syrian Leader Can't Be Persuaded to Leave and That Rebels Risk Sacrificing Many More Lives
MOSCOW Russias foreign minister said Saturday that Syrian President Bashar Assad has no intention of stepping down and it would be impossible to try to persuade him otherwise.After a meeting with Lakhdar Brahimi, the U.N.s envoy for the Syrian crisis,...
Salting It Away: Road Crews Ready for Winter
Last years mild winter gave Missouri and Illinois highway departments a leg up in preparing for this winter. And a few extra bucks to spend as well.Maintenance engineers in both states say they were able to salt away stockpiles of materials used to pretreat...
SCORES AND SUMMARIES (PREP SPORTS); STLHighSchoolSports.com
Centralia 10 8 18 9 45McCluer North 14 16 4 20 54C (3-3): Wood 19, Simmons-Young 14. FG 18 (4), FT 14-19.M (7-3): Lindsey 17, Bush 12. FG 19 (2), FT 5-9.Urbana 19 11 19 20 69Riverview 18 18 18 18 72U: Ivy 17, McKinley 17, McBride 14, Carter-Sanders...
Sound Off
Just cancel the NHL seasonThis headline is getting old, the NHLPA and Gary Bettman need to realize that the season already is lost. No true hockey fan wants to see a 48-game abbreviated schedule. Is there really any glory to winning Lord Stanleys Cup...
Sports Digest
Djokovic wins tennis exhibition tournamentNovak Djokovic retained his title at the World Tennis Championship exhibition tournament, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Saturday by rallying past Nicolas Almagro of Spain 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4. The top-ranked...
Status as Underdog Is Working for Rams
SEATTLE You could say that the Rams are underdogs Sunday, a distinction that undoubtedly pleases coach Jeff Fisher. You see, this is his kind of game. He will bring the NFLs youngest team into a hostile environment to face a formidable opponent and...
St. Louis County's $2 Million Tax Goof; Charges Missing; Some Homeowners Were Not Billed Enough in 2012 Property Taxes; an Oversight; Officials Blame Office Turnover and Complexity of County Tax Codes
CLAYTON St. Louis Countys Department of Revenue has made a $2 million mistake, neglecting to add a surcharge on the tax bills of about 200,000 property owners.The oversight means those owners are saving a few bucks when paying property taxes in the...
Take Classes, Become a Prophet; Many Critics Scoff at School in Israel, Saying It Counters Jewish Teachings
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL Instead of long beards and robes, they wear track suits and T-shirts. Their tablets are electronic, not hewn of stone, and they hold smartphones, not staffs. They may not look the part, but this ragtag group of Israelis is training...
Top Local Sports Stories of 2012
A FISHER OF RAMSComing off a 2-11 season, the Rams made the biggest splash of the year, hiring 53-year-old Jeff Fisher as their coach. Fisher spent 16- plus seasons with the Tennessee Titans franchise, for which he had only six winning seasons. But he...
Trail of the Week: Missouri State Parks
The Missouri State Parks department has published a 422-page description of 230 trails in 58 state parks and historic sites. Its an excellent publication for day-trippers and folks who want to explore the diversity of the states parks.Trails of Missouri...
Trip Is on Tap for Mars Rover in New Year; NASA Gets Curiosity Ready to Roll over to Mount Sharp, Inspect Rock Layers for Evidence of Past Life
PASADENA, CALIF. Since captivating the world with its acrobatic landing, the Mars rover Curiosity has fallen into a rhythm: Drive, snap pictures, zap at boulders, scoop up dirt. Repeat.Topping its to-do list in the new year: Set off toward a Martian mountain...
Unranked Flyers Gain Collinsville Classic Title
COLLINSVILLE One by one, the top four seeds in the 29th annual Collinsville Holiday Basketball Classic bit the dust.That opened the door for the East St. Louis Flyers, who gladly crashed the party.Unranked East St. Louis rolled past Quincy 60-52 Saturday...
What's Up - Heads Up
WHAT'S UP FROM EVENTS.STLTODAY.COM01.02 Grief support groups St. Anthonys Hospice evening Open Grief Support Group will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 2 and 16 at the De Greeff Hospice House, 10024 Kennerly Road on St. Anthonys Medical Centers south...
Whitfields Wilkes Has Dramatic Win
GRANITE CITY For Whitfield wrestler Chris Wilkes, it was desperation time.Trailing Neoshos Nate Rodriguez 2-0 with about 10 seconds left in the 132-pound title match at the 52nd annual William Red Schmitt Holiday Wrestling Tournament Saturday at Granite...
World Digest
Russian jet breaks up on landing, killing at least 4 A passenger airliner careered off the runway at Russias third- busiest airport and partly onto a highway during landing on Saturday, broke into pieces and caught fire, killing at least four people.Officials...
Your Views - Letters from Our Readers; Opinion
Positive representation of Muslims is welcomeI was extremely pleased to see Tim Townsend's article "Muslim doctors run clinic for uninsured at city church" on Dec. 27. Sadly, the reason this first caught my attention was that such a positive media representation...