St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from February 8, 2013

150-Foot Asteroid Will Just Miss Earth
CAPE CANAVERAL, FLA . A 150-foot-wide asteroid will come remarkably close to Earth next week, even closer than high-flying communication and weather satellites. It will be the nearest known flyby for an object of this size. But scientists promise the...
Aiming to Demystify Health Care Law; Five Questions; Ryan Barker Sees Addressing Costs as the Next Step in Reform Effort
In the last 2 years, Ryan Barker has given more than 200 presentations about the Affordable Care Act to local chambers of commerce, senior groups, hospitals and health systems. Barker, vice president of health policy for the Missouri Foundation for...
A Longer School Year?; on Nixon's Agenda; but Educators Point to a Host of Issues Such as Teacher Pay and Transportation Costs That Need to Be Addressed
Students in Missouri who grumble about too much time in school should take comfort: The state's minimum requirement for school days is one of the shortest in the country. But that could change if the Missouri Legislature picks up on a pitch by Gov. Jay...
Assessed Home Values Are Dropping; Trend Here Continues from 2009, but Some Neighborhoods Are Starting to See an Uptick
Most assessed home values are expected to drop slightly this year in the St. Louis area, continuing a trend from 2009, officials say as they start the reassessment process. Assessors in St. Louis, St. Charles and Jefferson counties, and the city of St....
Bakers' Union Pushing Its Case with Bidders for Hostess
The new head of the bakers' union representing thousands of former Hostess workers says the union has held talks with bidders of Hostess' assets in an effort to get its members back to work. "We are fully open to the possibilities that exist with new ownership,"...
Banker Sues Reliance over Back Pay and Benefits
Jerry Von Rohr, a former top executive and founder of Reliance Bank, is suing his former employer over back pay and benefits, claiming that the money isn't a "golden parachute" limited by the Troubled Asset Relief Program. Von Rohr, a longtime St. Louis...
Baseball Notebook
Mariners working on big deal for pitcher Felix HernandezFelix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners are working on a $175 million, seven-year contract that would make him the highest-paid pitcher in baseball, according to a person with knowledge of the deal's...
Best of Building Blocks
Highlights from Building Blocks, our real estate and development blog.STLtoday.com/buildingblocksSouthtowne redevelopment Underway in south St. Louis is redevelopment of the Southtowne Apartments, a complex on South Spring Avenue near St. Marys High...
Big Parade Weekend Kicks off in New Orleans; Mardi Gras Will Be Special for 28 Kids with Cancer, Who Will Ride with King
NEW ORLEANS The city's glitziest, most star-studded parades of the Carnival season roll this weekend, including one with a float being touted as the biggest in New Orleans' history. Mardi Gras is Tuesday, but more than a dozen parades are held in the...
Birthday 'Surprise' Steers Bush to Rams; New Linebackers Coach Takes over for Blake Williams
As birthday "surprises" go it wasn't anywhere near the top of Frank Bush's list. On Jan. 10, Bush turned 50, and was shown the door fired as linebackers coach of the Tennessee Titans. "They said it was all downhill at 50 and they were right," Bush said,...
Bishops Press for Birth Control Exemption to Have a Wider Reach
American bishops said Thursday that the White House's latest compromise on birth control coverage and religious employers didn't go far enough to answer church concerns. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said a bigger buffer was needed between...
BLUES 'CHEATING EACH OTHER'; the Club Has Dropped Three Straight Games in Regulation for First Time under Ken Hitchcock
No referees to blame this time. Seven days after a major penalty may have helped Detroit to a victory, the Blues had only themselves to point the finger at following a 5-1 loss to the Red Wings. Eight giveaways. Seven blocked shots. Six forwards with...
Blues Notebook; Schwartz Has Simple Mission: Take More Shots; in Past Six Games, Rookie Left Winger Has Attempted Only One Shot on Goal
Jaden Schwartz, the Blues' rookie left winger, admits that passing the puck has been his first instinct throughout his career. If he wants to stay in the lineup, however, that must change. Schwartz entered Thursday's game against Detroit with only one shot...
Business Bulletin Board
ALLIANCEMercy entered into a partnership to serve as official medical provider for the St. Louis Cardinals, managing the baseball teams orthopedic and sports medicine needs and other team medical services.AWARDThe St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers...
Business Digest
Schoder to head BungeSoren Schroder, who currently leads Maryland Heights-based grain handler Bunge North America, will become the new CEO of parent company Bunge Limited on June 1. Schroder, who also will become a board member of White Plains, N. Y.-based...
Cashing in Old Phones, Tablets Made Easier
You probably won't get anything back if you insert one of those antiquated monster cellphones famously used by fictional characters Zach Morris and Gordon Gekko into an EcoATM machine at St. Clair Square or Alton Square Mall. But you wouldn't be the...
CIA Nominee Defends Drone Strikes, Even on Americans; Brennan Says They Hunt to Protect U.S., Not for Retribution
WASHINGTON CIA Director-designate John Brennan strongly defended on Thursday anti-terrorism attacks by drones, under close questioning at a confirmation hearing that was disrupted by protesters. On a second controversial topic, he said that after years...
Contractor Is Forced to Redo Ramp; 'Mistake' with Concrete in E. St. Louis Is Not Expected to Affect Bridge Schedule or Cost Taxpayers More
EAST ST. LOUIS Highway contractor Fred Weber Inc. is replacing concrete on a nearly quarter-mile stretch of a ramp that eventually will carry Illinois traffic toward the new Mississippi River bridge.The Illinois Department of Transportation discovered...
Crews Is Bills Leader in a Season of Uncertainty; 'Interim' Coach Has 'No Clue' about Future, Concern Is Now
The state's two most prominent college basketball programs have introduced a new twist to this season. Call it the coaching waiting game. Kept on edge for months, Missouri coach Frank Haith expects next week to learn the findings of a lengthy NCAA probe...
Digest
ST. CHARLES COUNTY > Nixon fills seat on circuit bench Gov. Jay Nixon named on Thursday Erin Burlison-Huss, the daughter of one of his former aides, to a vacant associate circuit judgeship in St. Charles County. Burlison-Huss, a Democrat from O'Fallon,...
Digest
Syria disputes target of Israeli airstrikeSyria's U.N. ambassador says there is "no truth" to reports that an Israeli airstrike last week that seriously damaged a scientific research center had targeted a convoy heading to neighboring Lebanon. Israel...
Digest
Rusty Wallace, Midnight headed to Hall of FameFormer St. Louisan Rusty Wallace will headline the fourth class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame and his famed car "Midnight" will be part of his induction. Wallace, winner of 55 races and the 1989 Cup championship...
Edwards, Dorothy Jane (Nee Robohn) of Clinton
Edwards, Dorothy Jane (nee Robohn) of Clinton, MO., passed away peacefully on February 4, 2013 in Kansas City after a long illness. She was born March 29, 1931 in Osawatomie, KS, was raised in Burlington, KS and graduated from Burlington High School....
Fair or Foul?
FAIR: As anniversary symbols go, the rainbow that appeared Thursday over Kirkwood City Hall wasnt bad. The community has made remarkable progress since the shooting rampage of Feb. 7, 2008, took the lives of two city police officers, four city officials...
For Pioneer Pair, Radio Is in Past
This is the 25th year for "Media Views." And to commemorate we're unveiling a series of " where are they now" pieces focusing on people who once were prominent on the local sports airwaves in the past quarter century but have faded from the spotlight....
Grandpa Wants to Offer Perspective
Dear Abby When my 9-month-old grandson, Eli, comes to visit, I become frustrated to the point of leaving the room, if not my house. Not only must we put away things he shouldnt get into, we must tape shut every drawer and cabinet, block access behind...
HOOSIER DADDY?; Illini Take Down No. 1 Indiana
CHAMPAIGN, ILL. The same basketball gods who seemed to have frowned on the Illini for the past month reached down from the heavens and handed them a miracle Thursday. A 13-2 run to end the game was capped by Tyler Griffey's layup off of a last-second...
Housing Authority Mails out Tax Forms to the Wrong People
ST. LOUIS The city Housing Authority accidentally mailed about 750 personal income tax statements to the wrong people and followed up with letters explaining the error, an official said Thursday. "When we make a mistake, we own up to it," said Robert...
Investor Sues Apple, Wants More Cash
NEW YORK With its annual meeting looming and its stock on the decline, Apple is facing a rebellion from an influential investor who wants the company to stop stockpiling cash and give it to shareholders instead. Greenlight Capital said Thursday that...
Iran's Ahmadinejad Seeks Egypt as Ally; Closer Ties Could Tip Balance of Power, Upset U. S. Interests
CAIRO Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad tried Thursday to entice Egypt into a new alliance that could reshape the turbulent Middle East, speaking of forging "comprehensive" and "unfettered" relations after decades of distrust. A warming of ties...
Kirkwood Takes Time to Remember; Officials, Residents Clasp Hands to Tearfully Honor Those Who Died in Shooting 5 Years Ago
KIRKWOOD As they do every Feb. 8, they formed a circle outside Kirkwood City Hall on Thursday night and joined hands to honor those who perished on that date in 2008. "We remember you every day, not a day goes by," said the Kirkwood resident leading...
Law & Order
JASPER COUNTY, MO. > Two drivers are killed A college student from Belleville, driving a car in southwestern Missouri, crossed the center line of Route HH about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and hit an oncoming pickup, killing both drivers, authorities said....
Law & Order
ST. LOUIS > Officer fatally shoots driver who reached for gun A man was shot and killed by a St. Louis police officer Thursday night after the officer pulled him over and the man twice reached for the officer's gun, police said. The incident happened...
Massive Manhunt on in L.A. for Ex-Cop; Fired Officer Is Accused of Killing Three People
LOS ANGELES A fired police officer who threatened to bring "warfare" to the Los Angeles Police Department went on a shooting rampage that left a policeman and two others dead and set off an extraordinary manhunt Thursday that put Southern California...
NFL Notebook
Williams reinstated, joins Titans staffThe NFL has reinstated Gregg Williams after suspending him for his role in New Orleans' bounty scandal, and the Titans have added him to their coaching staff. The league ended Williams' indefinite suspension Thursday...
Office Market: Still in the Middle; Job Growth Here Should Be Enough to Increase Demand
The St. Louis area's commercial real estate market may not make experts' top lists for 2013, but the region will perform well enough to stay out of the basement. Stable rents and slowing falling vacancy rates in many parts of the region show a broad...
On the Air
TodayBASKETBALL6 p.m. NBA: Toronto at Indiana, FSM7 p.m. NBA: Los Angeles Clippers at Miami, ESPN9:30 p.m. NBA: Chicago at Utah, ESPNCollege men6 p.m. North Carolina-Asheville at Virginina Military Institute, ESPNU8 pm. Siena at Loyola (Md.), ESPNUCollege...
People
Online video shows Syrian soldiers grooving to UsherA video posted online purportedly shows Syrian soldiers taking a break from the countrys civil war by bopping around to American R&B star Ushers hit song Yeah! The soldiers, dressed in camouflage combat...
Police Raid Granite City Lot Seeking Stolen Cars; Owner Says He Was Targeted for Being Brother of Kirkwood Gunman
GRANITE CITY Police on Thursday seized what they said were stolen vehicles on a Granite City auto storage lot owned by Paul Thornton, the brother of Kirkwood gunman Charles "Cookie" Thornton. The raid happened on the five-year anniversary of Cookie Thornton's...
Red-Light Camera Ticket Leads to Arrest, Anger; St. Charles County Councilman Calls Warrants ' a Complete Waste of Police Resources.'
ST. PETERS A St. Charles County councilman is fuming about his arrest over a red-light camera ticket from last summer. But St. Peters issues arrest warrants for such tickets something not every local city does so the risk of not paying a red-light camera...
Road to Nowhere: Mizzou Loses at A&M; A&M 70, Mizzou 68; MU Hasn't Won on Road
COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS Parched for a victory outside the Columbia city limits, 21st-ranked Mizzou surely envisioned its trip to Texas A&M on Thursday as an oasis. The Aggies, after all, had lost five of their past six games, and MU would be playing...
Sisters Generosity Betrayed, Friend Says
Marian and Ethel Herr were born on March 16, 1920. They were not identical twins. In the old photos, Ethel seemed the more glamorous. She was dark-haired and smiling. She looked mischievous. Marian had light brown hair. She wore glasses. She looked serious.They...
Soft Surroundings Outgrows Catalogs; Creve Coeur Retailer Sees Value in Bricks-and-Mortar Presence
Cindy Christakos had driven by the Soft Surroundings store for years before she finally went in about a year ago, spurred by a friend who had received a postcard about a new eye product. When she did, she was immediately smitten with the merchandise, especially...
Some Old Folks Wont Miss Saturday Mail
SEAL BEACH, Calif. The death of Saturday mail delivery would seem to have the biggest impact in places such as Leisure World, where residents many in their 80s and 90s grew up with the mailbox as their connection to the world.But many people just...
Spots in Wrestling State Tourneys on the Line
Missouri district and Illinois sectional tournaments will be held today and Saturday, with the top four finishers in each weight class moving on to state Feb. 14-16. MISSOURIDistricts involving area squads will be held at Whitfield in Class 1, Ste. Genevieve...
St. Louis Police Hold Suspect in CWE Robberies and Violence; He Might Be Implicated in Other Strong-Arm Attacks in the Area
ST. LOUIS Prosecutors on Thursday charged a man in an attempted robbery Monday night on a woman as she walked in the Central West End, and police are looking at him as a potential suspect in several other recent street attacks. Corie Harvey, 18, of...
Symphony Announces New Season, with Surprises; Schedule Includes Wildly Diverse Selections Such as Concert Opera, Movies, Tribute to Elvis and a Gospel ' Messiah.'
The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra announced its 2013-14 season on Thursday. While it doesn't contain anything quite as historic as this season's return to European touring, it has plenty of significant moments of its own. Chief among those: the SLSO will...
Targeting S&P Takes the Blame Game Too Far; Ratings Agency Wasn't Alone in Underestimating Subprime Mess
Standard & Poor's and other credit rating agencies certainly didn't cover themselves in glory during the housing bubble. They gave a top-notch rating to mortgage-backed securities that turned out to be toxic. They got too cozy with investment banks, reaping...
THE DRONE AGE; Our View; Rule of Law Must Catch Up with Targeted Killing
At a street-justice level, killing al-Qaida terrorists with missiles fired by drone aircraft has a kind of cosmic symmetry: Al- Qaida made the rules surprise attacks by air so now al-Qaida has to live with them. Or not.But the United States is a nation...
Todays Schedule
BOYS BASKETBALLHowell at Timberland, 5:30 p.m.Jennings at MS-Berkeley, 5:30 p.m.SLUH at De Smet, 5:30 p.m.Haz. West at McCluer North, 5:30 p.m.Jefferson at St. Pius X, 6 p.m.Grandview at St. Vincent, 6 p.m.McKinley at Carnahan, 6 p.m.Greenville at Breese...
Tom Wehrle; Key Player in St. Louis County Government Was Known for His Cowboy Hats, Quick Wits
Tom Wehrle, who died this week at age 86, was a key player in St. Louis County government. As the county counselor, he was a right- hand man to Gene McNary, the longtime county executive. His job as the county's chief lawyer put him in the middle of many...
U.S. Military Will Reposition Quick-Response Units; Commandos Were Too Far Away to Save Those Killed in Attack in Benghazi, Panetta Says
WASHINGTON The U.S. military is determined to position small, quick reaction forces closer to global crises after the rapid assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya last September kept U.S. armed forces from responding in time to save four Americans....
Wainwright, Garcia Focus on Present; after Arriving in Jupiter, Waino Throws; Garcia on Mound Today
JUPITER, FLA. Two Cardinals starting pitchers who will face their future in the coming weeks of spring training, though in far different ways, arrived Thursday for their first throws at the club's Roger Dean Stadium complex. Both preferred to talk about...
Whats Up/Heads Up
02.09 Womens basketball tryouts The Arch Angels womens semi- professional basketball team will hold tryouts from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday for women age 20 and older who have college-level playing experience. Tryouts will be at the Rec O Plex, 2038 Chambers...
Why Immediate Change Is Necessary at SLU
It is a dilemma faced by almost every proud sports franchise after a string of blunders, losing records, strife with the players, fall-offs in attendance and bad press. Do you honor the general manager responsible for both the franchises past successes...
Your Views - Letters from Our Readers; Letters to the Editor, Feb. 8
Women need access to all methods of contraceptionAs an OB/GYN, I applaud the declaration that family planning is a fundamental womens health concern in the editorial Contraception conundrum (Feb. 5). However, the proposed solution of a $15-a-month raise...
Zumwalt W. Rolls to Fourth Straight GAC Swim Title
ST. PETERS The faces may be changing, but the success sure isn't. For the fourth straight year, the Fort Zumwalt West girls swim team rolled to the Gateway Athletic Conference swim and dive championship by virtue of its total-team performance at the...
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