St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from February 28, 2013

Adams Making a Case; Roster Space Is Tight, but His Ability to Hit Is Hard to Ignore
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. One of the biggest bats the Cardinals have trying to dent the big-league roster during spring training, first baseman Matt Adams did not let a couple days of knee soreness disrupt his early show of force.David Freese nearly had...
Advanced Breast Cancer Edges Upward in Younger Women
CHICAGO Advanced breast cancer has increased slightly among young women, a 34-year analysis suggests. The disease is still uncommon among women younger than 40, and the small change has experts scratching their heads about possible reasons.The results...
Audit: Rockwood Misspent $1.2 Million
The Rockwood School District overpaid its longtime construction management company by more than $1.2 million over the last 10 years, essentially paying the firm twice for some work related to bond projects, a state audit has found.The audit also concludes...
Bernie:; against SLU, Opponents Must Pick Their Poison; These Billikens Can Play a Finesse Bame of Face off in a Tussle
St. Louis University led St. Josephs by only two points at the half, and the tough team from Philadelphia planned to go all Joe Frazier in the middle of the midtown arena, squaring up for 40 minutes to set up the big punch that would finally knock the Billikens...
Billikens Come on Strong; SLU 70, St. Joseph's 53; Second-Half Surge Spurs 10th Win in a Row
You know all that talk about how the Atlantic 10 is a conference where anything can happen in any game? It might be time to rethink that. St. Louis U. continued its dominance of the league Wednesday, beating St. Joseph's 70-53 in front of 10,012 fans...
Biondi Signals a Desire to Compromise; in a Letter to Campus, SLU's President Takes Conciliatory Tone
St. Louis Universitys embattled president, the Rev. Lawrence Biondi, sounded a conciliatory tone Wednesday in a letter to the schools community, pledging a new spirit of cooperation.Biondi has been dealing with faculty and student upheaval including...
Black Holes in Galaxies Rotate Fast, Study Finds
LOS ANGELES Theres a new spin on supermassive black holes: Theyre incredibly fast, astronomers say.Its long been suspected that gigantic black holes lurking in the heart of galaxies rotate more quickly and grow larger as they feast on gas, dust, stars...
Breese Central Rallies Past Robinson; Breese Central 56, Robinson 54 - Thanks to Timmermann's Last-Second Basket, Central Advances to the Class 2A Sectional Title Game
GREENVILLE, Ill. Jacob Timmermann is the only junior starter on a Breese Central team dominated by seniors, but he was entrusted to keep the Cougars hopes of repeating as state champions alive.As it turned out, coach Stan Eaglesons faith in him paid...
Business Digest
Boeing payday Its a big payday at Boeing in St. Louis. Starting Thursday, the company plans to pay out $70 million in performance awards to employees in St. Louis. Thats part of $624 million to be given to 107,000 employees worldwide. The awards range...
Business Digest
Boeing payday Its a big payday at Boeing in St. Louis. Starting Thursday, the company plans to pay out $70 million in performance awards to employees in St. Louis. Thats part of $624 million to be given to 107,000 employees worldwide. The awards range...
Charges Filed in Slaying of Ebony Jackson; Former Lover Has a History of Violent Acts
ST. LOUIS A former lover shot Ebony Jackson at his home in St. Louis, left the body in her car trunk and abandoned her infant son, unharmed, in a hallway of an apartment building in Breckenridge Hills, officials said Wednesday as murder charges were...
Digest
Chiefs get Alex Smith from 49ersAlex Smith is headed to Kansas City, the first major acquisition by the Chiefs since Andy Reid took over as coach. A person with knowledge of the trade said the Chiefs have agreed to deal for the 2005 top overall draft...
Dow Nears Record, Fueled by Strong Housing and Fed
The Dow came within 60 points of its record high Wednesday as it rose sharply for a second straight day.The market surged after more evidence that the Fed will keep interest rates low, housing will keep recovering and shoppers arent pulling back on spending,...
Dow Surges for Second Day; Strong Housing Numbers, Promise of Low Interest Rates Buoy Investors
The Dow came within 60 points of its all-time high Wednesday as it rose sharply for a second straight day.The market surged following more evidence that the Fed will keep interest rates low, housing will keep recovering and shoppers arent pulling back...
E.J. Dionne:; Ending the Permanent Crisis; No Middle Ground - Republican-Controlled House Needs More Democracy, Not Less
This has to stop.Ever since they took control of the House of Representatives in 2011, Republicans have made journeys to the fiscal brink as commonplace as summertime visits to the beach or the ballpark. The country has been put through a series of destructive...
Ellisville Mayor Is Suspended; Council Will Meet March 20 to Consider Paul's Ouster
ELLISVILLE He was only minutes away from being pushed out of office, but Mayor Adam Paul couldnt help but offer up a half smile when he looked over the room.Filling the council chambers were dozens of supporters, many wearing stickers that bore his...
Fair: Comeback of Crows. Foul: Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
FAIR: When next you hear the caw of the wild, be glad. Crows have been disappearing and reappearing in our area since at least 2002, when they were savaged by the West Nile virus. Science magazine estimated that more than 100,000 crows died of the virus...
Father of Newtown Victim, 6, Calls for Assault Weapons Ban; He Weeps While Testifying to Senate Judiciary Committee
WASHINGTON After weeks of arguing constitutional fine points and citing rival statistics, senators wrangling over gun control saw and heard the anguish of a bereft father.Neil Heslin, whose 6-year-old son, Jesse, was among those cut down at a Connecticut...
Fields, Louis W. Lou 58
Fields, Louis W. Lou 58, of Webster Groves, Missouri died Sunday, February 24, 2013, surrounded and loved by his caring family. Born May 14, 1954 in Carbondale, Illinois, he was the son of Gayle E. (Glasener) Fields and the late Louis W. Fields, Sr....
Foreign Sales Dominate Bud Market; Anheuser-Busch InBev Also Sees First Annual Rise in U.S. Sales Volume since 2008
The King of Beers can finally call itself a citizen of the world.For the first time, more than half of Budweiser volume 51 percent is now outside of the U.S. In 2009, only 28 percent of Bud sales were abroad.The milestone was reached last year as Anheuser-Busch...
Foreign Sales Dominates Budweiser Market
The King of Beers can finally call itself a citizen of the world.For the first time, more than half of Budweiser volume 51 percent is now outside of the U.S. In 2009, only 28 percent of Bud sales were abroad.The milestone was reached last year as Anheuser-Busch...
Gay Partner of Fallen Trooper Seeks Benefits; Missouri Supreme Court Ponders Pension Changes
JEFFERSON CITY The Missouri Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday morning in a case that could allow same-sex partners of state employees to receive death benefits from a state pension system.Currently, such benefits are limited to surviving married...
Hagel Takes Helm at Pentagon
WASHINGTON Chuck Hagel was sworn in Wednesday as defense secretary President Barack Obamas third in just over four years and the first who really wanted one of Washingtons toughest jobs.Introducing himself to Pentagon workers shortly after taking the oath...
Harsh Light on Tanning Industry; Study Cites Service Inconsistencies; Salons Argue That the Information Is Outdated
Medical students posing as potential customers telephoned tanning salons across Missouri. Among their questions, they asked, Can my 10- year-old sister tan? or Can my 12-year-old cousin tan?Most of the employees 65 percent said yes. More than 40 percent also...
Health Calendar
TodayYoga for Kids 4-5 9:30 a.m. at Mercy Childrens Hospital, 615 S. New Ballas Rd., Creve Coeur. $20. 314-961-2229, mercy.gosignmeup.com.Lamaze/Infant Care Classes 6 p.m. at St. Anthonys Medical Centers Hyland Education & Training Center, 10020...
Healthy Kids: Positive Parenting
Over the past few decades, many parenting techniques have gone in and out of style.Helicopter parents, tiger moms, attachment parenting there are more styles with creative names than we can imagine. However, one style of parenting that has remained...
Illinois Senate Rejects Governor's Appointments for SIUC Board
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. The Illinois Senate rejected on Wednesday three appointments by Gov. Pat Quinn to the Southern Illinois University board of trustees in an ongoing dispute about the schools governance.In a rare move, the Democratic-controlled Senate...
In Final Audience, Pope Recalls Joy, Difficulties of Papacy; Benedict XVI Cites His Need to Make "Difficult, Painful Decisions."
VATICAN CITY Pope Benedict XVI bid an emotional farewell Wednesday on the eve of his retirement, recalling moments of joy and light during his papacy, but also times of difficulty when it seemed like the Lord was sleeping.About 150,000 people, many...
Jackson's Boyfriend Still Grieving for Her; Prom Says She Never Mentioned Man Accused of Killing Her
Craig Prom can barely speak for more than 10 minutes without sobbing over the slaying of the woman he considered his wife, but when hes in front of their 5-month-old son, hes all smiles.I only smile around him because that way, if he sees me smile, then...
Justices Question Voting Rights Plank; Court's Conservatives Appear Skeptical That States Need OK before Changing Election Laws
WASHINGTON The Supreme Courts conservative justices voiced deep skepticism Wednesday about a section of a landmark civil rights law that has helped millions of Americans exercise their right to vote.In an ominous note for supporters of the key provision...
Law & Order
EAST ST. LOUIS > Man is found fatally shot A man, 52, found dead Wednesday morning in a field apparently had been shot to death, said East St. Louis Police Chief Michael Floore. The body was discovered on North 28th Street at Ohio Avenue. Officers said...
Letters to the Editor, Feb. 28
St. Stanislaus Kostkas beaconof hope has been dimmedThe death blow final and swift was delivered to St. Stanislaus Kostka Polish Roman Catholic Church on Ash Wednesday (Archdiocese drops St. Stanislaus fight, Feb. 14) .The death blow wasnt delivered...
Letters to the Editor, Feb. 28
St. Stanislaus Kostkas beacon of hope has been dimmedThe death blow final and swift was delivered to St. Stanislaus Kostka Polish Roman Catholic Church on Ash Wednesday (Archdiocese drops St. Stanislaus fight, Feb. 14) .The death blow wasnt delivered...
Little Love Lost between Blues, Blackhawks; Divisional Rivals since 1970, the Teams Share Many Memorable Characters and Encounters
The relationship between the Cardinals and Cubs is a cherished and celebrated rivalry, but lets be genuine.The Cubs have not won a pennant since 1945, have not won a World Series since 1908. The essence of the rivalry is ceremonial, a St. Louis tradition...
Local News Digest
ROCKWOOD SCHOOLS > Substitute teacher brought Taser to school A substitute teacher was removed from a Rockwood elementary school classroom Wednesday after bringing a Taser to school, district officials said.According to a letter sent home by Kehrs Mill...
Lutheran North Keeps Win Streak Alive; Lutheran North 79, O'Fallon Christian 59 - Virdure and the Crusaders Knock off O'Fallon Christian to Advance to the Class 3 Quarterfinals
Anthony Virdure has been here, done this, but it still never gets old.Virdure poured in a game-high 23 points to lead the Lutheran North Crusaders to a 79-59 win over OFallon Christian in a Class 3 boys sectional game Wednesday at Francis Howell Central.It...
Madison Prep Shuts Down Maplewood; Madison Prep 66, Maplewood-RH 49 - A Fierce Second-Half Run Gives the Bears a Class 3 Sectional Win
Kevin Baker took a seat on the bench late in the first quarter. The standout Madison Prep senior guard had picked up two fouls, and coach Tony Irons wasnt taking any chances. The Bears leading scorer, Baker could only watch as his teammates took on rival...
Mizzou's Profile Could Use Some Polishing; Tigers Appear to Be in Line to Make NCAA Tournament, but a Loss Tonight Would Hurt
Mizzou to date has produced a largely unremarkable season spiced by notable wins over Florida, Illinois and Virginia Commonwealth but spiked by a hideous 1-7 record in true road games.And the Tigers entered Wednesday nights games tied for sixth place...
Nation Briefs
Midwest storm leaves 6 deadA Midwest snowstorm packing heavy snow and strong wind left six people dead in Kansas, hundreds of vehicles crashed or stranded in Wisconsin, and tens of thousands of utility customers without power in Michigan. The storm hit...
New Flu Shot Could Mean Fewer Illnesses Next Year; Rate of Effectiveness Is Expected to Show Much Improvement
A new flu vaccine expected by the fall could be an improvement over the current shot that is a relatively poor match with the virus strains circulating this winter.This seasons flu shot is 56 percent effective at preventing illness overall and just 27...
Notebook
Berkman set for spring debutLance Berkman is ready to take some swings in a spring training game for the Texas Rangers.Berkman, who has been bothered by a mild right calf strain, is set to make his Rangers spring debut today in Surprise, Ariz.You need...
People
Lohan trying to be good, lawyer saysLindsay Lohans lawyer says the actress is committed to turning her life around and wants to record public service announcements about the dangers of domestic violence, alcohol abuse and drunken driving.Mark Heller...
Progress in Illinois Pensions Talks; New Proposal Indicates Republican Concession toward Cost-Shifting
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. The top Illinois House Republican and the Democrats pension point person proposed yet another solution Wednesday to the states public retirement system debacle, one that signals the GOPs first concession toward shifting teachers pension costs...
Roundup
Knicks overcome 54 points by Curry to beat Warriors Carmelo Anthony scored 35 points, J.R. Smith hit the tiebreaking shot with 1:10 left, and the New York Knicks overcame Stephen Currys NBA season-high 54 points to beat the Golden State Warriors 109-105 on...
Roundup
Penn State upsets No. 4 Michigan 84-78Jermaine Marshall scored 25 points and Penn State stunned No. 4 Michigan 84-78 on Wednesday night for its first Big Ten win of the season.The Nittany Lions (9-18, 1-14) had lost 18 straight regular- season conference...
Seibel, Gary Paul 63
Seibel, Gary Paul 63, passed away peacefully on February 22, 2013 at his home in Sunset Hills, Missouri after losing his battle with cancer. Born on October 14th, 1949 to Conrad and Clara Seibel. He lived his life in St. Louis, MO. Gary was a strong...
Sequester Aside, Is Government Shutdown Next?; Obama, Congressional Leaders Are Scheduled to Meet Friday to Discuss Custs, Budget
WASHINGTON With big, automatic budget cuts about to kick in, House Republicans are turning to mapping strategy for the next showdown just a month away, when a government shutdown instead of just a slowdown will be at stake.Both topics are sure to come...
SLU Head Goes Here
You know all that talk about how the Atlantic 10 is a conference where anything can happen in any game? It might be time to rethink that.St. Louis U. continued its dominance of the league Wednesday, beating St. Josephs 70-53 in front of 10,012 fans at...
Steen Might Be Available to Face Red-Hot Chicago; Blues Notebook - but McDonald Is Considered " Week to Week"
The Blues were breathing a little easier a day after forwards Andy McDonald and Alex Steen went down with injuries in a Tuesday practice.Steen, who appeared to hurt his shoulder, officially is dealing with an upper-body injury and is listed as day to...
St. Louis Man, 47, Is Convicted in Slaying
ST. LOUIS A man was convicted Wednesday in St. Louis Circuit Court of a double shooting that left a woman dead.Prosecutors charged Steven J. Stafford, 47, of the 5800 block of Kennerly Avenue, with first-degree murder, first-degree assault and two counts...
St. Louis Man Convicted of Double Shooting and Murder
ST. LOUIS A man was convicted Wednesday in St. Louis Circuit Court of a double shooting that left a woman dead.Prosecutors charged Steven J. Stafford, 47, of the 5800 block of Kennerly Avenue, with first-degree murder, first-degree assault and two counts...
Text Messaging, Counseling Are Depression Case Tools; in the Hospital - Programs at SLU Encourage New Moms Who Are Suffering Postpartum Blues
Having a baby can be tough for women under ideal circumstances. Fluctuating hormones plus dramatic lifestyle changes often equal postpartum depression.Now imagine if the mother is poor, single and homeless.Thats the situation Ashley Brown-Joiner found...
Three St. Louis Schools, 134 Jobs Face Budget Ax; Class Size Would Rise; Cleveland, Sherman, L'Ouverture Would Close
ST. LOUIS City schools Superintendent Kelvin Adams laid out a proposal Wednesday to close three schools, eliminate 134 jobs and increase class sizes across the system in response to increasing costs and shrinking revenue.Among the potential casualties:...
Treating the Moral Wounds of Combat; Helping Veterans - Dealing with PTSD Means Taking into Account Both the Psychiatric and the Spiritual
In the article U.S. veterans must endure lingering guilt from combat (Feb. 23), the military is quoted as describing the moral aspect of post-traumatic stress disorder as inner conflict. A true description as far as it goes, but in a way its a phrase...
Tycoon Proposes to Send Married Couple to Mars; They'd Leave Earth in 2018, Spend 16 Months in Capsule, Zip by Red Planet
WASHINGTON In less than five years, a married couple could be on their way toward Mars in an audacious but bare-bones private mission that would slingshot them around the red planet, under a plan announced Wednesday by a financial tycoon and his team.The...
Van Cliburn Dies at 78; Pianist Helped Thaw Cold War with Soviets
FORT WORTH, Texas For a time in Cold War America, Van Cliburn had all the trappings of a rock star: sold-out concerts, adoring, out-of-control fans and a name recognized worldwide. He even got a ticker-tape parade in New York City.And he did it all...
Verdict Monday in Slayings at Steak 'N Shake; Judge Ponders Role of First of Two Brothers in Double Killing in 2008
ST. LOUIS COUNTY When Sam Diliberto ended his shift at a Steak n Shake in the early morning of Nov. 10, 2008, two co-workers remained behind, busily preparing to open the restaurant, on Lindbergh Boulevard in south St. Louis County.Waitress Tammy L....
Wacha Reminds Matheny of Rosenthal; Cardinals Notebook - Rookie Is Going about His Business the Right Way, Manager Says
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. So far in this infant spring training, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny senses that righthanded rookie Michael Wacha can be this years Trevor Rosenthal. Expanding that comparison, look for Wacha to be in the big leagues on or before...
Wednesday's Sports Transactions
BASEBALLNational LeagueSAN FRANCISCO GIANTS_Promoted Dick Tidrow to vice president and assistant general manager, player personnel; Bobby Evans to vice president and assistant general manager; John Barr to vice president and assistant general manager,...
What's Up/Heads Up
02.28 Forensic pathology program Dr. E. Stephen Bolesta, director of outreach in the Department of Pathology at St. Louis University, will speak about the science of forensic pathology and autopsies, at 7 p.m. today at Kirkwood High Schools Keating...
Woman with Cerebral Palsy Battles to Remain Mobil; How I Did It - Water Aerobics Classes Inspire Bobbie Draeger
Whats most interesting about Bobbie Draeger is that shes not all that interesting.That cerebral palsy at birth left her with one good arm and life in a wheelchair is an afterthought. Everyone has some kind of problem, she says. Thats just hers.Draeger,...
Women United; Our View; Women Celebrating How Far Theyve Come Need to Look Ahead
Housewives. Homemakers. They dont look like four-letter words, do they?But thats what they became in the aftermath of the publication of Betty Friedans book about the problem that has no name, which gave a voice to the female yearning to be someone who...
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