St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from March 25, 2013

A Link with the Past
The latest news for Neanderthals has to do with brain development.According to a recent issue of Science News, researchers from Oxford University and the National History Museum in London have concluded that a Neanderthal had larger eyes than a Homo...
C. African Republic Overthrown by Rebels
BANGUI, Central African Republic Rebels who invaded the capital two months after signing a peace agreement overthrew Central African Republic's president of a decade on Sunday, as fighters seized the presidential palace and declared him the country's...
Choate at a Loss to Explain His Slump
JUPITER, Fla. Backup catcher Rob Johnson made veteran lefthanded reliever Randy Choate smile late Saturday afternoon. Johnson told Choate it was a good thing that the latter's inability to get anybody out lately was happening in spring training rather...
Cyprus Turns to EU for Help on Bailout
BRUSSELS Tense negotiations between Cyprus and its international creditors yielded a preliminary agreement early Monday that paves the way for the cash-strapped island nation to receive a 10 billion euro ($13 billion) bailout, a diplomat said.The agreement...
Digest
UCLA fires men's basketball coachUCLA has fired Ben Howland as basketball coach after 10 seasons that included three Final Four appearances but culminated with another early-round exit from the NCAA Tournament.Athletic director Dan Guerrero told Howland...
Editorial: America's Families and Workforce Have a Guy Problem
There are so many unsettling ideas in David Autor and Melanie Wasserman's "Wayward Sons" that it is difficult to know where to start. But let's try this:"[G]rowing up in a single-parent home appears to significantly decrease the probability of college...
Education Digest
PARKWAY SCHOOLS > District names two new principals The Parkway School District has selected principals to lead Carmen Trails Elementary and Northeast Middle School beginning next school year. Gina Piccinni will serve as Carmen Trails principal, replacing...
Florida Gulf Coast Shocks Again, Gains Unprecedented Victory
Not even many basketball fans knew about Florida Gulf Coast just a couple of weeks ago. They do now the Eagles are the first No. 15 seed to make the Sweet 16.Bernard Thompson scored 23 points and Sherwood Robinson added 17 to lead FGCU to its second...
Forced into Lineup, Egwu Has Shown Promise
AUSTIN, TEXAS Illinois center Nnanna Egwu had the challenge of replacing a first-round NBA draft pick this season after Meyers Leonard opted to leave after his sophomore season.Although his numbers haven't matched Leonard's 6.4 points a game and 4.6...
Freese's Status Uncertain as Back Pain Persists
JUPITER, Fla. With less than a week remaining in spring training, the Cardinals' camp, which was oh, so quiet for oh, so long, has been upended by a series of injuries that leaves the status of several regulars uncertain for opening day.Third baseman...
Greiner Dunks, Baylor Romps
Griner keys Baylor's win in its opener Brittney Griner had 33 points, 10 rebounds, six blocks and another dunk, and defending champion Baylor opened the NCAA Tournament with an 82-40 victory at home over Prairie View A&M on Sunday night. Griner's record...
Halak in a Different Place Witih Back-to-Back Starts for Blues
CALGARY, ALBERTA If ever you needed a working example of a rags- to-riches story, you got one Saturday night.Goaltender Jaroslav Halak had not started a game in 13 days. He was in a strange place, a No. 1 goalie trying to show the Blues he could still...
Heart Repair Breakthroughs Replace Surgeon's Knife
SAN FRANCISCO Have a heart problem? If it's fixable, there's a good chance it can be done without surgery, using tiny tools and devices that are pushed through tubes into blood vessels.Heart care is in the midst of a transformation. Many problems that...
Illini Fall Short
AUSTIN, TEXAS Illinois was able to keep Miami guard Shane Larkin under wraps in large part Sunday night, as if determined that if the season was to end, the Hurricanes' leading scorer would not be the culprit.But with a third-round NCAA Tournament game...
Indiana Barely Avoids Upset
DAYTON, Ohio Indiana's season, the one that was supposed to finish with confetti falling and nets coming down, was minutes from ending in shock and disappointment.The Hoosiers were on the brink.As the clock ticked down, coach Tom Crean wouldn't allow...
Ingredients in Place for Another NCAA Trip for SLU
Losing locker rooms at the NCAA Tournament are never happy places. Seniors are facing the reality that their college careers, maybe their entire basketball careers, are over. Juniors realize they are down to one more chance. Hopes that had been so high...
KC Fights Violent Crime with Carrot-Stick Program
KANSAS CITY Despite decades of initiatives to stem violent crime, Kansas City residents continue killing each other at a rate five times higher than the national average, prompting officials to turn to an alternative law enforcement approach that offers incentives...
Kerry Warns Iraq on Iran Flights to Syria
BAGHDAD Just days after the 10th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry confronted Baghdad for continuing to grant Iran access to its airspace and said Iraq's behavior was raising questions about its reliability...
Kyle Busch Avoids Wreck, Wins in Fontana
FONTANA, Calif. Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano raced side by side into the final lap, two bitter rivals unwilling to give even an inch right up until they made contact with less than a mile to go.The race ended with Hamlin in the hospital, Logano in a...
Late Calgary Goal Thwarts Blues' Comeback
CALGARY, ALBERTA As a rock song mantra suggests, you can't always get what you want. And in hockey, you can't always get what you deserve.Case in point the Blues' 3-2 loss to the Calgary Flames on Sunday night.The Blues wanted to keep momentum going...
Letters to the Editor, March 25
Liberals' idea of common sense with guns hasn't workedWell, the liberals have a new buzzword: It's "common sense." All you hear is "common sense" gun laws. If common sense works so well, why did people still make alcohol, get rich and get drunk during Prohibition?...
'March Madness' Storm Causes Havoc in St. Louis
ST. LOUIS * The spring snowstorm that blanketed the area Sunday set a record as the deepest one-day snowfall in March, the National Weather Service said Sunday night.And today, the St. Louis area will wake up again to a winter wonderland but one that's...
Midwest Sees Spring Transform into Winter Weather
KANSAS CITY Few signs of spring are being found in parts of the Midwest as a snowstorm tracks mostly along Interstate 70, bringing heavy snow and high wind.The National Weather Service said parts of Colorado and northwest Kansas saw 10 to 15 inches...
Nation Briefs
U.S. public defenders fret over budget cutsThe lawyers who defend the nation's poor in federal courts across the country are grappling with budget cuts they say will decimate their offices, delay criminal cases and jeopardize the fairness of the criminal...
NBA Roundup
Miami streak reaches 26LeBron James finished with 32 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds, Chris Bosh added 15 points and the Miami Heat won their 26th straight game, topping the Charlotte Bobcats 109-77 Sunday night.Miami is now seven wins shy of matching...
NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships Results
wrestling ncaa Championships 125Championship: Jesse Delgado (Illinois) 26-3 dec. Nicholas Megaludis (Penn State) 28-4 (Dec 7-4)Third: Nahshon Garrett (Cornell) 43-5 decision over Alan Waters (Missouri) 33-2 (Dec 6-1)Fifth: Trent Sprenkle (North Dakota...
Ohio State, LaSalle Advance
Aaron Craft dribbled in place at the top of the arc, watching to see if any of his Ohio State teammates were getting open near the basket for a game-winning shot.Nothing there.The point guard had a clear look at the clock as it raced toward zero atop...
People
Depp, Stewart win at Kids Choice AwardsJohnny Depp and Kristen Stewart avoided slime mostly while picking up blimp-shaped trophies at the Kids Choice Awards.The "Dark Shadows" star won as favorite movie actor at the 26th annual awards extravaganza,...
Reds Coach Has Cancer
Reds coach has cancerMark Berry's conversation with his sister Michelle may have saved his life.The Cincinnati Reds third base coach has been diagnosed with cancer on his tonsils and neck lymph nodes. The 50-year-old traveled to Cincinnati last Wednesday...
Retired City Teachers, Pension Board Clash over Stagnant Pensions
ST. LOUIS For 32 years, Annette Bailey spent 5 percent of her salary on a pension that offered a modest but comfortable living when she retired in the early 1990s.But Bailey's pension of about $1,500 a month has not increased much since then. Some months...
Road Crew: Highway Stripes Fade during Winter
Join Linda Wilson Horn of the Missouri Department of Transportation, Todd Waelterman of the St. Louis Streets Division and David Wrone of the St. Louis County Department of Highways and Traffic each Wednesday at 1 p.m. for the Road Crew, an online chat about...
Robertson, SLSO Play an Altered but Exciting Program
The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra's weekend concerts went forward Saturday night with an altered program. Because acting principal trumpet Thomas Drake is suffering from bronchitis, Aaron Copland's "Quiet City," the solo-trumpet-heavy first piece on the...
Sequester Threatens College Research Funding
The region's top research universities stand to lose tens of millions of dollars this year in federal grant money to the budget battle underway in Washington.There are many unknowns, but schools such as Washington University and the University of Illinois...
Storm Puts Woods' Quest on Hold
ORLANDO, Fla. Tiger Woods is going to have to wait one more day to try to reclaim No. 1 in the world.Moments after Woods made a 10-foot birdie putt on the second hole, a vicious thunderstorm packing gusts that topped out at 62 mph interrupted the final...
STRAUSS: Crews, SLU Move toward Rapid, Positive Resolution
Jim Crews promises this won't take long.Without elaborating, Crews says his decision whether to stay or leave as St. Louis University basketball coach won't become a tortured process. It needn't be. And it wouldn't be his style.Every indication points...
Syrian Opposition Coalition Falls into Disarray
BEIRUT Syria's Western-backed opposition plunged into disarray on Sunday as its president resigned and its military leader refused to recognize a prime minister recently elected to lead an interim rebel government.The chaos inside the opposition Syrian...
Tampa Fires Coach
Tampa Bay fires coach, losesThe Tampa Bay Lightning fired coach Guy Boucher on Sunday, with the team in next to last place in the Eastern Conference and on its way to missing the playoffs for a second straight year. Assistants Martin Raymond and Dan...
Votes in Congress
Votes in CongressWeek of March 18Key House Votes2014 GOP Budget Members passed, 221-207, a GOP budget for 2014 and later that would reach balance in 10 years, change Medicare to a voucher plan, slash nondefense spending, close tax loopholes and cut the...
What's Up/Heads Up
03.26Career information St. Louis Community College will host free Adult Career Exploration Sessions on Tuesday to help prospective students identify their interests and find careers that are right for them. The sessions will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m....
Wide Range of Potential Outcomes on Gay Marriage
WASHINGTON The Supreme Court can choose from a wide array of outcomes in ruling on California's Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage and the federal Defense of Marriage Act.The federal law, known by the shorthand DOMA, defines marriage as the union...
Winning $338M Powerball Jackpot Ticket Sold in NJ
TRENTON, N.J. When Teddy Jackson heard Sunday morning that the lone winning ticket for a $338.3 million Powerball drawing was sold in New Jersey, the Toms River resident combed through his 40 tickets and hoped for the best.About 20 minutes later, after...
World Briefs
Palestinians cool toward partial freezeA senior Palestinian official on Sunday rejected the idea of a partial Israeli settlement freeze as a way of restarting peace talks, a sign of tough times ahead for President Barack Obama's administration's new...
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