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Articles from May 2, 2013

3 Removed Backpack from Boston Suspect's Room, FBI Charges
BOSTON * Three college friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have been arrested and were accused Wednesday of trying to protect him by going into his dorm room and getting rid of a backpack filled with hollowed-out fireworks three...
3 Teen Girls Forced into Prostitution in North St. Louis County, Police Say
ST. LOUIS COUNTY * A marked county patrol car was parked and vacant, but the sight of it helped give two terrified teenage prostitutes the courage to stop running and call for help in their escape from a pimp, police said Wednesday.The take-home car...
Alan Alda Wants Scientists to Cut out the Jargon
STONY BROOK, N.Y. * Among the procedures Army surgeon Hawkeye Pierce performed on "M*A*S*H" was an end-to-end anastomosis.Most of the viewers, actor Alan Alda concedes, had no idea he was talking about removing a damaged piece of intestine and reconnecting the...
Athletes of the Week
Robbie Bone * Holt basketballA junior, Bone led all scorers with an average of 21 points in four games in the NCAA College Exposure Tournament held in Affton. Bone, whose high school season was interrupted by a broken finger in mid-season, recently was...
Bangladesh Building Collapse Victims Buried
JURAIN, Bangladesh * Dozens of Bangladeshi garment workers, their bodies too battered or decomposed to be identified, were buried in a mass funeral Wednesday, a week after the eight-story building they worked in toppled down, killing at least 410 people...
Baseball Roundup
Pirates rally, defeat BrewersStarling Marte hit a tying two-run homer in the eighth inning and Brandon Inge had a go-ahead RBI single to rally Pittsburgh to a 6-4 victory over Milwaukee on Wednesday, snapping the Pirates' nine- game losing streak to...
Bell, Robert E. Retired Ralston Purina Company Executive
Bell, Robert E. retired Ralston Purina Company executive, passed away on April 28, 2013. Bob was a Senior Vice President and Ralston's first African American Corporate Officer. He came to Ralston from Foodmaker, Inc. in San Diego, California where he...
Blues Expect Kings to Push Back in Game 2
In their run to the franchise's first Stanley Cup in 2012, the Los Angeles Kings were ahead three games to none in each of their four series. In the finals, New Jersey pulled to within 3-2 but the Kings ended the suspense by closing their championship.As...
Body Image Essay a Grand Prize Winner in National Contest [Corrected 05/06/13]
Jennifer Wayland's award-winning essay is personal. So personal that she wrote it as well as she could the first time so she wouldn't have to go back and edit it.Now Jennifer, a freshman at Parkway Central High School, is a grand-prize winner in Major...
Business Digest
Mercy trims jobs * As part of a consolidation of Mercy Health's hospital and physician clinic business office functions, the hospital system is cutting 70 jobs. Mercy, based in Chesterfield, said that 19 positions had been eliminated in the St. Louis...
Cards Continue to Do Whatever It Takes
When Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter arrives at the ballpark each day he isn't sure where he'll bat in the order or what position he'll play, just how he is expected to contribute.His roles may change. His approach does not."Every game I start, the...
Chamber Launching Push for a Smarter St. Louis Area
If St. Louis hopes to grow its economy, it needs to get smarter. Now some local business leaders are trying to figure out how.The St. Louis Regional Chamber this week is launching a broad push to increase the education level of the region's workforce....
Computer Glitches Derail School Tests in 3 States
INDIANAPOLIS * School districts across several states are rescheduling high-stakes tests that judge student proficiency and even determine teachers' pay because of technical problems involving the test administrators' computer systems.Thousands of students...
CPI Files for Bankruptcy after Closing All U.S. Stores
CPI Corp., the troubled St. Louis-based operator of portrait studios, will soon fade away. The company filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday, seeking to turn its remaining assets over to a court-appointed trustee for liquidation.The bankruptcy filing comes...
Cubs' Owner Threatens to Move Team from Wrigley Field
Cubs' owner threatens to move team from WrigleyThe owner of the Chicago Cubs said he would move the team out of Wrigley Field if his plans for a big, new video screen are blocked, saying Wednesday he needs new advertising revenue to help bankroll a $500...
Cyclists Try to Revive St. Louis' Venerable, Unusual Velodrome
ST. LOUIS * In the mid-1980s, back when Tom Brinker was a young cyclist from Franklin County on his way to winning national titles, he trained at the Penrose Park Velodrome. And that meant trying to avoid getting shot with BBs.People armed with BB guns...
Digest
Man who reported Woods' error is identifiedThe television viewer who reported the illegal drop Tiger Woods took during the second round of the Masters is more than just a golf fan. Sports Illustrated reported it was David Eger, a rules expert who has...
Editorial: In Medical Malpractice, Saying 'Sorry' Isn't Enough
Tuesday brought an evening of Missouri health care apologies.Around 10:30, after more than eight hours of debate on a bill that would seek to reinstate damage caps on medical malpractice claims, Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, set the bill aside and apologized to...
First Black Professor at Mizzou Dies at 82
When Arvarh Strickland arrived at the University of Missouri in 1969, he was the first and only African-American faculty member on the Columbia campus."I didn't mind being first, but there's no distinction being the only one," he later recalled. He set...
Fort Leonard Wood Prayer Day Speaker Riles Church-State Advocates
At least three church-state watchdog groups asked the Defense Department to intervene in a prayer event today at Fort Leonard Wood.The groups asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to cancel a planned speech by David Barton, an evangelical Christian minister, discredited...
Fredrick McKissack Dies; His Writing Was a Business and a Love Affair Shared with His Wife
Fredrick McKissack, who died this week at age 73, was half of a writing duo with his wife, Patricia. They wrote more than 100 books, for children and adults, including many about the history of African- Americans and racism.Three decades ago, they decided...
Gateway International Raceway Gets New Owner
When Curtis Francois reached an agreement in September 2011 to operate what was then Gateway International Raceway, he did so knowing he wanted to eventually own the 200-acre land located five minutes from downtown St. Louis in Madison.At the time, he...
Health Events for May 2
TodayBootcamp Training Challenge * 5:30 p.m. at Affton White-Rodgers Community Center, 9801 MacKenzie Rd. $60 for 8 sessions (once a week); $100 for 16 sessions (twice a week); drop-in, $8.50 per class. 314-691-2026 or renah@dragonflyfitnessstl.com.Saturday2013...
Healthy Kids: The Cinnamon Challenge
The "cinnamon challenge" may sound like the latest craze on the bake sale circuit, but this spicy trend is one that is landing kids across the country in the hospital.The American Association of Poison Control Centers is warning against the cinnamon...
In the Lab: Research Roundup
Following is a list of some of the medical research grants awarded to scientists in the area.Washington University School of Medicine:The scientist * Deepta Bhattacharya, assistant professor of pathology and immunology and Siteman Cancer Center research associate.The...
Itsmyluckyday Flying under the Radar
In the Kentucky Derby conversation dominated by Orb, Verrazano and Goldencents, Itsmyluckyday has become a forgotten horse.That could be a mistake on Saturday in the 1-mile Run for the Roses.Barely a month ago, Itsmyluckyday was the 8-5 favorite for...
Law & Order
LINCOLN COUNTY Motorcyclist is killed * Edward A. Brown, 58, was thrown from his motorcycle about 3 p.m. Monday on Highway 47, police said, and died about four hours later at Mercy Hospital St. Louis in Creve Coeur. The Missouri Highway Patrol said...
Legalizing Discrimination against U.S. Travelers
In May last year, I traveled to Israel on an interfaith delegation with Palestinians and Israelis who were working in support of peace and coexistence. Upon arrival at Israel's Ben Gurion airport, I was detained, questioned for eight hours, told to sign...
Letters to the Editor, May 2
Biondi's rule is an albatross around neck of St. Louis UniversityIn my discipline of political science, legitimacy is one of our core concepts. Many of us have spent our entire careers in its study.Put simply, it means "rightful rule." In most societies,...
Local Digest
BRIDGETON > City to seek development ideas for 565-acre area * A resolution seeking private development proposals for the 565 acres southwest of Interstates 370 and 270 in Bridgeton was approved by the City Council on Wednesday night.Most of the land...
Major Automakers Report Robust U.S. Sales in April
DETROIT * Ford, GM, Chrysler and Nissan all reported double- digit U.S. sales increases last month, signaling the best April for car and truck sales in six years.A rebound in pickup sales led the way, especially for the Detroit automakers. Small businesses...
Nation Briefs
Boy, 5, fatally shoots sister, 2, with own gunA 5-year-old boy accidentally shot his 2-year-old sister to death in rural southern Kentucky with a rifle he had received as a gift last year, authorities said.The children's mother was home at the time of...
NBA Roundup - Notebook
ROUNDUPCeltics, Rockets prevail to stay alive in playoffsJeff Green scored 18 points and the Boston Celtics stayed alive in the NBA playoffs, cutting the New York Knicks' lead to 3-2 with a 92-86 victory Wednesday night. The Celtics will host Game 6...
O'Fallon Edges Edwardsville for Conference Title
ALTON * Entering the final event in a long day at the Southwestern Conference girls track championship at West Middle School, O'Fallon trailed Edwardsville 161-157 for the overall team title.Essentially, it left the Panthers with one option win the...
On Air
HOCKEY * NHL PLAYOFFS6 p.m. Ottawa at Montreal, CNBC6:30 p.m. NY Rangers at Washington, NBC Sports Network9 p.m. Detroit at Anaheim, NBC Sports Network8:30 p.m. Los Angeles at Blues, FSM, KYKY (98.1 FM)* Game on Fox Sports Midwest's main channel in St....
Orb Made 7-2 Favorite for Kentucky Derby
LOUISVILLE, Ky. * Trainer Doug O'Neill had a pretty darned good day on two courses.First he birdied the eighth hole during a Wednesday afternoon golf outing at Valhalla and then he aced the Kentucky Derby draw when Goldencents landed in the No. 8 post...
Pat Gauen: Illinois Faces Deadline, Uncertain Expectations on New Gun Law
Gun.The very word evokes some kind of visceral reaction in everyone.Maybe it's disgust. Or fear. It could be power. Or comfort. But it's something that lives more in your gut than your brain. And that, nearer the belt than the hatband, is where a debate...
Patriot Coal CEO: 'This Is Survive or Not Survive'
Patriot Coal Corp. will run out of cash early next year and be forced to sell itself in pieces if a bankruptcy judge doesn't approve proposals to cut union wages and retiree benefits, the company's chief executive told the court on Wednesday."This is...
Rams Hope Ogletree, McDonald Can Help Defense Take Next Step
All along this offseason, the Rams' game plan was much different on defense than offense. The offense underwent a radical makeover in skill position players, adding a Pro Bowl left tackle along the way.As for the defense, the shopping list was limited...
Ritenour Is Small Yet Talented Group
The Ritenour boys track team isn't large in numbers, but it's still showing it's a force to be reckoned with this season.Consider what the Huskies did on Saturday. Despite taking just nine competitors to the Marion Freeman Clayton Invitational, the Huskies...
Rosenthal Is Back on Track in 8th
Cardinals rookie reliever Trevor Rosenthal has been able to re- establish his role in the eighth inning by no longer being anxious about fulfilling his role in the eighth inning."Early on it was definitely something that I was excited about having a...
Scholars Find Cannibalism at Jamestown Settlement
WASHINGTON * Scientists revealed Wednesday that they have found the first solid archaeological evidence that some of the earliest American colonists at Jamestown, Va., survived harsh conditions by turning to cannibalism.For years, there have been tales...
Schwartz Has Emerged from Tarasenko's Shadow
Almost four months have passed since the first puck dropped on this season. How much can change in that short amount of time?The Blues carried two prominent rookies into this season. They were both No. 1 draft picks from 2010, but their press kits were dramatically...
Smith, Lois Cox Transitioned This Life on Friday
Smith, Lois Cox transitioned this life on Friday, April 26, 2013 at the age of 84. She was the second of three children born to Bernice Cox and James Cox on September 12, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri. Her parents and siblings preceded her in death. She...
State's Gun Records Sought Repeatedly; Lawmakers Outraged by Requests from Federal Fraud Investigator
JEFFERSON CITY * Republican state senators reacted with outrage Wednesday as a federal fraud investigator testified that he had sought three times to obtain a list of Missouri's concealed gun permit holders, which the lawmakers denounced as an unjustified invasion...
Steen Keeps Puck from Memorable Goal
By Wednesday afternoon, Blues forward Alexander Steen had been asked several times to relive the play that set up his short-handed goal, ending Game 1 for a 2-1 overtime triumph over LA."It had to get in," Steen said. "After that, it's just an adrenaline...
St. Louis Minister Used Faith and Fellowship to Help Her Face Husband's Dementia
When the Rev. Tommie Ringo, 76, had a stroke three years ago, the condition started his spiral into stroke-related dementia. The Rev. Cynthia Ringo, 63, saw that she had to pick up where he'd left off as pastor of their church, as well as care for her husband.So...
Strangers Pay Respects at Homeless Vet Funeral
ST. LOUIS * It seemed odd at first, so many people coming to a funeral for somebody they didn't know.But there 45 people were on a sunny and warm Wednesday afternoon, including more than a dozen motorcycles worth of Patriot Guard Riders who led the procession...
Thursday People
Grisham sets sequel to 'A Time to Kill'The defense attorney in John Grisham's first novel, "A Time to Kill," is returning to the courtroom.Grisham's new book, "Sycamore Row," will be published Oct. 22, the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group announced Wednesday....
Two Athletic Training Publications Move to SLU
In a visibility boost for the 5-year-old athletic training education program at St. Louis University, two academic journals will now be based at the school.The Journal of Athletic Training and the Athletic Training Education Journal, publications of...
U.S. Mulls Next Step on Contentious Plan B Pill
WASHINGTON * President Barack Obama's administration appealed on Wednesday a federal judge's order to lift all age limits on who can buy morning-after birth control pills without a prescription.The decision came a day after the Food and Drug Administration had...
Vahlkamp, Violet (Nee Mack) Born July 5
Vahlkamp, Violet (nee Mack) Born July 5, 1928 and died peacefully on Friday, April 26, 2013, at the age of 84. Beloved wife of the late Marcel (Val) Vahlkamp and mother to Nicholas (Barbara) Vahlkamp, Cynthia (Robert Kenyon) Vahlkamp, Michelle (David Wainwright)...
'Very Hot' Beltran Carries Cards
Carlos Beltran's stats for the Cardinals' just-completed six- game homestand: Three home runs, one double, a .381 batting average, one bad case of the flu.For Beltran to accomplish what he did in those six games was pretty impressive, considering that...
Washington University Researchers Complete DNA Sequencing on 200 Leukemia Patients
Doctors can now view patients' leukemia from the equivalent of a helicopter instead of an airplane with new DNA sequencing of cancer cells, an analogy described by Richard Wilson, director of Washington University's Genome Institute.The researchers led...
What's Up/Heads Up
WHAT'S UP * FROM EVENTS.STLTODAY.COM05.04 Public Resource Fair * The 17th Ward Social Service Providers Committee will host its second annual free Public Resource Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Adams Community Center, 4317 Vista Avenue....
World Briefs
American sentenced in N. KoreaAn American detained for nearly six months in North Korea has been sentenced to 15 years of "compulsory labor" for crimes against the state, Pyongyang announced today.Pyongyang's official state media said a trial for Kenneth...
XX Files: Dealing with Melanomas
Tanning beds can be a favorite of both men and women, but the damage they cause can lead to premature aging of the skin (wrinkles) and skin cancer, such as melanomas.Sunless tanning products are safe and avoid the damaging ultraviolet rays while giving...
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