St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from May 30, 2013

Alton Bounces Back to Win Sectional Semifinal; Alton 5, Belleville East 4; Behind Hudson, the Redbirds Overcome 4-0 Deficit to Win in Ninth Inning
BELLEVILLE * It has been a wild ride for the Alton baseball team already this postseason, but the Redbirds will keep it going after another dramatic win on Wednesday.Alton sophomore lefty Bryan Hudson tossed four scoreless innings in relief and then...
Bachmann to Leave House after 4th Term; Could Seek Other Post; Minnesota Republican Says Decision Is Unrelated to Ethics Inquiry or Fears of a Tough Re-Election Fight
ST. PAUL, Minn. * Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann announced Wednesday that her fourth term in Congress will be her last, choosing to leave on her own terms after a dismal 18 months in which her presidential bid collapsed and she barely managed to retain...
Baseball Notebook
Season ends for Cubs' FujikawaChicago Cubs reliever Kyuji Fujikawa, who signed a two-year $9.5 million deal in the offseason, will have Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right elbow and miss the rest of the season.Fujikawa pitched a...
Baseball Roundup
Navarro hits 3 HRs, Cubs rollDioner Navarro hit three home runs in a game for the first time in his career, connecting from both sides of the plate at Wrigley Field on Wednesday and leading the Chicago Cubs over the White Sox 9- 3. He never had homered...
Big Fifth Inning Propels Belleville East to Victory; Belleville East 4, Edwardsville 2; the Lancers Score Four Runs on Four Hits to Secure the Class 4A Normal Sectional Semifinal Win
BELLEVILLE * For Belleville East, the seed for Wednesday's 4-2 Class 4A Normal Sectional semifinal win over Edwardsville was planted way back on May 2.On that day, East scored early against the Tigers and alleviated fears about breaking through against...
Borgmeyer, Anna Mae St. Charles
Borgmeyer, Anna Mae St. Charles, MO, returned to the Lord on Monday, May 27, 2013 at St. Joseph Health Center. She was 78. Anna Mae was born on November 26, 1934 to George and Bibiana Mosher. She was a graduate of Wentzville High School. She married...
Bring Next-Generation Connectivity to Missourians; Broadband Bill; Expanding Access Will Unleash Innovation and Create Jobs
As lawmakers, we know that our decisions in Jefferson City can have a profound impact on the lives of our constituents and the economic future of Missouri. While we often have to tackle tough issues each session, there are some bills that just make sense...
Business Digest
Berkshire buys * Berkshire Hathaway's MidAmerican Energy utility is buying Nevada electric and natural gas company NV Energy Inc. for $5.6 billion in a deal that the companies say will marry MidAmerican's expertise in renewable energy with Nevada's solar...
Cardinal Glennon Touts New Autism Facility; Surroundings More like a Playroom Than a Hospital, Doctor Says
A new pediatric developmental center is helping children with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders improve their conditions. The Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center opened the new Knights of Columbus Developmental Center facility on the...
Chesterfield Speller Reaches Semifinals
OXON HILL, Md. * After nearly reaching the finals at the Scripps National Spelling Bee last year, Gokul Venkatachalam resolved to go even further this week.Gokul, 12, is well on his way. He is one of just 42 spellers out of 281 who took the stage Wednesday...
Chinese Company Is Buying Smithfield; $4.7 Billion Deal Is Biggest in U.S. from China; BUSINESS
Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd. has agreed to buy Smithfield Foods Inc. for about $4.72 billion, the largest acquisition of a U.S. company by a Chinese company.Shuanghui, based in Hong Kong, owns a variety of global businesses that include food,...
CRACKING CASES; Remedies for Smash-and-Grab Burglaries May Be in the Air and in the Ground
A series of smash-and-grab business burglaries across the region has police taking to the air and business owners digging into the ground.Metro Air Support officers plan to remain aloft late at night to track thieves who may realize that police pursuit...
Disneyland Employee, 22, Is Arrested in Dry-Ice Blast; No One Is Hurt, but Explosion in Trash Can Could Have Injured Bystanders
ANAHEIM, Calif. * Police arrested a Disneyland employee on suspicion of putting a so-called dry ice bomb in a theme park trash can where it exploded, authorities said Wednesday.No one was injured in the small blast, but Disneyland briefly evacuated the...
Dr. Thomas Ferguson; He Brought One of the First Heart-Lung Machines to St. Louis
Tom Ferguson knew something was wrong. And as a pioneer in cardiac surgery, he knew just what it was: He was about to have a heart attack.He got himself to Barnes Hospital, chose the best surgeon he could find and underwent quadruple bypass surgery.That...
Energized Redbirds Roll; Cardinals 5, Royals 3; Descalso's Big Two- out Hit in the Eighth Is the Decisive Blow
The Kansas City Royals, after losing their seventh game in a row Tuesday night to the Cardinals in Kansas City, were forced to bus four hours here in the wee hours Wednesday morning for the continuation of the teams' interleague march-up after their chartered...
EPA Says Radioactive Waste at West Lake Is 'Contained'; Survey Was Requested to Provide Fresh Data
The Environmental Protection Agency says Cold War-era radioactive waste dumped at the West Lake Landfill decades ago remains contained within fenced areas and isn't seen as a public health threat.That is the conclusion of a radiological survey of the...
Fagyal, Pamela Burns 63
Fagyal, Pamela Burns 63, of Florissant, Missouri, passed into the arms of Jesus on May 28, 2013. Pam was born in Butte, Montana on October 3, 1949 to Dena (Wells) Burns and the late Paul Edwin Burns. She attended McCluer High School (class of '67) in...
Fair or Foul: Frosted Mini-Wheats Not Brain Food; Pat Whitaker Says No to Boy Scouts
FAIR: Pat Whitaker, CEO of architectural and interior design firm Arcturis, isn't falling for the Boy Scouts' claim that it is no longer guilty of discrimination because it will allow gay youths to participate.Ms. Whitaker says she will resign as a board...
For Adults, Asthma Poses More Challenges among Women
Asthma is a common lung disease affecting more than 22 million people in the United States.It can develop at any age. Men are more likely to develop asthma as a child, but in adults, asthma is more common in women. Asthma typically occurs in people with...
Garcia: 'It's Going to Be Good'; Notebook; Redbirds Lefthander Is Optimistic after Having Shoulder Surgery
On one hand, season-ending shoulder surgery is a punch to the gut."It's tough. I want to be out there doing my job," said Cardinals lefthander Jaime Garcia, who had his rotator cuff and labrum repaired last week by Dr. George Paletta, the Cardinals'...
Hampton Adds to Strong Early Showing by U.S. Women; Ten Reach the Second Round for Second Year in a Row; FRENCH OPEN
PARIS * For whatever reason, professional tennis player Jamie Hampton finds that people have a lot of trouble remembering her name."Everyone calls me 'Julie Hamilton.' Julie Hamilton? And you've got Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova," Hampton said, referring...
Health Calendar
TodayHealthy Habits Volunteer Training * 9 a.m. at Crown Center for Senior Living, 8350 Delcrest Dr. 0. 314-653-4092, oasisnet.org/ Programs/CATCHHealthyHabits.aspx.Yoga for Kids 4-5 * 9:30 a.m. at Mercy Children's Hospital, 615 S. New Ballas Rd., Creve...
Judge Facing Charges Resigns; Cook Quits St. Clair County Circuit Court; He Is Accused in Fatal Drug, Gun Scandal
BELLEVILLE * Embattled St. Clair County Circuit Judge Michael N. Cook, who faces federal drug and gun charges, resigned from the bench Wednesday.Chief Judge John Baricevic said he had received a letter from Cook's attorney, Tom Keefe, notifying him of...
Law & Order
JENNINGS * Man fatally shot outside home * Oshay Caves, 21, was shot to death in front of his home in the 5200 block of Hamilton Avenue early Wednesday, St. Louis County police said. His mother called police about 2:15 a.m. to report the attack. Police...
Law & Order; Public Safety
LINCOLN COUNTY * Two named in explosives theft * One man was in jail Wednesday and another sought in connection with the theft May 14 of more than 100 pounds of powerful explosives from the Fred Weber quarry northwest of Troy, Mo. Dylan Patrick Huber,...
'Life Is Good' Says Grateful Woman; How I Did It; She Overcomes Two Brain Aneurysms, Stays Active at Work, Home
Laura Klaus doesn't dwell on the brain aneurysm that ruptured and almost killed her half a year ago.She doesn't dwell on the second aneurysm detected and repaired in March before it could explode.Instead, she focuses on time with family, future grandchildren from...
Light Bulb Politics; Our View; Science Finds It's Not Easy Being Green
Last month the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences published an amazing study. It suggested that when a product is labeled as good for the environment, political conservatives are less likely to buy it, even when it's in their economic interests.Researchers...
Like Your Health Care Policy? You May Be Losing It
WASHINGTON * Many people who buy their own health insurance could get surprises in the mail this fall: cancellation notices because their current policies aren't up to the basic standards of the new health care law.They, and some small businesses, will...
Local Digest
ST. LOUIS * Storms and possible flooding on the way * More waves of heavy thunderstorms are forecast for the two-state area, and the already-rising rivers could top the crests of the flooding seen in April, according to the National Weather Service.Rainfall...
Machine at Barnes-Jewish Still Not Ready; Software Glitches Delay Proton System
The wait continues at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for a proton radiation machine delivered in November 2011 but yet to be used for cancer treatments. The $20 million machine was supposed to be ready upon federal approval last summer, but software glitches...
Matheny Is at Home with Young Ballclub
Earlier this month, when talking to Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak about the organization's rich supply of prospects, I asked him how this figured into the decision to hire Mike Matheny as manager.This was no coincidence. Mozeliak had a strategy...
MU Now Recruits in Southeast; Tigers Have Shifted Bulk of Football Player Procurement Efforts There
COLUMBIA, Mo. * Scott Blade has been the football coach at Independence High School in Thompson's Station, Tenn., for less than four months, but he already has piles of mail marked with Columbia's 65211 zip code.Like hundreds of high schools across the...
NASDAQ Settles Facebook Issue; Exchange Hit with $10 Million Penalty for Disrupting Networking Firm's IPO; BUSINESS
Nasdaq has agreed to pay a $10 million penalty to settle federal civil charges after regulators said its systems and decisions disrupted Facebook's public stock offering last year.The Securities and Exchange Commission said Wednesday that the penalty...
Nation Digest
Now, Chafee joins the DemocratsIndependent Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee is joining the Democratic Party ahead of his bid for a second term.The former Republican U.S. senator left the GOP in 2007 and was elected as the nation's only independent governor...
NBA PLAYOFFS - Miami, Indiana Set for Key Game 5
MIAMI * Several times around the start of these playoffs, Miami coach Erik Spoelstra insisted that the postseason path his team would wind up navigating had the potential to be more challenging than the route they took to the NBA championship a year...
NHL PLAYOFFS - Seabrook's OT Goal Gives Blackhawks Game 7 Win
CHICAGO * The comeback is complete and the Chicago Blackhawks' season rumbles on.A stirring 2-1 overtime victory over the Red Wings in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals on defenseman Brent Seabrook's goal was the Hawks' third consecutive...
No Break from Asthma in Summer
Because of seasonal allergies, St. Louis is a notoriously challenging city for children and adults with asthma during the spring and fall months.Summer might be seen as a time of reprieve. With low tree and grass pollen counts and a seasonal reduction...
Oran Rallies for Class 1 Championship; Oran 8, Santa Fe 4; the Eagles Secure First State Baseball Title
O'FALLON, MO. * Someone forgot to tell Oran senior pitcher Kody Moore the game was over.Trailing defending Class 1 state champion Santa Fe by four and not having a hit headed into the Class 1 title game at T.R. Hughes Ballpark, Moore provided all the...
Patriot Can Scrub Miners' Contract; Judge's Ruling Endangers Retirees' Health Benefits
ST LOUIS * A federal bankruptcy judge Wednesday gave Patriot Coal Corp. the green light to ax its union contracts and slash retiree health benefits in its bid to stay afloat.The ruling by Judge Kathy Surratt-States, which came after a weeklong court...
People; Entertainment
Bieber hurries homeLos Angeles County Sheriff's detectives are investigating Justin Bieber for reckless driving after witnesses including former NFL star Keyshawn Johnson complained about the pop star's alleged freeway speeds in their gated community...
Pinnacle Hits Hurdle in Bid for Ameristar
Pinnacle Entertainment's $2.8 billion bid to buy Ameristar Casinos appears to be in jeopardy after the Federal Trade Commission announced that it would seek to block the deal.In a 17-page administrative complaint, the FTC on Wednesday said a merger of...
Porter's 'Anything Goes' Dances Up a Storm at Fox; Review; Musical Wraps Up the Season on a Sleek, Jazzy High Note
When a lot of people tap dance, what happens to the audience watching them?Something certainly does, as anyone could see when the latest revival of Cole Porter's "Anything Goes" opened at the Fox Theatre Tuesday night.The first act closes with a spectacular...
SEC Basketball Tourney Headed Here, Report Says
COLUMBIA, Mo. * St. Louis is expected to be awarded the 2017 Southeastern Conference men's basketball tournament, ESPN reported from the SEC spring meetings in Destin, Fla., citing an anonymous source.The Scottrade Center is expected to be the host venue.SEC...
Service Allows Bullying to Be Reported through Texting
WASHINGTON * Students are getting a new weapon to fight back against bullies: their cellphones.A leading education technology company announced on Wednesday that it would give schools a free and confidential way for students to tell school officials...
Silkwood Leads in Sectional Semi Win; Alton Marquette 5, Centralia 0; Columbia Also Wins Sectional Semifinal
SALEM * Alexis Silkwood can pitch. She can also hit. But Silkwood showed a different talent on the softball field Wednesday hopping.Silkwood's leaping catch of a line drive punctuated another dominate performance from the Alton Marquette starting pitcher...
Sports Digest
Paterno estate planning to sue the NCAAThe estate of the late Penn State coach Joe Paterno and several university trustees and former players plan to sue the NCAA over the landmark sanctions against the university for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse...
Syria Balks at Peace Talks; Assad Will Remain President, Says Official, Indicating That Regime Plans to Dig In
BEIRUT * Bolstered by recent military successes, a top Syrian official laid out a hard line Wednesday that could imperil U.N.- sponsored talks on ending the country's civil war.Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said in a television interview that Bashar...
Unapproved Wheat in Oregon Field Stirs Concern; Strain Is Same as Monsanto Tested; Spread Could Threaten U.S. Exports; BUSINESS
Unapproved genetically engineered wheat has been discovered in an Oregon field, a potential threat to trade with countries that have concerns about genetically modified foods.The Agriculture Department said Wednesday that the genetically engineered wheat...
Video Tossed out of Ex-Officer's Case; Stills Were Released, Violating Court Order
ST. LOUIS * A judge threw out the main evidence against a former St. Louis police officer accused of beating a handcuffed teenager, finding Wednesday there was no one who could authenticate a video that allegedly shows it.The judge also ruled that St....
Wacha Arrives to Hype and Great Expectations; the Pitching Prodigy Has Skyrocketed from College to the Big Leagues in Less Than a Year, and He Remains Confident
If Cardinals fans are buzzing about the arrival of pitcher Michael Wacha, who is scheduled to make his big-league debut tonight when the Cardinals face the Royals at Busch Stadium, they're not alone. Wacha is too. He drove from Memphis to St. Louis on...
Wealthy Get a Better Deal When It Comes to Tax Breaks; Government Study Points to Difference in Benefits
WASHINGTON * Wealthier households benefit more than lower earners from big tax breaks such as deductions for mortgage interest and charitable giving, the government said in a study Wednesday.More than half the benefits of 10 major tax breaks go to the...
What's Up/Heads Up
WHAT'S UP * FROM EVENTS.STLTODAY.COM05.30 South County Connector hearing * An open house-style public hearing on the South County Connector Draft Environmental Impact Statement will be from 4-8 p.m. today at the Shrewsbury City Center, 5200 Shrewsbury...
When a Stroke Hits, First Call Should Be to 911, Experts Say; Study Finds That Quick Treatment Is Vital to Recovery
More than a third of stroke victims don't dial 911, which gives hospitals less time to ensure a full recovery.Emergency medical services transport about 63.7 percent of stroke patients, according to a recent study in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality...
Wipes Helped Cut Hospital Infections; Study Says Decontaminating Patients Was Effective
CHICAGO * Infections in U.S. hospitals kill tens of thousands of people each year, and many institutions fight back by screening new patients to see if they carry a dangerous germ, and isolating those who do. But a big study suggests a far more effective...
World Digest
Pakistani militant killedMissiles from a CIA drone killed on Wednesday a Pakistani Taliban leader who had a $5 million U.S. bounty on his head, Pakistani security officials said, an indication that the U.S. and the Pakistani military are still cooperating...
Your Views - Letters from Our Readers; Opinion
Post-Dispatch doesn't cover protest at MonsantoOn Saturday, an estimated 2 million people in 40 countries took part in over 400 marches to protest Monsanto's farming and business practices.So what are we to make of the fact that over 600 protesters stood in...