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Articles from May 31, 2013

A Bad Dream; Will Smith Is Wasted in M. Night Shyamalan's Soulless Sci-Fifiasco 'After Earth.' *
While you're sipping your morning coffee and reading the news about "After Earth," studios executives on several continents are in a panic. They knew it was risky to let M. Night Shyamalan rise from the wreckage of "The Last Airbender." They watched...
A Bigger Space for Bigger Names; the Blender River City Casino Aims to Create a Great Concert Experience at Its New Event Center
The new Event Center at River City Casino is opening up next week with a twang. Country star Dierks Bentley, an arena-level headliner, is dialing it down a notch to open the new room at River City Casino. "He's relevant, he's got a good sound and a very...
Alarm Grows as Iraqi Forces Fail to Stem Violence
BAGHDAD * Officials in Iraq are growing increasingly concerned over an unabated spike in violence that claimed at least 33 more lives on Thursday and is reviving fears of a return to widespread sectarian fighting.Authorities announced plans to impose...
BC-Roxborough Immed 05-31
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FridayEditor's pick "Always ... Patsy Cline": 8 p.m. Friday; through June 30 * Robert G. Reim Theatre at the Kirkwood Community Center, 111 South Geyer Road * $20-$55 * 314-821-2407; stagesstlouis.orgStages St. Louis opens the season with the smallest show...
Best of Building Blocks
Highlights from our real estate and development blog.stltoday.com/buildingblocksSt. Louis, KC office towers face similar issues * One Kansas City Place, in downtown KC, and Metropolitan Square, in downtown St. Louis, have a few things in common.Each...
Bill Bars Sale of Detroit Museum's Art Collection
Approaching asteroid has its own moonAstronomers getting their first close-up glimpse of a giant asteroid about to whiz by Earth found a surprise bonus rock. A smaller moon asteroid is circling the larger space rock, an unusual but not unheard of space...
Body of Missouri Woman Missing since 2011 Is Found
ST. LOUIS * Nearly two years to the day after Jacque Sue Waller was last seen alive, the body of the southeast Missouri mother of young triplets has been found, prosecutors said Thursday.The Cape Girardeau County prosecutor's office issued a one- paragraph...
Business Bulletin Board
HELPING OUTThe CVS Caremark Charitable Trust gave a $33,160 grant to Family Health Centers in St. Louis to support chronic disease care services, and also a $15,720 grant to United 4 Children in St. Louis to help children with disabilities.Ameren Corp....
Business Bulletin Board
HELPING OUTThe CVS Caremark Charitable Trust gave a $33,160 grant to Family Health Centers in St. Louis to support chronic disease care services, and also a $15,720 grant to United 4 Children in St. Louis to help children with disabilities.Ameren Corp....
Business Digest
MEMC soars * MEMC Electronic Materials Inc., the second-largest U.S. polysilicon maker, rose to a 22-month high after Goldman Sachs Group Inc. added the company to its "conviction buy" list and increased its price target 25 percent. The company, based...
Cheap Leases Offered to Spur Electric Car Sales
Auto companies are hoping lower lease prices can put a charge into sluggish sales of electric cars.Honda announced Thursday that it's slashing the monthly lease cost of its tiny Fit EV by one third, following similar moves by other automakers. Honda...
Chesterfield Speller Is Eliminated from National Contest; for the Second Consecutive Year, Student at Parkway West Middle Leaves out an 'H.'
OXON HILL, Md. * If the letter "h" had been removed from the alphabet, Gokul Venkatachalam of Chesterfield might well be a national champion.For the second year in a row in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Gokul, 12, on Thursday left out the letter...
Chicago Hotel Workers End Strike -- after 10 Years
CHICAGO * Striking hotel workers who became a familiar sight on Chicago's famed Michigan Avenue as they picketed for 10 years are ending one of the longest strikes in American history, their union said Thursday.The union offered "unconditionally" to...
Cinema St. Louis Plans Busy Summer; Joe's Movie Lounge QFest and Three More Specialty Filmfests Will Be Held in the Coming Months
They're fast, they're furious and all-too-often they leave you with a hangover. If you're a discerning filmgoer who needs a vacation from summer movies, Cinema St. Louis has just the ticket. That organization is sponsoring four specialty filmfests this summer,...
Clubs for May 31
BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups700 S. Broadway, 314-436-5222* Leroy Pierson, 7 p.m. Friday.* Marquise Knox Band, 10 p.m. Friday.* Boo Davis & The Blues All Stars, 10 p.m. Saturday.* Sarah Jane & The Blue Notes, 1 p.m. Sunday.* Skeet Rodgers & The Inner City...
Dave Alvin Lives to Tell about His 'Justified' Stint
Singer-songwriter Dave Alvin appeared on the tough, violent TV drama "Justified" and lived to talk about it."I consider that a great achievement," Alvin says with a chuckle.He guest-starred as himself, fronting a band in a bar. And it didn't hurt that...
Digest
MU's top football recruit headed to junior collegeChase Abbington, the top-rated recruit in Missouri's 2013 recruiting class, did not qualify academically and will enroll at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College, PowerMizzou.com reported. Abbington, a...
Editorial: Time for Gov. Jay Nixon to Warm Up His Veto Pen
Some day soon, Gov. Jay Nixon will likely risk a serious case of carpal tunnel syndrome caused by signing more veto messages on bills passed in a legislative session than any governor in recent Missouri history. This is what happens when the Missouri...
EPA Deal Raises Questions about Coal Ash Disposal
The owner of a Jefferson County business reached a settlement with regulators requiring the repair of environmental damage at a site where 140,000 tons of Ameren Missouri coal ash was dumped. The Environmental Protection Agency claims unauthorized disposal of...
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...
Federal Judges Live by Their Own Rules
A federal bankruptcy judge ruled Wednesday that Patriot Coal could ax its union contracts and slash retiree benefits as it seeks to reorganize itself.This ruling was particularly galling to retirees who never worked for Patriot Coal Corp., which didn't...
Fiddling around; St. Louis Band Son Volt Experiments with Some New Sounds on the Album 'Honky Tonk.'
'There's a world of wisdom inside a fiddle tune," Jay Farrar writes on the smart and evocative new Son Volt album "Honky Tonk," a work that embraces the band's early sound as well as that of classic country music.Farrar hasn't explored the fiddle and...
Fred G. Heimburger; His Bakery Was a South County Institution for 3 Decades
Fred G. Heimburger, who died this week at age 83, was a south St. Louis County baker known for his gooey butter cake.He also gained national attention for his presidential bread "polls."Mr. Heimburger came up with an idea to allow his customers to predict...
Gills Sell Their Lindell Buildings near SLU
Developers Amy and Amrit Gill are selling their apartment buildings and movie theater next to St. Louis University to a real estate investment trust for $68.5 million.All of the properties are on the north side of Lindell Boulevard between Spring and...
Grumpy Cat Gets a Movie Deal
Grumpy Cat, the Internet celebrity known for her disdainful expression, has a movie deal.Broken Road Productions, the company behind the Kevin James vehicle "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" and the Adam Sandler movie "Jack and Jill," has optioned the rights to...
Hartville Rallies for Walk-Off Win in Class 2 Baseball Final
O'FALLON, Mo. * From the time they were in eighth grade through their freshman season, the current seniors on the Hartville baseball team endured a 34-game losing streak.The Class 2 state championship Thursday at T.R. Hughes Ballpark marked the end of...
Illinois' Top Court Won't Review Threat Case of SIUE Student; Note Found in Stalled Car Was Lyrics for Rap Song, He Said
EDWARDSVILLE * Former SIUE student Olutosin Oduwole can pursue a music career without fear of being returned to prison now that the Illinois Supreme Court refused to review the case against him.Prosecutors appealed after the Fifth District Appellate...
In 'Stories We Tell,' a Filmmaker Pursues a Mystery ****
At its heart, "Stories We Tell" is a mystery. Determined to solve it is actress Sarah Polley, who directed the documentary and provides its point of view, but boldly allows for a bit of doubt. Something that's said during the closing credits brings into question...
In the End ... There's Always a Cliffhanger
May, when most network series end their seasons, is a long way from September, when they return.How can they keep us interested in the meantime? That's what cliffhangers are for.This season, characters were in jeopardy all over the place. Here's an alphabetical-order...
James Scores 30 as Heat Win to Take 3-2 Series Lead
James scores 30 as Heat win to take 3-2 series leadThe game was very much in doubt. A sold-out arena was basically silent. The chance of getting back to the NBA Finals for a third straight year could have slipped away.Cue LeBron James.A third quarter...
Kickbacks Alleged to Be Common at Fannie Mae
LOS ANGELES * Before dawn one hazy March day in LA, Armando Granillo pulled his SUV into a Starbucks near MacArthur Park, where he planned to pick up an envelope full of cash from an Arizona real estate broker, federal investigators say.Granillo, a foreclosure...
KTVI's Drummond Heads to KMOV as Sports Director
KMOV has a new sports director, although you probably won't see him on the air for several months.Channel 4 has hired former KTVI (Channel 2) sportscaster Maurice Drummond to lead its Sports department as he replaces Steve Savard, who recently moved...
Kyrgyz Protesters Descend on Canadian-Run Mine
Pakistani Taliban withdrawoffer of peace talks after killingThe Pakistani Taliban withdrew their offer of peace talks Thursday, following the death of the group's deputy leader in an American drone attack, a spokesman for the group said. The news came as...
Law & Order
ST. LOUIS > Man found dead is unidentified * Police responding to a call about gunfire about 1 a.m. Thursday found a man shot dead on the ground next to a vehicle in the 1500 block of Linton Avenue, authorities said. He was carrying no identification...
Legislature Doesn't Serve Missouri's Transportation Needs; Sales Tax Proposal; A Few Senators Blocked a Bill That Would Let Voters Decide
The Missouri Legislature has once again failed to address the critical statewide transportation issue that is important for safety, economic development and the quality of life in our state. Success or failure of an important transportation bill on the...
Letters to the Editor, May 31
Negative story about Southwest was unwarrantedI've been a traveling professional in St. Louis for 25 years. I remember the ease of flying almost anywhere, anytime, nonstop. That was when we had TWA and then American and when Southwest had two or three...
LL Cool J Is Still One of the 'Kings of the Mic'
Hip-hop legend LL Cool J is at a point in his career where he never has to rap again.At 45, he's a senior in the youth-oriented rap game, and he's more than left his mark on the music industry.Seminal albums such as "Radio" (1985), "Bigger and Deffer"...
Massey's Walk-Off Hit Lifts Triad to Sectional Baseball Semifinal Win over Mascoutah
EFFINGHAM * And the winner of the Mississippi Valley Conference postseason baseball tournament is. ... Triad.The Knights got past Mascoutah, 2-1, in eight innings in the Effingham sectional semifinals Thursday at Community Park and are the last conference...
Missouri Lottery Program Will Let People; PLAY AT THE PUMP; Pilot Effort, Which Includes ATMs, Aims to Boost Ticket Sales
JEFFERSON CITY * Missourians will soon be able to electronically purchase Powerball and Mega Millions lottery tickets at a handful of gas pumps and ATMs around the state.The new effort, intended to encourage more ticket sales, comes as the state budget...
More Charges May Come in Case Involving Haslams
NASHVILLE, Tenn. * Sudden guilty pleas by a pair of mid-level executives show the investigation into the truck stop chain controlled by the family of Tennessee's governor and the Cleveland Browns' owner is picking up steam, with prosecutors likely setting their...
News a la Carte
Kevin Nashan to guest-chef in SeattleChef-owner Kevin Nashan of Sidney Street Cafe will kick off the second annual "Planes, Trains and Traveling Chefs," hosted by Seattle Restaurant Matt's in the Market. Nashan's June 10 six- course dinner is the first...
NYC Police: Notes to Obama, Mayor Had Gun Threats
WASHINGTON * A suspicious letter mailed to the White House was similar to two threatening, poison-laced letters on the gun law debate sent to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, one of the nation's most potent gun-control advocates, officials said Thursday.The...
Obama's Likely Pick to Head FBI Widely Praised
WASHINGTON * Republicans said Thursday they see no major obstacles to Senate confirmation of James Comey, the former deputy attorney general in the Bush administration who is expected to be nominated by President Barack Obama as the next FBI director.Comey,...
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TODAYBASEBALL6 p.m. AL: Boston at New York, MLB Network7:05 p.m. Frontier League: Traverse at Gateway, KXFN (1380 AM)7:15 p.m. NL: San Francisco at St. Louis, FSM, KMOX (1120 AM)9 p.m. AL: Chicago at Oakland, WGNNCAA Regionals11 a.m. Troy vs. Alabama,...
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JEFFERSON CITY * MoDOT names new chief engineer * Ed Hassinger, the Missouri Department of Transportation's top engineer in St. Louis, on Thursday was named the agency's chief engineer for the state.Hassinger, 51, will take over the post most recently...
Q&A: Why Attorney General Eric Holder Is in the Hot Seat
WASHINGTON * Attorney General Eric Holder met Thursday with several news media representatives in an off-the-record discussion of the fallout from Justice Department leak investigations. That fallout is touching Holder himself, as congressional Republicans this...
Recently Reviewed
BAR LES FRRES ***7637 Wydown Boulevard, Clayton * 314-725-8880 * Dinner Monday- Saturday * A concise but representative selection of French bistro fare, plus French wines and classic cocktails.The Block **33 North Sarah Street, Central West End * 314-535-5100; theblockrestaurant.com...
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BAR LES FRRES ***7637 Wydown Boulevard, Clayton * 314-725-8880 * Dinner Monday- Saturday * A concise but representative selection of French bistro fare, plus French wines and classic cocktails.The Block **33 North Sarah Street, Central West End * 314-535-5100; theblockrestaurant.com...
Roundup
Cubs beat White Sox againAfter three miserable games against their crosstown rivals, there wasn't much left for the White Sox to say."We just got beat in all facets of the game," White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko said. "They were just the better...
Roundup
James scores 30 as Heat win to take 3-2 series leadThere will be no win-or-else Game 6 in the Eastern Conference finals for the Miami Heat this season. LeBron James saw to that, and now the reigning champions are one victory from a third straight trip...
Roundup
Cubs beat White Sox againAfter three miserable games against their crosstown rivals, there wasn't much left for the White Sox to say."We just got beat in all facets of the game," White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko said. "They were just the better...
Royals Turn to Brett to Get Hitters Going
For years, George Brett always said no. He's retired and has three sons. The Hall of Famer did not want to be the Kansas City Royals hitting coach.This week, something changed.Maybe it was the Royals' eight-game losing streak, or because the team sits...
SLU Is Glad Former QB Kelly Chose Baseball
It was March of 2009 and something didn't feel right for Alex Kelly.He was on the fields at Colorado State for spring football practice, trying to win the starting quarterback spot, something he had long dreamed of doing as a kid growing up in Fort Collins,...
St. Louis Fed: Average Household Far from Regaining Pre-Recession Wealth
ST. LOUIS * The average U.S. household has a long way to go to recover the wealth it lost to the recession, a report by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis concluded Thursday.The typical household has regained less than half its wealth, the analysis...
STRAUSS: Wacha Delivers on Time and on Promise
Michael Wacha, pitcher, accomplished the improbable two innings into his major-league career Thursday by collecting his first hit before surrendering one.Four innings into his debut, Wacha had retired all 12 Kansas City Royals faced, which based on the...
Syria's Assad 'Confident in Victory' in Civil War
BEIRUT * Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview broadcast Thursday that he is "confident in victory" in his country's civil war, and he warned that Damascus would retaliate for any future Israeli airstrike on his territory.Assad also told...
Tesla Promises to Add Charging Stations
DETROIT * Electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. promises to boost the number of fast-charging stations in the U.S. and Canada to make cross-country travel by electric car possible in the next year.The company said Thursday that by the end of next month,...
The '80S and '90S Return for an Old-School Summer
Don't call it a comeback.This summer, some of our favorite artists, actors and productions from the '80s and '90s are back to prove they've still got it. Here's a look back at what made them great and why we still care. 'The Pirates of Penzance'1981:...
Ticket Tracker
Atomic CowboyTicketfly.com* Big Boi's May 27 concert was canceled after Big Boi was injured last weekend. Refunds are available.Event Center at River City CasinoTicketmaster.com* The Summerland Tour "Alternative Guitars" with Everclear, Live, Filter,...
Till Next Time ; Tube Talk Here's a Spoiler-Filled Recap of How Season-Ending Cliffhangers Are Leaving Us Dangling
May, when most network series end their seasons, is a long way from September, when they return.How can they keep us interested in the meantime? That's what cliffhangers are for.This season, characters were in jeopardy all over the place. Here's an alphabetical-order...
Tornadoes Touch Down in Oklahoma and Arkansas
OKLAHOMA CITY * At least two tornadoes touched down in Oklahoma and another hit Arkansas on Thursday as a powerful storm system moved through the middle of the country, injuring at least nine people.The National Weather Service reported two tornadoes...
US Economy Grew at Modest 2.4 Pct. Rate in Q1
The U.S. economy grew at a modest 2.4 percent annual rate from January through March, slower than initially estimated. Consumer spending was stronger than first thought, but businesses restocked more slowly and state and local government spending cuts...
US Rate on 30-Year Mortgage Rises to 3.81 Percent
Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages jumped this week to their highest levels in a year, signaling slightly higher costs for home buyers. But rates still remain low by historical standards.Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate for...
US Report on Terrorism Sponsors Goes Easier on Cuba
WASHINGTON * Cuba further distanced itself from terrorist activities last year but the U.S. government still considers it a state sponsor of terrorism along with Syria, Iran and Sudan, according to the State Department's annual report on terrorism.The...
Vascular Dementia Differs from Alzheimer's
Dear Dr. Roach * My husband, age 84, has vascular dementia. How does this differ from other forms of dementia? What is the time frame for progression of this illness? P.M.Answer * Vascular dementia, also called multi-infarct dementia, is caused by poor...
Wallner, Eureka Overcome Obstacles En Route to First Girls Soccer Final Four
Ali Wallner can't wait to ride the bus. The starting goalkeeper for the Eureka girls soccer team, Wallner and her teammates have spent this week in breathless anticipation of hitting the road for their first final four. The Wildcats (20-1-1, No. 2 large...
Westbrook Could Make Rehab Start; Notebook; after Bullpen Session Thursday, Righty Is 'Cautiously Optimistic
Within one week, Cardinals starter Jake Westbrook's suddenly improving health has taken him from cancelling appointments with a surgeon to scheduling his first rehab assignment.Westbrook, who has been on the disabled list since May 9 with irritation...
Westminster Shoots for Third Straight State Baseball Championship
There are plenty of similarities between the Westminster baseball team this season and the 2012 Wildcats as coach Rich Van Gilst's squad heads back to the state semifinals this weekend.Both squads were earmarked as favorites to repeat after winning state...
What's Up/Heads Up
Alhambra Homecoming * The annual Alhambra Homecoming will be held today and Saturday at Alhambra Park, 610 West Main Street in the northeastern Madison County community. This year's festival is the 18th homecoming since it was revived by the Alhambra...