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Articles from August 11, 2013

Airlines Are Pushing to Offer Customized Fares to Travelers; TRAVEL TROUBLESHOOTER [Corrected 08/12/13]
Instead of paying $18 a day to park at San Francisco International Airport last month, Daniel Denegre tried something new. He handed the keys to his Hyundai Accent to a start-up company called FlightCar, which offered "free" parking at an off-airport...
A Look Back: First Crook Nabbed with Help of New St. Louis Police Radio System in 1930
ST. LOUIS * The crackling broadcast warned of a prowler in the basement at 1105 Chouteau Avenue. Officers in a car on the 12th Street viaduct sped toward the scene one block away.They quickly nabbed John Acosta, 33, with an armload of stolen lead pipe....
An Epic Student Loan Crisis in the Making
However imperfect, Congress found a bandage last month for the student loan crisis in the making. Interest rates on certain subsidized student loans were set to double until a last-minute bipartisan compromise tied them to the financial markets, keeping rates...
A Profound Soap Opera in Robert Boswell's First Work in a Decade; FICTION - BOOKS
"Tumbledown," Robert Boswell's seventh novel his first in a decade is a successful complication of a book: light and dark, difficult and easy, a profound soap opera.Although scene-stealing characters surround him, "Tumbledown" centers on James Candler,...
Army Tries to Get to Know Afghans; Program Put Civilians, 'Anthropological Contractors,' with Infantry; NONFICTION - BOOKS
When Cold War tensions began in the late 1940s, the U.S. Army designed itself around high-tech firepower to fight the Soviet hordes across the farms and forests of Germany. But that war never happened.After the trench war of Korea in the early '50s,...
AT HOME WITH BARBARA HOLTZ; Art Punctuates Lush Clayton Condo
Even the guest bath exudes character. An 18th-century stove serves as something of a mantel, fabric-draped and topped by Etruscan-era candlesticks. The towel bar came from the Queen Mary ocean liner.Naturally, some wondered whether, after nearly 40 years...
Barksdale Steps in to Replace Injured Saffold at Right Tackle; Notebook; Worked with Legend Jackie Slater in Offseason; RAMS
Just a handful of plays into their first offensive drive of the preseason, the Rams lost starting right tackle Rodger Saffold with a dislocated left shoulder.Up stepped Joe Barksdale."I was ready," the third-year pro from LSU said following Saturday's...
Baseball Roundup
Cincinnati, Pittsburgh fallWill Venable homered for the second straight game and San Diego's depleted offense took advantage of Cincinnati's season-high four errors, including three by third baseman Jack Hannahan, for a 3-1 victory over the Reds on Saturday...
Bike-Sharing Is Catching on; St. Louis May Be Next
Picture being able to grab a bicycle from a kiosk for a short ride across town.It's called bike-sharing, and these clean urban transportation programs continue to pop up across the United States in such cities as Boston, Minneapolis, Fort Worth, Kansas...
Blues Continue to Beef Up Payroll under New Owners
When word spread two years ago that minority owner Tom Stillman had offered "only" $110 million to buy the Blues, even fans who supported the local owners questioned whether the group could afford the club.Even if Stillman and Co. could finance the purchase...
Cards Fall Apart Late in Loss to Cubs
As much as the Cardinals cling to their first-half rush up the standings and that clubhouse chemistry that's supposed to steady them through turbulent times, they couldn't maintain the same grasp on a lead Saturday.The Cardinals keep breaking bad.Matt...
China's One-Child Policy Compounds Loss; Couples Whose Child Dies Become Social Outcasts with No Descendant or Future
PANJIN, China * It's been 11 months, and Xu Min still rarely leaves the house.He spends his days on the couch in front of a TV, trying to block out memories of his dead son. He blames fate for the car accident that killed the 23-year-old last September.But...
Dufner Ties Record to Lead PGA
PITTSFORD, N.Y. * Jason Dufner got on quite a roll after he holed out from the fairway for an eagle at the second hole.Not that anyone could tell.The laid-back player who gave us "Dufnering" hardly showed a lick of emotion during his relentless march...
ENCORE; Carnival Atmosphere for Another Friendly Match; Real Madrid 3, Inter Milan 0; SOCCER
The streets were busier than normal on a Saturday afternoon in St. Louis. A soccer carnivale brought thousands of fans streaming downtown, enlivening the city and reaffirming the local affection for the world's most popular sport.There were people of...
Express Scripts, Walgreens Form New Alliance
A year after Express Scripts Holding Co. and Walgreens ended a bitter contract dispute, the country's largest pharmacy benefit manager and retail drug chain are acting like kissing cousins.The once fierce rivals, whose sniping and cutthroat negotiations in...
Eydie Gorme; Pop Singer Made Splash with Husband on ' Tonight Show'; OBITUARIES
LOS ANGELES * Eydie Gorme, a popular nightclub and television singer as a solo act and as a team with her husband, Steve Lawrence, has died. She was 84.Ms. Gorme, who also had a huge solo hit in 1963 with "Blame it on the Bossa Nova," died Saturday (Aug....
FA Different Back-to-School Year; Transfer Plan Calls for Plenty of In-Depth Reporting
Back-to-school news coverage this year moved far beyond the annual rituals of a tax-free shopping weekend, navigating new school bus routes and the frenzied rush to ready school buildings.The St. Louis region began an uncharted odyssey in mid-June when the...
Family Events
Family Sunday: Modern Masterpieces * Explore the legends and lore of ancient Greece. Be transported back to a time of gods and goddesses with a month of art projects and tours inspired by the collection of ancient Greek artwork. Family tour leaves at...
Fanetti, Mary-June Theresa Quinn June 22
Fanetti, Mary-June Theresa Quinn June 22, 1921 August 6, 2013 Mary-June Fanetti (aka Lotta Baloney), 92, died August 6, 2013 at Mercy Hospital, Creve Coeur, MO. Mary-June retired as publisher of the Saint Louis Bugle and owner of Bugle Press & Printing...
Fashion Designer Makes Versatile Dresses; Made in St. Louis: Katrina Bennett
Katrina BennettAge* 38Home* Fairview HeightsFamily* Husband Egzabia; daughter, ZaChari, 16What she makes* Katrina is a fashion designer and owner of Katrina Z-Chori. Find her collections at katrinazchori.com. To reach her: katrinazchori.com, Katrina@katrinazchori.com,...
Fast-Growing Wentzville District Gets a $40 Million Addition; Liberty High School, New in Red, White and Blue
O'FALLON, MO. * Una Selmanovic carefully embellished her freshman locker with wrapping paper and ribbons. Una and her school, Liberty High, are new to secondary education."It makes me feel warm, kind of like my own room," Una, 14, said of her customized...
Fisher Defends Team after Kosar Comments
Jeff Fisher is a football coach obviously, not a television critic. But he couldn't wait to be asked Saturday about Bernie Kosar's scathing criticism of Rams receivers, receivers coach Ray Sherman and quarterback Kellen Clemens as he worked on the Cleveland telecast...
Fox Theatre Restoration Project Gives a View from the Top
The jewel-toned, 13,540-watt, 5,280-pound chandelier that hangs from the ceiling at the Fox Theatre is eye-popping when you consider it from a seat in the audience, waiting for the curtain to go up.But if you look down on it from above, it will take...
Franklin States His Case to Start at QB; MU Senior Directs Four Scoring Drives but Mauk Throws for More Yards in Scrimmage; COLLEGE FOOTBALL
COLUMBIA, Mo. * Andy Hill hasn't been coaching Missouri's quarterbacks for long, but he knows all about the playmakers surrounding the delivery man in the offense. As the team's receivers coach for the last 17 years, Hill knows what kind of firepower...
Friends Remember Crash Victim as a Musician and Native American Dancer
The Metro East man killed early Friday by a wrong-way driver on Highway 40 (Interstate 64) was an up-and-coming musician and disc jockey.Ryan Roach, 26, was killed in the crash, which happened about 2 a.m. The driver who caused the crash, a 26-year-old...
Gaines Providing a Spark for Mizzou's Secondary; Notebook; Cornerback Sharp in Scrimmage, Center Isn't; COLLEGE FOOTBALL
COLUMBIA, Mo. * Maybe it was just a coincidence that one snap after tight end Eric Waters clobbered defensive tackle Matt Hoch in the backfield that Missouri defensive coordinator Dave Steckel attacked the backfield from an unpredictable angle in Saturday's scrimmage.Seconds...
Hall, Elizabeth Grant 97 of El Dorado
Hall, Elizabeth Grant 97 of El Dorado, AR, died on August 7, 2013 in Little Rock, AR following a brief illness. Born on January 12, 1916 in Louisville, KY; she was the daughter of Dr. Raymond and Anne Wood Grant. Lib was a graduate of Smith College in...
Illegal Cosmetic Injections Kill, Maim Women; Patients Are Seeking a Cheap Alternative to Plastic Surgery
JACKSON, Miss. * Women across the U.S. are risking their lives for black market procedures to make their buttocks bigger, often involving home-improvement materials such as silicone injected by people with no medical training.Some want to fill out a...
In China, One-Child Policy Compounds Loss of Child for Parents
PANJIN, China * It's been 11 months, and Xu Min still rarely leaves the house.He spends his days on the couch in front of a TV, trying to block out memories of his dead son. He blames fate for the car accident that killed the 23-year-old last September.But...
It's Tough to Find the Truth in Steroids Era; It Would Be No Surprise for Anyone to Be Outed
When someone approaches with the question, "Would you be surprised to learn (insert player's name) used performance- enhancing drugs?" I typically interrupt before the sentence has breathed.It's because the answer is simple: No.I would be more surprised...
Law & Order
GRANITE CITY > Body of missing fisherman found * The body of a missing Richmond Heights man was found Saturday afternoon in a canal on the Mississippi River near Granite City.Dennis J. McMenamy, 46, had been missing since Friday after his fishing boat...
Legoland Hotel Caters to Children
Something unexpected is taking place at the newly opened Legoland Hotel in Carlsbad, Calif. Designed to appeal to children 2 to 12, the nation's first three-story, 250-room Lego brick-themed hotel is proving to be almost as much of an attraction as the...
Loosening Up with 'Blurred Lines'
NEW YORK * Robin Thicke is enjoying a pop culture moment with the upbeat Marvin Gaye-esque single "Blurred Lines," but the song didn't click with his record label when he previewed it last summer."The record company didn't get it. They didn't even pay...
Matheny Will Shuffle the Rotation; Notebook; There Is No Certainty about Starters beyond Wainright on Tuesday; CARDINALS
After calling on a couple young hurlers last week for spot starts, the Cardinals do not plan to expand their pitching staff to a six-man rotation but will shuffle the regulars as they return.Veteran Jake Westbrook threw a session in the bullpen Saturday afternoon...
More News from TCA
ABC boss says 'Nashville' is fine, thanks * Even network bosses have favorites, and for ABC Entertainment president Paul Lee, that's clearly "Scandal."Meeting with TV critics in Los Angeles, Lee praised "Scandal" as "the breakout hit of the year." On...
Mount Rushmore of Cool Needs More Nominees
I guess the time has finally come, even though I have avoided this important task for years.Two weeks ago, I said Dean Martin was one of the coolest people of all time, cooler than Sinatra, and said he belonged on the Mount Rushmore of Cool.Dino was...
Nation Digest
Pilot in fatal crash survived anotherThe plane accident that killed four people in a Connecticut neighborhood was not the first crash for the pilot, a former Microsoft executive who was taking his teenage son on a tour of East Coast colleges.The pilot,...
New in Theaters
"The Act of Killing" **** (Not rated; 2:02) * This must-see documentary focuses on the years 1965 and '66, when a young man named Anwar Congo became a legendary death-squad leader in North Sumatra. Director Joshua Oppenheimer catches up with Congo, and...
New York Museum Shows Civil War Artifacts; 'Empire for the Union' Will Be a Permanent Exhibit Detailing the State's Long Military History
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. * In 1863, the first items from Civil War battlefields where New Yorkers were fighting and dying started to arrive at the newly created Bureau of Military Statistics in Albany. Among them were a uniform button and the bullet that...
NL Wild-Card Race Has Few Entries; Other Than Teams in Central Division, Arizona Is Only Club That Has a Realistic Chance; MLB INSIDER - BASEBALL INSIDERS
This is the second year for a second wild-card berth to be in play in both major leagues. But while the American League probably will have a frenzied quest among four or five teams for wild-card berths down the stretch, most of the National League teams...
Obama Plays It Safe with Embassies; Aides Say President Doesn't Want Another Benghazi
WASHINGTON * President Barack Obama seems determined to make sure he doesn't have another Benghazi.Pilloried by Republicans in Congress for its handling of last year's attack, the White House responded with extra caution when intelligence suggested a...
Obama Sees Progress on Disabled Vets; Backlog of Claims for Assistance Is Shrinking, President Tells Convention
ORLANDO, Fla. * President Barack Obama assured disabled veterans Saturday that his administration is making progress on reducing a backlog of disability claims and said the number of requests for assistance has fallen by nearly one-fifth since peaking...
ON CRUZ CONTROL; Cards Backup Catcher Tries to Make the Most of His Rare Opportunity; CARDINALS INSIDER - BASEBALL INSIDERS
During a meeting of Cardinals' minor-league coaches and other officials before the 2008 season started, the group began discussing a young, swift-rising third baseman who, in his first few months as a pro sailed through four levels of the club's system.He...
Outcry over Anti-Gay Law Sours Run-Up to Olympics; Entertainers, Leaders Chide Russia but Won't Boycott Sochi
LONDON * From Hollywood to Broadway, the entertainment industry is using its star power and financial muscle to raise a storm of protest over the anti-gay legislation in Russia that is battering the image of the Winter Olympics in Sochi.Actor-playwright...
Putter Puts Furyk in Lead; Key Shots on 17 and 18 Allow Him to Pass Dufner for One-Shot Edge; PGA CHAMPIONSHIP
PITTSFORD, N.Y. * Oak Hill finally had enough elements for a strong test Saturday in the PGA Championship, and Jim Furyk was up for the fight.Grinding to the end in swirling wind that cast doubt on so many shots, Furyk closed with two big putts one...
Radiation Clinic Treats Pets with Cancer
After surgery proved unsuccessful to remove a tumor near her spine, one patient tried radiation therapy.Sadie Salantai, 12, showed up to her appointment July 31 in a brightly colored scarf, which the staff complimented, and Dr. Julie Wentz made sure...
RONALDO PUTS ON A SHOW; Real Madrid 3, Inter Milan 0; Star's Goal Highlights Successful Local Soccer Exhibition; SOCCER
Of the entire 90 minutes of soccer played on Saturday at the Edward Jones Dome in the match between Real Madrid and Inter Milan, there was one moment that, for just about everybody there, made it all worthwhile.In the 38th minute, Real Madrid midfielder...
School Transfers Are Mired in Thorny School Choice Debate
Kurema Williams is grateful to be transferring her children out of the failing Riverview Gardens school district even if it means driving them to and from an elementary school in Ferguson- Florissant.But it's not her first choice.Just around the corner...
Shark Bait; Our View; the Economic and Political Evil of Payday Loans
In the payday loan industry can be found the full fruits of many of the political and economic evils that plague modern America. Joseph Pulitzer, founder of this newspaper, called it by its name 106 years ago: predatory plutocracy.On Sunday and Monday...
Slaten Plans to Sue, Clark Will 'Do Something' over Dismissals
Baseball star Albert Pujols isn't the only one vowing to take legal action regarding a radio program on which the former Cardinals slugger was accused of using steroids. So is Kevin Slaten and possibly Jack Clark, who were ousted early Saturday as co-hosts...
Slime Mold Isn't Harming Winterberry; GARDENING Q&A
Q * We have a winterberry that is about 12 years old and has started to shed its leaves at a rapid rate, mimicking an autumn loss. A few months ago we removed a 2-inch ring of mold (slime mold?) that banded the trunk about 4 inches above the ground....
Snooping through Some of St. Louis' Finest Homes; NONFICTION - BOOKS
If you've ever wanted to wander through some of those stately old homes in places like Ladue and Clayton, "The Architecture of Maritz & Young" will open doors for you.The book traces the architectural highlights of the St. Louis firm of Maritz & Young,...
Sound Off
Hrabosky, Horton give slanted coverageCardinal TV broadcasters Al Hrabosky and Ricky Horton repeatedly made excuses for Cardinal pitcher Jake Westbrook's poor performance after he was forced into the game when starter Shelby Miller was injured by a line...
Sports Digest
St. Louisan Rodgers advances in MoscowMike Rodgers, who graduated from Berkeley High, turned in the top qualifying time for the 100-meter event Saturday at the world championships, in Moscow, to move to Sunday's final. His time was 9.98 seconds nearly...
St. Louis Actors' Studio Will Mount 'Day of the Dog' Off-Broadway
The St. Louis Actors' Studio is about to take a big step producing a show off-Broadway.In March, William Roth, co-founder and producing director of the company, will produce "Day of the Dog" at the 59E59 theater complex on Manhattan's Upper East Side.It...
STRETCH YOUR MATERNITY WARDROBE; Nonmaternity Clothes You Can Wear during Pregnancy and Beyond
You never really know what to expect when you're expecting, but it's always a good idea not to stress out.It's good advice to practice breathing and staying in the moment rather than leaping months or years into the future. But living in the now for...
Surveillance Debate Runs Obama's Agenda off Its Track; Domestic Goals Are Derailed by Spying Revelations
WASHINGTON * For President Barack Obama, August was supposed to be the time when a major immigration bill landed on his desk.There was hope for movement on a deficit deal with the GOP, and even a belief that he would have achieved stricter gun laws.Instead,...
TALES FROM THE '93 FLOOD - Readers' Recollections
While Post-Dispatch reporters and photographers scoured the archives and interviewed sources for stories about the 20th anniversary of the Flood of 1993, we asked readers to submit their stories as well, using an interactive map at stltoday.com. Here...
The New York Bump; News, Weather and Sports; Hey, New York. Keep It to Yourself
Back in mid-July, when New York City suffered through seven consecutive days an entire week! of 90-degree-plus high temperatures, a report on National Public Radio disclosed that some New Yorkers were taking dramatic measures: showering right before bed...
The Party Doesn't End for Floaters after Shooting on Meramec River
STEELVILLE, Mo. * The shared jug of potent green liquid was already working soon after the flotilla of friends, lounged across metal canoes and inflatable rafts, set out on a slow drift down the Meramec River.A young man sporting a long blond wig was...
Tough Questions for Pros Can Save Money, Enlighten; HOME Q&A
I recently had to make a decision regarding my air conditioning unit, which was out of Freon. This is an area in which I don't have much experience, so I knew I had to find someone else.After searching Angies' List, I found several companies to talk with....
Trail of the Week; Mississippi Trail
The Mississippi Trail in Bee Tree County Park can go unnoticed because it's away from the lush greenery of the park and behind the historic buildings. But that makes it a low-traffic hike with moving water below a high bluff on one side and a forest...
Union Avenue Continues Its Mini-'Ring' Cycle; 'Die Walkre' Is Opera Standout
Union Avenue Opera artistic director Scott Schoonover was a worried man this time last year: How would the company's first foray into the world of Richard Wagner be received?After all, UAO has built its reputation on pocket productions of mostly Italian...
U.S.-Afghan Security Deal Is Called Vital; Pact for Presence beyond 2014 Would Send Clear Signal to Taliban, General Says
KABUL, Afghanistan * The top U.S. and coalition commander in Afghanistan stressed Saturday that the signing of a stalled bilateral security agreement between the U.S. and Afghanistan was needed to send a clear signal to the Afghan people and the Taliban that...
Walking in Jefferson's Footsteps in Paris; American Guide Tells Story of When Jefferson and Other U.S. Founding Fathers Called Paris Home
PARIS * The tourist hordes crowding the entrance to Paris' Muse d'Orsay may be too occupied fighting to keep their place in line to notice, but just steps away is a monument that symbolizes the centuries-long relationship of France with the United States.There,...
Walking While Drunk Can Lead to a Bad End; A Third of Pedestrians Killed Had High Alcohol Levels, U.S. Data Show; Many Others Were Distracted by Cellphones
WASHINGTON * Just as drinking and driving can be deadly, so can drinking and walking. Over a third of the pedestrians killed in 2011 had blood-alcohol levels above the legal limit for driving, according to government data released Monday.Thirty-five...
Wave of Bombings in Iraq Kills Dozens; Attacks Mar Eid Holiday Celebrations
BAGHDAD * A wave of car bombings targeting those celebrating the end of Ramadan across Iraq killed 69 people Saturday, a bloody reminder of the inability of Iraqi authorities to stop violence threatening to spiral out of control.Violence has been on...
What's Up/Heads Up
WHAT'S UP * FROM EVENTS.STLTODAY.COM08.14 Journalist and author to speak * Vanessa Gezari will discuss and sign copies of her book, "The Tender Soldier: A True Story of War and Sacrifice," in a free event at 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. Louis County Library...
WHAT WILL BECOME OF WALTER WHITE?; 'Bad Things' Come to an End as AMC Series 'Breaking Bad' Begins Its Final Run
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. * The president of AMC called the occasion bittersweet. His audience felt the same. Lined up on stage, ready to take critics' questions for the last time, was the cast of "Breaking Bad," which airs its final eight episodes beginning...
When to Splurge; Treating Yourself Should Be Special; That Means Not Daily or Weekly, but Rare
Every shopper faces the familiar question of when to splurge and why.Not being a model of self-restraint, I'm hardly a role model on this topic, but I've given it considerable thought.Here's what I've surmised about when it is appropriate to pay a little...
Williams, Eugene F
Williams, Eugene F., Jr., Former CEO and chairman of St. Louis Union Trust Company and a St. Louis civic leader, passed away at his house in East Hampton, N.Y., on August 7, 2013 at age 90. Mr. Williams is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Evelyn Neidringhaus...
Woods Loses More Ground on a Bad Day; He Finishes 3 over, Will Have to Wait until 2014 to Pursue Another Major Title; PGA CHAMPIONSHIP
PITTSFORD, N.Y. * Tiger Woods walked off the 18th hole and past Jason Dufner and Adam Scott, who stood on the putting green still waiting to tee off as the last group of the PGA Championship's third round.Woods usually is the one starting his day well...
World Digest
Volcano erupts in IndonesiaHot lava from an erupting volcano killed six people sleeping in a beach village on a small island in eastern Indonesia on Saturday, after ash and smoke from the volcano shot about a mile into the air, officials said.Mount Rokatenda...
Your Views - Letters from Our Readers; Opinion
Seeking a Metro labor agreementThe Bi-State Development Agency's (Metro) contract with American Transit Workers Union Local 788 expires at midnight on Monday.The men and women who serve the traveling public as bus and rail operators, mechanics and administrative...
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