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Articles from January 22, 2015

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WILDWOOD * At first glance, the Lafayette boys basketball team doesn't appear to be anything special.No flashy 20-point scorers, no eye-popping slam-dunks, no highlight-reel end-to-end rushes.Which is just fine with the Lancers."I know people probably...
Aggies Surge Past Tigers
COLLEGE STATION, Texas * Kim Anderson could sense it coming. While his Missouri basketball team relished a rare halftime lead Wednesday night at Texas A&M's Reed Arena, Anderson knew better than to expect a second half as enjoyable as the first.He tried...
Athletes of the Week for Jan. 22
Renetha DicksonLutheran North basketballA 5-foot-9 junior guard, Dickson has had six 20-plus point games in a row and is among the area leaders in scoring (20.8) and 3- pointers (2.3). Last week, she led the Crusaders to a pair of wins with 31 points...
Beautiful 'Cinderella' Shimmers at the Fox
Imagine a garden where all the flowers dance.That's the effect in "Cinderella," the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical that opened Tuesday at the Fox Theatre. Between William Ivey Long's Tony-winning costumes and Anna Louizos' lavish sets, this show looks...
Bernie: Kroenke Isn't the Real Issue
We're in for an intense debate over the merits of building a new football stadium in St. Louis. Many will support the idea simply because a new venue is mandatory if our city hopes to remain on the NFL map. Many will understandably oppose the plan for...
Bridge Column for Jan. 22
North-South vulnerable. North deals.NORTHA K 5Q JA K 10 7 210 5 4WEST EASTJ 4 Q 10 3K 9 5 3 8 6 4J 8 4 9 6 5K J 9 3 A 8 6 2SOUTH9 8 7 6 2A 10 7 2Q 3Q 7The bidding: NORTH EAST SOUTH WEST1 Pass 1 Pass2NT Pass 3 Pass4 All passOpening lead: Three of The...
Brodeur Still Deciding His Future with Blues
When Marty Brodeur decides whether he wants to continue playing with the Blues or retire, Pat Brisson's phone will ring.Brodeur's agent was expecting to have that answer by now, as the goaltender's one-week "leave of absence" from the club expired Tuesday....
Business Digest
Mercy adds Lincoln County * Lincoln County Medical Center, a 25- bed hospital in Troy, Mo., will become part of Chesterfield-based Mercy Health, effective March 1. In addition to the hospital, Mercy will manage Lincoln County Medical Center's home health...
Cole County Judge Hears Arguments for, against Execution Drug Disclosure
JEFFERSON CITY * Missouri executions could not happen without lethal injections drugs but a Cole County judge will have to decide if that means the drug supplier is part of the state's execution team and therefore confidential.Cole County Circuit Court...
College Basketball Roundup: Shockers Rout Missouri State
Ron Baker made five 3-pointers and finished with 15 points to lead No. 14 Wichita State to a 76-53 victory at Missouri State on Wednesday night.Tekele Cotton and Fred VanVleet also scored 15 apiece for the Shockers (17-2, 7-0 Missouri Valley Conference),...
Cutting out Coffee Dries out Sweaty Feet
Q. You have occasionally written about excessively sweaty feet. I had this problem for years, but it went away when I switched from regular to decaf coffee for other reasons.Today, I can drink one cup of regular coffee in the morning with no problem....
Digest
The deferred compensation agreement included in Darryl Strawberry's 1985-90 contract with the New York Mets has been auctioned for $1.3 million by the Internal Revenue Service.The buyer, only identified as a man, was among 31 bidders during the sale...
Digest
LAKE SAINT LOUIS > Boy who fell through ice is awake * A 14-year- old boy who fell through the ice at Lake Sainte Louise Monday morning was awake on Wednesday, recognizing people and moving on command, according to the boy's mother.John Smith, an eighth-grader...
Editorial: Washington University Begins to Expand Economic Diversity
Washington University, embarrassed by its distinction of being the least economically diverse elite college in the nation, has decided to do something about it. The decision to expand financial aid should help the university get back to its core mission...
Figueras, Richard I. 79
Figueras, Richard I. 79, died peacefully at home on Jan. 19 in the loving company of his family. Born in Chicago, Ill., on Dec. 18, 1935, he lived a rich life. Upon graduating from Parks College of St. Louis University in 1956, he began his career in...
France Anti-Terror Plan Calls for Hiring More Intel Agents
PARIS * Reeling from the Paris terrorist attacks, France announced broad new measures to fight homegrown terrorism, such as giving police better equipment and hiring more intelligence agents, as European officials sought to strike the right balance between rushing...
Girls Notebook
Borgia freshman guard Cassidy Moss has filled in quite well for graduated standout Janie Arand.Both figuratively and literally.Moss not only has taken over the top scoring role for the Knights (11-2), but she has done so wearing Arand's uniform No. 24."It's...
Health Events
THURSDAYGrief Recovery Support Group * 7-9 p.m. at the Kirk of the Hills Presbyterian Church, 12928 Ladue Road, Creve Coeur, 314-434-0753, GriefShare.org.Training for Family Caregiver * 2 p.m., safe and effective tools to use when caring for a parent...
Healthy Kids: Be Careful with Button Batteries
They are in items from musical greeting cards to hearing aids, remote controls and other electronics, and even toys.Button batteries, also known as disk batteries, are small circular batteries that come in various sizes ranging from tiny to those that...
Hermann, Frederick Albert Jr. Frederick A. "Fred" Hermann
Hermann, Frederick Albert Jr.Frederick A. "Fred" Hermann, Jr. was born October 17, 1924 and died peacefully in his sleep at home on Wednesday, January 14, 2015. He was surrounded by his children: Shep (Robin), Rick, Holly Gulick (David), Lyn Grace (Warren),...
Hip Hops (Print Only for Biz)
From our blog on the St. Louis beer industry. stltoday.com/hip- hopsWhiskey headed home * The new Hatfield & McCoy whiskey that brings together family members famous for their family feud is now available in St. Louis, where the brand is based.The Legendary...
His Third Child Has Taught Him a New Way to Look at the World
Daniel Fields says the birth of his son, Liam, was the best thing to happen to his body and soul.Becoming the parent of a child with Down syndrome made him a better person, a healthier person, says Fields, 41, of Crestwood.Fields says he's more patient...
How to Get Better Information on Firearm Crime
Mayor Francis Slay, St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson and the Post-Dispatch recently cited statistics on how crimes committed with firearms are handled by the local criminal justice system. They mentioned, for example, that many people convicted of these...
Illini Rise to Occasion in Win over Purdue
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. * Maybe adversity isn't Illinois' evil enemy after all. Maybe it's Illinois' best friend.The shock of adversity seems to have fueled Illinois' two best performances since Big Ten play began, including Wednesday night's 66-57 victory over...
Jamaica Official Says Marijuana Reform Bill Ready
Bus attack in Israel leaves 13 woundedA Palestinian man attacked the driver and passengers on a crowded bus during rush hour Wednesday in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv, wounding at least 13, Israeli authorities said.The Palestinian suspect, 23, was then...
Jay Nixon Calls for Building Plan, Municipal Court Reform, Change in Use-of-Force Law
JEFFERSON CITY * Facing a Legislature firmly in Republican hands, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, used his seventh State of the State address Wednesday night to strike a conciliatory chord.He jokingly acknowledged that for the last six years, he...
Kids Learn the Magic of Yoga at the Magic House
A new yoga class in Kirkwood is in high demand and filling its rosters with young children.The Magic House St. Louis Children's Museum is hosting yoga classes for kids between 2 and 5. The program, called the Art of Yoga, introduces the pre-K pupils...
Lab Tests Imply Formaldehyde Risk in Some E-Cigarette Vapor
Using certain electronic cigarettes at high temperature settings could potentially release more formaldehyde, a cancer-causing chemical, than smoking traditional cigarettes does, new lab tests suggest.The research does not prove a health risk it involved...
Law & Order
ST. LOUIS > Tax preparer gets prison * Joey D. Wood, 34, a tax preparer from St. Louis County, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court here to 18 months in prison on a gun charge and for filing four false tax returns. He filed the returns for himself...
Letters to the Editor, Jan. 22
Can't compare Ferguson to Selma Regarding "Support pledged for legal reform" (Jan. 19):Rep. Andre Carson, D-Ind., states "Ferguson is the new Selma." This another example of an outsider coming into our area to stir things up and try to make matters worse.The...
Mannion in Mix of Top QBs at Senior Bowl
MOBILE, ALA. * In this hurry-up, no-huddle, spread-the-field craze that has become college football, Sean Mannion knows what it's like to take a snap under center followed by a seven-step drop.The Oregon State quarterback actually played in a pro-style offense...
Municipal Court Proposal Draws Crowd to Missouri Senate Hearing
JEFFERSON CITY * Not all municipal courts are alike, a Missouri Senate committee was told on Wednesday.Some cities jail repeat traffic offenders who can't pay big fines; others put people on payment plans.Some, like tiny Fordland in Webster County, draw...
Nation Digest
Officials in Newtown, Conn., voted Wednesday to demolish the home that Nancy Lanza shared with her son, Adam Lanza, before he killed 20 first-graders and six adults in a 2012 shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The 12-member Newtown Legislative...
NFL Notebook: Steelers President Doesn't Think Playoffs Will Expand Soon
Don't look at an NFL expansion of the playoffs as a sure thing.Pittsburgh Steelers President Art Rooney said Wednesday that he doesn't expect the league to expand the playoffs by two teams in 2015.Adding another wild-card team in each conference has...
NHL Roundup: Blackhawks Top Penguins in Shootout
Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane beat Marc-Andre Fleury in a shootout to lift the Chicago Blackhawks over the host Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 on Wednesday night.Toews flipped a shot between Fleury's legs in the first round, and Kane followed with a wrist...
NY Times: Feds Will Recommend No Civil Rights Charges against Darren Wilson
WASHINGTON * The New York Times is reporting that the Justice Department has begun work on a legal memo recommending no civil rights charges against former Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson.The newspaper's report cites unnamed law enforcement sources...
On 42nd Anniversary of Roe, Contours of Abortion Debate Have Changed
WASHINGTON * Since the seminal Roe v. Wade decision on legalized abortion was handed down 42 years ago this week, the annual Jan. 22 rally of thousands of anti-abortion marchers on the Mall has become a fixture in the nation's capital.For decades, even...
Police Seeking Red Pickup in Hit-and-Run That Killed Boy, 5, in St. Louis
ST. LOUIS * Police were scouring St. Louis' Greater Ville neighborhood on Wednesday evening for a Ford F-150 that struck and killed a 5-year-old boy.The pickup hit the boy and kept going about 3:45 p.m. in the 3100 block of New Ashland Place, police...
Raasch: Old Divides, but in a 2016 Framework
WASHINGTON * Back in 1947, after his Democrats were routed in congressional elections the year before, President Harry S. Truman began his State of the Union message with a wry acknowledgment that Republicans were occupying a lot more territory in the...
Reed Ready to Defend Humana Challenge Title
LA QUINTA, Calif. * Patrick Reed left everyone behind last year in the Humana Challenge. This year, he's trying not to get too far ahead of himself."That's one thing I'm going to do, hopefully, different this time than I did last time defending," said...
Roof Open or Closed for Super Bowl?
PHOENIX * The Super Bowl location in sunny Arizona will present a dilemma for league officials as they grapple with a question faced by many pro sports teams in an era of retractable roofs: whether to play the game with the stadium open or closed.The...
Search for Offensive Coordinator Continues
MOBILE, ALA. * The Rams' list of offensive coordinator candidates continues to dwindle. Former Denver coordinator Adam Gase decided to reunite with former Broncos head coach John Fox in Chicago, taking the same position Wednesday.Coach Jeff Fisher, who...
Shiite Rebels, Yemen's President Reach Deal to End Standoff
SANAA, Yemen * Shiite rebels holding Yemen's president captive in his home reached a deal with the U.S.-backed leader Wednesday to end a violent standoff in the capital, fueling fear that a key ally in the battle against al-Qaida has been sidelined.The...
Some Things to Know about Patriots' 'Deflategate'
The NFL is very precise about its game and equipment including the number of footballs prepared for games, how much each must weigh, and who monitors them until kickoff.One rule is very clear: Don't tamper with a football once it has been inspected...
St. Louis Catholic Youth Travel to Washington to Participate in March for Life
Ever since the killing of teenager Michael Brown, "Black Lives Matter" has become a central rallying cry for those protesting his death.This weekend, St. Louis Roman Catholics will probably hear that same slogan in a different context.More than 2,000...
US, Cuba Spar over Migration Policy at Historic Havana Talks
HAVANA * The United States said Wednesday that it had it dispatched additional ships to the Florida Straits to halt Cuban rafters but rebuffed demands for broader changes to U.S. migration rules that dominated the first day of talks between Cuban officials and...
U.S. Steel Laying off 176 in Granite City
U. S. Steel Corp. is permanently closing its coke production operations in Granite City, resulting in the loss of 176 jobs.The steelmaker, facing slumping steel demand, also plans to idle its East Chicago tin mill facility in Indiana, resulting in the...
U.S. Stocks Rise on Expected European Stimulus, Higher Oil
NEW YORK * Another choppy day on Wall Street ended with stocks broadly higher on hopes of new stimulus measures for Europe's weak economy and a sharp rise in oil prices.Stocks flitted between gains and losses at the open of trading Wednesday, then rose...
Video Shows Man Shot by New Jersey Police Raising His Hands
BRIDGETON, N.J. * With the dashboard camera in their cruiser rolling, police pulled a Jaguar over for running a stop sign on a dark New Jersey night. But things suddenly turned tense when one of the officers warned his partner that he could see a gun...
What's Up/Heads Up
01.26Fitness training * Senior Services Plus in Alton will host a free seminar at 9 a.m. Monday on personal training options offered at its Wellness Center. The program will be at Senior Services Plus at 2603 North Rodgers Avenue. The presentation will...
Williams Sisters Reach Third Round in Australia
MELBOURNE, Australia * The Williams sisters have advanced to the third round at the Australian Open, with top-ranked Serena fending off set points before going on a 10-game roll to beat Vera Zvonareva 7-5, 6-0 and Venus beating fellow American Lauren...
XX Files: A Heart Condition Often Overlooked in Women
You've likely seen it a news story that flashes on screen about an active individual or athlete who suddenly falls to the ground with their life cut short.Being active or involved in sports ourselves, we often fail to realize that we're all at risk...
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