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Articles from June 4, 2015

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Higher education commissioner to step down * Missouri Commissioner of Higher Education David Russell announced that he will retire effective Jan. 1. In the post he's held since 2010, Russell has been in charge of steering policy for Missouri's network...
American Pharoah Draws No. 5 Post for Belmont
NEW YORK * Bob Baffert and the rest of the group in charge of American Pharoah could smile and laugh Wednesday after the Triple Crown hopeful landed in the No. 5 post position for the Belmont Stakes.American Pharoah was made the early 3-5 favorite to...
Analysis: NSA Sureillance Law Barely Touches the Agency's Vast Powers
WASHINGTON * The surveillance law enacted this week stands as the most significant curb on the government's investigative authorities since the 1970s. But it's practically inconsequential in the universe of the National Security Agency's vast digital...
Athletes of the Week
Alex BelongyO'Fallon volleyballA 6-foot-1 senior outside hitter, Belongy led the Panthers to a regional championship and a sectional semifinal win over Edwardsville, which had beaten the Panthers three times during the regular season. Against Edwardsville,...
Bankrupt Patriot Coal Picks Blackhawk Mining as Lead Bidder
CHARLESTON, W.Va. * Blackhawk Mining LLC is offering to buy most of bankrupt Patriot Coal Corp.'s assets.Patriot said Wednesday it's teaming with Lexington, Ky.-based Blackhawk on a $643 million bid. The "stalking horse" bid would set the floor for an...
Belmont Notebook
Tale of Verve would be OK if it rains againA wet track for the Belmont Stakes won't compromise Tale of Verve's bid to spoil the Triple Crown try by American Pharoah.The long-range forecast for Saturday calls for a 50 percent chance of showers. Both American...
Bernie: Great Job by Rotation, but Can They Keep It Up?
When Adam Wainwright hopped his way onto the disabled list with a torn Achilles tendon that abruptly ended his season, the Cardinals lost their ace. And for a time it seemed that the rotation was losing its way.For their first 20 games without Wainwright,...
Blackhawks Rally, Win Opener of Cup Finals
TAMPA, Fla. * Although Teuvo Teravainen has been with the Chicago Blackhawks for just a few months, the 20-year-old Finn already fits in perfectly on a veteran club with a knack for big-game greatness.And when Chicago's stars couldn't crack Tampa Bay's...
BROADBAND GAMES; the Charter-Time Warner Deal Is Not in the Public Interest
On May 15, the last day of this year's session of the Missouri Legislature, House Bill 437 finally was assigned to a committee, where it promptly died. Given the power of the American Legislative Exchange Council, it may well be back next year.HB 437,...
Business Digest
Unemployment rises in St. Louis * Unemployment in metro St. Louis jumped to 5.9 percent in April from 5.5 percent in March, according to new government figures, adjusted for seasonal changes. The rise came as the region shed 4,800 jobs during the month....
Cannon Hopes to Help St. Charles Win Another Title
The spotlight isn't new to St. Charles senior outfielder Bryson Cannon.Cannon, along with a handful of others on the St. Charles baseball team, were there for the Pirates' run to a Class 4 basketball championship earlier this year.So while St. Charles...
Cardinals 7, Brewers 4 (Game Statistics)
CARDINALS 7, BREWERS 4Milwaukee AB R H BI BB SO Avg.Segura ss 5 1 2 0 0 1 .286Parra rf 5 2 4 1 0 0 .282C.Gomez cf 5 0 1 0 0 1 .262Lind 1b 5 0 2 2 0 0 .281Lucroy c 5 1 2 0 0 0 .172Peterson lf 4 0 1 0 0 0 .250H.Gomez 3b 2 0 1 1 1 0 .219Sardinas 2b 1 0...
Cardinals Roster Full of Potential All-Stars
The Cardinals could have as many as six or seven All-Star Game performers July 14, with Matt Holliday, Matt Carpenter and Jhonny Peralta all leading in the fans' vote, Yadier Molina and Kolten Wong close seconds, and pitchers Michael Wacha and Trevor...
Cards Boost Their Stellar Home Record
Perhaps it is a little early to talk about setting records. But it never is too early to talk about pace, as in the Cardinals are on target to win 60 games at home, for instance.The Cardinals wrapped up a nine-game homestand Wednesday at 7-2, winning...
Deaths Elsewhere
Irwin Rose * The biochemist who shared the 2004 Nobel Prize in chemistry for discovering a way that cells destroy unwanted proteins the basis for developing new therapies for diseases such as cervical cancer and cystic fibrosis has died. He was 88.Mr....
Djokovic Ends Nadal's 39-Match Streak at French Open
PARIS * There was no trophy, and no title, on offer for Novak Djokovic at Court Philippe Chatrier.Perhaps there should have been, considering what he accomplished.Thoroughly outplaying the best there's ever been on red clay, Djokovic ended Rafael Nadal's...
Education; Everyone Can Help Keep Graduates on College Path
Summer is upon us once again. While for many young people, this is a time of relaxation, camps and family vacations, those who work with college-bound students know summer as a time of great risk. Far too many students especially those from lower-income...
Ferguson Protesters Disagree over Who Should Receive Donations
Early last month, a group of Ferguson protesters learned that two long-standing social justice organizations Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment and the Organization for Black Struggle had thousands of dollars in a joint account.The money,...
FIFA Executive Committee Member Blazer Admits Bribes
ZURICH * Former FIFA executive committee member Chuck Blazer told a U.S. federal judge that he and others on the governing body's ruling panel agreed to receive bribes in the votes for the hosts of the 1998 and 2010 World Cups.Prosecutors unsealed a...
FOIA Backlog Soars despite Obama's Pledge of Transparency
WASHINGTON * Federal agencies are struggling to keep up with the growing number of requests for public information, raising questions in Congress about the avowed dedication of the administration of President Barack Obama to transparency.The backlog...
Former Owner of St. Peters Hair Removal Business Sentenced to 14 Years for Sexual Assault
ST. CHARLES COUNTY * The former owner of a laser hair removal business was sentenced Wednesday to 14 years in prison for sexually assaulting four of his customers.Lawrence P. Branam, 51, of the 1400 block of Norwood Hills Drive in O'Fallon, Mo., was...
Gauen: Storm Clouds of Political War Roll into Illinois
"Speaker Madigan, President Cullerton and the politicians they control refuse to act responsibly and reform state government." Lance Trover, spokesman for Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner."Many people in the legislature have core beliefs which say they're...
Help Wanted: Judge, to Hear Stadium Funding Case [Corrected 06/09/ 15]
ST. LOUIS * The lawsuit to sidestep a public vote on stadium funding has its third judge in nearly as many days.The first, Circuit Judge David Dowd, removed himself. About midday Wednesday, attorneys removed the second, Circuit Judge Joan Moriarty.By...
How Do Justices Weigh Loss of Health Insurance for Millions?
WASHINGTON * The Supreme Court could wipe away health insurance for millions of Americans when it resolves the latest fight over the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama's signature health overhaul. But would the court take away a benefit from...
ILLINOIS BASEBALL; O'Fallon Ousts Edwardsville
ALTON * Chris Holba was the forgotten man in the pitching-rich Southwestern Conference this season.And the O'Fallon High senior righthander wouldn't have it any other way.Holba, who spent the regular season in the shadow of a pair of other big-name hurlers,...
Law & Order
ST. LOUIS > Man is charged in double killing * Keith Wright, 24, was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder and armed criminal action for allegedly shooting his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend and another woman Tuesday. Authorities said Wright, of the...
Lead Plaintiff in Nation's Same-Sex Marriage Case Stops in St. Louis to Share His Story of Love and Loss
As the nation waits for the Supreme Court to hand down its decision this month on same-sex marriage, Jim Obergefell is crisscrossing the country sharing his story of love and loss.On Wednesday, he stopped at St. Louis City Hall, where a year ago, four...
Letters to the Editor
'Fess up policy could apply to more than just CEOsI read Jim Gallagher's article in Sunday's paper ("Memo to CEO: Admit your goofs or sink your shares," May 31) with great interest. As I see it, the logic of "if you mess up, 'fess up" applies to elected...
Matt Blunt Reiterates Senator Blunt's Claim They Don't Talk about Business
WASHINGTON * Former Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt reiterated Wednesday what his father, U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, has said in the past: The two do not talk official business about the auto industry that Matt Blunt represents."I'm sure they will try to make it...
Memorial Has Tiger and a Deep Field
DUBLIN, Ohio * Tiger Woods hasn't been this busy on the golf course all year.And the Memorial hasn't even started.Woods began his week by flying to the Pacific Northwest for two days of practice at Chambers Bay, the start of his preparations for the...
Missouri Baseball Championships; Wednesday's Box Scores
Hurley 9, NW-Hughesv. 3Class 1 third-placeAt T.R. Hughes ParkNW-Hughesv. AB R H BI BB SOPowell, cf 4 0 0 0 0 0Rafferty, c 4 0 2 0 0 1Weathers, pr 0 1 0 0 0 0Green, 1b/p 4 1 1 0 0 1Brockman, ss/rf 4 1 2 1 0 0Crosswhite, rf/1b 4 0 0 0 0 3Leicher, p/ss...
Missouri Legislature Throws Common Core Test out the Window
Missouri public school children spent untold hours this spring prepping for a new computer-based standardized test. It required written essays, details to back up answers, and raised concerns that such a drastic change could overstress students and lead...
Mizzou Baseball Sticks with Jamieson
COLUMBIA, Mo. * Tim Jamieson, the longest tenured head coach at Missouri, coached in limbo this season with his contract set to expire at the end of June. The Tigers missed the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in six years but produced the most improved...
MLB Notes: Mariners Acquire Trumbo in Trade with D'backs
Mariners acquire Trumbo in trade with D'backsSlumping Seattle has acquired Mark Trumbo from Arizona as part of a six-player trade in hope of boosting its struggling offense.The two teams announced the trade Wednesday after each had finished off day games....
MLB Roundup: Benches Clear before Marlins Beat Cubs
Marlins beat Cubs after benches clear A bench-clearing confrontation led by injured Miami ace Jose Fernandez and Chicago outfielder Junior Lake ended in a standoff.The game went to host Miami.Giancarlo Stanton and Jeff Baker hit back-to-back homers for...
More Closures Coming as Part of Poplar Street Bridge Ramp Work
Expect overnight closures downtown on northbound and southbound Interstate 55 and westbound Interstate 44 in the coming days as crews place girders and set panels for a new ramp from the westbound Poplar Street Bridge to southbound Interstate 55, the...
Nation Briefs
Family gets Medal of Honor for grandfather but he's notBefore her father died in 2004, Tara Johnson promised she would see his last priority through to the end. For years, Herman Johnson had worked to see his own father World War I hero Henry Johnson...
NBA Finals Put James, Curry in the Spotlight
OAKLAND, Calif. * Stephen Curry was early in his career, a long way from even thinking about the NBA Finals.His Golden State Warriors were in Cleveland, where LeBron James powered one of the best teams in the league. Curry thinks the Warriors lost the...
NBA Notes: Warriors Are a Big Favorite to Win NBA Finals
Warriors heavily favored in Nevada sports booksLeBron James will do more than just make a lot of people in Cleveland happy if he can find a way to lead the Cavaliers over Golden State in the NBA Finals. He'll also make a lot of people a pretty good return...
NCAA Clears Beckner to Join Tigers
COLUMBIA, Mo. * A month ago, Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel was unsure if his prized recruit would be on campus this fall. Terry Beckner Jr., a defensive tackle readymade for the Southeastern Conference trenches, "has work to do" to secure his academic eligibility,...
New Line Theatre Presents the Show It Was Created to Perform
"The Threepenny Opera" is the oldest show New Line Theatre has ever staged.It might also be the hottest, the sharpest and the best.The moment music director Jeffrey Richard Carter and his sly ensemble begin the overture, a shudder of pleasure rips through...
NFL Notes: Yahoo to Stream October Game from London at 8:30 A.m
Yahoo to be carrier of online experiment The NFL announced Wednesday that Yahoo has been chosen to stream the Oct. 25 matchup in London between Buffalo and Jacksonville.It previously had been announced that the contest, which is scheduled to start at...
NHL Notes: Bettman Sees Sunny Side to Future of the League
Bettman sees sunny side to future of the leagueCommissioner Gary Bettman sees few glaring problems with the NHL as the Stanley Cup finals got underway in a model Sun Belt hockey market, and he is eager to soothe any worries about two of his league's...
Obama: China 'Putting out Feelers' about Joining Trade Pact
WASHINGTON * President Barack Obama said China has made inquiries about potentially joining a Trans-Pacific trade agreement in the future, introducing a new variable to an unfolding debate in Congress over granting him the power to negotiate such international deals.In...
People
Jenner show starting in July on E! network The TV docu-series that will follow Caitlyn Jenner on her journey as a transgender woman has a title: "I Am Cait." The E! network, which will air the program starting July 26, announced the title and a trailer...
Ray Kennedy, Renowned Jazz Pianist from St. Louis, Dies at 58 from MS
Ray Kennedy was a renowned jazz pianist at the top of his form in 2006 when he began to develop symptoms of multiple sclerosis.But Mr. Kennedy, who grew up in Maplewood, continued playing. He was in high demand, had traveled the world with The John Pizzarelli Trio,...
Report: Chinese Companies Invested Nearly $46B in U.S. since 2000
WASHINGTON * In October 2014, executives from the Chinese technology company Lenovo celebrated their acquisition of Motorola by eating a deep-dish pizza in Chicago. The very same month, a little-known Chinese insurance company announced its intention...
Settlement in Federal Lawsuit Abolishes Cash Bail for Velda City Offenses
VELDA CITY * Velda City can no longer jail people in lieu of cash bail for municipal offenses, a practice that defense lawyers said essentially punished people because they were poor, under a settlement filed Wednesday in a federal lawsuit.The lawyers...
Shrauner, James Ely Died June 1
Shrauner, James Ely died June 1, 2015 at Brooking Park, Chesterfield, Missouri from complications of Parkinson's disease. Born March 10, 1933 in Dodge City, Kansas, Ely grew up in nearby Cimarron. He worked on the railroad and as a night janitor to put himself...
Sports Shorts: Festival of Miles Is Thursday at SLUH
The eighth annual Festival of Miles, scheduled for Thursday at St. Louis University High, features two professional races along with six races for high school runners. Festivities start at 6:30 p.m. with some youth events before the main lineup begins...
St. Charles County Foster Care Mom Gets Suspended Sentence for Injuries to Infant
ST. CHARLES COUNTY * A former St. Charles County foster mother got a suspended 14-year prison sentence Wednesday in a case in which an infant in her care nearly died.Terri Lynn Cronin, 51, formerly of the 3600 block of Meadowglen Court, originally was...
Task Force Taps Firm for Stadium Site Cleanup
ST. LOUIS * Gov. Jay Nixon's two-man stadium task force has picked a politically connected and much-scrutinized St. Louis firm to study toxic conditions on and under the footprint of a proposed new football arena.The public board that runs the Edward...
Third-Period Surge Vaults Chicago over Tampa Bay in Opener of Cup Finals
TAMPA, Fla. * After 53 minutes of scoreless frustration, the Chicago Blackhawks needed less than two minutes more to roar on top in the Stanley Cup finals opener.Teuvo Teravainen and Antoine Vermette scored 1:58 apart late in the third period, and the...
Urban Farmers Find New Fields, Comforts of Home in Berkeley
BERKELEY * The sweet potatoes, okra and tomatoes are a little behind schedule, but there were no complaints this week from the men and women working a hilltop farm in Berkeley.Farming in Berkeley?Turns out, it's even better than farming in Kinloch.Last...
U.S. Steel Companies File Complaints about Imports of Corrosion- Resistant Steel
WASHINGTON * U.S. steel companies on Wednesday filed a complaint with the U.S. government over cheaper imports of corrosion- resistant steel from China, India, Italy, South Korea and Taiwan, kicking off a process that could end in import duties.The companies...
Wellston Mayor Gets Community Support for Decision to Outsource Policing
WELLSTON * Most residents who packed a Wellston City Council meeting Wednesday night rallied around Mayor Nathaniel Griffin, who had led a surprise move this week to disband the city's police department and contract with Vinita Park for police services, despite...
Wong Providing Spark at Plate
When Cardinals first baseman Mark Reynolds watches teammate Kolten Wong lead off an inning in the batter's box, he notices a different hitter from the one he saw at the start of 2015.For one, Reynolds says the second baseman is more comfortable in the...
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