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Articles from January 31, 2016

'Above and Beyond' Lets Visitors Fly High at Science Center
"Above and Beyond" lives up to its name: It takes the visitor from the beginning of flight into its present and offers a glimpse of the future all while providing fascinating looks at aerospace science.There are cool models of futuristic aircraft and...
A Call to Action from 2016 Hopefuls: Please, Iowans, Vote
MANCHESTER, Iowa * Bernie Sanders implored Iowa supporters Saturday to get on their feet in two days and turn their months- long infatuation with his upstart campaign into actual votes a call to action echoed by Democratic and Republican hopefuls in...
African Mask Bulbs Can Be Repotted
Q * I separated two African Mask plants and found six pea-size bulbs in the soil. Should I let them dry then plant them in small pots?A * Alocasia x amazonica 'African Mask' bulbils that are that small would be vulnerable to desiccation if left uncovered...
Aisha Sultan: Catching Your Child Sexting, Now What?
More than a hundred teens in Canon City, Colo., were saved from a sexting scarlet letter last month.Prosecutors decided not to press child pornography or other charges, which would have forced the middle- and high-school students to register as sex offenders...
Along for the Ride: Taxi Commission Trucks on as Some Try to End It
The debate about ride-hailing has shined a spotlight on a regulatory board that has operated for years with little notice, and is spurring calls for new laws that would make it obsolete.Splashy St. Louis Metropolitan Taxicab Commission meetings in recent...
America and Its Politics in Flux as 2016 Voting Begins
DES MOINES, Iowa * First there was the promise of political change in Barack Obama's historic 2008 election. Then the pledge to upend Washington's ways after the 2010 Tea Party wave.But for some Americans, the change and disruption have come too slowly,...
Answering the Call to Teach in Urban Catholic Schools
In her first year working in campus ministry, Elise Earley couldn't shake the call she felt to serve, but in a different way.She prayed, looking for direction from God about where she could make the most difference.Teaching, she realized, could be that...
An Unusual Insanity Plea Highlights the Limits of State Mental Health Services
FULTON, Mo. * Had it not been for his insanity plea, Sean Cory Carter might have served just 10 days in jail for hitting a mental health worker in the eye in 1992.That's all the time the state prosecutor recommended in the misdemeanor case.Instead, his...
Arts News
SLSO to perform Bowie tribute * You may feel your baby's fun has gone with the recent death of David Bowie, but the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra will create some dance magic in his memory in "Tribute to David Bowie," as a part of the Live at Powell Hall series.The...
Ask the Road Crew: Light Timing on Ballas, Kingshighway Bridge Update
Chat with Andrew Gates of the Missouri Department of Transportation, Steve Runde of the St. Louis Streets Division and David Wrone of the St. Louis County Department of Transportation each Wednesday at 1 p.m. at STLtoday.com/chat. Here is an excerpt from...
At Home: Passion for Design Carries over into His Own Home
At age 4, Jacob Laws walked into his Aunt Christine's home and announced, "I love your window treatments." Silky, voluminous and ring-hung, her draperies were "very 'Dynasty,'" he says, recalling the over-the-top, quintessentially 1980s prime-time TV...
Before 'Affluenza' Case, Teen's Family Tangled with the Law
DALLAS * Ethan Couch was behind the wheel of a pickup, reeking of booze, when police confronted him. He had no drivers license. Next to him was a passed-out, half-naked girl, and an open vodka bottle lay on the backseat floor.Still, as one officer reported,...
Best-Selling Books for the Week That Ended Jan. 24
Here are the best-selling books from Publishers Weekly for the week that ended Jan. 24.HARDCOVER FICTION1. "Blue" * Danielle Steel2. "My Name Is Lucy Barton" * Elizabeth Strout3. "The Girl on the Train" * Paula Hawkins4. "Rogue Lawyer" * John Grisham5....
Book about Teresa Butz's Murder Delves into Life of Former St. Louisan
Teresa Butz, a proud daughter of south St. Louis, was murdered and her partner attacked on a summer night in 2009 in their home in Seattle.The attacker, now serving life in prison, had mental problems obvious to many, but apparently not recognized at...
British Explorer Henry Worsley Dies on Solo Antarctic Trek
LONDON * A British adventurer attempting to become the first person to cross the Antarctic alone and unsupported has died after collapsing from exhaustion within miles of his goal.Former army officer Henry Worsley was just 30 miles from the end of the...
Colbert, William "Bill" Clark Passed Away Peacefully Surrounded by His Family on January 29
Colbert, William "Bill" Clarkpassed away peacefully surrounded by his family on January 29, 2016. He was 71 years old. Bill enjoyed "taking the scenic route" in life. Born in St. Louis on June 23, 1944 to Lydia (McDaniel) and Harold Colbert, Bill was...
College Basketball Roundup: No. 5 Texas A&M Stops No. 14 Iowa State
Texas A&M upends Iowa StateDanuel House scored 20 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer late in the second half that sent No. 5 Texas A&M past No. 14 Iowa State 72-62 Saturday in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. He had 12 points in the final 4 minutes."That...
Craft Beer 101
The craft-beer world is a rapidly evolving landscape, full of distinct flavors and nuance. However, in this vast expanse, there are the "big three" styles that overshadow all others: IPA, stout and sour are the power trio of craft beer. No party should...
Crews, Samuel Tribble
Crews, Samuel Tribble, V Samuel Tribble Crews, V 69, a noted leader in US Army efforts to enhance the proficiency and safety of helicopters, died Friday, January 22, 2016, at his home in University City. Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, February...
Culinary Library
DRY-CURING PORKBy Hector Kent | wwnorton.comWRITTEN BY BETHANY CHRISTOMove over bacon - or at least make room for more mouthwatering charcuterie including salami, pancetta, coppa, prosciutto and more in Dry-Curing Pork, filled with step-by-step instructions...
Deaths Elsewhere
Georgia Davis Powers * A giant in the fight for civil rights in Kentucky, and the first African-American woman elected to the state Senate, has died. She was 92.She died about 3:40 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 30, 2016) at her brother's home in Louisville, said...
Denver Jail Death Puts New Light on Common Restraint Tactic
DENVER * The death of a 112-pound jail inmate who choked on his own vomit and suffocated after Denver sheriff's deputies restrained him during a psychotic episode is drawing new attention to the way he was subdued: facedown on his stomach with five deputies...
Despite Kvetching, Most Consumers Satisfied with Health Plans, Poll Finds
Bashing insurance companies may be a popular pastime, but a poll released Thursday found most people were satisfied with their choices of doctors and even thought the cost of their health coverage was reasonable.The Kaiser Family Foundation poll revealed...
Editorial: Ferguson Facing Critical, and Expensive, Decisions
On page 10 of the 131-page proposed consent decree between the city of Ferguson and the U.S. Department of Justice, at subparagraph (e) of paragraph 38 (out of 465), the city agrees to repeal its "manner of walking along roadway" offense.That's the one...
Errors Plague SLU in Loss to Duquesne
Looking for something to help maintain hope for the rest of the season, St. Louis University's improved ball protection seemed a legitimate affirmation that strides had been made.However, even that point of pride was lost Saturday as the Billikens committed...
Expert Tips for Your Spring Training Vacation
Spring training is a right of passage for every die-hard Cardinals fan. It's a chance to combine vacation with the opportunity to see the Cards up close. The intimacy of Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla., combined with the proximity of the beach is...
Family Events
Family Sundays: Modern Mash-up * Daring designs and awesome architecture will be highlighted. Family tour leaves at 2:30 p.m. 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the St. Louis Art Museum, One Fine Arts Drive. Free. 314-721-0072Family Days * Saturday Family Days are...
Fan Fuel
The Super Bowl is an American classic - every year, family and friends of all ages don team colors and gather around ever-larger televisions to cheer on their respective teams until a victor emerges. But the battle is a friendly affair, filled with jubilant shouts...
Ferguson Residents Weigh Cost of Reform
APPROVE IT, and hope voters OK taxes to cover the cost.THE RISK: Ferguson already confronts $2.8 million deficitREJECT IT, and hope to prevail in federal lawsuit that's sure to follow.THE RISK: Only one agency has prevailed against the Justice Department---The...
Gallagher: Is Your Kid Worth $240,000?
Thank heaven nobody reads this column. If it had a big following, the human race might end.To see why, let's look at the monstrous cost of procreation.The government says it costs an average of $240,000 to raise a child here in the urban Midwest. For...
Golf Roundup: Spieth Moves Up inSingapore
Spieth just three behindJordan Spieth inched closer to the top of the leaderboard after a long and frustrating day at the Singapore Open on Saturday.Despite not playing his best in the sweltering humidity of Southeast Asia, the top-ranked Spieth kept...
Health Events
Free Health Insurance Enrollment Event * Whether an individual is enrolling for the first time or re-enrolling for 2016, Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation makes signing up simple. Together with Get Covered Illinois, the state's official Health...
Heiman, Constance L. (Nee Brockmeyer) Born February 18th
Heiman, Constance L.(nee Brockmeyer) born February 18th, 1924, passed away quietly on January 15th, 2016. Jordan L. Heiman, her husband of sixty-nine years, died on June 7th, 2015. Connie's love of the arts ranged from the visual arts to music, poetry...
Highlighting St. Louis' 'Best' Wedding & Event Professionals; 2ND ANNUAL BEST OF THE BEST AWARDS 2015
In a room filled with St. Louis' "best" on Jan. 7, St. Louis' Best Bridal and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch celebrated wedding and event specialists' expertise, competence and pride in supporting bridal couples who plan a commitment for their future together.Mary...
Hochman: Chaminade's Tatum Draws a Full House
The high school boy wore his Sunday best Saturday, and six minutes after noon, the team manager carefully, almost ceremoniously, placed each folding chair along what would become the bench. These courtside seats were the only actual seats in Danis Fieldhouse,...
Hopkins Captures Fourth Successive Crown
FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS * Fletcher Hopkins is easy to spot at the bowling alley.He's the one with the ball that says, "BITE ME!"The Mascoutah High senior has been using the 15-pound, purple- and-black ball since before high school, when he and Steve Hopkins bowled...
Horrigan: Would John Wayne Vote for Donald Trump, or Shoot Him?
I miss John Wayne.John Wayne would know what to do about ISIS. For one thing, he'd call them ISIS, not ISIL or IS or Daesh. John Wayne wouldn't mess with them.Donald Trump said he would "bomb the (stuff) out of ISIS," and he didn't use the politically...
Hot Putter Carries Choi to Share of Farmers Insurance Open Lead
SAN DIEGO * K.J. Choi one-putted his last six holes Saturday to salvage an even-par 72 and a share of the lead with Scott Brown going into a final round at the Farmers Insurance Open that seems to have everyone nervous.The biggest threat might be a forecast...
How I Did It: Life Change Started with 21 Days
For Lynda Levy Clark, the road to better health and wellness began in her condo. "I needed a healthier lifestyle," she says. "I've always liked to exercise but hadn't been regularly active in a while, so I started at home with the a set of DVDs from...
How Social Networks Improve Recovery from Stroke, Stroke Survivor Turns the Research into Art
When patients come Dr. Amar Dhand's office for their first follow- up appointment after having stroke, the neurologist tells them what they need to do to get better: Stop smoking, eat a Mediterranean diet, exercise and drink in moderation.Dhand says...
Is Clinton Marriage a Rehash or Relevant? Voters Seem Split
WASHINGTON * It's fair game. It's ancient history.It's political. It's personal.Like it or not, the long-running drama of Hillary Clinton's marriage her husband's infidelity and how she dealt with it is back as a subtext in this year's presidential...
Kansas Surges Past Kentucky in Overtime
LAWRENCE, Kan. * Wayne Selden Jr. scored a career-high 33 points, seven in overtime, and fourth-ranked Kansas beat No. 20 Kentucky 90- 84 on Saturday night in the premier showdown of the Big 12/SEC Challenge.Frank Mason III added 13 points and eight...
Kerber Stuns Williams in Australian Open Final
MELBOURNE, Australia * After all the advice that Steffi Graf gave her, Angelique Kerber was able to return a favor to the retired champion on Saturday.Graf's record of 22 Grand Slam singles titles in the Open era is intact for now after Kerber staged...
Law & Order
UNIVERSITY CITY > St. Louis man charged in fatal stabbing * The St. Louis County prosecuting attorney's office has charged a man in the homicide of August Lombardo, who was found stabbed to death Jan. 20 in his home in the 7100 block of Amherst Avenue.Gregory...
Made in St. Louis: Counterculture Puerto Rican Minimalist Designer
NASHELI JULIANADesigner * Nasheli Juliana Ortiz GonzalezAge * 33Family * Husband, Emilio, married 9 years; children Diego, 10; Sebastian, 8; Ysabela, 5; pets Camilla (dog) and Frida (cat)Home * ShrewsburyWhat she makes * Minimalist, structured and conceptual...
Maggie Smith Leaves 'Downton' Behind for 'Lady in the Van'
LONDON * Filthy, dressed in rags and living in a battered old van, Maggie Smith's latest character is a long way from "Downton Abbey" and the actress couldn't be happier.Smith has shed her "Downton"-era corsets and hats to play an eccentric elderly...
Man vs. Rapids: Kayaker Sets Record Grand Canyon River Trip
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. * A Denver man has logged the fastest Grand Canyon river trip on record, battling blisters and rapids as he paddled his kayak down a 277-mile stretch of the Colorado River in 34 hours and two minutes.Ben Orkin, 25, reached the end of...
Martz Miffed by Hall Snub of Rams WRs
In less than a week, the Pro Football Hall of Fame's selection committee will gather in San Francisco to elect the Class of 2016.Among the 15 modern-era finalists are wide receivers Marvin Harrison and Terrell Owens. For the life of him, former Rams...
McClellan: Illinois Doctor May Be One Toke over the Regulatory Line
When I visited the Pied Pfiefer Compassionate Care Clinic in Marion in the spring of 2014, there was a shadow over the place. The Illinois Department of Professional Registration had subpoened some of Dr. Bodo Schneider's charts. Nothing had come of...
Messenger: Valley Park Annexation Tiff Offers Lesson for Entire Area
One by one, the business owners walked up to the microphone in the Valley Park Lions Club.Some were matter-of-fact. Others were outright angry.Every one of them opposed annexation of the Tree Court Industrial Park by the city of Valley Park."This is...
Mound City Money
From David Nicklaus' blog about St. Louis business. STLtoday.com/ moundcitymoneyLocal VC funding heats up * St. Louis is not, and probably will never be, Silicon Valley. When it comes to raising money for startup companies, though, it is experiencing...
Muny Announces Directors for 2016
Puppeteer and actor John Tartaglia, who played the Cat in the Hat in the Muny's 2014 production of "Seussical" and the Genie in its 2012 production of "Aladdin," returns to direct the opening show of the 2016 season, "The Wizard of Oz" (June 13-22).Tartaglia...
Nation Briefs
Remaining California escapees are recapturedThe two Orange County, Calif., jail escapees who remained at large after a daring escape Jan. 22 were arrested in San Francisco after a woman noticed a van in a parking lot matching the description of the one...
New in Theaters
"45 Years" *** (R; 1:35) * Tom Courtenay and Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling deliver fine performances in director Andrew Haigh's insightful and uncompromising portrait of a marriage. The film dares to depict something far more volatile than gunfights...
NFL Notes: Manziel Investigated after Altercation
Manziel investigated after altercationCleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel is being investigated by police in Texas following a disturbance during which he may have assaulted his ex-girlfriend.Manziel, who has had two tumultuous seasons in the...
No.1 Oklahoma Roars Back, Trips LSU
BATON ROUGE, La. * Oklahoma senior Buddy Hield has taken plenty of shots in crunch time, and could not have looked more comfortable letting it fly again while his team roared back from a double-digit deficit in front of a packed, hostile and fully wound-up...
Over 1 Million Face Loss of Food Aid over Work Requirements
JEFFERSON CITY * More than 1 million low-income residents in 21 states could soon lose their government food stamps if they fail to meet work requirements that began kicking in this month.The rule change in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program...
People
Bowie wanted ashes scattered in BaliRock legend David Bowie wanted his ashes scattered in Bali "in accordance with the Buddhist rituals," and he left most of his estate to his two children and his widow, the supermodel Iman, according to his will filed...
'People V. O.J. Simpson' Turns American Tragedy into Great Television
A beloved, immensely wealthy football hero.His beautiful ex-wife.And murder.Twenty years ago, America was obsessed with the sensational O.J. Simpson trial, as the gridiron star turned broadcaster assembled a legal dream team to fight charges that he...
Protect Yourself against Scams during Tax Season
It's income tax time, and most Americans are looking forward to refunds. Thieves are looking forward to them too to swiping refunds through identity theft.They're "phishing" for personal financial information with bogus emails, then filing false returns...
Reed Farrel Coleman's New Series Leads with Superb Detective Novel
Gus Murphy was looking forward to retirement after a distinguished career as a Long Island policeman, but when his son dropped dead of an undiagnosed heart defect during a pickup basketball game, Gus's life all but ended, too.His marriage couldn't endure...
Rodney Woidtke, Key Figure in High-Profile Belleville Murder, Completes Sad Life
Billie Fowler is the kind of woman who knows exactly what she thinks and says it plainly. She aches for her murdered daughter but allows no "what if this" or "what if that" to creep in. It happened, and she moved on.For more than 27 years, Fowler has...
Sound Off: Kroenke, NFL Are All Business
COMING TO KROENKE'S DEFENSEAllow me to come to the defense of Stan Kroenke in the wake of all the harsh criticism he's been receiving for moving the Rams back to Los Angeles.First and foremost, Kroenke doesn't owe St. Louis and Rams fans anything. It's...
Sports Digest: Blast Blow out Ambush
Blast blow out AmbushThe Baltimore Blast lived up to their nickname Saturday night, blasting the Ambush 6-1 in a Major Arena Soccer League game before 5,721 fans at Family Arena. The Blast (12-1) got two goals and two assists from Tony Donatelli. Victor...
Spotlight: Readers Rave for More River-Crossing Roads
Last week, spurred by a reader's question, we checked the history of three "ferry" roads Lemay, Tesson and Dougherty.This week, sparked by readers' responses, we look at two other streets whose names are connected to river crossings:One of the older...
Spring Makes a January Appearance
Spring for a day.Saturday was good for skateboarding, jogging in shorts, getting the classic Cadillac convertible out of the garage, playing golf in shirtsleeves and skating through puddles at Steinberg Rink.Fifty days before the start of spring on March...
St. Cronan's Priest Defends Work of Catholic Pastors
Priests are supposed to love children.That's the message of a self-published book, "Are You Still a Priest?" by the Rev. Gerald J. Kleba, pastor of St. Cronan Roman Catholic Church in St. Louis.About 14 years ago, Kleba took over as pastor of a parish devastated...
St. Louisan Relives Simpson Trial in 'People V. O.J.'
Sterling K. Brown is a man in the middle in FX's "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story."As Assistant District Attorney Christopher Darden, the St. Louis native is a black man seen as being on the wrong side of a case that has divided the...
St. Louis Theater Circle Announces 2016 Nominations
With 30 nominations across many categories, the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis brings a substantial presence into the 2016 St. Louis Theater Circle Awards.Now in their fourth year, the awards honor outstanding work in St. Louis professional theater....
Sunday's Sports on the Air
ACTION SPORTS11 a.m. Winter X Games: Skiing, Snowboarding, ESPNAUTO RACING6 a.m. IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship: Daytona, FS19:30 a.m. IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship: Daytona, FS2Noon IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship: Daytona,...
Super Bowl Features 1-2 Picks from 2011
DENVER * In 2011, the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos were picking through the rubble of seasons gone horribly wrong and a draft board that was unusually loaded with talent at the top.The Panthers picked Cam Newton with the first overall pick and the...
Tarasenko Is Embracing the Spotlight
NASHVILLE * The NHL All-Star Game on Sunday at Bridgestone Arena is one of the rare occasions in which the Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko will not be singled out by the opposing coach beforehand. Here, everyone is a marked man.In locker rooms around the league,...
Tarasenko Soaks Up Skills Competition
NASHVILLE * The Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko didn't break much of a sweat Saturday night in the NHL Skills Competition, nearly reduced to a spectator at Bridgestone Arena.One of the NHL's top scorers, Tarasenko participated in three events, but only one...
TD by Soldan's McRoberts Helps South Defeat North in Senior Bowl
MOBILE, Ala. * Before Saturday, a player from Southeast Missouri State never had played in the Senior Bowl. But not only did Paul McRoberts break that streak, he did it in style.McRoberts, a wide receiver who went to Soldan High, caught a touchdown pass,...
'The Portable Veblen' Is an Idiosyncratic but Funny Read
A squirrel runs through it, a "fluffy Sciurus griseus... Its topcoat was charcoal, its chest as white as an oxford shirt, its tail as rakish as the feather in a conquistador's cap." Elizabeth McKenzie's "The Portable Veblen" mixes natural history, magical realism...
The Truth Behind Standing Desks
If sitting is the new smoking, then quitting the sedentary habit can be just as tough. There have been a slew of headlines linking sitting at a desk for hours to high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, muscle degeneration, a bad back and a slower...
Tips to Make Your Home More Pet-Friendly
Q * I love my pets, but I don't love the mess that they make. How can I make my home more pet-friendly so it's easier to keep clean?A * For houses with beloved pets, spills and stains are unavoidable. If you're routinely battling stains, there are a...
Tyco Deal Shows Need for a Grand Bargain on Corporate Taxes
Tyco International isn't quite the mother of all corporate inversions, but it is the mother of a lot of them.The industrial company merged with security firm ADT in 1997, moving its headquarters offshore in the process. It has since hopscotched from...
Undermanned Bulldogs Too Much for Mizzou
COLUMBIA, MO. * There's no way to officially measure a team's rock bottom, but the Missouri Tigers might have scraped unseen depths with their latest loss.Hosting a Mississippi State team that left its leading scorer, rebounder and only credible inside...
U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Who Played Lacrosse in St. Louis Area Shares Her View of Afghanistan
ST. LOUIS * As a young girl growing up in University City, Lydia Fakes frequented Vintage Vinyl in the Loop and played attacker on the lacrosse team at St. Joseph's Academy, a private, Roman Catholic all-girl's high school in Frontenac.Her parents, who...
Want to Feel Better? Move to Hawaii, Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska * If you want to improve your sense of well- being, leave the Lower 48.A new report ranking all 50 states based on residents' sense of well-being puts Hawaii at No. 1, followed by Alaska, which held the top spot last year.Hawaii has...
What's Up
THIS DAY IN 1982More than 18 inches of snow fell from Jan. 30-31, bringing the city to a halt for days; some schools didn't go back to school until Feb. 8.HEADS UPMS. MISSOURI SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANTInitial screening interviews will be held in early February followed...
World Briefs
Rebels arrive at Syria talksA big delegation representing Syrian opponents of President Bashar Assad arrived in Geneva on Saturday, raising hopes that the group will soon agree to join peace talks aimed at ending the war in Syria. The opposition stayed...
Wrestling: Triad Grabs Another Conference Crown
HIGHLAND * While not all the way back, the Triad High wrestling team was robust enough Saturday to capture its ninth consecutive Mississippi Valley Conference Super Duals.The Knights have dealt with injuries across the weight spectrum this season, but...
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