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Articles from February 22, 2016

10 Years on, Iraq Scarred from Attack on Shiite Shrine
SAMARRA, Iraq * Ten years after Sunni extremists blew up a revered Shiite shrine, igniting the worst sectarian violence Iraq had ever seen, the country remains deeply divided, with the Islamic State group facing off against increasingly powerful Shiite militias.The...
5 Years after Quake, New Zealand City's Heart Still Missing
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand * Five years after an earthquake in Christchurch killed 185 people and destroyed hundreds of buildings, some residents have taken to calling it the "Donut City." The ravaged city center is still largely an empty core, and it's...
Blues' Steen out for at Least a Month
The Blues' season has come down to this: Every silver lining comes with its very own dark cloud.Their training room should come equipped with a revolving door. When Patrik Berglund returned to the lineup Jan. 2, within a week the Blues lost Jay Bouwmeester,...
Cards Look beyond Height When Assessing Pitchers
JUPITER, Fla. * Aware that opponents would take notice of his slight frame and make some assumptions about his stuff, pitcher Luke Weaver decided to pitch to type.Years before turning pro with the Cardinals, Weaver would purposefully dial back during...
Cards Might Start Season with 11 Pitchers
JUPITER, Fla. * There have been very few, if any occasions, in Mike Matheny's first four seasons as Cardinals manager when he has had only 11 pitchers on his club rather than at least 12 for a particular game. This especially was true in the previous...
College Basketball Roundup: Wichita State Wins MVC Regular-Season Title Again
Ron Baker scored 14 points and visiting Wichita State rolled over Indiana State 84-51 on Sunday afternoon to win its third consecutive Missouri Valley Conference regular-season title. Before the game, the Shockers had been guaranteed at least a tie for...
Common Software Would Have Let FBI Unlock Shooter's iPhone
WASHINGTON * The county government that owned the iPhone at the center of a high-profile legal battle between Apple Inc. and the Justice Department paid for but never installed a feature that would have allowed the FBI to easily and immediately unlock...
Daytona 500 Notes: Hendrick Team Has Rough Day at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. * Chase Elliott strode through the Daytona garage, a favorite to the fans screaming his name."We still love the 24!"Elliott may not have felt the same way.The pole-sitter's run at a Daytona 500 victory ended in the grass, the first...
Deadly North India Protests Lead to New Delhi Water Shortage
NEW DELHI * Authorities in India's capital have closed schools and taken other measures to combat water supply problems caused by violent protests in a neighboring state that have left at least 12 people dead.Thousands of underprivileged people who are...
Editorial: Missouri Senators Vote to Keep the Lobby Door Revolving
About that editorial we published last week noting the progress the Missouri Legislature had made on certain aspects of ethics reform: Never mind.On Thursday, the day that editorial ran in the paper, the Missouri Senate derailed the first piece of House-passed...
Editorial: Once Again, the Legislature Meddles with the City's Finances
The Missouri Legislature can't seem to stop itself from sticking its nose in the city of St. Louis' business. First the lawmakers said the city, despite its homicide rate, couldn't have stricter gun laws than the rest of the state. Then they said the...
Education Digest
MARYVILLE UNIVERSITY > Schoool approves tuition freeze * Maryville University has announced a tuition freeze to undergraduate programs for the 2016-17 academic year following record enrollment growth. The university also announced that student fees will...
Golf Roundup
Fraser wins inaugural Malaysian tournamentAustralian Marcus Fraser made a curling 18-foot putt for par on the final hole Sunday for a 3-under 68 to win the inaugural Maybank Championship Malaysia by two strokes over Lee Soo-min of South Korea.Fraser...
Gunman Kills 6 at Apartment Complex, Dealership, Restaurant
KALAMAZOO, Mich. * A gunman who seemed to choose his victims at random opened fire outside an apartment complex, a car dealership and a restaurant in Michigan, killing six people in a rampage that lasted nearly seven hours, police said.Authorities identified...
Hamlin Wins Daytona 500 Thriller
DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. * When he was in second grade, Denny Hamlin wrote a letter to himself wishing for a Daytona 500 victory.His childlike cursive stated he wanted to win the race in 1998. Hamlin had to wait considerably longer, just not as long as team owner...
Hochman: Patrick Is Unsung Hero for Cardinals
JUPITER, Fla. * As he promenaded about the Cardinals clubhouse Sunday, this guy had some sort of a magnetism to him, like a popular ex-ballplayer, back to see the boys. But I didn't recognize this guy from the mental packs and stacks of baseball cards...
Illini Squander Lead in Loss at Wisconsin
MADISON, Wis. * For nearly 28 minutes Sunday night, Illinois kept hitting tough shots and Wisconsin kept missing them from all over the floor.It added up to 13-point deficit with about 12 minutes to go, the type of adversity that might have tripped up...
Islamic State Bombings Rock Syria as World Powers Seek Truce
BEIRUT * Bombings claimed by Islamic State in the Syrian cities of Damascus and Homs killed nearly 130 people on Sunday, highlighting the threat posed by the extremists as the country's warring factions fight for the northern city of Aleppo and world powers...
Jim Thomas on Football: Draft Class of 2011 Could Be One for the Ages
As the football world gathers this week in Indianapolis to get a handle on the draft Class of 2016 at the NFL Scouting Combine, it now seems obvious where the gold standard has been set.That would be the Class of 2011, which was showcased in Super Bowl...
Lawyers on Both Sides of Michael Brown Wrongful-Death Suit Want Grand Jury Witness Names
Plaintiffs, defendants agree * Lawyers for Brown's family and the Ferguson defendants want unredacted copies of testimonyProsecutors oppose * Witnesses appeared before the grand jury on the condition they would be anonymousST. LOUIS * St. Louis County...
Letters to the Editor, Feb. 22
Republicans don't want to preserve public landsI read the article "Bill would force state sale of 4,200 acres in Ozarks" (Feb. 17) on the Missouri House bill that would require the state to sell the new state park on the Eleven Point River. As an avid...
Messenger: Like NFL Players, Ex-NHL Players Turn to Court over Concussions
Rudy Poeschek doesn't remember precisely when he was drafted into the National Hockey League."I think it was 1985," he told me in a recent phone interview from Kamloops, British Columbia, where he lives. "Maybe it was 1986."Some of the details, though,...
Missouri Public Defender Director Warns His Department Is in Crisis
JEFFERSON CITY * The director of Missouri's public defenders is warning that the state's chronically underfunded system for representing poor people has become a "house of cards" that could face a federal lawsuit if it's not improved.The Office of the...
MLB Notes: Marlins Must Be Clean-Shaven
Marlins have to be clean-shaven this yearFor the first time in his major league career, Don Mattingly's team has a policy of no facial hair.And as the Miami Marlins' new manager, he's the one enforcing the rule.The Marlins allowed players to have beards...
Nation Briefs
Snowden wants extradition dealSpeaking via Skype from Russia, Edward Snowden told an audience of supporters in New Hampshire on Saturday that he was willing to be extradited to the United States if the federal government would guarantee him a fair trial.The...
NBA Roundup: Cavs Roll by Thunder; Pelicans' Davis Scores 59 Points
Kevin Love scored 29 points to help the streaking Cleveland Cavaliers roll past host Oklahoma City 115-92 on Sunday. He made nine of his 18 shots from the field and 11 of his 12 free throws.LeBron James added 25 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds,...
New Owner of St. Louis Outlet Mall Faces Turnaround Challenge
Even for those who consider a problem an opportunity, making a success of St. Louis Outlet Mall represents a big challenge.The 1.2 million-square-foot shopping center that cost $250 million to open in 2003 sold this month for $4.4 million.Real estate...
NHL Roundup: Wild Roll Past Blackhawks
Jason Pominville and Erik Haula each had a goal and two assists, and the Minnesota Wild celebrated the first outdoor game in franchise history with a 6-1 victory Sunday over the Chicago Blackhawks.In front of a crowd of 50,426 at TCF Bank Stadium on...
People
Dalai Lama, 80, marks Tibetan new year in good healthThe Dalai Lama is assuring his followers that he is in good health, despite receiving treatment in the U.S. for a prostate condition.The Tibetan Buddhist leader, 80, spoke to about 3,000 people Sunday...
Pope to Catholic Leaders: Don't Allow Executions This Year
VATICAN CITY * Pope Francis urged Catholic leaders on Sunday to show "exemplary" courage by not allowing executions this year, while expressing hope that eventually the death penalty will be abolished worldwide.Francis told tourists and pilgrims in St....
Preview: Blues vs. Sharks
When * 7 p.m. MondayWhere * Scottrade CenterTV, radio * NBCSN, KMOX (1120 AM)Blues * The Blues will be bidding for a season-best sixth straight victory. They are 6-0-1 in their last seven games, with a 2- 1 shootout loss to Winnipeg the only blemish...
Removal of International Catholic Priest from Belleville Diocese Kept Quiet Locally
CHRISTOPHER, Ill. * Southern Illinois farming communities produce a lot of corn and soybeans, but not many priests these days.The Belleville Diocese, the organization that oversees Roman Catholic churches in the region, depends on the church's international...
Rubio, Cruz Jostle to Claim 'Alternative-to-Trump' Vote
FRANKLIN, Tenn. * Republican Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz battled to emerge as the true anti-Trump on Sunday as the billionaire businessman took an ever-so-brief break from his trademark braggadocio to say his drive for the GOP nomination isn't unstoppable...
Sports Digest: U.S. Defeats Canada in Women's Soccer Final
U.S. defeats Canada in women's soccer finalLindsey Horan and Tobin Heath scored in the second half and the United States defeated Canada 2-0 Sunday in the final match at the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament in Houston.Both teams had already claimed...
St. Peters Church Honors First Responders
ST. PETERS * The fire trucks, police cars and military vehicle dotting the parking lot offered the first indication that the Sunday service at the First Assembly Church of St. Peters might differ from the norm.Indeed it did when the drivers of those...
Unstoppable AC/DC Is Rock Solid at Scottrade
With a spate of recent high-profile deaths, the classic rock game is starting to seem like a war of attrition.In rock, as in the real thing, though, the story isn't told by those who have fallen, but rather those left standing.AC/DC found that out a...
Watkins, Paul Allen
Watkins, Paul Allen, Jr. 71, a longtime resident of Fenton, died Feb. 19, 2016 at his home. Mr. Watkins was born July 3, 1944, in St. Joseph, Mo. He earned a Bachelor of Journalism degree and two master's degrees from the University of Missouri, and...
Watson Caps Eventful Week with Win in Northern Trust Open
LOS ANGELES * Bubba Watson packed plenty of memories from his week in LA. He has a kidney stone as a keepsake. He had a cameo in "Girl Meets World." He received a text Sunday morning from Steph Curry offering shooting tips to Watson's son. And he capped...
What's Up
THIS DAY IN 1918ALTON GIANT BORNThe tallest person in recorded history, Robert Pershing Wadlow, is born. He grew to be 8 feet, 11 inches tall. He lived in Alton until his death July 15, 1940.EVENTSBASKETBALL BENEFITWhen * 5:30 p.m. Thursday Where * Moloney...
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