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Articles from March 17, 2016

Adams Feels Comfortable with Swing Changes
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. * When it comes to his re-centered swing, Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams says the "trial period" is over. He's back to feeling comfortable in the box. He can make his adjustments in between pitches, instead of in between at-bats.His...
Almost Gone: Rams Park Will Be Empty in a Week
There will be no convoy of moving trucks at the end of this month departing Rams Park in Earth City. The team's physical departure from St. Louis to Southern California has been going on for most of the past two months gradually but steadily.And now,...
Athletes of the Week for March 17
Hasaan DecarolisSt. Charles West basketballA 5-foot-10 senior guard, Decarolis was the leading scorer on a team that came within one game of advancing to the Class 4 state semifinals. In the sectional round against Kirksville, Decarolis scored a game-high...
Aubuchon, Elizabeth Rae (Nee Sztukowski) Departed This Life on March 14
Aubuchon, Elizabeth Rae (nee Sztukowski) departed this life on March 14, 2016.She is survived by her husband, Joseph R. Aubuchon of Washington, Missouri, sons Todd (Nicole), Bryce (Kathleen) and Derek (Kelly), her granddaughters Allison and Kaley, and...
Bumps in the Road Didn't Derail Incarnate Word's Thirst for Title
BEL-NOR * This time, it was not so easy for the Incarnate Word girls basketball team.First off, there was no Napheesa Collier, who helped guide the Red Knights to three successive Class 4 state titles before heading to the University of Connecticut.There...
Business Digest
Foresight still talking with creditors * St. Louis-based Foresight Energy extended talks with creditors as it has many times since December, as it seeks to restructure more than $1.2 billion in debt. The mining company, which specializes in highly productive Illinois...
Cahokia's Gantt Hopes to Finish College Wrestling Career on Top
When Pat Popolizio took over as wrestling coach at North Carolina State in 2012, he knew he had some work to do."At that point, the reputation of the program was not a very positive one," Popolizio said. "As someone on the outside looking in, I knew...
Cardinals Take Reported Allegations from Gay Player 'Very Seriously'
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. * The allegations that a hostile clubhouse environment created by homophobic conversations with his Cardinals teammates drove a gay minor-league pitcher to abandon baseball are being taken "very seriously" by the club and Major...
Chaminade's Talented Senior Class Gets Last Shot at State Title
CREVE COEUR * Chaminade's hopes of a state basketball championship imploded 363 days ago.Not quite a full year, but it's felt like 10 for those who experienced last season's state semifinal loss."It's been a long year to get back to this point," Chaminade coach...
College Basketball Roundup: Holy Cross, Michigan Win in First Four
Holy Cross has a losing record and a long-awaited win in the NCAA Tournament.Robert Champion scored 19 points, including a key 3-pointer in the final minute, to help the Crusaders beat Southern University 59- 55 Wednesday night in Dayton, Ohio, for...
Digest: Laurinaitis Signs with Saints
Former Rams LB Laurinaitis signs with SaintsLinebacker James Laurinaitis became the second longtime Ram to find a new home this week, agreeing to terms with the New Orleans Saints.The Rams' all-time leader in tackles, and a four-time team captain, Laurinaitis...
Editorial: Ferguson's Flip-Flop and the Struggle to Regain Credibility
To its well-deserved embarrassment, the Ferguson City Council reversed itself Tuesday and decided to accept a Justice Department consent decree requiring the city to overhaul its police department. That's the same agreement the council effectively rejected...
Editorial: Sen. Blunt Should Give Supreme Court Nominee a Fair Hearing
Obstructionist GOP senatorsare vowing to block President Barack Obama's nomination of Merrick B. Garland to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Voters should watch closely whether Missouri Republican Sen. Roy Blunt treats this nomination...
Fed Keeps Key Rates Unchanged; Foresees Fewer Hikes in 2016
WASHINGTON * The Federal Reserve is keeping a key interest rate unchanged in light of global pressures that risk slowing the U.S. economy.As a result, Fed officials expect to raise rates more gradually this year than they had envisioned in December....
Front-Runners Feeling Energized by Overwhelming Victories
While Democrats feel more confident that their mainstream candidate Hillary Clinton can start focusing on the November presidential election, Republicans are getting increasingly discouraged about the prospect that candidate Donald Trump may be unstoppable.Both...
Hochman: Keeping Hostility to Yourself
There have been around 2,000 men to ever play for the St. Louis Cardinals. Some of them were gay. Closeted Cardinals, like the minor leaguer Tyler Dunnington, who quit baseball because homophobia in the clubhouse "was affecting my relationships with...
Holy Cross Tops Southern in First Four
Robert Champion scored 19 points, including a key 3-pointer in the final minute, to help Holy Cross beat Southern University 59-55 Wednesday night in Dayton, Ohio for its first NCAA Tournament victory in 63 years.Champion, a junior guard, also made two...
House Votes to Allocate Funds Withheld by Nixon
JEFFERSON CITY > House votes to allocate funds withheld by Nixon * For the first time ever, the Missouri House used a power Wednesday forcing the governor to release less than $1 million he has held back from various programs.Under current law, the governor...
'If/Then' at the Fox Explores Destiny and Chance in Alternate Lives
The musical "If/Then," which just opened at the Fox Theatre, may sound puzzling when you first hear its offbeat story. But when you see it, things clear up quickly: "If/Then" is the daughter of "Rent."It has the same director, Michael Greif. On Broadway,...
Injured Blues Staying in Good Spirits
EDMONTON, Alberta * Alexander Steen, Steve Ott and Brian Elliott came off the ice soaked after a lengthy skate Wednesday morning before the Blues faced the Edmonton Oilers. But the sweat was nothing compared to the sarcasm dripping from their mouths.The...
Kansas Looks for Deeper Run This Year
DES MOINES, Iowa * Kansas might never have a better shot at its second national title under coach Bill Self than this year.The Jayhawks (30-4) won the Big 12 Conference's regular season and tournament titles and were the best team in arguably the best league...
Key Pieces Get on Same Page to Help Kirkwood Thrive
The last year has been a long, yet meaningful and rewarding, trip for the Kirkwood girls basketball team for coach Monica Tritz and guard Jordan Roundtree, in particular.A one-point loss to Cor Jesu in last season's Class 5 quarterfinals was a bitter...
Killer of St. Louis County Teen, Once Also Convicted in 2 Belleville Murders, Dies in Prison
Gregory Bowman, released from prison in the murders of two young women in Belleville only to be convicted later of one in St. Louis County, died Tuesday in a Missouri prison.Bowman, 64, had been ill for some time, which postponed a resentencing that...
Kurds Plan to Declare a Federal Region in Northern Syria
BEIRUT * Syrian Kurds are preparing a plan to declare a federal region in the area they control across northern Syria, saying Wednesday it is a model for a more decentralized government in which all ethnic groups would be represented.The idea was promptly...
Law & Order
GRANITE CITY > Child killer gets 70 years * John Holmon III, 42, was sentenced Wednesday to 70 years in prison for the beating death of his girlfriend's son. Officials said Jaesean Rusher, 21 months old, was left alone with Holmon on Sept. 10, 2012,...
Local Digest
ST. LOUIS COUNTY > More county police on MetroLink * Nine St. Louis County police officers and two sergeants will be added to the MetroLink detail beginning Sunday as a first wave of heightened security, Chief Jon Belmar told the police board Wednesday.On...
Man Who Lavished Money on Strippers Pleads Guilty of Using His Company's Funds to Do It
ST. LOUIS * A man from Arizona who cost his Maryland Heights- based company $476,413 in fraudulent expenses pleaded guilty to federal charges here Wednesday.At the time of John David Berrett's indictment last summer, prosecutors said Berrett spent the...
Mexico City Bans Many Cars in First Smog Alert in 11 Years
MEXICO CITY * Authorities ordered hundreds of thousands of cars off the roads Wednesday and offered free subway and bus rides to coax people from their vehicles as Mexico City's first air pollution alert in 11 years stretched into a third day.Officials...
Missouri and Illinois Primary Results Foretell Tough Climb for Cruz, Unity Challenge for Clinton
ST. LOUIS * Ted Cruz's tissue-thin loss to Donald Trump in Tuesday's Missouri Republican presidential primary demonstrated some surprising electoral strength for the Texas senator in urban and collegiate areas, as he won the Kansas City and Mizzou regions...
MLB Notebook: No Punishment for Puig
No punishment for PuigLos Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig will not be punished for his involvement in an incident in a Miami club last fall.Puig sustained a swollen eye and facial bruises on Nov. 26. Miami police spokesman Delrish Moss said at...
More Than 12 Punished for Mistaken Afghan Hospital Attack
WASHINGTON * More than a dozen U.S. military personnel have been disciplined but face no criminal charges for mistakes that led to the bombing of a Doctors Without Borders hospital that killed 42 people in Afghanistan last year, U.S. defense officials...
Nation Briefs
EPA chief warned Flint crisis could get 'very big'As university researchers and doctors went public with concerns of drinking water lead contamination in Flint, Mich., U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Gina McCarthy ordered some top staff members...
NBA: Cavs Win as James Gets a Rest
Kyrie Irving scored 33 points and made a key steal in the closing seconds, leading the host Cleveland Cavaliers without resting LeBron James to a 99-98 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night.James was given the night off by coach Tyronn Lue...
NCAA Division I Wrestling Takes Its Show to the Big Apple
Missouri wrestling coach Brian Smith understands and supports the decision to hold the 2016 NCAA Division I wrestling championships in New York City. But ..."As a coach, it's a pain," he said earlier this season. "I know the city and I love it there....
NHL: Hot Flyers Beat Blackhawks
Defenseman Radko Gudas scored on a deflected shot in the third period, and the surging Philadelphia Flyers beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on Wednesday night to move into position for a wild- card playoff spot.Michal Neuvirth made 24 saves as Philadelphia...
Obama's Court Nomination Sparks Disagreement in Missouri Senate Campaign
WASHINGTON * President Barack Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court immediately became an issue in the Missouri Senate race.Incumbent Sen. Roy Blunt, a Republican, said he would oppose the nomination, while the Democratic candidate,...
Oilers Throttle Blues 6-4 with Four Power-Play Goals
EDMONTON, Alberta * The Blues went north and their game has gone south.After a week that ended with a victory in Dallas, running the club's winning streak to six games, the Blues traveled to Canada to face the two teams sitting in the bottom of the Western...
Panel to Advance Budget Plan despite Conservative Rebellion
WASHINGTON * A key House panel approved on Wednesday a GOP plan to eliminate the federal budget deficit without tax increases demanded by Democrats, relying on sharp cuts to federal health care programs, government aid to the poor, and hundreds of domestic programs...
Peabody Energy Flags Bankruptcy Risk after Skipping Interest Payment
Peabody Energy, the nation's largest coal miner and one of the largest companies still headquartered in the city of St. Louis, moved closer to bankruptcy with a warning Wednesday that it may have to restructure in court.The coal mining company said bankruptcy...
People
Michelle Obama has no plans to run for presidentMichelle Obama showed off her vocal chops at the South by Southwest Music Festival but drew a round of disappointed sighs when she told the crowd she had no plans to run for president.The first lady made...
Pork Ribs, Pork-U-Pine Take National Stage
MEAT MADNESS * I got brackets, you got brackets, we ALL got brackets. So why not fill out another one and give a boost to Pappy's Smokehouse?Mike Emerson's highly praised pork purveyors in the Midtown Alley are one of 32 barbecue restaurants across the...
Potential Missouri Recount Process Could Take Months
Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton appear to have won the popular vote in Missouri's presidential primary just barely.The horse race finishes mean potential recounts that could take several months, state officials said.Stephanie Fleming,...
Scott Looks to Keep It Going at Bay Hill
ORLANDO, Fla. * Adam Scott went nearly two years without winning and now looks like he can't lose.Over three straight weeks, he was runner-up at Riviera, won the Honda Classic and then rallied to beat Rory McIlroy in the Cadillac Championship at Doral....
SLU Faces Little Rock in Women's NIT
After sputtering and then losing in the Atlantic 10 tournament, the St. Louis University women's basketball team felt it had done more than lose its grasp on a possible NCAA Tournament berth.The Billikens knew they had failed to do the things that had...
Solving the Digital Divide
The Obama administration recently launched ConnectHome, a new pilot program aimed at boosting broadband access among low-income Americans. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is joining with private sector and nonprofit partners to make...
St. Louis County Police Board to Weigh Fate of Lieutenant Accused of Racial Profiling
CLAYTON * The St. Louis County police board may vote as early as Monday on whether to reinstate former Lt. Patrick "Rick" Hayes, who was fired nearly three years ago after internal affairs investigators determined that he ordered officers to profile...
Subway Safety Shutdown Makes for a Very Long Day in Capital
WASHINGTON * An unprecedented 29-hour safety shutdown of subways in the nation's capital inconvenienced hundreds of thousands of people on Wednesday, but despite predictions of "Metromageddon" or "Metropocalypse," it was hardly the end of the world.Many...
Superintendent Shares His Vision for Improving Ferguson-Florissant Schools
FLORISSANT * The Ferguson-Florissant School District's superintendent said Wednesday that he planned to expand early and gifted education and curb both bad behavior and suspensions to turn around the struggling district.Joseph Davis laid out a plan for...
Thursday's Sports on the Air
AUTO RACING8:30 p.m. Formula One: Australia Grand Prix, practice 1, NBCSN12:30 a.m. Formula One: Australia Grand Prix, practice 2, NBCSNBASEBALLNoon Exhibition: Cardinals at Tigers, MLB Network3 p.m. Exhibition: Angels at Rockies, MLB6 p.m. Exhibition:...
Time Growing Short for Cards' Bowman
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. * When the Cardinals selected him in the Rule 5 draft this past December, Matt Bowman purposefully avoided perusing the roster, preferring to go in blind to the possible roles he might fill.The calendar is harder to ignore.Almost...
Toughness Rules in Local NCAA Matchups
The Wisconsin men's basketball team didn't reinvent itself this season as much as it rediscovered its roots.Last year, the court was the Badgers' canvas. With a veteran lineup stocked with NBA talent, Bo Ryan's team dribbled, passed and shot its way...
West County Woman's 12.5-Carat Diamond Ring Tossed in Trash, Recovered by Garbage Worker
Standing in the middle of several tons of trash, Bernie and Carla Squitieri and the men helping them were all highly doubtful.The garbage truck had pulled away from their Clarkson Valley home hours earlier, stopping at hundreds of houses after that,...
What's Up
THIS DAY IN 1923STATE FLOWERThe white Hawthorn blossom is officially named the Missouri state flower. The Hawthorn blossom is most common in southern Missouri.EVENTSSTEINFESTWhen * 6-10 p.m. Friday Where * Third Degree Glass Factory, 5200 Delmar Boulevard...
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