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Articles from December 2, 2016

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ST. LOUIS > NGA plan moves forward * The National Geospatial- Intelligence Agency's plan to build its next western headquarters in north St. Louis took another step on Thursday.The federal government issued the necessary waiver allowing the city to issue...
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THIS DAY IN 1995VENEZIA CONVICTEDA federal jury convicts Thomas Venezia of running an illegal gambling empire in the Metro East. The feds seize his topless clubs and vending machines.EVENTSDOG SHOWWhen * 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Where...
A Delicious Year in St. Louis Sandwiches
As 2016 draws to a close, I'm working on my ranking of the year's best new restaurants and figuring out where those establishments might fit in next year's edition of my STL 100. Stay tuned for both lists.I've already come to one conclusion, though:...
All-Star Game Win No Longer Will Be World Series Edge
One of the key points in the tentative, five-year Basic Agreement between the baseball players and owners is that the winning league in the All-Star Game no longer will be awarded the carrot that its champion would have home-field advantage in the World...
Also in Theaters
'The Accountant' ***R * 2:08 * Ben Affleck turns in one of his best performances in this delightfully offbeat crime drama about a bean counter who moonlights as an assassin. With J.K. Simmons and Anna Kendrick. Directed by Gavin O'Connor. Calvin Wilson'Allied'...
A Musically Correct, Artistically Flat Evening with Stile Antico
What makes a performance really musical?In any music-making, accuracy is important; all the note values and dynamic markings have to be observed. If it's choral music, the voices have to be right, to start with: tuneful, beautiful, blended.Those are...
A Rose for Family of US Plantation Owner Executed by Castro
MIAMI * One of Miami's oldest cemeteries is so close to the Fidel Castro death celebrations at Caf Versailles in Little Havana that its marble angels echo with conga-line cheers from Calle Ocho.Most of the people interred at Caballero Woodlawn Cemetery-North on...
Arson Prosecutions Are Difficult, So Insurers Go for Owners' Wallets
On Monday, Elmer Gardner will go to trial on a criminal charge that he intentionally set a fire in 2013 that caused as much as $75,000 in damage to a Madison County home.It's an unusual case, if only because lawyers, experts and investigators say that...
A Year after Attack in San Bernardino, Faithful Seek Unity
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. * Almost a year after her father was killed in the San Bernardino terrorist attack last December, Kate Bowman etched the word "love" in yellow chalk on the sidewalk outside a mosque.It was one of many messages of peace the 15-year-old...
Bailey Shea's Drive Keeps Her Racing in Male-Dominated Monster Jam
Bailey Shea is a small-town Missouri girl who drives a big truck, which happens to have a tail and a nose.Shea, 27, drives the Scooby-Doo truck for Monster Jam, coming Saturday to the Dome at America's Center. As one of the few women competing in motorsports,...
Best Bets: 'Finding Neverland,' 'A Christmas Carol,' Holiday Print Sale, TSO and More
Find more festive things to do in our holiday arts preview. stltoday.com/go'American Buffalo'When Friday through Dec. 18 * Where Gaslight Theater, 358 North Boyle Avenue * How much $30-$35 * More info 1-800-982-2785; ticketmaster.comIn David Mamet's...
Best of Building Blocks
Highlights from our real estate and development blog: STLtoday.com/buildingblocks.Chick-fil-A plans St. Louis outlet * Chick-fil-A has under contract the F.Y.E. store at 3801 Hampton Avenue in St. Louis and plans to replace it next year with one of its...
Black Friday Deals Lift U.S. Auto Sales in November
DETROIT * Black Friday deals and post-election confidence helped pull November U.S. auto sales out of their recent slump and increased the chances that 2016 could set a record for new vehicle sales.Total U.S. sales rose 4 percent for the month to 1.38...
Blue Notes: Steen Returns, Moves to Center
The Blues got Alexander Steen back on Thursday night and the slot coach Ken Hitchcock found for him was at center rather than his usual spot on a wing."I think we need an upgrade at center ice," Hitchcock said. "We need to play better at that position,...
Box Office Top 20: 'Moana' Dethrones 'Fantastic Beasts'
The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Nov. 25 through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by comScore:1....
Brockschmidt, Donald John Fred Age 87
Brockschmidt, Donald John Fredage 87, passed away peacefully at home November 29, 2016. He was born on April 19, 1929 to Mayme Hedley and Elmer J. Brockschmidt in St. Louis, MO. He grew up in University City and graduated from University City High School....
Business Bulletin Board
AWARDSElizabeth Meyer, vice president-property management for Gershman Commercial Real Estate, was named commercial property manager of the year by the Institute of Real Estate Management. Gershman's Timothy Balk, vice president-brokerage, was named...
Business Digest
Wells Fargo splits CEO, chairman jobs * Wells Fargo is splitting the jobs of chairman and CEO and making other major changes to the composition of its board of directors in an effort to make the bank more accountable following a scandal over sales practices.The...
Cardinals Trade Garcia (Copy)
Jaime Garcia was a little like Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "little girl with a curl." As Wadsworth wrote, "When she was good, she was very, very good. And when she was bad ..."Wadsworth's 19th century sentence ended with "horrid," which wasn't exactly...
CASES 50-52: Homelessness Chases Mother and Six Children
CASE 50 * Job layoffs, condemned housing and flooding have kept B and her six children in off-and-on homelessness for two years. B also lives under the threat of domestic violence from her older children's father. She was recently diagnosed with cancer...
College Football Notes: Wilson Abruptly Resigns as Indiana Coach
Indiana coach Kevin Wilson abruptly resigned Thursday, less than a week after the Hoosiers became bowl-eligible for the second straight season.Athletics director Fred Glass made the announcement during a hastily arranged news conference and cited "philosophical differences"...
Continuing Our Push Forward toward Equality
In America, race, inequalities and social mobility have been interwoven into the fabric of the country. Eight years ago, many Americans hopefully wondered whether the country had transcended race with the election of its first African- American, or more specific,...
Cowboys Keep Rolling, Hold off Vikings Late
MINNEAPOLIS * Dez Bryant sashayed through the Dallas locker room with an unmistakable swagger and had nothing but good things to say about his adversary this time around.It was a stark change from a week ago, when he sparred with Washington cornerback...
Digest
Death toll from fires reaches 10Crews discovered more bodies as they searched the rubble of wildfires that torched hundreds of homes and businesses near Great Smoky Mountains National Park, bringing the death toll to 11, officials said Thursday.Authorities...
Digest: Mizzou Kicks WR Dilosa off Team after Arrest
Mizzou dismisses WR Dilosa after assault arrestMissouri football coach Barry Odom dismissed wide receiver Keyon Dilosa from the team, MU spokesman Chad Moller confirmed Thursday.Dilosa was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of third-degree domestic assault...
Editorial: The City's Glory Is Cheap Water It May Not Be Able to Afford
The St. Louis city water division is asking City Hall for a 22 percent rate hike. It would be the first rate increase since 2010, but the fourth since 2004, when a series of increases began hiking rates by 50 percent. If the mayor and aldermen approve,...
Editorial: Trump's Hard-Nosed Negotiations Net 38 Percent of Victory in Indiana
If you overlook the details as many of Donald Trump's supporters seem happy to do the decision by United Technologies Corp. to keep 800 factory jobs in Indiana instead of shipping them to Monterrey, Mexico, ranks as a symbolic victory for the president-elect.Certainly...
For Americans, Trump's Tariffs on Imports Could Be Costly
WASHINGTON * American consumers and businesses would pay literally if President-elect Donald Trump followed through on his campaign pledge to slap big taxes on imports from China and Mexico.Trump said during the campaign that he'd impose tariffs of...
For One Egyptian with HIV, the Stigma Is Too Much to Bear
CAIRO * In his bedroom, there's a drawer full of his medications along with CDs of a popular Egyptian Muslim preacher. On the walls of the home are two paintings by his father. They've had a strained relationship. He opens an album and shows pictures...
Friday's Sports on the Air
BASEBALL6 p.m. MLB: 2016 World Series film, FS1BASKETBALL6 p.m. College: SIU Edwardsville at Indiana, WSIE (88.7 FM)7 p.m. NBA: Cavaliers at Bulls, ESPN7 p.m. College: St. John's at Tulane, ESPNews8:30 p.m. College: Alabama at Texas, ESPNU9:30 p.m. NBA:...
From Penguin Hearts to Addax Embryos: St. Louis Zoo's 'Frozen Zoo' Helps Preserve, Save Lives
There's another zoo in St. Louis, and it sits in the shadow of Highway 40, behind wooden gates and laboratory doors, inside 13 freezers and 10 tanks filled with liquid nitrogen.There are 1,200 semen samples from banteng bulls, which are endangered. In...
Goalie Crist Leads Washington U. Women's Soccer Back to Final Four
Lizzy Crist saw an opportunity and took her shot. Literally.In the first half of an NCAA Division III women's soccer quarterfinal in San Antonio last weekend, Crist lined up a free kick from about 40 yards out and nearly scored the first goal of her college...
Grouplove's 'Big Mess' Album Rises out of Chaos
Grouplove's new album "Big Mess" grew out of the chaos the band felt since its last album, "Spreading Rumors" (2013).Dan Gleason, bassist for the Los Angeles indie rockers, says that after touring with the album for a year, the band members encountered...
Harris Becomes Latest Mizzou Defensive Lineman to Leave for Draft (Copy)
COLUMBIA, MO. * Charles Harris didn't have a profile on the national recruiting websites when he signed with Missouri in 2013, much less a collection of stars alongside his name.A lanky but raw 210-pound edge rusher at Lincoln Prep in Kansas City, Harris...
Hats off to Tarasenko as Blues Hold off Lightning
When Vladimir Tarasenko scored just 1 minute, 39 seconds into Thursday's game against Tampa Bay, it seemed like it was going to be a No. 91 kind of night.Tarasenko has scored goals this season, a team-leading 10 in fact before facing off against the...
House Passes Luetkemeyer Bill Easing Dodd-Frank Bank Regulations
WASHINGTON * In a precursor to major fights over financial regulations during a Donald Trump presidency, the U.S. House voted Thursday to peel away one aspect of the regulations on banks passed in the wake of the financial crisis of 2008.The change proposes...
Ice, Ice, Baby: 8 Outdoor Rinks Offer Chilly Winter Fun
Bundle up and fall in line, St. Louis. Actually, don't fall. That could hurt.And as for the lines, you can etch them into the ice, outside in the elements. There's no shortage of outdoor ice rinks at which to do that this holiday season. Think "Ice Castles"...
Iraq Hopes OPEC Deal Will Help Cover Its Massive War Costs
BAGHDAD * The government of Iraq is hoping that a new OPEC deal will help the war-weary country generate enough revenue to help pay for its costly, two-year-old fight against the Islamic State group.Iraq, whose oil revenues make up nearly 95 percent...
Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging Constitutionality of City Payroll Tax
ST. LOUIS * A circuit judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the city's payroll tax paid by employers.The summary judgment is a huge win for the city, which expects to collect about $32.8 million in revenue from employers...
Law & Order
ST. LOUIS > Man charged in botched downtown carjacking * Travion Brown, 19, was charged Thursday with first-degree assault, first- degree attempted robbery and armed criminal action in a botched downtown carjacking attempt that wounded a driver. Brown,...
Letters to the Editor, Dec. 2
School leaders must take a stand for studentsThanks to the editorial board for supporting immigrant students ("Let Dreamers live the dream," Nov. 29). While an editorial position is important, it's also imperative that the educational community (K-12...
Longtime St. Louis County Residential Treatment Facility Will Close at End of Year
CLAYTON * A residential facility that has provided psychological and psychiatric services to troubled St. Louis County youths for over a half-century is preparing to close its doors on Dec. 31.The 18 teens currently under care at the Lakeside Residential Treatment...
Low Occupancy Rates Raise Questions about BJC Hospital Expansion in Creve Coeur
At a time when the health care industry is cutting back on inpatient beds, BJC HealthCare is looking to add beds with its proposed replacement hospital in west St. Louis County.BJC says it wants to build a 100-bed replacement for Barnes- Jewish West...
Mackey, Eugene J. III Eugene J. Mackey
Mackey, Eugene J. IIIEugene J. Mackey, III went to be with the Lord on Sunday, November 27, 2016. Beloved husband of Ann Meyer Mackey; loving father of Elizabeth A. "Libby" Mackey Perrin, Augustine M. "Tina" Mackey Shodeen (Mark), Eugene J. "Gene" Mackey, IV...
'Man Down' Is a Strong Contender for Worst Film of the Year
Gabriel Drummer (Shia LaBeouf) is a Marine whose grasp of reality is in question. Devoted to his wife, Natalie (Kate Mara), and son, Jonathan (Charlie Shotwell), he'd like to put his experiences in Afghanistan behind him and settle into the kind of suburban existence...
Media Views: Slaten Set for Return to Local Radio
Longtime St. Louis sports-talk radio firebrand Kevin Slaten's absence from the local scene is about to end.Slaten, who hasn't been on the airwaves since KFNS (590 AM) shuffled its lineup about three months ago, is set to return on KQQZ (1190 AM). This...
Messenger: Family of Tyler Gebhard Still Awaiting Answers in 20- Year-Old's Death
On the day the family of Tyler Gebhard demanded answers from St. Louis County officials in the 20-year-old's shooting death this summer at the hands of an off-duty county police officer, some of them started trickling in.It was Nov. 17, and Tyler's mom,...
Mizzou Volleyball Overpowers NIU, Clinches NCAA Rematch with Purdue
COLUMBIA, MO. * It's taken three years, but the Missouri volleyball team earned its NCAA Tournament rematch with Purdue.The 15th-seeded Tigers cruised past Northern Illinois in Thursday's first-round match at the Hearnes Center to set up Friday's showdown...
Nathaniel Rateliff Is Surprised by His Band's Success
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats' concert Sunday night at the Pageant, part of 105.7's the Point's HoHo Show lineup, was a quick sellout. And that's quite a feat, considering Rateliff used to worry whether people would even like the band."It's a...
NBA Roundup
J.J. Redick scored 23 points, Blake Griffin matched a career high with 11 assists and the Clippers bounced back from a brutal loss with a 113-94 victory on Thursday night over the Cleveland Cavaliers, who have lost two straight for the first time as defending...
New UM President Vows to Tackle College Affordability on a Tour of Mizzou
COLUMBIA, Mo. * With a few months to go before he takes office, it's a little early for incoming University of Missouri president Mun Choi to talk about how he'll address budget concerns or hiring decisions at the four-campus system.But it's not too...
NFL Notes: Patriots' 'Gronk' Reportedly to Have Back Surgery
Rob Gronkowski's season is likely over.The New England Patriots tight end was scheduled to have surgery Friday for a herniated disk in his lower back, the team said in a statement Thursday night.The team said it doesn't expect Gronkowski to be able to...
NHL: Panthers Win on Barkov's Breakaway in OT
Marian Hossa scored his team-leading 12th goal through a screen at 1:31 of overtime to lift the Blackhawks to a 4-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night at the United Center.Hossa's shot through traffic from high in the slot beat Cory Schneider...
Notebook: Wilson Resigns as Indiana Coach
Wilson resigns as Indiana coachIndiana coach Kevin Wilson abruptly resigned Thursday, less than a week after the Hoosiers became bowl-eligible for the second straight season.Athletics director Fred Glass made the announcement during a hastily arranged...
Oil and Banks Take Dow to New Highs, but Tech Companies Dive (Print Version)
NEW YORK * Technology companies plunged Thursday, and high- dividend stocks also took hefty losses as bond yields rose to their highest level in more than a year. But more big gains for blue-chip banking and oil stocks pulled the Dow Jones industrial...
Ortiz: Latino Big Leaguers Play Big Role in Negotiations
They descended on Dallas from all over the country. Some of the players were Dominican and Puerto Rican superstars nearing the end of their careers. Others were barely reaching their primes. One is a young star from New Jersey who signed with the Cardinals...
People
Neil Diamond plans world tour next yearNeil Diamond took "Song Sung Blue" to the top of the charts, and now he promises to leave "no song unsung" when he takes the stage next year for a world tour.The 75-year-old singer-songwriter promises to play the...
Purses Swiped in Frontenac Smash-and-Grab Thieves Worth Nearly $60,000, Police Say
FRONTENAC * A smash-and-grab theft last weekend at Plaza Frontenac netted thieves almost $60,000 worth of purses until they were captured after a 60-mile police chase, according to details from court documents.Investigators believe they were part of...
Right-to-Work Resurfaces in Missouri with Incoming GOP Governor
Among the bills filed Thursday for the 2017 legislative session:Right to Work: The proposals filed wouldforbid union contracts from requiring that employees pay union dues as a condition of employment.Tort reform: Two bills from Senate President Pro...
Rocker Steve Vai Revisits 'Passion and Warfare' on New Tour
Steve Vai's 1990 album "Passion and Warfare" was so special for him that he's revisiting it on tour.For the classic guitar rocker, "Passion and Warfare," which features "For the Love of God," was finally a chance to create music with his vision front...
Second of Three Suspects Convicted in Deadly Baden Ambush
ST. LOUIS * The second of three people charged in a deadly shootout authorities called an ambush on a Baden neighborhood street was convicted Thursday of involuntary manslaughter and 11 other charges.Deonandre "Dre" Ford, 23, sprayed a group of people...
Senate Votes Unanimously to Renew Iran Sanctions Law
WASHINGTON * The Senate moved decisively Thursday to renew a decades-old sanctions law that lawmakers said gives the United States the clout to punish Iran should it fail to live up to the terms of the landmark nuclear deal.Senators passed the bill unanimously,...
Sons of Ethel Rosenberg Plead with Obama to Exonerate Mother
WASHINGTON * The sons of convicted spy Ethel Rosenberg returned to the White House on Thursday, more than 50 years after pleading unsuccessfully to spare her life, in a last-ditch appeal to President Barack Obama to exonerate her amid new evidence.Rosenberg...
South Carolina Remains Undefeated
South Carolina stays undefeatedPJ Dozier had a career-high 21 points and No. 20 South Carolina improved to 7-0, remaining atop the Southeastern Conference with a 68-50 win over Vermont on Thursday night at home.Dozier, the 6-foot-6 sophomore, helped...
Stacy Washington: Safe, Legal and Rare in Name Only
Jan. 22 will mark the 44th anniversary of the passage of Roe v. Wade. It is anticipated that a newly inaugurated President Donald Trump will reauthorize the policy banning USAID dollars from going to foreign countries that permit abortion as a part of...
Starbucks: Schultz to Step Down as CEO, Focus on Innovation
NEW YORK * Starbucks says CEO Howard Schultz, who transformed the chain into a global coffee brand, is stepping down from that role at the chain that he joined more than 30 years ago.The Seattle-based company announced Thursday that Kevin Johnson, who...
St. Louis Hopes Final Round of Obama-Era Grants Further Boosts North Side
There's only one way in and one way out of Preservation Square, the 675-unit subsidized housing complex just north of downtown St. Louis.Green concrete planters block cars from entering along the south. Black fences fill the breaks between apartment...
St. Louis Rapper Nite Owl Preps His Final Bow with Hip-Hop Tribute Show
Nite Owl is preparing to drop the mic and triumphantly leave the stage one last time in 2017."It's time I took my foot off the gas pedal," says the veteran St. Louis rapper aka LarMore Maclin.He's exiting the hip-hop arena, though not before touring...
St. Louis Venture Fund Makes $15 Million Bet on Its Hometown
When RiverVest Venture Partners opened its doors in 2000, hopes were high that it would be an important funding source for St. Louis' nascent biotechnology industry.RiverVest went on to be a highly successful venture capital firm, managing $290 million...
The Incredible Shrinking Percentage of Female Fund Managers
NEW YORK * Few women run mutual funds around the world, but they're even more scarce in the United States than in other countries, and their ranks have been shrinking in recent years.Less than 10 percent of all U.S. fund managers are women, which means...
Ticket Tracker: Neil Diamond Bringing 50th Anniversary Tour to Scottrade Center
Chaifetz Arenaticketmaster.com* Festival of Laughs with Mike Epps, Rickey Smiley, Bruce Bruce, Felipe Esparza, 8 p.m. April 21, $52-$102, on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.Delmar Hallticketmaster.com* S.L.U.M. Fest Awards, 8 p.m. Jan. 21, $10-$13.* Whiskey Myers,...
TV Favorites Come Home for the Holidays
It's not Christmas until I watch ...* "It's a Wonderful Life"?* "Elf"?* At least one version of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"?* At least two versions of "A Christmas Carol"?No matter what you answered, never fear. TV is putting plenty of classic treats,...
VIKINGS Hed
MINNEAPOLIS * Ezekiel Elliott ran for 86 yards and a touchdown as the Dallas Cowboys held on to win a defensive battle with the host Minnesota Vikings 17-15 on Thursday night.Minnesota scored with 25 seconds left in the game and went for two points to...
Wells Fargo Advisors to Keep Commission-Based Retirement Accounts
Wells Fargo Advisors will keep offering commission-based accounts to retirement clients if the new federal "fiduciary rule" takes effect in April, according to a memo the firm sent to advisers Thursday.The St. Louis-based firm, the nation's third-largest...
Woods Returns with a 73 in Hero World Challenge
NASSAU, Bahamas * Not only did Tiger Woods return to golf Thursday, he returned to being Tiger.Just not for long.Hardly looking like a player who had not competed in 466 days, Woods ran off three straight birdies with a variety of shots and was tied...
World
French leader won't seek re-electionFrench President Francois Hollande announced Thursday that he would not seek a second term in next year's presidential election, saying he hoped to give his Socialist party a chance to win "against conservatism and,...
Wrestlers to Watch
Jackson Berck, Francis Howell CentralBerck came out of nowhere last February to win three matches in overtime, including one in the semis to knock off previously unbeaten Jalen Martin of Jefferson City, and then came up with a late reversal in a 4-3...
Wrestling Preview Notebook
The Whitfield wrestling team has been chomping at the bit. And veteran coach Charlie Sherertz was right there, too.The Warriors, who lost to Seneca in a battle for the top spot in Class 1 at state a year ago, return a core group that's anxious to get...
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