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Articles from February 23, 2017

7 Earth-Size Worlds Found Orbiting Star; Could Hold Life
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. * For the first time, astronomers have discovered seven Earth-size planets orbiting a single nearby star and these new worlds could hold life.This cluster of planets is less than 40 light-years away in the constellation Aquarius,...
Alexis J. Roston Takes Us Time-Traveling to Hear Lady Day
In March 1959, the great jazz vocalist Billie Holiday gave one of her last performances at a little club in Philadelphia. Seven people were in the audience.Since then, who knows how many fans have wished they could have been there that night?With "Lady...
Americans Buy Existing Homes at Fastest Pace in a Decade
WASHINGTON * Americans shrugged off rising mortgage rates and bought existing homes in January at the fastest pace since 2007. That has set off bidding wars that have pushed up prices as the supply of available homes has dwindled to record lows.Home...
Ankiel Decides Time Is Right to Tell His Story
JUPITER, Fla. * In the grip of the yips, former Cardinals phenom Rick Ankiel was surrounded at any given time by people with suggestions, coaches with pointers, teammates with support and reporters with questions. And yet all he felt was a vacuum.He...
Athletes of the Week for Feb. 23
Kyle DickhausEureka wrestlingOn a team that featured four-time medalists Alec and Kyran Hagan, who finished their stellar careers with three state titles and seven finals appearances, Dickhaus (43-3) captured the Class 4 crown at 182 pounds. And the...
Baseball Notes: Texas' Hamilton Leaves Camp to Have Knee Examined
Hamilton is ailing againJosh Hamilton was back in Texas on Wednesday to have his surgically reconstructed left knee examined after he experienced discomfort during the Rangers' first full-squad spring training workout in Surprise, Ariz.Hamilton, the...
Basketball; Postseason Scoreboard
MISSOURI GIRLSCLASS 3 DISTRICT 3 TOURNAMENT At West CountySemifinalsSteelville 41, Grandview 37Park Hills Central 60, Cuba 30Championship | ThursdayPark Hills Central vs Steelville, 6 p.m.CLASS 3 DISTRICT 4 TOURNAMENT At Valley ParkFirst roundWhitfield...
Boys Basketball: Hancock Battles Back to Beat Valley Park for Spot in Final
VALLEY PARK * Every player on the Hancock boys basketball team knew what was ahead of them as they prepared to face host Valley Park in a Class 3 District 4 semifinal Wednesday night.The conference rivals already had faced each other twice, with Hancock...
Business Digest
Punitive damages allowed in Sygnenta lawsuit * A Minnesota judge will let some farmers seek punitive damages against the Syngenta seed company for selling genetically modified corn seeds before China approved imports of crops grown from them.In an order...
Cardinals Spring Training Schedule
Saturday Miami Marlins Jupiter 12:05 p.m.Sunday Miami Marlins Jupiter 12:05 p.m.Monday Washington Nationals Jupiter 12:05 p.m.Monday Boston Red Sox Fort Myers 12:05 p.m.Tuesday Atlanta Braves Lake Buena Vista 12:05 p.m.Wednesday New York Mets Jupiter...
Chamber Report Pushes St. Louis to Be an Education Mecca
ST. LOUIS * Backed by business leaders, created by college presidents and affirmed by community members, a recently released report highlights a plan to push St. Louis to the top 10 most- educated metropolitan regions.The report outlines two big goals:...
College Basketball: Syracuse Wins at the Buzzer
John Gillon hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key at the buzzer to give Syracuse a 78-75 upset victory at home over No. 10 Duke 78- 75 on Wednesday night, helping the Orange keep their NCAA Tournament hopes alive.With 7.5 seconds left and after a Duke...
Deaths Elsewhere
Kenneth J. Arrow * The Nobel Prize-winning economist and mathematical theorist who made seminal contributions to fields as varied as social science, election theory and health economics and was one of the most influential economists of his generation,...
Digest: Ole Miss Bans Itself from Bowl
Mississippi punishes its football programMississippi's football team will not play in a bowl game this year under a self-imposed penalty, and might be facing more punishment, too, now that the NCAA says the program has committed more than 20 rules violations...
Earnhardt Confirms Retirement Thoughts
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. * Upon further review, hoisting a championship trophy is exactly how Dale Earnhardt Jr. wants to end his career.NASCAR's most popular driver caused a stir on "The Dan Patrick Show" when he claimed he would immediately retire if he...
Editorial: Gov. Eric Greitens: Cannot or Will Not Answer Questions?
Gov. Eric Greitens complains that he's not getting enough media coverage while at the same time dodging reporters, refusing to answer questions and failing to respond to open records requests for details on topics he says the media ignored. The governor...
Editorial: With Talk of Compassion, Trump Claims Broad Authority to Expel Migrants
To hear President Donald Trump describe it, his new policy on immigration enforcement is aimed at kicking out only "bad hombres," the serious criminals who Trump says are endangering American lives. If that were the case, we'd have no argument. President...
Emails: EPA's Pruitt Cozy with Fossil Fuel Industry
WASHINGTON * While serving as Oklahoma's attorney general, new Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt coordinated closely with fossil-fuel companies and special interest groups working to undermine federal efforts to curb planet-warming carbon emissions,...
For Alzheimer's Caregivers, Missouri's Budget Woes Mean No Days Off
JEFFERSON CITY * Marcia Jones-Scott and her mother have a routine. Jones-Scott helps her mom out of bed. She bathes her. She prepares her morning meal. And then, they try to talk to each other."I say try because of her stroke and the Alzheimer's. She...
Frontenac Vote Expected Next Month on Townhome Project
FRONTENAC > Vote expected next month on townhome project * Frontenac aldermen are expected to vote March 30 on a plan for 22 high-end townhomes on the site of the long-abandoned quarry at Conway Road and Princess Avenue, in the city's West End Park.A...
Gaffney, William "Bill" 74
Gaffney, William "Bill" 74, of Parkville, MO, passed away Monday, February 20, 2017 at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date in Kansas City.Bill was born August 26, 1942, in Lincoln, IL and lived most of his...
'Graeme of Thrones' Is Heavy on Slapstick, Light on Laughs
What is it about the television version of "Game of Thrones" that lends itself so easily to parody?It must be the show's facile combination of labyrinthine plotlines, its multitude of characters, its willingness to kill absolutely any of these characters...
Hanrahan, Travis James Travis ("Trav" "Travbo") Hanrahan
Hanrahan, Travis James Travis ("Trav" "Travbo") Hanrahan, died February 19, 2017. He was born in St. Louis on June 22, 1989 to Joseph and Patsy Hanrahan, who survived him. Travis graduated from CBC High School, attended Webster University and Meramec...
Hochman: Sophie Cunningham and MU Teammates Toast of Columbia
COLUMBIA, MO * So, do you wanna meet her?Of course Daniel Schmidt wanted to meet her, but wait, maybe he didn't, yeah, maybe that's better, because would he even be able to play it cool and, no, he'd totally dork out, and if he totally dorked out, he'd...
Immigrants Change Up Their Routines, Brace for Arrest
In Orange County, Calif., dozens of immigrant parents have signed legal documents authorizing friends and relatives to pick up their children from school and access their bank accounts to pay their bills in the event they are arrested by immigration...
In Hot Water: Climate Change Harms Hot Spots of Ocean Life
WASHINGTON * The six ocean hot spots that teem with the biggest mix of species are also getting hit hardest by global warming and industrial fishing, a new study finds.An international team looked at more than 2,100 species of fish, seabirds, marine...
It's a Seller's Market Now in the NHL
DETROIT * Brendan Smith was planning to spend his "bye week" in Florida, trying to relax. It might be tough for him to truly get away.The Detroit Red Wings defenseman, potentially an unrestricted free agent this summer, acknowledged he planned to keep...
Jeffry Quinn's Quinpario Part of $2.8 Billion Business Services Merger
Jeffry Quinn's Quinpario Partners, a Town and Country-based investment firm, is part of a $2.8 billion deal to combine two companies that provide back office services, document outsourcing, and sales and customer management software.The deal combines...
Jennings Landlord Claims Self-Defense at Trial for Shooting at Scrapper in 2014
CLAYTON * Reginald Tucker was scavenging for scrap metal before dawn at a Jennings apartment complex in 2014 when a man confronted him, screamed and fired a shot through the windshield of Tucker's pickup truck.The shot missed Tucker but left bullet holes...
Joe's St. Louis
LAST DANCE * For the final time, Francis G. Slay will host the Mayor's Mardi Gras Ball on Friday in the City Hall rotunda. Slay did not seek election to a fifth term.One conspicuous absence from the annual bash will be city politico Brian Wahby, who...
Law and Order
CLAYTON > Guilty verdict in Ferguson looting * A man from Jennings was convicted Wednesday of looting a Foot Locker during riots over the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson.Jurors found Steven C. Martin, 30, of the 8800 block of Maya Lane, guilty...
Matheny Sees Both Sides of Intentional Walk Issue
JUPITER, Fla. * There is little interest in the four looping, lobbed, and entirely forgettable pitches that are required for an intentional walk.And then one goes awry and highlights happen."I've seen games changed by the intentional walk," Cardinals manager...
Meet the St. Louis City Mayoral Candidates - Andrew Jones, Andrew Karandzieff and James Osher; Republican St. Louis Mayoral Candidates Fight Long Odds
ST. LOUIS - In a city that hasn't had a Republican mayor in almost 70 years, being tapped as the St. Louis GOP mayoral nominee is a mixed blessing.The winner of the March 7 Republican primary, whoever it is, will go into the April 4 general election...
Metro Digest
ST. CHARLES > Council rejects annexing site of planned subdivision * The St. Charles City Council rejected on a 4-4 vote Tuesday night annexing the site of a proposed subdivision near the Pearl Ridge Estates neighborhood, where a flooding problem...
Mueller, John F. "Jack" Age 94
Mueller, John F. "Jack"age 94, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 at Cape Albeon. He was the son of the late Conrad George Mueller, Jr. and Mamie Mueller and the husband of the late Doris (Land) Mueller. He was the brother of the late Robert and Conrad....
Nation Briefs
McCain made secret journey to SyriaSen. John McCain, R-Ariz., one of President Donald Trump's harshest critics, made a secret trip to northern Syria to visit U.S. forces stationed there and discuss the campaign for defeating the Islamic State extremists,...
NBA Notebook
Wizards get Bogdanovic in dealThe Washington Wizards added scoring punch to their bench on the eve of the trade deadline, acquiring swingman Bojan Bogdanovic from the Brooklyn Nets.Washington also got forward Chris McCullough in the deal and sent a lottery-protected...
NBA Trade Deadline Here as Teams Load Up for Playoff Push
LeBron James, Steph Curry and the rest of the NBA have had a chance to catch their collective breath, kick their feet up for a few days and rest up after a frenetic first three-and-a-half months of the season.The big stars had their fun in New Orleans....
New Trauma Unit to Help Former Islamic State Sex Slaves
DOHUK, Iraq * After their rape and torture by Islamic State extremists for months or years, Yazidi women face ongoing suffering from psychological trauma even if they do manage to escape.Until now, a lack of psychiatrists and other mental health specialists...
NHL: Kuznetsov's Two Goals Help Caps Stop Flyers
Evgeny Kuznetsov scored two goals, Braden Holtby made 33 saves and the visiting Washington Capitals beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4- 1 on Wednesday night.Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie also scored for the NHL-leading Capitals, who snapped a losing streak...
Ortiz: Jose Martinez Embodies Perseverance
JUPITER, Fla. * Jose Martinez's son, Matias Alberto, is just old enough to appreciate baseball. The 3-year-old already takes swings back home, and he loves to throw the ball around his house.Yet, Matias Alberto still struggles to understand what his...
Pence, in Visit Here, Condemns Anti-Jewish Vandalism
UNIVERSITY CITY * Standing on the flatbed of a truck parked at the Jewish cemetery here where more than 150 headstones were knocked over and damaged, Vice President Mike Pence strongly condemned the act on Wednesday but praised the community for coming...
People: Baby on Way for 'Little People' Stars Jeremy, Audrey Roloff
Little one on way for 'Little' stars"Little People, Big World" stars Jeremy and Audrey Roloff are expecting their first child together. The pair tells Us Weekly that Audrey Roloff discovered she was pregnant after returning home from a gender reveal...
Remnants of Pipeline Protest Camp Go Up in Flames
CANNON BALL, N.D. * The last of the Dakota Access pipeline opponents abandoned their protest camp Wednesday ahead of a government deadline to get off the federal land, and authorities arrested others who defied the order in a final show of dissent.The...
Republicans Who Won after Rowdy Town Halls Now Avoiding Them
DENVER * Republicans who benefited from rowdy town halls six years ago and harnessed a wave of discontent with Democrats to win seats in Congress are learning a hard lesson this week as they return home: The left is happy to return the favor.Across the...
Robberson: Out of Luck and Pushed to the Fringes. A Trump Supporter Speaks Out
Until last week, I had only known a certain segment of Donald Trump supporters. They called me on a daily basis often multiple times a day to rant and threaten our newspaper with economic ruin for having backed the wrong candidate on Nov. 8.Callers...
Sentence Bars Parish Thief from Archdiocese
FLORISSANT * A man who admitted stealing thousands from an athletic fund at St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Catholic Church has agreed to have no contact with the Archdiocese of St. Louis for five years.That was part of an unusual sentencing agreement Friday...
SLU Can't Keep Speedy VCU in Check
RICHMOND, Va. * Virginia Commonwealth transformed itself into a perennial NCAA Tournament team by utilizing speed to make up for any shortcomings on its roster. St. Louis University was a step slow Wednesday, and it cost them any chance of playing spoiler...
SLU Women Fall Just Short of Sharing Title
The St. Louis University women overcame a 10-point deficit to give themselves a chance to win a share of the Atlantic 10 championship on the final possession in regulation Wednesday night at Dayton.But the comeback ended up being for naught.After forcing...
Son Says St. Louis Man Fatally Shot in Police Raid Should Not Have Been Targeted
ST. LOUIS * The son of a man killed by a police officer said Wednesday night that his father had no criminal history and he doesn't believe police had a legitimate reason to force their way into his home.Police identified the man killed as Don Clark,...
St. Louis Cops to Partner with Public School Students for Chess
ST. LOUIS * A uniformed guard greets students as they enter Gateway Middle School just northwest of downtown.Students pass a "Black Lives Matter" poster in the hallway leading to the library, where, on Wednesday, about a half dozen uniformed city police...
St. Louis County Bypassing Council on Upgrades to Cliff Cave Park
CLAYTON * A deadlock over improvements to a south St. Louis County park has become a showdown pitting a new member of the County Council against a top administration staffer.The standoff emerged Wednesday when St. Louis County Parks Director Gary Bess...
St. Louis Science Center Will Host Apollo 11 Moon Landing Exhibition in 2018
First, the moon. Soon, St. Louis.The Apollo 11 command module, which completed the first mission to land a man on the moon, will travel to the St. Louis Science Center in a special exhibit from the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, officials...
Take a Look at the New SLU Hospital Set to Open in 2020
When SSM Health acquired St. Louis University Hospital in 2015, CEO Bill Thompson promised to build a replacement.On Wednesday, SSM released images of the new SLU Hospital a sleek, modern structure with an all-glass exterior set to open in 2020.The...
Thomas Looks to Get Back on Track in Honda Classic
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. * Justin Thomas is walking a little taller this year at the Honda Classic.He is No. 8 in the world, the second-highest ranked player at PGA National behind defending champion Adam Scott at No. 7. Thomas also has three victories,...
Thursday's Sports on the Air
AUTO RACING11 a.m. NASCAR: Daytona 500, practice, FS13 p.m. NASCAR trucks: NextEra Energy Resources 250, final practice, FS16 p.m. NASCAR: First Can-Am Duel race, at Daytona, FS17:30 p.m. NASCR: Second Can-Am Duel race, at Daytona, FS1BASKETBALL6 p.m....
Trump Administration to Lift Transgender Bathroom Guidance
WASHINGTON * The administration of President Donald Trump ended on Wednesday federal protection for transgender students that required schools to allow them to use restrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identities, stepping into an emotional...
Trump Sends Top Aides to Mexico amid Deep Strains with US
MEXICO CITY * President Donald Trump dispatched his top diplomat and homeland security chief to Mexico on Wednesday on a fence- mending mission complicated by the actual fence he wants to build on the border.Mexico's government signaled it was in no...
Tulsa's Former Black Wall Street Tries to Remake Itself
TULSA, Okla. * Not far from a gleaming $183 million arena and other signs of a midsize city striving to become something more, smooth pavement gives way to potholes, rusted fences and shuttered storefronts. They're the remnants of what was once known...
World Briefs
Castro reportedly wants better relations with U.S.Cuban President Raul Castro appears eager to maintain better relations with the United States and gave a group of U.S. Congress members signed copies of a recent speech expressing his willingness to negotiate...
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