St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from March 11, 2017

About $100K Worth of Prescription Pills Stolen from Jefferson County Pharmacies
JEFFERSON COUNTY * Police are searching for at least three people one of whom wore the same clothing twice who stole about $100,000 worth of mostly opiate prescription drugs in the past month.One store, Prescriptions Plus in Festus, was burglarized...
AP Analysis: South Koreans Stunned by Leader's Rapid Ouster
SEOUL, South Korea * This was not supposed to happen in South Korea. It was too divided, too corrupt, too much in thrall to the rich and powerful who'd always had their way.Four months ago, the idea that the country's leader, along with the cream of...
Blue Notes: Gunnarsson, Bortuzzo Get Familiar as Partners
For a two-week stretch leading up to the trade deadline, the Blues established a rotation on their blue line. Rather than choose between Carl Gunnarsson and Robert Bortuzzo, the two took turns playing alongside Kevin Shattenkirk. Once Shattenkirk got...
Boise State Claims Spot in Women's NCAA Tourney
Brooke Pahukoa scored 17 points and Boise State beat Fresno State 66-53 on Friday in Las Vegas to win the Mountain West Tournament title and earn an automatic spot in the NCAA Tournament.Boise State (25-7) shook off a sluggish start, while overcoming...
Bolt out of the Blue: Edmundson Scores Game-Winner in Final Minute
As the clock wound down in the final 30 seconds with the score tied Friday night at Scottrade Center, the Blues had their top line on the ice: Paul Stastny, Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko. The members of that line had a part in all three of the...
Bolt out of the Blue: Edmundson Scores Game-Winner in Final Minute
Like anyone saw that coming. A guy with two assists this season set up a guy with one goal this season for a goal that was pretty big for the Blues.Joel Edmundson, who has yet to be known for scoring in his NHL career, pulled out a win with 19 seconds...
Boys Basketball: Okawville Rockets Stay Relaxed While Rolling One Win from First Championship
PEORIA * Okawville High senior guard Shane Ganz didn't have any butterflies entering Friday's Class 1A boys basketball state semifinal game against Newark.Neither did his teammates."I think everyone was kind of calm actually," Ganz said. "It's fun stuff....
Boys Basketball: Smith Scores 45 Points as Edwardsville Marches into Super-Sectional
OTTAWA, ILL. * Mark Smith's march to become the next Mr. Basketball continued unabated Friday night.The Edwardsville boys basketball team's senior point guard, Smith exploded for a career-high 45 points, hauled in 16 rebounds and handed out four assists...
Business Digest
Peabody losses narrowed in fourth quarter * Peabody Energy, the St. Louis-based coal giant that's working its way out of bankruptcy, reported unaudited financial results Friday, showing narrower losses and higher revenues for the fourth quarter of 2016.Its...
Cardinals Notes: Leake Puts Peralta through the Paces at Third Base
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. * As he considered the learning curve of shifting full time to third base, Cardinals infielder Jhonny Peralta described how he had to improve charging in on a ball but couldn't guarantee that would happen in games. On Friday, he...
Church Cops? Congregation Eyes Its Own Unusual Police Force
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. * Briarwood Presbyterian Church already has more than 4,000 members, two private schools and its own radio station. And if administrators have their way, the wealthy congregation could soon add something that no other U.S. church has:...
City Says Letting Candidate on Ballot without Gathering Signatures Would Set Chaotic Precedent
ST. LOUIS * If Kacey Cordes is allowed to be listed on the April 4 mayoral ballot by doing nothing but paying a filing fee, future city elections would become chaotic free-for-alls with ballots packed full of last-minute candidates who haven't demonstrated...
Class 4 Boys Basketball Quarterfinal Preview Capsules
VASHON WOLVERINES vs. SIKESTON BULLDOGSWhen, where * Noon Saturday, Jefferson College.Records * Vashon 24-3; Sikeston 24-4.Up next * Raytown South or Kearney in a Class 4 semifinal at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Mizzou Arena.Notes * The defending Class 4 champion,...
Class 4 Girls Basketball Quarterfinal Preview Capsules
LUTHERAN SOUTH LANCERS vs. DEXTER BEARCATSWhen, where * 1:45 p.m. Saturday, Jefferson College.Records * Lutheran South 20-8; Dexter 21-8.Up next * Kansas City Center or St. Pius X-Kansas City in a Class 4 semifinal at 6:50 p.m. Thursday at Mizzou Arena.Notes...
Class 5 Boys Basketball Quarterfinal Preview Capsules
WEBSTER GROVES STATESMEN vs. CBC CADETSWhen, where * 1 p.m. Saturday, Lindenwood University.Records * CBC 20-9; Webster Groves 26-2.Up next * Kickapoo or Rock Bridge at 4:15 p.m. Friday in a Class 5 semifinal at Mizzou Arena.Notes * The No. 2 large school...
Class 5 Girls Basketball Quarterfinal Preview Capsules
KIRKWOOD PIONEERS vs. JEFFERSON CITY JAYSWhen, where * 2:45 p.m. Saturday, Lindenwood University.Records * Kirkwood 25-3; Jefferson City 25-3.Up next * Rock Bridge or Branson in a Class 5 semifinal at 7:45 p.m. Friday at Mizzou Arena.Notes * Kirkwood...
Cooperation, Payments to Owners Help VW Avoid Bigger Penalty
DETROIT * By cooperating with federal investigators and quickly agreeing to compensate car owners, Volkswagen likely will avoid a massive criminal fine for cheating on diesel emissions tests and trying to cover it up.The company on Friday pleaded guilty...
Credibility of Congress' Russia Probes Still in Question
WASHINGTON * As congressional investigations into Russia's interference in the 2016 election are ramping up, so is the political division, raising questions about whether lawmakers' work will be viewed as credible.The House this week scheduled its first...
Davidson Toppes Top-Seeded Dayton
PITTSBURGH * Jack Gibbs hit two 3-pointers in the final minute and scored a season-high 34 points to lead ninth-seeded Davidson to a 73-67 upset over top-seeded Dayton in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Tournament on Friday.The Wildcats (17-14)...
Dog Museum in Queeny Park Won't Stay; Officials Announce Move to New York
The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog, which has made west St. Louis County its home for nearly 30 years, is not staying.It will pack up its dog statues, dog paintings and dog library for a move to its original digs in New York City, officials announced...
Faith Perspectives: Drawing Hope from the Crucible of Struggle
Watching daffodils break through the crusty soil of winter is always a sign of hope. They remind me that pitchers are tossing baseballs and that afternoons are a bit longer. Their bright trumpets push back against winter's harshness, heralding the promises...
Gander Mountain Files for Bankruptcy Protection, Will Close Some Stores None in St. Louis (Copy)
Gander Mountain, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Friday, said it will shutter 32 "underperforming" stores, but none in the St. Louis area.The struggling outdoors retailer also said it has secured debtor-in-possession financing from...
Gibson Talks about Changes in the Game
JUPITER, Fla. * Can it be 50 years since the last time Cardinals Hall of Famer Bob Gibson last played on a World Series championship ballclub? Gibson, who was in Cardinals camp this week as a ceremonial instructor, pondered this question for a moment."I...
Girls Basketball: Moore Continues Whitfield's Trend of Youthful Contributors
COLUMBIA, MO. * The Whitfield girls basketball team has enjoyed an influx of youthful talent the last few seasons.First was Taylor Lawson-Hicks in 2014, and Aijha Blackwell the Warriors' leading scorer joined the group in 2015.The important addition...
Golf: Hadwin Shoots 64 to Take One-Shot Lead at Innisbrook
Adam Hadwin knows all about going low on the PGA Tour. Still to be determined is whether that translates into a victory.Hadwin, who shot a 59 at the CareerBuilder Challenge two months ago, ran off five straight birdies to start the back nine Friday at...
Guatemala Fire Death Toll Rises to 36 amid Calls for Change
GUATEMALA CITY * Families buried some of the 36 girls killed in a fire at an overcrowded government-run youth shelter as Guatemalan authorities worked Friday to determine exactly what happened.The death toll mounted as girls succumbed to gruesome burns...
Hochman: A Little Pingpong in Cards' Downtime
JUPITER, Fla. * Cardinals pitcher Matt Bowman, sweat still beading on his forehead, stood at his locker after his outing and took questions from the media."No one wants to lose," he said, drinking a postgame protein shake, "to Jedd Gyorko on the pingpong...
House GOP Health Bill Would Cut Women's Services
WASHINGTON * Women seeking abortions and some basic health services, including prenatal care, contraception and cancer screenings, would face restrictions for some of that medical care under the House Republicans' proposed bill.The legislation, which...
In Forming Nonprofit, Greitens Joins Ranks of Politicians with Secretive Funding Source
JEFFERSON CITY * The creation of a nonprofit organization designed to promote Gov. Eric Greitens may be a new wrinkle in Missouri politics, but it has become a common fundraising tool among politicians across the nation.Years before Greitens and his...
In Wake of Fed Raids, Caterpillar Denies Skirting Tax Laws
WASHINGTON * Caterpillar, a week after its headquarters and other facilities were raided by a number of federal agencies including the Internal Revenue Service, denied that it had broken any federal tax laws."The IRS has challenged Caterpillar's taxes...
Jobs Report No Longer Phony, Trump Says, Now That It's His
WASHINGTON * President Donald Trump is embracing government numbers he once maligned as "phony" as his administration takes credit for the latest U.S. jobs report.The new administration on Friday promoted Labor Department statistics that show U.S. employers...
Joe's St. Louis
GREEN DAYS * Our town's mega-brewer Anheuser-Busch is poised to pull its green from Boston's St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 19.A-B announced its intentions after parade organizers decided to bar OutVets, a group of gay veterans. After the group was...
Keselowski Secures Pole in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS * Brad Keselowski will begin his bid for a third victory in the past four NASCAR Cup races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway from the pole after topping qualifying Friday night.Keselowski, who also won last week's race at Atlanta, made up ground...
Law & Order
MADISON COUNTY > Man convicted in shooting death of ex-girlfriend * A jury convicted a Madison County man on Friday of first-degree murder in the shooting death of his ex-girlfriend in Granite City.Prosecutors charged Cory L. Osborne, 32, with first-degree...
Lawsuit Blames St. Louis Alderman in Crash That Killed Pregnant 15-Year-Old
ST. LOUIS * A pregnant 15-year-old's death in a car crash was caused by St. Louis Alderman Christine Ingrassia's decision to chase someone she thought had just been involved in a drug deal in the neighborhood, a civil lawsuit filed this week claims.Jada...
Letters to the Editor, March 11
Seeking common ground instead of selective outrageA major factor in the divisiveness that has all but paralyzed America is our embrace of selective outrage.For instance, Hillary Clinton was vilified for her private email account, but many of those critics...
Michigan Keeps Rolling in Big Ten Tournament after Airplane Scare
WASHINGTON * Two days after its airplane's scary abandoned takeoff, Michigan's wild journey carried on into the Big Ten semifinals with a 74-70 overtime upset of 13th-ranked Purdue behind D.J. Wilson's 26 points Friday.The eighth-seeded Wolverines (22-11)...
Mizzou Basketball Job Viewed as One of SEC's Best
NASHVILLE, Tenn. * Jon Sundvold is unapologetically partial toward his alma mater, but as he travels the Southeastern Conference calling basketball games for the SEC Network and hobnobs with coaches, administrators and broadcasters, the former Missouri...
MLB Notes: Blue Jays Reliever House Struck in Head by Line Drive
Toronto Blue Jays reliever T.J. House was taken off the field in an ambulance Friday after being hit on the head by a line drive in the ninth inning of a spring training game against the Detroit Tigers.House was talking before the ambulance left the...
Nation Briefs
Sessions asks 46 U.S. attorneys to resign their postsThe Justice Department announced Friday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has asked all 46 remaining U.S. attorneys from President Barack Obama's administration to resign.Justice Department spokeswoman...
NBA: Wiggins Lifts Wolves Past Warriors
Andrew Wiggins scored 20 of his 24 points in the second half and hit the go-ahead free throws with 12.8 seconds left to lift the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 103-102 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Friday night.Ricky Rubio had 17 points and...
New UM System President: We Won't Balance Budget Cuts on the Backs of Students
ST. LOUIS * Ten days into the job and a few days after a scathing audit, University of Missouri System president Mun Choi spent most of his first news conference Friday talking about budget issues.Tuition would need to increase an average of 15 percent...
NHL Roundup: Howard Makes Return as Red Wings Top Blackhawks
Tomas Tatar had two goals and an assist, Jimmy Howard made 24 saves in his return and the host Detroit Red Wings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 on Friday night.Howard saw his first NHL action since injuring a knee Dec. 20 at Tampa Bay.Tatar scored what...
Peek-a-Boo: Soulard Goes Big and Small on Camera Surveillance to Deter Crime
ST. LOUIS * Johnny Daus, owner of Johnny's Restaurant and Bar on Russell Boulevard, woke up most mornings of his childhood to the dreamy sound of clomping horses.It was the late 1960s and he lived in a bustling, urban Soulard neighborhood at the intersection...
People
'Avatar' sequel pushed backAnother year, another "Avatar" postponement. James Cameron says the long-gesticulating sequel to his science-fiction epic will not be released next year."2018 is not happening," Cameron told The Toronto Star. Though "Avatar...
Print Only: Short Takes on Scouting Blues, Hot-Sauce Gunfights and Retirement, Jimmy Buffett-Style
Taxing Americans' patience (thumbs down)This week's marathon hearings that slammed the Republican health care act forward in the U.S. House provided many of the sorts of moments that your civics teacher never warned you about. Sadly, two of them came...
Roundup: Duke Storms Back to Beat North Carolina
Jayson Tatum (Chaminade) scored 24 points and No. 14 Duke rallied past No. 6 North Carolina with another lightning-fast surge in the second half, taking advantage of foul trouble for Tar Heels point guard Joel Berry II and beating its fierce rival 93-83...
Same Pistol Tied to St. Louis Murder, Beating of Shooting Suspect's Girlfriend
ST. LOUIS * A St. Louis man was accused of murder Friday after the pistol he allegedly beat his girlfriend with in December matched a .45-caliber shell casing found at the scene of a fatal shooting last year, police say.St. Louis prosecutors charged...
Second Suspect Charged in Fatal Carjacking in Jennings
JENNINGS * Prosecutors on Friday filed murder and other charges against a second suspect in the fatal shooting last year of a man who police say resisted a carjacking.Keishon D'Quon Jennings, 18, was charged in the death of 71-year-old Steven White,...
Sports Digest
Staley is named coach of U.S. women's teamFor all that Dawn Staley has accomplished in her Hall of Fame career, she believes her latest achievement might be tops."It is basketball utopia for me," Staley said Friday after being introduced as coach of...
'Super' St. Louis Graffiti Artist Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison
ST. LOUIS * It has been a not-so-super two weeks for a prolific St. Louis graffiti artist sentenced here in state court Friday to 10 years in prison, after receiving nine years in federal prison last month for drug crimes.St. Louis Circuit Judge James...
Thomas on Football: Jaguars Continue to Spend Big
The Jacksonville Jaguars haven't won many games lately. In fact, they haven't seen the sunny side of .500 since an 11-5 finish under Jack del Rio in 2007.But the Jaguars' losing ways haven't been a result of owner Shahid Khan sitting on his wallet. Far...
Top Marine Asks Women to 'Trust Us' in Nude-Photo Inquiry
Four branches of the U.S. military are now looking into the posting of nude photos of what appear to be female service members on various websites after former and current female Marines reported that their photographs and those of women in other services...
Travel Ban Challenge Puts Hawaii's Few Muslims in Spotlight
HONOLULU * Hawaii has 5,000 or so Muslims less than 1 percent of the state's population who are finding themselves thrust into an international spotlight after the state's top lawyer launched a challenge to President Donald Trump's revised travel ban,...
Trump Transition Knew Flynn Might Register as Foreign Agent
WASHINGTON * President Donald Trump's transition team learned before the inauguration that incoming National Security Adviser Michael Flynn might register with the government as a foreign agent, White House officials acknowledged Friday.The disclosure...
Vanderbilt Beats Florida in SEC Tourney
NASHVILLE, TENN. * Riley LaChance scored five of his 18 points in overtime, and Vanderbilt topped No. 17 Florida 72-62 Friday night in the Southeastern Conference tournament quarterfinals.The Commodores (19-14) beat the Gators for the third time this...
Washington U. Women Reach Elite Eight in Division III
The opportunity to play at home in the Sweet 16 might have been responsible for the burst of offensive energy displayed by the Washington University women in the first four minutes Friday night.And it certainly didn't hurt to be shooting in the Field...
With Flair but Scant Success, Turkey Aims to Repair Image
ANKARA, Turkey * On a mission to rehabilitate its image, Turkey is instead inching closer to being an outcast among Western nations that seem to understand their NATO ally less and less each day.Eight months after a failed coup shattered its delicate...
World Briefs
Rhinoceros' killing rattles zoosThe brazen killing of a rhinoceros at a wildlife park near Paris by assailants who removed a horn valued at nearly triple the price of gold has put zookeepers on notice that poaching could be spreading beyond the killing...
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