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Articles from February 10, 2015

Bill Targets Sleep Hazards in Missouri Licensed Child Cares; Infant Died Last Year after Napping under a Weighted Blanket
A Missouri lawmaker representing the district where an infant died while napping in a Webster Groves child care center wants to significantly update Missouri's safe sleep standards for licensed day cares.The legislation would essentially ban a licensed...
Blues Are Not Alone in Having Busy Stretch; Other Teams Are Also Facing Hectic Schedule These Days; NHL
The Blues might be in the midst of a rugged portion of their 2014- 15 schedule, but they are certainly not alone in the NHL.The club will host Arizona on Tuesday night and then travel to Tampa Bay on Thursday, completing a stretch of nine games in 15 days....
Blues Notebook: Shattenkirk Recovering after Surgery; All-Star Defenseman Will Rehab in Philadelphia through Next Week; NHL
Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk is recuperating in the Philadelphia area after abdominal surgery last week.Dr. William Meyers performed the procedure at the Vincera Institute in Philadelphia on Thursday, four days after Shattenkirk suffered the injury...
Business Digest
St. Elizabeth's seeks new vote * Officials with St. Elizabeth's Hospital have formally asked state health regulators to reconsider its proposal to relocate to O'Fallon, Ill. The hospital's application to move the Belleville hospital to nearby O'Fallon...
Cards, Jay Avoid Arbitration; the Assurance; He's Team's No. 1 Center Fielder; the Deal; Two Years, Nearly $11 Million; Cardinals Baseball
Already assured by the team's management this winter that he'll arrive at spring training with the starting role he's spent several years earning, center fielder Jon Jay finalized a contract Monday to pair financial security with that job security.Jay...
College Basketball Roundup: Duke Holds off Florida State
Mike Krzyzewski has seen how this grueling stretch has affected his Duke team: three wins in six days.And he has also seen the Blue Devils go from struggling in Atlantic Coast Conference play after back-to-back losses to North Carolina State and Miami...
Comedy Laces a Soap-Opera Story in 'Stick Fly'; Theater Review; 'Stick Fly' Spills Everyone's Secrets
In so well-worn a genre as romance, it's hard to come up with anything fresh. But it seems unlikely that any romantic heroine has ever before spoken the line that Taylor (Sharisa Whatley) delivers in "Stick Fly":"I'm thinking of changing my focus to...
Crews Fears Billikens Are Becoming Fatigued; Crews Takes It Easy on Players Heading into Game with Dayton; College Basketball
Two days were all St. Louis University had to prepare for a meeting Tuesday with Dayton, but coach Jim Crews saw something in the team's most recent loss that made him willing to forfeit one of those days.Crews thought the Billikens looked fatigued in...
Drew Peterson Charged with Plotting to Kill Prosecutor
CHICAGO * Drew Peterson, the former suburban Chicago police officer convicted of killing his third wife and suspected in the disappearance of his fourth, has been charged with trying to hire someone to kill the prosecutor who helped put him in state...
Ethics Debate Centers on Lobbying Careers for Former Legislators; State Senate Approves Bill on Post-Legislative Careers
JEFFERSON CITY * Ethics legislation advanced in the Missouri Senate on Monday amid sharp disagreements over whether legislators should be permitted to instantly become lobbyists when they leave the Legislature.At issue was a bill that would require future...
FAIR: Clayco's Bob Clark Goes Long on Compassion
FAIR: Clayco Inc.'s founder, Bob Clark, may be even longer on compassion than he is on success to which he is no stranger.Mr. Clark, 56, a St. Louis native who now makes his home in Chicago, came up the hard way. Without benefit of a college education,...
Falling Homeownership Shows Past Policies' Failure; Lessons of Housing Bubble Are Being Ignored as Fees, Down Payments Are Again Lowered
The American Dream of owning a home is alive in most people's aspirations, but less so in their reality.Surveys show that more than 90 percent of renters see homeownership as something desirable, but fewer of them are acting on that desire. The government...
Gunman Who Attacked Mother of His Children and Killed Visitor to Her Home Is Found Guilty of Murder
ST. LOUIS * A man who broke into the home of the mother of his children in 2013 and shot two men, killing one of them, was found guilty of 16 charges Thursday.A jury found Rico J. Combs, 27, guilty of first-degree murder, assault, domestic assault, burglary...
Hazelwood East Doesn't Let Rough Start Define Its Season; Boys Basketball Notebook
The winter can be cruel. The days are short. The nights are long.If you spend the evening in the gym taking losses, the winter can be unforgiving.The Hazelwood East boys basketball team could have let the winter overtake it. The Spartans have had their...
Kirkwood Postal Worker Hit by Car in December Dies; She Never Regained Consciousness; Her Funeral Is Wednesday
KIRKWOOD * A Kirkwood postal worker who was struck by a car as she left work on Dec. 30 has died.Chrissy Wilson-Mueller, 47, suffered brain trauma, several broken bones and a collapsed right lung after she was struck by the car. She had just clocked...
Law & Order
ELLISVILLE > Nurse admits stealing morphine * Christi Jennifer Franklin, 28, a practical nurse at the Bethesda Meadow nursing home, admitted in court Friday that she stole morphine for herself, and substituted water and mouthwash in vials intended for...
Letters to the Editor, Feb. 10
Halt executions while past convictions get a fresh lookThank you for Sen. Joe Keaveny's commentary "Protecting against the dangers of wrongful convictions" (Feb. 6). His bills to address some of the terrible problems in the judicial system for those convicted...
Measles: Not Just a Metaphor for Personal Choice; Vaccinations; Disease Is a Constant Global Threat to Children's Lives
As a global health advocate and a mother of young children, I'm grateful every day for the strong legacy of our nation's vaccination programs. While a heated debate over personal freedom rages on in the U.S. over recent measles outbreaks, I view these...
Mehlville's New Superintendent Comes from Wright City
The Mehlville School Board has selected its next superintendent, one with experience at the helm of two smaller Missouri districts.Chris Gaines, who is the superintendent of the Wright City School District, was one of three finalists for the position...
Mizzou, South Carolina Will Battle at the Bottom; Battle of the Offensive Weaklings Looms; College Basketball
COLUMBIA, Mo. * Asked about his team's next Southeastern Conference opponent, South Carolina basketball coach Frank Martin applied his rugged man-to-man defense toward Missouri's Kim Anderson, a coach Martin knows well and a coach Martin expects to eventually...
MLB Notes: Shields, Padres Agree to Four-Year Contract; Baseball Notebook
Righthander James Shields, who helped Kansas City reach the World Series last season, has agreed to a $75 million, four-year contract with the San Diego Padres.The deal includes an option for 2019 and is subject to the successful completion of a physical,...
MONDAY'S RESULTS (Girls/boys Basketball, Ice Hockey)
Girls basketballBourbon 4 8 7 1 20Crystal City 21 16 14 2 53C (5-14): Link 22, LaFloure 16. FG 22 (2), FT 7-13.---North Callawa 13 16 13 13 55Wright City 8 2 2 4 16N (14-7): Brinker 11. FG 25 (2), FT 3-7.W (1-16): Hill 7. FG 7 (0), FT 2-6.---O'F Christian...
New England Feeling under the Weather after Record Snowfall; New Record Leaves Residents Weary, Unimpressed
BOSTON * More than 2 feet of fresh snow piled up in parts of New England on Monday, breaking records set during the Blizzard of 1978 and testing the patience of officials and commuters as forecasters warned of more winter misery later in the week.The...
NFL Forms Committeeto Handle LA Situation
In another effort to maintain control of the Los Angeles market and prevent a "land rush" to the nation's second-largest metropolitan area, the NFL has formed a committee on Los Angeles opportunities.The Los Angeles Times obtained a copy of a memo sent...
NFL Notes: NFL Films Founder Sabol Dies
NFL Films founder Sabol diesEd Sabol, the NFL Films founder who revolutionized sports broadcasting and helped take pro football from an up-and-coming league to must-watch theater, died Monday at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., the NFL said. He was 98....
Nixon to Announce Progress on New Riverfront Stadium
ST. LOUIS * The effort to build a new football stadium along the north riverfront is creeping forward.Gov. Jay Nixon is set to announce Tuesday that regional officials have cut deals with Ameren Missouri and the Terminal Railroad Association concerning...
No One More Qualified for the Job Than Lynch
The U.S. attorney general job is an important one. The "general" leads the U.S. Department of Justice, enforces rights established by the Constitution and statutes of the United States, prosecutes violations of federal law, protects our nation from violence...
Obama, Merkel Rally Behind Diplomacy in Ukraine Conflict; Both Hope to End Conflict without Sending Weapons
WASHINGTON * President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel rallied Monday behind efforts to reach a long-shot diplomatic resolution to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, but they offered no clear path for how the West would proceed...
Overcoming Challenges, Ballwin Youngster Spells like a Champ; A Way with Words: Blind Fourth-Grader Spells His Way into Regional Bee
The word was magician.Standing on stage in front of most of his school, fourth-grader Richie Tienter spelled it correctly, beating out his final opponent, a fifth-grader. He had just become spelling bee champion at Westridge Elementary School in Ballwin.He...
RadioShack Lists 30 St. Louis Area Stores That Will Close
Bankrupt electronics retailer RadioShack Corp. received court approval on Monday to borrow $10 million to support its operations until it opens the bidding this month for its best-performing stores.RadioShack, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last...
Six Months after His Death, Michael Brown Is Remembered
FERGUSON * Six months after his death, about 30 activists gathered around a memorial dedicated to Michael Brown outside the Canfield Green apartment complex in Ferguson.Among those standing in the crowd Monday night was Desuirea Harris, Brown's grandmother."They...
Sports Shorts: St. Louis FC to Face SIUE in Preseason Soccer
St. Louis FC will play the first of four preseason games on Feb. 28 at Southern Illinois Edwardsville at 1 p.m. After facing the Cougars, the team's other three games will be against other USL Pro teams.They'll play a neutral site game against Oklahoma...
St. Louis Aldermen Move Forward Civilian Oversight Board of Police; Few Changes Made in Proposal for Civilian Police Oversight
ST. LOUIS * A proposal to create a civilian review board for city police, which stirred the ire of the police union on one side and protesters on the other, was approved by a committee of aldermen Monday largely unchanged from its original wording.The...
Strauss: Sorry State of Hoops; Fans, Teams in Missouri Paying for Past Success
The best thing about today is that it's another 24 hours removed from perhaps the worst weekend of the worst Division I college basketball season around here in recent memory. Hoop is listing throughout the state, shockingly so, without a return to the...
Time Is Running out for Mickelson
One of the big stories coming into this golf season is the possibility of seeing a career grand slam completed.It's a rare achievement in sports, winning each of the professional major championships. Only five players have accomplished it Tiger Woods,...
TRUST ISSUES: Civilian Oversight Board Can Be Where Trust Begins
Underlying the controversy over the proposed Civilian Oversight Board for the St. Louis Police Department are some fundamental issues of trust. As in most political disputes, the differences are most pronounced on the ends of the spectrum where the true...
UConn Women Rout South Carolina; Top-Ranked Gamecocks Had Been Unbeaten before 87-62 Defeat; College Basketball
STORRS, Conn. * UConn left no doubt who has the best team in the country.Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 23 points and Breanna Stewart added 22 to help No. 2 Connecticut beat top-ranked South Carolina 87-62 on Monday night."I think it speaks for itself,"...
What's Up/Heads Up
WHAT'S UP * FROM EVENTS.STLTODAY.COM02.11 Meet the Artist * First Bank's Webster Groves branch, 11 East Lockwood Avenue, will hold a Meet the Artist Day from 1- 3 p.m. Wednesday to introduce the pet-friendly works of local artist Sarah Nations. Since...
World Digest
Top Islamic State recruiter reportedly killed in drone strike The top recruiter for the Islamic State group's affiliate in Afghanistan was killed by a drone strike Monday along with at least four other militants, local officials said, marking the first...
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