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Articles from February 20, 2015

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MADISON COUNTY > Final blast demolishes old canal bridge * A final explosion to demolish the old Interstate 270 Chain of Rocks Canal bridge went off without a hitch about 10 a.m. Thursday.Twin 50-year-old green steel truss bridges used to carry I-270 over...
A Match Made in Disney on Ice Heaven: 'Frozen'
Disney hit the jackpot with its animated film "Frozen," and not just because it took in more than $1.2 billion at the box office.When it debuted in November 2013, "Frozen" may have appeared to be just another princess flick like "Tangled" or "Brave."...
Ball Corp. to Buy British Drinks Can Maker Rexam for $6.9 Bln (Print Only)
U.S. drinks can maker Ball Corp. agreed to buy British rival Rexam Plc in a sweetened $6.9 billion deal, creating an industry giant that can better manage capital spending and costs as aluminum premiums rise.The cash-and-stock deal would merge the world's...
Bernie: Mourning Taveras Offers Valuable Lesson
JUPITER, Fla. * When manager Mike Matheny walks into the center of the clubhouse Monday to preside over the Cardinals' first team meeting of 2015, one player will be missing. But powerful memories, heavy emotions and inescapable regret will put him in...
Best Bets
FRIDAYSt. Louis Symphony Orchestra: Tchaikovsky 6When 10:30 a.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday * Where Powell Symphony Hall, 718 North Grand Boulevard * How much $30-$109 * More info 314-534-1700; stlsymphony.orgThis weekend's concerts by the St. Louis...
Best of Building Blocks
Highlights from our real estate and development blog: STLtoday.com/buildingblocks.Summer opening for hotel * An early summer opening is planned for the $12.8 million Hilton Home2 Suites hotel under construction in the city's Forest Park Southeast neighborhood.Atlanta-based...
Business Bulletin Board
AWARDThe testing services practice of Chesterfield-based Amdocs won the 2014 international Quality Innovation of the Year Award from the Finnish Quality Association, in coordination with other national quality organizations, for its Amdocs BEAT framework,...
Business Digest
Bank taps new CEO * Bank industry veteran Kevin Powers has been named the new president and CEO of The Bank of Edwardsville, one of the region's largest locally chartered banks. On March 2, Powers will succeed Tom Holloway, who is retiring from the bank....
Carolee Coombs-Stacy Dies; Musician Known as a Leading Singer and Composer
Carolee Coombs-Stacy was a consummate musician, a go-to singer in the St. Louis of the 1960s and '70s.She was a recitalist; a soloist with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, the Bach Society of St. Louis, the Christ Church Cathedral Choir and other professional...
Cash Battle Is Also a Fight over GM's Future; Activist Wants $8 Billion Buyback, but Company Has Reasons to Hoard Cash
General Motors had to be bailed out in 2009 because it didn't have enough cash. Now Harry Wilson is criticizing it for holding too much.Wilson isn't just any activist shareholder. As a member of the government's bailout task force, he helped recruit...
Civic Memorial Upsets Highland
JERSEYVILLE * Civic Memorial knew the Highland girls basketball team would place its focus on Eagles standout sophomore Allie Troeckler and it would need offense from some different sources."I told them, 'if they think Highland is going to let Allie...
College Basketball Roundup: No. 3 Gonzaga Rolls to 20th Straight Victory
Kyle Wiltjer scored 45 points for Gonzaga's highest-scoring game in 54 years and the third-ranked Bulldogs tied a school record with their 20th straight win, 86-74 over host Pacific.Gary Bell Jr. added 12 points as the Bulldogs (27-1, 15-0 West Coast...
Deal for Round-the-Clock Construction on New St. Louis Football Stadium Could Save $45 Million
ST. LOUIS * Area construction unions have agreed to forgo overtime pay during round-the-clock construction of a football stadium proposed on the riverfront, Gov. Jay Nixon announced on Thursday.The labor agreement calls for three eight-hour shifts, at straight...
Designating Monuments, Obama Touts Conservation as US Ideal
CHICAGO * Designating the country's newest national monuments, President Barack Obama said Thursday that protecting places of natural beauty and historic significance is a truly American ideal.Obama used the powers of the presidency to designate the...
Digest
Ambush end season this weekendThe Ambush will close their Major Arena Soccer League season with two games this weekend.On Friday night, the Ambush (6-12) travel to Tulsa to tangle with the Revolution (2-15). On Saturday, they host the Tacoma Stars (4- 14)...
Editorial: Turning around the Police Department Battleship
A few minutes after midnight Wednesday, a city police officer working an overtime job decided to break up a disturbance on the sidewalk in the 3900 block of South Grand Boulevard. A 46-year-old man began yelling threats at the officer, who moved to arrest...
Emerson Ad Campaign Aims at Building Brand among Future Engineers
Mat Woods wasn't thinking of Emerson as one of the companies where he'd put his computer science degree to work.But he's found himself interning alongside a new group of Emerson programmers who are building apps for smart thermostats and sensors that...
Employers Directly Appeal to Dockworkers in West Coast Port Fight
LOS ANGELES * All marine terminal work was suspended for the day on Thursday at the port of Oakland, Calif., as the dockworkers union and shippers continued talks aimed at settling a labor dispute that has disrupted cargo traffic along the West Coast...
FTC Sues to Block Sysco-US Foods Merger
NEW YORK * The U.S. government filed a lawsuit on Thursday seeking to block a merger of the nation's two largest food distributors, US Foods Inc. and Sysco Corp., which said it will fight the Federal Trade Commission action.Houston-based Sysco and Rosemont,...
Garcia's Return Begins as Cards Open Camp
JUPITER, Fla. * After years measured mostly by elusive health and the surgeries needed to rewire his left arm, Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia began what will be a defining season for him by asserting a constant from his career.He may be a question for...
Goosen, Singh in Six-Way Tie at Riviera
LOS ANGELES * Retief Goosen and Vijay Singh, among the top five players in the world a decade ago, were part of a six-way tie for the lead in the Northern Trust Open in what amounted to "throwback Thursday" at Riviera.The 51-year-old Singh, who plays...
Hamlin Spins Patrick in Daytona Qualifying
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. * Hendrick Motorsports swept Thursday night's qualifying races for the Daytona 500, with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson winning their respective duels.The Earnhardt and Johnson wins were anticlimactic, with the drama saved...
Healthful Diet Report: Sugary Drinks out; Coffee, Eggs In
WASHINGTON * An extra cup or two of coffee may be OK after all. More eggs, too. But you definitely need to drink less sugary soda. And, as always, don't forget your vegetables.Recommendations from a government advisory committee Thursday call for an...
'I Drove High,' Sobs St. Peters Woman in Her Guilty Plea to Crash That Killed Couple
ST. CHARLES COUNTY * A St. Peters woman said she passed out on a heroin high when her car crashed head-on into another, killing an elderly couple.Christine Marie Brown, 44, made the admission as she pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of involuntary...
Isley Brothers Stretch Musical Boundaries
With one lineup or another, the Isley Brothers have been a performing unit since the mid-1950s. But their music is still vital to the sounds of today.On Feb. 8, Kendrick Lamar took home two Grammy Awards best rap song and best rap performance for his...
Judge Rules against American Express in Antitrust Suit
NEW YORK * American Express violated U.S. antitrust laws by barring merchants from asking customers to use one credit card over another, a federal judge ruled Thursday.The case was a major blow to American Express, who argued that its policies kept it...
Justice Department Hasn't Briefed Ferguson on the Results of the Agency's Investigation, Mayor Says
FERGUSON * If the U.S. Department of Justice has a list of changes it would like the Ferguson Police Department to make, the agency has yet to share those recommendations with the city, Mayor James Knowles III said on Thursday.In fact, the city has heard...
Law & Order
DE SOTO > Murder charge filed * Jefferson County prosecutors charged Thomas Harris, 30, on Thursday with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the shooting death of a man.Harris is accused of shooting Dion Robinson, 26, of De Soto, about...
Lehtera Is Rested, Ready for Stretch Run
There are rites of passage for hockey players, and for Blues center Jori Lehtera, his most expensive one came last weekend in Florida.Lehtera has played eight seasons in Europe, either in his native Finland or in Russia, so by NHL standards he's not...
Marquette, Lafayette Lead Area Group; at State Swimming Championships
Marquette coach Joe Schoedel has a sure-fire way to slow down Lafayette freshman swimming standout Franceska Petrosino in the Missouri Girls Swimming and Diving Championships that begin Friday at the Rec-Plex in St. Peters.A teacher at Lafayette High,...
McClellan: Everything Old Is New Again in St. Louis Aldermanic Races [Corrected 02/21/15]
Do you have to be a political junkie to enjoy the aldermanic primaries in St. Louis? No. Think of it as entertainment, a reality show.For instance, two years ago, Sharon Tyus emerged from the primary like Zombie Woman. She had represented the old 20th...
McClellan Is Throwing a Different Pitch; Former Cardinals Pitcher Has Entered the Media World of Pod Casts
JUPITER, Fla. * Kyle McClellan's baseball career, which, in essence, ended well before he officially retired a couple of months ago because of persistent arm problems, has taken a new turn.The former Cardinals righthander, who last pitched for the Texas Rangers'...
Media Views: Old Meets New in NASCAR Television Coverage
ESPN and ABC are out. NBC and NBCSN are in. And Fox is geared up for its 15th season of televising NASCAR races. Those are the biggest developments in how American stock car racing will be televised this year as things get rolling in a big way Sunday...
MLB Notes:
Giants manager Bochy has heart procedureSan Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy has undergone a heart procedure to insert two stents and will be hospitalized overnight.The Giants released a statement late Thursday saying that the medical staff had been...
Motion City Soundtrack Tour Recalls Singer's Messed-Up Past
Motion City Soundtrack celebrates the album that put the rockers on the map with its "Commit This to Memory" tour, Wednesday at the Pageant.The 2005 album, produced by Blink-182's Mark Hoppus and featuring the hit "Everything Is Alright," is being trotted...
National Digest
Las Vegas road rage suspect knew victimPolice made an arrest Thursday in the road rage killing of a Las Vegas mother, apprehending a neighbor who had a history with the family before the shooting.Erich Nowsch, 19, was arrested on suspicion of murder...
NBA Roundup: PGs Most Coveted at Trade Deadline
Point guards moving quickly made this trade deadline a transition game.Goran Dragic, Michael Carter-Williams, Reggie Jackson and Brandon Knight all were dealt Thursday in the final hours that trades were allowed, as a number of teams handed their keys...
New Deadline for Normandy Transfer Students
Missouri's department of education has extended the deadline for Normandy students to transfer from failing schools in light of a recent court ruling.Normandy parents now have until April 1 to file the paperwork and request to transfer their students...
NFL Notes: Browns GM Says He Broke Rule by Texting
Browns general manager Ray Farmer took responsibility Thursday for breaking the NFL's rules about text messages and selecting Johnny Manziel in last year's draft.He wasted no time apologizing for one clear mistake, sending messages to the sideline last...
NHL Roundup: Islanders Roll Past NHL-Leading Predators
Nick Leddy had a goal and two assists, former Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak tied the team record for wins in a season and the host New York Islanders cooled off the NHL-leading Nashville Predators with a 5-2 win on Thursday night.Brian Strait, John Tavares...
Nicolay, Robert Louis Robert Louis Nicolay
Nicolay, Robert Louis Robert Louis Nicolay, 68, of St. Louis, MO Fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church on February 16th, 2015 at his residence. Bob is preceded in death by his parents; his wife and "Angel in Heaven", Lyn; brother, John...
Now Hear This
BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups700 S. Broadway* Big George Brock & the Houserockers, 10 p.m. Friday.* Torrey Casey & the South Side Hustle, 7 p.m. Friday.* Patti Thomas & The Hitmen, 4 p.m. Saturday.* Tom Hall, 7 p.m. Saturday.* Ivas John Band, 10 p.m. Saturday.*...
Number of Payday Lenders Drops, but Installment Lenders Increase
Payday lending volume in Missouri has declined significantly in recent years, according to a state survey released this month.On first appearance, the survey would appear to be good news to consumer groups that are fighting to limit the availability...
On the Air
FRIDAYHOCKEY7 p.m. NHL: Boston at Blues, FSM, KMOX (1120 AM)7:30 p.m. NHL: Colorado at Chicago, NHL NetworkBASKETBALL7 p.m NBA: Cleveland at Washington, ESPN6 p.m. NBA: Indiana at Philadelphia, FSM Plus9:30 p.m. NBA: San Antonio at Golden State, ESPNCollege...
People in Business
Gershman Commercial Real Estate added John Shuff as a senior vice president, Meghan Lorson as work order coordinator and Roxanne Bellistri as marketing and listing coordinator; appointed Gina Lee as a senior vice president and Trisha Olsen as director...
Q&A: Chinese New Year Celebrations Come to U. City
Lion dancers will bop between the lions in the Delmar Loop next week, when a partnership between Washington University, Lu Lu Seafood and United Provisions brings what might be the first of an annual Chinese New Year celebration in University City. It's...
Rams Have Outdrawn Some Big-Name Teams in TV Ratings
As pointed out recently in this space, St. Louis had a lousy showing in Super Bowl television ratings tying Austin, Texas, for 52nd place among the 56 major markets in which viewership was measured electronically.And while the local NFL team also hasn't...
Rams Notes: Weinke Hired as QBs Coach
INDIANAPOLIS * The Rams have a new quarterbacks coach, and it's not Jeff Garcia. Garcia interviewed with the Rams last week, but the job has gone to Chris Weinke instead.Coach Jeff Fisher will make the hire official at his scheduled media session Friday...
Rawlings Names Michael Zlaket as CEO
As it seeks to grow its football helmet business and international sales, Rawlings Sporting Goods has named a new CEO and president.Michael Zlaket, 48, a sports equipment industry veteran, took over the top job Tuesday at the Town and Country-based manufacturer of...
Russians Go for the Gold in Sports Documentary 'Red Army' ***
Before the 1980 Winter Olympics, if you had asked members of the Soviet hockey team if they believed in miracles, they would have answered in unison, "Nyet!" The Soviets believed in hard work, and for much of the Cold War era, they were a mighty embodiment...
Same-Sex Couple Marries in Texas under One-Time Order
AUSTIN, Texas * Defying Texas' long-standing ban on gay marriage, a lesbian couple wed in Austin on Thursday immediately after being granted a marriage license under a one-time court order because one of the women has cancer.The women said their union...
Seckman's Jenkins Knocks off Defending State Champion in First Round
COLUMBIA, Mo. * When the Class 4 bracket at 160 pounds was announced early this week, it featured a first-round match between Seckman senior Cole Jenkins and two-time defending state champion Sean Hosford of Park Hill."It's not an ideal first-round match,"...
Secretary of State Jason Kander Announces He'll Seek Senate Seat Held by Roy Blunt
JEFFERSON CITY * Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander made the leap Thursday into next year's U.S. Senate race, announcing that he will seek the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Roy Blunt.Saying "it's time for a new generation of leaders,"...
SIUE Rallies Past SEMO to Clinch Spot in OVC Tournament
EDWARDSVILLE * For its first trip to the Ohio Valley Conference tournament in 2014, Southern Illinois Edwardsville was content with the No. 8 and final seed and its best league record since entering the Division I ranks.At some point, though, merely...
SLU President Defends Decision to Erect Statue in Aftermath of Protest
St. Louis University President Fred Pestello, on Thursday, defended his decision making against critics who have suggested the university is promoting anti-police actions or kowtowing to the demands of Ferguson protesters."Those reports are just wrong,"...
Stastny Switch Was Short-Lived
The Blues' latest experiment with Paul Stastny centering Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko was short-lived.The move that made headlines earlier in the week lasted less than 20 minutes Tuesday against Dallas, as Blues coach Ken Hitchcock plugged Jori...
St. Louis Forecast: Cold, Snow, Freezing Rain
ST. LOUIS * By a little after 7 p.m. Thursday, the gymnasium at the city's cold weather emergency shelter was packed."In a nutshell, I'm here because I'm homeless and it's too cold to be outside tonight," Brittany Migues, 27, explained from the cot she'd...
St. Louis' Jewish Community Is Growing and Changing, Study Finds
St. Louis Jews are looking to the future, trying to determine how they're going to thrive in the coming years.So for the first time in two decades, the community invested in an in-depth study examining the strengths and weaknesses of Jewish life in the...
The Firebird Turns 6 with Finger on the Pulse
Club closings are the business of the day it seems, though the venerable Firebird in midtown St. Louis keeps cranking out the shows.A sixth anniversary lineup is on tap this weekend at the Firebird, along with a future that does not involve a closing."Whenever...
The Positive Outcomes of Civilian Oversight of Police
We are two of the founding members of the Columbia, Mo., Citizens Police Review Board, and we encourage the adoption of a similar civilian oversight board in St. Louis. The Columbia CPRB has been very positive for both the citizens and police in our...
Ticket Tracker: Tickets on Sale Today for Kevin Hart at Scottrade Center
Chaifetz ArenaTicketmaster.com* STL Comedy Festival with Sommore, Corey Holcomb, Arnez J, Aries Spears, Huggy Lowdown, 8 p.m. April 3, $47.50-$128.The FirebirdTicketfly.com* The Downtown Fiction, 6:30 p.m. April 16, $13-$15.* Smallpools, Grizfolk, Vinyl...
Tsarnaev Lawyers Ask US Appeals Court to Move Bombing Trial
BOSTON * A lawyer for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pressed a federal appeals court Thursday to move his trial out of Massachusetts, citing "saturation publicity" about the case and the large number of people in the state who were...
Tube Talk --- 'Just Go for It,' Says 'Amazing Race' Winner
Maya Warren took a flat iron on "The Amazing Race.""And I'd do it again," she says, laughing. "I was going to be on TV. My hair had to look good."The St. Louis native clearly didn't need to change a thing about her approach to the race, because she and...
UCLA's Hundley Ignoring Draft Critics
INDIANAPOLIS * Following the 2014 football season at UCLA, quarterback Brett Hundley had a long talk with Bruins coach Jim Mora."The one thing he said was don't listen to anything," Hundley said. "He said, turn your social media off. Turn all of it off. Because...
US Embassy: Turkey, US Sign Deal to Train, Arm Syrian Rebels
ISTANBUL * Turkey and the United States signed an agreement Thursday to train and arm Syrian rebels fighting the Islamic State group, the U.S. Embassy in Ankara said.The two countries have been in talks about such a pact for several months. The deal...
Walesa: Solidarity in Sanctions Would Change Putin's Policy
WARSAW, Poland * Poland's former president and Solidarity leader, Lech Walesa, said Thursday he believes that global solidarity in economic sanctions against Russia would lead President Vladimir Putin to change his aggressive policy in Ukraine."We can...
Wal-Mart to Boost Pay for a Half-Million Employees
Thursday was a good day for Wal-Mart employees, who learned that a half-million of them will soon get pay raises.Exactly why they are getting them is a matter of some debate.Clearly the world's largest retailer caught folks off guard when it announced...
Want a 50-Cent Doctor Visit Copay?
JEFFERSON CITY * In an effort to teach Missouri's 32,000 inmates to be more responsible, some state lawmakers want to subject offenders to a mandatory copay for each non-emergency visit to the prison infirmary.The amount: 50 cents."This is what we do...
What's Up/Heads Up
0221 Help with college aid forms * The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis will hold a FAFSA Completion Clinic on Saturday to assist students in completing the 2015-2016 Free Application for Federal Student Aid form. Changes in how students access the...
Your Views --- Letters to the Editor, Feb. 20
Kennard accused ofguilt by associationI was astonished to read on the front page no less about the supposed evil deeds a century and a half ago of the namesake of one of our city's schools: Samuel Kennard ("A history lesson for Kennard parents,"...
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