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Articles from June 10, 2016

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THIS DAY IN 1903EAST ST. LOUIS FLOODSAfter wary residents watched the Mississippi rise for days, the river breaks through the Illinois Central railroad embankment and swamps East St. Louis. Families splashed their way to factories and rooftops, and the...
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UNION > Murder suspect to undergo evaluation * A judge this week ordered a mental evaluation of a Franklin County woman accused of fatally shooting her 7-year-old daughter in April.Franklin County prosecutor Bob Parks requested the exam of Patricia Trucks,...
Ace Spurs Henderson to Lead in Women's PGA Championship
SAMMAMISH, Wash. * Just three holes into her round, Brooke Henderson could tell she needed a spark.Her fourth career hole-in-one and a new car to be donated to her caddie sister did more than enough.Buoyed by the early ace and birdies on her final...
After Legislative Fight on Overhaul, Utility Regulator Seeks 'Middle Ground'
After utilities made a major push to dramatically overhaul Missouri's regulatory framework last legislative session, the state commission that oversees them believes it can help find a "middle ground."The Missouri Public Service Commission on Wednesday...
Alejandro Escovedo Is Still Listening, Still Learning
Alejandro Escovedo still pays attention to the musical masters.Never mind that many would regard Escovedo, 65, as a master himself, having come up through the ranks playing punk rock and cowpunk with his bands the Nuns, Rank and File, and True Believers, then...
Ali Remembered in Prayer as an Icon Who Pushed for Unity
LOUISVILLE, Ky. * As the faithful chanted a Muslim prayer in unison, dignitaries and fans stood shoulder to shoulder at a service Thursday for Muhammad Ali to honor a man who used his celebrity to push for peace among races, religions and cultures.Thousands...
All-Metro Boys Volleyball Feature
Everyone at Lindenwood University heard the chants from the Lafayette student section except the intended target St. Louis U. High's Shawn Hughes.Known just as much for his goggles as his powerful hitting, a goggle-less Hughes was greeted with chants...
Archaeologists Dig through Privies for Cultural Clues at Future NGA Site in St. Louis
ST. LOUIS * A crew of 10 researchers is rooting through old garbage in north St. Louis hoping to find out what residents ate for dinner.Judging by all the stomach medicine bottles and other artifacts they've unearthed this week, it appears there were...
As Summit on Gun Violence Convenes, Latest St. Louis Homicide Victim Is Announced
ST. LOUIS * A summit on gun violence got off to a somber but sadly familiar start Thursday with the announcement of a slaying, this one of a man whose father had been fatally shot six years earlier and whose grandmother is a longtime nonviolence activist.Tyrell...
Best of Building Blocks
Highlights from our real estate and development blog: STLtoday.com/buildingblocks.Gills to open HQ in the Grove * Developers Amy and Amrit Gill plan to hold an open house from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday at their company's new headquarters on Manchester Avenue...
Business Calendar
MONDAYENTREPRENEURSHIP * The Missouri Venture Forum hosts a conference on startup support and resources.* 1 p.m. 8 p.m., Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, 975 North Warson Road, Creve Coeur.* Free. Register: bit.ly/1XaL6pJSMALL BUSINESS * This five-part...
Business Digest
Aldi readies St. Louis County store * Aldi is opening a new store in south St. Louis County this month to replace an existing store nearby.The new Aldi store at 11185 South Towne Square in Green Park will open at 9 a.m. June 27, the German grocery chain...
Cardinals Notes: Adams Credits Moss for Turnaround
CINCINNATI * A month ago, Brandon Moss pulled young Matt Adams aside for a pep talk about the hitter he could be, he should be, even if it came at the cost of Moss' playing time.Before batting practice in late April, Moss outlined some of the similarities...
Cardinals' Top Picks: Controversial, Surprising
Randy Flores' initial first-round draft selections as the Cardinals' director of scouting Thursday night legitimately can be considered both surprising and controversial.The controversial aspect centered on 17-year-old Puerto Rican shortstop Delvin Perez,...
Cards' Draft Picks
DELVIN PEREZPosition * ShortstopDrafted * No. 23Height, weight, age * 6 feet 3, 165 pounds, 17 yearsSchool * International Baseball AcademyHometown * Ceiba, Puerto RicoAbout Perez * Per Baseball America, Perez was the eighth-best available prospect in...
Catanzaro, Carol Anne 79
Catanzaro, Carol Anne 79, passed away peacefully on June 7, 2016.Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Carol was the daughter of Dr. Douglas A. Ries and Anne Soraghan Ries. She was preceded in death by her husband of 35 years, Dr. Marshall John Catanzaro,...
Catholic Legislators Feel Church's Ire over Abuse Bill Votes
PHILADELPHIA * Roman Catholic legislators say they have been publicly shamed during Mass, called out in church bulletins and disinvited to parish events as the Philadelphia Archdiocese campaigns against a bill that would give victims of child sexual abuse...
Court: No Right to Carry Concealed Weapons in Public
SAN FRANCISCO * Dealing a blow to gun supporters, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday that Americans do not have a constitutional right to carry concealed weapons in public.In a dispute that could ultimately wind up before the Supreme Court, a divided...
Democrats Close Ranks as Obama Backs Clinton, Sanders Vows Trump Defeat
WASHINGTON * Testifying to Hillary Clinton's grit and experience, President Barack Obama endorsed his former secretary of state's bid to succeed him on Thursday and urged Democrats to line up behind her. It was all part of a carefully orchestrated pressure...
Digest
FESTUS > New stage to open in time for fest * Just in time for the Firecracker Festival set for June 24-25, the new stage at West City Park in Festus is nearly complete.The stage has been a work in progress for nearly two years. Finishing touches will...
Editorial: Milking the Poor with Subprime Car Loans
Let's stipulate from the outset: Borrowers must take personal responsibility for debts they incur. A loan accepted is a loan that must be repaid. That said, a loan granted isn't a license for usury, for exploiting borrowers to the verge of bankruptcy....
Editorial: St. Louis Reaps What It Has Sown Fiscally
Our city doesn't have its finances in good enough shape, and two major credit-ratings services are calling St. Louis to account. Fitch Ratings is the most recent service to warn that the city's unfavorable credit trends and "persistently narrow reserves"...
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PARIS * France coach Didier Deschamps wants the European Championship, which starts Friday, to give the French people an "escape" from security fears, violent labor protests, train strikes and floods."A big competition, especially when a country has...
Feds Tout Health Insurance Exchange Successes as Some Question Viability
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday trotted out insurance executives who have found success selling health plans to individuals via the online insurance exchanges, a key part of the Affordable Care Act.The conference, held in...
Firm Pays $16,000 Fine to Settle Complaint Alleging Mishandling of Moolah Circus Elephants
ST. CHARLES * An Oklahoma circus company that worked on the 2014 Moolah Shrine Circus has paid $16,000 to settle a federal complaint alleging it mishandled three elephants that got loose on the Family Arena parking lot.The Department of Agriculture said...
Fishing Report for 6/10/16
Baldwin: Catfish good using cut bait or livers; bluegill fair using waxworms and red wigglers; bass good using jigs, crankbaits and soft plastics; bass fair using soft plastics and jigs; crappie fair using minnows.Busch Area: Lake 33: Water temperature...
Friday's Sports on the Air
AUTO RACING10 a.m. Sprint Cup: FireKeepers Casino 400, practice, FS111 a.m. IndyCar: Firestone 600, practice, NBCSN11:30 a.m. XFINITY: Menards 250, practice, FS11 p.m. Formula One: Canadian Grand Prix, practice, NBCSN2 p.m. XFINITY: Menards 250, final...
Golf Roundup
Jay Don Blake birdied three of the last five holes Thursday at windy Philadelphia Cricket Club for a 2-under 68 and the first- round lead in the Constellation Senior Players Championship in Flourtown, Pa.Blake had five birdies and three bogeys in windy...
Group Aligned with McConnell, Rove, Boosts Pro-Blunt Ad Spending in Missouri
WASHINGTON * A group aligned with Republican operative Karl Rove and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and funded by anonymous donors has launched a $1.5 million ad blitz praising Sen. Roy Blunt, bringing to $2.2 million the group will have spent...
High School Outfielder No. 1 Pick in MLB Draft
SECAUCUS, N.J. * The Philadelphia Phillies selected California high school outfielder Mickey Moniak with the top pick in the Major League Baseball draft Thursday night.Moniak, from La Costa Canyon High School in south Carlsbad, became the first prep...
House Republicans Seek to Shift Focus from Trump to Security
WASHINGTON * House Republicans laid out a national security agenda Thursday that seeks to turn the conversation away from Donald Trump's contentious presidential campaign and toward concrete policies for securing America's borders and defeating extremist groups.Speaking...
In Honor of Prince's 58th Birthday, Here's the Ultimate Tribute
The BET network has a thankless job ahead of it.After Madonna's widely panned tribute (with Stevie Wonder) to Prince at the Billboard Music Awards May 22, BET promised to do it right with the BET Awards, airing June 26.Many eagerly await BET's tribute,...
In Its 11th Season, St. Louis Lions Have PDL Company in Town
Tony Glavin felt a bit blind-sided.Just days before his St. Louis Lions were to kick off their 11th season of Premier Development League soccer in May, Glavin learned that St. Louis FC of the United Soccer League's pro division had acquired the PDL's...
Leon Bridges Lifts 'Coming Home' Material during Pageant Concert
Leon Bridges landed much critical acclaim with his debut album "Coming Home," a polished-to-perfection throwback record recalling the classic stylings of Sam Cooke.If only Bridges' album didn't come off so bland.His fans welcomed him immediately and...
Lion-Robot Import 'Voltron' Finds New Life on Netflix
The robot, a towering TV phenomenon in the 1980s and beyond, big- foots onto Netflix in a new DreamWorks Animation series arriving Friday. The five color-coded mechanical lions are all back, along with their human pilots, assembling into "Voltron: Legendary Defender."Especially...
Lumineers Want to Build on Success with 'Cleopatra'
With the Lumineers' 2012 self-titled debut, the band earned a No. 2 spot on Billboard's album chart, a No. 3 single ("Ho Hey"), platinum sales and a pair of Grammy nominations. The Denver-based trio toured the world and even landed a song ("Stubborn...
'Maggie's Plan' Is to Delight Moviegoers
Maggie (Greta Gerwig) is a 30ish career counselor at a New York college who has decided it's time to become a mom. Her plan is to get artificially inseminated, and a pickle entrepreneur named Guy (Travis Fimmel) has agreed to be the donor. She politely...
McElroy, Robert Henry Age 90
McElroy, Robert Henryage 90, a retired Vice President of Foster Forbes Glass Container Division of American National Can Corporation, passed away on June 4, 2016, at his home in Ballwin, Missouri surrounded by his family. Bob was born June 10, 1925 in Tully,...
Medical Research Roundup (Print Only)
Following is a list of some of the medical research grants awarded to scientists in the area.Washington University School of MedicineScientists * David Van Essen, professor of neurobiology and professor of biomedical engineering, and Deanna M. Barch,...
Meramec Caverns to Reopen Friday after Fumes Dissipate
Meramec Caverns will reopen Friday, three months after the popular tourist attraction in Franklin County was closed because of potentially harmful vapors.The Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that the upper portions of the caves with...
Messenger: She Grew Up Here, but 83-Year-Old Is New to the Lou Again
Charlotte Schmitt remembers the details of the grade-school tussle like it was yesterday.A girl named Eleanor was mad at her over a rumor that Schmitt had said something not very nice about the other girl. They were students together at the Lone Dell...
Mexico Wins in Copa America to Reach Quarterfinals
Javier Hernandez scored on a first-half header, and Mexico survived a tense second half to advance to the Copa America quarterfinals Thursday night with a 2-0 victory over Jamaica in Padadena, Calif.Substitute Oribe Peralta scored in the 81st minute...
Missouri Pension Funds Confront a Low-Return Future
If you're saving for retirement, you've probably heard that you should expect returns to be lower in the future than they were in the past.Missouri's big pension funds are confronting the same investment math. The Missouri State Employees Retirement...
Missouri Regulators Want Looser Rules on Meeting with Utilities
Missouri utility regulators want to loosen up ethics rules they call "cumbersome" by easing requirements to disclose meetings with utilities when they don't directly relate to rate cases and other contested issues.The guidelines, known as "ex parte rules,"...
MLB Notes: Ventura Suspended Nine Games, Machado Four
Kansas City pitcher Yordano Ventura was suspended nine games and Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado was penalized four games Thursday after their brawl this week.Major League Baseball also fined each player an undisclosed amount. Ventura and Machado...
MLB Roundup: Beltran Comes Up Big in Yankees' Win over Angels
Beltran stays hot, lifts Yankees to winCarlos Beltran hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in a five-run fifth inning, and the New York Yankees beat the Los Angeles Angels 6- 3 Thursday night at Yankee Stadium to complete a four-game sweep and reach .500...
Molina's Clutch Hit Seals Win for Cards
CINCINNATI * There's something, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said as Yadier Molina and others took batting practice Thursday afternoon, about "making some noise in the bleachers" that is reassuring for a hitter, even when the stadium hasn't opened...
More Travelers Sign Up for Airport Programs, Only to Wait
NEW YORK * A growing number of travelers are signing up for the government's expedited airport screening programs only to face another wait.After angry fliers missed flights this spring because of lengthy security lines, government officials promoted...
Mother, Children Killed in St. Peters House Fire Identified; Major Case Squad Investigating
Editor's note: This story was updated at 10 a.m. with the victims' names.ST. PETERS * A mother and two children are dead after a fire at a home in St. Peters on Thursday evening, authorities and neighbors said.Police identified the victims Friday morning...
NFL Notes: Denver's Talks with Miller Are on Hold
So much for Von Miller's prediction of peaceful contract talks this offseason.An impasse in negotiations has uncorked the startling possibility that Denver's Super Bowl MVP could sit out the 2016 season.It's a remote possibility, to be sure, one that...
'Now You See Me 2' Is a Tricky Proposition
It's not unusual for a magician to pull a disappearing act, but for J. Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson) and Jack Wilder (Dave Franco) it's a matter of survival. The con artists are on the lam after ripping off insurance...
Oprah Stuns Audience at Charity Luncheon with $1 Million Pledge for Homeless Women
Oprah pledges big for homeless womenOprah Winfrey stunned the crowd gathered at the annual luncheon for the N Street Village, a Washington-based charity benefiting homeless women, with one of her patented "you get a caaaaar!" moments.The media queen,...
Ortiz: Cards Gamble by Drafting Player Who Cheated
You have to hand it to the Cardinals. They don't care much about public perception. Busch Stadium lost its innocence long ago, and there's hardly anything scouting director Randy Flores can do to sully the franchise quite like his predecessor Chris Correa,...
Parigi Presents Elegant Italian Fare and a Veteran Chef to Meet Anew
The most gorgeous dish I've eaten this year is Parigi's pollo arrosto ($28). Its beauty is as disarmingly straightforward as a still life's. Half of a roasted chicken, split between the airline- cut breast and the leg and thigh, sits on a salad of chicory...
Peru's Kuczynski Ahead with All Election Ballots Processed
Israel restricts travel after Tel Aviv shootingIsrael imposed travel restrictions Thursday on tens of thousands of Palestinians and sent hundreds of additional troops into the West Bank in response to a deadly shooting at a popular Tel Aviv tourist spot....
Prison Inmate Gets 6 Years for Assault of Deputy U.S. Marshal in East St. Louis Courthouse
EAST ST. LOUIS * A prison inmate who has turned a long-term grudge against authorities into two prison sentences received a third sentence Thursday, adding six years in prison for assaulting a deputy U.S. marshal.The threats of William J. Mabie, now...
Prosecutor: Police Driver Gave Freddie Gray a 'Rough Ride'
BALTIMORE * The officer at the wheel when Freddie Gray suffered a fatal spinal injury in the back of a police van caused Gray's death by deliberately giving him a "rough ride," prosecutors said for the first time Thursday as the driver went on trial...
San Jose Beats Pittsburgh to Force Game 6
PITTSBURGH * There's very little flash to Martin Jones. The San Jose Sharks goaltender speaks in a polite monotone, only too eager to deflect attention elsewhere. Call it a reflex action honed from years spent wearing a mask while intentionally standing...
Series Preview: Cardinals at Pirates
SCOUTING REPORT * The Pirates have won five of six from the Cardinals this season, including all three in the first week of the season at PNC Park, outscoring the Cardinals 33-20 overall. ... Lefthander Francisco Liriano, who will pitch Saturday, already...
St. Louis Desegregation Program Headed for Phase Out
In 2019, only siblings of those enrolled could join desegregation programThose already enrolled in program could continue through graduationLast year, 4,583 black students from the city transferred to the countyAbout 140 white children from the county...
St. Louis Grocery Owner Shot in Ongoing Feud; Police Release Description of Suspect
ST. LOUIS * The owner of a corner market in the Penrose neighborhood was shot in the cheek at close range Thursday morning as customers and other employees watched, police say.The owner was awake, conscious and talking with officers at the scene, at...
St. Louis Police Still Won't Release Records from Internal Investigations, Suit Says
The St. Louis Police Department lost an epic lawsuit last summer when it was forced to turn over records of its internal investigation into the use of 2006 World Series tickets that officers had seized from scalpers.Previous Missouri court decisions...
Ticket Tracker: Prophets of Rage Coming to Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Duck Room at Blueberry Hillticketmaster.com* The Strumbellas, Tidal Volume, 8 p.m. Thursday, sold out.* Tyrone Wells' "Cover to Cover," Andy Suzuki, 8 p.m. Oct. 15, $18-$20, on sale at 11 a.m. Friday.Family Arenametrotix.com* Air Supply, July 29, $45-$88,...
UN: Ireland's Abortion Ban Is Cruel, Discriminatory to Women
DUBLIN * Ireland's abortion ban subjects women to discriminatory, cruel and degrading treatment and should be ended immediately for cases involving fatal fetal abnormalities, U.N. human rights experts said Thursday.The 29-page report from the Geneva-based...
Warriors Say They'll Work to Get Struggling Curry Going
CLEVELAND * Turns out, Stephen Curry has not entered some level of basketball infallibility.His unanimous MVP selection, the record 3-point total, the league scoring title, all those accolades while he was leading the Golden State Warriors to an NBA-record...
Waterloo Star Could Go in First 10 Rounds for MLB Draft
WATERLOO * Jordan McFarland is normally as cool as they come.The recent Waterloo High grad has played baseball in big-time games all around the country on the high school, select and club levels.He's even taken batting practice in front of a host of professional...
WAVES Hed
Injury forces Nadal to withdraw from WimbledonRafael Nadal pulled out of Wimbledon on Thursday, citing the left wrist injury that forced him out of the French Open.The two-time Wimbledon champion said on his Facebook page that he made the decision after...
Where John Ashcroft and Merrick Garland Meet
Former Missouri Gov. and U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft's name stirs a lot of passions in this state, but it is also a name that should be swirling around the heads of those interested in the ongoing U.S. Supreme Court vacancy.This month marks the...
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