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Articles from December 24, 2017

1st White Farmer Gets Land Back under Zimbabwe's New Leader
TANDI, Zimbabwe * A white Zimbabwean farmer evicted by the government of Robert Mugabe has returned to a hero's welcome as the first to get his land back under the new president, in a sign of reform on an issue that had hastened the country's international...
2017 St. Louis Sports Year in Review
There is no bigger story in St. Louis than the Cardinals, so there was no bigger story this calendar year than the Cardinals' no good, very bad year.From the 3-9 start to the third-place finish, to the hacking punishment that dented a proud organization's...
3 Miss America Officials Resign, 1 Apologizes to Ex-Winner
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. * The top leadership of the Miss America Organization, implicated in an email scandal that targeted past pageant winners for abuse based on their appearance, intellect and sex lives, resigned on Saturday, with the outgoing president...
8 Remarkable Books for Kids Age 8 and Up
After the kids tear through their gifts, see "The Last Jedi" and play all of their video games, they may want to take a break and read one of the many remarkable, educational and enlightening books that were published in 2017. Here are a few to get started.MIDDLE...
A Decade Later, the Recession Has Caused Big Changes in St. Louis
As the Great Recession was beginning, far more St. Louisans toiled in factories than in bars and restaurants. A decade later, waiters and bartenders outnumber manufacturing workers.The change illustrates the barbell-shaped recovery that much of the country...
'All the Money in the World' Is a Timely Morality Tale
J. Paul Getty (Christopher Plummer) is a genius at making money, but he has little interest in being a family man. The worst mistake his estranged son, John Paul Getty Jr. (Andrew Buchan), ever made was accepting a job offer from the ruthless oil tycoon.Once...
At Home: 1924 Olivette Home Features Touches of the Past
JIM AND BARBARA BAERAges * He is 73 and she is "younger." The couple have been married for 47 years.Occupations * Jim reported on high school sports for KMOX radio for 20 years and the Journal newspapers for 17 years. He served as an Olivette councilman...
Baby Faith Sent to Live with Uncle in Gardam Novel
With a round-eyed stare and a gurgle, Faith Fox drives the plot, puts the characters through their paces, and even engineers a Christmas miracle in "Faith Fox," a cleverly wrought British import.This tiny child, just a few months old, is a potent symbol...
Best-Selling Books for the Week That Ended Dec. 17
Here are the best-selling books from Publishers Weekly for the week that ended Dec. 17.HARDCOVER FICTION1. "The Rooster Bar" * John Grisham2. "Origin" * Dan Brown3. "Year One" * Nora Roberts4. "The Midnight Line" * Lee Child5. "Artemis" * Andy Weir6....
Blue Jayes Beat Statesmen
TOWN AND COUNTRY * Washington senior guard Reese Arnold overcame frustration Saturday afternoon by making a key adjustment.Changing tactics helped Arnold lead the Blue Jays in the fourth quarter as they knocked off Webster Groves 63-57 in the first round...
Blues End Tough Road Trip with a Needed Win
VANCOUVER, B.C. * The Blues had bus troubles, weather delays, goal-scoring problems and more injury issues during their week-long trek through western Canada. And did we mention trouble winning hockey games?But just in time for Christmas, the Blues found...
Bowl Roundup: Army Cashes in on Big Late-Game Gamble
Army coach Jeff Monken was able to joke afterward."We had 'em all the way," Monken deadpanned.It wasn't quite that easy for the Black Knights.Darnell Woolfolk scored on a 1-yard run with 18 seconds left, Kell Walker converted a go-ahead 2-point run and...
Brothers Take 1st, 3rd Place in Travel Photo Contest
William Courtney remembers when his grandparents pulled up to his school in Overland on the last day before summer break. They had just bought a 1953 or '54 Nash Metropolitan and were going to take William and his brother, Patrick, on an adventure. They...
Carlos Martinez and His Wife Rally St. Louis in Attempt to Save Young Girl's Life
Two decades after Carlos Martinez wandered the streets of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, in a discouraging search for the father he never met, a childhood friend made a more desperate march through their hometown in hopes of saving his sister's life.Emil...
Catalan Vote Does Little to Clarify Spanish Region's Future
BARCELONA, Spain * Spain's worst political crisis in decades showed few signs of abating Friday after Catalan separatist parties clinched a parliamentary majority in an exceptional election called by the country's prime minister, who remained steadfast...
Clashes over State Ballot Initiatives Could Spill into 2018
BROOKINGS, S.D. * Joyce Scott made hundreds of phone calls and knocked on countless doors, helping persuade South Dakota voters to approve a ballot measure last year tightening campaign contribution limits and creating a government ethics watchdog.Republican...
College Basketball Roundup
SIUC coasts past DuquesneSean Lloyd Jr. scored 19 points and had seven rebounds to lead Southern Illinois University Carbondale to a 74-64 victory over Duquesne on Saturday night in the Las Vegas Classic. Armon Fletcher (Edwardsville) and Aaron Cook...
College's Trustees Add a Stinging Insult to Layoffs
St. Louis Community College will enroll over 18,000 students this year. Some are 18-year-olds who were the first in their families to graduate high school; some are 28-year-olds who deferred college to care for their families; some are 48-year-olds seeking...
Community Events
SundayWinterfest at the Arch * For Christmas Eve family fun and to keep the kids away from the pile of presents under the tree ice skate in the shadow of the Gateway Arch at Winterfest at the Arch. Winterfest features a public ice skating rink. Free....
Company Denies Skirting Law with Refinery near National Park
BISMARCK, N.D. * The developer of a proposed oil refinery near picturesque Theodore Roosevelt National Park told North Dakota regulators on Tuesday that the company wasn't trying to skirt the state's permitting law, though opponents say questions remain...
Deaths Elsewhere
Bruce McCandless * The NASA astronaut, the first person to fly freely and untethered in space, has died. He was 80.Mr. McCandless died Thursday (Dec. 21, 2017) in California, NASA's Johnson Space Center announced Friday. No cause of death was given.He...
Decades-Long Fight over Parking Operations, Powers of the St. Louis Treasurer Reignited
ST. LOUIS * In the late 1980s, then-Alderman Fred Wessels wondered why so little of the money from parking meters and tickets in St. Louis was making its way to city coffers. The majority of the cash, he realized, went into the city's parking division,...
Decades-Long Fight over Parking Operations, Powers of the St. Louis Treasurer Reignited
ST. LOUIS * In the late 1980s, then-Alderman Fred Wessels wondered why so little of the money from parking meters and tickets in St. Louis was making its way to city coffers. The majority of the cash, he realized, went into the city's parking division,...
Digest: Smith Reportedly Firing Two Illini Assistant Coaches
Illini's Smith reportedly firing two assistantsSources say Illinois football coach Lovie Smith has fired his offensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach.Football Scoop reported Saturday that Smith is letting go of offensive coordinator Garrick McGee...
Editorial: Senior Republicans in Missouri Pushing Back against Greitens
Signs abound that senior Missouri Republicans are growing tired of Gov. Eric Greitens' grandstanding antics and sketchy adherence to the law. Several have made moves to restrain him by blocking his path in the Legislature or opposing his policies publicly.Democrats...
Editorial: Trump's National Security Plan Lacks Crucial Component: Competent Leadership
President Donald Trump unveiled his new National Security Strategy on Monday in a disjointed, campaign-style speech that bore little resemblance to a serious appraisal of America's security vulnerabilities. Senior policy advisers crafted a 55-page print...
Exes and Taxes: How the Tax Overhaul Will Alter Alimony
Congress' giant tax overhaul is poised to reach virtually every corner of American life even Splitsville.Republicans delivered their sweeping plan to an exultant President Donald Trump, who signed it into law Friday. One provision scraps a 75-year-old...
Fluorescent, LED Bulbs Work as Grow Lights for Indoor Plants
Q * I have beautiful, long cascading philodendrons growing out of one flower pot about 3 feet off the ground safely secured in a dim corner in my house. I have a grow light about 3 feet directly above the plant. How long should this light be on each...
For Michelle Williams, 'All the Money in the World' Was a Priceless Opportunity
Don't count Michelle Williams out.In an Oscar race for best actress that's unusually competitive with Frances McDormand ("Three Billboards in Ebbing, Missouri"), Sally Hawkins ("The Shape of Water") and Saoirse Ronan ("Lady Bird") among the likely nominees...
From Kinloch to 'Black-Ish': Jenifer Lewis, 'The Mother of Black Hollywood,' Is Raw and Unafraid
Jenifer Lewis is rarely cast as the lead in Hollywood, but for decades she has managed to steal every scene.Lewis, who plays sassy-mouthed Grandma Ruby Johnson on the acclaimed ABC sitcom "Black-ish," brings her sharp wit and flamboyant personality to...
Girls Basketball: Hazelwood Central Upends St. Joseph's in Visitation Opener
TOWN AND COUNTRY * During a recent five-game losing streak, the Hazelwood Central girls basketball team came up short against a variety of good teams.The 11th-seeded Hawks flipped that trend Saturday by pulling off the initial upset of the 43rd annual...
Girls Basketball: Lafayette Tops St. Charles in MICDS Opener for Fifth Consecutive Win
LADUE * The Lafayette girls basketball team scored just nine points in the first 12 minutes of their opening-round game Saturday in the MICDS Holiday Invitational Tournament against St. Charles High.The Lancers scored just two points in the first five...
Global Effort to Get Kids out of Orphanages Gains Momentum
BUCHAREST, Romania * Soft toys on the beds and posters on the walls. No more than three children to a room. One of the girls living in the four-bedroom home gushes about getting makeup for her birthday.In this group home on a leafy street in Bucharest,...
Gun Buyback Program in St. Louis Draws Hundreds of People, Weapons
ST. LOUIS * Hundreds of people turned up Saturday morning for a well-publicized gun buyback opportunity that officials hope will make the community safer.It was so popular that many left without their hoped-for holiday cash.Lured by the promise of $100...
Hochman: Messy Mizzou Shows There's Still Work to Be Done
They need a point guard.A poised guard.The Missouri Tigers arrived in St. Louis with all this swagger and they were swallowed up and spit out by Illinois, which might not be the better team by season's end, but sure looked like it with braggin' rights...
Hochman: MU's Performance Was Nothing to Brag About
They need a point guard.A poised guard.The Missouri Tigers arrived in St. Louis with all this confidence and swagger and they were swallowed up and spit out by Illinois, who might not be the better team by season's end, but sure looked like it with braggin'...
How States Are Coping with Uncertainty of Kids' Health Money
Congress has again failed to approve long-term funds for a popular program that provides health insurance for nearly 9 million low-income children.Lawmakers scurrying to leave the Capitol for the holidays approved on Thursday a short-term patch designed...
In the NHL, Christmas Brings a Pause That Refreshes
VANCOUVER, B.C. * The NBA always plays on Christmas. The NFL frequently does on Christmas and/or Christmas Eve.Refreshingly, the NHL takes a Christmas break three days off from games and practice from Christmas Eve through Dec. 26.There's even a roster...
Legal Pot in California Brings Host of Environmental Rules
SACRAMENTO, Calif. * At a state briefing on environmental rules that await growers entering California's soon-to-be-legal marijuana trade, organic farmers Ulysses Anthony, Tracy Sullivan and Adam Mernit listened intently, eager to make their humble cannabis...
Letters to the Editor, Dec. 24
Tax bill gives people a choice on health careIn the editorial "GOP's dubious achievement" (Dec. 21), it was stated that the bill will "cost 13 million their health insurance." This is very misleading.Under the new tax bill, 13 million fewer people will...
Made in St. Louis: Original Gents Twins Use Local Ingredients in Beard Care Line
Twin brothers Erik and Eugene Potts entered the premium men's grooming products business soon after Eugene decided to grow out his beard. "My wife wasn't totally on board with the idea," he says.As children, the twin brothers admired their father's full...
McClellan: Bill Hands out Holiday Gifts for St. Louis, Missouri and Illinois
It's Christmas Eve!You know the local traditions. Everybody gets to open one present today. All the rest are saved for tomorrow.You go first, St. Louis. Pick out a present.Hey, cool! That's my present to you. I hope you like it. It's a new slogan.I know...
'Merry Christmas' for Trump Is More Than a Wish
WASHINGTON * There's no mistaking President Donald Trump's "Merry Christmas" message he wields it as a weapon against political correctness.For weeks, he's been liberally sprinkling his public remarks with Christmas tidings and then pointing it out...
Messenger: Chance Meeting with Yogi Berra Helped Foster Chancellor's Love of St. Louis
Mark Wrighton sat alone at a table in a Clayton restaurant.It was dinnertime on a summer night in 1995.The soon-to-be chancellor of Washington University was preparing his installation speech. He carried with him a book of Yogi Berra quotes. Wrighton...
Mound City Money
From David Nicklaus' blog about St. Louis business. STLtoday.com/moundcitymoneyBonus and stock lift Monsanto CEO's pay to $19.5 million * Monsanto rewarded Chief Executive Hugh Grant with $19.5 million in compensation for a year that saw record seed...
Muny at 100: New Times, New Tastes Come to St. Louis' Big Outdoor Theater
When the Muny celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1968, Mr. and Mrs. William Rodefeld of Ferguson celebrated theirs at the same time. And at the same place. The Rodefelds celebrated all their anniversaries at the Muny. For their 50th, they saw "The Pajama...
Nation Briefs: Ohio Postal Worker Kills Supervisor, Inspector
Judge eases U.S. ban on certain refugeesA federal judge in Seattle partially lifted on Saturday a ban by the administration of President Donald Trump on certain refugees after two groups argued that the policy prevented people from some mostly Muslim...
NFL: Browns Look to Hit Brakes on Winless March against Bears
LAKE FOREST, ILL. * Time is running out on the Cleveland Browns with two games left in the regular season.And the idea they could wind up without a win is weighing on quarterback DeShone Kizer."You definitely feel it," he said.A Christmas Eve victory...
Nfl: Sunday's Games
MARQUEE MATCHUP: ATLANTA (9-5) at NEW ORLEANS (10-4)Time * Noon, KTVI-2Fast facts * Falcons can move into second place in NFC South with victory, or first place with victory plus Carolina loss. ... Atlanta has won five of last six. ... Falcons 9-0 when...
NHL: Bruins -- and Backes -- Roll On
David Backes and the Boston Bruins are having one nice holiday season.Backes picked up two assists after he was away from the team to be with his wife for the birth of their son, and the Bruins beat the visiting Detroit Red Wings 3-1 on Saturday for...
One More Thing to Ask Alexa: Where's Santa on Christmas Eve?
DENVER * Alexa, where's Santa?Amazon's diligent, computerized know-it-all is the latest technology to enlist in NORAD Tracks Santa, the military-run program that fields phone calls and emails from children around the world eager to ask when Santa will...
People: Petition Targets Damon over Harassment Remarks
Williams honored with meadowA meadow in San Francisco's expansive Golden Gate Park has been named after the late comedian and actor Robin Williams.The San Francisco Chronicle reports the effort to rename the grassy lawn on the east end of Golden Gate...
Pets of the Week: A Hound Mix, a Shorthair Cat and a Guinea Pig
Dez is an adorable 2-year-old pointer and black and tan coonhound mix with floppy ears and a nose that's sniffing out a new beginning before the new year. This sweet guy is looking for an active family and would be right at home by your side for long...
Ravens Edge Colts to Close in on Playoff Spot
BALTIMORE * The Baltimore Ravens didn't force a turnover, scored only two touchdowns and were dangerously close to going into overtime at home against lowly Indianapolis."We didn't play our best game," coach John Harbaugh readily acknowledged.Though...
Russia Aims for Olympic Hockey Gold despite Turmoil
MOSCOW * Russia can't win Olympic hockey gold in Pyeongchang, but the "Olympic Athletes from Russia" will have a great shot at the title.OAR is the moniker imposed by the International Olympic Committee as part of Russia's punishment across all sports...
Slow Start Dooms Mizzou in Braggin' Rights Bummer
For the first time in what seemed like ages, the Braggin' Rights Game became relevant Saturday night as 21,289 packed Scottrade Center to watch Missouri and Illinois turn back the clock and play a college basketball game that mattered again.The crowd...
Slow Start Dooms Mizzou in Braggin' Rights Bummer
For the first time in what seemed like ages, the Braggin' Rights Game became relevant Saturday night as 21,289 packed Scottrade Center to watch Missouri and Illinois turn back the clock and play a game that mattered again.The crowd showed up, but not...
Smoot, Sr
Smoot, Sr., Ernest Ernest Smoot, Sr., age 86, died December 19, 2017 at home. He leaves to mourn his passing, his beloved wife and companion of 32 years, Janis (Turner) Smoot and his children. They are Arletta Cason, Diane Smoot, Linda Cozart (Montra,...
Steelers Cut Linebacker James Harrison
James Harrison's long tenure with the Pittsburgh Steelers is over.The AFC North champions released the five-time Pro Bowl linebacker and 2008 NFL defensive player of the year Saturday to make room for right tackle Marcus Gilbert. Gilbert is returning...
Storm Leaves 120 Dead, 160 Missing in Southern Philippines
ZAMBOANGA, Philippines * A tropical storm in the southern Philippines unleashed flash floods that swept away people and houses and set off landslides, reportedly leaving more than 120 people dead and 160 others missing, officials said Saturday.Most of...
Sun COBAS
SIUC stops Duquesne in Las VegasSean Lloyd Jr. scored 10 of his 19 points in the final 11 minutes and finished with seven rebounds to help Southern Illinois University Carbondale beat Duquesne 74-64 on Saturday night in the Las Vegas Classic.Aaron Cook...
'Super Beans' Raise Hopes in Hunger-Prone Parts of Africa
NWOYA, Uganda * Richard Opio dipped a dirt-stained hand into the pinkish beans, marveling at the dramatic changes they've made for his family. They used to harvest two sacks of normal beans; now they take in six.The so-called "super bean," a fast-maturing,...
Tar Heels Bounce Back from Big Upset Loss
NEW ORLEANS * Theo Pinson and Joel Berry II viewed North Carolina's recent upset loss to Wofford as a test of their leadership.The seniors provided a convincing response in a neutral-site, made-for-television matchup against Ohio State.Berry and Pinson...
The GOP Fights for Its Own Voters to Stop the Next Roy Moore
RENO, Nev. * Republicans who hope their Senate disaster in Alabama will scare voters away from other outsider, long shot conservatives should spend some time with Michele Evans.Three thousand miles from the scene of Republican Roy Moore's stunning defeat,...
Ticket Tracker
CHESTERFIELD AMPHITHEATREgatewayjazzfest.com* Gateway Jazz Festival with Boney James, July 21, $75.DELMAR HALLticketmaster.com* Ticketmaster New Music Spotlight with Waiting for Flynn, We Are Warm, Thames, 8 p.m. Jan. 13, $5.* Ticketmaster New Music...
Timber Company Invades Ozarks in New 'Daybreak' Novel
"The Language of Trees" makes a trilogy out of the Daybreak series for author Steve Wiegenstein, an academic in Columbia, Mo.Daybreak is the name of an idealistic commune in Missouri's Ozarks. Wiegenstein began the series in 2012 with the founding of...
Tim Hortons Franchisee Closes All Four Remaining St. Louis Restaurants
All four remaining Tim Hortons doughnut and coffee shops in the St. Louis area permanently closed Saturday afternoon.Eric Sigurdson, president of Show Me Hospitality, the local franchisee for the Canadian restaurant chain, confirmed the closures to the...
Top St. Louis Employers Mum on Whether #MeToo Happening Here
Representatives of some top employers in the St. Louis area say they haven't had an increase in sexual harassment reports from employees, despite the national conversation driven by reports about famous figures."We have not seen a marked increase in...
Trump Supporters Greet Tax Law with Shrugs and Measured Hope
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa * Ask Sam Banks about the tax plan President Donald Trump signed into law Friday, and you hear something other than the effusive joy Republicans in Congress put on display this week.The $1.5 trillion plan cuts taxes broadly while...
UCLA Tops Seventh-Ranked Kentucky
NEW ORLEANS * UCLA guard Aaron Holiday delivered a steadying performance and a clutch finish to a made-for-television holiday weekend event. And he did it in the same arena in which his brother, Jrue Holiday, plays home games in the NBA albeit to the...
USA Hockey Sees Youth Program Climb toward Top of the Heap
COLUMBUS, Ohio * In the first 20 years of the world junior hockey championship, Team USA managed two podium finishes good for bronze medals in 1986 and 1992. The American youngsters couldn't keep up with teams from Canada and other nations where hockey...
Vikings Shut out Packers 16-0 with Eye on 1st Round Bye
GREEN BAY, Wis. * The Minnesota Vikings shut out an opponent for the first time in nearly a quarter-century, beating the injury-depleted Green Bay Packers 16-0 on Saturday night to stay in the hunt for a first-round playoff bye.Stefon Diggs caught a...
Water, Fire and Stone: Spain's Beguiling Island of Menorca
MENORCA, Spain * Locals say Menorca can be reduced to three words: water, fire and stone.The Spanish island's three essential elements are embodied in Cova d'en Xoroi, a natural cave that houses a sophisticated lounge halfway down a cliff. As the sun...
World Briefs: Muslims Attack Coptic Christian Church
Ukraine thanks U.S. for weaponsUkraine's president thanked the U.S. on Saturday for its decision to provide his nation with lethal weapons, while Russian diplomats and lawmakers expressed dismay, warning that it will only fuel hostilities in eastern...
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