St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from January 7, 2018

Accident in Poland Devastates Two Men in Novel by Steve Yarbrough
After three short-story collections, Missouri's own Unbridled Books launched Steve Yarbrough's first novel, "Oxygen Man," in 1999. The local publisher was an early part of Yarbrough's significant literary career that's included a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist...
Aisha Sultan: Why Do Young Children Tell Lies?
Preschoolers tell magnificent lies.Not boring, trying-to-be-polite lies that many adults tell to spare someone's feelings. And not the evil lies of someone trying to defraud a grandma of her life savings.No, 2- to 4-year-olds are still figuring out fantasy...
Alabama, Georgia Very Much Alike on Defense
As Alabama All-America defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick watched a YouTube video of last week's thrilling Rose Bowl between Georgia and Oklahoma, there was a sense of familiarity with the Bulldogs."We basically run the same defense. They added a couple...
Anti-Union Effort in Missouri Nets $750,000 from Greitens-Linked Group
JEFFERSON CITY * A nonprofit group linked to Gov. Eric Greitens has contributed $750,000 to a campaign committee dedicated to making Missouri a "right to work" state.The move by A New Missouri is the latest in a series of big-dollar contributions flooding...
At Home: Arts and Crafts Home in Shaw Is Just the Downsize This Couple Needed
"A lot of people think about downsizing, but we actually did it," Jeffrey Smith says about their recent move from a three-story Victorian residence into a cozy, story-and-a-half Arts and Crafts home just two blocks away."We spent 23 years decorating...
Ball-Handling Remains a Problem for Mizzou
COLUMBIA, MO. * Jordan Barnett couldn't bear to look up, and I couldn't bear to look at him.The sullen senior just gazed, his face glazed by anguish.But I was genuinely curious what had he learned about his team Saturday?What are the lessons of heartbreak?"One...
Barnett's Scoring Surge Not Enough in Mizzou Defeat
COLUMBIA, MO. * Jordan Barnett's strong finish to 2017 is carrying over to 2018. Missouri's senior guard scorched Florida for 28 points in Saturday's 77-75 loss at Mizzou Arena, besting his previous career scoring high by five points. Perhaps more remarkable,...
Blues Are No-Shows in 6-3 Loss to Philly
PHILADELPHIA * How best to describe the Blues' afternoon in Philadelphia?The Flyers had two shots in the net before the Blues even mustered a shot on goal.Goal No. 2 by Philly deflected in off the, uh, rear end of St. Louis defenseman Colton Parayko.And...
Cards Sign Guilmet to Minor League Deal
New starter Miles Mikolas is not the only pitcher the Cardinals hope to see flourish after a return from playing oversees.The Cardinals have agreed to a minor-league deal with pitcher Preston Guilmet, who last pitched in Tokyo.The righthander will receive...
Carjackings on the Rise; St. Louis, St. Louis County Saw More Than 250 in 2017 [Corrected 01/21/18]
Correction published Tuesday, January 9, 2018 * Analicia Kocher was carjacked last month in the Southwest Garden neighborhood in St. Louis. Her neighborhood was incorrect in a front-page story Sunday about area carjackings.ST. LOUIS * Analicia Kocher...
City Museum's Next Big Thing: A Louis Sullivan Cornice Nobody's Seen in 45 Years
Like a massive wedding cake, each layer shows off a new pattern: vines twisting atop oval pods, vines undulating above checkerboards, leaves unfurling and wrapping around the corner.Since the end of October, workers at City Museum downtown have assembled...
Community Events
SundaySilent Movie Shorts * Enjoy this hourlong collection of silent movie shorts. Andrew Peters improvises live organ accompaniment on the church's Schantz Organ at Second Presbyterian Church to match the action and plot of different films. The set...
Deaths Elsewhere
John Young * The legendary astronaut, who walked on the moon and later commanded the first space shuttle flight, has died, NASA announced. Mr. Young was 87.The space agency said Mr. Young died Friday (Jan. 5, 2018) at home in Houston after complications...
Departing National Blues Museum Director Says There's Still Work to Be Done
After helping to get the National Blues Museum to its April 2016 opening, executive director Dion Brown will leave the museum next month. But he says St. Louis blues will always be a part of him.Brown, 53, announced Tuesday that he will leave the museum...
Digest: Tennell, Nagasu, Chen Make U.S. Olympic Team
Tennell, Nagasu, Chen make U.S. Olympic teamBradie Tennell, Mirai Nagasu and Karen Chen, the top three finishers at the national championships Friday, were selected Saturday to the U.S. team for the Pyeongchang Olympics.Three-time U.S. champ Ashley Wagner,...
Editorial: Trump Justice Department Wants to Undo Reforms Prompted by Ferguson
The biggest systemic change to grow out of the August 2014 killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson and the subsequent protests has been reform of St. Louis County's municipal court system. Cities are no longer allowed to use their police departments and...
Editorial: White House Chaos, Outlined in 'Fire and Fury,' Was Already Obvious
Reality TV created the myth of Donald Trump, and American voters bought into it. "The Apprentice" established Trump as a top-shelf business manager whose keen eye for talent was key to the Trump brand's success. Just enough American voters embraced the...
Federal Tax Overhaul Could Lead to Changes in Some States
CHERRY HILL, N.J. * In New Jersey and California, top Democratic officials want to let people make charitable contributions to the state instead of paying certain taxes. In Connecticut and New York, officials are exploring a switch from income taxes...
Flynn, Francis Howell Stay on Course with GAC Titles
ST. CHARLES * Jack Flynn's the last in his household to follow a path his father and older brother set before him.So far, the 195-pound Francis Howell senior hasn't missed a step.Flynn was one of just two wrestlers to leave the 16-team Gateway Athletic...
Freedman, Henrietta Passed Away January 4th
Freedman, Henrietta passed away January 4th, 2018 at her home in St. Louis, Missouri, at the age of 95. She died peacefully in her sleep, surrounded by family. Henrietta was the beloved wife of the late Rudolph Freedman for 72 years. She is survived...
Gators Get Last Bite, Nip Tigers with Last-Second Steal
COLUMBIA, MO. * Left foot, right foot. With the score tied and seven seconds on the clock, Florida guard Chris Chiozza kicked up each heel to his back, one at a time, left then right, and rubbed the soles of his Nikes, looking to get that perfect grip...
Girls Swimming: St. Charles Junior Looney Sets Personal Marks; Timberland Grabs Third Successive Team Crown
ST. PETERS * St. Charles High junior swimmer Autumn Looney woke up Saturday morning with a smile on her face."I just felt good, I felt fast," Looney said.Looney was right on both counts.The speedy sprinter recorded impressive personal-best times in the...
Golf: Johnson Has 2-Shot Lead in Hawaii
KAPALUA, Hawaii * Dustin Johnson has a long game and a short memory.Johnson holed a 65-yard wedge shot down the hill and up the green for an eagle, and he powered his way to birdies on the par 5s at Kapalua for a 7-under 66 to build a two-shot lead over...
Holt, Robert C
Holt, Robert C., Jr. "Bob"age 96, passed away on December 31, 2017 after a brief illness. He was born November 29, 1921 in Goodlettsville, TN to Robert & Jenny (nee Cantrell) Holt. He is survived by his loving wife of 75 years, Lettie (nee Kirkpatick)...
Horrigan: Orrin Hatch, Senator, Songwriter and Sellout, Calls It Quits
I've been a minor Orrin Hatch fan ever since I was writing about Ronald Reagan and Reagan sent a telegram endorsing "Warren" Hatch in Utah's 1976 Republican U.S. Senate primary. I felt sorry for Orrin/Warren; you get the Gipper's endorsement but he gets...
Host Seth Meyers Is Ready to Be Celebratory and Serious at Golden Globes
LOS ANGELES * Seth Meyers regularly blends bad news with comedy on his nightly talk show, but as the host of Sunday's Golden Globes, he has the unenviable task of setting the tone for Hollywood's awards season as the sexual harassment crisis continues...
Hurricane Harvey Survivors Feel Grief, Distress Months Later
DALLAS * Deb Eberhart couldn't sleep and was easily moved to tears as she worked to coordinate repairs to her home in Houston in the months after flooding from Hurricane Harvey besieged it with 3 feet of water.She clenched her jaw so hard that it hurt....
Jobs Are in Tax Law's Title, but They May Be Elusive
When we refer to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act as the tax-cut bill, we aren't intentionally ignoring the second half of the title.It's just that the law's effect on job creation is hard to measure and probably small.Joel Prakken, chief U.S. economist for...
Law and Order
JEFFERSON COUNTY > Two die in crash * Two men were killed about 11:30 p.m. Friday when their vehicle skidded off Lonedell Road west of Great Oak Drive and struck a tree, authorities said. The driver, Jason M. Ramsey, 22, of the High Ridge area, and...
Letters to the Editor, Jan. 7
Bring Missouri in line with rest of world on juvenile sentencingThanks for reminding us about Bobby Bostic, who is serving a 241-year prison sentence for robbery imposed when he was 16 years old ("De facto life sentence," Jan. 4).Our criminal justice...
Made in St. Louis: Bowties Add Whimsy, Connections
When designer Carmella Simpson discovers an interesting vintage garment or a length of intriguing fabric, she often turns her finds into unique custom bowties, which she makes in limited editions of six, 12 or 20 bowties. Brides employ her services not...
Martin Luther King Jr. Observance in St. Louis Marks Progress as Well as Hurdles Ahead
ST. LOUIS * Area leaders and residents gathered Saturday to reckon the progress and the distance still to go in racial equality since the days of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.The event was the annual ceremony to celebrate the nation's most venerated...
McClellan: A Trail of Two Diamonds and a Great Uncle
My mother, who never completely trusted me to do the right thing, gave me a diamond stick pin that had belonged to her uncle, who had worked in a Chicago speak-easy. "Have this diamond put into a ring and give it to Mary," she said.At the time, I was...
Mediterranean Cruise Features Traditional Sightseeing, Unexpected Memories
The Sistine Chapel and Venice, Italy, were responsible for getting my wife and me onto the Riviera, an Oceania cruise ship. The destinations had long been on my bucket list, and both were included in the 12-day Mediterranean journey we discovered online....
Mercy's Urgent Care Matches Patients' Preference for Convenience
Consumers want faster, more convenient ways to access health care, and traditional health systems such as Mercy are responding to that demand.This week Chesterfield-based Mercy said it's partnering with Atlanta-based GoHealth Urgent Care to significantly...
Messenger: Cherokee Street Businesses, City, at Odds over Bad Tax Bills
Since 1997, property owners in four St. Louis special business districts have been paying too many taxes. In October, a letter from the deputy city assessor, Shawn Ordway, broke the news."This letter is to inform you that the assessor's office discovered...
Nation Briefs: More Auto Air Bag Recalls from Takata
Cold bites deep on East CoastAbout 100 million people faced a new challenge after the whopping East Coast snowstorm: a gusty deep freeze. Hospitals were treating dozens of storm-related injuries, and many people suffered frozen pipes and a shortage...
Nellums, Robert O. Robert O. Nellums
Nellums, Robert O. Robert O. Nellums, age 96, died peacefully in his sleep January 2. Bob was born in Nashville, Tennessee and attended Vanderbilt University while working a 40-hour week at the Nashville Banner Tennessean, graduating cum laude in 1942...
NFL Notes: Raiders Announce Gruden Hire as Coach
Raiders make it official with Gruden hire as coachThe Oakland Raiders have officially hired Jon Gruden as their coach.The team announced the move Saturday as soon as Gruden finished his final broadcast as an announcer for ESPN. Gruden will be formally...
NFL: Titans Rally from Behind to Beat Chiefs
KANSAS CITY, Mo. * Marcus Mariota did everything to help the Titans advance in the playoffs, throwing two touchdown passes, running for crucial first downs and providing the spark needed to rally from a 21-3 halftime hole.Heck, he even caught one of...
North Dakota State Reclaims Its FCS Title Legacy
FRISCO, Texas * Fargo to Frisco is a thing again at North Dakota State.Easton Stick threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to Darrius Shepherd and the Bison reclaimed the Football Championship Subdivision title, beating James Madison 17-13 Saturday. The win...
Officials Warn of Freezing Rain, Slippery Roads on Sunday
ST. LOUIS * Transportation officials are warning of potential "havoc" Sunday when freezing rain or rain is expected to hit ice-cold roads and make travel hazardous.National Weather Service meteorologist Lewis Kanofsky said Saturday that a wintry mix...
Ortiz: After a Long Winter, It's Time for the Cardinals to Warm-Up
It has been a long winter around these parts. Too long, actually. Even when the weather has been mild, the winter has always been too long in this baseball town when the Cardinals missed the playoffs.Nothing warms the heart and soul if not the body...
People: Obama on Hand as Letterman's First Guest on Netflix Talk Show
Obama on hand as Letterman's first guest on Netflix talk showDavid Letterman has lined up former President Barack Obama to be his first guest in his return to talk this month.Obama will join Letterman on Friday for the launch of "My Next Guest Needs...
Pets of the Week: Heeler Mix, Shepherd Mix and a Lab Mix
Rufus is a handsome 3-year-old Queensland heeler mix with a lightly spotted red and white coat and a heart of gold. This sweet guy is eager to please and all ears ready to listen to anything you have to say he can already sit on command, and with his...
Preview of Sunday's NFL Playoff Games
BUFFALO (9-7) at JACKSONVILLE (10-6)Time * 12:05 p.m., KMOV Ch. 4Fast facts * Both franchises partying like it's 1999: Bills in playoffs for first time since then, and Jaguars hosting first postseason game since same season. ... Bills won three of last...
Record Number of Women Express Interest in Seeking Office
ATLANTA * Inside a classroom on the campus of a community college in downtown Dallas, a group of two dozen women took turns sharing their names, hometowns and what they hoped would be their future titles.Congresswoman. Dallas County judge. State representative.It...
Ryan, Falcons Eliminate the Rams in LA
LOS ANGELES * Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons showed the upstart Los Angeles Rams what playoff poise is all about.Ryan passed for 218 yards and hit Julio Jones for an 8-yard touchdown with 5:48 to play, and the defending NFC champion Falcons advanced...
Saints-Panthers Rivalry Becomes a Trilogy in the Playoffs
NEW ORLEANS * Saints coach Sean Payton takes a small measure of comfort in New Orleans' regular-season sweep of Carolina.It means the Saints (11-5) play the Panthers (11-5) in the Superdome, where New Orleans hasn't lost a playoff game since 1992 and...
Schenn's Seen Enough of Flyers for One Year
PHILADELPHIA * Brayden Schenn is thrilled to be playing center for the Blues. And the offseason trade that brought him to St. Louis from Philadelphia is widely viewed in NHL circles as a heist for the Blues.That being said, he's probably thankful there...
Secrets Keep Plots Moving in Two Dandy Thrillers
In the summer heat of 1982, outside a town 50 miles north of New York City, three seventh-graders two boys and a girl hike up a series of hills. The older boy has a bow and arrow. He ties the girl to a tree, wrapping her entire body in thick rope....
SLU Rallies from 10-Point Deficit in Win over Richmond
An already thin St. Louis University roster took a hit in the first half Saturday night when freshman guard Jordan Goodwin left with an ankle injury and was unable to return.The Billikens then ran into foul trouble, leaving coach Travis Ford with even...
Spread of Fake News Prompts Literacy Efforts in Schools
IOWA CITY, Iowa * Alarmed by the proliferation of false content online, state lawmakers around the country are pushing schools to put more emphasis on teaching students how to tell fact from fiction.Lawmakers in several states have introduced or passed...
Sun COBAS
No. 2 Duke, No. 5 Xavier loseOmer Yurtseven had 16 points while Torin Dorn hit two huge 3-pointers in the final 2 minutes to help host North Carolina State upset No. 2 Duke 96-85 on Saturday night.It was the second win against a No. 2-ranked team this...
Sunday's Sports on the Air
BASKETBALL11 a.m. College: Davidson at George Mason, NBCSN11 a.m. College: Temple at Central Florida, CBSSN11 a.m. College women: Ohio State at Michigan, ESPN211 a.m. College women: Vanderbilt at Tennessee, SEC Network11 a.m. College women: Southern...
The First Construction in Paul McKee's Northside Regeneration May Start Soon
Paul McKee has kept what could be the first NorthSide Regeneration project alive, just in the nick of time.Days before a deadline that could have imperiled a deal with the city of St. Louis, McKee-affiliated companies inked an agreement for private financing...
This Week's Best-Sellers
Here are the best-selling books from Publishers Weekly for the week that ended Dec. 31.HARDCOVER FICTION1. "Origin" * Dan Brown2. "The Rooster Bar" * John Grisham3. "Year One" * Nora Roberts4. "The Midnight Line" * Lee Child5. "Little Fires Everywhere"...
Trump, GOP Lawmakers Huddle at Camp David
THURMONT, Md. * Emerging from closed-door meetings with Republican leaders, President Donald Trump held out on Saturday the prospect of a deal with Democrats on the fate of young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children but appeared to...
Volunteers Make Dream Bedrooms for St. Louis Kids with Cancer
Christmas Day marked exactly one year since Auggie Powers, 4, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, cancer of the blood and bone marrow.Auggie's body doesn't fight infection very well. He can't afford to get sick: A high fever will send him...
What Happened to Zika? Missouri Stops Testing Most Pregnant Women as Threat Drops
Two years ago, the world was gripped in Zika panic as the mosquito-borne virus infected millions and spread across 80 countries. Officials declared a global health emergency and honeymooners canceled their tropical vacations. Most tragically, thousands...
World Briefs: Greek Orthodox Leader Gets Pelted in Jerusalem
Iran plans special session of parliament on protestsThe Iranian parliament will hold a special session as soon as Sunday to look into the causes of anti-government protests that have gripped the country, state-run news agencies said. The interior minister,...
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