Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


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ST. LOUIS > Archdiocese issues 'Exorcism' warning * "Exorcism: Live!," a TV event set to air 8-10 p.m. Friday on the Destination America cable channel, is risky business, the Archdiocese of St. Louis warns.

The cable channel has set up cameras and will bring in ghost hunters and a medium in an attempt to drive demons out of the house in Bel-Nor where some events depicted in the book and movie "The Exorcist" took place in 1949.

The archdiocese issued a statement that said it did not sanction the event and has no links to anyone participating. It also warns of the potential danger of "entertainment (that) trivializes this ancient rite of the Roman Catholic Church."

The statement includes this warning from auxiliary bishop emeritus Robert Hermann: "Any attempt to use the solemn Rite of Exorcism as entertainment exposes all participators to the danger of future hidden satanic attack. We cannot play games with Satan and expect to win." (From staff reports)

ST. PETERS > Newlywed is lottery winner * Bride-to-be Juli Whitehead got a birthday card with a lottery ticket inside this month but didn't bother to scratch off the numbers until Oct. 19 after returning from her honeymoon.

The gift turned out to be a $1 million winner.

The Missouri Lottery announced Thursday that Whitehead, 32, had won that prize in its Millionaire Riches scratchers game.

The Lottery said Whitehead, a special education teacher at a middle school, and her husband, Mike, haven't decided yet whether to claim a $700,000 lump sum or the $1 million amount awarded if spread out over 20 years.

Whitehead told Lottery officials that the gift ticket was from a woman who bought it at a Dierbergs store in Arnold. (Mark Schlinkmann)

CRESTWOOD > Police chief named acting administrator * Police Chief Frank Arnoldy is the acting Crestwood city administrator while the city is accepting applications for the position, Mayor Gregg Roby said Tuesday night.

"We hope to have someone selected and ready for City Council approval by the end of the year," he said. "For now, I am happy the chief agreed to serve."

Mark Sime's last day as administrator was Oct. 23, after almost three years in the position. …

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