Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Short Takes: Heroes, Scoundrels and Satan Balls

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Short Takes: Heroes, Scoundrels and Satan Balls

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Lost, but not forgotten (thumbs up)

Charles Ogle of Mountain View, Mo., was among the first of the 405,399 American military personnel to die in World War II. On Monday, he became the latest to find a final resting place.

Ogle, who died in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, was buried with full military honors at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. He had been a 20-year-old sailor aboard the USS Oklahoma when the battleship capsized after being torpedoed by Japanese dive bombers.

Ogle was among 429 Oklahoma crewmen to die in the attack. It took years for the Navy to recover all of their bodies, many of which were unrecognizable. They were laid to rest in military cemeteries in Hawaii, but the military's Department of Mortuary Affairs never gives up.

Researchers tracked down family members of the unknowns and, scientists used DNA analysis to match them. And after 76 years and two months, Charles Ogle came home to Missouri.

Criminal (not) genius (thumbs down)

Bad enough to hijack a car at gunpoint, but a car belonging to a Meals on Wheels volunteer? That's cold enough to bring federal authorities down on your case.

Jorion Garrett, 19, of Hazelwood, is facing federal charges after being accused of two carjackings, one in November and the other on Jan. 4, the Post-Dispatch's Robert Patrick reported. He's looking at two counts of armed carjacking and two charges of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

In the January incident, Garrett and another man are accused of stealing a 2014 Jeep Liberty from a Meals on Wheels volunteer in Hazelwood. Police recovered the Jeep after a week and allegedly found Garrett's fingerprints in the car, which led them to his Facebook page. There they found a photo of Garrett posing with a handgun, a photo posted on the same day as the carjacking.

Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms arrested him at his home on Feb. 6. Sometimes it doesn't pay to advertise.

Real world sex ed (thumbs up)

Discussion is underway in Missouri about expanding the sex education curriculum to require talk about consent, sexual assault and violence. Seems like those topics should have been included when the sex ed statute was updated in 2015, but they weren't.

Missouri law only requires that sexual education programs be medically and factually accurate, and that abstinence be presented as the preferred choice for unmarried students. In a perfect world, that would be enough. But in the real world, predators exist and young people need tools to know how to identify them.

They also need to know when sexual consent is withheld, even if words are not used, and that obtaining consent by placing another person in fear is not acceptable. Rep. Holly Rehder, R-Sikeston, is the sponsor of House Bill 2234, which is a good effort to help modernize sex ed in Missouri. …

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