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11 pm news

In Missouri, inmates are guinea pigs for food sales

kerickson@post-dispatch.com
2016-02-11 23:00:00 STLToday.com
Inmate taste tests determine what products are sold in prison canteens. Read Full Story ...

10 pm news



GOP leaders tone down rhetoric on University of Missouri

kerickson@post-dispatch.com
2016-02-11 22:45:00 STLToday.com
Republican leadercharacterizes budget cuts as starting point for talks. Read Full Story ...

8 pm news



Teen boy seriously assaulted at O'Fallon, Mo. mobile home park, suspect at large

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2016-02-11 20:52:00 STLToday.com
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Two troubled St. Louis high schools ? Vashon and Sumner ? set for overhaul

ecrouch@post-dispatch.com
2016-02-11 20:00:00 STLToday.com
Plan by Superintendent Kelvin Adams also calls for adding gifted school in north St. Louis Read Full Story ...

7 pm news



O'Fallon, Ill. woman gets probation for health care fraud, billed government while on tropical vacation

2016-02-11 19:15:00 STLToday.com
Ann Marie Sheppard, 55, got five years of probation and was ordered to pay back just over $34,000 Read Full Story ...

Three men plead guilty in East St. Louis for roles in large stolen property ring

2016-02-11 19:00:00 STLToday.com
They used account numbers through retail stores to buy appliances, construction equipment and then sell it, federal officials say Read Full Story ...

6 pm news



Missing boy froze to death, investigation continues in Iron County

toneil@post-dispatch.com
2016-02-11 18:45:00 STLToday.com
The boy was clad only in a diaper. He was found beneath a blanket in the minivan. Read Full Story ...

Residents ask regulators to reject mine expansion sought by Foresight Energy

2016-02-11 18:30:00 STLToday.com
St. Louis-based company wants to add more than 7,000 acres at Deer Run Mine Read Full Story ...

Boys, 2 and 4, pulled from burning St. Louis apartment and revived

dhollinshed@post-dispatch.com
2016-02-11 18:00:00 STLToday.com
Fire chief said children were alone when firefighters reached them. Read Full Story ...

5 pm news



Lindenwood to close Dardenne Prairie facility, move nursing program to St. Charles

kaddo@post-dispatch.com
2016-02-11 17:36:00 STLToday.com
The move will be made official fall 2016. Read Full Story ...

At least 2 injured in apartment fire in St. Louis

2016-02-11 17:35:00 STLToday.com
Fire started in the 800 block of Clara Avenue in St. Louis. Read Full Story ...

Charges dropped in case involving Infant Jesus statue

mkamp@edwpub.net(mkamp)
2016-02-11 17:17:00 theintelligencer.com
The Madison County State's Attorney announced Thursday that charges against Matthew J. Fellhauer for the theft of the Infant Jesus statue have been dropped. Read Full Story ...

SC Valentine's Day

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University City, firefighters reach agreement in campaign dispute

sgiegerich@post-dispatch.com
2016-02-11 17:15:00 STLToday.com
Suspended employees will get back pay but bulk of $345,000 settlement will cover legal fees. Read Full Story ...

Florissant man charged with theft of baby Jesus statue in Edwardsville makes deal to have it restored

dhollinshed@post-dispatch.com
2016-02-11 17:15:00 STLToday.com
Charges are dropped in return for restitution. Read Full Story ...

Debate on prescription drug monitoring held up in Missouri House

jsuntrup@post-dispatch.com
2016-02-11 17:00:00 STLToday.com
The proposal has gotten mixed reviews from Republicans concerned about privacy. Read Full Story ...

4 pm news



Interstate 64 to close for one hour Wednesday for Boone Bridge demolition

lthorsen@post-dispatch.com
2016-02-11 16:45:00 STLToday.com
Blast will be the first of two to take down the old bridge? thesecond will take place on another day Read Full Story ...

Experts gather in St. Louis for community forum on gun suicide

mmunz@post-dispatch.com
2016-02-11 16:21:00 STLToday.com
In the U.S., more than 32,000 people a year die from gun violence. More than 60 percent of those deaths are suicides. Read Full Story ...

Messenger: First Boomer lived the American Dream then watched it disappear

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2016-02-11 16:00:00 STLToday.com
Nation's First Boomer nears death. The world has changed under his watch. Read Full Story ...

3 pm news



Sharpton and Sanders

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Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill

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Missing 3-year-old boy found near Ironton, Mo., froze to death, coroner says

kbell@post-dispatch.com
2016-02-11 15:45:00 STLToday.com
The boy, Titus Greyson Tackett, waslast seen at the family's home after midnight Tuesday, wearing only a diaper, his family told police. Read Full Story ...

Establishment Lane

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Raasch: New Hampshire prolongs it, making Missouri and Illinois ever-more relevant primaries

craasch@post-dispatch.com
2016-02-11 15:15:00 STLToday.com
Establishment in both parties bracing for drawn-out fights Read Full Story ...

Former county employee wins suit

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2016-02-11 15:15:00 theintelligencer.com
A federal jury has awarded $450,000 and back pay to a former comptroller in the Madison County Treasurer?s office. Read Full Story ...

Washington University announces new dean for Brown School of Social Work

kaddo@post-dispatch.com
2016-02-11 15:07:00 STLToday.com
Mary McKernan McKay will replace outgoing Dean Edward F. Lawlor on July 1. Read Full Story ...

GOP-backed welfare measure costs nearly 4,000 Missourians benefits

astuckey@post-dispatch.com
2016-02-11 15:02:00 STLToday.com
Republican lawmakers overrode Nixon's vetoof the measureratcheting down the length of time a family can draw welfare benefits and ramping up the requirements for low-income parents to get jo… Read Full Story ...

GOP-backed welfare measure costs nearly 4,000 Missouri families benefits

astuckey@post-dispatch.com
2016-02-11 15:02:00 STLToday.com
Republican lawmakers overrode Nixon's vetoof the measureratcheting down the length of time a family can draw welfare benefits and ramping up the requirements for low-income parents to get jo… Read Full Story ...

Trooper charged in Lake of the Ozarks drowning waives arraignment on manslaughter

2016-02-11 15:00:00 STLToday.com
Brandon Ellingson was handcuffed when he fell from the trooper's boat and drowned. Read Full Story ...

2 pm news



SIUE Nominated for Three Awards Celebrating the Best in the Region

2016-02-11 14:53:00 SIUE.edu
Jesse Regina John

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has once again captured the attention of the St. Louis Regional Chamber for its innovativeness and excellence in programming and special units. 

The University was nominated for the Chamber’s Arcus Awards in the following three areas: the SIUE East St. Louis Center (ESLC) for educational attainment; the SIUE Eugene B. Redmond Learning Center for achievement in inclusion and talent attraction; and the SIUE Metro East Start-Up Challenge for entrepreneurship and innovation. 

The Arcus Awards, sponsored by the St. Louis Regional Chamber, are presented to companies, organizations and institutions that are operating to make the St. Louis region a better place to live, work and invest. 

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25 at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch. SIUE, along with all the other nominees, are also vying for a new Arcus Award: The Arcus People’s Choice Award. The community will have a voice in selecting award winners in 10 categories. 

Vote your business of choice by clicking here. Voting lasts until noon, Wednesday, Feb. 24.  The inaugural Arcus People’s Choice Award winner will be revealed at the conclusion of the Feb. 25 event. 

“Being nominated is affirming of the great work we do here,” said Jesse Dixon, ESLC executive director. “But I believe that the Center is worthy of winning awards every year because of the transformative work we do for families in East St. Louis. 

“While it is an honor to nominated, it is not a surprise,” Dixon continued, “because no one in the region is doing what we do.” 

With a focus on empowering people and strengthening communities, the SIUE East St. Louis Center is dedicated to improving the lives of families and individuals—from pre-school through adult—in the Metro East region. The Center offers programs that give the community renewed hope and an opportunity to reach educational, career and life goals. It does so by providing comprehensive programs, services and training in the areas of education, health, social services and the arts. 

The Eugene B. Redmond Learning Center was a passion project that was widely supported and needed in a region that has such a rich history in the black arts movement,” said Regina McBride, PhD, dean of Library Information Services (LIS). The Center was made possible by many generous donors, including the late Dr. Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni, Toni Morrison and Tavis Smiley. 

“The Center exposes the public to some of the world’s most renowned artists, not as we’re used to seeing them, performing their craft but in the intimate moments of friendship, collaboration, celebration and artistic creation,” McBride said. “It was designed to foster creativity, encourage scholarship, promote diversity and provide the region access to multicultural poetry and historically significant information about the Black Arts movement.  

“The Center allows access to materials that were previously unknown to many,” she added. “The legacy of these materials will provide inspiration and create new knowledge by our faculty and students on campus and in the region.” 

The SIUE Metro East Start-Up Challenge has been effective in re-energizing the entrepreneurial culture in Southwestern Illinois, said John C. Navin, PhD, dean of the SIUE School of Business. 

 “The SIUE Metro East Start-Up Challenge is the first and only business plan competition focused on Southwestern Illinois,” Navin said. “The Challenge has cultivated new partners and supporters across the region, and has developed an affinity for supporting craft manufacturers.” 

“Since its inception, the Challenge has spurred new entrepreneurial support activities in a number of communities including Highland, Belleville, Granite City, Glen Carbon and Edwardsville,” Navin continued. 

Other fields in which Arcus Awards will be given for achievement include: biosciences, financial services, health, multimodal logistics and public policy. 

This is the third year that the St. Louis Regional Chamber has sponsored the awards, which are being presented by RubinBrown LLP.   

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Jesse Dixon, SIUE East St. Louis Center executive director.  

Regina McBride, PhD, dean of Library Information Services (LIS)

John Navin, PhD, dean of the SIUE School of Business

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Facebook program this week reminds Missouri voters to register for March 15 primary

kmcdermott@post-dispatch.com
2016-02-11 14:51:00 STLToday.com
Registration deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 17. Read Full Story ...

St. Louis Ballet steps romantically into Valentine's Day weekend

calvinwilson@post-dispatch.com
2016-02-11 14:45:00 STLToday.com
St. Louis Ballet sets the Valentine's Day mood with "In It For Love" Read Full Story ...

Einstein was right

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2016-02-11 14:41:27 CagleCartoons

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GOP leaders tone down rhetoric on Mizzou

kerickson@post-dispatch.com
2016-02-11 14:35:00 STLToday.com
JEFFERSON CITY?After months of tough talk aimed at the University of Missouri, legislative leaders appeared to tone down their rhetoric against the embattled institution Thursday. Read Full Story ...

Donald Trump As Cupid

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2016-02-11 14:30:08 CagleCartoons

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Canadian company seeks to buy Joplin utility

2016-02-11 14:20:00 STLToday.com
If approved, Empire will become part of Liberty Utilities Central Read Full Story ...

Tiburones en la mente

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2016-02-11 14:13:43 CagleCartoons

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Scotty McCreery brings 'the best of both worlds' on new album

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2016-02-11 14:00:00 STLToday.com
The country singer is one of the last successful "American Idol" winners Read Full Story ...

Wentzville board won't order probe on latest alleged ethics violation

mschlinkmann@post-dispatch.com
2016-02-11 14:00:00 STLToday.com
Alderman Linda Wright had accused Alderman Matt Swanson of violating ethics rules with pre-election maneuvering; Swanson denied doing anything improper. Read Full Story ...

1 pm news



St. Louis County officials detail soccer complex at Creve Coeur Lake Park

sgiegerich@post-dispatch.com
2016-02-11 13:57:00 STLToday.com
St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission signed off on funding in December. Read Full Story ...

Missouri public schools would see $76M increase in coming year

astuckey@post-dispatch.com
2016-02-11 13:52:00 STLToday.com
The Foundation Formula still would be about $432 million underfunded. Read Full Story ...

Leo Chears? Jazz Music Legacy Lives On at SIUE?s Lovejoy Library

2016-02-11 13:50:00 SIUE.edu

chears-leo“Travel with me musically and discover new melodies as old as time …” began the late Leo Chears as he eloquently shared a poem during one of his jazz radio programs on WSIE (88.7 FM) in the 1990s.

Chears, known as the “Man in the Red Vest,” broadcast at WSIE from 1987 until shortly before his death in 2006. During his nearly 40 years working in radio, he acquired an extensive collection of jazz recordings, most of which he stored in the basement of his East St. Louis home, located only blocks from where legendary trumpeter Miles Davis once lived.

SIUE Fine Arts Librarian Therese Dickman recalled the day in May 1999 when she first saw Chears’ record collection. He had invited several staff members from Lovejoy Library to his home to see the collection as he was trying to decide what to do with it in the future.

It was truly an impressive sight. Lining the walls of Chears’ basement studio were hand-built wooden shelves filled with jazz 12-inch LPs and albums with additional sections for CDs. A bookshelf near the stairs held reel-to-reel tapes with interviews of jazz musicians he had conducted through the years.

“A lot of magic is on those tapes from those years,” Chears commented. “I’m glad somebody [recorded] them.”

He drew extensively from his personal collection for his radio shows. Stereo turntables and other equipment to record segments for his radio shows were within easy reach of his recordings. Chears would often take a couple bags of jazz music, CDs, cassette tapes and LP albums from home to the station.

In 2000, SIUE music student Bob Bennett, Chears’ protégé at WSIE, interviewed his mentor for the National Ragtime and Jazz Archive (NRJA) oral history project. The Leo Chears statements included here are from that interview.

When Chears was asked what it was like to host his jazz show, he reflected, “When you’re doing a show, it’s like a canvas and you’re an artist. You begin painting that picture from midnight, and that picture is completed at five.” Regarding his midnight-5 a.m. time slot, Chears commented, “It’s a helluva time of day to come to work, but still it’s a great and gratifying day and time.”  It allowed him to work in the jazz format that he enjoyed and knew so well.

Chears noted, “My goal is to get the music out to as many people as I can. If someone walked up to me and said, ‘Hey, I want to put [your show] on a satellite’ or enable people to ‘hear you all across the country,’ I’d like that.”

Chears was proud “to have stayed in this town, in this area, and be somebody that people listen to, want to hear and want to be associated with.” He realized that WSIE was likely to be the last radio station at which he would work, but that didn’t deter him. When arthritis prevented him from going to the station during his final months at WSIE, he continued broadcasting the show from home with Bennett’s assistance.

Terri Chears Long, the eldest daughter of Leo and Betty Chears’ three children, inherited her father’s extensive collection of recordings in 2006. She wanted to honor her father’s wishes regarding how his record collection would be shared and distributed.

In August 2015, after careful thought and consultation with her siblings, Long decided to donate 500 jazz music CDs, 250 selected jazz LP 12-inch records and the reel-to-reel tapes with her father’s jazz musician interviews to SIUE.

Other recordings went to Harris Stowe College. Long attended both universities, and her daughter now attends SIUE. The remaining nearly 6,000 albums not kept by family members were sold to Euclid Records and offered for sale in September during a “Red Vest Sale.”   Some other materials, including one of Chears’ legendary red vests, were donated by the family to the St. Louis Radio Hall of Fame.

On November 7, 2015, Long, her brother Kelvin, sister Florence Chears-Lawrence and other family members met in Lovejoy Library to commemorate the donation of their father’s recordings to SIUE. The close-knit siblings noted that January 2016 would mark the 10th anniversary of their dear father’s death.

The donated CDs are now being cataloged. They will soon be available for students, faculty, staff, alumni and those with a guest library card to check out in accordance with the family’s wishes. The LPs and historic reel-to-reel tapes have been added to the National Ragtime and Jazz Archives maintained at SIUE’s Lovejoy Library.

Chears’ reel-to-reel tapes with the jazz musician interviews are silent for now until the tapes can be professionally cleaned and reformatted. Once reformatted, the historic recorded interviews will be made available or heard by request in Lovejoy Library. These may also be loaned for future WSIE programs and thereby shared again with the St. Louis jazz radio listening audience. Thus, Leo Chears’ jazz music legacy can continue for generations to come. 

For more information about the Leo Chears Collection at SIUE or to make a tax deductible donation to preserve and improve its access, see the Leo Chears Collection webpage or contact Dickman at tdickma@siue.edu.

Photo: Leo Chears at WSIE Radio.

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Cleveland mayor apologizes for billing family of dead boy

2016-02-11 13:45:00 STLToday.com
The family of Tamir Rice, 12, received a bill for $500 for the ambulance ride after he was fatally shot by a police officer in 2014. Read Full Story ...

McKendree's Jenny Mueller wins poetry award

jhenderson@post-dispatch.com
2016-02-11 13:35:00 STLToday.com
Elixir Press will publish "State Park" by Jenny Mueller, which won the press's annual poetry award. Read Full Story ...

Inside the Rams relocation: A tale of intrigue, power plays and power players

jthomas@post-dispatch.com
2016-02-11 13:25:00 STLToday.com
ESPN report details the triumph of Stan Kroenke's plan to move the Rams to Los Angeles. Post-Dispatch football writer Jim Thomas isolates some highlights of the story and offers his comments. Read Full Story ...

Plan to check on welfare scammers advances

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2016-02-11 13:21:00 STLToday.com
Sponsor of legislation says he wants savings to be spent on health care programs Read Full Story ...

Marco Robio

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Trump

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Hillary

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Bernie

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12 pm news



Blues update: Allen says his recovery is on 'upward swing'

jrutherford@post-dispatch.com
2016-02-11 12:12:00 STLToday.com
Goaltender has been on the ice the past several days but has no timetable for his return. Read Full Story ...

Summit addresses human trafficking issues

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2016-02-11 12:10:00 theintelligencer.com
Representative Rodney Davis held a Human Trafficking Summit Monday night at Edwardsville High School. This was the third summit Davis has hosted on the subject. He and his panelists acknowledged that Read Full Story ...

Property record fraud a fast growing crime

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2016-02-11 12:09:00 theintelligencer.com
It?s all too easy for someone to record a fraudulent deed that makes it appear that the person who filed the deed actually owns your home. Read Full Story ...

Man on trial for murder of toddler

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2016-02-11 12:05:00 theintelligencer.com
Sept. 10, 2012 was supposed to be a great day for the Rusher family. Read Full Story ...

St. John's to host Morehouse College Glee Club

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2016-02-11 12:03:00 theintelligencer.com
The Morehouse College Glee Club will be in Edwardsville on March 7 for a concert at St. John?s United Methodist Church. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $20. The glee clu Read Full Story ...

Christie Parting Shot

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Fox Theatre to present a Disney favorite

2016-02-11 12:00:00 theintelligencer.com
Disney?s Beauty and the Beast, the award-winning worldwide smash hit Broadway musical, is returning to St. Louis as part of the U.S. Bank Broadway Series. Produced by NETworks Presentations, this elab Read Full Story ...

11 am news



Edwardsville Library Friends seeks new members

2016-02-11 11:57:00 theintelligencer.com
The Edwardsville Library Friends is an active organization of citizens who support activities and programs at the Edwardsville Public Library. Read Full Story ...

52 dead, 12 injured in riot at northern Mexico prison

2016-02-11 11:55:00 STLToday.com
MONTERREY, Mexico ? A brutal fight between rival factions killed 52 inmates and injured 12 at a prison in northern Mexico on Thursday, the state governor said. Read Full Story ...

Bernie and Donald

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Blunt committee hears about U.S. response to spreading Zika virus

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2016-02-11 11:36:00 STLToday.com
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Bernie and Hillary Valentine

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Increased access to overdose-blocking drug wins final approval in Missouri House

jsuntrup@post-dispatch.com
2016-02-11 11:30:00 STLToday.com
The bill won with overwhelming bipartisan support. Read Full Story ...

10 am news



John "Eeyore" Kasich

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Hieronymus Bosch

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St. Elizabeth's Hospital cuts jobs

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2016-02-11 10:16:00 STLToday.com
The hospital has eliminated 26 positions Read Full Story ...

The couple that loses (170 pounds) together, stays together

hjaxson@post-dispatch.com
2016-02-11 10:15:00 STLToday.com
The O'Fallon, Mo., couple's four adult children joined in on the weight loss. Read Full Story ...

Maryland Heights police car rear-ended at crash site, officer escapes injury

kbell@post-dispatch.com
2016-02-11 10:15:00 STLToday.com
The officer was near the vehicle when it was hit but was uninjured, police say. It happened at 9:18 pm Wednesday. Read Full Story ...

BenFred: When it comes to supporting bad hoops, SLU fans edge Mizzou

bfrederickson@post-dispatch.com
2016-02-11 10:13:00 STLToday.com
Would anyone show up if Mizzou and SLU played hoops? Better make sure the game is in St. Louis. Read Full Story ...

9 am news



SIUE Alum Named Executive of the Year in Manufacturing

2016-02-11 09:57:00 SIUE.edu

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville alumnus James Riley has been named a Worldwide Branding Executive of the Year in Manufacturing. Riley is president and chief executive officer of Laclede Chain Manufacturing Company LLC.

Riley earned a master of business administration from SIUE in 1982. His achievement was detailed on military-technologies.net on Tuesday, Feb. 9.

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Breakthrough: Scientists detect Einstein-predicted ripples

2016-02-11 09:50:00 STLToday.com
Albert Einstein predicted the the ripples in the fabric of space-time a century ago. Read Full Story ...

Feds accuse Georgia prison guards of taking bribes, drug trafficking

2016-02-11 09:23:00 STLToday.com
The arrests are the latest to crack down on contraband and criminal activity in Georgia prisons Read Full Story ...

Dog that saved family from fire takes a bow at Westminster

2016-02-11 09:07:00 STLToday.com
More than 2,700 dogs will be coming to America's most prestigious pooch event, and all of them are special. Read Full Story ...

?Backward Thinking? Encouraged at SIUE Black Heritage Month Activity

2016-02-11 09:00:00 SIUE.edu
Jessica Alexis
Travis Maddie
“Black history is important to know, not just because I’m African American,” said Tavis Burton, a freshman majoring in business. “The past shapes who we are now and, in some cases, what we do. I know some of my history, but I’d like to know more. Black history has positively impacted the country and world.” 

Burton and friends, Darius Allen, a freshman majoring in electrical engineering, and freshman Karah Anthony, nursing major, were participating Tuesday, Feb. 10, in the Cougar Craze activity.

This month’s arts and crafts activity coincided with SIUE’s Black Heritage Month. Students could paint wooden Sankofa birds or plastic cell phone cases in African inspired designs, if they so desired. 

“We chose the symbol of the Sankofa bird to be used again, because students really enjoyed decorating it last year,” said Courtney Johnson, graduate assistant with Kimmel Student Leadership Center who oversees Black Heritage Month.

The word “Sankofa” comes from the Ghanaian language of Twi, which means to “go back and get it” and is represented by a bird with its head turned backwards. Sankofa is also associated with a proverb that stresses the importance of remembering what has been forgotten.

“I connected with the symbol, because it focused on remembering the past,” said Maddie Robinson, a freshman nursing major. “I like to take a look back and consider how I can be better. I also appreciate the awesome things that have occurred in black history.”

Sophomore Alexes Graziano, also majoring in nursing, took to the Sankofa bird, because she wants to focus on the benefits that can be gained from learning from past mistakes and achievements.

“I’m also interested in learning about black history,” Graziano said. “I can better learn what my African American friends have gone through, and how their history affects us now.”

The SIUE Campus Activities Board and the Black Heritage Month committee kicked off the observance with opening ceremonies on Monday, Feb. 1.

See a complete list of Black Heritage Month events at siue.edu/events.

The message Johnson said she hopes the University community receives from this year’s Black Heritage Month is to “progress and to succeed.”   

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville provides students with a high quality, affordable education that prepares them for successful careers and lives of purpose. Built on the foundation of a broad-based liberal education, and enhanced by hands-on research and real-world experiences, the academic preparation SIUE students receive equips them to thrive in the global marketplace and make our communities better places to live. Situated on 2,660 acres of beautiful woodland atop the bluffs overlooking the natural beauty of the Mississippi River’s rich bottomland and only a short drive from downtown St. Louis, the SIUE campus is home to a diverse student body of more than 14,000.

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Using a fuchsia colored marker on her Sankofa bird is Jessica Reed, a freshman majoring in nursing.

Two sophomore nursing students take a stress break from studies and try their hands at painting Sankofa birds. From left to right are Hannah Wood and Alexes Graziano.

Tavis Burton, a freshman majoring in business, is working on designing the back of a plastic cell phone cover.

Maddie Robinson, a freshman majoring in nursing, shows her completed artistic work.

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8 am news



Born to write: Springsteen memoir coming in September

2016-02-11 08:58:00 STLToday.com
The publisher said Springsteen has been working on his book for several years; the release is set for Sept. 27. Read Full Story ...

Kim Jong un satellite

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Illinois man will get $2.65 million for 10 years in prison for wrongful murder conviction

2016-02-11 08:00:00 STLToday.com
Jonathan Grayson was convicted of the 2000 shooting death of a northern Illinois man; police said they got new information 11 years later pointing to another man. Read Full Story ...

7 am news



HILLARY'S PROBLEMS

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MARX AND BERNIE

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Christie and Rubio

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Fixing Illinois' budget will require fixes like higher taxes and cuts in pensions, report says

2016-02-11 07:00:00 STLToday.com
The report says there are no more "politically popular" solutions left. Read Full Story ...

Maintenance worker dies in landfill accident in Springfield, Mo.

2016-02-11 07:00:00 STLToday.com
Police are investigating the accident on Wednesday at the Springfield landfill. Read Full Story ...

6 am news



Trump and GOP

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2016-02-11 06:36:33 CagleCartoons

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Doctors work to protect the the hearts of moms-to-be as maternal deaths increase

mmunz@post-dispatch.com
2016-02-11 06:00:00 STLToday.com
The Heart Care for New Moms program involves cardiologists experienced in caring for moms-to-be, high-risk obstetricians, anesthesiologists and newborn baby specialists. Read Full Story ...

Illinois coal mine owner seeks expansion as fire lingers

2016-02-11 06:00:00 STLToday.com
St. Louis-based Foresight is seeking state approval to add more than 7,000 acres at Deer Run Mine Read Full Story ...

Doctors work to protect the hearts of moms-to-be as maternal deaths increase

mmunz@post-dispatch.com
2016-02-11 06:00:00 STLToday.com
The Heart Care for New Moms program involves cardiologists experienced in caring for moms-to-be, high-risk obstetricians, anesthesiologists and newborn baby specialists. Read Full Story ...

5 am news



Syria bombing continues

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2016-02-11 05:16:56 CagleCartoons

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Happy Valentine'spay

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2016-02-11 05:03:55 CagleCartoons

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4 am news



EU borders

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2016-02-11 04:57:10 CagleCartoons

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St. Louis County set to turn Creve Couer Lake Park into soccer tourney destination

sgiegerich@post-dispatch.com
2016-02-11 04:45:00 STLToday.com
St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission will fund $14 million development. Read Full Story ...

St. Louis County set to turn Creve Coeur Lake Park into soccer tourney destination

sgiegerich@post-dispatch.com
2016-02-11 04:45:00 STLToday.com
St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission will fund $14 million development. Read Full Story ...

Student Government holds press conference to garner support for MAP grant legislation

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2016-02-11 04:30:00 alestlelive.com
Student body President Madeline McCune and SIUE Student Trustee Dillion Santoni held a press conference for the Illinois Coalition for Investment in Higher Education on Jan. 9. Read Full Story ...

Safe Zone chat educates students about intersex community

kmartin@alestlelive.com(KMartin)
2016-02-11 04:30:00 alestlelive.com
Safe Zone hosted a chat on Tuesday, Feb. 5 in order to spark conversations regarding issues and relaying information about the intersex community, which is when a person might be appearing to be femal Read Full Story ...

Mentoring program scores success, joins together SIUE and community

mobrien@alestlelive.com(mobrien)
2016-02-11 04:30:00 alestlelive.com
The hardest struggle for college athletes, according to Associate Chancellor for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion Venessa Brown, is balancing the demands of their sport and school work. Read Full Story ...

Flight Club extends drone-flying invitation to students

2016-02-11 04:30:00 alestlelive.com
A non affiliated Flight Club invites SIUE students to learn about and fly drones on the north end of campus. Read Full Story ...

SG continues to examine changes to constitution

2016-02-11 04:30:00 alestlelive.com
The Student Government Senate met on Friday, Feb. 5 to consult on numerous matters, but the topic that brought about the most debate was the constitution and bylaws amendments. Read Full Story ...

The Illinois State Academy of Sciences makes its way back to SIUE for students and science related activities

kmartin@alestlelive.com(KMartin)
2016-02-11 04:30:00 alestlelive.com
The Illinois State Academy of Science will be celebrating its108th year and will be hosted at SIUE this year on Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16. Read Full Story ...

12 am news



Dr. George Thoma, former vice president of SLU hospital, dies at 93

bbernhard@post-dispatch.com
2016-02-11 00:15:00 STLToday.com
As an early adopter of nuclear medicine, the use of radiation to diagnose and treat diseases, Dr. Thoma became the founding editor of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine Read Full Story ...

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