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2008-07-08 09:01:11

The following editorial appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Sunday, July 6: ___ In Spain, Pamplona has its annual running of the bulls. Sweetwater, Texas, has its Rattlesnake Roundup. And Washington has the annual farce of the physicians' Medicare fee cuts. Not familiar with that last one? It plays out when an increase in spending on Medicare expenses triggers a statutory requirement to cut the amount doctors are compensated for the care they provide to elderly and disabled...

2008-07-02 09:01:03

The following editorial appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Tuesday, July 1: ___ Having health insurance used to mean that if you got sick, you'd get all the medical care you needed. Not anymore. A new survey from the nonpartisan Center for Studying Health System Change found significant increases in the number of people who either delayed getting needed care last year or didn't get it all, compared with a previous survey done in 2003. About 59 million people _ one in five...

2008-07-02 06:00:04

By Christine Byersand Nicholas J.C. Pistor, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jul. 2--Nicholas Sheley walked into Bindy's Bar in Granite City shortly after 6 p.m. Tuesday, just minutes after customers had watched images of his face flash on TV news broadcasts warning that he was wanted in the murders of eight people in five days. He ordered ice water and asked bar owner Bill Watson for a lighter. "I gave it to him and didn't ask any questions," Watson said. A Bindy's regular, Gary Range,...

2008-06-30 15:02:49

By Jeremiah McWilliams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jun. 30--More details are trickling out of Anheuser-Busch Cos. about the company's plan to cut $1 billion in costs by the end of 2010 -- part of an effort to fend off a takeover proposal by Belgian brewer InBev. "The economic picture has been changing over the past months for all businesses, with sharp increases in costs," Tim Farrell, vice president of corporate human resources, wrote in a Friday memo to salaried employees. "For...

2008-06-27 09:02:49

The following editorial appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Wednesday, June 26: ___ In 63 years of selling cars, Johnny Londoff never has seen anything like it. Big SUVs _ Chevy Suburbans and Tahoes _ hot sellers just two years ago, now seem glued to the lot at his Florissant Chevrolet dealership. Customers turn up their noses at $6,000 rebates. Meanwhile, itty-bitty Aveos and Cobalts are selling fast, but smaller cars mean smaller profits, Londoff said. "We're surviving,"...

2008-06-26 06:02:47

By Tim Logan, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jun. 26--It's going to get harder to get places by air. On Wednesday, we started to find out just how much harder. American Airlines said it will slash 30 flights a day from its schedule at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport this fall, part of a systemwide cutback announced last month to help it cope with a crippling surge in oil prices. From St. Louis, American will end direct flights to four airports, among them Baltimore and New York's...

2008-06-25 18:02:48

By Tim Logan, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jun. 25--American Airlines and its affiliates will cut 43 daily departures from St. Louis this fall, the airline said a short time ago. As part of its plan to cut 12 percent of its flying capacity this year to cope with soaring fuel costs, the nation's busiest airline is slashing flights at airports nationwide. At Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, it will cut eight "mainline" routes flown by American Airlines itself -- which mainly fly to its...

2008-06-24 12:00:29

By Tim Bryant, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jun. 24--WINFIELD -- Sandbagging at the squishy Pin Oak levee was the latest stand Monday in the struggle to keep the flooding Mississippi River at bay. A muskrat burrow led to a levee leak the size of a fire hydrant's flow, authorities said. Throughout eastern Lincoln County, the river continued to rise, trying the will of residents and emergency workers who had expected the Mississippi to start receding by now. New forecasts called for the...

2008-06-18 12:00:03

By Tim Bryant, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jun. 18--FOLEY -- John Watson plans to ride out this spring's flood in a tent set up near a portable generator, fan, TV and a cooler -- all on his roof. On Tuesday, water from the flooding Mississippi River remained a couple of miles away, out of sight in a line of pecan trees across wide bottomland fields. "But it's coming," Watson said. Water began pouring Tuesday over levees in several areas in Lincoln County. Authorities repeated their...

2008-06-15 15:00:06

By Robert Patrick, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jun. 15--POTOSI -- Brian DeClue, even before he became Washington County coroner, heard the nicknames that some locals used for Dr. Seth Paskon. Candy Man. Dr. Feelgood. He knew about the doctor's reputation for churning out large volumes of prescriptions. He saw the long lines outside Paskon's office in Potosi. He heard the whispers about patients, desperate for painkillers and anti-anxiety drugs, waiting for hours to see the doctor....


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reremouse
  • A bat.
The word 'reremouse' comes from Middle English reremous, from Old English hrēremūs, hrērmūs ("bat"), equivalent to rear (“to move, shake, stir”) +‎ mouse.
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