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2008-06-25 21:02:14

By Jessica Bock, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jun. 25--Party photos from sorority days past. A message from a friend with crude language. Sexually explicit jokes. That kind of content on a Facebook or MySpace Web page isn't an issue for many adults who use the social networking sites in their personal lives. But for teachers, what's inappropriate on a personal Web page can be harder to define. With the popularity of social networking online growing among adults, at least two teachers...

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...

2008-06-25 18:02:23

By Jeremiah McWilliams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jun. 25--Warren Buffett, the billionaire investor in Anheuser-Busch Cos., said Wednesday he has not talked to the management of InBev or Anheuser-Busch Cos. about the Belgian brewer's proposal to take over the brewer of Budweiser. Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway is the second-largest shareholder in St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch, with about 5 percent of the company's shares. "I have not talked to anybody" about the deal, Buffett said in a...

2008-06-24 12:00:00

By Joe Holleman, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jun. 24--I admit that April Fool's Day probably was not the best time to announce the Life Sherpa's presidential candidacy. Even so, it's obvious the Life Sherpa is not getting a fair shake: -- John McCain is getting help from high-powered lobbyists with connections to AT&T. All I ever got from AT&T was mediocre cell-phone service and monthly bills. -- Barack Obama got a lot of positive press by following a nurse around one morning at a...

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...

2008-06-24 06:02:46

By Christopher Boyce, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jun. 24--In less than a decade, the U.S. steel industry has returned from near defeat by foreign competition to selling steel at record high prices driven by foreign demand. The weak U.S. economy has made domestic steel a bargain in countries with a stronger currency. At the same time, however, domestic consumers are struggling to swallow the rising costs of steel. Since January, the price of hot rolled steel -- the standard used to...

2008-06-24 02:30:07

By Shane Graber, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jun. 23--THE STEADY CROWD OF SIGHTSEERS -- a flood of them, indeed -- posed with the river like it was a close pal. Hundreds of onlookers came out to the edge of the St. Louis riverfront Sunday to smile for the cameras and grab a keepsake of a Midwest flood. Some folks in the photographs stood, some squatted. They all smiled. Visitors climbed a parking garage for better angles. And the people snapped several pictures just in case, as though the...

2008-06-24 02:29:54

By Gail Pennington, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jun. 23--SPOTLIGHT 'Master of Dance' 7 p.m. on TLC No, not Lord of the Dance. "Master of Dance" is that offbeat (so to speak) new dance-karaoke series that challenges contestants to keep dancing even when the song, and the beat, change in mid-performance. Joey Lawrence is host. In back-to-back episodes tonight, the dancers are challenged to strut their stuff to rap and rock tunes. Then, at 7:30, the finalists compete en route to the...

2008-06-22 12:00:20

By Judith Newmark, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jun. 22--OnSite Theatre's cool new production, "Overexposed," continues the style that the troupe first explored last year, when it mounted a show about bowling in a bowling alley. Members of the audience not only saw a show, but got to bowl. Because the new production is staged in a photo studio, it's only fitting that the usher hands out disposable cameras along with programs. Theatergoers are encouraged to get into the spirit and take...

2008-06-22 06:00:22

By Steve Giegerich, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jun. 22--It was, by design, an inauspicious beginning for the state-appointed board that now controls St. Louis Public Schools. Thrust into office 12 months ago by a state intervention that ousted the elected School Board, the three people who make up the Special Adminstrative Board have made a conscious effort to grasp the nuances of the troubled school district while neutralizing the small but vocal contingent that view the new board's...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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