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2008-08-05 21:00:15

By Judith Newmark, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Aug. 5--Lewis J. Stadlen opened the Muny season with a sensational performance as Max Bialystock, the flamboyant schemer at the center of "The Producers." Now he closes the season with another sensational performance as Tevye, a humble dairyman in Czarist Russia, in the musical-theater classic "Fiddler on the Roof." Although both characters have roots in Jewish folk traditions, they're nothing alike. Max desires glamour, money and fame; Tevye...

2008-08-05 06:00:34

By Michele Munz, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Aug. 5--Monday felt like the hottest day of the year so far in the St. Louis area, and today could be hotter. While August typically features hot and humid weather, this heat warning carries a bit of a jolt. The mercury previously has topped 95 degrees only three times this summer. "We should exceed 95 degrees approximately 20 times in a normal year," said National Weather Service meteorologist Ben Miller. "And we're already down two of the...

2008-08-05 06:00:21

By Christopher Boyce, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Aug. 5--As electronic data becomes increasingly portable, the risks in transporting storage devices have grown. Experts say universal serial bus, or USB, flash drives -- a lighter-sized memory storage device -- can be lost as easily as less-valuable, pocket-sized items, such as pens and packs of gum. The trend recently spurred a technology company in Town and Country to develop a way for businesses and individuals to protect sensitive data...

2008-08-04 12:00:31

By Harry Jackson Jr., St. Louis Post-Dispatch Aug. 4--The will to live longer has pushed its way to the forefront as baby boomers hit their 60s, retire and find themselves with enough energy for a second lifetime. "Since we left the Garden of Eden, we've been looking for the river of immortality," says Dr. John Morley, head of geriatric medicine at St. Louis University School of Medicine. Morley is co-author of the book "The Science of Staying Young" (McGraw Hill, 254 pages, $24.95) with...

2008-08-03 21:00:14

By Patrick M. O'Connell, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Aug. 3--ST. LOUIS -- Firefighters rescued two men from a burning building early Saturday, carrying an unconscious resident through smoke and fire to safety. The blaze broke out about 4:15 a.m. on the second floor of a two-story brick flat in the 2700 block of Hampton Avenue, said fire department spokesman Capt. Bob Keuss. When firefighters arrived, smoke was billowing from the building and flames were shooting out of a front window....

2008-08-03 06:00:17

By Judith Newmark, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Aug. 3--The vivid image ... the unexpected rhyme ... the witty play on words ... With all of those assets, song lyrics can be one of the signal pleasures of musical theater. That's not true just for audiences, but for performers, too. But on the other hand ... Bad lyrics -- lyrics that make no sense, that make you wince with their sheer awfulness, that make you wonder how the singer can possibly get through them -- are hardly lacking. And...

2008-08-01 15:00:40

By Jeffrey Tomich, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Aug. 1--Laclede Group Inc., the owner of Missouri's largest natural gas utility, said fiscal third-quarter profit was unchanged. Net income for the three months ended June 30 was $9.3 million, or 42 cents a share, St. Louis-based Laclede said in a statement. The company earned a penny a share more in the third quarter of 2007 because there were fewer shares outstanding. Profit at Laclede Gas, which sells natural gas to more than 630,000...

2008-08-01 15:00:35

By Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Aug. 1--It's no longer news when gay relationships are stable and nurturing, even when one of the partners is famous. But although it's set in Hollywood and has a supporting cast of movie and literary legends, "Chris and Don" documents a love story with such style, grace and poignancy that it is universally appealing. Chris was Christopher Isherwood, a British writer whose Berlin diary "I Am a Camera" became the basis for the movie "Cabaret."...

2008-08-01 15:00:34

By Joe Holleman, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Aug. 1--The returns are in and, as in so many elections, the results are something we can live with -- even if it doesn't dazzle us. "Swing Vote" stars Kevin Costner as Bud Johnson, who drinks too much and works too little. After a lifetime of busted relationships and dashed hopes, Bud is a nobody -- except to his young and intelligent daughter Molly. But during a presidential election, some highly unbelievable events conspire to create a...

2008-08-01 12:00:47

By Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Aug. 1--In the movie, miniseries and novel "Brideshead Revisited," the baroque estate is like a character unto itself, an embodiment of the British aristocracy. Brideshead only existed in the mind of author Evelyn Waugh -- the miniseries and the movie were filmed at Castle Howard in North Yorkshire, England -- but like a lot of make-believe locales, it haunts the imagination. Which raises the question: What is the most famous fictional home on the...


Word of the Day
tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.