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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...

2008-08-01 06:00:39

By Valerie Schremp Hahn, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Aug. 1--THREE LITTLE LETTERS -- AYP -- can cause a lot of frustration for school districts, which are increasingly under pressure from the federal government to do better on state tests. AYP stands for "adequate yearly progress," and just six districts out of 57 in seven counties in the St. Louis region made AYP this year. Two years ago 15 districts met the standard. Fewer districts are making the cut because the government expects more...

2008-08-01 06:00:07

By Amanda Palleschi, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Aug. 1--No. 19 never got a chance to fly. Unlike 11 of his brothers and sisters, No. 19 didn't get a monkey to ride him into space, or a famous astronaut-turned-politician like John Glenn (his seventh sibling received that honor). No. 19 was always the backup singer, the tester, the assistant. But on Thursday, No. 19 became a proud symbol of St. Louis aerospace history. The space capsule rode through his hometown to his new home at the St....

2008-07-31 12:00:44

By Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jul. 31--These days, a film such as "Watermelon Man" would be likely to have a difficult time in the marketplace. Too commercial to be embraced by the art houses, but too edgy to appeal to the multiplex crowd, this tale of a white bigot who suddenly turns black might have the best chance for success as a DVD discovery. But in 1970, the comedy starring Godfrey Cambridge and directed by Melvin Van Peebles was a mainstream hit. The film's success...

2008-07-31 06:00:51

By Jeremiah McWilliams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jul. 31--Anheuser-Busch Cos. wants to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. It wants to increase its use of renewable fuels. It also wants to make money. That's where wind, sunshine and stinky landfills come in. Presto! Money-saving conservation projects. St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch is on a mission to get its U.S. breweries to use renewable fuels for more than 15 percent of their combined energy needs by 2010. As energy costs rise,...

2008-07-31 06:00:48

By Kavita Kumar, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jul. 31--The drive to recruit more math and science teachers got a push earlier this week with a $1 million, four-year grant from the Monsanto Fund to Teach for America-St. Louis. The grant's focus is to increase the groups' teachers with math and science degrees. That also happens to be one of the goals of Teach for America. Teach for America places high-achieving college graduates in urban and rural schools for two years. The St. Louis...

2008-07-30 15:00:58

Officials in St. Louis County, Mo., say white powder found in an envelope delivered to a bank building was nothing dangerous. The discovery Tuesday in the unincorporated section of the country known as Mehlville caused the evacuation of the offices and brought out the fire department, police and the FBI. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch said some of the powder got on to the arm of a worker; however neither she nor anyone else suffered any ill effects. The worst of the incident appeared to be...

2008-07-30 12:01:10

By Leah Thorsen, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jul. 30--HARTFORD -- A Clayton-based oil company must complete an extensive environmental cleanup in Hartford, where a massive underground gasoline pool has polluted groundwater and emitted toxic and flammable vapors, a federal judge has ruled. The cost of this cleanup will be at least $150 million, the Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday, one day after the judge's order against Apex Oil Co., which formerly...

2008-07-30 06:00:54

By Mary Jo Feldstein, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jul. 30--A prescription-drug discount card launched Tuesday will give many Missourians -- regardless of age, income or insurance -- discounts of up to 75 percent on hundreds of brand-name and generic medications. The average savings is expected to be about 30 percent, according to promoters of the card. Patients can sign up online or at a Schnucks or Kmart pharmacy. Those pharmacies also will be instructed to tell patients about the program...

2008-07-29 21:00:34

By Jeremiah McWilliams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jul. 29--A recent burglary at a St. Louis area-office building involved the theft of several laptops, including one that contained password-protected, encrypted data about a number of current and former employees of Anheuser-Busch Cos. Laptops were stolen from an Anheuser-Busch office in the building, as well as from other business tenants, according to the St. Louis-based brewer. The company did not disclose the location of the building....


Word of the Day
sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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