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2008-07-29 12:00:33

By Christine Byers, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jul. 29--Posters greeted him: "To a Real Hero.""Welcome Home Uncle Adam." Balloons floated in his garage. Gift baskets lined the living room shelves. "It's a very important day to me," Fite, 28, told the Post-Dispatch on Monday as he relaxed in his living room recliner. "It's like I am becoming me again." A week earlier, his shift began with a call to a car fire. He grabbed his favorite soft drink, Sierra Mist, and headed out. Firefighters...

2008-07-28 18:00:33

By Riddhi Trivedi-St. Clair, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jul. 26--When sales of new houses started to soar several years ago, Ray Johnson, owner of Overland-based Key Carpet, considered gearing his carpet installation business toward that market. "I am very much glad I didn't," Johnson said. Matching a national trend, the number of new houses being built in the St. Louis region continued its downward trajectory last month. In June, 459 permits were issued in St. Louis and nine...

2008-07-27 06:00:26

By Diane Toroian Keaggy, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jul. 27--St. Louis Alderman Sam Moore calls them dollhouses. Their brick walls appear sliced off, revealing interior stairwells, doorways and debris. That's all the thieves leave behind. Brick thieves have decimated entire blocks of north St. Louis neighborhoods. They're ingenious, organized and very busy: Bricks these days go for 60 cents each, almost three times the going rate a few years ago. "You can see right through those houses,"...

2008-07-27 06:00:25

By Jeremiah McWilliams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jul. 27--Peter Heimark, a California distributor of Anheuser-Busch beer, was tired of his competitors gloating over the imminent takeover of Anheuser-Busch by Belgian brewer InBev. Miller and Coors distributors have "some undeserved grins on their faces about what they might perceive as confusion with our sales force and your sales force," Heimark told August A. Busch IV, chief executive of Anheuser-Busch, in a July 15 conference call....

2008-07-27 06:00:20

By Diane Toroian Keaggy, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jul. 27--Michael Allen checks his camera while Thomas Crone shoves Mace into his pocket. He doesn't expect to use it. Still, you never know who you'll meet in an abandoned building like the old Armour Packing Plant. The two friends are underground explorers, a growing group of photographers, preservationists and daredevils who are fascinated by the region's architectural ruins. In their quest to chronicle our vanishing heritage, they...

2008-07-26 15:00:42

By Aisha Sultan, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jul. 26--Jill and Chris Schwartz wanted a girl. They had two healthy little boys, 4-year-old Jason and 2-year-old Kyle. Three sounded like a fine number of children for their typical, middle-class family. So, just as she did when she was trying to conceive the boys, Jill, a 35-year-old nurse, took the advice of her doctor and began taking a low dose of the fertility drug Clomid. It had worked perfectly before. It wasn't long before she was at her...

2008-07-25 15:00:31

By Jeffrey Tomich, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jul. 25--Shares of Arch Coal Inc. soared Friday after the nation's No. 2 coal producer reported second-quarter profit that exceeded Wall Street expectations and raised its earnings outlook for the year. Net income more than tripled to $113 million, or 78 cents a share, from $37.6 million, 26 cents, in the same quarter a year ago, Creve Coeur-based Arch said in a statement. Sales rose 31 percent to $785.1 million as demand for fuel to run power...

2008-07-25 12:01:14

By Jeffrey Tomich, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jul. 25--KINMUNDY, Ill. -- Count Ben Webster as either the luckiest oilman in Southern Illinois or the shrewdest. Maybe both. Webster got into the oil business as a hobby a decade ago when oil was $14 a barrel. In 2002, his company, Deep Rock Energy, made the state's biggest oil strike in a half-century when he drilled the Warren No. 1 well from the outskirts of Stephen A. Forbes State Park. This spring, he celebrated another big find, tapping a...

2008-07-25 12:01:01

By Jeremy Kohler, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jul. 25--The St. Louis Police Board, facing a controversy over officers' use of previously impounded cars and questions about the future of Chief Joe Mokwa, will hold a special meeting at 10 a.m. today. One member of the board, Mayor Francis Slay, has called on Mokwa to retire. A notice about the meeting did not specifically say that Mokwa would be discussed. But on Monday, Board President Chris Goodson told reporters that the chief's credibility...

2008-07-24 06:00:42

By Jeremiah McWilliams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jul. 24--At the start of a conference call to discuss Anheuser-Busch Cos.' recent results, W. Randolph Baker, the chief financial officer, needed to get one point on the record: Yes, the St. Louis brewer's board recently agreed to a takeover by Belgian brewer InBev. But "until the transaction closes," Baker reminded analysts on the call, "A-B continues to operate as a public company on a business-as-usual basis." Anheuser-Busch's days as...