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2008-07-19 12:00:32

By Ken Leiser, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jul. 19--CAHOKIA -- By the time controllers moved out of the squatty air traffic control tower last month at St. Louis Downtown Airport, it was 35 years old and the flooring of an old trailer that served as an office had holes in it. Trees blocked the views from the 63-foot tower to some parts of the airfield. On Friday, the Federal Aviation Administration commissioned a $7.3 million replacement tower -- one that stands 138 feet, giving...

2008-07-19 00:00:30

By Jeremy Kohler, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jul. 18--The daughter of St. Louis police Chief Joe Mokwa and some officers, primarily from the 4th district downtown, got free use of siezed cars from S&H Towing, which holds a contract with the Board of Police Commissioners, officials revealed today. The board president, Chris Goodson, emphasized that Chief Mokwa did not know of the arrangement with his daughter, Aimie Mokwa, who has been involved in repeated scrapes with the law, sometimes...

2008-07-18 12:00:30

By David Nicklaus, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jul. 18--A few fearmongers have predicted that the mortgage-related credit crunch of the last year might degenerate into a 1929-style financial debacle. The collapse of Bear Stearns wasn't enough to make that happen. Nor was last Friday's closing of IndyMac Bancorp, the second-largest bank failure in U.S. history. Last week's erosion of confidence in mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, though, truly had the potential to take down a big...

2008-07-17 21:00:32

By Robert Patrick, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jul. 17--An Illinois man, his daughter and the company they ran pleaded guilty to a federal conspiracy charge this morning and admitted selling fraudulent oil and gas investments that bilked more than 100 people nationwide out of about $4 million, the U.S. attorney's office said. Carl E. Royse, of Fairfield, Jeanette Riley, of Olney, and Hughes Energy Inc. pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit security fraud in federal court in Benton and...

2008-07-17 06:00:32

By Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jul. 17--Cloistered monks and masked lady wrestlers. A classic-rock disc jockey and a do-it-yourself mobster. Two basketball hustlers and a clubhouse full of sock puppets. Those are some of the characters you can meet in the feature films at the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase. The eighth annual event, which begins Saturday, includes a series of seminars at the Regional Arts Commission offices on Delmar Boulevard and films that run Sunday through...

2008-07-16 15:00:42

By Tim Logan, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jul. 16--More layoffs are coming at Trans States Airlines. The Bridgeton-based regional carrier will furlough 58 more pilots by the end of August, spokesman Bill Mishk said. The move follows the elimination of 45 pilot jobs announced in June. Like most airlines, Trans States is being buffeted by sky-high oil prices. And as the major carriers cut back on their flight schedules, Mishk said, they in turn are cutting back on their contracts with Trans...

2008-07-16 06:00:31

By Ken Leiser, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jul. 16--Lambert-St. Louis International Airport will proceed with what it deems the most important parts of the Airport Experience renovations, despite turbulent times in the airline industry. Airport Director Richard Hrabko said Tuesday that $16.9 million worth of upgrades will begin this month. First up will be the resurfacing the dingy-white dome above the airline ticketing counters. Next year, new baggage carousels should be installed....

2008-07-15 21:00:24

By Carolyn Tuft, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jul. 15--PERRY COUNTY -- A worker for the Missouri Department of Transportation was injured this morning when a Silverado passed a parked truck and hit him. The contract worker -- Rocky A. Fox, 28, of O'Fallon, Mo. -- was taken by ambulance to Perry County Memorial Hospital, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol. The patrol reported that Rebecca M. Phillips, 34, of Perryville, Mo., at 10:58 a.m. was driving her 2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500...

2008-07-15 15:00:37

By Ken Leiser, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jul. 15--ST. LOUIS -- Officials at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport said today that they will push ahead with a major makeover of the airport's Main Terminal and concourses. Airport staff said last week that they were re-evaluating some of the costs of the $105 million project in the wake of flight cuts by American Airlines. "A careful analysis has determined we have the ability to begin these improvements for the Main Terminal and remain...

2008-07-15 06:00:44

By Tony Messenger, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jul. 15--JEFFERSON CITY -- Four years ago, Kenny Hulshof put his ambition aside and cheered on another up-and-coming Republican who sought to be governor. The Ninth District congressman agreed to forego his own planned run and backed Matt Blunt in his successful campaign for the state's top elected prize. Now, Hulshof is hoping a similar gambit works in his favor. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder announced his endorsement of Hulshof's gubernatorial...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'karpos', fruit.
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