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Dooley picks two for Police Board

Tuesday, 26 November 2013 01:43 Published in Local News

   County Executive Charlie Dooley will try again to fill two vacancies on the troubled St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Dooley will formally nominate former Metro CEO Robert Baer and one-time Hazelwood mayor T.R. Carr Tuesday afternoon.  

   If approved the pair would replace Gregory Sansone and Floyd Warmann, both of whom resigned amid controversy last summer.  Sansone is the subject of an FBI probe after it was learned that a company he co-owns was hired as a subcontractor on the county's new police crime lab.  

   One other seat remains open on the board.  Its not known if Dooley has a candidate in mind for that seat.

   This is the second time the county executive has tried to fill the vacancies.  All three of Dooley's previous police board nominees withdrew their names before confirmations could get underway. 

East St. Louis gun exchange rounds up 130 guns

Monday, 25 November 2013 02:52 Published in Local News

   EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - Authorities say an East St. Louis weekend gun exchange rounded up 130 guns.

   Saturday's event allowed the first 100 people to get $100 grocery store gift cards. All 100 of the gift cards were gone about an hour after the event started.

   Officials say the guns were allowed to be turned in with no questions asked.

   St. Clair County Richard Watson says the event was a success. He says that people who came in said the money would help with Thanksgiving dinners. He says the guns will be destroyed. An event last year took in seven guns.

   According to St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly, the gift card money came from cash seized during drug raids.

   The guns turned in included long shot guns and rifles with scopes.

 

Kennedy in Japan tsunami zone, highlights US ties

Monday, 25 November 2013 02:08 Published in National News

   ISHINOMAKI, Japan (AP) — Just days after arriving in Japan as the new U.S. ambassador, Caroline Kennedy is making a two-day visit to areas devastated by the 2011 tsunami to meet survivors and highlight America's commitment to supporting its ally.

   The daughter of President John F. Kennedy tried her hand at calligraphy, exchanged high-fives with schoolchildren and got an early birthday greeting Monday as she toured the northeastern region, about 340 kilometers (210 miles) north of Tokyo.

   Rebuilding in the region has barely begun. Makeshift stores, restaurants, car washes and laundries have been set up in areas flattened by the tsunami, which was triggered by a magnitude-9 earthquake. The disaster left more than 18,000 people dead or missing, and tens of thousands of people remain in temporary, prefabricated housing more than 2 1/2 years later.

   Residents of the industrial port city of Ishinomaki stood in the wind and pouring rain waiting for a glimpse of Kennedy. She visited a park with a wide vista of the city's ravaged waterfront before heading to the Mangokuura Elementary School.

   The students performed skits in English and sang "Happy Birthday" to Kennedy, who turns 56 on Wednesday. Kennedy presented 112 books to the school, donated in memory of Taylor Anderson, an American who died in the tsunami while teaching at Mangokuura and other schools in Ishinomaki.

   Kennedy brushed in black ink the Japanese character for the word "tomo," or friend. She then sat down to read "Where the Wild Things Are," the classic children's book by American author Maurice Sendak, to a sixth-grade class.

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