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Police selling anti-theft devices at a discount

Monday, 23 September 2013 15:28 Published in Local News

St. Louis Police are giving vehicle owners a chance to keep their cars safe on the cheap.

They’re selling auto clubs for just $13, license plate covers for $5, and license plate fasteners for just $3. The sale is from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Central West End at the NSI office on North Euclid and all transactions are cash only.

JENNINGS, Mo. (AP) - It wasn't long ago that the Jennings School District in north St. Louis County was on the verge of losing accreditation, just like the neighboring Normandy and Riverview Gardens districts did. Instead, Jennings is now in the midst of a turnaround.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that parents are more involved, attendance is up, test scores are rising and discipline problems are declining in Jennings.

Many credit superintendent Tiffany Anderson, who has gotten rid of underperforming teachers and principals and hired about 30 new teachers. She also reduced central office staff to free up money for classrooms and extended the school year for students in an accelerated middle school program.

 

Dog survives for two hours after falling into a well

Monday, 23 September 2013 13:12 Published in Local News

STANDARD, Ill. (AP) - A dog fell 23 feet into a northern Illinois well, then dog-paddled for two hours until firefighters could hoist him to safety.

It happened Saturday near the tiny Putnam County town of Standard when a Goldendoodle named Doogie ran to greet a worker who had opened the top of the family's well to inspect it.

Homeowners Arch and Judy Hopkins called the ordeal "horrifying."

Doogie alternated between swimming and extending his legs to wedge himself from wall to wall while firefighters figured out how to get him out.

They feared he might fall again if they used a harness made for people.

Eventually he was hoisted out after a firefighter rappelled into the well and got the dog into a mesh body bag, which allowed air water to pass through.

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