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UN chief fears N Korea is on 'collision course'

Tuesday, 02 April 2013 08:22 Published in National News

GENEVA (AP) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he fears North Korea is on a collision course with other nations that could lead to war.

Ban says "the current crisis has already gone too far" because of escalating tensions raised by North Korea's almost daily threats of war against the United States and South Korea.

North Korea also vowed today to escalate production of nuclear weapons material, including restarting a plutonium reactor shut down in 2007.

 

Child dies after found hanging from window blind

Tuesday, 02 April 2013 07:47 Published in Local News

A horrifying night for a south city couple after they find their two-year-old son hanging from a window blind cord. 

Investigators say the toddler died after he climbed up into the windows of his bedroom in their home off Water Street in south city and got tangled up in a long nylon cord from the window blinds.

The boy’s mother found him hanging several feet off the ground with the cord around his neck. Police do not know how long the child had been there. 

Police say the husband tried to perform CPR until EMS crews arrived. The toddler was pronounced dead at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. This happened Monday night around 7:45.

The parents were not taken into custody. Police are calling it a tragic accident.

Consumers who have window blinds with loops should immediately visit the Window Covering Safety Council website, Windowcoverings.org, or call 800-506-4636 to receive a free repair kit for each set of blinds.

Read more about Window Cord Safety and accident prevention.

Order a free Window Cord Safety Kit

More Child-proofing Safety Tips

 

Area girl scouts set new Guinness world record

Monday, 01 April 2013 11:36 Published in Around Town

St Louis area girl scouts set a new Guinness World Record for collecting more than 1.4 million personal care items last year. 

The scouts teamed with 30 Walmart stores in the first ever “Showering the Community” event last year and is part of their April Showers program.

Donna Martin with the Eastern District of the Greater St. Louis area Girl Scouts says they're doing the same this year at area Walmart's on April 12th-14th. Martin says, ""We had nearly 18,000 girls and 14,000adult volunteers working on this last year and we hope to exceed that this year. Not because it's a record but because we fulfill a need in our community."

The Girls Scout's partner, Operation Food Search helped give out the goods to individuals and families in need.  CEO Sonny Schaefer tells KTRS' Vicki Pimentel, "So many are going to food pantries these days who never in their life thought they'd need to do that."

If you'd like to donate to this year's campaign, you  have until April 20 to fill the bags with items printed on the outside. 

You can also buy pre-packaged bags from Schnuck’s and Dierberg’s stores. Drop off boxes are provided at the stores.

Those who are unable to participate or who forget to donate during the week of the event may drop off items at any Dierberg’s market from April 20 to May 4.

You may also call 1.800.727.4475, ext. 4601 to arrange pickups.

 

 

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