After a recent stretch of eight straight gray days, who could blame St. Louisans for looking forward to the warmer weather and spring colors that usually come with Easter Sunday?Looks like someone forgot to tell winter about all that. And, no, this is not an April Fool's joke.The National Weather Service forecasts a high chance of accumulating snow across the metro St. Louis area Sunday, which would make a rare sight — the last time St. Louis saw snowfall on Easter Sunday was 1940. It would be only the fourth time since the weather service began keeping records in 1874 that St. Louis would have measurable snow on Easter.As of Saturday morning, the forecast for Sunday calls for a strong chance of 1 to 3 inches of snow along and north of Interstate 70 in the metro area, with lighter amounts farther south. In metro St. Louis, forecasters expect temperatures in the upper 30s by midday, with rain starting in the early afternoon, which likely will turn to snow by late afternoon … [Read more...] about Snow joke: Forecasters expect wintry Easter surprise in St. Louis
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ST. LOUIS COUNTY • St. Louis County Police Chief Jon. M. Belmar has suspended officer training by a local company after complaints that a trainer used racial and homophobic slurs.The suspension was announced Thursday in a letter from Belmar to officers. Police sources told the Post-Dispatch that a trainer with Asymmetric Solutions had used the N word and criticized officers on a firing range as shooting “like a fairy.”Belmar said the company “relieved that instructor” from any further training with the department but that the police chief personally decided to immediately suspend training:“Although the training overall has received overwhelming positive evaluations, it has recently come to our attention that an instructor for Asymmetric Solutions has at times conducted himself in a very unprofessional and sometimes offensive manner. This behavior was not consistent with our values and contracted our expectations.”“As a result, the owner … [Read more...] about St. Louis County Police chief suspends training by company amid complaints trainer used racial, homophobic slurs
ST. LOUIS COUNTY • Police and federal agents this week found 9 kilograms of cocaine hidden in the muffler of a pickup truck reportedly bound for the Gateway Arch.Emilia Morales-Acosta, 34, is now facing a charge in U.S. District Court in St. Louis of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine.After being alerted March 26, the Gateway Smuggling Task Force followed a woman leaving a hotel along Interstate 44 and pulled her over for a traffic violation, charging documents say.Both Morales-Acosta and her passenger said they were heading for the Arch. But Morales-Acosta appeared nervous and had also once been caught with 25 pounds of marijuana, Border Patrol agent Adam Peel wrote in an affidavit accompanying charging documents. A drug-sniffing dog also alerted on the vehicle, Peel wrote.Agents took the truck to the Fenton city garage, where they discovered nine aluminum-wrapped bundles that contained roughly 9 kilos of cocaine, Peel wrote.Charges against Morales-Acosta were … [Read more...] about Nine kilos of cocaine found in muffler after St. Louis County traffic stop, feds say
April Fools’ Day is a day to play pranks on our friends and loved ones. Cellophane wrapped on a toilet seat here, rubber ketchup stain there. You know, the fun, harmless stuff.And while it’s a day to play pranks, we figured it’s a good time to reflect on fools. Are you a fool? Do you live among fools?“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools,” Martin Luther King Jr. once said, challenging us to be better.A few centuries before that, Shakespeare chimed in: “A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.”And the 1980s brought us Mr. T: “I pity the fool!”This April Fools’ Day, we had a little fun coming up with this localized list: St. Louis Fools. In general, people who don’t realize how good they have it. Do you recognize anybody? Can you think of more? Do you recognize yourself?You don’t need Mr. T to pity you, do you? Don’t be a St. Louis fool!1. … [Read more...] about Do you know a St. Louis Fool? Check out our list.
In the late 1980s and early ’90s, the Muny’s future was a big question mark.Edwin R. “Bill” Culver III, its forceful president and longtime leader, contended that the enormous outdoor theater in Forest Park was ... too small. He wanted to add around 7,000 seats and 4,000 parking spaces. That, Culver said, would make the Muny a better venue for concerts — and concerts were the future.Others — among them Post-Dispatch critic Joe Pollack — suspected the outdoor theater, where attendance was dwindling, had run its course. The Muny was rarely mounting its own shows anymore and already was running a winter season at the Fox. Under those circumstances, why not move Muny tour shows indoors (where it’s air-conditioned) all year long?“It makes me sad to say it,” Pollack wrote, “but I’m afraid that the outdoor Muny is no longer a proper theatrical site.”But early in the decade, the Muny took a completely different … [Read more...] about Muny at 100: St. Louis’ outdoor theater returns to its roots in the ’90s