This year’s flu season is taking its toll, especially on school-age children. This time of year, school kids gather around the radio first thing in the morning listening for school cancellations. While some closings have been attributed to snowy and icy conditions this year, many schools have had to cancel classes because too many children were out sick – more than 170 closings in Missouri this season because of the flu. Libby Landrum, the influenza coordinator at the State Health Department, says this year’s strain is not as common in adults. And, Landrum says since the flu season runs until mid-May, there’s still time to get a flu shot. She says if you still get the flu, get plenty of rest and fluids and see a doctor if symptoms persists more than three or four days.
Archives for January 2003
It looked like the Missouri Tigers were heading towards a season low. Mizzou trailed Nebraska by as many as 13 points last night, but pulled it together to top the Huskers 63-56 in Lincoln. The Tigers shot 34.5 percent in the first half and trailed 31-22 at the break. In the second half they 55 percent of their shots, and went on a 19-9 run. Arthur Johnson led MU with 18 points and 11 rebounds. He became the 11th Tiger to reach 1,000 points and 700 rebounds for a career. Ricky Paulding had 14 and Jimmy McKinney was scoreless, but dished out a team-high five assists. The Tigers are 12-4 overall and 3-2 in the Big 12. They host Colorado on Saturday.
The Saint Louis Billikens lost their sixth straight road game, falling to Charlotte 62-55. Demon Brown hit six three pointers for the 49ers and led all scorers with 24 points. Marquee Perry led the way for the Billikens with 17. The loss keeps SLU in the C-USA Cellar with a 1-5 record in league play. Their only conference win came last Saturday against Memphis. SLU has a 7-10 record.
Injured Rams All-Pro tackle Orlando Pace will pass on the Pro Bowl. Pace missed six games this season with injuries to his calf and hamstring. It would have been his fourth straight trip to Honolulu. Marshall Faulk will be St. Louis’ lone representative at the Pro Bowl this season.
Going to see the Rams will cost you more, again. The team announced yesterday that they’re raising ticket prices for the fourth straight season. Prices will rise from $1 to $5 depending on where you sit. This is the first time the Rams have ever raised prices after a losing season.
The Royals second best pitcher from 2002 has left. Jeff Suppan inked a one-year deal with the Pirates yesterday. He was 9-16 last season. 17-game winner Paul Byrd signed with the Braves. No other Royal pitcher won more than four games last season. James Baldwin, who the Royals picked up this winter, won seven games last season with the Mariners.
A big shake-up is expected at the Kansas City area’s biggest company. The Wall Street Journal is reporting Sprint Chairman and Chief Executive William Esrey is planning to step down in a matter of days. The newspaper says that move isn’t too surprising, since Esrey – who is 63 – has been undergoing cancer treatments since November. The real surprise, according to the Journal, is talk by those within the company of the pending resignation of Sprint’s number two man, Ronald LeMay, who had been thought to be Esrey’s sucessor. Speculation now centers on BellSouth Vice Chairman Gary Forsee, who worked for Sprint for years until taking the BellSouth post in 1999. Sources within the company say Sprint is likely to go after Forsee to replace Esrey.
A man who authorities say impersonated professional football players to work his way into St. Louis area hospitals and run up huge bills returned to his old ways after walking away from a halfway house. Walter Dean stands six feet and weighs 220 pounds. He served time in prison and was ordered to make restitution to the hospitals for using a false Social Security number and his physical presence to impersonate St. Louis Rams linebacker London Fletcher. But police now say Dean walked away from the halfway house and passed himself off as Rams linebacker Jamie Duncan, catching store clerks off guard in an effort to steal things. Authorities have arrested him and charged him with stealing and with violating his probation.
State Senators have begun discussing just how they will debate Governor Bob Holden’s tobacco bond proposal. Holden has threatened to cut nearly $259-Million in state funding for public schools and an additional $91-Million in college funding if the Legislature rejects his idea to turn about a billion dollars in money from the national tobacco settlement into bonds to cover a projected $350-Million hole in the current budget. Kinder also complains Holden has not been forthright with Republicans in the Legislature, preferring to disclose his legislative proposals to the press before talking with legislators.
Department of Social Services officials have another case of child abuse on their hands that some are saying could have been prevented. A Kansas City mother and her boyfriend are charged with many counts of sexual abuse against two pre-teen daughters. The girls’ father says he tried to let Division of Family Services investigators know something was wrong, but he was ignored. Reports say a hot line was called 32 times from 1992 to 2001. While not giving any more details in this matter, spokeswoman Deb Hendricks says officials are looking at the division’s role in the case. This case comes on the heels of the Dominic James case in Southwest Missouri. James was the two-year-old who died in foster care. The foster father is facing second-degree murder charges in the case. In addition, a state investigation into how DFS operates has been launched, and Social Services Director Kathy Martin resigned from her post.