Manchester considers participation in mental health court

Those arrested by Manchester police for misdemeanor violations and thought to have an underlying mental illness or disorder could avoid city prosecution and instead be referred to St. Louis County Municipal Mental Health Court, under legislation being considered by the Manchester Board of Aldermen.

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De Smet Jesuit honors Bowman, bounces Howell Central from playoffs

    De Smet Jesuit winger Jeff Makowski could not have picked a more fitting way to honor the late Adrian Bowman. On the first anniversary of the passing of Bowman, Makowski scored the game-winning goal in a shootout to lift De Smet Jesuit over Francis Howell Central 1-0 in the Mid-States Club Hockey Association Challenge Cup quarterfinal round Monday at Queeny Park Recreation Complex. Number three seed De Smet Jesuit (14-8-4) moves on to face second-seed St. Louis University High (19-4-3) in a two-game semifinal series that will start Feb. 19. A slick move by Makowski decided the two-games ...

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Fire district seeks fairness in proposed tax increase

The proposed tax rate increase for the West County EMS and Fire Protection District’s general fund won’t directly affect those who receive the district’s services under contract. But the district wants to find a funding solution that is “fair” to taxpayers, as well as those served under contract.

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St. Louis’ O’Toole elected for second team as president of USGA

St. Louis again will have a prominent voice in golf. Thomas J. O’Toole Jr., of St. Louis, was elected Saturday (Feb. 7) to serve a second one-year term as the 63rd president of the United States Golf Association. The election of officers and the 15-member USGA Executive Committee also took place at the USGA’s annual meeting in New York City. O’Toole will continue to lead the USGA’s professional staff of more than 300 and nearly 1,200 volunteers who serve on more than 30 committees. Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game worldwide. “This year marks the beginning of a new and ...

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Slam Dunk: Pair of Parkway cagers push past 1,000-point plateau

Parkway Central senior Jarrett Cox-Bradley can score from a variety of spots on the basketball court – and his success recently pushed him past the 1,000-point plateau. Over at Parkway North, junior Alecia Sutton said scoring 1,000 points runs in the family. Her older sister, Alexis, topped 1,000 points as a senior in 2009.

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Teaching technology

Second grade teacher Stephen Brim’s classroom at Rockwood’s Ridge Meadows Elementary is a technology hub. “I have both tablets and Chromebooks in my room,” he said. “The students absolutely love them.” Students use the technology for reading and math as part of game-based learning. They practice equations, explore their creativity and engage with other students working in groups. Brim is one of only 20 teacher advisors nationwide for the Front Row app, which is an adaptive math app. Because of his expertise, he has been asked to speak at Share Fair Nation, a national conference to be held in Chicago ...

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NCADA executive director explains decision to air unnerving PSA

In the past eight years, nearly 2,300 people in the St. Louis area have died from heroin overdose. “If that number had died from anything else, imagine what the public health response would have been,” said Howard Weissman, executive director of the National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse – St. Louis Area (NCADA). “We’re not paying attention. And, for too long we have blamed the victim.”

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