Health Capsules: Dangerous teen trends

St. Luke’s earns women’s health honors St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield recently received the 2014 Women’s Health Excellence Award from Healthgrades, an independent healthcare ratings organization. The award distinguishes the hospital as a top performer in women’s health services, including cardiac care, vascular surgery, stroke care, respiratory services, orthopedic surgery and spine surgery. To determine this year’s Women’s Health Excellence Award recipients, Healthgrades examined hospitalization records from 2010-2012 for female patients at the nation’s nearly 4,500 non-government hospitals that treat Medicare patients. This year is the sixth consecutive year St. Luke’s has been honored with the award.   Beware of ...

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National Braille Challenger takes third place

Richie Tienter, a third-grade student at Westridge Elementary, placed third at the National Braille Challenge in Los Angeles on June 21. Tienter competed in the freshman group that represents the top 12 scores of third- and fourth-grade students across the nation. “When they announced his name for third place winner freshman division, I don’t know who was more excited – him, his dad, or me!” exclaimed Tienter’s mother, Ann.“ “Richie’s thirst for knowledge is contagious for those around him,” said teacher Elizabeth Cook. “He continues to set and achieve challenging goals for his progress in and out of the classroom. ...

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Amateur golf

Frankie Thomas, who will be a junior this fall at Marquette, showed he will be a force to be reckoned with come spring in golf for the Mustangs. Thomas finished fourth in the Class 4 state tournament in May. He has put himself among the upper echelon of state golfers with his victory in the Missouri Golf Association’s Junior Amateur Championship. There were 131 youngsters taking part in the tourney for boys ages 14 to 18 at the Paradise Pointe Golf Complex just north of Kansas City. Thomas won the state junior tournament with a two-day score of 139, posting  ...

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De Smet Jesuit’s Jimmy Barton returns for chance to play Mizzou basketball

Jimmy Barton is spending his summer in Columbia getting adjusted and doing what he loves – playing basketball. The De Smet Jesuit graduate and Des Peres native is planning to walk onto the Missouri Tigers this season. The all-time single season and career assist leader at De Smet decided to leave Houston Baptist after his freshman season and play closer to home. “I’ve been in Columbia since June 30,” Barton said. “I’m really excited to be a part of Missouri.” A 5-foot-10, 160-pound point guard, Barton said, “Houston Baptist was a good experience for a year. It just wasn’t a ...

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Rockwood graduate studies turtles in Hawaii

Marquette High 2014 graduate Leyna Stemle has a passion for turtles. Earlier this summer, Stemle worked with the St. Louis Box Turtle Project. In partnership with the Tyson Environmental Research Fellowship (TERF) and the Shaw Institute for Field Training (SIFT), she worked with the Saint Louis Zoo and Washington University scientists to better understand turtle ecosystems. In July, Stemle travelled to Hawaii to shift her focus from box turtles to sea turtles by studying the Ho’okipa green sea turtle. Working with the Hawaii Wildlife Fund (HWF), she helped educate tourists and locals about the turtles in general and about their ...

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Eureka High campus suffers vandalism, broken windows and spray paint graffiti

Two windows were broken and multiple surfaces defaced with spray paint at Eureka High overnight on Saturday, July 26. The damage from the vandalism totals $5,000, including the costs of cleanup and replacement materials. Rockwood School District Superintendent Dr. Eric D. Knost addressed the situation on the district’s Facebook page on July 28, saying such actions do not reflect the character of the Eureka community, or of Rockwood. “We know the vast majority of our students are extremely proud of their schools and are disappointed by this kind of action,” Knost said in the message. Eureka’s principal, Deborah Asher, agreed with ...

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Ballwin draws line on yard debris, clutter in carports, porches

The city of Ballwin has approved an ordinance giving its code enforcement personnel what is designed to be a better way to deal with trash, debris and other materials cluttering up residents’ carports, porches or other parts of property outside of any enclosed building. Passage came on a 5-2 vote after discussion focused on the measure’s scope, enforceability and changes in punctuation designed to clarify its meaning. Aldermen Shamed Dogan (Ward 2) and Frank Fleming (Ward 3) opposed the ordinance while Aldermen Jim Terbrock and Michael Finley (Ward 1), Michael Boland (Ward 4), Kathy Kerlagon (Ward 4) and Mark Harder ...

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Election Preview: West County

UPDATE: Walter S. Young (R), candidate for St. Louis County Council (District7) has been added to this list of candidates. In anticipation of the Aug. 5 election, West County candidates were invited to answer the following questions: Why are you running and what are your priorities if elected? What are your qualifications for holding public office?

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Creve Coeur Council approves $60,000 for art-inspired bus shelter

Before long, people waiting for a bus at two spots along Olive Boulevard in Creve Coeur will be able to feast their eyes on works of art. And, if one Creve Coeur councilmember has his way, all of the city’s bus shelters will be works of art. The Creve Coeur City Council voted July 14 to spend $60,000 on an art-covered westbound bus shelter at the city’s LaVerne Collins Park with the artist to be selected later. Installation should be some time in 2015, according to City Administrator Mark Perkins. The council had given the arts commission $60,000 for two ...

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Wing Ding to showcase local poultry-cooking talent

An upcoming chicken wing contest benefiting United Cerebral Palsy Heartland will put attendees’ taste buds to work. The 4th Annual St. Louis Wing Ding takes place from 6-9 p.m. on Aug. 21 at the Queeny Park Greensfelder Complex. Over 20 local restaurants will be putting their best wing forward for a panel of 25 celebrity judges, including West Newsmagazine’s managing editor Kate Uptergrove. Judges will test the merits of the wings through blind taste-tests in a variety of categories including hottest, dry rub, specialty and traditional. Most of the wings presented for the judges also will be available for Wing ...

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