St. Louis – The founder of the online gambling site BetOnSports.com will spend more than four years in prison.
Gary Kaplan was sentenced Monday in St. Louis federal court, ending a lengthy case involving the complex world of offshore sports gambling. He pleaded guilty in August to federal racketeering and other charges.
In a plea agreement, Kaplan must forfeit nearly 44 million dollars. Kaplan founded the company in 1995, setting up entities in Aruba, Antigua and eventually Costa Rica.
St. Louis – On Tuesday, the Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic is expected to finally appear at his war crimes trial in The Hague, a week after it started. Karadzic faces 11 charges, including genocide and crimes against humanity during the Bosnian War.
He has been boycotting the trial, saying that he hasn't had enough time to prepare, and tomorrow he's expected to simply argue that case once more.
St. Louis – Most public places in St. Louis city and County will be going smoke-free in 2011.
Unofficial results from Tuesday's election show the St. Louis County ban passing with nearly 2/3 of the vote. That means the city ban approved last Friday by the St. Louis Board of Aldermen will go into effect as well.
Both bans exempt casinos. Small bars are totally exempt in St. Louis County, and get a five-year reprieve in the city. The smoking lounges at Lambert Airport are exempt as well.
St. Louis, MO – Voters in St. Louis County will go to the polls Tuesday and decide whether most bars and restaurants should go smoke-free.
The indoor smoking ban measure - Proposition N - would cover most public venues with the exception of casinos. Jon Rand, an owner of Discount Smoke Shop based in St. Louis, says if it is approved, money usually spent in St. Louis County will go elsewhere.
St. Louis – Record rainfall last month has led to spring-like flooding here in the St. Louis area, though there has been no major damage reported.
Downtown, the Mississippi River has covered Sullivan Boulevard by the Arch. Floodwall gates have been closed. The President Casino on the Admiral riverboat has closed temporarily because of high water.
The Mississippi is expected to crest at 3.3 feet above flood stage by Tuesday morning.