St. Louis, MO – Two Catholic high schools in St. Louis County will merge because of declining enrollments.
Archbishop Justin Rigali says the archdiocese will consolidate St. Thomas Aquinas-Mercy High School in Florissant with Rosary High School. The yet-to-be-named new school will open in August on the campus of Rosary.
The archdiocese will then sell the property where St. Thomas Aquinas-Mercy is, with proceeds going to the Rosary campus.
St. Louis, MO – A new report says defendants in capital murder trials in Missouri are charged selectively and treated unfairly.
The report was compiled by three academic researchers in Missouri and New York. When they examined Missouri death penalty cases between 1978 and 1996, they found that minority and ecnomically disadvanteaged defendants are charged and convicted more often than whites and those with money.
St. Louis, MO – As Dick Gephardt joins an increasingly crowded field of Democratic presidential hopefuls, a report says that win or lose, he will not be running for Congress again.
Citing campaign sources, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Web site stltoday.com reports today that Gephardt will not seek re-election to the House in 2004, regardless of the success or failure of his 2004 presidential bid.
St. Louis, MO – St. Louis just keeps getting fatter.
"Men's Fitness" magazine has ranked the Gateway City the fifth-fattest city in the country (last year's ranking was ninth).
The reasons include extreme weather in both the winter and summer that makes exercise harder. St. Louis is in a tie with Miami and Minneapolis for the most fast food restaurants per capita in the nation; and also ranks first with its one bar for every 1,400 residents.
St. Louis, MO – Nurses at St. Louis Children's Hospital will have another shot at forming a union. The National Labor Relations board ruled this week the 850 nurses could vote on whether to organize. A similar effort failed at the hospital in 2000. Joe Sanders is a registered nurse at Children's who says the nurses are not feeling as afraid.
St. Louis, MO – Missouri Democrats say they're excited about Congressman Dick Gephardt's plans for a second run for President in 14 years. Gephardt will reportedly announce an exploratory committee soon.
Former Senator Thomas Eagleton predicts Gephardt will win the Iowa caucuses and become the frontrunner (Gephardt ran for President in 1988 and narrowly won the Iowa caucuses that year).
Eagleton also predicts the primary will be among Gephardt, Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut and Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts.