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Lewis Reed campaigns to keep VA jobs downtown

Tuesday, 11 March 2014 09:30 Published in Local News
 ST. LOUIS (AP) - The president of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen is trying to keep about 800 Veterans Administration jobs downtown.  
The VA announced last week that it planned to consolidate jobs at an office in Overland.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that aldermanic president Lewis Reed is circulating a petition through the White House website to keep the jobs in the city.
He needs 100,000 signatures by April 9. Reed says the loss of the jobs would be a big blow to downtown.
The plan calls for VA workers to move from rented space in St. Louis to a government-owned building in Overland.

Cabrera 2 homers leads Tigers over Cards 17-5

Monday, 10 March 2014 22:15 Published in Sports
 
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Two-time AL MVP Miguel Cabrera hit his first two home runs of spring training and AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer struck out five in 4 2-3 scoreless innings Monday during the Detroit Tigers' 17-5 romp over the St. Louis Cardinals.
 
Cabrera a go-ahead, two-run homer off Shelby Miller in a seven-run third inning and another two-run drive against Keith Butler in an eight-run fourth as Detroit built a 15-0 lead. The Tigers made 17-0 on Steven Moya's two-run double in the eighth.
 
"You feel like this could happen every day," Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said. "Obviously it won't, but it could."
 
Scherzer allowed two hits and a walk.
 
"Right now I'm very sharp," Scherzer said. "Usually it takes a while to get all the pitches going. Right now I feel very good about where all my pitches are at - all four. I was generating swings and misses on all four of them."
 
St. Louis pitchers allowed double-digit runs for the second straight day and 22 hits.
 
Nick Castellanos hit a three-run homer for the Tigers in the fourth. Prospect Stephen Piscotty hit a three-run homer in the seventh for the Cardinals, his first of spring training.
 
STARTING TIME
 
St. Louis: Miller gave up two runs and five hits in 2 1-3 innings, while Stoppelman gave up five runs and five hits while getting just two outs. Tyler Lyons also got just two outs, allowing seven runs and six hits.
 
"I felt like my fastball command wasn't near as good as I wanted it to be but you're going to have days where you are a little off," Miller said. "Obviously, I didn't want to give up any runs but at the same time, I felt good. I thought I am getting better out there."
 
Detroit: Justin Verlander is set to make his first start of spring training on Tuesday against Toronto after recording from core muscle repair surgery. His first scheduled start was rained out, and Verlander opted to throw in a batting cage.
 
TRAINERS' ROOM
 
Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said outfielder Andy Dirks' back surgery was successful. Dirks is expected to need 12 weeks to recover.
 
St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said Oscar Taveras (hamstring) is moving well, but the Cardinals aren't going to rush him. The Cardinals' top prospect missed most of spring training while recovering from offseason ankle surgery.
 
MEET DIAZ
 
Shortstop Aledmys Diaz, who signed last weekend, will begin the season in the minors. The Cardinals will give him some time in major league spring training games, but that won't happen for at least a few days. Diaz has to return to Mexico, where he's been living since his defection, to obtain a U.S. work visa.
 
DUELING CENTERFIELDERS
 
Peter Bourjos and Jon Jay are battling to become the Cardinals' starting centerfielder. On Monday they were both in the starting lineup for the first time this spring training. Bourjos covered plenty of ground in center and went 2 for 2, while Jay played right field and went 0 for 2 with a walk.
 
RUSHING ALONG
 
Lou Villano had to make a quick trip from the field to the press box. The official scorer for the Cardinals' high Class A affiliate in Palm Beach sung the national anthem, then returned to the press box where he inputs the data for MLB.com.

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Americans are boarding public buses, trains and subways in greater numbers than any time since the suburbs began booming.

Nearly 10.7 billion trips in 2013, to be precise - the highest total since 1956, according to ridership data reported by transit systems nationally and released Monday by the American Public Transportation Association.

Transit ridership has now fully recovered from a dip caused by the Great Recession. With services restored following economy-driven cutbacks, ridership numbers appear set to continue what had been a steady increase.

"People are making a fundamental shift to having options" aside from a car in how they get around, said Michael Melaniphy, president and CEO of the public transportation association. "This is a long-term trend. This isn't just a blip."

Expanding bus and train networks help spur the growth.

Ridership on Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority light-rail trains increased six percent over 2012, as the public took advantage of an expanded network of lines. Overall, LA Metro gained nine million trips to reach 478 million in 2013, the transportation association said. Among the other transit systems in California with record ridership was the Caltrain commuter rail service that connects San Francisco with Silicon Valley.

Houston, which has been more notable for its sprawl than its public transportation offerings, had a large ridership gain. So did Seattle, Miami, Denver and San Diego. The New York area's behemoth transit network saw the greatest gain, accounting for one in three trips nationally.

Transit advocates argue that the public increasingly values the ability to get around without a car. They offer as evidence the nation's urban shift and the movement to concentrate new development around transit hubs.

"People want to work and live along transit lines," Melaniphy said. "Businesses, universities and housing are all moving along those corridors."

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