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   Two women who were elected to a metro-east park board may have to sue to take their seats on that board.  

   Ruby Mattox and Dora Warren finished first and second in an election to fill two vacant seats on the Stites Township Park District Board in Brooklyn, Illinois.  

   St. Clair County Clerk Tom Holbrook certified the election results months ago.   But the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the park board has refused to swear them in, calling their election "a mistake."  

   Mattox told the paper that her opposition to no-bid contracts the park board has awarded may be why the board is now claiming there were no vacancies to fill.   

   The Jefferson County Sheriff's office won't be getting extra cash from the state to help cover the cost of sobriety checkpoints.  That's because the County Council on Tuesday turned down a $22,000 grant from the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission.  The grant is specifically aimed boosting DUI enforcement.

   Sheriff Glenn Boyer told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that it's "indicative of the dysfunction of this County Council."  

   Republican council members, who hold all but one seat, cited constitutional issues and complaints about sobriety checks from residents as the reasons they eschewed the funds.

Cargo ship hits seawall off South Korea; 9 dead

Wednesday, 16 October 2013 01:30 Published in National News

   SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A cargo ship hit a seawall off South Korea's southeastern coast and partly sank in an accident that killed nine crew members and left two missing, coast guard officers said Wednesday. Eight crew members were rescued.

   The ship is owned by a Chinese firm and flagged in Panama, and its crew is nearly all Chinese with one Vietnamese.

   The 8,461-ton ship had anchored off the port city of Pohang but high waves forced it against the seawall Tuesday afternoon, a coast guard statement said.

   All 19 people on board were listed as missing about 14 hours after the accident as winds and waves hampered rescue efforts.

   Early Wednesday, coast guard rescuers found eight sailors either floating in the sea or waiting for help on the front of the ship. Most of the vessel has sunk, coast guard officers said. They spoke on condition of anonymity, saying they were not authorized to speak to the media on this matter. The rescued sailors were wearing life jackets, the officers said.

   The coast guard also collected the dead bodies of nine crew members but two are still missing, the officers said.

   China's official Xinhua News Agency said the ship, the CHENGLU15, belonged to China's Lishen International Shipping Group Corp. in Zhejiang province.

   The ship had unloaded its freight and was set to leave for Japan. The coast guard officers said the ship was carrying about 130 tons of bunker oil and diesel fuel.

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