The Mercantile Library will feature an exhibit of one of the rarest books in North America. Only 11 copies of the Bay Psalm Book, printed in 1640, still exist. It will be sold at auction at Sotheby's in November. The pre-sale auction estimate is between 15 and 30 million dollars. In addition to the book, other early New England imprints, maps and prints will be on display. The public exhibit for the Bay Psalm Book is this Friday, September 13th, from 10 AM to 4 PM. The Mercantile Library is located on the campus of the University of Missouri St. Louis.
The combined IQ of St. Louis is expected to rise this week, as the city welcomes some of the greatest chess players from around the world. They're here for the Sinquefield Cup, a tournament that's being held at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center in the Central West End. Competition begins today and runs though Sunday, with the top player taking home $70,000. The Sinquefield Cup is named after the sport's main benefactor in St. Louis, Rex Sinquefield, who is credited with turning the city in a worldwide chess hub.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Recent turmoil at Saint Louis University between its longtime president and students and faculty critics has given way to hope and optimism as the Jesuit school seeks its first new leader in more than a quarter-century.
The Rev. Lawrence Biondi presided over a 42 percent student body increase, a near doubling of full-time faculty and nearly $1 billion worth of new construction since his 1987 inauguration. Critics say he also led by fear and intimidation, stifling dissent and alienating campus members who called for his resignation.
Biondi announced his retirement in May and escalated the timetable with a September 1st departure for a one-year sabbatical. SLU must now consider whether to again hire a priest for its top job or look outside religious circles for a lay leader.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — An adviser to the Reverend Martin Luther King will speak at a Southeast Missouri State University dinner honoring the late civil rights leader.
The Cape Girardeau school says Clarence B. Jones helped write King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech while serving as his political adviser, counsel and draft speechwriter. Today, Jones is a visiting professor at the University of San Francisco and scholar writer in residence at the Martin Luther King Junior Research and Education Institute at Stanford University.
Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker previously was scheduled to speak at the King dinner. But Booker is currently campaigning for the U.S. Senate.
Tickets for the January 22nd dinner at Southeast Missouri State go on sale in December.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed a major disaster declaration for 18 Missouri counties hit hard by last month's floods.
The floods that resulted from nearly two weeks of heavy rain caused widespread damage across the southern tier of the state and left at least three people dead.
The White House said in a news release that federal funding is available to help local governments and nonprofits recover. The counties that will benefit are Barry, Camden, Cedar, Dade, Dallas, Laclede, Maries, McDonald, Miller, Osage, Ozark, Phelps, Pulaski, Shannon, Taney, Texas, Webster and Wright.
Federal funding is also available for hazard mitigation measures statewide.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A rural Missouri man charged with infecting another man with HIV is now facing charges that accuse him of risking infection to three other partners.
Stoddard County prosecutor Russell Oliver said Friday that 36-year-old David Mangum of Dexter, Missouri is now facing 21 additional counts for having unprotected sex with three men without telling them he was HIV-positive.
Mangum is jailed without bond. His attorney did not respond to interview requests.
Mangum was arrested last month after a man with whom he'd been intimate tested positive and alerted police. The new counts are a lesser charge because the new accusers are not HIV-positive.
Mangum claims he had sexual contact with as many as 300 people since being diagnosed a decade ago. He moved to Missouri two years ago from Dallas, Texas.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Illinois' congressional delegation is grappling with whether to approve U.S. use of military might against Syria. And freshman Representative Bill Enyart appears emblematic of the complexity of the decision.
The southern Illinois Democrat who once headed Illinois' National Guard says he hasn't made up his mind about President Barack Obama's call for limited military force against Syria.
Enyart says feedback from his constituents has been overwhelmingly against U.S. involvement. And Enyart wonders whether flexing U.S. military might against Syria might fan anti-America sentiment in the Middle East.
Illinois Democratic Senator Dick Durbin this week voted in a Senate committee in favor of a resolution authorizing military force but restricting it to 90 days and barring American ground troops from combat. That resolution is to reach the Senate floor next week.
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A Florissant pastor nominated to the St. Louis County Police Commission has withdrawn his name from consideration.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Reverend Freddy Clark told County Executive Charlie Dooley Friday morning that he is no longer interested. Clark is the founder of the Shalom Church in Florissant.
Dooley announced two weeks ago that he was appointing Clark and former Republican gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence to the police board, subject to County Council approval.
The appointments came as the FBI investigates the business dealings of former police board chairman Gregory Sansone, who resigned last month.
Board member Floyd Warmann had previously resigned in August. And board member Ray Wagner announced last week that he will step down this fall.
The Chicago man convicted of beating a friend to death with a skillet in North St. Louis, will spend the rest of his life in prison.
Andre McAfee was sentenced yesterday for the 2006 attack on Charles Barnes. Investigators determined that McAfee used a skillet to beat Barnes to death. McAfee's first trial ended in a mistrial last year, but he entered a guilty plea to murder charges this year.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The owners of a multi-state tobacco store chain have contributed thousands of dollars to Missouri officials and even hired their own lobbyists. But their cause this year is not focused on cigarettes.
Jon Rand and Sharie Keil are backing Missouri legislation that would remove hundreds of people convicted of sex crimes as juveniles from the state's online listing of registered sex offenders. Their cause is intensely personal, because their son is among those whose name, photo and address would come down from law enforcement websites.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed the bill earlier this summer. He said it could endanger the public by hiding the whereabouts of violent sex offenders. But the political battle is not over. Missouri lawmakers are to convene next Wednesday to consider overriding the veto.