ST. LOUIS (AP) - A rare St. Louis coin collection that sold for $23 million at a two-day New York City auction began when the collection's 102-year-old owner received an 1859 one-cent piece nine decades ago from his grandfather.
Retired St. Louis lawyer Eric P. Newman only paid about $7,500 for the 1,800 piece collection sold at auction. Auctioneer Jim Halperin says the items represent just one-third of Newman's total collection.
Proceeds from the sale will go toward supporting the nonprofit Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society. The society operates the Newman Money Museum, which is part of the Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis. Newman is a 1935 law graduate of the school.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - For many, golf is more than a game - it's a business opportunity. That's why Washington University in St. Louis is helping students take up a sport that can be a powerful tool for networking.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the university offers international students a course on how to play golf. How popular is the program that began last year? All 20 spots in this year's class were claimed within 12 minutes, and the wait list includes 60 students.
Students from India, China, Iran, Romania, South Korea and Mexico took time away from studying law, chemistry, business or engineering to take the golf class.
Instructor Mark Lewis, club pro at the Highlands Golf and Tennis Center in Forest Park, leads the class of mostly beginners.
The victim of a sexual assault on the campus of Washington University has identified the alleged attacker.
The victim told police that in the early morning hours of Sunday, someone she knew attacked her on the school's intramural fields. Campus police say the victim was able to identify the attacker and he is not affiliated with the school.
No arrests have been made, but investigators are preparing to take their case to prosecutors.
The dean of the School of Law at Washington University is moving east.
Kent D. Syverud has been selected as Syracuse's 12th chancellor and president. He'll succeed Nancy Cantor, who will become chancellor of Rutgers University's Newark, N.J., campus in January. Syverud will also start his new position in January.
The 56-year-old was formally the dean of Vanderbilt University Law School and was clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
U.S. News and World Reports has published its annual ranking of the best colleges and universities in the country. Princeton is number one among universities and Williams ranks tops among colleges. The publication followed a new formula this year that put more emphasis on student graduation rates, a school's reputation among its peers, and faculty resources. Locally, Washington University was selected to the number-14 spot, the University of Illinois at number-41, Missouri at 97 and just out of the top-100 is Saint Louis University ranked at 101.
It's a sobering fact for millions of young women heading back to school: The more alcohol they drink before motherhood, the greater their risk of developing breast cancer. In a study published online this week in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine say they have linked increased breast cancer risk to drinking. The study concluded that if a female averages a drink per day between early adolescence and her first full-term pregnancy, she increases her risk of breast cancer by 11 percent. The researchers also found that for every bottle of beer, glass of wine or shot of liquor consumed daily, a young woman increases her risk of benign breast disease by 15 percent. Although such lesions are noncancerous, their presence increases breast cancer risk by as much as 500 percent.
Move in day for freshman at Washington University is slowing down.
1,600 incoming students started the day with a pep rally at 7:30 and the move in process started at 8:30. The same as previous years, traffic was an issue near campus, but the biggest slow downs are behind us.
School officials say the busiest time is around 10 AM.
A Washington University student is shaken up but uninjured after they were robbed at gunpoint on the school's campus Tuesday morning.
An email to students and staff said that a student was approached in a parking lot just after 8 AM. The suspect showed a gun and stole the victim's laptop and cell phone. The suspects is a man between 20 and 30 years old. He is about 6'0" tall and has long dreadlocks. He drove away in a blue Pontiac Aztec.
University officials remind everyone the best thing to do when being robbed is to give the thief what they want.
Good news for the growing resident population in the Delmar Loop: A grocery store is coming.
Washington University will formally announce on Thursday that specialty grocer Global Foods Market has agreed to lease nearly 15,000 square feet in the five-story student apartment building going up at Delmar and Eastgate. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that it will be the second Global Foods Market in the metro area. The first opened in Kirkwood in 1999.
The paper reports that Blueberry Hill owner Joe Edwards will put his new Peacock Loop Diner in the building next door.
The Lofts of Washington University will house about 600 students beginning in August of next year (2014).
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A discovery made by two Washington University scientists could play a role in preventing credit card fraud.
Marcel Muller and Ron Indeck were attempting to shrink bits of data onto a hard drive in the mid-1990s when they learned that magnetic media has what amounts to a fingerprint.
Tiny signals are present on the magnetic medium that comprises both hard drives and the strips on the back of credit cards. If the unique fingerprint on those strips is compared to fingerprints in a database, fraud can be detected.
California-based MagTek has adopted the technology, seeding the market with millions of card readers that can detect the fingerprints. The company's chief executive says the technology just needs to be "turned on" and used.