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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis man is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of two brothers.
 
The Circuit Attorney's office on Thursday announced the charges against 20-year-old Ryan Handson. He is accused of killing 22-year-old Justin Gordon and 21-year-old Devin Gordon on Dec. 5. Officers responding to a call about a shooting found both victims at a home.
 
Handson is also charged with two counts of armed criminal action and first-degree burglary.
Thursday, 16 January 2014 15:43
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Kirkwood High School was locked down for a short time Thursday afternoon after a local television reporter tried to test the school's security response.

 

School officials say that a man entered the front office and asked to speak with security. When the secretary returned with the school resource officer, the man was gone. Officials contacted police and performed a search of the school. They did not find the man and the lockdown was lifted. It was later determined that the man was a reporter for KSDK News Channel 5.

 

In a statement, KSDK says they tried to test security at five schools as a part of the story. The statement continues that "this lockdown certainly was not the intent of our visit".

 

KSDK's Full Statement:

NewsChannel 5 recognizes the importance of safety in our schools. As part of a continuing investigation this afternoon, we visited five local schools.

One of our employees assigned to this investigative report visited Kirkwood High School. He entered and walked his way toward the office, asking a teacher for directions after a few minutes. There, he asked if he might discuss the school's security. He identified himself by name and gave the office his phone number.

When the security official could not be reached, our employee left the premises without escort.

Approximately an hour later – after our visit – the high school was put on lock down. This lock down certainly was not the intent of our visit.

Thursday, 16 January 2014 14:48
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Talk about a fly ball.
 
A Champaign man has set the new Guinness World Records Book mark for catching a softball from the greatest height.
 
The Champaign News-Gazette reports 53-year-old Chris Shields managed to catch a softball tossed out of an ultralight plane hovering 250 feet above the ground.
 
Shields said he decided to go for the record after his 10-year-old daughter, Olivia, suggested the idea after watching him catch a pop-up.
 
He checked with Guinness officials who agreed to create the category.
 
Shields was able to catch the ball in his mitt last July on the second try.
 
He says the record is for fun, but adds it gives him a "street credential."
Thursday, 16 January 2014 13:26
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - The best chess players in the U.S. are again headed to St. Louis.
 
The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis in the city's Central West End will host the 2014 U.S. Championship in May. The U.S. Women's Championship will happen simultaneously, and the top juniors' tournament comes to town in June.
 
It's the sixth straight year St. Louis has hosted the national events and the fifth year in a row for the under-20 event.
 
St. Louis is also site of the World Chess Hall of Fame, and Webster University has the country's top collegiate squad. In September, prominent political donor Rex Sinquefield hosted a four-player grandmasters event featuring world No. 1 Magnus Carlsen of Norway and top U.S. player Hikaru Nakamura, a St. Louis resident.
 
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