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A Tall Man was hospitalized after hitting his head on a

Low bridge…….He said, “I would have been okay, if viaduct.” ……………………

As our thoughts 💭 turn to those of warmer weather & springtime remember

To not tell secrets in the garden 🪴.

The potatoes 🥔 have eyes, the corn 🌽 has ears and the beanstalk…………..

At least 6 reported dead in crush at African Cup soccer game

YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — At least six people died in a crush outside a stadium hosting a game at Africa's top soccer tournament in Cameroon on Monday, a local government official said, realizing fears over the capacity of the Central African country to stage the continent's biggest sports event.

Naseri Paul Biya, the governor of the central region of Cameroon, said there could be more deaths.

“We are not in position to give you the total number of casualties,” he said.


China Sends 39 Warplanes Toward Taiwan, Largest in New Year

TAIPEI, Taiwan — China flew 39 warplanes toward Taiwan in its largest such sortie of the new year, amid tensions over the self-ruled island's future and as the U.S. pushes to assert its presence in the region.

The Chinese formation Sunday night included 24 J-16 fighter jets and 10 J-10 jets, among other support and electronic warfare aircraft, according to Taiwan's defense ministry.

Taiwan's air force scrambled its own jets and tracked the People's Liberation Army planes on its air defense radar systems, the ministry said.

The Chinese sortie came as the U.S. military said that two of its carrier strike groups were sailing on Sunday in the South China Sea, led by USS Carl Vinson and USS Abraham Lincoln. They engaged in anti-submarine, air and combat readiness operations.


FBI looks to help St. Louis-area residents secure things that go boom

The St. Louis office of the FBI and six local bomb squads have launched a week-long effort to get military explosives out of the homes of area residents.

Bomb technicians regularly get calls from residents who find old grenades that a loved one brought home as a souvenir of their time in the military, said Spencer Evans, the interim special agent in charge of the FBI locally. Others purchase shells or explosives at gun shows, thinking they are replicas.

“It really takes someone with specific knowledge and experience and training to be able to identify what is a live device and what is inert,” Evans said. “Some of the fakes are very realistic. When in doubt, give us a call so our folks can come and check it out.”

Last month, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers found three Civil War-era cannonballs while dredging the Mississippi River in south St. Louis. FBI bomb technicians transported them to a local firing range and detonated them safely.


St. Louis Symphony's IN UNISON chorus will commission new work with $40,000 NEA grant

A $40,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts will boost the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s efforts to showcase Black artists.

The organization will use the money to commission a new work that its IN UNISON chorus will perform with the orchestra. The May 6 concert at Powell Hall will be the first time in over a decade that IN UNISON has joined the orchestra for a classical concert.

“It just really broadens our footprint. It kind of expands our exposure with more symphonygoers. It just exposes us to a few more people,” said chorus Director Kevin McBeth.

The IN UNISON chorus focuses on work by African and African American composers. The centerpieces of its season typically include a gospel Christmas performance and a concert celebrating Black History Month.


As Missouri looks to legalize recreational marijuana, expungement gets renewed attention

The push to legalize recreational marijuana use in Missouri is coming from multiple directions, with a handful of proposed initiative petitions and at least one bill, and potentially more, backed by Republican lawmakers.

Each hopes to place the issue on the 2022 ballot for voter approval.

And each proposal also includes a provision that, while often overlooked in the marijuana debate, is considered a transformative piece of the legalization puzzle — the expungement of nonviolent marijuana offenses from criminal records.

The proposals differ on how they handle expungement.


On Chess: Making (check)mates

At the University of Missouri, the words “Division 1” don’t only apply to intercollegiate athletic programs, such as football, basketball, soccer and softball — they also apply to the Mizzou Chess Team, which is quickly becoming one of the best collegiate chess programs in the United States.

In 2019, Cristian Chirila, a Romanian chess grandmaster, partnered with the St. Louis Chess Club and launched the Mizzou Chess Team. Though MU’s team has only been competing for a few years, Coach Chirila and his players have already earned an impressive list of accomplishments, not to mention compiled a star-studded team roster.

The team is made up largely of international students, who come from countries such as Slovakia, Russia and India.


Without money for tampons or pads, some St. Louis students miss school

Assistant principal Cryslynn Billingsley’s office at Jennings Senior High School is like a train station most days, with students constantly coming and going.

Most students at the north St. Louis County public school are from low-income families, and they often come to Billingsley when they need something they can’t afford — including tampons and pads.

More than half of female students surveyed at the school said they didn’t have enough money to buy period products, according to research from St. Louis University. Without access to tampons and pads, students are more likely to miss school. A bill in the Missouri legislature would require school districts to provide free period products, though similar efforts have stalled in previous years.

Though most research on the lack of access to period products focuses on other countries, this is also an issue “right down the street” in St. Louis, Billingsley said.


US Detains Smuggling Ship, UK Seizes Drugs in Mideast Waters

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. Navy announced Sunday it seized a boat in the Gulf of Oman carrying fertilizer used to make explosives that was caught last year smuggling weapons to Yemen. The British royal navy said it confiscated 2,295 pounds of illegal drugs in the same waters.

The interdictions were just the latest in the volatile waters of the Persian Gulf as American and British authorities step up seizures of contraband during the grinding conflict in Yemen and ongoing drug trafficking in the region.
The U.S. Navy’s Mideast-based 5th Fleet said its guided-missile destroyer USS Cole and patrol ships halted and searched the sailboat, a stateless fishing dhow, that was sailing from Iran on a well-worn maritime arms smuggling route to war-ravaged Yemen last Tuesday. U.S. forces found 40 tons of urea fertilizer, known to be a key ingredient in homemade improvised explosive devices, hidden on board.

The U.S. Navy’s Mideast-based 5th Fleet said its guided-missile destroyer USS Cole and patrol ships halted and searched the sailboat, a stateless fishing dhow, that was sailing from Iran on a well-worn maritime arms smuggling route to war-ravaged Yemen last Tuesday. U.S. forces found 40 tons of urea fertilizer, known to be a key ingredient in homemade improvised explosive devices, hidden on board.

Authorities said the vessel had been previously seized off the coast of Somalia and found last year to be loaded with thousands of assault rifles and rocket launchers, among other weapons. U.N. experts say weapons with such technical characteristics likely come from Iran to support the Houthi rebels. The Navy turned over the vessel, cargo and Yemeni crew to Yemen’s coast guard earlier this week.

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