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Friday, January 21, 2011

Vacant Admiral Catches Fire on St. Louis Riverfront VIDEO Update Cause

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The Admiral catches fire on St. Louis riverfront

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January 21, 2011 Updated today at 7:55 PM


(KMOV) -- Fire crews responded to smoke coming from the vacant Admiral on the downtown St. Louis Riverfront.
The fire reportedly started because of demolition work. Authorities say crews were using torches around ventilation units in what used to be the kitchen of the boat when some old grease caught fire.
The fire was controlled by fire extinguishers at first, but workers then had to call the fire department.
Officials say the fire started around 11:00 this morning. It reached 2-alarm status, but firefighters say it is now under control.
The Admiral closed last summer after decades as the President Casino.
The casino's owner, Pinnacle Entertainment, tried for months to keep it open but ultimately surrendered the gaming license.
There were no injuries.

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ENTERTAINMENT 'Water For Elephants,' Dead Space 2 , Mass Effect 2 VIDEO PREVIEW

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E-BLOCK: First Look 'Water For Elephants,' Dead Space 2 & Mass Effect 2

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WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Can you really be just friends with benefits? Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman try to figure it out this weekend ... Plus Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper, and Tommy Lee Jones star in 'The Company Man,' also out this weekend.
IN AWARD SHOWS: The Critics Choice Movie Awards and Golden Globes showed much love to "The Social Network" this year ... so what will the Academy do? We've got the actual Vegas odds on the Academy Award predictions.
FIRST LOOK: So could Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson work some Oscar magic of their own for next award season? Based on the NY Times best selling book, check out the first look at "Water For Elephants."
ON TELEVISION: So just how well did the "new" American Idol premiere go over with fans this week? And the O-N-E question the E-Block is dying to know about Jennifer and Steven.
IN VIDEO GAMES: You've been waiting .. now they're out! We've got everything you need to know about Dead Space 2, and Mass Effect 2 - finally out on Playstation 3!

Top 10 films for the weekend for the US.
Rank    Title    Wknd Gross    Theater
#1    The Green Hornet    $33,526,876   
3584
#2    The Dilemma    $17,816,230   
2940
#3    True Grit    $11,004,755   
3459
#4    The King's Speech    $9,186,203   
1543
#5    Black Swan    $8,342,648   
2328
#6    Little Fockers    $7,194,865   
3394
#7    Tron: Legacy    $5,679,858   
2439
#8    Yogi Bear 3D    $5,365,547   
2702
#9    The Fighter    $5,101,140   
2414
#10    Season of the Witch    $4,606,584   
2827
Weekend of 2011-01-14 to 2011-01-16


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Beagle Dog Catches His Tail WEB VIDEO

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A Beagle dog's determination pays off.
He ran in circles until he caught his tail and then didn't let go, even as he walked out of the room.
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Higher Gas Pump Prices Coming in Spring $3.20 - $3.75 by Memorial Day 2011

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Higher pump prices coming your way this spring

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Associated Press  Friday, January 21, 2011

Gas pump prices that are around $3 a gallon now may seem like a bargain by the time your kids are on Easter egg hunts.

Pump prices have risen nearly 9 percent since Dec. 1 and topped $3.10 a gallon this week. That's the highest level since October 2008. The price may rise or fall a little over the next few months, but analysts expect it to range between $3.20 and $3.75 gallon by March and April ahead of the summer driving season.

The national average for regular gasoline about $3.12 a gallon on Friday, according to AAA, Wright Express and Oil Price Information Service. That's nearly 12 cents more than a month ago and 38 cents above a year ago.

Average pump prices range from $2.81 to $3.70 in major cities. For example, the average in Salt Lake City is $2.74 a gallon and in New Orleans it's $2.97 a gallon. Drivers in San Francisco pay $3.44 a gallon, and in Honolulu gas is $3.58 a gallon.

Americans typically drive less in the winter. Demand is about 1 percentage point higher than a year ago but remains weaker than the historical average, said energy analyst Jim Ritterbusch. The nation's gasoline supplies remain above the five-year average.

Over the next couple of months, refineries will conduct regular maintenance to prepare for the changeover to summer driving mixes. That could affect supplies, but gas prices should remain steady to a few cents more, according to oil analyst Tom Kloza of Oil Price Information Service.

By spring he expects the average price to rise to between $3.50 and $3.75 a gallon. Ritterbusch expects $3.20 to $3.25 a gallon by Memorial Day.

For every penny the price at the pump increases, it costs consumers overall an additional $4 million, according to Cameron Hanover analyst Peter Beutel. If the price goes up a dime a gallon, consumers pay $40 million more each day for that increase.

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Mysterious Green Yellow Goo Fell From Sky Turned To Icicles, Snyder New York VIDEO - Who You Gonna Call, Ghostbusters Theme Song MUSIC VIDEO

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Mystery Goo Turns Icicles Green and Yellow in Snyder, N.Y.

FAA Dismisses Suggestions That Gunk Is 'Blue Ice' From Passing Jetliners

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Town Worried About Goo That Has Changed Its Icicles To Green and Yellow



A mysterious greenish-yellow goo that fell from the sky has splattered homes in Snyder, N.Y., and triggered investigations by the FAA and the town's waste engineer.

Most of the houses along Washington Highway and Berryman Drive have taken down their Christmas lights, but are now sporting green or yellow icicles. The sides of houses are splashed with a deep brown substance and sidewalks are also spotted with the stuff.

Residents say the material appeared between 9 a.m. and midnight last Tuesday.

Initial suspicions focused on "blue ice," the frozen human excrement known to fall from passing jetliners, but the FAA investigated and quickly dismissed that possibility.

"The local flight standards inspectors investigated the situation and determined it was not from an aircraft," FAA spokeswoman Arlene Salac told ABC News.

The Amherst Town Supervisor's Office said that they are looking into the situation.

"We have contacted our emergency services people and we also have a waste water treatment plant in town and the interim engineer for that is trying to get the debris tested," said Lisa Kistner, a spokeswoman for the town supervisor.

One resident provided Kistner with her own theory.

"We received a call this morning from a woman who owns a house on the same street, Washington Highway. She gave us her explanation because it happened to her last year," Kistner said.

"She said it's actually because the seagulls eat fast food at McDonald's, which upsets their digestive tract. They were eating French fries out of paper bags... As soon as she got the fast food restaurants to make sure all of their trash was cleaned up in their parking lots, she no longer had that problem," Kistner said. "She suggested that someone check the fast food parking lots because that is probably the root cause of this issue."

Bird experts who have seen pictures of the goo agree that they resemble bird droppings.

"The splotches we see on the siding are consistent with what we would expect from a large flock of birds such as European starlings, a species that is found in large numbers in upstate New York at this time of year," said Miyoko Chu, a spokesperson for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology after looking at video of purple splotches on house sidings.

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UPDATE: North Callaway Student Killed in Bus Accident, Near Williamsburg, Missouri

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Emergency officials block off Co. Road 182 after an accident involving a pedestrian and school bus on Tuesday near Williamsburg. Authorities blocked off the road at the intersection of Old U.S. 40 and Co. Road 182 after the accident. Photo by Stephanie Backus.
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Update: 6-year old North Callaway student killed by a bus

The Missouri Highway Patrol has still not released its investigation into a school bus accident that killed 6 year old Hunter Pitt of Williamsburg.
Pitt was struck by the bus after he got off in front of his home Tuesday.
The bus driver was 77 year old Willie Leonberger.
KRCG investigated the rules for older people who drive buses.
The Highway Patrol administers the tests for a commercial drivers' license or CDL, which is required for a bus driver.
The license must be renewed every six years until a driver reaches the age of 70.
School bus drivers 70 and older must renew their license every year.
According to patrol spokesman Lt. John Hotz, that includes a pre-trip inspection test, basic skills test, road test, vision test and road sign test.
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North Callaway student killed in bus accident

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January 18, 2011
By Katherine Cummins

Officials with the Missouri Highway Patrol confirmed that Hunter Pitt, 6, was killed when getting off the bus at approximately 4:10 p.m. on County Road 182 near Williamsburg.
“A 6-year-old boy was exiting the bus with at least one other student,” said Sgt. Paul Reinsch with the Highway Patrol. “Apparently the bus driver didn’t realize the students weren’t all clear and pulled away.”
He said Pitt was pulled under the bus and run over. First-responders pronounced him dead at the scene.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved,” North Callaway Schools Superintendent Bryan Thomsen said.
Thomsen said he could not “give any information or confirm anything at this time” about the accident, although he did confirm the district owns all of its buses.
Reinsch said none of the other 22 students on the bus were injured, although they had to wait for another bus to arrive to take them home as emergency officials began their investigation into the accident.
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Hooters on Fire after Car Crash, St Louis Missouri, Suspects Fled Manhunt Caught VIDEO


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Carjacking suspects caught after leading police on downtown manhunt

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KMOV.com
Posted on January 20, 2011


(KMOV) –- Two carjacking suspects were arrested Thursday night after leading police on an intense manhunt throughout downtown St. Louis.

According to officials, a vehicle slammed into a parked vehicle in front of the Hooter's restaurant at 7th Street and Chestnut downtown. That parked car then went crashing into the restaurant, causing a small fire.

No injuries were reported.

The suspects fled the scene on foot, but were apprehended at 7th and Olive Street shortly before 10 p.m.



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St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - People were enjoying the Blues-Red Wings game at the Hooter's restaurant in downtown St. Louis when a car came crashing into the building, setting everything ablaze.
Hooter's restaurant fire pictures
The accident occurred just after 9 p.m.
No one was injured in the accident.
Police said the two people responsible for the crash were arrested at a nearby parking garage.


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