December 19, 2013 |
COWBOYS OWNER Jerry Jones may have lost his mind. How else can you explain the comments he made on Dallas' 105.3 The Fan yesterday? Jones started to answer a question about whether he pays attention to what's happening with the Redskins, who are owned by his friend Dan Snyder. Before long, he had segued into his own little "Twilight Zone" episode. "Barry Switzer, our coach, used to tell the team, 'I'm your wagon master, we're back in the covered wagon days, we're going to California,' " Jones said.
April 23, 2013 |
CLARKSVILLE, Mo. - Those fighting floods in several communities along the Mississippi River were mostly successful Sunday despite the onslaught of water, but an ominous forecast and the growing accumulation of snow in the upper Midwest tempered any feelings of victory. The surging Mississippi was at or near crest at several places from the Quad Cities south to near St. Louis - some reaching 10-12 feet above flood stage. Problems were plentiful: Hundreds of thousands of acres of swamped farmland as planting season approaches; three people died; roads and bridges closed, including sections of major highways like U.S. 61 in Iowa and Missouri and crossings at Quincy, Ill., and Louisiana, Mo. The Coast Guard said 114 barges broke loose near St. Louis on Saturday night, and four hit the Jefferson Barracks Bridge in St. Louis County.
April 21, 2013 |
CLARKSVILLE, Mo. - The fast-rising Mississippi River made travel difficult Saturday, on the water as well as for those simply trying to cross it. The Mississippi, Missouri, and other Midwestern rivers in at least six states have surged since heavy rains drenched the region over the last few days. At least two deaths were blamed on flash flooding and a third was suspected, and crews in Indiana were searching for a man whose car was swept away. The National Weather Service predicted what it characterized as major flooding on the Mississippi from the Quad Cities through just north of St. Louis by the weekend, with similar projections farther south into early in the week.
April 20, 2013
Ex-D.A. charged in 25-year jailing GEORGETOWN, Texas - A Texas judge ruled Friday that a former district attorney acted improperly when he prosecuted an innocent man who spent nearly 25 years in prison for his wife's slaying, and ordered his arrest on criminal contempt and tampering charges. Judge Louis Sturns, of Fort Worth, issued an arrest warrant for Ken Anderson for his handling of the case of Michael Morton. Anderson surrendered at the courthouse, where he now serves as an elected district court judge.
March 26, 2013 |
If you're going to write a concerto inspired by the majesty of the Mississippi River, one appropriate voice would have to be the deep, otherworldly tuba - so often heard in everyday orchestral life but rarely in solos. Or did the tuba idea come first and the river second? Whatever the motivation, Michael Daugherty's Reflections on the Mississippi was a charmer at its world premiere by Philadelphia Orchestra's Carol Jantsch and the Temple University Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, in the ensemble's annual Kimmel Center concert.
January 29, 2013 |
VICKSBURG, Miss. - Cleanup crews with booms skimmed oily water from the Mississippi River a day after a barge with more than 80,000 gallons of oil struck a railroad bridge near Vicksburg, spreading a sheen of light crude that kept part of the waterway shut to ship traffic Monday, authorities said. It remained unclear Monday morning how much oil had leaked into the river, according to the Coast Guard and Army Corps of Engineers. Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer Third Class Jonathan Lally said on Monday afternoon that oil was "still discharging, but it is slowly discharging.
January 7, 2013 |
ON A STRETCH of the Mississippi River, the U.S. Coast Guard has been reduced to playing traffic cop. For eight hours a day, shipping is allowed to move one way in the 180 miles of river between St. Louis, Mo., and Cairo, Ill., depending on the hour. For the other 16 hours, boats go nowhere, because the river is closed to traffic. The mighty Mississippi, parched by the historic summer drought, is on the verge of reaching a new low. That could mean that tugboats pushing barges loaded with billions of dollars worth of cargo - enough to fill half a million 18 wheelers - would not be able to make their way up and down the river.
December 18, 2012 |
ST. LOUIS - Barge operators along a key stretch of the Mississippi River braced Monday for months of restricted shipping as crews prepared to begin blasting large rock formations impeding navigation on the drought-plagued waterway. Contractors could begin drilling holes into troublesome river bedrock south of St. Louis and detonating explosives as early as Tuesday, the Army Corps of Engineers said. Demolition of the massive formations near Thebes, Ill., coincides with an unusual move by the agency to release water from a southern Illinois lake, adding a few inches of depth to a river that is getting lower by the day - largely because of the lingering effects of the worst drought in decades.
December 2, 2012 |
ST. LOUIS - After months of drought, companies that ship grain and other goods down the Mississippi River are being haunted by a potential nightmare: If water levels fall too low, the nation's main inland waterway could become impassable to barges just as the harvest is ready for market. Any closure of the river would upend the transport system that has carried American grain since before steamboats and Mark Twain. So shipping companies are scrambling to find alternative ways to move tons of corn, wheat, and other crops to the Gulf Coast for shipment overseas.
November 28, 2012 |
ST. LOUIS - A group of U.S. senators will ask President Obama for an emergency declaration in an effort to keep barges moving on the drought-riddled Mississippi River, a spokesman for Sen. Claire McCaskill said Tuesday. Senators from Mississippi River states are seeking an emergency directive that would increase the flow of water from an upper Missouri River dam and expedite removal of rock formations in the middle Mississippi River that impede barge traffic during periods of low water.