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The Week Ahead: Five Things to Know

1. Mark your calendar for tech events this weekshutterstock_393788839


By Brian Feldt, St. Louis Business Journal

Hundreds of startups, VCs coming to St. Louis this week for a variety of tech events, including some that are free and open to the public.

Thursday, March 24: Venture Cafe St. Louis: 3-8 p.m. at Cambridge Innovation Center, 4240 Duncan Ave. Each week, Venture Cafe hosts entrepreneurs of all types to connect them to resources available in the community. This event is free.

Friday, March 25: Code Until Dawn: 8 p.m. at TBD. Interested in coding or learning more about St. Louis’ startup scene Attend Code Until Dawn, which begins at 8 p.m. and doesn’t end until 9 a.m. on Saturday. Anyone and everyone is invited. This event is free and no registration is required.

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2. Obama meets Cuban President Raúl Castro


By Gregory Korte, USA Today

HAVANA — The meeting between President Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro on Monday is actually their third face-to-face encounter since the two countries began to normalize relations 15 months ago.

But this one is on Castro’s home turf.

Obama and Castro met at the Palace of the Revolution, where they reviewed an honor guard that played the national anthems of both countries. They are scheduled to have two back-to-back meetings, the most extensive high-level talks between the United States and Cuba in decades. The first is one-on-one, with only translators, security and perhaps a close aide in the room. Afterward, the meeting will be expanded to include top diplomats in both delegations. Read more …

3. PAWS Act seeks to help vets with PTSD

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By Stephen Gutowski, Fox News

A bill introduced to the House of Representatives on Wednesday would create a program to help connect veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder with service dogs.

The Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) Act, introduced by Rep. Ron DeSantis (R., Fla.), would establish a pilot program within the Veterans Administration. That program would provide a trained service dog to veterans who have severe levels of PTSD, and whose symptoms persist despite treatment. Under the bill the Veterans Administration would pay third-party dog training organizations for the dogs they provide to veterans in the program.

To maintain eligibility for the program, the veteran must see a VA primary care doctor or mental health professional quarterly.

The bill would authorize $27,000 for the VA to spend on each dog from an organization accredited by Assistance Dog International. It also includes VA health insurance for the dog. In total the PAWS Act allocates $10 million to fund the pilot program. Learn more …

  • Dogs & PTSD
  • One vet’s story
Owning a dog can lift your mood or help you feel less stressed. Dogs can help people feel better by providing companionship. All dog owners, including those who have posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can experience these benefits. Read more …
Our Returning Troops: Vet with PTSD Comforted by Therapy Dog Struggling with PTSD and alcohol abuse, Iraq veteran Randy Dexter was desperate for help. Could a dog named Ricochet come to his rescue? Read more …

4. 2016 Municipal Election Preview

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In anticipation of the April 5 municipal election, St. Charles County candidates in contested races were invited to answer the following questions:

Why are you running and what are your priorities if elected? What are your qualifications for holding public office?

Mid Rivers Newsmagazine has not verified and does not endorse the statements made by the candidates. Candidates is all races are listed in ballot order; incumbents are identified with an asterisk after their name.

All board of aldermen, city council and trustee terms are two years, unless otherwise noted. Learn more …

5. The annual Cardinals Preview is here

Photos courtesy of Lou Countryman, except where noted.

Photo by Lou Countryman.

The sky is falling! The sky is falling! 

Hold on a minute, not so fast. It is only March and the Cubs haven’t actually won the World Series yet, despite media reports to the contrary. Let us start by reminding the hometown faithful of the following things:

The Cardinals won an awful lot of baseball games last year. More than the Cubs, actually.

The primary reason we won so many games was due to an exemplary performance by our pitching staff. Read more …

  • In the outfield
  • Wainwright
  • 2006 World Series
  • Carpenter
  • The DeWitt Family
Matt Holliday is the veteran star, but the two young outfielders for the St. Louis Cardinals are drawing the most attention this season. Randal Grichuk, 24, will patrol center field and Stephen Piscotty, 25, takes over in right field. “We had a bunch of guys that were older that had experienced time and now it’s Holliday and the young bucks,” Grichuk said. “At least we have a good one there to learn from.” Read more ...
It’s hard to beat Father Time but St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright feels he can keep him away from the clubhouse for some time. “I still feel pretty young,” Wainwright, 34, said. Yet, he’s one of the Cardinals’ older players along with Matt Holliday, 36, Yadier Molina, 34, Jhonny Peralta, 33, and Brandon Moss, 32. Read more …
The World Series drought by St. Louis standards was long. Not since 1982, when the club won the championship under manager Whitey Herzog, had Cardinal Nation waited so long for a drought to be over. But, when St. Louis defeated the Detroit Tigers in five games to win the 2006 Fall Classic, 24 years of not reaching the promise land ended. Read more …
Even Matt Carpenter isn’t sure where he best fits in the St. Louis Cardinals’ batting order. “I’ve had three full seasons as a starter, and I feel like I’ve been different each year,” Carpenter said. “I feel like there are pieces of each season I would like to morph into one complete year. If I had a goal for 2016, that would be what it would be. Every year that I’ve had here in St. Louis, maybe have bits and pieces of that.” Read more …
The DeWitt family has been involved in baseball for 100 years. Bill DeWitt Jr. is the principal owner and managing partner of the St. Louis Cardinals. His son William O. DeWitt III is the Redbirds’ president. Read more …
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